Green Day have been explaining the thrust behind their new disc to lots of people. Billie Joe and the guys are passionate about having the music on 21st Century Breakdown connect with as many people as possible. VH1 News spoke with the trio about how the songs of their suite fit together. Watch another interview outtake after the jump.
Guess bad news is good news. Chrisette Michele recently went to the top of the charts with her new disc, Epiphany, even though the CD’s songs are all about a particularly heart wrenching breakup. Stylistically, the young soul singer is ultra impressive, bringing a variety of approaches to the tunes on the record. Some are sweaty, some are wispy, a couple feel like a kick in the gut. Without question, she sees R&B from a number of perspectives.
We’ve been documenting Chrisette’s gorgeous rasp and passionate performances for awhile now. Check out the way she recently glided through our “SoulStage” presentation, and watch her get intimate with her tunes during one of our Unplugged shows.
UPDATE! OUR SWEEPSTAKES IS OVER. THANKS TO ALL THE PARTICIPANTS!
For a long time now, metal mavens and thudmeisters have known that Anvil is one of their music?s best kept secrets. But since the arrival of Anvil! The Story of Anvil, lots of ?regular? music fans have also discovered the power of the veteran Canadian rockers. The acclaimed documentary captures the group?s relentless spirit. Nope, the guys in Anvil have never been superstars. But they have carried on in the face of adversity. Turns out some dudes just love to rock. Guess that?s why Rolling Stone says the movie is a ?tear-inducing testament to human perseverance.? WATCH CLIPS
The film has garnered all its accolades while being shown in limited release ? an even bigger success story. Today, May 15, it opens to a much wider audience (see the list of cities and theaters after the jump), and we?re celebrating with a sweet little sweepstakes.
The guys in Anvil, including founders Steve ?Lips? Kudlow and Robb Reiner, will have brunch with the winner and three friends in the winner?s hometown. That?s right, quite soon you just might be enjoying a heavy metal omelette with one of rock?s most ear-shattering bands. The brunch date also includes a car service pick-up and drop-off for the winner and his/her friends. Winner and guests must be 21 or over.
Winners will be chosen in a random drawing, but to enter you must comment on the movie. Watch the trailer above and tell us why you’d like to see this film.
Respond in the ?comments? field below, and cross your fingers. You may soon be enjoying brunch with Anvil. Contest ends on June 5. Enter right now.
SEE THE LIST OF CITIES AND THEATERS AFTER THE JUMP
They may live in one of L.A.?s grooviest neighborhoods, but The Airborne Toxic Event sure has made a dent in England. When we jumped on the phone with singer Mikel Jollett, he was in waiting to play a gig in Sheffield, a blue collar city outside London which he said reminded him of Cleveland. The band made lots of fans when they blew through Britain last fall, doing 30 shows in 30 days ? no wonder they sound so tight these days. The Brits tend to love the punchy, angled tunes the Event is expert at; the young band?s self-titled debut even cracked the UK charts.
Now Americans are starting to come around, too; this is a band with forward motion. Maybe it?s because their music swoops through a number of spots. Sometimes they sound like The Cure in a good mood, sometimes it?s an ornery version of ?Let?s Dance?-era Bowie. Jollett is a novelist, and the band?s moniker is clipped from Don DiLillo?s imposing White Noise. They’ve just become one of our You Oughta Know bands. We spoke to him about U.S. shows, not British.
YOU GUYS RECENTLY PLAYED COACHELLA. HOW DID YOU DO, WAS IT AN A, B, OR C PERFORMANCE?
The politically correct answer would be A, but I think it was a B, B+.? Coachella has become scene-y. You?re supposed say Coachella?s awesome so you don?t piss off the promoter, and actually, to be honest, the Coachella promoter is a great guy. But it?s gotten weird, with lots of Hollywood stars hanging out backstage. Playing was great and the audience was really supportive ? maybe more supportive than they should?ve been, hahahaha. Our really good shows feel like a riot, like the place is about to burn down ? we like it that way. For us [a show is truly happening] when half the audience is on the stage, we?re leaping into the crowd, someone?s dancing on the speakers, someone else is bleeding, two people are making out in the corner and someone?s in a fight in the other corner. Everyone?s jumping and screaming?that?s rock ?n? roll; you gotta sweat, gotta bleed, something?s gotta happen ? something as opposed to nothing, right? Otherwise it?s just folk music with a backbeat.
