The music man

Hidden behind a barbershop in a particularly nondescript part of Los Angeles’ Korea town district sits a small, equally unremarkable looking building. We call it the Death star,” says Stacy Jones, gesturing at the unit through a rain-splattered windshield. We’re sitting in his car because inside the studio, which the American Hi-Fi frontman has owned for the past decade, French garage- rock girls Plastiscines are recording vocal takes for their third album, which Jones is producing. “Normally I’d say we could just do the interview outside, but this weather….» He nods toward the ominous skies above, which have darkened following

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Tabletops For Album Covers

How does an idea of creating a very personal or unique album cover of a function shoot seem to you? And that too by shooting tabletops!

I have noticed that function photographers are generally interested in portraits or photographing models, but turn a blind eye to tabletops. They seem to pose a question, «What’s the use?» They crib that the market is competitive, but at the same time they fail to think ‘broadly, on how to deliver or present their pictures in a different way to make a mark of their own.

Through this write-up I shall deal with this

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Aug. 20: Bobby McFerrin, a virtuoso who never met a musical genre he couldn’t wrap his supple vocal chords around convincingly, turns to spiritual music with his «Spirit-youall» album.


Aug. 14: The highly influential rapper El-P and the Outkast collaborator Killer Mike have joined forces as Run the Jewels. Their self-titled Fool’s Gold release showcases their brilliant, aggressive delivery of complex rhymes. As indie-rap veterans, both are at the top of their game, a refreshing antidote to Top 40 rap artists who peak at younger ages with skills far less honed. As Mike declares on the song «Get

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Studio Spotlight

Composer, producer and performer Marvin Ayres walks us around his audio production suite Wall Of Waves, a sonic sanctuary in a converted house in south London…

He has released a couple of albums, Cellosphere and Neptune, on the influential label Mille Plateaux to critical acclaim. Ayres has since worked with Jaki Liebezeit (ex CAN) and collaborated with many visual artists on audiovisual installations, which have been exhibited in major galleries including The Tate Modern.

Ayres’ most recent project is Sacred Spaces, for which he composes and records in unusual places — everywhere from derelict industrial sites to historic places of

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SHAH: Psychotronics IN ACTION

The first issue of Rock City we already wrote about the Moscow thrashers, calling themselves the Shah. Since then, enough time has passed to again talk with Antonio Garcia and find out what happened to a group of the above-mentioned period of time. Moreover, the group at the moment is really stabilized and any problems in this respect is not expected.

So, as we said Shah composition stabilized, and we can finally announce the names of participants, without using type definitions "young guy, etc. The core group has remained unchanged: guitarist / vocalist Anton Garcia and drummer Andrew Sazonov. Plus,

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Jim Madden, Thomas Jacques

Uses humor not just to rub your inexperience in, but also to make light of awkward situations when you’ve g’ot nothing1 better to cook but instant noodles. This comedy cookbook helps salvage whatever culinary skills you may have, pairing each recipe with a song 1 dedication, and an unusual fixation for ’80s pop music and hair bands.


It’s the musical

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Disappointment … That is the bitter feeling when you realize that the old idols do not correspond to your idea of ​​them (and perhaps never matched), when you suddenly hear music in their performance, which is completely contrary to what they were doing before, or simply do not express themselves without touching your soul absolutely no strings. In the life of music lovers to experience such frustration can occur quite frequently. But what is the background of profound changes taking place with musical groups? Why people are executed once profound, complex, interesting music, suddenly begin to play once outspoken pop

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Difficult fate of Vicious Rumors

What grunge — music for the last idiots now, probably already understand everything, even the penultimate idiots. But only a few had time to realize before the end of the destructive nature of these siettlskih lumpen. Two and a half years it took the bubble to burst; but during this time the vandals in greasy Pidorka unchallenged sway in the gardens of the music industry, selflessly trampling all that was left of an already exhausted beriberi heavy metal scene. Things reached the point that majeure record companies, one after another began to organize an audit of their musical foundations crowd

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Howlin Wind

With his vocals as impassioned as his guitar playing, hard-working bluesman Danny Bryant has produced an album of rare power. Interview by Michael Heatley

The blues world has seen many examples of older players mentoring young prodigies and passing on the wisdom of their years: Danny Gatton with Joe Bonamassa is one relatively recent relationship. For upand-coming British guitarist Danny Bryant, the man who helped to get his mojo well and truly working was Walter Trout, some three decades his senior.

‘When I was about 14 my mum and dad had one of Walter’s albums – I don’t think they

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Rob Zombie

But we, of course, are primarily interested in the album. While the ‘Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor’ in any respect can not be called boring work (that could be said, for example, ‘Hellbilly Deluxe 2’), here, however, there has been no progress, no creative evolution. Instead, we propose to listen to the next peppered with a selection of industrial militants signature sound familiar even at times of White Zombie. Although the album sounds cheerful and fun, and forces us to stamp one’s foot down, very fast inevitably comes to mind, «And I have not heard of this before?». And the answer

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