Alison Sudol, Miley Cyrus & Others React To Lou Reed Death

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Several pop artists are reacting to the news that American rock legend Lou Reed died on Sunday at the age of 71. “It is now officially confirmed that Lou Reed did pass away several hours ago,” Reed’s publicist Peter Noble said without disclosing details of The Velvet Underground member’s death. Among the tweets about the sad news:

Matt Nathanson (@mattnathanson): Are you fu**ing kidding me… lou reed?!! this is beyond, beyond awful. #RIP
everyone should go listen to Lou Reed “New York” RIGHT NOW and experience how it should be done.

Samantha Ronson (@samantharonson): R.I.P. Lou Reed Dead at 71

Jo O’meara (@joomeara): RIP Lou Reed xxxxxx

A Fine Frenzy singerA Fine Frenzy’s Alison Sudol (@AFineFrenzy): Just heard that Lou Reed passed away. A legend and a pioneer, he will be sorely missed. My condolences to his family and friends.

Miley Cyrus (@MileyCyrus): noooooooooo notttttttttt LOU REED

Polly Scattergood (@pollyworld): So sad to hear Lou Reed has passed away. A sad day for music. “Fly through the storm and wake up in the calm”. #RIPLouReed

Dan Black (@danblacksound): =( Good bye Lou Reed and thank you – had there been no you, I’d probably have been a street sweeper…

Orianthi (@orianthi): RIP Lou Reed

Guy SebastianGuy Sebastian (@GuySebastian): RIP Lou Reed

Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper): I still can’t believe Lou Reed passed away. I’m sorry for his family’s loss. greatful for his music and the influence he had on my music.

The Ting Tings (@thetings): LOU REED – RIP….. Will forever play your tunes that continue to mean so much to us. Thank you. J K x

Laura Imbruglia (@LauraImbruglia): OMG. R.I.P Lou. :(

KT Tunstall (@KTTunstall): Thankyou Lou Reed. RIP

Adam Lambert (@adamlambert): RIP Lou Reed

Alison Sudol On Making A Record About A Tree

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Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy is featured in a promo interview for her third studio album ‘Pines’ and its accompanying book. The 28-year-old singer songwriter talked about creating the music and book in parallel, what went behind the album title and the process of creating the album.

Talking about the record and book release and which came first to create, Alison explained, “The book and the music, the story and the music kind of developed together, and as I developed the story I was writing the songs and everything that I was going through was a really intense transitional period in my life, and the way I made sense of all these changes was writing.”

A Fine Frenzy singer Alison Sudol talks about As for the title of the record, Alison said, “I’ve always loved trees and I love evergreens and I love pines and I love the word pine and I love what it means. It’s not the most lovely feeling but it’s something I identify with, but I don’t think until much later that I realized how much I pined. It was a real effort to stop pining and to start really living and not looking back all of the time.”

Discussing the process of creating the record, Alison said, “I’ve never seen the sun rise so many times from the wrong end in my whole life. It was torrentially raining in Los Angeles that week too, right before Christmas, so it was just a weird thing . I decorated the whole studio and covered it in twinkle lights and pine cones and things. When you were in there, you were in a completely different world. I was really aware of how sensitive a project it was and how easily someone laughing at me for making a record about a tree could completely derail the whole process. I was really aware.”

Asked why she was so drawn to the forest, Alison responded, “There aren’t that many places where there’s a true sense of mystery and I’ve always felt drawn to forests because you look in and you don’t know what’s in there.”

Watch it via YouTube below.

A Fine Frenzy Transports People To A Beautiful Place With Art

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A Fine Frenzy singer Alison Sudol spoke with Yoga Journal about practicing yoga since she was 15 and how she wanted to build her life around things that made her happy, advice given to the singer songwriter by “very wise people” in her life. The 27-year-old said, “I realized I wanted to make art that would transport people to some beautiful place and that would allow them to feel safe enough to connect.”

Sudol added that writing tracks from her latest album ‘Pines’ “really helped me work through what was blocking my being present.” Alison said she uses yoga as a reinforcement for things she’s learned and to stay connected.

A Fine Frenzy To Release Third Album ‘Pines’ September 18th

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A Fine Frenzy (Alison Sudol) announced that their third studio album ‘Pines’ will be released September 18th on Virgin Records. The album follows her 2009 sophomore album ‘Bomb in a Birdcage’. The 27-year-old had this to say about the new release:

Sometimes I feel like the world has been strapped onto the back of a giant rocket and it’s hurtling us into the unknown at a pace we’re not entirely equipped to deal with. All kinds of things are falling off, good and bad. It’s a crazy, exciting, terrifying time – so much is changing, and fast. Yet some of the most wonderful things in the world are slow- rivers and seasons and turning leaves and growing older with the ones you love. I wanted to create an environment where a person could retreat to, somewhere vivid and real where their minds and hearts could wander freely. I wanted it to be a place you could go to feel, like a quiet spot in a forest or the sea on a cloudy day.

