“When Kurt Cobain was alive he was known as the mysterious, quiet rocker. When he died he was known as a depressed drug addict. Kurt Cobain didn’t use drugs because the drugs used him. I don’t think anyone who knew him personally saw him the way the media portrayed him. Did the media ever mention that after a show was over he would sit in the tour bus and write back fan mail? He would try to answer at least thirty letters a night. In 1993, the media never reported the story of Kurt Cobain visiting a fan who wrote him [Kurt Cobain] a letter and asked him to come see her before she died of Cancer. They [the media] never forgot to remind everyone that he had demons though. Don’t listen to what you might have heard from the media. Kurt Cobain loved every single fan he had. He just couldn’t deal with being put on a pedestal that he was constantly afraid of falling off of.”
VOTD: The Killers — ‘Runaways’ because the new single is hugely anthemic. The simplicity of the video, with the focus of each band member just playing their instrument, highlights the grandiose nature of the song even more. The band’s fourth studio album, Battle Born, is scheduled for release on September 18.
I’ve found recently that I’m in a bit of a nostalgic mood. For example, as soon as stumbling upon this album in my vast collection, I scoured numerous websites to purchase the DVD. Sadly, it is available, however only in VHS and or uber expensive for an MTV movie. In the meantime, I’ll just whip out my N*SYNC Live at Madison Square Garden, Hangin’ Tough Live by NKOTB, and of course, Backstreet Boy’s Homecoming in Orlando.
When I was just a kid in high school, I worked at what I call a Christian K Mart (technically a book and health food store). They had everything from food to clothes, toys, bibles, gifts, etc. I worked in the music department.
I remember one day my supervisor pulling me into her office to help pick out new music to sell. The man from the distribution company was trying to sell us the usual (ie- Kirk Franklin, Amy Grant, Yolanda Adams, Michael W. Smith, etc.) My boss was looking to expand the rock/alternative section to get new customers. The man looked a little hesitant because at the time, rock/alternative Christian music wasn’t a garenteed sale- unlike now where artists like Flyleaf, Switchfoot, and Anberlin (who all started as Christian artists) are on Top 40 radio. But my boss persisted. The man gave us an album titled ‘Bullet’ by a guy named Mat Kearney. I took the album home, listened to it and imediatly called my boss and told her she had to buy this because this guy is going to be big.
Fast forward 8 years and here we are. Mat Kearney released his fourth full length studio album on August 2, 2011 and here is the video for the third single “Ships in the Night.” It’s amazing-ness is unparalleled. Having experienced his evolution as an artist over the past eight years I am excited to see where his music is going because it just keeps getting better and better.