What's new in the music world this week?
The coronavirus seems to be affecting every area of our lives including music at the moment, so we've decided to give it its own section in our Weekly Music Highlights. Along with the Nashville tornado disaster and Riz Ahmed's Brexit truths, we hope music will be a way to bring us together in these tough times.
The home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee, was struck by four tornadoes on Tuesday (March 3rd) killing 25 people and destroying numerous buildings and homes. Today a benefit gig under the name 'To Nashville, With Love' will take place at the Marathon Music Works, with acts such as Soccer Mommy, Sheryl Crow, Brandi Carlile, Dan Auerbach and more set to perform. Meanwhile, Taylor Swift has donated $1million to a relief fund and expressed her own devastation over the damage of the city she calls home, and a number of guitar companies such as Gibson, Heritage and Harmony are also offering their support to any musicians who may have lost equipment in the disaster with new replacement schemes.
You don't need cliches to be romantic.
As it's almost Valentine's Day, you'll be looking for that perfect romantic playlist to set a dinner date to, right? Well, instead of all the corny classics, why not opt for some of the most lyrically confusing yet beautiful love songs ever written? We've got you covered....
Supernova - Liz Phair
Weirdest lyric: "Your eyelashes sparkle like gilded grass / And your lips are sweet and slippery like a cherub's bare wet ass"
Continue reading: 10 Weirdly Romantic Songs For Valentine's Day [Playlist]
All the latest music news rounded up.
Tenacious D ANNOUNCE NEW ALBUM + ANIMATED SERIES
Comedy music duo Tenacious D have announced their grand return to music after six years away. Comprising comedian Jack Black and bandmate Kyle Gass, Tenacious D’s new album will be titled Post-Apocalypto.
Produced by John Spiker, the record will also feature Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl on drums. It’s available on November 2nd via streaming, CD and translucent green vinyl.
The Tenacious D singer is alive and well after false reports of his death appeared on Twitter.
Actor and musician Jack Black has become the latest victim of a celebrity death hoax after a poor-taste Twitter prank. The Twitter account of Black’s band Tenacious D was hacked early on Sunday morning and announced that he had passed away at the age of 46.
Jack Black is alive and well.
The hacker first tweeted: ‘I'm sad to officially announce the death of Jack Black at the age of 46, rest in peace brother.’ They then followed with: ‘It is with a heavy heart I am to announce that Jack Black passed away last night at 3:37am. The cause of death is yet unknown.’
Continue reading: Jack Black Is Not Dead! Actor Victim Of Death Hoax After Twitter Hack
About to round off a run of UK shows, Jack Black and Kyle Gass aka Tenacious D must wonder how to recapture the mojo that brought acclaim to their self-titled debut. Black's Hollywood career remains buoyant, so exposure is no problem, yet 2006's 'Pick Of Destiny' was off the mark - a typical 'difficult second album'.
The above point is immediately addressed by the opening title track, an attempted slow-burner that proves as rousing as a bleak winter's morning. Black's ever-theatrical vocals fail to enthuse and when the matter is addressed on 'Classical Teacher' the result is even worse. A spoken word sketch, somebody needs to let the duo know that sodomy jokes don't work, particularly when your combined age is touching a century. The music proves equally uninspiring, with heavier moments like 'Deth Starr' and 'Throw Down' instantly forgettable, while 'Rock Is Dead' proves a sadly accurate title.
Thankfully, 'Roadie' proves a reminder of the quality Tenacious D are capable of, rediscovering humour about those who get the gigs going, while 'The Ballad Of Hollywood Jack And The Rage Kage' shows they aren't afraid to mock themselves. Ironically it is a track that references ageing years - '39' - that proves the most refreshing, a mock-ballad in acoustic tones that amuses throughout. If this trio wasn't present it would potentially be time for The D to call it a day - but there's a little life just about still showing.
Continue reading: Tenacious D - Rize Of The Phoenix Album Review