Monday, May 14, 2012

Quick News

Fitz and the Tantrums are working on their sophomore record in Los Angeles with producer Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode, Phoenix). No word as to when the record will be ready.

Coachella announced on Monday that next years festival will be two weekends again, like this years. The weekends are April 19-21 and April 26-28.

Speaking of festivals, Jay-Z will curate and headline the inaugural Made In America festival in Philadelphia, PA on September 1 & 2. No word on who else is playing the festival.

AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has told Classic Rock Magazine that the Australian metal band's new album is "a year or two away." The band are taking their time recording the follow-up to 2008's Black Ice.

Mark Ronson has come out to explain why he stopped producing The Gossip's new album, A Joyful Noise. Ronson told MTV Hive, "It was really strange. It was almost like a turning point. When I found out that Amy passed I was in disbelief. I walked out of the session and I never fully came back. I think the main thing, the chemistry of what we had going on with the Gossip album wasn't really amazing and being reminded about how good it is when it's good, maybe I thought I was forcing something."

The late J Dilla's mother, Maureen "Ma Dukes"Yancey, has founded Ruff Draft Records, named after Dilla's 2003 EP. The label will put out unreleased Dilla material, as well as The Rebirth of Detroit, which features artist's rapping over unreleased Dilla beats.

The Black Keys will be the subject of their first documentary. Filmmaker Noah Abrams told Spin, "A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people cool. I'm fortunate enough to know these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny." The doc will chronicle the band from the release of El Camino through this summer's tour and festival appearances.