Artist of the Week Tribute to Lou Reed

Screen Shot 2013-10-29 at 8.40.07 AMIt’s difficult to properly eulogize an artist as impactful as Lou Reed. So-we are going to pay tribute to Lou Reed the best way we know how—via music.

On this week’s Artist of the Weekstation dedicated to the icon, you’ll hear work from all eras of his career- with the Velvet Underground, as a solo artist, and his numerous collaborations. You’ll also hear work from the many, many artists that he directly influenced, and even some of his own early influences.

He was immensely quotable, and we think he sums up his body of work nicely with a series of quotes. On his approach to rock and roll, he said “One chord is fine. Two chords are pushing it. Three chords and you’re into jazz.” And on his career in retrospective, he said “All through this, I’ve always thought that if you thought of all of it as a book then you have the Great American Novel, every record as a chapter. They’re all in chronological order. You take the whole thing, stack it and listen to it in order, there’s my Great American Novel.”

This is Slacker’s tribute to Lou Reed, our Artist of the Week. Listen here.

“There’s only X amount of time. You can do whatever you want with that time. It’s your time.”

Artist Profile: Jack Johnson

AOTW-JACK-JOHNSON-472x472Surfer, activist, and mellow troubadour Jack Johnson releases his 6th studio album, called “From Here to Now to You.”

As he recently stated in an interview, “I play around with stuff but I don’t really feel the need to reinvent myself to remain relevant. I feel part of a tradition of singer-songwriters, of playing acoustic guitar and sharing songs. I’ve always felt like a traditionalist. I appreciate other people pushing boundaries but I never really felt like doing that with my own music.”

And in keeping with that spirit, the new album is a collection of Jack Johnson’s reliably mellow acoustic style and observational narratives. Let by the single “I Got You,” his new album is a perfect way to send off the remaining, lazy days of summer.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear the musical DNA of Jack Johnson: his biggest hits along with tracks from his kindred spirits like Donovan Frankenreiter, G. Love, Matt Costa, and Ben Harper to his forbearers like Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Neil Young, and Bob Marley. You’ll also hear his collaborations and music from the artists that he’s influenced.

Listen to Jack Johnson on Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Nirvana is Slacker’s Artist of the Week

NIRVANA1-472x47222 years ago this week, Nirvana released “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” It was meant to be an introduction to Nirvana’s soon-to-be-released “Nevermind” album, and as hard as it is to believe today, the song was not an instant hit, nor did the band or their record label expect it to be.

Flash forward several months later, and by the end of 1991, it was the biggest song in the United States. By 1992, it was clear that Nirvana had released one of the greatest rock albums of all time, and in doing so, they permanently altered the musical landscape, the way the music fans defined “Alternative Rock”, and as an unintentional side-effect, they single-handedly ended the era of big hair and glam metal in favor of something more raw and authentic.

To mark this important anniversary in music history, Nirvana is Slacker’s artist of the week.

This station is an overview of Nirvana’s musical DNA; you’ll hear their biggest hits, deep album tracks and rarities, and you’ll also hear from the bands that influenced their sound and development as well as their Seattle contemporaries and the legions of artists that followed in their footsteps.

Shania Twain is the Artist of the Week

SHANIA TWAIN AOTW15 years ago, Shania Twain scored her sixth number-one country single with “You’re Still the One”. This song went on to become an international mega-hit, and it earned her 4 Grammy nominations, of which she won 2. This week, she celebrates her 48th birthday, and Slacker is paying tribute the Queen of Country Pop.

Shania’s album “Come On Over” is still the best-selling album by a female and the top-selling country album of all time. She was one of the leaders of country music’s renaissance in the 1990s, introducing millions of new listeners to the genre. In 2004, she went on hiatus until she started her “Still the One” residency at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last year. She is currently working on her fifth studio album, and her fans anxiously await her new music.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear her biggest hits, the music that influenced her as a child when she was singing in bars, and the hundreds of artists that she influenced and inspired.

