Music News: Staggering collection of rock instruments to be displayed at Met

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St. Vincent performing at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. April 3, 2014 (MPR / Nate Ryan)
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art has announced what Rolling Stone calls "the first major art museum exhibition dedicated to the instruments of rock & roll." Play It Loud, opening on April 8, will include instruments dating from 1939 to the present, used by artists including Elvis Presley, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and — unfortunately, the only woman mentioned in the show announcement — St. Vincent. Correction: Although the Rolling Stone article only mentions St. Vincent, the press release from the Met also mentions Joni Mitchell.

Among the instruments on display will be named guitars like Eric Clapton's "Blackie," Eddie Van Halen's "Frankenstein," and Jerry Garcia's "Wolf." Keyboard partisans will be glad to know that Keith Emerson's Moog synthesizer will also be part of the exhibit, which will head to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next fall after its run at the Met wraps up. (Rolling Stone)

Dean Ween opening concert venue featuring legal marijuana

Dean Ween (of Ween) is opening a new concert venue in Denver. The main attraction: legal marijuana. "We think that we can offer a unique kind of musical experience for Denver and the world," Ween told the Denver Post. "I think cannabis and music make total, total sense together." A 2016 law allows bars and restaurants to sell pot in Denver, but you still have to step outside to smoke it. (Pitchfork)

Snoop Dogg gets Hollywood Walk of Fame star, thanks himself

On Monday, Snoop Dogg was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and he thanked...himself. He did thank other people, but the part of his speech everyone loved most came at the end. (BuzzFeed)

Janelle Monáe signs film producing deal

Janelle Monáe has signed a deal with Universal Pictures. The multimedia star's film production company, Wondaland Pictures, will create movies focusing on "underrepresented voices and groundbreaking perspectives," reports Deadline. "There is an exciting, artistic revolution taking place in our industry, and Janelle and the talented team at Wondaland are at the forefront," said Donna Langley, the head of Universal.

Meanwhile, Monáe is staying busy on the other side of the camera: her upcoming roles include playing the dog Peg in Disney's live-action remake of Lady and the Tramp. Don't remember Peg? She's the dog who sings "He's a Tramp."

Lena Dunham and Ben Lee psychoanalyzed the Gallaghers

What kind of event can bring together Brad Pitt, Spike Jonze, Ione Skye, Julianna Barwick, and Lisa Loeb? Easy: it's Lena Dunham and Ben Lee psychoanalyzing Noel and Liam Gallagher. The live Sunday night event, a benefit to feed the hungry, was called "Champagne Superanalysis." No, the Gallaghers themselves were not in attendance. (Stereogum)

Mariah Carey fans demand #JusticeForGlitter

Mariah Carey fans have mounted a successful campaign to get the Glitter soundtrack back on the charts. After the hashtag #JusticeForGlitter went viral, the 2001 album is now in the top 20 on Billboard's soundtracks chart. Carey's superstitious fans will be hoping that the spike is enough to change the album's current U.S. sales tally: 666,000.

That's a lot of records, but not for Mariah. Glitter marked a major downturn in the career of the biggest pop star of the '90s: when it tanked, Virgin dropped her from a massive five-album deal. After some erratic public behavior on the album's release, Carey suffered an emotional breakdown and was briefly hospitalized. "Loverboy," the album's lead single, became Carey's first lead single not to reach number one...but it did hit number two because, Mariah Carey. (Billboard)

Record executive Dorothy Carvello's recent memoir Anything for a Hit detailed how Tommy Mottola, the head of Carey's former label Columbia sabotaged Glitter when Carey ended their marriage. Mottola used his industry connections to watch early cuts of the film, taking notes on the style of the songs she was planning to release. One of them was a super-catchy give-and-take duet with Ja Rule, sampling a 1978 disco jam called "Firecracker." Mottola, according to Carvello (and Carey), called in a favor with his friend Irv Gotti at Murder Inc. Records. Gotti got Ja Rule to join Jennifer Lopez for a remix of "I'm Real" where the two duet in call-and-response style over a sample from...yep, "Firecracker." Carey's track couldn't be released.


Songs sampled in podcast
Jahzzar: "Comedie" (CC BY 4.0)
BoxCat Games: "Against the Wall" (CC BY 3.0)
Snoop Dogg: Hollywood Walk of Fame acceptance speech
Lady and the Tramp: "He's a Tramp"
Oasis: "Wonderwall"
Chuck Berry: "Johnny B. Goode"
Mariah Carey: "Loverboy"


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