GDD™ Morning Update: Lollapalooza, Kraftwerk, Thom Yorke, Francois K, Robert Moog

Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Revealed
Kraftwerk banned from playing in China
• Thom Yorke interviewed on Alec Baldwin’s podcast
Francois K announces mix album
• Synth pioneer Robert Moog inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame


Lollapalooza 2013 Lineup Revealed

On the off chance you don’t read the Chicago Tribune or avoided the Internet at all costs last week, well, then organizers of Lollapalooza have something very special for you: the official lineup for 2013.

Yes, on Monday (April 1), after a solid month of speculation, sources and leaks — almost all of which turned out to be accurate — Lolla really trulyrevealed the list of bands that will grace its stages, a bill topped by the Cure, Mumford & Sons, the Killers, Nine Inch Nails, Phoenix, the Postal Service, Vampire Weekend and New Order.

Rather remarkably, this marks the first time in the 20-year history of Lollapalooza that the Cure will appear at the festival, and, as any Lolla vet will surely remember, the recently-relaunched Nine Inch Nails were one of the acts that performed at the first Lollapalooza in 1991 (they also performed at Lolla in 2008). Mumford & Sons appeared in a midday slot in 2010, but this year, thanks to their Album of the Year win at the Grammys — and, you know, millions of fans — they’ve been promoted to headliners.

Kendrick Lamar, Queens of the Stone Age, the Lumineers, the National, Major Lazer and Steve Aoki are also confirmed for Lollapalooza 2013, set for August 2-4 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

All in all, more than 130 acts were announced on Monday, and though three-day passes have already sold out for the fest, a limited number of single-day tickets will go on sale Wednesday, April 3 at 10 a.m. CT. For more information on tickets — and to check out the festival’s full lineup — check out Lollapalooza’s official site.

(via MTV)


Kraftwerk banned from playing in China

The Guardian have reported that the German synth-pop band have been banned from playing a festival in China.

Kraftwerk were due to be playing at the annual Strawberry Festival in Beijing next month, but this will not go ahead now because the band are connected to a Free Tibet concert which occurred over a decade ago.

A source at Chinese music company Modern Sky, who are responsible for organising the festival, said: “Kraftwerk were not allowed to play…because they participated in a Free Tibet concert. We had already arranged the show, it’s a pity they can’t come, it’s a great shame.”

They were scheduled to appear at a Free Tibet concert in 1998 in Washington DC, but Kraftwerk did not actually play due to lightning strikes on that day.

This is not the first time something like this has occurred involving China. In the past musical icons such as Elton John, Bob Dylan and Guns N’ Roses have been implicated in censorship scandals.

Earlier this year Kraftwerk returned with a bang after completing a string of performances at London’s Tate Modern and they are now pencilled in to perform at this year’s Latitude Festival.

(via Mixmag)


Thom Yorke interviewed on Alec Baldwin’s podcast

In a rare interview, Yorke chats about childhood, celebrity, and career on Baldwin’s Here’s The Thing.

Since 2011, the actor/activist has been hosting a podcast for New York public radio station WNYC. Today’s guest (not an April Fool’s joke!) is Thom Yorke, who sat down for a nearly hour-long interview. Baldwin is an engaging interviewer and Yorke seems to have a pleasant time, discussing his earliest musical experiences, his life as a celebrity, and his brief interactions with the political world. Stream the podcast below and head to WNYC to download it.

Atoms for Peace recently announced another pair of “Thom + Nigel” gigs. In case you missed it, FACT interviewed the AFP masterminds earlier this year.

(via FACT Mag)


Francois K announces mix album

Forefather of house François K has a new double-disc mix album on the way.

This mix album forms part of Renaissance’s ‘The Masters Series’, and over the two CDs artists like Locked Groove, Blawan and Detroit Swindle can be found. There is also an unreleased track by Hotflush Recordings boss Scuba on there.

François K has been a New York mainstay since the late 1970s, and his mix represents both the new and the old in house music and beyond.

Renaissance will release the album on April 22.

(via Mixmag)


Synth pioneer Robert Moog inducted into National Inventors Hall of Fame

The United States Patent and Trademark office honors Moog for Patent No. 3,475,623: the Moog Synthesizer.

Technically, Moog’s patent is for “electronic High-Pass and Low-Pass Filters Employing the Base to Emitter Diode Ristor for Bi-Polar Transistors;” his eponymous modular synthesizer was the first of its kind. “The Moog synthesizer helped revolutionize the face of music by giving artists and composers the capability to create a brand new palette of sounds,” according to Patent officepress materials.

Moog introduced his synthesizer in 1964 and received the patent in 1969. One of his first customers was Wendy Carlos, the electronic artist who recorded Switched-On Bach on the Moog before composing famous scores for A Clockwork Orange, The Shining, and Tron. As Spin notes, “the Moog influenced not only synth-pop, but also disco, hip-hop, electronic dance music, and virtually everything that has come since.”

Moog died from a brain tumor in 2005 at the age of 71. Since 2004, the annual Moogfest has celebrated his contributions to music, first in New York and now in Asheville, North Carolina. The National Inventors Hall of Fame was established by the US Patent and Trademark office in 1973, and the induction ceremony will be held on May 1 at its headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.

(via FACT Mag)