Top 10 Richest Bassists in Music

Krist Novoselic, bassist of Nirvana

The Richest has published a list of the 10 wealthiest bassist in music. There are very few surprises here, including numerous bassists who also act as front men in their respective groups. Paul McCartney (worth $1.2 billion), Sting, and Gene Simmons are joined by the likes of Tony Kanal of No Doubt and Krist Novoselic of Nirvana, who hasn’t been terribly active in some time. The full list is below.

01. Paul McCartney – $1.2 billion
02. Sting – $300 million
02. Gene Simmons (KISS) – $300 million
04. Roger Waters – $270 million
05. Adam Clayton (U2) – $150 million
06. Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers) – $115 million
07. John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) – $80 million
08. Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath) – $65 million
09. Tony Kanal (No Doubt) – $45 million
10. Krist Novoselic (Nirvana) – $40 million

(via CoS)

Ani DiFranco to Release “Allergic to Water” October 14, 2014 – Listen to “Woe Be Gone”

Ani DiFranco, photo by Patti Perret

On October 14, 2014, Ani DiFranco will release her 20th full-length studio album, Allergic to Water, on her own label, Righteous Babe Records. DiFranco announced the new album by stating, “Got a new wreckord and I don’t hate it.” Allergic to Water was recorded at her Victorian home in New Orleans and at a larger studio in an old church, “in two 4-day sessions, one while I was six and a half months pregnant,” she explains.

Below, watch the lyric video for “Woe Be Gone,” which premiered on USA Today.

Six Fiction Writing Tips From Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway

Unlike writers such as Kurt Vonnegut and John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway never actually wrote or disclosed an organized list of writing tips. However, many tips can be cobbled together from the great amount of text he left behind, much of which was compiled by Larry W. Phillips in his 1984 book, Ernest Hemingway on Writing. Here are seven notable tips below.

1. To get started, write one true sentence.

Sometimes when I was starting a new story and I could not get it going, I would sit in front of the fire and squeeze the peel of the little oranges into the edge of the flame and watch the sputter of blue that they made. I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, “Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.” So finally I would write one true sentence, and then go on from there. It was easy then because there was always one true sentence that I knew or had seen or had heard someone say. If I started to write elaborately, or like someone introducing or presenting something, I found that I could cut that scrollwork or ornament out and throw it away and start with the first true simple declarative sentence I had written.

-From A Moveable Feast

2: Always stop for the day while you still know what will happen next.

The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every day when you are writing a novel you will never be stuck. That is the most valuable thing I can tell you so try to remember it.

-From October 1935 issue of Esquire “Monologue to the Maestro: A High Seas Letter”)

3: Never think about the story when you’re not working.

When I was writing, it was necessary for me to read after I had written. If you kept thinking about it, you would lose the thing you were writing before you could go on with it the next day. It was necessary to get exercise, to be tired in the body, and it was very good to make love with whom you loved. That was better than anything. But afterwards, when you were empty, it was necessary to read in order not to think or worry about your work until you could do it again. I had learned already never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night.

-From A Moveable Feast

4: When it’s time to work again, always start by reading what you’ve written so far.

The best way is to read it all every day from the start, correcting as you go along, then go on from where you stopped the day before. When it gets so long that you can’t do this every day read back two or three chapters each day; then each week read it all from the start. That’s how you make it all of one piece.

-From October 1935 issue of Esquire “Monologue to the Maestro: A High Seas Letter”)

5: Don’t describe an emotion — make it.

I was trying to write then and I found the greatest difficulty, aside from knowing truly what you really felt, rather than what you were supposed to feel, and had been taught to feel, was to put down what really happened in action; what the actual things were which produced the emotion that you experienced. In writing for a newspaper you told what happened and, with one trick and another, you communicated the emotion aided by the element of timeliness which gives a certain emotion to any account of something that has happened on that day; but the real thing, the sequence of motion and fact which made the emotion and which would be as valid in a year or in ten years or, with luck and if you stated it purely enough, always, was beyond me and I was working very hard to get it.

-From Death in the Afternoon

6: Be Brief.

It wasn’t by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.

-From a 1945 letter to editor Maxwell Perkins

“Saturday Night Live” Announcer Don Pardo Dies at 96

Don Pardo

Don Pardo, the longtime announcer for “Saturday Night Live,” died Monday, August 18, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona. He was 96.

Pardo was with “SNL” from the show’s first episode in October 1975, and performed the introductions for 38 seasons, missing only the seventh season. His run on the show went right through the end of the last season in May, when he performed the introductions on the finale, hosted by Andy Samberg.

