Garth Brooks’ website normally has the typical bio, photos, etc. that you expect on an artist website, but now there’s a single huge flash image with a big “G” and an email collection field. Mysterious, that. But then Garth always was a master marketer and this looks like the execution of a start point on a marketing plan. I bet the music industry is waiting with bated breath given that Brooks is the best-selling artist in US history since the beginning of the SoundScan era, in excess of 68 million in sales. The man can move the merch and country fans typically buy more CDs than indie rock fans.
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Meanwhile Bowie has already offered up a second video from the record. The video for “The Stars (Are Out Tonight)” was directed by Floria Sigismondi and features Bowie, of course, but also Tilda Swinton as his wife.
Like Heems? Like Stephen Norrington’s 1998 vampire thriller Blade? Here’s the former Das Racist’s emcee’s video for “Desi Shoegaze Taiko”, a droney, Yuck-sampling deep cut from 2012’s excellent Nehru Jackets. Spoiler: It’s just the vampire rave scene from Blade in its entirety, juxtaposed with Heems’ lines about not going to Whole Foods and “paging all the babes.”
You can (and should) download Nehru Jackets for free here.
George Harrison was many things to many different people. He was a father, a husband, a songwriter, a guitarist, an actor, a movie producer, the organizer of the world’s first charity concert, a member of supergroup the Traveling Wilburys, a solo artist, and by the way, one of the Beatles.
George Harrison’s solo work was introspective, inspirational, spiritual, and very successful. Though he only recorded 12 albums during his 33-year-long solo career, he sold millions of records and had several number one hit singles.
While every fan picks out their own favorite songs, you might be surprised by which of his singles actually made the most impact on the charts. As we come to what would have been his 70th birthday, let’s take a look at his biggest hits.
Major label veneer is equal parts drawback and payoff, a duality that Manchester, UK band The 1975 ride right down the back of on latest single, “Chocolate”. Relentlessly poppy, “Chocolate” pumps with the type of ebullient energy that Phoenix channeled on “Lisztomania”, all but daring you to hate it for appealing to such a wide audience; they challenge you to charge them with—what?—too much ambition? Sure, it’s easy to make a crack about Kings of Leon here, angular little jabs about what a dumb song “Sex on Fire” is, or how “Use Somebody” set rock music back at least two decades.