In the single greatest book ever written about rock music, 1991′s Rock And The Pop Narcotic, Joe Carducci described AC/DC thusly: “They kind of took the lumpen stomp of Slade and sort of added the blues croak of early Savoy Brown (Chris Youlden) and came up with a raw, narrowly focused, grittily compacted hard rock sound somewhere in the vicinity of the intersection of blues and metal at boogie … They became so popular by 1980, that today, if you cut open young execs, young housewives, rappers, house mixers, salsa fans, hip hopsters you’ll likely as not find that about fourteen rings back there’s a layer of molten rock sediment spewed by this Australian eruption.”
Tonight, MTV’s Video Music Awards go down at the Forum in Inglewood, California. This year, the pre-ceremony preparations and parties have been unusually calamitous: Nicki Minaj’s backup dancer was bit by an anaconda, Iggy Azalea fell off the stage, and Suge Knight got shot! So we can only hope things go more smoothly when the festivities are underway. There are some prominent questions: Will Beyoncé be doing a medley of Beyoncé songs as part of her Video Vanguard Award reception? Who will win Video Of The Year, and where would that vid have ranked in our Countdown of Video Of The Year winners? And most importantly: Will Weird Al perform? We’ll be watching those storylines, keeping track of all the night’s winners, and compiling videos and GIFs from the big event, right here.
“Dinosaur have this weird Teflon thing,” Sebadoh frontman Lou Barlow told me in a 2013 interview for Under The Radar. “Sebadoh’s more vulnerable. There are more faces to the band. You have the strength of [co-frontman] Jason [Lowenstein]’s material, which is stunning. It creates something complicated. And fans kind of want things simple. But Sebadoh have always been something that flew in the face of that. We always changed directions quickly, and we’re always in transition, and that leaves us kind of vulnerable to people just deciding that we suck.”