Saturday, December 06, 2014

Rock Sick List: Bradford Cox

Deerhunter's Bradford Cox got hit by a car and is in both a bad way, and hospital:

Cox said he was hit by a car and was “still waiting for X-ray results or any real diagnoses” and that he “can’t move much” and is in “incredible pain.”

According to, Cox has been hospitalized at the Marcus Trauma Center in Grady Memorial Hospital.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Richie Hawtin kind-of embarrassed about pushing a monitor into a fan

It was an "unexpected turn" when Richie Hawtin pushed a heavy thing into a fan's face:

"Regarding the incident at Time Warp in New York this weekend which is being posted and talked about on the web, I would like to apologise here to the girl involved
It was not my intention that the speaker fell. Only to nudge the monitors in her direction and for her to understand that perhaps she had filmed enough. I was as surprised as I'm sure she was when it moved the way it did and the top speaker fell off of the stack. For that, I'm extremely sorry and embarrassed about what happened. This was never my intention. Sometimes being in the middle of the spotlight, continual cameras and glaring iPhone lights, things can get stressful and frustrating. I”m sorry that this frustration took an unexpected turn and took away from anyone's experience of Time Warp. I have tried to reach the girl to apologise personally but have not yet been able to track her down and will continue to try to contact her.”
It must be so frustrating to go onto a stage and discover that you've got a spotlight shining on you. Who wouldn't be surprised and confused under those circumstances?

Obit: Nick Talbot

It's hard to know how to describe Nick Talbot, whose death was confirmed yesterday. He was a musician, and a producer, ran a label, and wrote well about music, most notably for The Quietus.

As Gravenhurst, he provided an until then unnoticed missing link between Kevin Shields and James Taylor, eventually expanding his stage name into a full live band over a fifteen year period.

Warp Records, who released much of Talbot's work, issued a statement:

We are shocked and saddened to share the news that Nick Talbot aka Gravenhurst has passed away aged 37. An immensely talented singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and journalist, he will be hugely missed. Nick's family and friends request privacy at this difficult time.
Manager Michelle Hilborne added:
I am utterly devastated to confirm that Nick Talbot, also known under the performing name Gravenhurst, has passed away aged 37. The finest, most extraordinary and inspirational songwriter, singer and performer, and a remarkable producer and journalist, Nick's work has deeply affected so many people all over the world. Outstandingly intelligent, compassionate, fascinating and witty, Nick was the dearest friend and his absence brings indescribable sorrow.

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Indiegogo find upsell for crowdfunded projects

Ah, crowdfunding. It's great, but where's the profit for the clearing houses?

Perhaps in selling insurance.

Yes, IndieGoGo is experimenting with allowing crowdfunders the chance to purchase a PPI/Extended Warranty style product that will allow cash to be claimed back if a funded project fails to deliver.

Apart from the upselling aspect, there is surely a worry that if people working on projects are able to think 'well, the people who believed in me will get their money back if I don't deliver' that's going to lead to more, not fewer, abandoned projects and undermine the whole point of crowdfunding in the first place?

Jeremih Fuddruckers fracas

Billings Police are trying to bring Jeremih to justice, after his entourage were involved in a scrap at a Fuddruckers.

Fuddruckers. What is wrong with celebrities today? What happened to keeping your fights to a Waffle House car park?

Restaurant staff reported that members of the group ordered food and then hassled a young female employee. When the manager addressed the group and asked them calm down and move, members accused him of being racist and one of the men grabbed a microphone used to order food and spoke into it, Billings Police Dept. Chief Rich St. John said in early November.
Jeremih has said that the "incident" should never have happened and suggested that it was because of racism. You'd think he'd want his day in court.

Oh, and the concert he was in town to do? Managed three songs before disappearing, leaving the promoter struggling to repay the audience.

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Rolling Stone has chosen their best album

Oh, Rolling Stone, could you be any more of a Dad? With all of 2014's albums to choose from, you've chosen the one we didn't get to choose:

There was no bigger album of 2014 – in terms of surprise, generosity and controversy. Songs of Innocence is also the rebirth of the year. Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. put their lives on the line: giving away 11 songs of guitar rapture and frank, emotional tales of how they became a band out of the rough streets and spiritual ferment of Seventies Dublin.
Or 'fading brand attempt a desperate reboot by creating a Year Zero mythos; realising nobody would buy it, they force it into people's hands'. Who would fall for that schtick, bar another fading brand?

See the collection of everyone's best-of lists

Monday, December 01, 2014

Robbie Williams launches Christmas market surprise

Oh, what larks. The rump of tax-swerving middle-managers Take That are releasing an album today, called III (after the maximum rate of corporation tax they're prepared to countenance.)

But what is this coming from out of nowhere? It's a new Robbie Williams album:

Robbie Williams has announced a surprise new album. Under The Radar Volume 1, a collection of discards and demos that “cried out for a home”, is being released today, the same day as Take That’s III.

“[These are] loads and loads of songs that I’ve written that I’m incredibly passionate about,” Williams said in a handheld video to his fans. “I want you to hear them, otherwise they’re just going to remain in my computer!”
Robbie, it's the 21st Century. If your private files are remaining sat on your computer, that's probably a sign that nobody is interested in them.

It's like a battle for the number one slot. Except...
Although the digital edition won’t be available until 8 December, the CD version is on sale now. Williams is selling them exclusively through his website for £7.50 a pop, or £25 with an autograph.
... given the market for these records is clearly people whose search for a gift for older parents has dragged them into the back where Tesco racks the CDs, it's not really much of a battle. (It's also unclear if Williams' virtual selling of his CDs out the back of a van will be counted for chart returns, too.)

Madonna leaks; manager wants you to do his job for him

At first, it was just a bit of Madonna's forthcoming single, Rebel Heart, that had been pushed online.

That didn't make her happy.

But if Madonna was annoyed at her snatch leaking online, worse was to come. The whole thing is now out there.

People want to know what happened:

Guy Oseary took to Twitter to ask fans to assist in finding whoever was responsible for the leak.

He wrote: "I would be grateful to any @madonna fans that can assist us in finding those responsible for the leak. We appreciate your help."
Oseary is Madonna's manager. Not be confused with an ossuary, of course. One's job is to keep safe the skeletal remains of a human being; the other is an ossuary.

So, yes, Oseary has decided to ask Twitter if they knew "who was responsible". It's unclear if he followed up this with "nobody is in trouble, we just want to know" and "we're not angry, just disappointed".

It's surprising that Madonna's management team are so rickety they have to, effectively, ask the entire world who outsmarted them.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

This week just gone

The ten most-read things this November:

1. Jo O'Meara explains why she'd be racist all over again
2. Scott Stapp got married
3. Video: Le Prince Miiaou
4. The still-controversial sacking of Simon Bates
5. Ride return
6. RIP: Johnny Elichaoff
7. Lily Allen turned down Band Aid, says Lily Allen
8. Cerys finally storms palace; accepts MBE instead of instigating plan to make 'em all get jobs
9. Nearly forgotten person off The Voice nearly part of a scandal
10. Adele dissed for not taking part in Band Aid

These releases were worth punching someone in the face to buy on Black Friday:

David Sylvian - There's A Light That Enters Houses With No Other House In Sight

McCarthy - Complete Albums & Sessions

Various - Saint Etienne Presents Songs For A London Winter

Download Songs For A London Winter

Deus - Selected Songs

Download Selected Songs