In the past few years, former Beatle Paul McCartney has collaborated with a plethora of artists who were mere embryos when The White Album was recorded. Since “replacing” Kurt Cobain in the Nirvana reunion at the Grammys, Sir Paul has filmed “FourFiveSeconds” with Kanye West and Rihanna and now he’s working on a “secret project” with Lady Gaga, which makes sense since she’s always had a thing for talented old guys like Clarence Clemons, Tony Bennet and Brian May.
Recently, a good friend sent me YouTube link to a song by Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience. Based on the fact that my friend likes to drop acid at Rainbow Gatherings (not that there’s anything wrong with that), I expected it to be whale and bird calls set to harps with the occasionally tink of a healing crystal bumping into a wind chime.
What I heard instead was truly brilliant. Folk music with a peppering of electronica? It has been done before, but on a fairly underground level. Bands like Thievery Corporation and Bonobo, friends of Human Experience-founder David Block’s, combine many music styles from all over the world with electronica in the forefront, while similar artists such as Gotan Project, Rodrigo y Gabriela and Pink Martini focus on the string-based folk elements.
“We don’t play music, music plays us” – David Block
Like those bands, Rising Appalachia and The Human Experience – a collaboration between Block (The Human Experience) and sisters Leah and Chloe Smith (Rising Appalachia) – are the definition of eclectic. With calmingly sensual tracks like “Swoon,” “Downtown” and “Mississippi” that transport you straight to the haunted bayous and foggy hills of the Deep South, I can’t help but feel like they’re on the verge of creating an entirely new genre with the potential to be massively popular in the way that dubstep is. Continue reading “Band Profile: Rising Appalachia and the Human Experience”
A photo of Joan Jett’s guitar next to Dave Grohl’s posted to the Foo Fighters Instagram indicates that the queen of rock ‘n roll will be performing with the remaining members of Nirvana tomorrow at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction.
I love how Dave Grohl trolls us with a potential plethora of Kurt Cobain “replacements.” An old guy and now a woman? I love her but OMG, what’s next? The screaming Taylor Swift goat? Taylor Swift herself? Maybe an actual rock with a chalk face and glued-on hair?
God help us. I hope they won’t be throwing any blasphemous “new material” at us. (I much prefer Joan as the lead singer of Evil Stig as a memorial, fundraiser and tribute to and for Mia Zapata of The Gits.)
Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Cat Stevens, Hall & Oates are among the other inductees at the ceremony.
Key tracks: “Burn,” “Under Control,” “How Long Will I Love You,” “Midas Touch,” “Flashlight” feat. DJ Fresh
Pure Heroine, Lorde
Key tracks: “Royals,” “Team,” “White Teeth Teens,” “Tennis Court”
Heartthrob, Tegan and Sara
Key tracks: “Closer,” “I Was A Fool,” “I Couldn’t Be Your Friend,” “Goodbye, Goodbye”
Cupid Deluxe, Blood Orange
Key tracks: “You’re Not Good Enough,” “Always Let U Down,” “It Is What It Is,” “Chosen”
Key tracks: “I’m Out” feat. Nicki Minaj, “Read My Lips,” “Backseat Love”
Days Are Gone, Haim
Key tracks: “Don’t Save Me,” “Falling,” “Forever”
Key tracks: “Getaway,” “Lightning Bolt,” “My Father’s Son”
The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake
Key Tracks: “Mirrors,” “Suit & Tie” feat. Jay-Z, “Body Count,” “TKO”
The Bones Of What You Believe, Chvrches
Key tracks: “Recover,” “The Mother We Share,” “Gun”
Long. Live. A$AP, A$AP Rocky
Night Time, My Time, Sky Ferreira
Key tracks: “Nobody Asked Me If I Was Okay,” “Boys,” “I Blame Myself”
Free The Universe, Major Lazer
Key tracks: “You’re No Good” feat. Santigold, Danielle Haim & Yasmin, “Get Free” feat. Amber Coffman, “Scare Me” feat. Peaches & Timberlee, “Bubble Butt” feat. Bruno Mars, Tyga & Mystic
Bitter Rivals, Sleigh Bells
Key tracks: “You Don’t Get Me Twice,” “Bitter Rivals,” “Love Sick”
Trouble, Natalia Kills
Key Tracks: “Problem,” “Saturday Night,” “Stop Me”
Honorable mentions: Don’t Look Down, Skylar Grey, Nothing Was The Same, Drake, Beyoncé, Beyoncé, Weekend, The Sounds, My Name Is My Name, Pusha T, Yeezus, Kanye West, Delta Machine, Depeche Mode, The Marshall Mathers LP 2, Eminem
A hoard of celebrities, some of whom knew the late rock legend Lou Reed, who passed away on Sunday in Long Island after battling liver disease, and some who didn’t, have tweeted and blogged kind words acknowledging his legacy.
