FOO FIGHTERS: Medicine at Midnight (Roswell Records/RCA Records) 02/05/21
MADNESS: Our House: The Very Best of Madness (BMG) 03/12/21
SPIRITUALIZED: Lazer Guided Melodies (Fat Possum) 04/23/21
PAUL MCCARTNEY: THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present
by Paul McCartney 11/02/21
NICK CAVE & WARREN ELLIS
VINYL & CD RELEASED 28 MAY 2021
Carnage is a new album by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, recorded over a period of weeks during lockdown. Although the pair have composed & recorded many soundtracks together, and Ellis is a long-term member of The Bad Seeds, this is the first time they have released an entire album of songs as a duo.
Cave describes the album as “a brutal but very beautiful record nested in a communal catastrophe.”
“Making Carnage was an accelerated process of intense creativity,” says Ellis, “the eight songs were there in one form or another within the first two and a half days.”
Cave & Ellis’ sonic and lyrical adventurism continues apace on Carnage, an album that emerged almost by accident out of the downtime created by the long, anxious, global emergency. Carnage is a record for these uncertain times – one shot through with moments of distilled beauty and that resonates with an almost defiant sense of hope.
Cave and Ellis’ creative chemistry is rooted in their long history of music making, both as collaborators and as individual artists. They first crossed paths in 1993, when Ellis played violin on several songs for the Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds album, Let Love In, before going on to join the band as a full time member. The two have also recorded as Grinderman, formed in 2006, and have composed and recorded numerous, film, TV and theatre soundtracks together.
CARNAGE is out now on Goliath Records on all digital platforms.
Vinyl & CD will be released on 28 May.
1. Hand of God 5’ 17”
2. Old Time 5’ 16″
3. Carnage 4’ 47”
4. White Elephant 6’ 08”
5. Albuquerque 3’ 57”
6. Lavender Fields 4’ 34”
7. Shattered Ground 5’ 35”
8. Balcony Man 4’ 30”
THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present
by Paul McCartney
Edited and Introduced by Paul Muldoon
Publishing 2 November 2021
A self-portrait in 154 songs, by our greatest living songwriter
‘More often than I can count, I’ve been asked if I would write an autobiography, but the time has never been right. The one thing I’ve always managed to do, whether at home or on the road, is to write new songs. I know that some people, when they get to a certain age, like to go to a diary to recall day-to-day events from the past, but I have no such notebooks. What I do have are my songs, hundreds of them, which I’ve learned serve much the same purpose. And these songs span my entire life’ Paul McCartney, The Lyrics
In this extraordinary book, with unparalleled candour, Paul McCartney recounts his life and art through the prism of 154 songs from all stages of his career – from his earliest boyhood compositions through the legendary decade of The Beatles, to Wings and his solo albums to the present. Arranged alphabetically to provide a kaleidoscopic rather than chronological account, it establishes definitive texts of the songs’ lyrics for the first time and describes the circumstances in which they were written, the people and places that inspired them, and what he thinks of them now. Presented with this is a treasure trove of material from McCartney’s personal archive – drafts, letters, photographs – never seen before, which make this also a unique visual record of one of the greatest songwriters of all time.
We learn intimately about the man, the creative process, the working out of melodies, the moments of inspiration. The voice and personality of Paul McCartney sings off every page. There has never been a book about a great musician like it.
‘I hope that what I’ve written will show people something about my songs and my life which they haven’t seen before. I’ve tried to say something about how the music happens and what it means to me and I hope what it may mean to others too’ Paul McCartney
‘Based on conversations I had with Paul McCartney over a five year period, these commentaries are as close to an autobiography as we may ever come. His insights into his own artistic process confirm a notion at which we had but guessed — that Paul McCartney is a major literary figure who draws upon, and extends, the long tradition of poetry in English’ Paul Muldoon
Watch the trailer here.
About the authors:
Born in Liverpool in 1942, Paul McCartney was raised in the city and educated at the Liverpool Institute. Since writing his first song at 14, McCartney has dreamed and dared to be different. He lives in England.
Paul Muldoon is the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of fourteen full-length collections of poetry, including his new collection Howdie-Skelp.
