Coachella 2013 Performer Lineup Announced, Includes Red Hot Chili Peppers

Coachella 2013 performer lineup announced, includes Red Hot Chili Peppers. The hugely and celebrity infested popular music festival will be held in Indio, California on the weekends of April 12-14 and April 19-21. Thursday night, the organizers of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival took to twitter to reveal the 2013 line-up. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Lou Reed, and Phoenix are at the top of the bill, alongside 1990s radio mainstays Blur and The Stone Roses.

Other notable acts include the recently revived version of The Postal Service and Vampire Weekend, who are set to release another album later this year. Pitchfork darlings Grizzly Bear, Hot Chip, and Sigur Ros round out the line-up, along with former Velvet Underground front man Lou Reed.  Continue reading Coachella 2013 Performer Lineup Announced, Includes Red Hot Chili Peppers

Metallica’s New Album Not a Metallica Album

The new concept album from Metallica and Lou Reed, Lulu, is out today but whatever you do, don’t call it a Metallica album. Drummer Lars Ulrich wants to be sure that’s clear: “This is a one-off project. It’s a new collective.” A collective that’s been released to rave reviews and pans by critics and fans alike.  Webzine Drowned In Sound says Lulu is Metallica’s “most interesting and engaging album in ages.” While others sing (pun intended) of its awfulness, it’s repulsiveness, is discordant-ness.

It’s also not really music and what emerges, according to reviewers, is a stream of consciousness -type thing, recited by Reed.  “No drums, no guitars, no recognizable rhythms or keys,” Ulrich recalls. “Just these soundscapes, incredibly beautiful. And Lou reciting these potent words. It was so deep.”

Call it what you will, that definitely doesn’t sound like Metallica.


Lou Reed has nothing against Susan Boyle

Despite rumors that Lou Reed denied Susan Boyle the right to perform Reed’s song “Perfect Day” on America’s Got Talent Wednesday night, representatives for Reed claim that he had nothing to do with it.  Apparently the real reason for the performance being canceled was that due to a clerical error, the song could not be cleared in time for airing on an American network.

Unfortunately for Boyle, she did not have a back-up song prepared, and since everyone is sick to death of hearing her sing “I Dreamed a Dream,” the producers elected to scrap the performance altogether.  I’m not sure how smart a decision that was, seeing as Boyle’s 15 minutes of fame are just about up, and if she wants to stay in the public eye, she needs to, well, stay in the public eye.