" Jim's ghost was in my ear, and I felt terrible".
Like all top classic-rock franchises, The Doors can exploit a lucrative afterlife in television commercials. Offers keep coming in, such as the $15 million dangled by Cadillac last year to lease the song "Break On Through (to the Other Side)" to hawk its luxury SUVs. To the surprise of the corporation and the chagrin of his former bandmates, drummer John Densmore vetoed the idea. He said he did the same when Apple Computer called with a $4-million offer, and every time "some deodorant company wants to use 'Light My Fire.' "
"The mullet hanging out of the back of the trucker hat, the fact that he's topless and occasionally forgets the lyrics (and must read them from an index card), the chinese zodiac calendar hanging on the wall, just below the window dressing - BUT THERE'S NO WINDOW... And the music! IT RAWKS!"
Sometimes You Can't Fix You On Your Own
. (Quicktime and Windows Media.) If there has ever been doubt about Coldplay's burning ambition to be U2, let it be put to rest.
Learn to Play Guitar like a SuperDork
. Can't. . . not. . . look. Don't miss the links in the comments.
Rocker Jeff Baxter Moves and Shakes in National Security
• "Jeff Baxter played psychedelic music with Ultimate Spinach, jazz-rock with Steely Dan and funky pop with the Doobie Brothers. But in the last few years he has made an even bigger transition: Mr. Baxter, who goes by the nickname "Skunk," has become one of the national-security world's well-known counterterrorism experts."
performs mash-ups live. As in, an actual band plays one song while a singer sings another.
For example, here's their rendition of "Smells Like Billie Jean
Not just for hard rockers, apparently . . .
They're everywhere, damn worshippers of satan. Some you'd figure right away, some you wouldn't. Ever been to a rock concert? Yep, you're probably damned, too.
“Welcome to our website of the rock-band, The Trumpet Call!”
No sir, this ain’t yer daddy’s apocalyptic Russian-American-Born-Again-Christian-Neocon hair metal.
Rock out to "September 11
", "Britain Say NO! to Brussels
," and the wholly inexplicable “Sacramento
" - "Musical sacred place of the USA!
"I was just besotted."
Rock music does not lack for tragic heroes
; perhaps none more doomed than Ian Curtis
, lead singer of Joy Division
, the post-punk precursor to Madchester's New Order
. Debilitating epilepsy, depression, charges of Naziism, an impending divorce -- 25 years ago, the day before the start of a US tour, Curtis hanged himself in the kitchen of his flat while Iggy Pop's "The idiot" played. His widow Deborah speaks in this new interview
in The Guardian
; is she drumming up interest for the new starring-Jude-Law biopic
Six degrees of Nirvana,
see how bands are connected to each other.
"I felt like hurting someone before, now I feel like hugging people".
Only weeks after professing his belief in Jesus Christ, former Korn
guitarist Brian “Head” Welch
was baptized in the Jordan River
last Saturday. With “Jesus” tattooed across his knuckles and “Matthew 11:28
” along his neck, Welch received full immersion in the historic river
, along with 20 other white-robed Christians from a Bakersfield, CA church. Welch said the ritual baptism, “washed away his anger.” "My songs are God saying things to me, him talking to people. He's going to use me to heal people and people are going to be drawn to it, just watch, they will be.” For the latest information
(and a free mp3
) go to Welch's personal website, http://www.headtochrist
A relatively new genre
which continues to evolve in scope and definition, postrock is a treat to the ears. With bands like Godspeed You! Black Emperor
, Explosions in the Sky
, Sigur Rós
, Do Make Say Think
, and Mogwai
at the helm, it has slowly grown in recognition through movie soundtracks
. Yes, there's quite a plethora
of postrock bands, but is anything necessarily revolutionary, or just a rehash of past ideas brought into contemporary context?
Bob Dylan's classic song "The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll"
is a murder ballad protest tune for the annals
, but this week a story in the Guardian
sheds new light on the real-life subject and the murderer William Zantzinger. via
Punk rock is dead.
So now, along with Luna Lounge, Fez Under Time Cafe,
(previously discussed here
), it looks like CBGB
may get priced out
of existence. What NYC landmark will be next? (Oh, and don't forget the Plaza.
Touch Me I'm Sick.
