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29
Oct
09

stoner music: the classic rock all-time greats

I don’t smoke up anymore, but I remember many a night spent staring into space with “The Tomita Planets” playing in the background. I’d say some of the factors to be be considered when determining if a song is stoner music are track length (longer is better), obscurity/depth of lyrics and whether the music has an ethereal quality to it (or a repetitive riff in there somewhere). Here’s a list of what I wuold say are the top 5 stoner classic rock songs. Or at least the top 5 I can think of at the moment (Videos for 2 through 5 after the jump).

5. Traffic: Dear Mr. Fantasy

4. America: Horse With No Name

3. The Grateful Dead: Wharf Rat

2. Traffic: Low Spark of High-Heeled Boys

1. The Doors: The End

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23
Oct
09

Even More Cowbell!

This isn’t really about the cowbell, this is really another installment of “dumb shit record companies do”. In the early 60’s, there was a folk band comprised of a group of brothers. By brothers, I mean siblings. Coincidentally, they were black, so I guess you could go either way on that, you racist. Anyway, they started out as a folk group. Pretty natural, considering they grew up singing in a Baptist church. In the mid 60’s, they shifted to doing electric music like many other folk performers were, dabbling in both R&B and Psychedelia. They got offers to sign with numerous record companies, but accepted an offer from Columbia. In 1966, they wrote a really cool song and wanted to record it. Columbia president Clive Davis refused, saying they didn’t record that kind of music but offered to find a white group to record it for them. Apparently, execs thought they were being “uppity” after hearing the song, as it’s an actual intelligent commentary on the state of things at that point in history. They recorded it anyway, but Columbia still refused to release it. For 2 years, they played it at their live shows and it became the centerpiece of their reportoire. Finally, in 1968 they scored a minor hit and Columbia gave them the green light to re-record the cool song. The single peaked at #11 on Billboard;s pop list, the album at #4. It’s been used extensively in soundtracks for both film and television. The group was The Chambers Brothers and the song is “Time Has Come Today”. I highly recommend picking up the 11:06 album track, but here’s an extremely abbreviated version of it from the Ed Sullivan Show.

And a bonus! An awesome 1983 cover by The Ramones:

20
Oct
09

On the road!

My sincerest apologies to those who read this site on a regular basis. We’re all pretty busy around these parts and the last few weeks have been hell for me especially. I’ve taken some odd jobs that have required me to travel the Western United States. While doing so I picked up some CDs, and here’s a little blurb on each of them..

Hatebreed’s latest – I don’t even know the name of it, however, I don’t seem to mind. Save your money, folks. I found this album to be an absolute bore. It felt like Jamey Jasta was done making music for artistic purposes and just decided to rake in a few bucks. I know lots of musicians are on that side of the spectrum these days, but the feeling was almost instant when I popped the cd in. Aside from that, there’s a cover of Metallica’s “Escape” as a bonus track which I have considered the worst cover of all time.

Megadeth’s Endgame – I understand that the days of the “classic” lineup are over and the band hasn’t released anything amazing since the 90’s, but, this album was surprisingly entertaining. Not once on my drive to Boise did I skip a song. There’s plenty of great riffs and solos on this album to keep you air guitaring in your car. Don’t pay attention to lyrics. They’re terrible.

Revocation’s Existence is Futile – Holy motherfucker. The hype from Invisible Oranges was enough for me to seek this one out. I traveled to several record stores looking for it, and finally found it in Salt Lake City. I listened to this one several several times through, back to back. It’s just that good. David Davidson’s guitar work is really some of the most refreshing I’ve heard in some time. I can’t do this one justice, buy the album.

Baroness Blue Record – After many listens I decided that this is easily one of my favorite albums this year. I forget about good music in an attempt to discover the most brutal, heavy shit that I can. All that “metal” shit aside, this is just a fucking phenomenal rock record. A perfect album to chill and burn a fat one to.

19
Oct
09

Aging Rockers Help Get Homeless LA Kids Off My Stoop

Not all kids in LA are obnoxious, bratty turds with fast cars and nicer phones than me. More than 10,000 of them sleep on the streets, in abandoned buildings, and other creative places. Sometimes they sleep on my front stoop, which actually gets kind of annoying and once I had to call the cops but that’s neither here nor there.

Thank God for Slash and friends! Slash (…and friends) are putting on a show Nov. 22 at Avalon in Hollywood to benefit LAYN – Los Angeles Youth Network, a non-profit that provides shelter, food and counseling for the abused, neglected and abandoned. Tickets to LAYN Rocks are kinda pricey, but it’s sure to have some worthwhile moments. Plus, it’s charity, so quit using the “but we’re in a recession!” excuse and take a moment to give a shit. LAYN Rocks features performances by:

Slash
Ozzy Osbourne (actually the site spells it Osborne, so it might be a different Ozzy altogether)
Chris Cornell
Billy Idol
Travis Barker
Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother
Dave Navarro
Chester Bennington of Linkin Park
…and your host… George Lopez!

Slash with George Lopez

19
Oct
09

Will Ferrell’s Muse?

Check it out at 3:04. If this isn’t the inspiration behind Ferrell’s performance in the cowbell sketch, I don’t know what is. Best part is, Will didn’t even have to take it much further over the top than this. This is pretty funny all on it’s own. Of course, the only reason I know about this is I decided to search for this song on youtube because I like it and was listening to it on my computer. Jay Ferguson was a pretty talented musician and never should have been a one hit wonder.

06
Oct
09

Metallica was a great band. Obviously this was before you were born.

I’d like to remind Uncle Reg, even though he is anti-metal, Metallica was a band with real substance in their music. They didn’t have to do covers and sound like rednecks to be listenable once upon a time. Let me point you to 1986*:

* – Performance in Germany in 2003.

06
Oct
09

Metallica Not Sucking Like a Turbo-charged Hoover!

I pretty much abhor all metal, so it was with a great amount of trepidation that I clicked play on this video:

This is one of my favorite songs of the Southern sub-genre of classic rock, and that’s saying something. Especially since other bands in that group with Lynrd Skynrd are The Outlaws, Marshall Tucker, The Allman Brothers, ZZ Top and Molly Hatchet. Anyway, I figured they’d give it the heavy metal ballad treatment and I can’t think of anything worse. An old friend of mine named Jake Berger (original guitar player for psychobilly band “The Belmont Playboys”, if he sounds familiar to you) always bemoaned the existence of the metal ballad and I couldn’t agree more. And Jake is more metal than any of you fuckers. Aside from LA native Hetfield faking a Southern twang, they did a good job with this though,  so kudos to you Metallica for not totally sucking!




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