Additionally, Pardo was NBC’s staff announcer for more than 60 years. In November 1963, he announced to the country the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. He also worked on the original version of Jeopardy! with host Art Fleming, as well as “The Price Is Right,” “Jackpot,” and ”Three On A Match.”

(via NYT, Deadline Hollywood)

Producer Rick Parashar, Who Worked With Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Blind Melon, and More, Dies at Age 50

Rick Parashar

Famed producer Rick Parashar has died away at the age of 50. Northwest Music Scene reports that Parashar died Thursday, August 14, 2014 due to a pulmonary embolism during which a blood clot moved from his leg to his heart.

Parasher was the co-founder of Seattle’s London Bridge Studio and produced classic albums including Pearl Jam‘s Ten, Temple of the Dog’s self-titled album, Alice In ChainsSap EP, and Blind Melon‘s self-titled debut album. Parashar also performed multiple instruments on the Pearl Jam tracks “Black” and “Jeremy,” as well as several Temple of the Dog songs. Following his success with grunge-era mega-stars, Parashar produced Nickelback’s Silver Side Up and 3 Doors Down’s Away From the Sun.

(via Loudwire)

Listen: CJ Ramone “Understand Me?”

CJ Ramone "Understand Me?"

CJ Ramone has signed to Fat Wreck Chords who will release the seven-inch single “Understand Me?” on September 30, 2014.

Backing Ramone on the single (and the upcoming full-length Last Chance To Dance) are the same players who appeared on his 2012 solo debut: Dan Root and Steve Soto from The Adolescents, and David Hidalgo Jr. of Social Distortion. The single’s B-side is a cover of Black Flag‘s “Rise Above,” featuring guitar and background vocals by Dez Cadena of Black Flag and the Misfits.

Stream “Understand Me?” below.

Click here for 10 Covers of Ramones “Blitzkrieg Bop”

Robin Williams Dead at Age 63

Robin Wiliams

From Gawker:

Actor Robin Williams, 63, was found dead from an apparent suicide in his Tiburon, California home earlier today.

From the Marin County Sheriff’s Department:

On August 11, 2014, at approximately 11:55 am, Marin County Communicationsreceived a 9-1-1 telephone call reporting a male adult had been located unconscious and not breathing inside his residence in unincorporated Tiburon, CA. The Sheriff’s Office, as well as the Tiburon Fire Department and Southern Marin Fire Protection District were dispatched to the incident with emergency personnel arriving on scene at 12:00 pm. The male subject, pronounced deceased at 12:02 pm has been identified as Robin McLaurin Williams, a 63 year old resident of unincorporated Tiburon, CA.

An investigation into the cause, manner, and circumstances of the death is currentlyunderway by the Investigations and Coroner Divisions of the Sheriff’s Office.Preliminary information developed during the investigation indicates Mr. Williams waslast seen alive at his residence, where he resides with his wife, at approximately 10:00pm on August 10, 2014. Mr. Williams was located this morning shortly before the 9-1-1call was placed to Marin County Communications. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office Coroner Division suspects the death to be a suicide due to asphyxia, but a comprehensive investigation must be completed before a final determination is made. A forensic examination is currently scheduled for August 12, 2014 with subsequent toxicology testing to be conducted.

Williams battled depression and substance abuse throughout his career; last month, he checked into rehab facility.

Williams’ publicist released a statement this afternoon:

“Robin Williams passed away this morning. He has been battling severe depression of late. This is a tragic and sudden loss. The family respectfully asks for their privacy as they grieve during this very difficult time.”

His wife, Susan Schneider, also confirmed the news:

“This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin’s family, we are asking for privacy during our time of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin’s death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions.”

Dischord Records to Release First Fugazi Demo Record

Fugazi ca. 1988, courtesy of Dischord Records

Dischord Records will be releasing Fugazi’s first demo, simply entitled First Demo. After playing only 10 shows, the band recorded the 11 demo tracks in January 1988 at Inner Ear Studios. The tracks include the unreleased “Turn Off Your Guns” and the cut “In Defense Of Humans,” which appeared on the State of the Union compilation in 1989, the only track from the sessions to ever be released officially.

The release, due later in 2014, will end the first phase of the Fugazi Live Series, in which the band has uploaded recordings of more than 900 of the shows they played when they were still active band. First Demo will be available in CD, vinyl, and MP3 formats. (via DischordStereogum)

Click here for 10 Covers of Fugazi’s “Waiting Room”

“Arrested Development” Is Coming Back for Season Five, According to Netflix

Arrested Development

After coming back for a fourth season in 2013 on Netflix to mixed reviews, the hit comedy show “Arrested Development” is now slated for a fifth season.

Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos is “positive” a fifth season will happen. Though the timing of the show is unclear, “It’s just a matter of when,” reports USA Today.

