“Playing with this group made me want to create something really positive, because the music was really positive,” Thurston Moore says. “Originally, the working title was Detonation, which has a different vibe to it.” He laughs. The group that put Moore on the path to positivity features Nought guitarist James Sedwards, My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe and Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley. Together, they made a record that pits lush, anxious guitar lines against propulsive post-punk rhythms in a surprisingly direct manner, uncovering the essence of his Sonic Youth recordings while keeping experimental tangents to a minimum. Songs like the intensely romantic “Forevermore,” darkly acoustic “Vocabularies” and indie rocker “The Best Day” present Moore in his most refined state. The album cover features a picture Moore’s father took of his mother swimming with her dog in a lake in the 1940s. “I called it The … [Read more...] about Thurston Moore’s New Day: Inside His Upbeat Rock & Roll Solo Album
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After months of rumors, Pink Floyd have finally announced the details of their new album The Endless River, which hits shelves on November 10th. It’s the group’s first new release since 1994’s The Division Bell. According to a press release, The Endless River is a “four-sided instrumental album,” though one track, “Louder Than Words,” has lyrics by David Gilmour’s wife Polly Samson. It was produced by Gilmour, Phil Manzanera, Youth and Andy Jackson and is available for pre-order right now. The project began with Gilmour and Floyd drummer Nick Mason sorting through music they recorded with keyboardist Rick Wright (who died in 2008) during the Division Bell sessions. “We listened to over 20 hours of the three of us playing together and selected the music we wanted to work on for the new album,” Gilmour said in a statement. “Over the last year we’ve added new parts, re-recorded others and generally harnessed … [Read more...] about Pink Floyd Roll Out Plans For ‘The Endless River,’ First LP in 20 Years
Was Fyre Festival, in all of its disastrous non-glory, the millennial Woodstock? Sort of! In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Brittany Spanos, David Browne and Andy Greene join host Brian Hiatt to break down the utter mess that was Fyre, as chronicled in documentaries on both Hulu and Netflix. It was, in theory, a music festival — with Blink-182 and Major Lazer, among others, booked to perform — but no one involved, from the organizers to the attendees, seemed to care very much about the actual performances. Our panel also ponders Ja Rule’s mysteriously exalted status among a certain set of young people and the odd ways of Instagram influencers. Then they take a look back at some infamously calamitous festivals, including Altamont and Woodstock ’99, while also exploring the dual planned Woodstock 50th anniversary concerts planned for later this year, one at the original festival site in Bethel, New York, the other — a much more ambitious venture … [Read more...] about Fyre Festival and the Long, Wild History of Disastrous Music Fests
The 12th issue of Rolling Stone hit newsstands in June of 1968, with a cover story about a mysterious batch of 13 “rough but very listenable” Bob Dylan songs that had begun to circulate among fans. “There is enough material – most all of it very good – to make an entirely new Bob Dylan record,” wrote Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner, noting that the material had been cut in Dylan’s upstate New York home with the Band. The headline read simply: Dylan’s Basement Tape Should Be Released. The songs trickled out over the years – on the 1975 double album The Basement Tapes and on bootlegs that fans have obsessed about endlessly. But on November 4th, Dylan will finally release the legendary sessions in their entirety: 138 tracks on six CDs, including 30 tracks that even fanatical Dylan fans never knew existed. (Hear one right now: our premiere of an alternate take of “Odds and … [Read more...] about Bob Dylan’s Complete, Legendary ‘Basement Tapes’ Shall Be Released
Twenty years later, the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast takes an in-depth look back at Woodstock ’99, from the fires and looting to the actual music. Rob Sheffield and Brian Hiatt, who were both there, trade reminiscences on our new episode, from the injury-laden mosh pits of Korn and Limp Bizkit to the glories of the Chemical Brothers and the festival’s pervasive sexism — and why Bush played an underrated set. Among many other topics, they also discuss the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ infamously ill-chosen cover of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” — which, in retrospect, wasn’t even played all that well. (Read Rob’s 1999 piece on the festival here; Brian’s recent look back is here.) To hear the entire discussion, press play below or download and subscribe on iTunes or Spotify. Download and subscribe to our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on iTunes or Spotify (or wherever you … [Read more...] about Was There Anything Good About Woodstock ’99?