This Day in Music History — December 24

1971 : Ricky Martin is born Enrique Martin Morales in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

1974 : James Taylor, Carly Simon and Joni Mitchell go Christmas carolling in Hollywood.

1978 : Björn Ulvaeus and Agnetha Fältskog of ABBA announce they are separating and getting a divorce.

2001 : Nick Massi (The Four Seasons) dies of cancer in West Orange, New Jersey, at age 73.


25 Best Cover Songs of 2014

In 2014, artists weren’t afraid to get out and try on a few of their favorite artists. There is nothing better than artists enjoying other people’s music. Here are the top 25 cover songs of 2014

1. Aretha Franklin, “Rolling in the Deep”
2. Taylor Swift, “Riptide”
3. Sam Smith, “Fast Car”
4. Lorde, “Don’t Tell ‘Em”
5. 5 Seconds of Summer, “Teenage Dream”
6. Ed Sheeran, Sia, and Grouplove, “Drunk In Love”
7. Sara Bareilles, “Chandelier”
8. Kelly Clarkson,”Shake it off”
9. John Mayer, “XO”
10. Lykke Li, “Hold On We’re Going Home”
11. She & Him, “Stay Awhile”
12. First Aid Kit, “Walk Unafraid”
13. Ingrid Michaelson,”Clean”
14. MO – “Say You’ll Be There”
15. Kim Gordon, “Aneurysm”
16. Arcade Fire, “Motownphilly”
17. Glass Animals,“Love Lockdown
18. Sam Smith, ‘How Will I Know’
19. Ed Sheeran, “Take Me To Church”
20. Rae Morris, “Stay Another Day”
21. Ella Henderson, “Say Something”
22. Alt-J, “Latch”
23. Ben Howard, “Hideaway”
24. The Flaming Lips and Miley Cyrus, “A Day in the Life”
25. Lucius, “Everybody Wants To Rule the World”

An Oral History Of The Birth Of New York Hardcore

Members of Bad Brains, Agnostic Front, Cro-Mags, and more remember Max’s Kansas City. An excerpt from NYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990, by Tony Rettman.

The Cro-Mags in 1987. Ken Salerno

The following is chapter 2, “Max’s Kansas City: Punk Thursdays,” from the bookNYHC: New York Hardcore 1980–1990, by Tony Rettman (available Dec. 30, Bazillion Points).

Peter Crowley (talent booker, Max’s Kansas City): The person I’m aware of who first used the word hardcore was a journalist by the name of Pat Wadsley, who worked at the SoHo Weekly News. She wrote a review of the New York rock ‘n’ roll scene that read, “CBGB has mellowed with age. Hurrah is Macy’s punk. Only Max’s remains hardcore.”

Denise Mercedes (guitarist, Stimulators): Max’s is interesting, because when we began playing there fairly regularly and became popular, hardcore slamming didn’t exist. People were just jumping around—I guess they were pogoing. A lot of movement and a lot of energy came out from the audience. Tables and chairs were getting broken. Whenever the Stimulators played, Max’s had to take out all the furniture. I always think that’s a little badge of honor. “The Stimulators are coming! Get everything out of here!” That’s a fond memory for me.

Jack Rabid (editor, The Big Takeover fanzine; drummer, Even Worse): The scene where I really thrived as a full-fledged member was those Max’s Kansas City gigs.

Vinnie Stigma (guitarist, The Eliminators, Agnostic Front, Madball; vocalist, Stigma): I used to play Max’s Kansas City a lot with my band the Eliminators. I hung out at Max’s and ran around with a leather jacket on with no shirt on underneath in the middle of the summer. It didn’t matter! You had to have the leather jacket on! I was a punk rocker.

Richie Birkenhead (vocalist, Numskulls, Underdog, Into Another; guitarist, Youth of Today): Back then, the clubs I used to go to were Max’s, the Mudd Club, and the old Peppermint Lounge. I think Max’s was the first to really have hardcore.

Al Pike (bassist, Reagan Youth; coeditor, Straight Edge fanzine): Max’s had this overpowering darkness. The walls were dark. Seats and tables were pushed to the side. A lot of the loud, fast people hung there.

