Mashup master DJ Earworm has released his yearly “United States Of Pop” song, which takes the 25 biggest hits of 2012 as determined by the Billboard 100 and pus them all together in one song. You can listen to the song below and also download it for free.
Personally, I like the 2009 mashup the best. For those of you who have listened to the past several years, what’s your favorite? 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
Bloody-Disgusting recently had the pleasure of talking with frontman Jacob Bunton about his latest endeavor as the singer for Steven Adler’s (Guns ‘N’ Roses) new band Adler, and the band’s upcoming debut album. We also talked about what’s going on with his other band Lynam, as well as his view on Top 40 music, and his love of Horror. Hit the jump for this exclusive interview!
Adler will be participating on the Kiss Kruise. More information can be found here. READ MORE
Review by Chris Lockett: In 1992, Alternative Punk band The Offspring released their sophomore album Ignition. Now, twenty years later, they’re set to release their ninth studio album Days Go By. They’ve got a slew of hits and an extremely loyal fan base, but at this point in their career, are they still able to impress? Hit the jump to find out! READ MORE
Katy Perry is really hit or miss with me. Wait, let me amend that last statement: Katy Perry is pretty much always a miss with me but occasionally has the rare hit (I won’t lie, I really enjoy “Part Of Me”). I guess I just don’t see what her appeal is anymore. So she had a hit with “You’re So Gay” followed by “I Kissed A Girl”. So what? What else has she done that is so exciting or exhilarating? Pretty much every other song she has released is really generic and/or boring. Plus she somehow manages to use the most annoying phrases and words in pop lyric history. Want examples? Just listen to any song and you’re golden.
Whatever, I’m obviously showing my distaste and I try to remain impartial (coughBULLSH*Tcough). So, that being said, let’s talk about the new Katy Perry video for “Wide Awake”, which is, as the headline states, chock full of horror imagery.
Here are some films that I caught elements of in the video: Labyrinth, Pan’s Labyrinth, A Nightmare On Elm St. 3: Dream Warriors, The Ring, Alice In Wonderland, Orphan, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Yeah, all of those in one video. The problem is that for as visually polished and beautiful the video is, it isn’t exciting to watch. This is only hindered by the song itself being even more boring. Still, with all of these elements, I figured I’d bring it to your attention (watch it below) and ask what do you think of it? READ MORE
“To me, this award means a lot because it shows that the human element of making music is what’s most important. Singing into a microphone and learning to play and instrument and learning to do your craft, that’s the most important thing for people to do. It’s not about being perfect, it’s not about sounding absolutely correct, it’s not about what goes on in a computer. It’s about what goes on in here (points to heart) and it’s about what goes on in here (points to head).” – Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters
Shortly after Dave Grohl gave the above acceptance speech at the 2012 Grammy Awards, he and his band, Foo Fighters, played alongside David Guetta, Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, and Deadmau5. Three of those four are very guilty of blatant autotune use while Deadmau5 is an electronic artist whose musical work completely relies upon his knowledge of computers and computerized music. Therefore, he gets a pass. But still, there is this lingering stench of hypocrisy.
At first listen, Italian band Hopes Die Last could easily be categorized as screamo and just left at that. Hell, my first playthrough of their new album, Trust No One, had me thinking this. But then I spun it a second time and new elements started peeking out from behind the curtains. Touches of alt-rock? Check. How about electronica and even dubstep? Yuppers. But do all of these elements combine into a solid package or do they try to tear themselves free from each other, striving for the spotlight?
It’s Friday and therefore it’s time for the weekend to get it’s ass into high gear! How about you start it up with some ET from Katy Perry! WHOA WHOA WHOA! Before you crucify me, let me finish by saying that it’s a badass djent-metal background with only her vocals and that it kicks ass! Plus, the guy playing guitar (YouTube user TheNocturnal666), is wearing a Weland/Yutani shirt. How freaking sweet is that?! Check out the video below and download a copy for free here. READ MORE
So, 99.9999% of the time I post mash-ups, they’re some awesome metal rendition of a pop song. Instead, what we have here today (courtesy of BurnTheBlueSky), is a beautiful mixture of Linkin Park‘s Waiting For The End and Katy Perry‘s ET. Featuring two guys on a piano and three back-up singers (their appearance is rather amusing), the mix of the two songs is surprisingly effective and really something special.
Move over Katy Perry, your fireworks ain’t got NOTHIN’ on In Flames! Wanna know why? Because they actually got fireworks and didn’t just CG them in, you hussy. I’m sorry, that was probably uncalled for……tramp. Moving along! After the jump is the new video from In Flames for Deliver Us. Check it out and get ready for Sounds of a Playground Fading, which comes out June 21st.
By the way Katy Perry, if you read this, I’m actually not upset with you at all. I’m just jealous that I can’t rest my head upon your ample love pillows meet you for a lovely cup of tea.
Katy Perry‘s latest video for ET is one hell of a visual feast. Looking at it, it’s a sci-fi horror in the style of Guillermo Del Toro, meaning that there is a sense of beauty and wonder amidst the fear. However, as a song, it doesn’t really speak to me. That’s where the below cover by VersaEmerge comes in. SuperRadMike turned me onto this and it’s a beautiful, emotional rendition that is simple yet powerful. Check after the jump for the original video and two badass rock covers.
A lot of times these YouTube mash-ups are complete failures. But sometimes they are just incredible. Below is an example of how two completely different styles can work together with the right touch. My only complaint is that Katy Perry’s vocals are way too loud in the mix, overpowering Periphery. Otherwise, it’s something I would definitely rock on my iPod.
So it’s Friday and I want all of you readers to start your weekend with some jolly good laughs. So, for your viewing and listening pleasure, I’ve got Katy Perry going metal, Ke$ha doing some weird kind of polka thing, and, in what is quite possibly the funniest thing I’ve seen in a long time, Slipknot’s ‘Wait And Bleed’ rewritten for Radio Disney. Enjoy!
Fearless Records has released the tenth in their Punk Goes… series. This time, it’s ‘Punk Goes Pop, Volume 3′, which features famous pop songs covered by bands such as Woe, Is Me, Asking Alexandria, Mayday Parade, and more. You can check out the full track list after the jump.
To usher in the witching season, Street Drum Corps’ BANG! will perform ghoulishly great shows at Knott’s Berry Farm’s 38th Annual Halloween Haunt in Buena Park and at California’s Great America’s Halloween Haunt in Santa Clara. BANG! is known for their high energy drumming and unique blend of amazing percussion skills with ordinary found objects.
BANG! has been electrifying audiences with their powerful syncopated rhythms for over 5 years with their exciting, interactive show. They have shared the stage with luminaries such as pop sensation Katy Perry and rockers The Used on the Vans Warped Tour and have also hit the road and appeared onstage with multi-platinum band Linkin Park and Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell on the Projekt Revolution Tour.
BANG! brings their latest incarnations to Knott’s Berry Farm, the world’s first and largest theme park Halloween event, with their ‘Blood Drums’ show, which will wow audiences in the Necropolis Theatre September 24th – October 31st. Fans in attendance will have the exclusive opportunity to purchase DGC/Interscope Records artist Street Drum Corps’ brand new all percussion album Big Noise.’ The ‘PrimeEvil Percussion’ show will rock the streets of California’s Great America October 1st – 31st Fridays through Sundays. In addition to BANG!’s spine-tingling live shows, guests will enjoy an in-your-face scare experience complete with haunted mazes and world-class thrill rides at the parks.
They say music calms the savage beast. Does that include both gruesome monsters and park guests alike? Come find out this Halloween!