MusicNotes from the XPN Morning Show: The Black Keys drummer slam U2, Eddie Vedder dedicates song to late musician and Grammy-winner Erykah Badu panhandles in NYC


The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney has criticized U2 for the surprise, free iTunes release of their new album, Songs of Innocence.

In an interview with The Seattle Times Carney said:

The free iTunes release of Songs of Innocence devalued their music completely. It sends a huge mixed message to bands that are just struggling to get by. I think that they were thinking it’s super generous of them to do something like that.

Carney also maintained the Black Keys’ stance of being against streaming services:

My whole thing about music is: if somebody’s making money then the artist should be getting a fair cut of it. The owner of Spotify is worth something like 3 billion dollars…he’s richer than Paul McCartney and he’s 30 and he’s never written a song.

The Black Keys two most recent albums, Turn Blue and El Camino, are still not available on streaming services like Spotify.


Eddie Vedder paid tribute to the late Isaiah “Ikey” Owens at a concert in Detroit last night.  Owens, who was 38 had been the keyboardist for  Jack White’s band and had also played with the Mars Volta and Long Beach Dub Allstars. Vedder dedicated the song “Light Years” to Owens.

During the concert at Joe Louis Arena in White’s home town of Detroit, Vedder called White:

A friend of the whole group, a great player, a great writer and visionary.  We send our heart out to Jack White and his band…The only thing we can do is try to take energy here at the concert so we can remember Ikey fondly.

Owens was a California native who had moved to Nashville and had been playing with White since 2012.  he was found dead in his hotel room in Puebla, Mexico.   On Wednesday, White’s camp released the following statement on his cause of death:

The coroner has determined that Ikey Owens died from a heart attack the morning of October 14 at approximately 4 am. The only drugs found in his room were a small amount of marijuana.

Jack White canceled his two remaining shows in Mexico but is still scheduled to start a short European tour on Nov. 7th in Istanbul.

Watch Eddie Vedder dedicate “Light Years” to the late, “Ikey” Owens below.

The next panhandler you see in NYC, singing for money could be a Grammy-winning musician. Erykah Badu has posted a video of herself in New York’s Times Square singing about needing money and how she hasn’t sold a record in a long time. She made $3.60. No one recognized her. …at least while she was singing. Erica called the whole thing a “hustle experiment” Badu says the video is not a reflection about homelessness and it’s just for entertainment purposes.


See for yourself.



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