They say (well, Turisas did, which is probably as unlikely a band to reference in the introduction to a review of a solo album by the vocalist from The Menzingers as you’re going to get) no good story ever starts with drinking tea. But, maybe, just maybe this one does. For the journey of Don’t Go Throwing Roses In My Grave (Epitaph Records), the first solo album from Gregor Barnett begins with the premature closing of one adventure and the unplanned void of returning home to… no plans. Just peace, quiet, solitude, and, well, whatever hot drink of choice our man from Pennsylvania chooses to imbibe the morning.
Legendary musician and political activist Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Bruce Springsteen’s band, and more have teamed up for his own SiriusXM channels and podcast, in a new collaboration. The deal includes all-original content that spans three new streaming music channels and a new additional weekly show beginning March 2, and an original podcast, beginning March 3. The content hand-crafted by Morello includes streaming music channels that are part of SiriusXM’s Xtra Channels offering, which has expanded even more since its debut of 100 curated music channels in early 2019. Morello’s music channels will amplify the intersection where music and activism collide, a wide range of heavy metal music, and will explore his personal influences and musical collection.
Ghost Cult stalwart, mainstay, and truly valued senior writer Mat Davies blesses us with his top twenty albums of the year, plus some thoughts on the year that has been, and that which is still to come… Continue reading
It feels rather redundant to preface this year’s celebration of the music that got us through what was annus horribilis maximus unprecedentius with much of a narrative of 2020 because we were all affected. We all lived through it. Some of us in un-splendid isolation. Some of us irreversibly overhauling the way we live, work, and support our dependents. Some of us welcomed changes we had to make while mourning the root cause behind them and that each and every person on this planet we call home was affected, impacted, and touched in a negative way by the events of a global pandemic and high-profile political situations.Continue reading
Ghost Cult kicks off our massive 2020 Album of the Year Countdown! Chief editor Keefy is joined by the esteemed Steve Tovey (The King is Blind), our Senior Editor Emeritus of Ghost Cult! We run down the big list with a brief discussion of our rankings from 75-31, with a deep dive into the albums ranked 50-31! All in all, over 300 albums were considered and voted on by our staff of worldwide contributors: writers, correspondents, photographers, and more. Check back here for the full list and a deeper look at albums 75-31 on our site and for Part II of the podcast series click here:
According to a published report, the management for Queen described the band’s attempts to stop Donald Trump from using its music in social media campaigns as an “uphill battle.” Earlier this week, Trump’s campaign used their classic song “We Will Rock You” in a video on TikTok competitor Triller. The video has not yet been taken down.A spokesman for Queen told BBC News said it has “repeatedly taken issue with the Trump campaign,” adding that “the band itself has been quite outspoken on the subject.” This is not the first time Queen and Trump have clashed over his unauthorized use of the band’s music. Last October, the band filed a copyright infringement notice over the unauthorized use of “We Will Rock You” in a another Trump campaign video. The clip was eventually removed from Twitter “in response to a report from the copyright holder.” Queen also clashed with Trump four years ago on the campaign trail when then-Republican presidential hopeful Trump for using the band’s 1977 song “We Are The Champions” without permission.Continue reading
Groundbreaking musician and activist Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Bruce Springsteen, Audioslave, ex Prophets of Rage) will release a photo memoir from the last few years of his life, Whatever It Takes, this fall. The book is available for pre-order at the link below and you can watch a trailer for it right now! Continue reading
Slipknot drummer Jay Weinberg recorded a cover version of the Bruce Springsteen classic “Candy’s Room” as a Father’s Day gift for his dad, Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band drummer Max Weinberg. He has also created a quarantine-style video for the track featuring Mlny Parsonz (Royal Thunder), Jeff Matz (High On Fire), Stephen Brodsky (Mutoid Man, Cave In, Old Man Gloom), Emily Lee (Shearwater, Loma, Snake Oil, Droneflower) and Jordan Olds (a.k.a. Gwarsenio Hall). Watch it now!
The inevitable march towards environmental destruction and a certain perma-tanned incumbent of The White House have lit a spark under Pearl Jam, in part inspiring new album Gigaton (Monkeywrench Records/Republic Records). “The lengths we had to go to then, to find a place Trump hadn’t fucked up yet” Eddie Vedder spits on ‘Quick Escape’, a moody, mid-paced rocker about an environmentally ravaged future. The restrained and subtle power of ‘Seven O’Clock’ is another reaction to modern America, saying that now is not the time for despondency given the situation and “sitting bullshit as our sitting president”.Continue reading
Guitar legend Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine, Prophets of Rage, Audioslave, Bruce Springsteen) has launched a new destination music camp, Guitar Revolution! Starting January 2nd, 2020 fans will be able to learn from and hang out with Morello, Nuno Bettencourt, John 5, Wayne Kramer, Vernon Reid, Bibi McGill, and Billy Howerdel. Taking place in Newport Beach, California, January 2nd to 6th 2020. Watch Morello explain the experience and book your stay at the link below. Continue reading