More proof that being a DJ is the best job in the world, Game of Thrones actor Kristian Nairn has announced a Rave of Thrones tour of Australia this August and September.
Before you think here comes another actor-turned-DJ for a night or two, Nairn, who plays the giant from Winterfell, has a second career as a successful DJ back in his native Northern Ireland and has performed with Scissor Sisters, among others. And he knows people that can kill you (and least on the show).
Elaine Stritch died at age 89 on July 17th. In 2013, Alec sat down with the stage and screen veteran who, among many famous roles, played his mother Colleen Donaghy on 30 Rock.
Stritch tells Alec about her transition from the Sacret Heart Convent and finishing school to finding herself in the New York theater classes sitting between Walter Matthau and Marlon Brando. Stritch has been performing for nearly 70 years, but just a couple weeks ago, she moved home to Birmingham, Michigan. As Elaine tells Alec, she doesn’t “want to pretend anymore.”
Benji B tells the story of hip-hop legend Q-Tip – founding member of A Tribe Called Quest. Hear from Q-Tip at length as well as Pharrell, Nas, The Pharcyde and more.
Due to heavy rotation on commercials and trailers, Imagine Dragon’s “Radioactive” the song became known in the industry as a sleeper hit, peaking at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, and has so far spent more than a year and a half on that chart. It became their first top 10 single, and also broke the record for slowest ascension to the Top 5 in chart history. The faster you go up on the charts, the faster you usually go back down again, and because this took so long to get into the Top 5, it currently holds the record for most weeks spent on the Billboard Hot 100 at 87 weeks.
It was the third best selling song of 2013, and was also the No. 3 song on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2013, ending the year behind “Thrift Shop” and “Blurred Lines.”
Listen to Sting’s isolated bass track from The Police’s “Message In A Bottle.” The single was The Police’s first number one hit in the UK Singles Chart, but only reached number 74 in the United States. This is Sting’s favourite song, he admits.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, 13 Grammy Awards as well as the Grammy Legend Award and the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, 26 American Music Awards, more than any other artist, including the “Artist of the Century” and “Artist of the 1980s”; 13 number-one singles in the United States in his solo career, more than any other male artist in the Hot 100 era; and the estimated sale of over 400 million records worldwide. Michael Jackson’s legendary status in music is set for a long, long time.
All of that aside, check out these isolated vocals from him. Mind. Blown.
José Contreras releases his self-titled, debut solo album on Tuesday, July 8th via Squirtgun Records. The album is comprised of stripped down and reworked versions of songs drawn from the By Divine Right catalogue. Quick Before it Melts has premiered the first single, “Past The Stars.”
While recording By Divine Right’s critically acclaimed Organized Accidents in 2013, José was fatefully reunited with producer and past collaborator Lee Maslin. For years, Lee had wondered why José hadn’t recorded a solo album and when he posed the question José simply replied that no one had ever asked him to.
The pair subsequently retreated to José’s Chicano Power studio in rural Caledon, Ontario for a day and a half of intensive recording. Without the support and constraints of a rock band, the duo approached the recording directly with an emphasis on capturing José’s voice and the natural atmospherics of the room and the surrounding environment. The resultant record is full of nocturnal warmth and a welcoming vulnerability that comforts with quiet confidence. The sparse arrangements of these old and new songs echo their isolated, almost secretive, nature, producing an album of solitary hymns lightly circled with improvisation.
No stranger to evolution, José Miguel Contreras has been the sole sun of By Divine Right around which an impressive list of over 30 musicians has orbited for over 25 years. Producing nine albums and countless tours, his commitment to collaboration, process and experimentation has created a legacy of inspiration in the Canadian music community that continues to grow every year.
José Contreras Track Listing:
01. Listen To My Angels
03. Psychic Radio
04. Silver Thread
05. Past the Stars
06. Help Me Find a Place to Land
07. Twisted Crystalline
08. She Knows
09. I Want Light
10. Kick This Bummer
From Stones Throw: “Curated by Peanut Butter Wolf, Stones Throw is releasing a 4LP boxset to commemorate the late MC, Charizma and the collection of works he and Peanut Butter Wolf created between 1990-1993. The anthology includes rare, classic and unreleased tracks that makes up eight sides of vinyl, along with never before seen photos and ephemera.”
This is great! Nice one, DJ not-I.
Def Leppard’s classic “Photograph” appeared on their 1983 album Pyromania and featured the triple guitar attack of the late Steve Clark , Phil Collen, and Pete Willis, the latter of whom would leave the band prior to the album’s release. The track went to #1 on on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 while the album would sell over 10 million copies in the US, and set up their massive Hysteria album.