A rolling stone on the
cover of Rolling Stone.
11 May 2011
A rolling stone on the
cover of Rolling Stone.
11 May 2011
Rolling Stone Magazine
Photograph by David LaChapelle. Produced by Coleen Haynes at Maavven. Executive production by Creative Exchange Agency. Hair by Chris Appleton. Makeup by Samantha Lau. Styling by Lorenzo Posocco. Bodysuit, gloves, and tights by Rui Zhou.
Her highly acclaimed 2020
album FUTURE NOSTALGIA…
Interview with Rolling Stone right here.
Most lists of best 2020 albums and tracks ignore rock ‘n’ roll completely. Lists by legendary music websites such as Rolling Stone and NME who used to champion rock for ages and still do (only) when it comes to big-name acts. Same game with more recent webzines like Stereogum and Pitchfork. It’s all about hip-hop, R & B, EDM, and synth-pop these past few years. I know, it’s the music liked by millions (see the number of YT views of each and every track below) these days, no problem so far.
But what I don’t understand is that the very same online music press raves about records by rock acts such as The Strokes, Fontaines D.C, Idles, Deftones, Flaming Lips, Thurston Moore and so many more, the moment their singles/albums came out but not a word at the end-of-the-year. Weird, but it is what it is.
I’m definitely looking forward to Turn Up The Volume‘s best 2020 firework
and I’ll play Black Rebel Motorcycle Club while waiting…
I’m ready now to go through the 10 best songs of
the past 12 months according to Rolling Stone.
1. ‘SWAP‘ by CARDI B Feat THEE STALLION
“In the darkest depths of Covid lockdown — at a moment in history when leaving your house could literally get you killed — Cardi B and Megan delivered the perfect instructions on how to beat the quarantine blues:” – RS
306.341.716 YouTube views
2. ‘Key West (Philosopher Pirate)’ by BOB DYLAN
“In the nine-minute “Key West (Philosophical Pirate),” he’s adrift in Florida, murmuring the Sunshine State blues over a ghostly accordion, as he growls, “Key West is the place to be if
you’re looking for immortality.” – RS
598.850 YouTube views
3. ‘People, I’ve Been Sad’ by CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS
“With sparse synths and a voice on the verge of tears, Christine and the Queens captured the universal moment with words in English and French about missing out, disappearing, and falling apart.” – RS
3.089.767 YouTube views
4. ‘Blinding Lights’ by WEEKND
“The real magic is how his voice and the song’s chiming keyboard line lingers in your head well after he injects new life into the greatest Eighties-steeped lyrical cliché of them all: “I can’t sleep until I feel your touch.” – RS
306.750.942 YouTube views
5.’August’ by TAYLOR SWIFT
“Swift’s lithely vocals soar across string instrumentation as she tells the story from
the side of the “other” woman. One thing is for certain: Don’t trust Inez.” – RS
16.669.449 YouTube views
6. ‘Don’t Start Now’ by DUA LIP
“A song that yearns to be bumped in a packed club, that still boasts a hook that
actually made for a perfect Covid quarantine meme: “Don’t show up/Don’t come out.” – RS
433.711.505 YouTube views
7. ‘Dynamite’ by BTS
“Cup of milk, let’s rock and roll/King Kong, kick the drum/Rolling on like a Rolling Stone!” – RS
686.556.896 YouTube views
8. ‘Ladies’ by FIONA APPLE
“It’s a heart-to-heart that is as sincere as it is wryly funny: Apple has never sounded more sure of herself than when she lists off all the leftover baggage, literally and figuratively, that she’s left behind for her old flame’s new love.” – RS
582.880 YouTube views
9. ‘Adore You’ by HARRY STYLES
“It’s a sleek sliver of psychedelic soul, where Styles dreams up a “strawberry lipstick
state of mind,” and then offers you an irresistible invitation to join him there.” – RS
166.316.607 YouTube views
10. ‘Gaslighter‘ by THE CHICKS
“The Chicks blasted back this year with the best jerk-torching anthem they’ve
given us since the glory days of “Goodbye Earl,” back in the late-Nineties.” – RS
7.052.027 YouTube views
7 December 2020
As so many music websites/magazines/blogs American music monument Rolling Stone also revealed their end-of-the-year-albums list with TAYLOR SWIFT leading the troops
with her FOLKLORE LP.
