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28Jan/131

The Monday Morning Mix: 75 Minutes Of ’70s FM

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Hey there music lovers!  ATV is pleased to bring you a Monday Morning Mix featuring a fine blend of 70s hard rock.  14 killer tunes flowing into what is known on the street as the Stereo Dictator’s 75 Minutes of 70s Volume One. Feast your musical mind on this free prize and give your week a little kick start.

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“I Got the Fire” - Montrose
On the heels of their landmark debut, Montrose released Paper Money, a solid follow-up featuring this burner, which sounds like an outtake from the first album. Ted Templeman’s production keeps it crisp and pounding while Ronnie tears it down appropriately.

“Never Before” – Deep Purple
Deep Purple’s Machine Head was filled with FM hits yet this song was the expected single upon release.  Poppy in a rockin way thanks to the muscle applied to the arrangement, on another album it may have stood out and become a chart-topper. An underrated tune that moves well, has memorable lyrics and is very reflective of the era.

“The Rover” – Led Zeppelin
Physical Graffiti
arguably presented Zeppelin at their best with this tune letting them do what they do best: blues-based boogie, patented layers of Page guitar, a powerful rhythm section brought way up front by Page the producer, and Plant’s hippie-fied stories about the uncertainties of life.

“Fairies Wear Boots” – Black Sabbath
Paranoid
was a ground-breaker and “Fairies” is a song that helped to create the Sabbath template.  Whether the song was written in a smoke-filled haze or following an encounter with skinheads is still up for debate. What’s not is the significance of blending blues, metal and jazz with a wailing vocalist in 1970.

“Nobody’s Fault” - Aerosmith
Back when Aerosmith was on a roll, Rocks was the hammer in their catalog. Hard and heavy, it opened eyes as to the band’s ability to throw down a firestorm of rock and roll.  “Nobody’s Fault” is perhaps the greatest example.  Intelligent, raunchy and wholly satisfying.

“Go to Hell” – Alice Cooper
As the wheels were beginning to come off the Alice Cooper machine in 1976, Alice hit the studio with Bob Ezrin to create one more masterpiece, Goes to Hell. Fortifying the band were twin guitar killers Dick Wagner and Steve Hunter, notable for their excellence on Lou Reed’s Rock and Roll Animal a few years earlier. “Go to Hell” captures Alice at his sinister, story-telling best.

“D.O.A.” – Van Halen
Van Halen II
continued the myth while delivering the goods, including this loose and loud outlaw tale.  David Lee Roth is the misunderstood hero while Eddie V pulls out a primal riff and plays the hell out of it. Must-have Van Halen right here.

“Gotta Keep a Runnin” – The Godz
Don Brewer of Grand Funk produced, the band put the pedal to the metal and here it is. A true classic featuring one of the all-time great rock raps courtesy of madman Eric Moore, and a great driving song to boot. It’s too bad that the Godz peaked with their first album, but at least we have this well-worn anthem.

“Motor City Madhouse” – Ted Nugent
Keepin’ your pulse rate runnin’ high is this bit of rock frenzy from Ted Nugent, one of several songs that made his post-Amboy Dukes debut one of the greatest guitar-hero albums of the 70s.  This slice of psychosis is like a rollercoaster; you are on, you are moving at full speed, and you are not getting off for four and-a-half minutes.

“Shinin’ On” – Grand Funk
When quad was quad on LP and 8-track, the guitar intro to “Shinin’ On” was prime stereo outlet demo material, with and without headphones for full effect. Producer Todd Rundgren applied a generous helping of heavy-metal sheen to the band’s core sound and struck gold.  Shinin’ On went to #5, bolstered by the title track, an FM favorite, and a remake of Little Eva’s “The Loco-Motion,” which became a #1 single.

“Overdose” – AC/DC
The combination of AC/DC with Vanda & Young as producers gave the band an entirely different feel than what was to come later with Mutt Lange.  This is groove-based metal blues that allows you to feel a genuine connection to the music. The guitars are truly razor-sharp, Bon Scott is right on top of it, and the whole things rocks. A supergroup to-be at its roots.

“Faith Healer” – Sensational Alex Harvey Band
This hypnotic showpiece is one of the key tracks on Next, the most well-rounded album in Harvey’s eclectic catalog.  A glitterized evangelical trip, this is another pioneering moment of the headphone-era that leaves you wanting more. Seek it out and experience more of the brilliance of the SAHB.

“Panic in Detroit” – David Bowie
A raging lead guitar from the legendary Mick Ronson wails over the top of a sometimes walking, sometimes running bass line hopped up by maracas and congas while Bowie name-checks controversial figures, adding to the panic with his somewhat urgent narrative, all the while backed up by female singers. It’s a handful and it’s glorious.

