All for Naught: Lennon and McCartney’s Last Recording Session

An excellent, well-researched delve into the mysterious evening when John Lennon and Paul McCartney entered a studio together for the first and only time five years after The Beatles had come to an acrimonious end.

It had been nearly five years since Lennon and McCartney appeared in a recording studio together. The last time around, they were at Abbey Road Studios in London with Harrison and Starr, working on the Abbey Road track “I Want You (She’s So Heavy).” Given all that had transpired since then, those five years might have felt like 25.

Dave Grohl Publicist “Won’t deny” Nirvana Reunion with Paul McCartney on Vocals

Photo swiped from Stereogum because it is awesome. Also, the file name is “Macvana.”

I’m not sure what to make of the news that “Nirvana” will reunite tonight with Paul McCartney for the Hurricane Sandy Benefit. Are Dave Grohl and Kist Novaselic just taking the piss for hype’s sake? Or is Sir Paul going to slap on some dirty jeans and scream his way through “Rape Me?” If he does, he wins. I just don’t want it to turn into one of those lame all-star jams, where someone is back to back with Bruce Springsteen and the usual cast of relief effort mainstays shouting lyrics no one can hear into a shared mic. But, man, these publicists are doing their jobs. My curiosity is piqued.

STREAM: Fiona Apple’s Version of Buddy Holly’s “Everyday”

Fiona Apple & Jon Brion – Everyday by TheNJUnderground

The Buddy Holly tribute Rave On: Buddy Holly is out June 28th and features quite an esteemed group of artists ranging from Paul McCartney and Julian Casablancas to Florence and the Machine and The Black Keys. Fiona Apple’s contribution has just been leaked and finds her once again teaming up with multi-instrumentalist/producer Jon Brion. Holly’s original charmed because of its overt simplicity. Apple knows better than to try to fuss up a winning formula, so she leaves the arrangement sparse and lets her voice do all the work. Her cadence lends more of a country feel to the melody, while adding a bit of a darker edge with her subtly tense vibrato.

Kitty-pounding wedding singers

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If you’re marrying a girl with a seemingly limitless dowry, then you just might be able to afford one of the following performers for your reception. The prices are as big as the names, give or take. I remember my friend wanted to get The Magnetic Fields when he and his wife got married almost nine years ago. The price at the time was $10,000 plus air-fare, which seems like a steal compared to these acts. Granted, it’s a stratospheric difference in terms of fame but still. Some of these prices just seem to be set as deterrents because nobody wants to play some random wedding, but the logic being,  if you cough up millions, hey, then it’d probably be ok. If I had $981,000 extra clams lying around I sure as shit would not employ the likes of Rod Stewart, especially circa now. And, really, Jennifer Lopez demands $1.6 million for private parties? I cannot even imagine the buyer’s remorse after that party ends. The rest at least make some semblance of sense, given your taste level:

1. The Rolling Stones – up to £5 million ($8.176m)
2. Sir Elton John – up to £2 million ($3.27m)
– Kylie Minogue – up to £2 million ($3.27m)
4. Christina Aguilera – up to £1.5 million ($2.45m)
5. George Michael – £1.3 million ($2.45m)
6. Amy Winehouse – £1 million ($1.64m)
– Sir Paul McCartney – £1 million ($1.64m))
– Leona Lewis – £1 million ($1.64m))
– Jennifer Lopez – £1 million ($1.64m)
10. Barry Manilow – £750,000 ($1.23m)
11. Rod Stewart – £600,000 ($981,000)
12. Duran Duran – £500,000 ($818,000)

[ via Idolator]