This looks good if you’re a Clash fan. The Rise and Fall of the Clash is a new documentary that chronicles . . .well, the rise and fall of the Clash. The constant battles between band members, the grueling touring and finally the demise of a band that had so much potential. This is going to be premiereing sporadically around the country, but you can check out the trailer here:
What's with celebs and the tech world? Justin Timberlake is rebooting Myspace, and now Ricky Gervais has a new iPhone app – it’s called Just Sayin’, and it lets you post stuff on Facebook and Twitter in your own voice. Actually any combination of audio, text, photos, video.
Here's the description from the App Store:
Ricky Gervais invites you to download Just Sayin’! It’s the easiest way for you to talk in your own voice to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers. You can post any combination of voice, text, photos and video to your Facebook and Twitter accounts. Just sayin’ is the only app where you can have a public voice conversation!
“Just Sayin’ is to radio as Twitter is to newsprint,” says Co-Founder and Creative Director Ricky Gervais. You can talk one-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many and invite additional just sayin’ friends to the conversation. It’s fun to listen to your friend’s responses and to discover new friends. In addition to Ricky, just sayin’ stars include musical talents Cavo, Nikki Sixx, Tommy Lee, Crossfade, and IKILLYA, soccer star Brandi Chastain and 2008 Presidential candidate Mick Huckabee to name a few!
Download the new just sayin’ and start now!
-Share your voice
-Post any combination of audio, text, photos, video
-One-to-one, one-to-many and many-to-many conversations
-Cross-post to your Facebook friends and Twitter followers
-Discover and follow the growing just sayin’ Community
-Talk with and follow your favorite celebrity, musician, politician, athlete and more
-Get real-time notifications when someone you are following posts or replies to one of your posts
Last year, Stevie Nicks put out a CD called In Your Dreams. As she was writing and recording for the record in 2010, cameras were with her every step of the way, and with the help of her co-producer Dave Stewart, she's releasing a documentary about her career and the making of the album, as well as some never-before-seen glimpses into Stevie's childhood and family life. It's debuting at a couple of film festivals in October, and then it'll most likely show up on DVD and Netfilx. As Dave Stewart said, "I think you see in this film that Stevie just tells it like it is. She is who she is, and she doesn’t change.”
If visiting a museum around here is one of those things that you’ve been meaning to do, this Saturday’s the day. Museum Day Live is your chance to visit one of dozens of museums FREE – all kinds of museums, from the Seattle Art Museum, the Museum of Flight, and the Tacoma Art Museum to the Hydroplane and Raceboat Museum in Kent and the Pioneer Museum up in Lynden. The only catch is that you have to download a free ticket for two on the Smithsonian website – so do that in advance and you’ll be good to go.
So now that you’ve got your new iPhone 5, which went on sale on Friday, the question is, how easily does it break? The first iPhone 5 drop tests are coming in, and it turns out that the new phone holds up pretty well against punishment – actually better than the 4 and 4S. If you just drop it, it’ll probably be fine. You really have to chuck it at the floor hard to crack the screen. Like rock star tantrum hard.
Here's a tech geek trying to do some damage to a brand new iPhone 5:
And if you do crack your screen, the word is that now they’ll be getting new equipment at Apple stores so they’ll be able to replace a screen for you right there rather than switching out the entire phone. More about that here.
Maybe the pressure of releasing three Green Day albums over the next few months is getting to the band's front man, Billie Joe Armstrong. On Friday, Green Day was playing the big I Heart Music festival in Las Vegas when they got the one-minute warning to wrap up their set. That didn't go down well with Billie Joe.
Green Day, along with Usher and Rihanna, was one of the headliners Friday night at the MGM Grand. Armstrong cut short a performance of 1994 hit "Basket Case," hollering that he wanted to play a new song, and then called attention to a digital ticker that said the band had one minute left onstage.
He used that last 60 seconds to vent. It's ridden with too many expletives to quote directly.
