The first and only time I ever did acid, I was in ninth grade, and I stayed up all night at a friend’s house even though I had a basketball game the next day. Everything was going pretty well until we threw on Marilyn Manson’s debut album Portrait Of An American Family, which had come out earlier that year and which turns 20 today. This was not a good idea…
PRE-STREAM THE NEW PENNYWISE ALBUM ON BEATS MUSIC NOW!
The new Pennywise album “Yesterdays" comes out on Tuesday, but you can listen to an album preview of it now on Beats Music!
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KNOTFEST LINE-UP ANNOUNCED & IT IS AWESOME!!!
Stoked about the KNOTFEST 2014 line-up in San Bernadino Oct 24 - 26!!!
Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Killswitch Engage,Anthrax, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Atreyu, HELLYEAH,Miss May I, Hatebreed, In This Moment, DevilDriver, The Black Dahlia Murder, Nothing More, Anti-Mortem and many more!!!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CHINO MORENO!!!!
I love the sound of Chino Moreno’s voice. The sexy, sultry, swooning sound he emits when he’s singing always builds in such a way that it hits me right where it seems like it’s supposed to. I’ve been a huge fan of the Deftones since 1997 and followed all of Chino’s projects over the years, because no one sounds quite like he does.
In honor of his birthday today, (he turns 41) I made an Intro to Chino Moreno playlist that highlights some of my favorite tracks that he has done with different projects over the years.
MASTODON’s new video for “HIGH ROAD” is AMAZING!!!
Seriously. Do yourself a favor and watch it now.
LINKIN PARK + BEATS MUSIC
Linkin Park’s new album The Hunting Party comes out on June 17th and it is promised to be hard, heavier and raw and inspired their initial hard rock, hardcore punk, old-school hip-hop and metal roots.
In a recent press release, Mike Shinoda said “When I think of myself at 15, I think of emotions being so raw and illogical. It hadn’t been watered down by experience. I liked music that was lyrically or sonically offensive—whatever would piss my parents off. We had to get back in touch with that in order to make this record.”
Guitarist Brad Delson continued, “We had to figure out how to reimagine that in a postmodern way. We had a punk rock attitude of, ‘I don’t give a fuck, this is what I want to make.’ We wanted to do something progressive and that only we could do,” continuing, “I think one of the successes of the record is that those attitudes congealed. It’s not a return to a style or sound; it’s a return to an ethos and inspiration—one that predates us coming together as a band. It’s the result of a hunger for music that we’re not hearing anyone doing.”
With that in mind, Mike Shinoda came up with three exclusive lists for Beats Music that highlight the bands and songs that inspired the sound and texture of The Hunting Party. From classic hardcore bands like Sick Of It All, Youth Of Today and Minor Threat to heavy metal cornerstones like the Deftones, System Of A Down and Helmet to newer bands like Of Mice & Men, Death Grips, The Bronx, Gallows and Gojira, the following three playlist are an in-depth look inside the music collection that inspired Linkin Park’s latest album.
TAKE A LISTEN TO LINKIN PARK’S CARNIVOROUS INSPIRATIONS, VOL 1-3 BELOW:
LINKIN PARK’S CARNIVOROUS INSPIRATIONS, VOL. 1
LINKIN PARK’S CARNIVOROUS INSPIRATIONS, VOL. 2
LINKIN PARK’S CARNIVOROUS INSPIRATIONS, VOL. 3
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MASTODON + BEATS MUSIC
Mastodon has an awesome new album called Once More ‘Round The Sun coming out on June 24th. (You can preorder it now HERE)
A couple of weeks ago we got a chance to meet up with Mastodon’s Brann Dailor and show him Beats Music, after which he was inspired enough to make a Sunday Morning chill out playlist chock full of some of the songs that help him relax on his favorite day of the week.
In Brann’s own words:
"Sunday is the perfect day to start things slow and keep them there. I don’t need a kick in the ass on Sunday morning, I just need to sit down outside with a cup of coffee and sink into some soft and beautiful music with no plans of going anywhere or doing anything. Sunday is my favorite."
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ROYAL BLOOD + BEATS MUSIC
Royal Blood is a two-piece rock band from the UK (Brighton, to be exact). Earlier this year, they began their takeover of American radio after the release of their 4-track “Out of the Black EP” (featuring the title track that has been climbing the charts ever since). I was lucky enough to see them twice at SXSW this year, which, as it turns out, were their first shows in the U.S. The sound that comes from this duo —even in a live setting— is loud, melodic, intense and exciting (it sounds like there are way more than just two dudes on that stage)! If you get a chance to see them live, I fully recommend it!
We asked Ben Thatcher (the man behind the drums for Royal Blood) about some of his “go to” tunes and songs that have inspired him over the years. This is a playlist from him featuring the songs that he deems to be his favorites of all time.
LISTEN TO THE WHOLE THING HERE:
“My 11 favorite songs right now & that will forever always be” by Ben Thatcher.
Jeff Buckley - Dream Brother
I’m a massive Jeff Buckley fan. His music is so haunting and his lyrics are pure poetry. He himself in my opinion was one of the best songwriters to date. I could have picked so many of his songs but I have chosen Dream Brother, the last song on his ‘Grace’ album. (Which would be in my top 3 albums too.) The song has such a haunting feel to it and I just love everything about it. [Especially] the soft guitar riff verse into the smashing building chorus.
Michael Jackson - Dirty Diana
Huge tune and one of my favorite MJ songs. It’s a song that tells a story. When those drums kick in at the chorus, I can’t help but screw my face up in filthy, loving disgust.
Daft Punk - Loose Yourself To Dance
When this song gets played, I loose myself (and not just to dance); I get caught in what I can only explain as a hypnotic-funk-groove-trance. With the combo of Nile Rodgers, Pharrell Williams & Daft Punk you can only have a hit. It’s all about the claps that come in half way through the chorus. Great sound to that record.
The Mars Volta - Roulette Dares (The Haunt Of)
This track blew my head off when I first heard it in my teen years. [There] is so much extremely incredible musicianship in that one song. I can’t even put words to how I feel about it. I just bow at the feet.
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
How can this track not be in anyone’s top 10? It has everything!
The Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother
One of my favorite music videos. Such a sick song, Jack White is one hell of a genius. We (Royal Blood) are obviously big fans of his music. I love the swinging feel of this tune. Very early Jay Z hip-hop feel that I love. Then half way through, out of nowhere comes this mad gritty rock tune. Love it.
Fleetwood Mac - The Chain
Some may just wait for the end of this song. I understand that. But for me it’s all about the calm before the storm. It’s so well done; I can listen to it all day. Great vocal melodies intertwining, coming in and out. Mick Fleetwood is a legend too.
Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Dogg) - Next Episode
You can’t get anymore bad then this tune right here. When that intro is ringing in the speaker’s I get excited about what’s about to drop in my eardrums. Once you’re in that tune, there is no need to leave. (Unless you get a text saying your Gran’s just died)
City & Colour - The Girl
Ok, this is me at my softest. I had my first dance with my wife to this song. She is a massive Alexisonfire fan. I took her to see them on their last UK show, which was great. But this song has more of a personal tie to myself rather then a musical tie.
Queens Of The Stone Age - Smooth Sailing
From the minute I heard this song I loved it. It’s very sexy and dirty, just like my wife. Everything about this song is great from the bluesy guitar riff to the sleazy vocal from Homme. This track also has a great video. Go watch it. [HERE]
Jay Z - 99 Problems
This song in my opinion is one of the best songs ever written. It’s got everything you want, great lyrics and dirty production. Rick Rubin is the man. The song speaks for itself.
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In celebration of The Orwells new major label release Disgraceland, the dudes made us a playlist of some of their favorite punk songs both past and present on Beats Music.
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Los Angeles band Kitten have been creating a buzz for a number of years but now, after the release of three EPs and years of touring, the group releases its first full-length album on June 24. While the group was in the studio laying down the tracks for the new album, they found themselves with downtime and instead of just calling it a day, Kitten decided to make something extra for Beats Music. The result is an interesting set of out-takes and experiments with different genres that frontwoman Chloe Chaidez and the band did with some of her friends. “This mixtape is a collection of songs we made with different friends at the tail end of my album,” says Chaidez.
While making the exclusive MXTP for Beats Music, Chloe drew influence from the likes of “Arca, Ashanti and a lot of Drake” and although the Kitten album has more of the alternative/indie rock sound fans are used to Chaidez says that “some of the more modern R&B aspects of the mixtape will [also] show themselves on the record.” The mixtape also features some 80s pop influences that helped to showcase “an alter ego that came out of me when working with some of these tracks the band and I had lying around,” says Chaidez. The MXTP, live on Beats Music today, even features a track created with Diplo, who connected with the band through a mutual friend.