DID YOU ROAM AROUND COACHELLA? WHICH BAND IMPRESSED YOU MOST?
Oh, I watched Leonard Cohen.It was like?religious. Best concert I?ve seen in years. The stage sound was hushed, and everyone quieted down. I was there with my brother and he?s a big guy with tatted arms, a recovering junkie ? you don?t mess with my brother. During this quiet section the people in back of us were talking. And he gave them this look and they instantly shut the hell up. And everyone around us was thankful. The wind was blowing, it was nighttime, and there was Leonard Cohen singing. Very memorable.
YOU LIVE IN SILVER LAKE, ONE OF L.A.?S CHIC NEIGHBORHOODS. DESCRIBE IT A BIT.
I moved in five years ago, before it got super chic. They just redid my block with all new landscaping and stuff. I was flat broke, living in this crackerjack apartment, and I think we were part of the window dressing for realtors. They?d walk the perspective buyers through and show us off: ?Here, live among artists,? and me and the guys on my block would be getting high. It?s changed a lot. The music scene is great, though. It?s more supportive than competitive. We?ve played with everyone at various times. There?s a similarity between the bands: it?s about putting on an active show rather than standing around staring at your feet.
YOU WERE A ROCK JOURNALIST AND A NOVELIST. WHAT?S MORE FUN TO WRITE, A REVIEW OR A SONG?
Well, I don?t think one has anything to do with the other really. I was bad at it. It was just a chance to meet people I admired and ask them questions. I didn?t really care about the stories. I cared about the writing, but not the facts, and to this day I don?t care about facts. I got to meet David Bowie and ask him questions. I had this very paternal moment with him. We were having this big talk about the death of Nietzsche, and asked me
?Is it hard for people in your generation to care about anything?? It was like ?Yes, yes, thanks for asking, Ziggy.? I spent the next two years trying to answer that question.
VH1 News connected with Green Day for a chat about their new 21st Century Breakdown. The guys said they were trying to raise the bar and seize the moment – two goals the CD accomplishes nicely. The record is released this Friday, May 15, but we’re streaming it right now.? Head to The Leak to hear the entire album.
If a band can overwhelm you with a first flourish of sound, there?s a good chance that you?ll be impressed forever. SAFETYSUIT likes to make a big splash. That?s why they blast their way through ?Someone Like You? to kickoff their disc, Life Left To Go. They?re asking questions all over this album: how much emotion can one relationship handle? What do you do if you believe the end is near? Isn?t holding on better than letting go? Singer Doug Brown, guitarist Dave Garofalo, bassist Jeremy Henshaw, and drummer Tate Cunningham love their music to punch the air ? fierce yet graceful, their songs have a way of soaring. They know about catchy refrains, too. Fans of Rob Thomas and U2, the southern boys (Nashville via Tulsa, y?all) bend their influences to come up with something unique. The are one of our latest You Oughta Know bands. We spoke with golfing fiend Brown about a variety of subjects.
ODDLY, YOU GUYS ARE A ROCK BAND ON THE MOTOWN LABEL. GOT A FAVORITE R&B SINGER?
It?s weird, right? R&B isn?t my main focus, but I like Ray Charles. Unless of course we?re going to go straight to Brian McKnight, and then I?m going to go with ?Back At One.? If you say you don?t have a favorite Brian McKnight, you?re a liar.
YOU LIVE IN NASHVILLE. EVER BUMP INTO A COUNTRY STAR IN THE GROCERY STORE?
Well, I saw Faith Hill downtown at a Mexican restaurant ? you don?t expect to her when you?re reaching for a taco.
IS THERE ONE ICONIC ARTIST THAT YOU GUYS CAN’T AGREE ON?
Great question ? ha! He?ll kill me for saying it, but Tate our drummer appreciates every single Sting song ever. But if you actually listen to every Sting song ever, you?ll find that some are not worth appreciating. He?s got lots of great ones, but some you have to say ?that just might be one of his weaker songs.?
