Sad news to report, iconic drummer Scott Asheton of The Stooges passed away over the weekend. The drummer, whose brother and fellow Stooges guitarist Ron, passed away a few years ago. No report as to what caused Scott's death, but Iggy Pop broke the news and posted, "My dear friend Scott Asheton passed away last night. Scott was a great artist, I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning than Scott Asheton. He was like my brother." Our thoughts to go Scott's family, friends, and band.
Killer Mike has confirmed via Instagram that Run The Jewels, his group with El-P, have finished working on their new album, Run The Jewels II. No word as to when it will be released.
R.E.M. will be releasing their iconic MTV Unplugged performances from 1991 and 2001 as a box set on Record Store Day. The 4-LP set will feature songs from both gigs that did not make air.
Rudimental have confirmed to Australia's Triple J radio that they are working with George Clinton for their upcoming album. Band member Kesi Dryden said, "We actually did two tracks with George Clinton. We went to one of his gigs in London and we got to meet him afterwards, and we sent him a couple tracks and he was really liking it. His management got in touch with us, and he vocalled it, and sent them back. We're going to get back in the studio [soon] to finish it and it will be on album two."
The AP reports that De La Soul are working on two albums to be released this year. One record will be a traditional album and the other will be a mixtape. No word as to when they will both be released.
Just like they did with Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, The Flaming Lips are now making a covers album of The Beatles masterpiece, Sgnt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Lips are recruiting Miley Cyrus, as well as members of MGMT and Tame Impala. No release date has been given.
The Madchester scene of the late 80's and early 90's was one of music's craziest scenes ever, now, one of the key figures of that era is running for political office. Bez from Happy Mondays told The Manchester Evening News that he is going to run for PM of Salford, England. He told the paper, "I've been saying we need a revolution, and there's no good shouting about it when you're not actually doing anything. If you want to do something about things you've got to get into the corridors of power and take them on."
The Heartbreaks have unveiled the tracklisting to their forthcoming album, We May Stand A Chance, which arrives in May. Take a look:
'Paint The Town Beige'
'Hey, Hey Lover'
'Fair Stood The Wind'
'This Is Not Entertainment'