Another week has gone, and we’ve learnt a shedload of nifty new things. Let’s begin with the folks from The Simpsons apologising to Judas Priest for describing them as a ‘death metal’ band, which raised the heckles of the rock band’s fans. Bart Simpson has since used the blackboard in the show’s opening credits to say he’s sorry.
The nominations for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas were revealed this week: Arctic Monkeys, Haim, Palma Violets and Queens Of The Stone Age are all up for multiple gongs, with other nominees including Foals, Savages and Drenge. Head to NME.com/awards/vote to have your say.
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According to Alex Turner, he finds it harder and harder to play old Arctic Monkeys songs live because it’s tough for him to feel the same way he did when he wrote ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ et al. Unsurprising, really: he’d surely have had much better luck with the ladies if he’d ditched his scruffy locks for a sharp quiff.
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From horsemeat to beef, as Kaiser Chiefs’ singer Ricky Wilson revealed that he and erstwhile drummer/songwriter Nick Hodgson had patched things up following the latter’s decision to quit the band. “Just got off the phone with Nick H,” wrote The Voice’s new judge on Twitter. “Haven’t spoken in a while and cleared the air a bit.”
Honk your ‘major return’ klaxon, for NYC’s finest The Strokes have revealed that they’ll be playing live together again this year. The band, who last shared a stage together back in 2011, will headline the Governors Ball in New York this June along with Jack White and OutKast. Call us optimists, but could some live dates follow, too?
Fancy yourself as a Lorde Disciple? Well, the 17-year-old singer-songwriter would rather you didn’t: she revealed this week that she’s not keen on her fans giving themselves a wacky, pun-centirc nickname a la Lady Gaga’s ‘Little Monsters’, Katy Perry’s ‘Katycats’ and so forth. Good on you, Lorde.
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After resisting the advances of Spotify, Deezer and Rdio for absolutely ages, Oasis’ resolve has finally weakened: their whole back catalogue has now been made available on streaming services – meaning we can all finally listen to ‘Standing On The Shoulders Of Giants’ in our droves. Or maybe we’ll stick to ‘Definitely Maybe’ instead.
Blur have pulled out of this year’s Big Day Out festival, and they’ll be replaced by none other than Beady Eye. According to drummer Chris Sharrock, though, there’s no bad blood or one-upmanship about the line-up switch. “It was more like ‘Oh wow. That’s funny,'” he said. “The irony of it. It’s no big deal though, really. That was all a hundred years ago, wasn’t it?”