Articles tagged “album”

How Dave Grohl Turned Foo Fighters from Solo Project to Full Band

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Grief is a process that everyone goes through, but one that people cope with differently. Artists can often find a way to express their sorrow through their work, to channel pain into something constructive. But after the death of his Nirvana bandmate, Kurt Cobain, in April 1994, drummer Dave Grohl sunk into a deep depression […]

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Meg Remy on an Essential Album Right Now and What It Means to be a Record Collector

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The other day, I posed a hypothetical to my husband: “What if vinyl records get recalled because the material is needed for human survival?” I was imagining records being turned into some fuel or heat source. He didn’t find this very likely. I tried another: “What if the record collectors of North America are forced […]

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Here’s to 30 Years of Stepping in Sonic Youth’s Goo

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The 1990s were a pretty dark time – not exactly dark in the 2020 sense of global pandemics and international demonstrations, but dark in a literal palette. I think about dirty flannel and gangster rap, about children’s cartoons that preached a healthy distrust of commercialism and radio hits that, rather than run from politics into […]

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Sleater-Kinney’s Debut Album Is the Perfect Time Capsule at 25 Years Old

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In the early 1990s, the Pacific Northwest in the United States was a hotbed for new ways of approaching traditional frameworks of culture. A generation before, punk had created and perpetuated the idea that you did not need to be a virtuoso or even vaguely proficient to start a band; one just needed the chutzpah […]

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At 20 Years Old, Jurassic 5’s Quality Control Is Still a Hip-Hop Purism Crusade

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Everything you need to know about Jurassic 5 can be found in their name. The Los Angeles-bred collective consists of four MCs (Akil, Chali 2NA, Soup, and Marc 7) and two DJs (Nu-Mark and Cut Chemist) and were more emblematic of an almost pre-historic time in hip-hop than they were representative of the present. Quality […]

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We’re Not Over The Roots’ How I Got Over Even After 10 Years

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Of all the albums to turn 10 years old this in 2020, The Roots’ How I Got Over might be the heaviest. The legendary Philly band’s moody homage to triumph over tragedy is a light at the end of the tunnel, but as featured MC Phonte said in his verse on “Now or Never,” there’s […]

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Deftones Rode White Pony to New Heights of Metallic Invention

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Deftones took a rather winding and deliberate path to greatness, almost sneaking up on music fans who prematurely pegged the Sacramento, California natives as just another nu metal band based on their 1995 debut album, Adrenaline, and overlooked the abundant signs of a singular vision emerging on 1997’s still somewhat inconsistent sophomore album, Around the […]

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Ben Blackwell’s Thoughts on The White Stripes’ De Stijl After 20 Years

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At the time The White Stripes began the process of home-recording their second album, I just remember thinking that everything seemed to be happening so quickly. Their first album had just been released only a few months prior and the out-of-town tour dates behind that could be counted on one hand. How could you even […]

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Neil Young’s Long-Lost Homegrown Is His Most Empathetic Breakup Album

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Neil Young began writing songs from a me-first perspective and has spent his long career growing out of it. His first Buffalo Springfield track as a 21-year-old began with the disgruntled complaint “Hey, who’s that stomping all over my face?” Meanwhile, the closing track on Young’s 2019 album Colorado is a two-way street: “I know […]

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Rediscovering Marillion’s Misplaced Childhood 35 Years Later

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While the first two Marillion albums made a splash with the prog cognoscenti and hard rock critics in 1983 and 1984, the talented English band with the towering Scottish frontman was worried that the label, EMI, might drop them if the next release did not make serious bank — and they were precariously close to […]

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