Posts Tagged ‘rip’

July 21, 2017

I’m utterly torn up by today’s tragic news, and my aching heart sincerely goes out to Chester Bennington’s family, his friends, Linkin Park, and all their many fans around the world. Though I’ve drifted away from Linkin Park these past few years, seminal albums like Meteora and Hybrid Theory will always have a special place in my heart. They were very much a formative force in the development of my music tastes. I obsessed over remix album Reanimation, too. I can’t even begin to fathom how many times I listened to these albums. I have so many memories connected to Linkin Park, whether it was blasting their albums out of my old souped up Civic while hanging out with my BFF, or going to their shows and making new connections with fellow fans, some of whom are my closest friends today. We suffered a great loss today, and I can only hope that Chester is up there in the great big sky, hanging out with his buddy Chris Cornell, finding peace. I was fortunate enough to catch them together at Linkin Park’s touring festival Projekt Revolution back in 2008, and I shall cherish that memory for all eternity. 

It’s only proper that we take a moment to watch the new video for Linkin Park’s Talking To Myself, which happened to come out this morning before the sad news surfaced. The song comes off of Linkin Park’s latest full length, One More Light, which we now know is Chester’s final album. We lost one of the most remarkable voices of the 21st century today. He was a man who brought us together, in life and in death. Linkin Park has been loved by people from all walks of life, and from every corner of the world. Chester’s memory, and his legacy, will live on, bringing us comfort and helping us through our hard times, as it has for so many years. We’ll be singing, or rather… BELLOWING along to In The End, Crawling, and so many other Linkin Park classics in exultant joy, together, forever. Linkin Park’s album One More Light is available, here.

July 16, 2017
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Wine Country’s own edgy and charismatic pop starlet Olivia O’Brien has been at the center of a ton of well deserved praise and buzz since her song with gnash, “i hate u, i love u” blew up the internet (it’s now approaching a billion streams worldwide). We’ve been ardent fans since, and we can’t help but love the fact that this superstar in the making hails from one of our favorite spots to visit here in California. The Island Records signed 17 year old singer songwriter returns with a slice of spunky bold R&B inflected future pop with RIP, which Olivia co-wrote with Drew MacDonald. RIP, produced by Nic Nac and DaviDior (producers of DJ Khaled’s I’m The One), comes accompanied by a new video which the multi-talented artist co-directed alongside Chandler Lass. 

Olivia noted: “I wrote RIP about when someone you love or someone who is important to you suddenly switches up and it feels like you don’t even know them anymore. Whether they get caught up in the scene or just make all new friends and forget about you, it sucks and (if you’re dramatic, like me) it can feel like the version of them that you know and love is actually dead. I think that’s something a lot of people have been through and I can’t wait to hear about how people relate situations in their own lives to the one that I went through when Drew and I wrote this song”. Watch the video for RIP below, which has already racked up close to a quarter of a million views since it came out a couple days ago. RIP is out on iTunes, here

August 31, 2016
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I’m sure by now many of you electronic heads have heard the sad news about Big Makk’s passing in a tragic accident. The beloved producer and DJ from Orlando was on the rise on Mad Decent, having worked with both Bassnectar and Mr. Carmack in the past. And by all industry accounts, he was a good man, too. As people pour out their tributes in remembrance of Big Makk, some musical odes are surfacing as well. Big Makk’s close friend and California producer Ookay serves up a moving, heart felt trap number named Back Again. Though airy effervescent, Back Again’s sorrow is absolute. RIP, Big Makk. 

July 31, 2016

To be honest, I’m still reeling from the sudden tragedy that befell one of my favorite emerging English bands earlier this year. The sweet lads of Viola Beach and their hard working manager were on the cusp of breaking out huge with infectious guitar pop anthems. At least we can find a little solace in the outpouring of love that they’ve received in the aftermath and the fact that the boys’ talent and music live on in the release of a posthumous debut album. A video has also been released for Viola Beach’s song Boys That Sing with support from the band members’ families as well as UK and US based family and entertainment production company, Komixx Entertainment. The video is inspired by the song’s lyrics and features mixed media animation mixed with live action footage shot on location in Viola Beach’s hometown Warrington. It’s an adorable visualizer, and it hits the heart hard. Boys That Sing is a plucky jangling song, but the circumstances that it arrives in only amplifies its bittersweet unducurrent. Rest in peace, Viola Beach, “boys that sing” in our hearts forever. Viola Beach’s self titled debut album is out now. Purchase from various outlets here. I eagerly await my CD version’s impending arrival.