“White Punks on Dope” – The Tubes
A staple of FM radio until the FCC outlawed the F-word, this is quintessential 70s.  Producer Al Kooper masterfully weaves together the conglomeration of musical ideas for this tribute to the idle hands of rich suburban kids. The whole thing is so over the top (remember Fee Waybill as “Quay Lude”?) that it makes sense while never losing a real rock edge. Think of it as “Bohemian Rhapsody” for an alternative crowd.

Join us next time for another mix you’ll just have to have courtesy of the Stereo Dictator and AAAAY TEEEEE VEEEEE!

75 Minutes of 70s Volume One
I Got the Fire – Montrose
Never Before – Deep Purple
The Rover – Led Zeppelin
Fairies Wear Boots – Black Sabbath
Nobody’s Fault – Aerosmith
Go to Hell – Alice Cooper
D.O.A. – Van Halen
Gotta Keep a Runnin – The Godz
Motor City Madhouse – Ted Nugent
Shinin On – Grand Funk
Overdose – AC/DC
Faith Healer – Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Panic in Detroit – David Bowie
White Punks on Dope – The Tubes

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3Aug/099

The Monday Morning Mix – Three Legged Dog Daze – 8/3/09

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Bro-mance alert!  Today's mix comes to us from sunny Los Angeles, California! Within the inner shell of 1888 Media Matrix exists a man known to many only as Baron Reventón.

Four score and several beers ago, Reventón found himself charged with the mission:  The mission to ROCK the planet, using music blogs worldwide as his weapon.  And so B-Rev found his way to my digital doorstep, armed with news about some particular musical project that I can't remember now.  All I know is that it rocked, and I lost hearing.  My memory loss is no doubt due to the ill-advised yet completely necessary banging of the head that occurred while listening to Ry Cooder.  That's another story for another day.

Baron Reventón graces us with his royal presence, and had his people bring us a mix for today's Monday Morning Mix!

Check it.  And play this sucker loud!

Mix Notes:

Monday mornings are often a time to reflect about drinking on a Sunday night. For awhile, it was Tony Soprano’s fault as Sunday nights over an intermittent six years were filled with copious amounts of wine and pasta among friends. Somewhere along the way, I befriended a winemaker named Eric Dunham and although the series eventually ended, my preference for alcoholic grape juice from Dunham Cellars in Walla Walla, WA soldiered on. The Dunhams produce world-class Syrahs & Cabernets and make a great table wine called Three-Legged Red named after Port, their beloved three-legged pooch. Like a loyal companion, any of their reds continue to provide an enhancement to Sunday nights; whether it’s Dexter, Californication, Entourage or True Blood, their complex hues colour the engrossing boob tube. At times, I refer to the Cab as ‘Fadernet,’ a trivial mash-up of getting ‘faded’ and Cabernet. And while I’ll take dubious credit for Fadernet, I won’t for take it for ‘Faderade,’ a concoction of vodka and you guessed it. Urban slang strikes again. I digress.

Thanks to Matt at ATV for the opportunity to contribute a MMM. Going into this, I knew piecing together a mix was going to be time-intensive, brain-consuming and most likely accentuated by Columbia Valley nectar. The whole process actually provoked debate amongst friends whether I should be self-aggrandizing, politically correct, generationally cognizant, playlist to the presumed audience or be wantonly obtuse and obscure. I chose to spit into the torrid San Fernando Valley swelter. So, with much anticipation and slight trepidation, I set sail a few weeks ago to dig through my archives and revisit music that has been gathering dust for a long time in hopes of parsing together a seemingly congruent slab of music that might entertain and engage while also providing a glimpse behind the concave mirror of its creator.

Coming from the era of 8-tracks and TDK/Maxell Chromium oxide cassette tapes where one had to be concerned with space left on a side before the tape ran out (digital-age hucksters have it made) into a situation where there really isn’t a limitation (you can even edit songs as I did). Regardless of the medium, the method remains the same. Devise a tune-stack that lets the music do the talking while occasionally providing a window to the soul (or lack thereof).

This mix went through many, many re-iterations and sequence changes and fortunately (or unfortunately) for those willing to give it a listen, many of my fringe favorites were left out; Mozart, Slayer, Life Sex & Death, tOOl, Yngwie Malmsteen, Deadmau5 & DJ Tiësto (though he’s mentioned in ‘Corona and Lime’). If there is a loose arc to this excursion, it’s tangentially thread together by the various shades of love and how its perception is shaped by context. And, yes, it’s 40% cover songs!

In a perfect world, this mix would be posted as a single (mastered) mp3 with ancillary notes posted after the fact, allowing the listener to indulge their senses with an unassuming unbiased attention span. An old school pipe dream, I know. Oh, how I long for the album idolatry of the 70s…a couch, a purple Graffix, a needle on the record and your imagination was a complete experience. Pass the Cocoa puffs por favor.

Much like any creative excretion, it’s difficult to know when to stop squeezing it but after several sustained moments of silent lucidity, it occurred to me that this Three Legged Dog Daze was ready for consumption and dissection with the understanding that it’s better to burn out that fadernet away. Without further ado, here’s 57 minutes and 7 seconds of my temporary proprietary musical sanctum.

Three Legged Dog Daze

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Artwork ©Eric Dunham; Three Legged Red Wine Daze c/o Dunham Cellars

1) Gasoline – The Airborne Toxic Event - from The Airborne Toxic Event
I only own three TATE songs but I play them frequently. One day I may actually get the whole album. On the surface, this is a band I would never like but I was wrong. “Your memory blazes through me. Burning everything. Like gasoline”. Sign me up.

2) Bye Bye Love – The Ditty Bops - from Moon Over The Freeway
The happiest loneliest song this side of the Bayou. The Bops cover The Everlys with sly aplomb. I saw some entertainingly engaging Ditty Bops Vaudeville-esque shows at The Mint / Largo before they released their debut Warner Bros album. I also give them props for riding across the country from L.A. to NYC on bikes during a tour to promote their Moon Over the Freeway album.

3) Walking on Air – Kerli - from Love is Dead
Esoteric bass-heavy electronic ear candy from an Estonian chanteuse that eschews “a little creepy girl with her little creepy face saying things you’ve never heard”. Throw in her ‘little creepy cat and a little creepy bat’ as lyrical imagery and its Tim Burton’s spawn. Not really, but like high fructose corn syrup, it’s incredibly addicting. I am walking on air.

4) Beat It – Fall Out Boy ft. John Mayer - from Now That's What I Call Music:  Vol. 28
It’s hard to screw up a classic song and harder to outdo it. This cover has plenty of go-go juice and pork chops. I first listened to Michael Jackson because my guitar hero Eddie Van Halen played on ‘Beat It’. There are those who will say that Mayer’s solo better fits the song. “It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or who’s right”.

5) Corona & Lime – Shwayze - from Shwayze
Yeah, it’s a silly love song, years removed from Captain & Tennille, but it goes down as smooth as a cold Corona & Lime. “Let me tell you about a girl I know.” Shout-outs to the 818 (my area code) and the fact they accurately stereotype girls by city AND what electronic music they listen to makes me smile. “If you’re looking for love, won’t you put your hands up.” Hard to think that everyone at a club somewhere at some point didn’t throw their collective hands in the air and woot woot!

6) My Prerogative – Britney Spears - from Greatest Hits:  My Prerogative
New jack city meets uptown knob-spinners and produces a slice of guilty goodness. What can I say? From time to time, I like me some slick manufactured candy-coated pop. “I don’t need no permission, make my own decisions. That’s my prerogative”. Earlier this year, I stood at a VIP ringside booth during Britney’s Circus tour. Production expanse that only a boatload of money can provide orchestrated the Circus de Soleil stage while the unified piercing screams of 19,000 fervent fans was wholly spontaneous and unbelievably infectious. It was a joyful exercise in sensory and pulmonary excess. Brit-mania was alive and well in the O.C.

7) SpongeBob SquarePants Theme – Avril Lavigne - from The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
A palette cleanser. Like a piece of stanky cheese before the next glass of vino at a tasting. This one’s from Canada, not France (though Avril is a French word that means ‘April’). There are those in my social circle who give me shit for liking this pseudo punk rocker. Fair enough, but Ms Best Damn Thing is rocking out the SpongeBob theme, ranting about Nautical Nonsense and it’s less than a minute long. Just do a shot of Limoncello or Espresso and lighten up Francis!

8 ) Baby Elephant Walk – Monkey Bars - from Upstairs at Larry's
Eight months of my life were spent producing Upstairs at Larry’s: Lawrence Welk Uncorked. I had complete creative freedom to choose any dusty two-track tapes in the Welk Music vault to have them remixed by a slew of International DJs / producers. During the final stages, I would shift the track sequence (nearly every day) and listen to the entire record as I drove through Topanga Canyon to PCH. I must have done that for an entire month before locking it in. Sequencing and psychological pacing are key aspects of all great albums. I was proud of the meticulous result. Being interviewed by the L.A. Times and hearing this song on Nick Harcourt’s ‘Morning Becomes Eclectic’ on KCRW one morning while driving to work are indelible moments, frozen in time.