USA: Liveright / W.W. Norton – UK: Allen Lane / Penguin Press – Germany: C.H. Beck – Spain: Libros Cúpula/Grupo Planeta – Italy: Rizzoli – Netherlands: Het Spectrum
US product information:
THE LYRICS: 1956 to the Present
Paul McCartney, edited with an introduction by Paul Muldoon
Two volumes, in a slipcase
960 pages (480 pp per volume)
THE SPACEMAN REISSUE PROGRAM
CURATED BY J SPACEMAN
FAT POSSUM TO ISSUE DEFINITIVE VINYL EDITIONS OF CLASSIC FIRST FOUR ALBUMS
First Installment Lazer Guided Melodies Out April 23
Spiritualized and Fat Possum Records are proud to announce the first stage of The Spaceman Reissue Program: definitive vinyl releases of the first four Spiritualized albums. Curated by J Spaceman, the series will kick off April 23 with Spiritualized’s classic 1992 debut, Lazer Guided Melodies.
Elevating the gritty, narcotic garage blues of Pierce’s recently disbanded Spacemen 3 into a crystalline space rock/pop wall of sound, Lazer Guided Melodies was recorded from 1990 to 1991, its 12 songs divided into four distinct movements. Reflecting on the transition from Spacemen 3 to the first realization of the Spiritualized sound, Pierce recalls:
“The last Spacemen 3 record was under-realized to me. When I listen back to that stuff it sounds like somebody finding their way. There was a lot of ideas but no way to put them into a space that would make them all work. So, there was a huge freedom forging over the last Spacemen 3 record and when Spiritualized started it was like, ‘OK it’s all yours. Go’…
We recorded the tracks in the studio near my flat which was a place where they predominantly recorded advertising jingles and it’s where we made all the Spacemen 3 records, but then the recordings were taken to Battery Studios in London, to explore a more professional way of making music… Once I approached that way of doing things I opened up a whole world and I was astounded that somebody could take those tracks and turn it into the record it became…”
The Spaceman Reissue Program edition of Lazer Guided Melodies promises to give those recordings the fullest spectrum audio and physical treatment they’ve deserved since 1992. It will be the first in this series of 180g double albums mastered from a half speed lacquer cut from original sources by Alchemy Mastering, presented in a gatefold jacket adorned by reworked art by Mark Farrow, and available in both a standard black vinyl pressing and limited edition white vinyl exclusive to D2C / indie retail.
Alongside the vinyl reissue, for a limited time there will also be a comprehensive series of Lazer Guided Melodies merchandise based on original vintage designs available via spiritualized.com.
Stay tuned to this frequency for release dates and further information on The Spaceman Reissue Program releases of Pure Phase (1995), Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space (1997) and Let It Come Down (2001).
MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT
NEW ALBUM OUT NOW ON ROSWELL RECORDS/RCA RECORDS
Medicine at Midnight Radio on Apple Music Hits Debuting Monday, February 8th
The rock doctors will see you now: Foo Fighters have finally unleashed all nine doses of their much heralded new album, Medicine at Midnight (Roswell Records/RCA Records).
Medicine at Midnight’s release ends the wait that was first kicked into high gear last year with the Mainstream Rock/Rock Airplay #1 “Shame Shame” and bludgeoning “final f*ck you to 2020” (UPROXX) “No Son of Mine,” and more recently the epic ballad to cathartic scream of “Waiting on a War.” While anticipation has built exponentially with each new track, early critical notices been amongst the most enthusiastic of the band’s 26 years in the game, including:
“(FOUR STARS) Brighter and more optimistic than anything they’ve ever done… Even the harder-rocking songs overflow with ear candy.”—ROLLING STONE
“One of Foo Fighters’ best albums of this century.”—WALL STREET JOURNAL
“Dave Grohl and company have another winner on their hands.”—MERCURY NEWS
Medicine at Midnight can now be purchased, streamed or download in its entirety at http://foofighters.co/MAM.
Medicine at Midnight’s release wraps up Foo Fighters’ week-long partnership with Spotify, which featured surprise ‘Midnight Drops’ of of exclusive video, audio, and playlist content— an occasion marked by the band’s larger than life appearance on Spotify’s Times Square billboard.
To celebrate the release of their new album, the Foo Fighters will host a special six-part radio series: Medicine at Midnight Radio on Apple Music Hits. Each band member will host an hour-long episode where they’ll explore their personal inspirations and reflect on the creative process behind the album. Fans can tune in every day next week, beginning Monday, February 8th at 4:00p PST on Apple Music Hits at apple.co/FFRadio and simultaneously on the band’s new limited-run SiriusXM channel, Foo Fighters Radio (channel 105). Dave also joined Zane Lowe on his daily Apple Music 1 show earlier this week to chat about the album. Listen to their conversation HERE.