AND THE ARTISTS YOU DO AGREE ON?
That will reveal the depth of what we?re into. I?d say U2, Springsteen, Coldplay ? we all know they?re great. Though lately [there?s some differences about] ?Outlaw Pete? on Springsteen?s new album. I think it?s brilliant. The story is awesome, and the fact that he calls him Pete is great. Not everyone agrees. One of our promo guys is a massive Springsteen fan, and we go ?Hey ?Outlaw Pete,? awesome, right?? And he says ?Ehhh?? But turn it on, and I guarantee you?ll fall for it.
DID YOU TWEET BEFORE YOU WENT TO BED LAST NIGHT?
I did it yesterday, when I was playing golf with Jeremy. It said ?Playing golf with great friends?and Jeremy.? He actually got the update while we were on the course.
What would you do if you woke up one morning and found out you had one day left to live? That?s the question Nickelback asks in their latest video. Yes, Chad Kroeger?s voice is always full of raspy drama, creating an ominous vibe, but instead of stressing gloom, the guys give their fans a message of hope about the end of the world – while rocking themselves silly, of course.
The clip kicks off with a bunch of kids darting through the streets. Documenting their every step with video cameras, and buzzing around in secret, the squads look they?re preparing for some city-wide attack. And they are. But as ?If Today Was Your Last Day? unfolds we discover they?re actually spreading an uplifting message.
?Tomorrow is too late.? ?Reminisce old memories.? ?Forgive your enemy.? All sorts of thoughtful prompts are printed on jackets handed out in Times Square, and confetti poured onto pedestrians from above. There?s even a dude distributing cash to the needy. The simple phrases are like fortune cookie messages, intended to remind us of life?s important things. Know what? They succeed. – Lacey Seidman
If you’ve been watching VH1 for awhile, you’re likely aware of the profound efforts of VH1 Save The Music. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to restoring music education programs in public schools, which as we all know, are taking hit after hit in the funding department these days.
Save the Music hooked up with a number of artists, including The Fray, for an initiative that will put a chunk of cash back into the coffers. What’s the easiest way to send a message these days? Texting. What’s a simple amount of to share, even in these economically challenging times? $5. Their Text To Give campaign asks that you donate a fiver via phone by texting SAVE to 84465.
Save the Music will match the first $30,000 in donations. The money will go to the Denver Public School system. Yep, the Fray got their start in the Rocky Mountain state. It all comes back. C’mon everyone, especially our Colorado peeps, grab your wallet and use your thumbs.
There’s already a consensus around Green Day‘s new disc, 21st Century Breakdown. Critics and journalists who have a spent time with it say it’s the band’s most ambitious album yet – and better still, they say the guys completely pull off all their experiments.
The punk trio has come a long way since the days of Dookie. The new record has massive guitar flourishes and elements of classic rock guiding its action.
“I think the music is very linear and it takes you on a ride … but it all connects,” Billie Jo Armstrong told MTV news, “I’ve always said if you’re going to write a political song, it’s gotta come from the same places that you’d write a love song,” Armstrong said. “But I think the record has these ebbs and flows and it has these dynamics to it. You go from a song like ‘Christian’s Inferno,’ which is the most hateful song I’ve ever written ? the most diabolic. And then there’s a song like ‘Last Night on Earth,’ which is like that soul-crushing sort of love moment and, you know, one right after the other, so I think that kind of represents what the record is about in a lot of ways.”
If you want to hear their wildly anticipated disc a full week before it hits the stores on May 15, make sure to be here this Friday: We’re streaming the entire CD.
Get a taste by blasting the “Know Your Enemy” video, above. Check all the band’s music videos right here.
Katy Perry has made a big splash in a short time. From calling us gay to kissing girls to feeling hot ‘n’ cold she’s swooped into the lives of her fans and stormed around a bit. The next video from her One of the Boys CD is “Waking Up In Vegas,” and we just thought you’d like to know that we’ll be offering it as a VH1 Top 20 Premiere next Tuesday morning. Get a feel for what you’re going to see by checking the sneak above. See you Tuesday.