Kyuss were an epically loud, epically low band from the desert. They rose to local prominence by playing impromptu outdoor shows called “generator parties,” setting up for small crowds in the desert with gasoline generators to power their amps. Their sound was shaped by playing both guitars and bass through overdriven bass amps. They gradually shifted from an up-tempo prototypical stoner rock sound on Blues for the Red Sun to a more expansive and spacious sound on Welcome to Sky Valley and …And the Circus Leaves Town. Alumni have seeded such bands as Queens of the Stone Age (Homme, Oliveri), Fu Manchu (Bjork), and Unida (Garcia). And now, apparently, Kyuss Lives! Almost. [more inside]
Amidst The Ghosts Of Its Fallen Figures: With the 20th anniversary of the Seattle scene's insurgence fast approaching, Exclaim! follows the timeline of Mark Lanegan, the scene's poetic misfit. [more inside]
Without any hint of irony, p2pnet has republished a copy of an article originally published at Gamustra entitled 'The End Of Copyright', in which author Ernest Adams argues that the advance of technology (specifically the internet and file sharing programs) will kill off the very notion of copyright. Another recent article argues much the same thing. As an interesting aside to these two articles, both articles mention Metallica's much publicized stand on the issue of file sharing and their stealing of music, which is interesting only because of recent claims by Queens of the Stone Age rocker Josh Homme, who said in a recent magazine interview that Metallica "borrowed" a frustratingly large volume of music he recorded with his former band Kyuss.