Tony Iommi Gets Animated

The legendary Black Sabbath guitarist, Tony Iommi, is still making news. No, he does not have another book or album coming out. Interestingly, he is going to be appearing in a new animated series about the history of heavy metal music and hard rock says  Ricardo Guimarães BMG.

On the first episode, Iommi recounts the tale of how he lost two of his fingertips. Fans of Black Sabbath and Iommihave likely heard this story many times before. Those who are new to the music thanks to discovering Ozzy Osbourne over past few years might be stunned to learn one of the most iconic guitar players in heavy metal and rock history suffered such a horrible accident. Instead of letting the accident deter him, he continued to play.

Actually, he did a lot more than just play the guitar. Iommi become one of the greatest of the great rock and roll guitar players. His riffs on legendary songs such as Iron Man, Paranoid, and Children of the Grave are among the most memorable ever recorded.

Why did VH-1 decides to create a new documentary series in an animated format? Well, VH-1 has done a number of rock documentaries over the years. Going the route of producing the new series in animated format is, well, something both interesting and different. Consider the first episode is featuring the great Tony Iommi, the future installments are likely to be just as awesome.

Kanye, Beck Mashup

What happens when you take two great singers and put them together? Magic. That’s exactly what happened when Arcade Fire’s Win Butler took two greats and made a mashup of the two.

Kanye’s “Jesus Walks” and Beck’s “Loser” were chosen to create a unique and awesome song all of its own and Bruce Karatz can’t stop hitting repeat. The mashup most likely has some kind of meaning we can’t be sure of, but it’s unique sound is undeniable.

Many twitter users didn’t even know who Beck was until Kanye made a comment about giving the grammy of the year to Beyonce’ for artistry. When Kanye made this comment, a whole lot of people were confused with what was going on at least until some apt Googling revealed who Beck was.

This also brought back memories of Arcade Fire who won the Grammy in 2011. These two things probably prompted the mashup of Beck and Kanye giving not only Arcade Fire a new hit, but Beck as well.

There are many mashups that are created, but this one is by far one of the best ones we’ve seen this year. Be sure to catch it on your radio or watch it right here. You don’t want to be left out in the cold when it comes to this awesome song.

Jeff Beck to Release New Album Along with a Documentary and Book

This clearly appears that 2015 will be a big year for legendary rock guitarist Jeff Beck. The jazz rock fusion guitar king will be releasing what he says is the best album of his career in terms of actual guitar sound and tone. Beck is well known within the industry for two specific techniques. One is the fact that he never uses a pick. The other is the fact that he never uses a processor or any sound modification. He is just a guitar player with an amp and a chord, and of course, a guitar.

Beck has also announced that he is making an official documentary of his life, which is one of the most illustrious in rock and roll history and will impress rock historians like Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG. Beck was originally a member of the Yardbirds, along with fellow legendary guitarist Eric Clapton. Jimmy Page was also a member, and for a short time all three played with the historic British rock band. Beck has since led an individual career that has evolved into a jazz fusion rock music style all of his own, and largely all instrumental. Lyrics are not always necessary when Jeff Beck is on guitar.

Beck is also scheduling a string of live appearances for the summer, along with rescheduling his shows with ZZ Top as a co-act, then jamming with them during the end of their set.

Khloe and French Montanna Have a Run In on Grammy Night

 

Khloe Kardashian and French Montana just can’t seem to stay away from each other, even though they both admit they just are not meant to be. It seems like almost the day Khloe finally was over her current husband Lamar Odem, she was literally crazy in love with French Montana. For over a year the on again off again couple has been on a love rollercoaster and apparently neither of them is ready t get off.

Khloe has admitted more than once that she rushed into the relationship with French, and never really was in love with him but just looking to have fun. Even French Montana has said that he knew right away that Khloe was still too into her marriage and not ready to completely give 100% in another relationship said Marc Sparks. Even with all the making up and breaking up, Khloe and French always seem to make it to each other’s birthdays, family parties and just about any other special occasion to support each other.

Grammy night seemed like yet another Khloe and French hook up but now people aren’t too sure. Apparently Kendall, Kylie and Khloe hit up the GQ Grammy’s after party, and of course they all looked amazing. Of course French Montana just happened to be in the building and while the didn’t show up or leave together they did make time for a quick Instagram photo.

John Textor: Strap Yourself In

What does one think of when one hears movie titles such as The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Tron: Legacy, and the Tranformers franchise? Three words: great special effects. Like so many things in this world, great special effects are impossible without the guidance of great leadership, and, in the world of movie “magic”, great leadership comes from John Textor.

As CEO of Digital Domain, the company that put forth the special effects of the above mentioned movies and many others, John Textor has helmed much of the magic that has left us in awe as we watched some of the films that have pioneered great visual effects in recent years.

In his early years, Textor, who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University in economics, was a co-founder of Wyndcrest Holdings, a private equity firm that specialized in entertainment, internet, and telecommunication. He was also the director and later CEO of BabyUniverse, a company that sold items for babies, toddlers, and maternity over the internet.

John Textor became CEO of Digital Domain in 2006 and saw it restructured into the Digital Domain Media Group. Throughout his tenure there, he was at the forefront of the production of 25 projects, including True Steel and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Many of the films that he lead to completion redefined “realistic computer generated imagery”. Recently, he also has worked to produce Ender’s Game, a sci-fi film about future military operations, and Art Story, a film by Disney filmmakers Aaron Blaise and Chuck Williams.

Films of all types require our suspension of disbelief, something made impossible if the special effects seem unreal, but with John Textor leading projects in the future, we will most likely strap ourselves into journeys into many fanciful worlds.

