Garbage spark police investigation, U2 make an album and Jack White keeps churning out the”Blues” – all this and more in this morning’s international news roundup.
South By Southwest has announced the winners of the first annual Grulke Prize, named in honour of longtime SXSW creative director Brent Grulke who passed away in August 2012. There are three prizes: two Developing Act Prizes (American and International) – for artists who are breaking new ground with their creativity and show the most promise in achieving their career goals – and the Career Act Prize, for an established artist who appeared at SXSW to reinvent themselves or launch an important new project.
The Developing Act winners were sisterly quartet Haim (who we featured in FL Recommends) from the San Fernando Valley and Glasgow synthpop crew CHVRCHES. The Grulke Prize winner for Career Act was awarded to The Flaming Lips, who debuted their new album, The Terror, in its entirety along with a new stage production at SXSW.
U2 bassist Adam Clayton has confirmed that the band is working on new material with help from producer Danger Mouse and expects to have an album out by the end of the year. “September, October, November. That kind of time,” Clayton told Ireland’s Hot Press. “We have an abundance of riches, we could make three or four different records and justify that to ourselves, but to make the best record you can, you have to steer away from the ones you can make easily. We’re really trying to get into territory that we’re not comfortable in. If that makes sense”. Bono revealed to The Guardian earlier this year that the band’s humble working title for the new record is 10 Reasons to Exist.
An interview with Shirley Manson while she was in Australia for the Soundwave festival has reportedly triggered a hunt for a teacher who may have sexually abused the Garbage singer when she was 15. Manson told the Sydney Morning Herald that when she was underage she had a relationship with a music tutor. “My first so-called relationship was with my music teacher at 15,” Manson revealed. “I would have sex with him in the back of his van after class. When I found out he was having sex with every one of my mates, it stopped.”
That confession has now sparked a police investigation with The Scotsman reporting that the Edinburgh City Council is “very seriously” looking into the matter. A spokesperson for the council says: “We take any allegations of this nature very seriously and we are currently looking to establish more information about this case.”
Charleston, South Carolina’s Shovels & Rope are the latest group to step into Jack White’s Third Man studios and record a single for the label’s “Blue Series”. Cary Ann Hearst and Michael Trent have laid down a piano heavy take on Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Johnny 99’ backed by a cover of Tom Waits’ ‘Bad As Me’.
The single follows quickly on the heels of the recent pairing of Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard and Ruby Amanfu (ak’ Jack White’s sparring partner on ‘Love Interruption’) who released a “Blue Series” single earlier this month. Howard and Amanfu covered ‘Sugarman’ Rodriguez’s ‘I Wonder’ and a version of Memphis Minnie’s ‘When My Man Comes Home’ for their contribution to the series. We know of one obsessive fan who no doubt already owns both singles on limited edition vinyl.