"Give me a ... break," Armstrong shouted. "One minute left. One minute ... left. You're gonna give me ... one minute? Look at that ... sign right there. One minute. Let me ... tell you something. Let me tell you something. I've been around since ... 1980 ... 8 and you're going to give me one ... minute? You gotta be ... kidding me ... I'm not ... Justin Bieber."
Bieber was not on the bill, but Green Day had taken the stage after Bieber mentor Usher had finished his performance. Green Day, according to an on-site report from the Las Vegas Sun, took the stage about 30 minutes late and performed a truncated set. Rihanna was to close the night, and did so after Armstrong smashed his guitar and stormed offstage.
int eh aftermath of the incident, the band put thsi statement on their website:
"Billie Joe is seeking treatment for substance abuse. We would like everyone to know that our set was not cut short by Clear Channel [the concert promoter] and to apologize to those we offended at the iHeartRadio Festival in Las Vegas. We regretfully must postpone some of our upcoming promotional appearances."
Here's the raw video. It's NSFW. I'm serious: NOT SAFE FOR WORK!!!!! Or if you have kids. Or sensitive ears. Not kidding! Last chance to bail before you click "play."
After Seattle TV icon J.P. Patches died, there was a lovely event at McCaw Hall honoring him a few weeks ago. But who paid for it? mostly, nobody -- the organizers are hoping maybe you will. They need to raise $4600 by next week to pay off their remaining costs for staging that event. So far, they're at just under $700, so they have a ways to go.
Here's a page where they explain themselves and offer a link where you can kick in a few bucks.
Randy Newman is known for his heartwarming music in movies like Toy Story, Monsters Inc, and Cars . . . .but he has a political side too, and he’s not happy with the political climate rtight now. He thinks there are a lot of people who find it jarring to have a black man in the White House and they want him out. So he’s just released this song called "I’m Dreaming of a White President".
Obviuosly, itt’s satire – but he really hopes kids who normally sing along to his soundtrack songs don’t misunderstand the message. He told Slate:
I have some concern that kids will hear this and think, “What is he talking about?” If you have a kid and you try irony out on them, they don’t get it at 7, 8 years old. “What do you mean, you’re dreaming of a white president?” It’s a problem. You can’t really hide the Internet from kids. It worries me some particularly because I’ve done Disney and Pixar stuff. In Toy Story, there’s my voice saying, “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.” And then here’s my voice singing that I want “A real live white man / Who knows the score.” I’d like it to be clearer which side I’m on. Of course, it comes a little late.
I have no idea why, but September 19 is Talk Like A Pirate Day. That's exciting news all by itself, but then there's this added bonus: If you go to your nearest Krispy Kreme location and talk like a pirate, they'll give you a free donut. If you dress like a pirate, you'll get a dozen free donuts. Shiver me timbers!
The Krispy Kreme people want you to know that they don't allow weapopns in their stores, though, so don't brandish a sword, there, Captain Hook.
If you've been looking to up the spontaneity and intimacy in your relationship, here you go -- a new startup called Dejamor. Here's how it works, according to Mashable:
Each month, Dejamor delivers a package to subscribers with two boxes inside – one for “his eyes only” and another for “her eyes only.” This way, one partner can surprise the other by planning dates around what’s inside each box.
Dejamor CEO Rodrigo Fuentes created the subscription service after realizing he was working nearly 2,400 hours a year at a law firm — leaving little time to connect with his wife. The couple decided to dedicate time once a month to each other. The pair soon realized it was hard work coming up with new dates and experiences.
With Dejamor, couples don’t have to spend time planning out their date nights. The startup’s advisory board of relationship experts and certified sexologists come together to design monthly experiences. Couples receive all the components they need for the special night, so all they need to worry about is the babysitter.
“We thought instead of telling people what to do, it would be delivering a recipe of what to do, plus the ingredients for that recipe,” Fuentes tells Mashable. “The box arrives every month. Each partner in the relationship knows they are going to receive some fun surprise from their lover.”
