We have eagerly anticipated No Doubt‘s return, first taking comfort in the fact that even if they couldn’t match their Tragic Kingdom game, we would at least have Gwen Stefani back on the scene again. But then we heard “Settle Down,” and were reassured that they still had it. However, it turns out that “Settle Down” was basically just a warm-up for this frenzied and infectious next single.
This morning Ryan Seacrest let loose a second Push and Shove cut, the album’s whiling and genre-shifting Diplo produced title track, featuring Major Lazer and dancehall hero Busy Signal. The song — which we heard snippets of in that early webisode — goes all in, moving between their signature ska-pop and party banger and a soaring chorus and back at a clip so quick it makes the upbeat “Settle Down” sound like a lazy jam by comparison. And though they try on a whole bunch of new sounds and styles in these four minutes, the song manages to avoid cacophony and all the while sounds distinctively like No Doubt. Like Stefani rap-sings, “just when you think it’s over, we be back on another level like we’re doing yoga.” September 25th can’t come soon enough.
Frank Ocean felt horribly about cancelling a string of European festival tour dates where he was scheduled to take the stage with Coldplay. Along the way Frank has picked up a couple of new gigs, including performing at this year’s 2012 VMAs where we secretly hope he gives us a visual to “Pyramids.” On September 15th, FO will serve as the musical guest for Saturday Night Live’s premiere episode for its 38th season. Wowzers. Can you believe SNL has been around for 38 seasons? The success of Frank’s Channel Orange is shaping up for one blast of a year for the R&B newbie. Read more…
Owl City and Carly Rae Jepsen have been making rounds together in support of his recently released album and ahead of hers. Earlier this week, they “Good Time”-ed together on America’s Got Talent and The Today Show, and last night, they did it again on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He looking daper in a dress vest and she cute in a sparkling gold dress, the Carly and Adam looked like they were having a “Good Time” performing their Song Of The Summer contender, made extra-rocking by a full band behind them. We had a good time watching, did you?
3 Doors Down reentered our consciousness in a big way last night when they turned up at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida to debut their new single “One Light” in front of a floor’s worth of Republican delegates. Taking convention’s main stage after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s contentious keynote address, the multiplatinum rock band (all wearing almost matching shirts) urged convention-goers to “let’s take this world and make a change” with the song, befitting of the evening’s mood. American Idol season 5 winner Taylor Hicks, Randy Owen, and America’s Got Talent winner Neal E. Boyd are all also billed to provide between speech and nomination entertainment in the days to come.
“I’ve never really followed politics that much, so I am not really qualified to be really political,” said a sweaty Brad Arnold, speaking with Politico before the big show and insisting that the performance was not politically motivated. Rather, he suggests that “One Light” is about “just doing your best and giving all that you can all the time,” and that “it could really apply with anybody.” He sung a similar tune in 2008, when their “Citizen/Soldier” was released in conjunction with a recruitment campaign by the United States National Guard. So, probably don’t get your hopes set on a 3 Doors Down 2016 ticket.
Battle scars of life. Battle scars from love. Battle scars caused by war. Lupe addresses all three in the video to his third single from the September 25th Food & Liquor II. The visual for “Battle Scars” is quite the contrast from his previous controversial “Bitch Bad.” Lupe and Australian singer Guy Sebastian lament about being wounded from whatever it is that has caused one’s battle scars. Hurt people write down what they’re fighting to overcome on a blank page. Lupe lights a torch, throwing it inside the abandoned building to represent setting those hurdles on fire and overcoming. The pages are ripped from the book so each person can start anew with no more war wounds. Read more…
MICKY DOLENZ FROM THE MONKEES HAD NO IDEA HIS SONG WAS GOING TO BE USED ON BREAKING BAD
Singer Micky Dolenz thinks Breaking Bad‘s use of The Monkees’ B-side “Goin’ Down” was “a very smart call,” but wants you to know also that the song has nothing to do with drugs. “I certainly don’t condone meth — that is nasty stuff that kills a lot of people and ruins a lot of lives,” he told THR. He added also that, “On the other hand, I like that TV show, it’s very well-made. …And no, I didn’t make a penny.” The more you know! [THR]
ELSEWHERE IN BREAKING BAD NEWS: WALTER WHITE ASKS YOU “SAY HIS NAME”
Can we get Beyoncé‘s word on meth and Breaking Bad? [Buzzfeed]
Last week on That Metal Show, we were joined by comedian/guitarist Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society) and former front man of QueensrycheGeoff Tate, who talked about the betrayal that came with the implosion of the band. Also on our mini stage, we had guest shredder George Lynch joining in on the action.
This week’s TMS Top 5 is different from the rest. Instead of choosing a list based on just the music, we decided to combine music and looks to come up with the Top 5 Worst Album Covers, but the albums have to be great. (We are superficial, we know.) Here’s what we came up with.
TMS Top 5 Worst Album Covers on Great Albums
1. Riot – Fire Down Under
Eddie, Don, and Jim all agree it’s an amazing record, but Riot has had a series of horrendous album covers so we can’t really say we’re surpised by it being #1. Jim also said it makes him want to club a baby seal. (Don’t worry PETA, no seals were harmed during the filming of That Metal Show). Read more…
The anticipated outrageous and unpredictable moments of the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards are upon us, folks. This year viewers can expect one thing for sure: to laugh until their stomach hurts with funny man Kevin Hart as host. But what is the VMAs without its all-star lineup of performers? Most recently added to the roster is talented newcomer Frank Ocean. Imagine him singing “Pyramids” with the visual stage set-up to accompany the song. This could mean actual faux pyramids, stripper poles, a stripper–oh my, the possibilities! Read more…