Sadly, Italian virtuoso Luciano Pavarotti was laid to rest on Saturday. According to the AP, the memorial guests, numbering 700, included U2’s Bono and The Edge, movie director Franco Zeffirelli, and former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. (link here)
According to NME, Pavarotti’s most famous song, “Nessun Dorma,” has ascended the U.K. singles chart. Here he is performing it at the Torino Winter Olympics last year:
Who needs High School Musicals when you have the VMAs? Last night at the MTV Video Music Awards, Tommy Lee and Kid Rock got into a fist-fight (Kid started it!), 50 Cent walked off stage during his performance when fans got a little too rowdy, Kanye West threw a tantrum in front of the press for not winning (again), and Britney Spears failed to meet already low expectations with her sluggish performance of her new singe “Gimme More” (nobody cares if you lipsync as long as you make an effort to dance!). Check out The Modern Age for the video. There was as much strife as a season of My So Called Life.
Radiohead has confirmed to Paste Magazine that they’ve finished recording the new album. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood told Paste on Friday, â€œWe just had a meeting about that today. Weâ€™re very relieved to have finished recording, now we have to decide what we should do with it.â€ But fans shouldn’t hold their breath just yet — the band has yet to decide on a new label since their deal with Warner Bros came to an end. In the meantime, you’ll be able to listen to Jonny Greenwood’s soundtrack to the Paul Thomas Anderson flick There Will Be Blood, due on December 26. Check out Ateaseweb for more info, and check out the trailer for the Magnolia director’s new film here.
Devendra Banhart trying on hats at Bumbershoot 2007
photo by Jim Beckmann
Devendra Banhart awoke to a bit of a surprise recently when a female fan climbed through his bedroom window. He tells the Los Angeles Times, “It was harmless, but it was weird. It’s not like I sleep with a knife by my side. It was a cute hippie chick, to tell you the truth. I guess there’s worse things than that. . . . It’s still a little unnerving.” The Topanga Canyon house, located in an area populated previously by musicians like Neil Young, The Doors, and Woody Guthrie, and where much of Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon was recorded, is a nexus of activity itself. Says Banhart, “At one point we’ve had 12 people living here at once.” Read more of the article here.
While he was in Seattle recently, John Vanderslice performed a pair of songs for the impromptu session series for La Blogotheque. Here he is performing “The Parade” in a location most Seattleites will recognize: