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Friday, 5 October
Morrissey reckons he's got more chance of being struck by lightning than getting a new record deal. "I've held fast, but I now accept that the newer songs - which actually aren't that new anymore - will only ever exist in the YouTube domain," he said, explaining why he hasn't released an album since 2009. "Do I see myself receiving a grown-up recording offer from a label of stature and power? No. I have a better chance of being hit by lightning." He added he's frustrated by the lack of respect his solo career gets in respect to The Smiths. "The solo years have been more meaningful to the audiences than The Smiths years, but the press in England only write about me in relation to The Smiths era. This exhausts me," he complained. "I've sold out large venues throughout five continents this year alone - with incredible reactions everywhere. Yet the press will only blather on about Smiths reunion rumours. You can well imagine the frustration. Thank God I have a strong chin."
It's 50 years to the day since The Beatles released first single Love Me Do. Their biography Hunter Davies recalls discussing the song with John Lennon later in the band career, who insisted it was meaningful as anything else in their catalogue.
It's also 50 years since the release of the first James Bond film Dr No, and to mark that Adele has premiered her theme for the next movie Skyfall. Have a listen to the singer's first recording since 21.
Rage Against The Machine might be working on a new album, bassist Tim Commerford has hinted.
Mumford & Sons insist they won't repeat the near three year gap between albums that occurred between their debut and Babel. "We want to make one quicker than we did with this one," explained Marcus Mumford. "We want to get into the studio quicker and get another album out a bit sooner."
Andrew WK is to play a "unique keyboard" that will send 1,000,000 volts of "party music" through the body of David Blaine at the latter's Electrified event in New York this weekend. What will this achieve? Er, it's not entirely clear...
Bat For Lashes' Natasha Khan says it took five hours to get the right shot for the cover of her new album, The Haunted Man. The singer opted to pose naked, carrying a man on her back which she admits felt like gym session by the end of the shoot. " He was the same weight as me, but over five hours of holding him it became like weight-lifting. It was quite symbolic - as they day wore on I became more overwhelmed by his weight. It was the baggage I wanted to get off my shoulders," she explains. "But, it was also about not presenting the female body in such the boring, one-dimensional way that it has been presented for such a long time. We have regressed actually, if you look back at the 70s and 80s there were real bodies with bad teeth and big noses, with no make-up and grey hair. I'm so bored of seeing all these really homogenised-looking people."
James Franco is planning an entire album of spoken word, soul-infused songs for the debut album of his band Daddy. "If we complete all the songs it'll be a full-length album, 10 to 12 songs. We're working on that right now," he explained. "It's a little different. The style's not quite Motown but has a similar vibe."
Arcade Fire made a surprise appearance at the Feast Conference in New York which aims to bring together "gathers remarkable entrepreneurs, radicals, doers and thinkers that bring their talents to the table to make life better." Have a look - the performance starts around 39 minutes (via Brooklynvegan.com).
The Replacements are releasing a new EP to raise money for former guitarist Slim Dunlap who is recovering from a recent stroke.
J Mascis was asked to join Nirvana twice by Kurt Cobain, he has confirmed. The request has long been rumoured but the Dinosaur Jr man has finally spoken to say he was indeed invited to join the group. "Kurt said, You should join my band. I think he was sick of the guy Jason [Everman] who was in the band at the time, and thought I should play guitar," he said of the suggestion in July 1989. "I didn't think much about it." There was also talk a year later of him getting involved for single Silver, but again nothing happened.
Here's Bloc Party's new video for Kettling.
The Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye has told fans he will "never make you wait again" following the gap between his last "mixtape" in 2011 and the release of his first album Trilogy on 12 November, which features mixed versions of his three online releases, plus three new songs.
No Doubt have settled their legal dispute with the makers of Band Hero. The group had objected to the fact that they could be "unlocked" by players and used to perform songs by other acts.
As it was National Poetry Day yesterday we caught up with John Cooper Clarke. Read our chat, which covers everything from Sugar Puffs to not doing the dishes with Nico, now.
Here's the Nintendo-inspired clip for Watching Over You by highly rated new band AlunaGeorge.
Watch James McCartney performing an Old Vinyl Factor Session on Q. He covers the 'Stones Gimme Shelter - ironically it was in the old Haynes factory that his dad's first single was pressed 50 years ago...
Kings Of Leon were joined onstage in San Francisco earlier this week by Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, who performed The Bucket with the Followill clan.
Kanye West has deleted all his tweets and just posted: "BE BACK SOON". What's he up to?
Lady Gaga is to receive a Lennonono Grant For Peace from Yoko Ono. "Lady Gaga is of the biggest living artists of our time; she is not only an artist, she is also an activist, using her art to bring better communication to the world," said Ono. "She is being acknowledged for her activism, and how her album Born This Way has widely changed the mental map of the world. And how it has made us deal with the future world, which happens to be here already." The grant will be made on Tuesday in Iceland. As previously announced, Pussy Riot are also among those being honoured for their activism this year.
Domino are releasing a remix compilation which sees their artists like Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Animal Collective and more getting reworked. Two disc set, Motion Sickness, will be released on 3 December and features the mixings skills of DFA, Justice and more.
Today's Track Of The Day is Dizzee Rascal with Scream as we preview all of this year's nominees ahead of the Q Awards on 22 October
That's it for this week. More Hot List on Monday at noon.
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