Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell: A Murderous Fan, Brotherly Love and Cowboys from Hell
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by Double Elvis
2d ago
Gunned down onstage by a delusional fan who thought his metal heroes had stolen lyrics from him, Dimebag Darrell Abbott blazed a savage new trail in hard rock during his short time on this earth. Weaned on Eddie Van Halen, Dimebag Darrell would wow the guitar gods he bowed down to as a teenager and gave metal a groove that the music had been lacking before Pantera made their first definitive statement, Cowboys from Hell. Though they made mean music, Darrell and his brother Vinnie were always accommodating and accessible to their fans, which may have been their fatal flaw. To see the full list ..read more
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The Coolest to Ever Do It, New Fan Messages, and More Seasons About to Drop
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by Double Elvis
5d ago
Jake does a deep dive on the one and only Miles Davis, touches on artists he isn't touching (for now), teases big things coming for Disgraceland in February, and replies to your texts DMs and VMs. Leave your message for Jake to respond to at 617-906-6638 and join the After Party. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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Miles Davis Pt. 2: Mountains of Pills, Bitches Brew, and the Reinvention of the Original Motherf#%*er
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by Double Elvis
1w ago
When it came to music, Miles Davis wasn’t about no safe, tired yesterday bullsh*t. After kicking his heroin addiction, he traded bespoke suits for fringe jackets and spearheaded an experimental blur of jazz and rock, eclipsing his contemporaries with a complete reinvention of himself. But the second act of Miles’ life came fraught with failures and new fixes, including a wrecked Lambo, two broken legs, and a mountain of coke and pills so massive that Miles almost never made it down the other side. This episode contains themes that may be disturbing to some listeners and includes descriptions o ..read more
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Miles Davis Pt. 1: Blasting Bebop, Blasting Racism, and a Devastating Heroin Habit
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by Double Elvis
1w ago
Miles Davis is jazz’s first and only rock star, with the rap sheet to prove it. He did enough cocaine to run down the entirety of 52nd street, and pimped out women when performing wasn’t paying the bills. At one point, his heroin habit was so public that clubs who had once welcomed his brilliant bebop instead froze him out completely. When he wasn’t vying to keep his rightful spot in jazz’s upper echelon, he was doing time at Rikers Island or dodging racist cops on the prowl for any junkie they could find. Miles Davis invented cool, but nearly destroyed himself in the process. This episode con ..read more
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Bonus Episode: McCartney the Subversive, Neal Brennan Digressions, and Season 8 Goes Wide
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by Double Elvis
1w ago
Jake comes in hot from a cold studio in snowy New England with this week's bonus episode. Flashback to Jake's hardcore zine days for a key Paul McCartney take, find out the ties between all the Season 8 episodes now binge-able in your feed, hear your calls, texts and Disgo community feedback, and share your pop culture recommendations with Jake at 617-906-6638. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices ..read more
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Derek and the Dominos: Clapton, Cocaine, Motorcycles, and Murder
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by Double Elvis
2w ago
In 1960s London, for young guitar enthusiasts, believing that “Clapton is God” was practically the 11th Commandment. In 1970 he lent his big, sticky tone to yet another band: Derek and the Dominos. The group’s white-hot blues burned bright for barely more than a year, but their impact was massive. Guided by drug, alcohol and heartbreak free-fall, Eric Clapton created one of rock’s most recognizable guitar riffs, while drummer Jim Gordon contributed God’s great piano coda. Except Gordon was guided by something far more sinister — something that started with incessant voices in his head, and end ..read more
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Woodstock Pt. 2: A Disaster Movie
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by Double Elvis
2w ago
The original Woodstock was a literal disaster, declared so on its first day by the state of New York. There were fights, onstage, armed black-shirted hippie gestapo on patrol, and most notably, two dead kids on record. The festival was born of violence, sparked into existence out of organizer Michael Lang’s standoff with hillbilly armed guards and cops from down in Florida. The lasting image of Woodstock as a time of idyllic harmony is a nostalgic gimmick, as is the 1970 documentary about the events that took place up in Bethel, New York that fateful weekend. If any director were to make a tru ..read more
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Woodstock Pt. 1: A Disaster Movie
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by Double Elvis
2w ago
Woodstock is remembered as the generation-defining moment when the baby boomers demonstrated to the world the power of peace, love and communalism. In reality, what went down at Old Man Yasgur’s farm in August 1969 involved extortion, deaths, countless overdoses, near-mass electrocution, and a state of emergency. Not to mention a restless crowd that doubled in size seemingly every time festival producer Micheal Lang lifted his head to survey the drug-addled chaos. All he wanted was a new kind of festival—a celebration of utopian hippie idealism. Instead, for three long, lawless days, Lang got ..read more
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Black Sabbath: Satanists, Severed Limbs, Dismembered Fingers, Mountains of Cocaine and the Invention of Heavy Metal
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by Double Elvis
2w ago
Black Sabbath are solely responsible for conjuring the diabolical power of heavy metal. When guitarist Tony Iommi lost his fingertips as a teenager, he turned to a less painful style of playing— a style that produced a new, genre-defining type of gloom and heaviness. The band climbed through the seven circles of British podunk hell to international rock star success, but the lore of their dark imagery compelled the freaks to flood out of the woodwork and to their shows. Despite composing songs that warned against the evils of the occult, Black Sabbath attracted legions of devil worshippers, oc ..read more
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Fleetwood Mac Pt. 2: Going to #1, and Going Your Own Way
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by Double Elvis
2w ago
Fleetwood Mac’s mid-’70s merger with the musical duo of Lindsey Buckingham and Stevie Nicks changed the course of the band forever, propelling them to Top 40 mega-fame and cocaine-fueled excess. At the core of it all were rampant Rumours — both the album and the literal gossip. Breakups, divorce, drama: the same intra-band personal dynamics that stressed the group simultaneously led to the creation of one of the top-selling albums of all time. For Fleetwood Mac, Rumours was how the truth came out. And over 40 years later, there’s still a lot that needs clearing up. To see the full list of cont ..read more
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