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2016 has been an interesting year for music, often making headlines for the wrong reasons instead of the right ones.
Some great bands made awful albums and other surprising bands put out great work.
Putting this list together was pretty hard work and near misses on the top ten go to CRX, Banks and Steelz, Suede and We Cut Corners who all produced decent records. Next year is already shaping up to be a cracking year with releases planned for Queens of the Stone Age, Soundgarden, Beck and Father John Misty, but for now, here are my top records of 2016:
Continue reading: Ben Walton's Top Ten Albums Of 2016
Ten antidotes to the malaise that was 2016.
Rock royalty deaths easily earned the "least favorite musical moments of 2016" award. Despite the loss of talented artists, the music that came into being in 2016 had quite a few highlights. Here are ten enjoyable, rock-oriented albums, arranged chronologically, ranging from contemporary radio pop to underground hardcore thrash.
Jan. 8, 2016: The year's first entry is David Bowie's immaculate and stunning finale, "Blackstar". An eclectic mix of art rock, modern jazz, and honest pop, the seven songs (five new, two re-recorded) provide a solemn glimpse into the perspective of someone facing their final days on Earth. "Blackstar" may have been Bowie's final recording before his death, but his estate has fortunately planned that it will not be the last for this immortal, genre defining artist.
Continue reading: Iris North's Top Rock Albums Of 2016
Gabriel Alcala - Gabriel Alcala of Jacuzzi Boys performs as the opening act for Iggy Pop Post Pop Depression Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach at Fillmore Miami Beach - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Tuesday 19th April 2016
Bill's life as a rock n' roll star seems like a distant memory, he's no longer the talk of the town and now leads a more sedentary life in Spain with his significantly younger partner, Isabella. Living remotely, the couple live a life that more suits Bill rather than Isabella and her promiscuous ways.
When one of Isabella's ex-lovers tracks her down and pays her a visit, he requests that Isabella repays money that he believes is rightfully his. Isabella is reluctant to give in to his demands and soon the three are caught in a complicated tryst which no one looks like they'll come out from unscathed.
Blood Orange is a psychological thriller which sees Iggy Pop play the role of Bill. Iggy has appeared in a number of films before but this is his first lead role.
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Recorded in secret at the end of 2015, 'Post Pop Depression' will be out on March 18th, with a short tour planned for the same time.
Recorded in secrecy in both of Homme’s studios – one in Joshua Tree and the other in Pink Duck, Los Angeles – with the help of Arctic Monkeys’ drummer Matt Helders and Homme’s QOTSA bandmate Dean Fertita on guitars, Post Pop Depression is set for release on March 18th.
Speaking to the New York Times, Iggy said that the record’s themes were informed by his own advancing age and the idea of usefulness in modern society. “What happens after your years of service? And where is the honour?”
Zach McGowan , Guest - STARZ presents the Los Angeles premiere of 'Ash Vs Evil Dead' - Arrivals at TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 28th October 2015
The human rights group have expressed their contrition, but that was probably the plan all along
Amnesty International have apologised for using the likeness of Iggy Pop on an anti-torture campaign in Belgium.
The poster featured The Stooges frontman as a battered, bruised figure, quoting him as saying Justin Bieber was "the future of rock and roll". It also carried the slogan: "Torture a man and he will tell you anything."
Iggy Pop is yet to comment on Amnesty's campaign
Continue reading: Amnesty Say Sorry For Using Iggy Pop’s Face On Anti-Torture Campaign
Remembering The Stooges drummer who passed away on Saturday.
In the words of his Stooges bandmate Iggy Pop, Scott Asheton ‘left a huge legacy to the world’. The 64 year old drummer of the influential early punk band died on Saturday (March 15, 2014) leaving the music world in mourning. As stars line up to pay their respects we remember The Stooges drummer and the music he left behind.
Scott Asheton (in baseball cap), alongside Iggy Pop at The Stooges Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction
'Scott Asheton passed away. Stooges albums on full’, the words tweeted by Black Flag’s Henry Rollins after learning of the death of Scott Asheton. Like Rollins, many fans and famous admirers have taken to twitter to express their feelings on not only the drummer but what the music of The Stooges meant to them. The band have taken on legendary status since their formation in 1967 when Asheton, his brother Ron, Dave Alexander and the then James Osterberg, better known as Iggy Pop came together to change rock and roll.
Continue reading: Raw Power: Remembering The Stooges Drummer Scott Asheton
Iggy Pop has paid tribute to the late Stooges drummer Scott Asheton.
