From a funky revolution to the Grammys, here’s what’s orbiting our musical universe this week…
A Hot New Album…
Periphery, “Juggernaut: Alpha” and “Juggernaut: Omega”
Periphery, a six member, progressive metal band released their twin albums on January 27th of this year. Recently they’ve faced criticism from fans saying the album sounds like hip-hop material. Hip-hop or metal, doesn’t matter to us, these albums are HOT right now.
Black History Month Spotlight…
With the Grammy hangover still lingering, McKinley Morganfield, AKA Muddy Waters, AKA “father of modern Chicago blues” fits right in having won six awards in the Best Ethnic or Traditional Folk Recording category.
Take a listen to “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man”, one of four songs nominated by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to be included in the “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”.
Classic Music Videos of the Week…
OK Go, “White Knuckles”
OK Go has over 10 million views on their 2010 released video for “White Knuckles”. Two years later they released a 3D version that only has 700 thousand views. Buy yourself some 3D specs and watch this vid again.
Tenacious D, “Tribute”
Jack Black and Kyle Gass, you might have a decent moneymaker idea with the mall recording studios you use in this video. Dave Grohl also features as Satan in this wacky production.
Electric Six, “Gay Bar”
Lead vocalist, Dick Valentine says their music is usually “about absolutely nothing”. This one; it’s ‘bout ‘Merica.
Notable from the Grammys…
AC/DC Grammys Performance, “Highway to Hell” and “Rock or Bust”
Over 40 years ago AC/DC blessed us with raspy voices and mean instrumentals. They remain the best option to open the 2015 Grammys.
Our Favorite Band Names (continued)…
The String Cheese Incident
Rock, electronica, reggae, and jazz are just a few of the many, many genres covered by The String Cheese Incident. Let’s be grateful for the dairy fiasco that led this band to be formed back in 1993.
Fair Warning: their music can make you feel uncomfortable at times… but in a “bob your head really fast” kind of way.
A Recent Music Trend…
A Funky Revolution
Funk music came to its creation in the 1960s as a rhythmic cousin to the rock and roll world. Think of it as the original “drum n bass,” as it won over fans with steady percussive beats and driving bass lines. By the time it came to fruition in the early 1970s artists like James Brown had already paved the way for newcomers such as Stevie Wonder and the Commodores.
In an interview with GQ in 2014, A-Trak (DJ, Producer) voiced his belief that there would be a revival of funky music throughout the United States. Nearly a year after the interview it seems like A-Trak might have been on to something. This week, Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” ft. Bruno Mars tops out Billboard’s “Hot 100” for a second consecutive time and overall has earned the top spot in 21 countries.
And In Case You Missed It…
We get it, you’re busy. The Grammys only come once a year and you’re always stuck at Sunday dinner with Grandma. As a music connoisseur you deserve to know how many awards Iggy Azalea won so here’s MTV’s complete list of this year’s winners.
Joey Fernandez is a music writer from New York’s strongest island. Drop him a line at firstname.lastname@example.org