The first time I heard Soundgarden, I was around 17. I later heard them more properly in my early 20’s at the legendary party house of “302,” in Normal, Illinois–land of ISU. To understand 302, all you need to know is this–you had to know someone to get in, or you had to look really cool. That meant–freaks, punk rockers, goth, death rockers, skinheads, new wavers, boarders, and the like were in–all others were out. In the basement of 302, we would at times see bands including The Flaming Lips play just inches from us. It was here in the basement too, where each room was a different ‘theme,’ and where massive Marshall stack speakers blasted at top pro sound quality and deafening volume, the latest of all the best music including everything from Jane’s Addiction, Metallica, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Cure, The Smiths, and the Sex Pistols, to the more obscure My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Nitzer Ebb, Ministry, Killing Joke, Sisters of Mercy, Reagan Youth, and more. Soundgarden was on regular rotation, and we all loved the band and recognized them as the greats that they were–including of course–Chris Cornell. The frat houses played Zeppelin, we played Jane’s Addiction and Soundgarden. Not that we didn’t appreciate and love Zeppelin, but we hit 304 (the 60’s and 70’s party next door) on another night. This was our generation–Soundgarden, Nirvana, Hole, Fugazi, and more.
To those that needed trendy labels, Soundgarden was a part of the so called Seattle grunge scene, along with Alice in Chains, Mudhoney, and Nirvana, among more. To the rest of us, they were just a great, no frills rock band that jammed like few others.
The loss of Chris Cornell–reportedly by suicide, is not only shocking and sad, it makes little sense. Perhaps his family and those others who knew and loved him can understand it, but the rest of the world do not. Some will argue his music and lyrics were dark–which they were. Yet he had a new tour underway, and a family he loved back home. Whether the rumor is true or not–suicide is never a solution. Soundgarden and Audioslave were legendary. Chris Cornell was a masterful talent with a soaring voice like none other. Seattle is mourning with dimming of the Space Needle. The rest of the music world from all genres who knew and appreciated him are mourning too. A greatly underappreciated artist in many respects, he will be forever remembered, and greatly missed.
Textual content copyright Bruce Edwin 2017, all rights reserved.
Anyone that states that music is not as good as it used to be needs to catch up with the times. Thanks to artists including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Grimes, Warpaint, Autolux, Lana Del Rey, Empire of the Sun, and many more, music today is as great as ever.
One of the most brilliant bands to emerge in the past decade–Phantogram is a part of music’s greatness today, and the band soars. subnormal magazine names them one of the Top 10 New Artists of our Time. From pounding bass beats, melodic, swirling kaleidoscopic freak outs of searing guitar, trippy, hypnotic keyboards, brilliant songwriting and lyrics, and a sultry, perfect voice by the drop dead sexy Sarah Barthel, combined with a vast myriad of great, artistic videos, Phantogram is in a class by themselves, and like none you have ever heard. Stellar geniuses,and masters of their killer sound, they are a legendary new band that just make us want to dance. –Bruce Edwin, subnormal magazine
Three, Phantogram’s third studio album, the duo of Josh Carter and Sarah Barthel take their sound in an intriguing, darkly shaded direction, adding new textures to their signature style.
Three represents a new creative peak that Phantogram has been building towards for nearly a decade. Carter and Barthel first broke out in 2009 with the cinematic Eyelid Movies (Barsuk) – recorded in a barn in Saratoga Springs, NY (near their hometown of Greenwich) – and after a buzz-building EP (Nightlife, Barsuk) and much touring, Phantogram opted for a change of scenery by recording their expansive second LP, 2014’s Voices (Republic),in Los Angeles with co-producer John Hill (M.I.A., Santigold).
In between Voices (which spawned the hits “Fall In Love” and “Black Out Days”) and Three, Phantogram have certainly kept busy. They contributed to The Flaming Lips’ The Terror, A-Trak’s “Parallel Lines,”and Miley Cyrus’ Miley Cyrus and Her Dead Petz, remixed Charli XCX, and were sampled by Kanye West and A$AP Rocky, as well as a collaboration project called Big Grams with OutKast’s Big Boi. Following the release of a critically-acclaimed self-titled debut album in late 2015, Big Grams has proved to be a festival mainstay in 2016 – entertaining huge audiences with compelling sets riddled with Big Grams’ psychedelic hip-hop, and rounded out with the two acts’ mashups of each other’s hit songs.
Despite the full schedule, Carter and Barthel find themselves far from creatively tapped-out. Recent collaborations pushed them musically and Three displays a surging energy and appealing experimentation, effectively showcasing a band reaching for and achieving new aesthetic heights.
The album was recorded over the past year at co-producer Ricky Reed’s Echo Park-based studio. Finding inspiration in unlikely places for a band increasingly heard on commercial alternative and pop radio, Carter found fresh perspective in AfroBeat and ‘60’s R&B when creating the steady beats that form the foundation of the album. Despite the new influences and a strong experimental motivation, Three still unmistakably sounds like Phantogram, with plenty of thick, buzzing beats and snaking melodic lines to sink your teeth into.
Three is a triumphant record, but it also bears the mark of personal tragedy. During the recording process, the band suffered a devastating loss when Barthel’s sister (and Carter’s close friend since childhood) Becky passed away of suicide. Work on music stopped immediately, but then as the duo slowly returned to the studio the aftermath of their personal loss (compounded by the deaths of David Bowie and Prince, two of Phantogram’s greatest musical heroes and inspirations) began to reverberate throughout the process, imbuing the album with varied shades of complicated, human emotion that Carter refers to as “Finding the beauty within tragedy.”
“It’s about heartbreak, and having to push forward and move on—and how challenging that is,” Barthel states. “It’s made us the people we really are, and it’s a huge part of what this record means to us.”
Along with exploring new emotional territory, Three also finds Phantogram breaking new sonic ground. The album’s eclectic, bold songs swerve from pop-inflected bangers (like lead single “You Don’t Get Me High Anymore” and album-closer “Calling All”) to the skipping melancholia of “Answer,” which strikes a perfect balance between loping hip-hop rhythms, understated balladry, and gauzy indie-rock. Meanwhile, more experimental, psych-influenced pieces like “Run Run Blood,” the harrowing Steve Reich-sample-driven “Barking Dog,” and “Funeral Pyre” (a re-working of longtime live staple “Intro” that, fittingly, opens the album) somehow are perfectly at ease alongside the darkly beautiful, cathartic ballad “Destroyer,” all capturing themes of heartbreak, anguish and perseverance; second single “Same Old Blues,” the smoky, menacing duet “You’re Mine,” and the icy determination of “Cruel World” bring listeners back to the sample-heavy, synth-driven Phantogram sound that has found them an extensive, dedicated fan base.
An iridescent record that glows with warmth even as it explores the desolation of personal pain, Three is the latest chapter in Phantogram’s impressive ascent to the forefront of music—as well as proof that nothing, at this point, can hold them back.
We’re still obsessed with the amazing single “Fall in Love”, and its brilliant video, here below:
Biography and video courtesy of Phantogram / Republic / UMG, copyright 2017, all rights reserved.
Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner will be greatly missed. I had the honor to meet and hear this legendary guitarist with Jefferson Airplane live, many years ago, as a guest of Janis Joplin’s band Big Brother and the Holding Company. Paul Kantner was amazing. When I first heard his work on “White Rabbit,” and (Don’t you want) “Somebody to Love,” I was blown away with his bands phenomenal sound.
Swarming Orchids will be rocking the stage this Saturday at Bar Sinister in Hollywood. Soriah will be joining them on stage as opener, with Askelon Sain up first.
