The only thing that stinks about the bucket list is there are some things you know will never happen. For example, I would love to skydive or walk across the Grand Canyon Skywalk but that damn fear of heights gets in the way. When it comes to music that means wishing some of my favorite bands would get back together and knowing it won’t happen. The Jam tops that list for me. I thought members of The Smiths couldn’t stand one another, The Jam takes things next level. (more…)
So the first time I saw Interpol live was down in Tucson exactly 12 years ago today. That was a ridiculous show, they were touring in support of their second album Antics. The band (even though I sure as heck couldn’t tell) goofed early while playing “Not Even Jail”, which just so happens to be my favorite song from the band. Lead singer and rhythm guitarist Paul Banks stopped, apologized to the crowd, then they started again. It was one of those one-off moments that makes the live concert such a special event and why I will ALWAYS have exponentially more respect for an artist that actually plays their instruments and actually sings during a show, rather than lip syncing or playing the air guitar. It was a very cool moment I will never forget as a fan of live music and as a fan of Interpol. (more…)
Sorry for the grainy pic folks, this was taken at the Temple Buell Theater in Denver, Colorado back on August 19, 2012. Yes, I got to see Dead Can Dance in concert during their 2012 reunion tour. That show truly was one of the most stupendous concerts I ever had the pleasure of attending. Rather than use space here to talk about it check out an old Musings post about Dead Can Dance in concert at the Temple Buell Theater August 19, 2012. (more…)
Today is the fourth time on December 26 since 2010 I have posted Elbow‘s stunning track “Lippy Kids” from their fifth album build a rocket boys! The greatest band in the world released the track on Boxing Day that year as a little present and teaser for their fans since the album was set to be released in March 2011. I loved the track then, love it even more now. Boxing Day is not celebrated in the United States but since some people at work that I am currently in charge of live in Sydney, Australia, where it is celebrated, it has a bit more meaning for me this year.
Oh hell, let’s be honest … for this guy “Lippy Kids” is all I ever think about on Boxing Day. 🙂 Enjoy “Lippy Kids” from Elbow! And more important, get set for their seventh album Little Fictions due for a February 3, 2017 release! Oh 2017 is set to be a great year! (well in some respects …)
If you want some information on Boxing Day in old Musings posts on this date I actually explained it a bit. 🙂
build a rocket boys! – The fifth album from Elbow is on the way!
It’s Boxing Day
On the Day After Christmas Elbow Reminds Us It’s Boxing Day
Love The National. Love, love, love their music, check out this past N is for The National Musings from 1/20/2015. I have no shame calling myself a “Johnny Come Lately” in terms of the band since it was not until album #5 that I became a fan, even though The Bob included a couple of songs from their third album on one of the many compilations he made for me. (more…)
It has been 20 years since the foursome that inspired me to check out bands like Agent Orange, M.I.A. and Minor Threat disbanded. Since then the four original Ramones, Joey on vocals, Johnny on guitar, Dee Dee on bass and Tommy on drums (that’s Marky in the picture above) were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002 and unfortunately, have all passed away. They will always hold a special place in my heart, easily one of my Top Ten Favorite Bands of Ever. (more…)
First thing … holy ____, one of my all-time favorite bands just released a new album October 28! Second, I get to see them today, November 29 at the Crescent Ballroom! Helmet was a unique band, hardcore as hell so metal was part of the formula but they never 100% stayed within that genre. There were no guitar solos, no posing, just an intense, adrenaline filled rush of music that barraged the senses. The first time I heard their music was on MTV’s “120 Minutes” when the “Unsung” video from their second full-length 1992 album Meantime was played. I was blown away by how intense the song was, fairly simple on the surface in terms of structure but so full of mesmerizing power. It was not punk rock but possessed the elements of that genre, it was not metal but those elements were there and it sure as heck was not pop music but there were an insane amount of hooks in the track. I went out and found the disc the next day and quickly discovered that song was just the tip of the iceberg. No way should four guys be able to infuse that much maniacal, yet carefully controlled power into an album. I was utterly impressed and it was not long before both their 1990 debut album Strap it On and their 1989 EP Born Annoying were in my hands as well. (more…)