Roundup: Flea Releases EP To Benefit Silverlake Conservatory, New Beck, Duran Duran’s Secrets

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Flea has announced that he is releasing a solo EP  entitled Helen Burns. From the Peppers website:

“Hi people who like The Red Hot Chili Peppers! I love you a lot! Mucho!  Just wanted to give you a heads up about this little record ‘Helen Burns’ I am putting out on the Silverlake Conservatory website”

Flea put out the EP to raise money for The Silverlake Conservatory of Music. He’s asking fans to pay what they like for the release which you can download here.

Duran Duran bassist John Taylor is out with his autobiography. One of our favorite bloggers, Alan Cross, makes note that in the book Taylor reveals the band were given a daily intinerary complete with details on what city they where in, day of the week and the topper- age of consent.

Fender Musical Instruments Corp. has dropped its plans for an initial public offering. Fender CEO Larry Thomas said current market conditions and Europe’s ongoing economic woes wouldn’t support an IPO that values the company appropriately.

Martin Gore, of Depeche Mode, is 51 today. Slash is celebrating his 47th birthday.

Beck has contributed 3 brand new songs to the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation Vita game Sound Shapes. The three tracks are Cities, Touch the People and Spiral Staircase.

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Pat Ferrise grew up loving ”the punk rock” and “new wave.” His years at one of the nation’s top college radio stations ultimately led him to a 15-year run as music director of alternative music icon WHFS Washington/Baltimore. Rolling Stone magazine named him of the most influential programmers of the 90s. He’s recorded two albums under the moniker Trampoline for the now defunct SpinArt label. He lives in Baltimore and takes no credit for writing this bio.