Smells Like Another Crappy Sitcom

With the exception of a very cliche’ “Kurt Cobain is rolling over in his grave, and then proceeding to dig his way out, find a gun, and shoot himself all over again”, I’m kind of at a loss for words.

According to Stereogum.com, CBS has officially green-lighted a new sitcom called Smells Like Teen Spirit, by the same people who bring us one of the most overrated shows on television, The Big Bang Theory. I’ve seen Big Bang a few times, and if I said I didn’t chuckle along with the laugh track (a.k.a. dead people) once or twice, I’d be lying. But why, Dave Goetsch? Why, oh why, did you have to go there?  Sure, the song “Smells Like  Teen Spirit” has been way over-commercialized as is–in fact, apparently Cobain got to a point where he despised playing it–but this just takes the insult to a whole other level.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the basic plot of the show will “[revolve] around an 18-year-old budding entrepreneur who forgoes Harvard and instead opts to launch a multibillion-dollar Internet company from his garage with the assistance of his sister, best friend and his 1990s indie-rock parents.”

So. Stupid.

The irony: If the parental characters in the show are, in fact, so “indie-rock” , they themselves would probably find the creation of a sitcom named after the grunge anthem of the 90s (and eternity) rather insulting… Conundrum!

Just incase you forgot, this is what “Teen Spirit” use to mean:

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Doom and Gloom

At the beginning of September, the Stones announced that they would be releasing a greatest hits album, title: GRRR!, U.S. release date:  November 13, in celebration of their 50th anniversary.  Hardly an “album”, it will actually be available in a few different versions, including a three-CD 50 track version, and a four-CD 80 tracks version, and will act almost as a time machine, from their start to present day, with songs including “The Last Time”, “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction”, “Get Off Of My Cloud”, “Jumping Jack Flash”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, “Miss You” and “Start Me Up”.  It will also include two new songs, one of which was released today and entitled “Doom and Gloom”. Check out its brand new lyrics video here.

Now if only they would release some 2013 tour dates..

Just a Little Flea-Bee…

Yep. That just happened.  That crazy, little, genius nut of a man just announced via Twitter that he will be releasing some solo work sometime in the near future. According to consequenceofsound.net, he had first mentioned the creation of the solo album, Helen Burns, in a Los Angeles Times interview back in 2008, around the conclusion of their Stadium Arcadium tour.  Whelp!… this is news to me, anyway.  I’ll be sure to supply more information once more information is known. Stay tuned, Flea-Heads!

More than Music

I found this video, which was created by a Portuguese student as a project for her English class, on YouTube today, and I thought it would be a perfect introduction to this post…

To Maria Carolina,

Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing this.

For the first time is a very long time, I’m finding that I’m at a loss for words about something I’ve listened to.  As you all know, I am a huge John Frusciante fan. I always have been and I always will be.  He has taken a lot of risks in his life, including leaving one of the greatest bands of our time. But the creation of Letur Lefr might exceed them all.  It is unlike anything I’ve ever heard.  I’ve just started listening to the album in it’s entirety, so I’m going to have to get back to you all about my thoughts on it, but I wanted to post this one song, “In My Light”, on Bask in the Music as soon as possible.  Take a listen.

This is truly more than music.  I’m not sure what it is, but it’s beautiful.

Settle Down, Jack White.

No Doubt. The epitome of 90s ska punk alternative pop rock. I was so in love with this band, in 4th grade I literally wanted to be Gwen Stefani.  I wanted her retro, bleach blonde hair-do, all of her baggy pant/crop top ensembles, and even her braces.  In fact, their album Tragic Kingdom was one of the very first CDs I owned.  With my Walkman constantly in hand, long car rides were filled with the likes of  “Spiderwebs”, “Just a Girl”, and, “Don’t Speak”.  This band freakin’ rocked, as I’m sure all young women of my generation would concur.

Now, after their long-awaited, reunited return, the band has released their first single in over a decade – the song, “Settle Down”.  Sadly for me, it fell incredibly short.  I understand that they’re trying to maintain their roots and stay true to their original sound, but this is just plain boring.  Okay, maybe “boring” is a little harsh.  Let’s try “easy”.  Check it out the new single below and see what you think for yourself.

If you know anything about me and my taste in music, I have no doubt that certain genres and sounds have the ability to exceeded these invisible obstacles we call “time” and “generation”.  I love plenty of music from the 1960s, 70s, 80s (well, with the 80s I’m a little bit more selective), and 90s.  I still love their old music, and plenty of similar bands of that time and sound (Garbage, 311, Sublime, in addition to 50% of the music featured on the Clueless soundtrack.) So what is it about this song that just sort of irks me?  It’s like, they’re trying too hard… or not hard enough.  In which case, I find the title of the song kind of ironic… or obvious.  Whatever. I’m choosing to stay optimistic, and hope the rest of the upcoming album will pleasantly surprise me.

In other news today, Jack White just debuted his video for the song “Freedom at 21”, from his first solo album Blunderbuss, which was released this past April.  I really liked the album, and despite his general creepiness, I actually find him incredibly talented.  It was nice revisiting this song today, but the video… my goodness. With it’s borderline pornographic and misogynistic undertones, it is a true testament to the fact that male musicians, especially guitar players, really can get any girl, and have all of their sexual fantasies met… even when they permanently resemble a less attractive Johnny Depp in a Tim Burton movie.  So fellas, listen up. Learn to play the guitar, and learn it good. Just ask Jack.

