Jim Shelley & Book Of Kills

Be It Dead Or Alive!

I'm coming to the article two years late, but this is a good and not too long piece about the "death of rock". Worth reading if you're a fan of the genre, which I would assume you are if you're reading this post.

Five years ago today, I was reacting to the news announced the day before I think, that Kim Deal had left the Pixies. I wasn't even aware that the Pixies were still active, but it turns out, of course, that not only were they active but they were getting ready to record new music with Kim Shattuck if Kim wasn't going to contribute. Of course, a year later Shattuck had been fired and the gifted Paz Lenchantin had replaced her. I'd just gotten back from the beach (where I'd found out about Deal's departure through my wife) and the inevitable post-vacation come-down combined with the Pixies news left me pretty despondent for a couple days. But, as Frank Sinatra loved to sing, "That's life!" 

Also on this day five years ago, it appeared that George Nipe III, Jane Firkin and Casey Firkin and I were going to come together to play a few dates as a reconstituted version of Book of Kills. Jane had excitedly informed me that she was pretty sure she'd found a good drummer from Staunton who'd be willing to jam with us. Turns out she was right. The very talented Pablo Olivieri did indeed join us and we played three fun, well-received shows. Good times!

“Right now we’re in an age that feels a little like the eighties and early nineties, when you had a smorgasbord of different genres. You had Hip Hop, Rock, Pop, Alternative, Electronic, and so on. We’re seeing a lot of different sounds and influences emanating from across the globe. A thing I’ve found really fascinating is that in the world of streaming, you’re not really seeing as many Rock bands breaking out of those platforms  and that, in my opinion, has a specific reason, because Rock songs in general tend to be very much movement driven, whereas Pop and other genres tend to be very trend driven.” -- Sat Bisla

"If you eat the same cereal every morning, even if it’s your favorite, you’ll eventually get sick of its taste and want to switch it up. In the same regard, the recipe that got Future a collaborative mixtape with Drake, a chart-topping solo album, and a cult following will eventually expire, and the Future Era will be part of the past (ironically). Unless he can begin to innovate in his space and deliver us something unexpected of him, it seems inevitable that Future will follow in Nickelback’s [and Creed's] faded footsteps." -- Caitlin Lopilato