Joe Cocker passes away after battle with lung cancer

The legendary english singer and songwriter, Joe Cocker has left us yesterday at the age of 70 after a long battle with lung cancer. This is a very tragic thing to hear. He was a very unique artist, a highlight of the 60s and 70s with his beautiful blues vocals that were rich with soul. It’s going to be impossible filling in the blanks of this unique musician, because nobody can do what he did. His music filled us all with joy and emotion, his voice was able to move us with its richness, and for this we remember him.

The artist played in Woodstock ’69 and also at the Woodstock ’94 anniversary. His last album was in 2012, “Fire it Up”. In 2007 he was awarded an OBE by the Queen of England.

We will remember him as the wonderful artist that he was with the remarkable tunes that he has played over the years. Joe Cocker, you will be dearly missed.

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Ride’s Album “Going Blank Again” Is A Must-Listen! (9/10)

Recently I’ve been paying much more attention to shoegaze music  thanks to a few great tracks that I’ve been listening to by Deerhunter, The Jesus and Mary Chain, and Neutral Milk Hotel. I have fallen into the arms of Ride with their album Nowhere, however when I listened to their 1992 album “Going Blank Again” I preferred that one and it was instant love from that moment on.

The album sounds much more ‘poppy’ than their debut album “Nowhere” as it is much lighter. Even “Going Blank Again” ‘s album art reveals its lightness, whereas the album art for “Nowhere” seems kind of oppressing when compared to this one. In fact, the band’s album reached number 5 on the UK Album Charts, which was a great success for the band due to the feedback they got for their last album “Nowhere”, since some critics found it a bit dark.

You can expect clean riffs, poppy riffs, distorted riffs, and melodic riffs from this album, all of the good stuff, basically. It’s shoegaze mixed with a pop element. You can see this pop element in the song “Twisterella”, where it’s a bit cheesy but still very joyous to listen to. The album ranges from being loud to very chilled, “Leave Them All Behind” is a good example of this, it’s all soothing at the beginning but then takes a different turn and goes all loud and distorted in a pleasing manner for the rest of the song. “Time Machine” is one of my favorites from this album, it truly feels like a time machine without being annoying or overrated. It’s one of those songs that sort of enlightens you, similarly to a poem, except with a few vocals and loads of instrumentals. This is one of those songs that you listen to on a ‘relaxing’ day as you lay in bed while closing your eyes and reflecting on your life. “Time Of Her Time” just gets you going, it sounds a bit like a fusion between pop and rock, it makes you feel so happy with the energetic guitar riffs and drumming. “Mouse Trap” has also made it on my top list, it’s pretty friendly with the harmonizing vocals and guitar stringing, however it is the guitar distortion that tops this song on my list of favorites, as it is incorporated exceptionally well.

You have got to admire that Ride incorporated the distorted guitar sounds considerably well in this album and they even make it radio friendly by adding more poppy and colorful elements than their first album. In some songs such as “Stampede”, “Time Machine”, and “Going Blank Again”, the guitar completely compliments the song by even romanticizing it with it’s riffs and stringing. This is a classic album that must never be forgotten, especially when admiring UK’s talented shoegaze bands of the 90s.

Why Is Mac DeMarco Worth A Listen?

I’m writing this basically to justify why this musician, Mac DeMarco is one of my favorites and why he should be your favorite too! This is coming from a Mac DeMarco fanatic, who just adores the guy and his music.

Mac DeMarco is widely known for his single, “Ode To Viceroy”, which is one great song that you should definitely check out. The song itself sounds melancholic, indie, and romantic at a first listen. It must be the guitar that gives it such a ‘faded’ and romantic sound, which however, I do enjoy. When taken into perspective, the lyrics of it sound romantic, despite the fact that he’s basically talking about the cigarette brand “Viceroy”. However, when we head to the riffs, the lyrics do sound slightly romantic “…don’t let me see you crying, cause ohh honey, I’ll smoke you ’till I’m dying”. This song is a great song to listen to, especially on a rainy day when you’re feeling rather melancholic. This just explains why I love this song so much, it’s relaxing and even meaningful when deeply considered.

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Now, I am not going to review all his songs, only the ones I really, really dig.

“My Kind Of Woman” has gained my love for a few reasons; the song itself, the lyrics, and the music video (Mac makes such a gorgeous girl). Continuing with his ‘beachy’ (I just made that word up) guitar playing and his jizz-jazz overall music , his lyrics here seem quite deep as they portray rather accurately the feeling of falling in love. I must say that the music video is worth having a look at, I’ve seen it a few times due to the fact that it’s hilarious to see Mac dressed like a chick. Putting that aside, we see the symbolic meaning of the song in the music video, perhaps representing the view that society has on women. This can all be showed as he walks throughout the music video with his make up, meeting different people who push him into different directions, people taking off his clothes and wig, and also when he is wrapped up in a newspaper, the newspaper representing society. I have discussed this view of the music video along with the song with a few friends, and it seems like I am not the only one that sees it this way. This is something that one cannot ignore about Mac DeMarco, he’s a smart guy who humbly knows it.

When listening to Mac it feels almost as if you are comfortably numb, almost in a trance, a good trance. This is something that I personally enjoy when listening to his music, it feels like I can just let go of life and listen to his ‘almost-narcotic’ tunes. The song, “Dreaming”, feels legit like a dream when I listen to it, mainly because of the ‘magical’ fingering style that sounds so Mac DeMarco-ish. “Dreaming” gets me all hyped up about actually dreaming, it’s a wonderful song.

Mac DeMarco’s songs can be extremely sweet, and sometimes even heartwarming. “Blue Boy” is one of those songs I would listen to when I feel that the world is on my shoulder. It’s a short song that just warms my heart up in such a strange manner that is indescribable.

Mac has said in previous interviews that his songs are for people to relate towards. He said that he tries to avoid specific things in his songs. He tries to still be personal with his lyrics, but with a little bit of vagueness so that they can be portrayed in different manners. One thing I truly admire about this musician, besides his hilarious sense of humor and carefree personality is that he knows what he’s doing and he does it majestically! He says that he doesn’t want to tell people how to be through his music, he just puts his songs out there and if people can relate to them then that’s great! Mac DeMarco appears to be a very humble, honest and uniquely comedic, which is something that we don’t see too often with famous people. Keep it up Mac!

Below you will find his music video “My Kind Of Woman”.