Fearless Records has released the fifth volume of their Punk Goes Pop series. Included are artists such as Memphis May Fire, Upon This Dawning, Craig Owens, The Word Alive, and more doing covers of famous pop songs. You can check out the full track list below as well as a lyric video for Issues cover of Justin Bieber‘s “Boyfriend”.
You can snag your copy of Punk Goes Pop vol. 5 on iTunes. Also, now through Nov. 19th, all previous editions of Punk Goes… are on sale for $7.99.
Personally, and maybe I’m not understanding this idea, but doesn’t it seem like you should have, I don’t know, punk bands doing Punk Goes Pop? These seem more like screamo, metalcore, and bands that fall into those types of genres. Help me out here readers, am I wrong? READ MORE
It’s nearing that time again when the music industry collectively pat each other on the backs and present awards to artists who already have shelves devoted to little statues that they earned based on record sales and not any sort of artistic merit. Yup, I’m talking about the AMAs (American Music Awards). But, before we get our panties in a bunch, let’s actually look at what the AMAs were created for. You see, according to a press release, Dick Clark created the AMAs in 1973 as a means of paying “…tribute to popular musicians from various genres of music and to put audiences in touch with the latest phenomena in American music. Since its founding, the AMAs have honored and showcased the talents of some of the biggest names in the music industry.”
So, I’m left scratching my head. Why even create such an event? What is the purpose? I mean, aside from the collective back patting and sycophantic groveling that I mentioned above, is there a point to these shows? Well, obviously ratings. People are gonna tune in to see over-the-top performances (where their favorite artist will no doubt be lip syncing) so they can gush about them to their friends via Facebook and Twitter (who talks on a phone anymore, right?). It’s also a status symbol: “My favorite artist won an award, meaning that he/she/they HAVE to be respected and lauded!”
Whatever. As per my thoughts on ANY award ceremony, I don’t think they do a damn thing. The only people that tune in are those that have a vested interest. No one that is seeking avenues to find new music will even consider watching. What’s the point? They’ve already heard it all before.
If you want to see the list of AMA nominations, check it out below. It’ll be a really recognizable and familiar list. READ MORE
I love black metal. I really do. But somebody needs to tell some of these artists that a good chunk of their names are completely illegible. Chicken scrawls do not make for a good band logo, at least in my opinion. But what it CAN do is turn pop artists names into something rather amusing. Below is a great picture that takes eleven well known mainstream pop artists and gives their name the good ole’ black metal chicken scrawl logo treatment. I managed to identify all of them without a problem although one of them did give me a run for my money for a second. Can you guess them all? READ MORE
Yes…gaze lovingly at yourself
Alright Beliebers, next week sees the release of Justin Bieber‘s new single, Boyfriend. I’m guessing that many of you simply cannot WAIT to hear it! Unfortunately, we don’t have the actual song for you. However, we do have the lyrics! But there are a few things that puzzle me a bit about them. So, I figured I’d look at them a bit closely and see what I could pull out. Care to join me?
Say whatever you will about Ozzy Osbourne, but the man is the Prince of Darkness and he has been a part of creating some of the greatest metal the world has ever heard. Sure, at this point in his career, he’s doing Best Buy ads with Justin Bieber, but think of his glory days, such as when Diary of a Madman or Blizzard of Ozz came out. Well, you can relive those days on May 31st in much better audio quality! Both of those albums are going to be reissued with special editions made available. You can even order a super special edition, which comes with a full size replica of Ozzy’s cross here. While you wait, you can check out a really cool trailer after the jump, which features statements from Lemmy (Motorhead), Rob Halford (Judas Priest), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), and more. READ MORE
Sure, the holidays are a relaxing time of year, but it’s also pretty brutal for us horror fan. Not only are there no new horror films hitting theaters, DVD, or Blu-ray, but the news is extremely limited until the New Year. We’ll try and keep our eyes peeled for holiday treats to get you through the next two weeks. Yesterday we brought you this awesome online video game, while today we have a list of “Celebrity Monsters” – highlighted by Justin Bieber as the “Seed of Chucky”. LOLOLOLOL.