Daily Digest: Morissery, Kanye West, Stone Temple Pilots, Alabama Shakes

Posted February 28, 2013 by J Matthew Cobb in News

In the latest music news: Morissery vs. Kimmel; Kanye expresses his disapproval at Timberlake; Scott Weiland’s out as band leader; Alabama Shakes shakes up the charts after Grammy buzz

Misery for Morissery

First, UK singer Morissery cancelled a host of tour gigs due to a bleeding ulcer. Then he’s been jabbing at the staff at L.A’s Staples Center for not enforcing his demands of going vegan while performing his March 1 concert there. He’s anti-beef, by the way. Now he’s taking up beef (no pun intended) with comedian and late night show host Jimmy Kimmel for his recent skit which included a hilarious parody on carrots (a joked about his recent decision to forfeit from the show. Morissery also forfeited his opportunity to show up on Kimmel’s set because he learned that the animal-slaughtering cast of Duck Dynasty was slated to perform.

And then Kimmel responded. And he went there. Not only did he go there, he went a step further. His open monologue mocked a barrage of issues that are super-sensitive to Morissery, including depression, animal rights and vegetarians. Kimmel also said that he chose Duck Dynasty over Morrissey because “they have guns and Morrissey doesn’t.”

While Kimmel stated that he respects Moz’s beliefs about veganism, he said “there’s a very good reason why I didn’t dump the Duck Dunasty guys for Morissery, and it’s because they have guns and Morissery doesn’t.”

Check out Kimmel’s comments on Morissery and the funny skit below:

Of course, Morrisery gets the last word here:

“I was disappointed with last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Show wherein our smiling host managed to ridicule depression (70% of Americans suffer from depression according to the National Institute of Mental Health). He then found time to ridicule healthy eating (the obesity epidemic in the U.S. costs $147 billion per year in medical expenditure), and he also ridiculed the notion that animals should be entitled to the possession of their own lives. Furthermore, he found time to jokingly promote gun-ownership — hugely amusing for the parents at Sandy Hook, no doubt. He also promoted his special guests Duck Dynasty — who kill beings for fun. None of the above issues are, of course, as important as Jimmy Kimmel himself, who has finally revealed his show to have an overwhelming loss of meaning. Tune in and relive the intellectual fog of the 1950s.”


No ‘Suit & Tie’ for Kanye

Photo: Kanye West and Kim Kardashian by Nick Knight for L’Officiel Hommes Paris Spring 2013.

Oh, Kanye.

The rap star and his reality-star baby mama Kim Kardashian, who’s now pregnant with their first baby, posed nude for the cover of French magazine L’Officiel Hommes.

Despite its artsy black-and-white layout, immediate reaction on the racy cover proved to be severely critical against the superstar pair.

Also pundits are taking aim at Kardashian’s comments about her new privacy policy, where she told DuJour magazine last week that “[I’m] ready to be a little less open about some things, like my relationships. I’m realizing everyone doesn’t need to know everything. I’m shifting my priorities.”

Posing nude , of course, is the ultimate form of being open.

More conflicts are arising in the odd universe of Kanye, when he recently ranted at Justin Timberlake‘s hit single, “Suit & Tie,” which features his rapping partner-in-crime Jay-Z. While performing on stage at the London’s Hammersmith Apollo, West lept into one of his random chat sessions, which included post-Grammy disses and corporate sponsorship.

In the middle of “Clique,” West decided to attack Timberlake’s single, and even threw Hova into the fire. “I got love for Hov, but I ain’t f—ing with that ‘Suit & Tie’.” He went on to preach these words to his willing congregants:

“Can I sell a drink for you please? So you can help me put on a better show. Please corporations. Can you please support me, Kanye West? I swear I’m a nice n—– now. I swear I’ll put the pink polo back on. I swear to you. Please? Just for three million dollars. I need it so bad. I need a new pool in my back yard. So I’ll tell all my fans your s— is cool. And if they believe in me they should also believe in you. . . . What’s my public rating now? Are people liking me again? Enough to get some money for some corporations? They forgot about the whole Beyoncé thing right? Okay cool.”

Not sure if he just hates the song, or if he’s mad that Jay-Z opted to go on tour with Timberlake in 2013, leaving him out in the cold. But his hypocrisies are just as dumbfounded as Kimmy Poo’s. He’s sleeping with the biggest media-hungry, corporate sponsor around.


Pilot Error

This morning, the Internet was hit with the surprising news of Scott Weiland‘s termination by the band Stone Temple Pilots as their frontman. He learned the news first like so many of us; the Net. Weiland commented, and suggested the group was walking on thin ice since he actually co-founded the group and fronted the group for over a quarter of a century.

“Not sure how I can be ‘terminated’ from a band that I founded, fronted and co-wrote many of its biggest hits, but that’s something for the lawyers to figure out,” he says.

Weiland has been working on solo projects and states he will hit the road this week for a 2013 solo tour.

No word has been revealed as to what prompted Stone Temple Pilots to fire Weiland.


Shakin’ Up the Charts

Recent Grammy winners are still living in the moment from their big wins, but Alabama Shakes may be getting the biggest buzz of them all. The Southern freshman rock band, who were nominated for Best New Artist of the Year, will be performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend. This will coincide with the group’s recent surge on the charts, which sent their debut album Boys & Girls from 20-6. The album sales this week were up by 10 percent (33,000 copies sold) when compared with last week.


DAILY DIGEST is a roundup recap of current events and headlines that involves the music industry. Although HiFi Magazine reports news throughout the week, the stories compiled for the Daily Digest column are usually deemed as events “bubbling under the radar.” 

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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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