A Farewell to David Bowie

Unlike many fellow music fans, I haven’t been a Bowie fan for very long. I’ve only decided to really explore his discography early this year, with works such as Hunky Dory, Low and Heroes. Some of these records were obviously challenging, but I later began to see the beauty in the strangeness he was able to create. He truly was in a world of his own. Then, he released the song Blackstar a few months ago, which truly transcended his contemporaries and definitely his more recent output. What we didn’t know, however, was that this song was teasing towards what would be his final record. And fittingly so, the album is extremely dark and filled with grim lyrics on the tracks “Lazarus” and “Girl Loves Me” especially. It’s only fitting for someone as great as Bowie to go out on such a high note and not tell anybody but his close family about it. It’s definitely textbook Bowie — defying expectations, even in his final days. RIP David, the mark you’ve left on the world is too immeasurable to fathom.


What would “The Endless River” mean for Pink Floyd?

By Jessie-Jamz

Pink Floyd will always hold a place so dear in my heart. After all, they were a pivotal band for me in terms of production and thematic conceptualization in their music. Albums like – which I am sure very many of you know of – ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and ‘The Wall’ were and still are so rich in production and lyrical themes. It is no coincidence that Pink Floyd LPs have stood the test of time. They are timeless. And with the announcement of a new album entitled ‘The Endless River’ set to be released in October 2014, the overwhelming fangasms around the world is sure to be felt.

However, I can see the opinions of many fans and critics be panned. Could the album just be an effortless tracklist of songs released just to make a little extra cash? Is this maybe 20 years too late? And did I mention that the songs was said only to be instrumentals from sessions of ‘The Division Bell’ back in 1994, which was and still is a very criticized effort in the Pink Floyd discography? So from here, I can see how reactions of the new LP’s release can be split.

However, personally I am thrilled to hear that, despite the band’s lineup massively reduced since the death of keyboardist extraordinaire Richard Wright, never-before-heard songs from one of my favorite musical groups is being released very soon. I have always been a fan of ‘The Division Bell’ ever since I first heard it. Even though I consider it to be somewhat more of a David Gilmour solo record, the album’s lush and ethereal soundscapes still have a profound impact on me, so I can say that I am very much looking forward to hearing ‘The Endless River.’

Introducing our newest writer, Jessie-Jamz.

For all the time DFC has been online and active, only one person (Jeremy) has been posting and updating material. Today, however, a friend of the blog, Jessie-Jamz, has come on board to contribute to Deep Fried, Certified as a writer. Expect his first post very soon. For now, he has this introductory statement, which you can read below:

Hello readers of DeepFriedCertified, my name is Jessie-Jamz Ozaeta from Montreal, Canada (yes, the frenchy area of the country and home of Arcade Fire). Music has been an immense part of life ever since I was a little fetus in my mom’s belly, hearing and feeling the heavy sounds of Black Sabbath from my dad’s stereo. I am a university student, record collector, and most of all, a music listener. I also go by the moniker The Nostalgia Factory, for those who are cool and listen to various genres stretching from folk, ambient, drone, hip hop, electronic, and all that jazz.

Yes, as much as I enjoy listening and exploring music in all its forms and genres, I do the same when it comes to composing and performing music. I mean, why not? Btw, if you’re into hardcore and metal, you may want to stay tuned for my band Place d’Armes, who’s EP is set to be released sometime this summer!

That’s all for now folks! I’m glad I’ve been taken aboard on this musical blog. If you’d like to see me talk more in-depth about music and vinyl, you can visit my YouTube channel here.

See you on the blogosphere,

Thoughts of Crossing – “Someday All This Will Be Yours” (DFC Exclusive Stream)

Deep Fried, Certified has been given the great privilege of streaming the new Thoughts of Crossing record, Someday All This Will Be Yours, in advance. Nearly five years in the making, and after numerous delays, the new album from the Iowa rock quartet is ready for release.

Stream the album in its entirety below, via our YouTube page.

Thoughts of Crossing are:

Patrick Hummer – Guitar and Vocals
John Hummer – Guitar
Tom Hummer – Bass
Mike Bal – Drums
Violin by Dan Hummer
All songs written, recorded, and mastered by Thoughts of Crossing
Mixing and production by Thoughts of Crossing and Darren Hushak
Artwork by Mike Bal

Listen: Ratking – “Canal”

The hyped NYC hip-hop group has recently released the first single from their upcoming debut album, So It Goes, “Canal”. The song is very entertaining, with very energetic vocals, filled with personality. Additionally, the instrumental on this track is very hard-hitting and gritty, with quick, clever rhymes and wordplay to match. Listen to the track below. So It Goes comes out on April 8, HXC Recordings, and you can preorder it here.

Festivals: The Strokes to perform at Governor’s Ball 2014

Governors Ball 2014 Lineup

After a long and mysterious media blackout following their latest album, Comedown Machine (which also happens to be DFC’s top album of 2013), The Strokes have broken their silence with the announcement of a performance at this year’s Governor’s Ball festival.

The Governor’s Ball is an annual event held in New York City’s Randall Island, compiling lots of fantastic artists from all across the musical spectrum. Among other headliners include Jack White, OutKast and many others. No other info about the Strokes’ performance has been released, but it will be the band’s first public appearance in roughly three years.

Stream Comedown Machine below, and tickets for the festival go on sale here at 3 PM Eastern time today.



Arcade Fire asks fans to dress formal at their concerts

Arcade Fire is definitely no stranger to the grandiose and pretentious. This new thing the band expects, however, is a different ballgame. The band is asking fans to wear formal attire to their concerts. If you go to Ticketmaster, the band even requests dressing up.

“NIGHT OF SHOW: Please wear formal attire or costume.”

Also, the band sent out a few tweets concerning their request, including this one:

Considering how groovy their new album is, it wouldn’t be the brightest idea to dance your ass off in a hundred-dollar suit and tie. Listen to the new album, Reflektor, below. View the band’s upcoming tour dates here. Tickets go on sale November 22.