Train‘s long-awaited follow-up to 2009’s Save Me San Francisco album will be coming out in less than a month. As a means of road testing their new material, and as a way to play live in significantly more intimate venues than this arena band is used to, the guys made their way down to the 2012 SXSW Music Festival last week for a handful of dates. We caught up with the three guys from Train —from left to right, Jimmy Stafford (guitar), Scott Underwood (drums) and Patrick Monahan (lead vocals)— down in Austin and asked them to tell us a bit about their new record, California 37 (which is due out on April 17, 2012).
“California 37 is a road that brought us to one another,” Pat Monahan explained. “This record is more of an expression than it is a ‘Can we come back?’ [kind of thing]. The songs and the stories are just better. They’re more refined. It’s a dance record, but it’s also singer-songwriter at the same time.” After hearing the propulsive and upbeat first single “Drive By”, we’re excited to see how the rest of the album incorporates the dance-y elements that Monahan referred to in our chat with him.
Now, this is where things got a bit awkward in our interview. You see, we’ve always thought that Train‘s gargantuan 2010 hit, “Hey Soul Sister,” is one of the most subversive songs to get mass airplay since “Summer of ’69.” A few years back, Bryan Adams admitted to a shocked Maggie Rodriguez on CBS’s The Early Show that his song was about a sexual position, NOT a year, so we thought we’d try to get Train to do the same thing about “Hey Soul Sister.” Our theory has always been that the song is about a particularly memorable blowjob, our evidence being the line in the song that goes “Your lipstick stains on the front lobe of my left side brains / I knew I wouldn’t forget you / And so I went and let you blow my mind.” So, is it? See how the band responded in our video below! Read more…
Jack White has gone solo this year and we’ve loved the first single, “Love Interruption”, from his forthcoming album Blunderbuss. But for some reason Jack’s unaccompanied debut has set off some rumors that The White Stripes, who broke up almost 14 months ago, will be reuniting. But Jack quickly put a end to whispers in an interview with NME magazine, saying that there’s “Absolutely no chance” that the White Stripes would be getting back together.
He went on to say, “I couldn’t see any reason to ever do that. I’m not the kind of person that would retire from baseball and come out of retirement the next year. I mean, if we went to all the trouble of telling people we’re done, we meant it, you know? If we were forced to change our mind about that, I can only imagine being the reason, like if for some reason we went bankrupt or something or needed the cash, which would be a really sad thing, I would probably be issuing an apology along with the announcement of the show dates!” While we’re a little bummed to hear The Stripes won’t be back, we’ve got more that enough excitement for Jack’s solo effort that we think we can deal!
Last week we gave you five reasons why you must know UK boy-band One Direction right this second, and here’s another reason: their debut album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, making them the first British band to ever do so. Their album, Up All Night, has sold 176,000 copies and has officially made history with its number one entry onto the charts. Until now, the highest debut entry for a debut album was the Spice Girls’ Spice, which entered the chart at number six in 1997. If the Spice Girls subsequent worldwide success is anything to go by, then we can only deduce that there’s only one direction for pop music to take this year (sorry we couldn’t help ourselves!). Could One Direction be to 2012 what Adele was to 2011?
Our You Oughta Know artist Gotye has taken America completely by storm on the strength of one song — “Somebody That I Used To Know” — so as you can imagine we are excited to see what will happen as more of his singles start dropping in the States (we can only imagine more Gotye songs will equal more Gotye dominance). And now it appears Gotye is the latest buzz artist to be invited to perform on Saturday Night Live after Lana Del Rey and Sleigh Bells both graced the hallowed stage earlier this year. The SNL episode will air on April 14th and marks Gotye’s SNL debut. We wonder if he’ll take Kimbra along to perform “Somebody That I Used To Know,” or if he’ll play something entirely different. And if he does play “Somebody,” what will be the second track he’ll chose to play off his critically acclaimed album, Making Mirrors.
