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Marianne Faithfull Readies All-Star ‘Give My Love to London’

Nearly fifty years after Marianne Faithfull released her debut LP Come My Way , the singer will unveil her 20th album Give My Love to London on November 11th. Every Faithfull album since 1999’s Vagabond Ways has been an all-star affair, and Give My Love to London continues that trend with some old friends and new collaborators. Marianne Faithfull: My Ex Boyfriend Killed Jim Morrison Brian Eno, Portishead’s Adrian Utley, the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and Jim Sclavunos and Ed Harcourt all contribute to the album, while Nick Cave, Roger Waters, Anna Calvi, Steve Earle and Tom McRae each provided music for Faithfull, with the singer penning her own lyrics to each track. Eno, Cave and Waters have all previously collaborated with Faithfull. Rob Ellis and Dimitri Tikovo produced Give My Love to London , which was then mixed by U2 producer Flood.

Rustie on Speaking Animals’ Languages and Recording at 30,000 Feet

Three years ago, the Scottish producer Rustie dropped Glass Swords , one of the most thrilling electronic albums of the decade. Defined by its visceral, explosive joy and a broad spectrum of synth sounds that blow raspberries on trap beats, it established Rustie as a global creative force and propelled him on a virtually non-stop tour schedule that still shows no signs of ceasing. The 30 Greatest EDM Albums With Rustie’s latest album, Green Language , the producer has flipped the roygbiv maximalism of Glass Swords on its head, delving deeper into his broad synth trick-bag, kicking up new dance-floor dust and adding a host of vocalists (including Detroit bruiser Danny Brown, grime icon D Double E, and DC soul singer Muhsinah).

Jason Isbell Triumphs at Americana Awards

Despite heartwarming lifetime achievement award acceptance speeches from the likes of Jackson Browne and Loretta Lynn, and a surprise appearance from rock god Robert Plant, last night’s 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards show in Nashville belonged to Jason Isbell. The former Drive-By Trucker took home awards for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”), as well as the night’s top honor: Album of the Year, for his post-sobriety triumph Southeastern . In one of the evening’s best-received performances, he also sang “Cover Me Up” with wife Amanda Shires. Must-See Artists at Americana Fest “I just wanna say something, I’m glad of this award, his album is stupendous and beautiful,” presenter Lucinda Williams interjected into the mic as Isbell walked onto the Ryman Auditorium stage to accept the Album honor. “I don’t want to keep making the same damn record over and over, so help me get out of that,” Isbell recalled telling Southeastern  producer Dave Cobb.

Jack White Bashes Foo Fighters, Rolling Stone at Boston Show

Jack White may have quasi-apologized to the Black Keys over comments he made in a Rolling Stone  cover story earlier this year, but at Wednesday night’s show at Fenway Park in Boston, the singer expressed his displeasure with Foo Fighters, Katy Perry and  Rolling Stone . Jack White Joins Beck for Newport Folk Festival “Most performers don’t use microphones anymore. 90 percent of proper singers don’t use microphones that have cords on them,” said White, referencing Perry. White then turned his attention to the Foo Fighters, noting a “second guitar player playing the same parts I play so in case I make a mistake, he’s still playing it for you” before beginning his attack on  Rolling Stone

U2 and Apple Plot New ‘Interactive’ Digital Music Format

Neil Young isn’t the only rock legend attempting to change the way we listen to music. Fresh off the surprise release of Songs of Innocence , U2 and Apple are reportedly working on a new digital music format that, according to Time , “will prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music — whole albums as well as individual tracks.” 15 Innovative Album Releases That Shook the Music Industry “I think it’s going to get very exciting for the music business,” Bono said, adding that the format will be “an audiovisual interactive format for music that can’t be pirated and will bring back album artwork in the most powerful way, where you can play with the lyrics and get behind the songs when you’re sitting on the subway with your iPad or on these big flat screens. You can see photography like you’ve never seen it before.” A digital format that “can’t be pirated” is perhaps the main selling point, as both illegal downloading, legal streaming and sites like YouTube have all chipped away the music industry from a sales perspective, leading to some record lows during the month of August. According to Bono, this new digital format is “about 18 months away,” which could potentially align it with U2’s planned Innocence follow-up Songs of Experience . While one of the biggest bands on the planet are championing this new format, the files are more likely to help younger, lesser-known artists than the stadium fillers, as the format gives listeners incentive to actually buy music


Bunji Garlin Breaks Out: On the Road With America’s First Soca Pop Star

New York’s West Indian Day Parade has marked the city’s Labor Day weekend for decades, and this year, the festivities begin at 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night. “They say this is the last weekend of summer!” yells local radio celeb DJ Prostyle, doing his best to make everyone aboard the VP Records’ “Carnival Gold” yacht party forget that Thursday and Friday are technically still work days. Sailing down the Hudson River, Prostyle and his 105.7 colleagues DJ Self and DJ Norie spin 2014’s biggest Caribbean hits: springy dancehall from Jamaica and uptempo soca from Trinidad. Under normal circumstances, this music would create a frenzy.

