Music news for the week…
– It appears that Radiohead’s managers advised the band to end their career after their contract with Capitol Records expired. I mean, wow. I imagine the conversation went something like this: “Hey guys, you’re producing incredibly creative and groundbreaking music time and time again… but now that you aren’t owned by a huge corporation anymore… well, I don’t know what to do… I guess you should just call it quits.” Unbelievable. Pitchfork.com
– Believe it or not, the US Department of Homeland Security produced a handful of pop records in Spanish and recently distributed them to Central American radio stations. The albums contain songs that “warn of the danger of illegally crossing the US/Mexican border.” Although the musicians on the project have remained anonymous, I think we all know that Toby Keith had at least something to do with it. guardian.co.uk
– In other US Government music news, the State Department has unveiled a new program called Musical Overtures, which sends musicians into the war zones of Iraq and Afghanistan. The initiative intends to utilize the “universal” elements of music in an attempt to bridge cultures and improve relations. allaboutjazz.com
– It’s only been two weeks since Joe Striani filed a suit against Coldplay for musical plagiarism against him in their song “Viva La Vida.” Now, all of a sudden, Cat Stevens is doing the same thing. Meanwhile, Coldplay has announced a free live album, released digitally on the band’s website on May 15. nme.com and Pitchfork.com
– The median age for viewers of this season’s American Idol episodes is 43, a solid ten years higher than the shows previous seasons. Go figure. MTV.com
– Editorial item: We’re doing a cover of Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” at the Jesse Langseth gig next week. We found the version on a cool Ike and Tina Turner album called Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter. Aside from being the best album title ever, Ike and Tina’s version of the song is arguably superior to Zep’s (gasp).