Wednesday, May 31, 2006
According to one report, Madonna stopped a concert in Las Vegas to personally address a bored looking audience member. "If you are only going to sit there, at least you can smile," the diva yelled to the man. I find it a little ridiculous that a paying audience member must find himself being criticized by the very artist he's paying to see. Just a little bit.
Prince Wins Webby For Contribution to Online Music
The Purple One will be receiving a lifetime achievement award for his "use of the internet to connect to audiences" from the Webby Awards. Prince has released several albums available exclusively on the web, and has used the internet to premiere new videos. In fact, Prince has been one of the few artists to embrace the web, rather than sue everyone associated with it. Yay for him!
Music As a Pain Killer
A new study has found that patients can cut levels of chronic pain by up to 21% simply by listening to their favorite music. The study has been published in the Journal of Advanced Nursing. I will crank some Quiet Riot to that.
Have a great rest of the week folks.
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
As I was watching the intro, I kept on thinking about the theme song singers. I imagine those people never dreamed they would compromise their musical talents to perform cartoon themes. At the very least, they sound enthusiastic. I would have loved to be the one to sing "That's a fact, Jack!"
For further references to awesome theme songs, check out Chip N' Dale's Rescue Rangers, Ducktales, and Talespin.
Out In the Black
Imaad Wasif, a former member The New Folk Implosion, displays real soul in this ballad about a lost love. If you've heard the name before, it's due to his recent involvement with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, in which he joined as a touring guitarist. However, Wasif should not be labeled among the hipster genre that the YYY's have defined. Wasif is a talented folk artist with a flair for versatility.
In a style reminiscient of the late Elliott Smith, Wasif serenades his listeners with a haunting acoustic sound that will leave even the most obstinate fan in a melancholy state of mind.
This is a great track for your latest chill-out mix. "Out In the Black" is available for download here.
Monday, May 29, 2006
Earlier today, Dropping Daylight added a spankin' new track to their Myspace page. The song, titled 'Answering Our Prayers,' finds vocalist/pianist Sebastian Davin exploring the realm of the ballad. Davin's vocals; pristine and honest, find him lifted up over the musings of a melancholy Wurlitzer.
The new track is accompanied on the page by a band commentary. While many of the group's other songs are significantly heavier and more uptempo, this track finds a reflective Davin holding the limelight for a moment. This intimate encounter easily caught my attention, and I've found myself listening to the track repeatedly today. Give it a listen... or several.
Dropping Daylight's forthcoming album, Brace Yourself, is due for a June 13 release.
Friday, May 26, 2006
I know it has become common practice to create business alliances in today's society. It's the allure of the one-stop shopping experience that drives many businesses to offer just a bit more to remain competitive. For instance, the video rental/tanning salon idea that has caught on in my respective region. Now, when i'm in the mood to rent the latest Angelina Jolie flick, I can also get a couple shades darker without having to move more than 15 feet from the new releases. What a concept!
Anyway, Starbucks is taking its game to another level by adding more wireless capabilities to its stores. This would allow for further expansion of a potential digital music service. Could they be attempting to squeeze-in on itunes' or napster's share of the downloading market?
Starbucks Entertainment President Ken Lombard:
"Customers want to bring their devices into our stores. We don’t have a solution today, but we are committed to finding one".
Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of furthering access to my favorite artists, but I also like my coffee shops to remain kind of unpolished. A place where a group of friends can hang out, drink coffee, and listen to aspiring folk-singers.
I guess we can't stop the inevitable flow of technological tie-ins, but wouldn't it be nice to get away from it for the half-hour it takes to enjoy a cup of coffee?
Read the rest of the story here.