Alison Sudol: Status Quo Is Not Working To Create Sustainable World

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Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy posted a message for Rio+20 at, where the singer songwriter talked about her role as a Goodwill Ambassador for the global environmental organization.

“We know that the status quo is not working. What we need is deep-rooted change, a shift in social consciousness, where everyone plays their part in creating the sustainable world that we all want,” Sudol writes. “We are at a unique point in history – modern technology has given us the means to connect with each other on a global level, to combine our minds and imaginations towards creative solutions for the major problems our planet is facing, and to make our voices heard.”

Rio+20, United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on June 20-22, 2012.

Alison Sudol Creates 3 T-Shirt Designs For Alternative Apparel

Alison Sudol of A Fine Frenzy checked in with her Facebook followers on Thursday (August 11), talking about teaming up with Alternative Apparel to release 3 limited edition print tees for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The singer songwriter tells readers:

My pals at Alternative Apparel and I have enlisted the help of bears, boats and trees to make a few special wearables just for you. We took a field trip to Family Industries, where I learned how screen printing is done (hint: it involves a squeegee…!), and even got to hand print one of the shirts myself!

Best of all, part of the proceeds from each shirt go to the IUCN, which is a wonderful organization that I am proud to be a Goodwill Ambassador for.

“These t-shirts, there are three different shirts and they go together,” Sudol said in the video documenting her visit to Alternative Apparel. “The concept is basically out with the new, in with the old. Within that I kind of wanted to incorporate elements of nature. So we have the tree, and the bear, and also I love ships, so there’s a tug boat as well.”

Watch the video below.

Musical Peers React To Amy Winehouse Death On Twitter

A flood of reaction has come in via Twitter in the past hour plus after reports that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her North London home earlier today. The 27-year-old had battled drug addiction for years and early indications are that the cause of death was a drug overdose. The London Metropolitan Police said:

Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.

Among the Tweets:

Amelle Berrabah of Sugababes (@Amelle_berrabah): Is it true about Amy Winehouse?
I really hope it isn’t

The Sirens (@OfficialSirens): Amy Winehouse found dead. Absolutely tragic. Is this true????
RIP Amy Winehouse – what an incredible talent – how utterly tragic. So sad.

The Ting Tings (@thetings): fu**ing awful tweet news about Amy Winehouse out!!! Someone say it’s not true… J

Kay Buchanan (@keisha_buchanan): Amy Winehouse ;-( heart breaking….
I’m so angry…I won’t say anymore. So sad :-(

Ferras Al Qaisi (@OhFerras): Shocked and filled with sadness. RIP Amy Winhouse.

Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): RIP Amy Winehouse :(

Jessica Origliasso of The Veronicas (@Jessicaveronica): Horrible news about Amy Winehouse’s death. May she rest in peace. Such a talented lost soul.

Markus Feehily (@MarkusFeehily): I am devastated…so so devastated… RIP my hero Amy xx

Demi Lovato (@ddlovato): Amy Winehouse.. So sad. Unfortunately the world lost an incredibly talented woman to such a powerful disease… addiction. #RIP

Jessie J (@jessiejofficial): The way tears are streaming down my face. Such a loss. #ripamy

Dev (@DEVisHot): Seriously, my girl, Amy……

Lance Bass of *NSYNC (@LanceBass): Another talent dies at 27- RIP – Amy Winehouse.

Esmée Denters (@esmeeworld): RIP Amy Winehouse she will continue to inspire me

Christina Perri (@christinaperri): oh Amy. rest in peace now darling.


David Archuleta Meets A Fine Frenzy

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Alison Sudol, better known as A Fine Frenzy, got to meet David Archuleta recently in Hollywood after the ‘American Idol’ runner-up talked about how he had wanted to meet the singer. The two chatted about the album writing process, what made Alison want to do a children’s book. Alison then performed her song ‘Blow Away’ as Archie looked on and occasionally sang along.

“When you have done it enough you start to really know what you want to hear,” Allison told David about the album creation process. “I think it’s important to understand the kind of world you want to create with your music and what you want other people to feel and experience when they listen to. Just understanding the journey you want to take people on with your record. Then, once you know that, then you can kind of align everything else with that because you have sort of the bigger picture. That’s what I try to do.”

In response, David said, “That’s my ultimate goal, to get to a place where like I feel right now I’m still figuring out where it is that I’m drawn to, not just what I’m drawn to but things that I’m drawn to that I feel I can really help me be expressive with my music and be able to connect with people and accomplish what I want to with songs and making just music that has a purpose and can really have an effect on people in a way that I want to effect them. I’m still figuring that out. I am what I am and I think that’s why people were able to connect to me so much before on the show where I didn’t even have my own music. I want to be real. I want to be myself, because I feel that’s what people connect to the most.”

