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  • Soundgarden, Ben Shepherd

    Soundgarden Bassist Ben Shepherd Reflects on Almost Joining Nirvana

    Casual fans of Nirvana might not know the band once considered adding Soundgarden's current bassist as a second guitarist. Ben Shepherd, who toured with Kurt Cobain's band early on in a roadie-like role, looked back on the era in a recent interview with Denver's Westword. "Well, I was supposed to play lead guitar for them," Shepherd said. "But they stayed a three-piece. "Shepherd's near-role as the fourth Nirvana member has been documented before, including in Michael Azerrad's book Come as You Are: The Story of Nirvana. "I didn't really roadie with them," Shepherd told Westword of his time on the road with Nirvana. "I just went on tour with them. We all did all that shit. It was a blast to get out." Shepherd joined Soundgarden on bass in 1990, replacing Jason Everman, who had also played with Nirvana.

  • The Roots' ?uestlove, Elvis Costello

    Did Elvis Costello and the Roots Already Release a New Album on Record Store Day?

    Elvis Costello and the Roots officially announced today they will be releasing an album together, called Wise Up Ghost, on September 17 via Blue Note Records. The Roots' drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson first revealed the project in January, and the announcement contained few details he or Costello hadn't previously indicated in various recent interviews.Still, here's what we now know for sure: ?uestlove and Costello produced the album with veteran Roots partner Steven Mandel. La Marisoul, lead singer of Los Angeles band La Santa Cecilia adds guest vocals on a track titled "Cinco Minutos Con Vos." And... that's about it.Costello, in a statement, characterizes the album as "the shortest distance between here and there," saying it contains "both rhythm and what is ready." Hmm. ?uestlove offers this statement: "It's a moody, brooding affair, cathartic rhythms and dissonant lullabies.

  • The Lonely Island, Robyn,

    The Lonely Island and Robyn Mock Dance Crazes in Faux-Viral 'Go Kindergarten' Video

    "So raise your glass / Then break the glass / Then stomp your bare feet on the glass," Swedish pop queen Robyn gamely sings on the Lonely Island's latest offering from June 11's The Wack Album, "Go Kindergarten." Accompanied by a lo-fi video of dancers wearing bags on their heads as hashtagged phrases flash across the screen, the bass-dropping track is the comedy rap group's version of viral dance crazes like Baauer's "Harlem Shake." While it's tough to come up with phrases funnier to shout than the material they're spoofing — dance crazes go viral for a reason, after all — they get some chortle-out-loud lines in here, though maybe nothing that that will inspire you to make a "Go Kindergarten" video of your own.

  • Charles Bradley, 'Victim of Love,' behind the scenes, video

    Watch Charles Bradley Talk James Brown in Behind-the-Scenes Video

    "This is the longest it ever happened to me. Being happy." That's Charles Bradley, speaking in a new behind-the-scenes video about the soul powerhouse's new album Victim of Love, which came out this spring on Daptone Records imprint Dunham Records. Bradley spoke with SPIN about his unforgettable hard-luck story, but there's no substitute for hearing and seeing the Screaming Eagle of Soul tell it himself. The one-time James Brown impersonator reminisces, among many other things, on what Brown's music meant to him.The first track to surface from the follow-up to 2011's fiercely impassioned No Time for Dreaming was the psych-soul romantic getaway "Strictly Reserved for You," which also got a video with footage shot in Melbourne, Australia.

  • James Murphy

    LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy Now Designing an Actual Soundsystem

    James Murphy has gone from LCD Soundsystem to crafting a real-live soundsystem. As the Guardian points out, the DFA Records co-founder is designing a customized rig for Britain's Manchester International Festival. From July 18 to July 20, Murphy will DJ a club night with pals David and Stephen Dewaele, better known from Belgian rock band Soulwax and pioneering mashup outfit 2ManyDJs. The club night, called Despacio after the Spanish word for "gradually," has impressive dance-music influences. Murphy told the Guardian it was conceived as an "alternative Ibiza party," a nod to the Mediterranean island long associated with hedonistic electronic beats. But he said the soundsystem is basically an updated, stronger version of the hi-fi systems at trailblazing disco clubs such as New York City's Paradise Garage.

