According to The Rolling Stone, three never before released duets recorded with Michael Jackson and Queen front-man Freddie Mercury are confirmed to be available to the public this fall. The songs were recorded in 1983 in Jackson’s home studio. The duets were planned to be made into a larger project but due to their conflicting schedules, it was never completed.The three tracks are titled, “There Must Be More to Life Than This,” “State of Shock” and “Victory”. Queen Guitarist Brian May described the songs as, “exciting, challenging, emotionally taxing. But cool.”
New Orleans funk superstars Galactic have announced an extensive tour for the first months of 2014, seeing the band travel from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on January 30th to San Francisco, California on March 21 for a two night stand the famed Fillmore. The band will be joined by JJ Grey and Mofro in New York on February 14th and 15th for shows at both Port Chester’s Capitol Theater and NYC’s Terminal 5, respectively.Before the tour kicks off, Galactic has a few major shows that were previously announced, including a Halloween show in New Orleans with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, a set at the Bear Creek Music Festival in Live Oak, Florida, and a stay on Jamcruise on January 4th.Tickets, including fan club discounts and ticket packages, go on sale via Galactic’s website on Tuesday, October 8th at 10am.
It seems like the media just can’t get enough of Disclosure, and for good reason too! The debut album, Settle, from the electronic music duo was incredibly well-received, even making it onto our list of top 10 albums from 2013. Not to mention that whole Grammy nomination for Best Dance/Electronica Album thing…Anyway, Disclosure decided to further develop their song, “F For You,” by adding the vocal stylings of singer/songwriter Mary J. Blige. Blige, who has enjoyed an incredibly successful career in the music and entertainment industries, joined Disclosure for a recent performance. Apparently the collaboration went well, since the duo immediately recorded the new rendition in the studio.And here it is:Blige’s vocals lend an awe-inspiring soulful element to the mix. Fingers crossed for further collaborations!-David Melamed (@DMelamz)
Well, they didn’t have to catch them, no. The Wayne County police department of Georgia did not have to catch the Midnight Rider biopic film director Randall Miller and producer Jody Savin after they turned themselves in Tuesday for being charged on the involuntary manslaughter of fellow film crew associate Sarah Jones.Sarah Jones was a camera assistant for the project. It seems as though at least one scene was being filmed by a set of active train tracks, where the crew were informed to ditch all equipment should a train approach. Unfortunately, it was easier said than done, as the impact of the train accident turned fatal for Jones in February of this year.The dream sequence apparently being filmed was the furthest production of the picture, which was put on hold after the tragedy. At this point, with the charges hanging over the heads of director Randall Miller and producers Jody Savin & Jay Sedrish (they all face up to 10 years for involuntary manslaughter), the project seems to be ‘tied down to the whipping post’ for the foreseeable future.(Randall Miller)(Jody Savin)
Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood and film soundtrack supervisor/music business jack-of-all-trades Zach Cowie make up all-vinyl DJ supergroup Wooden Wisdom. The duo’s sound is a mix of 70s and 80s disco and house, self-described as “paradise garage.” They will be making their way to the States this January for five stops, including a stint at Brookyn Bowl.Wood has been experimenting with electronic production since pre-Frodo days, and Cowie has been at it for over a decade, touring with Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes and others. The two initially bonded over a mutual love for spinning vinyl. Check out their skills in an interview below, and see if they’re hitting your city this winter.TOUR DATES:1/15 – Bardot Miami – Miami, FL1/16 – The Riot Room – Kansas City, MO1/17 – Studio Bar – Toronto, ON1/19 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY1/20 – Q Nightclub – Seattle, WA
Lady Gaga appeared on Howard Stern yesterday and revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 19. Today, Ke$ha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, came forward claiming that Dr. Luke was the record producer responsible for the rape — the same producer who allegedly raped Ke$ha. Geragos revealed the alleged info through Twitter, which reps for both Dr. Luke and Gaga are denying.In a statement to TMZ, Dr. Luke’s rep said, “Mark Geragos’ statement is completely false and defamatory. Luke met Lady Gaga twice for less than half an hour total in those two meetings combined. He has never been alone with her and never touched her. Neither meeting was in that time frame reported.” Gaga’s people also say the claims are “absolutely not true.”Gaga did, however, reveal that her rapist was around 20 years older than her, and that she wasn’t able to admit that it even happened for years. She explained to Stern that her rape fueled the inspiration for the song “Swine” and her bizarre performance at South by Southwest, in which she rode a mechanical bull while an artist vomitted colored paint onto her. She said, “I want this chick to throw up on me in front of the world, so that I can tell them, ‘You know what? You could never, ever degrade me as much as I degrade myself, and look how beautiful it is when I do.’”Listen to the whole interview here:
Last week, we reported on the 88-year copyright clause surrounding the highly secretive, single-copy album: Once Upon A Time In Shaolin. Now, in a new interview with XXL, Method Man spoke out against the new conditions tacked onto the project.“What do you mean 88 years?” said Method Man. Once the conditions were explained, Method Man simply responded “Fuck that album.” He elaborated, saying the following:“I’m tired of this shit and I know everybody else is tired of it, too. Fuck that album, if that’s what they are doing. I haven’t heard anything like that, but if they’re doing crap like that, fuck that album. Straight up. I’m just keeping it 100. When music can’t be music and y’all turning it into something else, fuck that. Give it to the people, if they want to hear the shit, let them have it. Give it away free. I don’t give a fuck; that ain’t making nobody rich or poor. Give the fucking music out. Stop playing with the public, man.”Later in the piece, Method Man stated that he was on board with the one-of-a-kind album idea, but the 88 year clause really threw him for a loop. “I dug the whole idea in the beginning. I’m like, ‘Wow, this has never been done before.’ I was cool with shit. But now, this is ridiculous. 88 years? Really? If that shit is true, that shit is stupid. You have to wait 88 years to hear some shit? By that time, it’s going to be fuckin’ played out. If it ain’t already played out. I hope that’s a rumor. Whoever said that, that shit is fuckin’ stupid.”Reports indicate that offers for the album are somewhere around 5 Million dollars. Conceivably, someone who bought the record could release it to the public if they so desire, but for that price, it seems unlikely.Meanwhile, RZA took to Twitter to defend the 88 year condition: We’ll be sure to continue updating on this thoroughly intriguing story.
