Wes Scantlin has some serious songwriting to do in the coming days. His record label, Cleopatra Records, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday saying that the front man has failed to deliver any new songs for the label. According to the label Scantlin entered an agreement with the label back in February. His management was able to get forty five thousand dollars advance in exchange for ten new songs as well as remastered versions of four of the band’s previous hits. The date has come and gone and of course the label is seeking back that money in damages citing fraud and breach of contract.
Here’s Puddle of Mudd performing at their AOL Sessions back in 2003 when this one was a hit.
It’s hard to believe that it has been ten years since the seminal album Futures was released by Jimmy Eat World. Let that sink in for just a minute. Ten years have passed since the song “Pain” was first played on the radio. Ten years have passed and I am not twenty seven years old. I am sitting here writing a blog post about how Futures is now ten years old where as ten years ago I would have not done this quite simply because I lacked an internet connection.
Futures is my second favorite JEW record behind Bleed American but in it’s own right it is a fantastic record that deserves more credit than it probably gets. I was too young and jaded to really care what the critics say, I still am but I still look at that stuff.
JEW announced a huge tour in honor of their record turning ten. The band will not be hitting the city of Brotherly Love on this tour as they will be hitting the city on a separate tour a month before but if you want to catch this awesome show you will have to hit up the Sherman Theater.
10/2 Ventura, CA – Ventura Theater
10/3 Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades
10/4 Oakland, CA – Oakland Metro Opera
10/7 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater
10/10 Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
10/11 Bloomington, IL – Castle Theater
10/12 Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
10/13 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
10/15 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
10/16 Stroudsburg, PA – Sherman Theater
10/17 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater
10/18 Providence, RI – Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
10/20 Westbury, NY – Space at Westbury Hall
10/21 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
10/22 Raleigh, NC – The Ritz
We all have come to know and love the Westboro Baptist Church through the recent years. With their announcements of who they will boycott and picket with their anti-gay message and claim that the bible supports them. I feel that their organization really doesn’t need to be introduced here seeing as that they have been all over the news over the last few years.
They show up at soldier’s funerals and picket there, they protest which they are allowed to due to their freedom of speech but they cross a line, actually they leap over the line. Going to a funeral is one thing but spreading hate speech is a whole other situation. Now they are showing up to rock and roll concerts to well do what else but inflict their hate speech on concert goers.
On July 20th when alternative rock group Panic At the Disco plays in Kansas City the group will be there and in full force with songs that parody the band’s own music. We can tell the church is quite handy at Photoshop as evidenced by their Tweet earlier.
Not only do they have that but they also tweeted a link to this lovely piece of hate speech. The church also plans on doing the same to alt rockers Fall Out Boy when they hit the scene as well.
Frontwoman for the indie rock darlings the Yeah Yeah Yeahs has announced earlier today that she will be putting out a solo record this September. The album is entitled Crush Songs and yes the title does have some significance. “When I was 27, I crushed a lot. I wasn’t sure I’d ever fall in love again. These songs were written and recorded in private around this time. They were the soundtrack to what was an ever continuing love crusade. I hope they keep you company on yours.” She said in a note that was attached to her announcement.
Karen O has never released a solo record although she has done some semi solo work on the Where the Wild Things Are soundtrack. The Yeah Yeah Yeahs have been active for fourteen years and have put out four studio albums, the fourth one Mosquito having just launched last year.
Here is the video for “Maps:”
I woke up this morning unaware that today had any special significance at all other than it was June 25th, which happened to be a Wednesday. But lo and behold upon loading Twitter for the first time today I found that it is none other than the five year anniversary of the passing of our beloved pop star Michael Jackson.
A running gag I have seen online is that Jackson’s death is one of those you will remember exactly where you were when you found out that the King of Pop passed. Yeah I remember but it’s not because it was something that stood out in my mind, I don’t want to classify the death of Jackson as something that would be on par with the passing of JFK but I guess maybe it is.
Five years ago I was sitting in a different bed room then the one I live in now, on a different chair, at a different desk on the same computer. I was browsing Facebook, and I saw the news post from the same person I saw the Tweet from. I couldn’t believe it. We have a lot of celebrity death hoaxes in this day and age and that is because of the internet. A Google search revealed it to be true, Jacko was dead. And in that moment that very moment, the world stood still.
I wasn’t a big Jacko fan but I respected him. Yeah sure he may have done what he did with those children but what went on behind closed doors is not something we will ever know. His reputation was tarnished but his music will last forever. And for that we are thankful for the work that Jacko put out. His iconic status will be remembered forever for what he was, a pop star, one who changed a generation and not for the molestation of children. Much like our heroes Jacko’s misdeeds will eventually fade in time and that is what we can give to those who leave us behind.
Jacko will be forever remembered as the pioneer who changed our perceptions of pop music. He paved the way for the stars of today even if the tabloids and sitcoms mocked him it was his music that will last throughout the years. And it is today that we honor Michael Jackson the artist. The King of Pop.
Here is the second episode, although if I am correct my American friends cannot listen due to legal problems. Maybe I should try a different host next time then eh??
Al Yankovic is most well known for his parodies of modern and even music from the past. Many of his versions are at times better and if not more recognized by normal people than the original. Whenever I hear “Gangster’s Paradise” I can only think of “Amish Paradise” for example. But when Al announced the other day that his newest record was coming out in just under a month I was shocked.
Not only was it announced that his album was dropping so soon but it just might be his last. Yankovic had said that he was strongly considering retiring from making music and going into a more distribution line of work. Yankovic’s latest record is his last on his contract and will feature a parody of Iggy Azela’s “Fancy” as well as a track from one of stand up comedian Patton Oswalt’s favorite bands.
I can only hope that Weird Al doesn’t call it quits quite yet seeing as his parodies are a bright light in today’s very depressing and bleak pop oriented music world.