International news round-up: “better music representing a better future”
The National take on Republican students, Mark Foster gets bounced from a Prince gig, Courtney Love plans to make more money off Nirvana – all this, and more, in our weekend round-up of international news.
– A group called Ohio University Students for Romney used a version of ‘Fake Empire’ by The National in a video supporting the Republican candidate. That didn’t go down well with the band, who are Obama supporters to a man. Their frontman Matt Berninger posted a comment under the video on YouTube, saying, “Our music was used without our permission in this ad. The song you’re using was written about the same backward, con game policies Romney is proposing.” The video was then marked private and an apology was posted on the Ohio University Students for Romney Facebook, which says, “we’ve learned that partisan divide exists on youtube and in music as much as it does in Washington… We respectfully took down the video, and will repost with better music representing a better future.”
– Mark Foster of was kicked out of a Prince concert in Los Angeles recently. Foster had been using his phone, which the Purple One frowns on – he doesn’t like people taking unofficial pictures of his concerts. Foster was allowed back in after explaining that he wasn’t using the phone to take photos, and that he hadn’t closed his bar tab.
– Courtney Love is apparently planning to make either a Broadway musical or a movie about Nirvana and her relationship with Kurt Cobain. Oddly, the news came out when her co-manager mentioned the plans during a court case – he’s suing former client Britney Spears over libel, breach of contract and several million dollars worth of unpaid management fees.
– Krautrock legends Can have announced that The Lost Tapes, a box set of rarities they released earlier this year on CD, will be available on vinyl in December. As well as unheard music from studio archives, it collects live recordings and songs contributed to soundtracks.
– British MC and singer Plan B is riding high on his well-received album iLL Manors and the movie of the same name he directed, but things weren’t always so rosy. In a recent interview with the BBC, he revealed that when he started touring his Brit Award-winning second album, The Defamation of Strickland Banks, he was Â£40,000 in debt. It wasn’t until the royalties for that album, which eventually sold over a million copies, began coming in that Plan B ever made a profit from the music business.
– Camper Van Beethoven have announced that their next album, La Costa Perdida, will be available in January of next year. This will be their first studio recording since the alternate-history concept album New Roman Times was released in 2004.