Tegan and Sara Join Beach Bunny on New Version of “Cloud 9”: Listen


Tegan and Sara have joined Beach Bunny, the Chicago band headed up by vocalist and guitarist Lili Trifilio, on a new version of their song “Cloud 9.” The original appeared on Beach Bunny’s 2020 album Honeymoon. The reworked version of the song features updated lyrics to include gender neutral and feminine pronouns. Listen to it below.

“We’re massive fans of Beach Bunny, and when we heard ‘Cloud 9’ for the first time fell in love with the brilliant lyrics and addictive melody,” Tegan and Sara said in a press release. They added:

We love that Lili was up to let us experiment with changing the pronoun in the chorus to she. The efforts made to make the song relatable to everyone, isn’t just about inclusivity, we think it’s a great indication of the flexibility and creative spirit of the band at its core!

Last year, Tegan and Sara released a new song called “Make You Mine This Season.” Their last album was 2019’s Hey, I’m Just Like You.

Tegan and Sara’s memoir High School, which is being adapted into a TV series, was named one of Pitchfork’s “Best Music Books of 2019.”



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Swizz Beatz and French Montana feature on first posthumous DMX release – Music News



A posthumous DMX song has been released featuring Swizz Beatz and French Montana.

The hip-hop legend tragically passed last Friday following a stint in an intensive care unit after suffering a heart attack at his home on 2 April.

Marking one week since his passing, a new track, Been To War, from the Forest Whitaker-starring series Godfather of Harlem, has dropped.

In a touching tribute to his late friend upon hearing the news of his death, Swizz wrote on social media: “My brother would take care of everybody before he would take care of himself.

“I’ve never seen a human like him – the closest thing to a prophet… there’s only one DMX.”

In a statement, the family of the Party Up hitmaker, real name Earl Simmons, said in a statement: “We are deeply saddened to announce today that our loved one, DMX, birth name of Earl Simmons, passed away at 50 years old at White Plains Hospital with his family by his side after being placed on life support for the past few days.

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him.

“Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.”



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Iron Maiden And West Ham United Build On Their Successful Collaboration With Launch Of New ‘Away Shirt’


IRON MAIDEN And WEST HAM UNITED Build On Their Successful Collaboration With Launch Of New 'Away Shirt'

“Die With Your Boots On” is the name of the successful collaboration that launched back in 2019 between IRON MAIDEN and the English professional football club West Ham United. With thousands of home shirts sold, there was huge appetite from West Ham and MAIDEN bassist Steve Harris to extend the range for fans around the world to enjoy in both football and music. The new West Ham/IRON MAIDEN away shirt (worn by West Ham attacking midfielder Saïd Benrahma and Steve Harris above) is accompanied with a new West Ham/IRON MAIDEN training jacket and a new range of IRON MAIDEN training wear.

Harris has been flying the flag for West Ham on stage for decades, with his bass guitar even featuring the club’s iconic logo. His love for the Hammers goes back to 1965 and many MAIDEN fans around the world have embraced Harris‘s passion for West Ham and taken up support for the club themselves, often appearing at concerts in Hammers apparel.

Harris was not going to turn down the opportunity to extend the range beyond the success of the original home shirt design.

“It was incredible to see the number of IRON MAIDEN and West Ham fans that picked up the initial home shirt,” he said. “With West Ham doing so well in the Premier League right now, it feels like a nice time to put out this ‘away’ shirt. I’m so happy to carry the MAIDEN/West Ham partnership further… who knows, it might bring us luck for a Champions league place, you never know! COYI!”

Tracey Stratton, licensing manager at West Ham, speaks of how popular the MAIDEN collaboration was with the West Ham fans when it launched back in 2019: “We’ve had a phenomenal response to our first shirt collaboration with IRON MAIDEN, selling out repeat orders several times. The fans’ reactions were amazing with huge engagement on social media. We are now excited to release the ‘away’ shirt as a first run exclusive online at www.officialwesthamstore.com, with further styles to follow as we continue this highly successful partnership. Come on you Irons!!”

The new “away” shirt and the “Die With Your Boots On” range are available to pre-order at this location, with a limited number of away shirts in stock and ready to ship from the West Ham store, officialwesthamstore.com.

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Nick Cave gives fan advice on tackling self-doubt in new letter


Nick Cave has given a fan advice on how to tackle self doubt in a new ‘Red Hand Files’ letter.

Replying to a letter Cave received from a fan asking if he suffered from self-doubt, Cave said: “The answer is yes, very much so.”

He continued: “My self-doubt tends to manifest itself in sudden, hot rushes of embarrassment, and usually emerges alongside a loss of playfulness or humour — or rather, when I start to take myself, and indeed life, too seriously.

