The first solid heavy music release of 2013 is here. Love And Death’s Between Here And Lost is quite simply, a force to be reckoned with. The brainchild of former Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch, Love And Death puts Welch’s former band to shame with its heaviness. Continuing on the path Welch set with his solo debut Saving Me From Myself in 2008, Love And Death is so much more giving nods to his old band while putting his unmistakable stamp [...]
You might remember Brian Welch when he was going by “Head” and playing guitar in a little band known as Korn. After releasing a solo album under the Head moniker in 2008, Welch rebranded himself complete with a new band called Love And Death and released the Chemicals EP last year. With a new full-length on the horizon, Welch took the time to respond to some questions from Popblerd via email: 1. How does Love & Death differ [...]
The first (and hopefully only) posthumous project from Amy Winehouse is one of this week’s major new releases.
O.K. – so rewind back to 2008 for a minute. I am in a limo with Raymond Herrera (Fear Factory), Billy Gould (Faith No More), Brooks Wackerman (Bad Religion) and James “Munky” Shaeffer (Korn) and we’re talking about all things music. James is working on his debut solo project and he tells me it’s called Fear and The Nervous System. I am completely stoked to hear how it’s all coming together and up to this point have assisted two of his other [...]
Welcome to Blerd Radio Episode 6! Mike and Jesse had a lot on their minds following Episode 5′s lighthearted birthday celebration. Here are some of the things that get discussed. -Celebrities Losing Their Damn Fool Minds!: Tracy Morgan’s homophobic stand-up rant, Russell Crowe’s tirade against circumcision, Lupe Fiasco calling President Obama a terrorist and Congressman Wiener’s um…wiener?? Why do famous people fuck up so much? Or are we just paying more attention to them because they’re famous? -Sports: Mike talks [...]
There’s not a heck of a lot to report on the album chart this week-we are officially in the summer doldrums, although the first serious challenger to Eminem’s four weeks and counting run at the top of the chart arrived in the form of Rick Ross. If his “Teflon Don” can squeeze out 130,000 or so copies (not a stretch considering the rapper is inexplicably popular), he has a chance of sliding Slim Shady out of the perch he’s inhabited [...]
So much for saying that rap music is a dying commercial art form. If it wasn’t for hip-hop, this week’s #1 album would have only sold 45,000 units. Rappers manage to take the top three positions on this week’s Billboard album chart, led for a third consecutive week by Eminem. “Recovery” continues to defy expectations, experiencing only a 27% drop in it’s 3rd week and selling a still impressive 229,000 copies. The last album to sell more than 200,000 copies [...]
Whatever happened to letting the music do the talking? Yes, M.I.A., I’m referring to you. The set up for the Sri Lanka-born rapper’s third album (which is called “Maya” but is spelled out with some ridiculous set of symbols that I have no desire to replicate here) has been marred by a bizarre video and a flame war with a New York Times writer who decided to air out some…shall we say, inconsistencies in M.I.A.’s actual lifestyle vs. her artistic [...]