Another week in the helter skelter world of rock ‘n’ roll gone, and what have we learned? Quite a bit actually. How’s this for starters: Miley Cyrus is an Arctic Monkeys fan, covering their ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High’ for a MTV Unplugged session. See? Miley’s WELL into indie. Next up, a Slint covers album. Get excited.
Red Hot Chilli Peppers made a cameo in Bruno Mars’ half-time show at the Superbowl on Sunday, angering internet commentators by miming at the event. The nerve on them, making a MOCKERY of an event in the music calendar as hallowed as the Superbowl – a big brand cola-sponsored event full of burly beefcakes chasing a mishapen football around a grass! Who do they think they are?
Blondie were confirmed as recipients of this year’s Godlike Genius prize at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas. Chris Stein had this to say: “It feels madness and Godlike and thunderbolts and throwing things down on the masses and obliterating whole sections of humanity with my guitar.” So there you have it.
Arctic Monkeys’ Matt Helders claims “something big is happening” at their Reading and Leeds Festival headline performances this summer. Could that mean new songs? Special collaborations? Or is Alex Turner going to be debuting an even bigger quiff than his current one? We’re on tenterhooks here.
U2 frontman Bono told BBC Radio One’s Zane Lowe that the band are on the verge of irrelevence and need to pull something special out of the bag on their upcoming album. He also said they’re working in a dark, dank recording studio at the moment that’s populated by rats. Bet no matter how dark it is in there he still keeps his trademark shades on.
Rapper DMX was announced as scheduled to fight Trayvon Martin killer George Zimmerman in a “celebrity” boxing match this week. The rapper’s management have since backtracked, claiming nothing is confirmed. DMX seems pretty set on the idea though, telling reporters he plans to “whip out my dick and piss on him” after knocking him out.
Julian Casablancas unveiled a new song entitled ‘Human Sadness’, set to feature in upcoming US indie film She’s Lost Control (which is apparently nothing to do with the Joy Division song of the same name, sadly). The Strokes frontman has promised to provide the music for the film once the funding had been secured. Moving into film soundtracks? Stroke of genius, we reckon, Julian.
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Metallica might have a world tour booked for 2014 but not so fast with those rock horns – it seems the metal crew have yet to start working on a new album, with guitarist Kirk confessing that they’ve “not really” begun their follow-up to 2011’s ‘Lulu’ Lou Reed collaboration. Get crackin’, gents.
Finally, we learned this week that Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ is 100% officially the greatest song ever written, after the latest issue of NME said so. That hasn’t stopped the debate though over on our Facebook page though. Go on, get involved…