I love a good mashup, especially when it takes older songs that have been played nearly to death and breathes some new life into them. Now, don’t get me wrong here, okay? I love Led Zeppelin‘s “A Whole Lotta Love” and The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” is widely considered to be the first heavy metal song ever written, so I give credit where credit is due. But I’ve heard each of these songs so many times that I just wanna put my fingers in ears and scream, “NANANANANANA!” whenever they come on.
However, a new mashup entitled “Whole Lotta Helter Skelter” by Soundhog gave the songs a new feel for me and I’m loving it! You can listen to the song below AND download it for free! Check it out. READ MORE
Artist Maxim Dalton painted a poster of 35 of the greatest guitar players ever. While it doesn’t include some famous axe wielders (I don’t see Dimebag Darrell on there), it is a pretty comprehensive painting of guitarists who have shaped and influenced their genres. The painting was released as a limited edition poster but sold out long ago.
But what I want to know is can you identify them all! So head on below to test yourself on your guitar player knowledge! READ MORE
The Beatles member George Harrison once called Ravi Shankar the “Godfather of world music”. With great sadness, we must report that Ravi Shankar has passed away at age 92. He was in his San Diego home with his wife and daughter upon his passing.
While I cannot offer a great history of his life and his many, many accomplishments (I suggest you turn to this article on Yahoo for more information), I can say that I myself have experienced a Ravi Shankar live performance first hand and it was a truly mesmerizing experience. What made me enjoy the concert so much was his appreciation of each performer on stage, giving them each a chance to showcase not only their skills and talents, but also their joy and passion. Truly, this was a man that appreciated showing the world what each of us were, and are, capable of. I am deeply saddened and I offer my deepest condolences to his family, to his friends, and to the many, many students of his, be they immediate disciples or simply listeners who took his music to heart.
R.I.P. Ravi Shankar. I thank you for all the music you have brought to this world. Sleep well. READ MORE
I am a huge fan of 60′s and 70′s progressive rock and I also have a special place in my heart for experimental folk. Something about these styles of music captures my imagination and interest. Perhaps it’s the sense of total and utter creative freedom that these artists seem to exude. Perhaps it’s the wealth of instruments and tones used. In the end, however, it doesn’t really matter as I can just sit back and truly enjoy this music.
So imagine my utter delight upon sitting back with Rhys Marsh And The Autumn Ghost‘s The Blue Hour and realizing that I was entering an album that sounded like it was directly transported from 1970′s UK. With elements of King Crimson‘s In The Court Of The Crimson King and Red as well as Pink Floyd, this album seemed poised to play directly to my tastes. But did that delight linger on throughout or fade as one track ended and the next began? Read on to find out. READ MORE
Got two news bits for you that are weird enough to combine into one article. The first story is that actor Johnny Depp (Nightmare on Elm St., Dark Shadows) joined Aerosmith at the Hollywood Bowl this past Monday (the 6th). The actor played guitar during the song “Train Kept-A Rollin’”. This isn’t the first time Depp has jammed with other musicians. He also appeared on stage with Alice Cooper as well as Marilyn Manson. You can watch video of the performance below.
The second bit I’ve got for you is a really weird mashup of Ke$ha‘s “Tik Tok” with The Beatles‘ “Come Together”. Surprisingly, it works far better than I could’ve imagined. You can stream the song below. READ MORE
Gossip Girl Taylor Momsen has taken the rock and roll world by storm with her band The Pretty Reckless. The band’s 2010 debut album Light Me Up was pretty much critically acclaimed and the band has been touring extensively, including an opening slot on Evanescence‘s recent tour.
Now, the band is back with a five-track EP entitled Hit Me Like A Man (iTunes). In anticipation of this release, BD Music caught up with singer Taylor Momsen to discuss the current state of things with the band as well as Taylor’s opinion on how women are seen in the rock and roll world. Check below for this exclusive interview!
When it comes to Rock and Roll, it’s amazing how much influence some bands have on future generations. When one thinks of Van Halen, The Beatles, ZZ Top, Chuck Barry, and more, you can almost see the effect that these bands have on what is on the radio today. One of these bands that has had great influence (and one of my favorite 80′s rock bands) is Tesla. This is why I’m pumped to announce that we’ve got an exclusive prize pack to give away to one lucky reader. Check after the jump for prize details and rules for entry.
When I first heard that The Real Tuesday Weld’s album, The Last Werewolf: A Soundtrack was the soundtrack to a book, I was slightly taken aback. I’d never really heard of a book having a soundtrack before. A movie? Of course. A video game? Duh! But a book? That seemed somewhat far-fetched for me. Listening to the album, however, cleared everything up. The question is, did it clear it up and make me want to read the book or did it fail in drumming up any interest at all. Check out after the jump for all the details!
I recently got the opportunity to do a phone interview with Damon Fox, singer and keyboardist of progressive rock band Bigelf. Damon was a very cool guy who was eloquent and intelligent and gave some great responses that were not only well thought out, but also very intimate and personal. Read on to see how Damon responds to questions about a new Bigelf album, how the band survives the rigors of the road as well as his thoughts on the current state of music and a few of his favorite horror movies!
Bigelf’s last album, ‘Cheat The Gallows’ came out in 2008. Check inside for the video to their latest single ‘The Evil’s of Rock and Roll’!