Keith Burkhardt (vocalist, Agnostic Front, Cause for Alarm): I came into the city from Nutley, New Jersey, and went to Max’s Kansas City. Instead of being at the hole-in-the-wall pizzeria where I worked, now I was at Max’s, where you could run into Mick Jagger or Andy Warhol. There were all these punks. It was a totally surreal scene.
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Spin: The 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2014

Best Quotes 2014


25. “Ya ya ya / I’m Lorde / Ya ya ya”
— Lorde making light of her South Park portrayal (we know the feeling)

the national

24. “Who do you think you’re dealing with here? Those pussies in Arcade Fire? The National gets their check.”
— The National, helping “Retool the School” in IFC’s Comedy Bang! Bang!

Ryan Adams, Jenny Lewis

23. “He said, ‘I want you to go home this weekend and write ‘Wonderwall.'”
— Jenny Lewis on being mentored by Ryan Adams

taylor swift

22. “Well, they can still listen to my music if they get it on iTunes.”
— Taylor Swift on removing her entire music catalog from Spotify


21. “I’d like 2015 to look like it’s just been fucked.”
— Sia, SPIN ‘s Artist of the Year

Charli XCX

20. “Periods are really punk… I want to have tampons as merch that say ‘PERIODS ARE PUNK.'”
Charli XCX, saying periods are punk


19. “R.I.P. to Phillip Seymour Hoffman. All respect due. But the press is evil.”
Drake on being taken off the Rolling Stone cover in favor of the late actor

lana del rey

18. “I wish I was dead already”
Lana Del Rey, glamorizing death after discussing fallen music icons Amy Winehouse and Kurt Cobain. (Later, after facing criticism from Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, Del Reyclarified that she likes the late Nirvana singer “because he was talented, not because he died young” and that she doesn’t find “that part of music glam.”)

FKA Twigs

17. “If I was white and blonde and said I went to church all the time, you’d be talking about the ‘choral aspect.’ But you’re not talking about that because I’m a mixed-race girl from south London.”
FKA Twigs on her “Alternative-R&B” label

Ariel Pink

16.”I got maced by a feminist. #HateCrime.”
Ariel Pink on that time he took a girl out on a date, which, we’re guessing, didn’t go well

15. “No, no, no, no, no, no, no shade.”
— Nicki Minaj NOT shading Iggy Azalea at the 2014 BET Music Awards

Trent Reznor

14. “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt FUCK YOU guys.”
— Trent Reznor to the 2014 Grammys after producers cut his performance short

Jaden Smith, Willow Smith

13. “Prana energy.”
Willow Smith, on God knows what

Chris Martin, Gwenyth Paltrow

12. “There are no bad guys, just two people, each playing teacher and student respectively. When we understand that both are actually partners in each other’s spiritual progress, animosity dissolves much quicker and a new paradigm for conscious uncoupling emerges, replacing the traditional, contentious divorce.”
— Gwenyth Paltrow on “conscious uncoupling” from Chris Martin

chris rock

11. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is probably the best piece of music made in the last 25, 30 years. It’s better than Thriller… There’s no ‘Baby Be Mine’ on that record.”
— Chris Rock, asserting a polarizing (but definitely valid) music opinion to the New York Times


10. “Madonna and I have never heard of Ariel Pink. The label may have reached out but M has no interest in working with mermaids.”
Guy Oseary, Madonna’s manager, in response to Ariel Pink’s claim that Madge wanted to collaborate with him and that she hasn’t put out a good album since her 1983 debut

Billy Corgan

9. “My criticism of the Foo Fighters — if I’m being a music critic — is they just haven’t evolved.”
Billy Corgan offering his, erm, professional take on Dave Grohl & Co during an appearance on Howard Stern

iggy azalea

8. “Its especially awkward because my 14 year old brother is the biggest eminem fan and now the artist he admired says he wants to rape me. nice!”
— Iggy Azalea, responding to Eminem’s “Vegas” lyrics via Twitter

Julian Casablancas

7. “I don’t know how many, like, white people having brunch I can deal with on a Saturday afternoon.”
Julian Casablancas on why he moved out of New York City

