The Dish - 09/06/13
9/6/2013 8:10:00 AM
--Imagine Dragons, Daft Punk Among "Billboard's" Songs Of The Summer
Imagine Dragons weren't able to best Robin Thicke, but their hit "Radioactive" still burned strong this summer. The Las Vegas rockers' single finishes at number two on "Billboard's" Songs of the Summer chart behind Thicke's ubiquitous smash "Blurred Lines." "Radioactive" earned the runner-up title by staying in the Billboard Hot 100 top ten all summer long and holding on to the top spot on the Hot Rock Songs chart for a record 23 weeks. It's now the highest-placing rock song on the summer chart since Matchbox Twenty claimed the number one slot with "Bent" in 2000.
Meanwhile, Daft Punk's comeback hit "Get Lucky" comes in at number three on the Songs of the Summer tally. The song spent five weeks at number two, but never managed to get past "Blurred Lines" to give the French DJ duo the first chart-topping single of their career.
--International Cassette Store Day Taking Place This Weekend
Music fans around the world will be celebrating the cassette this weekend. Saturday marks the inaugural International Cassette Store Day, which organizers are calling a "celebration of a physical product that is accessible, fun, cheap, and still going strong." And while CDs and various digital formats are the most common ways to listen to music these days, the BBC recently reported that two-million cassettes were sold around the world last year. The Cassette Store Day team hopes to boost that number this year with exclusive original cassettes from Los Campesinos! and others, as well as reissued tapes from the Flaming Lips, At the Drive-In, Deerhunter, and more.
Cassette-lovers will also get to enjoy live performances and DJ sets at record stores in Los Angeles, New York, London, Tokyo, and elsewhere. More information is available at CassetteStoreDay.com.
--Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon To Appear On "Girls"
Former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon will be popping up on the small screen next year. The rocker recently told "Slate" that she's set to make a guest appearance on an upcoming episode of Lena Dunham's Emmy-nominated HBO series "Girls." But Gordon isn't sharing any details about her role or when it might air once "Girls" kicks off its third season in 2014. Gordon joked that her latest acting gig continues a tradition of girl-related TV shows. She previously played a street troubadour on "Gilmore Girls" along with her then-husband Thurston Moore, and also performed with her Sonic Youth bandmates on an episode of "Gossip Girl."
Meanwhile, Gordon is gearing up for her latest music project, the debut album from her Body/Head collaboration with Bill Nace. The record, titled "Coming Apart," is due out September 10th.
--Rolling Stones The Next Rock Hall Music Masters Honoree
The Rolling Stones will be the subject of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's next Music Masters series. The event, which was previously known as the American Music Masters series, will explore the influence American artists had on the British band, and the impact the group had in the evolution of popular music. The week-long session will include panel discussions, interviews, films, and educational programs, and come to a close with a Stones tribute concert. Confirmed performers -- who have all worked with the Stones -- include The Faces' Ian McLagan, keyboardist Ivan Neville, guitarist Waddy Wachtel, bassist Willie Weeks, sax players Bobby Keys and Trevor Lawrence, drummer Steve Jordan, and others.
Additional performers as well as a full schedule of events will be announced in the coming weeks. The 18th annual Music Masters series "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It): The Music of The Rolling Stones" will take place in Cleveland from October 21st through the 26th.
--Hendrix Biopic Debuting In Toronto; Documentary, CD Arriving In November
The new Jimi Hendrix biopic will have its premiere this weekend, while a new Hendrix documentary and concert album are headed to stores this fall. OutKast's André Benjamin stars as the rock legend in "All Is By My Side," which will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday. The film was shot last summer in Dublin, Ireland, and focuses on Hendrix's days in London in the mid-1960s, as he formed the Jimi Hendrix Experience and launched his career.
Meanwhile, "The New York Times" says the documentary "Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A Comin'" will be arriving on DVD. Bob Smeaton, who's been at the helm for several Hendrix films including last year's "Hendrix 70: Live at Woodstock," is behind the upcoming release. In addition, Hendrix's performance at the 1968 Miami Pop Festival is coming out on CD. The live album and documentary DVD will both hit stores on November 5th. The documentary will also air on PBS on release day as an episode of the "American Masters" series.
--Justin Vernon Says Volcano Choir Isn't A Side Project
Justin Vernon says Volcano Choir is no side project. The singer-songwriter, who also fronts Bon Iver, explained during a Reddit Ask Me Anything session that he doesn't like using the word "side" when it comes to the band he formed with members of the Wisconsin post-rock outfit Collections of Colonies of Bees. Vernon says "side project" implies that there is another project he cares about more, but he insists that Volcano Choir is where his "heart is at these days." The band is set to kick off a small North American tour tonight in Chicago behind their sophomore album "Repave," which just hit stores on Tuesday.
--"Expanded" Reissue Of Eric Clapton's "Unplugged" On The Way
Eric Clapton's Grammy-winning 1992 live album "Unplugged" is getting a makeover. "Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered" will include remastered versions of the original album's 14 tracks, while a second disc will feature six never-before released outtakes from the show. The new material includes two versions of "My Father's Eyes" as well as a rendition of "Circus" -- songs Clapton released six years later on his 1998 album "Pilgrim." The set will also be available as a CD/DVD set, featuring a restored version of the televised concert along with over an hour of previously unreleased rehearsal footage. Both the two-CD and the double CD/DVD sets of "Unplugged: Expanded and Remastered" will hit stores on October 15th.
Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters is 70.
Former Cure keyboardist-guitarist Perry Bamonte is 53.
Judas Priest drummer Scott Travis is 52.
Former A-Ha guitarist Paul Waaktaar-Savoy is 52.
The Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan is 42.
The Cardigans' singer Nina Persson is 39.
--Today in Rock History
Jimi Hendrix released the album "Electric Ladyland."
Joe Strummer's pre-Clash band, the 101ers, made their concert debut at The Telegraph in Brixton Hill, London.
The Rolling Stones bumped the Pittsburgh Steelers from practicing in the team's stadium because the group was rehearsing for an upcoming concert there.
New album releases included AC/DC's "The Razor's Edge."
Keyboardist Nicky Hopkins died. He had worked with numerous stars of the '60s and '70s, including the Rolling Stones, The Who, Jeff Beck, and the Kinks.
The syndicated show "The Guitar Show with Kevin Bacon" debuted. Guitarists Eddie Van Halen and Joe Perry were Bacon's guests.
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland was sentenced to a year in jail for a probation violation.
The Gospel Music Association announced plans to induct Elvis Presley into its Hall of Fame on November 27th during ceremonies at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. With the honor, Elvis became the first Hall of Famer in three genres -- country, rock, and gospel.
Velvet Revolver turned the band's performance at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida in to a Hurricane Katrina benefit concert, with the money raised through ticket sales and bar tabs going to the American Red Cross.
Kiss' Paul Stanley and his wife, Erin, celebrated the birth of their son, Colin Michael Stanley.
Jane's Addiction announced that bassist Duff McKagan was no longer in the group.
PJ Harvey's "Let England Shake" won the U.K.'s Mercury Prize, making her the only artist to take home the honor twice. She also won in 2001 for "Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea."