The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present are a British indie rock group formed in 1985 in Leeds, from the ashes of the Lost Pandas. The band's music has evolved from fast-paced indie rock in the vein of their most obvious influences The Fall and Gang of Four to more varied forms. Throughout their career, they have been led by vocalist and guitarist David Gedge, the band's only constant member; the band has its origins in the Lost Pandas, which folded in 1984 when Janet Rigby, the drummer for the band, left following departure of guitarist Michael Duane. David Gedge and The Lost Pandas' bass player, Keith Gregory, decided to continue the band, renaming it The Wedding Present; the name was jointly conceived by Gedge and his girlfriend at the time, as they were both avid fans of The Birthday Party and it was an homage to their favourite band. I’ve always thought that The Wedding Present was an inappropriate name for a pop band — more like a poem, or a book or something — and therefore quite attractive. I’ve always been fascinated by weddings...
Gedge and Gregory recruited an old schoolmate of Gedge's, Peter Solowka, to play guitar and auditioned a string of drummers, including John Ramsden, Mike Bedford, with whom they recorded a demo tape, before settling on Shaun Charman. The country's clubs and bars were toured as the band prepared for the recording of their first, self-financed single. "Go Out and Get ’Em, Boy!" was chosen over early favourite "Will You Be Up There?" Charman felt somewhat insecure about his drumming abilities and so the A-side features drumming by hired hand Julian Sowa. The single was released on the band's own Reception Records label with distribution through Red Rhino. Two more singles followed that did well on the independent charts helped by veteran BBC radio DJ John Peel, one of their first champions, he invited starting a long collaboration. By the time the band started work on their debut album, a number of independent and major record companies showed interest, but the band declined all offers and decided to keep releasing their material themselves.
The album was released in 1987 and titled George Best after the well-known Northern Irish football player. Disagreement on production values with the record's producer, Chris Allison, led to the album being remixed by the band and their engineer, Steve Lyon. Upon its release, the album was critically acclaimed and the band were soon classified, with some of their peers, as members of the'shambling' or C86 scene, a categorisation that they vehemently declined. Musically, the album featured fast-paced rhythm guitar. Soon after the release of George Best, the early singles and radio sessions were compiled and released as Tommy; when Solowka, who has Ukrainian roots, started fooling around with a Ukrainian folk tune during one of their Peel sessions, the idea arose to devote some of their radio time to recording their versions of Ukrainian folk songs, encouraged by Peel. To this end, two guest musicians were invited, singer/violin player Len Liggins and mandolin player Roman Remeynes, three Peel sessions were recorded with Gedge temporarily limiting himself to playing rhythm guitar and arranging the songs.
Between the recording of the first and the second'Ukrainian' session, Charman was fired from the band. His replacement was Simon Smith, who remained the band's drummer until 1997 and for a long time was, next to Gedge, the only other stable factor in the shifting line-ups; the band planned on releasing eight cuts from the Ukrainian sessions on a 10" LP and an initial batch was pressed when Red Rhino went into receivership. Rather than trying to find a new distribution company, the band decided to fold their Reception label altogether and sign with a regular record company: RCA. Although the band were criticized by some quarters for'selling out', under the terms of their contract they were allowed their own choice of producer and singles, they had the option of releasing any singles rejected by the label independently without breach of contract. The band's new record company bought the initial Reception stock of the Ukrainian record from the band, pressed another batch, released the record in April 1989 under the name of Українські Виступи в Івана Піла.
The first proper album that The Wedding Present recorded for their new label was released in the same year 1989 and reunited them with Allison. Bizarro’s lyrical themes were the same as before and the songs featured the same three-chord structures, but its production values had increased due to a larger recording budget; the album was recorded at Jacobs Studios by Steve Lyon and again mixed by him there. The album's companion single, "Kennedy", provided the band with their first British Top 40 hit. Seeing that they were growing more popular in the American college radio scene, the band turned towards America for their next project; the band decided to re-record Bizarro track "Brassneck" with the former Big Black frontman Steve Albini. It was the start of a two-year collaboration: the next single, "Corduroy" and album, were recorded by Albini at Pachyderm Recording Studio in Cannon Falls, MN. Melody Maker likened listening to the record to sandpapering your ea
Queensrÿche is an American heavy metal band. It formed in 1980 in Washington out of the local band The Mob; the band has released 15 studio albums, one EP, several DVDs, continues to tour and record. The original lineup consisted of guitarists Michael Wilton and Chris DeGarmo, drummer Scott Rockenfield, bassist Eddie Jackson, lead vocalist Geoff Tate. Queensrÿche has sold over 20 million albums worldwide, including over 6 million albums in the United States; the band received worldwide acclaim after the release of their 1988 album Operation: Mindcrime, considered one of the greatest heavy metal concept albums of all time. Their follow-up release, released in 1990, was very successful and included the hit single "Silent Lucidity"; the band has received three Grammy Award nominations for songs from both albums. In 1998, drummer Rockenfield received an individual Grammy nomination. In 1998, guitarist and primary songwriter DeGarmo left the band for personal reasons. Over the years, his replacements have been Kelly Gray, Mike Stone, Parker Lundgren.
