MORRISSEY COMPILES NEW RAMONES RECORD

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If reports are to be believed from the website which serves as Moz’s mouthpiece, True To You, then  Morrissey has been asked by the Ramones' management to compile a new 'Best Of…' for the band.  He was also given free reign to design the artwork which apparently he just trawled through some old Smiths archives for a nice pictures of some James Dean wannabes. Is this how the Ramones are really seen? Hmmm, Pinhead anyone?

One can only hope that Moz does a better job compiling a selection of tunes, as his artwork is less than enticing (and quite misleading). There have been tracklistings or street dates released but this is set to be the first Ramones release since the death of the last original Ramone, Tommy, back in July.  

TODD TERJE & BRYAN FERRY “JOHNNY & MARY”

This is a live version of the fantastic cover that Todd and Bryan did on Terje’s recent debut.  Originally by Robert Palmer, this is a truly enjoyable (if not slowed down) updated version.

This was actually the first time both had done this song live, performed earlier this month.

ROBIN ZANDER
Let’s take a minute to think about Robin Zander.  He is definitely one of the all time greats and for sure, part of one of America’s greatest rock and roll bands, Cheap Trick.
It is hard to think of a rock band bigger than these guys in the 70s, and even harder to think of such a great vocalist who still sounds as good as he did way back when.  Thank goodness the band are still out and about, bringing their high-octane show to everywhere they visit.  
The ‘Snobs just want to remind everyone what a great singer Robin is and also how great Cheap Trick are.  If you have never ever seen the band, you don’t know what you are missing.
Robin Zander-a real rock and roll hero!

ROBIN ZANDER

Let’s take a minute to think about Robin Zander.  He is definitely one of the all time greats and for sure, part of one of America’s greatest rock and roll bands, Cheap Trick.

It is hard to think of a rock band bigger than these guys in the 70s, and even harder to think of such a great vocalist who still sounds as good as he did way back when.  Thank goodness the band are still out and about, bringing their high-octane show to everywhere they visit.  

The ‘Snobs just want to remind everyone what a great singer Robin is and also how great Cheap Trick are.  If you have never ever seen the band, you don’t know what you are missing.

Robin Zander-a real rock and roll hero!

APHEX TWIN’S NEW ALBUM MIRACLE

Forget the hype about Aphex Twin floating blimps over London or the logo graffiti outside of Radio City in NYC.  We like this bit of hype which no one is really mentioning…the Aphex Twin jerk chicken miracle.

Perhaps this is the true sign that there will be a new album released this year, the first Richard has done since 2001.  In the recesses of Ebay, someone is selling off their ‘miracle’ Aphex Twin plate.  According to information posted by the seller, some jerk chicken was bought in Clapton, north east London, from Yum Yum.  After eating his meal, said seller noticed a miracle…an Aphex Twin logo mysteriously appeared on his plate in the jerk sauce.

At the time of writing, there have been 24 bids and the price is at $103!  Interested parties still have 3 days left to bid.  You too, can have your own piece of an Aphex Twin miracle.  Bid here.

NFL ASKS STARS TO CONTRIBUTE TOUR EARNINGS TO LEAGUE

Us ‘Snobs are very much against the over-hyped, Vegas style half-time shows of the Superbowl.  There is really no place for these rock and pop stars to be playing on a field during a break between a bunch of meat-headed jocks.  Add to that, they have less than 15 minutes stage time. This means one song, maybe two and a mish-mash of medlies to fill the time.  Is it worth it?

The NFL thinks so.  They are bigger than ever and are constantly looking for ways to fill their wallets through advertising, licensing and whatever else they can hock.  Now the NFL has turned to asking their half-time show performers to pay for playing the gig.  Until now, the slot has been a noon-paying gig, but gave performers a big 15 minutes of fame, or popularity at least until Monday morning comes.  They are basing a lot sales pitch on last year’s show.  Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers  were on stage  (Peppers miming) for about 12 minutes.  According to the NFL, the prime time is worth $4 million for a 30 second commercial, and added up for the performance time, that is roughly $100 million free advertising that these artists get for their time. Their real argument is that they could have pocketed $100 million while whatever band performed, in a sense, they are using this ploy to browbeat the next sucker into paying to be on their football game.

This year the NFL was excited to announce they had the big three hopefuls for the Superbowl.  Coldplay, Rihanna or Katy Perry.  They asked each performer to play-but, in doing so they asked that whoever does to contribute to the NFL or donate part of their tour earnings to the league.

INSANE!  Who will be the first idiot to do so?   Is it really worth it to whatever pop star decides to do it?  They get 15 minutes of half-time glory, but after the game when their next album is out or their tour rolls through town, what beer swilling football freak is going to remember or even care about supporting that artist?  It would be interesting to see how many football fans who watched last years game actually bought Bruno’s latest CD.  Fewer still would have bought anything by the Chili Peppers.  It is great during the fever pitched 15 minutes, or at least until the end of the game-then its business as usual.

It is a ballsy move by the NFL and clever to put these stars in the spotlight to see who will make the move.  It is a great money making move for sports but another dreadful move for the dignity of music.

WORLD’S TOP PAID DJS

It turns out it pays (and big) to stand behind a computer and raise your hands.  talent can come in other ways rather than playing and writing music, you have to have the right touch to tap a button at just the right time.  

