Tom Morello plans to Occupy SXSW, Courney Love attacks Muppets' Nirvana cover, Alex Turner's dad on Arctic Monkeys' Madison Square Garden gig... Daily Hot List
Wednesday, 14 March
Tom Morello is planning a Occupy "flash mob dance party" at South By Southwest in Texas on Friday (16 March). The Rage Against The Machine guitarist explained: "I thought it was important that at a music gathering of that size, to have a place where the rebels, revolutionaries, rockers, rappers and the 99 percent could gather and have a mighty SXSW throw down." Read his guest column on the Occupy movement now.
Arctic Monkeys' says they were nervous about playing New York's Madison Square Gardens on Monday with The Black Keys because their parents realised it was a big deal.
"I think when your dad's excited that you're playing somewhere, you know it's a big deal," says Alex Turner. "And he is excited. He said, Oh you know, you've got the Garden in a week. Make sure you get some rest."
Kasabian singer Tom Meighan appears in British wrestling sitcom, Walk Like A Panther. Watch the trailer below.
The Black Keys' Patrick Carney has slammed the current state of popular music. "Perfect music is boring music - that's the kind of stuff they play in an elevator," he said. "I think people are losing an ear for [raw music]... when you turn on the radio it's all kind of perfectly sequenced, perfectly written, perfectly performed by machines."
Courtney Love is unhappy with The Muppets cover of Nirvana's Smells Like Teen Spirit, according to reports.
Miles Kane is to release a new EP in support of Record Store Day on 21 April. The four track effort, First Of My Kind, features a cover of Tom Jones' Looking Out My Window alongside two new songs and an acoustic rendition of the title track to his last album, The Colour Of The Trap.
Listen to Sixteen Saltines from Jack White's solo album Blunderbuss, out 23 April (via Pitchfork.com).
LCD Soundsystem's James Murphy is such a nice guy he was checking his email 20 minutes before going onstage for his band's farewell show last year, just in case any of his friends wanted last minute guestlist spots, according to filmmakers Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern who shot forthcoming film Shut Up And Play The Hits around the show.
Van Morrison, Eric Bibb and John Hiatt are among the acts playing this year's Bluesfest, taking place in London venues from 26 June to 6 July (with a Manchester date on 28 June featuring Southside Johnny and The Asbury Jukes at the HMV Ritz).
Listen to Santigold discuss her new album Master of My Make-Believe (out 23 April) with
Jay-Z performed at a South By Southwest showcase on Monday nigh. Watch the set in full below.
Talking of the Texan festival, which will everyone be raving about at the end of this week? Why wait, here's Q's SXSW buzz predictor.
Reading And Leeds Festival boss Melvin Benn claims the government is not doing enough to stop gig ticket touts. "I do feel it's one rule for one thing and one rule for another," he said. "The Olympics did it the easy way. The just wrote a law and passed it... [Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt] has left the problem with us really."
Adele meets Brokeback Mountain in this new video mash-up (via Vulture.com)
Is there truth to rumours that Britney Spears has signed-up to be a judge on the US X Factor? Simon Cowell is giving nothing away. "You'll have to wait and see," he teased during an appearance on American breakfast show Good Day New York.
Plans to demolish Manchester's Twisted Wheel club to make way for a hotel have prompted protests from the local music scene.
Why aren't your favourite bands wearing their favourite bands' t-shirts? Here's why more acts should wear their influences on their sleeves (chests and backs)...
Chase and Status release their Live at Brixton Academy DVD on 2 April. Watch the trailer below.
Kindness releases his debut album on 19 March - but it's streaming in full right now.
Frankfurt will host this year's MTV Europe Music Awards ceremony on 11 November.
Mark Stewart will be joined live by Primal Scream at his Lonon Scala gig on 28 March after collaborating with Bobby Gillespie on new album The Politics Of Envy. The Scot will also DJ at the show.
Today's Track Of The Day is Dexys with Nowhere Is Home
That's it for today. More Hot List tomorrow at noon.
12:00 PM | 14/03/2012
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