“It seems to arise as a countering response to my own sense of self-importance. Self-doubt is common to us all, I suspect, and uncomfortable and unpleasant as it is, a certain amount can be the truest humanising force, keeping us humble, vulnerable, open-minded and connected to the world. But, of course, we need to remain vigilant and not allow our self-doubt to become compulsive — to imprison us, shut us down and make us incapable of forward movement.

“At these times, it is worth remembering that the world can be funny — as can we — and to not take ourselves too seriously.”

Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. Credit: Joel Ryan
Nick Cave & Warren Ellis. Credit: Joel Ryan

Cave went on to say the letter he received from fan from Thomas, who revealed that he grew up close to where Cave was from in Australia, was his “favourite.” Speaking about his admiration for the letter, Cave added: “You sent this letter some time ago and I keep coming back to it, responding to its wonderfully precise and tender heart.

“I’ve read it to several people, including film director and friend, Andrew Dominik, who basically cried, as did my normally steely assistant, Rachel. It reads like a Raymond Carver story — lean and lovely and sad — a world in every line. I have received and read around forty thousand letters on The Red Hand Files and yours is perhaps my favourite. I am very happy that this letter was written by a guy from my hometown of Melbourne — that makes me proud.

“But, Thomas, the main reason I am writing to you is to just say thank you for your letter, it is a superb thing, really, and something I will treasure. When I read it to Susie this morning she said, ‘What a lovely man.’ ‘Yeah, I know,’ I said ‘He’s from Melbourne.’”

Earlier this week (April 13), Cave and Warren Ellis announced a new seven-inch release titled ‘Grief’.

The release contains two songs, ‘Letter To Cynthia’ and ‘Song For Cynthia’. The former was written by Cave with music by Ellis, and the latter was composed and recorded as a duo. The music, available for purchase here, is inspired by a question a fan called Cynthia sent to The Red Hand Files.

Cave and longterm collaborator and Bad Seeds bandmate Ellis surprised fans with the release of their first studio album as a duo when ‘Carnage’ arrived to critical acclaim last month.

Last month Cave revealed that he and Ellis have recorded a live film featuring songs from the record alongside 2019 Bad Seeds album ‘Ghosteen‘ – directed by Andrew Dominik, who made the documentary One More Time With Feeling about the making of 2016 record ‘Skeleton Tree’.





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Black Keys Recorded New ‘Delta Kream’ LP in ‘About 10 Hours’


The Black Keys will release a new album, Delta Kream, on May 14. The record includes covers of blues songs originally performed by some of the duo’s influences.

The LP seemingly came together overnight, according to drummer Patrick Carney. “The session was planned only days in advance and nothing was rehearsed,” he said in a statement. “We recorded the entire album in about 10 hours, over two afternoons, at the end of the Let’s Rock tour.”

But the lightning turnaround time shouldn’t be mistaken for lack of commitment on the band’s part. Before they formed the Black Keys, Carney and singer and guitarist Dan Auerbach started out jamming with one another on old blues songs by John Lee Hooker, R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough. Delta Kream is a nod to those early days.

“We made this record to honor the Mississippi hill country blues tradition that influenced us starting out,” Auerbach said. “These songs are still as important to us today, as they were the first day Pat and I started playing together and picked up our instruments. It was a very inspiring session, with Pat and me along with Kenny Brown and Eric Deaton in a circle, playing these songs. It felt so natural.” (Brown and Deaton have played with the late Burnside and Kimbrough.)

The Black Keys have also unveiled the first single from the new album, “Crawling Kingsnake.” You can listen to it below.

“I first heard [John Lee] Hooker’s version in high school,” Auerbach said. “My uncle Tim would have given me that record. But our version is definitely Junior Kimbrough’s take on it. It’s almost a disco riff.”

“We fell into this drum intro; it’s kind of accidental,” Carney added. “The ultimate goal was to highlight the interplay between the guitars. My role with Eric was to create a deeper groove.”

You can see Delta Kream‘s track listing, along with the songs’ composers, below.

The Black Keys, ‘Delta Kream’ Track Listing
1. Crawling Kingsnake (John Lee Hooker / Bernard Besman)
2. Louise (Fred McDowell)
3. Poor Boy a Long Way From Home (Robert Lee Burnside)
4. Stay All Night (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
5. Going Down South (Robert Lee Burnside)
6. Coal Black Mattie (Ranie Burnette)
7. Do the Romp (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
8. Sad Days, Lonely Nights (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
9. Walk with Me (David Kimbrough, Jr.)
10. Mellow Peaches (Joseph Lee Williams)
11. Come on and Go with Me (David Kimbrough, Jr.)

