Music’s 3Rs 04.22.13: The Irresponsible, Daft Punk, DMX, More
Posted by Sean Comer on 04.22.2013
From more David Bowie music being on the way and Rick Ross wanting a second chance from Reebok to DMX threatening legal action against the Oprah Winfrey Network, Daft Punk's new single and more, 411's Sean Comer breaks down the Right, the wRong and the Ridiculous from the week in music!
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Welcome back, one and all. I'm Sean. You're not. Remember, fellow Babies: I didn't break the news. It was that way when I got here.
"Maybe I'm wrong, but just maybe, maybe you're Right…"
Wheels turning on new Irresponsibles album?
Come, now. As if I would hold this back.
Via Facebook earlier this week, I caught up with Tash Neame, slayer of six-strings for South Adelaide, Australia rock quartet The Irresponsibles. Already in the thick of an intensely productive 2013 that's included introducing Luis Sosa Diaz as the band's new drummer, forward progress on an official release by acoustic side project Little Miss and sketching out a tour about Melbourne and Sydney that kicks off next month, the band may have wheels turning on a true capstone project to top the year off.
Tash tells me that the band has started a dialogue back and forth with Matt Williams, the engineer who polished the band's signature straight-forward grit flavored with equal parts Foo Fighters, Led Zeppelin and Heart on the band's last release, Let It Out.
"We have something special we're working on & we can't wait to show it to you all later this year," she passed along.
If you haven't yet given The Irresponsibles a listen, then you're truly missing out. While you're getting yourself over to their Facebook page, take a moment and wish the lovely and rocking Miss Neame a belated happy birthday.
Daft Punk debut first Random Access Memories single, "Get Lucky"
The good news: the iconic French duo of EDM just might have made 2013's most hotly anticipated – or, at the very least, hotly hyped – album so far.
The even better news? These two rarely disappoint.
Actually, the two just had a huge week in general. Early in the week, the pair told Rolling Stone that Kanye West delivered positively "primal" vocals when the pair joined him to engineer a few tracks for West's own upcoming album.
After that, they released this past Wednesday the official track list for their new album while declaring that the version of "Get Lucky" that had leaked to Soundcloud and been deemed an "extended studio version" was in fact an illegitimate mash-up of audio for the song.
"Give Life Back to Music"
"The Game Of Love"
"Giorgio By Moroder"
"Lose Yourself to Dance"
"Fragments Of Time"
"Doin' It Right"
Finally, on Friday, they unveiled the first official version of "Get Lucky" featuring disco/funk legend Nile Rogers and present-day producer extraordinaire Pharrell Williams, which proceeded to have the biggest streaming day in Spotify's U.S. or U.K. history.
Random Access Memories hits stores May 21. Check out the single below. It positively hums with the energy that pop needs.
Noel Gallagher: More Bowie on the way?
Take the word for what it's worth, as while the former Oasis mind doesn't exactly have a "pathological liar" legacy, it's still a third-hand claim. Nevertheless, Gallagher told Absolute Radio recently that David Bowie could very well have "like, 29 songs or something" that could yet see the light of day following Bowie's 2013 return from a decade-long retirement, The Next Day.
Citing only "people [he's] spoken to," Gallagher added, "I don't know what's next for Bowie. He could disappear for another ten years or there could be another album. He might do the greatest tour of all time or he might never gig again. Who knows?"
If Bowie releases this alleged cadre of songs supposedly leftover from his sessions recording The Next Day, then that's fantastic. However, if they're to be released, I would hope that he would do so pretty shortly off the heels of his last album. By all accounts, it's a personal taking-stock selection of musings for The Thin White Duke, so it stands to reason that another release within that same vein would be best absorbed while he's still so close to the perspective from which he wrote the other album.
"I don't wanna fight, Jack, but you ain't ever right, you know you wRong…"
Rick Ross wants a second chance
The Miami douche-nozzle rapper has just a little trouble getting some things through his planetoid-sized skull.
Ross this past week claimed that Reebok actually owes him a second chance, despite the worldwide iconic sneaker brand dropping his chunky ass from an endorsement deal after Ross made an uncomfortable date-rape reference during a guest verse contributed to inconsequential rapper Meek Mill's mixtape track "U.O.E.N.O."
"Put Molly [Ecstasy] all in the champagne. She ain't even know it. I took her home and I enjoy that. She ain't even know it," Lunchbox rapped. Ass-hat would later "apologize" and claim that he was misunderstood, does not condone rape at all, and in fact never actually said "rape," making everything OK.
Oh, and Dingus attached his vanity "#BOSS" hashtag to the apology, further demonstrating no understanding at all of demonstrating actual sincerity.
