Jack Black says Jack White’s studio is like going to Elvis’ Graceland

The ‘School of Rock’ actor and the ‘Seven Nation Army’ hitmaker have finally collaborated on the Tenacious D song ‘Don’t Blow It, Kage’, which the former White Stripes star has producer, after years of fans calling for the duo to team up. And the Hollywood actor revealed on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ this week just what White’s Third Man Records HQ in Nashville is like. He told the US host: “We toured all around the world, and we even stopped off in Nashville, and we got a call from Jack White, who has his headquarters there in Nashville. “He was like ‘Hey, if you’re coming through, why don’t you come by and record a little something at my home studio?’ “And we were like ‘Yes, we can’t say no to that,’ because he’s a legend. He’s my idol. I love Jack White.” He then compared his recording space to the late King of Rock and Roll’s former residence and now-museum.He added: “Every room has been meticulously curated with magic and humour and weirdness.” Addressing the crowd during his band’s Nashville show in August, Black teased: “Jack White – we went over to his house today and recorded a brand new song.” […]

ASCAP launches health and wellness program for musicians

Back in June, a troubling study revealed that at least 73% of musicians suffer from mental illness. The same report from Sweden’s Record Union found that only 19% actually felt the music industry was working to improve conditions for artists. Perhaps in light of those dismal numbers, the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, aka ASCAP, has created a new health and wellness program called “TuneUp”. As Pitchfork reports, this program will provide all ASCAP members with access to wellness services and events (think meditation classes and audio workouts), recovery support groups, and more. Per a statement, it’s “designed especially for our music creator members, intended to help nourish your body, mind and spirit so you can be your creative best.” (Read: Revisiting the Tragic Last Days of Kurt Cobain) “Creating music is an all-consuming passion and a labor of love, but you’ve got to take care of your instrument — in the case of music creators, your body, mind and spirit,” ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams commented in a elaborated. He continued, “ASCAP has a long commitment to supporting the livelihoods of its songwriters and composers. With TuneUp, we’re taking that one step further. If […]

Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wants to celebrate 40th birthday with a huge party on an oil rig

Kasabian guitarist Serge Pizzorno wants to celebrate his 40th birthday next year with a huge party on an oil rig. The Kasabian guitarist turns 39 on December 15 but he’s already thinking about how he’s going to commemorate the milestone age and has been inspired to host a big bash by his pal Noel Gallagher, who had a ‘Narcos’-themed 50th birthday party. Serge intends to fly his guests out to sea via a helicopter. In an interview with Q magazine, he said: “That’s never really been a thing for me. I don’t mind ageing. I’m looking forward to it! Will there be a big party? Yeah, I’ve got my eye on hiring this oil rig out in the sea. I’m having that – you get there by helicopter, out in the middle of nowhere, and have a party for three days. Job done.” Serge – who released his first solo album ‘The S.L.P.’ this year – admits he gets drunk quite easily but insists he can handle it well and keep going. When asked about the last time he fell over drunk, Serge replied: “You know what, I’m pretty steady on my feet. I get drunk quick, but I can […]

Justin Timberlake apologises to Jessica Biel for ‘lapse in judgement’

Justin Timberlake has apologised for his “strong lapse in judgement” after pictures emerged of him holding hands with his co-star Alisha Wainwright. The singer/actor, who is married to actress Jessica Biel, was photographed looking cosy with his Palmer co-star during a night out in New Orleans last month. In the images, Justin was seen holding Alisha’s hand, while the 30-year-old also put her hand on his knee. However, the 38-year-old finally broke his silence with regards to the scandal in a grovelling Instagram post on Wednesday night, writing: “I stay away from gossip as much as I can, but for my family I feel it is important to address recent rumours that are hurting the people I love. “A few weeks ago I displayed a strong lapse in judgement – but let me be clear – nothing happened between me and my co-star. I drank way too much that night and I regret my behaviour. I should have known better. This is not the example I want to set for my son.” Continuing to apologise to Jessica, with whom he shares four-year-old son Silas, Justin wrote: “I apologise to my amazing wife and family for putting them through such and […]

Comedian Brian Posehn announces guest-heavy Grandpa Metal album, covers A-ha’s “Take on Me”: Stream

Comedian Brian Posehn has recruited an all-star list of musicians for his first metal album, Grandpa Metal. The funny man has previewed the LP with a brutal cover of the A-ha hit “Take on Me”. The towering comic teamed up with Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Fall Out Boy’s Joe Trohman, and Dethklok’s Brendon Small to create the album, which was produced by Jay Rustin. The 14-song tracklist features 12 original compositions, plus the A-ha cover and a rendition of the novelty dance song “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)” by Ylvis. Among the guests on the album are Slipknot’s Corey Taylor and Steel Panther’s Michael Starr, who both contribute vocals to “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”. Elsewhere, such musicians as Amon Amarth’s Johan Hegg, Slayer’s Gary Holt, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil, Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, “Weird Al” Yankovic, and others appear on the album. Posehn’s cover of “Take on Me” turns the ’80s synth-pop classic into an extreme metal track, complete with guttural vocals. The song features guest appearances from Testament’s Chuck Billy, Exodus’ Steve “Zetro” Souza, and late Huntress singer Jill Janus. “I honestly feel that every good song would be better if it were heavy metal,” […]

