There are few things I enjoy more than the Record Store Day events throughout the year. For the main, big one in April, I try to make it up to Portland, Maine. That’s where Bull Moose records is based, where the head Chris Brown co-founded the vinyl holiday 12 years ago. Over at The Daily Times, I came up with a baker’s dozen of things to pick up out of the 400 plus titles released this year.
Yeah, it’s become a bit corporate in recent years, but I still love RSD. Heading out now for the second round in Portland. Here’s some early items sent out via my Instagram, and here are a few I picked up earlier this morning.
Today marks 25 years since the death of Kurt Cobain. The Nirvana frontman took his life in the greenhouse above the garage in his Seattle home on April 5, 1994. Over at The Daily Times, I looked back on the weeks leading up to his untimely passing, what happened when the news hit the wires and the immediate effect it had on both Cobain and Nirvana’s legacy.
Here’s a performance of “Drain You” from France exactly two months before the eve of Cobain’s death:
The Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt premiered on Netflix one week ago, and I’ve been busy doing multiple instances of coverage for it. First up is a review of the film I did. Is it worth checking out? How is the acting? Is it a possible Oscar dark horse (spoiler: it’s not)? How much was left out? All those questions are answered in the Vanyaland piece.
Speaking of what was left out, there’s quite a bit – including the last 20 years or so of the band’s existence. Literally a dozen spouses, a pair of sex tapes, official bandmembers and much, much more are missing. Over at Ultimate Classic Rock, I look at 10 people and events left out of the flick.
Finally, it’s nothing new for a film to be panned by critics but beloved by mainstream audiences. One week since The Dirt hit Netflix, there’s quite the disparity between the two groups if you look at Rotten Tomatoes. I explored the split for The Daily Times, looking at the criticisms and praise from each side.
Here’s the official trailer for The Dirt:
The new documentaries focusing on the accusations levied against both Michael Jackson and R. Kelly over the years have raised questions once again about how the music of an artist who has allegedly committed sexual abuse against children should be handled. Some radio stations have stopped playing songs by both, but streams and music sales are telling something very different about the public’s perception. When one hit wonder Gary Glitter was facing similar charges several years ago, the reaction on both sides was much different – is that because he didn’t have a catalog of material as beloved as Jackson and Kelly?
I did a piece for The Daily Times which touched on the subject.
Following the unexpected cancellation of his fall 2018 North American tour, James Bay is back at it with a bunch of rescheduled dates. Last night was Boston, and my review is up over at Vanyaland.
Check it out here.
Also, it’s worth revisiting what drew me to Bay in the first place, back when he killed it on SNL in 2018 with “Pink Lemonade”:
One month from today, the Motley Crue biopic The Dirt lands on Netflix. Over at Ultimate Classic Rock, I broke down some of the stories we hope to see from the 2001 book and ones that we would rather not.
Check it out here.
Also, it’s a good a time as any to revisit a cautionary tale by the Crue on falling in love at too early an age:
‘Twas a good year for music 2018, and after the jump are 28 songs from the year that I found myself spinning over and over. There’s a good bit of electronic-tinged music in the mix like Carpenter Brut, Kingswood and Chromatics as well as stuff from the heavier end in Turnstile, The End of the Ocean and Black Heaven. Then there’s just some solid songwriting from the Charlatans, Soccer Mommy, Mitski and Snail Mail.
I hope you like some of it as much as I did.
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