Monday, October 31, 2011

LAGWAGON FIVE ALBUM REISSUE & "REUNION" SHOW: PRE-ORDER NOW

Well I'll be damned, Joey Cape's talking Lagwagon again. I wonder who does their video titling? Remind me to never call that guy...

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

DAVE GROHL FILLS IN FOR HOSPITALISED CAGE THE ELEPHANT DRUMMER JARED CHAMPION


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Kentucky rockers Cage the Elephant, currently touring the US with the mighty Foo Fighters, must have been cursing their luck when drummer Jared Champion was hospitalised with a burst appendix on Monday night. That was, until Dave Grohl phoned in to find out if he could jam.

"Dave somehow heard what had happened and called our tour manager. He said, 'Hey, so do you think the guys would go for it?'. Our manager was like 'Um, yeah!!!'', Cage the Elephant guitarist Lincoln Parish told Spin Magazine.

"I had to pinch myself. I turned around and Dave Grohl is playing the drums. It's an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience. Nobody can replace Jared. But it's Dave fucking Grohl. If you're going to be replaced by anybody, it might as well be the best".

Check out the full story on Spin...


TIM ARMSTRONG LAUNCHES PUNK ROCK MUSICAL: PUNK MEETS ROCKY HORROR?!!?



Okay, someone told me about this and I thought it was a joke. It had to be, right? But, just like the Spider-Man and Green Day musicals, it's not.

Rancid frontman Tim Armstrong's launching a new musical web series this month called Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater! Described as a "punk rock version of Glee meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show" (if you will), it's the first scripted original programming to hit VEVO - and what a way to start!





The pilot episode, 'Dante', starring Rancid guitarist Lars Frederiksen and AFI's Davey Havok (that's him in the pink suit), is due out October 21. And if you don't believe me, just check out the trailer...


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THE REVIVAL TOUR 2011: NOTTINGHAM ROCK CITY STOP MOTION

Looking forward to the Revival Tour on Saturday. Check out this appetite wetting stop motion video from the Nottingham show...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

STRIKE ANYWHERE: I'M YOUR OPPOSITE NUMBER

Because I missed it first time around and they're fucking awesome...

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POLAR BEAR CLUB: CLASH BATTLE GUILT PRIDE



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Plodding... That's the best way to describe New Yorkers Polar Bear Club's third full length Clash Battle Guilt Pride. Or perhaps thoughtful is a better adjective. At first, I was worried they'd taken that inevitable step towards "greatness". An upcoming November UK stadium tour with Tom Morello and dreary Chicago rockers Rise Against wasn't encouraging...

But slowly, Clash Battle Guilt Pride reaches boiling point, loosening up and shaking off like an old fashioned post-hibernation stretch (do polar bears hibernate?). The power kicks back into the vocals, the tunes settle on your brain and the riffs get bigger and bigger. Eventually, I found something to hang on to.

Closing track "3-4 Tango" is a tattoo waiting to happen. "Religion On the Radio" is an anthem the first time you wrap your ears around it. And "I'll Never Leave New York" is catchy as fuck. Really, it sounds like they've saved the best for last, sneaking all the best tunes in towards the end of the album.

As song writers, Polar Bear Club have come a long way. They've lost a few teeth (and claws) along the way, but they haven't lost the feeling. If anything, they've injected even more emotion and intensity into their songs. And overall, Clash Battle Guilt Pride is their strongest (and most addictive) album to date. Amping...

"Living Saints," from their previous album Chasing Hamburg (bit slack on the music video front there Polar Bears)

MUPPETS: THE GREEN ALBUM - ALKALINE TRIO, OK GO, WEEZER & MORE DO MUPPETS SONGS



To celebrate the release of the first theatrical Muppets film for 12 years, Kermit and Walt Disney have put together a pretty hip, star-studded collection of guaranteed-to-brighten-your-day prozac tunes - for a 56 year old frog.

