*You may be okay with the quality of the music you stream, but Neil Young sure isn't. About two weeks ago, Young made a Facebook post promising to take his entire music catalog off of streaming sites due to their poor quality and he's sticking to his guns.
“Streaming sucks," he wrote. “I don't need my music to be devalued by the worst quality in the history of broadcasting or any other form of distribution.” While some of his albums remain on sites like Spotify and Apple Music, most have been taken down since his post, and it's likely that the rest will follow.
*There has never been a better time to be a Frank Zappa fan. The late rocker's family has teamed up with Universal Music to announce a massive release schedule including some releases as well as new projects. Some projects include "Joe's Garage, The Musical," "Roxy Movie" and an orchestra performance of "200 Motels" featuring the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The first item on the docket is a remastered edition of Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention's 1974 album, "One Size Fits All," which will come out on vinyl August 14th.
"This is literally an opportunity of a lifetime for me," Zappa's widow, Gail, said in a statement. "I am universally thrilled with this partnership because the fans will have unparalleled access to Frank Zappa's works. The doors to the vault are now officially wide open."
*Metallica doesn't need another run of the mill biography. Michael L. Frizell has taken care of that, turning the band's history into a comic book.
The book, “Orbit: Metallica,” is not the first music-based comic book Frizell has made. He wrote biographical comics about Alice Cooper, Ozzy Osbourne, Prince and even Miley Cyrus in the past. He's also helped make audiobooks about the likes of Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Michael Jackson and Selena Gomez.
But he says he has never written about a group or artist with “such a rabid fanbase” as Metallica. The art in the book comes from Metallica fan, Jayfri Hashim, who also helped research for the story. The book is being published by StormFront Media. You can buy “Orbit: Metallica” for $3.99 on ComicFleaMarket.com.
*The Lollapalooza takeover continues! After adding festivals in Chile, Brazil and most recently, Argentina, the music festival is adding a stop in Colombia.
The event will be held in Parque Simón Bolivar, a huge urban park in the middle of Colombia’s capital, Bogota, in the fall of 2016.
"We have had the ambition to bring Lollapalooza to Colombia for some time now, and have found partners who are true professionals and share our passion for the music,” Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said in a statement.
*Yoko Ono is releasing another covers and remixes album in January. “Yes, I’m a Witch Too,” a sequel to 2007’s “Yes, I’m a Witch,” will feature collaborations with Death Cab For Cutie, Cibo Matto, her son Sean Lennon, and more
Just like the original, the artists on the album will all contribute either remixes or covers from Ono’s catalog. “Yes I Am a Witch, Too,” coming out January 22nd, will be released a double vinyl set, a deluxe CD and digitally.