Quick Hits: Katy Perry, YouTube music awards, Drake, The Temper Trap, CBGB music festival, Soundgarden
October 1, 2013
Katy Perry has revealed the track list for her October 22 album, Prism, including all 16 songs on the deluxe edition. Of course Prism will include previously released tracks like "Dark Horse" (featuring Juicy J), "Walking on Air," and "Roar," as well as tracks titled "Legendary Lovers," "International Smile," "Ghost" and more. Perry also closed out this year's iTunes Festival in London on Monday night (September 30) with a set that included her hits as well as four Prism tracks. KP played the three previously heard songs from the album as well as the previously unheard ballad "By The Grace Of God."
YouTube has recruited Lady Gaga, Eminem and Arcade Fire to perform at its first ever music awards show, scheduled for November 3 in New York City. The show will present awards in six categories, which will be announced in October and based entirely on viewer votes. The 90-minute live event will be hosted by actor Jason Schwartzman.
Toronto's favorite son, Drake, has been hired by the NBA's Toronto Raptors as a Global Ambassador. Drizzy is slated to help boost the team's profile by redesigning its image and logo as well as launching a clothing line in collaboration with the Raptors.
Guitarist Lorenzo Sillitto has left The Temper Trap, although he played on sessions for their upcoming album. "I leave the band with a heavy heart but it was time for me to try new things," Sillitto said in a statement. "I've loved everything about The Temper Trap. It's been an incredible experience. I want to thank the boys for all the amazing times, places we have seen and played and laughs along the way, management, record labels, the many people who've supported the band throughout the years, the many friends I've made and of course the fans - it has been an amazing journey, an experience I will never forget and one that changed my life." The Temper Trap is expected to release a new album in early 2014.
The second annual CBGB music festival will once again offer a free concert in Times Square on October 12. My Morning Jacket, Grizzly Bear, Divine Fits, The Wallflowers, and a deejay set from James Murphy are on the bill. The concert will span multiple outdoor stages on Broadway, plus include a music equipment expo, a skateboard half-pipe, rock climbing, a record fair, and various other exhibits. It is all part of the larger CBGB festival, which takes place at assorted venues in Manhattan and Brooklyn from October 9 to October 13.
On November 26, Sub Pop will reissue Soundgarden's first two EPs, Screaming Life/Fopp. All the songs have been remastered by producer Jack Endino. "Soon after opening Reciprocal Recording in July 1986, there I was with Soundgarden, trying to make the most of our eight tracks," Endino explained in a statement about the original recording process. "Somehow, we found room for all of Matt Cameron's 'bonus tubs,' Hiro's primordial Fender bass, and a whopping four tracks to share between Kim Thayil's mad guitar psychedelia and Chris Cornell's still-expanding voice. 'Nothing To Say' was the song that made us all look at each other and go, 'holy crap, how did we do this?'"