Why The Grindmother is Great

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The world's most sinister-sounding senior citizen
At the beginning of this year, a video of an old woman shrieking into a microphone unexpectedly became one of the most genius examples of viral band marketing in 2015. It's likely that before "The Grindmother" made her first appearance on our blog back in February, few outlets in mainstream media had ever paid any attention to the throat-shredding world of grindcore music, let alone the Canadian band Corrupt Leaders who initially put her up to it. Yet low and behold, there was the 67-year olds angry screams being blasted on the Maury Show last month on TVs across the country. Great gimmick? Well, at the end of 2015, we're still talking about it.

A couple days ago, The Grindmother's video for her first solo song "Any Cost" started making the rounds. And the Internet is currently devouring it. There she is once again in all her glory, screaming pure brutality into the microphone with the close cropped grey hair, thick-rimmed glasses and perhaps the most geriatric of all accessories: the waterproof wrist watch. But if this were just an excuse to snicker at an old lady--actually, Corrupt Leader's vocalist Rain Forest's mom, we wouldn't even bother with it. Because whether you believe it or not, this is actually the best thing to happen to grindcore music this year.

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What Gwen Stefani Was Really Thinking In the "Used to Love You" Music Video

Now who am I gonna get to do chores around the house while I'm on tour?
Yesterday Gwen Stefani made us all a little teary-eyed with her new video, "Used to Love You," a somber, synth-pop single inspired by her failed marriage to ex-husband Gavin Rossdale. If you haven't seen it already, prepare yourself for a mixture of melancholy glances, misty puppy dog eyes and murderous death stares. We haven't seen a woman this up-close-and-heartbroken since Sinead O'Connor.

Stefani's already performed the song while on tour recently, but the Sophie Muller-directed video makes its presence official. Capturing all of her raw, post-divorce emotion without uttering more than a few lip-synched words, the No Doubt front woman reveals the kind of devastation she hasn't experienced since her breakup with ND bassist Tony Kanal over two decades ago (honestly, he's got to be a little relieved this one's not about him). Through her telepathic dialogue with the camera, we at the Weekly have managed to surmise what was really on the First Lady of OC's mind when she filmed this video.

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The Weekly Finally Visits Dismaland, Part 2

Richard Johnson
By: Richard Johnson

[Editor's Note: This is the second in a two part series about Richard Johnson's visit to Banksy's Dismaland exhibit in England. Read the first part here.]

After a day spent wandering around Dismaland, the inspiration for the exhibit's message and style became unmistakably clear to an aging punk like myself. When Banksy first emerged in early '90s, he essentially picked up where seminal English punk band Crass left off in 1984. The influence of artist/visionary Gee Vaucher on the visual art of Banksy and other artists at Dismaland is not hard to see. In fact, once you see it, you can't unsee it.

So many of the pieces in the exhibit are similar to the art created by Vaucher--themes that include political satire on war, world leaders, wealth and poverty, animal rights and other topics, the realist style... and don't get me started on the use of stencils. With all of the references to anarchy inside the gates of Dismaland, it's only natural that Banksy is influenced by the band that popularized the big "A" that's stitched, glued and stenciled to every punk's jacket.

See also: The Weekly Finally Visits Dismaland, Part 1

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The Weekly Finally Visits Dismaland, Part 1

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Richard Johnson
Let the bemusement
By: Richard Johnson

[Editor's note: As a paper that prides itself on mocking Disney at every turn, it's inevitable that the Weekly landed on Dismaland's doorstep before it closes for good on September 27. After a month of endless reports by snarky journalists from around the world, we decided to send someone who knows a thing or two about provocative art. Richard Johnson ran AAA Electra 99, an anti-establishment art museum/venue that was OC's equivalent of Dismaland in the heart of Mickey Country for over 16 years. Way before Banksy, bitches. This is the first of a two part series about his trip to the exhibit.]

Centered in the English seaside town of Weston-super-Mare is an abandoned public pool that once boasted the highest diving boards in all of Europe. Mysterious construction began in early August of 2015 on the dilapidated site. The townspeople were told that there was an American movie being filmed at the site. Nothing could've been further from the truth. First a large pinwheel was erected, then a working ferris wheel could be seen from the outside. Then a castle began to take shape. A call even went out to hire extras for the alleged movie. By the end of August, local papers announced that the internationally-known street artist extraordinaire, Banksy, was undertaking his biggest exposition to date. Dismaland: A Bemusement Park.

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Punk Rock Picnic Promoters Start Some Epic Mudslinging on Facebook

Nate Jackson
Talkin' mad shit, yo!
It looks like the relationship between Punk Rock Picnic promoters Steve Smith and Rick Bottrell is over. And they've gone out of their way to make it Facebook official. Though last weekend's sour ending to their Punk Rock Picnic revival was a tough pill to swallow for the two who put tons of effort into making it happen, it's clear from recent spats on social media that each one of them holds the other responsible for the embarrassing outcome. Not only that, but they've gone so far as to air their dirty laundry for all to see. For the last 24 hours we've sat back and watched Smith's Facebook page turn into a battle ground we like to call Game of Groans. And shit just got real!

See also: Punk Rock Picnic Packs Up Early (And Probably for Good)

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Slash's 10 Weirdest Guitar Sessions

Slash, guitarist for hire
By: Nathan Smith
Thanks in large part to his status as one of the world's most iconic rock stars, Slash is the go-to guy for recording stars who want to add a little Marshall muscle to their latest offerings. He tends to pop up on stuff written by people you can't believe have ever heard of Slash, let alone bought him a drink. Call him a hack, if you're determined to be a dick about it. But if you've got studio time and large sums of money, you can get Slash to drop a bluesy Les Paul solo into damn near any piece of shit with a key signature.

Don't believe us? You're about to. Out of what must be thousands of ill-conceived studio sessions, the following 10 head-scratchers are the weirdest, most obscene Slash hackwork that we could dig up. Take a moment to marvel at the sheer hubris of their existence today, because you damn sure won't be hearing them tomorrow.

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DakhaBrakha Brings Ethno Chaos to OC

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It's rare to discover a new classification for most bands, no mater how genre-defying they are. However, Ukrainian quartet DakhaBrakha challenges the norm with their self-proclaimed "ethno chaos." Their style is based on a re-envisioned form of Eastern European roots music that pays homage to the folk sounds of Ukraine, but also incorporates Arabic, Asian and African influences. Their resistance to Ukraine's mainstream music and their tendency to experiment has earned them the title of folk punks, injecting their performances with diverse instruments and oddly hypnotizing chants and harmonies. DakhaBrakha performs at the Yost on Friday, April 10 as part of the traveling art forum Santa Ana Sites, and brings a new breed of world music to downtown Santa Ana.

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Punk Rock Picnic Returns--Supposedly

John Gilhooley
Hey guys, Punk Rock Picnic is back!
That's right. It's back...supposedly. Over the weekend, while many of OC's punks were busy at Musink, the Punk Rock Picnic Music Festival quietly announced a lineup. Notice we didn't say confirmed. If you read our cover story in 2013 about how this festival and its promoter Steve Smith wound up costing ticket holders, bands and vendors thousands upon thousands of hard earned dollars when it was cancelled at the last minute, you can understand why we might be a little gun shy. But here we are. Ready to try this again?!

For what it's worth, the lineup--headlined by Cockney Rejects with support from Agent Orange, Shattered Faith, Ill Repute among others--seems solid, albeit a lot more modest than touting GWAR or Danzig. It might even be doable. And unless you've already received your personally addressed refund check (you five know who you are), then those of you who still have ticket stubs from the 2013 debacle will be allowed to trade them in at will call to get new tickets, according to Smith's Facebook invite for the event. Hope you took good care of those old tickets, guys.

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Grindcore Grandma Makes Her Official Debut

Finally, the song you've all been waiting for...
Last month, the Internet paired the words "grindcore" and "grandma" together and instantly, a star was born. Well, it was actually born the moment that Canadian band Corrupt Leaders turned the camera on the mother of vocalist RainForest to see if his ability to produce blood curdling screams was genetic. Turns out it was. What followed was a viral YouTube video of the Grindcore Grandma that got picked up by just about everyone, even this infernal rag.

Like any smart band would, Corrupt Leaders have chosen to ride Grindcore Grandma's geriatric coat tails and release their latest EP, aptly titled Grindmother, which is officially out today. And yes, they were sure to include on of her actual screams in the mix of their song "Black Cloud." As they say, a family that grinds together...

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"Macho Man" Randy Savage Had a Rap Album?

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"Macho Man" Randy Savage: WWE Hall of Famer...and rapper?
On Tuesday, the celebratory Slim Jims were snapped into, as WWE's Monday Night Raw confirmed the news that iconic wrestler "Macho Man" Randy Savage would be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame. With the induction ceremony set for the night before Wrestlemania 31 in late March, you can expect the next few months to feature multiple retrospectives on Randy Savage (real name Randy Poffo) and his work as a sports entertainer, actor and pitchman for Slim Jim.

But you should also be reminded that "Macho Man" Randy Savage released a rap album.

The year was 2003 and "Macho Man" had fully set his sights on Hollywood. He hadn't done any wrestling promotions in over three years. After Savage's unforgettable cameo as "Bonesaw McGraw" in the 2002 Spider-Man film, the silver screen seemed primed to explode with Macho Madness.

But being a renaissance man, Savage said he also wanted to enter an avenue that nobody expected. So we wound up with his debut rap album, Be a Man.

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