Thurston Moore Gets Brutal With Black Metal Super Group

Though Sonic Youth’s status as a band is unknown (and let’s be fair, the outlook is pretty grim), Thurston Moore has been keeping himself very busy in the meantime with a number of different projects. First, there’s Moore’s new William S. Borroughs-inspired band Chelsea Light Moving. Moore also did a record with ex-wife Kim Gordon and Yoko Ono, YOKOKIMTHURSTON, that is waiting for a release date. But those musical moves are right in Moore’s wheelhouse. Who would’ve thought that the indie rock icon would go black metal?

That’s right, Thurston Moore is the newest member of Twilight, a seven member super group whose current roster includes members of Leviathan, Kreig, and IsisBlake Judd, a member of Twilight and the frontman of Nachtmystium, noted his excitement in collaborating with Moore during an interview with The 1st Five. “I had Sonic Youth records when I was twelve. And to now know that, not only am I having a dialogue with this person about anything, but dude’s gonna join a band I started, and it’s like¦whoah,” said Judd.

It’s hard for any news surrounding Moore to come completely out of left field; the indie rock icon has expressed an appreciation for black metal in the past. “I didn’t really start listening to black metal until maybe the last 10 years or something,” Moore said in an interview with Decibel Magazine in 2009. “I was into certain things, like the first Burzum record. I remember buying that in Scandinavia after I’d read about it somewhere.”

It is unknown at press time if Moore will be donning corpse paint for live performances.

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Discourse & Dischord

The Good

President Obama is sexy (and he knows it)

Who woulda thought that President Obama was such a big LMFAO fan? Turns out he’s been surreptitiously dropping lyrics to Sexy and I Know It into all his speeches. As long as he doesn’t collaborate with Madonna, we’re OK with it. Watch the Commander in Chief bring sexy back below.

Deadmau5 taps fan to collaborate

The Internet has elevated many things to a whole new level: spying on your exes, indulging your cat obsession and, in this case, interacting with your favorite musician. Deadmau5, otherwise known as Joel Zimmerman, streamed an unfinished track on his Web site to give fans a listen to the songwriting process. One industrious follower tweeted the DJ a vocal track, and Zimmerman liked it so much he promised to add it into the song. Oh Internet, will your powers ever cease to amaze? Watch the magic happen below.

The Bad

Jerry Lee Lewis marries for seventh time, to cousin’s ex-wife

File under gross: Jerry Lee Lewis, who is now seventy-six years old, got married to his seventh wife ¦ wait for it ¦ who also happens to be the ex-wife of his own cousin, Rusty Brown. But there’s more! Cousin Rusty is the younger brother of Myrna Gale Brown, who married Lewis when she was only thirteen years old. Lets hope this latest dysfunctional marriage cools those great balls of fire once and for all.

Earl Scruggs dies

Bluegrass pioneer Earl Scruggs passed away this week from natural causes at an area hospital in Nashville. He was eighty-eight years old. Scruggs, along with Bill Monroe and Lester Flatt, formed the most influential bluegrass acts of all time”the Blue Grass Boys. Scruggs is credited with popularizing the three-finger style of banjo playing. He went on to play with Flatt in the Foggy Mountain Boys (later known as Flatt and Scruggs). His hits”which include the theme song to The Beverly Hillbillies and Bonnie and Clyde”helped bring bluegrass to mainstream audiences. R.I.P.

The Ugly

Wayne Coyne bleeds collaborators for Record Store Day release

For his upcoming Record Store Day release, entitled The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwends, Wayne Coyne wasn’t content to give fans his figurative blood, sweat and tears. The Flaming Lips front man is including his actual blood as well as the blood of his collaborators on the vinyl and packaging of the record. That means folks like Yoko Ono, Bon Iver, Ke$ha, Biz Markie, Chris Martin, Erykah Badu and more will be donating a sample to this bio-hazardous album. Handle with gloves, people.

Bobby Brown arrested for DUI

Bobby Brown was charged with two DUI counts and a misdemeanor charge of driving on a suspended license after cops pulled the singer over on Monday. Brown faces up to six months in jail if convicted. His court date is scheduled for April 16. Our advice? We think Brown should pack up his group, get a grip, come equipped, grab his proton pack off his back and then split. Oh wait, that only works if you’re a Ghostbuster.



Stick It To The Man: 'Occupy This Album'

The Occupy Wall Street movement brought back retrospective memories of America’s willingness to protest The Man, and inspired a killer new album! Since 1969, these kinds of movements have always seemed to attract the most premier musicians and artists willing to exercise their rights. Now a global phenomena, it’s about time Occupy Wall Street put out an album to nail it’s legacy into the coffin of history”if it ever becomes history…

Before the forced removal of the movement from Zucccotti Park, Occupy sites were found in over 951 cities and eighty-three countries around the globe. In addition, it raised hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of support and made the presidential candidates at least act like they recognize and sympathize with the 99%. Jason Samuel, a musician and active participant, is working to release Occupy This Album. Due this winter, the album’s goal to benefit the cause by raising between $1 and $2 million. Despite last week’s upset, the money raised will help the movement originally based in Zuccotti Park, as well as the non-profit, Alliance for Global Justice.

Occupy This Album is expected to contain a mixture of live and studio recordings. According to Samuel, the album’s initial release will be digital. Unfortunately for you old-school rebels, the physical CD release date remains unknown. But, with such a talented line up, waiting for the CD version seems crazy”so be impulsive and just grab the digital version. Now, let’s check out who is on the album meant to fight income inequality. Trust me, it’s big.

Occupy This Album‘s Artist Roster:

  • Crosby & Nash
  • Yoko Ono
  • Debbie Harry
  • Devo
  • Willie Nelson
  • Jackson Browne
  • Tom Morello
  • Michael Moore
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Immortal Technique
  • Joan Baez, James McMurtry and Steve Earle
  • Mogwai
  • Warren Haynes
  • DJ Logic
  • Ladytron
  • Lucinda Williams
  • The Guthrie Family
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Toots and the Maytals
  • Yo La Tengo
  • Rain Phoenix
  • Our Lady Peace
  • Aeroplane Pageant
  • Chroma
  • Cosmonaut
  • Global Block
  • Harry Hayward
  • Jay Samel
  • Jennie Arnau
  • Joel Rafael
  • Lloyd Cole
  • Matt Pless
  • Mike + Ruthy
  • Mike Rimbaud
  • My Pet Dragon
  • Mystic Bowie
  • Stephan Said
  • Tao Seeger
  • Taj Weekes
  • Thee Oh Sees
  • Julie B. Bonnie
  • Ace Reporter
  • Black Dragon
  • Joseph Arthur
  • Loudon Wainwright III
  • Danger Field
  • Richard Barone
  • Ronny Elliot
  • Los Cintron
  • The Middle Eight
  • Dylan Chambers
  • Alex Emanuel
  • Junkyard Empire

Vocal Points: Voice For A Cause

Using your voice to sing is one thing, using your voice to bring an important issue to light is quite another. While it seems pretty common for artists to be involved in all sorts of charitable causes”from volunteerism and activism to foundations and benefit shows”celebrity involvement isn’t always a clear case of best intentions. Some artists get involved simply to increase their popularity and fan base while others hope a healthy dose of charity can help negate some bad publicity.  So, it’s always nice to see a standout in the sea of fair weather philanthropists”someone who is not only donating money, but who speaking about things he or she believes in, and is not afraid to ruffle some feathers.

Historically, there have been many different artists who have been vocal proponents of change. John Lennon is a great example of one of these standouts. Lennon actively made his political views known, and truly cared about the impact of not only his music, but his voice when he wasn’t performing. For example, he and Yoko Ono‘s famously staged Bed-ins for Peace, where they were filmed in bed in their pajamas speaking out against the Vietnam War and taking a stand for world peace, during their honeymoon.


The EditoriaList: Top Seven Senseless Appearances In Rock Documentaries

You’re sitting there, enjoying Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, when all of a sudden Gore Vidal appears on screen to discuss the political implications of Bieber’s evolving hairstyle. OK, that didn’t happen, but the following actual rock doc commentators are just as jarringly inappropriate:



7. Stones in Exile, Sheryl Crow, Liz Phair

I don’t even want to hear what thinks about The Black Eyed Peas, never mind what he has to say about The Rolling Stones’ masterpiece Exile on Main Street. Sheryl Crow shows up to tell us how much musicians revere the album. Was there literally no one else available? Due respect to Sheryl Crow, but her music doesn’t exactly evoke the gritty swinging awesomeness of Exile. And finally, Liz Phair seems to be included strictly by virtue of the reference in the title of her first LP, Exile in Guyville.

6. The Flaming Lips: The Fearless Freaks
Adam Goldberg, Christina Ricci, Juliette Lewis

Unless they have some direct connection with the artists, I can’t get down with listening to actors talk about being a fan. Yeah, I’m a fan, too, that’s why I’m watching this. What possible insight are you providing me? What’s that you say? Yes, I know, I feel the same way. We’re both fans, you see. Wait, did you produce their last record? Oh, me neither. I think these three actors are all great, but what are the chances that the (at the time) romantically-linked Goldberg and Ricci each have something independently valuable to add to my understanding or appreciation of The Flaming Lips?


Monday, July 11, 2011