Contributing artists include; Alkaline Trio, Weezer, Hayley Williams, Brandon Saller (Atreyu), OK Go, My Morning Jacket and Amy Lee.


Weezer sound as cheery as ever but it's pretty weird to hear a kid's version of Alkaline Trio, "Hey, that song, it's starting to sound better Danny..." Puke!



The Muppets, written by Jason Segel and Nicholas Stoller, is due out November 23. The film features cameos by Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Mila Kunis, Danny Trejo, Ben Stiller, Zach Galifianakis, Katy Perry and Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez, Sarah Hyland and Eric Stonestreet (among others).

Check out these three spoof trailers...





PHOTO OF THE DAY: JAPANTHER - TOE JAM!

Thursday, October 6, 2011

BLINK 182: NEIGHBORHOODS



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It's been a tough few years for Blink 182. Since their bitter 2005 breakup they've dealt with tragedy like a fat man that pissed off an old gypsy woman - or "fucked with some witch". They've seen it all, from the death of friend and longtime collaborator Jerry Finn and Tom DeLonge's skin cancer scare, to Travis Barker's near death experience, even nearer amputation threat and the death of DJ AM. That's why fans hoping for another Dude Ranch can ride off into the sunset, back to 1997. But, eight years in the making, is Neighborhoods any good?


As an album, things seems staggeringly top heavy. The best moments happen early on, with tracks like "Ghost On the Dancefloor", "Natives" and "After Midnight". Towards the end, it starts to sound like a Mark +44 track followed by a Tom Angels & Airwaves track, followed by some more +44 and so on. The last few songs just seem to wash over. Nothing sticks like "Ghost On the Dancefloor" or Tom's Boxcar Racer "Up All Night" riff.

Overall, the new Blink 182 sound best when Mark and Tom are interacting, trading lines and working off each other. And as much as I like the tempo and energy of it, second single "Heart's All Gone" sounds more +44 than Blink 182. It's all Mark Hoppus. Likewise, "Love Is Dangerous" is all Angels & Airwaves (even the song title reeks of AVA). As such, it's the worst song on the album.

Also, for a band that's back together, "friendships reformed... 17 years deep in their legacy", the recording process sounds pretty weird: with Tom recording at his studio in San Diego, Mark and Travis tracking at their Los Angeles studio space and various engineers meeting up to "trade hard drives" in secrecy. Still, the production's powerful and dramatic, from the awesome bass tones and drum sounds to the guitars and the scope of the mix. But like I say, towards the end, Neighborhoods starts to sound less like a band and more like two one minded individuals' visions for the future.

Barker, as usual, sounds awesome - the guy's a drum God! And this time, he's spiced things up to perfection. Mark sounds good as well, when he's not playing the sad, emotional indie character with the Robert Smith hair he's created for Hoppus on Music (like on "Fighting the Gravity"). Tom's the one that's changed the most. From his dress sense to his new approach to singing. And if I could change one thing on the album it would be his vocal delivery. Sometimes it's just too much. Too Angels & Airwaves. And if you can't tell already, I really, really dislike Angels & Airwaves.

To clarify, overall, I like Neighborhoods. I really like the first four tracks - a lot. And the rest of the album has it's moments...

PHOTO OF THE DAY: PASCAL LATTERMAN

Monday, October 3, 2011

LARRY DAVID: SOCIAL ASSASSIN

Just getting into Curb Your Enthusiasm Season 8. Needless to say, it's pretty, pretty, pretty good. Check out this 2009 Late Show interview, where the social assassin owns a pretty unengaged (stoned?) sounding David Letterman. As well as David's hilarious 2010 Laurel Award acceptance speech‬...





PHOTO OF THE DAY: THE FRENCH GIRL

OFF WITH THEIR HEADS: CLEAR THE AIR

Played a gig with Minnesota punks Off With Their Heads yesterday. To celebrate, here's a bukkake video of frontman Ryan Young singing "Clear the Air". Yum...