Medicine at Midnight is produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, engineered by Darrell Thorp and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent.
Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee.
U.S.-Only Compilation Out March 12 on BMG
On March 12, the pride of Camden Town will release the U.S.-only compilation Our House: The Very Best of Madness via BMG. This 12-song primer for Madness fans new and old alike is a veritable hit parade spanning the band’s entire career: From 1979 debut single The Prince through classics including Our House, It Must Be Love, Baggy Trousers and House of Fun, to more recent staples NW5, Mr. Apples and the 2019 standalone single BullingdonBoys.
Madness emerged from North London to spearhead the late 1970s /early 1980s two-tone ska revival with such classic albums as its 1979 debut One Step Beyond … (featuring the title track, My Girl, Bed & Breakfast Man, and Night Boat to Cairo) and sophomore effort Absolutely (featuring Baggy Trousers and Embarrassment). As the band’s sound evolved over the course of albums including 7, The Rise & Fall, Keep Moving and the self-titled compilation that yielded the U.S. top 10 hit Our House, Madness spent an unprecedented 200+ weeks on the UK charts from 1980-1986. Madness’ generation-spanning legacy has produced more than a dozen UK top 10 singles including It Must Be Love, House of Fun, Wings of a Dove, Shut Up and more, inspired the London musical Our House, and in 2000 earned the band the Ivor Novello Award from the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors for Outstanding Song Collection. Since 2007, Madness has released its music on its own Lucky 7 record label, including albums The Liberty of Norton Folgate, Oui Oui Si Si Ja Ja Da Da and Can’t Touch Us Now, and the 2019 single Bullingdon Boys. The band continues to headline arenas and festivals the world over—not to mention atop Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert and the closing ceremony of the London 2012 Summer Olympics, in addition to creating a yearly tradition with its own annual House of Fun Weekender.
Madness is Graham “Suggs” McPherson, Mike “Barso” Barson, Lee “Kix” Thompson, Chris “Chrissy Boy” Foreman, Mark “Bedders” Bedford and Daniel “Woody” Woodgate.
Our House: The Very Best of Madness
Out March 12 on BMG
• Our House
• It Must Be Love
• House of Fun
• Baggy Trousers
• One Step Beyond…
• The Prince
• Wings Of A Dove
• Mr Apples
• Bullingdon Boys
• Night Boat To Cairo (US Version)
VAMPIRE WEEKEND: 2021, 40:42
by Goose & Sam Gendel
“ leaves you satisfied while wanting more…”
… More has arrived in the form of 40:42.
Vampire Weekend have commissioned universally acclaimed jazz saxophonist Sam Gendel and Connecticut-based rock quintet Goose to each craft reinterpretations of the understated but oddly addictive (NME)“2021.”
The artists were given one directive: make their versions twenty minutes and twenty-one seconds in length (as opposed to the short and sweet (Newsweek) 1:39 original on the band’s GRAMMY winning album, Father of the Bride). Sam Gendel met this challenge with the track “2021 (in the space between two pieces of wood).” Goose’s personal interpretation is titled “2021 (January 5th, to be exact).” The combined effort comprises the upcoming EP, 40:42.
Both of these unique expressions of “2021″ are stunning and unexpected versions of what has become a Vampire Weekend fan favorite. Watch Gendel’s jazz take laid atop his own improvisational animation and Goose perform the song up close and intimately.
Watch both of them here:
The 40:42 EP is available now across all digital platforms and is being self-released by Vampire Weekend.
Sam Gendel is a jazz musician and producer living in Los Angeles. He is most known for his work with the saxophone, though he is proficient on multiple instruments. He has collaborated with Vampire Weekend on the FOTB tracks “Spring Snow” and “Flower Moon,” adding to a diverse CV featuring work with a range of artists including Ry Cooder, Blake Mills, Sam Amidon, Perfume Genius, Moses Sumney, Knower and inc. no world. Gendel’s own discography includes the critically praised Music for Saxofone & Bass Guitar with bassist Sam Wilkes and 4444. Gendel released two full length albums on Nonesuch in 2020, Satin Doll followed by DRM. Both releases were met with universal critical acclaim from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork and others, and the latter garnered a “Top 10 Best L.A. Albums of 2020” from the Los Angeles Times.