 





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Silverstein Drop Topical New Song ‘Bankrupt’ + Book 2021 Tour


Post-hardcore heavyweights Silverstein have just released the topical new song “Bankrupt” and have announced a North American tour set to begin in early November later this year.

The band last released A Beautiful Place to Drown, their 10th studio album, last year right before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered the live events industry indefinitely. A 20th anniversary tour was nixed and, instead, Silverstein took the opportunity to head back into the studio to work on new material with global events serving as the lyrical catalyst.

“Bankrupt” is predicated upon jarring, lunging rhythms and a fractured song structure that speaks to the message that wealth and power are corruptive forces currently causing society to splinter.

Guitarist and songwriter Paul Marc said of the new track, “I don’t know how to feel anything but rage anymore. The rich are getting richer and poor are getting poorer. Wages are stagnant, tuition costs are rising, jobs are being automated/off-shored, costs of a home are laughable in most major cities. The walls feel like they’re closing in and escape is starting to feel impossible. Two-faced leaders and greedy elected officials line their pockets while stripping funding for the programs that we actually need. What are we supposed to do now? Looking out for one another on a community level is good, but changing a crooked system is better.”

Watch the music video further down the page and read the lyrics directly below.

View Silverstein’s fall tour dates at the bottom of the page as well and for tickets, head here.

Silverstein, Bankrupt Lyrics

Blow it up

Hail to the king of vanity
Praise to the lord of hostility
Hallejulah! Bless the bottom line
New day, same con
Works every time

Take it all ’til there’s nothing left
Never believed a word that you said
Destroyer you are become death
Sell out, cash in, but you’ll always be

Bankrupt

Hail to the king
Well, who’s the fucking king?
I won’t be bowing to power I’ll never kiss the ring
Fake fortunes on the backs of the unfortunate
Stock options only offset the loneliness

Money talks but time’s going deaf
Can’t buy back the life that you spent
Destroyer you are become death
Sell out, cash in, but you’ll always be…

I’m waiting for an answer
Life is a disaster we’re going through
Time keeps on moving backwards
The world is a cancer coming for you

Everybody’s got a knife to their neck
If they’re coming for them, they’re gonna come for you next
Nobody’s life is worth as much as the check
They’re gonna sign it in blood with the tip of the bayonet

Fuck!

Blow it up!

The deck is stacked
The game is rigged
The only rope they give
Chokes us when they pull the strings

I’m waiting for an answer
Life is a disaster we’re going through
(Take it all ’til there’s nothing left)
Time keeps on moving backwards
The world is a cancer coming for you
(Everybody’s got a knife to their neck)

Silverstein, “Bankrupt” Music Video

Silverstein 2021 North American Tour Dates

Nov. 04 — Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
Nov. 05 — Royal Oak, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Hall
Nov. 07 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Bogarts
Nov. 09 — Chicago, Ill. @ Concord Music Hall
Nov. 11 — Denver, Colo. @ Gothic Theatre
Nov. 13 — Salt Lake City, Utah @ The Depot
Nov. 15 — Portland, Ore. @ Hawthorne Theatre
Nov. 16 — Seattle, Wash. @ The Showbox
Nov. 18 — San Francisco, Calif. @ The Regency
Nov. 19 — Los Angeles, Calif. @ Belasco
Nov. 20 — Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
Nov. 21 — Las Vegas, Nev. @ Brooklyn Bowl
Nov. 23 — Tempe, Ariz. @ Marquee
Nov. 24 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sunshine
Nov. 26 — Dallas, Texas @ Gas Monkey Bar and Grill
Nov. 27 — San Antonio, Texas @ Vibes
Nov. 28 — Houston, Texas @ Warehouse Live
Nov. 30 — St Petersburg, Fla. @ Jannus Live
Dec. 03 — Atlanta, Ga. @ Masquerade
Dec. 12 — Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall

2021’s Most Anticipated Rock + Metal Albums

 





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Troye Sivan Takes Us for a Tour of His Home, Drops ‘You’


“You” is Sivan’s first release this year, his first with Regard and McRae, and it’s the followup to his 2020 EP In a Dream.

Want more of Sivan? He makes that happen by taking folks on a guided tour of his Melbourne home for Architectural Digest, which describes the Victorian-era digs (a former brick factory, we learn) as “unpretentious yet expertly decorated.”

If home is where the heart is, then Sivan is smitten with his pad. At the top, he explains that he was terribly homesick after five or six years living in the U.S, a long way from friends and family. “I’m so unbelievably happy here,” he says of Australia, “I just feel so at home and I wanted to put down roots.”

Roots, and branches. Sivan’s dining room table is adorned with a vase filled with apple tree branches. It’s Troye’s place, Troye’s rules. “It’s a really nice feeling to have a place that’s yours, where you can just kick back and relax. And enjoy your life. That’s what it’s all about,” he explains.

