Monday, April 7, 2014

Mavis Rules

Recent research on genius says that it begins with desire: You have to love what you're doing more than anyone else. It's not just talent but force of will. Check Mavis Staples here, the oldest one in the room, sung more songs (incl this one) than anyone, and still can't contain her joy when she sings. Everyone in the room is awestruck.

How can you not be?

(Makes me want to try harder.)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Wytches "Gravedweller": Free Download

They're British, based in Brighton. On their Bandcamp page their sound is described as rock-doom-grunge-surf-trash. Maybe, though I'd argue they're miles beyond much of what came out of Seattle 20 years ago. The song's called Gravedweller and yours free if you want it.

I think they're onto something.

Go here for free download.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Perfect Pussy

That's what they call themselves, which is about as good as any name I've heard in quite a while. They may be the best band to ever hail from Syracuse, NY and their sound fuses a kind of free jazz Ramones with vocals that are as intense as a Christian Bale on-set tantrum. I even hear a touch of Blonde Redhead (one of my favorite bands) in there.

It's been a very long time since I've heard punk that'd prick up these pogo-aged ears. This does it.

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Way of Love

Here's Courtney Love from her series of videos in which she digs into the gold mine and dispenses quintessential Love-ian philosophy on life, art, love, and whatever else the @%#$ she wants to talk about because she is the goddess of Love.

I thought you should know.

In this, episode four, she shares a few words on dressing for court and why she doesn't say motherf#%ker.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Prepare to Be Dumbfounded

The group's name is Babymetal. They're a mixture of death metal and J-pop. They're precious as hell. The rhythm track should leave a black skidmark down the middle of your brain while the vocals and effervescent melody add a layer of caffeinated corn syrup.

The most death metal of the lot: Here, they pose in ruffly white dresses while a satanic voice chants "Death! Death! Death!" Coming at you on a cresting wave of jail bait sugar.

Here's a more serious Irish version from the '90s: This woefully underrated band was Scheer and they hailed from County Derry, Northern Ireland. Cute girly vocals over dueling chainsaw guitars.

Hear the whole album here. It's a good one.

Via The Daily Dot.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Blasphemy R Us

Apparently, Katy Perry has gotten into holy hot water. The hypersensitive fundamentalists of the Muslim world claim she has insulted their religion. See the alleged crime unfold at 1:15: 

Muslims are upset because at one point in the video a man wearing a pendant with the word ‘Allah’ written in Arabic is zapped by Perry, and disintegrates. In the light hearted pop video Perry plays a campy Egyptian queen who rejects suitors by zapping them with lightning and turning them into sand.

It's obvious that this was intended as no more than a silly pop confection. Its make-believe and loose historicity should confuse no one. I suppose the case could be made that the reference to Islam (blink and you'll miss it), while weak and possibly innocent, was intentional. The offended claim that as Katy Perry/Cleopatra dissolves the hapless man wearing the pendant into dust, she "appears to be representing an opposition of God" as she "engulfs the believer and the word God in flames."

In any event, view the video (the song isn't half bad, you know, as far as these things go), add to its over 34 million plus viewings and help to tell the fundy religious prigs of the world who want the video taken down to STFU.

Thanks to Patheos and Digital Spy.

Update: Katy Perry attempts to avoid fatwā and has video edited to remove offending pendant. *Sigh*