Goose is Rick Mitarotonda (vocals, guitar), Peter Anspach (vocals, keyboards/guitar), Trevor Bass (bass), Ben Atkind (drums) and Jeff Arevalo (vocals, percussion). The rock quintet is comprised of friends of differing ages and experiences from the same small town in Connecticut, drawn together through a deep love of music and storytelling. Vampire Weekend and Goose have formed a mutual admiration society, with Ezra singing the praises of Goose on his Beats1Radio show, Time Crisis and Goose’s Peter Anspach heaping similar props on VW as one of his “biggest inspirations… a great band that’s pushing musical boundaries.”
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JENNY LEWIS & SERENGETI: “VROOM VROOM”
Jenny Lewis and Serengeti have unveiled a second collaborative track, “Vroom Vroom”—available now via Jenny’s label Loves Way.
Switching lanes from the dreamy and downtempo French New Wave-groove of the duo’s first offering, “Unblu,” “Vroom Vroom” is a 90s style glitch pop song about thinning your social group and clearing your mind in unclear times.
Beep beep on over to see the accompanying visual odyssey, directed by Jenny:
Produced by Jenny and Andrew Broder, “Vroom Vroom” follows Jenny and Serengeti’s surprise 2020 release of “Unblu,” which earned rousing waves of critical acclaim:
“recaptures a narcotic late-1960s Velvet Underground flavor” — NEW YORK TIMES (The Playlist)
“With its chilly synths and twinkling pianos, it’s downtempo for lockdown…a beguiling introduction to a creative partnership that blossomed in spite of physical distance”— AV CLUB (A-Sides – 5 New Releases We Love)
“[a] smudged-lens swoon…a true team effort between two unlikely collaborators.”—STEREOGUM
“a dreamy Serge Gainsbourg/Brigitte Bardot vibe”—ROLLING STONE
Jenny and Serengeti recently spoke with NPR’s All Things Considered about working together despite being separated by long distance and quarantine, listen HERE.
CELEBRATE DAVE GROHL’S BIRTHDAY WITH “WAITING ON A WAR”
THIRD ADVANCE TRACK FROM MEDICINE AT MIDNIGHT
AVAILABLE FOR PRE-ORDER AT http://foofighters.co/MAM
Don’t Miss Foo Fighters on JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE! Tonight
Hot on the heels of “No Son of Mine,” Foo Fighters unleash another dose of Medicine at Midnight in the form of “Waiting on a War.” In stark contrast to the bludgeoning “final f*ck you to 2020” (UPROXX) of its predecessor, “Waiting on a War” is a sprawling melodic opus that gradually builds to a patented FF rave-up.
If “Waiting on a War” seems to have an especially emotional heft to its lyrics, well, that’s because it does. Dave Grohl recounts the personal anecdote that inspired the song:
Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, “Daddy, is there going to be a war?” My heart sank as I realized that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago.
I wrote “Waiting on a War” that day.
Everyday waiting for the sky to fall. Is there more to this than that? Is there more to this than just waiting on a war? Because I need more. We all do.
This song was written for my daughter, Harper, who deserves a future, just as every child does.
Celebrate Grohl’s birthday tonight, January 14, with Foo Fighters’ network TV debut performance of “Waiting on a War” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.
Medicine at Midnight (out February 5th on Roswell Records/RCA Records) is produced by Greg Kurstin and Foo Fighters, engineered by Darrell Thorp and mixed by Mark “Spike” Stent, and packs the following nine songs into a tight-ass 37 minutes:
Making a Fire
Waiting on a War
Medicine at Midnight
No Son of Mine
Love Dies Young
Foo Fighters are Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, and Rami Jaffee.
OUT TODAY—DECEMBER 18
“FIND MY WAY” VIDEO LIVE NOW
YouTube Originals’ RELEASED Paul in conversation with Chris Rock
“…there’s something incredibly ‘Paul’ about McCartney’s approach to the pandemic album: cheery, resilient, forever looking forward. It’s a reminder of one of the Beatles’ most powerful messages to baby boomers: life gets better. It’s getting better all the time.” — THE NEW YORKER
“…a laid-back gem” — ROLLING STONE
“…a spectacular return to form… his musical chops are as exquisite and profound as virtually anyone’s. Ever.” — SALON
“…striking melodies and deft arrangements… displays a still vibrant compositional flair.” — THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
The wait is finally over: Paul McCartney’s overwhelmingly anticipated all-new, all-Paul album McCartney III has been released in its full streaming, CD, and rainbow of vinyl glory as of today December 18, 2020 via Capitol Records.
