Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Throwback was done before I even realized he had a new record on the horizon. I wasn't entirely sold on the first new single, "Bad As Me", but "Back in the Crowd" eschews the labored quirkiness of that song for a more straight forward, Spanish-inflected ballad sound. It's a little brief at 2:50 but the two singles combine to reassure that Bad as Me, the album, will be the diverse collection we're used to expecting out of Waits. If one song isn't your bag, the next one probably will be... and as a whole the man tends to bat well over .500.
Monday, September 26, 2011
The View by Lou Reed & Metallica
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Zambri- On Call from Johnny Woods on Vimeo.
Gorilla vs Bear and we're all just basically stealing off some ur-blog to begin with.
High Places - Altos Lugares from Thrill Jockey Records on Vimeo.
Saturday, September 10, 2011
tour announcement (with Testament and Death Angel), Anthrax recently dropped the second single from their upcoming album, Worship Music. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. I've listened to the full album - will be reviewing it for Metal Injection this weekend - and this is no reinvention of the wheel. It's more of a retreat back to 1990, when the last album with Joey Belladonna came out. After Belladonna left and John Bush came in I still liked Anthrax, but they were no longer really a thrash band at that point. Worship Music is actually more akin to 1987's thrash fundamentals clinic Among the Living than 1990's slightly more experimental Persistence of Time.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
This version, shown below in a "live" clip from the Ed Sullivan Show, would be the band's first single (in a three minute truncated form) in 1967, reaching #6 on the charts. Vanilla Fudge are best known today for giving the hard rock world Carmine Appice and Tim Bogert, both of whom recorded an album with Jeff Beck in the mid-70's. Appice in particular has kept monstrously busy over the years, contributing to the bands Cactus, King Kobra, Blue Murder and his own Guitar Zeus project amongst many others.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
The Devil's Orchard" I'm definitely down with the virtually metal-free 70s prog sound I'm hearing.
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
last time around, I'm pretty stoked to hear the more stripped down, balls out rock material coming out of the band, as opposed to the bloated, progressive sound they've been fucking with in recent years. Tell me why I'm wrong in the comments, otherwise I'll take your silence as tacit consent.
Adams has a new record, Ashes & Fire, coming out October 11th, but this will not be on there, yet another in a long line of intentionally bootleg-ready material.
Civilization" released way back in April. I like "Audio, Video, Disco" better as a song, but "Civilization" had the better video.
Back from vacation, hiatus over. This is a good summer tune to come back to, the weather in New York seasonal compared to the perennial 105-degree heat wave I left behind in Austin, the return to Austin met with unexpectedly similar cool temperatures as I basked in while guerilla pimping the Big Apple.
"Nodding Off" is primarily a Wavves affair, basically employing singer Nathan Williams' main squeeze Bethany Cosentino (of Best Coast renown) as harmony singer. There isn't much of the trademark Best Coast lo-fi here, it's primarily well-produced, upbeat party time rock a la Wavves' "King of the Beach". "Nodding Off" will be featured on the upcoming Life Sux EP, which should be out as soon as the distributor finishes up at your mother's house.