“You’re not going to get this out of your head now and you will be saying, ‘Ah, poor old blind Bono.’”
“It’s not like Limp Bizkit got back together and snuck something into our pockets!”
The Black Keys’ drummer has nothing good to say about how the Irish rock legends released ‘Songs of Innocence’ via Apple and iTunes.
The song is the first single from the band’s surprise-released new album.
“There’s a lot of noise out there. I guess we got a little noisy ourselves to get through it.”
Included are songs from U2’s 13 full-length studio albums (Rattle and Hum is partially a studio album, so it counts), plus odds ‘n’ ends that weren’t live tracks or remixes included on U2’s two Best Of’s and its U218 singles collection, plus some recent one-off singles (“Invisible,” “Ordinary Love”) for timeliness.
Windows offers up the new Everclear album on CD-Rom.
Visit the locations where some of music’s most memorable album covers were shot, including Black Sabbath, Mumford & Sons and Rush.
Will it be as self-proclaimed “punk rock” as the iCloud method? Only time will tell.
The vinyl creeps in just in time for the GRAMMY deadline of Sept. 30.
As the band explains on their website, the photograph on the cover is the band’s drummer “protecting his 18-year-old son.”
In some cases these albums actually helped create new paths for the artist going forward; at other times they were more of an interesting diversion. But in all cases, these ten albums stand the test of time and are satisfying listens no matter what the context.
“And people feel like, ‘Not them again!’ But it is us again, and we’ve brought the tunes and we can play ‘em.”
U2 giving away their album for free via iTunes isn’t the only surprise project the band has in store for fans. It’s not even the only surprise project they have in the works with Apple.
Just to be clear, Bono knows how invasive it was to drop his surprise album in your iCloud — but that was the point. In an interview this morning, the U2 frontman opened up about the band’s release method.
If you wake up with an unexpected movie on your iCloud over the next few weeks, you’ll know who’s to blame.