For any Queens Of The Stone Age fans, this is HUGE news. Dave Grohl, the legendary frontman/guitarist for Foo Fighters, ex-drummer for Nirvana, and generally king of all things rock has returned to the kit for buddy Josh Homme‘s pioneering stoner rock outfit. Although it’s sad that the band had to part with former drummer Joey Castillo, having Grohl back in the mix is, in a very real way, like reuniting all of the Sankara stones from The Temple Of Doom… minus the human sacrifices, of course.
Grohl contributed drums and percussion to the famous, and arguably best QOTSA album, Songs For The Deaf in 2002. His driving rhythms mixed with Homme’s deep, distorted guitar tones made for one hell of a head-banging classic. Now, with confirmation from the band’s Facebook page and BBC Radio 1, we can expect more from the rock legends in the near future.
If you like Queens Of The Stone Age and/or Foo Fighters, then you might also like OurStage’s own Europa.
You know things are getting out of hand when Courtney Love has to step in to be the voice of reason.
Love, the wife of the late, great Kurt Cobain, stated in an interview with The Observer that rumors regarding musical about her relationship with her deceased husband were just that. “There will be no musical,” said Love. “Sometimes it’s just best to leave things alone.”
Wait, since when was there going to be a Nirvana musical? Says who?! Sam Lufti, that’s who.
Lufti, the sometimes co-manager of Love, is currently involved in a rather ugly lawsuit with one of his past clients Britney Spears. While testifying under oath Lufti made mention of a potential stage or screen adaptation of Cobain’s life story and the music of Nirvana.
While Black Friday fanatics will be lining up at the doors of Kohl’s, Sears and various malls at unseemly hours on Friday, Nov. 23, to score the latest in electronics and appliances, music fanatics will be lining up in hopes to snag limited edition vinyl, box sets, CDs, and DVDs.
So get your travel mugs ready, and clear your early morning schedule, because this year is boasting some fantastic releases. Among them are a 7” of The Rolling Stones’ first EP, Nirvana’s 20th anniversary edition of Incesticide 45RPM edition and releases by Coheed and Cambria, The Gaslight Anthem, and My Morning Jacket.
In case you weren’t aware, American culture has been in the midst of a ’90s revival. This has been a long time coming, friends. We were bound to sober up a bit after the glammed out ’80s revival we experienced for the better part of the last decade. There have been hints of this as well, from Nickelodeon’s relaunch of nostalgia-baiting shows like All That, Doug, and Kenan and Kel to grungy fashion trends like giant boots and women in denim jackets.
But how has this impacted the world of music? I’m glad you asked.
The ’90s revival has been going on across nearly all genres of music for over two years now, but it’s not something that has had a regional basis. There is no ’90s revival scene in NYC or LA or Chicago. You could be forgiven if you missed it. Indeed, many even bristle at the term “’90s revival” and question the existence of such a “revival” at all. But it’s here. It’s been here.
In a way ’90s music never really went away. The typical rotation of tracks on any given rock or alternative station is going to be heavy on the favorites of yesteryear. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, Green Day and a slew of other bands are still getting radio play with tracks that are nearly two decades old. It’s also no accident that there’s been a rash of recent reunions from the likes of Eve 6, Garbage, and that dog., amongst others.
But rock radio isn’t the only place where the ’90s thrive. If you’ve listened to Top 40 radio in the past few months then you’ve gotten a taste of this latest revival. Sure, bands like fun. and Gotye don’t sound particularly ’90s. In fact, Gotye sounds way more ’80s, like a love child of Paul Simon and Sting. But when was the last time the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 was occupied by back to back alternative artists? What makes this even more huge is the fact that many declared rock music dead and buried in 2011.
In his 2011 Midyear Report, Jay Frank of FutureHit.DNA noted that the only artist with any presence in the Top 40 that could even be considered close to rock was Adele. In a more recent posting, Frank remarked on the unheralded popularity of “Somebody That I Used To Know”, stating that, “[i]t doesn’t really fit modern Top 40 theories, but it has that compelling special something.” My personal theory? Trends are cyclical. Listeners tired of the R&B flavored pop that dominated the late ’90s and early aughts. While rap and hip-hop are still huge, those styles aren’t having the same moment as when they were dominating the airwaves from 2002-2008. EDM is in the middle of its own moment but look what happened when producer ATB played Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in full during his set at the Electric Daisy Carnival.
People lost it.
The radio is not where the ’90s revival started. We have indie rock to thank for that. When UK indie rock act Yuck dropped their self titled debut in 2011, you couldn’t read a review that didn’t mention their debt to ’80s and ’90s bands like Dinosaur Jr. or My Bloody Valentine. Michigan-based three piece (power trio?) Cheap Girls, whose most recent album Giant Orange came out this past February, proudly list uncouth but so ’90s influences like Gin Blossoms and Lemonheads on their Facebook page.
So all hail the ’90s revival! People that are into it, enjoy it while it lasts. For everyone is scratching their heads over this most recent cultural obsession, fear not, for we are not experiencing a revival in dial-up connections. Thanks to our short attention spans brought on by cat videos and broadband, you can rest assured that we’ll revive another trend soon enough.
On May 9, 2012, Josh Weaver was just about two weeks out from the release of CVI, the first full-length with his band Royal Thunder on Relapse Records. That evening he took some time out of his day to have a chat with OurStage to answer questions about the new album and summer touring plans. Royal Thunder are one of many doomy, sludgy, heavy rock ‘n’ roll bands hailing from the south, and they have already received some great press from the likes of NPR, Paste Magazine and BrooklynVegan. Going on their first full national tour this summer with Holy Grail and Valient Thorr, the band faces an eventful season.
OS: You’re quickly approaching the release of your first full-length with Royal Thunder, how are you feeling about it?
YouTube and music have gone hand in hand for a while now, helping break new stars (Gotye), and giving music lovers one more place to stream poor quality versions of their favorite songs. But perhaps YouTube’s greatest contribution to the music industry all started with the Chinese Backstreet Boys and their hilarious rendition of “I Want It That Way,” the video that spawned a sensation.
Six and a half years later, YouTube is no longer just a teenager, but hilarious lip syncing videos can still win over the crowd. Another sports team has lip synced another top 40 gem and have become mini-superstars themselves.
We did a little round up of some of the best/funniest/most clever music-centric vids on the web, read on for the rest: