February 21, 2012


News Notes: Fiona Apple’s Spring Tour & More

Scott Wintrow
Scott Wintrow

Fiona Apple is Back!
Get excited: ‘90s piano songstress Fiona Apple has announced a six-date run of east coast tour dates following her appearance at SXSW. The shows will preface the long-delayed release of her first album since 2005’s Extraordinary Machine, which will drop sometime soon, a label rep confirms. Do yourself a favor and go back and listen to Apple's fabulous catalogue and realize just how badly you need tickets to her show. [SPIN

Happy Birthday, Kurt Cobain
Monday, February 20, marked what would have been the 45th birthday of late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot in April of 1994. The web celebrated with tributes, including NME, who ranked Nirvana’s albums. [NME]

Diddy Diversifies Hustle to TV
It’s official: Sean Combs, er, Puff Daddy, er, P. Diddy, er, Diddy is preparing to launch his own music television channel, called Revolt. The channel, which will be broadcast by Comcast, will be "influenced by the nonstop chatter of social networking," says Diddy. He hopes to being broadcasting before the end of the year. [NY Times]

Awesome Openers Join Chili Peppers Tour
Now there's even more reason to get tickets to see Red Hot Chili Peppers in action this spring: Santigold, Sleigh Bells and Little Dragon have joined on as the openers for the Los Angeles funk rockers' upcoming U.S. tour, which kicks off March 29 in Tampa, FL. [Pitchfork]

Futureheads Go A Cappella on New Album
The Brit rockers have an exciting (or frightening, depending on your taste) new direction for their next album, Rant (out in April)—they're going a cappella. “It was a nightmare at times,” says frontman Barry Hyde. “For every single track on the album, we went into the studio full of energy, we'd get started and incredibly quickly your brain just gets frazzled. Recording like this is so intense, making 115 vocal parts work and be in tune is a nightmare. For every song we left the studio in a state of ultimate exhaustion. It took us a long time.” [NME]