Alanis Morissette’s Jagged Little Pill Musical Gets Broadway Premiere Date

Back in 2017, it was announced that screenwriter Diablo Cody (Juno, Tully) had penned a musical based on Alanis Morissette’s 1995 album Jagged Little Pill. Now, it’s coming to Broadway. The production will open for previews at New York’s Broadhurst Theatre on November 3, with an opening night slated for December 5. Pre-sale tickets for the play will be available May 6-8, and you can purchase them here. Check out a version of “You Learn” from the production below. https://twitter.com/jaggedmusical/status/1124343025637965824 Jagged Little Pill is directed by Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus, and will feature songs off of Morissette’s landmark album as well as other tracks from her discography. Last year, the musical made its debut with a sold-out, 10-week run at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The cast of the show has yet to be announced. Read Pitchfork’s list “The 50 Best Albums of 1998.” [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Winnie the Pooh actor Jim Cummings accused of sexual assault, animal abuse by ex-wife: Report

(Editor’s note: The following article contains descriptions of sexual assault, domestic abuse, and animal abuse.) Reports have emerged from The Blast regarding court documents from an ongoing case between veteran actor (and longtime voice of Winnie the Pooh) Jim Cummings and his ex-wife Stephanie. In them, Stephanie accuses Cummings of rape, animal abuse, and sustained harassment of her over several years. The couple initially separated in 2011. The Blast reported the news based on court documents obtained (which were not included in the article), from legal filings between the two in their divorce proceedings. In the documents, Stephanie alleges that Cummings “has engaged in physical, sexual and emotional abuse including but not limited to death threats, rape, and various sexual deviant behavior forced upon me without my consent.” The court claims speak to a battery of abusive behavior during and after their marriage, from harassment in front of their children (the ) to drug abuse to repeated violations of restraining orders. In the filings, Stephanie also alleges that “…she was raped by Jim in 2013, and allegedly filed a police report over the incident but did not give more detail. In open court testimony, Stephanie describes how she entered rehab after the […]

Zac Efron: Metallica’s James Hetfield “crushed” his role as a cop in Ted Bundy movie

James Hetfield in Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, via Brian Douglas (COTA Films) The new movie Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile premieres on Netflix and in select movie theaters this Friday (May 3rd), and actor Zac Efron, who stars as serial killer Ted Bundy, has nothing but praise for Metallica frontman James Hetfield’s role in the film. Hetfield plays Officer Bob Hayward, the highway patrolman who arrested Bundy in 1975. While it may be his first dramatic acting role, Hetfield had previous experience working with the film’s director, Joe Berliner, who co-directed the infamous Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Efron was asked by the late-night host about working with the Metallica legend, and the actor immediately applauded at hearing Kimmel utter Hetfield’s name. “He comes on the set, and it’s one of the more pivotal moments,” began Efron. “It’s the moment that Ted actually got caught for the first time — he ran a stop sign. And James Hetfield plays the policeman that picks him up.” Efron continued, “And James Hetfield, to his credit, and absolutely nailed the part, he just crushed it. It’s like he’s been acting his own life. […]

Listen to Thom Yorke’s New Songs “Don’t Fear the Light” and “Gawpers”

On Sunday, April 28, BBC Radio 3 program “Unclassified” shared brand new music from Thom Yorke. “Unclassified” presenter Elizabeth Alker played Yorke’s first-ever classical piece “Don’t Fear the Light,” as well as a recording of the live premiere of Yorke’s song “Gawpers.” Listen to “Don’t Fear the Light” around 27:30 and “Gawpers” at 47:20 on the archived “Unclassified” episode. Both original songs were debuted in concert during the “Minimalist Dream House” performance at the Philharmonie de Paris on April 7. Neither have been unavailable until now, “Gawpers” having been performed live only four times as part of Yorke’s recent tour. “Unclassified”’s broadcast of the pieces marks the first time they’ve been played on the radio. “Don’t Fear the Light” is a three-part composition for two pianos, electronics, and modular synthesizer. “Minimalist Dream House” was orchestrated by sisters Katia and Marielle Labeque, and featured performances by the National’s Bryce Dessner, French composer, and producer David Chalmin, in addition to Yorke. Sunday’s episode of “Unclassified” also aired Yorke’s performance of “Suspirium,” a track his recent soundtrack for Luca Guadagnino’s remake of Suspiria. Read “Thom Yorke’s Contemporary Classical Debut Is a Daring Triumph: Live Review” over on the Pitch. Pitchfork RSS Feed

Contestants are forbidden from betting $69 or $666 on Jeopardy

Nerds are currently in a tizzy about Jeopardy! ’s reigning champion James Holzhauer. Using hyper-aggressive betting tactics backed with quick reflexes and a massive knowledge base, the pro sports bettor has been breaking records on a near nightly basis and is close to surpassing Ken Jennings’ $2.5 million in total winnings. During a discussion about Holzhauer’s unique gaming style, Jennings divulged details of a rule that prevents contestants from wagering certain amounts during Final Jeopardy. The conversation started after Jennings quipped that “I don’t feel I get enough credit for making small, sensible Jeopardy wagers, which helped the show with its prize budget.” After a fan joked about him consistently betting $69 each night, Jennings confirmed that the amount was now “officially forbidden on Jeopardy now, as of last year.” Turns out $69 is one of five banned wager amounts, though the other four are drastically less sexy. The devil’s number, $666, is similarly banned, as are three numbers associated with neo-Nazi propaganda ($14, $88, and $1488). this is officially forbidden on Jeopardy now, as of last year.not even joking. — Ken Jennings (@KenJennings) April 23, 2019 In other Jeopardy! related news, in March, Alex Trebek revealed that he was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic […]

