Hot off the presses! We’ve got the video premiere of “Rope” by the Foo Fighters coming your way tonight at 7:54 p.m. — not 7:53 or 7:55, mind you, but 7:54! — but this 30-second sneak just landed in our lap and couldn’t resist giving you a look at it.
If the video seems like it’s got an early ’80s vibe to it, that’s because it was totally meant to. Lead Foo Dave Grohl directed the video and told our friends over at MTV that “I directed it and I really wanted it to have that old VHS look to it. Because VHS tape does weird things to color and definition, and it just looks … like VHS. And so, the ['Rope' video] is on VHS too [and] it definitely has a vibe. Just the look of the tape.” Well Dave, you certainly achieved your goal! We’re just glad you didn’t use Betamax.
Terrible news to pass along. TMZ is reporting that Mike Starr, former Alice in Chains bassist and cast member on Celebrity Rehab 3 and Sober House 2, has passed away at the age of 44. His cause of death is currently unknown, but it’s worth noting that Starr was arrested in Salt Lake City last month for possession of a controlled substance.
As we saw during the third season of Celebrity Rehab, Starr continued to harbor enormous feelings of guilt and regret over the death of his friend and Alice in Chains bandmate, Layne Staley, up until the time of his passing.
We’ll continue to share more information with you as soon as it comes in.
Last week, we gave you a 30-second sneak peek at old school VH1 You Oughta Know artist Sara Bareilles‘ new video, “Uncharted.” And while you’ll be able to catch the video in glorious high-definition when it debuts on our VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown show this weekend, thanks to the magic of the Internet, you can see it right this very second on your computer screen.
In addition to being a great song, the video is kind of like “We Are The World” for the coffeehouse set. Keep your eyes peeled for the likes of Ben Folds, the Cary Brothers, Greg Laswell, Adam Gardner and Ryan Miller of Guster, Laura Jansen, Adam Levine, Jesse Carmichael and James Valentine of Maroon 5, P.J. Morton, Pharrell Williams, Tegan & Sara, Vanessa Carlton, Ryan Tedder, internet lipdub superstar Keenan Cahill, Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland, Josh Groban, and Ingrid Michaelson.
For those of you who weren’t following along on our @VH1 Twitter feed or the #vh1storytellers hashtag last night, the Kentucky-bred, five piece rock band My Morning Jacket took the stage in front of 200 or so rabid fans to tape an upcoming episode of VH1 Storytellers. The band’s 12 song set included fan favorites like “One Big Holiday” and “Dondante,” as well as new material from their forthcoming album, Circuital. It was an emotional evening for both the band and everyone in attendance, as singer Jim James told anecdotes about the band’s history and songwriting process that veered from the teary to the humorous.
Here’s some more information about the show that just hit the wires. And, if you stick around, we’ve got the evening’s setlist for you, too!
VH1 STORYTELLERS: MY MORNING JACKET
Premieres Friday, June 3rd
New York, NY – ?? February 25, 2011 – My Morning Jacket front man Jim James declared “[touring] ain’t what like the Beastie Boys promised!” as they ripped into fan-favorite “One Big Holiday” in front of an intimate 200 member-audience last night at the taping of VH1 Storytellers at Metropolis Studios in New York, NY.
UPDATE: Now featuring a special greeting from Miss Sara Bareilles herself!
If you were paying attention back when Sara Bareilles was our July 2010 Posted artist, you’ll recall that she had a very difficult time writing the material that would ultimately make up her second studio album, Kaleidoscope Heart. In one of her entries that month, she candidly admitted that “As the time passed, I slowly started writing again, and truly amazed myself with just how horrible the songs were. And then the fear set in.”
Well, we hate to cut to the chase, but Spoiler Alert! She was able to conquer that fear, get over her case of writer’s block and pen the exceptional Kaleidoscope Heart, which spawned the #26 video in VH1′s Top 40 videos of 2010, “King Of Anything.” Speaking of writer’s block, that’s precisely what her latest single, “Uncharted,” is about. And, we’re presuming, the familiar subject matter is why she was able to convince artists like Josh Groban, Maroon 5′s Adam Levine, Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles, and more to appear in her star-studded new video.
It’s been almost fourteen years since “MMMBop” exploded into our national consciousness, an event that turned the three brothers who make up Hanson into teen idols overnight. Unlike so many other artists who experienced worldwide fame at an age before they were properly equipped to deal with it, Issac, Taylor and Zac never went off the deep end and landed themselves in jail, rehab or worse. Instead, the brothers kept cranking out their patented blend of blues-tinged pop/soul music (seven albums worth!) and playing to legions of fans across the country.
