Mark Lanegan

Catching Up On The Week (Oct. 17 Edition)

Some #longreads as you try to figure out a Halloween costume…

It’s the 30th anniversary of The Replacements’ classic album Let It Be, and Consequence of Sound has an all-star roundtable of musicians and writers to discuss the legendary record.  While I personally disagree with the title of the piece (I prefer Tim, though it’s a close battle), I nevertheless agree with the general sentiment that this is an album that merits reflection.

We here at Rust Is Just Right are big fans of Pearl Jam, and it’s not only because of their music.  Over the years, we’ve read several stories that show just how great these guys are as people, and this one of a promise fulfilled to a fan 22 years later is a great example of how much the band appreciates their fans.  In addition, check out this tribute that the band did in remembrance of Ikey Owens.

In this piece for the AV Club, Sean O’Neal examines what makes the memorable riff from David Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel” so brilliant, and would be worth reading for the additional background information from Bowie linked to in the piece.  Elsewhere on the site, Noel Murray writer contributes to the “Primer” feature with a guide to The Beach Boys, an endeavor we fully support.

Mark Lanegan shows off a bit of his sense of humor in this fun interview with Diffuser, as he releases a new solo album once again.

Pitchfork talks to Dhani Harrison about the elusive qualities of his father’s guitar style, as well as other musicians who provide insight into the subtleties that made George’s guitar-playing so timeless.

And finally, if you’re desperate for a hate-read this weekend, there’s this New York Times piece where the online equivalent of the asshole at the record store who sneers at whatever you purchased bemoans what streaming has done in diminishing the effort to be an elitist douchebag.  However, I did enjoy the auto-generated Spotify playlist that was juxtaposed next to his rant.

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Over the Weekend (Aug. 4 Edition)

Kicking off the week with some videos and various other fun ephemera…

Janelle Monáe released the music video for the title track of last year’s brilliant release, The Electric Lady.  Pitchfork gives a rundown of the various cameos in the video, as well as some notes about how both Michelle and Barack Obama are big fans of Janelle.  I personally would love to see the “dancing” video that is apparently in Janelle’s possession.

Mark Lanegan sits down for an interview with The Quietus, and it’s always interesting to hear what the former frontman for the Screaming Trees/one of the greatest voices in rock from the past three decades has to say.

The AV Club Inventory this week is various songs that essentially declare the mission statement of the band–which involves stating the name of the band in the title at some point.  Elsewhere on the site, they have Andrew Jackson Jihad doing a piss-take of Stone Temple Pilot’s “Plush”, turning it into a type of early-80’s nervy punk tune, a la Devo.

The Antlers stop by WFUV for a performance, and you should check it out because they also have links to previous sessions that the band did for the studio.

And finally, Vulture takes a look at all the different movie soundtracks that hit the top of the Billboard charts since Purple Rain, with the exact amount of snark you should expect.