Music News

The Disorienting Post Modernity of Rutlemania and Other Assorted Goodies

Here's a selection of the best of last week's music blogging from around the Village Voice chain:

So, the Rutles, a Beatles parody/tribute from years ago, are revived to hop on the bandwagon pioneered by Spamalot. It's produced by Eric Idle and Lorne Michaels, stars a real-life Beatles tribute band pretending to be a fictional band that parodies the band they pay tribute to, and for some reason Jewel is involved. Welcome to the future, where even our schlocky nostalgia is disorientingly post-modern.

Find out what electronic-music legends Kraftwerk were up to in their pre-Autobahn days.

Explore Seattle's dark, weird and abandoned spaces with John Roderick of the Long Winters.

Fun fact: post-rock experimentalists extraordinaire Explosions in the Sky use no vocals in their songs. Weird, huh? That means interviews like this one are the only words you'll hear from them. Crazy, I know.

I've always found Ryan Adams's antics at least as entertaining as his music, so imagine the delight I felt when I read that he is blogging now!

Here's something you didn't know (probably): dancing robots absolutely fucking love Spoon, and there's video to prove it.

Mexican metal dudes are giving emo kids something to cry about, namely ass-whippings for being so fucking emo. With video!

If Drenched in Blog is to be believed, Dr. Pepper has announced it will give away a free can of soda to every man, woman and child in the U.S. if Guns n' Roses Chinese Democracy is actually released this year. Who knew the Dr. was such a fan?

After all of Metallica's bitching about Napster, the band has finally jumped on the free music bandwagon and released a series of concerts as free downloads. Read all about it and the Cleveland show on offer, then download it and relive your headbanging youth.

What do people actually pay to listen to these days? And, is it any good at all? Find out as Tom Breihan casts a critical eye on the top iTunes charting songs of the week.