Against Me! – Because of the Shame

Off to see Against Me! tonight with a review to follow (if I don’t fangirl too much)

We used to get high together, instead of getting high alone.
Can’t remember the last time I saw you.
Can’t remember the last time we talked.
You left home for a fresh start,
Working as a waitress down in Bradenton.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Don’t it seem so detached and unreal? Don’t it seem so far away?
Like the past never happened, or like nothing’s ever changed.
With your casket open in front of me,
Your eyes closed and your lips silent.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Didn’t listen to the preacher.
Couldn’t look your husband in the eyes.
I’m not sure what I meant to you then,
So I’m not sure what I owe you now.
But if something I said hurt you
I swear it was not my intention.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Can you hear me right now?
Can you hear me right now?

Disclosure and Sam Smith perform together on Kimmel

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Disclosure and Sam Smith have went stateside to perform their smash hit single ‘Latch’ to American audiences on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Teaming up over two years ago, electro brother-duo Disclosure and Sam Smith released the song ‘Latch’ that propelled both acts up the charts and sending them to break into the American charts.

Performing together on the outdoor stage yesterday (4 August), ahead of Disclosures gig at the Outside Lands Music Festival in San Francisco, talk show host Kimmel and his audience got a majestic performance of ‘Latch’.

It’s a big summer for Disclosure as they are set to perform at this years Reading and Leeds Festivals (22 – 24 August).

You can watch the performance below.

Man’s finger is bitten off at Jay Z and Beyoncé concert

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A man is reportedly being held on suspicion of biting the tip of another man’s finger off during a Jay Z and Beyoncé concert at LA’s Rose Bowl Stadium on Saturday (2 August).

During the first of a two-night stint of Beyoncé and Jay Z’s On The Run tour, Roberto Alcaraz Garnica, 25, allegedly groped a woman at the stadium.

When Garnica was confronted by the woman’s boyfriend a physical altercation ensued leading to Garnica biting off the tip of the other man’s finger, report police.

Garnica was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery and mayhem, which is legally defined as disabling or disfiguring part of a victim’s body.

The unnamed boyfriend, said to be in his 20s, was take to hospital to receive treatment.

Power couple, Jay Z and Beyoncé’s On The Run tour will come to a close with two performances scheduled mid September in Paris.

Published on Electric Banana.

Foo Fighters have finished work on new album

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Foo Fighters producer Butch Vig has confirmed the rockers have finished work on their ‘epic’ new album.

The producer, a member of Garbage, worked with Dave Grohl on Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ hit album and revealed the news via his twitter account: “We are officially done with the new Foo Fighters album. 23 straight days mixing! IT’S EPIC!!!”

Alongside the new album a mini series called ‘Sonic Highways’, to be broadcast on HBO, will document the recording process of the album recorded in eight different studios in eight states across America. This will be Grohl’s second attempt at directing after his award winning 2013 documentary, ‘Sound City’.

Foo Fighters will return to the UK to perform at the closing concert for the Invictus Games held in September.

The event will take place at London’s Queen Elizabeth’s Olympic Park on 14 September. Foo Fighters will headline the event with acts including Rizzle Kicks, Kaiser Chiefs, Ryan Adams, The Vamps, Ellie Goulding, James Blunt, Diversity and Military Wives Choirs. The 26,000 capacity outdoor concert will take place between 5pm to 10pm and will be broadcast by the BBC.

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Lily Allen speaks out about Radio 1

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Lily Allen has criticised BBC Radio 1 stating, “nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing”.

Having recently dropped the ‘Hard Out Here’ singer from their playlists, Allen has made negative comments towards the station.

The singer, who recently stepped in for Two Door Cinema Club to headline Latitude festival, said: “The truth is nobody knows what the fuck they’re doing. They can pretend they’ve got a formula that works and [that] they ‘know’ they’re exactly in control of the game but they’re just not. No one knows.”

Allen also went on to comment about sexism within the music industry stating: “The music industry is run mainly by elder males. It sits better with them to be able to assert their power and control over something that they see as weak and I think they probably see women as weak.”

Having returned to the spotlight after a lengthy hiatus the gobby singer has also spoken out about her most recent release, ‘Sheezus’ and the quality of the record.

“The first thing I came back with was ‘Hard Out Here’,” the singer said. “And that was important to me, a real statement of intent, even though you couldn’t put it on the radio over here because it had too much swearing. Maybe the songs aren’t good enough this time, who knows? I just know I can’t wait to get back into the studio.”

 

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U2 set to release new album ‘before end of the year’

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It has been reported U2 will release a new album in November and are “very confident” with their comeback.

The Irish rockers have not released new music since 2009’s ‘No Line On The Horizon’ but are said to have been recording with producer Danger Mouse for their upcoming LP.

A spokesperson for the band has denied rumours that the album has been pushed back until 2015 with reports stating “the new album will drop before the end of the year, most likely in November”.

The report went onto say: “The U2 comeback is very much on for this year. This album has been a real struggle for them to make. It’s taken a long time and Bono didn’t find it easy. But they’re very confident now and are convinced the wait has been worth it.”

Suggestions have also been made that U2 will perform at London’s Roundhouse in September as part of the iTunes festival.

The end of 2014 looks set to be busy for U2 with singer Bono and The Edge also working with ‘Once’ director, John Carney on a musical.

