Jun 282011

Take one part punk, mix in one part glam, one part heavy metal and a whole lot of teenage sass and you get the perfect rock’n’roll band: The Runaways. Remarkably young – the oldest members of the band were 17 upon the release of their eponymous first record – the band dissolved amongst a haze of drug abuse and musical differences after four studio albums. Joan Jett continued to hold the punk torch post-breakup, building a successful career backed by the Blackhearts. Now indie rock’n’punk connoisseurs Main Man Records have compiled an extensive two-disc tribute celebrating the music of the Runaways.

The release is not without controversy. Jett and singer Cherie Currie have sued to block the release complaining that the label has used their names to promote the album without permission. Somewhat fitting given that in their time the stories that swirled around the band often overshadowed the music they made. Continue reading »

Jun 222011

Last week, with a full moon as the backdrop, psychedelic rockers The Flaming Lips took the stage surrounded by the graves of many dead celebs at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. The band performed a live take on Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon, doing so in the framework of Dark Side of the Rainbow, the pairing of the 1973 album with the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz. Continue reading »

Jun 012011

For Record Store Day, Franz Ferdinand’s record label Domino released a limited edition vinyl of Franz cover songs, including this electro-rave cover of “Turn It On” done by Peaches. Peaches, who is known for her overtly sexual lyrics and performances, amps up anything that can be interpreted in an erotic manner and does so exponentially. Continue reading »

Apr 212011

They Say It’s Your Birthday celebrates an artist’s special day with other people singing his or her songs. Let others do the work for a while. Happy birthday!

Iggy Pop, born James Osterberg in Muskegon, Michigan, turns a remarkable 64 years old today. Remarkable because he spent so much time living on the edge. He arguably created punk rock with his band The Stooges in 1968, uniting the D.I.Y. ethic of mid-’60s garage rock with a nihilistic attitude and Jim Morrison-inspired performance antics. After three albums, Pop’s extreme drug abuse led to the demise of the band and a stint at an L.A. mental institution. Continue reading »