According to TMZ, Ross claimed that he's responsible for bringing classic Reebok designs back into style among the hip-hop community.
Yes, where would hip-hop be without Rick Ross?
Honestly? About the same place it is with him. If he dropped off the face of the Earth this moment, it would be a loss on par with the disappearance of Flo Rida or Afroman.
3 Doors Down bassist arrested on vehicular homicide charge
No jokes here, Babies. Just a genuinely sad state of affairs.
TMZ reported Saturday that Nashville police have apprehended bassist Todd Harrell and charged him with vehicular homicide. Harrell was reportedly driving at high speeds late Friday night when his car struck and flipped a Ford pickup truck. The resulting crash off a guardrail and down an embankment mortally injured the truck's driver, who was not wearing a seatbelt and later died after being transferred to a local hospital.
In addition to failing field sobriety tests, Harrell admitted to drinking hard cider before driving and being under the influence of Xanax and the prescription painkiller Lortab. During his ensuing booking, officers discovered on his person a plastic bag filled with more Xanam, Oxycodone and Oxymorphone. Harrell already has a 2012 DUI arrest on his record.
As the son of both a veteran police officer and a woman who escaped a drunk driver's dickery with "only" severe head injuries that impact her to this day, may I frankly say that Harrell can fuck right off. There are no excuses and no "Wait for all the facts to come out!" statements to be made; he admitted that he drove under the influence, and now someone is dead.
Rot in pieces, Todd.
Frank Turner: Thatcher funeral protests "immature"
It won't surprise me if I catch some flaming over this.
I admit, I'm an American expressing my opinion about the way British celebrities have reacted to the death of a polarizing – to make a vast understatement – fixture of England's modern history. However, I can make a statement on general principle to grow the fuck up.
U.K. singer-songwriter Frank Turner recently told Gigwise that he found protests of the former Prime Minister's funeral "gross" and "f***ing immature."
"I'm not a fan of her of her politics but I was pretty repelled by the reaction of some people on the left. It's a ****ing funeral, you know what I mean? Get over yourself," Turner said. He himself previously penned a song during Thatcher's living years called "Thatcher F***ed The Kids" and elaborated on his own position on the staunchly right-wing British political icon. "Because of the song that I wrote, I had people suggesting that I was going to kind of be involved in protesting, but do you know what? The Westboro Baptist Church are the kind of people who protest funerals and I'm not interested in being part of that kind of bull****, do you know what I mean?"
I couldn't have said it better.
Do tell, what exactly is this meant to accomplish? The woman is dead. There's no changing what she did during her lifetime, whether anybody approved of it or not. Come on. Out with it: what worthy cause does this further?
Death doesn't make anybody a better person. The deceased still lived the lives they did. No gilded praises change that, but the deceased still have families who loved them unconditionally. Is that who you're really targeting? People trying to say "goodbye?"
"Now, how could I possibly be inconspicuous when my flow is f***in' Ridiculous?"
DMX, journalism doesn't work this way
Maybe DMX should prove conclusively that he can successfully stay outside of a jail cell for a few years consecutively before he endeavors to try this side of the legal system.
Captain Crazy-Pants claims he's considering suing Oprah Winfrey's OWN network because he believes that interviewer Iyanla Vanzant ambushed him with an unexpected question about his past drug abuse and airing the interview consequently made him look bad, TMZ reports.
Here's a little-known fact: do you know what makes DMX look bad more than any other one factor?
During the segment later aired on Vanzant's series Iyanla: Fix My Life -- probably soon to be retitled Iyanla: Fuck THIS Noise after volunteering to take on DMX as a project – DMX (SURPRISE!) went off the rails the moment that Vanzant asked him about his past (VERY) well-documented struggles with substance abuse.
Now, DMX wants the interview clip stricken from the record. TMZ reports that the oft-jailed rapper claims that among the pre-approved questions, Vanzant was only to ask about his addiction to women, not his drug problems.
"Iyanla set the whole thing up to make me look bad for ratings," DMX said. "That lady is toxic ... My last words to her were that she can suck my d**k and she still can."
Let's consider something. A lot of things actually.
A metric fuck-ton of things.
All of the things.
(SOURCE: DMX's Wikipedia page)
• DMX was tried for rape and sodomy, sexual abuse, and unlawful imprisonment. The case was dismissed when the DNA evidence did not match his own DNA.
• DMX joined rappers Jay-Z, Method Man, and Redman for Jay-Z's 1999 Hard Knock Life tour, during which he was arrested for charges of a stabbing at a tour stop in Boston, Massachusetts; he was cleared of the charge (and another assault charge during the same year in his hometown of Yonkers).