Following a publicized backstage altercation before a show in São Paulo, Brazil, in April 2012, Tate was fired from the band and replaced with then-Crimson Glory singer Todd La Torre. In response to his dismissal and his wife Susan filed a lawsuit in a Washington court, claiming that he was wrongfully terminated; the ruling in the preliminary injunction was that both parties were allowed to use the name Queensrÿche until a court ruling or a settlement decided who would get to use the name. A settlement was reached on April 17, 2014, in which founding members Wilton and Jackson were awarded the rights to the band trademark, continuing to play with the lineup that additionally includes singer La Torre and guitarist Lundgren. During the time, both parties could use the name Queensrÿche, Tate created his own lineup featuring former guitarist Gray and musicians from bands including Blue Öyster Cult, Ozzy Osbourne, Dio, AC/DC and Quiet Riot; this version of Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate released the album Frequency Unknown on April 23, 2013, while Queensrÿche released their eponymous album on June 24 and 25, 2013.
Both bands toured in 2013 and 2014. The foundations for Queensrÿche began in the late 1970s. Guitarist Michael Wilton started the band Joker with friends in 1978, they were joined by guitarist Chris DeGarmo in 1979. In 1980, Wilton met drummer Scott Rockenfield at Easy Street Records in Seattle, they formed the band Cross+Fire together, they covered songs from popular heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden and Judas Priest, practiced in the garage of Rockenfield's parents which they called "The Dungeon" and fitted with egg cartons as acoustic cladding. Before long, DeGarmo and bassist Eddie Jackson joined Cross+Fire, the band name was changed to The Mob, after the Black Sabbath song "The Mob Rules". In need of a singer for a one-off performance at a local rock festival, they recruited Babylon frontman Geoff Tate. After Babylon broke up, Tate performed a few shows with The Mob, but left because he was not interested in performing heavy metal covers. In 1981, The Mob put together sufficient funds to record a demo tape.
Still without a singer, Tate was once again enlisted to help, much to the disapproval of his then-current band, Myth. The group recorded the four songs "Queen of the Reich", "Nightrider", "Blinded", "The Lady Wore Black", the latter of which Tate had written the lyrics for. For an entire year, they were rejected by all of them; the Mob were offered a management contract by Kim and Diana Harris, the owners of Easy Street Records. However, as Tate remained committed to staying in Myth, the band reluctantly searched for another singer; because the name "The Mob" was not available, their manager urged them to choose a different name. They ran out of ideas, decided to name the band after the first song on their demo tape, "Queen of the Reich"; the spelling "Queensreich" was modified to prevent association of the band with Nazism. The name "Queensrÿche" is written with a metal umlaut over the letter'y'; as the band joked: "The umlaut over the'y' has haunted us for years. We spent eleven years trying to explain how to pronounce it."
The umlaut is used on all of Queensrÿche's releases, except for their 2011 album, Dedicated to Chaos. Kim Harris sent the demo tape and a band photo to a friend who wrote for Kerrang! magazine, resulting in a glowing review. On the strength of the growing buzz that surrounded them in both the United States and Europe following this review, the Harrises released Queensrÿche's demo tape as a self-titled EP on their independent label 206 Records in 1983. After the EP garnered international praise, receiving much airplay and selling an unusual number of copies for a small independent release, Tate agreed to leave Myth and become Queensrÿche's permanent lead singer. On June 29 and 30, 1983, Queensrÿche was the opening act for Zebra in Portland and Seattle respectively. Kim Harris knew A&R manager Mavis Brodey of EMI-America from the time she was the music director of KZOK-FM, he convinced her to come to one of these shows. Brodey offered Queensrÿche a contract with EMI, spanning 15 years and encompassing seven albums.
