As the legal hammers begin their historic fall today, the music news is on heavy flow. Let’s get going.
- Today you get to hear Iggy Pop narrate a great radio documentary on William S. Burroughs that would otherwise be lost in time.
- Pearl Jam. Europe. UK. Tour. 2018.
- This weekend hundreds of people will play broken instruments owned by the Philadelphia public school system in hopes of getting them fixed for kids.
Skeletor’s wifePamela Anderson says that Weinstein’s victims “knew what they were getting themselves into.” Sounds like someone must be pissed that she can’t trade “favors” for stardom anymore.
- My new hero: someone pretended to be Kevin Parker from Tame Impala, looked almost as pretentiously douchy as the real thing.
- The new U2 record doesn’t seem to have the magic. But you should give it a listen.
- Russell Simmons is stepping down from his businesses following new sexual misconduct allegations.
- Watch LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy interview Lars Ulrich.
- Victoria’s Secret girls throwing “nigga” backstage does not help their airbrushed skeleton image.
- One of the biggest radio groups in the U.S. just went bankrupt.
- Apple Music chief Jimmy Iovine smells trouble for Spotify. “The streaming services have a bad situation, there’s no margins, they’re not making any money.”
- A dispute between Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich over songwriting credits is halting progress on the release of the reissue for their legendary No Life ’til Leather demos.
- Radiohead will not attend the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony.
- Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation documentary heads to Sundance.
- Watch the National’s new Dark Side of the Gym video directed by and starring Justin Peck, resident choreographer at the New York City Ballet.
- Watch the xx‘s new short film, a series of videos that capture behind-the-scenes moments with the band as well as interview clips with some of their diehard fans in Germany.
- A new Prince documentary is coming, called Prince’s Last Year.
- The new N.E.R.D. song is weak.
- Stream Neil Young‘s new album The Visitor. He teamed up with Lukas Nelson’s band, Promise of the Real, for the record.
- Florence Welch is putting her poetry, lyrics and sketches in a new book.
- Dean Ween of Ween is ready to deliver his second solo album. Deaner Rock 2 will hit on March 9, 2018.
- Megaman is turning 30, and there’s something potentially very cool in store for the celebration.
- Your Super Mario Cereal is going to include Amiibo functionality as well. Weird/cool.
- Lena Dunham Apologizes is the best Twitter parody account this week.
Oh, the sweet irony of “Lock her up! Lock her up!”