If you could, would you record an album at your friend’s house? In the case of k-os, he did and he recorded his latest album BLack on BLonde at his friend
Darth Vader Hayden Christensen’s house. In an interview with The Toronto Sun, k-os reveals details surrounding his recording BLack on BLonde on the Death Star at Hayden’s house saying, “It’s like I just hit oil — as soon as I woke up in the morning there and smelled the air I spent every day in the studio from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. just writing.”
k-os even built a recording studio in Hayden’s living room and finished twenty tracks there! If I recorded my album at Hayden’s house, I would not be productive at all. I’d be rummaging through his junk drawers, trying to find a spare light saber. k-os also spoke about how the album is a departure from his more rebellious days. k-os explained, “I was like, I need to embrace this a little bit — I’m older, I’m more mature and it’s fun.”. k-os continued, “That’s the biggest change I would say from my earlier stuff in Yes! is that I’m not mad about being in the music industry any more.”
We find that especially ironic because wasn’t Luke Skywalker part of the Rebellion? … We are clearly geeks here at MuchMore.ca. Check out the video for Dog Is Mine by k-os below and if you listen closely… k-os reveals what street Hayden lives on. Go forth Star Wars stalkers! You’re welcome.
The last video from k-os, The Dog Is Mine was such a hit we were left salivating for more. Finally, today as his album BLack on BLonde drops, our wish was finally granted and now we have his new video for Nyce 2 Know Ya here for you! The video features k-os’ eclectic artistry mixed in with a gritty downtown vibe and you can watch it below! And don’t forget that we still have an exclusive preview of BLack on BLonde here on Much.com‘s First Spins section. Quick! Have a listen before it’s too late!
Watch the video for k-os’ track Nyce 2 Know Ya here and tell us what you think of the video in the comments section!
For the most part, the lead singer of a band becomes the person most associated with the music. In the case of Pearl Jam that certainly has been the case (and deservedly so) Eddie Vedder is one of the great front men of all time. But the reason we have Pearl Jam with Eddie Vedder is because Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament were in a band together called Green River followed by Mother Love Bone. Mother Love Bone were and are the MOST important piece of the grunge movement. It’s because of that band and the impact of their late singer Andy Wood that today we have Pearl Jam. This is one of the many things you will learn in class January 27th, 730 pm ET, for the Canadian Broadcast Premier of “Pearl Jam Twenty”. Don’t skip class kids.
More than ever the lines are blurred between what is considered straight up country music and what could crossover. Obviously artists like Taylor Swift and Lady Antebellum are a distinct type of pop country that is working on different radio formats in a big bad way, but then there are Mumford and Sons, The Civil Wars, and Fleet Foxes who are more roots based but could just as easily have the same type of success. Canada’s own The Abrams Brothers, despite their young age, have performed at The Grand Ole Opry already but are also getting love on rock radio with their version of a classic Alex Chilton tune. Bluegrass is the backdrop of this group but they fit somewhere nicely in between the country and non country worlds that could potentially find them love from both.
Before all the indie music geeks get all bent out of shape and take to the internet to rip me a new one, let me say this: I like Arcade Fire, I love that they have broken through with a sound that doesn’t sound like the typical band that breaks through on radio, it’s good for music. However, I haven’t been as enthralled with their records as many have, I like them but I’ve yet to flip out over their songs the way many people have….until now. This song is incredible, the video is fantastic and it all just makes me want to start the campaign to make Régine the new lead singer of the band. Sorry Win.
Some of the most interesting conversations I’ve had over my past 9 or 10 years of interviewing musicians have been with k-os. We have covered many topics but the most interesting has always been the dichotomy between making music just for the love of making music, and making money from that music. He has always seemed conflicted with his own success and the idea of a hit song and I respect that, and those conversations, for me, have made listening to his music and lyrics that much more interesting. This is one of my favorite k-os Tracks, he’s a great singer and doesn’t seem to get the credit he deserves for that.
As infamous Rock and Roll partnerships go Randy Bachman and Burton Cummings are right up there with Jagger & Richards or Tyler & Perry. Burton Cummings joined The Guess Who in 1965 when they were still called “The Expressions” and after some massive international success, in 1970, Randy Bachman left the group and both men had successful post Guess Who careers. Along the way however they kept coming back to the band but it’s always difficult trying to figure out when they actually came back to the band together. But before all that went down, before the egos took over, together they wrote one of the great love songs of all time.