Foo Fighters Day Declared in Richmond

On the day of Foo Fighters’ unscheduled concert in Richmond, Virginia, the city’s mayor has officially recognized September 17th as “Foo Fighters Day RVA.” In a proclamation signed and stamped today, Mayor Dwight C. Jones cited seven reasons tied to the crowd-funding campaign that brought them there to laud the band, whose frontman grew up 90 minutes away in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. A photograph of the document is viewable on Consequence of Sound. Foo Fighters Play Tiny Show in Abandoned London Train Tunnel The official document details the campaign’s history, from its March 2014 post, to the day “Foo Fighters announced via Twitter that they would be performing Richmond’s National Theater.” The band’s fans managed to raise $70,026 of its $70,000 goal to get the band to play its first concert in the city since 1998. Rewards were doled out at $50 apiece, with two $5,000 donations coming from local businesses that planned to give away their tickets.

Peter Hook Didn’t Know About New Joy Division Twitter Account

Peter Hook continues to fan the flames of his very public conflict with former band New Order. On Wednesday morning, the synth-pop quintet unveiled a new Twitter account for defunct post-punk outfit Joy Division – which also featured the bassist – though they didn’t tell their former bandmate. “Thanks for telling me,” Hook replied to the tweet announcement. “As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed.” Finds Out Where New Order’s ‘Substance’ Ranks on Rolling Stone’s List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Hook’s final album with New Order was 2005’s  Waiting for the Sirens’ Call , their eighth overall.

Paul McCartney Loads ‘New’ Collector’s Edition With B-Sides, Doc

Paul McCartney is offering fans something  New  with a special 2CD/DVD collector’s edition of his latest LP. The set, out October 28th, will be packaged in a hard-bound book and feature a variety of bonus materials – including behind-the-scenes footage, music videos, concert recordings, previously unreleased tracks and an album documentary.  Paul McCartney: The Long and Winding Q&A While the first of the two CDs features the same tracklist as the 14-track deluxe edition from last year, the second disc includes an array of enticing extras: two previously unreleased songs (“Hell to Pay” and “Demons Dance”) from the recording sessions, the Japanese bonus track “Struggle” and live versions of four  New  cuts (“Save Us,” “New,” “Queenie Eye” and “Everybody Out There”) recorded at Japan’s Tokyo Dome last November.  The Don Letts-directed doc, “Something New,” traces  New ‘s creative evolution by featuring commentary from McCartney and the album’s four producers: Paul Epworth, Mark Ronson, Ethan Johns and Giles Martin. Additional behind-the-scenes material focuses on the former Beatle’s whirlwind international promotional stint behind the LP, including performances on  Jimmy Kimmel Live!  and  Late Night With Jimmy Fallon .  The full tracklist for the New  deluxe edition is below: Disc 1 1. “Save Us” 2.

Tim McGraw Performs ‘Unstaged’ Webcast From New York

Tim McGraw released his 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town on Tuesday, and promoted the new set of tunes from sun-up to sundown in the Big Apple.   Tim McGraw Packs New LP With ‘Songs That Move Me’ The 47-year-old entertainer kicked off his album release day with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America , and wrapped up the evening with a concert for American Express Unstaged that was live-streamed from Manhattan’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom. Directed by filmmaker Bennett Miller ( Moneyball, Capote ), the webcast featured 17 songs, 11 cameras and a pair of family members. If you happened to log on five minutes early, you were treated to a rare, voyeuristic countdown of McGraw alone in his dressing room, ear monitors on, intently pacing, before he strapped on his guitar and headed out to center stage. Impeccably tailored in head-to-toe black and sporting a new salt-and-pepper beard, McGraw chose not to roll out any of the freshly-pressed material from Sundown until halfway through his set, when he was joined by Catherine Dunn for the wistful “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.” “Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to give a New York City welcome to my first cousin, Miss Catherine Dunn, singing along with me,” he instructed


Stream Josh Abbott Band’s Nostalgic ‘Tuesday Night’ EP

Years before Kacey Musgraves rode her trailer to the top of the country charts, she recorded “Oh, Tonight” with the Josh Abbott Band. The year was 2011, and both acts were already big in Texas, where Abbott had been selling out 6,000-capacity venues like Billy Bob’s Texas for more than a year. Even so, few people outside of the Lone Star State had heard either of them. Roger Creager Talks New Album, Beach Parties & Aggies What a difference three years can make. This month, while Kacey Musgraves launches a headlining tour in support of her Grammy-winning album, Same Trailer Different Park , the Josh Abbott Band will release their major label debut with Atlantic Records.

Rush to Celebrate 40th Anniversary With Massive ‘R40′ Live Box Set

Four decades after Rush put out their self-titled debut, the trio is celebrating its legacy with a box set that collects concert films from their entire career. The 10-DVD or six-Blu-ray set R40 , set for release on November 11th, compiles the previously released concert videos Rush in Rio (2003), R30 (2009), Snakes & Arrows Live (2008), Time Machine 2011: Time in Cleveland (2011) and Clockwork Angels Tour (2013), as well as a bonus disc with previously unreleased live performances. The box set also contains a 52-page hardback book, including photos of memorabilia and from concerts throughout their career. Readers’ Poll: 10 Greatest Rush Albums Most interesting to Rush fans will be the bonus disc, which contains two hours of material dating back to the group’s formative years. The centerpiece is the full, eight-song set from 1974 at Ontario’s Laura Secord Secondary School that was featured in Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage

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