Red Hot Chili Peppers

30 of the Most Californian Albums Ever Made

The defining musical style of the state of California largely depends on who you ask and what their allegiances are. Is it the West Coast hip-hop that came out of South Central LA in the late ’80s and early ’90s, which blended racial consciousness and gangsta rap in a way that’s never quite been duplicated since? Is it the SoCal punk scene, from X to Black Flag to the pop- and ska-tinged punk that dominated the ’90s? How about the Laurel Canyon sound that blended folk and rock, and spawned some of the greatest albums of the early ’70s? Or the classic rock of San Francisco’s Haight-Ashbury in the ’60s, as led by the Grateful Dead and Jefferson Airplane? Or maybe it was the dripping-with-excess hard rock and hair metal scene that took shape on the Sunset Strip throughout the 1980s. And what about The Beach Boys and the generations of surf-pop imitators they spawned? When we heard that Best Coast was releasing an album called California Nights this week, we got to thinking: What’s the quintessential California sound? Our list of quintessential California albums is an attempt — or 30 — to answer that… Read More

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How to Get Away With Pop Music Plagiarism

This week, the big topic of conversation among music fans is whether the chorus of Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” sounds enough like Tom Petty’s 1989 hit “Won’t Back Down” to warrant the 12.5 percent songwriting credit recently awarded to Petty and his co-writer, Jeff Lynne. Copyright infringement as it applies to songwriting plagiarism goes beyond merely how a song sounds, and if a songwriter even intended to copy the work of another. The field has become more and more litigious in recent decades, and to an outsider, the situation can look a bit creatively limiting. Sometimes people do go to court and win, but many big cases settle out of court on the basis of subconscious plagiarism. What a scary landscape to live in as a musician — being responsible for inadvertently copying someone else’s work you’ve never even heard. … Read More

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Creationists Beware: This Supercut of ’90s Vocal Hooks Confirms Evolution Once and for All

All Darwinism skeptics may want to look away — evolution has never been clearer than in watching this supercut of wordless ’90s… Read More

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Does It Really Matter That Red Hot Chili Peppers Didn’t Play Live at the Super Bowl?

There is probably a very specific kind of person who is legitimately upset that the members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers did not play their own instruments during their performance with Bruno Mars at Sunday night’s Super Bowl halftime show. I’m not sure who that person is, exactly, because I’m not sure who, in 2014, consider Red Hot Chili Peppers to be on the cutting edge of rock music. But that person is upset this week, because they could tell that the band were doing little less than performing the Rock Band version of “Give It Away,” pretending to play musical instruments along with a prerecorded track. … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Official 2014 Super Bowl Halftime Show Drinking Game

Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are set to take the Super Bowl halftime stage later today. Both acts have a shared funk vibe, so the pairing isn’t as crazy as it initially sounds. Indeed, Mars is an unorthodox choice for a headliner being a relatively new artist, but the Hawaiian-born singer has been performing since he was a child and comes from a musical family. Having a truckload of hit singles and a Grammy also helps. The Red Hot Chili Peppers will surely provide the rougher-around-the-edges, rock yang to Mars’ pop music yin. It could be disastrous, or we could be pleasantly surprised. Either way, there’s alcohol to help us through it! Play along with our drinking game, below. … Read More

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The Real-Life Stories Behind 10 Famous Love Songs

This week sees the release of the new solo album from Christopher Owens, formerly of Girls and now of lovelorn solo balladeering endeavors. The album’s called Lysandre and is particularly notable for being based around a narrative thread about Owens’ love affair with the girl of the same name. The story behind the record is an interesting one, and it got us thinking about the real-life stories behind some of our other favorite love songs, and we’ve related a selection of the best of them… Read More

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12 Notable Music Videos Directed by Famous Filmmakers

As we reported last week, Gaspar Noé — the man responsible for the French films Enter the Void and, shudder, Irreversible — has directed the video for the rather excellent new Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds single “We No Who U R.” The video is rather restrained by Noé’s standards, but it fits the song beautifully, and it got us thinking about other well-known directors who’ve moonlighted in making music videos. There have been plenty over the years, some triumphant, some rather less so — so here’s a selection for your viewing delectation! Marvel, giggle, shake your head in despair, and then let us know if we missed any. … Read More

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10 of the Most Unspeakably Filthy Basslines in History

As of this week, Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea is 50, a fact that makes us feel a little older and a little grayer ourselves. But we also noticed that Mr. Balzary just about shares a birthday with… Ginuwine! Remember him? “Pony”? That video in the hillbilly club? That utterly filthy bassline? The cosmic coincidence got us thinking about some of the other naughty, naughty basslines from throughout the history of music — of all instruments, bass has the power to get the hips shaking, both on the dance floor and, y’know, elsewhere. We’ve selected some of our favorites, so let us know your suggestions, too. Just don’t do anything unspeakable in the comments section. … Read More

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