The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been making music since 1983. But it took another eight years until people started to pay attention. Thanks to a new record company, a bigger budget, a producer who knew what to do with them and more focused songwriting, 'Blood Sugar Sex Magik,' their fifth album, made them stars. They started making better videos around that time too. The
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If guests on hand next Saturday (May 25) for the '12 Years of DFA Records' party are the same folks who typically buy the label's releases, expect Brooklyn's Grand Prospect Hall to be filled with "really dorky white people." Those words come straight from 'Too Old to Be New, Too New to Be Classic,' a mini-documentary (watch below) about DFA produced by the Red Bull Music Academy, a traveling festival/symposium that brings together innovative musicians in cities around the world.
This year, the Academy is hunkered down in New York City, and the DFA b-day bash is just one of the many must-see events taking place at venues across the five boroughs.
No one likes to talk about the last few albums the Ramones made. Actually, most people don’t even know about them. Everyone loves their first four classic albums, and there’s enough good songs on the early-‘80s records to keep most fans happy. There are even some moments from the middle of the decade – like 1984’s ‘Too Tough to Die’ and the ‘My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes to Bitburg)’ single – that aren’t bad. But after that, everything pretty much goes downhill.
Punk worship made its way to Budapest, Hungary, approximately 17 years ago, and that led to the creation of the Eastern European state’s most infectious rock protégées: Bankrupt.
The first words on 'Innocence Is Kinky' are “That night / I watched people f---ing on my computer / Nobody can see me looking anyway.” The Norwegian singer-songwriter Jenny Hval’s second full-length under her own name is full of sexual and bodily imagery, some lyrics more abstract than others. It’s paired with a kind of lacerated, bruised mixture of noise, ambient music, punk rock and folk, along with a fractured, inverted songwriting sensibility that’s just as eager to violently push and pull at the listener’s expectations as it is to offer warm and vulnerable emotion, often stark and overwhelming. Given Hval's blunt line readings and the ever-changing song structures, it’s easy to let the music bounce off you as it comes. At the same time, it’s hard not to wonder what Hval is actually up to.
Queens of the Stone Age have shared the latest animated video for a new song from '…Like Clockwork,' out via Matador on June 4. This time, it's 'My God Is the Sun,' which will be the album's first single. The epic and artsy track features those signature Josh Homme riffs and dramatic, vibrato-y vocals. It makes you wonder how anyone could've ever considered QOTSA to be stoner rock.