Owners of a Seattle, Washington-based recording studio have launched an online crowdfunding campaign in a bid to repair a mixing board used by the likes Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. The 1973 Neve 8049 console was installed in the iconic London Bridge studio almost 30 years ago, but it is in need of some serious repairs.
In an effort to preserve the machine's rich history, the studio owners have taken to IndieGogo.com to ask music fans to help restore the "technical heart" of the studio and keep the board accessible to local musicians.
Their goal is to raise $75,000 (£46,875) by Saturday (19Apr14) to completely refurbish the console and keep studio session times affordable, however, only $19,750 (£12,343) has been donated as WENN went to press.
The mixing console was used to record albums such as Pearl Jam's Ten, Soundgarden's Louder Than Love, and other records by Alice in Chains, 3 Doors Down, Death Cab for Cutie and Cat Power.
The grandson of Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev has created a new symphony inspired in part by rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot's classic track Baby Got Back. London-based Gabriel Prokofiev will premiere his new composition with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra in Washington this summer (14) and Sir Mix-A-Lot will be a special guest.
The piece is part of a music series titled Sonic Evolution, which commissions new orchestral work inspired by Seattle's music icons. Previous events have featured music inspired by Alice in Chains, Kurt Cobain and Jimi Hendrix.
Prokofiev tells theQuietus.com, "When I got the list, the one person who hadn't been done who I thought was really interesting was Sir Mix-A-Lot. He's a '90s rapper; he's quite humorous and a fun guy. So I'm orchestrating two of his most famous hits, and he's actually going to rap on stage with orchestra."
The new piece will have its premiere on 6 June (14) at Seattle's Benaroya Hall.
Members of Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains and Jane'S Addiction have signed on to offer up tips and advice at an upcoming Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp in Las Vegas. Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell, Stone Temple Pilots' Dean DeLeo and Jane's Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins will team up for sessions during the summer event at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
The rock trio will join regular counsellors Peter Klett from Candlebox and former Quiet Riot and Whitesnake star Rudy Sarso for the camp, which this year will focus on the sound of grunge.
Campers will run through songs performed by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden and then perform them live at the House of Blues as part of the event's finale in August (14).
Rocker Joan Jett is set to make history at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards this year (14) when she becomes the first female to receive the prestigious Golden God title. The I Love Rock 'n' Roll hitmaker will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees Motorhead, KISS star Gene Simmons and Alice Cooper, who have all taken home the top prize at the Los Angeles event in recent years.
Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose will be another big winner - he will be presented with the Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement accolade. Metallica took home the award at last year's (13) ceremony.
Meanwhile, Black Sabbath, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn are among the multiple nominees for the prizegiving, which honours the best in heavy metal.
Ozzy Osbourne's group and their comeback release 13 will face off against Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King and Korn's The Paradigm Shift for Album of the Year, while Jonathan Davis (Korn) and M. Shadows (Avenged Sevenfold) have been shortlisted for Best Vocalist, as have Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) and Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch).
The Best Guitarist category will be a fight between Tony Iommi (Black Sabbath) Munky & Head (Korn), Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance (Avenged Sevenfold), John Petrucci (Dream Theater), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) and Zoltan Bathory & Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch), while Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Fieldy (Korn) and Johnny Christ (Avenged Sevenfold) are among the nominees for Best Bassist.
Best Live Band nods go to Lamb of God, Rob Zombie, Slayer and Motley Crue, among others, and Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Nine Inch Nails and Queens of the Stone Age will compete for Comeback of the Year.
The awards, not to be confused with Metal Hammer's Golden Gods in the U.K., will take place at Club Nokia in L.A. on 23 April (14).
Black Sabbath's comeback album 13 has topped rock bible Revolver's Best Albums of 2013 poll. The record gave the reunited group its first U.S. number one and its success globally has prompted the Paranoid hitmakers to extend their reunion tour into 2014.
Now bandmates Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi are tentatively contemplating a follow-up.
Frontman Ozzy tells the publication, "I'll leave it open. I'm open for anything."
The veteran rockers' new album has beaten Deafheaven's Sunbather to the top spot in Revolver's annual poll, while Avenged Sevenfold's Hail to the King comes in third.
Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and ...Like Clockwork by Queens of the Stone Age also make the top 10.
It often happens - you walk out of a movie and have forgotten the plot, the acting, who was actually IN the movie...but the music stays with you...and stays...and stays. You don't mind the songs taking up residence in your head and wind up buying the soundtrack, thus making it a good thing that you went to this bad flick. Here are some of the most mediocre movies with great soundtracks.
1. Purple Rain (1984)
Can't remember a thing about the movie, but "When Doves Cry" is still stuck in people's brain for decades. Prince's outfits here also gave Dave Chappelle infinite fodder for his comedy. The rock legend even used Chappelle dressed up as him for the cover of his latest single.
2. Singles (1992)
This soundtrack had such music legends like Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden while the movie's biggest draw was a long-haired Matt Dillon. Somehow, I think the music people got it much better.
3. Rocky IV (1985)
Russian menace Ivan Drago couldn't break this soundtrack - it was packed with such great music from Survivor, Kenny Loggins, and of course...James Brown. No wonder Rocky Balboa was inspired to come back and beat him. Oops. Sorry, spoilers.
