4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of January 7th

Radiohead frontman and newly minted film composer Thom Yorke sat down with Variety over the holidays to discuss  “Suspirium” getting shortlisted for the 2019 Oscars’ Best Original Song category and his band’s impending induction in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It turns out that he’s way more excited about possibly taking home a statue for his contribution to Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake than he is by the prospect of attending a Hall of Fame induction ceremony. In fact, he doesn’t even plan on showing up to the latter because he says he has a previous engagement. Yorke explained, “The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame… we’ve always been very blasé about that stuff,” “So we don’t want to offend anyone. We just think that we just don’t quite understand it. We’ve had it explained to us, so it’s cool. But we don’t really understand it as English people. I think our problem is essentially that every awards ceremony in the UK stinks.”

Last week, Jeff Tweedy kicked off a tour in support of his recent solo album, WARM, with a four-night run of shows in L.A. Now, as Tweedy prepares to tackle the remainder of his spring tour, he’s announced even more additional dates. Additions include new stops in Chattanooga, DC, and New York, which Tweedy had passed over in his initial tour announcement. In addition to releasing WARM at the end of last year, Tweedy put out a memoir, entitled Let’s Go (So We Can Get back). He’ll also be touring with Wilco in June, ahead of the band’s Solid Sound Festival in Massachusetts on June 30.

Original Woodstock organizer Michael Lang has confirmed that the legendary festival will return this summer in celebration of its 50th anniversary, Rolling Stone reports. The three day festival will be held in Watkins Glen, New York on August 16-18. Lang is keeping the lineup mum until tickets go on sale in February, but he promises concert goers can expect a lineup where “hip-hop and rock and some pop and some of the legacy bands from the original festival” will be represented. So far, he says 40 acts have been booked across three stages.

Ryan Adams announced that he’s gearing up to release three new albums before the end of 2019.  The order of the releases is apparently already set, with the first two album titles having been revealed since the initial announcement on Monday evening. Big Colors is the first of the three new projects, and, per another Adams tweet, it sounds “fucking epic.”

Sleater Kinney and St. Vincent who posted a very cool photo of herself in the studio with the great Pacific Northwest punk trio this morning. “2019. @Sleater_Kinney produced by St. Vincent,” read the caption.

Storied Tennessee-based festival Bonnaroo has released the lineup for their 2019 installment. The headliners of the June 13-16 weekend are Phish and Post Malone, essentially. Childish Gambino, Odesza, and The Lumineers were also awarded top billing. Thursday night will feature a variety show courtesy of the legendary Nashville country music institution Grand Ole Opry.

A new box set of David Bowie vinyl 7-inches is on the way, the latest of a long string of box sets released since the rock legend’s death in early 2016. Spying Through a Keyhole, due out this spring, will feature nine unreleased David Bowie recordings from the late 1960s, including two early versions of “Space Oddity,” one played in a duo format with alternative lyrics. The label also notes that the songs were briefly available on streaming services in December but that this is otherwise their first release. The vinyl-only set will be limited, and no exact release date has been set yet.

Greta Van Fleet are Saturday Night Live’s first musical guest of 2019 will take the stage at 30 Rock for the 1/19 episode, hosted by the absolutely delightful Rachel Brosnahan of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

While you may have thought Greta Van Fleet’s name took after Greta, Sharon Van Etten and Fleet Foxes, it actually hails from a sweet old lady in Michigan. 88-year-old Gretna Van Fleet lent the band her name long before the band became Grammy nominees. However, according to the Detroit Free Press, Van Fleet says she isn’t really all that into the band. In fact, she supposedly enjoys classical music more. However, in giving the band her name, she has become a celebrity around her town in Michigan.

Singer Kid Rock has hit another sour note with some in Nashville, this time over a large sign planned for his recently opened bar. News outlets report the 20-foot-tall (6-meter-tall) neon sign will feature a giant guitar in which the base of the instrument is intentionally shaped like a woman’s buttocks. Metro Council approved the necessary aerial encroachment to allow for construction and installation of the sign. Mayor David Briley signed into law the council resolution authorizing the sign Friday. But its approval didn’t sit well with several council members, who called the sign tacky and bemoaned that Lower Broadway has steered further away from a place for family fun. In November, Kid Rock’s profane comments on live TV got him booted from leading the Nashville Christmas Parade.

