This week my good friend (and excellent drummer) Steve tweeted
me a link prefaced with one single word: CREED.
Nine years ago our band made a music video for a song called
“Apollo Creed.” I assumed he was just reminiscing, but when I clicked on the
link I noticed a movie trailer. I smiled, thinking that Steve ironically sent
me a link for a documentary on the band Creed.
Ha, good one Steve!
It probably took me a good four seconds to realize that the
shirtless man I originally thought was Scott Stapp was actor Michael B. Jordan,
who with a mustache looks a lot like—oh, I get it now—APOLLO CREED!
This week I chat with Lucy & Gwendolyn Giles from the band Dog Party, discuss why I'm torn on Taylor Swift's Open Letter to Apple, talk about the state of protest music in 2015, and play new songs from Kacey Musgraves, Leon Bridges, Wolf Alice, and Desaparecidos.
This week I pit Nate Ruess, MIKA and Adam Lambert against each other in a Freddie Mercury-off; discuss Dave Grohl's broken leg (and why it was and wasn't a stretch for the show to continue); and revisit early 90's hip-hop courtesy of Joey Bada$$.
This week marks the release of Madonna’s new album Rebel Heart, but the idea for this mix
actually came to me a while ago when my wife and I were on one of our many long
car rides from New York City to our hometown of Pittsburgh:
Growing up in 1994 I remember thinking that I was living in
the greatest year of music EVER. I also thought that using my summer vacation
to make a four-and-a-half hour homemade gangster movie was an artistic triumph.
Twenty years later, I’m still convinced of the former. (One out of two ain’t
Looking back, 1994 was the most pop-culturally rich year of
my life. It probably didn’t hurt that I was a teenager coming of age musically.
Kurt Cobain’s suicide left behind a huge void, but the
creative landscape Nirvana helped cultivate left the world of music in good
hands—at least for the next few years. (more...)