Archive for November, 2011

Elvis Costello: “Our new box set is too expensive – don’t buy it!”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Elvis Costello, in his thirty-plus years in the music business, has never been one to toe the line. Who can forget his famous decision during SNL to stop playing the single the record company told him to and launch into “Radio, Radio” – a song lamenting the lack of freedom by artists and the homogenity of the airwaves?

It’s probably not surprising that the “other” Elvis and his band have come out against the stratospheric price of their (admittedly deluxe) new box set, despite the inevitable headache for their record company.

The new box set, limited to 1,500 copies, includes (among other things) a CD, DVD, vinyl LP, hardcover book, and an autographed card – and comes to around $200. On elviscostello.com, however, the set’s price is described as “either a misprint or a satire,” and a different box set, by a different artist, is recommended instead: Louis Armstrong’s “Ambassador of Jazz,” containing ten remastered albums and coming in at under $150.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters are touring currently – maybe instead of the Louis Armstrong box set, fans might want to save their money for a pair of tickets!

Black Sabbath reunited, announce tour dates

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Well, don’t say we didn’t tell you – like we reported earlier, Black Sabbath is gearing up for a world tour featuring its original members. Singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi, bassist Geezer Butler and drummer Bill Ward will be taking up their instruments and hitting the road for a world tour.

So far, there haven’t been any dates announced in Asia or North America – expect that to change soon, as Black Sabbath fans around the world will be chomping at the bit to get to these shows. There’s also a 2012 album scheduled, with Rick Rubin slated to produce.

Visit our Black Sabbath page for more info and current tour dates, and let us know in the comment section if you’re planning on going!

May 18 – Moscow, Russia – Olimpiski

May 20 – St. Petersburg, Russia – New Arena

May 23 – Helsinki, Finland – Hartwall Arena

May 25 – Stockholm, Sweden – Stadium

May 29 – Bergen, Norway – Bergen Calling Festival

May 31 – Oslo, Norway – Spektrum

Jun 02 – Malmö, Sweden – Malmö Stadium

Jun 04 – Dortmund, Germany – Westfalenhalle

Jun 10 – Donnington, U.K. – Download Festival

Jun 12 – Rotterdam, Holland – Ahoy

Jun 15 – Bilbao, Spain – Azkena Rock Festival

Jun 17 – Nantes, France – Hellfest

Jun 19 – Paris, France – Bercy

Jun 22 – Dessel, Belgium – Graspop Metal Meeting

Jun 24 – Milan, Italy – Gods of Metal

Radiohead announce 2012 North America tour dates

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

UK experimental stadium-rockers Radiohead have announced a new live concert tour, due to begin in February 2012, and fans are all a-twitter on Twitter (and Facebook, and Reddit, and pretty much everywhere on the Internet).

Announced via an email to people who bought a pay-what-you-want copy of their recent album In Rainbows (which includes most of us here at the office) via their “WASTE UK” site, the tour so far covers Florida, Georgia, Texas, Missouri, Colorado, and Arizona, with more dates on the East and West coasts expected to be announced soon.

Check out our Radiohead tickets page for more info on the 2012 Radiohead tour, as well as tickets and show times.

Adele’s “Someone Like You” on accordion: oddly great!

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Since a friend sent us this accordion version of Adele’s “Someone Like You,” we haven’t been able to stop playing it around the office.

YouTuber Brynn Corbello doesn’t just let her accordion and voice loose on Adele, though: she’s got a bevy of covers, ranging from Trey Songz to Lady Gaga. Here’s one we particularly enjoyed, of Gaga’s “Paparazzi.”

Check out her YouTube channel here, and let us know if you find any other great covers in the comments below!

Lady Gaga creates “Born This Way” Foundation to empower youth, prevent bullying

Friday, November 4th, 2011

Always-weird, often-wonderful singer Lady Gaga recently announced the creation of a new project aimed at empowering youth. Her new group, the Born This Way Foundation, is the result of a period of reflection after the suicide of a young fan of hers, whose final tweet thanked her. On Twitter, she revealed she spent several days “reflecting, crying, and yelling. I have so much anger. It is hard to feel love when cruelty takes someone’s life.”

Now, she’s putting that energy to good use: with the help of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the California Endowment and Harvard University, her new project will attempt to reduce youth depression, bullying, and suicide. The Foundation launches in 2012; stay tuned for more information.

New Music (Video) Alert: Foster the People’s “Call It What You Want”

Thursday, November 3rd, 2011

They’re absolutely blowing up, and it’s no wonder: Foster the People’s accessible, dancey take on 21st-century indie pop-rock is irresistable for everyone from the yoga moms picking up a copy of Torches with her morning latte, to the tattooed art student frothing the milk for her.

Here’s the band’s newest video, for “Call It What You Want.” It’s a little weird, fascinating to look at, but most of all serves as a companion to the song itself, which is upbeat, catchy, and the perfect antidote to the winter doldrums.

Foster the People are on tour now, and shows are selling out fast. Don’t worry, though: we’ve got you covered. Visit our site for Foster the People ticket information, and remember: the box office may be sold out, but we’re not.