We all have danced to Ke$ha’s hit song Die Young and it’s reported that another one of our fave bands, fun., had a hand in making the track that much better! In an interview with The Huffington Post, it was pointed out that lead singer Nate Ruess was one of five songwriters listed on the track. When asked how the collaboration over Die Young come about, Nate replied, “I just wrote the hook and I wrote it for something else, and then a couple of producers got a hold of it and worked on the rest with her. I was not involved in anything other than the (hook). Somewhere around the world there’s me singing that chorus.” We wonder if we could get our hands on that chorus!
Watch the video for Ke$ha’s track Die Young below and tell us what you think of the song in the comments section!
The 5th annual record store day is getting close, it goes down April 21st. So to get you ready, the first 3 Matt Tracks this week are by artists who will have exclusive releases this year to help support independent record stores.
The Format was a rock band formed in Arizona in the early 2000’s. They started out strong but eventually got lost in the shuffle when their label, Electra Records, was absorbed by Atlantic Records, and the band broke up after just two albums. Not all was lost however because out of the ashes of The Format came a new band called fun. who scored a big hit this year with this song.
Record Store Day info:
Format: 10″ GEAR-SHAPED gold picture disc
1) We Are Young with Janelle Monae (Acoustic)
2) Carry On (Acoustic)
3) Why Am I The One (Acoustic)
After the Sex Pistols ended in the late 70’s, John Lydon (formerly Johnny Rotten) started a band called Public Image Ltd. The music sort of began as borderline noise rock, very heavy bass, with a new wave vibe. By 1986 the sound had become a little bit more accessible which was heard best on their 1986 hit Rise.
Record Store Day info:
Public Image Ltd confirm their first new material in 20 years will begin with the EP ‘One Drop’ released for ‘Record Store Day’ on April 21st. John Lydon describes the track as – “One Drop is a reflection of where I grew up in Finsbury Park, London. The area that shaped me, and influenced me culturally and musically, a place I will forever feel connected to.”
Anytime something emerges from the underground and is embraced by the masses, there is always a major backlash. It happened with punk, grunge, and it happened with folk music. The Greenwich Village folk scene in NYC at one time was a secret boiling pot of music that eventually became super commercialized, which resulted in something known as the anti-folk scene, and people like Billy Bragg, Beck, and Regina Spektor are products of it.
Record Store Day info:
Format: 7″ 45
1)”The Prayer of Francois Villon(Moltiva)”
2)”Old Jacket (Stariy Pedjak)”
Two unreleased tracks recorded in Regina’s native Russian.
The Bloody Five are a band from Toronto who formed in High School (sort of). Now I know that doesn’t seem very extraordinary. Bands form in high school all the time, but The Bloody Five are different. They were born out of a talent show where students and teachers form a band and play some tunes together, but this band took that idea a little further because they kept making music after the talent show. They are a mix of teachers and former students and their first video is a cover of a tune by The Demics. The Demics were a punk band formed in London, Ontario around 1977 and this is widely considered one of the great Canadian songs of all time
Peter Katz is a Canadian singer/songwriter who has collaborated with Glen Hansard of the Swell Season Fame and this year was nominated for a Juno. His nomination came in the music DVD category against artists like Rush, Feist and Tegan and Sarah who had very large budgets and huge productions, but Peter’s DVD was a budget of favours. It was never actually supposed to be a DVD. It was his CD release show and a film maker friend decided to film it the day before! Peter didn’t win the Juno, Feist did, but it says a lot about his music and how it was captured on film that they got the nomination and most importantly, a lot of new people found out about his music.
20 new Ranked playlists?!?! ALREADY??!? We spoil you, we know. Check out all the new playlists with themes of high school blues, high rollers and some genuine mother lovers. Check them all out now.
#21: Tattooed Artists
#22: Huge Songs from HUGE Movies
#23: Make It Rain
#24: Cheer It On
#25: Got Something to Say-Vids with a Message
#26: In Jail Because We Fail
#27: Keep the Needle on Record
#28: Funny as F***
#29: Snap a Flick
#30: Model Behaviour Videos
#31: One Shot Videos
#32: Boy Bands you Love to Hate
#33: Family Matters
#34: Gamblers Videos
#35: Dear Mama
#37: Money Matters
#38: Highschool Blues
#39: Out Of This World
#40: Sexiest Music Videos