Thursday, May 25, 2006
tae: So, I've gotten yet another caught on tape outta the way.
steve: Yeah man.
tae: It was either Seal or Silverchair's "Anthem for the Year 2000."
steve: Year 2000!!
tae: I wanted to discuss what a good decision it is to write a song about the future when the year you sing about will be outdated within a year.
steve: I know.
steve: You mean, kind of like Will Smith's 'Willenium?'
steve: He released it in like Nov. of 1999.
tae: I know. It had very little time to stay relevant. And now...why would anyone want to listen to that song again?steve: That's why Prince is where it's at.
steve: The visionary
tae: Yeah, Prince has gotten more than 15 years out of 1999
tae: And people STILL like it.
steve: Yeah dude.
steve: Partying like it's 1999 is synonymous with getting crazy now.
tae: ...But to say "We'll make it up to you in the year 2000"...you have to know when writing something like that that the year 2000 will soon be over and done with. And now it is. It is behind us now. You can no longer make it up to us.
steve: LOLsteve: Dude, this should be your post for next week's Caught On Tape.
steve: Our convo about the song.
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
It seems everything has to be "iPod compatible" these days. From automobiles with docking stations to toilet paper dispensers (see Top 10 Strangest iPod Accessories), the sleek MP3 device is making inroads into all sorts of markets. Today, the sneaker is no exception. Nike has announced plans to produce a Nike+ line of shoes that can "talk" to the wearer's iPod. For joggers, the connected iPod can display/store performance information as well as play songs containing beats compatible with the running pace. Think of some 'Enter Sandman' kicking in during that final, closing kilometer, for instance.
Visit nikeplus.com for further details.
Billy Talent Nominated For Video Award
People still care about Billy Talent? Apparently the Canadians do. Canadian music channel, MuchMusic, has nominated the band for a top-spot video music award. The winners will be announced June 18.
Will Taylor Hicks Win Idol?
As of this writing, the 'American Idol' finale is still in broadcast. Surprisingly, the producers have made the two hour time slot pretty interesting. Chris Daughtry rocked the stage with Live, Burt Bacharach has made an appearance, Bucky dressed up in a suit, and Clay Aiken proved that there are actually people out there douchier than he is. Projections have Taylor winning this season's competition over Katharine McPhee pretty handily. But as history as shown, nothing is ever certain as far as this particular contest is concerned. I guess the world will find out the results in only a few minutes.
There ya have it. Have a great and safe Memorial Day Weekend!
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
I don't know if they'll be able to top 2004's Start Something, but for now we can only wait and see. Have a listen to "Rooftops" and form your own opinions.
Lostprophets - Rooftops
Angels and Airwaves
We Don't Need To Whisper
Angels and Airwaves have produced a winner with their debut effort We Don't Need To Whisper. I've been listening to the newly released album all day and it has truly been a struggle to pinpoint what track I like the best. Unfortunately, I had to narrow the candidates down to "The Adventure" for the song of the week, but it very easily could have been any one of the tracks on the album. It's that good!
One of the coolest things about "The Adventure" is that it's constantly changing in flow. There is a perfect balance of driving beats and guitars reminiscient of The Edge (U2) with the ethereal breakdowns of singer/guitarist Tom Delonge delivering the chorus. A great song for those listeners with ADD.
Delonge has been bouncing back and forth between Blink-182 and Boxcar Racer for the last couple years, and while both bands have been successful, I believe that his latest stint with Angels and Airwaves could be the musical niche he's been seeking. This is his chance to experiment with a more mature style of music without pandering to his pop-punk audience
Alongside Delonge, former members of The Offspring and The Distillers round out the band to create a poor man's "supergroup." Check out the band's website and myspace page to learn more.
Angels and Airwaves - The Adventure
For song lyrics, click here.
Monday, May 22, 2006
Dearborn - Better Than This
The band received the 2004 Chicago Music Award for Rock Album of the Year for their debut release, Prepare To Qualify, and this past year were up against rock greats Billy Corgan, Wilco, The Pony's, and Umphrey's McGee as a nominee for 2004 and 2005's Best Rock Entertainer Award.For more information and music, head on over to the following links:
Dearborn at Purevolume
Dearborn at Myspace
Dearborn Official Site
According to several reports, the scuffle between the two began when Rose moved Hilfiger's girlfriend's drink out of the way at a club he was to peform at. When Axl refused to comply with Hilfiger's request to move it back to its original location, Hilfiger began swinging fists.