EMI re-released the EP Queensrÿche to moderate success. The band toured with Quiet Riot through the south and with Twisted Sister to the East Coast and Canada, opened for Dio in Seattle. After the EP tour, Queensrÿche travelled to
Nirvana was an American rock band formed in Aberdeen, Washington, in 1987. It was founded by guitarist Kurt Cobain and bassist Krist Novoselic. Nirvana went through a succession of drummers, the longest-lasting and best-known being Dave Grohl, who joined in 1990. Though the band dissolved in 1994 after the death of Cobain, their music maintains a popular following and continues to influence modern rock and roll culture. In the late 1980s, Nirvana established itself as part of the Seattle grunge scene, releasing its first album, for the independent record label Sub Pop in 1989, they developed a sound that relied on dynamic contrasts between quiet verses and loud, heavy choruses. After signing to major label DGC Records, Nirvana found unexpected worldwide success with "Smells Like Teen Spirit", the first single from the band's second album Nevermind, which has now been ranked as one of the greatest songs in the history of rock music. Nevermind has been called one of the greatest albums of all time and has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
Nirvana's sudden success popularized alternative rock and grunge, Cobain found himself referred to in the media as the "spokesman of a generation", with Nirvana considered the "flagship band" of Generation X. After touring and releasing Incesticide and Hormoaning, Nirvana's third studio album, In Utero, was released to critical acclaim; the album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart and featured an abrasive, less mainstream sound and challenged the group's audience and has since sold over 15 million copies worldwide. In Utero would be Nirvana's last studio album in their active career. Nirvana's active career ended following the death of Cobain in 1994, but many various posthumous releases have been issued since, overseen by Novoselic and Cobain's widow Courtney Love; the posthumous release MTV Unplugged in New York won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 1996. Overall, Nirvana have received twelve awards from twenty-five nominations winning an American Music Award, Brit Award, Grammy Award, seven MTV Video Music Awards and two NME Awards Since its debut, the band has sold over 25 million records in the United States alone, over 75 million records worldwide, making them one of the best-selling bands of all time.
Nirvana has been ranked as one of the greatest music artists of all time with Rolling Stone placing them at number 27 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time" in 2004, at number 30 on their updated list in 2011. Nirvana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in its first year of eligibility. Cobain and Novoselic met while attending Aberdeen High School, although they never connected, according to Cobain; the pair became friends while frequenting the practice space of the Melvins. Cobain wanted to form a band with Novoselic, but Novoselic did not respond for a long period of time. In persuading Novoselic to form a band, Cobain gave him a demo tape of his project Fecal Matter. Three years after the two first met, Novoselic notified Cobain that he had listened to the Fecal Matter demo and suggested they start a group; the pair recruited Bob McFadden on drums. In early 1987, Cobain and Novoselic recruited drummer Aaron Burckhard; the three practiced material from Cobain's Fecal Matter tape but started writing new material soon after forming.
During its initial months, the band went through a series of names, starting with Skid Row and including Fecal Matter and Ted Ed Fred. The group settled on Nirvana, which Cobain said was chosen because "I wanted a name, kind of beautiful or nice and pretty instead of a mean, raunchy punk name like the Angry Samoans". With Novoselic and Cobain having moved to Tacoma and Olympia, Washington the two temporarily lost contact with Burckhard; the pair instead practiced with Dale Crover of the Melvins, Nirvana recorded its first demos in January 1988. In early 1988, Crover moved to San Francisco but recommended Dave Foster to the band as his replacement on drums. Foster's tenure with Nirvana lasted only a few months. Cobain and Novoselic put an ad in Seattle music publication The Rocket seeking a replacement drummer, which only yielded unsatisfactory responses. Meanwhile, a mutual friend introduced them to Chad Channing, the three musicians agreed to jam together. Channing continued to jam with Cobain and Novoselic, although the drummer noted, "They never said'okay, you're in,'" and Channing played his first show with the group that May.
