Following a rocky patch with Allen, Ulbricht sold his black Ford F150 and, in November 2011, he moved to Australia, where his older sister, Cally, was living. The two had always been close and had even applied to go on the Amazing Race TV show together. “We were always a team,” she tells me. Ulbricht still lived like a student. “He didn’t buy much,” Cally says with a laugh. “He’s been wearing the same clothes for 20 years.” Ulbricht spent months surfing the local beaches. “Forecast: warmth and smiles,” he posted on Facebook. “It’s sunny again!!!” But he was less forthcoming about how he was paying the bills. “I thought he was working with foreign currencies, but I don’t really know what that means,” Cally says. Their mother just knew that he was doing some kind of financial work on the computer. “When he would explain things, I was like, ‘Oh, OK, whatever,'” Lyn says. … [Read more...] about Dead End on Silk Road: Internet Crime Kingpin Ross Ulbricht’s Big Fall
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1. “Somewhere Now”The album opener alternates between dreamy, almost Guided by Voices–like acoustic interludes and Who-style anthemic bursts – Tre Cool thinks he did his best drumming ever on it. Billie Joe Armstrong calls the first line – “I’m running late to somewhere now that I don’t want to be” – one of his all-time favorites. “It’s my favorite beginning of a record that we’ve ever had,” he says. “I think it’s so relatable, whether it’s going to your job or going to the dentist.” Another lyric, “How did life on the wild side get so dull,” touches on Armstrong’s post-rehab struggles: “How do you deal with dealing with yourself? Before it was, I’ll have a beer. Now, you have to sort of learn how to breathe a little bit more. I have never been good at boredom. I never know what to do when it’s, like, you and you’re alone with … [Read more...] about Green Day’s ‘Revolution Radio’: A Track-by-Track Guide to New Album
The way we look at disco now has of course changed since the genre originated as an east coast musical subculture for black, Latinx and LGBTQ communities. In the Seventies, it became a scene of liberation, spawning several popular dance trends, a whole fashion scene and big-voiced stars like Gloria Gaynor and Donna Summer. The sound of disco would eventually become the blueprint for hip-hop, with early emcees rapping on isolated disco beats. … [Read more...] about Could Disco Pave Pop’s Future?
And so in that time, they really woodshedded, and they actually started writing songs. And so I think what you see on Fun House is a band that got the chance to not have to play, like, once every other weekend. They’re doing gigs like a real working band. And from that, they got those songs. And what you hear on the Fun House record is basically their live set almost in the order of appearance. “Loose” started the set, but Gallucci thought that “Down on the Street” should start the record. But he basically recorded them, as I say in the liner notes, as they set up live … gave the singer a microphone on a mic stand and said, just do the set. And he just got out of the way basically. … [Read more...] about ‘Attitude, Intensity, Ferocity’: Henry Rollins on How the Stooges’ ‘Fun House’ Changed His Life
Memes are acts of beautiful futility. They aren’t jokes, but they’re meant to be funny, and a great meme thrives through a lack of context — try to explain them, and they immediately become ineffective. Most importantly, all memes have a shelf life. The BoyBoy West Coast‘s “U Was At The Club (Bottoms Up)” was a great meme. It just got its official release but, unfortunately, it may be too late for it to capitalize on its viral status. … [Read more...] about The BoyBoy West Coast’s ‘U Was at the Club’ is Finally Here