Photographer Charles Peterson
helped America see grunge from the inside out. His dramatic black-and-white images
portrayed the energy
of the music
being performed in crowded basements
and dingy dive bars featuring such bands
, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Hole, Black Flag, Fugazi, and Sonic Youth, among others. "Touch Me I’m Sick: Rock ‘n’ Roll Photographs by Charles Peterson"
will be on view at the Chrysler Museum of Art through May 1
. More inside.
Drummer turned sculptor:
mellow, intriguing wood sculpture from Dennis Elliott, also known as the former drummer from the hard rock band Foreigner.
. Even in this age of crate-digger archaeology, especially when it comes to the roots of punk rock, this band of Bronx miscreants is little known except to cognoscenti. The stream of punk most identified with The Ramones (unapologetically crude three-minute pop singles, pop culture obsessed, based around fun, what Tom Carson called "deadly serious kidding") began with these guys first three albums
and lives on in the work of The Muffs, Nashville Pussy, The Supersuckers and countless others. A rock and roll treasure often overlooked.
Before they were nobodies.
There are a few bands who never quite made it huge but influenced everyone who ever saw or heard them (the Velvet Underground, Capt Beefheart, Sonic Youth).
The best were The Replacements
. And recently from their defunct website comes a complete early show of theirs, broken up in bite sized chunks, via quicktime. (more inside)
Nightclub Shooting in Ohio
kills "Dimebag" Darrel Abbot
, formerly of Grammy Award Winning band Pantera
. His new band Damageplan
released a their debut album
8 months ago. [I know music filter, news filter, etc]
New Canadian music
is infiltrating your culture with its neo-retro ways
, and you may not even know it! Hot Hot Heat
is too dance-rocky for it's own good, Joy Division-loving the Stills
are constantly mistaken for New Yorkers (thanks to touring with Interpol), and certainly Stirling
are too epic to be anything but Cure-loving Brits! Watch out for the seditiously warm synth-pop of Stars
and the society-destroying rock-folk of lesbian siblings Tegan and Sara
. While you're at it, keep tabs on Toronto super-supergroup Broken Social Scene
and the quirky, danceable girl-rawk of Metric
. This is the cell of the retro rock revolution you really need to pay attention to. The Strokes and their ilk have nothing on the Canucks.
Trade in your Ashlee Simpson CD here..
A group calling itself HOPE (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) are offering to trade your Ashlee Simpson CD for one by one of Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Grateful Dead, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson. Next target is the film "Taxi"
The original power trio is back
. Reunions are distressingly common these days, but these guys
playing together again is historic. Old farts everywhere rejoice....
Ceci Nes't Pas Une Satanic Message
• "Years ago someone told me that if you played Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven song backwards that you could make out 'satanic messages'. It is not my opinion that Led Zeppelin and the other artists here were given some kind of evil power to make these backwards sounds have a satanic message. And, no, I did not create this to show the evils of Rock and Roll. Instead I made this flash piece for two reasons: 1. I was new to Flash and wanted to be better at it and 2. The reverse files sound cool. "
For almost ten years, independent rock critic Glenn Mcdonald
has kept a highly personal and elegantly well-written music column, The War Against Silence
. He has championed artists popular
, and remembered acts that others might regard as 1980s nostalgia
with melancholy and grace. As his past few columns have vacillated between the personal
and the musical
, he has opted to end his run at the beginning of September.
Danzig gets knocked out.
Now, I know that most of you probably aren't big on violence, however, I find a little jolt of comfort in seeing Danzig
dropped with one punch. It's like being back in high school and seeing a bully knocked out by a geek he'd been picking on. (NSFW - violence and language)
Nick Hornby discusses pop music in this NY Times essay:
"Maybe this split is inevitable in any medium where there is real money to be made: it has certainly happened in film, for example, and even literature was a form of pop culture, once upon a time. It takes big business a couple of decades to work out how best to exploit a cultural form; once that has happened, 'that high-low fork in the road' is unavoidable, and the middle way begins to look impossibly daunting. It now requires more bravery than one would ever have thought necessary to try and march straight on, to choose neither the high road nor the low. Who has the nerve to pick up where Dickens or John Ford left off?
