Tag Archives: The Grammy’s

In defense to Lady Gaga tributing Bowie at the Grammy’s…

I know everyone may not be pleased about Lady Gaga performing a tribute to Bowie at the Grammy’s. There’s always gonna be those haters ’cause you can’t please everyone right? Anyway, I can see why Lady Gaga was the right performer to tribute Bowie ’cause think about it, right? I’ve been following Gaga’s career for a pretty long time. Her music and her image is all Bowie-like. David Bowie was one of her biggest influences and you can tell. She’s a visual artist like him and she is a fashion artist like him. That’s why she always dresses so strangely and outrageously ’cause she’s like him, ya know? Bowie was a pretty important part of her life. Gaga is a like modern version of David Bowie. I can’t see anybody else tributing David Bowie other than her. She’s the only one that could do it. Some may not have been pleased with it but no matter what you think of it, Bowie himself would have been proud.

Kev

Beck came a long way to where he is today…

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If you read Beck’s bio online, you would see that Beck came a long way to get where he is today. He didn’t get where he is today over night. Back when Beck was a nobody, he started out as a folk, country and blues musician. At the time, he couldn’t get gigs so he started performing Mississippi John Hurt covers on a city bus in Los Angeles. At that time, Beck was a real-life “Loser” which inspired him to write that smash radio hit for the “MellowGold” album. As a teen, Beck struggled to get a job and tried to get a place to live on his own but with little success he decided to move to New York City to become involved in the folk scene in the Manhatten area. When that didn’t work out, Beck moved back to Los Angeles. Beck got a job at a video store and started getting actual gigs booked at art clubs and coffeehouses. He later got signed to BMG music after he made a demo in a friends living room in L.A.

Later in the early 90’s, Beck signed with Geffen records to release the Mellow Gold album. While the album was a smash hit and made no. 13 on the Billboard Top 200, the album suffered a backlash from critics ’cause of it’s weird sound and controversial lyrics, remember that? In the beginning, Beck struggled in the music industry and tried very hard to become the successful artist that he is today.

After “Mellow Gold”, Beck finally got accepted in the music industry with his hit album “Odelay” which was his best selling album. Then he went on to make other albums such as “Mutations”, “Sea Change”, “Midnight Vultures”, etc. Beck never stayed in one genre of music. He always switched from rock, folk, blues, jazz, hip hop, dance, etc. If you listen to his album “Midnight Vultures”, most of that album is a disco and dance album.

Whether you like Beck or hate him, you still need to give him the respect and kudos after he went from playing Mississippi John Hurt songs on a bus to being a Grammy winner for “Album of the Year”. Beck produced most of his own albums, played most of his own instruments. Beck really did work hard to earn that Grammy.

I wonder how Beyonce got where she is today? Oh that’s right, she got manufactured by record labels by getting her start through the R&B and pop group, Destiny’s Child. Beyonce only made 5 solo albums in her career and Beck have been making albums longer than her. Beyonce also had roles in a bunch of movies. Most of Beyonce’s music is all samples and the same beat throughout the whole song. She needed a bunch of songwriters and producers to help make her the music and Beyonce is considered an icon in today’s industry? Seriously?

I really hate today’s industry. Today’s music industry is a joke all-around.

Beck is a real and true music artist. He’s one of the few “real” music artists left, anyways. I’m glad he finally got his recognition. The Grammy’s did make the right decision. I’m gonna grab the “Morning Phase” album from Itunes soon.

Kev

The Grammy’s thoughts…

Yes, I did watch the Grammy’s last night ’cause I had nothing else better to do and I watched the show just for laughs alone. Predictably most of it was a pretty bad show but I think this year’s was the worse but thankfully Ac/Dc saved it at the beginning of it. I’m glad they put Ac/Dc as the first performer, otherwise we would have to get struck through a bad show just to see them. Ac/Dc killed it as expected! The band played their own instruments… there was no miming and lip-syncing to a backing track. Ac/Dc can really play and Brian Johnsonw was really singing. You can tell the band was doing everything for real! I think it’s safe to say that Ac/Dc was the only good thing about last night’s show. Ac/Dc is real music there and the band showed the Grammy’s artists how to really perform live!

