Beck reveals details of acoustic album; plus Dylan live date

Beck has announced plans for a new acoustic album, which he will be unveiling at a string of shows spread across the summer. The dates - which include one show as part of the Bob Dylan/Wilco/My Morning Jacket AmericanaramA festival - will see Beck road test material from the forthcoming record.

Boards Of Canada interviewed: “We’re too busy to give a shit!”

Been meaning to post this piece for a while, since the whole clandestine operation around the new Boards Of Canada album, “Tomorrow’s Harvest”, began. It’s an interview I did with the duo in February 2002, around the release of “Geogaddi”. NME billed it erroneously as “Boards Of Canada’s first ever interview” at the time, which was pushing it a bit…

Watch Neil Young’s birthday tribute to Willie Nelson

Neil Young, Chrissie Hynde and U2 are among the artists who have celebrated Willie Nelson's 80th birthday, which took place yesterday (April 30). Tributes paid by scores of musicians and friends - including Young, Hynde, Bonnie Raitt, John Mellencamp, Norah Jones and Band Of Horses - have been posted on Nelson's website. Neil Young sings "Happy birthday" to Nelson from the balcony of a roadside motel, adding: "80 years, unbelievable. Keep on rocking, man."

The Doors launch new website

The Doors have launched a new, expanded website. www.thedoors.com contains video clips and new photo galleries, as well as an archive listing all the band’s shows with setlists, gig notes, and in some cases, audio available for download. Users will find detailed info on songs like "Light My Fire", which showcases the original single artwork as well as videos and lyrics. Additional website features include an integrated community for fans to meet, discuss and share all Doors memories.
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