Nirvana released its first single, a cover of Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz", in November 1988 on the Seattle independent record label Sub Pop. They did their first interview with John Robb in Sounds who made the release single of the week; the following month, the band began recording its debut album, with local producer Jack Endino. Bleach was influenced by the heavy dirge-rock of the Melvins and Mudhoney, 1980s punk rock, the 1970s heavy metal of Black Sabbath. Novoselic said in a 2001 interview with Rolling Stone that the band had played a tape in their van while on tour that had an album by The Smithereens on one side and an album by the extreme metal band Celtic Frost on the other, noted that the combination played an influence as well; the money for the recording sessions for Bleach, listed as $606.17 on the album sleeve, was supplied by Jason Everman, subsequently brought into the band as the second guitarist. Though Everman did not play on the album, he received a credit on
Sunn O))) is an American experimental metal band from Seattle, that formed in 1998. The band is known for an heavy sound that blends diverse genres including drone, black metal, dark ambient, noise rock, for loud live performances. Supported by a varying cast of collaborators, the band was formed by two core members: Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson. Sunn O))) is named after the Sunn amplifier brand, the logo of which includes a circle next to the "SUNN" banner with waves heading off to the right. In interviews, Stephen O'Malley stated that the band's moniker was chosen as a play on the name Earth, a band regarded as pioneers of drone metal throughout the 1990s. Before the band members moved to Los Angeles, they used the moniker Mars; the band's style is characterized by slow tempos distorted guitars, avoidance of rhythm and melody, alternative tunings. The guitars are notable for their low register utilising tunings as low as dropped A. Additionally, the band is known for using resonant feedback to create monolithic soundscapes and eerie atmospheres.
Percussion is never incorporated, with a lack of any discernible beat. When performing live, the band wears robes, fills the air with fog, plays at an high volume; the band releases the majority of its music through the label it founded in 1998, Southern Lord Records. However, the band released ØØ Void on multiple labels, including Rise Above Records, Hydra Head Records, Dirter Productions. Additionally, the original pressing of The Grimmrobe Demos was released by Hydra Head Records, it was issued as a double picture record set by Outlaw Recordings and reissued by Southern Lord in 2004. Sunn O))) experiments with a variety of styles and sounds, progressing beyond the guitar and bass style of The Grimmrobe Demos and ØØ Void. On White1 and White2, Sunn O))) noticeably expanded on conceptualization by inviting several guests, resulting in everything from quiet meditative ambient sounds to a bizarre bass experiment track. Black One continued in this direction, utilizing far more electronics and other instrumentation than earlier Sunn O))) material, yet still marking a significant return to their traditional sound.
Sunn O))) are regarded as leaders in their genre, including by The New York Times Magazine of May 28, 2006, when the band was written up in an article called "Heady Metal" by John Wray. The band was praised in an issue of Wonka Vision, an independent music magazine, as one of the greatest modern metal acts. Sunn O))) appeared in the August 2007 issue of Q magazine, with its album White1 being named the 18th-loudest album of all time, just above AC/DCs Back in Black and below Jimi Hendrix's Are You Experienced? In 2008, Sunn O))) released a live album titled Dømkirke and announced a mini-tour consisting of four concerts to commemorate the group's 10th anniversary, which coincided with the release of The Grimmrobe Demos; the band's seventh studio album, Monoliths & Dimensions, was released on May 18, 2009, was acclaimed by both press and public alike. On December 17, 2009, the song "Hunting & Gathering" from the CD Monoliths & Dimensions was named the Heaviest Song of All-Time by Jason Ellis on The Jason Ellis Show on Sirius/XM.
