Every James Hetfield "Yeah"... ever
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Grantland's Steven Hyden
writes the winner's history of rock and roll, in four parts (so far), and charts the death of rock music as a major pop-cultural force in the 21st century by looking at some (not necessarily well-loved) bands that helped to transform it into a Big Business: Led Zeppelin
, Bon Jovi
(and coming up in the next installment, Metallica). Rock isn't dead
, by any means. But for better or worse, it ain't what it used to be.
is a Vimeo user who digitally transposes sad songs into a major key. Here's their cheerful rendition of REM's Losing My Religion
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Kathryn Bigelow's striking bin Laden manhunt thriller Zero Dark Thirty
arrives in wide release tonight on the heels of a final artful trailer
-- one with oddly familiar musical accompaniment
The funereal hymn, a cover of Metallica's "Nothing Else Matters" (lyrics)
, deftly recasts the 90s power ballad as a haunting dirge of quiet grief, shattered ideals, and a singleminded focus on revenge, a perfect distillation of the film's profoundly grim thesis
But while the song may be fitting, it wasn't composed for the project -- it's just the latest success story from Belgian women's choir Scala & Kolacny Brothers
, whose mournful reinterpretations of classic and modern rock
-- catapulted by their rendition of "Creep" in The Social Network
-- have made them famous around the world
, with star turns in the likes of Homeland ("Every Breath You Take")
and Downton Abbey ("With or Without You")
. Cover comparison site WhoSampled offers a list of YouTube comparisons between the covers and the originals
; look inside for more of their work in movies and television. [more inside]
They were a couple of blokes from a small city in in England who started out messing around with instruments. Paul played the guitar and drums, and Phil the saxophone, but both were interested in electronic music by the likes of Kraftwerk. Phil also liked hip-hop, and Paul got into acid house in the late 1980s. One afternoon, Paul slapped together a happy little song based on a sample from a now-forgotten instrumental cover version of some pop hit
, and called the little ditty Chime
. Even before it was pressed on vinyl, DJs were asking for it, and Orbital
was born. [more inside]
If these cagey tunesmiths had consciously tried to make a record this simultaneously dull and comedic, they'd never have succeeded; the closest artistic equivalent would be what might have happened if Vincent Gallo had been a script consultant for The Room.
Chuck Klosterman is not fond of the new Lou Reed/Metallica album
It has been nearly a decade since VH1 cancelled "Pop Up Video," but at noon ET today the show returns with 60 new episodes
. Their first video: Britney Spears' Til the World Ends
. The program's new incarnation will
also allow viewers to DIY their own "pop up" videos
and share them on Facebook and Twitter." [more inside]
The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash
may be the most elaborate parody of the Beatles ever constructed, including satirical tributes to the appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show
, Yellow Submarine
, and the rooftop concert
at Apple Records. Check out some other fine parodies who picked up where the Rutles left off: The Mosquitoes
on Gilligan's Island, Chris and the Alphabeats
on Sesame Street, Letter B
and Hey Food
by the Beetles, the Be Sharps
on the Simpsons, A Hard Day's Night of the Living Dead
by the Zombeatles
, Peter Cook & Dudley Moore's L.S. Bumble Bee
, the Powerpuff Girls Meet the Beat Alls (parts 1
with commentary by Mojo Jojo), Beatles spoofs in a Polish sitcom
and a Bollywood musical
, Beatallica sings A Garage Dayz Nite
, the Chasers' I Am Thesaurus
, and the Beatles go bar mitzvah
Insane Japanese a cappella that makes Jud Jud
or Anton Maiden
seem sober. Check out his 3 albums: One of heavy metal covers
(including an incredible version of Metallica's Creeping Death
), one that includes classics
like Ramblin' Man
, and another that's just a wonderful hodgepodge
(Stevie Wonder Triple
, oh my....). He's got a fairly useless homepage
, but it's worth keeping an eye on because he posts new songs there.
Metallica sues over use of E, F chords.
No, it's not an Onion article. Really. They're completely serious. No exaggerating is taking place here. Honestly, they really are suing another band for using the E and F chords. It's on their website
, for god's sake. All I know is, I'm getting drunk tonight.
