HOT: Music Television Lives
Outside of Austin City Limits and re-runs of the U.K.’s Later … Jools Holland,
American television really lacks any solid live music shows. A glimmer
of hope came with the recent announcement that The Roots’ Questlove will
executive produce a new musical performance show on VH1 that sounds
like a twist on the Later concept. For SoundClash, popular
artists from various genres (the July 23 premiere has Fall Out Boy, T.I. and London Grammar) will all perform on the same stage together,
collaborating, playing their own songs and doing covers.
A music performance show done right:
WARM: Unlikely Collaborations
News of two very unexpected collaborations recently surfaced.
First came word that Billy Corgan had enlisted Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee to pound the skins on the forthcoming Smashing Pumpkins album, Monument to an Elegy. (Rolling Stone reports that, while recording, Corgan said they needed someone like Tommy Lee to play drums; his guitarist said, basically, “Uh, why don’t you just get Tommy Lee?”) But the weirder news came from the Wu-Tang Clan camp, when it was revealed that Cher recorded vocals for The Wu — Once Upon a Time in Shaolin. Not sure what it says about Wu’s pride in the collabo that only one copy of the album will be produced and sold to the highest bidder (RZA claims he’s received offers of $2-$5 million). At this point, if NWA reunited with Celine Dion filling in for Eazy E, Twitter would catch fire for about two hours and then everyone would just pretend like it’s normal.
Hopefully Cher's vocal contributions are on par with her finest work:
COLD: Exit Music for China
In the U.S., you’ll sometimes hear generic easy listening
music piped into the parking lots of convenience stores and other places
where teenagers (who apparently don’t care for such lightweight fare)
unwantedly congregate. In China, according to a recent New York Times
report, there is an official song to let people know it’s time to get
the fuck out. For decades, Kenny G’s 1989 song “Going Home” has been
used as a signal that it’s time to, indeed, go home, with the track
being played (sometimes on a loop) when, say, the school library, mall
or train station is set to close. Though the constant spins might
suggest that the Chinese market is a cash cow for Mr. G., the
saxophonist doesn’t get a cent for the non-stop public plays because of
the lack of a royalty collection system.
Who wouldn't seek the comforts of home after hearing this: