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Remembering the Ultra-Weird Music Video Directed by Bill Paxton

Game over, man. It’s game over. Bill Paxton–Aliens, Titanic, Big Love, Apollo 13, A Simple Plan, Twister, etc. etc.–died Sunday from complications following heart surgery. He was just 61. Weirdly, he was apparently nervous heading into the procedure. We’ll let others recount Bill’s movie and TV career, but I will point to the most famous [&hellip.. more

Garbage Announces Autobiographical Book

American alt-rock band Garbage recently announced the upcoming release of their autobiographical coffee table book This Is the Noise That Keeps Me Awake. To be released on July 4th, this is the first time the band’s four members have shared their incredibly journey in their own words. Written by former Rolling Stone journalist Jason Cohen, This Is the Noise That [&hellip.. more

Depeche Mode Tells Alt-Right Douchebag to F*ck Off

If you’ve been following the antics of some of the weirdos orbiting the Trump administration, you’ll know the name Richard Spencer, a far-right alt-right. His views are so repugnant that he was actually forcefully removed from the Conservative Political Action Conference. (If you’re too far to the right for Steve Bannon and his crew, that’ll [&hellip.. more

Beautiful Noise: A History of Guitar Distortion

I love stuff like this. How did distortion and feedback go from being noise to an essential part of rock’n’roll? This article from Noisey explains. The discovery of guitar distortion just may be one of the happiest accidents in modern music history. Born the bastard child of dysfunctional amplifiers, its unmistakable fuzzy squall has since gone on to define countless careers (an.. more

The Day David Bowie Said He Was Gay and How the World Shifted

Up until 1967, homosexuality was a crime in the UK, so when in early 1972 David Bowie stated to Melody Maker that he was “gay and always had been,” the universe shuddered. No celebrity of any sort had declared such a thing. But rather than destroying his career, this simple statement not only elevated Bowie [&hellip.. more

Your Anti-Trump Song for the Day: “Impeachable”

It’s not just the youngsters who are writing anti-Trump songs. Here’s septuagenarian folky Noel Paul Stookey–the Paul in Peter, Paul and Mary and a student of Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger and the old masters–with a spin on the Nat King Cole song, “Unforgettable.” Some background on this gentle anti-Trump song here.. more

Virginia Is For Ticket Scalpers and Resellers

Bought a ticket to a show in Virginia but can’t attend? The reseller market is now wide open for you. And scalpers. A bill was passed by the state’s legislature this week eliminating restrictions on how, when and where tickets to concerts or sporting events can be resold, a move that directly opposes efforts to [&hellip.. more

Lenny Kravitz, Interior Designer

Lenny Kravitz continues to make a nice living from music, but he’s also serious dosh from his work in real estate and interior design. For example, people in Toronto have been watching the construction of the Bisha Hotel and Residence over the last few years. To learn more, let’s turn to the New York Times. [&hellip.. more

Heavy Metal Yoga. Wait–What?

If you’ve ever attended a standard yoga class, you’ll know that there’s often a certain style of music played in the background. But then some people in Massachusetts thought “Why not try something different?” The Satanic Temple in Salem–yes, the site of the infamous witch trials–is about to launch Black Widow Yoga. The description on [&hellip.. more

Random Music News for Saturday, February 25, 2017

For everyone who lives in my area wondering why we don’t have any snow, you can blame/thank me. I decided to spend $500 on a snow-clearing contract back in December. And now, the music news. Are there whispers that a plan might be in the works to rescue at least some of HMV Canada? What’s [&hellip.. more

25 Years Ago Today, Kurt Cobain Married Courtney Love

The ceremony was decidedly non-traditional. On February 24, 1992, on a cliff overlooking a beach in Waikiki with the bride wearing a white lace dress (formerly part of the wardrobe of actress Frances Farmer) and the groom wearing, er, flannel pajamas, the marriage was witnessed by eight people, including Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, a few [&hellip.. more

Science Discovers Which Radiohead Song is the Saddest

All Radiohead songs sound sad, even the ones written in a major key. But which of their songs is the absolute saddest? And while we’re at it, which is their most cheerful? A data scientist band Charlie Thompson analyzed every single Radiohead song using a methodology that ranked each in turns of sadness. While valence [&hellip.. more

Behold The Bob’s Burgers Music Album

There’s been some interesting musical moments through all seven seasons of Bob’s Burgers, so it kind of makes sense that everything be collected and released as an album. The Bob’s Burger’s Music Album features 112(!!!) tracks, mostly featuring members of the case but also cameos from people like Bill Hader, Will Forte, Fred Armisen, Aziz [&hellip.. more

Who Will Replace Beyonce at Coachella?

Beyonce has wisely bailed on Coachella, given her mother-to-be condition. So who will replace her as headliner? Naturally, you can place a bet on who that might be. An online wagering company called Betfair has provided these picks and odds: Daft Punk                3/1 Jay Z                      5/1 Kanye West             7/1 Lady Gaga       .. more

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