Neil Young has joined the ranks of Adele, The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Village People, R.E.M. and the estates of Tom Petty and Prince are among a raft of other artists to demand Trump stop using their tracks at his rallies. The iconic multiple Rock N Roll Hall of Famer took to social media via several of his accounts to voice his anger after his songs were played at Trump’s Independence Day celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. Young, who is Canadian but became an American Citizen in January 2020, does not want his music played at Trump events, as “Like A Hurricane,” “Rockin’ in the Free World” and “Cowgirl in the Sand” ― were played during Trump’s Independence Day celebration at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial on Friday night.
Songwriters are often in pursuit of honesty. They want to express the contents of their souls with authenticity and truth. However, these expressions are often refracted through lenses of ambiguity which can leave the listener guessing as to the real truth at the source. It is perhaps less common, and maybe more courageous, for a songwriter to tell us what’s really going on in their day-to-day thoughts without hiding beneath the mystery of their poetry. Continue reading
The family and estate of Tom Petty has sent a cease and desist letter to President Donald Trump for his use of his classic song “I Won’t Back Down” from his album Full Moon Fever (Geffen Records). The President held his first presidential campaign rally yesterday at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Attendees of the mostly empty arena heard Petty’s classic song at the end of the rally. Petty’s surviving family was outraged as they were always an inclusive act, the song is for “the everyman and the underdog”, and don’t want to be associated with Trump’s policy. Continue reading
If ever an album title was created with the subconscious aim of getting my attention it’s Doom Folk (Exile On Mainstream Records), the fourth solo album from multi-faceted German troubadour Conny Ochs. More famed in Metal circles for his collaborations with Scott ‘Wino’ Weinrich, Ochs’ own output is equally as relevant – perhaps more so. Continue reading
“Learn to trust yourself, no one else matters”: the opening statement to Laura Jane Grace & The Devouring Mothers first album is stark and powerful. Delivered in a snarled spoken word so as to puncture the eardrum as the first thing you hear to launch an album Grace apparently feared would never be if she didn’t make it this year, it’s a strong portent of things to come, that Bought To Rot (Bloodshot) is as much a lyrical album as anything else. Continue reading
Chicago Melo-Death merchants Death On Fire have paired up with Corpsepaint And Dayglo for a split release of originals and covers. The bands seem evenly matched through 10 gnarly tracks! In addition to some killer tracks by both bands, the covers include each band putting a new spin on old classics from Duran Duran, Prince, INXS, Tom Petty, Immortal, and Darkthrone! Expect the unexpected when these two bands get together! Death on Fire released their last full length early in 2018 with their Witch Hunter album, while this EP marks the debut for Corpsepaint and Dayglo. Let’s all get weird and loud right now!
Tom Petty, part of the fabric of American Rock Music for over forty years died last night at age 66 of a massive heart attack, leaving fans, friends, and family devastated by the sudden news. Petty had just wrapped up his 40th Anniversary tour with his band The Heartbreakers, last week at The Hollywood Bowl, which would fittingly be his final performance ever. Continue reading