The music world lost a great man this past weekend, as Adam “MCA” Yauch of the Beastie Boys passed away from cancer. I won’t claim to be a huge fan of the Beastie Boys, I honestly only know a few songs well, but Yauch is part of a generation that has influenced pop culture for 25 years, and his contributions deserve acknowledgement.
By Jeremy Gartzke
The Gaslight Anthem released a new single yesterday, from their upcoming major-label debut Handwritten, on Mercury records. The song is a return to some of the more punk energies from their debut, but it still maintains some of the Springsteen-esque qualities that engineered their success.
Record Store Day always reminds me of my love for physical media, and this year was no exception. One of the best parts about the event is all of the singles that would otherwise not be released. Be it the Warner’s “Side by Side” series or a heart-shaped Neon Trees single. All of the songs are classics and most feature my favorite part of the single: the B-side.
The end of a band is always a sad thing. Music plays a huge role in people’s lives, and for a band to call it quits may not seem like a big deal if you’re not a fan, but the hope that maybe there’ll be just one more record means a lot to some fans.
The longer a band takes to set up and the more instruments they have the more pretentious and difficult to relate to they will be. At least, this was what I thought before Friday night. Der Rath has hosted some interesting bands, but none that have roped me in as much as the Winter Sounds.
My favorite kind of playlist is the one that is totally random, but still fits nearly every day perfectly.
Bitching about the current state of the music industry has been cool ever since punk-rock broke through in the mid-1970s, probably even before then, but it hit the mainstream with CBGB's and the Ramones. I even used to be one of those people, and I guess I still am a little, but when really looking at it, the music industry is almost in better shape now than it has been in the last ten years.