Monday, September 1, 2014

Rising Artist: Bobby Shmurda

Since June, the buzz around the hip-hop world has been a young rising rapper named Bobby Shmurda. Shmurda, who took YouTube by storm with his single, "Hot N****" and the dancing as well as hat tossing he does in the video has made him a talked about sensation that everyone from Jay Z and Beyonce to Diddy are all taking a close look at him. He is a New York rapper with a Southern flow and West Coast attitude, with that trifecta, it is no wonder he is someone everyone wants a piece of. With his debut album arriving next year, he will give fans a taste of what is to come this fall with his E.P. Shmurda She Wrote. Until then, find out what all the fuss is about.

Underrated Classic: Pink Floyd - The Final Cut

Thirty-one years ago in 1983, Pink Floyd released their last album as the collective the world had gotten to know after founding member Syd Barrett departed after the release of their first record. The record, The Final Cut, would be the final Floyd record with bassist, songwriter, and singer Roger Waters and the first recorded without member Richard Wright on keyboards. The Final Cut, sometimes called A Requiem for the Post-War Dream was originally intended to be the soundtrack to the film, The Wall, based on the Floyd record of the same name. Instead, with the Falkins War looming and then eventually taking place during the 1982 recording sessions for the album, it took on a whole new life and Waters crafted a concept record and his sentiments about then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher's handling of the war in the Falkins against Argentina and her betrayal to British servicemen. Water's father served in World War II and thus led to the record being a personal fight against Thatcher and her government. With The Final Cut, Waters recorded his manifesto and showed the world what he did as all songs and lyrics are credited to him, and all songs were sung by him with the occasional backing vocal of David Gilmour. When the record was released, it was given mixed reviews and the band opted not to tour behind it and leaving the relationship between Waters and the rest of the founding members of Floyd at an all-time low. Waters would eventually leave the band after the release of the record and resulting Gilmour and drummer Nick Mason to carry on as Pink Floyd which resulted in a massive legal battle with Waters over the rights of the name. Waters would lose out on the deal and Floyd carried on without him until the mid 90's when they stopped recording all together. Now, all these years later, the record still is a haunting reminder about the power of musical storytelling and as we get "New" Pink Floyd material later this year, it will conjure up the memories of what could have been and what was had they continued on with Waters.

Movie of the Month: In the Bedroom

As summer comes to an end and everyone sets off for the fall, one film captured the essence of this season like no other -- 2001's In The Bedroom. The crime drama which boasts an all-star cast featuring Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Marissa Tomei, and Nick Stahl. The film takes place in a small fishing village in Maine where Nick Stahl's character, the son of Wilkinson and Spacek, falls in love with a much older, married woman, Tomei. When her husband finds out about the affair, the film takes dark and sinister turns leaving everyone guilty or dead. The film, based off Killings by Andre Dubus, was a hit at Sundance and then went on to be nominated for a slew of Oscars, BAFTA and Golden Globe Awards, including a Globe win for Spacek. With a film of this cast and a story of this caliber, if it has never been seen, even 13 years later or has been seen, it will still give chills.

Kanye West Full Made in America Performance

Ye MIA Part 1 by YardieGoals
Ye MIA Part 2 by YardieGoals

Before he flew to L.A. to headline that city's version of Made In America, Kanye West performed Saturday night at the Philly version, now, in it's third year. Watch the full Philly edition of Kanye's set.

Friday, August 29, 2014

'Time Is Illmatic' Trailer

Nas' Illmatic turned 20 this past April and the Queens emcee celebrated in grand fashion opening the Tribeca Film Festival with his documentary, Time Is Illmatic, which chronicles the making of the landmark record. This fall, the movie will hit theaters and OnDemand. Take a look at the trailer!

Quick News

Martin Scorsese has confirmed he is developing a Ramones biopic even though it was announced earlier this week he was working on a documentary. Apparently, that is not the case now and a Ramones film is in the works. No word as to when it will be cast or released.

James Murphy is keeping himself busy with the U.S. Open. The former LCD Soundsystem main man has been working with IBM and is transforming data from this years Open to craft music from the event. By the end of the tournament, Murphy will have over 400 hours of unique music that was created after taking the sounds from inside the stadiums and converting it to music data and files.

Suede have announced they will celebrate the 20th anniversary of their iconic album, Dog Man Star, with a massive box set reissue that features demos, a cassette, the remastered record, new liner notes and more. It arrives this fall.

Speaking to Q magazine, Jake Bugg talked about recording a new album and said, "It's just demos. It's an experiment – see what happens. Just trying to make it write itself. It could take five years, it could take five months." He did confirm last month that he is working with Rick Rubin again for album No. 3.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Quick News

Sad news to report, Suicidal Tenancies bassist Tim "Rawbiz" Williams has passed away. The band released a statement on their website saying, ""It's with complete sadness that we have to announce the passing of bassist Tim 'Rawbiz' Williams. Tim played bass for Suicidal Tendencies for almost four years until recently. Tim was a monster on bass, running around on stage in the pit, giving his all, even when his body wasn't at its best. We will always remember him and appreciate all the kind words by those that were touched by his bass playing and him personally." No cause of death has been revealed.

Weezer's Rivers Cuomo will be the subject of a new Fox series called Detour, which chronicles his life outside of the band. The series is set to air sometime next year.

Bruce Springsteen can now add author to his resume. The iconic singer will release his first graphic novel called Outlaw Pete, based on the title of the character from his album Working on a Dream. The novel will arrive in November.

Kim Deal has confirmed to Rolling Stone that The Breeders are currently in the studio working on a new album. No word yet as to when the record will arrive.

Bob Mould on Kimmel

Watch the legendary Bob Mould storm through "The War" and "Hey Mr. Grey" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

The Last Internationale on Letterman

Watch the epic Last Internationale knock the socks off of David Letterman on The Late Show.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Quick News

For the first time in 35 years, Kate Bush returned to the stage to perform her first of 22 concerts at London's Eventim Apollo. The show has been getting stellar reviews, no further announcement of a tour or other city appearances have been mentioned.

Is Andre 3000 done with music after his current OutKast reunion tour? In a recent interview with The New York Times, it may be the case, saying, "I remember, at like 25, saying, “I don’t want to be a 40-year-old rapper.” I’m 39 now, and I’m still standing by that. I’m such a fan that I don’t want to infiltrate it with old blood." He then went on to say, "I struggle with the verses. I don’t sit around and write raps, I just don’t. Now the only time I’m really inspired to write raps is if an artist that I enjoy invites me to their party. So if Future calls and says, “Hey man, I want you to do this,” I don’t want to let Future down. I don’t want to let Lil Wayne or Drake down, because I love them."

The Killers' Brandon Flowers has confirmed he is working on his sophomore solo album and it will be out next year. 

While The Coral may be no longer, they will be releasing an unrleased record called Curse of Love, this fall. The band took to Twitter to say, "Just to clarify the curse of love was recorded 8 years ago, it's not a new album."

A Martin Scorsese directed film about The Ramones is set to be in the pipeline. The iconic New York director will be crafting a documentary about the iconic New York band. The film is slated to arrive in 2016.