Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Death Cab For Cutie are celebrating their 20th year as a band this year and to celebrate they released their very first concert from The Pacer House in Bellingham, Washington, on November 22, 1997.
"None of us thought we were starting a band nor did our ambitions for DCFC extend very far past this particular evening. We simply thought it would be fun to play these songs for our friends before moving on to other things," frontman Ben Gibbard said in a statement to Pitchfork. "It was one of the greatest nights of my life at the time and its significance has only grown since."
Take a listen to the half-hour long show.
Tuesday, November 21, 2017
Sunday, November 19, 2017
This month marks our 11th anniversary as a website and it has been a very fun, strange, interesting trip. While the site is run by people who have day jobs and doing this as an extracurricular activity, we like our artists to reflect that.
When we celebrated our 5th anniversary in 2011, we honored our first five years with an artist that made our time as a website worthwhile. Damon Albarn became the first recipient of this award and since then, we have picked like-minded workhorses that have influenced music and never settle for less than the best.
In the past we picked:
2011 - Damon Albarn
2012 - Questlove
2013 - Karen O.
2014 - Danger Mouse
2015 - Ghostface Killah
2016 - Josh Homme
This year we award an artist in every sense of the word. Anne Clark aka St. Vincent has been making irreverent music for over a decade now and with five albums under her belt, as well as a collaborative record with David Byrne of the Talking Heads, and praise from the surviving members of Nirvana and David Bowie, it is safe to say that St. Vincent is an angel among us.
The former Polyphonic Spree member grew up in Oklahoma and as her career kicked off and later became a solo artist, she moved to New York where she linked up with the likes of Sufjan Stevens, The National, TV on the Radio, and became part of the Brooklyn clique of artists that shaped the early 2000s.
As she sustained a massive rise, St. Vincent keeps pushing down boundaries for women in music, music itself, and going at it at her own pace. Next year she will find herself directing her first feature film and became the first female ambassador for Record Store Day this year. She also curated events for Peroni beer and dabbled in acting once appearing on Portlandia. St. Vincent has even launched her own line of guitars and her unique style has made her a goddess among players. As someone who keeps her personal life a mystery and lets her work speak for itself and for her, her gender fluidity stance is something so powerful in 2017 as everything feels as if it needs to be defined by something, she lets it be whatever she feels necessary.
On Saturday, the news of Malcolm Young of AC/DC's passing hit like a punch to the gut. It is hard to believe that even rock stars are mortal when we make them immortal, especially a guitar god like Young. The 64-year-old, who suffered from dementia, retired from music in 2014 and news broke of his passing after the band released a statement on Facebook, see above.
The news of his death strikes many, especially with the amount of anthems he crafted with his brother, Angus, and the rest of AC/DC in whatever form they were in from Bon Scott fronting the band to Brian Johnson or Axle Rose. Young was not just the founder but the solid core of the group which helped usher heavy metal to the mainstream and did it in such a fashion that will be remembered forever.
Following his death, many musicians took to social media to pay respects to Young, a man who helped influence their careers.
This goes out to Malcolm Young.— Guns N' Roses (@gunsnroses) November 19, 2017
He will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/gO1mWVuDeR
We salute you, Malcom Young. Your blistering guitar shook generations and united us with sonic anthems that will ring forever. #longliverock #acdc pic.twitter.com/PUBPEv3ktQ— Rock Hall (@rockhall) November 18, 2017
RIP Malcolm Young— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) November 18, 2017
He was the founding member of AC/DC & the engine that roared behind the most powerful band in the world.
He wrote Back In Black, Highway to Hell, You Shook Me All Night Long, Highway to Hell, so many songs...
Travel safely to the stars, Malcolm.
Malcolm,— Lars Ulrich (@larsulrich) November 18, 2017
Thank you for being an integral part of the soundtrack to my life. Your music is the definition of timeless and inspiring.
Whenever anyone asked me what my role was in a band I never said singer, or songwriter. I said I just want to be Malcom Young and hold down the rhythm.— Brian Fallon (@thebrianfallon) November 18, 2017
A true legend. Rest in Peace, Malcom Young. pic.twitter.com/JZ1yKVfMpP— Marshall Amps (@marshallamps) November 18, 2017
Calpurnia, the teenage band featuring Finn Wolfhard of Stranger Things has signed a record deal with Royal Mountain Records. The band are set to record their debut EP with Cadien James from Twin Peaks next year. "It is so sweet that we have such a good team at Royal Mountain Records. I love everyone on it. I'm extremely excited to record our EP with Cadien Lake James. Not only is he in one of my favorite bands of all time, and recorded some of my favorite songs, but he is also the sweetest guy ever. Thanks everyone so much who helped us out along the way, it means the world," Wolfhard said in a statement.
Stone Temple Pilots will march on following the passing of original singer Scott Weiland in 2014 and fill-in frontman Chester Benington this past summer. The band have hired former reality show contestant Jeff Gutt to front the band.
Glassjaw are allegedly releasing a new album on December 1 called Material Control. It will mark the Long Island band's first album in 15 years and third record. No confirmation has been given, but according to various reports the record should be arriving before years end.
My Bloody Valentine's Kevin Shields spoke to Rolling Stone about their forthcoming new album and while he didn't dive into too much detail, he said it is "all over the place." "In some respects, some of it is a bit straightforward," he said. "The MBV album that we did in 2013 feels more meandery and not as concise. This one is like if somebody took that and dropped some acid on it or created a dimensional clash or something. It's more all over the place." It is unknown when it will arrive but it seems it will come next year.