The Last Shadow Puppets to release new single

The Last Shadow Puppets are to release a new single, Standing Next To Me on Monday 7th JulyThe Last Shadow Puppets are to release a new single, Standing Next To Me on Monday 7th July.  It will be the second single to be taken from their acclaimed debut album, The Age Of The Understatement.

The new single features three exclusive, brand new tracks from The Last Shadow Puppets and will be released on 2 x  7”singles , CD and via digital download, with formats as follows:

7″ Single 1
A. Standing Next to Me
B. Gas Dance

7” Single 2
A. Standing Next to Me
B. Sequels

3. CD
Standing Next to Me
Hang the Cyst
Gas Dance

The Last Of The Shadow Puppets are Alex Turner (The Arctic Monkeys) & Miles Kane (The Rascals).

The video for Standing Next To Me was shot in London by Richard Ayoade.  The Last Shadow Puppets will be making their debut live performance at the Reading and Leeds festivals in August:

Leeds Festival – Friday the 22nd of August
Reading Festival – Sunday the 24th of August

Kurt Cobain’s Ashes Stolen

Kurt Cobain’s ashes have been stolen, says a report in the News Of The World today.

The Nirvana front-man’s remains were stolen from the Los Angeles home of his widow Courtney Love, along with some jewellery and clothes.

Cobain’s ashes were kept in a ‘Pink teddy bear shape bag, with a lock of his hair’. Some of the ashes were scattered after the singer died, near his home in Washington State and some at a Buddhist temple in New York.

“They are all I have left of my husband I used to take them everywhere with me just so I could feel Kurt was still with me.” said Love, “Now it feels like I have lost him all over again.”

Weezer video receives 3 million views in 3 days

The new Weezer promotional music video for Pork & Beans has received almost 3 million hits in 3 days on YouTube, alone!

The director who came up with Weezer’s music video concept is Mathew Cullen of Motion Theory.  The video celebrates creative expression and the popular culture of YouTube.

It was shot in Los Angeles at a studio and location in North Hollywood between 7-10 May, which also shows another amazing thing about the Internet.  Within three weeks a video can be shot on location, edited and uploaded to the Internet; and within three weeks a new video and song can be promoted to over 3 million people is simply amazing!

Many artists and record labels are now embracing the Internet and using its full potential as a promotional medium by giving viewers new videos and mp3’s without the concern of lost revenue that had plagued the music industry, hitherto.

How things have changed since the 1990’s when I set up the first UK Internet only music magazine (Freebase.com) and was in discussions with EMI, Universal, Warner and others on how to tackle Internet music piracy and make mp3’s available as paid downloads only.

Since Radiohead’s download initiative for In Rainbows last year, allowing the receiver to download the album for free or make a donation of their choice, it seems artists and labels of all sizes and popularity are now using the Internet to promote and sell their music in a very positive way.

Mathew Cullen has worked on music videos for artists including Beck, Modest Mouse, Adele and R.E.M.