Friday, January 17, 2014

Noted: This Week's Music News

Posted By on Fri, Jan 17, 2014 at 2:06 PM

Wed feel the same way if we had an Oscar nomination.
  • Zimbio
  • We'd feel the same way if we had an Oscar nomination.

Ten music-related news items that piqued our interest this week:

1. NYC resident LeRoy McCarthy's petition to have the corner of Rivington and Ludlow streets in Manhattan named Beastie Boys Square has hit a snag. The local community board is asking McCarthy to get 500 more signatures even after he secured 75 percent approval from surrounding businesses and residential buildings. Thanks, DeBlasio. [SPIN]


2. U.K. singer-songwriter and producer James Blake, who will grace us with his presence at this year's Governor's Ball Music Festival, shares a new song, "40455," during his BBC Radio 1 takeover. [Pitchfork]


3. Speaking of Governor's Ball, the official lineup was released this week! We can look forward to performances from OutKast, Jack White, Grimes, TV On The Radio, Ratking, Chance the Rapper and much, much more. Tickets are on sale now.


4. More bad news for the (deservedly) disgraced governor of New Jersey: His idol, Bruce Springsteen, mocked him on Fallon this week. The Boss teamed up with Jimmy for a remake of "Born To Run" (in matching outfits, no less) and it's called the "Gov. Christie Traffic Jam." [SPIN]

5. Karen O, she of Yeah Yeah Yeahs fame, earns an Oscar nomination for her "Moon Song," written for Spike Jonze's Her. This is the singer's second nomination following a 2010 nod for "All Is Love" from the Where The Wild Things Are soundtrack. [Rolling Stone]

Ms. Monáe will appear on Sesame Street this fall.
  • Stereogum
  • Ms. Monáe will appear on Sesame Street this fall.

6. The Brothers Disclosure release a gravity-defying music video for "Grab Her!," the seventh single from their wildly successful debut LP, Settle. They're also playing 3 sold-out shows at Terminal 5 starting tonight. [youthx]


7. Sesame Street takes a page from Yo Gabba Gabba!'s book and invites Janelle Monáe to make an appearance on a September 2014 episode of the show. Monáe will perform a new song called "The Power of Yet" about the importance of not giving up. [Consequence of Sound]


8. Christine McVie will rejoin Fleetwood Mac after a 15-year absence. No exact date yet, but it's happening! [Pitchfork]


9. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes' Alex Ebert wins the Golden Globe for Best Original Score for his work on All Is Lost and beats out music composition's Michael Bay, Hans Zimmer. P. Diddy makes things super awkward for him. [Consequence of Sound]


10. You can't go anywhere in NYC without seeing at least one person sporting a pair of Beats by Dre headphones. Well, starting on January 21, the company will launch a music streaming service with more than 20 million songs. Access will set you back $9.99/month. A pair of headphones is not included. [Rolling Stone]

Honorable Mentions

We're getting new albums from Lykke Li, Real Estate, Sharon Van Etten, Foster The People, Twilight, OFF!, Morrissey and maybe OutKast, according to none other than Queen Latifah.

Official lineups are announced for Hangout, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Counterpoint, Big Guava, Firefly and Savannah Stopover.

Beyoncé tells it like it is.

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