Grimes Releases New Video
The brilliant multi-media recording artist and producer Grimes shares the official video for ‘Venus Fly,’ which she released to the world recently. Hollywood Sentinel named Grimes as one of the Top 10 Greatest Artists of Our Time last year, and ‘Venus Fly,’ brilliantly mixing house, drum and bass, dance, techno, trance, and more, solidifies that decision. Directed and edited by Grimes, the video also features Janelle Monáe. ‘Venus Fly’ is now live online. ‘Venus Fly’ is taken from Grimes’ critically-adored album ‘Art Angels’ (4AD). Last year, Grimes toured for the album, selling out venues and headlining festivals around the world. Regarding her outstanding directing, Grimes says of the video, “We used the Phantom cameras to create a feeling of time suspended.” Check out the video here:
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With London emptied of its men now fighting at the Front, Catrin Cole (Gemma Arterton) is hired by the British Ministry of Information as a “slop” scriptwriter charged with bringing “a woman’s touch” to morale-boosting propaganda films, in the motion picture from Warner Brothers—Their Finest. Her natural flair quickly gets her noticed by dashing movie producer Buckley (Sam Claflin) whose path would never have crossed hers in peacetime. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and a colorful crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation. Although Catrin’s artist husband looks down on her job, she quickly discovers there is as much camaraderie, laughter and passion behind the camera as there is onscreen.
GRAMMY® AWARD-WINNING MEGHAN TRAINOR RELEASES NEW SONG “I’M A LADY” FROM “SMURFS: THE LOST VILLAGE”
GRAMMY® Award-winning MEGHAN TRAINOR will release her new song “I’m a Lady” from Sony Pictures Animation’s upcoming film Smurfs: The Lost Villagetomorrow on Epic Records worldwide. The accompanying music video will premiere next Friday, March 3.
Trainor also announced that she will be voicing one of the new characters fromSmurfs: The Lost Village, SmurfMelody, in the fully animated film.
“I’m so excited to be singing ‘I’m a Lady’ for this movie,” said Trainor. “It’s a song that I love and am very proud of, and I can’t wait for the world to finally hear it! Getting to play a small part in the film with my character, SmurfMelody, makes this all the more exciting! So happy to be a part of the Smurfs family!”
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subnormal magazine was the fearless and defiant punk rock mag that existed in the late 80’s on until the early 2000’s. subnormal has interviewed countless of the best bands on the planet, and was distributed in over 15 countries world wide, and every major city in the U.S., before the internet took control of your brain. It retired from hard copy and gradually crept back online here at the Hollywood Sentinel, and returns back to terrorize all fascists with its own site– on a day written of–but known by few. subnormal does not care about your fame, fortune, or awards. subnormal is wikileaks on steroids, ready to blow the lid of your dying planet. If you don’t like it–you know where to go.
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS RUTHLESS ABUSE OF CONSUMERS
Shame on the unethical jerks of Charter Communications for jacking up consumers utility bills by fifteen dollars per month the very same week they purchased Time Warner earlier last fall–a monopoly action foolishly approved by the federal government. Charter is owned by Microsoft, which recently allegedly got into business with the pot industry, reportedly making new technology for certain drug dealers to sell their weed.
BROOKE SHIELDS STALKER–BUSTED!
Creeper Stalker of Brooke Shields John Rinaldi was thrown in jail for a mere 2 months this year, due to his lunatic, psychotic behavior of stalking the beautiful star for many years, with even worse recent actions reportedly affecting the stars’ children. The psychopath’s lawyer–Jonathan Stonbely, idiotically tried defending the indefensible nut by stating that the only reason the case went to trial is because of Brooke Shield’s fame. Uh yeah–duh dude. Which is also one of the key reasons this nut stalked the star in the first place. The lunatic stalker was found guilty on all four counts against him. Stay away from Brooke Shields and her kids–loser!
I’M MORE FAMOUS YOU THAN YOU ARE!
“Hollywood is like a high school popularity contest for grown ups- except most are not really grown up– they’re mostly just a bunch of egotistical, neurotic brats running around like small children, demanding to get their way, and screaming, ‘Look at me!’ ‘Look at me!’ when inside, most are sick, damaged, lost souls, worshiping at the alter of fame which is- like the flames of hellfire- never satisfied”–subnormal magazine
Will the jackass that keeps sending us e-mails for boob jobs and vaginal reconstruction, with graphic nude photos in his e-mails that we did not ask for, kindly ‘stop’ e-mailing us? Dr. Michael Arata should be ashamed of himself for preying on the vulnerable insecurities of young women, whose bodies are just fine the way they are. Plastic surgery is poison, avoid it!
Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno reportedly knew of the sexual-abuse allegations against assistant coach scum Jerry Sandusky as early as 1976. A man identified as John Doe allegedly testified in 2014 that he informed Paterno about Sandusky’s inappropriate acts in 1976 when he was a young teenager, and that Paterno did nothing about it. Doe testified in court that Paterno said to him; “I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about.” Scum Sandusky is reportedly serving a minimum 30-year prison sentence for raping 10 young boys on the Penn State campus.
THE BILLIONAIRE PEDOPHILE
Billionaire Jeffrey Epstein, who reportedly got away with merely 13 months in jail and home detention, reportedly had a team of child traffickers working for him to recruit and traffic children as young as 12 years of age, to prostitute them out to many of the rich and famous on his so called Virgin Island property, “Orgy Island.”
The so called Pizza Gate scandal will be explored in the next issue of subnormal magazine here, out later this month in December.
Sexist Scum of the Art World
Miserable because he is either old and ugly, afraid to come out of the closet, or just a typical loser, German Neo-Sexist painter Georg Baselitz stated in a 2013 interview the idiotic quote that will mark his worthless grave– “Women don’t paint very well,” he said “It’s a fact.” Go back to your bunker old fool–we’re not having it.
Germany Stifles Art Freedom
Germany is destroying more freedoms in the art world, requiring dealers and owners of blue chip art works to get “permission” before their property can be considered to be sold outside of Germany. If the work is considered too old or valuable, Germany can deny the export. This is the same fascist like tactic Mexico enacted for works by Frida Khalo, except Germany is applying it to the entire art world in their country. Little do these alleged cultural defenders know, without freedom, culture is a soulless corpse, void of all, and meaning nothing.
Frieze Art Fair
Frieze Art Fair in New York has frozen progress, and is shrinking from five days of exhibition down to four. That which does not expand contracts. A business, institution or person needs to always be promoting and always expanding!
It seems like the more successful we get, the more psychotic jerks crawl out of the woodwork to try attack us. Such parasitical scum may finally flee, when like a roach killer, truth and justice are sprayed upon them, sending them back to the pits of hell from whence they came. Thanks to one new current evil psychotic liar that has chosen to unjustly attack us, we are now duly motivated to release in advance of our earlier planned schedule, the free beta version of HOLLYWOOD BLACKLISTED, yes–our upcoming new website warning ALL of the top, major VIP’s who work behind the scenes in Hollywood and around the world at the top levels in entertainment, what psychotics, parasites, liars and libelers to stay away from and avoid like the plague. If YOU would like to receive the first FREE beta version of HOLLYWOOD BLACKLISTED, free, and e-mailed directly to you, e-mail your request to starpowermanagementllc at gmail dot com and request such with the words HOLLYWOOD BLACKLISTED WANTED in the subject line, and include your full name, title, company, and direct phone number with area code in the body of the e-mail. Requests without this information will be denied.
The Hollywood Blacklisted site (and free beta list version by e-mail) will not be public, and will be a private service, by invite only, with the site accessed by a private password for approved VIP members only. We will not give the insane losers out there the public attention from us they so desperately crave. Do note, that the site and list is for working producers, directors, casting directors, talent agents, talent managers, magazine and newspaper publishers, TV shows, reporters, acting coaches, vocal coaches, photographers, lawyers, concert venues, band promoters, talent bookers, record label execs, movie studio execs, top stars, and similar professionals working behind the scenes who are top VIP’s ONLY. We reserve the right to reject any request. At this time, we will accept other reports ONLY from those persons that we personally know and can vouch for the ethics and integrity of, as good, honest people. (Yes, there actually are some of us in Hollywood). All reporters must provide their full name and company, and an exact report of the time, place and event of the trouble maker. We reserve the right to reject any sub-mission.
This highly valuable and informative site, could save you–the top entertainment star or VIP, countless hours or even years of trouble, turmoil, drama, liability, or danger. Get it NOW. And remember haters, Starpower Management chose to ignore you for over 15 years and focus on the good, and Hollywood Sentinel follows the law of attraction type philosophy, focusing ONLY on the good. However– subnormal does not play! This is the year of your karma. You mess with the bull–you get the horns!
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