While you’re waiting for the Kitten LP to come out in June, check out Kitten’s MXTP now on Beats Music:
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THE MENZINGERS’ “RENTED WORLD” INSPIRATIONS
(A playlist by singer/guitarist Greg Barnett from The Menzingers on Beats Music)
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The Menzinger’s new album “Rented World” comes out on April 22nd and while the band is currently out on tour, we caught up with singer/guitarist Greg Barnett and asked him to make us a playlist to showcase his inspirations for making the new album. The following playlist is what he came up with, it’s full of songs that he wishes he wrote…and he even tells you why below.
Filing this playlist as: Songs I Wish I Wrote! I’m a huge fan of all these bands/artists and picking individual songs was tough. I’m an album guy I guess. Anyways, heres a mix of some new and old songs that will most likely bum you out. Enjoy! - Greg Barnett
Pedro The Lion - “Penetration”
Where do you start with Pedro the Lion or any of David Bazans projects for that matter? How do you pick just one song? I went with the track “Penetration” because the songs just so intense. I’ve always loved songs that were inherently political but approached topics from a more personal standpoint. The first verse might be my favorite; “Have you ever seen an idealist with grey hairs on his head? Or successful men who keep in touch with unsuccessful friends?” Then the chorus mocks the relationship between successful art and money. “Cause if it isn’t making dollars then it isn’t making sense. If you aren’t moving units, then you’re not worth the expense”. The music industry sucks and has always sucked for this reason. David Bazan is fighting the good fight.
Shovels & Rope - “Birmingham”
Everything about this song is perfect. The first time I heard it I played it 10 times in a row. Then I played it 10 more times. Then 10 more. First, the production is on another level. For how minimal the song is it sounds huge! Sure, it helps that Cary Ann Hearst has one of the strongest voices in music right now. Also, Michael Trent’s unique drumming style and harmonies are just so on point that the song comes alive.
Jason Isbell - “Elephant”
Songwriting doesn’t get better than this. “Elephant” is about a friend dying of cancer and the ways [that] the two deal with the elephant in the room. What a fucking story. It’s the subtitles that make this song so heartbreaking though. Drinking “Seagrams in a coffee cup” and sitting “cross legged on a bar stool like nobody sits anymore” instantly put you into the narrative and by the end of the song it feels like its your loss. I get the chills every time I hear the line “Surrounded by her family I saw that she was dying alone.”
Cary Ann Hearst - “Who’s Gonna Raise These Babies”
This is Cary Ann Hearst’s second time on my playlist (she’s the front woman of Shovels & Rope) but if anyone’s going to get two songs [on here] its her. I wish they played country music like this on the radio. I’m convinced there’s no better song to listen to while driving down a country road with the windows down on a beautiful day.
Sun Kil Moon - “Pray for Newtown”
“Take a moment to think about the families that lost so much in Newtown.” I don’t even know where to start with my reasons for adding this song to the playlist. Mark Kozelek is a master songwriter who has a knack for tackling difficult subjects (ex. almost every song off of his new record “Benji”) with what feels like the utmost of ease. Kozelek discusses where he was and what was running through his mind upon receiving news of The McDonalds Massacre, The Norway Massacre, The Portland Mall Shooting, and finally the tragic Newtown Massacre. I remember I was in Canada at a Tim Hortons when I heard about Newtown. It was difficult to talk about at the time and it still is. I think there’s a very important message here and I love his reasons for writing the song. After receiving a letter from a fan asking Kozelek to “say a prayer for Newtown”, he admits “I’m not one to pray, but I’m one to sing and play” asking listeners to “take a moment to think about the families that lost so much in Newtown”.
Tom Waits - “The Piano Has Been Drinking”
Here’s my favorite song by one of the best songwriters of all-time. If you haven’t noticed by now, I love songs that are so descriptive that they can immediately put you in the story. Like a good book or a good film, “The Piano Has Been Drinking” makes me feel like I’m in the story of a dimly lit New York City piano bar during the 1970’s watching a down and out artist attempt to make his way through a set. So good.
