Music News Minute(s) w/Todd Michaels – Week of October 15th

Wilco has partnered with hipster hatchet company Best Made on a limited edition felling axe inspired by the egg-adorned cover of the band’s 2004 album A Ghost Is Born. The company is selling 15 of the axes for $448 each. Best Made also unveiled a $1,198 box set featuring Jeff Tweedy-autographed vinyl copies of Wilco’s 10 studio albums, packaged in a fir ply crate with a Wilco pennant ($178) and a Wilco bandana ($22). You can check out Wilco’s box set and axe on Best Made’s website.

 

 

 

Elon Musk and Grimes appeared in public together for the first time in months following rumors that the couple had split. The Daily Mail published photos of the couple accompanying Musk’s five sons to a Los Angeles-area pumpkin patch on Sunday.

 

 

 

 

To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a UFO research venture founded by former Blink 182 frontman Tom DeLonge, has accumulated a $37,432,000 deficit, according to a mid-year. The firm racked up nearly $32 million of that deficit last year and reported just $369,510 in revenue as of June 30. If you’d like to help To The Stars stay solvent while it uncovers the truth about the great unknown, t-shirts, hoodies, and trucker hats are available on the website for the company’s entertainment arm.

 

 

Disturbed singer David Draiman experienced a moment of clarity recently when he made the executive decision to remove the double labret piercing adorning his chin. The piercings typically resembled talons or long hooks hanging below his mouth. Draiman opened up about this personal milestone in an interview with German news outlet Deutsche Welle. “They’re kind of a pain in the butt, to be honest,” Draiman said, referring to the piercing he wore for over 20 years. “It just felt kind of weird walking around like a 45-year-old Hot Topic kid. I just felt it was time.” Disturbed release their seventh studio album Evolution on Friday, October 19.

 

 

The 1975 have announced a North American tour behind their upcoming third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships. Pale Waves and No Rome are scheduled to support the 22-date run, which commences March 20 in Guadalajara and wraps June 3 in Toronto. The band will also play 11 shows in the UK in January. The new album is due on November 30 and is currently available for pre-order.

 

 

 

 

 

An Amy Winehouse biopic is in the works, with the Winehouse family serving as executive producers for the project. The film will be shooting next year. All proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which helps young people struggling with substance abuse. A new documentary about the making of Winehouse’s final album Back to Black was also announced last month, featuring unreleased studio footage and a full, unreleased 2008 live performance as a bonus feature.

 

A hologram of the late Amy Winehouse will go on tour next year, the singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, told Reuters. The tour is a collaboration between Winehouse’s estate and BASE Hologram, the company responsible for producing live virtual performances of deceased artists. Mitch Winehouse admitted that it would be difficult to watch a replica of his daughter perform, but said he believes she would approve of the endeavor because of who the proceeds benefit. He stated, “Her legacy is not just about music now. Her legacy is about something else. Her legacy is about helping young people.”

 

Moby has announced the release of a new book called Then It Fell Apart. The book, which takes its title from the lyrics to his 2002 hit “Extreme Ways,” hits shelves June 11, 2019 (May 2, 2019 in the UK). Then It Fell Apart is the musician’s second book, as well as the sequel to his memoir Porcelain, which was released

in May 2016.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tame Impala’s set ended up getting rained out at Desert Daze last weekend. The Kevin Parker-led psych-rock band were set to headline the first night of the California festival, but they only made it three songs in before a man came onstage and announced that everyone had to go and seek shelter due to a thunderstorm; it had been lightly raining with some lightning for the previous hour. Although organizers insisted that Tame Impala was not being canceled and would still play, their set was officially canceled a little less than two hours later.

 

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker and Theophilus London have formed a bit of a partnership. Parker produced Theophilus London’s 2016 record “Whiplash” and soon the two will be debuting new music together. This week, at a sold out “Theo Impala” show at the Peppermint Club in West Hollywood, CA, Tame Impala and Theophilus London will premiere new music this week from London’s forthcoming album BeBey.

 

Earlier this week, Ryan Adams called his ex-wife Mandy Moore “the spiritual equivalent of a soggy piece of cardboard” and joked on Twitter about not remembering their wedding after Moore described their marriage, which formally ended in 2016, a “very unhealthy situation” in a Glamour cover story. Adams has now expressed regret for his comments. He tweeted, “I apologize for my remarks. I was trying to be funny. But I have and will always choose to remember the amazing moments. It isn’t classy or ok lessen what was. I am happy for everyone and doing my best.”

 

Coldplay has posted a trailer for an upcoming documentary about themselves entitled A Head Full of Dreams. Though named for their last studio album, the documentary features footage filmed throughout the band’s career and traces their ascent in full. A Head Full of Dreams will be streaming exclusively on Amazon Prime beginning on November 16. There will be a one-day-only theatrical run on November 14.

 

 

Maggie Rogers, who first gained recognition after playing an original song to Pharrell Williams during a class at New York University in 2016, recently announced her debut album. Heard It In A Past Life follows her 2017 Now That Light is Fading EP and will be released via Capitol Records on January 18.

 

 

Car Seat Headrest has announced new tour dates in the U.S., U.K., and Europe, expanding the band’s current tour from its original 46 venues to 65 venues in total. New stops in the U.S. include Tallahassee, Orlando, and Tampa Bay (an apparent first for the band), as well as Boston, Baltimore, New Orleans, Houston, and Dallas. In addition to previously announced festival appearances in Germany and France this November, they’ll also visit the U.K., Denmark, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

 

 

 

 

Panic! At The Disco won the award for Favorite Alternative Rock Artist at the 2018 American Music Awards. However, the award was not announced during the live awards show, which aired live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles.

 

 

 

In celebration of the band’s 20th anniversary, Taking Back Sunday will embark on a worldwide tour. Taking Back Sunday will play a selection of full-length albums while on the tour, including their debut, Tell All Your Friends. Accompanying Tell All Your Friends, Taking Back Sunday will also either play Where You Want To Be or Louder Now in their entirety. In addition to a world tour, Taking Back Sunday will release a compilation album titled Twenty. The album will be retrospective of the band’s career and feature tracks from seven of the band’s full-length albums. Twenty will be available Jan. 20. You can pre-order the album on Oct. 30.