Ba-Rock The Vote:
Obama Presidential run the second is reportedly seeking fistfuls of celebrity endorsers, according to a “wish list” obtained by The Tennessean newspaper, listing everyone from Arcade Fire to the the Chicago native’s stomping grounds alt-country favs, Wilco. Not meant for the public, the list was leaked via Entertainment Weekly when country trio Lady Antebellum responded to their inclusion on the list, the band’s publicist responding, “[Lady Antebellum] has never commented on their political affiliations nor do they plan to in the future.” Curiously absent on this list, any members of The National, of which Obama so eloquently used “Fake Empire” during the beginning moments of his first Presidential win. But the Jonas Brothers are on there, among others.
Don’t Call It A Comeback:
For the first time, officially, in seven years the Grammy camp is bringing back hosting duties, announcing LL Cool J as master of ceremonies come the Sunday, Feb. 12 broadcast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Not since Queen Latifah in 2005 has the award ceremony utilized the structure, opting instead for the democratic role-call of divisional award announcements. Though LL isn’t a stranger to the Grammys, a two-time award-winner and now five-year host of pre-Grammy event, “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! – Countdown to Music’s Biggest Night,” either way, the 44-year-old actor/rapper is “thrilled” to be part of the show, while he and the Grammys have certainly put their disagreements to rest since ’89’s exclusion of the then new rap award in the televised production of the ceremony.
Iconic UK “holiday camp festival,” All Tomorrow’s Parties, in which a curating artist stocks the bill with its favorite artists in celebration of influence and reappropriating the spotlight has announced The National as its 2012 winter host, at Butlins Holiday Centre in Minehead, England come December 7-9. A few of frontman Matt Berninger and crew’s performing picks include, The Antlers, Owen Pallett, Boris, Sharon Van Etten, Wye Oak, Buke and Gase, among a few intimate more for a total of 40 artists for no more than 5,500 people, all of which artist and fan cohabit in a group of apartments. Maybe Berninger will serenade people to sleep in the courtyard with a megaphone, too.
Break On Through:
Cross-generational project/documentary RE: GENERATION by Amir Bar-Lev pitting five contemporary DJs – Mark Ronson, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, DJ Premier and Skrillex – against “five traditional styles of music” released a montage of Skrillex’s re-imagining of The Doors yesterday. Manzarak told Rolling Stone their work was “Basically a variation on ‘Milestones,” by Miles Davis, and if I do say so myself, sounds fucking great, hot as hell.” Dubbed “Breakin’ A Sweat,” enjoy Skrillex smoking a few cigarettes and shouting “breaking’ a sweat” to tell-tale Manzerek parlor key-plunking while many a hands get raised. Also, John Densmore hits a bongo drum with his left hand a few times.
Middle-aged housewife pinup Barry Manilow scored his first #1 Billboard hit with “Mandy” on this day in 1975, evoking mass shag-carpet knee drops across America for this tear-jerking piece of balladry, “Oh Mandy/Well you came and you gave without taking/And I sent you away, oh Mandy/And you kissed me and stopped me from shaking/And I need you today, oh Mandy.”