Music News: Stars pay tribute to Fats Domino


Fats Domino poses for a portrait in 2007.
Fats Domino poses for a portrait in 2007. (PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)

"He's the greatest entertainer that I ever known," says no less an authority than Little Richard about Fats Domino, who died Wednesday at age 89. "Black, white, red, brown or yellow, he's a just good guy and I thank God for giving me the opportunity to know him. I love him." (Billboard)

The "Tutti Frutti" star was just one of many musicians paying tribute to the late New Orleans great. (Billboard)

Eno and Shields team up

Brian Eno and Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine) have collaborated on a track called "Only Once Away My Son." It's only available via Adult Swim's Singles Program. Shields is said to be working on a new My Bloody Valentine album for release next year, while Eno has been back in ambient territory of late with the 2017 release Reflection. (Pitchfork)

Kate Nash: I still exist

Kate Nash is furious over a BuzzFeed list that counted her among "33 singers that only exist in the minds of British millennials." The article identified Nash as "the cute vintage-dress-wearing girl we all wanted to be back in 2007. Presumably these days she's wearing baggy jumpers and DMs [Doc Martens] but who knows??"

"The media have talked about me this way my entire career, since I was 20 years old. I think this media tone needs to end," wrote Nash on Twitter. "With all the talk of mental health recently & the amount of mental health issues within the artist community I don't think this contribution from @BuzzFeed or from any other media outlet is helpful or interesting. It could hurt unstable people & with what is going on in the world." (NME)

Can U.S. Bank Stadium sound be better?

The least surprising revelation from the first year of concerts at U.S. Bank Stadium: the sound isn't that great. Kenny Chesney’s crew just paid an advance visit to the Vikings venue with an eye towards the country star's May 5 show, and they say they're confident "it's very easy and achievable to make the experience much better."

The key, says Chesney's audio designer John Mills, is a little legwork. "The successes have been the [bands] who came in and worked closely with the venue, and the ones who didn't have success didn't closely collaborate with them."

Chesney is among the acts, including former U.S. Bank Stadium performers Coldplay, using a new audio system that can be adjusted to provide the best sound quality for each venue, with tweaks possible even on a row-by-row basis. (Star Tribune)

Crystal Castles abuse allegations

Alice Glass, who left Crystal Castles in 2014, has made detailed allegations accusing her former bandmate Ethan Kath of "almost a decade of abuse, manipulation and psychological control." In response, Kath calls Glass's account "pure fiction." (Pitchfork)

Remembering Al Hurricane

Singer-songwriter Al Hurricane has died of prostate cancer at age 81. Hurricane, notes the New York Times, "forged a pioneering musical style by playfully blending New Mexico folk music with the rhythms of rock, jazz and country."

Laura Jane Grace records Squidbillies theme

Bob Mould’s had a go, and now Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!) has recorded the theme song to the Adult Swim cartoon Squidbillies. "It's fun to sing that line of 'Take all you sons of bitches when I go,'" said Grace in an interview released to accompany the track. (Pitchfork)

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