Stream “You” and take a tour of Sivan’s home below.



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Alanis Morissette Shares New Song “I Miss the Band”: Listen


Alanis Morissette has shared a new song called “I Miss the Band.” The single arrives months after the release of her 2020 LP Such Pretty Forks in the Road. Proceeds from the new track benefit Backline—a resource that connects music industry professionals and their family members with mental health and wellness providers. Check out the song below.

“Life in this industry can be incredibly isolating and difficult,” Morissette wrote on her YouTube page. “Backline provides a safe, private, and immediate place to go for help. Available for free to artists, managers, agents, crew, producers, labels, and their families, Backline programs offer case management, support groups, and wellness programs to meet the needs of this unique community.”

Such Pretty Forks in the Road marked Alanis Morissette’s first studio album in eight years, following 2012’s Havoc and Bright Lights. Last December, Girlpool remixed Morisette’s track “Reasons I Drink.” The remix was featured on the new Such Pretty Forks in the Mix EP.



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Annie Lennox joins daughter for orchestral performance – Music News



Annie Lennox gave her musician daughter Lola a huge boost on Thursday when she joined her for a live radio performance with the BBC Concert Orchestra.

The Eurythmics star co-produced the track Wherever You Go and took on backing vocals during a session for BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce Show. The pair were joined by string, percussion, brass and piano players for the remote performance.

The track, which explores long-distance relationships, was co-created by Lola, who told Press Association, “I absolutely loved working on this orchestral version of Wherever You Go with my mum. We had a fun afternoon where I taught her the melodies and harmonies that she would be singing, it was great to hear her voice on the song and to sing alongside her.”

Annie was also thrilled to be given the opportunity to collaborate with her daughter.

“Suffice to say – I absolutely love working with Lola,” she smiled. “It’s always a joy and a really wonderful place where we cease to be ‘mother/daughter’ but just two creative artists having fun with music together.”



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Ex Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Ron ‘Bumblefoot’ Thal On Music Business: ’99 Percent Of It Are People That Are Just Full Of Crap’


Ex-GUNS N' ROSES Guitarist RON 'BUMBLEFOOT' THAL On Music Business: '99 Percent Of It Are People That Are Just Full Of Crap'

In a new interview with The Sessions, former GUNS N’ ROSES and current SONS OF APOLLO guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal discussed the business skills he acquired through being involved in the music industry for more than three decades, both as a solo artist and a hired musician in one of the biggest rock bands in the world.

“The music business, 99 percent of it are people that are just full of crap,” Thal said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET). “I’m telling you straight up. Let me stare into this camera: 99 percent is B.S. … The music business is full of people that are just these manipulative survivalists that prey on passionate people, and there’s a whole lot of that. So you learn by getting screwed. [It’s] the best education you can get. You can take four or eight years of college, but until you’re getting screwed by the music business, by some nonsense record label, by a manager, some producers that aren’t really producers — they just get paid to sit on the couch while you’re doing all the engineering and they just sit back, eating on someone else’s dime, saying, ‘Do it again.’ ‘Well, what should we do different?’ ‘Just do it again’; you know, without a creative bone in their body — you learn what not to do. And it’s important — it’s very important.

“You should understand what every job, what every task entails so that you know when someone’s not doing their job,” he continued. “You should know how to manage; you should know how to book; you should know how to be a tour manager; you should know how to be a publicist; you should understand publishing and song placement and pushing that — you should understand all of it, and you should have some experience in it so that you know when someone is not doing their job. Because what you really want, what you hope for is to be the dumbest person in the room, surrounded by people that are experts and so much more qualified than you in all the tasks that you’ve delegated to them. At the same time, you have to be very careful — do not hand them the keys to your kingdom, because they will take advantage, and they will steal.”

Thal joined GUNS N’ ROSES in 2006 and appeared on the band’s much-maligned 2008 album “Chinese Democracy”, an effort which contained music that had been written before he came into the group. The disc took 13 years to make and was only a modest seller, moving just around half a million copies.

Thal never officially announced his departure from the GN’R, but a source confirmed to Detroit music writer Gary Graff back in 2015 that the guitarist had been out since the end of the band’s second Las Vegas residency in 2014.

Thal later revealed that he was focusing on his solo career and other projects after spending eight years playing in GUNS.

Thal is currently a member of SONS OF APOLLO, which also features drummer Mike Portnoy, keyboardist Derek Sherinian and bassist Billy Sheehan. SONS OF APOLLO released its second studio album, “MMXX” (pronounced: 20/20), in January 2020 via InsideOut Music/Sony.

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