February 14, 2016
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When I was contemplating compiling a best debuts of 2015 list, Viola Beach’s Swings & Waterslides was an obvious must. The wonderfully springing anthem from the English band is such an infectious anthem, it’s no wonder it accrued nearly half a million streams on Soundcloud in just five months. The indie pop outfit returns in the new year with their second single, Boys That Sing, a gleaming jangler drenched in warm rays of sunshine and brimming with endearing charm. The quartet were chosen as one of Annie Mac’s New Names of 2016 and Boys That Sing only serves to add to the up and coming band’s growing clout. The single gets a release on January 22nd via Communion.

UPDATE: In light of today’s tragic news, I’m re-sharing Viola Beach’s Boys That Sing. It’s with a heavy heart this morning that I announce all proceeds from this song, Viola Beach’s second single, will be donated by Communion Records to the band and their manager Craig’s families. Boys That Sing is available on iTunes. The band, including all four members plus their manager, have perished in a car accident in Sweden on their way to Arlanda Airport. Such bright lights extinguished, such burgeoning careers cut down cruelly… RIP, Viola Beach, my thoughts are with your friends and family. I had hoped to see you at SXSW, a rather minuscule detail in such a massive loss. Thank you for the music you’ve given us during your short time here. Your song Swings & Waterslides, was one of the best debut singles of 2015. 

Have you heard the new Black Sabbath yet?

April 19, 2013

If not, here’s a radio rip of their brand new single God Is Dead off coming album 13! 13 drops on July 11. The new single is titled “God Is Dead?”. It’s nine minutes of glorious, heavy, satisfying doom metal. Welcome back! It’s the first time in 35 years that the original lineup has teamed back up. Wow. 35 years! The album is produced by Rick Rubin. Another awesome fact? Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilks is on drums for it! I’ve always marveled at how clear Ozzy sounds on songs, yet I can’t understand when he speaks!

Have you heard the new Black Sabbath yet?

April 19, 2013

If not, here’s a radio rip of their brand new single God Is Dead off coming album 13! 13 drops on July 11. The new single is titled “God Is Dead?”. It’s nine minutes of glorious, heavy, satisfying doom metal. Welcome back! It’s the first time in 35 years that the original lineup has teamed back up. Wow. 35 years! The album is produced by Rick Rubin. Another awesome fact? Rage Against the Machine’s Brad Wilks is on drums for it! I’ve always marveled at how clear Ozzy sounds on songs, yet I can’t understand when he speaks!

While You’re Here

October 23, 2012

While You’re Here is a preview off Dirty Projectors’ upcoming new EP About to Die. It’s a string heavy, simple, yet lush, two minute piece. It’s somber and beautiful. What’s really special about the tune is the song was written the day of Gerard Smith’s wake. The late TV on the Radio member succumbed to cancer last year, if you might remember. It was a sad affair, and happened right before they toured for stand out, excellent 2011 album Nine Types of Light. One of the first shows they did upon ending their brief hiatus was the very one I attended in San Francisco. This is a well deserved, moving tribute. RIP Gerard. Love you, TV on the Radio.

While You’re Here

October 23, 2012

While You’re Here is a preview off Dirty Projectors’ upcoming new EP About to Die. It’s a string heavy, simple, yet lush, two minute piece. It’s somber and beautiful. What’s really special about the tune is the song was written the day of Gerard Smith’s wake. The late TV on the Radio member succumbed to cancer last year, if you might remember. It was a sad affair, and happened right before they toured for stand out, excellent 2011 album Nine Types of Light. One of the first shows they did upon ending their brief hiatus was the very one I attended in San Francisco. This is a well deserved, moving tribute. RIP Gerard. Love you, TV on the Radio.

Sigh…

June 1, 2012

Breathtaking, stunning cover of the late, great Whitney Houston’s Exhale (Shoop Shoop) by R&B singer Robin Thicke. Nuff said.