Grammy-winning blues rock duo The Black Keys have hit the studio for a new album.
The last Grammys showed that The Black Keys have truly broken through, scoring gold statuettes for Best Alternative Music Album Best Recording Package, and Best rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Now, according to Antiquiet, the boys are back in the studio to record their seventh album.
Frontman Dan Auerbach said about the process, ‘t’s the fastest we’ve ever played. The new album doesn’t sound like Brothers. It doesn’t have that open soul feel to it. It’s way more driving and the tempos are really fast.’
He added about his approach to the new tunes, ”ve never been into guitar solos. I really like when every instrument in the band is a rhythm instrument. This record has a lot of that going on ‘ guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards all working together as a rhythm instrument. But unlike Brothers, which has more of these slower songs with an open feeling, [the new LP] is definitely fast.’
Sounds promising. And only a year after the release of Brothers. Nice.
Lady Gaga Dominates MTV VMAs With 8 Wins. It was Lady Gaga’s night at the MTV Video Music Awards Sunday. The award show’s most nominated artist for a single year in its history made history by winning 8 moon men, the most awards garnered by a female performer. The 24-year-old singer’s “Bad Romance” won 7 categories, including Video and Female Video of the Year, Pop Video, and Dance Video. Her “Telephone” won Collaboration with Beyonce Knowles. She thanked her “little monsters” for the voting. She gave a big “thank you” to all the gays as well.When she took the stage to receive her Video of the Year award from Cher no less, she fulfilled a promise by announcing the name of her new album. “I was so nervous for tonight that I would let my fans down. I promised that if I won tonight, I’d announce the name of my new record.” “It’s called ‘Born This Way,’” she was before she sang a few lines from a track. Eminem is the second biggest winner of the night. His “Not Afraid” won Male Video and Hip-Hop Video at the show. And while he was able to share the stage with Rihanna when they performed their chart-topping track “Love the Way You Lie,” he wasn’t around anymore to receive his trophies. It turned out he had a flight to catch as he was due to perform with Jay-Z in New York the following day. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Taylor Swift kept their feud alive after a year. They separately took the stage and performed personal songs that addressed last year’s row when West crashed Swift’s acceptance speech. Swift performed first with an unnamed son, taking an aim at the rapper with its lyrics that include: “Some things you can’t speak of, but tonight you live it all again” and “You have new Septembers. Everyone one of us has messed up, too.’ West confused audience with “Runaway.” It was not clear if he was self-deprecating or saluting other “douchebags” of the world. “You’ve been putting up with my s*** for way too long,” he sang. “Let’s have a toast for the scumbags. Let’s have a toast for the jerk****. Baby, I got a plan. Runaway fast as you can.”
List of winners:
Video of the Year: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Female Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Male Video: “Not Afraid,” Eminem
•Best New Artist: Justin Bieber, “Baby”
•Rock Video: “Kings and Queens,” 30 Seconds to Mars
•Pop Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Hip-Hop Video: “Not Afraid,” Eminem
•Breakthrough Video: “Tighten Up,” The Black Keys
•Collaboration: “Telephone,” Lady Gaga feat. Beyonce
•Dance Video: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Choreography: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Editing: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Direction: “Bad Romance,” Lady Gaga
•Special Effects: “Uprising,” Muse
•Art Direction: “Dog Days Are Over,” Florence + the Machine
•Cinematography: “Empire State of Mind,” Jay-Z and Alicia Keys
•Tre3s Latino Artist of the Year: Aventura
The Specials cancel New York show. The Specials have been forced to cancel an appearance in New York due to visa issues. The band were scheduled to play New York’s SummerStage on Canadian fans need not panic, however. The band will still be playing their scheduled Toronto dates on August 27 and 28. The band plan to return to the USA in 2011 after having such a good time on their first American tour in thirty years earlier this year, which included a triumphant performance at California’s famed Coachella Festival. Other artists appearing at the SummerStage this summer include Jimmy Cliff, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys and Public Enemy
“Glee” is on top again. The hit Fox show earns its second #1 album in recent weeks with the debut of “Glee – The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers” at the top of the Billboard albums chart. The third full-length soundtrack in the series of “Glee” releases, “Showstoppers” sold 136,000 for the top debut. “Glee” last hit #1 with the release of the “Power of Madonna” EP. Another EP, “Journey to Regionals,” is set to be released on June 8th. At #2 is a reissue of the classic Rolling Stones album “Exile,” which sold another 76,000 copies of its remastered and new deluxe versions, including a box set. The album spent four weeks at #1 on Billboard when originally released in 1972.At #3 is a debut from the Black Keys, earning its highest chart position and sales week for their new album, “Brothers.” They sold 73,000 copies their first week. Dropping down to #4 is last week’s #1 album, Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0,” which