Paul’s first new album since 2018’s #1 charting Egypt Station, McCartney III is a stripped back, self-produced and, quite literally, solo work in the tradition of 1970’s McCartney and 1980’s McCartney II. Recorded earlier this year during “Rockdown” in Sussex, McCartney III is mostly built from live takes of Paul on vocals and guitar or piano, overdubbing his bass playing, drumming, etc. atop that foundation. The process first sparked when Paul returned to an unreleased track from the early 90s, “When Winter Comes” (recorded with George Martin). Paul crafted a new passage for the song, giving rise to album opener “Long Tailed Winter Bird”—while “When Winter Comes,” featuring its new 2020 intro “Winter Bird,” became the new album’s grand finale.
The newest and most in depth look at the McCartney III creative process surfaced this week in the form of the “Find My Way” video Directed by Roman Coppola, the shoot utilized no less than 46 cameras to capture Paul on every instrument and from every angle, resulting in an unprecedented and intimate glimpse into Paul creating and performing a McCartney III highlight.
For more McCartney III, check out Spotify’s McCartney III enhanced album experience featuring exclusive behind-the-scenes video clips and commentary (https://PaulMcCartney.lnk.to/SpotifyEnhancedPR), Amazon Music’s murals in 12 cities globally featuring sheet music from the album and interpretations from musicians & artists around the world (https://PaulMcCartney.lnk.to/12DaysOfPaulPR), and On Monday, 12/21 at 9:00 AM PST Paul will join Apple Music’s Zane Lowe for an in-depth conversation about ‘McCartney III’. Tune in at apple.co/Zane.Just as McCartney’s classic 1970 solo debut marked Paul’s return to basics in the wake of the biggest band break-up in musical history, and the 1980 avant-garde masterpiece McCartney II rose from the ashes of Wings, McCartney III finds Paul back on his own, turning unexpected circumstances into a personal snapshot of a timeless artist at a unique point in history.
BY David Bowie and Enda Walsh
DIRECTED BY Ivo van Hove
INSPIRED BY THE NOVEL The Man Who Fell To Earth by Walter Tevis
Exclusive Premiere Streaming on Dice.fm
Friday 8 January, 7pm – David Bowie’s birthday
Saturday 9 January, 7pm
Sunday 10 January, 3pm – fifth anniversary of David Bowie’s death
Tickets from £16
“WILD, FANTASTICAL, EYE-POPPING. A SURREALISTIC TOUR DE FORCE.” – Rolling Stone
To remember David Bowie on his birthday and to mark the fifth anniversary of his untimely death, producers Robert Fox and RZO Entertainment Inc are exclusively releasing the stream of the London production of Lazarus, captured live on stage. The streaming will be available for three performances only. This will be the UK premiere of the filmed version of this remarkable show.
Lazarus includes songs from Bowie’s iconic catalogue as well as new songs written for the stage including the title song, Lazarus.
Inspired by the book, The Man Who Fell To Earth, by Walter Tevis (“The Queen’s Gambit”) Lazarus focuses on Thomas Newton, as he remains still on Earth – a ‘man’ unable to die, his head soaked in cheap gin and haunted by a past love. We follow Newton during the course of a few days where the arrival of another lost soul – might finally set him free.
Michael C Hall (“Dexter”, “Six Feet Under”) stars as Newton, the character famously portrayed by David Bowie in the 1976 screen adaptation of The Man Who Fell To Earth directed by Nicolas Roeg. Lazarus co-stars Sophia Anne Caruso (“Beetlejuice” on Broadway) and the production is directed by Ivo van Hove (“All About Eve”, “Network” and “A View From The Bridge”).
Lazarus opened at The New York Theatre Workshop in November 2015. The London production opened in November 2016 where it played a sold out run.
This live-streamed event will be available for three performances only in multiple time zones (GMT, AEDT, EST, PST, CST) from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 January 2021.