Iggy Pop has led the tributes to his late friend and band-mate, The Stooges drummer Scott Asheton, who has died aged 64. Pop confirmed the news on his Facebook page on Sunday (March 16, 2014), saying, "He was like my brother. I have never heard anyone play the drums with more meaning."
Iggy Pop Has Paid Tribute To His Friend and Bandmate Scott Asheton
Asheton was an integral part of the pioneering punk band The Stooges from their early says in Detroit in the late 1960s. His bother Ron - with whom he co-founded the band - died in 2009.
Continue reading: Iggy Pop Says Farewell To "Dear Friend" Scott Asheton
Iggy Pop performed with New Order at the Tibet show in New York.
Iggy Pop was backed by New Order for a rendition of classic JOY DIVISION tracks including Love Will Tear Us Apart at the 24th Annual Tibet House US Benefit Concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on Tuesday night (March 11, 2014).
Iggy Pop Played 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' With New Order
New Order were always slated to appear at the concert, but gig-goers were treated to a surprise appearance from Iggy, who played frontman for the evening. Bernard Sumner and other members of the current New Order guise backed the punk legend through the set, which raised money for a charity that fights to preserve Tibetan culture.
Continue reading: Iggy Pop Plays Joy Division Classics With New Order At Tibet Concert
Iggy Pop is set for two Christmas shows.
He’s not exactly associated with Christmas, but Iggy Pop will be hosting two special festival shows on BBC 6Music.
It’s all part of a line up that includes Mick Jones and Paul Simonon of The Clash and Metallica's Lars Ulrich. Christmas Day will herald his first show; it’s called Rockin' Rebels and will be followed by an interview with Metallica drummer Ulrich, which is part of Matt Everitt's ‘The First Time’.
Then it’s New Year’s Day. Iggy’s show, on the first day of 2014 is called Heartbreak and Heartaches. The BBC said the shows would offer an "exclusive insight into the mind of one of the most influential rock stars of the last 40 years".
Continue reading: Iggy Pop Is Hitting The Radio Waves With BBC 6Music
Check out the trailer for the punk film below
The highly anticipated movie surrounding New York’s infamous CBGB club is getting closer, and we’ve got some fantastic film stills to whet your punk-rock appetite. Rupert Grint stars alongside his Harry Potter nemsis Alan Rickman who portrayed Professor Snape, the man who terrorized his best friend Harry for years at Hogwarts.
Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal in CBGB
The ginger actor plays Dead Boys' guitarist Cheetah Chrome Elsewhere, Taylor Hawkins is Iggy Pop, Malin Åkerman is Debbie Harry, Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner is Patti Smith and Twilight actress Ashley Greeneis Kristal's daughter Lisa.
Cautious praise for Stooges fifth album
Iggy Pop by rights should be long dead by now, given the rock and roll lifestyle he’s led during near 50 years of pushing his body to the limit in the name of punk, so is the title of Iggy & The Stooges latest album Ready To Die a pretty apt summary as to how Iggy currently feels? And more to the important, do the critics agree with him?
Well, the praise has been cautiously positive though by no means out and out superlative from the press so far. Let’s start with the negative and the Irish Times, which writes “These songs are painfully average, even clichéd at times; Ready to Retire might have been a more accurate title.” It’s kind of crazy that, despite Iggy’s long solo career, this is actually only the fifth album for the proto-punk group, since their ground breaking 1969 album The Stooges. The Guardian comments “Ready to Die becomes really good when he stops trying. It feels an odd thing to say about a Stooges album, but the best moments are the ballads, which have a power and sincerity lacking elsewhere.”
However, Clash Music said “A time-bridging release that stands as an essential and timely reminder of just how rock ‘n’ roll ought to be played” while Rolling Stone comment “Iggy is ... in blunt f*ck-you and just-try-to-kill-me form.”
Continue reading: Iggy And The Stooges Ready Or Die Faces The Critics
With a stage set inside the bands trademark open-lips logo, The Rolling Stones put on an impressive display at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Centre on Saturday night (December 8, 2012). The band may have 50 years of writing and performing under their belts but their stamina (especially that of their lively frontman Mick Jagger) seems not to have abated.
Writing for New York Times, Ben Ratliff’s humorous description of Jagger’s onstage movements perfectly sum up that unique stage presence that he has: “during the show’s two and a quarter hours, he never stopped,” writes Ratliff. “In running shoes and stretchy black clothes he bounced on his toes with knees slightly bent and swinging independently of each other, like a woman in high heels trying to walk in more than one direction.”