Says club owner Noel Ashman of the incident:
"Axl was a gentleman and had the good sense not to retaliate as he would have done some serious damage to Hilfiger."
Hilfiger was removed from the venue, and Rose, along with Guns 'N Roses, performed an acoustic set, dedicating the song 'You're Crazy' to Hilfiger.
In other Monkeys news, the band is planning on producing a feature film. Peter Carlton has described the upcoming production as a "kind of music documentary." Sounds...intriguing(?).
Friday, May 19, 2006
This bane to the file-sharing public is known as the "Troj/Erazer-A horse" and its mission is to wipe out pirated files and security-related programs, which gives the hackers of the world a smorgasbord of opportunities to invade your computer.
"The Erazer Trojan is a vigilante worthy of a Charles Bronson movie, taking the law into its own hands. However, it's perfectly possible for the Trojan to aim poorly and wipe out innocent files too," said Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant for Sophos. "The Erazer Trojan targets internet users it believes are involved in piracy, but fails to discriminate between the true criminals and those who may have MP3 music files or home movies that they have created themselves. Malware is not the way to fight internet piracy."
The people who create these trojans and other viruses are truly despicable. I'm sure they have their reasons for such loathsome activities, but the same argument could be made for Hitler, Saddam, Ted Bundy, and Michael Jackson. In a nutshell, they all suck.
For the full story, click here.
Thursday, May 18, 2006
A year later, Seal would try to mirror his soundtrack success by jumping aboard the Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes mainstay, Space Jam, with a cover of Steve Miller's 'Fly Like an Eagle.' While it is true that any soundtrack for a cartoon starring a basketball player is a good career choice, it is more true that any soundtrack for a movie about a man dressing as a bat is an even better one.
In the 'Kiss From A Rose' music video, Seal is shown singing in front of the Bat Signal, arms outstretched, acting out his superhero fantasies. These shots are juxtaposed with clips from the movie, in which we see Batman berating Chris O'Donnell for being such a pretty boy, and the Riddler doing a killer Jim Carrey impersonation. 'Kiss From A Rose' became synonymous for greatness, and all movie soundtracks have been weighed against it ever since. And now here it is:
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Continuing my obsession with The Raconteurs, I've decided to highlight six Brendan Benson songs available for download at Sixeyes. Will Brendan ever become as popular as Mr. White?
Noel Gallagher's Reputation Destroyed
...Or his drinking reputation at least. When Noel Gallagher challenged the Arctic Monkeys to a drinking contest he didn't know what he was in for. Apparently the Arctic Monkeys outdrank the Oasis legend after a show in London. Read the rest of the story here.
Supposedly there are some out there who think music blogging is overrated. For those that fall into this camp, they can buy a t-shirt saying "F*ck Stereogum," an obvious diss at one of the pioneers of this writing genre. Stereogum themselves even think it's funny.
There ya have it, the Wednesday Roundup short and sweet. Peace.
Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Possibly an attempt at reinventing themselves, this new single possesses enough spunk to make any Negative Nancy wanna let loose. However, I cannot verify whether all the other songs on the same-titled Out Here All Night are just as good, since I haven't heard the rest of the album. Maybe somebody out there could fill me in?
Anyhow, I've attached a stream to 'Out Here All Night' below. Judge for yourself.
Damone - 'Out Here All Night'
Taste the Pain
Red Hot Chili Peppers
I’ve been spending a lot of time on the road lately, so it’s been essential to keep music on hand at all times. On my latest excursion, I packed along the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ breakthrough album Mother’s Milk. It had been quite awhile since I had given it a listen, but I was definitely refreshed to the pure genius of the group’s work. In addition, RHCP just released their latest album Stadium Arcadium this last week, so I felt the need to pay homage to their early work.
Mother’s Milk's is chock-full of gems that launched RHCP into the mainstream. Funky covers of Jimi Hendrix’s “Fire” and Stevie Wonder’s “Higher Ground” lay the groundwork for original tracks like “Knock Me Down” and my personal favorite “Taste the Pain.” Released in 1989, Mother’s Milk helped land RHCP on the musical map
The album is surprisingly solid, despite band troubles prior to recording. The untimely death of guitarist Hillel Slovak and departure of drummer Jack Irons forced the group to re-tool and add John Frusciante and Chad Smith for this album, which ended up being extremely successful by going gold.
