Music bits: U2 Album Progress. Whitman’s aves. Hartse on Feist. The Believer.

A quick blitz of music links:U2's progress on their new album. Andy Whitman rates the best albums so far this year. Joel Hartse reviews Feist's The Reminder. A summary of The Believer's annual Music Issue. … [Read more...]

Achtung, Spider-man! (I am not making this up.)

What in the world?Bono and The Edge... writing a Spider-man musical... for Julie Taymor.Right.Sure.Why didn't I see that coming? … [Read more...]

U2′s New (Completely Unnecessary) Compilation

U218, which arrives in stores Nov. 21, is a waste of time for anybody who already has the best-of collections that they released a few years ago.There's nothing in these 15 singles that you don't already know by heart, except...the recent U2/Green Day collaboration-cover of "The Saints are Coming," which does indeed rock, and... "Windows in the Sky," which is as jubilant and celebratory as "Beautiful Day," and which U2-friendly churches are more than likely to integrate in their … [Read more...]

More on U2′s New Material

Josh Hurst just discovered more on the current activities of U2 at, well, atU2.The other new song is "Windows in the Skies." With soaring strings and a haunting piano melody, the tune is remarkably different to the stadium rock sound of their recent smash hit album, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. It is huge but in a very different way and for a very different reason; Bono is learning to play piano. "I think that's going to be our biggest song in a long time. It's a psychedelic pop song … [Read more...]

U2 in 3-D!!!

U2 is coming to a THEATER near you next year... in 3-D. … [Read more...]

While U2 prepares to record, Bono is taking piano lessons.

JAM! Showbiz reports that U2 is preparing to go back into the studio this summer.Wondering what might be different? … [Read more...]

Read it and weep: U2 and Arcade Fire onstage together…

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Yep, that's Bono kneeling toward the right, smack in the middle of Arcade Fire.U2 and Arcade Fire played together last night, performing Joy Division's "Love Will Tear Us Apart."For those that were there, it must have been Thanksgiving all over again.For me, Thanksgiving is officially ended, unless someone can find me a recording of this performance. … [Read more...]

Bono on the Cover of the New Rolling Stone

Thanks to Josh Hurst for bringing THIS to my attention.As is so often the case, Bono gets in some quotable stuff about his faith. Do you pray or have any religious practices?I try to take time out of every day, in prayer and meditation. I feel as at home in a Catholic cathedral as in a revival tent. I also have enormous respect for my friends who are atheists, most of whom are, and the courage it takes not to believe.How big an influence is the Bible on your songwriting? How much do … [Read more...]

U2 on Conan O’Brien

I stayed up until the wee hours to see a most bizarre spectacle... U2 on Late Night with Conan O'Brien. While it was far from a total success, the bumpy and embarrassing moments were worth it for the highs, which included performances of "All Because of You," "Original of the Species," "Stuck in a Moment," and "Vertigo" (which was cut off by the network as the show ran out of time... a painful severance indeed.)More here. And much, much more here.If you saw it, what'd you think? Did … [Read more...]

Specials: Steve Martin’s Next Good Movie; Mark Helprin; Cowboy Junkies Sing U2; Steyn on Spielberg

Today's specials:THE REAL STEVE MARTIN ... THE ONE WORTH SEEING... IS BACK Steve Martin's upcoming romantic comedy Shopgirl wasn't very high on my must-see list. Until now.BEHIND THE SCENES OF MARK HELPRIN'S STORYTELLING Harvard Magazine investigates the house of Helprin, my favorite novelist."WE'RE JUNKIES, BUT WE'RE NOT THE SAME..." Cowboy Junkies have a new covers album called Early 21st Century Blues, and it features a rendition of U2's "One." More information and streaming … [Read more...]


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