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The Defiant Ones: great for music trivia enthusiasts

July 12, 2017 Leave a comment

Love me some music trivia. One of my most favorite hobbies is watching music documentaries of all types. I like learning little tidbits of gossip about my favorite artists and the stories behind the songs.

The Defiant Ones is a new documentary on HBO, telling the stories behind Dr. Dre, Jimmy Iovine, their record labels (Interscope, Death Row, Aftermath, etc.) and their eventual partnership with Apple (Beats by Dre). Not to get into too much detail, but here are some of my favorite tidbits so far (just finished episode 3 last night):

  • Jimmy Iovine dated Stevie Nicks during the recording of her first solo album.
  • No one would sign Dr. Dre as a solo artist because of the lawsuits he was dealing with in regards to N.W.A/ Jerry Heller after he made The Chronic. Iovine jumped at the chance to sign him, telling him to give him three weeks to sort out the lawsuits.
  • Primus signed onto Interscope because they were impressed that Iovine was able to get Gerardo signed (Mr. Rico Suave himself).
  • Interscope Records advanced a significant amount of money to Death Row specifically to bail Tupac Shakur out of jail because Time Warner wouldn’t give the money outright.
  • Iovine was really tight with Suge Knight in the beginning. Knight would go play football at Iovine’s house on the weekends. Eventually Knight got caught up too much in the street life and well, here we are.
  • Iovine wanted Trent Reznor to get out of his contract with TVT Records so badly that he promised to give him a record label (Nothing Records), the ability to sign artists (how the world got Marilyn Manson), and complete independence in the studio. The result: The Downward Spiral, still one of my most favorite albums of all time.

The rest you’ll have to see for yourself 🙂

 

A great cover of one of my favorite Queens of the Stone Age songs

July 31, 2015 Leave a comment

“I Sat By The Ocean” is not a stereotypical Queens of the Stone Age song. While they’re known form more psychedelic desert cock rock, this particular song is way more emotional and introspective. And rightly so since the album from whence this song came from (2013’s “Like Clockwork”) was a more introspective record for Josh Homme to begin with, recorded after he had a surgical scare and came to grips with his own mortality.

Anyway, enough of all that business. This cover features Mark Ronson on guitar and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker on vocals, and it’s great. I’ll post that one and then the original from QOTSA for your enjoyment.

Party Girl – A flashback to 90s indie movies and house music

March 2, 2015 Leave a comment

Love this movie and Parker Posey (the original Indie Queen) in it. And the soundtrack… let’s just say that certain tracks remain in one of my running playlists for a very good reason. So get out your club gear and shake your moneymaker, Miss Fierce 😉

Included here is the trailer for Party Girl plus some house cuts that were on the soundtrack. Essential viewing and essential listening.

A Sleater-Kinney/ Bob’s Burger crossover video. Awesome :)

February 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Tina is definitely a Riot Grrrl:

Music Review: Sleater-Kinney’s “No Cities to Love”

February 3, 2015 Leave a comment

From left: Corin Tucker, Janet Weiss, and Carrie Brownstein (Sleater-Kinney)

The album has been out a few weeks, and as usual, I’m late with the review. But that’s ok, no one pays me for this anyway 🙂

If you’re a fan of Sleater-Kinney since back in the day like I am, I think you’ll like this album. Clocking in at 32 minutes, you can listen to it on the commute to work/school and be done by the time you get into the parking lot.

So, track by track, here’s the review. I’ll also post each cut as Sub Pop helpfully added all of them to their Youtube channel.

  • Price Tag – classic SK

  • Fangless – I got such a Modest Mouse vibe from this song I had to go put one some old MM just so I was sure I wasn’t going crazy:

  • Surface Envy – classic SK and I can’t stop listening to this track. It’s my theme for the winter:

  • Title Track (No Cities to Love) – S’alright.

  • A New Wave – LOVE LOVE LOVE this song. Performance from the Late Show with David Letterman:

  • No Anthems – Very rough, garage rock… never a bad thing:

  • Gimme Love – Haven’t decided how I feel about it. Maybe a few more listens will convince me one way or another:

  • Bury Our Friends – Modest Mouse represents again!

  • Hey Darling – Listen to the track first:

And then listen to Lita wail:

  • Fade – Kinda dark. Good ending to the album:

All in all, a great album. My all time favorite SK album is still The Hot Rock, but this one is really growing on me. If you get the chance, see the ladies live on tour this spring and rock out.

Welcome back, ladies. The rock and roll is mightily appreciated!

Foo Fighters’ Sonic Highways: A reason to watch HBO in the offseason

November 17, 2014 Leave a comment

This is a great rock documentary, chronicling different cities and their influence on rock music. From Chicago to Washington DC, Nashville and Los Angeles, The Foos give each city (and more to come) an episode to shine. Interviews with a lot of influential musicians pepper each episode, with a track from the Foos’s new album Sonic Highways included in each episode.

It’s worth it just to see Taylor Hawkins go bonkers over the fact that Joe Walsh is jamming with them at Rancho del Luna. Talk about fanboy-dom.

And, if you haven’t seen Dave Grohl’s first foray into documentaries called Sound City, I recommend it.

Music, music, music.

January 17, 2014 Leave a comment

So today’s post is music oriented. Here’s a sampling of what I’ve been grooving on lately. Old, new, rock, jazz, it’s all good.

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