Listen to Shania Twain on Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week to Celebrate Jerry Garcia’s Birthday

GRATEFULThis week would have been Jerry Garcia’s 71st birthday, and Slacker is joining music fans all over the globe in celebrating his life, memory, and music.

As a founder of the Grateful Dead, he wrote and performed songs that galvanized an entire community. His musical legacy spans 4 decades and transcends generations. He was incredibly prolific, and even though he rejected the title, he is the center of a musical universe that produced hundreds of players and dozens of side projects.

This week’s Artist of the Week station is an expertly-curated overview of all things Dead, from their studio albums and legendary live sets, to individual members’ solo projects, collaborations, and session work.

You’ll hear classic Dead tracks along with music from New Riders Of The Purple Sage, The Other Ones, Mickey Hart Band, RatDog, Furthur, and the numerous artists they influenced like String Cheese, Widespread, Phish, and many more. Jerry, Phil, Mickey, Bob, Pigpen, and their merry band of misfits—the gang’s all here to celebrate Jerry Week.

The Grateful Dead is Slacker’s Artist Of The Week.

Artist of the Week: Prince

princeThe Purple One turned 55 this month, and he is celebrating by preparing to release a new album with his latest backing band, Minneapolis’ 3rdEyeGirl. On recording the new album, he said “I don’t have time for old people…I want to work with young people.” It’s a fitting approach, as his music is timeless and he continues to reinvent himself as an artist. That and he seems to lack the ability to age.

Our new Artist of the Week is as effervescent and energetic as ever. Along with the new album he just kicked off his North American tour and is lending his talent in a rare collaboration for Janelle Monáe’s new album. If you get a chance to, make sure to see Prince live on the tour – it will definitely be an experience of a lifetime.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station you’ll hear the best of Prince, his collaborations with artists like Sheila E, The Time, and Vanity 6, the artists that influenced him like James Brown, Jimi Hendrix, and Sly Stone, and the artists that followed in his musical legacy like D’Angelo, Pharrell Williams, and Jaime Lidell.

Click here to listen to Price’s Artist of the Week station.

 

The Lonely Island Bring Comedy to Artist of the Week

LONELY-ISLAND-472x472This week, self-described “frappers” The Lonely Island release their second album of what can best be described as “comedy-rap”. Akiva, Jorma, and Andy have produced an album as crass, taboo, and hilarious as you might imagine- featuring songs like “Diaper Money”, “Spring Break Anthem”, “YOLO”- which was featured as a digital short on SNL, and other tracks with titles I can’t repeat here.

Guest contributors include Justin Timberlake, Adam Levine, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, Pharrell Williams, and Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong.

On this station you’ll hear the comedic lineage of the Lonely Island- from influences like Adam Sandler and Monty Python to their comedy brethren like Tenacious D and Flight of the Conchords. You’ll also hear tracks from the stars that have been good enough sports to appear on their albums and videos—like Justin Timberlake, Akon, and even Michael Bolton. The Lonely Island is Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

Queens of the Stone Age – Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

QOTSA-472x472At this point, Queens of the Stone Age is a project of Josh Homme and friends. From his stoner-rock beginnings in California’s Mojave Desert to his current status as a swaggering rock icon and sought-after guest star on numerous other projects, the Queens remain his most consistent outlet and output.

This week, Queens of the Stone Age release their 6th album—called “Like Clockwork.” It’s their first album since 2007; Dave Grohl played drums on 6 of the tracks, and the album includes guest appearances from Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner, Trent Reznor, and even Elton John.

On this week’s Artist of the Week station, you’ll hear tracks from “…Like Clockwork”, along with a look at the music DNA of Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age- the artists they draw inspiration from and the many musicians that are directly influenced by their work.

Click here to check out Queens of the Stone Age – Slacker’s Artist of the Week.

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