Greg Anderson appeared on The Jason Ellis Show on January 12, 2010. The band played the ATP New York 2010 music festival in Monticello, New York, during September 2010, where it collaborated with Boris to perform the Altar album live. For live performances, Hungarian-born Attila Csihar has performed as the primary vocalist since 2003. Sunn O))) released a collaboration album with Ulver titled Terrestrials in February 2014: in October 2014, the band released the album Soused, a collaboration with singer-songwriter Scott Walker. In November 2015, Sunn O))) presented a four-day program at Le Guess Who? Festival in Utrecht, the Netherlands, including Annette Peacock, Julia Holter and The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Sunn O))) itself. Sunn O))) contributed to the original score of the horror film The Devil's Candy, released on March 17, 2017; the band worked with producer Steve Albini on two albums, Life Metal and Pyroclasts, due for release in 2019. ØØ Void Flight of the Behemoth White1 White2 Black One Monoliths & Dimensions Kannon Life Metal Pyroclasts The Grimmrobe Demos Rehearsal Demo Nov 11 2011 LA Reh 012 Downtown LA Rehearsal / Rifftape March 1998 Veils It White Cro-Monolithic Remixes for an Iron Age Candlewolf of the Golden Chalice Oracle The Libations of Samhain Live Action Sampler Live White La Mort Noir dans Esch/Alzette Dømkirke Grimmrobes Live 101008 Live At Primavera Sound Festival 2009 On WFMU Agharti Live 09-10 НЕЖИТЬ: живьём в России 11 августа 2015 Angel Coma Altar (CD & 2xCD ltd. 5000 2006, 3xLP & 2xCD 2007, CD 201
Hugo Mario Montenegro was an American orchestra leader and composer of film soundtracks. His best known work is derived from interpretations of the music from Spaghetti Westerns his cover version of Ennio Morricone's main theme from the 1966 film The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, he composed the musical score for the 1969 Western Charro! which starred Elvis Presley. Montenegro was born in New York City in 1925, he served in the U. S. Navy for two years as an arranger for the Newport Naval Base band in Newport, Rhode Island. After the war he attended Manhattan College while studying composition and leading his own band for school dances. In the middle 1950s, he was directing and arranging the orchestra for Eliot Glen and Irving Spice on their Dragon and Caprice labels, it was he, directing the Glen-Spice Orchestra on Dion DiMucci's first release when Dion was backed by Dragon recording artists, the Timberlanes. Released on Mohawk #105 in 1957, the songs were "Out In Colorado" and "The Chosen Few", which were soon issued on the Jubilee label for better distribution.
He was hired by Time Records as a musical director producing a series of albums for the label, moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s where he began working for RCA Victor, producing a series of albums and soundtracks for motion pictures and television themes, such as two volumes of Music From The Man From U. N. C. L. E. An album of cover versions of spy music themes Come Spy With Me and an album of cover versions of Ennio Morricone's music for the Clint Eastwood The Man With No Name series of spaghetti Westerns that led to major chart hits. Montenegro began scoring motion pictures with the instrumental music from Advance to the Rear in 1964. Following the success of his albums, he was contracted by Columbia Pictures where he scored such films as Hurry Sundown, Lady in Cement, The Undefeated, Viva Max! and the Matt Helm films The Ambushers and The Wrecking Crew. He composed the musical score and conducted the recording sessions for the 1969 Elvis Presley Western film Charro!, he provided some incidental music for the cult 1970 British film Toomorrow.
His last film scores were for the exploitation film Too Hot to Handle and the cult action thrillerThe Farmer, in 1977. The Cult action thriller "The Farmer" with Montenegro's chilling electronic music score earned an X rating until producer/director David Berlatsky had the review board review the film again without the music score and the rating was changed from X to R, which allowed Columbia pictures to distribute the film for 17 years; the music rights in order to release a DVD sale could not be obtained as the estate could not be found, the score is considered "lost". Montenegro was contracted to Columbia's television production company Screen Gems where he is most famous for his theme from the second season of the television series I Dream of Jeannie, his theme song "Seattle" and music from Here Come the Brides and The Outcasts, he composed the music for the long running "The Partridge Family,". During the mid‑60s he started producing some of the most renowned works from the space age pop era, featuring electronics and rock in albums such as Moog Power and Mammy Blue.
Montenegro's electronic works were decisive and influential for the future generations of electronic musicians, giving a retro/futuristic edge by the use of the Moog synthesizer, helped to push its popularity. He will be remembered by his versions of classics such as the main theme to Sergio Leone's film The Good, the Bad, the Ugly composed by Ennio Morricone; this was Montenegro's biggest pop hit, reaching #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #3 in the Canadian RPM Magazine charts, spending four weeks atop the UK Singles Chart in 1968. It was awarded a gold disc, his version of the main theme from Hang'em High reached #59 in Canada. In 1968, his hit "Aces High" placed at #11 on the Billboard Year End Chart of the Top Hits of 1968. In the late 1970s severe emphysema forced an end to his musical career, he died of the disease in 1981, he is buried at Welwood Murray Cemetery in California. Great Songs From Motion Pictures Vol. 2 – Time Records – S/2045 – 1961 Great Songs From Motion Pictures Vol. 3 – Time Records – S/2046 – 1961 Hugo Montenegro In Italy – Oriole – OTS 2040 – 1962 Overture–American Musical Theatre Vol. 2 – Time-52036/S-2036 – 196?