The two told their Twitter followers afterward:

Alison: Aww look! Darling @DavidArchie and I had such a lovely meeting. He’s the sweetest!

David: @AFineFrenzy It was really great getting to chat with you! Thanks so much again for your time!

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Pop Stars Cheer Judge Walker Overturning California’s Gay Marriage Ban

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Several artists are weighing in on the news that U.S. District Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker overturned Proposition 8 earlier today, saying that the California ballot initiative that banned same-sex marriage in the state was based on moral disapproval of gay marriage and ordered the enforcement the ban to stop. Among the universally supportive comments on the ruling on Twitter:

Tamar Kaprelian (@TamarKaprelian): #prop8 overturned! Good day today.

Lenka (@LenkaMusic): Go California! Gays allowed to marry now because Prop 8 just got overturned. Woohooo equality! … Oh boo, not quite yet for same-sex marriage… An appeal was made. But come ON! Australia too. We need LOVE equality.

Ricky Martin (@ricky_martin): YEAHHHHH!!!!! #PROP8UNCONSTITUTIONAL MOVING FORWARD!!!!!!!! RT please

Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles): Hell yeah!!! Prop 8 is overturned!!

Pink (@Pink): Its a good day!RT @cnnbrk: California Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional by federal judge; Same-sex marriage ban

Kimberley Locke (@KimberleyLocke): Prop. 8 ban on same-sex marriage ruled unconstitutional by a federal judge today. Finally, a step in the right direction! … One day we will join our Canadian brothers and sisters in equality for all! Today is one step closer to that day! #noh8 #prop8 #fb

A Fine Frenzy (@AFineFrenzy): #PROP8UNCONSTITUTIONAL Wonderful news!!! Congratulations to all the happy couples who can finally get married in California!

Adam Levine (@adamlevine): Yeah!!! Prop 8 can suck it ! And by “it” I mean our collective Californian schlong! … The fact that there ever was a prop 8 is out of control. It’s archaic and backwards and stupid. And it’s hopefully gone forever.

Tristan Prettyman (@tprettyman): yessssssss!!!!!!! RT @LOLison_SD: @tprettyman Equality won today! Prop 8 held to be unconstitutional under due process and equal protection.

Paris Hilton (@ParisHilton): What a huge historical day for equal rights in this country! They finally overturned Prop 8! There shouldn’t be a law on true love. :)

Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): What kind of person votes *against* two people getting married? How miserable must your life be to deny happiness to others?

Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): Yaaaaay #GayMarriage in california :) #AboutTime

Adam Lambert (@adamlambert): Prop 8 Overturned! I’m glad California has restored the right for ALL of its citizens to marry whoever they please! Equal rights are very Glam!

Britney Spears (@britneyspears): So happy! Today is a great day for love and equality. Congrats California! #Equality -Britney

Katy Perry (@katyperry): FINALLY! Amazing! cnnbrk: California Proposition 8 ruled unconstitutional by federal judge; Same-sex marriage ban

Michelle Branch (@michellebranch): Prop 8 overturned!! It’s about damn time. … The gays are gonna be extra rowdy at The Newsies tonight :) Yay! Now I better be invited to some kick ass weddings! #NOH8 #equalityforall

Moby (@thelittleidiot): congratulations california on prop8 being overturned.

Kelly Sweet (@kellysweet): Amazing that Prop 8 was overturned today. :-)

Lady Gaga (@ladygaga): At the moments notice of PROP 8 DEATH … REJOICE and CELEBRATE gay communities and straight all over the world. Our voices are being heard! Loud! SCREAM LOUD AMERICANOS!

Tina Parol (@TinaParol): Yellow tail! Celebrating californias victory and celebrating writing songs and life in general. Raise your cups!

Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore): celebrating today’s victory in the overturn of prop 8!! a step in the right direction for sure….. :)

Alison Sudol Safe And Sound After A Skunk Scare

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Alison Sudol, better known as A Fine Frenzy, shared an odd experience on Tuesday night (June 22) involving some skunks. Alison also had issues with a squirrel. The indie pop singer told her Twitter followers (@AFineFrenzy):

There is a squirrel the size of a house cat in my back yard. plumpy plumpy plumpkins! someone’s been nibbling on my avocados!

I am stuck in my car in my driveway, completely surrounded by skunks. Aaaahhhhhh!!!
safe and sound now. jeez louise, that was strangely scary.

@jwademezey there were only two, but they were trotting up to the car, tails up, and I thought for sure they were going to bring friends