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Queen: Days Of Our Lives Documentary

In 1970, rock and roll thanks to Queen, became much more colorful, grander, tongue in cheek, operatic, and theatrical minus the vast and expensive stage props, and capturing the audience strictly with the music. In the two-part documentary Queen: Days Of Our Lives, Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor recount the early days of Queen, they’re struggle to receive critical acceptance in the 70’s, to their triumphant performance at Live Aid. With plenty of rare raw footage of Queen working in the studio, outtakes, performances, and plenty of rarely seen interviews with Freddie Mercury, Queen: Days Of Our Lives is the definitive documentary of one of rock and roll’s greatest band. There’s even rare footage of Queen bassist John Deacon actually talking, being very candid in rare interviews.

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Green Day’s ‘Dookie’ turns 20

On February 1st, 1994, alternative punk-rock Berkeley trio, Green Day, took mainstream music by storm. The band released  Dookie on Reprise Records, which took three months to record at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, CA (September 1993-October 1993). The record’s producer was  Rob Cavallo and certainly wasn’t their last collaboration. This was Green Day’s third studio album (two previous recorded on indie-label Lookout! Records).  Dookie  received commercial world success  and  reached number two on US Billboard 200 charts and sold 16 million copies world-wide. The album later received a Grammy in 1995 and sprung radio hits,  Welcome To Paradise  (re-mastered version from 1992’s Kerplunk on Lookout! Records) , When I Come Around,  Basket CaseLongview, and  She . As of 2013, Dookie has sold over 20 million copies world-wide and remains one of the most influential records to date.

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Green Day’s American Idiot Turns 9

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Green Day’s politically acclaimed 7th studio album (5th with Reprise Records) celebrates its 9th anniversary today. Read more

Creedence Clearwater Revival — Fortunate Son

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Anyone that’s ever listened to classic rock radio has heard Creedence Clearwater Revival, and often.  When one is constantly bombarded with a few songs by a band, it can be easy to miss the true gems that might not be played quite as often. Read more

Linkin Park’s Living Things: An album of originality and evolution

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Agoura Hills-based, Nu Metal/ rock band, Linkin Park, released their 5th studio album, Living Things, on June 26th 2012 under Warner Bros. and Machine Shop Records. Read more

Queen’s “Dragon Attack”: Sweaty, sultry, brilliant (live song review)

Always one of the funkier songs from The Game, when played live — here, in 1982 — Queen’s song “Dragon Attack” became a different beast altogether — a sweaty and sultry one — as Freddie Mercury slinked across the stage like a snake, begging the audience to sample the band’s rock and roll apple.

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Nirvana’s Bleach: Murky sludge that should be more than an afterthought

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Unfairly or not, Nirvana’s debut album Bleach is inevitably compared to Nirvana’s other two studio albums, Nevermind and In Utero.  This really isn’t a fair comparison, as both Nevermind and In Utero were recorded at big studios with big budgets under the watchful eye of a big label (although Steve Albini’s production of In Utero preferred rough edges over polish).  Read more

Green Day’s Nimrod: A track-by-track look at the album where the band get (nearly) eclectic

“It’s some guy from the Old Testament. But for some strange reason it turned into a curse. It’s
another name for a dork.”
-Billie Joe Armstrong explaining the album’s unusual name in Metal Hammer Magazine

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Nimrod was recorded May-July of 1997 and released to the public on October 14. The album was produced by Rob Cavallo and released under Reprise Records. It sold 6 million copies and thanks to the acoustic single, “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life”)”, it reached number 10 on the Billboard charts. This was the Berkeley, CA trio’s 5th studio album and 3rd with Reprise. Read more

Green Day’s Insomniac: A track-by-track look at Green Day’s darkest album

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Facts:

Released October 10th 1995

Sold over 8 million copies

Hit Songs: Geek Stink Breath, Brain Stew, Jaded, Walking Contradiction, Stuck With Me

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Producer: Rob Cavallo

Green Day’s second mainstream album, Insomniac, was released to the public on October 10th, 1995 following 1994’s Grammy-award-winning Dookie. The album was noted by critics as “darker” opposed to their previous pop/punk sound. Lyrics describing explicit drug use, loneliness, frustration, panic attacks, self-doubt, and other events can be seen throughout the lyrics in each song. Read more

Rolling Stones — Street Fighting Man (live) (song review)

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Taking on a bit more urgency than the studio version on their classic album Beggar’s Banquet, here “Street Fighting Man” has a bit more of a chug and a bunch oomph from the guitars. And it has Mick Jagger throwing rose petals at the end, which is something that can’t quite get captured in a studio mix. Read more