And yet, applied to acoustic classical music, all bets are off. I don't trust microphones or speakers for that, whether it's recorded or played live. They approximate and inflate rather than distil and concentrate. And with sonically complex contemporary music such as Ligeti or Penderecki, mics and speakers make things sound harsh and discordant. The live experience is far softer, stranger and more colourful than two speakers can put across. If you haven't heard it live, you haven't really heard it – and yet 90% of judgments on classical music are made from hearing...
Gerard Way debuted "Action Cat" earlier this week and there were some comments about how the vocals sounded "buried" in the mix -- while the merits of if it works are definitely up for the debate, Gerard has clarified on Twitter that it's exactly the sound he was going for. Personally, I'm always interested in seeing an artist's thoughts on choices made in recording that listeners react negatively too. I feel like we usually go into a listening session with the assumption that if something sounds "off" or "wrong" that it's a mistake and rarely do we focus on why that choice may have been made intentionally.
NME is reporting that Rick Rubin has confirmed he's currently working with Kanye West on the follow up to Yeezus.
Rubin added: "It was just a funny conversation because it was completely normal to him, it’s just the way he works… today, Kanye West is coming in and we’re starting looking at vocal ideas for things for the next album."
It seems as if he still can not quite believe it, that he has outgrown his little room in which he created the first songs on the computer - and now plays along, even in the big leagues. "For my next album I got myself Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day, Brandon Flowers of the Killers and even Chris Martin into the studio - this is so great for me, I have always admired them all."
For many years, I was convinced that coming out could only have a negative impact on my career. I was afraid that my musical self would be overshadowed by my gay self. But so far, my experience has shown me that sharing another side of my life helps me to connect more deeply with people. I have gained a clearer understanding of myself, which I think is reflected in both my writing and my performances. A certain type of self-consciousness seems to have melted away from me, and it turns out that when I’m not spending a great deal of my time second-guessing myself and worrying about whether I’m doing or...
Sorry for this being a little late this week -- we recorded a day later than usual and I spent the morning editing. But, as another week comes to an end we've got another episode of the AbsolutePunk Podcast for you. Topics include: Talking curmudgeonly about Warped Tour and this year's line-up and our favorite experiences from the festival, The Drama Summer, LP leaving Yellowcard and his new band with Ben Harper, New Found Glory's ability to write without Steve, Kerrang's "American Idiot" tribute, bands retiring old songs from their live shows, and that entire Saosin should replace Circa Survive in Anthony Green's life op-ed. We end with a talk about why bands should even record music in...
Craig Owens will be doing four solo acoustic nights in Texas. Dates in the replies.
On The 4 Nights In Texas tour, you can expect an even mixture of songs from my entire catalogue. Songs from Chiodos, DRUGS, Cinematic Sunrise, my solo ep, covers, and a few other fun surprises. My friend Peter Tsouras from the band Fairweather will be joining me on all four of the Texas dates. I'm really stoked on this, because Peter and his work with Fairweather helped shape me as a musician. I remember seeing them play in Flint, MI at my hometown venue, and saying "I'm going to do that one day." The fact that he'll be sharing the stage with me shows you just how full circle life really is.
Drama is everywhere! Morrisseycanceled his current tour and the statement said that it was due to a respiratory infection that he believes he caught from opening act Kristeen Young. She then released a statement denying she was sick, and that she just had allergies. Now, Morrissey's guitarist, Jesse Tobias, has posted a statement on True to You responding to this "Facebook hatred." The full thing is in the replies.
Only speaking from my experience, with the crew and Moz falling ill in Miami, for Kristeen to deny she was truly sick seems disingenuous. I was told after the show in Miami by Crew and Security that there was some concern because Kristeen was obviously unwell. Our crew then...
So far the guy who wants to raise money to destroy the only copy of Wu-Tang Clan's upcoming album has only raised $10,400. That didn't stop him from talking with WuTangClan.com about why he wants to do this.
This is a work in progress. Unfortunately, at this time the answer to this question is, “it depends.” Suppose that the purchase of the album takes my full money goal. That leaves little for my performance piece. If I have some left to tool around with, it will have some more gusto to say the least. To throw you a bone here, though, I am currently considering liquefaction and/or returning the work to the earth. There will be no five second bra burning here.
"I wish I was dead already," Lana Del Rey says, catching me off guard. She has been talking about the heroes she and her boyfriend share – Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain among them – when I point out that what links them is death and ask if she sees an early death as glamorous. "I don't know. Ummm, yeah." And then the death wish.
Don't say that, I say instinctively.
"But I do."
"I do! I don't want to have to keep doing this. But I am."
Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong and Jason White performed with Billie’s son Joey Armstrong (Emily’s Army) at a secret show last night at 1-2-3-4 Go Records in Oakland, California. The three musicians performed under the name “Two And A Half Men”.
This week's Quiet Country Audio session is from Darling Harbor. The Buffalo-based quartet combines indie rock, pop, alternative and folk influences into a sound reminiscent of The Head and The Heart, Good Old War and Barenaked Ladies. Watch their performance in the replies.
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Last week we brought you ten bands that you may have overlooked on this year's Warped Tour. We focused on some of the more acoustic and mellow bands, but this week I've enlisted the help of fellow staffer Jake Denning to bring you some of the louder, heavier bands on the tour. We have another ten bands that we've added to the now complete 40 track playlist! Check it out in the replies. The 2014 Vans Warped Tour kicks off today in Houston!
1. Follow the Light
3. There's Nothing We Can Do
4. Drive Me Home
5. Under the Gun
6. All I've Ever Known
7. Chaos and the Calm
8. King of Kings
11. Hold On
12. Into the Unknown