Published on Electric Banana.

Alleged early recording by Eminem uploaded to YouTube

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An alleged recording of 16-year-old Eminem rapping on the track, ‘Poo Butt Daily’ has been uploaded to YouTube.

The song, believed to have been recorded between 1988 and 1991, features Eminem rapping alongside his early collaborator Soul Intent, now known as Chaos Kid.

Release of the track comes a week after footage of a young Kanye West performing in a record store was made public.

West, 19 at the time, was performing in the now defunct Fat Beats record shop in New York in 1996 five years before his big break producing Jay Z’s 2001 single, ‘Izzo (HOVA)’.

Eminem is scheduled to perform at the MTV Video Music Awards where he has received seven nominations. The successful rapper will take the stage with Rihanna to perform their popular single ‘The Monster’ together for the first time before heading on their joint US tour.

Who knows, we might be entering a period where a string of never before seen footage and unheard tracks of popular rappers are being released; or it might all just be one big publicity stunt.

 

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“Kanye West is like my school principal” says Lorde

tumblr_muacg4tpfs1sjefd9o1_500Lorde has commented that rapper Kanye West is similar to a “school principal” after West revealed he was a fan of the ‘Royals’ singer’s music.

Singing sensation Lorde made the comment during an interview with The Guardian where she also addressed rumours that she was in fact 35 and her Grammy Award speech was censored.

She said: “That sort of thing is quite meta. The fake Grammys speech was a little lame. On the other hand, it’s amazing that they’ve dedicated a Subreddit to my ‘real’ birthdate. People revel in having an alien opinion, and I do, too. It’s important. It’s complete unfiltered democracy.

The New Zealand pop singer rose to fame after the release of her debut album ‘Pure Heroine’ and earlier this year announced work on it’s follow up. Lorde revealed her new album will be “totally different” to her previous work as she believes to have grown as an artist and songwriter.

She commented: “I think I’ve learned so much as a songwriter, there’s going to be so much of an improvement because of that. I’m working on stuff quite tentatively, it’s definitely still at the beginning and yeah, it’s totally different.”

 

She added: “I wrote the last album about that world which was the suburb where I grew up and populated by my friends and people who were really familiar to me. Now I’m in a different place every day and I’m with new people every day and it’s a different vibe.”

Lorde continues to grow in popularity and recently performed with Nirvana during their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame; time will tell if her new music is worth the wait.

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Lana Del Rey reveals label’s dissatisfaction with ‘Ultraviolence’

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Lana Del Rey has revealed that her record label were initially dissatisfied before the release of her latest album ‘Ultraviolence’.

Controversial American singer, Del Rey spoke out about Interscope and Polydor’s discontent to release her third album leading to a six-week period where the record was in limbo.

Speaking to Rolling Stone she said: “I mean, I think there were people they wanted me to work with, I don’t know who they were. When I said I was ready, they were like, ‘Are you sure? Because I feel like you could go further.'”

‘Ultraviolence’ was largely produced by The Black Key’s vocalist Dan Auerbach who has also voiced his frustration towards the album’s late release due to label interference for a more commercial sounding LP.

“There was a lot of bullshit I’m not used to,” said Auerbach. “The label says, ‘We’re not going to give you the budget to extend this session unless we hear something.’ And we send them the rough mix and they fucking hate it and they hate the way it’s mixed. And it’s like, ‘Thanks, asshole.’… I think Lana put her foot down. Maybe it’s normal for her, but it’s not normal for me. Really rubbed me the wrong way. I got really defensive because I thought it was bullshit.”

He continued: “The story I got told is that they played it for her label person and they said, ‘We’re not putting out this record that you and Dan made unless you meet with the Adele producer’. And she said, ‘Fine, whatever.’ And she was late to the meeting, so while they were waiting, the label guy played what we recorded for the Adele producer and he said, ‘This is amazing, I wouldn’t do anything to change this.’ And here’s the kicker: Then all of a sudden, the label guy said, ‘Well, yeah, I think it’s great, too.'”

Despite a delayed release ‘Ultraviolence’ debuted at No. 1 in multiple countries and has since went on to release more than 185,000 copies with a world tour announcement in the pipeline.

It goes to show the artists might know a bit more about the music than the ‘suits’.

 

Published on Electric Banana.

Blondie hint at final world tour

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Blondie drummer Clem Burke has revealed that the band’s current world tour may be the last for the New York rockers.

During a recent interview with Burke, 58, it was announced that singer Debbie Harry has hinted that their current world tour would be the last time Blondie hit the road.

Burke said: “By the time we get to beautiful Vancouver, we will have toured Europe, played Glastonbury and done a number of big festivals in North America.

As for the rumours of the last tour, we’ve decided we’ll live forever. But Debbie, is older than me and has hinted it could be time. Obviously without her, there is no Blondie.”

Debbie Harry, now aged 69, and co have recently performed at Glastonbury festival alongside dates in London and Sheffield last month.

Blondie have recently released two-disc greatest hits album ‘Blondie 4(0) Ever’ alongside new record, ‘Ghosts of Download’ the band’s first release since 2011.

Blondie will play:

August 19 – Bristol O2 Academy

August 20 – Leicester O2 Academy

August 27 – Glasgow O2 ABC

Ticket availability can be found at ticketmaster.co.uk.

 

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