Last summer, Hanson released their eighth studio album, Shout It Out. And now, the latest single off that LP, “Give A Little,” has got itself a shiny, brand new and primary color packed video that matches the energetic, get up and dance spirit of the song. Bonus points for the sax solo, too, guys; between this song and the woodwind-meets-electronica sounds on the new Destroyer LP, Kaputt, maybe 2011 will be the year that the once ubiquitous sound of an alto sax regains its stature as a “cool” instrument for pop-leaning bands to work into their repertoire.
We’d be hard pressed to give you a definitive answer as to what exactly the message of the new Britney Spears video, “Hold It Against Me,” is. While the lyrics make a fairly straightforward case about why the object of desire in the song should cash out his tab at the bar and head back to Britney’s place for an evening of carnal delights (bonus points for the double entendre of the title, though!), it’s pretty clear that the Jonas Ã…kerlund directed video aims to make a broader statement about the State Of Britney today. However, after watching the video a few times, we have to admit that we’re still not entirely sure what exactly that statement is supposed to be?
Here’s what we do know: The video takes place on Earth in the year 2011. The rest, quite frankly, could be interpreted many different ways. Is it a “Leave Me Alone” meets “Freedom ’90″ type of statement, in which Britney struggles to free herself from a media-created prison of her past success by spraying day-glo paint all over a virginal white dress and monitors showing her old music videos on loop? Is the Yuen Woo Ping style battle between Red Cape Britney and Purple Cape Britney meant to pay homage to the classic Mariah Carey vs. Bianca battle from her “Heartbreaker” video? Does the fact that she spends a good deal of time in this video in the company of men who don’t have any eyes mean that she is sick and tired of the male gaze? Why is the first thing she does when she arrives on Earth — we are just going to go ahead and assume that was her in that meteor — is participate in a photo shoot wearing clothes that look like they’re left over from David LaChappelle’s Rize? Honestly, your guess is as good as ours!
If you’ve got theories about what the video means (or even how you think Britney looks/sounds these days), we’d love to hear them. Hit us up in the comments below, fire off a tweet to @vh1 or share your thoughts with us on the VH1 Facebook page.
Music lovers, rejoice! We’re bringing back one of our most popular music franchises, VH1 Storytellers, for its fifteenth season. And this time around, you’ll notice that the artists have a decidedly more indie slant than they have in previous years (which, considering Arcade Fire’s surprise triumph at the Grammys this weekend, makes perfect sense). Read all about it in this press release that just went out a few minutes ago…
VH1 ANNOUNCES LINEUP FOR 15TH ANNIVERSARY SEASON OF ICONIC MUSIC SERIES VH1 STORYTELLERS PREMIERING THIS SPRING
Featured Artists Include Kings of Leon, Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne
New York, NY, February 16, 2011 – VH1 announced today its lineup for the 15th anniversary season of the renowned music franchise VH1 Storytellers. Featured bands and artists this season will include Cee Lo Green, Death Cab For Cutie, Kings of Leon, Maxwell, My Morning Jacket and Ray LaMontagne. Hailing back to the show – ??s early roots, the new season will aim to provide a truly personal showcase for some of the greatest songwriters of today. The VH1 Storytellers music specials focus on the anecdotes, artistic musings and stories that inspired the artists and their music. These performers aren – ??t afraid to tell all as they expose the most intimate details of their creative process for the audience. Kings of Leon will kick off the new season of VH1 Storytellers beginning this May.
If you’re the kind of pop music fan who finds yourself a bit dismayed when you turn on the radio and rarely hear songs that sounded like they were created using real, live instruments rather than bleeps, blips and bloops from some super producer’s laptop, we’ve got exciting news for you. Say hello to Two Door Cinema Club, a young Irish trio that are VH1′s latest You Oughta Know artist. Their highly danceable sound pays homage to the slinky basslines and jangly guitars of the late 70s and early 80s New Wave movement, but with a modern twist: Their drummer is a MacBook Pro.
We have had the date February 14 scheduled on our calendar for some time now. No, not because it’s Valentine’s Day (although we’re smart enough not to ignore that day!), but rather because that was the day that Lady Gaga had promised we’d finally get a chance to listen to the title track off of her highly anticipated follow-up to her multi-platinum smash album, The Fame, called Born This Way. However, earlier this week, Gaga set the Twitterverse afire when she tweeted “Can’t wait any longer, single coming Friday.” And just like that, all of the Little Monsters — ourselves included — set our alarms for 6 a.m. this morning to listen to “Born This Way” for the very first time.
So, what did people think of the Gaga’s new disco stomper?
- “It – ??s f**king amazing. ‘Born This Way’ … will completely get rid of Gloria Gaynor – ??s ‘I Will Survive.’ This is the new ‘I Will Survive’ – ??This is the new gay anthem.” — Elton John
- “‘Born This Way’ sums up all the complex Gaga mythos, all her politics and Catholic angst and smeared lipstick, in one brilliant pop blast.” — Rob Sheffield, Rolling Stone