50-Year Old FOO FIGHTERS Drummer TAYLOR HAWKINS Died In His Sleep – R.I.P.

25 March 2022

Shocking. Last night, Taylor Hawkins
the Foo Fighters drummer died in his
sleep. No cause has been revealed yet.

The band broke the news on social media…

“The Foo Fighters family is devastated by the tragic and untimely loss of Taylor Hawkins.
His musical spirit and infectious laughter will live on with all of us forever. Our hearts go
out to his wife, children and family, and we ask that their privacy be treated with the
utmost respect in this unimaginably difficult time.”

FF are on tour in South America. Four days ago they
played at the Lollapalooza festival in Argentina.
Hawkins‘s final concert.

Hawkins was born in Dallas in February 1972. He joined FF in 1997, replacing
original drummer William Goldsmith. Before that, he played for Alanis Morissette
for quite a while.

Short bio here.

He also had his own projects. Firstly Taylor Hawkins and the Coattail Riders
and afterward The Birds of Satan, a spin-off cover band of Chevy Metal.

Yesterday I wrote a piece, planned to publish today, about their brand new EP
titled – what an incredibly irony – Dream Widow. Eight death metal (also incredibly
ironic) and hardcore songs. Of course, I deleted it as this terrible news came in.

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Hawkins about joining FF: “Me and Dave Grohl just looked like long lost brothers in a weird way. We had a similar vibe and I don’t know why. I remember my friend playing with the Foo Fighters before I met Dave and watching them goof around backstage. He said to me, ‘That
guy could be like your brother’.

Rest in peace.

Stay On Track In The Weekend With Five Fresh Firecrackers

5 new firecrackers to boost your weekend

Band: KILLING JOKE
Who: Post-industrial-punk veterans from London
Active: 1979–1996, 2002–present / 15 LPs
with Pylon as their latest, released 7 years ago.

New EP: LORD OF CHAOS
Out: 25 March 2022

New single: LORD OF CHAOS – title track

Lord Of Chaos resounds familiar from the get-go.
A huge wall-of-storming sound, Coleman‘s poignant
vox and a muscular chorus…

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Band: BODEGA

Who: Jangly indie rockers from NYC

New album: BROKEN EQUIPMENT – 2nd LP
Out: 11 March 2022

New single: STATUETTE ON THE CONSOLE

Speedy stunner
Punchy Panache
Full blast ahead…

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Band: FOO FIGHTERS

New single: MARCH OF THE INSANE
From their upcoming horror
movie (no joke) titled Studio 666.

The Foos go metal mental.
Trash, crash, smash.
Here they come…

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Band: FOALS

Who: Oxford 4-piece led by front star
Yannis Philippakis (Greek father, Ukrainian Jewish mother)
Active: Since 2005 / 7 studio LPs (new one included)

New album: LIFE IS YOURS, set for a summer release

New single: 2AM

The fervent funk machine hits again.
Get up and shake your booty, folks…

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Band: CYPRESS HILL
Who: Legendary West Coast hip-hop desperados
Active: Since 1988 / 10 studio LPs including new one

New album: BACK IN BLACK
Out: 18 March 2022 – order info here

New single: Bye Bye

The hip-rap-hop motherfuckers
are back with this dope lullaby
featuring Dizzy Wright

See/hear you next week, music junkies

THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN – 7 New Firecrackers From The Past 7 Days

7  from the past 7 days

1. ‘This Night’ by SUPERCHUNK (North Carolina)

The second single from their 11th LP
called Wild Loneliness, out 25 February.

Mac McCaughan (guitarist) About: “Like much of Wild Loneliness, this song was
written in the mode of “let’s look around and be thankful for what we have rather
than focusing on what Republicans have taken from an entire generation.”

Never too old to rattle and roll…

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2. Slowly Separate by CROWS (London, UK)

Almost three years after their debut album Silver Tongues this must-hear
post-punk hit team returns with follow-up Beware Believers, out 1st of April.

James Cox (frontman): “Slowly Separate is about living in London, working a job
you hate and just going through the mundane routine of hand to mouth living.”

A blazing uppercut with the
cutting force of a chainsaw.

Yeahhhhhhhh

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3. ‘Am I Really Going To Die’ by WHITE LIES (London)

Another warm-up piece from their upcoming
6th longplayer, out on 18 February.

Not a happy one, yet funky and jumpy in sound…

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4. ‘Wake Me Up’ by FOALS (UK)

I’m not a big fan of remixes unless the remixer – in this case, electro duo
Flight Facilities – transforms a head-dazzling rocker into a head-dazzling
disco stomper that works like a vaccination with a shot of adrenalin.

Yoohoo! Party time…

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5. ‘Lights’ by BAND OF HORSES (Seattle, US)

Album number six Things Are Great hit the streets on 4 March.
And they dropped taster number three Lights a few days ago.

An experience with security guards and the police flashing
their lights inspired frontman Ben Bridwell to write this song.

Vibrant vibe…

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6. ‘Thrown’ by BODEGA (NYC)

I’m sure that this Big Apple indie squad has all Parquet Courts records on their shelves. You already could hear it on their 2019 debut album Endless Scroll and their second one, titled Broken Equipment looks to go in the same direction when hearing new single Thrown.

Not original but tumbling
and revolving nevertheless…

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7. ‘Fraggle Rock Rock’ by FOO FIGHTERS (Seattle, US)

Seems like Dave Grohl and his Fighters adore the spotlights
and do anything to have them shine on them every day.

Check this… children’s television series Fraggle Rock gets a full revival on Apple TV+ and yes, you already guessed it, the Foos are among the musical guests on the show. For the occasion, they wrote this bonkers retro rocker that triggers your laughing muscles.

Have fun

The Worst Album Of The Year (So Far) – When FOO FIGHTERS Cover Legends The BEE GEES

21 July 2021

Band: DEE GEES
The ridiculous name the Foos
came up with for this occasion.

New album: HAIL SATIN
What: Covers of 5 Bee Gees songs from their Saturday Night Fever era and
5 live versions of tracks from the Foos‘ newest LP Medicine At Midnight
Release: The CD version came out on Record Store Day, now you can
stream it on Spotify.

The Bee Gees hits that
the Dee Gees (stupid name)
cover…

“You Should Be Dancing”
“Night Fever”
“Tragedy”
“More Than a Woman”

plus Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing”

First things first. I like the Bee Gees a lot. Between 1966-1969 they were
the champions of melancholic love ballads with timeless pearls like: I’ve Gotta
Get A Message To You / Don’t Forget To Remember Me / Massachusetts / First Of
May
. The moment they started to inhale tons of helium, I wasn’t interested
anymore. I understand why millions of people loved it, but not me, not my
cup of tea.

I like the Foo Fighters (and Dave Grohl, the nicest dude in rock) but I’m not
a devoted fan. I dig their hits and some great album tracks here and there.
But that’s about it.

Now that album! It’s cheap, it’s lousy and it’s lazy. Sounds exactly like if they
copied/pasted the original version of those 5 Bee Gees songs and had nothing
else to do with the project. The Foos pretend to be fans of the Gibb Brothers but
don’t honor them at all with this pathetic affair. I guess they knew they failed badly
as they only, fortunately, covered 5 tracks and added – to make it a full-length product
5 live versions of pieces from their new mediocre album, which is just FF by numbers.

Arrrgghhhh…

Hail Satin is a big contender
for the worst album of 2021.

Here’s why…

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FOO FIGHTERS: Facebook

FOO FIGHTERS Massive Fans Of BEE GEES Legends

19 June 2021

Since FOO FIGHTERS shared a cover of the BEE GEES‘ mega hit
YOU SHOULD BE DANCING earlier this year we know that Dave
Grohl
and co are big fans of the Gibb Brothers‘ harmonies.

And the Foos are taking it a step further with a limited vinyl LP, titled
HAIL SATIN, with 5 Bee Gees covers, but also 5 live versions of Medicine
at Midnight
(their newest album) tracks. This special issue will be out on
Record Store Day, 17 July. More info here.

The promo clip for the album…

For the occasion FF call themselves
the DEE GEES and cover…

“You Should Be Dancing”
“Night Fever”
“Tragedy”
“More Than a Woman”

plus Andy Gibb’s “Shadow Dancing”

Here’s a taster…

RECORD STORE DAY: Website