With the news of Prince’s passing yesterday there’s been an outpouring of sadness and love. From tributes to live performances to the sharing of favorite songs, late night appearances, live videos, and memories — it’s been a purple drenched world. My first exposure to Prince came when I saw the Batman logo on a cassette tape at the local store, and needed it, badly. I was six or seven and obsessed with everything Batman. My parents told me I had to wait until the movie came out on video because they wanted to talk to me about some of the themes and violence depicted in the film (and pause it if I got too scared). But that didn’t stop me from asking for anything, and everything, that had the Batman emblem on it. From cereal to toys to t-shirts: I wanted it all. I still remember seeing the tape and begging for it. I was a child, I don’t think I had any clue what a soundtrack even was. I just wanted this little plastic box because Batman. My mom bought it and told me she had to listen to it first, I remember her explaining to me that this artist sometimes sang about “grown up things” and she wasn’t sure if it was going to be appropriate for me. It was one of the first conversations I ever remember having with my parents about these “grown up things.” I ended up getting to listen to the album if I promised I wouldn’t repeat certain words. Of course, I loved it. It was different, fun, funky, and I could dance to it. Over the next two decades I discovered the rest of Prince’s discography. I loved the uniqueness and I loved Prince’s dedication to his vision. It’s now, in retrospect, that I see the phenomenal songwriter, the virtuoso guitar player, and the show stopping performer. Here’s to you Prince, thank you for everything you did for music.
I’ve compiled my favorite tributes, videos, and links below.
Say Anything and mewithoutYou are releasing a limited 7″ while on tour together. Say Anything covered mewithoutYou’s “Torches Together,” but retitled it “Torches Apart.” And mewithoutYou covered Say Anything’s “Cemetery,” added in a little “Baby Girl, I’m A Blur,” and called it “Cleo’s Ferry Cemetery.” You can stream the 7″ below.
M83 performed on Kimmel last night in full Teen Wolf garb. The videos for “Do It, Try It” and “Go” are now up.
Beartooth have released the new video for their single “Aggressive.”
Real Friends have released their new song “Scared to Be Alone” on Spotify and Apple Music.
This week’s episode of Encore tackles a bunch of listener questions, things like: why would anyone defend The Story So Far kicking a fan? What were our favorite bands growing up and do we still listen to them? What services we use to discover new music? And why do I post about mainstream music these days? We also talk about Taylor Swift and Jimmy Eat World, Moose Blood signing with Hopeless Records, and Green Day, Blink-182, and Brand New.
MTV has been doing some re-tooling. The latest announcements are that they’ll be bringing back “MTV Cribs” … on Snapchat … and that they have joined the podcasting game in a big way:
The podcasts will record in both New York and Los Angeles, and will be available via iTunes, Spotify and SoundCloud. More podcasts will be announced at a later date. They include: “Skillset with Amy Nicholson.” a film podcast featuring the critic in the title; “No Requests Live,” a weekly music and pop culture roundtable; “The Stakes,” a weekly political magazine; “North Mollywood,” featuring Molly Lambert and Alex Pappademas offering the California view of pop culture; and “Speed Dial with Ira & Doreen,” in which Ira Madison III and Doreen St. Felix host a bi-coastal program that tackles music, pop culture, sex and race.
So far, I’ve gotta say I’ve been really impressed with what they’ve put together. I still find their website to be an abomination, but the content and writing has been top notch.
NOFX debuted their new song “Oxy Moronic” live in Los Angeles.
It would seem at first glance that the big releases today are Sorority Noise’s new EP, which Becky really liked, that new We Are Scientists release, and maybe that Grey album or the fact that The Fall of Troy released an album earlier this week? I’m not sure what I’m going to check out first. If you hit read more you can see all the releases we have in our calendar for the week. Hit the quote bubble to access our forums and talk about what came out today, what albums you picked up, and to make mention of anything we may have missed.
If These Trees Could Talk have released the new single, “Solstice,” off their upcoming album, The Bones of a Dying World. The album is set for a June 3rd release via Metal Blade Records.
State Line Syndicate’s new video for “Borrowed Time” can be found on YouTube or by hitting read more.
Dr. Drew has announced he’s resigning from Loveline and ending the show.
On Thursday, April 28th, Loveline will air its final broadcast with special co-host Adam Carolla. The two will continue on together with the Adam and Dr. Drew Podcast, with more details to be announced.
The deluxe edition of PVRIS’s White Noise, featuring the two new songs “You and I” and “Empty,” is now up on Apple Music and Spotify.
The Maine want you to tweet some bullshit to unlock their cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” — I can’t believe bands still ask their fans to do this. Especially when it’s so easy to just search YouTube for it.
Aaron West and the Roaring Twenties have released their new song “Green Like The G Train, Green Like Sea Foam,” from the upcoming Bittersweet EP.
Brian Fallon performed “A Wonderful Life,” “Steve McQueen,” and “Rosemary” for Paste Magazine’s studio sessions.
The 1975’s new video for “A Change of Heart” has been released.
The new trailer for Jason Bourne has been released.
Of Mice & Men have released the video for “The Depths (Live At Brixton).” The track comes from the band’s upcoming live album due out May 27th on Rise Records.