Cryptic advertising assault donezo, purportedly leaked lineups out, the official Lolla camp has blasted its full official roster finally for its Aug. 3-5 run in Chicago’s Grant Park. Drumroll, please, for headliners Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, At The Drive-In, the Black Keys, Jack White, Florence + The Machine, the Shins, Passion Pit, Justice, Avicii and Bassnectar. Note Justice, Avicii and Bassnectar – a veritable trinity of EDM powerhouses. Will Justice rival Daft Punk‘s pyramid-rising 2007 field rave? Will Jack White make you forget about the White Stripes? Who of the 100+ co-performers are you most most excited about? Wink – don’t miss The Walkmen.
The day has come for Spotify and its broadening approach to its market-dominating steaming service, as the Swedish-based company unveiled its “Play Button” this week. Mirroring embeddable services like SoundCloud, basically team Spotify wrote some code to make it all the more easier for all people of the intranets, from blogger to the Guardian to instantly, legally play a song. From the Spotify camp: “The Spotify Play Button is a simple yet extremely powerful music widget that makes it easier than ever to deliver all the world’s music to fans of your website or blog. Adding the Spotify Play Button to your Tumblr, website or social page will light it up with music in a flash and feature any song, album or playlist. To enjoy the tunes, all you have to do is hit Play. Totally free. Totally instant. Totally awesome.”
The Boy Bands Are Coming:
If you haven’t heard, boy bands are quickly assembling another cultural coup, with groups like The Wanted and Simon Cowell’s The X Factor pedigrees One Direction heralding a new British Invasion of a manufactured destiny once forgotten by us yanks. But one group of pop-punk west-coastians ain’t having it without a fight. Sharing the same name as the British counterpart, an American version of One Direction is pissed, apparently, suing Cowell’s record label housed under the Sony umbrella, Syco Entertainment, for $1 million, citing consumer confusion and brand defamation, particularly one instance in which NBC’s Today aired a segment on the British version of the band, presenting video of One Direction (UK), but a tune from One Direction (US). Fight, fight, fight (via Billboard)!
New York’s Museum of Modern Art welcomed the first night of iconic German krautrockers Kraftwerk and their career-spanning eight-album run last night, featuring an out-of-ouevre order fourth album nod to 1974’s Autobahn, and the 3D glasses-clad press reviews are rolling in. Some of our fav lenses include Pitchfork‘s Jenn Pelly assertion that “Thirty-seven years down the line,” the band “feels fresh and necessary as ever, iPads and all.” Likewise New York Times‘ Jon Pareles shared the “reworkings don’t sound imposed on its songs or as if the band were playing catch-up,” but rather led to a “retrospective that’s not satisfied just to look back.” Whereas Rolling Stone‘s Mike Rubin poked at the event’s sponsor Volkswagen, calling it “no small feat of corporate synergy, since ‘Autobahn’s lyrics…are basically an advertising jingle, while behind the band on a giant screen, the 3D-enhanced animation of a VW Bug negotiated the winding curves of the album’s cover art with considerable fahrvergnügen.”
There was a time when Bob Dylan was just an impressionable folkie enamored with Big City New York, still pronouncing Greenwich Village the wrong way. That time was 51 years ago today, and changed meteorically when he played his first major gig at Gerde’s Folk City, opening for blues icon John Lee Hooker. Dylan would plug the experience later on his debut self-titled record in “Talkin’ New York,” poking fun at his bumsville days:
After weeks and weeks of hanging around
I finally got a job in New York town
In a bigger place, bigger money too
Even joined the Union and paid my dues