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The Stooges man Iggy Pop who is the ambassador for Record Store Day 2012, has come out and said that music today is like "cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket".

The rocker posted a video on the official Record Store Day site suggesting that modern rockers lack authenticity.

He said: “I think there are some ages, like the one we're living in, when the game is kind of rigged towards products that contain music – sort of like those cheap drinks you get in a bad supermarket where it says, 'Contains 10% juice.'”


He went on to say: "There's a lot of stuff out there with a bit of music to it, and I think that's OK, but it reminds me of how bad it was to turn on American Badstand in the 50s and see all the endless, gutless, dickless imitations of Elvis that the American industry decided to push on the kids."


Iggy Pop’s outburst at contemporary music come just weeks after Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl made a similar comment about the music industry.


Talking to Billboard, the singer said that the poor record sales that the industry is facing are the result of lazy musician's rather than a fundamental lack of interest in music, and noted that he believed that fans would always be willing to buy "great" albums.

With British artist Adele’s '21' announced as the top selling album in the United States for 2011, Grohl said to the publication: "Someone asked me recently, 'What do you think the problem with the music industry is?'

"I said, take the Adele record, for example. It's an amazing record and everybody's so shocked that it's such a phenomenon. I'm not. You know why that record's huge? Because it's fucking good and it's real."

He continued, adding: “Now imagine if all records were that good. Do you think only one of them would sell? Fuck no! All of them would. If all records were that good the music business would be on fire, but they're not.”


With Iggy Pop becoming the latest artist to openly criticise their industry peers, it may seem like a case of sour grapes from artists that are certainly not as popular as they perhaps once were. However, you can't help but agree that there are real signs of truth in what they speak. What are your thoughts on today’s music? We’d love to hear your thoughts on our facebook page @ http://www.facebook.com/Instrumania

After weeks of speculation and anticipation, last night’s (21/02/2012) Brit Awards left little to chance as celebrities and fans alike packed into the O2 arena in London.


There were a whole host of honours dished out with Adele's hugely popular, multiple Grammy-winning album 21 receiving the award for female solo artist and Album of the Year.


Adele had performed earlier in the evening offering up a cautious rendition of Rolling in the Deep, but it was Ed Sheeran, the night's other double winner after taking home best British male solo artist and best British breakthrough, that shone on stage. After a quick costume change the singer-songwriter performed a note perfect version of his single, Lego House.


Other winners at the BRIT Awards last night included Lana Del Rey, who won the award for international breakthrough act, Coldplay picked up the award for British music group, the Foo Fighters for international music group and a surprising win for One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" as they were handed the British single of the year.


The evening ended with a sour note as Adele clambered on stage to give her acceptance speech for Album of the Year.


But the Tottenham born starlet was rushed off the main stage to for a rather disappointing closing performance by 90’s pop-rock legends Blur, who picked up an award for outstanding contribution to music earlier in the ceremony. After an uncomfortable James Corden asked Adele to leave the stage, the singer flipped Brit award “suits” the finger while saying, "Can I just say then, goodbye, and I’ll see you next time round, then?"


The incident upset Corden, who said afterwards: "I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."


Many were left unconvinced by this year’s ceremony, with the Arts Desk website noting “For those into legacy, who might care about how this show will be remembered, it was the lowest BRITs climax for years.”

 

Rize of the Fenix is the third upcoming album by American comedy rock band Tenacious D.


The hard rocking comedy duo, are set to release their first album in over 5 years since the release of the movie soundtrack for their Hollywood film, “The Pick of Destiny”.


The new album “Rize of the Fenix” will be the bands 3rd studio album and will see Dave Grohl reunite with the band on numerous tracks on drums. Grohl has a long standing relationship with the band, playing drums for the band on previous album releases and, both Gass and Black, have appeared in music videos for Grohl’s band, Foo Fighters.


Though not much is yet known about the musical direction of the “Rize of the Fenix” album, I can take a stab in the dark that satire and comedy will continue to be a major aspect of Tenacious D's lyrical content.


It has also been confirmed that band will follow the album's release with live performances at Rock am Ring and Download Festival in June 2012. Download, which will be headlined by The Prodigy, Metallica and a reunited Black Sabbath, takes place over the weekend of June 8-10 at Donington Park while Rock AM Ring will see Tenacious D line up with Metallica, Motorhead and Marilyn Manson.


The comedy pair have also just announced their first American show of the year, at Sasquatch Festival in Washington over the weekend of May 25-28, alongside the likes of Jack White, Bon Iver and Beck.

 

Fans can visit the bands website at: www.tenaciousd.com to hear a snippet from the new album.

It’s that time of year again. With nominations for this year’s NME awards, released last night (January 30) exclusively on BBC Radio 1 during Zane Lowe’s show. The nominations saw Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines and Odd Future among the acts nominated for gongs.


Arctic Monkeys – who've scored seven nominations in total – will go head-to-head with Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors and Muse for the Best British Band award. Somewhat ironically, Muse have also been nominated for three gongs in total including this year’s Worst Band award.


Ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher is up for four awards in total, including the coveted Best Album for 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' and Best Solo Artist. He’s also going to be awarded the Godlike Genius Award on the night.


An Instrumania favourite, Foo Fighters, are up for the Best International Band award with lead singer and ex-nirvana drummer, Dave Grohl up for the Hero of the Year award.


The NME Awards has taken different forms over the past 60 years . Back in the 50s and 60s it was the Pollwinners' Concert, and from 1971 to 1993 it was a simple readers poll rather than the live ceremony that you see today. The 2012 NME awards will be the 15th year since the ceremony’s rebirth in 1993 after a 22 year gap of recognising and rewarding the very best in music.


For more information about the nominees and the ceremony or to get tickets, visit the official awards page at: http://www.nme.com/awards


With new categories and awards, the show is set to be a good night of music. The winners will be announced at the ceremony at O2 Academy Brixton on February 29.  Vote for your favourite artist at: http://www.nme.com/awardsvote

According to the NME, the Church, who gained notoriety for regularly picketing the funerals of fallen US soldiers, have promised to turn up outside the Foos' show at Kansas City's Sprint Center on 16 September.
Achieving infamy thanks to some high profile public appearances, the Westboro Baptist Church have reached a level of prominence far beyond their meagre funds. Even British audiences have taken notice of their often extreme actions, with Louis Theroux being dispatched (twice) to investigate.

Westboro Baptist Church are set to picket Foo Fighters in response to their recent 'Hot Buns' video. 'Hot Buns' was a viral designed to promote the band's upcoming North American tour. Dressed as truckers, Foo Fighters engage in some saucy activities in the shower as they seemingly aim to re-create a gay porn film.

According to a statement on the church's protest schedule, they have opted to picket Dave Grohl and co's show because "The entertainment industry is a microcosm of the people in this doomed nation: hard-hearted, hell-bound, and hedonistic. These people have a platform and should be using it to encourage obedience to God; instead they teach every person who will listen all things contrary to him."

It continues: "The people in this nation have sinned away their day of grace and have so enraged their God that you are seeing new outpourings of his wrath continually. We will be there to remind you that the day of your destruction is upon you, even as you vainly seek comfort in the frivolities of this life."

Foo Fighters fans have reacted angrily to the planned protest, with some fans calling for singer Dave Grohl to confront the protesters himself.