Fifty years ago, Richard Goldstein wrote an incredibly negative review of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” This was obviously a shock considering the otherwise positive feedback on the groundbreaking album. Now, fifty years later, Goldstein revisits the album and reveals several factors that may have impacted his review.
Yesterday was the One Love Manchester concert to benefit the families of the Manchester bombing. Among many performers, Liam Gallagher took the stage to perform three songs. He ended with a strong performance of “Live Forever” that also featured Chris Martin of Coldplay. Watch above.
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Last night at a benefit concert, Dave Grohl debuted a new Foo Fighters song called “The Sky is a Neighborhood.” A fan shot video is embedded above. It will be interesting to see if the Foo Fighters debut more new songs later this month at BottleRock music festival in California.
No word yet on when the new Foo album is coming.
Quick story from Billboard. Billboard spoke with Paul Tollett, the founder of Coachella, and got some sad news. After grossing “$160 million over two weekends in October 2016,” Tollet and other organizers of Desert Trip have decided not to bring the festival back this year. This announcement quashes rumors of a stacked lineup, which included a Led Zeppelin reunion.
Tollet did leave the door open for the event to return in the future.
Interview with Paul McCartney from April 2017. Interesting tidbits from the video:
- Favorite Song: Here, There and Everywhere.
- He listens to music on CDs.
- New album currently in the works, to be produced by 2017 producer of the year Greg Kurstin. Paul jokes that he is the one who gave Greg his start.
- Current favorite artists: Dirty Projectors, Kanye West, Ariana Grande, “There are lots of them that I like.”
- When asked if he was going to include some songs from Flowers in the Dirt on the tour’s setlist, he said he wanted to but was concerned with what songs would be knocked out of the setlist. Such a McCartney problem, too many songs to fit into a huge setlist.
Yesterday James Murphy took to Facebook to provide some updates on LCD Soundsystem’s new music. You can view his abridged post above, click ‘see more’ for the full message. A few big takeaways from the post.
- Two new songs were released at midnight. I’ve embedded the two tracks below. The first is called “Call the Police.” Similar to All My Friends, this track builds throughout. I expect it to be a great track at live shows. The second song is called “American Dream.” It’s very LCD, just listen.
- The new album is nearly finished. Just a little more mixing and mastering to go. The biggest time snag is going to be pressing the vinyl copies of the album, which James insists on being available on the same day the album is released. I hope that it will be finished by the time I see LCD play later this summer.
- James also included some thoughts on playing live shows. It’s interesting to read the struggle between playing small and large venues. Thus far I’ve never seen a pure LCD show, only festival performances, but I’m sure that experience is amazing.
If you’ve made it this far and haven’t started streaming the music below, start now. It’s good. It’s LCD, so of course it is good. Stream.
*Update: Click here to watch the new songs live on SNL*
In 2015 Prince removed his music from nearly all streaming services. Although Tidal users retained the ability to stream Prince’s work, the majority of music streamers were left without the Prince catalog. That is no longer the case. Today the catalog returns to Spotify, Apple Music, and more! Go to your favorite music streaming service, listen to the great Prince, and add some classics to your favorite playlists! Below, enjoy the fantastic Purple Rain album.
This year, Boston Calling is moving to the Harvard Athletic Complex after years at the city hall plaza. The move, as well as transitioning the festival from two events per year to one event per year, allowed Boston Calling 2017 to book an incredibly impressive lineup. In fact, Consequence of Sound ranked this lineup the 4th best of year.
Any lineup with Tool right now is going to turn heads, and while Chance the Rapper is currently being hailed as the greatest living rapper, there’s something admittedly unique about seeing Mumford and Sons in the middle. — CoS
Beyond headliners Tool, Mumford and Sons, and Chance, Boston Calling did a great job with the undercard. Cage the Elephant put on a great live show, Weezer has fantastic natlagia factor (plus their latest album is pretty good), and Run the Jewels are touring their highly popular third album. To me, however, The XX and Bon Iver are must sees! The XX’s most recent album is fantastic; in fact, the lead single was one of my songs of the week late last year. Bon Iver also put out a new album recently, plus I just discovered the hit song Skinny Love. Overall, I’m very excited for Boston Calling and look forward to reporting more on the festival as it draws near.
Watch as 1,000 musicians performs Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit live.
Here we are now, entertain us
I attended Bonnaroo 2013, but I missed seeing The XX. Looking back, missing The XX is my biggest regret from Bonnaroo. Over the last few years, The XX have been mostly quite. That has all changed. The XX recently announced a new album (“I see you”) – coming out early next year – as well as the first tour dates for the corresponding tour. Moreover, they have released On Hold, the first track from the new album.
The sound is upbeat and modern. It’s different than other songs by The XX, but in a good way. It’s fresh and new, while keeping those familiar vocals front and center. I’m a big fan and can’t wait for “I see you” to be released in January.