A bizarre mix of Lovecraft and hip-hop history, Kanye West—Reanimator reimagines the classic story "Herbert West—Reanimator" with everyone's favorite petulant genius cast in the titular role. In it, Kanye West attempts to reanimate a moribund hip-hop scene, only to come to the conclusion that his music is so powerful, it should be used to reanimate the dead. And who better to reanimate than those two legendary...
Humble Bundle are doing a pay-what-you-want bundle of books written by musicians or about music to support the charity Musicians on Call. The bundle features books by Krist Novoselic, They Might Be Giants, Neil Peart, and others.
HUNGER MAKES ME A MODERN GIRL is an intimate and revealing narrative of her escape from a turbulent family life into a world where music was the means toward self-invention, community, and rescue. Along the way, Brownstein chronicles the excitement and contradictions within the era’s flourishing and fiercely independent music subculture, including experiences that sowed the seeds for the observational satire of the popular television series Portlandia years later.
I recently reviewedThank You, Goodnight, the debut novel from Andy Abramowitz. I would recommend it for anyone who likes going to the reunions of their favorite bands from the 90s.
But perhaps most interestingly, Thank You, Goodnight is a book which does a phenomenal job of capturing the spirit of making or listening to, falling in love with, and devoting your life to, music. “There were some of us who never had a choice,” says Teddy, who acts as the novel’s narrator, at one point in the novel. “Whether graced with talent or not, we were going to spend our lives in this often turbulent but always embracing sea. If we can make music, we make it and there’s no hope of turning off the...
MTV sat down with Amy Fleisher Madden, founder of Fiddler Records, to talk about her new book. I've been meaning to steal a few extra hours to read this book, which by all accounts is great.
The first band that I signed that really broke through was New Found Glory. After their EP, I released the first Dashboard Confessional record and that was an uphill battle the whole way. From there, some smaller bands: The Bled, The Higher, Name Taken and Recover. Just a few indie darlings.
SCALE chronicles Ray Goldman’s journey downward through the adversarial trials that sometimes prove necessary in facilitating an eventual ascent into truth and happiness. The odd chapters of the novel find Ray, now a 31-year-old guitar player, seeking fulfillment in the wake of a life-altering tragedy while the even chapters see him reflecting on the depravity and selfishness that hastened his descent towards it. SCALE is about the relationship between instability and balance, death and resurrection, perception and reality, but ultimately it is about the endless war waged...
This book is ridiculous on so many levels that I am not sure it even counts as a criticism: this is a man who clearly revels in his own ridiculousness. Telegraph rock journalist Andrew Perry is Lydon’s ghostwriter and has made the decision to preserve his subject’s spoken style as closely as possible. The result reads like a marathon pub rant, by turns defiant, whiny, sentimental, angry, funny, clever, stupid, repetitive, self-contradictory and borderline delusional, unfolding in lateral jumps and delivered with the garbled bravado of someone whose command of English is not quite as...
The book is loosely based on Springsteen’s song of the same name, and inspired by the 1950′s children’s book “Brave Cowboy Bill.” According to its Amazon page, the book is about “a modern legend of a criminal who starts out in diapers and confronts the roughest edges of adulthood.”
G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers, part of Penguin Group (USA), said Friday that it would publish a book written by the Brooklyn trio chronicling the group's "path to success." Unlocking the Truth is signed to the new label The Cherry Party, a division of Sony. The band played at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival this year and has opened for Guns N' Roses.
Over ten years and 500 pages of behind the scenes photos, artwork, artifacts, and inside jokes from the hardest working collective in hip-hop. Only 1,500 total copies ever made. There will be no re-pressings. Once they're gone, they're gone.
It took some persuading for me to think about writing a book of any kind, but in the end I realised I’ve spent a pretty unusual amount of time touring hard in the last few years, and I have a fair few stories to tell, and maybe even a tiny smidgen of wisdom to impart to people starting out on the same path. Plus I come from a family of yarn-spinners, and I can run my mouth, so it makes sense.
Gilligan, an AP.net reader, has created a PledgeMusic campaign to fund a book about the music industry. It will feature contributions from folks at such labels as Sony Music, Polydor, Matador, Kill Rock Stars, Don Giovanni, Fake Chapter and BaDa Bing Records. The campaign ends in a week, so check it out if you're interested.
So Gilligan, you’ve spent 17 years working in the music industry. What have you learned thus far?