The lineup for the New-York-City-based Governors Ball festival has been announced. Taking place on Randall’s Island from May 31 through June 2, the headliners of this year’s festival will be Tyler, the Creator, Florence + the Machine, and The Strokes. There will also be performances by The 1975, Brockhampton, and more. Notably, Julian Casablancas will perform twice, with his solo band The Voidz as well as The Strokes. General admission and other ticket packages for the festival are available here.

This weeks marks the 10th anniversary of Animal Collective’s eighth studio album Merriweather Post Pavilion. The band took to Instagram to celebrate the occasion, where they also hinted that new MPP-related music might be in the cards for 2019. Animal Collective’s latest album Tangerine Reef was released in August. The album was teased with a trippy, underwater video, as well as the song “Hair Cutter,” which dropped back in July. In September, the band unveiled a new reissue of their sixth album Feels, as well as a band-sanctioned bootleg of their 2004 show in Seattle.

Elon Musk’s ex-girlfriend Grimes and rapper Azealia Banks may testify in a lawsuit brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission against Musk—a lawsuit sparked by the billionaire’s August tweet, wherein he declared his intention to privatize Tesla at a price of $420 per share. This delicious sentence is brought to you by Banksextensive reporting last year on her failed attempts to record music with Grimes, during which the rapper shared a screenshot of an alleged message from the indie singer that stated Musk chose the $420 price because Grimes got him into marijuana jokes and “he’s super entertained by 420.” Because it’s the weed number. Ideally this saga never ends.

Coachella’s 2019 lineup has arrived. Childish Gambino will headline on Friday, while Tame Impala tops the bill on Saturday. Friday will also offer performances by the likes of Janelle Monáe, and The 1975. Saturday’s bill includes Weezer, and Billie Eilish. Coachella’s video partner YouTube will exclusively live stream both weekends of the festival for the first time, Variety reports.

Coachella announced its 2019 lineup this week, providing another opportunity to check in on political donations by the guy who owns the company (Anschutz Corporation) that owns the company (AEG Live) that owns the company (Goldenvoice) that organizes and promotes the festival. Philip Anschutz, the multi-billionaire in question, personally donated $134,400 to Republican candidates, party groups, and political action committees in 2018, according to Federal Election Commission records tracked on Open Secrets. He did not donate to any Democratic candidates or instruments. Anschutz has received criticism for past donations by his family’s nonprofit to anti-LGBTQ groups. In 2017, Anschutz called reports that he opposes LGBTQ rights “fake news.”

SWMRS are just over a month from the release of their upcoming album, Berkeley’s OnFire, and now they’re gracing us with a batch of new tour dates. We already knew the band were hitting Europe next month, and now they’re unveiling a round of North American gigs. This week, SWMRS announced the Berkeley’s On Fire North American tour. The Regrettes and Beach Goons will be joining them as support. Title track “Berkeley’s On Fire” was the first taste of their new album back in August followed by “April In Houston” in November. Both tracks will appear on their upcoming album Berkeley’s On Fire, which will be out Feb. 15 via Fueled By Ramen. General tickets will be available Friday, Jan. 11 at 10:00 a.m. local time here.


Courtney Love, her daughter Frances Bean Cobain, and her sister Jaimee King have been granted a five-year restraining order against Love’s ex-manager Sam Lutfi, The Blast reports and Spin confirms. Love, King, and Cobain had accused Lutfi of verbal harassment and threats via phone calls, text messages, and social media posts. Cobain said in a declaration that she recently moved to a confidential location to remain safe from Lutfi.

Marilyn Manson celebrated turning 50 over the weekend, and he did it in style with some of our favorite musicians. Manson had a big party full of guests such as Courtney Love, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O, Jonathan Davis, Yoshiki and more. The party took place at Madame Siam in Los Angeles and was complete with Manson’s guests singing “Happy Birthday” to him before he blew out a single candle on his cake. You can see some of  party images for yourself below!

Back in September, Lana Del Rey announced that her next album would be called something beyond the furthest reaches of conceivable Lana Del Rey parody: Norman Fucking Rockwell. In an Instagram Live broadcast on December 30, the singer and songwriter confirmed that the new album is “completely finished,” and in a post last night, confirmed that the LP’s next single will be out on January 9.

The 2000trees festival has made its first round of announcements and you should be ready to purchase your tickets immediately. You Me At Six are the confirmed Friday headliners, and more artists are expected to be announced at a later date. The festival takes place at Cheltenham’s Upcote Farm on July 11-13, and you can purchase your weekend tickets here.