Naughty Professor, the up-and-coming Nola-based jazz/funk sextet, will release their second album, Out On A Limb (Ropeadope) nationally on May 12. This collective of Big Easy performers captures the swinging spirit of New Orleans procuring a distinct jazz/ funk sound and making their mark on the Nola music scene.Naughty Professor features the talents of Bill Daniel (guitar), Noah Young (bass), Sam Shahin (drums), Nick Ellman (alto & baritone sax), Ian Bowman (tenor sax) and John Culbreth (trumpet), who embody the burgeoning young, fusion-heavy contemporary jazz heard in Nola’s ever-evolving music scene. They bring together elements of soul, funk and free-form jazz through tight compositions and improvised components garnering attention from heavy-hitters; George Porter Jr., Galactic, and The Revivalists.The first single released in late March, “Brain Storm,” is a brass-forward, high-energy groove with prominent trumpet and sax solos that dart back and forth over funky guitar riffs. The tune transports listeners right to a Frenchman Street late night party.L4LM Exclusive Release: The Naughty Professor’s ‘Brain Storm’“Elephant Hunt,” a layered piece that sways in serene conversation between brass section and guitar upon launch, slides into a distortion-heavy jam with driving beat. The brass section triumphantly returns to bring the piece full-circle.Produced by Grammy winner Chris Finney (Dr. John, Rebirth Brass Band), Out On A Limb aligns the band with fellow NOLA luminaries and will surely make them a musical force to reckon with in the very near future.Following a busy 2014, with sets opening Galactic, Marco Benevento, The Revivalists, and Rebirth Brass Band, Naughty Professor’s efforts have earned them a spot on the Jazz Fest 2015 roster. Be sure to catch them alongside Earphunk, for a very special Jazzfest pre-party on April 23rd!
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have announced a new EP! Titled Banjo Banjo, the album will feature 6 tracks, including three unreleased tracks, a live version of “Shotgun Blues” and an acoustic version of “The Final Countdown”. It’s due out digitally on August 21st, with a CD release slated for October 2nd and vinyl planned for October 30th.Below, check out the video for “Shotgun Blues”, as premiered by the A.V. Club.The duo’s full tour schedule can be seen below:Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn Tour DatesAug 8 – Alta, WY Grand Targhee Bluegrass FestivalAug 9 – Denver, CO Botanic GardensSept 9 – Milwaukee, WI The Pabst TheaterSept 10 – Madison, WI Union TheaterOct 6 – Goshen, IN Goshen CollegeOct 8 – Bethlehem, PA Artsquest Center at SteelstacksOct 9 – Ridgefield, CT Ridgefield PlayhouseOct 10 – New London, CT Connecticut CollegeOct 11 – York, PA Strand-Capitol PACOct 22 – University Park, PA Penn State UniversityOct 23 – Carmel, IN Palladium at the Center for Performing ArtsOct 24 – S. Joseph, MN College of St. BenedictOct 25 – Skokie, IL North Shore Center for the Performing ArtsNov 3 – Vienna, Austria Porgy & BessNov 4 – Sofia, Bulgaria Music ClubNov 5 – Bucharest, Romania Sala RadioNov 7 – Prague, Czech Republic Palace AkropolisNov 8 – Budapest, Hungary Palace of the ArtsNov 10 – Milan, Italy Blue NoteNov 11 – Barcelona, Spain Jazz FestivalNov 13 – Leeds, ENG Yorkshire Howard Assembly RoomNov 14 London, ENG EFG London Jazz FestivalNov 15 – Bristol, ENG St. GeorgesNov 16 – Gateshead, ENG SageNov 18 – Dublin, Ireland Vicar Street
With the surprising announcement yesterday that Phish’s festival Magnaball was sold out of tickets, fans were left wondering one big question: just how many tickets did Phish sell?A recent report in local publication The Leader has answered that question definitively: 30,000.Schuyler County Administrator Tim O’Hearn was quoted in the article, saying: “The county permit has a 60,000 cap but I don’t think they are able to meet health department regs in laying out camping for more than 30K.” Watkins Glen, NY, where the festival is held, is part of Schuyler County.Win Two Tickets To Phish’s Sold Out Magnaball FestivalIf you weren’t able to get tickets, the band will be webcasting their performances at Magnaball. The festival is scheduled from August 21-23, with music starting this Friday night.For those who are attending, the band has made several announcements regarding meals, games and tournaments, merchandise, charity events and more at their festival. Check out what to expect at Magnaball below:–Seven scheduled sets of Phish–Game Shows and Yoga at Studio X–The first-ever Phish cocktail lounge–A Cornhole Tournament–JEMP Records store, with vinyl re-release of Rift–MagnaWater, MagnaBug, and Ben & Jerry’s on site–Ball Street Journal publication, WaterWheel Pollock posters and Post Office–Festival Ate Fine Dining Experience[Photo via Daniel Ojeda/L4LM]