How to win friends and influence people!
Metallica goes after Seattle ISP for copyright infringement.
I got this link from a pal-has anyone else heard about it?
Wow! Lars Ulrich makes a valid point!
Who'd a thunk it? While he still fails to notice the obvious benefits the Nap' provides, or make amends for attacking his own fans (or at the very least realized that it's not Congress' place to meddle), Lars has gone ahead and more clearly illuminated his own point of view. Now if only he could have STARTED his argument a few months ago with such calm and coherent points (as opposed to grandiose posturing), this whole Napster debate would be a bit more...um...SOLVED by now?!
Motley Crue ROCKS man!
Okay so maybe they're just as old and washed up as Metallica, but the diff here is that Motley Crue supports the idea of their fans downloading MP3s of their music via Napster and Metallica is just trying to get cheap publicity by screwing their own fans. Personally, I listen to bands like these
and I made fun of groups like Metallica and Motley Crue back when I was in high school and everybody else thought they were cool, but I'll stop badmouthing Crue for the rest of my life. I might even try to appreciate their music. Metallica still sucks
The Brunching Shuttlecocks
are planning to follow Metallica
's lead in seeking out pirates of their MP3 music on Napster. They have different ideas about how to deal with said pirates, though.
Motley disses Metallica
Mister Sixx and pals give their response to Lars' crew, on the whole mp3/napster issue. Sounds like 2 groups of people are benefitting from all these lawsuits, lawyers and flash-cartoonists...
with the lawyers from Napster and Metellica. Good points, both.
The user who was selling Metallica's soul
has been banned by EBay for bidding on another item he/she was selling. The strange part of all of this of course, is that I recognized their username when I read this story. Why can't we delete particular items in memory like we do with files on a computer?
Napster throws Metallica a curveball.
Napster has been pointing out to its kicked-off users a certain provision of the DMCA: If an ISP kicks a user off a service for violating copyright, that user may file a counternotification if they believe they were wrongly accused. The plaintiff (Metallica) then has 10 days to respond with a lawsuit directly against that user. If they choose not to respond, the ISP must restore the account. If enough users (among the 300,000 blocked) file counternotifications, Metallica may wish it had never begun this process.
Napster did it-
blocked more than 317,000 names used by its subscribers, which have been identified by the hard rock band, Metallica, as allegedly infringing on the copyrights of the group's music.
Metallica's Integrity for sale!
Don't know if what's left of it is worth the price though.
Metallica and Napster: The Chat.
My favorite quote: "For the doubters out there, Metallica will carry on for the next 20 years," Ulrich said. "Whether you're around for the ride or not, that's your problem, not ours."
In relation to yesterday's Metallica post
on post, you can chat with them
now (5 PM Pacific). The catch, however, is that you need to be registered with Yahoo.
Napster users are named in the latest battle
Some have admitted to being a criminal while others say who cares? Metallica sure doesn't seem like it is going to back down. The article says Metallica is scheduled to chat with fans online at the Artistsdirect.com Web site to explain its fight against Napster. So is any action going to be taken against the fans who want the music?
Another music artist that doesn't get it: Dr. Dre.
I knew the Metallica thing
could start a rash of followers, hopefully this isn't a trend. Why is it so difficult for artists to see that fans trading their music is a good
thing? (including better sales of discs thanks to the people hearing the mp3's and better concert sales from fans buying tickets to see them live)
WTF!?! Everyone's favorite band (back in high school) Metallica is suing Napster and a handful of universities
for unlawful trading of their music. This is ridiculous, and I hope it doesn't set a precedence. If anyone would just slap a revenue model on napster
so artists could get paid for their work, none of this piracy crap would happen. And Metallica, what about the other apps that do the same thing
, are you going to sue them too? And what about every other band on earth? What do you expect to get out of universities, tighter controls over bandwidth, or student monitoring of internet usage? What about every cable modem and DSL provider that lets people use Napster, are you going after them too? Why don't you sue everyone on earth that's heard your songs but didn't pay for them? Side question: Is it better to burn out or fade away?