Sarandos added that getting a schedule that works for everyone may be the biggest challenge, and criticism over the amount of time the cast spent on screen together in the latest season was “fair.”

Will Arnett later confirmed reports.

“We are going to do more ‘Arrested Development’,” Arnett said. “Ted Sarandos and Netflix kind of let the cat out of the bag on that one. It’s something we all want to do so we’re excited.”

(via HuffPo, Mashable)

Marilyn Burns, Star of “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,” Dies at Age 64

Marilyn Burns in "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" (1974)

Actress and “scream queen” Marilyn Burns, who starred as Sally Hardesty in the original The Texas Chain Saw Massacre film, died Tuesday, August 5, 2014, her manager said. She was 64.

Burns was found unresponsive by a family member” in her Houston-area home, and her representative tells TMZ.com that an autopsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of death.

Her other horror movie roles include Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1977), Caution: Children at Play (1981), Kiss Daddy Goodbye (1981), and Future-Kill (1985).

Though she had a few cameo roles in recent years — primarily in Texas Chain Saw Massacre sequels and remakes — her later career focused on stage productions in Texas.

Click here for 10 Horror Movies Based on True Stories

(via Toronto Sun, CNN)

Song Premiere: Black Trip “Goin’ Under”

 Black Trip

Swedish metal band Black Trip consists of former members of bands such as Entombed, Dismember, and Nifelheim, and though the group dates all the way back to 2004, they have just released their debut full-length, Goin’ Under, in Europe. Since its early July 2014 overseas release, Goin’ Under has cracked the Swedish Top 20, with eight heavy tracks that recreate the sounds of the classic NWOBHM bands that influence Black Trip.

Goin’ Under will be seeing its release in North America via Prosthetic Records on August 15, 2014. Also, the band will appear live on Saturday, August 9th, at Sweden’s Getaway Rock Festival, headlined by Slayer, Dimmu Borgir, and Volbeat.

Below, you can stream the North American premiere of their title track, “Goin’ Under,” and check out the album’s track listing.

Goin’ Under Track Listing:
1. Voodoo Queen
2. Radar
3. Putting Out The Fire
4. No Tomorrow
5. Tvar Dabla
6. The Bells
7. Thirst
8. Goin’ Under

Thurston Moore Forms New Band With Debbie Googe of My Bloody Valentine and Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth

Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore has reunited with Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley — as well as James Sedwards and My Bloody Valentine bassist Debbie Googe — to form The Thurston Moore Band. Their first performance together is set for August 19, 2014 at Ocii in Amsterdam.

Later this year, Moore will release a new solo album, The Best Day, via Matador Records. Moore released his last solo album, Demolished Thoughts, in 2011. He also released an album with metal super-group Twilight in 2012, as well as a self-titled album with his band Chelsea Light Moving in 2013.

Below, listen to his latest single and see the upcoming tour dates of The Thurston Moore Band.

Thurston Moore on Tour
8/19 Amsterdam, NL @ Ocii
8/21 Paredes De Coura, PT @ Paredes De Coura Festival
8/23 Lausanne, CH @ For Noise Festival
8/24 Paris, FR @ Rock en Seine
8/29 Mirminham, UK @ Moseley Folk Fest
9/05 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
9/07 Toronto, ON @ Riot Fest Toronto
9/12 Victoria, BC @ Rifflandia Festival
9/14 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest Chicago

(via CoS)

“Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair” Coming to Theaters In 2015, According to Quentin Tarantino

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair

Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair is a longer cut of Quentin Tarantino‘s two-part epic, originally released in 2003 and 2004. The most notable inclusion in the extended cut is a 30-minute anime sequence.

In 2011, The Whole Bloody Affair screened at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles; however, it was never shown again.

But that may change. At Comic-Con 2014, Tarantino teased the possibility that it may finally be coming to theaters in a year. From Slashfilm, here is Tarantino’s monologue on the film:

What’s going on with that is originally back when Kill Bill was going to be one movie, I wrote an even longer anime sequence. So you see in the movie [O-Ren] kill her boss but then there was that long hair guy… The big sequence was her fighting that guy. I.G. [The Japanese Anime Studio] who did Ghost in the Shell said we can’t do that and finish it in time for your thing. And [plus] you can’t have a thirty-minute piece in your movie. I said okay. It was my favorite part but it was the part you could drop. So we dropped it and then later when I.G. heard we were talking about doing Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair — they still had the script so without even being commissioned, they just did it and paid for it themselves. It’s really terrific. Anyway, The Weinstein Company and myself were talking about actually coming out with it sometime, not before the year is out, but within the next year with limited theatrical engagement as well.