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June 13, 2012

James Hetfield of Metallica records PSA in hopes of finding fan’s killer

In 2009, the band Metallica played a concert at the University of Virginia. After the show, a fan of theirs, Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington, went missing outside the arena, and her remains were found a few months later, in a remote area about 10 miles away. Metallica offered a $50,000 reward for help in finding her killer (on top of a separate $100,000 reward), and as part of an effort to keep the case on the radar, James Hetfield recorded this PSA. ”The band reacted to that right away,” said Morgan’s mother, Gil. “It was a matter of days before James Hetfield was on the phone to Dan saying, ‘As a father, I am outraged.’” If you know anything, please don’t hesitate to call the Virginia State Police at the number listed in the video.

22:32 // 2 years ago
April 21, 2012
FYI: Today is Record Store Day. Be sure to support your local record store, even if they’re selling multiple copies of Metallica and Lou Reed’s ill-fated “Lulu.” (photo from the recently-closed Melody Records in Dupont Circle, which will be greatly missed)

FYI: Today is Record Store Day. Be sure to support your local record store, even if they’re selling multiple copies of Metallica and Lou Reed’s ill-fated “Lulu.” (photo from the recently-closed Melody Records in Dupont Circle, which will be greatly missed)

11:27 // 2 years ago
November 1, 2011
The bulk of Lulu sounds like your dad’s drunk friend reciting his self-penned erotica over a melting ReLoad cassette.
Entertainment Weekly’s review of the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration “Lulu,” which many internet types have been fearing might be the worst album in each artist’s careers. (Fortunately, EW says, it’s not: It “isn’t nearly as alienating as Reed’s 1975 noise experiment Metal Machine Music.”) Surprisingly, hatred of this album is far from across-the-board. In fact, the BBC claims it’s a great album: “It may well be, though, that in the fullness of time this is an album that is given the praise it deserves.”
8:50 // 2 years ago
June 18, 2011
The record, not yet titled, features 10 songs composed by Reed with significant arrangement contributions by the band that suggest a raging union of his 1973 noir classic, Berlin, and Metallica’s ‘86 crusher, Master of Puppets.
Rolling Stone writer David Fricke • Describing that bizarre Metallica-Lou Reed album the duo collaborated on. May we just say, could you pick two weirder albums to mash up? But that said, both Metallica and Reed seem uber-excited about the project, which is based around a bunch of songs Reed wrote for a German play. “A marriage made in heaven,” Reed said. ”I knew it from the first day we played together: ‘Oh, man, this is perfection, right in front of me.’ ” It might be a bit before the project gets out, as neither Reed nor Metallica (who still are a multi-platinum-selling force) currently have a record deal. But then again, both are legendary enough that they probably have the money to start one. source (viafollow)
10:53 // 3 years ago
June 17, 2011
Metallica and Lou Reed record an album: Uh, what? Apparently The Velvet Underground’s art-damaged living legend, inspired by a jam during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary celebration, spent a few months in the studio with James Hetfield and the gang recording an album. That’s actually quite fast by Metallica standards. So what do you guys think it’s gonna sound more like, “Load" or "Loaded”? “Ride The Lightning" or "Transformer”? “Master Of Puppets" or "Metal Machine Music”?

Metallica and Lou Reed record an album: Uh, what? Apparently The Velvet Underground’s art-damaged living legend, inspired by a jam during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame anniversary celebration, spent a few months in the studio with James Hetfield and the gang recording an album. That’s actually quite fast by Metallica standards. So what do you guys think it’s gonna sound more like, “Load" or "Loaded”? “Ride The Lightning" or "Transformer”? “Master Of Puppets" or "Metal Machine Music”?

1:03 // 3 years ago
April 18, 2011
nightline:

Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ destroyed by Christian protesters
Guardian:
The controversial work Piss Christ by the New York photographer Andres Serrano has been destroyed at a gallery in France after weeks of protests.
The photograph, which shows a small crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine, outraged the US religious right in 1987, when it was first shown, with Serrano denounced in the Senate by the Republican Jesse Helms. It was later vandalised in Australia, and neo-Nazis ransacked a show by the artist in Sweden in 2007.

Good thing there aren’t any photos of it online or anything. Serrano’s no stranger to controversial imagery, by the way: His images graced the covers of two Metallica albums. You don’t want to know how he made those images.

nightline:

Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ destroyed by Christian protesters

Guardian:

The controversial work Piss Christ by the New York photographer Andres Serrano has been destroyed at a gallery in France after weeks of protests.

The photograph, which shows a small crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine, outraged the US religious right in 1987, when it was first shown, with Serrano denounced in the Senate by the Republican Jesse Helms. It was later vandalised in Australia, and neo-Nazis ransacked a show by the artist in Sweden in 2007.

Good thing there aren’t any photos of it online or anything. Serrano’s no stranger to controversial imagery, by the way: His images graced the covers of two Metallica albums. You don’t want to know how he made those images.

10:06 // 3 years ago