Morning Music Notes – The Foo Fighters Play In Your Garage

Jay-Z and Kanye West are both extremely popular, extremely successful dudes. As such, they are victim to internet rumours and gossip, and end up having to defend rumours they have never heard of, or deny things that they thought they said in the privacy of their own backyard, only to have it front page news on TMZ. The latest rumour/truth is that the boys that formed the group The Throne are feuding. Rolling Stone has the supposed tour feud info, plus the subsequent denial by Jay-Z.

Remember that awesome Beastie Boys video by Spike Jonze for Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win? It appears Jay-Z and Kanye West do, and have tapped Spike to direct their video for the song Otis, reports Consequence of Sound. I can’t wait to see action figures with diamonds, gold chains, and bizarre sunglasses.

Still with Kanye West and Jay-Z, it seems they can’t do anything right (except make fat stacks of cash). If you don’t know, the Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye West) will be released digitally on iTunes August 8th with a physical release on August 12. Best Buy has also been given the exclusive on a deluxe edition of the CD for first 10 days. Indie record stores have written a nasty letter to Kanye and Jay-Z, according to Hypebot.

“We believe this is a short-sighted strategy, and that your decisions will be doing great damage to over 1,700 independent record stores – stores that have supported you and your music for years,” read the open letter signed by dozens of top independent music stores.” Read the full letter at the above link.

Will this have an impact? I highly doubt it – Jay-Z is too good a business man to give up a good thing, which is the lucrative exclusivity that Best Buy is offering. Or perhaps he caves and looks like the good guy, the whole time drumming up publicity for his album (which had better not suck – or else!).

Non-Kanye West / Jay-Z News: Amy Winehouse instead! Number One album, Plus Adoption News?

Amy Winehouse is an extremely popular, extremely successful artist. As such, she is victim to internet rumours and gossip, and ends up having to defend rumours she has never heard of. Wait, where have I heard this before (hint: see above). Spinner has the good news that Amy Winehouse has a number one album in the UK, with Back to Black having topped the charts. Sadly, she had to die to (re)achieve those lofty heights.

“Winehouse has also made her presence felt in the Official Singles Chart with no less than four of her tracks – ‘Rehab’ (No. 8), ‘Tears Dry On Their Own’ (No. 25), ‘Love Is A Losing Game’ (No. 33) and ‘You Know I’m No Good’ (No. 37) – all returning to the Top 40.”

There was also a (ridiculous?) rumour that Amy Winehouse was planning to adopt a child, from the Cribbean island of St. Lucia no less. However, this claim has been denied by one of Amy’s representatives. The spokesperson said the reports the 27-year-old singer was to adopt Dannika Augustine as “not true,” adding, “I think [Amy] might have met her in St. Lucia, but she was in no way about to adopt her.”

This infamous spokesperson (how politically correct) has also commented on Amy Winehouse’s potential third album, telling the Telegraph that it would be her most personal yet.

“People who have heard the new songs say they are very, very good and that they are as autobiographical as ever.”

Referring to the personal slant of the songs, Goodman added: “The period after 2006 was when Amy went through the most emotional upheaval, with Blake going to prison and then their divorce. Amy always had a notebook on her and would write down lyrics and ideas.”

“It is thought that the proceeds from any album release would go towards a foundation Mitch Winehouse is hoping to set up to help people with similar drug addictions to those which his daughter suffered.”

Foo Fighters Garage Tour Documentary – The Coolest Band Get Cooler

The Foo Fighters had a wicked little contest idea. Since they recently recorded Wasting Light, their latest album, in their garage, they wanted to focus on the garage scene – literally. A lot of bands are born out of garages; some band members might be born IN garages. The Foos contest was to write a short reason why they should come to your town and play in your garage. The Foo Fighters played in a farm just outside Toronto, in Georgetown, for one of their gigs; with the Toronto Sun having a write up and some video of the gig.

The band has now put together a video of the contest event, the winners, the gigs, in a 40-minute video shown below. Foo Fighters . Take note, mega bands – this is how you keep the fans engaged. What other band goes to your house, plays a gig, and greets you with fucking hugs?! (Note: Fucking is an adjective there, not some kind of freaky hug.)

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  1. 2011/08/10

    […] The Foo Fighters then embarked on a contest tour in which they played in people’s garages. They even made a documentary out of it. They also released a ‘proper’ documentary, entitled Back and Forth, which has been […]