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Country-inflected pop, chopped-up Beyonce samples, carnivalesque chaos and more music from this week King Princess: Ohio After performing “Ohio” live with consistency since her first tour, King Princess (aka Mikaela Straus) finally releases an official recording and music video for the fan-favorite track. Both the song and visuals begin with quiet intimacy, and the latter introduces Straus wearing her theatrical Cheap Queen look. As with …
Tags: Music, Design, Beyonce, Disco, Music Videos, Garage Rock, Country, Pop, The Strokes, Ohio, Grimes, Synths, Listenup, Funk, New Music, Julian Casablancas

Stream: The Strokes, ‘At the Door’

Fresh off their wild performance at a rally for Sen. Bernie Sanders at the University of New Hampshire on Monday night, the Strokes have announced that their new album, “The New Abnormal,” will be out April 10. It’s their sixth album and first in seven years, made at Shangri-La Studios in Malibu with the legendary Rick Rubin and featuring cover art of the painting “Bird on Money” by Jean-Michel Basquiat. Their new song “At the Door” is a mellow fellow, maybe too much for its own good, with Julia...
Tags: Music, The Strokes, Bernie Sanders, Malibu, Latest Music, New Music, Julian Casablancas, Fabrizio Moretti, Nikolai Fraiture, Nick Valensi, University of New Hampshire, Rick Rubin, Jean Michel Basquiat, Casablancas, Albert Hammond Jr, Shangri La Studios

Johnny Ramone’s widow Linda talks new line of Happy Socks and band’s punk rock legacy

Johnny Ramone, like all of the Ramones, shared an instantly recognizable sense of style: Black leather jacket, T-shirt, ripped jeans, sneakers. With that, you had a look as important to punk fashion as the Ramones’ ferocious music was to the punk rock sound. But Johnny did have a bit of flash and flair at times, his widow Linda Ramone says. “As the years went on, he incorporated different colored T-shirts,” she says from the backyard of the San Fernando Valley home she shared with Johnny from 19...
Tags: Music, Beach Boys, Disney, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Hawaii, Justin Bieber, Metallica, Beverly Hills Hotel, Elvis, Kevin Cronin, Southern California, Phil Spector, Margaritaville, Happy Socks

Hear Every Sample on the Beastie Boys’ Acclaimed Album, Paul’s Boutique–and Discover Where They Came From

How would the Beastie Boys follow their debut, Licensed to Ill, wondered critics when the album rose to number one after its 1986 release. The cross-over appeal of their hip hop/frat rock solidified a fan base whose devotion often mirrored their parents’ revulsion. Like many of their later imitators, the Beastie Boys could have played overgrown delinquents till their fans aged out of the act. Few critics expected more from them. “Rolling Stone entitled their review ‘Three Idiots Create a...
Tags: Google, Music, College, Sugarhill Gang, Miles Davis, Public Enemy, Rolling Stone, De La Soul, Eagles, PAUL, Murphy, Facebook Twitter, Rick Rubin, Boutique, Josh Jones, Kottke

Andrè 3000 Explains Why He Hasn’t Released New Music… (AUDIO)

Andrè 3000 Benjamin recently opened up about his future in music in a rare candid interview. The talented rapper, who is one half of the legendary rap group Outkast, paid a visit to the Broken Record Podcast earlier this week, powered by celebrated author Malcolm Gladwell and legendary producer Rick Rubin. In the hour long interivew, Drè opened his heart to Rubin, explaining his current relationship with music and why he isn’t motivated to create another studio album. Lisen to the full strea...
Tags: Celebrities, News, Atlanta, Andre 3000, Malcolm Gladwell, Benjamin, Dre, Rick Rubin, OutKast, Rubin, Atlanta Gossip, Lisen, Lawrence Walker Andr

André 3000 Opens Up in ‘Broken Record’ Convo with Rick Rubin

From OutKast's glory days to mental health.
Tags: Jazz, Andre 3000, Rick Rubin, OutKast, Podcasts & Mixes

Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne's Playlist for Her Novel "Holding On To Nothing"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Elizabeth Chiles Shelburne's novel Holding On To Nothing is an empathetically written and poignant debut. Booklist wrote pf the book: "Shelburne's stunning debut novel is a long t...
Tags: Music, David, Tennessee, Dolly Parton, North Carolina, Lucy, Judy, Bush, Chris Stapleton, Atomic Books Comics Preview, East Tennessee, Little Big Town, Valley, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Bill Monroe

