Johnny Cash might be synonymous with Nashville, living just outside the country music centre with his wife, singer June Carter Cash in the infamous House of Cash, but he was actually born and raised in the state of Arkansas. Earlier this week the iconic singer's childhood home in the small town of Dyess was opened up to the public, as part of an attempt to boost tourism in the area. Dyess was an experiment in president Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal programme, which aimed to help the US economy bounce back from the Great Depression.
Over the past few weeks, you might have noticed an unusual amount of videos of people chucking buckets of ice cold water over their heads popping up on social media. Nope, risking pneumonia isn't some unfathomable new trend - the new craze is actually in aid of charity ALS Association and raising awareness of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a terminal illness which causes muscles to weaken and stiffen. The challenge started after Pete Frates, a former Boston College basketball player, was forced to stop playing after developing ALS.
Staten Island's Cymbals Eat Guitars third LP reflects on learning to cope with two very different types of loss and grief. Firstly, that of someone who has touched your life - in this case, the passing of frontman Joseph D'Agostino's best friend and musical collaborator Benjamin High. And then there's the loss of belief in something simple and universal, the idea that one album could universally change lives. It's fitting, then, that the album is called 'LOSE' but, as bassist Matthew Whipple says, there's more to it than just the idea of something going missing.
Better known for his role in Dinosaur Jr. J Mascis is about to release his latest solo record 'Tied To A Star' next week (August 25). On it - and much like on 2011's 'Several Shades Of Why' - he largely ditches the heavy riffing and distortion of his day job in favour of something a little calmer. Instead, he shuffles into folkier territory, proving along the way that he doesn't need layers of fuzz to be at the top of his game. If you're reading this in UK or Europe, listen to the record exclusively in full now.
Kasabian are noted fans of furry muppets – well, Noel Fielding, mainly – so their [url=http://www.nme.com/news/kasabian/79180]recent cover[/url] of the theme tune from Sesame Street didn’t come as too much of a surprise. They offered their own cray-zee twist on the track, mashing up the music to the much loved kiddie show with The Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations. Tom and Serge aren’t the first musos to offer up their own take on a classic theme tune – here’s some other attempts, which, we should warn you, vary in quality.