Rolling Stone has revealed its annual tally of the 50 Best Albums of 2013 , and Paul McCartney gets some big love on the list. McCartney's New comes in at No. 4 on the roster, with the magazine giving the singer and guitarist props for some "remarkably Beatlesque pop tunes and George Martin-ish arrangements."
Another classic rocker, John Fogerty, clocks it at No. 10 with his latest release, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which offers new versions of classic Fogerty songs recorded with a handful of guest artists.
The rest of Rolling Stone's Top 10 is heavy on alternative, including Arctic Monkeys' AM (No. 9), the National's Trouble Will Find Me (No. 8), Lorde's Pure Heroine (No. 7), Queens of the Stone Age's …Like Clockwork (No. 6), Arcade Fire's Reflektor (No. 5), Daft Punk's Random Access Memories (No. 3), Kanye West's Yeezus (No. 2), and Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City (No. 1).
Pearl Jam's Lightning Bolt landed at No. 40 on the list.
What do you think is the top album of 2013? Give us your pick in the comments section below!
David Lee Roth says the cogs are moving in the mighty Van Halen machine, with a view to new music arriving in about 18 months.
In an interview with comedian and That Metal Show co-host Jim Florentine on Ozzy's Boneyard,
Roth said he was up at Edward Van Halen's house earlier that week and the band had started to put new music together. "It's gonna be about 18 months," Roth said, explaining that in Van Halen World the band keeps a tight control on everything they do, refusing to outsource things like graphic design and merchandise design. "If you buy a t-shirt, that was designed, literally, in my living room," Dave said, before further elaborating on the '87 phone calls' that are required before anything gets to the level the band is happy with.
Dave then circled back to the question of new music: "Oh, yeah, we're writing... I write lyrics routinely. It's a perishable skill. And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They're up at Ed's place, routinely."
Artist Martin Sharp, who designed the covers for Cream's Disraeli Gears and Wheels of Fire albums and helped to define the iconography of psychedelic rock, has died aged 71.
Sharp began his career in the 1960s as a contributor and art director for Oz, a revolutionary satirical magazine run by Richard Neville. He designed album covers and concert posters for the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Donovan and Bob Dylan, and co-wrote the lyrics to Cream's "Tales Of Brave Ulysses."
''He was a fully-charged non-stop rocket in his younger years but it always continued on,'' Neville said, adding that Sharp was "an outsider but also an insider ... At core he was an artist beyond repute in my opinion, but not an artist necessarily certified by the academy."
Sharp died of emphysema at his Bellevue Hill home and art studio in New South Wales, Australia on Sunday.
Rush Guitarist Alex Lifeson has told The Dallas Morning News how he loves the Canadian band's fans. And he likes that they're not "cool," just like Rush.
"There's definitely a strong relationship between us and our audience," Lifeson said. "And I think it's partly because we've never been the cool thing. We've never been the trendy thing. We've just been hard-working and done what we believed in. We wrote the music we wanted to write. We didn't try to write pop hits. … Maybe there's a cultish quality about who we are."
That said, Lifeson admits that recent projects have heightened Rush's profile. "It changed a bit in the last four, five years — since [the 2009 movie] I Love You, Man and the Beyond the Lighted Stage documentary. We have a new audience. We're getting more press than we used to. The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame thing. It's one thing after another.
"We've been around for so long, people who grew up listening to us are adults with jobs and families, and they've always been along for the ride — like the Grateful Dead, I suppose. They were connected to their fans without airplay… Maybe that's what connects us to the fans. They feel like they can sit down with the guys in Rush and have a beer and it'd be no big thing."
Black Sabbath is currently touring in the wake of their successful album 13, the first Sabbath disc to feature Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years. The album has topped charts all over the world, including a top spot on the US Billboard 200 chart - a first for the band.
Although he's previously spoken favorably about recording with his old band mates once again, Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi has now taken a more cautious stance in regards to entering the studio. "I don't know if that would be an anticlimax if we wrote another album," Said Iommi in an interview with Revolver (via Blabbermouth). "I'd like to, but we haven't actually spoken about it, you know? I don't know if that would be a good idea after this one, because this one's done so well. I'm sure we'd all like to do one. But I don't know. Maybe I should talk to the others about it."
Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler echoed Iommi's sentiment: "I really haven't thought about it. I'm just glad that we made this one. It can't be something where you go in and go, 'Well, that one was No. 1, so let's do another No. 1 album.' I think we'll know if we can do it or if we can't. If we have to force it, then we won't be doing it."
Ozzy is open to doing another Sabbath album in the future, but also points out that he is under contract to deliver three more solo albums. "I don't want to say there's going to be another [Sabbath] album, because I don't want you to ask me in another year, 'What happened when you said you were going to do another record?'"
The Beatles, U2 and Bob Dylan are just a few of the many musicians who have given tracks to a new compilation that will raise funds to assist those impacted by this month's Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
The release, called Songs for the Philippines, features 39 tracks cuts. Among the songs are two Beatles tunes, "Across the Universe" and "Let It Be"; U2's "In a Little While"; and Dylan's "Shelter from the Storm."
Other artists and bands who have donated songs includes Adele, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Kings of Leon, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, One Direction and more.
All funds raised from sales of the collection will be donated to the Red Cross to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan.
