View this image › kanyewestfashionstyle.tumblr.com Maybe it was the absurdly nonfunctional shutter shades or the audacious (and, let’s be real, honest) Taylor Swift interruption, but at some point in pop culture, Kanye West became a punch line. When he sat down with The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica for a rare, rather lengthy interview, the responses were predictable. Various media roundups* characterized his quotes as “ridiculous,” “textbook-crazy,” “obnoxious,” and, well, you get the point.** All of this makes me wonder if anyone actually read the interview, because he talks
View this image › Starpix, Amanda Schwab / AP Wrecking Ball, Bruce Springsteen’s 17th studio album, isn’t the best record of 2012, but it may be the most accurate. It’s a portrait of a country veering between ambition and absurdity, love and despair, and occasionally losing its way. The album has more bells and whistles, literally, than anything Springsteen has done since Born to Run came out in 1975. It’s as if he told producer Ron Aniello to pull out every trick in the bag, and then insisted on doing it all again with another bag. There are banjos, marching-b
1. As a teenager, you thought camping outside a concert venue was cool and adventurous. View this image › Via buzzfeed.com “Sleeping on concrete in the rain? Sign me up!” —you at 16, probably. 2. But when you’re grown, the idea of waiting through even the opening band is laughable. View this image › Via fuckyeahreactions.tumblr.com You’re rolling up at 10 p.m., 9:45 at the earliest.
View this image › Via loftandlost.com Local Native’s music fits in neatly alongside the other woodsy bands of the moment, but they distinguish themselves by never seeming as if they’re trying to feign authenticity by appropriating the experience of growing up in the woods with no access to modern culture. (They’re actually from Los Angeles.) Their songs are beautiful and resonant, and both fun and serious. A good entry point for the band is this song from their 2010 debut album, Gorilla Manor, about the lead singer’s relationship with
1. Macklemore Is The Rapper, Ryan Lewis Is The Producer View this image › Via sunsetintherearview.com Macklemore, a.k.a. Ben Haggerty, has been releasing music since 2000. He started off as a local musician in his native Seattle, but he’s since become a cult star in North America and Europe. He struggled with addiction through much of the mid-00s, and began his collaboration with Lewis after he got clean in 2008. They’ve been on the rise ever since. 2. They Love Second-Hand Clothes
View this image › Floria Sigismondi David Bowie’s been looking back at himself in his music for at least 16 years, but this is the first time he’s doing it as an artist who’s actually, legitimately, honest-to-god old. At a dashing-looking 66, he’s hardly ready for the record books as World’s Most Decrepit Rocker, but in the past you’d get the impression that to Bowie, being “old” simply meant wrestling with the reality of no longer being the sexual provocateur he was in the early ’70s, the art-rock innovator he was in the late ’70s, or t
By 1966, The Beatles had achieved an incredible amount of success. The group was selling records by the millions. Young woman and men all over the world were going crazy for The Beatles. The band soon became the target of some bizarre accusations surrounding serious topics, including religion. On August 28, 1966, The Beatles gave their last taped press conference in the United States. During the fifteen minute session, the band received some weird questions, including, “Mr. Lennon and McCartney, Time Magazine has said your song Day Tripper is about a prostitute and Norwegian Wood is about a lesbian?” “Have you ever trained or used Beatles doubles?” “Mr. Lennon, is it true that you are going to give up music for a career in the field of comparative relig...
View this image › Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images Muse exist in a perpetual 1999, where the techno-apocalyptic tone and shiny black imagery of The Matrix reign supreme. Look at the song titles of their 2012 album, The 2nd Law: “Supremacy,” “Panic Station,” “Survival,” “Explorers,” “Save Me.” There’s no room for interpretation, and no need for it either. Muse make music about big, menacing things and sing about summoning the will to survive them. This can take the form of out-and-out science-fiction concept-album Armageddon, or in the case
1. Justin Bieber, “All Bad” View this image › Stringer / Reuters There are sooooo many reasons you should not be singing this line, Biebs. 2. Jason Derulo, “Talk Dirty” View this image › Lucas Jackson / Reuters Yes, I guess you could. 3. Katy Perry, “This Is How We Do”
[Warning – some items contain explicit lyric or video content that may offend.] The Listverse archives are full of music-related lists, covering many genres and performers. There are even entire lists devoted to specific iconic acts. My favorites are the rock & roll themed lists, but one thing I’ve noticed is that women are woefully underrepresented; in fact, when it comes to the rock lists, they are all but forgotten. Well I’m here to rectify that. This list celebrates women who rock. I mean really rock. You won’t see these women performing at Lilith Fair. My criterion for inclusion on this list is simple: I want women that bring it. And by “it”, I’m talking about good ol’ balls-to-the-wall hard rockin’ attitude. What? Did I just say “balls”? On a list about women? Hell yea
Reggae, the unique bouncing music with the sticky beat and the emphasis on percussion and bass, formed out of mento, rocksteady and ska. It has developed into many sub-genres and has left an indelible mark on popular music, even influencing the early development of hip hop. This list presents ten of, what the author believes to be, the greatest reggae singers of all time. The singers’ international success, album sales and impact on the music itself have all been taken into account. Paring this list down to the ten greatest was difficult, so a number of great singers whose careers began more recently have been left off. It may be anachronistic to refer to ska and rocksteady as reggae, but it has become common to categorize these two genres under this heading. Please note that t...