• DMX and his wife were arrested in 1999 after his uncle (and then manager) was accidentally shot at a hotel in New Jersey, charged with animal cruelty and possession of crack cocaine and weapons. DMX successfully plea-bargained, which reduced his sentence to paying fines, probation, and community service.
• When officers of the Fort Lee Police Department executed a search of his home in 1999, DMX promptly surrendered himself on weapons possession charges.
• DMX served a 15-day jail sentence in 2000 for possession of marijuana.
• Following a concert in Buffalo, New York in March 2000, DMX was arrested from a vehicle on New York State Route 33 in Cheektowaga, New York. He was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle, speeding, failure to signal, driving without a license, failure to notify the DMV of an address change, and possession of marijuana. He failed to appear at the subsequent hearing scheduled for March 21 in Cheektowaga, which lead to a warrant for his arrest. He later turned himself in, pled guilty to a reduced charge of driving without a license, and was sentenced to 15 days in jail and fined $400.
• DMX served another jail sentence in 2001 for driving without a license and possession of marijuana. His appeal to reduce the sentence was denied; rather, he was charged with assault for throwing objects at prison guards. DMX entered rehab to treat his addiction to drugs in 2002.
• In June 2003, DMX was arrested for using indecent language during a performance at Saint Kitts and Nevis. The country's Information Minister alleged that a contract signed before the concert stipulated the show would be without indecent language on stage. DMX was released on $376 bail.
• DMX was arrested in June 2004, at the John F. Kennedy International Airport, on charges of cocaine possession, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a weapon, criminal mischief, menacing, and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, while claiming to be a federal agent and attempting to carjack a vehicle. He was given a conditional discharge on December 8, 2004, but pled guilty on October 25, 2005, to violating parole.
• DMX was sentenced to 70 days in jail on November 18, 2005, for violating parole; the lateness charge added a 10-day extension to the original 60-day sentence. DMX was released early (for "good behavior") on December 30, 2005.
• DMX pled guilty to charges of drug possession, theft, and animal cruelty, at a hearing on December 30, 2008; he was sentenced to ninety days in jail on January 31, 2009.
• On May 22, 2009, DMX entered a plea agreement/change of plea, and pled guilty to attempted aggravated assault.
• After serving four out of six months for violating drug probation, DMX was released from jail on July 6, 2010. That day, a television pilot was filmed to portray his road to recovery; however, DMX was arrested three weeks later and the pilot did not evolve into a series.
• On July 27, 2010, DMX turned himself in to Los Angeles Metropolitan Court for a reckless driving charge he received in 2002. He was sentenced to serve ninety days in jail.
• DMX was arrested in Maricopa County, Arizona on November 19, 2010, on charges of violating his probation by consuming alcohol (at a performance). He served the full twelve-month jail sentence. On December 20, 2010, DMX was moved to the Mental Health Unit of the Arizona State Prison, and released on July 18, 2011.
• DMX was arrested on August 24, 2011, for speeding (recorded as 102 mph in a 65 mph zone), reckless driving, and driving with a suspended license. While DMX admitted to speeding, he claims he was driving 85 mph, not 102 mph as charged. DMX sued the Arizona police.
• DMX was arrested on February 13, 2013 in Spartanburg, South Carolina for driving without a drivers license.
Folks….forget the drugs. DMX is the first individual in recorded human history to succumb to a crippling addiction to orange uniforms.
More importantly, there's nothing actionable about this claim. None whatsoever.
Every charge is a matter of public record. It's out there. She's just asking how he dealt with it. What's more, no less than the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that public figures have a lowered expectation of privacy. But MOST important of all, journalism just doesn't work this way.
First off, I will go on record as a former reporter stating that any interviewer who agrees ahead of time to stick strictly to a pre-submitted, approved set of questions is an utter jackass. That is the equivalent to an NFL team showing the opposing coaching staff their playbook a week before the game. There is no law -- none -- that makes that a required practice. Yes, Fuck-Fuck, you're going to be asked questions that weren't cleared ahead of time. Yes, that's done for ratings to make the interview interesting. There's nothing intriguing about an interview in which you know all the questions and dole out canned answers.
This has NEVER been adequately explained to Matt Lauer, but still…
This case is a waste of paper. DMX is a moron, but at least he's an entertaining moron.
The sun's comin' up…I'm ridin' with Lady Luck
Thanks for stopping in this week, Babies. Keep your stick on the ice. I'm Sean. You're not. Never dull your colors for someone else's canvas.