Monday, May 22, 2017

VINTAGE CLIP: Audioslave on 'Letterman' in 2002

We are still coming to terms with Chris Cornell's passing and the best way to do so is by honoring his legacy through his music. Take a look at this VINTAGE CLIP of Audioslave performing on the marquee of The Ed Sullivan Theater in 2002 as they performed "Cochise" for The Late Show with David Letterman. 

Read: Artists Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell

Sunday, May 21, 2017


Here is May's playlist of 27 random musical musings. Take a listen!

Friday, May 19, 2017

The xx on 'Colbert'

Watch The xx perform "I Dare You" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Artists Pay Tribute to Chris Cornell

Many of Chris Cornell's colleagues, fans, and friends have taken to social media to eulogize the late singer who passed away Thursday of suicide.

He was 52.

Read: Remembering Chris Cornell

We put together a list of just some of them.
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Remembering Chris Cornell

The news of Chris Cornell's sudden passing Thursday morning sent shockwaves through the music world. The Soundgarden frontman passed away at 52. A Detroit medical examiner ruled his death a suicide.

Cornell, who was in Detroit playing a show with Soundgarden Wednesday night, was found in his hotel room with a band around his neck, according to reports.

The singer, who seemed to have everything together -- successful career, loving wife, three kids, left the Earth in unexpected fashion.

 According to reports, one of the final songs Soundgarden performed Wednesday night at the Fox Theater was a cover of Led Zeppelin's "In My Time of Dying," which features the lyrics: "In my time of dying, I want nobody to mourn / All I want for you to do is take my body home."

Cornell was active on social media hours before his passing, posting lyrics to the Soundgarden song, "By Crooked Steps:" “I'm the shape of the hole Inside your heart,” on Instagram.

Cornell, who formed Soundgarden in the 1980s, became a pioneer in the grunge movement along with his colleagues Alice in Chains, Pearl Jam, and Nirvana. They would all go on to rule the charts for the better part of the 1990s.

After Soundgarden split in 1997, Cornell went solo and enjoyed a successful career before linking up with former Rage Against the Machine members Tom Morello, Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford to form Audioslave.

In 2010, Soundgarden reunited and two years later, released the acclaimed, King Animal, album. They were supposed to put out a new album this year, no word on what is happening.

Soundgarden was slated to perform at the Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio, Friday.

His passing has stirred emotions for all of us at Officially A Yuppie as we flew to Chicago to see Soundgarden in 2010 and covered the band multiple times. In the fall, we caught Temple of the Dog's first New York City performance, where Cornell had Madison Square Garden at their feet. It would be the final time he would ever play the city.

I also remember seeing Audioslave at Lollapalooza 2003, long before this site was even a thought, and being blown away by their power. I still stand by that performance that if they kept on the trajectory they were going, they could have been America's first answer to Led Zeppelin.

His life may be over but his music will live forever. Our thoughts go to his family, friends and bands.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Grizzly Bear To Release 1st Album in 5 Years

Grizzly Bear will release their new album, Painted Ruins, in August.

Take a look at the cover, above, and the tracklisting, below, and the first singles, "Mourning Sound," and "Three Rings."

01 Wasted Acres
02 Mourning Sound
03 Four Cypresses
04 Three Rings
05 Losing All Sense
06 Aquarian
07 Cut-Out
08 Glass Hillside
09 Neighbors
10 Systole
11 Sky Took Hold

Snoop Dogg on 'Kimmel'

Watch Snoop Dogg perform "Trash Bags" on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Jesus and Mary Chain on 'Colbert'

Watch Jesus and Mary Chain with special guest Sky Ferreira to perform "The Two of Us" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Great Soundtracks: 'Grosse Pointe Blank'

The charming action-comedy Grosse Pointe Blank became a surprise box office success story in 1997 when it arrived in theaters. The film, which stars John Cusack, Minnie Driver, Alan Arkin, and Dan Akroyd, about a hit man who attends his high school reunion is not only fresh and original but also ridiculous -- yet, it still worked.

The film, which takes place in the 90s, showcases the music of the era in which the protagonist were in high school -- the 1980s. The soundtrack captured the era perfectly with songs from David Bowie and Queen, The Specials, The Jam, The Clash, Violent Femmes,  Guns N Roses, and more. The soundtrack was such a hit with fans, it spawned a "More Music" compilation of the film which had Echo and The Bunnymen, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Pixies, Pogues, Grandmaster Flash and Melle Mel. While we live in playlist ready-era, this soundtrack not only takes you back to the late 80s but to the film's storylines as well.

Recommended Reading: 'Salad Days'

Punk rock is a genre that has resonated with teenagers for decades and generations and the basics of what it stands for are pure and innocent and to try and do good by your fellow man, it sometimes finds itself corrupt. In 2000, new writer Charles Romalotti told the trials and tribulations of growing up punk and believing in what it stands for in his fictional book, Salad Days. 

Salad Days tells the story of a punk from Kansas named Frank Smith who fronts the band The Jerk Offs during the emerging hardcore scene of the 80s. As Smith and The Jerk Offs head out on tour, the protagonist learns about life, America, and coming of age in a place where you are pushing from the norm. The book, loosely based on some experiences Romalotti had as a teen, is earnest, honest and a must read.