“Brendan’s Death Song”

So I guess this is the week of epic music video releases…

RedHotChiliPeppers.com and RollingStone.com have debuted the official video for the Chili Pepper’s “Brendan’s Death Song” from their 2011 I’m With You album. This song was written for their long-time friend, Brendan Mullen, who passed away on the first day of production on the recent album.  Mullen, a well-known and respected Hollywood nightclub owner, met Anthony and Flea in the early 80’s, giving them one of their very first gigs at his Club Lingerie. He was immediately supportive of the band, and they remained good friends until his death in 2009.  He had also been co-authoring a biography on the Chili Peppers when he died. In the interview below, Anthony describes Brendan as, “[having] a love for music and art and life and freaks.”

I actually really love the music video. It’s simple, it’s respectful – while still clinging, somewhat, to the band’s bad ass roots- and, according to what information I know about Mullen, a traditional New Orleans funeral seems fitting.  When announcing the video release yesterday on Twitter, Flea even proclaimed it to be his favorite video thus far from the I’m With You era. I concur.

To get an exclusive first watch of the video now, visit the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Official Website, or Rolling Stone’s Website.

“National Anthem”

And just in time for the 4th of July!

Lana Del Rey debuted her brand new video for her song “National Anthem” this morning, and already the interwebs are ablaze, buzzing with both nods and criticisms of the somewhat historical/slightly “remixed” story of John F. Kennedy’s various loves, and assassination.  Reminiscent of her “Born to Die” video, which is jam-packed with romance and sex appeal, followed by a tragic and morbid conclusion, the “National Anthem” video follows a similar recipe.  I have to say, however, that although the lyrics to this song are limited – at least to me – I can’t help but love the video, as I love all of her videos. They are all so beautifully shot, their retro vibe probably being their initial appeal to me.  But I also just really love her ideas on portraying her realities.  She explains in the below interview: “I’ve been making videos since I was seventeen, collecting vintage footage from different archives, and setting moving pictures to classical music – clips that meant a lot to me… I had a vision of making my life a work of art.”

Below is the official “National Anthem” video, featuring rapper A$AP Rocky as a modern-day JFK.

Thoughts?

Saturday Night Jagger, My Guitar Hero & A Little E. Sharpe

There is a very long list of reasons why I love summer – the days are longer, my skin is less pasty, day drinking is less scrutinized, and everyone tends to be in a better mood.  The only real bummer is taking a break from some of our favorite T.V. shows. One of these shows for me is Saturday Night Live. Although some might argue that it hasn’t been any good since Will Ferrell peaced out in 2002, I have continued to be a relatively avid viewer of the show.  Despite popular belief, sometimes it is actually still funny, and you are almost always guaranteed a great live musical performance.  Mick Jagger hosted the last episode of this season, and performed some of his classics with Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, and Jeff Beck.


Check out the amazing performances by clicking the links below:

“The Last Time”

“19th Nervous Breakdown”

There was also the so so sad farewell to one of my all time favorite cast members, Kristen Wiig, to two of my favorite Rolling Stones songs, “She’s a Rainbow” and “Ruby Tuesday”.

On a different note, more exciting updates surfaced yesterday regarding John Frusciante’s 2012 album release from the man himself!  A letter on his NEW WEBSITE, www.johnfrusciante.com, explains that there are actually two new records coming out.  The first is an EP entitled Letur-Lefr, and the second is an LP entitled PBX Funicular Intaglio ZoneLetur-Lefr will be released in Japan on July 4th, in North America on July 17th, and in the rest of the world on July 16th. PBX Funicular Intaglio Zone will be released in Japan on September 12th, in North America on September 25th and in the rest of the world on September 24th. Here is a sampling of the cover art, which John created himself. Love.

Today the first single from Letur-Lefr was released on the web.  The 1 minute 30 second instrumental jam Glowe is very chill, purely John, and yet only slightly telling of what we should expect from the rest of the album.  His continuous unpredictability is, after all, one of the reasons we love him. Check it out:

Speaking of new releases, today was also the release of the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros’ second album Here.  In typical E. Sharpe fashion, the songs have generally cheery, upbeat and folky tendencies.  Although soulful to the brink of churchy, it’s still definitely a good listen for sunny days spent skipping through an open field (or days stuck in a cubical when you wish you were skipping through an open field…)  Either way, if you were into their first album, it’s definitely worth a listen.

In the meantime, I’ve been working on a sweet ass summer playlist for you guys. I’ll let you know via twitter once it’s ready.

Follow me @baskinthemusic for updates!

July 9, 2012 – A.K.A. The Best Day Ever

Holy shit, it’s happening.

It was announced on Friday that John Frusciante, despite years of anticipation and worry from his fans, IS, in fact, releasing an album this year.  July 9 is Letur Lefr’s official scheduled release date.  With the exception of a few collaborative projects throughout the past couple years (including work with Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and the Mars Volta, and his wife 😦 Nicole Turley’s band, Swahili Blonde), this will be the first solo release of his since the brilliant 2009’s The Empyrean ::swoon::

48 days and counting, my friends.  It will be worth the wait.

(A big shout out to Invisible Movement for being the first to share this exciting news.)

Some Unreleased Foo

Really quick post, but I wanted to share these two unreleased tracks from the Foo Fighters’ first recording of their 2002 album “One by One” – which, was originally called “Million Dollar Demo”.  Many of the original tracks were abandoned after the second recording of the album, and even though over the years a few instrumental versions of tracks from “Million Dollar Demo” have surfaced, the public has never heard any of the full, original songs.

Today, two of these songs, “Have it All” and “Come Back” appeared on YouTube. Foo Fighters fans, rejoice!

Check out the tracks below.