The weekend… we meet again. Where do these weeks go, hey? As we careen towards the summer and festival season – more on that momentarily – here’s some of the things we were none the wiser to this time last week. First up: Lana Del Rey’s new album’s now got a tracklisting! And it’s the most Lana tracklisting imaginable! ‘Fucked My Way Up To The Top’ should ruffle a few feathers.
METALLICA! Or as gurning, slabbering legend of rock James Hetfield would pronounce it in one of his songs: “METALLICYUEUUUUERRGHH YEEHAAAEEURRRGH!” The San Francisco wrecking crew after weeks of speculation were finally confirmed as Glastonbury’s final headline act on Thursday. Bring it on, we say. Worthy Farm awaits you, lads!
Not happy this week were The Horrors, who criticised the fact Lily Allen’s new album is being sold for just 99p by one online retailer. “Her record company have done that to give Lily a surefire Number One,” said Rhys, whose group’s ‘Luminous’ is competing for a chart spot. 99p is 99p too much, by the sound of NME’s Laura Snapes’ review in this week’s mag – ‘Sheezus’ was rated just 3/10.
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Ever heard of the band Quartzazium? Neither had the Black Keys’ record label Nonesuch when the rock pair rang up pretending to be members of the fictional group in a prank call. If anything’s to be learned by listening to Patrick Carney explain he’s “a New Age artist from Rhode Island” who wants a four-album deal, it’s that should the band split, he’d make a great comedian.
What do Alex Turner and Kendrick Lamar have in common? Aside from a love of Dre’s ‘2001’ if ‘AM’ is to be believed, we mean? Well, the pair have now both covered Tame Impala’s ‘Feels Like We Only Go Backwards’, after the Monkeys frontman gave a rendition of the song on Aussie radio. Maybe Turner can guest when the psych band play the track at Arctic’s Hyde Park shows this month…
Finally – Blue singer Lee Ryan pleaded guilty to criminal damage this week. No, not to people’s ears, you witty lot – he’s been fined £3,325 and banned from driving for two years after police spotted him driving erratically in Ealing, West London at 5.30am on April 11, reportedly in a ‘drunken state’. Onwards and upwards, Lee…