Roll the Ledes | Music News: February 4, 2014

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Jaan Uhelszki, a 1970s colleague of the late Lester Bangs at Creem Magazine, remembers Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s uncannily perfect performance as Lester Bangs for Spin.


The Red Hot Chili Peppers were miming during their Super Bowl halftime performance. Flea confirmed the thesis after several members of the Twitterati noted that neither Flea nor Josh Klinghoffer were “plugged-in,” and asked why the band was using “tricks.” No word on whether Bruno Mars was lip-synching or tracking, but it seems a safe bet. The dancing, though — that was definitely real.


— The Sasquatch! Music Festival announced the lineups for its two holiday weekend festivals this year, becoming the latest to expand their (ahem) footprint to two weekends. The Memorial Day lineup includes Outkast, Queens of the Stone Age, The National, Phantogram, Cut Copy, Bob Mould, Parquet Courts, Lucius, Waxahatchee, The Naked and Famous, and Liars. The July 4th weekend lineup includes Soundgarden, New Order, Frank Ocean, Neutral Milk Hotel, Sharon Van Etten, Jon Hopkins, Majical Cloudz, Cloud Nothings, and Wild Cub. Set against the gorgeous Columbia River Gorge, Sasquatch! presents one of the more memorable festival experiences. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, and if last year’s 90-minute sell-out is any indication, they won’t last long.



–Canada’s JUNO Awards announced their 2014 nominees, and maintained the distinction as the only award show where you might see Arcade Fire, Drake, and Celine Dion nominated in the same category. And Justin Bieber, who will probably be in jail — in what country we’re not sure — by the time the March 30th awards ceremony takes place in Winnipeg.


Pearl Jam still holds the distinction as having given one of the best live performances in television history for their muscular, visceral cover of Neil Young‘s “Rockin’ in the Free World” at the 1993 MTV Music Awards (alongside Young). They’re still covering the track, and this week at the Big Day Out Festival in Perth, Australia they did so aided and abetted by Arcade Fire‘s Win Butler.


Suede‘s Brett Anderson has revealed that the Brit band are working on a new album to follow-up their 2013 release, Bloodsports., while also quashing hope that Bernard Butler might rejoin the band.


Pixies stopped by NPR’s new HQs, bringing as much starpower to the Tiny Desk Concert web series as it has ever seen, even without Kim Deal.


— In a June 2013 interview with Amoeba Records — as good of a record store as remains in America (visit them in West Hollywood, San Francisco, or Berkeley) — The DoorsJohn Densmore reflects upon his reasons for writing another book, his legal struggle with his former bandmates, his jazz influences, and the genius of Ray Manzarek. The interview may be 6 months old, but the content is timeless.


The Hollywood Bowl — truly one of the best places to see a concert on earth — announced their 2014 summer season schedule. Highlights include Janelle Monae, Chris Isaak (backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic), Elvis Costello, Peter Frampton and Buddy Guy, Jimmy Cliff, and John Legend performing Marvin Gaye songs.


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Behrnsie has a love for music that dare not speak its name. He attends many shows and can often be found counting out the beats for no discernible reason. He played alto saxophone in his middle school jazz band, where he was best known for infuriating his instructor when it was revealed that he played everything by ear, and could not in fact read music. He takes great pride that this is the same talent/affliction that got Tori Amos kicked out of the Peabody Academy. He does not live in his parents’ basement….except during the holidays.