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The rock historians often point to Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as the moment, in 1967, when rock magically grew up and became a legitimate art form, at least as it was perceived by the mainstream media. Many fans love the sprawl and variety of the self-titled 1968 double album, popularly known as The White Album. 15 Famous Songs With Misunderstood Meanings. Here's a look at some songs that got their meanings twisted and misconstrued—and the original intentions put forth by the artists who wrote them. 10 Classic Albums Rolling Stone Originally Panned. Lester Bangs is one of the most esteemed rock writers in history, but even he didn't quite get Black Sabbath when he heard their first record back in 1970.
"Over across the tracks in the industrial side of Cream country lie unskilled laborers like Black Sabbath, which was hyped as a rockin' ritual celebration of the Satanic mass or some such claptrap, something like England's answer to Coven. Well, they're not that bad, but that's about all the credit you can give them. The whole album is a shuck – despite the murky song titles and some inane lyrics that sound like Vanilla Fudge paying doggerel tribute to Aleister Crowley, the album has nothing to do with spiritualism, the occult, or anything much except stiff recitations of Cream clichés that sound like the musicians learned them out of a book, grinding on and on with dogged persistence.
Second take: Five Stars (2004 Rolling Stone Album Guide) Psychoactive Soundscapes: The Trippiest Albums of 2015. It’s that time of year again: the time where I remind everyone just how rapidly consciousness has been evolving in such an amazingly short period of time.
The good news there is that the entire point to technology is to serve art. We’ll figure it out eventually. Lana Del Rey's 'Honeymoon': Everything We Know. "We both know that it's not fashionable to love me/But you don't go 'cause truly there's nobody for you but me," sings Lana Del Rey, sounding unadorned, as if setting ground rules, before being lifted out of reality on silken strings.
Del Rey recently told Beats 1 that her third LP is inspired by the beach. Poly-graph. Rollingstone. If you wish to launch a humdinger of an argument – and one you might win – sidle up to just about any 1960s rock fan and offer the opinion that it was not the Beatles, the Stones, Pink Floyd, Hendrix, the Velvet Underground or the Byrds who were the key sonic inventors of the decade.
Nope: wasn't any of those collectives of aural innovation who did quite what the Yardbirds did in terms of overhauling sound, never mind that they couldn't keep a steady lineup and were pretty much unclassifiable, save as the dudes who influenced everybody else and basically birthed blues rock, garage rock and heavy metal. Rollingstone. Van Morrison's new album Duets: Re-Working The Catalogue features vocal collaborations with everyone from Michael Bublé and Steve Winwood to Mavis Staples and even the late Bobby Womack, but they aren't revisiting any classic hits.
Instead, Morrison decided it would be far more interesting to shine a spotlight on lesser-known gems from his catalog, including "These Are the Days" from 1989's Avalon Sunset, "Born to Sing" from 2012's No Plan B and "Streets of Arklow" from 1974's Veedon Fleece. "I've done duets before, with John Lee Hooker, Tom Jones, Ray Charles, Carl Perkins and Bobby Bland," Morrison said in a statement. "This project was partly about the fun of singing with artists I admire, but also about going back to songs that aren't so well known. Complete Fucking Idiot Considers Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov Russia’s Most Inventive Orchestrator. BOSTON—Making an utter fool of himself in front of company Monday night, local resident and complete fucking moron Tony Penneman actually voiced aloud his opinion that Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov is “the most inventive orchestrator in the history of Russian classical music,” sources reported.
The 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll : A Blog Supreme. Steve Lehman edged out Wadada Leo Smith for the top spot in the 2014 NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll.
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Cantaloupe hide caption itoggle caption Cantaloupe Most years, Tom Huizenga and I spend a lot of time after Thanksgiving and well into December battling over — or, more truthfully, having many friendly but spirited discussions about — which recordings should comprise our 10 favorites of the year. We each come up with a list of 10, and then we start hammering things out in some amount of exquisite music-nerd agony. Some albums we agree upon, some are our individual picks. Taylor Swift, Picture-Perfect. Taylor Swift is a profoundly sentimental artist.
She is also, of course, a gifted songwriter, a clear, convincing singer, a striking melodist, a hook machine as irresistible as any to grace Top 40 radio, a celebrity about as benevolent as they come, and, let us not forget, a role model worth obsessing over. But before any of that we Taylor Swift fans must acknowledge her penchant for schmaltz, as this earnest young woman who writes directly and openly about her feelings has a saccharine streak about a mile wide. When asked why one loves Taylor Swift, it is easy to mumble some excuse about expert craft or formal mastery. The reason we fans adore her is much more specific, more thematic.
We adore her because she falls in love with guys when they hold the door open for her, which anybody else would interpret as a meaningless act of common courtesy. Whether Taylor Swift the real-life human being is actually like this is somewhat implausible, nor does it particularly matter. Miles Davis Albums From Worst To Best. Miles Davis was one of the most important musicians of the 20th Century. (1) My Top 100 Jazz Tracks - Emotional Intelligence. Interview: Jan Swafford, Author Of 'Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph' As Beethoven set about composing his Third Symphony, his hearing was failing and he felt certain his life was about to get worse. That it was born in a moment of despair may help explain why the finished work, for all its grandeur, is extremely odd — employing devices that are by turns aggressive and mundane, somber and practically danceable. The piece also called the Eroica is one of many covered in Jan Swafford's massive new biography, Beethoven: Anguish and Triumph.
Swafford spoke with NPR's Arun Rath about the symphony and its composer; hear the radio version at the audio link and read an edited version of their conversation below. (And If there's anything you've always wanted to know about Beethoven, you'll have a chance to ask Jan Swafford. Check out his Reddit "Ask Me Anything" discussion with NPR Music's Tom Huizenga on Thursday Aug. 7 at 12 noon, ET.)
An Illustrated History of Music in Seven Minutes. Vernett Bader Stabs Roommate Who Wouldn't Stop Listening To The Eagles: Cops. She sure didn't have a peaceful easy feeling. Vernett Bader, 54, is accused of stabbing her live-in ex-boyfriend Monday night because he wouldn't stop listening to The Eagles at their North Charleston, S.C. residence, according to ABC News 4. Police say Bader was watching TV with the man's brother and told her 64-year-old ex to turn his music off. The ex responded by telling her to "shut up" and took her tolerance to the limit by continuing to play the classic rock tunes. Millennials hate Bruce Springsteen.
Every few weeks or so, I’ll be talking to someone at a bar or club or house party, and the conversation will inevitably turn toward Bruce Springsteen. The exchange is usually as follows: ME: Oh, a little bit of everything … blues, jazz, funk, Bruce Springsteen (brief pause) … you know, my tastes are super eclectic. Quit defending the Eagles! They’re simply terrible. One of the sliest and funniest jokes in the Coen brothers film “The Big Lebowski” is the constant conflict between Creedence Clearwater Revival fans and Eagles fans.
The film is set in a Los Angeles whose population is clearly delineated by its rock ‘n’ roll allegiances. Robert Christgau: Trying to Understand the Eagles. How Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan saved country music. The musical freedom that Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Kris Kristofferson yearned for in the late 1960s seemed out of reach in the sterile new office buildings and sagging bungalows that housed the record business on Music Row. The corporate enclave ruled every country artist in town. Bono: Mascot of Neoliberalism. The Smiths: Better than the Beatles? Johannes Brahms. Lana Del Rey, the joke’s on us. Björk puts the rock in rock star. Five Ways Jazz Can Be Punk : A Blog Supreme. Record Label Records > shop.
Should Duke Ellington be compared to Bach? Cat Power: 'I'm Not Ashamed To Hear My Voice' An Oral History Of Gay Punk. Neil Young Expands Pono Digital-to-Analog Music Service. Gangnam Style: We need more foreign language pop songs. The End of Jazz - Benjamin Schwarz. The Greatest Recordings in Jazz History - Jennie Rothenberg Gritz. ‘Rite of Spring’ and ‘Jeux’ as Radical Music. Peggy Lee, Life, and the Apocalypse.