Yoko Ono To Hold John Lennon Tribute Concert in Los Angeles Next Month

Yoko Ono is planning to throw a two day concert in Los Angeles for her late husband, John Lennon.

According to Spin, October 1st will feature performances by Iggy Pop, Nels Cline and Mike Watt.  October 2nd will host sets by Lady Gaga, along with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth.  And finally, both nights will feature “RZA, Perry Farrell, Carrie “Princess Leia” Fisher, actor Vincent Gallo, Paul Simon’s son Harper, and more.”

“Hand-picked artists will join the band onstage, much like the We Are Plastic Ono Band show in Brooklyn this past February, where guest stars included Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, and Scissor Sisters…

“Fans can expect something similar to the Brooklyn show, where the band played selections from Plastic Ono Band’s catalogue, including an all-star jam finale of 1969’s “Give Peace a Chance.” The set also featured newer material culled from Ono’s surprising 2009 album, Between My Head and the Sky.

“Tickets are already onsale for the event via Ticketmaster.”

Paste Magazine Have Closed Down Their Print Publication

The magazine industry is in heavy decline and the latest casualty is music magazine Paste. Paste magazine announced yesterday that it will no longer publish a print edition.

“Struggles with mounting debt were made public last year when our readers responded with generosity to save the magazine. But the prolonged downturn of the ad market has forced a hiatus”, according to a post on the site. Moving to web-only has hurt other publications, but the magazine’s staff vows to fight on. “Paste, while considering strategic alternatives, is focusing on its digital assets, including PasteMagazine.com.”

“We thank all of those who have shown such tremendous support to a vision of independent media focused on Signs of Life in Music, Film & Culture, including subscribers, advertisers, writers, photographers, illustrators, publicists, record labels, movie studios, book & game publishers and others in the press.”

Midweek Music Suggestions – 01/09/2010

Hello RouteNote readers. Once more we find ourselves together on a Wednesday. Would you like some new music to entertain your ear drums? Today I’ve got two new artists for you to listen to and enjoy, or ignore and hear of again. It’s entirely up to you.

Cutthroat Convention are a band I’ve become slightly obsessed with over the past few days. I don’t know if I particularly like them or not, but they’re not that much like anything else I’ve heard before. Normally if something is sold to me as ‘Experimental’ I expect it to be very boring and very much not experimental. Cutthroat Convention are an exception to this. They seem to have a good sense of humor too, if this quote from their website is anything to go by “You’re experimental, we’re boring c*unts”
Please listen to the song below and if you’re in anyway tickled, then please download their album for free here and visit their MySpace page.

27 – Cutthroat Convention by monkeyhotel

My other little suggestion for you is a BIG M.C by the name of Status Reign. He’s already quite well established in his home town Minneapolis (yes, my contacts reach that far, what of it?) and I can’t particularly see any reason that he shouldn’t become a stinking success elsewhere. He reminds me a little bit of Brother Ali, which can only be a good thing. Listen to the track below and visit his MySpace and Bandcamp pages.

Guns N’ Roses The Worst Headline Act To Ever Play Reading Festival

Guns N’ Roses made a very big impressions on Friday night at Reading Festival. Guns N’ Roses were booed and jeered — only to have have the plug pulled on them at the end of their crushingly disappointing set.

We have received a lot of emails saying that Axl Rose just look out of condition and was struggling to even sing! 80,000 disgruntled festivalgoers didnt hang around as the major headed over to the NME/Radio 1 Stage, where LCD Soundsystem were giving a lesson in how to headline a festival.

Free Music: Audiodax – Uh Oh

Audiodax has a very strange mix of electronic hip hop, but somehow it works. Audiodax is the teaming of Thomas Balcom (aka Temble) and Matt Rivera (aka Krypton Flo) who met at DePauw University. The guys are both fans of Vampire Weekend, Crystal Castles, Kid Cudi and Ratatat.

Their ultimate goal is to make people’s life a little sweeter with their music, “[We want to create]  music that will inspire good feelings and even better times,” they write on their web site.

Here is a free mp3 to stream titled “Uh Oh”. Make sure you share it around!

Uh Oh (ft Constant L. Burts) by audiodax

Olly Murs Gets UK Number 1 Single with Please Don’t Let Me Go

Olly Murs has been able to do what Joe McElderry couldnt do, and thats to enter the UK singles chart at number one with his debut single. McElderry, who beat Murs in last season’s X Factor final, famously missed out on a number one debut last December with his first single to Rage Against The Machine, although The Climb did appropriately climb to the top a week later.

BBC Planning to Launch New Music Show: Top Gear for Music!

The Times claim that senior BBC executives have approached independent production companies asking them to help develop a “Top Gear for music” to debut next year.

The BBC are planning on producing a pilot in the coming mosts and have already approached major record labels for access to their new videos and artists. Additionally, the show wont have a chance to appear on BBC 1 or BBC 2, but its scheduled to run on BBC 3.

A BBC spokesperson says, “We are constantly discussing new ideas for pop music, but we currently have no plans to announce for any of our television networks.