Anyway, most of the show last night was boring ’cause there were way too many live performances and less awards given. I mean, really? Most of the performances the artists performed slow ballads. I was bored to tears when Lady Gaga and Tony got up there.

I even hated Kanye West’s performance… all he did was stand on a light with smoke coming out of it and moving his arms around while lip-syncing to a backing track.

The Awards given to was laughable as usual except I was pretty surprised that Beck won for “Album of the Year” for his newest album, “Morning Phase”. I used to like Beck but not anymore. I stopped liking Beck after the “Odelay” album ’cause I liked his earlier stuff more when he was doing the folk music thing like all the stuff he did on the “Mellowgold” album, that’s the kind of Beck I wanna hear. Beck has gone a bit too pop, in my opinion but I’m still happy for him that he won, though. Beck winning is better than Beyonce winning.

One thing I was disgusted with last night’s Grammy’s was that they ended the show with a “Black History Month” kind of thing and they payed tribute to the movie, “Selma” and that little thug, Michael Brown. I mean, really? I think the only reason they did that ’cause it was their way of making liberals and the black community happy ’cause their Beyonce didn’t win, “Album of the Year”. The Grammy’s did that ’cause they didn’t want to anger Al Sharpton and the race baiters. It was proven over and over again, that Michael Brown was a criminal and thug… and they just honored him last night. Typical liberal Hollywood! Nothing new there.

I’m sure Al Sharpton and the racebaiters are gonna be pissed that Beyonce didn’t win “Album of the Year” but they need to get over themselves and they need to learn that the world doesn’t revolve around them, that’s not how life works, ya know?

Once again, Ac/Dc was the only good thing about last night’s show and I’m glad to see Chris Slade back in the band.

Kev

The Grammy’s finally starting to give rock music more respect? Ac/Dc set to perform award show on TV…

The Grammy Awards have always been dominated by pop, rap and country for many years. Last year’s Grammy’s they had Metallica & Lang Lang, Queens of the Stone Age, NIN perform on TV.

This year they are having Ac/Dc.

I hate the Grammy’s like most but it’s actually kind of cool that they are giving rock n’ roll more respect. Hopefully they don’t put Ac/Dc as the last performer where the Grammy’s would cut their performance at the end of the show like they did with NIN last year. I don’t think the Grammy’s would do that to Ac/Dc though… those guys are iconic rock legends and they don’t wanna disrespect them.

Congrats to Ac/Dc. Yeah, I love the band. Always did and I’ll be watching the Grammy’s just for their performance alone.

Kev

What was wrong with the Metallica and Lang Lang performance? I thought it was fine!!!

So Metallica and Lang Lang performed the Grammy’s last night, and the Metallica song they ended up playing was “One” which was a great choice of a song actually! I’m glad they stayed away from “Enter Sandman” for once.

Like usual when it comes to Metallica there are always mixed criticism. Some loved this performance and some hated it but what’s new with Metallica haters, ya know? People will hate everything Metallica does these days. Every time Metallica wants to try something different, nope, they can’t make everybody happy. That’s why I respect the hell out of Metallica. They aren’t afraid to take risks with their music and try something new.

I liked this collaboration with Metallica and Lang Lang. The piano sounded different with metal.

When people are hating on this performance, the critique is that the sound mixing is a little off and Kirk’s guitar is out of tune a little bit. People are also complaining about James’s vocals and like always, they still think Lars drumming sucks.

I mean really? I agree that the sound mixing was a little off but despite the technical issues they still played really well. I thought it was a good performance. At least, it proved that Metallica can really play. Metallica never believed in fake playing, auto-tuned and lip syncing like most of the Grammy’s show was just that.

You should still give the Grammy’s credit for finally having heavy music on the show, though. I did watch the Grammy’s last night and to be honest, it was actually a pretty good show. I was impressed with the diversity of genres. They had every genre of music perform on the Grammy’s stage. Something for everybody which was kind of cool. I respect that.