Songs for the Philippines Track List:
"Across the Universe (2009 Remaster)" -- The Beatles
"Shelter from the Storm" -- Bob Dylan
"Have I Told You Lately That I Love You" -- Michael Bublé
"In a Little While" -- U2
"Count on Me" -- Bruno Mars
"I Was Here" -- Beyoncé
"Stan (Live at Radio 1)" -- Eminem
"Sirens" -- Cher
"Make You Feel My Love" -- Adele
"Unconditionally (Johnson Somerset Remix)" -- Katy Perry
"Best Song Ever" -- One Direction
"Carry On" -- fun.
"Born This Way (The Country Road Version)" -- Lady Gaga
"Mirrors" -- Justin Timberlake
"I Would" -- Justin Bieber
"New Day" -- Alicia Keys
"30 Lives (Original Demo Version)" -- Imagine Dragons
"Like a Prayer" -- Madonna
"Sober" -- Pink
"I Believe in You" -- Kylie Minogue
"Hero" -- Enrique Iglesias
"Factory of Faith" -- Red Hot Chili Peppers
"Roads Untraveled" -- Linkin Park
"Use Somebody" -- Kings of Leon
"Explorers" -- Muse
"The Love Club" -- Lorde
"Brave" -- Josh Groban
"Stronger (What Doesn't Kill You)" -- Kelly Clarkson
"Simple Things" -- Paolo Nutini
"I Know You Care" -- Ellie Goulding
"Carry You Home" -- James Blunt
"Feel This Moment" -- Pitbull (featuring Christina Aguilera)
"Sign On" -- Earth, Wind & Fire (featuring Daniel McClain)
"Going Out (Radio Mix)" -- apl.de.ap (featuring Damien Leroy)
"Brave" -- Sara Bareilles
"Lead Me Home" -- Jessica Sanchez
"Smile" -- Lily Allen
"Love Don't Die" -- The Fray
"Let It Be" -- The Beatles
The Rolling Stones have announced that they are expanding their tour with a "tongue pit." The good news is that they are open to adding more dates. The bad, it won't land in Northern California. We can only hope they'd want to do a 20 night stand at the Crest Theatre. In the meantime, here are the latest dates updated.
2/21 Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates– du Arena
2/26 Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome
3/4 Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome
3/6 Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome
3/9 Macau, China – Cotai Arena
3/19 Perth, Australia – Perth Arena
3/22 Adelaide, Australia – Adelaide Oval
3/25 Sydney, Australia – Allphones Arena
3/28 Melbourne, Australia – Rod Laver Arena
3/30 Macedon, Australia – Hanging Rock
4/2 Brisbane, Australia – Entertainment Centre
4/5 Auckland, New Zealand – Mount Smart Stadium
Today also marks the 20th anniversary of the passing of the great Frank Zappa. Just remember not to eat the yellow snow, while checking out this list of his Top 10 Albums.
Also, could this long rumored Faces reunion actually happen? It looks like Rod Stewart has penciled in "Faces somethingorother" all over his 2015 calendar. Well, when Jeff Beck won't call you might as well go to the other thing.
What once was old is new again. Bon Jovi’s 1987 rock anthem, “Livin’ On a Prayer,” has re-entered the “Billboard Hot 100” more than a quarter century after the song first topped that same chart.
As reported by Billboard, the song’s return to the chart was triggered by a surge in the number of times it’s being streamed online. The streaming is mostly attributable to user-generated clips spurred by renewed interest in a video, originally posted in 2009, of Boston Celtics fan Jeremy Fry dancing to the song during stoppage of play at Boston’s TD Garden. Fry’s dance routine was freshly uploaded to Utrend.tv on October 17, and has since drawn 11 million worldwide views and garnered more than 1.6 million Facebook “shares.”
Bon Jovi last appeared on the Hot 100 chart in 2009, when “We Weren’t Born to Follow,” from the band’s album The Circle , reached Number 68.
Black Crowes guitarist Rich Robinson is set to release his third solo album. Titled The Ceaseless Sight, the album will be issued in the spring of 2014 by The End Records, a Brooklyn-based indie label that’s home to such artists as Cradle of Filth, Badly Drawn Boy, Anvil and Fatboy Slim.
Robinson apparently chose the label in part because of his high regard for The End founder Andreas Katsambas. “[Katsambas] is a long time music fan and has some very forward ideas on how to get music out there,” Robinson told Billboard, “but more importantly for me, [he knows] how to allow the artist to create pure music without the inevitable ‘commercial versus art’ clash that comes from a more traditional approach. All of Andreas' team shares these qualities.”
Robinson has been on the road this year with the Black Crowes, as part of the band’s “Lay Down with Number 13” world tour. The guitarist will undertake a U.S. tour in 2014 in support of The Ceaseless Sight.
Rush have been busy on the road in support of their 2012 studio album “Clockwork Angels,” and now, it’s time for a break.
“We’ve committed to taking about a year off,” guitarist Alex Lifeson told Billboard. “We all agreed when we finished this tour we were going to take this time off and we weren’t going to talk about band stuff or make any plans.”
If you’re worried that means Rush will permanently go away, don’t. “We haven’t stopped or quit,” Lifeson said. “Right now we’re just relaxing.”
Even though the band plans to take the time off, Lifeson says band mates may find some spare moments to start working on Rush’s next album.
“[We] typically get a little bored, and so we enjoy writing and working together,” he explains, “and I wouldn’t doubt that some time in the New Year we’ll probably gravitate towards each other and start doing some writing.”
He added that Rush’s next album will probably different quite a bit from Clockwork Angels.
“The album is dying as a format,” he maintains. “We’re so used to it…but will we get more mileage by doing a few new songs at a time, or do we do another album? It’s hard to say what the future holds.”