“Like A Rolling Stone”
In 1965 Bob Dylan released “Like A Rolling Stone” as a single from his album Highway 61 Revisited. The song instantly created a buzz and was considered to be a very controversial pick as a single. Clocking in at six minutes and thirteen seconds, it was one of the longest pop singles to ever be released. Not only that, but this was the first time the mass public had heard Bob Dylan in his new electric format on a full LP rather than his traditional acoustic/folk. His die-hard fans may have been irate, but the move proved successful as Bob Dylan was able to garner a larger fan base and put out an album that is widely regarded as his best work ever. And not only that, but many (even the almighty Rolling Stone magazine) dean “Like A Rolling Stone” to be the greatest rock songs of all time. Now a mere 48 years later, the infamous song finally gets a music video. And what type of video does one of the greatest songs of all time warrant? Well one of the greatest music videos of all time of course.
Death Grips have yet again turned to the free space of the inter-webs as their medium of release for a new and unexpected album. This marks the second full LP the band has released online without prior notice, and I am guessing this will not be the last. They seem to give zero shits about maximizing profit on their music and rather focus on just being as in everyone’s face as possible lately. Apparently for them that means not showing up for shows to prove a point and releasing all of their music and videos online for free, so for that Death Grips (well at least the latter part) we thank you. Since this album was just dropped today, the review will have to come at a later date, but for now, go download the full album at the below link while it is still active:
As you have probably heard by now, the Godfather of underground music, Lou Reed, passed on Sunday from delayed complications from a liver transplant. All three of us at LxL have always been fond of Reed and his independent spirit, having included him and his pioneering band the Velvet Underground on numerous lists including our recent best space songs list with the great “Satellite of Love.” We will be giving our entire list over to Lou Reed this Thursday, but for now, as a tribute, I thought I would grace you with “Perfect Day”, a song beside being known well for being used during Ewan McGregor’s drug trip in Trainspotting, well captures the equal parts grace and cynicism that was much of Reed’s music.
Music awards and ceremonies these days have become nothing short of a joke. Grammy’s: worthless garbage. MTV VMA’s: maybe if this was still the 90′s. American Music Awards: is that really even still a thing? In my opinion, if we consumers really need our music taste validated by some worthless award ceremony it should at least be one that eliminates all political or monetary persuasion, and is not restricted to the grip of big label entertainment. Enter the first YouTube Music Video Awards. Sound gimmicky? It more than likely will be. The performance lineup already looks stupidly similar to a Grammy’s bill. The artists so far include Eminem, Lady Gaga, and Arcade Fire, who judging by their horrific SNL performance last saturday, will likely be the worst of the three always over-hyped acts. So what edge DOES the YouTube Music Video Awards actually have that might make it worth watching? Let’s explore: