Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters, Nirvana) is preparing to release a documentary film called Sound City. It’s about a recording studio, but more specifically it’s about a mixing console that used to reside there. That’s right, but it’s not just any old console. This particular one was used to record some of the most significant albums in modern music. Johnny Cash, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Guns and Roses, Nirvana, Metallica and many more swear that this is the holy grail of modern music. And they very well might be right.
To commemorate their induction this year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, multi-platinum rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers will release a very special digital-only EP, entitled We Salute You, on May 1st via Warner Bros. Records. It features six songs from previous Hall of Fame inductees, all of whom have influenced the band musically: The Ramones, Iggy & The Stooges, Neil Young, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, and Dion & The Belmonts. See below for full track-listing.
The concept of Sankofa is derived from King Adinkera of the Akan people of West Afrika.”Sankofa” teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated. Thus, Sankofa Music Series will examine our modern roots and the early influences of rock music in the hope that we can carry them forward in the creation of something new. Today’s subject is Joni Mitchell.
Strip it down. Strip it all down to a basic function, something mathematical and quantifiable. Are there certain sights or sounds that stimulate the brain more than others? Maybe there are beats and rhythms that particularly excite the cranial muscle? How about specific note clusters and melodies that soothe it? What is the effect on forward melody when a counter melody played backwards is introduced? How wide a range of time signatures can the human brain follow and comprehend? And what happens when you introduce light and color to this mix? One can only reason that the overall effect might be of enormous proportion.
Mark Kasprzyk (aka “Kaz”), frontman and songwriter for Redlight King, hails from a small steel-mining town in Ontario Canada, and clearly is a guy who doesn’t take “no” for an answer. Redlight King’s album Something For The Pain is due in June but it’s the first single “Old Man” that has people buzzing. The video alone has garnered over 760K views to date. The song is not a cover of the Neil Young classic but an original song with a modern twist that pays homage to the Young classic. Initially all requests for sampling the classic song were flatly denied from the label to the publisher to management but eventually it was played for Neil personally and approved. Considering he has only approved 5-6 samplings in his career, that is saying something.