Vol. 3

The crazy train stops here. Ozzy Osbourne has once again canceled his “No More Tours 2” North American dates, this time to treat the mild form of Parkinson’s disease that he recently revealed he had been diagnosed with. The Prince of Darkness vows he will rise again — Osbourne, 71, says the dates are just postponed. Considering he sold his soul for rock ’n’ roll, we have faith that Ozzy will return... (Radio.com)

Broken records: As the music industry has shifted to digital streaming, that’s left one company, Direct Shot Distributing, up to the task of distributing vinyl records and CDs for the three major labels, Warner Records, Universal Music Group, and Sony Music Entertainment. Hilarity has ensued, with record shop owners, managers, and executives reporting bizarre, headache-inducing episodes including late deliveries, mixed-up orders, and, in one instance, receiving pallets of cough syrup instead of records. Mmmmm, Romilar. Could be a rough Record Store Day... (Rolling Stone)

Motor City Madman and taxidermy enthusiast Ted Nugent announced a string of U.S. tour dates, promising to “unleash the ultimate sonic bombast beast across America summer 2020.” Speaking of the Nuge, he was kind enough to provide us with this little nugget in anticipation of our upcoming CREEM documentary: “CREEM magazine and most of its so called writers provided me with constant fortification to my concrete un­derstanding of how pathetic, transparent, criminal and chimplike the hippie lifestyle truly is. My interviews with Lester Bangs can only be described as hysterical attempts on his part to form cognitive questions that could possibly lead to any meaningful thought process or dialog. His brilliant grasp of real rock-n-roll can be best identified by his mumbling in CREEM about how my TED NUGENT debut solo LP would be ‘...the final nail in the coffin of my career.’ Dope addicts are so funny. Fuck CREEM magazine and all the stinky, filthy, irresponsible pukes who ran it. Drive safely. Fuck you, Uncle Ted.”  Stop it, Ted, you’re making us blush. (Ultimate Classic Rock)

This song was not made for you and me: A federal judge rejected a lawsuit from Brooklyn band Satorii to release Woody Guthrie’s iconic folk anthem “This Land Is Your Land” into public domain, arguing that Guthrie never renewed his 1945 copyright and it should have been available since 1973. But the court punted on the case, ruling that there was no legal dispute in question as Satorii already paid a $45.50 licensing fee to release their cover of the song. Cheapskates. (New York Times)

Miley Cyrus says she saved rock ’n’ roll. Hannah Montana recorded several songs with producer Mark Ronson for her forthcoming record She Is Miley Cyrus, which she describes (also in third person) as having “kind of like Joan Jett vibes to it, just bringing back rock ’n’ roll.” Oh? The record will also include a cover of Jet’s 2003 single “Are You Gonna Be My Girl?”, which means this is shaping up to be one of the most anticipated rock ’n’ roll revival-revival-revival records of the year. (NME)

It sounds like Joni Mitchell may soon be hailing a “Big Yellow Taxi” to the recording studio, at least according to notorious poon hound James Taylor. In an interview with The Guardian, Taylor revealed that 76-year-old Mitchell is “coming back” physically and musically following a massive brain aneurysm Mitchell suffered in 2015. “It’s amazing to see her come back to the surface,” he said. Taylor, 71, is also plotting a return — the Songwriter Hall of Famer announced a North American tour earlier this year in support of his latest record, American Standard. (The Guardian)

Catwalk ’n’ roll: For Balenciaga’s summer collection, the Spanish luxury fashion house released a nightmarish campaign video inspired by modern mainstream TV news. Though the toothless and alienesque models posing as gloom-and-doom newscasters and, well, the brand’s $950 “phone holder” are scary enough, the video is soundtracked by a discordant track by Detroit’s longstanding trip metal pioneers Wolf Eyes. Y’know, nothing screams fashion like the apocalypse…. (YouTube)

In goth we trust. Nick Cave and his long-standing backing band, the Bad Seeds, announced an 18-date North American fall tour with special guest Natalie Mering, who makes weepy and wistful tunes as Weyes Blood. Cave’s latest outing in support of 2019’s Ghosteen follows on the heels of Stranger Than Kindness, a visual autobiography and companion piece to an immersive Danish exhibit of the same name inspired by Cave’s life, lyrics, and macabre sense of mysticism. (Rolling Stone)