  • Ke$ha

    Ke$ha and Throw a Wildly Inclusive Party in 'Crazy Kids' Video

    Ke$ha's late-2012 sophomore album Warrior, our own Chuck Eddy wrote, "could use more class warrior." The video for the version doesn't quite get back to spewing in rich dude's closets or blowing off Benzed-up bourgie friends Eddy and the rest of us miss, but the house party it shows sure ain't that exclusive New York "punk" gala where Kanye West declared himself a god.Ke$ha tries on a few different outlandish costumes, but the most memorable is her Riff Raff-like getup with braids and gold teeth. is there as a hologram in a golden astronaut suit. But so are graying biker dudes. Wait, maybe that means we're all the crazy kids?! Pass the glittery bottles and pray they don't contain a substance that would incur the professional outrage of the Parents Television Council.Watch over at MTV or, once available, below.

  • Andre 3000

    Andre 3000's Mother Dead in Tragically Timed Loss

    OutKast rapper André 3000 has lost his mother. Sharon Benjamin-Hodo has died, a rep for the musician and actor confirmed to Billboard.According to Billboard, Benjamin-Hodo launched and ran the Starlight Camp for children from low-income homes. She oversaw the program through the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Georgia, where her husband, Robert Hodo, is pastor. André 3000's rep said the family would appreciate continued support for the camp instead of flowers.Billboard cites unconfirmed reports that Benjamin-Hodo was found dead at home in Atlanta on May 27, which was André 3000's 38th birthday. Other details are unclear right now, but we'll report more as it's confirmed.Gipp from OutKast's Dungeon Family-affiliated Goodie Mob tweeted, "My Condolences And LOVE GO OUT TO 3000 ...WE ALL LOVED YOUR MOTHER MISS B..God got her NOW!!#DUNGEONFAMILY...

  • Disclosure

    Toro Y Moi Smoothly Dismembers Disclosure's 'You & Me'

    Disclosure are just toying with us now. The British producers recently released a string of immaculate dance-pop tracks — including one of the year's 40 best songs so far — which they compiled alongside a Hudson Mohawke remix on last month's The Singles EP. Since then, the Breaking Out sibling duo has continued to preview June 3 album Settle with a handful of futuristic cuts almost as instantly twerk-worthy, including "F for You," "When a Fire Starts to Burn," and J Dilla-sampling "Grab Her!" (exclamation point theirs, and ours!). Settle single "You & Me," which features British singer Eliza Doolittle, already got a sumptuous video and an unnecessary Baauer remix. Toro y Moi's gelatinous reworking of the song is far less obnoxious than Baauer's, but this might be a case where the original can't be improved.

  • Atoms for Peace

    Atoms for Peace Tease Rehearsals as Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood Joins Twitter

    As Atoms for Peace prepare for their first shows since 2010, Thom Yorke and his bandmates have also been spending a bit of time on social media.Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood has joined Twitter. You can follow him here: @JnnyG. His nine tweets so far include some classical recommendations. Yorke tweeted a characteristically cryptic shout-out to "Jonnyfingersgreenwood" over the weekend.Meanwhile, Radiohead producer and Atoms for Peace member Nigel Godrich was also active on Twitter over the weekend.

  • Scott Weiland

    Lawsuit Type Thing: Stone Temple Pilots Members Get Litigious on Scott Weiland

    Stone Temple Pilots' often underrated third album was called Tiny Music... Songs From the Vatican Gift Shop, but their next one could be subtitled Songs From the Courthouse Cafeteria. STP frontman Scott Weiland has been slapped with a breach-of-contract lawsuit by the rest of the band, and he has responded with a "letter to my fans" contending he's in the right both legally and ethically. The back-and-forth follows the band's release earlier this month of a new song with Linkin Park's Chester Bennington as their lead singer.According to court documents filed in Los Angeles on Friday and posted by the Hollywood Reporter, STP members are asking for an unspecified amount of green from the guy who sang lead on 1994's Purple. They claim, in part, that he cost them big time by failing to commit to anniversary tour dates. "Enough is enough," the lawsuit says.

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