Guided By Voices have broken up…again. The first breakup came in 2004, then the band reunited in 2010 for a flurry of activity that included several releases and extensive touring that included (to the crowd’s delight) a stop at this summer’s Rock the Garden. The band—which canceled all fall tour dates in the wake of the breakup—didn’t give a reason for the split, but said “it was a hell of a comeback run.” (Rolling Stone)
Rolling Stone reports that the much-anticipated Freddie Mercury and Michael Jackson duet treatment of “There Must Be More to Life Than This” will appear on the upcoming compilation Queen Forever, out November 10th. There is a leaked version of the song on YouTube, mixed by The William Orbit, who said, “Hearing Michael Jackson’s vocals was stirring. So vivid, so cool, and poignant, it was like he was in the studio singing live. With Freddie’s vocal solo on the mixing desk, my appreciation for his gift was taken to an even higher level.”
In what he himself called a “Kanye-esque rant,” Jack White stopped his Wednesday night concert at Fenway Park in Boston to verbally assail Rolling Stone and the Foo Fighters. He suggested that the Foo Fighters have “a second guitar player play the same guitar parts in case [they] make a mistake” and criticized what he sees as superficial, gossipy news coverage by Rolling Stone—specifically its website, which has been praised for successfully reinvigorating itself in recent years as the venerable publication’s digital arm. With a tweet, the Foo Fighters seemed to implicitly respond to White. Later, White’s representatives issued a statement clarifying that the Foo Fighters comment was intended as a self-deprecating joke in the wake of an equipment malfunction, and that White and Dave Grohl have “communicated” about the comment. (NME)
Aretha Franklin will release her new album on Sept. 30—and the day before, she’ll appear on David Letterman’s show to announce the album and perform the album’s lead single, a cover of Adele‘s “Rolling in the Deep.” (Billboard)
BuzzFeed has numbers and an infographic to illustrate what you probably guessed: as music purchasing is gradually replaced by streaming, purchasers of music on CD and online are skewing older. A third of CD buyers—and almost a fifth of download buyers—are over 50. Veteran artists have been soaring up the album charts recently, and this is a big reason why.
What’s to be done? Well, in case the digital services already launched or being launched by Dr. Dre, Neil Young, and Garth Brooks fail to save the music industry, never fear: U2 and Apple are reportedly planning to debut a new music file format that will “prove so irresistibly exciting to music fans that it will tempt them again into buying music,” says the writer of a forthcoming Time cover story about the band.
Meanwhile, Katy Perry promises that the new iPhone 6 will come pre-loaded with a Katy Perry selfie. It’s probably a joke, but an eerily plausible one.
Wolf in White Van, a novel by the Mountain Goats‘ John Darnielle, has been nominated for the National Book Award. (Pitchfork)
If some of the less flattering scenes in the new James Brown biopic were hard for you to watch, get ready: his daughter Yamma Brown has a new memoir coming out, and it will include frank accounts of the domestic abuse her mother (Brown’s second wife) suffered at the hands of her father. Meanwhile James Brown’s son Daryl Brown has recently published a book suggesting his father was murdered, as were, Daryl alleges, other family members. (Billboard)
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist are touring the country with a stack of records from Afrika Bambaataa‘s historic vinyl collection, now housed in a permanent archive at Cornell University. The “Renegades of Rhythm” tour will stop at the Skyway Theatre next Wednesday. (Pitchfork)
Marianne Faithfull is celebrating 50 years in the music business with a new album—Give My Love to London, being released on Oct. 7—and a tour that will begin in Europe this fall and move to the U.S. in the spring.
Grand Ole Opry star George Hamilton IV, has died at the age of 77. Hamilton was known for bridging country and folk, covering songs by the likes of Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot. (Billboard)
It was controversial enough when Bruce Springsteen put his butt in front of the American flag, but it’s even worse if you put your butt on a flag. That’s what Miley Cyrus discovered when Mexican authorities saw footage of her giant prosthetic posterior repeatedly coming into contact with a Mexican flag. If apprehended and successfully prosecuted in Mexico, Cyrus could face a $1,200 fine and 36 hours in jail for disrespecting the country’s flag. (Billboard)