Rick Rubin: You Listen to this Man Every Day
FOR the past 30 years, Rick Rubin has been a producer who could not only spot trends, but could make them. He launched his record label from his dorm room at NYU, helped the Beastie Boys become a pop-culture lightning rod and worked with Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Dixie Chicks and Tom Petty. Rubin has always had an ability to bring out the best in the musicians he works with.
His latest projects have seen him pulling together meandering studio sessions that he morphed into hip-hop heavyweight Kayne West's love-it-or-hate-it album, Yeezus, and getting metal icons Black Sabbath back into the studio together. The results of Sabbath's reunion hit the top of the Billboard charts, only to be knocked off by Kanye -- not many producers have pulled off such a feat. Rubin has had a hand in some of the biggest albums of the last 30 years, working with a diverse range of artists from mega stars like Adele to up-and-coming acts.
The Daily Beast sits down with Rubin to talk about how he and Kanye bonded over minimalism during the 15 frantic days they worked together on Yeezus, how he got started with LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Run DMC, and how he helped reinvigorate Johnny Cash's career.
EDMONTON'S SNFU has played an important role in the Canadian punk scene, even if the group never really got the recognition it deserved. Fronted by the always compelling Ken Chinn (known as Mr. Chi Pig), the group has survived in various forms since 1981 and has a new album, Never Trouble Trouble Until Trouble Troubles You, set for release this fall. It is the first album since 2004's In the Meantime and In Between Time. It will also be the first recording not to feature founding guitarist Marc Belke.
Open Your Mouth and Say... Mr. Chi Pig, a biographical documentary film about Chinn and his struggle with schizophrenia and drug abuse, was released in 2010. It is a must-see for any fan of Canadian punk rock. The video is available for rent on YouTube for $2.99.
Other live videos and rare footage of the band can be found on its YouTube page. The group makes its return to Winnipeg on July 6 at The Zoo.
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