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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My Dad Says the New U2 Album Sucks

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My father, the Rooster, going for a casual evening ride.
By: Jimmy Eberle

Once, during high school, I was woken up early on a Saturday by my dad, the Rooster (self-named after the Alice In Chains song) with a loud, repetitive knock. As I stumbled into the living room in my underwear, he bellowed, "Jim! I found this great new band."

I rubbed the sand out of my eyes with a look that must have said "I'm very interested in this; prove it," but actually just said "It's 8 a.m." He pointed at the stereo. I lumbered forth and pushed play, then heard the somber whispers of "Let the bodies hit the floor" erupt into the scream-filled, deafening chorus of Drowning Pool's "Bodies." I turned around and the Rooster was playing air guitar on a broom at our old dog Claire, named after Clarice from Silence of The Lambs.

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Why Isn't Janet Jackson in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?

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By: Brittny Pierre
So what if the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a bunch o' hooey? People still care about its inductees, and it's perhaps the highest achievement a musician can have on his resume.

Or her resume. Of course, the Hall is very light on women, not to mention women of color.

But there's always a chance to get it right when it comes to Janet Jackson, whose career as a trend-setter and hitmaker should speak for itself.

Here's the shocking thing: Despite being eligible since 2007, she has never even been nominated.


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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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Life According To Nicki Minaj, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Nicki Minaj is throwing in the towel, errr, wig. She has decided the most shocking thing to do is: stop trying to be so shocking.

Minaj debuted the much-anticipated single "Anaconda" from her forthcoming album The Pink Print this week. One person who's not a fan: Lil Kim. The veteran rapper posted a photo on Instagram of her driver's license with Minaj's face superimposed over her own, with the words "Be careful what you wish for... #HardCoreMixtapeUpNext #TheQueenIsBack #QueenBee". Minaj's fans bombarded the photo's comment section with hateful jabs on par with words overheard during a prepubescent girl fight.

If you haven't already guessed, Minaj's "Anaconda" shamelessly samples the shit out of Sir Mix-A-Lot's "Baby Got Back." Minaj's verses allude to past sexual exploits and the outro hates on skinny chicks:

"Yeah! This one is for my bitches with a fat ass in the f---ing club
I said, where my fat ass big bitches in the club?
F--- the skinny bitches! F--- the skinny bitches in the club!
I wanna see all the big fat ass bitches in the muthaf---in' club
F--- you if you skinny bitches, what?! Kyuh."

Well, that's nice.

Here's what Minaj had to say about Rihanna, Madonna, and explanations of phrases she's coined. Quotation above via mypinkfriday.com.

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Perry Farrell Talks Shit About The Music Industry, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

We don't know a happier and more touchy-feely celebrity couple than Perry Farrell and his wife, Etty Lau.

Etty, a dancer, auditioned for Jane's Addiction in 1997.

"I fell in love with her at first sight." Farrell said in an interview with T Magazine. We've been traveling together in one capacity or another ever since."

Reflecting on their relationship, Perry tweeted: "I have always felt that Etty and I were the modern Lucy and Dezi. Lucy began her career as a dancer for Dezi's band."

(If you think that statement is adorable, you should see the plethora of happy, family photos Farrell shares with his twitter followers. You can follow him @PerryFarrell).

Farrell was recently criticized for his overuse of stage banter at Jane's Addiction's Brooklyn Bowl show in Las Vegas. By the end of the night, Farrell's own bandmate, drummer Stephen Perkins, was complaining about his chattiness. So, to make things fair, we decided to spotlight some of Farrell's complaints.

Quotation above via alternativenation.net.


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Die Antwoord Discusses Persona and Fans, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Here's a fun 'trick' you can do on a blind date to gauge whether or not you'll be compatible with your match. (This experiment will only work if your date is not already familiar with Die Antwoord):

Step 1: Talk about music. Show your date 'I Fink U Freeky' by Die Antwoord.
Step 2: Observe his or her reaction to the video and song. Initial signs of squeamishness are normal. Give your date a few minutes to digest the song and, before you know it, he or she will be singing along to the chorus. This person passes the test. Go on a subsequent date. However, if he or she refuses to watch the entire music video once you begin playing it because he or she finds it disgusting or "too weird," reconsider your compatibility with this person. Who wants to date a wuss with bad taste in music?!
Step 3: If all goes well, invite your date to see Die Antwoord perform at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood on May 29.
Step 4: Get Freeky.
You're welcome.

Here's what the outspoken, badass duo from South Africa had to say about their persona and fans. Quotation in the illustration above via spin.com.

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Chris Martin Talks Image, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Pre-Gwyneth, GOOP and 'Conscious Uncoupling', Coldplay frontman Chris Martin was widely publicized for being a straight-edge musician.

With Coldplay's highly anticipated sixth studio album, Ghost Stories, about to be released, we're certain Martin will be placed back in the spotlight again, this time for the right reasons. The album currently has an expected release date of May 19 via Parlophone Records.

During Coldplay's promotional tour this Spring, the band will perform on Saturday Night Live on May 3; this will mark the band's fifth appearance on the show.

Here's what Martin had to say about his image and love of catchy pop songs...

Illustrated quotation above via digitalspy.com.

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Jared Leto's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell

It's no secret: we have a major crush on Jared Leto. (Who doesn't). How can you hate on someone who uses the pseudonym 'Bartholomew Cubbins,' after his favorite Dr. Seuss character?! He's as talented and creative as he is handsome.

Currently, Leto is abroad, touring with 30 Seconds To Mars and Linkin Park and will be returning to the U.S. to rock your face off in July. You can check out 30STM's tour dates here.

And as if Leto weren't dreamy enough, he has to go say things (ie: his acceptance speech at the Oscars) that make us believe he's even cooler than we suspected. Here are a few more gems Leto has said...

Quotation above via bigissue.com.


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Kurt Cobain's Thoughts on Life, In Illustrated Form

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Jena Ardell
Kurt Cobain's life and death is unarguably the most discussed, dissected and speculated benchmark in the music industry. Now, 20 years after his death, we're still enamored with the man who sparked the grunge period and shaped the music of the 90s.

Despite the end of Cobain's life and career, headlines constantly emerge: "20 Years After Kurt's Death: What Changed and What Didn't..."; "New Death Scene Photos Released..."; "Intimate Photographs of Troubled Rock Star..."; "Here's What Kurt Cobain Would Look Like At Age 46." We just can't seem to get enough of the notorious Nirvana frontman.

It's no surprise that Nirvana is played on the radio as often as contemporary songs. Still, 20 years later, Cobain's music is reaching a new, core audience, many of whom weren't even born before Cobain died.

Here's what Cobain had to say about his life under the media's microscope.

Illustrated quotation above via Rolling Stone.

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