Below are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter… We’re reposting 206 tweets this time with a total of 146 links to stuff that (mostly) didn’t end up on GLONO.
# “Benchley had hit bottom. I had reached the mythical state of total anti-rock, which I call ‘Train,’ after the band.” http://ow.ly/1Clou 16 minutes ago
# “C-listers are considerably cheaper than hiring the bigger-name musicians who used to pack clubs.” http://ow.ly/1Ck4G via @Lefsetz about 1 hour ago
# “When he leans down to pick it up, the weight of his backpack and his overall wastedness prevent him from doing so.” http://ow.ly/1CiwB about 2 hours ago
# But don’t say “leaked” in your tweet or 4ad will dmca your ass! RT @tipsheet: Stream THE NATIONAL’s New Album Now http://bit.ly/bX44Lg about 4 hours ago
# Twitter deletes dude’s tweet after bogus DMCA takedown notice. #national #highviolet #4ad RT @TartyTart: http://bit.ly/aui6KA about 4 hours ago
Lots more below, and you might consider following us on Twitter if you want to keep up with this stuff as it happens…
It seems silly now, ludicrous even, but at the time I swear it was not only plausible…it almost worked.
In December 1991 I flew to the UK to meet up with Jake, who was on foreign study in Aberdeen, Scotland. It was my first solo foray out of the country and the realization of a lifelong Anglophile dream. The foundation of my friendship with Jake was based on our mutual love for The Beatles, and by extension, British musical culture. Our obsession for the Fabs morphed into an obsession with The Smiths and eventually Madchester bands like The Stone Roses and The Happy Mondays. High on our list of tour stops was Manchester, the home to so many of our heroes.
It should be enough to say that members of Crowded House, Wilco, The Smiths and Radiohead have come together to record an album. Anyone still on the fence should be swayed by the fact that the proceeds go to a charitable organization that fights poverty around the world with real solutions. Of course, that’s not enough.
Neil Finn originally launched this project as a 2001 live album, credited to Neil Finn and Friends. The original project featured Eddie Vedder, Johnny Marr, Ed O’Brien, Tim Finn, Sebastian Steinberg, Phil Selway, Lisa Germano, and Betchadupa (featuring Neil’s son Liam Finn). Eight years later, poverty remains and Finn has again called on some friends to help.
This was a sold out 1200-capacity crowd in the basement venue at Newcastle University. The crowd featured a mix of ages thanks to the new (older) fans of The Cribs that have come onboard since Johnny Marr joined.
In a recent interview with Evening News 24, Johnny Marr admitted that he really likes the music he’s made over the years.
“I really loved the Modest Mouse album. I like a lot of Smiths records. I like Dusk by The The. I like some of the Electronic singles. It’s all part of the same life to. If I owned a jukebox, which I don’t, I could probably fill it with 45s out there that I’ve played on and enjoy.”
Here are the five singles featuring his own work he said he would put in that jukebox.
The biggest misconception about me is that I’m a bit of a lad. That all started with the Smiths. Morrissey was meant to be all about vegetarianism, celibacy and Virginia Woolf. I was all about football, clothes and a bit of pot-smoking. That’s very reductive. If people bought into that, I don’t blame anyone but myself. If you’re in a successful band, you tend to fall into a role. But I’m not remotely laddish. I’m a grown-up. I’m vegan and teetotal. I run 50 miles a week, listening to Franz Ferdinand and the Four Tops at top volume.
Of course the quote that everybody, starting with the NME, is pulling is this one: “I can’t speak for Morrissey, but I know that I’m too busy right now to get the Smiths on the road again. Is that likely to change? Who knows?” Oh, Johnny, you just keep me hangin’ on!
Two of GLONO’s worlds collide as Johnny Marr and Jeff Tweedy team up for the upcoming 7 Worlds Collide album, The Sun Came Out. In case you haven’t heard about it, this is the project that Crowded House founder Neil Finn started to raise money for charity. Recorded in New Zealand during everybody’s “Christmas holiday,” Finn gathered an impressive collection of musicians to work on the double album due September 29 via Sony Music.
In addition to Marr and Tweedy, Wilco‘s Glenn Kotche, John Stirratt, and Pat Sansone play on most of the tracks. Radiohead‘s Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway contribute to several songs as well. Check out who plays and sings on each of 24 songs after the jump…
According to Pitchfork, this documentary aired on TVNZ last month. 7 Worlds Collide is Neil Finn‘s project that raises money for Oxfam and features Radiohead‘s guitarist and drummer Ed O’Brien and Phil Selway, Johnny Marr, and most of Wilco.