Adam Cohen on Leonard: ‘It was daunting finishing my dad's last music'

Leonard Cohen’s final songs can now be heard on the album Thanks for the Dance. Here his son Adam talks about their emotionally complex relationship“There are some songs I’m half way through that are not bad,” Leonard Cohen said in his final interview, published in the New Yorker on 17 October 2016. “I don’t think I’ll be able to finish those songs.” Three weeks later, on 7 November, having released his 14th album, You Want It Darker, Cohen died in his sleep after a fall in his home in Los Angel...
Tags: Music, Los Angeles, Culture, Pop and rock, Leonard Cohen, Cohen, Rick Rubin, Adam, Leonard, Don Was, Adam Cohen

The Seven Road-Tested Habits of Effective Artists

Fifteen years ago, a young construction worker named Andrew Price went in search of free 3d software to help him achieve his goal of rendering a 3D car. He stumbled onto Blender, a just-the-ticket open source software that helps users with every aspect of 3D creation—modeling, rigging, animation, simulation, rendering, compositing, and motion tracking. Price describes his early learning style as "playing it by ear,” sampling tutorials, some of which he couldn’t be bothered to complete. ...
Tags: Google, Art, NYC, Steve Jobs, College, Life, Stephen King, Software, Kanye West, David Bowie, Philosophy, Jk Rowling, Jerry Seinfeld, Banksy, Computer Science, Pixar

How I Podcast: Broken Record’s Justin Richmond

The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s a rare medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs. We’ve asked some of our favorite podcast hosts and producers to highlight their workflows — the equipment and software they use to get the job done. The list so far includes: Crimi...
Tags: Podcasts, Entertainment, Alabama, Tech, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, New York Times, Italy, Podcasting, Michigan, Npr, Jack, Jack White, Detroit, Facetime, Richmond

Questlove Shares Hilarious Story About DJing for Obama at The White House

On the latest episode of their Broken Record podcast, Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin sit down with the one and only Questlove. In the two-part interview, Quest discusses working on D’Angelo’s Voodoo and the genius of Michael Jackson’s Off the Wall, the evolution of his drumming style and his tenure on the The Tonight Show, and much more. Read more after the jump… The highlight, however, is when Questlove talks about that time he DJed for Obama at The White House. It’s a story you might h...
Tags: Obama, Interviews, Montana, White House, Barack Obama, Jazz, Michael Jackson, Lol, D'angelo, Questlove, Malcolm Gladwell, The Roots, Rick Rubin, Donna Summer, Broken Record

The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds are coming to FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine

The Smashing Pumpkins and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have teamed up for a summer tour that also features rock band AFI. The jaunt kicks off on Aug. 8 in Camden, New Jersey and wraps in California with shows at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre (2050 Entertainment Circle) in Chula Vista on Aug. 28 and FivePoint Amphitheatre (14800 Chinon) in Irvine on Aug. 29. Tickets are $63-$143 and go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, March 29 at There is a Citi card...
Tags: Music, California, La, Sport, Yoko Ono, Things To Do, Soccer, Glendale, Noel Gallagher, LBC, Livenation, Concerts, Citi, Chula Vista, Rick Rubin, Irvine

The 'Search' For New Music Continues: Our Favorite Latin Songs This Week

This week's Alt.Latino roundup includes a flute-looped reggaeton dance between Sean Paul and J Balvin, Mula's lush production and a Santana jam produced by the legendary Rick Rubin.(Image credit: Courtesy of the artist)
Tags: News, Rick Rubin, Santana, Sean Paul, J Balvin Mula

Morgan Neville Talks Rick Rubin Documentary ‘Shangri-La,’ Mac Miller, More

Through his work with everyone from Tom Petty and Kanye West to Slayer and Johnny Cash and Adele, Rick Rubin is one of the very top producers of the past 35 years, spoken of in guru-like terms by virtually everyone who’s worked with him. Since he first burst onto the scene in the mid-1980s as […]
Tags: News, Kanye West, Slayer, Sxsw, Mac Miller, Johnny Cash, Rick Rubin, Tom Petty, Morgan Neville, Adele Rick Rubin