Out of all those words, including some by Morrissey, David Bowie and Reed’s bandmate, The Velvet Underground co-founder John Cale, the ones written by Metric’s Emily Haines and journalist Legs McNeil (Please Kill Me: The Uncensored Oral History of Punk) touched me most.
“The first time I sang ‘Perfect Day’ for him, Lou said, ‘You have to bring more pain to it. You’re not singing about a fucking picnic,'” Haines, who collaborated with Reed on her latest album, wrote in a piece featured on Rolling Stone.
“In his last message to me, Lou wrote, ‘I’m so sorry Emily I would’ve if I could have but I’m a little under the weather but I love you,” she concluded in reference to a cancelled duet at Coachella. Continue reading “If You Only Read Two Tributes To Lou Reed…”
You see the man in the nondescript, green jacket with folded arms standing behind a tree and familiar Pacific Northwestern grey sky? That’s Fred Armisen, of Portlandia, watching Har Mar Superstar open for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
My friend and I spotted the Saturday Night Live alumn in the far back, enjoying the show and posing for pictures with everyone that walked by, looked at him, and made that priceless “Oh shit” face of awe, happiness and surprise you make when you see Fred Armisen standing behind a tree like the normal person that he is.
For a while we just watched him and felt bad that he couldn’t enjoy himself, eventually speculating that maybe he was one of those tragically lonely celebrities who finds solace in talking to strangers who recognize him. After a 20-minute discussion, we did what any two assholes would and demanded a picture with him. Continue reading “FRED ARMISEN BEHIND A TREE”
In the “This is Gospel” video, lead vaudeville enthusiast Brendon Urie predictably yells at things. Said things being orderlies and the yelling mainly consisting of the line “If you love me, let me go.” Sad.
Him and Pete Wentz are one cross, a wig and a few sedatives from being Hayley Williams and Taylor Momsen anyway, so why not just listen to Paramore or The Pretty Reckless? Oh right, nostalgia…
It’s just that after I drove all the way to Seattle to see them and Fall Out Boy and they cancelled I thought I was over it. Then I bought tickets for my friend’s birthday a year later for way, way too much (you don’t want to know) because it was sold out and they changed the venue and released new tickets for like $30 and I decided, yeah, this is fun but I’m definitely over it. #PanicPhase Continue reading “Video: Panic! At The Disco – “This is Gospel””
Kind of looks like the barn from The Last Exorcism, but I guess all barns look alike just like this type of music all sounds alike. Imagine Dragons, Mumford, Kings of Leon, Of Monsters and Men… Continue reading “Video: Mumford & Sons – Hopeless Wanderer”
Yeah, so do I. That’s why when I heard about this tour, which rolled through the Greek Theater in Los Angeles this past Saturday, I immediately purchased tickets. Because those bands are all insanely awesome, and my 1999 self wanted to see them all live. Each one of them put on a phenomenal, nostalgia-inducing performance. Including Sugar Ray, once they got past their opening song.
It’s called “Summertime’s Coming” and it’s brand new off their upcoming album, about which I would provide details, but can’t because the band doesn’t really seem to know anything about it.
The song has only been performed a couple of times, so it’s difficult to find. But a clip from this live show in Indonesia does a decent job of showcasing the it. I’ll just wait here while you listen.
Done? Bad right?! I mean those lyrics…what the hell is Sugar Ray doing? Continue reading “Sugar Ray Debuts New Song at Under the Sun Tour”
Stranded on the side of the road, he was picked up by Emily Kraus and her boyfriend (who is apparently either nameless, or completely unimportant to every news outlet in existence).
But Kraus and Boyfriend aren’t just random locals who happened to drive by, they’re huge Dave Matthews fans who were en route to the same show he almost missed because he wanted to “be out in nature” and “disconnect from technology” and other Dave Matthews-ish stuff.
