by (@BHSmithNYC)

Why Are These Famous Rock Stars Playing Cheap, Junk Shop Guitars?

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No less an authority than Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain once said “I use whatever I can find at junk shops – junk is always best.” Junk shops, thrift stores and garage sales have always been alluring to guitarists in their quest for vintage scores. However, far more often what they’d find there were the cheap, funky – though frequently well-made and good sounding – beginner guitars one could order from a Sears and Roebuck mail order catalog. And for every axe-slinger that found fortune playing the famed stock in trade Stratocasters and Les Pauls, there have always been those that made it a point of pride to wrangle ferocious sounds from far rarer rock n’ roll beasts. Read more…

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She Comes In Colors Everywhere: St. Vincent Talks About Having Synesthesia

It’s been quite a year so far for Annie Clark, better known by her stage name of St. Vincent. First she set the indie world afire with her latest self-titled album, her fourth overall, before being asked to be one of the stand-ins for fallen alt rock icon Kurt Cobain at Nirvana’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction performance and this past weekend rocked the stage at Saturday Night Live season finale. One of music’s most fascinating artists, Annie recently sat down with VH1 News and talked about how her music is influenced from her having “a mild case of Synesthesia,” a rare sensory disorder in which the senses merge and comingle. In her case, when she hears or writes music she sees also sees corresponding colors, giving a whole new meaning to singing the blues. Find out why she sees her new album as red and what colors she sees when she hears other songs off the new album.

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NOM NOM NOM! 20 Musicians Trying To Eat Their Microphones


Sure, two hours of dancing and high-note hitting is bound to work up an appetite. But there’s a time and place for snack time, people! Miley CyrusNicki MinajSt. Vincent and Marilyn Manson don’t seem to care where they are (or what they’re eating) and have decided to make a meal of their music equipment. Check out the full gallery of 25 musicians so hungry, they’re trying to swallow their microphones whole… or so it seems. Read more…

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Tuned In: St. Vincent Performs A Moody “Cheerleader” For Conan

St. Vincent‘s “Cheerleader” sounds like Zola Jesus and Shirley Manson took a really fun trip to the beach. On the way they probably ran into Girls and listened to Veruca Salt on the radio. There’s something of the angst riddled 90s alterna-girl in St. Vincent, but something of the West Coast too. Performing last night on Conan, St. Vincent gave a moody rendition of “Cheerleader,” with an anti-authoritarian attitude and irreverence on her sleeve. And can we just talk about that red skirt for a moment? Everything about the performance was wonderful, from St. Vincent’s haphazard sex appeal and 90s redux style to her Garbage-esque vocal and defiant lyricism.

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Tuned In: St. Vincent And Cake Angle For Prime Booking, Then Play Their Hearts Out

With the late shows just coming back from hiatus, and the VMAs only one day earlier, yesterday was not exactly prime late-night booking for big artists?but it did present an opportunity for artists who might otherwise have difficulty competing for airtime. St. Vincent on The Late Show with David Letterman, and to a lesser extent Cake on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, leaped at the opportunity, turning out great performances in what, for them, is a great venue.

St. Vincent, whose new album Strange Mercy is set to be released September 13, has scored a series of promotional coups: appearing on the September 2011 cover of Spin, performing on the rooftop of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, and premiering the comically dark video for “Cruel” in unlikely venue The Huffington Post. Last night’s performance of “Cruel” was actually her second Late Show appearance?she performed “Marrow” in June of 2009?but she was hardly going through the motions. If “Cruel” is a good indication, her new album will be a fall highlight.

Cake, meanwhile, are hardly unknowns?1996’s Fashion Nugget went platinum on the strength of “The Distance”?but January’s Showroom of Compassion was their first LP in over six years, and self-released besides. That being said, this return to The Tonight Show (they performed “Long Time” on March 1) is if not unprecedented at least improbable for a band at this stage in their career, and they, too, made the best of it, with a well-performed rendition of “Mustache Man (Wasted).”

St. Vincent “Cruel” 8/29 Letterman [The Audio Perv]
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