When David Thorpe, writer for Something Awful and the Boston Phoenix noticed a contest where the Walmart location with the most new “Likes” on Facebook would win a visit from Pitbull, he found a store location in Kodiak, Alaska and started spreading the word through the Twitter hashtag #ExilePitbull. Soon, Kodiak’s Walmart had over 60,000 new “Likes”, making it the clear winner of the contest. Though Walmart and contest cosponsor Energy Sheets had been in touch with Thorpe over email and invited him to attend Pitbull’s appearance, they didn’t want to shell out to fly him to Kodiak. Instead, Pitbull himself personally paid for Thorpe to come to Alaska. Because Pitbull is a cool nice guy, and knows how to take a joke. The big event went down this a
View this image › Kevin Winter / Getty Images Morrissey has never been shy about his opinions – even before he was famous as the frontman of The Smiths, he penned this scathing op-ed slamming The Ramones. Over the years, the singer hasn’t thought twice about slamming institutions, artists and trends. Some of these bon mots have just been chalked up to his entertaining flair for the dramatic. Others haven’t been quite as well received. 1. HE HATES KIDS
1. Good morning, sweetheart. View this image › Guess what we’re going to do today? 2. Air, “Mike Mills” View this embed › 3. Well, while we COULD go out and get a sweaty sunburn, we’ve kind of got other plans. View this image › Via pocke.tumblr.com 4. Wild Nothing,
View this image › John Gara 19. Azealia Banks, “Yung Rapunxel” View this image › View this embed › After months of anticipation, Azealia Banks released “Yung Rapunxel,” the first single off her (perpetually delayed) debut album, Broke with Expensiv
Music has had a vast influence on culture, particularly during the later half of the 20th century and the early 21st century. Whether it is affecting fashion (the baggy clothes and jewelry popularized by gangsta rap), politics (the anti-war sentiments of the hippie generation publicized by protest songs), or lifestyle (the partying and drug use rampant in rave culture), music is frequently a catalyst for cultural change. Here, we point out the bands that initiated, or popularized, cultural movements. While it is often rash to attribute the formation of the broader subcultures to a single band, the groups listed are generally considered to have had the highest influence. This list is in no particular order, and care has been taken to include both obscure and popular movements. Insane Clo...
The Beatles certainly didn’t invent the music business, but like Beethoven, they had an undeniable steamroller effect that forced everyone to completely and permanently change nearly everything about the way the industry functioned. These items are not listed in any particular order of importance. Although early jazz artists created short music-film performances of their songs, and Elvis filmed unique settings of his songs that were parts of movies, the Beatles were the pioneers of marrying the two ideas into the concept we now know as the music video – a short, stand-alone film of a musical act presenting a current song that may or not be a live performance. The idea came to the Beatles as a way to ease their ridiculously tight schedule – instead of the band having to...
This is Dr. Dre on any given day. View this image › Jeff Kravitz / FilmMagic, Inc/Isaac Brekken / Getty Images for Beats by Dre / Getty Images These are the rare times he’s deviated from his nondescript look: 1. Like that time he wore this sweater. View this image › mr-evil-necklace.tumblr.com
1. The Crowdsurfer View this image › Via polyvore.com H&M top, C. Wonder sunglassses, Miss Selfridge cuff, Debenhams bag, Vans sneakers, Hanmattan shorts. Ah, metal and hardcore festivals, where anyone with a day pass and a dream can live their fantasies of sailing on the hands of their brethren forever, or at least until they get dropped on a dude with a statement face-to-neck tattoo. If you want to brave the pit at Warped Tour, Ozzfest, or Mayhem (and of course you are because it’s the best part), you’ll need clothes that wo
1. Was it this guy? Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=C9tRIfOAfq4. youtube.com 2. Or these guys? Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=LpE851q1peg. 3. Was it a big outdoor festival? Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=iiQ8C97-Rio. youtube.com 4. Or was it overse...
23. Superchunk, I Hate Music View this image › View this embed › Superchunk are indie rock lifers who have actually improved with age, and have resisted the temptation to just coast on their celebrated run of albums from the ’90s. I Hate Music, their tenth studio album and second since returning from a long hiatus through much of the ’00s, reflects on the idea of growing older as a rock musician but doesn’t settle into any kind of melancholy or resent
Together, siblings Caleb and Georgia Nott comprise the New Zealand indie pop group Broods. View this image › David J. Bertozzi / BuzzFeed The fact that both Caleb and Georgia are gifted musicians is not a coincidence â€” they were raised in an entire family of musicians. During a recent visit to BuzzFeed, they reflected on things that everyone who grew up in a music family can identity with. 1. You’ve sung around a campfire.