actually sees a sales increase this week with 63,000 copies sold. At #5 is the collboration album from Damian Marley and Nas, “Distant Relatives,” debuting with 57,000 copies. The album earns Nas his tenth top 10 and Marley his second. Down to #6 is Lady Antebellum with “Need You Now,” selling 46,000 copies this week. The next chart entry comes from rockers Band of Horses and their latest album, “Infinite Arms.” The album earns the band their highest debut at #7 and sales week, moving 45,000 copies. At #8 is Usher, moving down a spot with “Raymond v. Raymond” selling 41,000 copies. Closing out the top 10 are AC/DC, who move down five spots to #9 with the soundtrack to “Iron Man 2,” moving 32,000 copies this week. At #10 is LCD Soundsystem with their latest, “This Is Happening.” The “Drunk Girls” singers also earn their highest chart debut and sales week, moving 31,000 copies of the album in its first week. Billboard Top 200 Albums Week Ending June 5th, 2010:
1. Glee—The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers, Soundtrack
2. Exile, The Rolling Stones
3. Brothers, The Black Keys
4. My World 2.0, Justin Bieber
5. Distant Relatives, Damian Marley and Nas
6. Need You Now, Lady Antebellum
7. Infinite Arms, Band of Horses
8. Raymond V. Raymond, Usher
9. Iron Man 2, AC/DC
10. This Is Happening, LCD Soundsystem
Tu 5/25: Sarah Jessica Parker, the Black Keys on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN, CBS. Sarah Jessica Parker, A child performer who went on to become an adult actor in one of the more radical transformations in the history of the American entertainment industry, Sarah Jessica Parker has captained both a career and a public image that could be accurately classified under the heading Revenge of the Nerd. As a pubescent actor most famous for her roles in the acclaimed high school-set TV series Square_Pegs and in the big screen’s Footloose and Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Parker played the skinny girl with frizzy hair who was either the sidekick or underdog; when she wasn’t cleaning up after Lori Singer in Footloose, she was battling snotty rich girls for the right to dance on local television in Girls Just Want to Have Fun. However, thanks to perseverance, talent, a fabulous stylist, and an HBO series called Sex and the City, Parker had emerged, by the end of the 1990s, as one of the most glamorous and employable actors around, known as much for the designer frocks she wore to awards ceremonies as for her work on the screen. Born in Nelsonville, OH, on March 25, 1965, as the fourth of eight siblings, Parker grew up in relative poverty following the divorce of her mother, an elementary school teacher, and her father, an aspiring writer. Raised by her mother and often out-of-work stepfather, she trained as a dancer and singer, bringing home paychecks from a young age. As a fledgling actor, Parker landed her first TV show at the age of eight; in 1976, after winning her first Broadway role in +The Innocents, her family moved to New Jersey to encourage her career. Parker worked on the stage for the next few years, touring — with four of her siblings — in the national company of +The Sound of Music and getting her first major break when she was chosen to take over the title role of +Annie on Broadway, from 1979 to 1980. Continuing her training at the American Ballet Theater and the New York Professional Children’s School, Parker made her film debut in the 1979 Rich Kids, which co-starred John Lithgow, Trini Alvarado, and Olympia Dukakis. In 1982, she won her first starring role in the aforementioned Square_Pegs, and then received additional attention thanks to her role as Lori Singer’s best friend and Chris Penn’s girlfriend in the 1984 hit Footloose. The following year, Parker kept on dancing — this time alongside a very young Helen Hunt — in the similarly winning Girls Just Want to Have Fun. The actor’s success in both films paved the way for steady work through the rest of the decade; in addition to her work on the big screen, Parker also starred in a number of TV shows, including the 1986 miniseries A Year in the Life and the drama series Equal Justice. The early ’90s saw Parker segue into more adult roles, playing the Southern Californian creation SanDeE* alongside Steve Martin in L.A. Story (1991), then earning both critical and cult credibility as Nicholas Cage’s fiancée in Honeymoon in Vegas (1992) and as the wife of consummate schlockmeister Ed Wood in Tim Burton’s celebrated 1994 film about Wood’s life and times. Offscreen, as well, she was garnering notice for her attachment to actor Matthew Broderick; Parker — who had been in high-profile relationships with Robert Downey Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr. — married Broderick in 1997. Following a turn as Mia Farrow’s daughter in the widely panned Miami Rhapsody (1995), supporting work in The First Wives Club and Burton’s Mars Attacks! (both 1996), and a number of New York productions (including +Sylvia, for which she earned a Drama Desk Award nomination), Parker landed the starring role of New York sex columnist Carrie Bradshaw on the new HBO series Sex and the City. Touted by some observers as the luckiest break in the actor’s career to date, the show, which focused on the sex lives of four close friends (played by Parker, Kim Cattrall, Cynthia Nixon, and Kristin Davis) became a huge hit among both critics and viewers, ensuring Parker — who won the Golden Globe for her work in 2000, 2001and 2002 — both steady employment and an unimpeachably chic image that was eons removed from the bony elbows and frizzy bangs of her days as a square peg.
