Most musicians' lives aren't as interesting as you think. For every Kanye West, whose Twitter feed is an unending source of information about his Parisian adventures, his modelising, his fashion line and his thoughts on haters (he's against them), there are ten Dave Matthews (typical tweet: "I'm in a bus") .
The lives of the Kanyes and Bonos, the globally hobknobbing, casual-visits-to-the-UN-types of existences, are well-represented. But who will speak for the more quotidian lives of rock stars? We've compiled a list of websites, Twitter feeds and tumblers devoted to the everyday adventures of pop stars. Musicians: They're Just Like Us!
Among the many (publicist-written?) plugs for his new album are enough interesting allusions to Soundgarden rehearsals and interfamilial conflicts ("To all the evil fathers, rot in hell!" he tweeted on Father's Day. "You know who you are!") to keep us coming back. Like every other Twitter user, he complains about Netflix and talks a lot about food ("I had shrimp again last night. Thought you should know").
A new website devoted to run-ins with rockers. Many entries ("I saw Joe Strummer buying a sausage roll") are pure gold. As with most celebrity encounters, it's more about the experience of the celebrity seeing the fan, and acknowledging their existence in some way ("I told Jarvis Cocker I was making cheesecake") than about the fan seeing the celebrity.
They both seem like overly self-regarding grumps, but that's what makes their Twitter feeds such a hoot. Gallagher doesn't tweet much, but when he does it's usually an unrepeatable insult, a fanboy gush about the Stone Roses or a veiled threat of violence. Solange spends a lot of time defending her sister Beyonce against fake pregnancy accusations, and just generally harrumphing ("I'm considering only doing Q&A interviews from now on, as I believe they are the only ones that really reflect who I am"). Either way, these are filter-free glimpses into the unpleasant ids of two of pop's more interesting/insufferable artists.
Chicago's Electrical Audio studios are run by Steve Albini, the legendary recording engineer (Nirvana, PJ Harvey) and famous straightshooter, which may explain why the message boards of the studio's website are so addictive. The "General Discussion" board has almost 900,000 posts, many of them discussing encounters with celebrity musicians, dissecting various beefs and just generally providing an unfettered look at the day to day life of a recording studio. It's also the only place you can find both an intellectual discussion of the works of Bill Moyers and get free advice from a veterinarian. Albini posts often.