Kanye West shouldn’t have started hyping “Watch the Throne” last year. Undoubtedly, the full-length collaboration with Jay-Z wouldn’t have gone unnoticed all these months, but we could have at least overlooked misstep H.A.M. in January; more would have been made of near-perfect “Otis.”
Lollapalooza 2011 ran over this past weekend, starting Friday (Aug. 7) through Sunday (Aug. 9), taking over Chicago’s Grant Park. The previously roving festival celebrated its 20th anniversary.
CHICAGO – It cannot be helped that the Foo Fighters’ Lollapalooza finale set includes, in part, a weather report.
CHICAGO - “I couldn’t think of a better motherf*cking place to ‘Relapse,’” Eminem told Lollapalooza attendees after a brief costume change into a thick black hoodie, and invoking the name of his 2009 full-length. “Chicago, can I relapse with you tonight?”
People cheered but then the rapper insisted, “I’m not joking. I’m gonna take a drink for you.” Em’s hype-man Mr. Porter kinda started reeling around his recovering addict and cohort, like, naw man you ain’t gonna do it. Out came a handle of what looked like vodka from the wings. A couple of boos interlaced the noise. Eminem very magnificently put the bottle to his lips, and drank for four seconds.
CHICAGO – Chris Martin’s signature bounce is adjusting to a whole new setlist, if Coldplay’s show last night is a testament.
And, perhaps, do you have about $630 to spare?
The Irish rockers are preparing a traditional and expanded reissue on their 1991 album "Achtung Baby" for its 20th anniversary, and by "expanded" I mean death-defyingly excessive.
Or Uber Deluxe, if you're their handlers. This six-CD, four-DVD, five-7" boxed kit may not get you out of the woods when and if you get lost, but it does come with a pair of sunglasses that are guaranteed to make you look like Bono*. "Zooropa," "Achtung's" follow-up, is included, as are some previously unreleased recordings from the album's sessions, a DVD of Toronto Film Festival opener "From the Sky Down," an 84-page hardback book of photos and recounts, etc. etc., all details here.
All in all, there will be five different configurations in which you can buy this reissue, including the single-disc original album and a vinyl boxed set.
I do not have half of a thousand dollars to spare, but this release does mark a special moment in the band's history. Not only did U2 kill the Rolling Stones' previous record for highest gorssing tour in the history of the world, but 20 years on my favorite U2 album is something to celebrate. It was darker, and more sophisticated, than anything they'd ever done before; Bono's lyricism stuck out as more eloquent and centered. And the band was famously fighting all during their Berlin-based Lanois/Eno recording stint.
Twenty years later? Can you name bands that old that still have their lineup intact?
I think I'll spring for the vinyl.
*Yes on sunglasses, but no on making you look like Bono, you're not even close.
CHICAGO - To celebrate Lollapalooza's 20th anniversary, festival founder Perry Farrell announced today that the event's reach is spreading out further into South America.
On the heels of the first annual Lollapalooza Chile this year, the svelte Jane's Addiction frontman told a crowd of sweaty journos this morning that Sao Paulo will host a two-day fest on April 7-8 in 2012 at the Jockey Club, and that the Santiago-based Lolla will return, to O'Higgins Park on March 31 and April 1.
"If you can imagine the creativity and excitement of Mardi Gras mixed in with Lollapalooza, it may look something like the 2012 Sao Paulo Brazil Lollapalooza," he said, wearing a decided un-Mardi Gras-ish striped button-down and oversized cuffs.
The Chile edition this year boasted performances from Jane's, the Killers and Kanye West
The announcement arrives on Day One of this three-day Windy City mainstay, sold-out again this year and leading with big names like Eminem, Coldplay, Foo Fighters and deadmau5. It was velebrated with champagne, which has set my day off to a funny start.
"This is a very very big year for us," Farrell said. "We have 90,000 weirdos showing up here today in Chicago."
Farrell also introduced a new class of weirdos into the Lolla fold, with a newly formed partnership with Boston's Berklee College of Music. The conjunction will bredd new scholarships for talented students nationwide and provide a new booking element to the festival's lineup.
A "Lead Balloon" sounds kinda heavy, but the phrase "I Like You" is certainly light and sweet.
The first is the name of the album that yields the second: it's Rosi Golan's sophomore set, due Aug. 30, and it's easy to see why the singer-songwriter's work has shown up on TV shows like "One Tree Hill" or films like "Dear John." There's an easy, sugary ease to her vocals, a simplicity to her pop and soft-rock melodies that come off clean in time for these hot summer months.
Golan caught my ear a couple of years ago when I was still at Billboard for these very reasons. It'd be one thing to write a song that backs a Pantene commercial or in primetime drama, but every one of her songs seem to have a lasting hook. "Lead Balloon" is a testament to this, but there's also growth in Golan's musicianship and an expansion the arrangements.
The confident track "Seeing Ghosts" has already made its debut, and the Israeli artist is set to take to the road with Jason Reeves starting later this month. She has also announced today a date at New York's Bowery Ballroom on Sept. 6.
Here are Rosi Golan's tour dates:
8/21/11 3rd & Lindsley Nashville, TN
8/22/11 Old Rock House St Louis, MO
8/24/11 Slowdown Omaha, NE
8/25/11 Augustana College Rock Island, IL
8/27/11 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
8/28/11 Space Evanston, IL
8/30/11 Fine Line Music Café Minneapolis, MN
8/31/11 The Mill Iowa City, IA
9/1/11 State Historical Bldg Des Moines, IA
9/2/11 The Bottleneck Lawrence, KS
9/6/11 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
The latest surprise is their combination with noise outfit Lightning Bolt for the cleverly titled EP "The Flaming Lips With Lightning Bolt." And bless Warner Bros.' heart, they're the ones putting it out. Exclamation-prone Flaming Lips frontman and Immaculate Noise interviewee Wayne Coyne has been Tweeting pics of the vinyl and some art, but no word yet when physical copies will become available on large-scale.
In the meantime, all four tracks has snorted their way onto YouTube, for your pleasure below; NASA and dropping acid seem to be the recurring theme. Like Lightning Bolt songs, brevity is not their strong suit. And like Flaming Lips songs, the tracks bubble over like movements or acts, rather than behave like one, strong tune.
And like both bands, the result can be simply weird and merciless. Exhibit A: the video to "I Want to Get High But I Don't Want Brain Damage." YOU'RE WELCOME
The No. 1 complaint I read about Beyonce's music video for "Best Thing I Never Had" -- my own voice included -- was that the release and result of the clip felt rushed, a half-baked idea to get Beyonce partly naked and in tip-top position to look beautiful beyond any substance.
Now, the singer seems to be taking a tack that makes the bare minimum concept even thriftier, though it may have fans clamoring to further wear emotions on their sleeves.
"Beyoncé is making an alternate fan video for her hit single 'Best Thing I Never Had,' and she wants home videos and photos from her fans joyous wedding day, or from a prom they’d rather forget," reads a release. "Fans can upload their wedding or prom video to YouTube and their wedding or prom photos to Flickr, and tag them with the following tag: #BeyonceBestThing."