“It’s not a stretch to say that Taylor Swift’s Folklore may go down in history as the definitive quarantine album, and not just because of the record’s homespun, folksy presentation.
Without the pressure of having to write radio hits or build up her usual prolonged album-release schedule — full of music videos, Easter eggs, and Good Morning America performances — Swift shed the über-pop trappings of her previous album, Lover, for a project that put her once-in-a-generation songwriting talent front and center.” – Rolling Stone
2. Fetch The Bolt Cutters by FIONA APPLE
“No one could have expected the audacity of Fetch the Bolt Cutters, or the way Apple
expresses her independent spirit over an orchestra of drums, percussion, barks, and
meows.” – Rolling Stone
3. YHLQMDLG by BAD BUNNY
“Yo Hago Lo Que Me Da La Gana is both more varied and more focused than Bad Bunny’s excellent 2018 debut album, X 100pre, with reckless stylistic shifts. Bad Bunny released two more albums in 2020, but neither outdid YHLQMDLG‘s relentless firepower.” – Rolling Stone
4. ‘Rough And Rowdy Ways’ by BOB DYLAN
“Rough and Rowdy Ways is a lyrical tour-de-force, teeming with outrageous jokes, playful boasts and irreverent tributes to the greats who came before him. Stunners in themselves, these songs add up to Dylan’s funniest, most surprising, and most multidimensional album since Love and Theft.” – Rolling Stone
5. ‘Future Nostalgia’ by DUA LIPA
“Lipa’s second album would have been a magnificent disco trip, even in the best of all possible years. But Future Nostalgia was crucial for a year when these beats were as close to the club as fans could get. It’s a rush of uptempo dance glitz.” – Rolling Stone
Full 50 list here
Today No 43…
20 September 2020
1. Break On Through (To the Other Side)
3. The Crystal Ship
4. Twentieth Century Fox
5. Alabama Song (Whisky Bar)
1 Back Door Man
2. I Looked at You
3. End of the Night
4. Take It as It Comes
5. The End
Rolling Stone: “After blowing minds as the house band at L.A.’s Whisky-a-Go-Go, where
they got fired for playing the Oedipal drama “The End,” the Doors were ready to unleash
their organ-driven rock on the world. “On each song we had tried every possible arrangement,” drummer John Densmore said, “so we felt the whole album was tight.” The Blakean pop art on their debut was beyond Top 40 attention spans. But they hit pay dirt by editing down one of their jams: “Light My Fire,” written by guitarist Robbie Krieger when Jim Morrison told everybody in the band to write a song with universal imagery.”
Jim Morrison: “I see myself as an intelligent, sensitive human, with the soul of a clown which forces me to blow it at the most important moments.”
Key tracks: Light My Fire / The End / Break On Through (To the Other Side)
– LIGHT MY FIRE –
– THE END –
– BREAK ON THROUGH (TO THE OTHER SIDE) –
THE DOORS: Facebook
16 September 2020
Band: PINK FLOYD
Album: THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON – 8th LP
Released: 1 March 1973
Score: 14× platinum in the UK, No 1 in the US
where it has charted for 950 weeks in total. More
than 45 million copies sold (and counting).
Rolling Stone: “I think every album was a step toward Dark Side of the Moon,” keyboardist Rick Wright said. “We were learning all the time; the techniques of the recording and our writing was getting better.” As a culmination of their inner-space explorations of the early 1970s, the Floyd toured the bulk of Dark Side in Britain for months prior to recording. But in the studio, the band articulated bassist Roger Waters’ reveries on the madness of everyday life with melodic precision (“Breathe,” “Us and Them”) and cinematic luster (Clare Torry’s guest-vocal aria, “The Great Gig in the Sky”). It’s one of the best-produced rock albums ever, and “Money” may be the only Top 20 hit in 7/4 time.