So he hopped in the car (on which bike racks had coincidentally just been installed) and the couple drove him right to his own show. He obviously didn’t get a chance to shower beforehand, but that’s probably nothing out of the ordinary. Continue reading “Dave Matthews Pulls Classic Dave Move, Hitchhikes to Own Show”
During a Kings of Leon show in Birmingham, England on Tuesday night, Jimmy stripped down–like really stripped down–and flopped his jimmy around for all the LG Arena to see. NSFW photo here. The Twittersphere was abuzz the next day, with fans tweeting pictures and gems like “Came for the show, stayed for the penis” and “All hail the guy who got stark naked, and respect for his mate who let his balls touch his neck.”
And my personal favorite, “Mental show, thanks. Great penis!!!” Continue reading “Guy Flashes His D*ck at Kings Of Leon Show, Parties with Band the Next Day”
(Bringing up Madonna’s name is mandatory when referencing church-related controversy.)
“The Next Day,” featuring Gary Oldman and Marion Cotillard as priest and prostitute, also became age-restricted on YouTube for its graphic content. In a way, I’m with Archbishop Carey…. Continue reading “Video: David Bowie – “The Next Day””
Last standing Smashing Pumpkin Billy Corgan journeyed deep into the land of pretentious toolbags when he said that he’d rather listen to Bach than modern music, but he does have a point. The former “friend” of Courtney Love and Jessica Simpson says he purposefully keeps himself out of the music loop due to it all sounding like the same heartless, whistling pile of steamy cow poo.
“I just don’t hear as much progress in rock and roll as I once did,” he told Compass Magazine. “So rather than get frustrated or feel like I have to take a position, it’s almost better to just kind of be ignorant.”
“I mean it’s easier to listen to Bach,” he continued. “It’s timeless. And maybe that’s my biggest critique of modern music – it somehow seems the same every year. I will literally go into a coffee shop and I can’t tell you if it was from eight years ago or it just came out because somehow Bono must have had 10,000 children and they all ‘wo, wo, wo’ through the chorus.” Continue reading “Billy Corgan Thinks Rock Music of Today Sucks (And He’s Not Wrong)”
In the comedy world, those who are truly dedicated are willing to make all kinds of batsh*t sacrifices. Such as ruining both their bodies and a perfectly acceptable drawing.
Like the famous cat butthole/bellybutton tattoo and almost everything on Steve O’s body, this serves its basic purpose.
Rising rock band Nico Vega have been busy touring in support of their new EP, Fury Oh Fury. In the past few months they’ve entered the iTunes Alternative Charts with “Beast,” partially in thanks to its use in the BioShock Infinite and Jack Reacher trailers.
“Many thanks to Imagine Dragons and Atlas Genius for an enormously epic tour. Feels like camp is over,” Nico Vega frontwoman Aja Volkman wrote on her band’s Facebook page along with a photo of her, her husband (Imagine Dragons’ singer Dan Reynolds), and their 7-month-old daughter Arrow.
The image of snarling, baby-holding Reynolds next to tilted, faux-screaming Volkman in leather pants is just sweet enough to make them one of the cutest, healthiest rock ‘n’ roll couple in existence.
Richard Hell, member of Television and Voidoids, recently wrote a book chronicling his life as a vital punk innovator. In one excerpt, Hell (born Richard Lester Meyers in October, 1949) describes his love for “Because The Night” singer Patti Smith…
“She was a natural-born sex waif and a pretty-assed comedian. She’d step out with her hand on her tight-cocked hip, all casual, if in-your-face, and jack out mind and body gush, giggling at herself like a five-year-old, under her deep-set eyes and her coal-black shag, begging to be f*cked, skinny as a rod, massive t*ts…”
Story time. I just went to a Patti Smith concert at the end of last month and it was amazing. Transformative even. I’d be inspired to start a rock band if I had a lick of musical ability and didn’t already have a job as the operator of a snarky gossip website. Continue reading “Iconic Punk Rocker Richard Hell Gives Patti Smith the ‘Sexual Napalm’ Treatment”
Recently featured in TV and video game promos, “Beast” first appeared on the self-released EP Chooseyourwordspoorly in 2006. Continue reading “Video: Nico Vega – “Beast””