The Lazarus Cast Album is available on ISO / Columbia Records
NASTY LITTLE MAN – BEST OF 2020
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR GRAMMY-NOMINATED ARTISTS
We here at nasty hope you are hanging in there safely and in good health as we humbly present our best of 2020 list:
NICK CAVE: Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone At Alexandra Palace (Bad Seed Ltd.)
EOB: Earth (Capitol Records)
GORILLAZ: Song Machine: Season One – Strange Timez (Warner Records)
PAUL McCARTNEY: McCartney III (Capitol Records)
METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M2 (Blackened Recordings)
WOODKID: S16 (Caroline Records)
PAUL MCCARTNEY: Flaming Pie (MPL/Capitol/UMe)
RAMMSTEIN: Herzeleid (XXV Anniversary Edition – Remastered) (Vertigo/UMe)
Singles & Miscellaneous
FOO FIGHTERS: “Shame Shame” (Roswell Records/RCA Records)
THE SHINS: “The Great Divide” (Aural Apothecary/Monotone Records)
METALLICA & SAN FRANCISCO SYMPHONY: S&M2 (concert film release)
And with the nominations for the 63rd annual GRAMMY Awards just revealed, we would like to congratulate our artists on the following nominations:
Best Alternative Music Album
“Hyperspace” — Beck
Best Music Video
“Goliath” — Woodkid — Yoann Lemoine, video director
Best Music Film
“Beastie Boys Story” — Beastie Boys — Spike Jonze, video director; Amanda Adelson, Jason Baum & Spike Jonze, video producers
Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
“Hyperspace” — Drew Brown, Andrew Coleman, Shawn Everett, Serban Ghenea, David Greenbaum, Jaycen Joshua & Mike Larson, engineers; Randy Merrill, mastering engineer (Beck)
Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package
“Flaming Pie (Collector’s Edition)” — Linn Wie Andersen, Simon Earith, Paul McCartney & James Musgrave, art directors (Paul McCartney)
Best Recording Package
“Vols. 11 & 12” — Doug Cunningham & Jason Noto, art directors (Desert Sessions)
2020 HELPING HANDS CONCERT & AUCTION
RAISES MORE THAN $1.3 MILLION & COUNTING BENEFITTING ALL WITHIN MY HANDS FOUNDATION
STREAMING EVENT TICKET SALES EXTENDED THROUGH DECEMBER 1
Due to popular demand, Metallica’s Helping Hands 2020 streaming party benefitting the band’s All Within My Hands foundation has been extended. The live show may have ended, and the auction has closed, but there’s a little more time to catch this unique, worldwide concert event on demand. Ticket packages will be available to purchase until 11:59 PM PST on Giving Tuesday, December 1st at https://nugs.tv/assets/nugstv/metallica.html.
Metallica thanks all those who supported AWMH by watching, donating and participating in the online auction. Thanks to the fans and generous sponsors, Metallica’s first ever pay-per-view event live-streamed on November 14 has raised over $1.3 million thus far. Those funds will be used to work with partners at Feeding America and the American Association of Community Colleges, along with supporting Covid and disaster relief efforts in the coming months.
All Within My Hands is a 501(c)3 non-profit foundation established in 2017 as a way for the Metallica family to give back to communities that have supported the band. Just this year, AWMH has donated $645,000 to COVID-19 related relief funds including Feeding America, Direct Relief, as well as to charities assisting those in the entertainment and hospitality industries suddenly without work. More recently the foundation donated $350,000 to aid those affected by the West Coast wildfires. Finally, the foundation’s Metallica Scholars Initiative is now in its second year, supported by a $1.5 million grant benefiting 15 community colleges across the country.
Metallica and All Within My Hands are committed to running an organization of the highest integrity where expenses are kept to a minimum and are paid for entirely by the band, the board, and friends who have worked with the band over many years and are excited to help in this mission. As always, 100% of proceeds from this years Helping Hands event—tickets, fees and auction items—will go directly to help those in need, with Metallica and the foundation covering all production costs and expenses.
