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Matt Jaffe Talks Bringing The Distractions To CBGB Festival

October 11th, 2013 10:16am EDT
Matt Jaffe
He's not even old enough to drink yet, but Matt Jaffe is fronting a rock trio that's about to take the stage as part of New York's CBGB Festival. Before their show, BFTV sat down with Matt to get the scoop on Matt Jaffe and The Distractions, and what it's like for him to balance his band aspirations with growing up.

"There is no other business for me in a way," Matt told us, explaining why he's chosen to pursue music while simultaneously studying at Yale University. "There's no way of knowing if we can ever really make it in music. We might as well start trying now, and hope that it works ...
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St. Vincent To Hit The Road With David Byrne

April 17th, 2012 8:12am EDT
St. Vincent
Cult singer St. Vincent is hitting the road with Talking Heads legend David Byrne after they recorded an album together.

St. Vincent, real name Annie Clark, began working with Byrne in a New York recording studio after they met at a charity concert in 2009, and insists the collaboration was a real learning experience.

She tells Pitchfork.com, "He doesn't do anything halfway... I was taking notes left and right. David has this amazing ability to not be critical of anything. He's so curious and eager that he just throws out every wild idea from A to Z and then there's this other process w...
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Tom Tom Club Planning New Music Release For 30th Anniversary

September 3rd, 2011 8:30am EDT
Tom Tom Club
Cult rockers Tom Tom Club are planning to celebrate their 30th anniversary with new music - 11 years after the release of their last album.

The group, fronted by Talking Heads stars Chris Frantz and Tina Weymouth, last hit the charts with The Good, the Bad and the Funky in 2000, but they want to commemorate 30 years as a band with a new EP or single.

Frantz says, "We're not really thinking in terms of albums anymore. We're thinking in terms of singles and EPs, and if we have enough EPs that sound good, then we'll put them together for an album."

"It seems like most people are just int...
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Rush Demand Removal Of Music From Rand Paul's Campaign

June 3rd, 2010 11:57am EDT
Rush
Lawyers representing Canadian rockers Rush have ordered an American politician to stop using their music as part of his Senate campaign.

The musicians are said to have been left fuming after discovering Kentucky's Republican candidate Rand Paul had been using their tracks during public events and in online adverts as he seeks election to office. Robert Farmer, an attorney for the band's Entertainment Group Inc. record label, has written to Paul's campaign officials claiming the use of Rush's music violates copyright laws, according to Courier-journal.com.

He has also asked for Paul's po...
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David Byrne Sues Politician Over 'Road To Nowhere'

May 25th, 2010 12:00pm EDT
David Byrne
Former Talking Heads star David Byrne is suing a Florida politician for using his Road To Nowhere hit as a campaign anthem - without permission.

The rocker is seeking $1 million in damages from state Governor Charlie Crist, for using the 1985 song in an online ad attacking his one-time opponent Marco Rubio. Byrne filed his suit on Monday in Tampa, Florida.

He tells Billboard.com, "I was pretty upset by that... (This) is not about politics... It's about copyright and about the fact that it does imply that I would have licensed it and endorsed him and whatever he stands for."

Byrne is b...
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The Essential 'Weird Al' Yankovic - 2 CDs, 38 Songs, Out Now; Win It!

November 15th, 2009 10:33pm EST
Welcome to the wild world of "Weird Al" Yankovic - a world populated by a Pennsylvania Dutch gangsta-rapper ("Amish Paradise") and a serial-killing Saint Nick ("The Night Santa Went Crazy") - a world where people frantically search for their Liquid Paper, hallucinate about the floating disembodied head of Colonel Sanders and dream of one day visiting "The Biggest Ball Of Twine In Minnesota." Yankovic, a three-time Grammy Award winner and the biggest selling comedy recording artist in history, shows no mercy to cultural milestones of every stripe - from Jurassic Park and Star Wars to the hi...
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Dress Battle: Paris Vs. Nicky Hilton

July 23rd, 2009 9:26am EDT
Paris & Nickey Hilton
Who looked better at the "Paris, Not France" premiere in Los Angeles on Wednesday? Paris in white or Nicky Hilton in black? See the photos, and let us know...