“Taste the Pain” is a bit different from the group’s traditional fare, but the fusion of funk-metal with a horn section is candy for the ears. My favorite part of the song occurs around two minutes in, when the group breaks it down with an onslaught of the brass section with a quick follow-up of intense guitar-work. The Chili Peppers at their finest.
Red Hot Chili Peppers - Taste the Pain
For lyrics, click here.
Monday, May 15, 2006
One Second Fame is the solo endeavor of Madrid/Las Palmas, Spain-based electronic artist Ander Kuriaki. A wide variety of musical influences layer the canvas, leaving Kuriaki to explore his palette for the perfect compliment. Stretching between French house and the smooth grooves of trip-hop, One Second Fame has a sound that befits the titles 'classic' and 'refreshing' simultaneously. While songs like 'Parfume (vanille mix)' and 'Bonnie and Clyde' pay obvious nods to Air and other Euro-lounge groups, the uptempo track 'Voyage Voyage' could nearly pass for Daft Punk. One Second Fame may not be breaking entirely new ground, but by fusing sucessful techniques of the past, he still creates a truly enjoyable, chilled-out sound. Information and music streams/downloads for O.S.F. are available here.
The second artist whom I have chosen to share the spotlight tonight is London's William Besson. A French-born multi-instrumentalist and classically-trained vocalist, Besson is another musician who finds inspiration in electronica. On 'Come Around', Besson seems to combine elements of Kraftwerk with Joy Division, with a result approximating something much more current, along the lines of She Wants Revenge. Tracks like 'Isn't it About Faith' and the Depeche Mode-esque 'By My Side' reveal even more of Besson's pop sensibilities. But in the words of Reading Rainbow, "don't take my word for it;" check out Besson's website and myspace pages and hear him for yourself!
And Judging from the picture, it appears that even the holiest of the holy endorses the disc. Amen to that.
For more information, visit The Raconteurs offical website. Or if you want to stream 'Store Bought Bones' (a killer track) first, click here.
Saturday, May 13, 2006
That's right. Digital Eargasm has provided the 'Rebel Rebel SFB Mix' for all to stream. It takes a couple of minutes for the guitar to make itself known on the track, but as soon as it hits you realize it was well worth the wait. I can just imagine a clan of fist-pumping, ecstasy-poppin, suburbanites gettin' down and dirty to this one in the clubs.
Now if somebody would only electronicize 'Suffragette City.' Hey man!
Their Myspace page has three songs listed for free streaming, and from the best I can tell, their sound is pretty much a fusion of new-metal with neo-grunge. For some reason I couldn't help but thinking of both Default and Velvet Revolver while I was listening. An oxymoron? Perhaps.
In my brief perusal of the news section of The Panic Channel's website, I couldn't find an album release date. However, their first single hits radio stations May 16.
Friday, May 12, 2006
"The rock icon has chosen to get right in the face of fans on the front line by headlining the down and dirty second stage located in a field adjacent to the venue's proper amphitheatre. For each of the last ten years, OZZfest's founder and namesake has headlined the main stage of the summer's premiere touring concert festival. At this time, OZZY is scheduled to headline the main stage at his other nine OZZfest performances slated for this year."
For the full story, click here.
Thursday, May 11, 2006
All of these moments helped make the video for 'I Alone' another staple for alternative rock in the 90's.
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Progressive metalers Tool and veteran grungers Pearl Jam took the top two spots on this week's Billboard Top 200. The former moved over half a million albums in its first week. It was quite refreshing for me to see that two great bands who created such enduring music during the 90s still have a tremendous following here in the new century. I can attest from personal experience that the top distinctions are well deserved by both groups.
A Tearful Goodbye to Chris Daughtry
In a shocker fit for a season finale of 'Knots Landing', edgy rocker Chris Daughtry was voted off of 'American Idol' tonight. The look on his face could not hide his valid disappointment. I know there are a troop of Chris fans out there who feel he got robbed, and I'm one of them. I guess I must now transfer my loyalty to Taylor Hicks, the Joe Cockeresque rocker from Alabama, for the 'Idol crown.' Here's hoping.