6. “For the record, I was specifically joking about when people dress up like it’s the Kentucky Derby for LES brunch. I am not against the concept of weekend late breakfast, which people of all freedoms & hues should enjoy.”
— Julian Casablancas, clarifying that he is not, for the record, against brunch

wendy o'connor

5. “I’m already crying because he’d be so proud. He’d say he wasn’t, but he would be.”
— Kurt Cobain’s mother, Wendy O’Connor, speaking on her late son’s behalf at Nirvana’sRock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony

kanye west

4. “Family is super cool. Going home to one girl every night is super cool. Just going home and getting on the floor and playing with your child is super cool. Not wearing a red leather jacket, and just looking like a dad and shit, is like super cool. Having someone that I can call Mom again. That shit is super cool.”
— Kanye West on why monogomy and being a family man is super cool 

taylor hawkings

3. “I listened to it once, but it’s so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it.”
— Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins on U2’s Songs of Innocence

Mark Kozelek

2. “War on Drugs, suck my cock.”
Mark Kozelek, stoking what would evolve into a seemingly endless (and unecessary) bonfire of beef

1. “I might go tomorrow, I might go the day after, but the one thing I want you to know: It is us against the motherfucking machine.”
Killer Mike in reaction to the grand jury’s ruling to not indict officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri

This Day in Music History — December 22

1938 : Country singer-songwriter Red Steagall is born Russell Steagall in Gainesville, Texas. Discovered Reba McEntire in 1975.

1969 : John Lennon and Yoko Ono meet with Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and Minister of Health John Munro to discuss drug abuse.

1989 : Jordin Sparks is born in Phoenix, Arizona. At age 17, she would win the sixth season of American Idol (2007).

2001 : T.I. is arrested in his native Atlanta for illegal gun possession. He allegedly tells police that his name is Douglas Morgan rather than his real name, Clifford Harris. The rapper is released without serious conviction.

2002 : Joe Strummer of The Clash dies of a heart attack at age 50. The Clash are inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a few months later.

2012 : Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood marries his girlfriend Sally Humphreys; Wood at age 65 and Humphreys at 34. Coincidentally, the world did not end on the day before, as proponents of the Mayan calendar would have it. Perhaps this bolstered their optimism?

LENNON or McCARTNEY : A Beatles Documentary

550 Artists. 10 Years. 1 Question.

550 Artists were interviewed over the last ten years. At some point during those interviews, they were asked a question and told to answer with one word only. Some stuck to one, some said more, some answered quickly, some thought it through, and some didn’t answer at all.

That question… Lennon or McCartney.