Image © AP Photo

"Paris, Not France" is an intimate look into the life of sleepy-eyed heiress Paris Hilton, a woman some consider a shallow media opportunist and others see as a true pop-culture icon.

The Talking Heads rocker David Byrne once came close to knocking Paris over with his bicycle during a ride in New York when she unexpectedly stepped into his path.

Earlier this year, Nicky made a citizen's arre...
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Nonesuch Records Releases Shawn Colvin Live on June 23

May 29th, 2009 9:57pm EDT
Shawn Colvin
Nonesuch releases its second album by Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter/guitarist Shawn Colvin, Shawn Colvin Live, on June 23, 2009. Recorded in 2008 during a special three-night solo engagement at San Francisco's famous jazz club, Yoshi's, Live includes twelve songs written or co-written by Colvin, as well as covers of songs by Robbie Robertson, Gnarls Barkley, and Talking Heads. The record was co-produced by Colvin and longtime collaborator John Leventhal.

Colvin has been praised by audiences and critics for her live performances since the beginning of her career. The Lexington...
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David Byrne's New Album Features Music From HBO's 'Big Love'

April 10th, 2009 6:00pm EDT
David Byrne
Scored by David Byrne, Big Love: Hymnal, Music Written for the HBO Series Plus Other Recent Compositions is out now on Todomundo. A selection of Byrne's music from all 12 episodes of the second season of the HBO series Big Love, the disc also features as yet unheard tracks written for and inspired by the series.

Big Love, which follows the polygamist family of fundamentalist Mormon Bill Hendrickson (played by Bill Paxton), takes a decidedly dark turn during the second season. What begins as a study in juggling three wives in an orderly and disciplined manner devolves into a morass of ...
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David Byrne Can't Vote, But You Can

November 4th, 2008 11:52am EST
David Byrne
David Byrne sent an email to his fans asking them to vote today since he is not eligible. The Scottish-American Talking Head is not an official US citizen. If Byrne could vote though, we have a feeling we know who he would choose from his letter below.

A full transcript of David Byrne's message:

Pardon the bulk mailing. I Can’t Vote. I am an immigrant with a Green Card and, therefore, I am not eligible to vote in a federal election. FYI - I can get drafted (luckily, Daniel Berrigan burned my draft board’s records) and I pay taxes, yet I cannot vote for President. On Election Day,...
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'Rock Band 2' Setlist Revealed, See The Entire List

July 14th, 2008 3:35pm EDT
Rock Band 2
Harmonix, the world’s premier music video game company, and MTV Games, a division of Viacom’s MTV Networks, along with marketing and distribution partner Electronic Arts Inc., today revealed at the 2008 E3 Media & Business Summit the song set list for Rock Band 2, the next evolution of the groundbreaking Rock Band music platform. The Rock Band 2 soundtrack will feature over 100 songs with over 80 songs on disc plus an additional 20 bonus tracks which will be made available for free download this fall. This builds upon the unparalleled depth and diversity of Rock Band’s original set list and...
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Concert Review: Radiohead at Lakewood Amphitheatre, Atlanta, GA 5/8/08

May 15th, 2008 9:37am EDT
Radiohead
Intentionally or not, Radiohead is changing the way we buy music. Their latest release, "In Rainbows," was released exclusively as a digital download for a price the buyer determined. Needless to say, many took advantage of this free offer and got it for nothing. Others, supportive of the band, gave a few bucks.

Widespread reports surfaced that a million downloads occurred by the time the physical cd was released. Radiohead's genius is that so many more listeners acquired "In Rainbows" than if the album had been released traditionally. This exposure may explain several sold-out sh...
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Bitten By the Vampire Buzz: America’s Love/Hate Relationship with Vampire Weekend

March 19th, 2008 1:42pm EDT
Vampire Weekend
Do you hate Vampire Weekend yet? Join the club. The "indie" band is selling out shows, garnering rave reviews, playing on "Saturday Night Live," and spinning every hour on rock radio, all while sporting spiffy cardigans and speaking like Scrabble champs. They're even featured in an ad on MTV defining an Oxford comma. Who are these guys? Where did they come from?

