Friday, October 02, 2015

Taylor Swift Inspired John Fogerty to Play Vegas

Vegas is big in the world of Advancement, and a lot of people just love it for some reason. Not me, but I guess that's just Overtness. Anyway, I still found it surprising that John Fogerty is taking his act there:
Fogerty is indeed going to Vegas, and bringing a new show with him. The 70-year-old rock icon describes Peace, Love and Creedence — set for eight performances at the Venetian Theatre, inside the Venetian Las Vegas, between Jan. 8 and Jan. 23 — as an extension of the "1969" tour he launched in 2014 to commemorate the year Creedence released the albums Bayou Country, Green River and Willy and the Poor Boys. "The production we've been doing certainly had extra elements, a lot of visual elements," says Fogerty, who plans to perform other band and solo favorites, from Have You Ever Seen the Rain? to Centerfield. "We're going to use that as a frame of reference, and see if we shake it up a little bit." Fogerty has taken daughter Kelsy "to see Taylor Swift, who I really love"
Even more surprising is how unsurprising it is that, like everyone, he loves Taylor Swift. Hates his old band, loves Taylor Swift. Really, he wasn't inspired to play Vegas because of his love for Swift, he was just commenting on all the choreography in her show and how his show would likely not live up to that, but it's still fun that he loves her.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Father John Misty Claims Lou Reed Appeared to Him in a Dream, Doubles Down on Overtness

His "statement," from Consequence of Sound:
I had a very strange dream that I abruptly woke up from around 3am early this morning. I was crab-walking around a neighborhood in New Orleans that, though it does not exist, is a recurring location in my dreams. My childhood friend Brian Kawamura was was telling me I still owed the tennis rental place $7000 when the French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan was suddenly standing over me, saying over and over, “The only thing crazier than a peasant who believes he is King, is a King who believes he is a King.” He put one of those birthday Burger King crowns on my head and out of the clouds a sort of “Switched on Bach” version of “Ode To Joy” began to play. A crowd which had formed around me began to sing along, with tears streaming down their faces. The crowd was obviously hypnotized and I assumed if I crept away discreetly no one would notice. The earth become a sort of treadmill, and though the locations (The Great Wall of China, a McDonald’s where I had my 3rd birthday, the town from Michael Haneke’s The White Ribbon, Vignola’s restaurant in Rockville, Md.), “Ode To Joy” and the crowd remained all around me.

All of a sudden it was time to soundcheck, which I was late for, and Barack Obama offered to give me a ride on Air Force One. He told me he needed urgent advice regarding some important policy decisions, and we spent the day in Hawaii playing basketball, petting his dogs, golfing and the like when I, gripped with anxiety, told him I really needed to get to soundcheck so we needed to discuss the ruling of the free world. By this time he had turned into an obscene visage of my Father and said, “I have one injunction for you, son: That you enjoy life. It is by this mandate that all is ruled. It is the true tyranny; the equalizing force that binds us all.” I jumped out of Air Force One and landed on top of this massive pink, sparkly, glowing blob that stretched for miles beyond miles, covering entire cities, and I had to keep gulping down chlorophyll because the thing was emitting insane levels of EMF’s, so my mouth and hands were stained dark green.

Down inside the blob I could see thousands of familiar faces and one of them was Lou Reed on a catwalk hand-cuffed to supermodels who had adopted babies handcuffed to them and Lou said, “Delete those tracks, don’t summon the dead, I am not your plaything. The collection of souls is an expensive pastime.” Then I woke up.”
 My statement: this is really, really Overt.

Snoop Dogg's Startup to Merge Cannabis and Pop Culture, Finally!

From The Guardian
Entertainment icon Snoop Dogg and media entrepreneur Ted Chung have launched what they say is a marijuana-based media company.

The co-founders presented Merry Jane, a “premier media platform at the intersection of cannabis and pop culture” at TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Monday.

Merry Jane plans to publish information on every facet of cannabis, including a video interview series called Deflowered that will profile innovators in the industry, cultural and lifestyle features and the latest news on cannabis policy, business and economics. Information about marijuana products and a location mapping service for dispensaries will also be made available

"After watching where the cannabis industry is headed, I wanted to create a platform that will take this movement further by creating a destination where people could find fresh content,” Snoop Dogg said. “Merry Jane is a game-changing platform for pop culture. It’s a new frontier y’all!”
Seth Rogen is also involved, but you knew that already. 

Monday, September 21, 2015

Father John Misty's Cover of Ryan Adam's Cover of Taylor Swift Is Overt

I haven't decided how to categorize Ryan Adam's cover of Taylor Swift's 1989 (I think it was just a straight-up fun thing to do), but Father John Misty's "reinterpretation of the classic Ryan Adams album 1989” is Overt. Spin gives you a listen of the song, which they say features a melody "inspired by Lou Reed’s drawling, disinterested vocal rambling circa the Velvets’ 1967 debut album." I would have rather heard the Pizza Underground's version.

Sorry, not buying it!

Friday, September 18, 2015

John Malkovich's Collaboration with Ric Ocasek: Good Old-Fashioned Weirdness

Not Advanced, necessarily, but I'm down with this:
John Malkovich: actor, director, portal vessel, sonic explorer. The performer has teamed with an eclectic group of musicians – including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, the Cars' Ric Ocasek, OMD, Young the Giant, Dweezil Zappa and the Dandy Warhols – to create Like a Puppet Show, a Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl exclusive. The album finds Malkovich reciting classical musician Eric Alexandrakis' version of Plato's Allegory of the Cave over original material composed and produced by Alexandrakis, paired with bizarre photos of Malkovich taken by Sandro.
 An eclectic group indeed! I just don't know how David Byrne wasn't involved.

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Musicians Love Professional Wrestling, Amy Winehouse Edition

There is just something about professional wrestling musicians love, including Advanced ones. Amy Winehouse never got the chance to Advance, but if she had, we might look at this clip below (source: NME) as early evidence of her ascendancy. In it she "shows off a number of different accents and expresses interest in visiting The World, a WWE themed restaurant open in Times Square between 1999-2003. Winehouse appears particularly impressed that female wrestler Chyna had dined in the restaurant as had The Rock (Dwayne Johnson)." It's sad she never got to Advance or see The Tooth Fairy.

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Metallica Making Limited Edition Beer with Budweiser

Let's let Metal Injection tell us all about it:
To commemorate their two shows in Qubec City on September 14 and September 16, where they will close out the Colisée Pepsi on the 14th and open up the new venue, Centre Vidéotron, the band will be giving out free cans of Metallica-branded Budweiser beer, brewed in Canada by Labatt. The beer will be available in cans, coming in cases of 15 and 24 with over than 91,000 black cans being printed.
At first I thought it would be better if they had chosen a better beer, but then I realized that this is the right partnership because it is the most American beer and is being brewed in Canada by Labatt and given to Canadians. Plus, you have to image that the guy in this photo would have thought it was pretty awesome to have his own brand of Budweiser.

Someday this will have my name on it!