Much as I like a fair bit of hardcore, there’s a slightly dim earnestness surrounding some contemporary bands on the scene (like the musically quite interesting Gallows, I suppose) that can sometimes be irritating. Obviously I can sympathise with the ideology, but I guess I’ve reached a point in life where I don’t need to be lectured on the multifarious iniquities of the music business - or the iniquities of life, come to that - in such artless terms.
Neil Young has revealed that discovering that Kurt Cobain's suicide note contained a reference to one of his lyrics "fucked" with him.
Former Nirvana frontman Cobain took his own life in 1994 and, in the final letter he left to his fans, friends and family, reprinted the phrase "It's better to burn out than to fade away" from Young's track "Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black)".
The big film this week is 300, director Zack Snyder’s gory and rabid retelling of the battle of Thermopylae, where 300 brave Spartan soldiers faced down the massed ranks of the mighty Persian Empire in 480BC.
Alabama Shakes were asked to enter X Factor USA, according to lead singer Brittany Howard.
The band were approached by a researcher to appear on the US version of the popular television talent contest before they got signed to Rough Trade Records.
When asked what her opinion was on TV talent shows, Brittany Howard said they are "kind of fucked up" before revealing that the band were asked to appear on Simon Cowell's programme.
Ashley Wales’ remix of “You’re No Good”… the second movement of Fucked Up’s rock opera… “I Had A Dream” by The Long Ryders still sounding levitational, right up to the last second when someone observes, correctly, “That was tight!”… Robert Stillman… The People’s Temple ramalam I blogged about yesterday… “The Only Way I Know To Love You” by Joe Tex… Andre Adams… “Supercollider”… and Sun Araw covering Teenage Fanclub, downloaded from the always on-point Raven Sings The Blues… All good…