A Portrait of a Punk | Dee Dee Ramone

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Legs McNeil, friend of the late Dee Dee Ramone and Ramones-band insider, recently published a retrospective of his famous 1989 sit-down interview with Dee Dee (aka Douglas G. Colvin) not long after he had left the band earlier that same year. As Legs recalls "He called me and said he wanted to spill the beans. Since we’d been friends since 1976, I was happy to turn on the tape recorder and let him go—which he did for about ten hours." In introducing his article Legs also describes Dee Dee as: "the archetypical fuck-up whose life was a living disaster. He...

Mass Destruction Monday | The infamous Jimi Hendrix "LuLu Show" appearance

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Here is a look at the full and unedited January 4, 1969 Jimi Hendrix, Noel Redding & Mitch Mitchell (aka the Jimi Hendrix Experience band) infamous live appearance on the UK's live "LuLu Show." The band begins with "Voodoo Child" and was scheduled to play "Hey Joe" thereafter, and nothing else. But in vintage Jimi form Hendrix decided to play by his own rules. He stops in the middle of the song and begins to play Cream's "Sunshine Of Your Love" in honor of the Eric Clapton, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce break up. As a result Jimi and the...

Bump This | Michael Jackson x Daft Punk "Rock Lucky" Mash-Up

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Essential Viewing | A Short Film About Cassettes

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqA1ynaueCE Phillips would have you believe that cassettes are making a comeback. While I'm not particularly buying their argument I certainly do have a lot of fond memories messing around with audio cassettes in the 1990s and even early 2000s. Here's a short little film waxing poetic about some people who refuse to give up the ghost. via MKA

Mass Destruction Monday | "Johnny Blade" by Black Sabbath

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A G-Funk Retrospective on Doggystyle's 20th Anniversary

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Remembering the 1993 LP Doggystyle and examinig its significance within the artform of hip hop in the post-Reagan and H.W. Bush-era war on drugs and recognizing its importance on American culture on its 20th anniversary. Do you want to feel old? It has now been twenty years since Jurassic Park was released theatrically for the first time. In addition to Steven Spielberg's dinosaurs-running-amuck blockbuster, 1993 was a seminal year in pop culture for another reason. It was the same year that that the Dogg Pound was unleashed with the release of Snoop Lion's (then Snoop Doggy Dogg) landmark LP Doggystyle....

The Making of Bohemian Rhapsody with Brian May

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Queen guitarist Brian May goes back to the mixing board to explain the complexity of layers that went into realizing Mercury’s vision for the song. The original 24-track analogue recording system was far too limited, so the band used the ping-pong technique to “bounce” literally hundreds of overdubs into the mix. May explains how the operatic vocal layers were inspired by the “cascading strings” effect made famous by Annunzio Paolo Mantovani, a technique May first tried out in 1974 with the guitar solo on “Killer Queen.” The video is an excerpt from Inside the Rhapsody, a documentary that was included...

Past Masters | Miles Davis

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Michael Jackson's Thriller VS Michael Jackson's Off the Wall

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So the other day whilst randomly going through some MP3s in my iTunes I had a revelation. As I arrived at the artists whose names begin with the letter "M" I came to my Michael Jackson collection. There they all were - all of his songs from both his Thriller and Off the Wall albums. Because I have OCD I also use the iTunes star-rating option, so every song I have is rated accordingly. Looking at the ratings I applied to each individual track I noticed something strange that had never made itself apparent to me before: As a collective...

In Memory of Israel Hernandez | Immortal Technique The Martyr

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Tell em' the truth and they call you a traitor Talk to em' honestly and they call you a hater ... Immortal Technique; "Eyes in the Sky" | DL The Martyr for free R.I.P. Israel Hernandez - Martyred this week by the murderous state of Florida.

This is All Kinds of Awesome | Drummer Wanted - Don Zimmer

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I find people with the talent, drive & determination of a Don Zimmer to be most humbling. via FNG

The Zoo York Mixtape | Shaping Things to Come

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xhuq9sSsvV4 The vast majority of the entire skateboarding world had their eyes concentrated on the West Coast throughout the 1980s and early 90s. This was due in large part to the influence of California's famous Z-Boys who had made names for themselves in the late 1970s. Consequently, the East Coast scene that was developing was largely ignored. It would have to take visionaries such as Rodney Smith, Eli Gesner, Adam Schatz and a little skate video to shake things up and change the lay of the skateboarding land. Shake things up they would, and in a big way. It all...