Rooney: Eureka


RIYL: Weezer, Butch Walker, Fountains of Wayne

It’s pretty rare these days that a band on a major label or an offshoot of a major has free reign to make the record they want. But that’s just what we have on our hands with Los Angeles-based rock band Rooney on their third album, Eureka. They wrote the material and produced it, and the result is a stunning set that is as catchy as anything out there today. The arrangements and production on Eureka are such that the melodies jump out of speakers – and while there is a distinct resemblance to Weezer, for the most part there are no formulaic songs on this album.

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You know how they used to call Budweiser a good drinking beer? Eureka is a good listening album. Seriously. And Rooney shines equally on upbeat pop numbers like “Holdin’ On” or “All or Nothing;” on funky ear candy like “I Can’t Get Enough;” or even darker, melodic, piano-driven tracks such as “Only Friend” and “Stars and Stripes.” In fact, try to find a bad track on Eureka. It makes you wonder why bands are forced to write with the Kara DioGuardis of the world or to be produced by label hires that make everything sound the same. It’s sometimes best to just let them be a band, just like Rooney. (California Dreaming/Warner Bros.)

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Slash at Betty Ford tribute


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Here’s a great photo of Slash as he performs at the sixth annual MusiCares MAP Fund benefit concert to celebrate Women In Recovery, held in honor of former first lady Betty Ford and the Betty Ford Center at Club Nokia in Los Angeles last week.

Rockers and politicians are no strangers to each other of late, with top artists like Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam, R.E.M., Will.I.Am and more campaigning during the last two presidential elections. But punk and heavy metal icons like Slash, X’s Exene Cervenka, Motorhead’s Lemmy, Kiss’ Ace Frehley, Nashville Pussy’s Corey Parks, Billy Corgan and the Runaways’ Cherie Curie appearing at a tribute to former First Lady Betty Ford is a different kind of event altogether.

The incredible lineup honored the wife of late President Gerald Ford at the Grammy Foundation’s annual MAP/MusiCares concert, held at L.A.’s Club Nokia. Even Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales, the current Chairman of the famed Betty Ford Center, a home for drug and alcohol treatment, was in disbelief. “I’m really proud of that and the fact that she is being honored by this group even though she is 92 years of age,” Ford told Spinner before the event. “It’s a real honor for her that they acknowledge her and what she’s done for women.”

  

Jack Bruce confirms Cream is over

In a recent interview, Cream bassist Jack Bruce has confirmed that the legendary supergroup will not reunite. This goes against a previous statement Bruce made in 2008 in which he expressed willingness to continue working with the band’s other two members, Eric Clapton and Ginger Baker.

From RollingStone.com:

If you missed Cream’s epic reunion shows in 2005, bassist Jack Bruce is the bearer of some bad news. “There’s a new story now — Cream is over,” Bruce told BBC 6Music, effectively crushing any hope of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame trio reuniting once again to rock “Sunshine of Your Love.” Bruce’s recent quotes to the BBC are in stark contrast to what Bruce said in October 2008: “I think there might be a chance of some more,” Bruce said then of the possibility of more Cream reunion shows. “I would like to do some more, ’cause I enjoyed it. It was very emotional. I would like another shot at it.”

While no official announcement has been made regarding the end of Cream, the members of the trio have been moving along with their own musical endeavors. Eric Clapton will tour this year with Jeff Beck and then Roger Daltrey, and Bruce also has something “very exciting” planned. “So much so I can’t even talk about it. It’s the most exciting project I’ve ever been involved in,” Bruce said.

I don’t think this comes as a surprise to anyone. While I’d consider catching them live, the main reason I’d want Cream to get back together is so they could possibly play a Super Bowl Halftime Show. Seriously, who else is left to play that thing?

  

Indie artists to record John Prine tribute

The eclectic individuals over at Consequence of Sound let us know that OhBoy Records will be releasing a John Prine tribute album on June 22. Acts on tap for Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs Of John include Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, My Morning Jacket and The Avett Brothers.

Here’s the tracklist:

01. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver – Bruised Orange (Chain Of Sorrow)
02. Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band – Wedding Day In Funeralville
03. My Morning Jacket – All The Best
04. Josh Ritter – Mexican Home
05. Lambchop – Six O’Clock News
06. Justin Townes Earle – Far From Me
07. The Avett Brothers – Spanish Pipedream
08. Old Crow Medicine Show – Angel From Montgomery
09. Sara Watkins – The Late John Garfield Blues
10. Drive-By Truckers – Daddy’s Little Pumpkin
11. Deer Tick featuring Liz Isenberg – Unwed Fathers
12. Those Darlins – Let’s Talk Dirty In Hawaiian

I guess I’m not too surprised that nobody is covering the cheesy, yet hysterical “Dear Abby.” I remember both of my parents enjoying Prine when I was growing up, and this was the only song that made an impression on me. I avoided him until I got older when I suddenly decided to spend some time with more of his songs. What can I say? “Illegal Smile,” “Sweet Revenge,” “Down By The Side Of The Road” — so many good ones.

I could care less if you buy this album, but I do think John Prine deserves more recognition from the younger generations.

  

Tired of life? Lil Wayne is here to help

Although Lil Wayne is stuck in jail on weapons charges, that isn’t keeping him from getting some work done. In a recent interview, the rapper’s ex-wife, Antonia “Toya” Johnson, says Weezy has been given the task on making sure the suicidal inmates don’t off themselves.

From RollingStone.com:

Lil Wayne makes his living as the bestselling rapper on the planet, but while serving his year-long jail sentence at New York’s Rikers Island, Weezy has entirely new job: keeping watch over suicidal inmates. Antonia “Toya” Johnson, the mother of one of Wayne’s children, tells Us Weekly, “Wayne has a job. They got him on suicide watch for other prisoners. He watches the crazy prisoners and makes sure they don’t kill themselves.” Finding himself in a 9-to-5, albeit in prison, Weezy shares a similar complaint with much of the working population. “He likes the job even though they don’t pay him much,” Toya says of the Young Money multimillionaire.

This just fits perfectly into the life of Lil Wayne.


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