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Tacocat is an American indie punk rock quartet from Seattle, founded in 2007 and consisting of Emily Nokes, Bree McKenna, Lelah Maupin, Eric Randall. They gained popularity in 2014 following the release of their second album NVM, engineered by Conrad Uno; the album received positive reviews in the music press, including from Pitchfork, AllMusic, PopMatters, reached the CMJ top 10 college radio albums. Tacocat addresses feminist themes in many of their songs using sarcasm. For example, the song "Hey Girl" uses sarcasm to mock street harassment, the song "This is Anarchy" mocks the politics of white male skinheads; the song "Crimson Wave" is a period-positive beach anthem featuring red imagery and humorous menstruation metaphors. The music video for the song gained over 10,000 views in a single week on YouTube, has since gotten over 200,000 views; the band jokes about other themes such as seasonal affective disorder in Seattle on "Bridge to Hawaii" and waiting for a late bus on "FU #8." Drummer Lelah Maupin and guitarist Eric Randall first met in Longview, Washington while working together at a Safeway grocery store.
Randall met bassist Bree McKenna while his band was practicing in the basement of the punk house she lived in. Lelah Maupin met Emily Nokes in a graphic design class; the four bonded over their mutual affection for 1990s music, the riot grrrl movement, Kevin Costner's Waterworld. They started performing at small shows and releasing singles, they released their DIY debut album Shame Spiral in 2010. That year, they signed with Subpop imprint Hardly Art and released their second EP Take Me to Your Dealer; the Woman's Day EP followed in 2011. The band would exhaustively tour the United States over the next few years, playing basements and house shows. Other notable releases include a Ghost Mice/Tacocat split 7", a riot grrrl cover compilation album released on Teenage Teardrops Records, the much coveted DIY tour tapes such as Frenching and Food Stamps and OMG. In a 2012 installment of Your Favorite Band, a series of fictitious satirical articles for VICE, Bree McKenna claimed to be the illegitimate child of Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
The band was involved in a controversy involving pop singer Katy Perry when her Super Bowl 2015 half-time show featured backup dancers in shark costumes that looked similar to those worn in Tacocat's "Crimson Wave" music video. Tacocat went on a national tour in March 2014 in support of their album NVM, playing many shows in the Pacific Northwest and across the United States, including in Los Angeles, New Orleans, Baltimore, Las Vegas, New York City, Miami and Little Rock, they toured Europe in fall 2014 with visits to many major cities including Barcelona, Berlin and Vienna. Tacocat's third album Lost Time came out on Hardly Art Records on April 1, 2016, their premiere, pro-service worker single, "I Hate The Weekend," was announced in January 2016. On February 15, 2016, Pitchfork streamed "Talk," the second single from the album, reported that they will record the theme song to the 2016 Powerpuff Girls reboot. Singer Emily Nokes was influenced by the science fiction series The X-Files during the writing of Lost Time.
The name of the album is a reference to the pilot episode of The X-Files, which touched on the lost time phenomenon. Tacocat were included in the Coachella 2017 line-up; the band will release their fourth full-length album, This Mess is a Place on May 3, 2019 on Sub Pop Records Shame Spiral NVM Lost Time This Mess is a Place Ghost Mice/Tacocat Split This is Happening Without Your Permission Split Woman's Day Take Me to Your Dealer Frenching and Foodstamps OMG "Bridge to Hawaii" "Crimson Wave" "Talk" "Grains of Salt" Official website Tacocat at AllMusic
Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, known by his stage name Macklemore, is an American rapper and songwriter, from Seattle, Washington. He has collaborated with producer Ryan Lewis as Ryan Lewis. Since 2000, he has independently released one mixtape, three EPs, four albums. Macklemore and Lewis's single "Thrift Shop" reached number one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100 in 2013; the single was soon dubbed by Billboard as the first song since 1994 to top the Hot 100 chart without the support of a major record label, although Macklemore, in a unusual recording contract, pays a nominal percentage of sales to use Warner Bros. Records's radio promotion department to push his singles, their second single, "Can't Hold Us" peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart, making Macklemore and Lewis the first duo in the chart's history to have their first two singles both reach the peak position. Macklemore and Lewis released their debut studio album The Heist on October 9, 2012, which charted at number 2 on the U. S. Billboard 200.
