with Wesley Woodson
Young Wants To Keep On Liking On The Free Speech
Just last week, Neil Young filed a lawsuit against President Donald Trump for copy infringement. This week, he’s dealing with tech behemoths.
On Tuesday, an email was sent to Neil Young Archives members explaining Young’s decision to detach Google and Facebook from his website.
The statement says the reason why Young wants to part ways is because “Facebook knowingly allows untruths and lies in its political ads to circulate on the platform, while bots sow discord among users.” The statement also asserts that Facebook is “screwing with our election.”
Young’s qualms with Facebook are nothing new, and he’s been outspoken about the social network in the past. The statement notes that it will cost “almost $20,000 to disengage” with the tech giants.
Interestingly enough, the note doesn’t describe his specific concerns with Google.
Get Those Knives Ready for Some Goat!
The Mountain Goats have released a new song, “As Many Candles as Possible,” from their upcoming, second album of 2020, Getting Into Knives.
The track greets us with a flaring twist of guitars and rumbling drums before finding its way into a steady groove. A gnarly crunch crouches underneath the primarily acoustic proceedings, helping the song build to a pitch-perfect tantrum, featuring Al Green’s organist Charles Hodges.
The Mountain Goats recorded Getting Into Knives at Phillips Recording in Memphis, the studio built by Sun Records founder Sam Phillips when the original Sun Studio was no longer big enough to handle the demand. Matt Ross-Spang produced the album, after serving as an engineer on the Mountain Goats’ 2019 effort, In League With Dragons.
Getting Into Knives is out October 23rd via Merge.
When Will You Return With Those Flaming Lips
In anticipation of their new album coming out in less than a month, the Flaming Lips have released yet another video with “‘Will You Return / When You Come Down.”
Directed by Wayne Coyne and longtime Lips collaborator George Salisbury, the clips see them performing separately while being divided from each other behind a plastic sheet. The song focuses around the theme of loss and Coyne’s lyrics are reflective of that in the melancholy tune.
So far from the album, the Lips have released “You N’ Me Sellin’ Weed,” “Dinosaurs on the Mountain,” “Flowers of Neptune 6” and “My Religion Is You.”
The Flaming Lips’ American Head is out on Sept. 11 via Warner Records.
Killers Are A 'Dying Breed'
A week before their project, Imploding the Mirage, is set to release, The Killers have unveiled their new song, “Dying Breed.”
The group has previously released “Caution”, “Fire in Bone” and “My Soul’s Own Warning.”
Imploding the Mirage was initially scheduled to release in May but was eventually moved to August. They’ve also had to postpone their tour.
Similar to other musicians, the global pandemic has caused some issues for the band. And while Brandon Flowers and Ronnie Vannucci performed together during the quarantine, the whole group did get together for iHeartRadio Living Room Series presented by State Farm in June.
'Witness The Persecution' of Prince's Box Set
Prince’s estate has plans to release a generous Sign O’ the Times box set later this year, and have been releasing a steady stream of unreleased tracks from the icon’s vault. While the cuts have been pulled from numerous projects, one song is now available from the Sign O’ the Times era.
“Witness 4 the Prosecution (Version 2)” was recorded at Los Angeles’ Sunset Sound studio in October 1986. According to a release, Prince reworked the song at the request of Deborah Allen, who asked him to write a song for her. This version, unlike the previously released “Version 1,” doesn’t feature the Revolution, with Prince playing all of the instruments except for Eric Leeds and Atlanta Bliss on sax and trumpet respectively. The song is a time capsule into Prince’s output at the time, which was a fusion of rock, funk and R&B.
So far, the Estate has released previously unavailable songs “Cosmic Day” “Witness 4 The Prosecution (Version 1)” in June and the 1979 version of “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” which came out last month.
Metallica Go Back To 'Black'
Metallica performed a three-song set honoring the 29th anniversary of the Black Album on the Howard Stern Show on Wednesday.
The band ran through cuts “Wherever I May Roam” and “The Unforgiven,” as well as pivoting into an explosive, acoustic rendition of St. Anger’s “All Within My Hands.”
The performance was filmed in San Rafael, California and Stern described the whole thing as “beautiful” by the time they finished the trifecta of a set.
Upon weeks of #MetallicaMondays performance and rumors of a new record on the way, which they apparently are working on via Zoom, the group will drop their live album S&M2 on Aug. 28, recorded last year alongside the San Francisco Symphony. Earlier in the week, Metallica announced that they’d be playing their first show of the year for the Encore Drive-In Series, although it was previously recorded.
Linkin Park is 'One Step Closer' to Their Re-Hybrid Theory'
Linkin Park will release a deluxe 20th-anniversary edition of Hybrid Theory on Oct. 9. The set will feature demos, rarities, B-sides, DVDs and more than 90 minutes of rare video footage.
Hybrid Theory was the band’s mainstream breakthrough in 2000, and included the singles “One Step Closer” and “In the End” and the Grammy-winning “Crawling,” which are on the reissues.
The Limited Edition Super Deluxe Box consists of five CDs — the original Hybrid Theory, double-platinum accompanying remix record Reanimation, B-Side Rarities with 12 previously-released tracks from the era, LPU Rarities with 18 tracks only distributed through the Linkin Park Underground (LPU) fan club, and forgotten demos with 12 unreleased tracks, including “She Couldn’t.”
Extras include an 80-page book featuring previously unseen photos; a cassette reproduction of original 2-track street team sampler; and 18 x 24 poster of Chester Bennington; three lithographs featuring new art by band members Mike Shinoda and Joe Hahn; and a replica tour laminate.
These Artist Give Support For Their Cup of Joe
Billie Eilish, The Chicks and Jennifer Hudson are among the artists who have agreed to perform at the Democratic National Convention, Variety and CBS News reported.
Billy Porter, John Legend, Leon Bridges, Common, Stephen Stills, Prince Royce and others have also been announced as performers at the four-day event that will make the Joe Biden-Kamala Harris ticket official.
In a statement, the DNC said that the wide array of performances, including national anthem renditions and new songs, “are expected to draw in new viewers who may not have viewed conventions of previous years, ensuring the 2020 Democratic National Convention will engage more Americans than ever before.”
The Democratic National Convention will take place on Aug. 17 to Aug. 20 from 9 pm-11 pm ET in Milwaukee at the Wisconsin Center.