Although, I’m disappointed that Lorde didn’t win “Album of the Year”, Daft Punk deserved it too ’cause they’re good even though that group is gimmicky as hell.

Back to Metallica and Lang Lang, I wish people wouldn’t be so opinionated and hateful. Lang Lang looked like he was having a blast performing with Metallica. Huge smile on his face throughout the performance. After this, I can definitely see Metallica and Lang Lang collaborate again. Maybe Lang Lang will special guest on the next Metallica album, that’ll probably end up happening.

The Grammy’s was actually a decent show. I was surprised.

Kev

Yes, I think I’m gonna watch the Grammy’s tonight…

Yeah, I’ll probably watch the Grammy’s tonight just for laughs and for something to watch on TV. I wanna see the Metallica and Lang Lang performance. I’ve been watching Lang Lang videos in youtube and he’s a pretty sick pianist. Wow!!! After seeing Lang Lang in youtube, I can easily see why him and Metallica would be an obvious collaboration. Lang Lang plays fast piano so he can easily jam along to speed metal.

Anyway as for my predictions on the winners of the Grammy’s tonight, I’d say who the hell cares but I know that Lorde will probably sweep everything, and she will indeed win, “Album of the Year” for her “Pure Heroine” album. It’s a great album so I actually would like to see her win those awards tonight ’cause you know she’s going to.

Other than that, it’s probably gonna be a horrendous show… the Madonna performance will be a nightmare but will be funny to watch.

I’ll write an honest review of the Grammy’s either late tonight or tomorrow.

Kev

Thought: Patrick Carney vs. Justin Bieber feud…

There’s a lot of controversy over this, so I thought I would respond my quick thoughts on this story. TMZ has caught up with Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, and they asked him a question about Justin Bieber that sparked outrage with the public. Patrick said, “He’s rich right? Grammys are for, like, music. Not for money… and he’s making a lot of money. He should be happy.” Justin responded back to him on his twitter saying he needs to be slapped up.

More on the story, here.

Here’s the thing. Before the Black Keys released their major label album, “El Camino”, they were just a small indie band. They weren’t very well known before that album. Now that they are starting to become commercial and mainstream, they’re gonna have to start dealing with being a “celebrity”, instead of a rock band. They have to watch every word they say now because the media will be all over it. Patrick has been outspoken about other things before but that’s how the media works.

It’s great that a rock band like the Black Keys is getting fame and mainstream recognition, but the way the music industry is today, it isn’t a good time for any rock band to become famous now. The Black Keys are a great rock band, they’re talented. Now that they are famous, Patrick and Dan are going to be looked at as bad guys ’cause their music is different than everyone else in the industry. The Black Keys aren’t a pop, r&b or a rap band. They are strictly blues rock.

Since Patrick said that comment about Justin Bieber, sure enough, all the Bieber fans and supporters stick up for him, and they think Patrick is a bully now just for being honest. That’s how their little “clique” works.

So who am I siding with? I’m sure you’re going to think I’m siding with Patrick on this one, but honestly, I’m kind of neutral on this one. Sure Patrick has the right to say what he wants but if he doesn’t want to be in hot water for this, then he should have avoided TMZ or the paparazzi altogether. In my opinion, I think Patrick has a lot to learn about celebrity and fame. He still has the rock star attitude in him as you can see and the way pop culture is, they won’t welcome that.

Justin Bieber isn’t innocent in this either. He needs to learn that the world doesn’t revolve around him just because he’s the world’s famous pop star. When you start seeing other celebrities like Patrick Carney and many others calling out Justin Bieber, that means we’re all getting tired of the Justin Bieber hype. It is why the kid needs to slow down in his career. The kid never takes any time off. He has to work all the time.

In my opinion, I think The Black Keys guys, Dan and Patrick should drop the major label and go back to indie, before the mainstream destroys them and it’s already happening.

Kev