Rivers Cuomo - "Buddy Holly" [live acoustic in SF]

Mr. Weezer himself delights an adoring, intimate crowd at a recent gig in the city by the bay. Sing along, if you like. These folks surely did.


Biggie Murder Gets Big Screen Depp-Whitaker Treatment

Based on and originally titled after LAbyrinth, Randall Sullivan's nonfiction book about the Notorious BIG/Tupac Shakur murders, City of Lies is its film adaptation, starring Johnny Deep as the highly decorated and respected LAPD Detective Russell Poole who investigated Biggie's shooting, and Forest Whitaker as a crusading journalist trying to uncover the truth.

City of Lies opens in theatres on September 7th.


Rolling Stone Comments A Right-Wing Cesspool

We don't do politics here at 5 but it's been increasingly obvious over the last few years that a bastion of liberalism as Rolling Stone magazineas evidenced by the political pieces in its pages over a 50 year historyhas had its comments section overrun by nasty hard right posts for some time now. Granted, Matt Taibbi and others notwithstanding, the magazine has long ago relinquished its role as a cultural standard bearer in politics or even music, and the right wing vitriol by commenters precedes the political career of the über divisive Donald Trump, but the truth is, we've seen more civility in the New York Post's equivalent sections or even on YouTube, for that matter. And when your comments section is nastier than YouTube's, well...

Happy Birthday: Paul Weller

"Apart from David Bowie, it's hard to think of any British solo artist who's had as varied, long-lasting and determinedly forward-looking a career."
That's what The Daily Telegraph said of John William Weller, Jr., best known as Paul, in 2015.

On his 60th birthday, May 25th, we here at 5 would like to join in on the tributes to this British icon and inspiration to legions of artists and fans all over.

Cheers, Modfather.


What We're Listening To

JASON FALKNER presents Author Unknown [Elektra-1996]
THE POSIES Amazing Disgrace [DGC-1996]
ROLLINS BAND The End of Silence [Imago-1991]
SODA STEREO Sueño Stereo [BMG US Latin-1997]
ANDY SUMMERS & ROBERT FRIPP I Advance Masked [A&M-1982]

What are YOU listening to?


It's Electric: Lars Ulrich Interviews Billy Corgan

With all due respect to the great music journalists out there who are knowledgeable and make due diligence their trademark when approaching a subject, there’s something about a conversation between two artists that can not only be quite revealing on many levels, but can convey that knowing experience that is practically exclusive to those in the fish tank of fame and the music business itself.

Metallica’s Lars Ulrich on his It’s Electric shows has conducted some great interviews with the likes of Noel Gallagher, Dave Grohl and Jack White, and this one-on-one with the big Pumpkin does not disappoint and is surely to be enjoyed by fans of the man and Smashing Pumpkins. But, arguably, the most interesting part of it is towards the end of their chat, with Corgan and Ulrich discussing the current state of the business, as it relates to the relationship of the audience with the music and Corgan’s positive outlook towards where that relationship now resides and where it may be headed.

Good stuff.

Quote of the Day

We used to say “These kids weren’t born when Kill ‘Em All came out.” Then it became, “These kids weren’t born when The Black Album came out.” Now, it’s like, “These kids weren’t born when St. Anger came out.” 
- Lars Ulrich on Metallica’s teenage fandom over the years and, indirectly, the band’s longevity.

John Mulaney Explains Back to the Future

Beloved ‘80s movies have been the focus of scrutiny in recent times, in particular due to the casual display—blatant or otherwise—of racism and sexual assault. (John Hughes’ Sixteen Candles is guilty on both counts.) But sometimes we just have to acknowledge the goofiness or outright weirdness of a premise that is just a hair away from ridiculous, as is the case of Back to the Future, which comedian John Mulaney humorously makes us quite aware of in this clip from his Netflix special, The Comeback Kid.



Monday Movie+Music Trivia

- In Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical Almost Famous [2000] fictional band Stillwater features real life singer/songwriter Mark Kozelek (Red House Painters, Sun Kil Moon) as a band member.

- The stars of the road movie Two Lane Blacktop [1971], singer/songwriter James Taylor and the late Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, never acted in a movie before or after this one.

- Joni Mitchell was the inspiration for the Jane character played by Frances McDormand in Laurel Canyon [2002].

- Despite having performed with the band at the concert, Neil Young refused to be filmed and thus does not appear with Crosby Stills and Nash in the Woodstock [1970] movie. (He can be heard on the soundtrack, however.)

- Shortly after the release of the classic mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap [1984], director Rob Reiner was told by various fans of the film—oblivious that it was a spoof—that he should’ve worked with a better known band.


The Aces - "Last One"

Trying to figure out if they’re an honest commercial pop band or an '80s influenced, Disney-type concoction (six producers on their recently released debut album, When My Heart Felt Volcanic, and a deal with, um, Red Bull Records doesn’t instill much confidence in the former), we caught the all-female quartet The Aces performing this album track on Late Night with Seth Meyers and were not entirely disappointed. Meanwhile, the Provo, Utah band are already garnering much press (including comparisons to Haim) and are scheduled to play this year’s Lollapalooza. Hmm.