Gettin' Iggy with it. Iggy Pop and the Stooges' 1970 record Fun House turns 50 this year, along with the Nerf Ball, the Ford Pinto, the Beatles’ breakup, and Matt Damon. Anyhoo, to celebrate, Rhino Records is dropping a massive 15xLP box set complete with rare takes, photos, and the complete Fun House sessions. The limited edition box set — only 1,970 copies will be sold (get it?!?) — will run you $399.98, the same amount as Mr. Osterberg’s monthly peanut butter habit. (Rolling Stone)

A little bit rock, a little bit rave: DJ and producer Andrew Weatherall — a beloved figure of the UK’s acid house scene in the ’80s known for his self-taught, anything-goes approach to production — died last month at age 56 of pulmonary embolism. Known for mixing rock and rave sensibilities, Weatherall’s credits include Primal Scream’s Screamadelica, and remixing tracks by Happy Mondays, New Order, Björk, and My Bloody Valentine, among others. “I don’t know that I’m breaking rules, ’cause I don’t know what the rules are,” he once told the BBC. Amen, brother! (Pitchfork)

Happy Birthdayverssary.  On THIS day in 1969, CREEM published its first issue.  The rest is history. (Instagram)

Teen titan Billie Eilish collaborated with the Smiths’ Johnny Marr and conductor Hans Zimmer to pen the theme for the new James Bond film, No Time to Die — making her the youngest performer to ever record a Bond theme. Teen angst meets smarmy English wit meets German electro-orchestra — sign us up! Seems to have been a winning combo: the track reached No. 1 on the UK singles chart, joining Sam Smith’s “Writing’s On the Wall” from 2015’s Spectre. (Duran Duran's “A View To A Kill” and Adele's “Skyfall” peaked at No. 2 in 1985 and 2012, respectively.) (BBC)

Holy Shit, Batman: Leaked photos from a recent shoot in Scotland reveal a first look at Twilight heartthrob (and guy who has generated over 1M “THIS guy is playing Batman?!?!” memes) Robert Pattinson’s take on the Caped Crusader — or at least Pattinson’s stuntman, who was seen eating shit while driving the Batcycle. The Batman is due June 2021, and also features Zoë Kravitz as THE Catwoman, Paul Dano as THE Riddler, Colin Farrell as THE Penguin, and Carrot Top as THE Poison Ivy. Ok, we may have made one of those up(Variety)

Suspicious minds have speculated about the thankless influence Black culture had on Elvis Presley’s career, including that of the late ”Godmother of Rock ’n’ Roll” and recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Sister Rosetta Tharpe. English singer and recent Grammy nominee Yola has been pegged to play Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s forthcoming biopic, Elvis, which is currently in pre-production. We wouldn’t mind if Elvis got the I’m Not There treatment with Yola playing the king — after all, if the blue suede shoe fits... (She Shreds)

That creep can't roll: Reviews for the sort-of sequel to The Big Lebowski, titled The Jesus Rolls, are pouring in — and it appears as though we have a gutter ball. In the film, John Turturro reprises his role as master bowler, registered sex offender, and guy who may have raided Prince's wardrobe Jesus Quintana following his ongoing misadventures after getting released from prison. The film, written and directed by Turturro, comes 22 years after “The Dude” Jeff Bridges charmed his underdressed ass into our hearts in the Coen brothers’ original cult classic. Calmer than you are. (Rotten Tomatoes)

What came first - the music or the misery? In honor of heartbreak holiday Valentine’s Day, Hulu released its reboot of the 2000 John Cusak film, High Fidelity, based on the 1995 Nick Hornby book of the same name — and we’re happy to report it doesn’t suck. The series reimagines Zoë Kravitz as a gender-swapped version of Cusak’s sad boy Rob and puts a modern twist on the supporting cast of characters and the soundtrack, which Questlove helped curate. For the reboot, David Bowie’s The Man Who Sold the World got its own episode, Michael Jackson is cancelled, and “Dry the Rain” by Beta Band reappears, as does Stevie Wonder’s “I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever).” It definitely cracks our “top five” list of remakes of High Fidelity... (Nerdist


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