The Twilight Saga : Eclipse soundtrack revealed. With the third movie in the Twilight series, `The Twilight Saga: Eclipse`, not far away the soundtrack featuring the lead song from Muse and a list of bands that reads like the ‘Who’s Who of Modern Rock’ has been unveiled. Beck and Bat For Lashes team up together for what could be an interesting sound from ‘Let’s Get Lost’. Vampire Weekend and Florence + The Machine feature amongst Muse, The Bravery, The Black Keys, Metric and The Dead Weather all feature.
Here is the tracklisting for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse:
1. Metric – ‘Eclipse (All Yours)’
2. Muse – ‘Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)’
3. The Bravery – ‘Ours’
4. Florence + The Machine – ‘Heavy In Your Arms’
5. Sia – ‘My Love’
6. Fanfarlo – ‘Atlas’
7. The Black Keys – ‘Chop And Change’
8. The Dead Weather – ‘Rolling In On A Burning Tire’
9. Beck and Bat For Lashes – ‘Let’s Get Lost’
10. Vampire Weekend – ‘Jonathan Low’
11. UNKLE – ‘With You In My Head (featuring The Black Angels)’
12. Eastern Conference Champions – ‘A Million Miles An Hour’
13. Band Of Horses – ‘Life On Earth’
14. Cee-Lo Green – ‘What Part Of Forever’
15. Howard Shore – ‘Jacob’s Theme’
Performance troupe duo Fischerspooner will be performing live at Avalon in Hollywood on Saturday, May 23rd. Tickets go on sale Friday, February 27th at 10 am. Fischerspooner is an art pop performance project created and helmed by Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner that makes music, dance, fashion, film and photography. Their work fuses fine art and pop culture, as in their renowned outsider pop shows bursting with stage effects presented in both art galleries and traditional concert halls. The band’s full-length albums include 1, a punked-up digital party record trussed with conceptual lyrics; and Odyssey, a rich emotional fantasia with a deep, expansive sound. Odyssey was released to critical acclaim. The album featured more structured songs than their first and had singles featured on episodes of Nip/Tuck. The single “Never Win”, went on to become the album’s biggest hit, and was well received in (both) clubs and radio, as well as being used in the 2005 Happy Madison movie, Grandma’s Boy. A taste of the unexpected and full of surprise flavors, Fischerspooner looks forward to unleashing their third album in May, 2009. Entertainment is a sophisticated pop epic bubbling with hooks, swirled with fresh ideas and sounds and is produced by Jeff Saltzman (The Killers, The Black Keys, The Sounds). On tour, the band’s music will be combined with an electric stage show bridging the worlds of art and pop. Warren Fischer and Casey Spooner met at the art institute of Chicago, where they collaborated on performance art pieces. Between 1998 and 2000 the duo moved to New York and wrote a spate of cool electronic tracks to accompany an ambitious new performance idea that took place at the Astor Place Starbucks. With the help of an ever-expanding network of dancers, singers, designers, and artists, the performances grew into large-scale arena-style pop spectacles that were soon staged in galleries and nightclubs all over the world including a summer-long residency at Ibiza’s Man-U-Mission in 2005, the largest nightclub in the world
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Let the great debates begin – the full official line-up for this year’s Coachella has finally been announced. The three day heat stroke of music will find Paul McCartney headlining the opening night in his first ever U.S. festival appearance, The Killers topping Saturday, and The Cure closing out the festival on Sunday night.
Also confirmed were Morrissey, My Bloody Valentine, Leonard Cohen, Franz Ferdinand, TV on the Radio, Fleet Foxes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Conor Oberst, Band of Horses, Beirut, The Black Keys, MSTRKRFT, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, Girl Talk, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Okkervil River, No Age, Lykki Li, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Los Campesions!, M. Ward, Jenny Lewis, Public Enemy, The Presets, Silversun Pickups, Hercules and Love Affair, Blitzen Trapper, and Paul Weller just to name a quick few.
Tickets go on sale January 30 at 9am via Ticketmaster. Three day passes will cost $269, with single day tickets going for $99. Check out more details here.