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Lana Del Rey shares her first spoken-word piece ‘patent leather do-over’

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Lana Del Rey has shared ‘patent leather do-over’, a spoken word piece from her upcoming poetry collection behind the iron gates – insights from an institution.

With music written by Del Rey’s frequent collaborator Jack Antonoff, the ‘Video Games’ singer begins ‘patent leather do-over’ by paying homage to Sylvia Plath and her novel The Bell Jar. Listen to it below.

In addition to behind the iron gates – insights from an institution, Del Rey has another spoken word album called forthcoming, called Violet Bent Backwards Over the Grass.

Earlier this week, Del Rey said in an Instagram post that her next album, the follow-up to last year’s ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’, is due out this September.

The spoken-word track and new album announcement follows recent controversy around an Instagram post by the singer, in which Del Rey citied several female artists like Cardi B, Ariana Grande and Camilla Cabello to hit back at accusations of glamourising abuse in her music.

Del Rey was quick to respond to criticism posing a rhetorical question on social media that read, “can I please go back to singing about being embodied, feeling beautiful by being in love even if the relationship is not perfect, or dancing for money – or whatever I want – without being crucified or saying that I’m glamorizing abuse??????”

Del Rey’s comments incited backlash from fans who interpreted the remarks as an attack on the artists named, many of whom were women of colour.

A fresh message shared on Instagram saw Del Rey continue her defence, saying, “I’m sorry that the folks who I can only assume are super Trump/Pence supporters or hyper liberals…want to make it a race war.”

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Lou Reed and Meatloaf guitarist Bob Kulick has died

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Bob Kulick, a guitarist for Lou Reed and Meatloaf, and session musician for Diana Ross, has died, aged 70.

The musician was confirmed to have passed away today (May 29) by his brother, KISS’ Bruce Kulick. A cause of death has yet to be confirmed.

His elder sibling shared the news in a Facebook post, writing: “I am heartbroken to have to share the news of the passing of my brother Bob Kulick. His love of music, and his talent as a musician and producer should always be celebrated. I know he is at peace now, with my parents, playing his guitar as loud as possible. Please respect the Kulick Family’s privacy during this very sad time.”

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Kulick worked with Lou Reed in 1975 on the album ‘Coney Island Baby’, playing lead guitar. He also worked with Meatloaf, playing in his touring band Neverland Express and playing on his 1984 record ‘Bad Attitude’.

He was also a session musician who worked with the likes of Diana Ross, Michael Bolton and W.A.S.P., while he also produced ‘Whiplash’, Motörhead’s Grammy-winning Metallica cover.

Kulick once auditioned to be in KISS before his brother joined the band, but was passed over for Ace Frehley. However, he appeared uncredited on the albums ‘Alive II’, ‘Unmasked’, Killers’ and ‘Creatures Of The Night’. He also played guitar on WWE wrestler Triple H’s entrance music ‘The Game’ and wrote the song ‘Sweet Victory’ for the SpongeBob SquarePants episode ‘Band Geeks’.

Tributes have begun to be paid online to Kulick since news of his death broke. LA band BulletBoys wrote: “Oh Man..This Is Awful! R.I.P. #bobkulick Ty for all the love u always gave me & us!!! We all will miss you my brother! Thoughts & Prayers to the Kulick Family. We all loved Bob so much!”

Jeff Scott Soto added: “Ugh, another peer, colleague & someone I considered friend has passed. I worked with Bob Kulick on many recordings through the years, most notably the many tribute albums he produced. My condolences to his brother Bruce and extended Kulick family.”

See those and more tributes below.

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El-P shares soundtrack for Tom Hardy movie ‘Capone’

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El-P has shared his score for the recent Tom Hardy-starring movie Capone – scroll down the page to listen to it now.

The soundtrack is the producer’s first full-length movie score since the 2004 film Bomb The System.

The Capone soundtrack features 13 songs, spans the course of an hour, and was released via Milan Records today (May 29). In a press release, El-P said: “I grew up on film scores and they’ve always been a huge influence on me and I’ve been hoping to get the time and chance to do another, so I was thrilled to do Capone.

“Huge thanks to Josh Trank and Tom Hardy for bringing me in and of course to Wilder Zoby who was my right-hand man through the whole score. I loved helping create and getting lost in this twisted little trip into Al’s mind. Much of the music on this score is directly from the movie and some of it is stuff that was created for the film but didn’t survive the final cut. I’m excited to present it to the world in this form.”

 

Capone marks the second time El-P has worked with director Josh Trank, following his work on the end credits score for Fantastic 4.

The film, which was released earlier this month, sees Hardy playing the notorious gangster in the last year of his life as he struggles with dementia. In a two-star review, NME said: “[I]t’s commendable that Trank has tried to tell a less familiar story here, when it would be easier to explore the blood and gore of Capone’s earlier life […] But his quasi-biopic is a messy, half-baked epilogue which veers from the peculiar to the downright laughable.”

Meanwhile, El-P’s Run The Jewels announced details of their fourth album ‘RTJ4’ earlier this month. The record will arrive on June 5 via Jewel Runners/BMG, their first release on a major label.

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Fiona Apple pens music for ‘Bob’s Burgers’ creators’ new animated series ‘Central Park’

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Fiona Apple has written new music for the Apple TV+ musical comedy series Central Park.

The singer-songwriter penned tracks for the newly released show, the first two episodes of which were released today (May 29), alongside the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Meghan Trainor, Sara Bareilles, Aimee Mann and Anthony Hamilton.

Each episode features three to six original songs, which will hit streaming services every week.

Apple co-wrote the song ‘New York Doesn’t Like Your Face’, which will appear in episode 10. You can listen to music from the first two episodes below.

Central Park was created by Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers), Josh Gad, and Nora Smith and stars Leslie Odom Jr., Kristen Bell, Josh Gad, Kathryn Hahn, Tituss Burgess, Daveed Diggs, and Stanley Tucci in voice roles. The animated series was announced earlier this year.

The official synopsis for Central Park reads: “Central Park is an animated musical comedy about the Tillermans, a family that lives in, and are the caretakers of, Central Park.

“Owen, the park manager, and Paige, his journalist wife, raise their kids Molly and Cole in the world’s most famous park, while fending off a hotel heiress Bitsy Brandenham and her long-suffering assistant Helen, who would love nothing more than to turn the park into condos.”

Watch a trailer for the show below.

Meanwhile, Dave Grohl recently praised Fiona Apple for helping him get through the current coronavirus lockdown.

When it was posed to him that music seems to be getting a lot of people through the lockdown, he replied: “Yeah no, that’s true. I mean, thank God for the new Fiona Apple record! It’s beautiful, and it’s been a long time coming.”

Released last month, ‘Fetch The Bolt Cutters’ was Apple’s first album in eight years. In a four-star review, NME’s Charlotte Krol said of the project: “[It] will cut straight to the gut for Apple fans old and new and leave behind indelible messages about her life and illustrious career, now spanning two decades. It’s an intoxicating listen – and one of her best.”

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