Trail Mix: New Albums and Rhiannon Giddens

New Albums by the musicians you want to listen to. Rhiannon Giddens Returns with New Collaboration, Our Native Daughters Rhiannon Giddens first emerged in the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, a popular acoustic trio that revived the underappreciated traditions of black string band music in the South. She’s since pivoted to a solo career and notably collaborated with T Bone Burnett, Marcus Mumford, and Jim James on The New Basement Tapes, a project that set new music to previou...
Tags: Music, Woody Guthrie, Sport, Chicago, Cycling, Bob Dylan, New Orleans, Nashville, Jim James, North Carolina, Ghana, Tulsa Oklahoma, Snider, Johnny Cash, John Prine, Rick Rubin

Here’s what you actually need in your home recording studio

Giant recording studios with millions of dollars worth of gear and gold records lining the walls incite a certain nostalgia in those of us who grew up in a time when Berry Gordy and Rick Rubin were as well known as the stars they produced. But those days are long gone, and those big studios no longer do much you can’t do at home. It’s 2019 now and it has never been easier or cheaper to build a home recording studio. Don’t get me wrong — it’s never been easier to spend a boatload of money on gear...
Tags: Startups, Music, Evergreen, Rick Rubin, Berry Gordy, Plugged

SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor Explains Distaste For Working with Rick Rubin, Praises Greg Fidelman

Taylor is no fan of "yes" men either. The post SLIPKNOT's Corey Taylor Explains Distaste For Working with Rick Rubin, Praises Greg Fidelman appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Taylor, Slipknot, Latest News, Corey Taylor, Rick Rubin, Greg Fidelman

Malcolm Gladwell and Rick Rubin Launch a New Music Podcast, Broken Record: Listen Online

This past month, Malcolm Gladwell (author), Rick Rubin (record producer), and Bruce Headlam (media desk editor of the New York Times) teamed up to launch Broken Record. It's a music podcast that doubles as "liner notes for the digital age." Or, as Gladwell tells Rolling Stone, it's "a kind of musical variety show." Some episodes offer an in-depth narrative. Others feature mini performances and interviews with musicians--plus an assortment of "digressions, arguments, back-stories, and random thi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Music, College, New York Times, Elvis Costello, Rolling Stone, Malcolm Gladwell, Leonard Cohen, Facebook Twitter, Rick Rubin, Gladwell, Niles Rodgers, Podcast Articles and Resources, Bruce Headlam

Black Album Released 15 Years Ago by Jay Z

15 years ago Jay Z released his eighth and supposed final album. Jay Z announced that the Black Album would be final project and went on a retirement tour to accompany it. The Black Album debuted #1 on the Billboard Charts as it sold over 460,000 copies during the first week. The Black Album was the follow-up of the Blueprint 2 project. As many know by now, Jay Z is one of the illest rappers to ever pick up a mic. The album didn’t feature any other rappers but had some of great producers on th...
Tags: Jay-z, Albums, Hip Hop, Eminem, Jazz, Pharrell, Timbaland, Rick Rubin, Black Album, Rick Rubin Timbaland

Smashing Pumpkins – “Knights Of Malta”

We're a week-and-a-half out from a new Smashing Pumpkins album, in case you forgot. The album, which has the very long title Shiny And Oh So Bright, Vol. 1 / LP: No Past. No Future. No Sun, finds Billy Corgan reuniting with James Iha, Jimmy Chamberlain, and Jeff Schroeder shortly after a recent … More »
Tags: Music, Billy Corgan, Malta, Jeff Schroeder, The Smashing Pumpkins, Rick Rubin, James Iha Jimmy Chamberlain

Rick Rubin Is Responsible For The Iconic SLAYER Eagle Logo

"Rubin helped come up with those ideas — and he's Jewish. People always complain, but we learned a long time ago to ignore that shit" The post Rick Rubin Is Responsible For The Iconic SLAYER Eagle Logo appeared first on Metal Injection.
Tags: Music, Slayer, Dave Lombardo, Kerry King, Tom Araya, Rick Rubin, Rubin, Jeff Hanneman, Today I Learned

Dierks Bentley talks mountain music, ice baths and headlining the Hollywood Bowl for the first time

For well over a decade Arizona-born country singer-songwriter Dierks Bentley has had his eye on playing the iconic Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles. As his career progressed, he played all around Southern California, starting with an outdoor set at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and then the Troubadour in West Hollywood. He played a slew of tiny clubs, taverns and bars before the hits stacked up, the awards started flowing in and he was able to break into sold-out nights at Honda Center ...
Tags: Music, Instagram, Colorado, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Things To Do, Soccer, Wyoming, Tennessee, Arizona, Long Beach, Nashville, Knox, John, Jordan

The Band Perry on Being Stuck in Label Limbo and Why They Left Country and Went Indie

The Band Perry have gone from dying young to feeling young again. For the sibling trio, it’s not so much about “going pop” as going independent — something they felt they needed to do after buying their way out of their country contract, but also after a brief spell of working with pop labels and […]
Tags: News, Perry, Rick Rubin, Big Machine Records, The Band Perry

The Band Perry Emerge Out of ‘Dark Period’ With Rick Rubin-Aided Electronic Sound (EXCLUSIVE)

Whatever happened to the Band Perry? After the hit sibling country trio made a controversial move into pop, the threesome suddenly disappeared completely off the radar, with even their social media accounts turning into ghost sites about a year ago. “Yes, it’s been the great mystery of our time,” says singer Kimberly Perry, maybe only […]
Tags: News, Perry, Rick Rubin, Kimberly Perry, The Band Perry, Big Machine

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Silvery Sometimes (Ghosts)”

The Smashing Pumpkins recently embarked on their Shiny And Oh So Bright reunion tour and celebrated their 30th anniversary with a show at PNC Bank Arts Center in New Jersey. The band also has a new album in the works, which was produced by Rick Rubin. We've heard one song from it already, … More »
Tags: Music, New Jersey, Billy Corgan, The Smashing Pumpkins, PNC Bank Arts Center, Rick Rubin

Death Magnetic Turns 10

It's difficult to talk about Death Magnetic, which turns 10 today, without talking about St. Anger. So let's start there. More »
Tags: Music, Metallica, The Anniversary, Rick Rubin

Spotify reveal the nominees for 2018’s Secret Genius Awards

After the success of last year’s inaugural Secret Genius Awards show, Spotify are back to celebrate the biggest inspirations and influences in music that are under-recognised – the Secret Geniuses. On November 16th Spotify return to celebrate the hidden driving forces behind some of the biggest music in the world. The Secret Genius Awards celebrate the most influential songwriters, producers and songwriters around the world behind some of the biggest hits and artists. As Spotify say, their “...
Tags: Spotify, Music, Montana, Nicki Minaj, Awards, America, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Portugal, Sam Smith, Artists, Portland, Kendrick Lamar, Bruno Mars, Liam Payne, Selena Gomez

Spotify Secret Genius Award Nominees 2018 [Full List]

Spotify's second annual Secret Genius Awards designed to the people behind the music -  songwriters, producers, engineers and even beat makers - will be hosted by NE-YO on November 16 at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles Mix Engineers.  2017's first Spotify Secret Genius Awards honored Rick Rubin as the Legendary Genius, Max Martin as producer of the year, J Kash as songwriter of the year and more with performances by Shawn Mendes, Halsey and PartyNextDoor. Last year, th...
Tags: Music, Montana, Nicki Minaj, America, Ed Sheeran, Justin Bieber, Portugal, Sam Smith, Portland, Kendrick Lamar, Streaming, Bruno Mars, Liam Payne, Selena Gomez, Rita Ora, Demi Lovato


This tweet reminded me that I wrote about DJ Danger Mouse’s much-lauded mash-up album, Grey Album (combining Jay-Z’s Black Album with The Beatles’ White Album) back in 2004 for the SF Bay Guardian. As their archives are still slowly being brought back into function, here’s the original copy I filed with my editor back then (enhanced with links to some of the songs but of course, The Grey Album isn’t available through any legit channels because of copyright). Shades of White  By Oliver Wang In l...
Tags: Music, Writing, Jay Z, The Beatles, Nas, Brooklyn, Hip-hop, Liverpool, Timbaland, Jay, San Francisco Bay, Lennon, Columbia Records, Lewis, Rick Rubin, Remixes

Ruen Brothers On World Cafe

Hear the story of how the brothers went from singing in the pubs of an old steel town outside London to recording at Rick Rubin's Shangri La Studios in Malibu.(Image credit: Senia Lopez/WXPN)
Tags: London, News, Malibu, Rick Rubin, Shangri La Studios, Ruen Brothers On World Cafe