With the eerily realistic resurrection of Tupac via hologram at Coachella this past weekend, we couldn't help but imagine what it would be like to see more of our favorite lost legends come back to life. What we'd pay to see them in the flesh (kinda) once more! This is an open letter to the Hologram Gods, here's a list of icons you need to get to work on next. Chop chop.
10. Kurt Cobain/Nirvana
Ah, Courtney Love. The mere mention of the shameless rocker's name alone constitutes an automatic shaking of the head. Or at least it does for me. And yet, she is just so deliciously entertaining to watch...
What is the Hole frontwoman talking about now?
This time, actually, she talks to Vanity Fair about her late husband - Kurt Cobain of grunge band Nirvana. His apparent "suicide" in 1994 has affected not only rock fans everywhere, but the entire music industry as well. Their most popular album, Nevermind (1991), has become a cultural icon. Left behind are his wife and their now 19-year-old daughter Frances Bean Cobain.
What started with Milli Vanilli has mouthed its way to Steve Angello.
Yes, we are talking about the great art of lip-synching.
But the little monger can't even be called finger-ing (...?), as Steve Angello makes no attempts to hide his utter disinterest behind the decks. (But hey, when the crowd is barricaded nearly 15 feet away behind a haze of smoke and stupor, what's the need for animated antics?) Steve smokes a cigarette, twist five knobs and half-heartedly pumps his palms in the air to pal Axwell's arguably awesome remix of Temper Trap's Sweet Disposition. After that, he turns his back to the crowd as he slicks his ponytail and tosses a drink, for his assistant to pick up. Cocky artist or tired professional?
A book written by Nick Strauss called Everybody Loves You When You’re Dead has revealed that the Hole singer wanted to snort her lover Kurt Cobain's ashes.
The author of the book, Strauss, claims that she tried to get him to inhale the ashes of Nirvana's leader.
He told RadarOnline: “She actually said she would offer his ashes to me first to snort and then said she would like them."
"Too bad you don't do coke," Love said, according to Strauss. "Otherwise I'd suggest taking a metal straw to it."
The ashes finally remained unsnorted...
Recently, Rolling Stone magazine released a top 10 list for the best albums of the 90's. What made the list special was that the readers of Rolling Stone were the ones deciding who made the cut.
The 90's is and will forever be known as the grunge-era, spawning popular bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Radiohead, Alice in Chains, and more. It was a drastically different era of music, and one that, essentially, changed the way we view music today.
The albums that were released during the time are still some of the most popular and best selling.
"They don't want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix !!!" Kanye's been recently tweeting his last album cover, complaining it had been banned in the USA. The Mc is just about to finish his Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and already creates a scandal. That is what I call free advertising.
What does the art cover look like ? We have here a black male with a quite scary smile discovering the pleasures of pilates with a white chick he calls his "phoenix". And he is probably not drinking tea.
The Bad Plus, a revolutionary trio in the world of modern jazz, played their second show in the United States since the start of their fall tour, and the first show since the September 14th release of their new album Never Stop.
Embracing diversity as their strong point, and although Never Stop consists entirely of original tracks, Bad Plus has gained critical acclaim from their renditions of well-known rock songs just as Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit."
With a jaw-dropping, incredibly in-sync stage presence, the band wow-ed the Lower East Side crowd at the Bowery Ballroom this past weekend, following their solo opener Sam Newsome, whose flawless circular breathing techniques and slow, modest conversations with the crowd made him just as impressive as the feature act.
She’s got you dancing in the club and in your car, singing the hook on “Bass Down Low” and “Like A G6” with The Cataracs and The Far East Movement. She’s since recorded a music video for her latest single, “Booty Bounce.” There’s no denying that this little girl is leaving a big impression.
You’ve been described as a small town girl with a big city attitude; what’s the road been like from the small town to the big city?
It’s been fun. It’s been crazy, but it’s been fun. I’m doing what I love! I came from a really small town and now I am in LA recording music. It’s so crazy, you can imagine.
Describe your “Aha!” moment. When did you know that music was what you wanted to pursue?