Facts to know…
1. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album
to feature Roger Waters as its sole lyricist.
2. The album was very nearly called ‘Eclipse’.
3. Floyd fans were first treated to Dark Side of the Moon
in concert more than a year before the album was actually released.
4. The original live arrangement of “On the Run” bore little resemblance
to the electronic freakout on the record.
5. ‘Money’ was influenced by Booker T and the MGs.
6. Paul McCartney’s contributions to the album were deleted
but the Beatles made a surprise appearance on the record.
7. ‘Us and Them’ was a reject from the Zabriskie Point soundtrack.
8. An image of the Silver Surfer was originally considered for the album’s cover.
9. Dark Side of the Moon was the first Pink Floyd album to break the US Top 40.
10. Proceeds from the album helped fund Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
More details about these 10 amazing facts right here.
Singles: Money / Us And Them
– MONEY –
– US AND THEM –
“I’ve only ever written about one thing in my life, which is the fact that we,
as human beings, have a responsibility to one another and that it’s important that
we empathize with others, that we organize society so that we all become happier
and we all get the life we really want.” – Roger Waters
15 September 2020
Rolling Stone: “From its first defiant line, “Jesus died for somebody’s sins, but not mine,” the opening shot in a bold reinvention of Van Morrison’s Sixties garage-rock classic “Gloria,” Patti Smith’s debut album was a declaration of committed mutiny, a statement of faith in the transfigurative powers of rock & roll. Horses made her the queen of punk before it even really existed, but Smith cared more for the poetry in rock. She sought the visions and passions that connected Keith Richards and Rimbaud – and found them, with the intuitive assistance of a killing band (pianist Richard Sohl, guitarist Lenny Kaye, bassist Ivan Kral and drummer Jay Dee Daugherty) and her friend Robert Mapplethorpe, who shot the stark, beautiful cover portrait.”
“I had a handful of records, but when I was 11 years old, I liked Puccini
as much as Little Richard. They both made sense to me.” – Patti Smith
PATTI SMITH: All Albums
12 September 2020
ROLLING STONE wrote: “The Band were four-fifths Canadian – drummer Levon Helm was from Arkansas – but their second album is all American. Guitarist Robbie Robertson’s songs vividly evoke the country’s pioneer age (“Across the Great Divide”) and the Civil War (“The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”), while reflecting the fractured state of the nation in the 1960s. The Band’s long life on the road resonates in the brawn of Garth Hudson’s keyboards and Helm’s juke-joint attack. But Robertson’s stories truly live in Helm’s growl, Rick Danko’s high tenor and Richard Manuel’s spectral croon. “Somebody once said he had a tear in his voice,” Helm said
of Manuel: “Richard had one of the richest-textured voices I’d ever heard.”
“It’s easy to be a genius in your twenties. In your forties, it’s difficult.” – Robbie Robertson
Two of the many highlights (live versions taken from their famous final The Last Waltz concert – with the original line-up – in 1976 in San Francisco filmed by top director Martin Scorsese)…
– THE NIGHT THEY DROVE OLD DIXIE DOWN –
– UP ON CRIPPLE CREEK –
Album – expanded version
(Original tracklist #1 – #12)
THE BAND: Biography
10 September 2020
Rolling Stone: “Bob Marley said:”Reggae music is too simple for [American musicians]. You must be inside of it, know what’s happening, and why you want to play this music. You don’t just run and go play this music because you think you can make a million off it.” Ironically, this set of the late reggae idol’s greatest hits has sold in the millions worldwide. In a single disc, it captures everything that made him an international icon: his nuanced songcraft, his political message (and savvy), and – of course – the universal soul he brought to Jamaican rhythm and Rastafarian spirituality in the gunfighter ballad “I Shot the Sheriff,” the comforting swing of “No Woman, No Cry” and the holy promise of “Redemption Song.”
“If you’re white and you’re wrong, then you’re wrong; if you’re black and you’re wrong, you’re wrong. People are people. Black, blue, pink, green – God make no rules about color; only society make rules where my people suffer, and that why we must have redemption and redemption now.” – Marley
BOB MARLEY: All Albums