4-1-1 Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of November 27th

  • OK Go are known for outdoing themselves with every single music video they create, and their newest video is no exception. Made with 567 printers, and no jams—thank goodness—the band “broke the matrix” for YouTube and produced an out-of-this-world colorful masterpiece for their song “Obsession.”

  • Jack White is clearly a talented musician, and it turns out he’s a talented writer, too. White has officially released his first children’s book, We’re Going To Be Friends, and we’re sure it’s as adorable as it sounds. The book is based on the lyrics of the White Stripes’ most enduring and loved songs of the same title.

  • Nine Inch Nails are playing Mad Cool Festival. The Spanish festival will take place on July 12, 13 and 14 in Madrid. Depeche Mode and Queens Of The Stone Age are also in the lineup.

  • The Used announced UK and Europe shows. The tour is in support of the band’s latest album, The Canyon, released in October.

  • Death Cab For Cutie is celebrating the 20th anniversary of their first-ever performance by releasing the complete audio of the momentous acoustic gig. You can listen to the band’s very first live show from Nov. 22, 1997 in our music news… Capturing the Northwestern indie-rock mainstays at their inception, a portion of all proceeds from the sale of Death Cab For Cutie‘s exclusive Bandcamp album, First Show, Acoustic At The Pacer House, Bellingham, WA, 11/22/97, will benefit Aurora Commons, a nonprofit Seattle day shelter. You can download the never-before-heard audio of Death Cab’s First Show at Bandcamp here, starting at $4. The band’s latest studio album, their eighth, Kintsugi, was released by Atlantic Records in early 2015.

  • Former Marilyn Manson band member Stephen Bier, operating under the monikers Madonna Wayne Gacy and Pogo, has reportedly told Kurt Cobain to “burn in hell” for alleged plagiarism. In a since-deleted Facebook post, Gacy points out the similarities between Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Blue Oyster Cult’s “Godzilla,” as well as “Come As You Are” and Killing Joke’s “Eighties.” He then reportedly posted a link to the Killing Joke’s song with the caption: “And this is why you kill yourself because you’re an f****** thief.”

  • KISS guitarist Paul Stanley took to Twitter on Monday to call Marilyn Manson “pathetic” after the latter musician shared a cover of a Charles Manson song in the wake of the notorious cult leader’s death. After infamous criminal Charles Manson died last Sunday, aged 83, Marilyn Manson tweeted a link to his cover of the convict’s song “Sick City,” a tune from the late felon’s fabled 1970 debut album, Lie: The Love And Terror Cult.

  • Portugal. The Man‘s “Feel It Still” ties record for longest-leading No. 1 on the Alternative Songs chart. “Feel It Still” is spending its 19th week at No. 1 and is currently tying Muse‘s “Madness” for the longevity mark, a record that lasted nearly five years. The track will pull ahead if it stays at the top next week, breaking the long-standing record. This news comes shortly after Portugal. The Man‘s impressive AMA’s performance.

  • Riot Fest is back—with their same sass and what’s bound to be another “best lineup”. The festival will be making its return to Chicago Sept. 14-16, 2018. And while the lineup has yet to be revealed, you can get an early bird pre-sale tickets here.

  • Festival-lineup announcement season is upon us. The latest: Queens of the Stone Age will mount a one-day festival at London’s Finsbury Park on June 30th. Iggy Pop—who teamed up with QOTSA frontman Josh Homme for his 2016 solo album, Post Pop Depressionwill perform, along with Run the Jewels and The Hives. Other acts will be announced at a later date. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 1st. QOTSA are currently touring in support of their latest album, Villains.

  • In the days following the release of his new album Low in High School, Morrissey added to his remarks about Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, and systemic sexual assault in the entertainment industry. Last week, Morrissey did an interview with German news outlet Spiegel Online in which he cast doubt on the multiple accounts of sexual assault lodged against the media giants. A rough translation of his interview includes some extremely distasteful thoughts on sexual assault: “Of course, there are extreme cases, rape is disgusting, every physical attack is repulsive. But we have to see it in relative terms. Otherwise, every person on this planet is guilty… In many cases, one looks at the circumstances and thinks that the person referred to as a victim is merely disappointed.”

  • This week, Shirley Manson of  Garbage reacted to the interview with some very choice words for Morrissey, via the band’s Twitter account: