Life Lessons From Bob Dylan, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

What contains more than 960 pages, weighs 13.5 pounds, and will sell for $200? Answer: The Lyrics: Since 1962, a book that catalogs every lyric Bob Dylan has ever recorded. The publisher dubbed it "the biggest, most expensive book we've ever published". The book is slated to be released in November. Keep an eye out for very limited, signed copies which will sell for $5,000.

The Recording Academy recently named Dylan as its MusiCares Person of the Year for 2015. Among those slated to perform to honor Dylan include: Beck, the Black Keys, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Norah Jones, Tom Jones, Los Lobos, John Mellencamp, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Eddie Vedder, Jack White, Neil Young and John Doe.

Bob Dylan will be performing three consecutive nights at L.A.'s Dolby Theatre October 24-26.

Here are some life lessons we've learned from the poetic pessimist. Quotation above via cbsnews.com.


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The Wisdom of Grohl, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Sonic Highways, Dave Grohl's "love letter to the history of American music," premieres October 17 at 11p.m. on HBO. The series documents the creation of the Foo Fighter's eighth studio album (of the same name) written and recorded in eight cities across the U.S.: Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington D.C. and New York.

"As we were coming down from the success of the last record [Wasting Light], I thought, 'Now we have license to get weird,' " Grohl told billboard.com. "If we wanted, we could make some crazy, bleak Radiohead record and freak everyone out. Then I thought, 'F- that.' ...The music is a progression or an evolution, for sure, but it's a Foo Fighters record."

Leave it to Grohl's over-achieving nature (aka: brilliance) to put an innovative spin on the creation of an album. To convey each city's unique sound and personality, Grohl wrote his lyrics while in each city, after interviewing notable musicians who defined the musical landscape of each region. The Foo Fighters performed a string of secret shows during their quest (the most notable being a 30-minute stint in New Orleans' historic Preservation Hall), which was also documented for the series.

Grohl's message for the next generation is this: dream big, practice your fucking ass off, and make something real.

"Wait until you see what we're gonna do for the next record," Grohl told ultimateclassicrock.com. "I'm not kidding. We already know."

Sonic Highways, the album, drops November 10th. Here's some free advice Grohl has shared in the past. Quotation above via Grohl's SXSW Keynote Speech, 2013.

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AC/DC's Angus Young Honors His Brother Malcolm, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

The family of AC/DC's founding member Malcolm Young has confirmed the rocker is being treated for dementia, which has forced him to leave the band.

"Malcolm is suffering from dementia and the family thanks you for respecting their privacy," Young's family said in a statement, according to People.

Last April, the band announced Young's break from the AC/DC and said they would be recording their 17th studio album, "Rock or Bust", without him. Young's nephew, Stevie Young, replaced Malcolm on the album. He will also be filling in for Malcom during AC/DC's 2015 world tour.

Our thoughts are with the Young family. We wish Malcolm all the best and would like to thank him for following his dreams, which led him to create one of the most influential and bad-ass rock bands of all time. His contribution and legacy has inspired, and always will inspire, hoards of musicians to keep rock alive.

All illustrations are of Malcolm Young. Quotation above via ultimate-guitar.com.

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Karen O Talks About Love, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Contrary to popular belief, decent, single men in OC are not mythical creatures, like unicorms. (But here are 10 OC Dudes You've Probably Dated).

If you're still striking out in singles scene, have no fear--Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen Orzolek will help soothe your broken-hearted soul.

Orzolek's first solo album, Crush Songs, was written when the YYY's singer was 27 and crushing a lot during "an ever continuing love crusade."

The eccentric singer-songwriter has been married to longtime love Barnaby Clay for three years. Here's what Orzolek had to say about falling in love and having the guts to sing about it.

Quotation above via thequietus.com.


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Meghan Trainor Talks 'All About That Bass,' In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

"All About That Bass", Meghan Trainor's pop song about self-acceptance, shook-off Taylor Swift's single from its coveted position on Billboard's Hot 100 and is currently No. 1 in the U.S., Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Trainor's rapid success is quite a feat, considering her first commercial album doesn't have a release date yet.

Youtube is already saturated with covers of Trainor's booty-pop single. The hit is actually a demo Trainor was told "re-produce, make it more pop, there's no Auto Tune" by record labels until her current label Epic heard it, liked it, and simply mastered the demo.

Trainor, a 20-year-old songwriter from Nantucket, has been writing songs for national and international acts since she was in high school. She currently resides in Nashville with her cat. Here's what the singer-songwriter had to say about the success "All About That Bass".

Quotation above via popjustice.com.

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Los Lobos Play Observatory This Saturday; Don't Forget They Started in OC!

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Gustavo note: Back in 2008, I interviewed Louie Perez of Los Lobos for a gig he was doing alongside fellow wolf David Hidalgo. We struck up a friendship since then that mostly consists of me taking him to hole-in-the-wall restaurants in OC, given he's a big foodie and has lived in OC now for almost 20 years.

Louie proved such a great quote-maker that I had a bunch of leftover quotes that didn't make it into the story. So here they are, for your perusal, as Los Lobos prepare to storm the Observatory this Saturday alongside X, Buzzcocks, the Blasters and more at the Bang Festival. Enjoy!


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Eddie Van Halen Contemplates Fame, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

Van Halen fans are hoping for a follow-up from the band whose last record, A Different Kind of Truth, was released two years ago.

"I'm writing. I write lyrics routinely," David Lee Roth told Jim Florentine from "That Metal Show" in 2013. "And the band plays together routinely, at least three times a week. They're up at Ed's place, routinely. I was up at Edward's house, maybe three days ago--just before I came here to the city--and we're starting to put music together. Not to give away exactly what the package will be. It's gonna be about 18 months, I think."

Ex-bandmembers routinely dish out details about the band's turbulent past in the media. Mick Jones told ultimateclassicrock.com tensions were so high during the recording of 5150 that sound engineer Donn Landee "locked himself in the studio for a day and threatened to burn the tapes."

We imagine the drama within the group has subsided now that Eddie has both his brother, Alex, and son, Wolfgang, in the lineup. Hopefully Roth will stick around this time.

While fans eagerly await the band's (estimated 2015) return, they can rock out with the new EVH Stripe Series "Circles" guitar, made famous by Van Halen's 1981 "Unchained" music video. Here's what Eddie had to say about fame and his love for music.

Quotation above via esquire.com.


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Skrillex Defends His Music, In Illustrated Form

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Burning Man attendees had their dusty panties in a bunch this week when Diplo and Skrillex stepped in to replace Seth Troxler at the Robot Heart camp toward the end of Troxler's set. Diplo dropped "Turn Down for What"--as a 'joke'--and reportedly, not everyone was happy about it.

"We've heard that there were a small amount of boos," edm.com reports. "But Diplo did not get booed off the stage."

According to Diplo, he and pal Shrillex were not booed. Here's a portion of the statement Diplo posted on twitter, along with our favorite responses to the debacle from dancingastronaut.com.

"Everyone on stage had a fun moment when we played a few tunes as we were Just killing time while the next dj was setting up.. We weren't kicked off or booed .. Jus wrapped our set up with an inside joke ... And of all the stories to come out after an amazing week... This is pretty tabloidish that's not what burningman is about.. Everything we did there was good fun and all the people that attended knows it.."

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Feel free to chime in if you were present during this heavily reported BM faux pas.

In other news, Skrillex has a 27-date U.S. tour lined up this fall. Also, he and Diplo are working on new project dubbed 'Jack U.'

"It's just a lot of fun for [Diplo] and I to get in the studio and make jokes and just really try to come up with the most annoying sounds ever," Shrillex told billboard.com. "What we try to do is make the stupidest thing ever and make it actually work--that's our only thing."

For a good laugh, revist "7 grandparents reacting to Skrillex," a video compilation via craveonline.com.

Quotation above via nme.com.


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Ridiculous Kanye West-isms, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Kanye West and Paul McCartney are rumored to be collaborating, according to New York Post's Page Six. What's more surprising is one song's tentative title: "Piss On Your Grave."

"West's wife Kim Kardashian has been heard telling friends she was a little surprised they chose such a provocative name," reports pagesix.com.

Hip-hop producer Statik Selektah recently revealed that part of the inspiration behind his new jazz-infused album, What Goes Around, was defying a criticism from West. "Kanye sat there and listened for like 10 seconds and he pressed stop," Selektah told MTV News. "and he was like: 'It's cool, but jazz is dead'." Selektah thought West's comment was "crazy" and moved forward with the project.

Here are more West-isms that have made the rapper an easy target for media jabs. Quotation above via gq.com.

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OK Go Talks About Creativity, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

OK Go does not take music videos lightly. The band is known for their colorful productions involving elaborate sets, stop motion, kaleidoscopic camera angles, strategic choreography, extreme nerdery, and--of course--treadmills.

The band turns every production into a viral video and they've really outdone themselves with their new video, "The Writing's On the Wall." The mind-bending music video (below) brings "some pleasure in your eyes" during a seamless, psychedelic journey.

The band also launched an step-by-step interactive website to show fans behind-the-scenes footage of how the video was created. So. Freaking. Cool.

Here's what band members Damian Kulash, Andy Ross and Dan Konopka had to say about the cost of creativity. Quotation above via theguardian.com.


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