Thursday News Threads

  • LA musician Jason Shapiro (of, among other things, Celebrity Skin) has gotten his lawyer on and sued a band he “absolutely love[s]“: The Hives. He says they stole the guitar riff for “Tick Tick Boom” (off this year’s Get Smart soundtrack) from Shaprio’s 1997 Why You? Jason’s hired Joe the Musicologist to help him litigate, but we’d prefer to rely on You the Listener. So, based on the discerning ear, who wins Shapiro v. Hives?
  • Josh Schwartz has executively produced The O.C., Chuck, and Gossip Girl -- and now he’s focused on musically oriented “websiodes” for the WB. Production on “Rockville, USA” started last Friday, with the station’s blog promising a “new exclusive series that follows a group of people around a rock club,” complete with “special performances by some of the hottest bands around.” Why, who, pray tell? Apparently, he’s got Lykke Li (fresh off her KEXP performance), Frightened Rabbit, The Kooks, Passion Pit, and Eagles of Death Metal, among others. (And, so long as we’re making snarky references about Joe, can we hope for Mr. Wurzelbacher?)

  • Speaking of the telly, NBC’s turning three-quarters of a century years old and, in commemoration, it has recruited several bands -- including B.B. King, Clint Black, and Oklahoma City’s own Sonics, strike that, The Flaming Lips -- to recreate its signature three chimes (G, E, C). Via Stereogum, please find this video of the Lips’ Wayne Coyne discussing his assignment in a characteristically (and ever so endearingly) animated manner.
  • Annnnd, to complete the corporate trifecta, the Beatles’ label Apple Corps (not to be confused with AAPL, aka Apple, Inc., at time of writing up 6 percent on the day) have decided, after years of resistance, to embrace digital distribution. The iTunes holdouts have teamed with MTV and Harmonix to create an interactive video game featuring the Beatles’ oeuvre. According to the band’s press release, “[t]he game was creatively conceived with input from Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, along with Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.” At the risk of protesting too much, the release further notes that the game “enjoys their full blessing.”
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