Music and Video Selections
Fellow contributor Tae recently added some Jose Gonzalez to our radio station. Now you can download additional tunage by that same artist here.
Also, the video for The Zuton's 'Valerie' is available here. Much of it takes place in jail.
Stay safe, and remember to wish your moms a Happy Mothers' Day this Sunday. Stevecrest. Out.
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Needless to say, Dolby is quite angry at Federline's latest anti-music attempt:
"Britney Spears’ slacker husband, Kevin Federline, has yet another trouble to add to his ever-growing list. The D-list celebrity has illegally sampled Thomas Dolby’s 1983 hit. Federline’s latest rap song, entitled 'America’s Most Hated', samples Mobb Deep’s 'Got It Twisted', which legally samples Dolby’s smash new wave song, 'She Blinded Me With Science.'"
"You can't just take a very well-known piece of music and add your own vitriolic rap over the top of it and get away with it," Dolby told MTV News on Wednesday (April 5). "If anybody's going to sing nasty lyrics over my music, it's going to be me."
But the Dolby response that I think sums up the situation perfectly was:
"I think Vanilla Ice is a superstar compared to this guy."
Read more about this topic here and here.
A Perfect Circle
Mer De Noms
Due to Tool’s recent album release, I’ve spent time listening to a lot of Maynard, which includes his work with A Perfect Circle.
This track came to the forefront of my choices for song of the week, because it has been almost thrust upon me this last weekend. The first instance was at a party. Some guy I had just met immediately began talking Tool/APC with me and mentioned what “The Hollow” represents. I’ll spare the details, but I guess it’s highly sexual. It wouldn’t surprise me. Another APC occasion was yesterday while doing the dishes. Since we lack a washing machine, we spend a fair amount of time cleaning dishes. Therefore, we need background music to keep us entertained. It just so happened that Mer De Noms was the album choice for the cleaning session. Of course, “The Hollow” is the very first track, so apparently there was no escaping this song.
It’s been close to six months since I’ve given this song a listen. However, the subtle barrage of musical situations gave me the proper motivation to give the track the attention it deserves.
A Perfect Circle - The Hollow
Run desire run
Run him like a blade
To and through the heart
Cater to the hollow
Screaming feed me here
Fill me up again
Temporarily pacify this hungering
Dominoes of indiscretions down
Falling all around
Conquer and devour
Cause it's time to bring the fire down
Bridle all this indiscretion
Long enough to edify
And permanently fill this hollow
Screaming feed me here
Fill me up again
Feed me here
Fill me up again
Monday, May 08, 2006
Late in the interview, Axl shockingly hinted that both Izzy Stradlin and Slash would rejoin the original GNR lineup. Slash is currently guitarist for Velvet Revolver, and his alleged renewed relations with Rose have spawned verbal feuding between Scott Weiland and the GNR vocalist.
Echoing most people's sentiments I'm sure: I'll believe it all when I see it.
Roger Waters comments on the album:
"When the record was finished, I took a reel-to-reel copy home with me, and I remember playing it for my wife and her bursting into tears when it was finished. "I thought, 'This has obviously struck a chord.' I was kinda pleased by that. I thought to myself, 'Wow, this is a pretty complete piece of work,' and I had every confidence that people would respond to it."
Read the full story here.
Friday, May 05, 2006
singer Alex Kapranos:
Fans should not get worried about any possible break-up, because the group intends to work on more material in the near future.
"We have been on the road or in the studio continuously for three years and I think everyone needs to spend some time with their wives or their girlfriends and live a bit of ordinary life again."
"Doing that recharges your batteries and gives you new material to write from, if nothing else."
Stay tuned for further developments.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
For this week's Caught On Tape, I have chosen to celebrate this artist's extensive film soundtrack repertoire by featuring the music video to his song 'The Touch' - also known as the theme to 1986's The Transformers: The Movie. The epic proportions of Bush's music not only encapsulate the points the movies are trying to make - they take the movies beyond the screen, and into our hearts.