Lucero - “Drink Till We’re Gone”
My first Lucero song! Ah, the vivid memories of driving around blasting this song all alone on back roads. “Life is short, despite of your plans, so tell the girls there pretty while you can”. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
The Gaslight Anthem - Drive
I was going to college in Scranton at the time I heard the demo of “Drive” streaming on purevolume or whatever was popular then. I’d sit in the computer lab and it play it over and over. It was just that good. When “Sink or Swim” came out it was a record you had to tell everyone about. This wasn’t just another punk record; we all knew this band was on to something huge. My band was starting to play out a bit more and we had a lot of mutual friends with TGA. Eventually we became buds and played some great shows together, everything from a little bar in Richmond in front of 50 people to huge theaters across the country. For me it all started with this song.
The Mountain Goats - “Hast Thou Considered The Tetrapod”
Probably my favorite song off of one of the most important records I’ve ever heard. I learned all my tricks as a songwriter from John Darnielle. His story of growing up in an abusive California household that’s told throughout “The Sunset Tree” comes to its emotional peak here, and all I can think about is how difficult this song and album must have been to write.
The Menzingers’ “Rented World” is released on April 22nd.
Yesterday, the Deftones released the previously unreleased song “Smile” from their shelved album “Eros” to commemorate the one year anniversary of bassist Chi Cheng’s passing.
"Eros" was recorded before Cheng’s accident in 2008, which left him in a coma for nearly five years. According to Deftones’ singer, Chino Moreno, there are no current plans to release the album but the band thinks that it should be released at some point as it is "the last thing Chi played on."
Full story HERE.
GWAR Releases Video Statement and Announces Creation of
Dave Brockie Foundation
GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. would like to thank the fans and friends for the outpouring of love after the passing of our dear friend Dave Brockie. Our intention is to honor Dave, preserve his legacy and continue to share his brilliant works with the world. With that being said, GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. are proud to announce the creation of The Dave Brockie Foundation.
A video message from GWAR and Slave Pit Inc. addressing the fans can be viewed HERE.
”The Dave Brockie Foundation is a charity fund with the mission of promoting the advancement of music, images, letters and performances in the arts. It will endeavor to encourage promising talents, as well as preserving the legacy of Dave’s body of works. It intends to be a support system to those who have dedicated their lives in pursuit of creativity. The Dave Brockie Foundation will be a resource for artists in the fields of music, film, literature and all visual arts who cannot find funding through mainstream channels. The DBF will also strive to catalog and preserve Dave’s vast collection of original images, recordings and written words, and make them available for the world to appreciate. The foundation’s first goal is to finance the creation of a memorial monument in Richmond, Virginia to provide the world with a place to pay respects to the memory of a very cherished man.”
Donations can be made to The Dave Brockie Foundation athttp://www.gwar.net/dave-brockie-foundation
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It is confirmed…there is an arena tour of JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR featuring JOHNNY ROTTEN (PiL, Sex Pistols), BRANDON BOYD (Incubus), J.C. CHASEZ (NSync) and MICHELLE WILLIAMS (Destiny’s Child) happening…and it is not a joke. Seriously.
When I first read about this last weekend, I thought it was some left over April Fools stuff…and I’m still finding it really hard to believe that this is real. Probably because I LOVE Jesus Christ Superstar…but also because this seems like a REALLY HUGE sell out move specifically for Johnny Rotten and Brandon Boyd. I mean, it’s a fantastic musical, probably the best one ever, the songs are amazing and it wouldn’t be so weird if these people were a part of a JCS production separately (like Sebastian Bach or Corey Glover have done in the past), but its the fact that they are all doing it together that blows my mind and compromises the integrity of it. I don’t want to see J.C. Chasez in anything…let alone in a bigger role than Johnny Rotten (Pontius Pilate gets more FaceTime and songs than King Herod). Rotten’s music and persona has been a cornerstone of my musical make-up for years and in my opinion NSync is just gross.
I’m confused and weirded out by the whole concept of this tour. Did I read somewhere that the guy playing Jesus won the role in a contest? Doesn’t that make it even worse? Also, why isn’t Brandon Boyd working on a new Incubus or Sons of the Sea record? Did all of these people get Madoff-ed (because this seems like something Kevin Bacon should be a part of)?!?!?!
Regardless, if this actually happens, I am going to have to go see it. Perhaps it will win me over. Maybe I’ll find a new respect for NSync, but I sincerely doubt it.
More details HERE.