To the casual fan, the band appears to be an overnight success, which is far from the case. It all started back in October 2006 when Matt Yanchyshyn casually mentioned the fledgling New York group Vampire Weekend in an art...
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'U23D': Turn It Up Loud, Captain!

February 5th, 2008 4:53pm EST
U2
What could possibly be considered innovative for the band that's done it all? A 3D IMAX film? Yes, that would do it. Since their first album, Boy, was released in 1980, Irish rock group and BBITW (Biggest Band In The World) U2 has pushed the limits of celebrity, musical experimentation, and how to look at the world.

With Bono at the helm, anything seems possible. It has been said that U2 release albums in series of threes. Boy (1980), October (1981), and War (1983) were all straight-ahead rockers with enough hooks to catch a school of piranha. Then came The Unforgettable Fire (19...
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd's 'Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads' Nominated For Two Grammys

January 15th, 2008 7:00pm EST
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd's critically acclaimed CD/DVD Ten Days Out: Blues From The Backroads (Warner Bros./Reprise Records) has been nominated for two 2008 Grammy Awards—"Best Traditional Blues Album" and "Best Long Form Music Video." The awards will be telecast from Los Angeles February 10 on CBS. In addition to the Recording Academy's recognition, The Blues Foundation will honor Shepherd's album and accompanying documentary with the prestigious "Keeping the Blues Alive" award for Film, Television or Video. The ceremony will take place on February 2, 2008 in Memphis, TN. The documentary is al...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

November 22nd, 2007 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to The Prestige actress Scarlett Johansson (1984), Canadian figure skater David Pelletier (1974), German tennis champ Boris Becker (1967), actress Mariel Hemingway (1961), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950), E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950), tennis star Billie Jean King (1943), Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940), actor Robert Vaughn (1932), actress Geraldine Page (1924), and the comedian who got the least amount of respect, Rodney Dangerfield (1921; d. 2004).
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2007 3:00am EDT
Cate Blanchett
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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Maroon 5 to Release Sophomore Album, 'It Won't Be Soon Before Long,' May 22

March 5th, 2007 10:27am EST
Maroon 5
Having been recognized as Best New Artist at the 2005 Grammy Awards, Maroon 5 will release their much-anticipated sophomore album, "It Won't Be Soon Before Long," on May 22. The follow-up to the multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning Songs About Jane will be "sexier and stronger," according to frontman Adam Levine, who looked to 80s icons such as Prince, Michael Jackson and Talking Heads for inspiration.

Recorded at home in Los Angeles with producers Mike Elizondo, Mark "Spike" Stent, Mark Endert, and Eric Valentine the album promises to be a louder take on the pop sounds of their first ...
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Kenny Wayne Shepherd's Documentary "Ten Days Out (Blues From The Backroads)" Released

January 23rd, 2007 5:24pm EST
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Renowned blues and rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd--along with a film crew, a portable recording studio and producer Jerry Harrison (Talking Heads)- embarked on a ten-day journey into the heart of the American South, documenting and recording an impressive lineup of blues veterans. Warner Bros./Reprise Records released the resulting documentary and accompanying live CD Ten Days Out (Blues From The Backroads) on January 23, 2007.

Directed by Noble Jones, Ten Days Out captures the stories and music of some of America's best-known blues artists including B.B. King, Clarence "Gatemouth...
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2006: Year In Music (Pt. 4)

December 31st, 2006 3:00pm EST
The Darkness
In October, Justin Hawkins, lead singer of The Darkness, announced that he's leaving the band because he can't live the rock 'n' roll lifestyle again after completing rehab... Weird Al Yankovic's White & Nerdy becomes the parody singer's first ever top-ten hit... and legendary NYC nightclub CBGB, where bands like the Ramones, Talking Heads and Blondie got their start, closed; Patti Smith was the final act... Beck took things to the next level by releasing his latest album, The Information with sets of stickers so fans could create their own cover art; however, the revolutionary move prompte...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

November 22nd, 2006 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to The Prestige actress Scarlett Johansson (1984), Canadian figure skater David Pelletier (1974), German tennis champ Boris Becker (1967), actress Mariel Hemingway (1961), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950), E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950), tennis star Billie Jean King (1943), Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940), actor Robert Vaughn (1932), actress Geraldine Page (1924), and the comedian who got the least amount of respect, Rodney Dangerfield (1921; d. 2004).
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Gary Sinise Hosts Firefighter Documentary on History Channel

October 13th, 2006 8:00am EDT
Gary Sinise
From big city engine companies to small-town volunteer fire departments, thousands of firefighters across America risk their lives each day to protect our homes and families. “Into The Fire” captures the terror, exhilaration, heartbreak and joy of the self-proclaimed "ordinary people" who have chosen this difficult and dangerous career, even as budget cuts and domestic terrorism add to the challenges of the job.

