R.I.P J. Geils
John Warren Geils, the man best known as the guitarist and leader of the J. Geils Band has died at the age of 71. He was found in his Grotto, Massachusetts home according to WCVB-TV Boston, but little else is known regarding the circumstances.
The group were best known for their incredibly catchy single ‘Centerfold’, but were by no means a one-hit wonder. Other singles like ‘Love Stinks’, ‘Freeze Frame’, and ‘Must of Got Lost’, among many others made the band a mainstay in the pop music world during their 18 years of existence until they broke up in 1985. The group released 11 albums over that span.
Lana Del Rey Shares Cover Art for Upcoming Album Lust For Life
Singer Lana Del Rey has posted a photo to twitter displaying the cover art for Lust For Life, her follow-up album to 2015’s Honeymoon. So far, there is no set date for the album’s release, but a recent witch-themed trailer released by the singer promised that it is “coming soon”.
Del Rey has already released a single off the new record titled ‘Love’. She was recently featured in a rare public interview with BBC 2 in which she discusses the single as well as her influences for the upcoming album.
The Dead Weather Announce New Live Album Alongside Concert Film
The Dead Weather – one of Jack White’s projects with The Kills’ Allison Mosshart, and Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age – have announced that a concert filmed in 2009 at the Los Angeles Mayan Theater will be turned into a concert film and live album. Vern Moen will direct the film. The Dead Weather: Live at the Mayan can be purchased as a 180-gram LP/DVD set, and can be purchased at Third Man Records as part of the Vault Package. In addition, the package also includes a new 7” and previous singles from the band’s 2015 album Dodge and Burn subscription series.
Mac DeMarco Shares New Track ‘On the Level’
Mac DeMarco has released a third single off his upcoming album This Old Dog, which is due out May 5th. The single, titled ‘On the Level’, has been described in a press release as being “another contemplative number giving a further glimpse into his relationships with his kin”.
The single follows previously released tracks ‘My Old Man’, and ‘This Old Dog’, but be sure not to put too much stock into the songs individually. As quoted in a recent interview with NME, DeMarco explains what to expect from his upcoming album: “It’s definitely one of those things where the album makes more sense as a whole, a full thing rather than single, single, single”.
Hopsin Dropped from Canadian Music Week Because of “Violently Sexist” Lyrics
Los Angeles rapper/producer has been removed from Canadian Music Week due to lyrics from his song ‘All Your Fault’. The artist was added to the lineup in February but was later pulled because of a petition started by community activist Erica Shriner, over the “violently sexist” lyrics. The petition specifically points to the lyrics from Hopsin’s recent single ‘All Your Fault’, in which he raps, “I fucking hate this bitch, her name could sit on a grave / Only reason she ain’t dead is cause my kid on the way.”
The show was pulled from CMW after the petition appeared on Facebook, although it is still set to go on at the Phoenix on April 23rd, but without the affiliation of Canadian Music Week.