Father John Misty (A.K.A. Josh Tillman) takes aim at Internet age self-absorption on his hilarious new single “Ballad of the Dying Man.” Over a Beatles-esque piano and acoustic guitar, Tillman observes one man’s final moments: “So says the dying man, ‘Once I’m in the box, just think of all the overrated hacks running amok/ All the pretentious, ignorant voices that will go unchecked/ The homophobes, hipsters and one-percent.'” After lamenting not being able to beat back “the rising tide of idiots, dilettantes and fools on his watch while he was alive,” the protagonist succumbs to his fate – but not before a quick Facebook scan: “Eventually the dying man takes his dying breath/ But first checks his news feed to see what he’s ’bout to miss.” The track gradually swells to a cathartic climax, assisted by a gospel choir. “Ballad of the Dying Man” is the latest track from his upcoming … [Read more...] about Hear Father John Misty Chronicle Narcissist’s Death in New Song
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One afternoon in 1974, the five young Mexican American musicians who had recently christened themselves Los Lobos gathered for a rehearsal in the back yard of Cesar Rosas’s house, a small stucco bungalow fifty yards from the freeway in East Los Angeles. And on that day, the members of Los Lobos turned their attentions for the first time from the rock & roll of their youth to the traditional Mexican songs of their parents and grandparents. Rosas and his friend Frank Gonzales had already begun learning a dance number called “Mil Amores” from an album that Rosas’s mother owned, painstakingly adapting the violin part for mandolin and guitar. Now the other three — guitarist David Hidalgo, bassist Conrad Lozano and drummer Louie Perez — were filling out the arrangement. Over the din of the passing cars, they worked fitfully, running inside the house to listen to a tricky portion of the song for reference, going out for a few more six-packs and, Perez … [Read more...] about Los Lobos: The World of Their Fathers
Update (11/26/2018): On Monday, rapper Daniel “Tekashi 6ix9ine” Hernandez pleaded not guilty in a New York court for racketeering and firearm charges, his attorney Lance Lazzaro confirmed to Rolling Stone. Hernandez will remain in custody until his trial, now set for September 4, 2019. Lazzaro did not make a new request for bail after the judge denied his last offer, of $1 million, at Hernandez’ arraignment last week. ** Tekashi 6ix9ine (real name Daniel Hernandez) is facing a mandatory minimum sentence of 32 years in prison, according to the prosecuting U.S. attorney at the rapper’s arraignment on Monday night. The rapper was arrested on Sunday night and faces federal charges including racketeering allegations stemming from Hernandez’s involvement with the Nine Trey Bloods, as well as a previously unreported armed robbery. Hernandez faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. “[Hernandez] is a member of a violent sect of the Bloods,” … [Read more...] about Tekashi 6ix9ine Faces 32 Years to Life in Prison on Racketeering, Firearm Charges
“I love Coldplay!” Ryley Walker yells in the middle of a crowded bar in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. “There, I said it.” It’s been a long journey to get to this point, but after years of disavowing his passion for bands like Coldplay, Switchfoot and DC Talk in order to pursue an identity as know-it-all indie rocker, the singer-songwriter has finally reconciled who he is today with the music he cherished growing up. “All I want to do right now is go back to the music I heard when I was fucking 15,” he says. “When I listen to it, it takes me back to a place where things were very simple and I was very happy.” At 29, Walker has already released five albums and three EPs. His breakthrough was 2015’s Primrose Green, a kaleidoscopic record that expertly combined Van Morrison–flavored soul-folk with sprawling, Chicago-style noise and jazz. With Deafman Glance, released in May, Walker zeroed in on a groovy … [Read more...] about Why Is a Chicago Indie Rocker Covering a Lost Dave Matthews Band LP?