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Iris North's Top Rock Albums Of 2016


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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.

David Bowie - Blackstar

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.

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Gimme Danger Trailer


As the trailer begins, you hear Jim Jarmusch announce that he's "in an undisclosed location interrogating Jim Osterberg (Iggy Pop) about The Stooges, the greatest rock 'n' roll band ever. 'Interrogating' is the perfect choice of words for Jarmusch to choose as nothing less would do justice to the severe impact The Stooges had on the rock scene. 

Raucous, loud, dangerous and unafraid to cross the boundaries, not only did Iggy Pop and the rest of the band embody rock, they also embraced an entirely new ethos that was being formed - in part by them - called punk.

Iggy Pop originally formed The Stooges as a blues band, but didn't want to stick to the traditional confines of the genre, he wanted to take the style in a whole new direction, so he and three of his friends began writing songs together. The eight tracks they'd originally compile included I Wanna Be Your Dog and the ten minute+ track We Will Fall. The record would be produced by the Velvet Underground's John Cale and go on to make The Stooges a name that's still recognised as one of the most important bands to come out of those early years of rock 'n' roll.

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Iggy Pop - Iggy Pop performing live in concert during his Post Pop Depression Tour at Fillmore Miami Beach at Fillmore Miami Beach - Miami Beach, Florida, United States - Tuesday 19th April 2016

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Blood Orange Trailer


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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Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression Album Review


Don't let the title fool you. Post Pop Depression is presented very deliberately as an Iggy Pop record, but, like the famous albums he made in Berlin with David Bowie, this is very much a collaborative effort and is all the stronger for it. 

Iggy Pop - Post Pop Depression Album Review

With Queens of the Stone Age's Josh Homme on production and guitar duties, his QOTSA bandmate Dean Fertita on bass, and Arctic Monkeys' Matt Helders on drums, this isn't quite an exhibition supergroup in the mould of Them Crooked Vultures, but rather a collection of accomplished musicians who have created a nuanced record, by turns brooding and buoyant, which bears the hallmarks of its creators.

It was Homme who Pop approached to bring the album into existence, and his fingerprints in particular are all over this record from the get go. The creeping minor-key guitar riffs of brilliant opener 'Break Into Your Heart' bring to mind Lullabies to Paralyze-era QOTSA, and 'American Valhalla' opens with tinkling toy piano which gives way to a lurching bass riff in a manner vividly reminiscent of 'Tangled Up in Plaid'. In this context, even Pop's baritone growl doesn't sound a million miles away from that of longtime Queens collaborator Mark Lanegan.

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Iggy Pop And Josh Homme Announce Collaboration Album 'Post Pop Depression'


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Punk veteran Iggy Pop and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme have revealed that they’ve recorded an album together, and are planning to release it in the next few months.

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?”

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Iggy Pop - Iggy Pop performs live at the Los Angeles premiere of 'Ash vs. Evil Dead' at TCL Chinese Theatre - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 28th October 2015

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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

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Iggy Pop - Celebrities at the BBC Radio 2 studios at BBC Portland Place - London, United Kingdom - Friday 10th October 2014

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Iggy Pop, Jimmy Page, Ringo Star and John Varvatos - John Varvatos first European store launch - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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Iggy Pop and Nina Alu - Celebrities leaving The Langham Hotel to attend the GQ Men of the Year Awards - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 3rd September 2014

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Iggy Pop and Nina Alu - GQ Men of the Year Awards held at the Royal Opera House - Arrivals - London, United Kingdom - Tuesday 2nd September 2014

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Iggy Pop and Nina Alu

Amnesty Say Sorry For Using Iggy Pop’s Face On Anti-Torture Campaign


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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 PopIggy Pop is yet to comment on Amnesty's campaign

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Iggy Pop Plays Joy Division Classics With New Order At Tibet Concert


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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). 

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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.

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Iggy Pop - Iggy Pop and the Stooges perform live at Ippodromo delle Capannelle - Milan, Italy - Thursday 11th July 2013

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Iggy and The Stooges - West Coast Blues and Roots Festival - Fremantle, Australia - Saturday 23rd March 2013

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Iggy Pop and Hard Rock Calling Friday 13th July 2012 Iggy and the Stooges performing live Hard Rock Calling in Hyde Park - Day 1

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Kesha and Iggy Pop Ke$ha posted this image on Twitter with her arms around Iggy Pop

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Iggy Pop Saturday 21st April 2012 Iggy Pop appears on his 65th Birthday as the official Record Store Day Ambassador during National Record Store Day at Sweat Records

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Iggy Pop and Primal Scream - Iggy and The Stooges Thursday 7th July 2011 at Optimus Alive! Alges, Portugal

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Iggy Pop Sunday 3rd July 2011 Chester Rocks 2011 at Chester Racecourse - Day 2 Chester, England

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Iggy Pop - Saturday 2nd July 2011 at The Hop Farm Festival Kent, England

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New York Doll Review


Good
The New York Dolls represent a curiosity in the history of rock music, a band that influenced many but never made a huge mark on its own. This small documentary tracks the rise and fall of the Dolls, focusing on Arthur "Killer" Kane, who became a Mormon after bottoming out of his drug addiction. Eventually the Dolls reunite to play a rough show, though "staging a comeback" is an awfully nice way to put it. If you're a fan of the group (or of enigmatic leader David Johansen, whose face now appears to be melting off his head), you'll enjoy the film. Others may not care enough to see it through.

Snow Day Review


Very Good
It's tough for a Texas boy to relate to the concept of a snow day. We had the occasional sleet day or hurricane day, sure, but snow? Whether you live in the tundra or not, I'm sure everyone can relate to the real story of Snow Day, the tale of a boy who pines for the school beauty, a girl far above his station with whom he never has a shot.

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.

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Snow Day Review


Weak

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.

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Coffee & Cigarettes Review


Good

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.

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Iggy Pop

Date of birth

21st April, 1947

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.71






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