The pair won four Grammy Awards at the 2014 ceremony, including Best New Artist, Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Performance. Their second album, This Unruly Mess I've Made, was released on February 26, 2016. In June 2017, he released "Glorious", a single featuring Skylar Grey; this marked his return to the music industry, as well as his first major single produced without Lewis since his mainstream breakthrough. His second solo studio album, was released on September 22, 2017. Ben Haggerty was born to Julie Schott, he was raised with his brother Tim in Seattle, Washington. He has Irish heritage. Haggerty was six years old. According to a YouTube interview, he listened to "parental advisory" music from the radio when he was an underage youth. Haggerty was 15; when he started to sing, Haggerty listened to "a lot of East Coast underground hip hop", with Hieroglyphics, Freestyle Fellowship, Living Legends, Wu-Tang Clan, Mobb Deep and Talib Kweli being big influences on him. Interested in reaching a younger generation through his music, he was a part of a program focusing on education and cultural identity called "Gateways for Incarcerated Youth" where he facilitated music workshops.
Haggerty attended Nathan Hale High School. At Hale, he developed the stage name "Professor Macklemore" for an art project involving a made-up superhero, at Garfield, he started a hip-hop group called Elevated Elements with other students. Elevated Elements released an album titled Progress in 2000. Haggerty went on to earn a bachelor's degree from The Evergreen State College in 2009. In 2000, Haggerty recorded a mixtape titled Open Your Eyes under the name Professor Macklemore, which he distributed himself and released on October 21, 2000. Haggerty dropped "Professor" from his name and began working on his first official full-length album, called The Language of My World; the album was released on January 1, 2005, with its lead single, "Love Song", being announced the same day. "Love Song" featured singer Evan Roman, produced by Budo, who would go on to produce several more tracks for Macklemore. In 2006, Haggerty first met his future collaborator Ryan Lewis. Lewis, who would go on to release two albums with Haggerty as Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, spent a few years working on Macklemore's promotion as a photographer.
The two musicians would soon become good friends but would not formalize their collaborative efforts until 2009. In the meantime, Macklemore kept busy as a solo artist, appearing on The Physics' song "Good" in 2009, as well as performing at the Seattle major arts and music festival Bumbershoot in 2008, 2009, 2001. Macklemore's second mixtape, The Unplanned Mixtape, was released on September 7, 2009, it would reach No. 7 on the iTunes Hip Hop chart. The mixtape was accompanied by the singles "The Town" and "And We Danced," the latter of which featured singer Ziggy Stardust. "The Town" was remixed by Sabzi of the Blue Scholars. In 2009, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis formalized the collaboration as a duo Ryan Lewis, they released the EP The VS. EP, they released "Irish Celebration" in December 2009 in anticipation of the release of The Vs. EP. In March 2010, the duo released "Stay At Home Dad", a track that didn't quite make Vs. In October 2010, they created the VS. Redux EP. Macklemore used his experience with substance abuse to create the mixtape's song "Otherside", which samples the Red Hot Chili Peppers song of the same title.
On April 8, 2011, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis performed the song at the 2011 Mariners Opening Day in-front of a sold-out crowd of nearly 48,000 attendees. "Wings" was released on January 21, 2011, followed by "Can't Hold Us" featuring Ray Dalton on August 16, 2011. In February 2011, Macklemore and producer Ryan Lewis kicked off a multi-city tour in Seattle, which included three sold-out shows at Showbox at the Market, a Seattle music venue; that same year, the rapper appeared at many U. S. music festivals, including Bumbershoot, Outside Lands, Rock the Bells, SoundSet and Bonnaroo. Their album The Heist was released in October 2012 and debuted on the U. S. Billboard 200 at number 2 of the week dated October 27, 2012, selling over 78,000 copies. "Same Love" was released on July 18, 2012 and after "White Walls". In January 2013, Music Choice featured Macklemore in the brand new series "Primed", which focuses on emerging artists. In May 2013, Haggerty was featured on Clinton Sparks's single "Gold Rush", along with 2 Chainz and D.
A. The Heist World Tour began in August 201