Jane’s Addiction

A Completely Subjective List of the Best Vocal Ad-Libs in Music

One of the great joys of music is its sense of immediacy — sure, there are songs that are painstakingly planned and produced, and benefit from being so, but there are also tracks that sound like they really were recorded live, and are all the more thrilling for it. In this respect, there’s something particularly pleasing about the off-the-cuff line, something the singer has apparently hollered into the mic on the spur of the moment. These lines don’t always make sense, and they don’t necessarily have to — either way, they add color and a sense of spontaneity to a song (and they’re damn near impossible not to sing along with). Here is an entirely subjective list of ten of the best; of course, there are gazillions more, so let us know if you have any to add. … Read More

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Gloriously Explicit ’90s Alternative Band T-Shirts: A Hall of Fame

Yesterday morning brought the most excellent news that newly reunited ’90s heroes L7 are finally playing some reunion shows in the US this spring and summer. I loved the band for all sorts of reasons — the music, obviously, along with the general sense that they gave absolutely zero fucks — but the thing I remember perhaps most strongly of all was the imagery around their 1990 record Smell the Magic. As a very innocent 12-year-old, I’d never seen anything quite like it, and when I saw it on a T-shirt, it made, um, quite an impression. The ’90s were, in fact, something of a golden era for risqué band shirts. Click through, and you’ll find the results of a trip down the ’90s band T-shirt rabbit hole. (Metal bands are excluded because their shirts are always offensive.) … Read More

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