Van Halen defeated Queen's Brian May in the finals with 62 percent of the vote. The semi-finalists were Alex Lifeson of Rush and Jimi Hendrix. The reader's poll put Eric Clapton at 28th, so take it all with a grain of salt. See the bracket here and the rankings here.
Passion Pit played Take A Walk and Carried Away on Saturday Night Live over the weekend. Both songs are from the band's Gossamer album which released in July. Give the videos a peek.
Twenty years ago Weird Al Yankovic released one of his most popular parodies, Smells Like Nirvana, which mocked the Nirvana hit Smells Like Teen Spirit. Weird Al talked to Spin about the song. At the time, his career had stalled after the failure of his movie, UHF.
He had considered doing another Michael Jackson song, but the King of Pop turned him down. Thend the music prankster, who happened to be a big fan of Nirvana and other alternative rock, caught a break when Smells Like Teen Spirit became on of the biggest songs in the world. In the interview, Weird Al discusses his first conversation with Kurt Cobain:
"He was sweet and he got it in like five seconds and said, 'Of course you can do a parody.' The famous quote from him was, 'Is it going to be a song about food?' because at that point that's primarily what I was known for. And I said, "Well, no, it's going to be a song about how nobody can understand your lyrics." And he said, 'Oh, sure, of course, that's funny.'"
The video for Weird Al's parody was quite similar to the original. They even used some of the same extras. The video is below. Vevo sucks so it may make you click to watch on Youtube. Read the entire interview.
RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan is directing the film The With the Iron Fists and recruited his old friends The Black Keys help out on a song for the soundtrack. The Baddest Man Alive sounds a lot like what one would think a collaboration between The Black Keys and RZA would song like.
Take a slow, smooth hip-hop beat and throw an Auerbach blues rift on top of it. Key's front-man takes the first verse and proclaims that is in fact, "the baddest man alive." RZA raps through the second verse and they combine for the chorus.
Give it a listen.
This is not the first time the rapper and blues rock duo collaborated. RZA was featured on a couple of tracks on the Keys' 2009 collaboration album, Blakroc. That album included notable artists like RZA, Mos Def, Ludacris, and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard.
The body of Jonathan Dailey, brother of Civil Twilight's Kevin Dailey, was found in the Charles River in Boston Wednesday. The Dailey family lives in Charlotte. Jonathan graduated from the Northwest School of the Arts in Charlotte and Appalachian State University. He moved to Boston to attend Boston Architectural College.
Jonathan was last seen on October 2. He was discovered in the Charles River and police are investigating. Reports say he was bound with chains and weighed down by cinder blocks.
Kevin has left the band to be with his family. Civil Twilight is continuing their tour and will play at the Austin City Limits festival this weekend. The band is scheduled to play our Xmas Weenie concert.
Thoughts and prayers to the Dailey family.