The Roots drummer discusses Summer of Soul, his new documentary about the 1969 Harlem Cultural Festival, and the ongoing fight to give Black musicians their rightful due.
AURORA is a singer and songwriter from Norway, who released her first EP in 2015, when she was 19 years old. It featured this song, “Runaway” and after it came out Aurora went on to win Norwegian Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Pop Artist. And she played the voice of the North Wind in Disney’s Frozen 2. This year, six years after that debut EP came out, Aurora’s song “Runaway” became a huge hit on TikTok. At the time this episode was recorded, between YouTube and Spotify, “Runaway” has been streamed over half a billion times. For this episode, Aurora looked back at how the song first began, and how it evolved over time, from the demo to the final version.
You can buy or stream “Runaway” here.
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The Metallica Blacklist is a massive covers album celebrating 30 years of The Black Album. Besides St Vincent’s track, the album will feature 52 other songs from the likes of Jason Isbell, Rina Sawayama, Phoebe Bridgers, The Hu, Idles, Moses Sumney, Miley Cyrus, Elton John, Chase & Status and Igor Levit.
The full album will arrive on 1 October. Listen to the St Vincent cover below:
Alongside the announcement of the covers album, Metallica also revealed plans to remaster and reissue the original Black Album. The remastered Black Album will land in multiple configurations including digitally, as a 180-gram 2LP, a standard CD, a 3CD expanded edition and a limited-edition boxset.
The latter set includes the album remastered on 180-gram 2LP, a picture disc, three live LPs, 14 CDs (containing rough mixes, demos, interviews, live shows), six DVDs (containing outtakes, behind the scenes, official videos, live shows), a 120-page hardcover book, four tour laminates, three lithos, three guitar picks, a Metallica lanyard, a folder with lyric sheets, and a download card for the digital edition of the album.
A film based on the memoir by late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, Not Dead & Not For Sale, has been announced.
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The film, currently titled Paper Heart, was picked up after production house Dark Pictures and producer Orian Williams acquired the book rights to the 2011 memoir, which Weiland penned with David Ritz.
Paper Heart is being written by Jennifer Erwin, Dark Pictures’ co-founder and a “die-hard” Stone Temple Pilots fan. The film will tell the story of Weiland’s life, including his battles with addiction and his comebacks.
Erwin said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “It’s an honour to have the trust to tell Scott’s story and the ability to portray the lesser known sides of him – the loving and tender man he was, the high school athlete he was, the melancholy soul he was and the legendary frontman that he will always be.”
Added producer Williams, “We want to make the most authentic film possible about this remarkable artist. Beyond Scott’s page-turning memoir, connecting with those closest to Scott is important to get the details right.”
Dark Pictures has gotten access to unreleased music by Weiland for the film, Williams added.
David Vigliano, founder and CEO of Vigliano Associates, which represents the Weiland estate, said that they had been “approached many times about Scott’s story” and that Dark Pictures’ vision “felt right”.
More details surrounding the upcoming Paper Heart film, including its cast and release date, have yet to be announced.
Scott Weiland – who also served as Velvet Revolver’s frontman from 2003 till 2008 and once again in 2012 for a one-off reunion performance – passed away in late 2015 aged 48 due to an accidental overdose.
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A painting by David Bowie that was bought for just CAD$5 (£3) has fetched nearly CAD$108,120 (£63,115) at a recent auction.
The 1997 painting, which put up for auction by Canadian fine arts seller and auctioneer Cowley Abbott president Rob Cowley, is part of a series of 47 paintings that Bowie had worked on between 1995 and 1997.
Bowie signed and dated the painting on the back of its 9.75×8-inch canvas. Its title, “DHead XLVI”, is also on the back of the artwork, according to Cowley Abbott’s catalogue.
The piece was picked up for approximately CAD$5 (approximately £3) last year at a donation centre at a landfill in Ontario, Canada, Cowley told CNN prior to the auction.
The piece was estimated to reach a bid of CAD$12,000 (£7,000) but surpassed its evaluation amount during the first day of the auction.
The painting was authenticated by Bowie specialist Andy Peters (of davidbowieautograph.com), who told CNN that he recognised it as a Bowie artwork the instant he saw it.
“When I first saw the painting, I knew what it was straightaway,” Peters said. “I did not need to see the autograph on the back because I knew, but obviously the signature sealed the deal.”
Cowley said that the unidentified seller – who is not an art collector – contacted him in November last year, and the two parties began working to authenticate the work.
The portrait is part of Bowie’s DHead collection, in which he painted “friends, family, and other musicians” as well as self-portraits.
David Bowie passed in January 2016 following an 18-month battle with cancer at the age of 69.
It was announced earlier this month that Liverpool is set to host the first-ever David Bowie World Fan Convention next year. The convention – which will include panels, live performances, and a “Bowie Ball” – will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the artist’s classic album The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars.
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Descendents have shared another new track from their upcoming album 9th And Walnut, set for release on July 23.
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“Like The Way I Know” follows the release of “Baby Doncha Know” in early May and “Nightage” a month later. Drummer and founding member Bill Stevenson explained in a press statement that “Like The Way I Know” was “one of the very first Descendents songs”.
“[It was] written in 1977 by [founding member] David Nolte, about how living in Hermosa Beach made him feel like a freak,” said Stephenson.
Listen to “Like The Way I Know” below:
As announced in May 2021, 9th And Walnut will finally unearth a project that began in 2002. Having undergone multiple line-up changes since forming in 1977, the band’s first established line-up reunited to record their earliest-known material. The project was completed last year, with vocalist Milo Aukerman recording new vocals from his home.
The current line-up of Descendents – Aukerman, Stephenson, guitarist Stephen Edgerton and bassist Karl Alvarez – are set to return to the stage next month on a North American tour with Rise Against. The band will also play a string of headlining dates in August, followed by an appearance at the three-day Punk Rock Bowling Festival in September.
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