• Famous Musicians Who Died Too Young (Dead Before Their Time) Pt II

    25 Mar 2015, 19:45 by thomas10

    Elliott Smith (1969-2003) Presumed suicide. Smith died from two stab wounds to the chest. According to girlfriend Jennifer Chiba—with whom he was sharing an apartment at the time—the two were arguing, and she locked herself in the bathroom to take a shower. Chiba heard him scream, and upon opening the door, saw Smith standing with a knife in his chest. She pulled the knife out, after which he collapsed and she called 911. Smith died in the hospital. While Smith's death was originally reported as a suicide, the official autopsy report left open the question of possible homicide. The coroner's report revealed that no traces of illegal substances or alcohol were found in his system at the time of his death, but did find prescribed levels of antidepressant and attention-deficit-hyperactivity-disorder medications in his system, including Clonazepam, Mirtazapine, Atomoxetine and Amphetamine. …
  • Layne Staley Drawing

    18 Jan 2015, 15:40 by thefatherbear

    Layne Staley, drawn with a fountain pen.
  • Una década sin Layne Staley

    5 Apr 2012, 15:48 by CrisDiaz1992

    No podría evitar dedicarle una entrada al que es uno de mis músicos predilectos en el 10 aniversario de su muerte.

    El brillante cantante de grunge rock Layne Staley, acabó con su vida el 5 de Abril de 2002 tras una tormentosa etapa de problemas con las drogas, depresión y reclusión en su propio mundo.

    Su vida no fue en absoluto fácil. Su talento se vio eclipsado por Kurt Cobain en vida y aún más con su muerte en 1994, erigiéndolo estandarte del grunge y símbolo del rock de los noventa, a mi parecer poco merecidamente. Perder al amor de su vida,Demri Parrot, en ese mismo año le sumió en un bucle de autodestrucción que dejó plasmado en su música.

    Canciones míticas como Down in a Hole, Get born again, Nutshell, We die young, Would? y tantas tantas otras, con esa rabia y ese halo deprisivo, que hacen que este monstruo perviva en ellas y en nosotros.

    Porque su música es el mejor regalo que nos ha dejado, le dedico esta entrada en este día tan especial

    RIP Layne Staley, 22 de agosto de 1967 - 5 de abril de 2002
  • 50 Questions

    14 Aug 2011, 16:46 by TheFatChocobo

    1. How did you get into 31? (UVERworld)
    D-tecnoLife was the second opening theme to Bleach. I loved the song and sought out more of their music, which at the time was very little (on a major label and thus available, that is). They've kinda disappointed me since but still have lots of great songs, and come up with new great ones every now and then too.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22? (Czesław Śpiewa)
    That would have been either Ucieczka z Wesołego Miasteczka or Maszynka do świerkania, depending on whether I listened to the lead single before getting the album; I forget. Either one would have been enough to completely win me over, though.

    3. What is your favorite lyric by 29? (Red Hot Chili Peppers)
    Hah, tough one: no matter what, it'd be off of Stadium Arcadium, though. There's "you're talking like a lady but you're walking like a sauerkraut" from Storm in a Teacup, or "I saw you there so unaware / those hummingbirds all in your hair" or "right on the verge…
  • Famous Dead Musicians/Artists and Causes of Death (Pt 1, Age 16-36)

    23 Jul 2011, 23:56 by thomas10

    This is an article in which I tried to bundle all the great losses of rock'n roll and modern music. That means all the musicians which are worldwide known and died at young age (before 51 years old). I tried to give a little information about the way they died. Most of the information I got from Wikipedia. When someone thinks I forgot an artist or that the information is incorrect... I'm open for new information.

    The list is in order of age of dying

    For the artists older than 36 I'll recommend you Pt 2;

    Ritchie Valens (1941-1959)
    Plane crash. After a winning cointoss and despite of his fear to fly, together with Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper, he flew out of the Mason City airport in a small plane that Holly had chartered. The plane flew into a blinding snowstorm and crashed shortly after takeoff. This is known as "The Day The Music Died".
  • Tuesday Ten: Until Death (Us Do Part)

    23 Mar 2010, 18:48 by amodelofcontrol

    I've been thinking a lot about death of late. A friend sadly passed away on Sunday night after a long battle with illness, while in the musical world the death of Alex Chilton, frontman of Big Star, last week cast something of a shadow over SXSW - not least because he was due to play with his reformed band on Saturday night at the festival. The remainder of the band decided to go-ahead with the show, with a number of big alt-rock names assisting on vocals as something of a sweet tribute. And these events, not to mention the recent suicide of Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse, resulted in this week's Tuesday Ten being about how the death of a member affects bands. It doesn't always result in the end of a band, instead sometimes spurring bands onto even greater heights, and some might cynically say that in some cases death results in being the best advertising they could ever have. So, this week, I'm looking at bands that have lost one or more members to death, and what happened after the event. …
  • TJTMMOT #2: My 2009 music retrospective... part I: My favourite albums

    11 Jan 2010, 12:09 by thedaydreamer1

    From my blog.

    My usual favourite albums list, now augmented to 50!

    Happy New Year everyone!!
    2009 is now long gone, 2010 is now and 2011 is still the future.
    Those of you (my faithful, awesome readers) that know me will no doubt expect this post. Why? Well, it is my perfect opportunity to compile lists, and I really really really like lists! Here you go then:

    Ok, first some introductory stuff, last year was a weird year for me, due to my military service, spent apart from Athens in Lamia and Komotini with some periods devoid of new music or even any music whatsoever. Thus I haven't listened to as much music as I wanted and also I have probably not paid as much attention as I should to some of the stuff I have listened too. Then again there's so much music out there that I don't think I'd ever be satisfied with how much I have listened to. …
  • Tuesday Twenty: My top 200 tracks 1990-99 Pt.05b: 20 to 1

    24 Nov 2009, 14:37 by amodelofcontrol

  • Friday Twenty: My top 200 tracks 1990-99 Pt.04b: 60 to 41

    20 Nov 2009, 14:47 by amodelofcontrol

  • Tuesday Ten: Tracks of the Month (September)

    6 Oct 2009, 17:01 by amodelofcontrol

    Ok, this week there are two Tuesday music roundups (for the first time ever). One is the usual monthly roundup of the best tracks of the past month, the other is the next instalment of my tracks of the decade rundown.

    First up, then: ten tracks for the month (the second will follow on a seperate post):

    Alice in Chains
    Check My Brain
    Black Gives Way to Blue

    I could never in a million years - not even after their triumphant show at Sonisphere - have expected this comeback album to be so sodding good. Fourteen years on from the last album that featured Layne Staley, the reconvened band with new frontman William Duvall have all but picked up from where they left off. The familiar, grinding sound is back, most of the songs still have the same dark feel, but just in a few moments they let a little glimmer of positivity in - a sign, if any more were needed, that this is a rejuvenated band. Layne clearly gets a few nods, and there is, remarkably, not a single duff moment on the album. …