I’ve always loved music but I think my first one of those was the first time I performed. I opened up for The Pack at The Knitting Factory in LA. It was my first time doing my set, I was absolutely terrified. Then I thought to myself, “I’m about to shit on everybody!” I went out and did it, and I’ve tried to keep that mentality since. After coming to LA, I was just like, “I need to do more of this. I need to step it up.” Performing is my favorite thing in the world.
Outside of music, where do you draw inspiration?
A lot of different things! I’m inspired by the sounds of the city, fashion, different people, situations in my life. The city inspires me. Right now, my music is fun, but as I grow, my music will too. I’ve been through a lot of different situations and stages in my life, which has made me indecisive and sporadic. I’ll wake up tomorrow wanting to do one thing and I’ll want a different sound on another day. I like mixing it up! I just want to be heard throughout the entire world; that would be cool.
You’ve said visuals are important to you. How do you incorporate this into your craft?
The fashion aspect has been really important to me. I can’t really bring it out in the studio or when I’m writing, but I love to play around with it when I can. My videos for “Fireball” and “Booty Bounce” have given me that opportunity. Hellz Bellz hooks it up too, they’re my homies.
You have a fierce image. Have you always been this fierce or did you create your image over time?
I’ve been through so many different stages growing up and I feel like now it’s all kind of come together. I don’t think about it as much, but I know I am a lot more comfortable with who I am now. I also have more opportunity to play around with my image now, and have fun with it, whereas before I was in LA my friends would be like, “There’s Dev again in her crazy shit!”
Growing up who were your favorite artists? Who are you listening to now?
I know I keep saying this but I went through a lot of different stages. I went from grunge to indie-rock to hip-hop to rap. I loved Nirvana, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Eminem. Right now I listen to The Cataracs a lot, because we all live together! I also have Crystal Castles in my car right now; they are really good.
You’re the girl that gets the party started. What’s a night out like with Dev?
Oh Gosh! Shit! A night out with me—brace yourself! Bring water because you’ll need to stay hydrated. I live with The Cataracs and we are always getting into random shit. Alcohol is always involved! Poppin bottles—we have fun.
Who would you really like to get in the studio with?
Nicki Minaj. There’s a lot of female artists out right now who are kind of on the whole, pop-rap thing you know? But she’s stunning on all of them. I’d love to work with her; I think we could do something really cool together.
What has you experience been like as a female in this business?
Being a female is tough in this industry. There’s a lot of men. The first thing people want to do is be like, “Oh, she didn’t think of that herself.” But I did. Also, there’s a lot of pressure, like “Show ass!” “Show boobs!”, but I’m not trying to sell sex. That’s not me. I’m trying to hold it down for the girls—I can roll with the boys and keep it sexy without all that.
Three things you can absolutely not live without. Ready, go.
Aw fuck! One, my cell phone. Two, chocolate. Three, my family—my sisters hold me down. They keep me in the place. I’ll talk to them and they’ll be like, “Dev, you ain’t shit!”
What advice would you give to other aspiring female songwriters/musicians?
It’s hard to not be influenced by the male in this industry. Stay true to yourself. You can’t let one thing knock you down. You can’t give up. You’ve got to keep hustin’, keep grindin’. Eventually, the grindin’ will pay off. That goes for all females, whatever you do, just be the baddest bitch you can be at it. Remember that keeping you first is important.
What can we expect next from you?
Well, I’m in the process of recording and doing as many shows as possible. I’m constantly writing and in the studio. Tours and new music, watch out!
Peter Gabriel has long been a monster in the music biz, immortalizing himself with hits like "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," and "In Your Eyes". It's the former Genesis lead singer's place in the classic rock canon that makes his most recent album so surprising: a cover album. And among the classic rock hits he reinvents (Bowie, The Kinks, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Neil Young), Gabriel also pays homage to the present indie scene. The list includes Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, The Magnetic Fields, and Arcade Fire. There's also some Radiohead in there, too - something I never thought I'd hear from Mr. Gabriel.