Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon And Diplo Collaborate For Converse

ConverseConverse has a thing for musical collaborations and mashups. Many of their shoes are based on famous albums and artwork, and they’ve become well-known in recent years for their expanding Rubber Tracks recording project, which in many cases makes creative pairings of artists and producers. So it should come as no surprise that they’re once again geared up for this year’s SXSW, releasing a new collaboration from Frank Ocean, Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, and Diplo. The collaboration comes as part of Converse’s new Three Artists One Song series, and while this is technically four artists, one song, we’re guessing that Simonon and Jones are being counted as one for their time in The Clash. There’s even a few special guests on this one, courtesy of the West Los Angeles Children’s Choir. You can check out the new song, dubbed “Hero,” below.  (more…)

OurStage's 2013 Gift Guide

Are you one of those foolish people who thinks the holidays are about getting together with loved ones to share some laughs, eat a delicious meal, and make memories that you’ll cherish for the rest of your lives? HA. Sucker. The holidays exist for one reason: proving to your friends and family that you love them more than they love you with over the top spending on extravagant gifts. And with less than three weeks until Christmas day, time is running out to empty your bank account in the hopes of impressing the people in your life.

Luckily, we’re here to help. Welcome to OurStage’s 2013 gift-giving guide. If you have a music lover on your list this year, any of these items will be sure to impress, proving once and for all that you are the better friend/family member/lover. Merry merry, y’all.

1. Tickets

When it comes to buying presents for the music fan in your life, nothing is better than a pair of tickets to see their favorite band live. They get an unforgettable night of music with an artist they love, you get the joy of giving them a gift that’s also kind of for yourself. (“Oh my god, you want me to take the other ticket to the Neutral Milk Hotel show? It’s totally fine if you want to take someone else. Well, if you’re sure…”)

2. A record player

Sure, this whole vinyl revival has been going on for a few years now, but I’m pretty sure we all have that friend who has yet to give up their mp3 player because they think it’s just a fad. For as little as $50.oo you can get that uninformed goon a record player so that they, too, can become a pretentious pseudo-audiophile who gushes over how much warmer everything sounds on vinyl. It’s the gift that keeps on giving.
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R.I.P. Junior Murvin

Details have yet to emerge, but it’s been reported that reggae pioneer Junior Murvin died early this morning at his home in Port Antonio, Jamaica. He was believed to be approximately 64 years old (his birthdate is unclear), and word is that he was suffering from advanced diabetes.

Best known for his 1976 song “Police & Thieves,” Murvin worked with Lee “Scratch” Perry, among other big names in reggae, and helped the genre enter the popular mainstream in the ’70s. That song was covered the next year by The Clash on their self-titled LP, cementing Murvin as an influential reggae star, though he never achieved the same level of success with subsequent releases (and apparently was not a fan of the cover version).

“Tell my fans I wish the best for them and love them,” he said in one of his final interviews, “and I will always sing until my eyes are closed.”

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Soundtrax: Old Fashioned Punk-Rock

Soundtrax: Old Fashioned Punk-Rock by OurStage on Grooveshark

There’s nothing like a little old fashioned punk-rock to really get the blood flowing, am I right? It inspires raw emotion, feelings of pure chaos and undeniable passion. It harkens to the days when CBGB’s was an iconic rock club and not a high-end retailer. When the Chelsea Hotel housed artists of all kinds from Bob Dylan to Charles Bukowski, Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, and of course Sid Vicious.

I’ll tell you one thing. The Buzzcocks got it right when they sang “And although this may sound strange, my future and my past are presently disarranged” (a song coincidentally is on this playlist). Because right now, we’re taking you back to the ’70s, with a little dose of the ’80s, and present day for good measure. Rock on.

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Democracy For Anarchy: Judge For The Best Punk Song

We know it may seem contradictory, but somewhere in our Punk Channel is the ultimate anarchist, and we need your help to decide just who that is. Of all the bands competing, only one Grand Prize Winner will receive a year’s supply of Ernie Ball strings and accessories. So if you think you can spot the next Ramones, Sex Pistols, or Clash, then click here to start judging!

The EditoriaList: Ten Totally Righteous Covers

A friend of mine suggested some good ground rules for this one: You have to strip out covers of old blues tunes (sorry Stones and Beatles). Also strip out cover bands (sorry Joe Cocker and Nouvelle Vague) and cover [tribute] albums. He suggested “Police & Thieves,” with which I concur, as well as Souxie And The Banshees’ “Dear Prudence,” with which I do not. This could still be a huge, huge list, but these are some of the very best, in order.

 

10. Benny And The Jets “ Beastie Boys w/ Biz Markie (original by Elton John)

Benny And The Jets is my least favorite of Elton’s hits (I’m not counting anything after 1989, cause why would I?), but it is given a reason for existing here by The Biz, who was fucking around in the studio with The Beastie Boys, checking out old records, and decided to cut this version, where he slurs lyrics he clearly doesn’t know, ridiculous crowd noise included. Hilarity ensues.

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