NICK CAVE ALONE AT ALEXANDRA PALACE
Album Out Now – On Vinyl, CD & Streaming
Breathtaking…an exorcism of death, religion and romance’ NME *****
‘Idiot Prayer is extraordinary, breathtakingly varied within its minimal format, and compelling throughout’ MOJO *****
‘one of our greatest, living, singer-songwriters’ Record Collector *****
‘The performance of a lifetime’ UNCUT 9/10
‘Cave’s maximalist craft and charisma charge a minimalist occasion with magnetism and meaning’ Total Film *****
‘Stately and beautiful’ Independent **** ‘The most beautiful and sombre performance he’s ever given’ The Telegraph ***
Following the extraordinary response to the online streaming event in July, Nick Cave releases the album of the performance, Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace, out now on vinyl, CD and streaming services worldwide.
Idiot Prayer – Nick Cave Alone at Alexandra Palace was recorded in June 2020 as the UK slowly emerged from lockdown, and was conceived as a reaction to the confinement and isolation of the preceding months.
In Idiot Prayer, Cave plays his songs alone at the piano in a rarely seen stripped back form, from early Bad Seeds and Grinderman, right through to the most recent Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Ghosteen.
The performance was filmed by award winning Cinematographer Robbie Ryan (The Favourite, Marriage Story, American Honey) in Alexandra Palace’s stunning West Hall. It was edited by Nick Emerson (Lady Macbeth, Emma, Greta). The music was recorded by Dom Monks. Buy the album now at nickcave.com/idiotprayer
Last week, Brian Burton (A/K/A Danger Mouse) and Nigel Godrich released a new app called Station Rotation. They announced it via their social media accounts, were somewhat vague, and forgot to use a proper hashtag (artists, am I right?). Unsurprisingly, some of you had some questions, so here is some clarity:
Station Rotation is a free app that Brian and Nigel created when—in addition to a deep desire to find a great way to discover new music—they realized that, despite being friends for over a decade, they really didn’t know much about each other’s personal music tastes. And as they say, if you want something done…
The pair created, financed and developed a simple app that would allow them and their friends (various musicians, producers, film directors, artists, etc.) to program individually curated radio stations—NOT playlists—for sharing within the app. Unlike a typical playlist or mixtape, they wanted to provide a collective experience, in real time.
They took this idea to an app developer to help them work out the technical details… and for the last few years, the pair have been tinkering with it privately, eventually opening it up to more friends, and at long last… the general public.
Station Rotation represented a new way for their friends and cohorts to connect and share music. Only music. No politics. No comments sections… The result was eye-opening as they realized: we’re all so much more similar than we realize. Somehow, despite their friends’ diverse tastes, genres, backgrounds and bodies of work, so many of them wound up putting some of the same exact songs on their stations. The individually tailored stations provided heartwarming and unexpected revelations about their closest friends.
Now that it has been made available to the public, Station Rotation offers all listeners the chance to discover those, often revelatory, insights into some of the most creative and generally inscrutable people and their favorite songs.
Now to some FAQs and their answers:
How is Station Rotation different than a Playlist?
Simply put: Station Rotation is interesting people spinning their favorite tunes, round the clock (as opposed to, say, a 20-song playlist or mixtape). And the listener experience is collective in that the app reveals which of your friends are listening to the same station and therefore hearing the same thing. at the same time
Station creators choose their favorite songs, which (unlike a playlist) are played in random order.
And much like a radio DJ, the station creators can edit their own stations by adding and subtracting tracks as they please (just as a programmer would bring songs in and out of Rotation). There is no way to skip to the next or previous song… If you want to hear something else, you simply change the station. And if you want to hear what the DJ is spinning next, you have to wait until the next song (like a radio Station).
How is Station Rotation monetized?
The app is 100% independently owned and self-financed by Brian and Nigel. There are zero ads and no sponsors or corporate backers… and Station Rotation does not harvest or sell your personal information.
The DJs who contributed stations all volunteered their time to do so.
It’s all for the love of music and the desire to share music with friends…
Why No Android Version?
They’re working on that.
As previously mentioned, Station Rotation is fully owned and funded by Brian and Nigel. They have spent the better part of the last several years working on, testing (and financing) the app to get it ready for public consumption. And the reality is, expanding beyond iOS is very expensive and very time consuming.
Android users: They hear you and are trying to make it work.
Why do I need a Spotify Premium account to use Station Rotation?
It’s a similar issue to the Android platform: Software-wise, Spotify Premium was simplest way to build the app. They’re not ruling out future versions that could work with Apple Music and other platforms.
If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out, but we think the only way to appreciate Station Rotation is to go ahead and give it a spin. And we think you’ll enjoy it.
Thank You For Reading (and Listening),