4. Batman Forever (1995)
Val Kilmer wasn't the best Bruce Wayne, portraying him as possibly the most bland billionaire/superhero in cinema history. He made Michael Keaton look caffeinated by comparison. Really big hit songs by U2 and Seal helped make the soundtrack memorable, though. Music videos for both tunes got really heavy rotation on MTV, back when music was the primary impetus behind the channel, not reality TV.
5. The Crow (1994)
This movie got notoriety with Brandon Lee's death during filming more than from being good. The soundtrack was not a tragedy, though. It rocked, though - with the Stone Temple Pilots, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure and Rage Against the Machine. While it did spawn a couple of sequels, people don't really remember the original.
6. Juice (1992)
This was an OK movie that had the late Tupac Shakur in it, but it had an all-star rap soundtrack, including Naughty By Nature, Eric B. and Rakim, EPMD and Big Daddy Kane. Decades from the movie's release, people are still listening to songs like "Uptown Anthem", but the movie languishes in history.
7. The Beach (2000)
This movie sank faster than the boat in Leo DiCaprio's previous one (some film called Titanic), but it was buoyed by a soundtrack that included dance/electronic movie gods Underworld and Leftfield.
8. American Graffiti (1973)
This is a decent film that some dude named Harrison Ford appeared in before he became known as Han Solo, but it had so many great oldie songs on the soundtrack that you felt like you were transported back to 1962.
9. Vanilla Sky (2001)
This was a forgettable Tom Cruise vehicle, which was rare at the time since everything he touched turned to gold at the time the movie came out. The film has some beautiful music, including Sigur Ros' "Svefn g Englar," so we can thank the movie for raising awareness of that awesome band, at least.
10. Threesome (1994)
This was NOT an adult film, but starred Lara Flynn Boyle, Adam Baldwin, and Josh Charles. The soundtrack had several great artists, including Duran Duran, U2, Bryan Ferry and Tears For Fears - which means they should have at least titled that "More than A Threesome."
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Green Day, Avenged Sevenfold, and Alice In Chains are among the big-name acts signed up for next year's (14) Soundwave Festival in Australia. Other acts on the bill include Megadeth, Rob Zombie, Placebo, and Stone Temple Pilots. The travelling festival takes place across five cities Down Under during February and March (13)
Kylie Jenner was surprised by rappers Drake and Big Sean on Saturday (17Aug13) night when they performed at the reality TV star's 16th birthday bash. The youngest of the Keeping Up with the Kardashians siblings celebrated her official sweet 16 a week ago (10Aug13) with an intimate dinner with family and friends, but Jenner pulled out all the stops for a second celebration on Saturday.
Held at the AT&T Center in Los Angeles, she hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed party, complete with her extended family and famous friends, including rumoured boyfriend Jaden Smith, actress Hailee Steinfeld, Tyga and Naya Rivera.
Drake was a big surprise when he hit the stage to perform his single All Me with Big Sean. During his impromptu appearance, Drake put his gold chains around the birthday girl's neck.
Jenner took to Twitter.com to coo about her surprise guests, writing, "DRAKE & BIG SEAN what?! Thank you guys so much. Thank u to everyone who came to my party and making my night so special HAD THE BESTTT NIGHTTT."
Her mother, Kris Jenner, also took to the microblogging site to show her gratitude to the hip-hop superstars, suggesting her daughter Kim Kardashian's boyfriend, Kanye West, was the mastermind behind the big surprise.
She wrote, "Wow wow what an amazing night @kyliejenner I hope you had the most wonderful birthday. Thank you Drake AKA @champagnepapi @bigsean for the surprise performances!! Love you Kanye."
West and Kylie's big sister Kim missed the party as they were attending the funeral of the rapper's grandfather in Oklahoma.
Black Sabbath were the toast of the heavy rock crowd on Monday (17Jun13) when they won two top trophies at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods prizegiving. The heavy rockers' long-awaited comeback project, 13, was named Best Album, just a day after it shot to number one in the band's native U.K. on Sunday (16Jun13).
The reunited supergroup also picked up the Best U.K. Band title.
Other big winners at the prizegiving in London included Motorhead, who took home The Golden God trophy, while Alice In Chains were the recipients of the Icon Award.
The winners are decided by the editors of Britain's Metal Hammer magazine.
Metal Hammer's Golden Gods should not be confused with Revolver magazine's prizegiving of the same name, which were held earlier this year (13).
Daft Punk have scored a second week at the top of the U.S. album chart, keeping rockers Alice In Chains from number one. The French electronic music duo's Random Access Memories debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 last week (29May13) and despite a huge dip in sales, it holds off Alice in Chains' The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which enters the new countdown at two.
Veteran rocker John Fogerty lands his highest debut ever at three with duets album Wrote a Song for Everyone, and British pop stars Little Mix open up their U.S. album chart account with DNA at four, giving the U.K. X Factor sensations the highest debut ever for a British female group's first album, surpassing the number six arrival of Spice Girls' Spice in 1997.
Meanwhile, on America's pop chart, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Can't Hold Us has landed a fifth week at number one, keeping Justin Timberlake's Mirrors off the top spot.
Timberlake's hit moves up a place from three to two.