7 items from 2013
As you may know, musical pioneer Al Jourgensen has officially closed the book on his legendary industrial-metal band Ministry, sending them out in style with their excellent final album From Beer to Eternity (check out our review here), followed by his eye-opening autobiography Ministry: The Lost Gospels. But Uncle Al ain't settling down just yet. For his next creative endeavor, Jourgensen chose to explore the same themes he's tackled in his music for three decades... but this time, in the guise of a comic book antihero with musical super-powers. Ministry: The Devil's Chord – The Chronicles of Alien F. Jourgensen is a comic series with a unique concept: each of the thirteen issues will be based on one of Ministry's albums – including classics like The Land of Rape and Honey, The Mind is a Terrible Thing to Taste, Psalm 69, Filth Pig, Rio Grande Blood, The Last Sucker, and Relapse. The overall »
- Gregory Burkart
Remember the '90s? Sure you do. The music was grungier. The Marky Marks were Markier. You had to choose between your phone and the Internet. And the ponytails were occasionally sideways.
Well, if you somehow missed the decade due to an interference in the time-space continuum — or you just happen to be really young — we've assembled 15 movie clips that best represent what life, or at least movies, were like during that glorious decade. A '90s time capsule, if you will. So sit back, relax and throw on your favorite starter jacket.
Way before film dance battles occurred in 3D thunderdomes and huge flattop cuts were throwbacks, Kid 'n Play were throwing down the on-screen dance gauntlet with some fly girls in "House Party," a movie that knew enough to not let a plot get in the way of fun and »
- Adam D'Arpino
Thanks to Baby DJ School—which, yes, is a real thing—bored and/or musically inclined infants can now learn to drop beats and mix things that aren’t spit and milk. The eight-week program takes place at a venue in Crown Heights, Brooklyn (naturally) and is designed for babies age 3 and under who are really into vinyl. The class is taught by Natalie Elizabeth Weiss, a DJ who’s worked with acts like LCD Soundsystem, Das Racist, and the especially baby-friendly Butthole Surfers. It focuses on teaching “little ones” how to play and handle records, mix and match »
There's very little about Al Jourgensen's legendary band Ministry that hasn't been covered on these pages in some form or another, since I've been a hardcore fan of Uncle Al's output since the late '80s – a period which not only encompasses Ministry's pioneering works of industrial/metal fusion, but side projects like Revolting Cocks and Lard (the latter featuring Dead Kennedys founder and punk icon Jello Biafra), and his collaborations with industrial icons like Skinny Puppy. For those of you still catching up, you can take part in a pretty comprehensive musical journey through the band's catalog via the live album/concert film Adios... Puta Madres (which I covered in depth here), a candid document of the band's "C-u-latour." Several factors at the time led Jourgensen to dissolve Ministry after that run – including the departure of co-founder Paul Barker, the death of legendary bassist Paul Raven, and Al's own declining health. »
- Gregory Burkart
The digital music revolution started with Napster – the file-sharing service dreamt up by two teenagers in 1999. As a new film tells Napster's story, Tom Lamont recalls the incredible sense of liberation he felt as a young music fan, one of millions happily plundering the world's record collections…
In the first weeks of 2000 the founders of Napster were in their office above a bank in San Mateo, California, considering dizzying numbers. Figures scrawled on a whiteboard told how many people around the world had installed their file-sharing application and were using it to download music from each other's computers. As recounted in Downloaded – a documentary soon to premiere at the SXSW film festival, telling the story of a piece of software that came and went and whipped up a new digital music industry in its slip – Napster had 20 million users at the time. Some way from San Mateo, in suburban London »
- Tom Lamont
Butthole Surfers frontman Gibby Haynes has teamed up with Jack White’s Third Man Records to release a weird new single. While the upfront info is pretty normal—three songs on vinyl, including a cover of Adrenalin Od’s “Paul’s Not Home”—100 copies of the 7-inch will be released as Flex-Rays, meaning they’ll be pressed onto old medical X-rays because, hey, why not? These fancy and/or creepy records will only be available at Third Man’s rolling record store truck in Austin, Texas during SXSW. Otherwise, regular, non-printed-on-an-old-x-ray copies will go on sale to the general »
One of the most intriguing questions of the movie year has been demystified. Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby has a composer, and it's hip-hop mogul and Glastonbury-conquering popster, Jay-z. 1920s Long Island just got one louder.If it looks like a typically off-beam musical choice by the man who brought William Shakespeare and Butthole Surfers together, it's not wholly unexpected. The film's two trailers to date have featured Mr Z's collaboration with Kanye West 'No Church In The Wild' from Watch The Throne. For the Gatsby score, Jay-z will be working with producer-singer-songwriter Jeymes Samuel, aka The Bullitts, who recently lent his sound to upcoming Western They Die By Dawn. Check out his Star Wars-inspired single Landspeeder here. Samuel broke the news on his Twitter feed:Jay-z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #Classic The Great Gatsby! It is too Dope for words! »
7 items from 2013