In other words, who wants to make art that is committed and authentic and intelligent, but that sets out to include, rather than exclude? To do so would run the risk of seeming not only sincere and uncool - a stranger to all notions of postmodernism - but arrogant and vaultingly ambitious as well."
was a Texas based rock and roll singer best known for the immortal rebel anthem "I Fought The Law,"
. Considered by many to be the heir to Buddy Holly as the king of Texas Rock, he built on Holly's style with songs like the aforementioned "...Law," "Jenny Lee," "Love's Made A Fool Of You," and the 2 1/2 minute masterpiece "Let Her Dance." And then it ended, at age 22
, in very weird circumstances
. Over the years, interest in Fuller and his work has ebbed and flowed, and plenty of archival material
surfaced, but the mystery of his death remains unsolved, although many have speculated
. Ann odd end for a footnote character in rick history, but who was bound for more
"Who is this Loretta Lynn chick, anyway?". Jack White
, in a skintight, red cowboy suit
, seemed a little nervous when he came out to introduce his opening act. So nervous, in fact, that the White Stripes frontman offered a cautionary preface of sorts to the massive huddle of young fans at the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York. "Now I want you all to be very nice to my next guest. I think she's the greatest female singer-songwriter of the 20th century
,". The crowd looked around at each other, visibly puzzled.
, Loretta Lynn
has found her Rick Rubin
. Finally. Much like the producer who revitalized
Johnny Cash's career
with spare, homespun recordings
, White has raised the notion of Loretta Lynn
as a hip, renegade country artist. The transformation is of the same magnitude as Emmylou Harris's ethereal work with Daniel Lanois
in the mid-'90s.
I have seen the future of Metal and it's name is Norselaw
and their anthem "Sweet Home Scandinavia"
. Let the Berzerking Begin!
The seminal shoegazing band My Bloody Valentine
hasn't released a record since its ground-breaking 1991 release Loveless
). MBV's primary voice and reclusive in-general genius Kevin Shields
finally gives an interview
to The Guardian after 12 years of silence.
Win Prizes. [possibly nsfw. photo has the word fuck in it.]
From R.E.M. to Whitesnake, by way of Tangerine Dream, Buster Poindexter, and the Bobs, here's what the Mars rovers listen to
Li'l G n' R -
the first ever Guns N' Roses Kids Tribute Band. Check the audition video here
(quicktime). They're playing CBGB's in a couple of weeks. Only $5, c'mon NYC MeFi'ers....one of you has to go and report.
Under eights give their opinions on classic rock
- Bob Dylan (and others) get compared to Busted.
CBGB Photographic History.
Includes one of the coolest Ramones photos
I've ever seen. (One or two of the thumbnails are probably NSFW, but they're small, so unless you're really paranoid, I wouldn't be too concerned about it). (via things magazine)
"Kids were standing on chairs and dancing in the aisles the minute the police backs were turned. The building was dark with only the spotlights on...Satin jacketed packs of teens slugged, beat and robbed 15...Over my dead body will there be another rock show in the Boston Arena."
....from the 29 chapter History of Boston R&R
at Dirty Water - The Boston Rock & Roll Museum
The Greatest Week in Rock History
(Salon link) - 34 years ago today, Billboard Charts had a outstanding album lineup - perhaps not the best albums ever, but for a single point in time, arguably unmatched for quality, originality, and longevity. Take a look back at the roster: the Beatles
, Led Zeppelin
, Tom Jones
, Creedence Clearwater Revival
, the Stones
, the Temptations
, Blood Sweat & Tears
, Crosby Stills & Nash
, and Easy Rider
Spot The Essential, Seminal, How-Could-These-Imbeciles-Have-Forgotten? Popular Song:
A well-made list, specially if it's authoritative and includes no less than 500 songs, is just asking to be cruelly inspected for omissions, ridiculed for certain inclusions and generally derided. This one is, admittedly, a toughy. But perhaps way too US-centric and too Rockist. I mean, honestly, sometimes you Yanks act as if you'd invented Pop music! ;) (Via the newly-discovered Rivurcated Bifets.
The closest I ever got to the sound I hear in my mind was on individual bands in the 'Blonde on Blonde' album. It's that thin, that wild mercury sound. It's metallic and bright gold, with whatever that conjures up.
Bob Dylan 1978
Blonde On Blonde
--Seven mixes, four or five covers, four or five women, some missing photographs
and one leather coat... (story within)
, rock critic. Some reviews to read and enjoy. Patti Smith
. Astral Weeks
. Captain Beefheart
. The Shaggs
. Black Sabbath
. Weather Report
. Lou Reed
. There are books
you can read about him, too. (Previous mention in this thread.)
How to Fake Being an Indie Rock Expert.
The best advice I've seen all day -- "Start somewhere safe: Sonic Youth."