1. Your Band Sucks
2. No One Is Honest
3. Clive Davis is a Moron
That about sums it up, but of course it’s no fun to stop there.
According to the New York Post, the memoir by Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley, Face the Music, details anti-Semitism from bandmates Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
Even more shocking are his accusations of anti-Semitism against the pair. Noting that Frehley owned a collection of Nazi memorabilia, and that some of his earliest experiences with Criss involved the drummer racially mocking waiters at Chinese restaurants, Stanley writes that Frehley and Criss resented him and Simmons for controlling the band’s creative output — which Stanley says occurred because Frehley and Criss’ songwriting contributions “just didn’t amount to much.”
The Rolling Stones favorite American food? Something they made up called "Hot Dogs on the Rocks." It's hot dogs, mashed potatoes, and baked beans. The recipe comes from a 1967 "scene-makers cook book" called Singers & Swingers in the Kitchen. A few things: first, yeah, it's the cold medicine and coffee mixture that led to me posting this, and two, we absolutely need a version of this for the current music world. I want to know all about Bieber's brats and Jesse Lacey's "Sic Transit Pulled Pork."
Bruce Swedien (the engineer and mixer for many of Michael Jackson's albums) released a book earlier this year that we never posted about. I just found out about it through Steve Guttenberg's blog, and he seems to really like it. The book is called The Bruce Swedien Recording Method and it's available on Amazon.
Swedien discusses the importance of studio acoustics, and he prefers to use as little dynamic range compression or equalization as he can on vocals and instruments. Swedien feels that using a lot of compression is an admission you don't know what you're doing. His approach to recording drums struck me as a little unusual, he starts getting the sound first with the kick drum,...
The story behind the song, Home For Grave tells the tale of Ian Mitchells: a normal man from an ordinary town. Eager to complete his homework as a boy and caring as a young gentleman, Ian is the product of logic and responsibility. However, while his intentions are true and his actions are harmless, the line drawn between Ian’s birth and death is strewn with painful loss and perilous mediocrity: a combination often unnoticed within the somewhat neverending process of life and humanity. Through the stages of youth, love, and death, Mike Hranica lends poetic description to the tragedy of routine...
Jesse Cannon, a long-time industry veteran (former manager of Transit and Man Overboard, producer for The Misfits, Animal Collective, The Cure, Northstar, many more), has released a new book titled Get More Fans: The DIY Guide to the Music Business. It's an exhaustive guide on how independent bands can raise their presence online and in the real world. The book is available on most every digital and physical format, and a significant excerpt can be downloaded for free if you want to check it out before buying.
Wednesday night, at Pete Wentz's book signing, a fan caught up with Pete and asked if they were thinking about doing a Take This to Your Grave 10-year anniversary tour. The submitter says Pete responded with, "that's more of Patrick's call. Though we may not have an official tour for that album, we will be playing alot more of those songs on this upcoming tour."
Previously I wrote about a new book from Tom Gates (former manager of The Format, Brand New, Anathallo), well - it's now in paperback, and Forbes has written up an article about it. I read the e-version a few weeks back -- and it's quite well written, touching, humorous, and a relatively fast read. I definitely enjoyed it. If I ever stop writing online, maybe I'd disappear across the world for a few months ... maybe. Also, never thought I'd see AP.net dropped in an article on Forbes.
Following up on a tweet from earlier tonight, I started (and finished) reading Butch Walker's Drinking with Strangersbook this evening. Gotta love birthday presents. I've got to say that anyone in a band, especially those curious about the highs and lows of the music industry (and its shifting dynamic) should definitely check it out. And for anyone that has any sort of interest in the pop/rock/punk wave of music, Butch's career, or the behind the scenes stories of one of the most important producers and song-writers in music, let alone our scene: it's a must read.
Reading Butch's take on the music industry, the difference between a good song and a 'hit,' and his interactions with...
Tom Gates, former manager of Brand New and The Format, and currently of Good Old War -- has released his new book, Wayward: Fetching Tales from a Year on the Road. I haven't read it yet (but will soon) - however, long-time readers will remember one of the (fantastic) pieces he wrote about the break-up of The Format. I'm looking forward to reading it.
The first single from the Twilight: Eclipse - Motion Soundtrack will be by Muse and called "Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)." The single drops May 17th and the soundtrack will be released June 8th.