Forbes recently published their list of of the top earning button pushers, and it is quite shocking.  Of course, for many of these the us ‘Snobs uttered a resounding, "Who?!" or, especially in the case of Steve Aoki-"WHAT!?"  Forbes kept track of earning during their set calendar period and this is where the money went…and to whom.  

Calvin Harris is in pole position.  He played 125 gigs and took home $66 million.  Of course, his writing for Rihanna helps a bit too, as does his residency in the Vegas humongo-club, Hakkasan.

David Guetta gets writing credits for Britney Spears and Lady Gaga, does a residency in Ibiza and takes home a measely $30 million.  Keep your eyes and ears open for his upcoming album recorded with ZZ Top!

Aviici and Tiesto both tied for #3.  they both bagged $28 million.

Shocking-but Steve Aoki gets $23 million…for what exactly?  

Afrojack comes in at #5 with $22 million.  he has a residency at the same Vegas club as Harris and Tiesto.

#6 goes to Zedd ($21 million). Exactly…we had never heard of this guy either.  next up is Kaskade ($17 million).  Surprisingly, Skrillex placed at only eighth on the list with a paltry $16.5million.  he may have a good name to drop, but it doesn’t pull in the bucks like others.

Deadmaus placed ninth.  Interestingly though, he played 1/10 the amount of gigs as the top earners (roughly 10-12) but pulled in a very easy $16 million.  No doubt, the Madonna of EDM because he sure knows how to market himself.

Hardwell brings up the rear, with $13 million.

INXS: THE WORLD IS THEIRS

INXS were a great live act.  For those who were fortunate enough to see them live with their original line up, you know how entertaining the shows were.  All in all the band has played to over 30 million people via 2,145 gigs across 49 countries.  Now add map designer Damian Saunder to the equation and something fantastic happens.

Damian has done something very interesting.  He has made a world map that documents every single gig INXS have played over their entire career. It is truly intriguing to look at.

Damian animated a world map (yes, it is zoomable if you want to get really detailed) and basically animated a timeline over it.  As the years peel by, cities and countries light up as INXS head eastward off of their native Australia, then suddenly around 1983 the US lights up, followed by Europe in ‘84.  This thing is strangely addictive to watch.

Check out the animated map here.

RICHARD FEARLESS “GAMMA RAY”

Mr. Fearless has been left to his own devices, and goodness knows what kind of stuff he is getting in to…obviously spacey and droney (amongst other things).  ”Gamma Ray" is his second solo single and pretty good stuff.  A quick listen reminds us of Petar Dundov, but always nice to hear Fearless making interesting music.  

ROCK STAR BUTTS
Ever wonder what is left of Joe Strummer’s spilff?  Ever wonder what Bananarama did with their smokes?  What about Ian Brown and his drag of choice?  Well, photographer Derek Ridgers has the answers to these and many more questions about what your fave star smokes and how.
Derek has somehow managed to pick up the butts (fag ends) of smokes from different stars he has shot over the years.  How did he do it?  Only he can answer that, but he has held on to these odd souvenirs and it proves sort of interesting to see how these folks smoke.  Look, Ronnie Wood wastes nothing…Ian Astbury does it clean while Johnny Depp does it messy.
Strange fascination indeed-but interesting none the less.  Cheers to Derek for sharing a bit of his odd collection.  If you think these are good, try looking up some of his work-we are sure you will recognize some of the iconic images of the 80s and 90s for sure.

ROCK STAR BUTTS

Ever wonder what is left of Joe Strummer’s spilff?  Ever wonder what Bananarama did with their smokes?  What about Ian Brown and his drag of choice?  Well, photographer Derek Ridgers has the answers to these and many more questions about what your fave star smokes and how.

Derek has somehow managed to pick up the butts (fag ends) of smokes from different stars he has shot over the years.  How did he do it?  Only he can answer that, but he has held on to these odd souvenirs and it proves sort of interesting to see how these folks smoke.  Look, Ronnie Wood wastes nothing…Ian Astbury does it clean while Johnny Depp does it messy.

Strange fascination indeed-but interesting none the less.  Cheers to Derek for sharing a bit of his odd collection.  If you think these are good, try looking up some of his work-we are sure you will recognize some of the iconic images of the 80s and 90s for sure.

BO DIDDLEY 1958
This is a real gem, must have been a true keepsake to the original owner.  Definitely a big night in Shreveport, Louisiana on this night. Great shot from an long lost era.

BO DIDDLEY 1958

This is a real gem, must have been a true keepsake to the original owner.  Definitely a big night in Shreveport, Louisiana on this night. Great shot from an long lost era.

JESSIE WARE “SAY YOU LOVE ME”

Seriously, Jessie Ware’s upcoming album may be absolutely stellar.  ”Say You Love Me" is the third tracks she has previewed from the new album and each track has been great. 

Expect the ‘Snobs to rant and rave about this record when it is finally released.  As of yet, we feel Jessie can do no wrong.

if you enjoyed her last LP, you will undoubtedly love this.

MANIC STREET PREACHERS “FUTUROLOGY”

The Manics release a single for the title track of their latest album, which the band have said is actually a “statement of existential socialism” …whatever that means.

The video starts off with a woman who looks like the cover of Suede’s ‘The Drowners” come to life spouting some German and then a series of flashing images and random lyrics. Nothing groundbreaking-but the song songs good anyway.