Once more, the band was joined onstage by Mary J Blige, who performed ‘Gimme Shelter’ with them and the performance itself was preceded by a montage of clips from various celebrities and musicians expressing their adulation for the Stones. One choice comment came from the garage rock legend Iggy Pop, who said that hearing Keith Richards play guitar back in the late 1960s “felt like being hit with a dead mackerel.” The Barclays Centre was part of the band’s ’50 And Counting’ tour, a celebration of their 50 years of existence. Next, the band will perform at the Prudential Centre in Newark.
Sadly, producer, director, and "experiencer" Arquette did exactly one thing well: the title. All We Are Saying is appropriately a dull, bloated gab marathon. And since she didn't clear the featured artists' music for the movie, it's all talk, no song, not even a few bars from a stage performance. Imagine The Aristocrats without the joke, stretched out over 105 minutes.
Continue reading: All We Are Saying Review
Jarmusch enlists a diverse cast of indie stars and former colleagues for this modest ensemble, but his uncharacteristically wheezy writing frequently undermines the film's wry humor. Cate Blanchett, in a dual performance, plays an arrogant version of herself as well as her skuzzy, jealous cousin, but the piece's portrait of jealousy and resentment loses steam after you become accustomed to seeing the actress talk to herself. Similarly, The White Stripes' Meg and Jack White provide a brief lesson on inventor Nikola Tesla's Tesla Coil, but save for the creepy, Mao Tse-tung-inspired portrait of Lee Marvin hanging on the wall behind them, the skit is nothing more than an overly long non sequitur. And even a brief appearance by Steve Buscemi can't rescue an insipid bit about two argumentative African-American twins talking racial politics in a Memphis diner.
Continue reading: Coffee And Cigarettes Review
On the right side of the tracks lives the virginal Allison (Amy Locane), all blond hair and crinoline skirts. Her grandmother, Mrs. Vernon-Williams, runs a charm school and is the local dictator of good taste and deportment. Her idea of fun is to host talent shows where "square" teens sing "Mr. Sandman" in barbershop harmony.
Continue reading: Cry-Baby Review
Maybe we can relate a little too well. This story has literally been done to death (it feels practically like a remake of 1995's Angus), but at least Snow Day is reasonably funny along the way. Thanks to the movie's "fresh new stars," Snow Day feels newer than it should. And thanks to leading kids Mark Webber (Drive Me Crazy) and Schuyler Fisk (daughter of Sissy Spacek), the movie has a lot of charm and heart.
Continue reading: Snow Day Review
Somehow, the kid movie genre made it all the way to 2000 without a feature about rugrats running rampant in celebration of snow-closed schools. It's such a great idea that it's hard to imagine nobody thought of it before.
Alas, nobody did. So now enter "Snow Day," a production of kiddie cable network Nickelodeon, in which a band of neighborhood children resolve once and for all to defeat their most wicked adversary -- the sinister Snow Plow Man (Chris Elliott), who takes great glee clearing the roads so efficiently that the kids never get two days off in a row.
This winter, the kids (lead by young Zena Grey, "The Bone Collector") vow to do whatever it takes -- snowball fights, dirty tricks, laying traps, playing chicken with the giant plow and even kidnapping the plow man's scary pet bird -- to get that second snow day.
Continue reading: Snow Day Review
Not unlike his cigar-shop patter with Harvey Keitel in "Blue in the Face," the great American filmmaker Jim Jarmusch has now released a feature length collection of café-style conversation. It consists of eleven semi-fictional segments, the first three of which were released as short films in 1986, 1989 and 1993 respectively. In each, various agents of cool meet at cafes for the title beverage and its symbiotic smokes.
The participants can be as well known as Stephen Wright, Roberto Benigni, Tom Waits, Iggy Pop, Cinque and Joie Lee, Steve Buscemi, Steve Coogan, Alfred Molina, Bill Murray, the RZA and the GZA, or, like the gorgeous Renee French, they can be unknown to everyone except Jarmusch and a small cache of insiders. No less a talent than Cate Blanchett appears opposite herself, playing both a movie star and the movie star's lesser-known cousin.
Nothing much holds the eleven segments together, other than their luscious black-and-white photography -- shot by several different cinematographers over the years -- that only emphasizes the eternal coolness of smart people sitting around and talking about nothing. Certain lines of dialogue pop up more than once, and more often than not the talkers don't really connect on either a verbal or spiritual level; most of the conversations are lively disagreements. None of the world's problems gets solved.
Continue reading: Coffee & Cigarettes Review
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