Executives at Atlantic Records announced Monday that multi-platinum recording artist Matchbox Twenty, which set sales records in 2000 for its mega-hit release Mad Season, has finally finished watering down tracks on its long-awaited new album Beige.Pure snark, nasty but funny. I've never worked with these guys, don't know them, but the article is pretty dead on re: the mainstream music world today. Record labels run by lawyers, bands who consider themselves 'artistes,' and a public who thinks Avril Levigne plays rock'n'roll.
"Everyone here at Atlantic is thrilled about what's sure to be the biggest-selling, least-rocking record of the year," Atlantic public-relations spokeswoman Janet Cosgrove said. "It's been a long wait, but the incredibly boring results speak for themselves. Beige is bigger and blander than anything Matchbox Twenty has ever done."
Thank God for the following:
Loretta Lynn had the balls to work with Jack White;Care to give thanks for more? Add some comments.
Elliot Smith gave us some honest music before he left;
Brett Gurewitz released Joe Strummer's final albums;
Iggy Pop is still making music;
Nellie McKay gets some publicity.
Edit: A friend sent me a response that made me reflect a bit. I meant, by saying God Bless these people, that I was glad to have some music available that didn't conform to record company convention, not that I considered them divinely inspired (well Elliot perhaps is now.) Van Lear Rose wasn't what I hoped for, and yes, Interscope would release an album of Jack White farting if they thought it would sell units. I don't even own an Iggy album. But I'm still glad these people are doing what they do. And that applies to these folks too:
Thank God for:
Gillian Welch always keeping it real;
Andre 3000 took hip hop into the future, and is a really nice guy;
Brian Wilson hung out with VanDyke Parks and gave us SMile;
Los Lonely Boys remind us how much fun a 3 piece band can be;
Vote For Change has attracted some heavy talent, like Springsteen, Pearl Jam, REM...
All good stuff.