Adult Swim announces Metal Swim 2 compilation featuring Baroness, Sunn O))), Eyehategod, and more

Adult Swim, the beloved TV programming block and conduit for some of the most amazing modern music, just unveiled the second volume in their Metal Swim compilation series, Metal Swim 2. The digital-only, streaming collection is a great overview of the current metal scene, pulling together exclusive songs from the likes of Baroness, Sunn O))), Eyehategod, Botanist, Author & Punisher, Oathbreaker, Alien Weaponry, and many more. The compilation will be available to stream in its entirety starting next Friday, May 3rd, over at AdultSwim.com. Metal Swim 2 was curated by Laura Sterritt, a producer that has been part of the Adult Swim team since 2015. She had this to say about the music available on this comp: “The spirit of metal manifests for listeners in all kinds of ways: as an art form, as an emotional outlet, and just good ol’ fashioned fun. I was excited to curate this group of forerunners from metal’s wide swath of subgenres, so both longtime metalheads and newcomers alike could find something within that resonates with them.” The full tracklist for the compilation has yet to be revealed and won’t be until stream goes live on May 3rd. What we do know is that […]

ScHoolboy Q drops new single “CrasH”: Stream

This Friday, ScHoolboy Q will return with his latest album, CrasH Talk , via Top Dawg Entertainment. In anticipation, he’s unveiled one final preview track. “CrasH” comes on the heels of previously revealed offerings “Numb Numb Juice” featuring Tyler, the Creator and “CHopstix” featuring Travis Scott. While these past two singles sported special guests, this latest number finds the Los Angeles rapper on his own, spitting an easy flow over the two-and-a-half-minute song’s laidback beat. Listen to “CrasH” below. CrasH Talk follows up ScHoolboy Q’s acclaimed 2016 Blank Face LP and a handful of one-off songs and collaborations. The 14-track collection also sports cameos from Kid Cudi, 21 Savage, Lil Baby, Ty Dolla $ign, and YG Consequence of Sound RSS Feed

Eminem’s Definition of “Stan” Added to Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary now has two entries for Eminem’s definition of the word “stan.” It appears as both a noun (“an extremely or excessively enthusiastic and devoted fan”) and a verb (“to exhibit fandom to an extreme or excessive degree” or “to be an extremely devoted and enthusiastic fan of someone or something”). All definitions are categorized as “slang, often disparaging.” The entries cite Eminem’s 2000 song “Stan.” In 2017, the Eminem definition of “stan” was added to the Oxford English Dictionary. Stan joins more than 640 other new words to be added to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary (including EGOT). https://twitter.com/MerriamWebster/status/1120700525253681152 [embedded content] Pitchfork RSS Feed

Damon Albarn says music “needs” to be more political

Last November saw Damon Albarn and the rest of The Good, The Bad & The Queen finally release their long-awaited sophomore album, Merrie Land. As the band told Consequence of Sound in a Track By Track breakdown of the excellent record, the LP is chock-full of political references. “Written in the tumultuous wake of Brexit, the album may be the first to offer such a vividly impressionistic accounting of the 2016 referendum’s far-reaching (and increasingly unexpected) fallout at home and abroad,” wrote our own Tyler Clark, who conducted the TBT interview. Now, Albarn is hoping others follow his lead, as NME points out. In an interview with BBC Radio 6’s Gemma Cairney on Sunday, he insisted that it’s now necessary that artists take more political stances in their music, especially when it comes to Brexit, a landmark decision that Albarn considers “so depressing.” (Read: A Punk Playlist for the Dying Days of Donald Trump) “On the surface, it makes sense to me to stay friends with your neighbours – that just seems like basic common sense,” Albarn said early on in a convo about the UK’s choice to pull out of the European Union, which has had plenty of economic and […]

Sherly Crow duest with Johnny Cash on new version of “Redemption Day”: Stream

Sheryl Crow plans to release what she’s previously called her “final album” later this summer. Though no firm details have been revealed, the record is said to feature a number of collaborations with the likes of Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks, and St. Vincent. Johnny Cash also appears from beyond the grave, dueting on a reworking of Crow’s 1996 track “Redemption Day”. Cash actually first encountered the song in 2003 after being introduced to it by his son-in-law. The Man in Black approached Crow about covering “Redemption Day”, but first drilled her about the depth of meaning. “He asked a lot of questions about different lines and what I meant,” Crow recalled in a press release. “He didn’t want to put his voice to the song without being able to believe it heart and soul.” He ended up recording his own take on the anti-war track, though it wasn’t released until after his death, appearing on 2010’s posthumous American VI: Ain’t No Grave. After playing alongside Cash’s rendition during her 2014 tour, Crow decided to take “Redemption Day” back into the studio to record a new duet version. The update comes to us via a music video directed by Shaun Silva […]