Morning Music Notes – 911 is Not a Joke
Stage Collapse at Sugarland concert
Despite the cheery band name, a tragedy has struck at the Sugarland concert at the Indiana State Fair Saturday night (via The Hollywood Reporter). A massive gust of wind came out of nowhere, with speeds of up to 60 to 70 miles per hour, causing the stage to crumble. Sadly, 5 people died, and over 45 people are being treated for injuries.
Footage has been posted for the accident; however, PHM has declined to post a video of essentially the deaths of 5 people. If you are so inclined to see a stage collapse, hit up YouTube. Investigations into the stage collapse are still being examined.
The Number One Album in the UK is….NOT The Throne
Amy Winehouse has the number one album in the UK for the 3rd week in a row (via NME). Hip hop duo Jay-Z and Kanye West might rule the iTunes charts, but their Watch the Throne album debuted at number 3, behind both Amy Winehouse and Adele. While Winehouse’s 2006 album, Back to Black, is number 1, her debut album, Frank, sits at number 4. <--- Think I just broke the world record for comma usage. Let's hope Kanye doesn't interrupt a eulogy at Winehouse's funeral to give his thoughts on who should be number 1. Arcade Fire to Write More “I Love You Baby, la, la, la” songs
Arcade Fire are preparing for their September 1 show at historic Edinburgh Castle in Scotland – on the day I leave the city! Upon talking to the Daily Telegraph, lead singer Win Butler had some interesting views on the direction of rock n roll.
“A lot of people get really stuck in this idea that everything’s been done, and there’s nowhere left to go,” says Butler. “Rock ’n’ roll is almost the most conservative form of performance art: you play your guitar, these are the moves, this is what the songs are about, and this is the energy.
“I always felt like there’s so many sounds to make and things to talk about in songs. There’s more to life than ‘I love you baby, la, la, la’.
“I approach it more like film-making: you would never say every film has been made. You just tell another story. I thought I would try and talk directly about common experiences that aren’t that cool to talk about, which is the starting place for a lot of the art we do.”
Win raises a good point – there is always another story to tell, and not every song has been made that could be made. Now tell that to Nickelback, as we’ve heard their ‘different songs’ over 50 times now. Check out the whole Daily Telegraph interview by clicking this magical sentence.
If Your Friends Asked You To Jump Off a Bridge….
Rapper The Game (also the name of a great movie!) is under investigation for allegedly telling his near 600,000 Twitter followers to call the Sheriff’s office in Los Angeles (via Guardian).
“At first, the tweets seemed harmless enough: “Lookin 4 a intern,” he wrote on Friday. “Male/female. Just picking some 1 randomly … If u in LA & over the age 18 witta car, [contact] me.” But the rapper allegedly tweeted a phone number – since deleted – belonging to Compton sheriff’s office, jamming lines with hundreds of inquiries.
“This was beyond irresponsible,” sheriff’s captain Mike Parker told the LA Times . Under the flood of internship questions, police were unable to receive many legitimate emergency requests. “The deputies’ ability to answer the phones and dispatch personnel to help these people in danger was significantly impeded,” Parker said. It took almost two hours to trace the cause of the deluge and to contact the Game, asking him to call off his prospective interns.
“After the LA Times reported the incident, the Game sent out a coy response. “It wasn’t me (shaggy voice),” he wrote, referring to the 2000 pop hit . He also claimed it was an “accident” and joked about getting “hacked”. “P.S.,” he quipped, “who killed Biggie & Pac ???”
The Game is still bitter about the deaths of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac, and what better way to show it.
In other news related to musicians and police, former Queens of the Stone Age bassist Nick Oliveri could face up to 15 years in prison (via Gigwise). As you might recall, Oliveri was arrested at his home after a neighbour reported a domestic disturbance between Oliveri and his girlfriend last month.
“According to TMZ, he has now been formally charged with two counts of possession of a controlled substance with a firearm, two counts of possession of a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor for obstructing a police officer. If convicted on all counts Oliveri could face up to 15 years in prison.”
Oh how the mighty have fallen. But Nick, you can get some satisfaction in knowing that PHM will post a Youtube video in your honour, that you likely won’t be able to see from prison. Below is No One Knows – featuring Dave Grohl on drums – and with short hair.