In each box, there are tools to build intimate experiences. An illustrated booklet is your guide. For example, one of the most recent boxes “for his eyes only” included fresh rose petals, bubble bath ingredients and a vial with a blank note (for a love note). It’s up to the customer to decide to perfect time for the occasion.
The big question is . . . . how much? Not crazy expensive. They have a couple of different packages that start at $29 a month. Would you give it a try? Read the full story here.
If you've learned anything about me in the last (almost) 20 years at The Mountain, it's that I'm a HUGE Steely Dan fan. Huge. The question I get a lot -- besides "How can you stand that band?" -- is, "Do you really like their 21st century albums? Or Donald Fagen's solo records?" To be honest with you, the more recent stuff doesn't speak to me quite as powerfully as the albums from the band's heyday, like Aja and Katy Lied. But I'm still always interested in what Walter Becker and Donald Fagen are doing, so it's a thrill to hear this brand new Fagen solo track.
Here's what Rolling Stone says about it:
On his new track "I'm Not the Same Without You," Donald Fagen offers a triumphant tale of perseverance after failed love. The Steely Dan frontman bounces with smooth funk grooves, sensual piano chords and slinky guitar riffs as he pushes through the sad times with grinning defiance. "'I'm Not the Same Without You' is a gloss on those anthemic tunes in which the singer tells a story about how she's going to make it through a recent breakup and bravely carry on. I say 'she' because I'm thinking of song like Gloria Gaynor's 'I Will Survive' or 'These Boots Are Made for Walkin' by Nancy Sinatra," says Fagen. "In 'I'm Not the Same Without You,' the narrator not only survives but rapidly evolves into something a bit more than human – at least in his own mind."
Here comes one mofo of a tribute album: Who Are You: An All-Star Tribute To The Who arrives on October 2 -- 16 Who classics played by a bunch of their admirers, many teaming up in surprising combinations.
There's "Magic Bus" with vocals by Peter Noone of Herman’s Hermits, with Peter Banks — the original guitarist for Yes -- and Ginger Baker of Cream on drums. Or how about Mark Lindsay of Paul Revere & The Raiders teaming up with Wayne Kramer of Detroit's legendary MC5 for "I Can See For Miles."
Here's the full track listing:
1. ‘Eminence Front’ – John Wetton (Asia), K.K. Downing (Judas Priest), Derek Sherinian (Dream Theater)
2. Baba O’Riley – Nektar, Jerry Goodman (Mahavishnu Orchestra)
3. I Can See For Miles – Mark Lindsay (Paul Revere & the Raiders), Wayne Kramer (MC5)
4. Love Reign O’er Me – Joe Elliot (Def Leppard), Rick Wakeman (Yes), Huw Lloyd-Langton (Hawkwind), Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
5. My Generation – Knox (The Vibrators), Dave Davies (The Kinks), Rat Scabies (The Damned)
6. The Kids Are Alright – The Raveonettes
7. Won’t Get Fooled Again – Sweet
8. Anyway Anyhow Anywhere – Todd Rundgren, Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge)
9. I Can’t Explain – Iggy Pop
10. Behind Blue Eyes – Pat Travers
11. Magic Bus – Peter Noone (Herman’s Hermits), Peter Banks (Yes), Ginger Baker (Cream)
12. Who Are You – Gretchen Wilson, Randy Bachman (Bachman-Turner Overdrive)
13. Pinball Wizard – Terry Reid, Mike Pinera (Blues Image), Brad Gillis (Night Ranger)
14. Squeeze Box – John Wesley (Porcupine Tree), David Cross (King Crimson)
15. Bargain – .38 Special, Ted Turner (Wishbone Ash), Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
16. The Seeker – Joe Lynn Turner (Rainbow), Leslie West (Mountain)
Marshawn Lynch, running back from your Seattle Seahawks, has a budding acting career.