Hosted by actor Gary Sinise, “Into The Fire” premieres October 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on The History Channel. The film will also air on October 22 at 4:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Alon...
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Pete Yorn Headlines The South In Support Of Latest Album, "Nightcrawler"

October 6th, 2006 10:41am EDT
Pete Yorn
For Nightcrawler, his first new studio album in three years, rocker Pete Yorn explores, and brings full circle, the day-for-life metaphor (morning-day-night) which began with his RIAA gold-certified debut album, musicforthemorningafter, in 2001 and continued through 2003's Day I Forgot. "This new record is not so much for the night," says Pete, "but for a later period in my life. The perspective I have comes from having lived more and experienced more."

Nightcrawler, which premieres a dozen brand-new songs, is perhaps the most musically complex and fully realized album of Pete's caree...
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"Weird Al" Yankovic's New DualDisc, "Straight Outta Lynwood," Features Animated Extras; Drops Sept. 26

September 12th, 2006 12:18pm EDT
Weird Al Yankovic
On September 26 Grammy Award-winning artist "Weird Al" Yankovic will release his 12th studio album Straight Outta Lynwood on Way Moby/Volcano Records. As with each of his previous releases, the album consists of the parodies he is world-famous for as well as original material. Straight Outta Lynwood will be released as a DualDisc, and features six brand new animations to accompany Al's original tracks:

- "Don't Download This Song"- Directed and animated by Academy Award nominee Bill Plympton, this video is a tongue-in-cheek plea for fans not to illegally download music. Sample lines: ...
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Celebrity Birthdays, May 14

May 14th, 2006 3:00am EDT
George Lucas
Happy Birthday to "Joan of Arcadia" star Amber Tamblyn (1983), British singer/actress Martine McCutcheon (1976), "Lost In Translation" director Sofia Coppola (1971), "The Aviator" Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett (1969), The Cult leas singer Ian Astbury (1962), "Pulp Fiction" actor Tim Roth (1961), singer/songwriter Tom Cochrane (1953), film director Robert Zemeckis (1952), Talking Heads singer David Byrne (1952), "Star Wars" creator/director George Lucas (1944), "Beyond the Sea" singer Bobby Darin (1936; d. 1973), and Italian poet Dante Alighieri (1265; d. 1321).
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Talking Heads Reissue All Eight Studio Albums In DualDisc Format; Feature Tons of Extras

February 10th, 2006 3:51pm EST
Talking Heads
Talking Heads' eight pioneering albums defied easy musical categorization, and now, eleven years after David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison's last release together, Rhino Records is reissuing all 8 studio albums including the original album in remastered stereo plus rare bonus songs on the CD side. The DVD side contains the original album mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound, plus bonus audio and video content, lyrics and photos.

In addition to the hits "Burning Down the House," "Take Me To The River," "Road To Nowhere," "Wild, Wild Life" and "Once In A Lifetime," this d...
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Celebrity Birthdays, November 22

November 22nd, 2005 3:00am EST
Scarlett Johansson
Happy Birthday to The Island's Scarlett Johansson (1984), Canadian figure skater David Pelletier (1974), actor Mark Ruffalo (1967), German tennis champ Boris Becker (1967), actress Mariel Hemingway (1961), actress Jamie Lee Curtis (1958), Talking Head Tina Weymouth (1950), E Street native and Soprano "Little" Steven Van Zandt (1950), Bob Marley's bass man Aston "Familyman" Barrett (1946), tennis star Billie Jean King (1943), Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam (1940), actor Robert Vaughn (1932), actress Geraldine Page (1924), and the comedian who got the least amount of respect, Rodney Dangerfi...
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