I’ve written and re-written the intro to the Monday music news roundup a few times now. I’m finding it increasingly tough to balance the need to entertain and the need to roar like a fucking banshee about the unprecedented assault on justice, liberties and America’s very stability unfolding with every utterance.
The pertinent developing headlines are constant, the implications more severe by the minute. But the world grinds on in its mighty complexity, and I’m here to deliver you the goods on music news, and then some – so let’s get to it.
- Members from Band of Horses, Franz Ferdinand, Granddaddy and Midlake have a new band called BNQT, and these hippies have made a damn fine ray of sunshine in their debut track Restart.
- TV On The Radio covered the Prince-through-Sinead hit Nothing Compares 2 U, and it sounds exactly as you imagine it.
- Prophets of Rage have declared L.A. a ‘No Trump Zone’. All Zack-longing potshots aside, this new record needs to be good.
- Iggy Pop teamed up with Manchester outfit PINS for a track called Agrophobe.
- The Ronnie James Dio hologram is ready to goblin-rock, and will ghost-wail your face off at the Pollstar Awards.
- Geoff Nichols, ex-keyboardist for Black Sabbath, has died.
- Tony Iommi, meanwhile, wants to bury the hatchet with Bill Ward. The comments are either sad and sweet or a matter of image manipulation, depending on who’s talking.
- There’s a hip hop museum headed to the Bronx, and Kurtis Blow is Chairman. All is right.
- Masaya Nakamura, the father of Pac-Man, has died. Adam Sandler had nothing to do with it.
- Ryan Adams acoustically covering Radiohead’s Karma Police, as poignant as you’d imagine. Is it good? That’s relative.
- Run The Jewels brought the chuckles on NPR’s Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me.
- Faith Evans has set sail on her duet-album project with late husband The Notorious B.I.G. with the new track NYC – but don’t get your hopes up.
- The new Las Rageous festival is headlined by Avenged Sevenfold and… Godsmack?
- Hey Aaron Lewis, maybe now’s not the best time for proud declarations of Trump support. But hell, while you’re at it, why not also call Obama’s presidency the result of white guilt? Fuck you, dude.
- Want to know what the general mindset in the military about Trump might be? Here you go.
- Flashback: Remembering the time Neil Young and Pearl Jam tore the shit out of MTV with this performance.