There's a dark comedy ont he way called Matt's Chance. It was filmed all over Seattle -- a barber shop on Capitol Hill, the chapel at Bastyr University, and elsewhere -- and it stars Edward Furlong, Gary Busey, Lee Majors, Margot Kidder, and Marshawn, as a mob security guard. (Apparently in the movie credits the character is called Massive Goon.) It's not a big role. In fact, he has only one line, but I guess is such a pivotal part of the film that it's actually in the trailer. Watch this, and don't blink at the 1:48 mark or you'll miss it:
Here's the official synopsis of the film:
Matt, a dark and brooding late 20s cowboy, has just witnessed the ultimate betrayal. After walking in on his girlfriend sleeping with another man, and learning that she pawned her engagement ring to pay for the abortion of their unborn son, Matt begins spiraling downward into a quest for revenge that pits him face to face with the mafia, corrupt bankers, a trash talking priest, and even God himself.
No confirmed release date yet, but it might come out by the end of the year.
Jimmy Falllon is already a well-known uber-fan of Bruce Springsteen. In fact, the only bigger celeb fan of The Boss might be Chris Christie, the governor of New Jersey. He showed up on Fallon's show last night, 24 hours after checking out his 130th Springsteen concert, in Philadephia. The next thing you know, a duet is happening:
When the Rolling Stones were spotted coming and going from a recording studio in Paris last month, there was lots of speculation about what they were up to. Now we know. They were recording two new songs, "Gloom and DOom" and "One Last Shot," the first new stuff they've done since their 2005 album A Bigger Bang. Where will those songs go? They'll be a part of GRRR! -- a massive new greatest hits compliation that's coming out in November.
The Rolling Stones, ABKCO Music & Records and Universal Music Group are pleased to announce the release of GRRR! by the Rolling Stones on the 12th November 2012 for the world, excluding North America, and on the 13th November 2012 in North America.
Available in five different formats, including a three-CD 50 track version including 50 tracks, and a four-CD super-deluxe version gathering a whopping 80 tracks, the collection tells the fascinating ongoing story of the Greatest Rock’n'Roll Band In The World, from their high octane version of Chuck Berry’s “Come On”, their first single issued in June 1963, via the thrilling chart-toppers “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women” and the perennial juke-box and concert favourites “Brown Sugar”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”, all the way to the present day with the inclusion of “Gloom And Doom” and “One Last Shot”, two new studio recordings recently completed by the group in Paris, France in August 2012.
These brand new recordings constitute the first time Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood have all been together in the recording studio since completing the exalted A Bigger Bang album in 2005, and follow on from the critically-acclaimed expanded re-releases of the historic 40th Anniversary live Madison Square Garden concert Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out in November 2009, and of two of their seventies masterworks, Exile on Main St., in May 2010, and Some Girls, in November 2011.
All GRRR! formats will feature a striking painting by award-winning American artist Walton Ford, who has created the latest in a long line of iconic artwork that has always been part of the band’s DNA.
In celebration of the Rolling Stones’ incredible journey, an innovative campaign has been launched to reveal their GRRR! Greatest Hits album sleeve using 3D Augmented Reality.
During a three week teaser campaign fans were invited to download the free uView app in preparation for the announcement. From today, using the uView app fans can scan the GRRR! sleeve and watch the stunning imagery come to life in 3D animation right before their eyes. The campaign will have further exciting updates coming soon. The use of one of the most advanced forms of mobile technology currently around solidifies The Rolling Stones as one of the most innovative bands in the world and as relevant as they have always been. The technology has been developed in partnership with Aurasma, the leaders in image recognition and augmented reality technology.
GRRR! GREATEST HITS FORMATS:
50 Track 3CD album
3CD / 50 tracks in a digipack with 24 page booklet
50 Track 3CD Deluxe Edition
3CD / 50 tracks in a DVD size box with 36 page hardback book and 5 postcards
Super Deluxe Edition Box Set
4CD / 80 tracks plus Bonus CD, 7″ Vinyl, Hardback book, Poster, 5 postcards in a presentation box