If you can think of The Transformers: The Movie and not sing "You got the touch! You got the powwweerr!" than you obviously don't invest enough of yourself in the films you watch. And in that case, a dose of Stan Bush is exactly what you need to get yourself going. If Stan Bush was a beverage, he would be a can of Rockstar Energy Drink. And 'The Touch' would be its themesong. I'm sure that even Optimus Prime and Megatron could agree with each other on that one.
When it came to soundtracks, Stan Bush had 'The Touch.'
(All of the spring cleaning "songs of the week" can be found on Lonely Note radio, along with a bevy of other great tracks from the contributors)
Love and Memories
Stories of a Stranger
Every year around this time, I find a song that captures the essence of the upcoming season. It's a track that usually finds a lot of play throughout the summer. Two years ago, it was the Von Bondies' "C'mon C'mon." Last year, it was Gwen Stefani's "What You Waiting For?" This year, "Love and Memories" gets the nod for feelgood track of the summer. I acknowledge that this O.A.R. track may be a bit too poppy for its own good, but we all have our guilty pleasures, so now you know mine.
O.A.R. - Love and Memories
Kansas City Shuffle
Lucky Number Slevin soundtrack
A couple weeks ago, Tae (Lonely Note contributor) and I went to see "Lucky Number Slevin" at a local movie theater. Both of us found the movie to be extremely entertaining. However, what made this film all the better was the playing of "Kansas City Shuffle" at the beginning of the credits. I'm usually right out the door as soon as a movie ends, but I couldn't help but stay in my seat until the end of this song.
In addition, the song applies to the movie's plot line pretty well, so kudos to whoever chose it for the soundtrack.
J Ralph - Kansas City Shuffle
Tool's fifth studio release 10,000 days hit store shelves yesterday, which required an immediate purchase from yours truly. It takes a lot for me to purchase an album in this age of internet downloading, but Tool is among an elite group of artists in which I will buy anything they put out. Now that i'm done giving praise, i'll get down to business.
"Vicarious" is the first single on an album that has been five years in the making. It's a rarity that an artist has such freedom to create an album in an industry that encourages output, but Tool shows that quality over quantity wins every time. In a nutshell, the album was worth the wait. Check out "Vicarious" and realize the obvious: Tool rules.
Tool - Vicarious
The former Ziggy Stardust has decided to take a year off from writing and performing. In this span of time, Bowie will be taking it easy and doing the things that any 59-year old musician should be entitled to do.
I'm taking a year off, no touring, no albums. I go for a walk every morning, and I watch a ton of movies. One day, I watched threeWoody Allen movies in a row."
Woody Allen movies?!?
Despite his movie tastes, the guy is a musical icon and has earned the right to take a vacation.
Click here for the full story.
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Watch the New Snow Patrol Video!
Last month I mentioned how I really enjoyed Snow Patrol's 'Hands Open.' (For a stream to that song click here). Now, if you head over to Donewaiting.com you can view the video to that very tune. In my opinion the visual is merely average. And there's this part where this bus looks like it's going to hit Gary Lightbody, but ends up looking only like a cheesy computer graphic instead.
Aside from the video, 'Hands Open' is incredible. It is certainly one of my favorite tunes of 2006.
Radiohead Songs Leaked
Word has it that if you search hard enough throughout Radiohead fan sites you'll be able to find leaked copies of some of their new songs. The tunes were performed at London's KOKO on May 1. I'd think about posting them here, but I wouldn't want Thom Yorke calling me a "baby" and a "whiner." (It's a South Park reference).
Indie Bands Can't Afford Gas Either
Check out this MTV.com article for information on how some indie bands are scrounging to pay for gas just so they can tour. Look for merchandise and tickets to your favorite rockers' shows to go up in price in order to compensate for the more expensive petrol.
Well, there ya have it--music news handpicked by the Stevester himself. To all you college students out there bustin' tail for finals: GOOD LUCK! And to all the rest of you hard workers, Cinco De Mayo is just around the corner ;)