Unplugging: Cheap Trick blues & Karen O's "psycho-opera"

Posted by Lily Angelle, MXDWN

The winds of change are a blowin’ in the world of music, and we couldn’t have asked for a better time than now, as it’s been a pretty hot summer. 

Welcome in the weather of change with your friends MXDWN, and we’ll be sure to show you which way the wind blows.

The winds of change quite literally blew through the Ottawa Bluesfest in Ontario, Canada, interrupting a performance by Cheap Trick. A frightful and unexpected windstorm sent instruments and the main stage flying, as the band and audience ran for cover.

Manager David Frey relayed the band’s close call with the dangerous winds, saying, "It was like the Titanic or something." With all the chaos, it was a relief that no one was severely injured. Cheap Trick made it out safe, although they lost their equipment in the mayhem. About a dozen people, including the band’s truck driver, sustained minor injuries.

If you’re a fan of Fox News’ Red Eye, you may be familiar with the show’s frequent guest and "Interplanetary Correspondent," Oderus Urungus of GWAR. Well, say bye-bye, because after decapitating one too many prop politicians during live shows, he was quietly kicked off the show.

Stemming from a recent decapitation of a mock Sarah Palin on GWAR’s last tour, Fox officials stopped inviting him onto the show for fear of right-wing conservative criticism. Urungus learned the reason behind his unanswered phone calls to Fox through Red Eye’s host Greg Gutfeld. After meeting up in New York while on tour, Gutfeld spilled the beans to Urungus. Since then, Urungus has resorted to Twitter to seek fan response. The absence of Urungus on Red Eye is not a change fans want to get used to, and hopefully he’ll have a glorious return.

A more positive change to the music world - it has been announced that indie goddess Karen O of The Yeah Yeah Yeahs has written material for a new project that has been described as "an assault on the tragic joys of youth," or whatever that means.

Karen OCoined as a "psycho-opera," O’s puzzling creation is set to premiere at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn this October 13th-16th on behalf of direction by Adam Rapp, The Studio, and The Creator’s Project, a collaboration between Intel and Vice Magazine. The opera will feature material written by O, but sadly she will not be performing. Although further details about the project are scarce, anything involving O is sure to be wild.

If you can’t wait till October for glorious material from Karen O, check out her recent team-up with Trent Reznor on a cover of Led Zeppelin’s "Immigrant Song," featured in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Also an awesome collaboration, O has teamed up with Santigold for the song, "Go," featured on Santigold’s upcoming album.

In light of their massive success with Brothers, The Black Keys have announced that they will release a seventh album before the year’s end. But, don’t expect the same type of brilliance that you heard on Brothers. Front man Dan Auerbach has informed fans to expect less slow-rockin’ soul jams that were prominent in Brothers, but more fast-paced tempos that Auerbach says were influenced by The Cramps, The Clash, and The Rolling Stones. With their next album changing to more upbeat rock rhythms, we hope The Black Keys can create a success that lives up to the glory of Brothers.

Despite the recent promoting of a new best-of compilation, the broken up and bitter members that were once New Order have revealed reasons behind their end.

Bassist Peter Hook name called in a recent interview with The Guardian, dubbing Bernard Sumner a "twat" and detailing the band’s purposeful lack of communication, confirming that New Order indeed has no future whatsoever.

The Guardian went on to expose wrongdoings of Hook, which could potentially be the reasoning behind New Order’s breakup. Sumner told of Hook’s purchasing the rights to a Factory records nightclub, Haçienda, while still on board with New Order. Whatever the reason, it has been made clear that after this new best-of compilation, fans should expect no more from New Order, sadly.

Well, there you have it. The winds of change are blowin’ on in, signaling breakups, kick-offs, team-ups and various other changes in music’s neck of the woods.

Unplugging In Brief:

Close Call for Cheap Trick at Ottawa Bluesfest- A sudden windstorm blew through Cheap Trick’s performance at the Ottawa Bluesfest, and everyone ran for their lives.
GWAR Singer Oderus Urungus Quietly Kicked Off of Fox News Red Eye- Urungus’ recent beheading of a prop-version of Sarah Palin sent Fox officials over the edge, quietly kicking him off Red Eye.
The Creators Project to Premiere "Psycho-Opera" Written by Yeah Yeah Yeahs Vocalist Karen O- Karen O is stepping behind the scenes of a “psycho-opera,” writing material to be debuted in October at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn on behalf of The Creators Project.
Black Keys to Release Seventh Album This Year- Don’t expect the same sound as Brothers, but something way faster.
Reasoning for New Order Break Up- Peter Hook tells The Guardian about how much of a "twat" Bernard Sumner is, while the other members tell of how he backstabbed New Order with Haçienda.

Lily Angelle, MXDWN