We're not in America, so it's not Thanksgiving, and by rights Black Friday shouldn't be a thing – especially after the harrowing scenes of shopper carnage last year. But thanks to Record Store Day's organisers over the pond, Black Friday doesn't have to be an awful experience. Instead of slashing prices on objects of consumerist idolatry, they've set up a small, but not insignificant, run of limited editions, of music old and new. As the RSD people say themselves, "Cheap, mass-produced frenzy is not the goal." While this is a US enterprise, some of these releases are expected to find their way to UK stores, and there's always the internet. Follow this link to find out which stores participate.
The Muppets and Sesame Street gang have always been a musical bunch, inviting the likes of Johnny Cash, Blondie, Alice Cooper and will.i.am to the puppet party. They have their own band, Dr Teeth and The Electric Mayhem, and in the 2011 movie The Muppets, Fozzie Bear's Reno tribute act The Moopets briefly featured Dave Grohl behind the drumkit (Animal had to attend anger management classes). They also liketackling classic tunes, as witnessed recently when Miss Piggy's take on a new favourite was unveiled. And that's where our rundown of the best parodies starts...
Following the departure of guitarist Tom Delonge, pop-punk legends Blink-182 are back in the studio with Alkaline Trio’s Matt Skiba filling in for him. So there was understandable excitement when bassist Mark Hoppus announced the was doing an Ask Me Anything session on Reddit last night. Here’s what we learned (aside from the fact that, no, he doesn’t want to "fuck a dog in the ass").
Like all the great performers whose longevity has been built on reinvention, Bowie has a canny knack of knowing who best to work with at the right time (think Madonna, maybe Tom Waits and latterly St Vincent). Dame Dave is an artist who keeps his ear to the ground, and the news from Tony Visconti that he’s been listening to Kendrick Lamar for inspiration, and more pertinently worked with James Murphy on new album ★ ('Blackstar'), is music to our ears (experimental jazz hip-hop and dance music, to attempt to be a bit more precise). Here are 16 of his best hook ups, collaborations and working relationships.
Yesterday's news that the Wu-Tang Clan had actually managed to find a genuine buyer (who Forbes have confirmed was a private American collector) for their one-of-a-kind album, 'Once Upon A Time In Shaolin', struck the final blow to the efforts of plucky Kickstarter duo Calvin Okoth-Obbo and Russell Meyer, who wanted to buy the album and share it with the people. The agreed price for the record - which is encased in a handcrafted silver and nickel box - was "in the millions", and therefore some way ahead of the $15,046 that Okoth-Obbo and Meyer managed to raise on the crowdfunding website.
Wankiness alert: what you’re about to read is an entry on ‘post-human’ music, an experimental project resulting from the union of noises and neurons. If that’s not your bag, jump out now. You have been warned.