Taylor Swift was making ‘faces that are ugly’ whilst recording her new album

The 29-year-old star has admitted she made her latest album, ‘Lover’, with the same intensity that she typically reserves for her live performances. Taylor – who also created ‘Beautiful Ghosts’ for the cinematic adaption of ‘Cats’ – told the January issue of British Vogue magazine: “I was really singing a lot at that point – I’d just come from a stadium tour, and then did ‘Cats’, which was all based on live performances – so a lot of that album is nearly whole takes. “When you perform live, you’re narrating and you’re getting into the story and you’re making faces that are ugly and you’re putting a different meaning on a song every time you perform it.” Taylor also stressed the importance of feeling a strong connection to her own material. The ‘You Need to Calm Down’ hitmaker shared: “I think [writing] is really important – also from the side of ownership over what you do and make. “Even if you aren’t a natural writer, you should try to involve yourself in the messages you’re sending.” Taylor recently won the Favorite Album – Pop/Rock accolade at the American Music Awards. And the blonde beauty subsequently admitted she had a great […]

Coldplay cover house classic “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)”: Watch

Coldplay won’t be touring again until it’s environmentally “beneficial,” and that decision places extra weight on the few live shows they choose to perform. So it was something of a surprise when the band stopped by Future Sounds with Annie Mac to promote their new album Everyday Life, and then busted out a cover of the classic house song “Gypsy Woman (She’s Homeless)” by Crystal Waters. According to frontman Chris Martin, he  got the idea from the Belgian hip-hop artist Stromae, who had sampled “Gypsy Woman” during his last tour. In Coldplay’s hands, the old-school electronica sounds like disco by way of a Vegas lounge. Martin’s voice has always been pop perfect, and he brings charm to the already infectious “La da dee, la dee da,” refrain. The band’s lack of familiarity with the song wasn’t apparent until the very end, when Martin began vamping. “Let’s fade it out boys, let’s fade it out now… Annie, you better rescue us because we don’t know how to end this!” Watch the performance below. Elsewhere during their Future Sounds set, Coldplay performed Everyday Life tracks “Orphans”, “Arabesque”, “Lovers in Japan”, “Guns”, “Everyday Life”, and “Daddy”. For the session, they were accompanied by string […]

Prince Estate unearths deluxe reissue of 1999: Stream

The Prince Estate and Warner Bros. Records have released a deluxe reissue of 1999, The Purple One’s legendary 1982 record. Stream it below via Apple Music or Spotify. Today’s reissue features the first-ever remastering of the original 1999. It’s also highlighted by 35 previously unreleased tracks, like the preview track “Don’t Let Him Fool Ya” from earlier in the month. These were all pulled from Prince’s famed vault, which is rumored to hold nearly a century’s worth of music. (Read: The Top 10 Definitively Prince Songs) In addition to the below digital version, the 1999 reissue comes as a treat-filled Super Deluxe Edition. This version delivers all the audio Prince officially released in and around 1982, 23 previously unissued studio tracks recorded between November 1981 and January 1983, and a complete live performance from the “1999 Tour” recorded in Detroit, Michigan on November 30th, 1982. The Super Deluxe Edition also includes Prince’s previously unseen handwritten lyrics for several songs from the era, including “Little Red Corvette”, alongside rare photography from Prince’s early ’80s photographer, Allen Beaulieu. Rolling Stone critic David Fricke, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, radio host Andrea Swensson, and Prince scholar Duane Tudahl penned new liner notes. You can buy […]

Lewis Capaldi pulls out of show due to voice woes

Scottish singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi cancelled his concert in Southampton, England at short notice on Thursday. The Someone You Loved hitmaker was due to appear at the O2 Southampton Guildhall venue, but took to Instagram just hours before the gig to apologise to fans and explain that his vocal woes meant he would not be performing. “Am so so gutted to be typing this message. Have been having trouble with my voice again this week and have been struggling through the past few shows and woke up today sounding rubbish,” his statement read. “This morning I had an urgent check up with a ENT doctor and they’ve told me that to have any chance of finishing this tour we’ll need to cancel tonight’s show at O2 Guildhall in Southampton. “I was hoping that a night off from performing yesterday would allow me some recovery time for tonight but unfortunately that has not been the case.” The 23-year-old apologised to fans and promised to add another Southampton date soon. Lewis’ next gig is at the O2 Brixton Academy in London on Friday.

Faith No More, Deftones to headline inaugural Sunstroke Festival

Sunstroke is the name of a new hard-rock festival taking place in Punchestown, Ireland next summer, and it’s making quite the first impression. Faith No More will headline the two-day festival as part of their first European tour in five years. Joining them on the lineup are Deftones, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Killing Joke, Gojira, Refused, The Hu, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, and Pup, among others. Sunstroke goes down June 13th-14th, 2020 at Punchestown Racecourse. You can find more information, including ticketing details, at the festival’s website. Consequence of Sound RSS Feed