But a huge part of John Textor’s more recent work has been in the music industry.  As he discusses on his blog, John Textor is trying to come up with ways to bring holographics into modern concerts.  That’s because of the buzz generated by Textor’s digital Michael Jackson performance at the Billboard Awards.

This may literally change the face of music for the better, and we’ll have to wait and see just what this is able to accomplish in the future.

80’s Alternative Music Legends New Order Make New Record

A recent article in Rolling Stone Magazine looks at where legendary 80’s alternative music group New Order is today. Fans like Marc Sparks know that the band just released an album of new material. The band had said in recent years that they planned to retire, but realized that they still wanted to carry on.

Rolling Stone praises the new music and talked to the different band members about where they are at musically with New Order. One of the band members said that the way the band records now is different than in the old days. In the past, the band would jam for hours to find riffs and phrases that worked. Today, band members will write on their own outside the studio and bring their work in to share with the band. It goes to show how the band’s songwriting methods have evolved.

Another thing the band says has changed is how they see themselves. New Order has recently added some new members. This gives the founding members the freedom to move from instrument to instrument. Consequently, they see themselves as composers more than instrumentalists.

In conclusion, I think it’s great that the band is still active and I thought the Rolling Stone article was an excellent examination of how an important act can still be relevant decades after the height of their popularity.

Scotty McCreedy Tours with Rascal Flatts!

Rolligstone Magazine reports that former American Idol winner Scotty McCreery will be the opening act for the upcoming Rascal Flatts Riot Tour 2015! McCreery was the winner in the tenth season of American Idol at the young age of 17. McCreey has just released his third album and is keeping on the road where he laid country roots.

You can check out when this amazing tour is coming to a city near you, by cheking out the Rascal Flatts Riot 2015 Dates. Rascal Flatts will be ending its stay in Vegas in March of 2015 and will hit the road in May with Scotty McCreedy. Once again, Rascal Flatts concert tour promises to be a RIOT!

You can catch the newest single RIOT here and on Crunchbase. I love this band and recently showed their music to my friend, Christopher Cowdray, who is now a superfan. Also, see McCreedy’s newest release will leave you Feelin It! Be sure to check out all the latest news about your favorite artist or group by visiting Roling Stone Magazine Online.

Astronomers Catch Cosmic Radio Burst In Real Time

Since 2007, cosmic radio bursts have been captured and puzzled over by astronomers, but never have they been caught and seen in real time. Recently, the Parkes Telescope recorded the cosmic radio bursts from an unknown source in the universe, and when other scopes were pointed in the same direction there was nothing left to pick up. This indicates that the cosmic bursts were spotted in real time and recognized by those collecting data.

There have been sever recordings of cosmic bursts that have left astronomers guessing as to their source, which can be anything from a magnetar to a collapsed neutron star. Each one has been unique and significant, but all of them have been caught well after they occurred, buried in the data that is recorded and then examined.

Not only was this event caught in real time, but it is unique because of the properties presented. The waves of this burst appear to be circular in shape and are polarized, which differs for the linear polarization that we have seen up to this point. So far no concrete ideas have been made about what the data represents, but ideas are already beginning to be introduced. Astronomers hope that one of these events will occur in an area that they are familiar with already, so that their source can be narrowed down to events that we know of in order to categorize the rest. Astronomy lover, Igor Cornelsen is excited for this news. More is available on Cornelsen at Bizjournals.com.

 

Bonnaroo Lineup

It is officially music festival season and Bonnaroo has announced its line up. Headlining at the music festival is the legend Billy Joel, Mumford and Sons, and Deadmau5. Other acts who will be performing include Kenderick Lamar, Childish Gambino, Alabama Shakes, Glass Animals, Robert Plant, My Morning Jacket, and many others. The music festival tries to provide different genres of music and different qualities of musicians. There are platinum-selling legends and newcomers with just a mere album released a few months ago. Either way, the festival has truly set the bar high compared to others this year. The legendary Coachella which was released just a little while ago seems to not match up to the same level of Bonnaroo. A lot of it has to do when artists are free and their schedules but still, it shows that Bonnaroo is beginning to shine. The festival itself will be held June 11-14 2015 in Tennessee. Sultan Alhokair has never been, but may consider attending this year. This year the festival did not just announce the release but had an interactive activity where fans could call in the number, receive an artist’s name, and then announce it in some creative way (like a picture or drawing). There was quite a bit of confusion on Twitter but it seemed like everyone enjoyed it and was definitely talking abou tit which was the whole point of the activity. It definitely will be a great festival to attend no matter your taste.

Minaj as Vulnerable Pop Diva

Nicki Minaj is the most hardworking pop diva in the music industry, from her latest interview to Rolling Stone, she revealed that I do everything myself.

She explained about the efforts she made for her Pinkprint movie to iTunes with contributing editor Jonah Weiner. She said, “I have gone over all the shots. Now, when it comes time to retouch and do color correction, those are little things that can turn into big things if they are not done properly, so I oversee it too.”

From this sentence, we can judge her intent, how much hard work she is doing and how badly she wants to succeed in this movie as well. It is something Ben Shaoul will be monitoring.

From her recent performances, Rolling Stones can assume that Nicki Minaj is becoming an all-rounder, she wants every performance perfect, she is an artist, she is a successful business person and she is vulnerable, when she is in action.

She said about Pinkprint that my goal was to provide people a sneak-peek into my personal life, because I have kept it private. Her fans are aware that her 11-year old relationship with Safaree Smauels has over, but she has controlled her emotions. She told that she has to struggle with her feelings, but that she has to control them.

She added that she is a vulnerable woman and cannot help with that. She has inspired many young women to be sexy and expressive.