Below we have the latest music news headlines, features and some of our favourite reviews from the past 7 days that have been featured on the AltSounds pages. This is also the AltSounds Weekly Newsletter that hits your inbox during the week.
Week ending August 12th 2012 | Bored of reading already?
On a daily basis, we're constantly inundated with news. News about political affairs, news about what's happening in the sporting world, entertainment news that's now more like gossip as opposed to actual news, and news about family, friends, and the cat down the road. Basically, information has never been easily attainable than it is today. In some way, this is fantastic, enabling us to constantly develop our brains, and in another way, we're bombarded with so much crap we have to wade through it to get to the good bits...
Czech police have released lead singer Randy Blythe after his arrest following a Lamb of God show in Prague. The arrest was due to a fan jumping on-stage during the performance and Blythe pushed him off, the fan hit his head on the floor and later died. The singer paid the $400,000 bail but in an open statement he assured fans that he will be entirely compliant with the trial and he passes on his deepest sympathies to the family of the dead fan. Read his official statement here >>
Madge of honour...
Jumping on the political bandwagon Madonna has finally weighed in to the Pussy Riot debate by dressing up in one of the band’s famous balaclavas at her show in Moscow. The never-say-die pop princess also wrote Pussy Riot on her back before a Russian official called her a moralising “slut”. Bjork has also jumped onto support Pssy Riot, check out the news here >>
WATCH // Madonna (Live)
Real to death...
As details of Adam Yauch’s will is released, the late Beastie Boys rapper has requested that the music he has recorded, images that have been taken of him, and any art by him or his band should not be used in adverts. Yauch who also made films as side-projects entrusted his wife will manage his artistic property, meaning Dechen Yauch doesn’t have to fight for the right to sell it any of the property if she sees fit.
WATCH // (You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)
London 2012 Olympics will close with a ceremony that promises to be an incredible show if it is half as intriguing, entertaining and dazzling as the Opening Ceremony 2 weeks ago. Rumours are that Spice Girls, Muse, George Michael, The Who and Fatboy Slim will be appearing, to name but a few and the handover to the Rio 2016 is said to involve salsa dancing. Read more about the ceremony here >>
What might be the worst idea to make money, or perhaps the greatest PR stunt ever, Beck has released an album, sort of. He has instead released the music score of an album, which musicians have to play themselves. Although bands like Alkaline Trio and Deerhoof have produced singles as sheet music before, Beck will be the first artist to release a full album as a score only. The album will be 108 pages long and is available as a download on Song Reader.
Below we have some of our favourite reviews, competitions and features from the past 7 days that have been featured on the AltSounds pages.
While She Sleeps have unquestionably proven to be the new face of British metal and have stomped over the competition this year with a relentless and powerful hardcore hybrid. The North may stand for nothing but the ‘Six stands for a new generation of UK music.
Read more at Review: While She Sleeps – This Is The Six [Album]
Review: Don Broco – Priorities [Album]
There was a time when my ‘Top Ten Bands’ list contained maybe one or two Brits, at most. Yet now I can gladly reel off a list as long as my arm which I can, with pleasure, add Don Broco to this year. Unlike our athletes, they aren’t quite making history but they’re certainly going for gold and in the process, making a permanent mark on the rock scene. Bro-core has arrived.
Read more at Review: Don Broco – Priorities [Album]