“Walk It Back,” the third track on the National’s new album Sleep Well Beast, features a long spoken-word passage that may or may not be a Karl Rove quote. Although the quote, which comes from a 2004 New York Times Magazine piece about the George W. Bush administration, was only attributed to an anonymous “senior adviser to Bush,” the source was later identified as Rove. The National have agreed to give royalties to Ron Suskind, the journalist who wrote the article in question, and they’ve jokingly asked him to share it with Rove. But when Newsweek reached out to Rove himself to see what he thought of the National’s use of the quote, he denied that he was the source of the quote.
U2‘s guitarist, The Edge, has announced he will be raising funds to help replace instruments lost by musicians who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey.The Edge started his own charity organization called Music Rising after Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Although no plans have been solidified yet, Bono states that plans to aid Houston are in the works. You can visit the Music Rising website to make a donation towards Hurricane Harvey Relief, where 100% of the funds will be used in relief efforts.
Basically every celebrity in the universe came together last weeke for EIF Presents: XQ Super School Live, a confusingly titled telecast from XQ Institute and the Entertainment Industry Foundation intended to “invite the public to help rethink the future of American high schools.” The hour-long program on school reform, which aired on ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC, featured appearances from U2, Sheryl Crow, actors, and tons of other musicians too long to name.
Facebook looks to be entering the music business. The site is offering major record labels and music publishers “hundreds of millions of dollars” so its users can legally include copyrighted music in videos they upload to the platform, according to Bloomberg. Facebook Watch, the platform’s new service for original video content and TV programming, launched in the US this past Tuesday. Read Bloomberg’s full report here. In our music news and blog section over at alt360radio.com
Björk has finally announced a release month for her new album. Following rumors of an announcement “coming soon” for the self-described “Tinder album,” The album’s first single, “The Gate” is set to arrive September 18, with the album to follow in November via One Little Indian.
A bunch of big names came out with albums this past friday and you can now stream and buy these – The National’s “Sleep Well Beast”, Jack Johnson’s “All the Light Above It Too”, Death From Above 1979’s “Outrage! Is Now, Mutemath’s “Play Dead”, Alvvays’s “Antisocialites”, and Tori Amos’s 15th studio album called “Native Invader”. You can hear these album in their entirety and you choice of streaming music platforms.
In 2011, the life of Hole drummer Patty Schemel was chronicled in the documentary film Hit So Hard. There was a lot of story to tell: Schemel’s friendship with Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love, her role in Hole’s Live Through This tour following the deaths of both Cobain and Hole bassist Kristen Pfaff, her coming out as gay, and her long battle with drug addiction. Schemel announced an autobiography, also titled Hit So Hard, to be published October 31 and is available now to pre-order.
Sinead O’Connor will appear on Dr. Phil for the show’s return on Tuesday (Sept. 12), Billboard has learned. O’Connor opens up to Dr. Phil about alleged abuse from her childhood. She also discusses mental health on the show. Check local listings to watch her full interview on the Dr. Phil episode airing Tuesday, Sept. 12.
This Pacific daydream is real: Foo Fighters and Weezer will play six joint concerts in Australia and New Zealand early next year. They’ll perform in late January and early February 2018. See all the dates on Weezer’s site. Both bands are touring in support of new albums this fall. Foo Fighters’ Concrete and Gold which is out September 15 and Weezer’s Pacific Daydream arrives October 27.
Ezra Koenig has been hard at work on the new Vampire Weekend album, and surprisingly, a new Netflix animé. Titled Neo Yokio, the series follows Kaz Kaan, that narrator Jude Law tells us “is in the greatest city in the world.” The lead character also happens to be voiced by Jaden Smith. Neo Yokio’s six episodes arrive September 22, and Vampire Weekend’s upcoming album is “80%” done, according to Koenig.
Sufjan Stevens released his orchestral indie-pop masterwork Illinois 12 years ago. It was rightly hailed as an artistic classic upon its release, and now, more than a decade later, it’s hit a commercial benchmark, too. On his website, Stevens just posted a scan of a letter from the RIAA, which says that Illinois has sold enough copies to be certified gold. On his website, Stevens writes, “I just heard the news. All respect ALL CAPS to everyone out there hustling for a better world. Make it your greatest. Stay productive. Stay positive. Stay creative. Stay sane.”
Dave Matthews, Patty Griffin, Brandi Carlile, and others lead the all-star lineup for “Lampedusa: Concerts for Refugees.” The eight-city tour – which launches October 3rd in Seattle and concludes October 15th in Dallas – will raise funds and awareness to support education for displaced people via the Jesuit Refugee Service’s Global Education Initiative.The organizers encourage attendees and supporters to donate via the Concerts for Refugees website which can be found in our music news and blog section over at alt360radio.com