Behind The Music is taking a look at the complex life of hip hop artist Game. In this exclusive sneak peek, you can get an idea of where the artist came from, and where he’s going. In the opening scenes of the sneak, Game proposes to his girlfriend at the school she works at, and says he’s growing out of his tumultuous past; “Day by day I have altered my lifestyle into who I am now… A better person, a better friend, a better father, a better everything.” Including interviews with his abusive father and abused mother, the sneak paints a pretty bleak picture of Game’s childhood. The story is absolutely heart wrenching, and Game’s story is a complete tear jerker, and filled with pain and sadness. Covering his dangerous teenage years, the documentary would be much more difficult to watch if we didn’t already know there was a happy ending for Game, who found his way through the chaos of his gang life, including his violent beef with 50 Cent, to forge a successful career as an artist. You can check out the promo trailer after the jump.
Be sure to tune in to Behind The Music on Thursday, March 22nd at 9/8c on VH1.
In a literally explosive show, KISS took to the stage to rock out “Detroit Rock City” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Proving that glam rock has no age, the guys stormed the stage in full make up and costume, and gave a high energy, tongue wagging performance that culminated in the very rock and roll destruction of a guitar. With flames engulfing the stage throughout the show as explosions and flashing lights abounded, the performance was met with roaring applause from an enthusiastic, face-painted audience.
Some bands make music that simply sounds better while you’re listening to it outside, with a breeze in the air and a beer in your hand. California natives Best Coast definitely fall into this category, with their fuzzy, stoner-friendly riffs and the mellow, sweetly expressive voice of lead singer Bethany Cosentino. The band broke through with their 2010 Crazy For You LP, which scored an 8.4 and a coveted “Best New Music” notation from the tastemaker site Pitchfork, and just played a handful of gigs at the 2012 SXSW Music Festival in support of their new LP, The Only Place (the release date of which is still TBD).
“The record was written in a place of being homesick,” the 25 year-old Cosentino explained to us over the weekend. “‘The Only Place’ is supposed to mean my bedroom, my home, Los Angeles, California. It’s the place where I feel the most comfortable and confident. I wanted to make a record that reflected that this place is my safe place, and all these songs that are written about more darker, kind of lonely feelings, those all go away as I get back to this only place.”
Well, it’s pretty clear that while Cosentino feels most comfortable in California, she’s been widely accepted the world over. Her 2011 video for “Our Deal”, which was directed by Drew Barrymore and stars Chloe Moretz, picked up a 2012 Woodie Award for Best Video while down in Austin, an award she accepted from the luminous DJ Pauly D. If you’re not yet familiar with the group (or even if you are!), we’ve got some video of Best Coast performing “Our Deal” live from last week’s SPIN party at Stubb’s for you below.
Will Adam Levine Appear On American Horror Story? Adam Levine is apparently in negotiations to appear on American Horror Story in his television acting debut. Can anyone say “Moves Like Spooky?” [Just Jared]
Drake Freestyles For GQ Drake‘s freestyle (and style!) is impeccable in this sparsely shot video for GQ. Say what you want about Drake — the guy’s got some serious talent when it comes to his art (and he’s a little bit cute too!). [Idolator]
The prolific and often zany Tweeter (rapper by trade) 50 Cent dropped a bombshell for fans this morning, promising a July release date for his forthcoming album via the social networking device. 50 Tweeted:
Today in weirdsies: Marilyn Manson and Johnny Depp have teamed up to do a duet of Carly Simon‘s iconic song, “You’re So Vain.” The track will be on Manson’s forthcoming new album, Born Villain, due May 1st and we’re interested to see how the quirky yet unlikely pairing interpret the track. Can we look forward to a hyper-goth, twisted-electro version of the track? Or maybe some pure rock and roll? Or perhaps they’ll stay true to the original and play it with Simon’s original style?
You might also be surprised to note that Deep has a rich history of musical collaborations with huge stars, including playing guitar on Oasis‘ “Fade In-Out” and “Fade Away; playing guitar for the soundtracks of his movies Chocolat and Once Upon a Time in Mexico; appearing on Shane MacGowan‘s first solo album; as part of a band called P; as well as starring in Tom Petty‘s video for “Into The Great Wide Open”, The Lemonheads “It’s a Shame About Ray” video and Avril Lavigne‘s “Alice” video. And as for his pairing up with Manson, the coupling apparently isn’t so unlikely, with Manson having attended 3 of Depp’s recent movie premiers and even contributed “The Nobodies” to the From Hell soundtrack. Huh. Who woulda thunk it?