Featuring: Robert DeNiro, Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Kevin Spacey, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Morgan Freeman, Kevin Smith, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ed Sheeran, Kendrick Lamar, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, Priyanka Chopra, Matthew Healy from The 1975, James Franco, Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, The Goo Goo Dolls, Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms, Gary, Oldman, Big Sean, Carrie Underwood, New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight & Danny Wood, Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz & Andy Hurley, Pete Townshend from The Who, Stone Temple Pilots & Velvet Revolver’s Scott Weiland, Sam Smith, Bridgit Mendler, Sylvester Stallone, Kevin Hart, The Band’s Robbie Robertson, Lights, David Byrne from The Talking Heads, Death Cab for Cutie, Josh Ritter, Mounties, Hey Rosetta!, Broken Social Scene’s Kevin Drew, Jason Collett, Emily Haines & James Shaw from Metric, Dan Mangan, Said The Whale, Arkells, Bo Diddley, Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz, Jimmy Eat World, Sarah Wayne Callies, Matt Walsh, Tony Hale, Taylor Kitsch, Pierce Brosnan, Emma Thompson, Luke Doucet from Whitehorse, Blue Rodeo, Florida-Georgia Line, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Brandon Flowers from The Killers, Theory of A Deadman, Nickelback, No Doubt, Gwen Stefani, Chad Kroeger, Darius Rucker, Aaron Lewis, Hayden, Metallica, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rian Johnson, Mark Ruffalo, Cobie Smulders, Jack McBrayer, David Suzuki, Jakob Dylan, Keane, K-OS, Aaron Eckhart, Aubrey Plaza, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Elle Fanning, Dax Shepard, David Dobkin, Kate Mara, Rebecca Hall, Susan Downey, Gavin DeGraw, Black Sabbath’s Ozzy Osbourne & Geezer Butler, Zoe Saldana Kate Nash, Kathleen Edwards, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino, Wu-Tang Clan, LL Cool J, Classified, Dragonette, Serena Ryder, Justin Long, Shawn Levy, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, The New Pornographers, Jenny Lewis, Rilo Kiley, Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, Cake’s John McRae, Slash, Simon Helberg from The Big Bang Theory, Zach Braff, Zach Knighton, Zachary Quinto, Chris Pine, J.J. Abrams, John Cho, Alice Eve, Karl Urban, Cillian Murphy, Train’s Pat Monahan, Maroon 5’s Adam Levine, Gaslight Anthem, Rise Against, Our Lady Peace’s Raine Maida, Motley Crue’s Nikki Sixx & Vince Neil, Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Chloe Bennett from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Danielle Panabaker & Candice Patton from The Flash, The Dark Knight’s Wally Pfister, Miss Piggy, Tokyo Police Club, Eva Green, Jack O’Connell, Dallas Green from City & Colour, Missi Pyle, The Sex Pistols, The Doors, Shad, Russell Peters, Supertramp, Sam Roberts, Aaron Paul, Lake Bell, Paul Bettany, Lena Heady, The Head & The Heart, Matthew Good, Marianas Trench, Josh Ramsay, Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City, Gina Gershon, Phoenix, Hedley, Jacob Hoggard, Simple Plan, Skylar Grey, Lady Antebellum, Imagine Dragons, Brett Kissell, Ellie Goulding, Edgar Wright, Nick Frost, The Lumineers, Nikki Williams, Grace Potter, The Dixie Chicks, Bastille, Joel Plaskett, Sarah McLachlan, Franz Ferdinand, Great Big Sea, Alan Doyle, Mike Tompkins, Tom Odell, Jason Priestley, Of Monsters & Men, Paramore, Hayley Williams, Alison Brie, Zack Snyder, Todd Phillips, Passion Pit, Baz Luhrmann, Amanda Palmer, The Cult’s Ian Astbury, Billy Talent, Alanis Morissette, Mumford & Sons, Phillip Phillips, The Hives, Shirley Manson, Garbage, Joshua Jackson, PSY, Three Days Grace, All-American Rejects, Tyson Ritter, Hanson, Will.I.Am, Rita Ora, Sloan, Bret McKenzie, Flight of the Conchords, Adam Lambert, The Fray, Stephen Root, The Sheepdogs, Beau Willimon, House of Cards, Ziggy Marley, Daniel Johns from Silverchair, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes’ Alexander Ebert, Steven Page, Barenaked Ladies, Tracy Morgan, Tommy Chong, Garfunkel & Oates, The Tragically Hip’s Gord Downie, Danny Boyle, Monica Potter, INXS, Rick Springfield, Levar Burton, Colin Hay from Men at Work, Fitz & The Tantrums, Michael Fitzpatrick, Chris Jericho, Aerosmith, Anna Gunn fromBreaking Bad, The Band Perry, Casey Wilson, Charli XCX, Florence Welch, Finger Eleven, Frightened Rabbit, Fun., Florence + The Machine, Guillermo Del Toro, Jimmy Cliff, John Cale, The Velvet Undergound, Jonas Brothers, Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas, Kevin Jonas. Justin Kirk, Ken Jeong, Matchbox Twenty, Rob Thomas, Norman Reedus, Rob Zombie and more.

While My Guitar Gently Weeps. Written by George Harrison. Performed by the Matt Blais Connection.

I Will. Written by Paul McCartney. Performed by Dan Mangan and Gord Grdina.

Directed, edited and produced by Matt Schichter.

Nicki Minaj Releases Dramatic ‘The Pinkprint Movie’

A week after the release of her startlingly bare new record The Pinkprint Nicki Minaj released a short film to accompany a handful of the more dramatic tracks on the record, entitled The Pinkprint Movie.  Featuring “The Crying Game,” “Grand Piano,” and “I Lied,” the film paints a stark portrait of romantic dissolution over the course of its 16-minute narrative. It was directed by Taylor Cohen and Francesco Carrozzini.

Watch Nicki’s starring role up above in full.