9) Let’s Play Dumb – The Wah Wahs - Unreleased
Band out of Ireland I tried to sign to a U.S. label deal. Didn’t work out but this song from the nine they recorded is a small slice of playful rock ‘n roll swagger that’s been heard by almost no one.

10) Real Love – Regina Spektor - from the various artists compilation Instant Karma
For a long time, this song used to come on my iPod during a random playlist shuffle and I never knew who it was but it struck me down with its poignancy every time. Like a sublime angel from above coaxing a piano to emote, this one stays with you. I imagine John would be proud.

11) Bad Things (theme from True Blood) – Jace Everett - from Red Revelations
Sunday nights are all about True Blood, True Love, Anna Paquin, True Blood, True Love. “When you came in, the air went and every shadow filled up with doubt. I don’t know what you’ve done to me but I know this much is true…I wanna do bad things with you. Scowl!” A ditty about Vampires set to a boot-stompin’ Texas Two-step shitkicker beat? Better believe it! Better turn it up! This one’s fangtastic!

12) Hello Hopeville – Dead Ringer Band - from Hopeville
The DRB was a family affair. Dad Bill Chambers, mom Diane, son Nash and daughter Kasey grew up in the barren Outback of Australia singing Emmylou Harris, Dolly Parton and Patsy Cline round the campfire. This rollicking version of Michelle Shocked’s “Hello Hopeville” provides a glimpse of Kasey’s unencumbered effervescence. I’m a long-time KC fan and lobbied / helped secure her to contribute ‘Little Sparrow’ to the Dolly Tribute album while I was working with Sugar Hill Records.

13) Acid Jazz Singer – The Fratellis - from Here We Stand
When I think of the Fratellis, I think of SXSW (about 3 years ago) when they were “the” buzz band that you HAD to see and they played like 7 times. Then it was the incessant Apple commercial. I still wasn’t convinced. When ‘Here We Stand’ came out, a friend let me rip a copy. I never listened to it. Fast forward to this spring. We were driving home from the NIN|JA tour in Irvine and for some ridiculous reason, the I5 was closed down and we had to take a detour…this annoyance coupled with the fact that my car’s confounded screen interface wouldn’t load my iPod library in any order other than alphabetical by song title. So, AJS soon came on and it was a revelation, though we had no idea who the artist was. This one will induce random cravings, albeit with an air guitar longing for the spotlight.

14) Jade’s Song – Jake E. Lee  - from Badlands
Jake E. Lee followed in the footsteps of Randy Rhoads in Ozzy’s band. He was (still is) a monster guitar player and had all the rock god inclinations, but also had a badass electric tone all his own…could recognize it a mile away. Saw Ozzy w/ Jake and Badlands several times while Ray was still alive. Jake named this song after his daughter Jade. I met both of them at a Foundations heavy metal convention in the early 90s. Good times.

14) Wash – Pearl Jam - originally a b-side on the Alive single, now available on Lost Dogs
I tried (in vain) to include a song from Pearl Jam’s Ten (which is in my Top 5 of all-time favorite albums) but nothing was working so I came across this song (on the Alive single) recorded during the same era.

16) 79th & Sunset – Diamond David Lee Roth - (unreleased)
Cheap Trick’s ‘Heaven Tonight’ was the first real album in my collection (my K-Tel comps with ‘Smoke on the Water’ don’t count). After Cheap Trick’s ‘Gonna Raise Hell’ from their subsequent ‘Dream Police’ record I was lead down a guitar-heavy path to infamy where I soon became immersed in the bombast of Van Halen and never looked back (6th row for VH on the Diver Down tour is an unmitigated concert milestone amongst my thousand+ shows). Every time that DLR / VH were on Rockline, I would tape it on cassette. Much hilarity ensued during those appearances (“live before your steaming ears”). Here’s Roth at his Diamond Dave best on KMET in L.A. doing a take on Humble Pie’s classic song about a prostitute.

17) Whores (2009 Trent Reznor mix) – Jane’s Addiction - from NIN/JA Tour Sampler
I was fortunate to see the Nothing’s Shocking tour 20 years ago. They played the early show at The Riviera in Chicago. As I was exiting this incendiary show, a line was forming for the late show…Milli Vanilli. Sad but True. Fast forward to earlier this year when I went to the tiny Echoplex in Echo Park to see a 500-person reunion show of the original line-up. Soon thereafter, I was hired to work their Cabinet of Curiosities box set (an honor) and was rocking out with them in the wee hours of the Playboy party at SXSW. Their muscular double bill with Nine Inch Nails on the much ballyhooed NIN|JA tour wasn’t the icing on the cake, that came in the form of Trent Reznor producing a re-recording of this classic track from the band’s early days and giving it away for free. Truth is Stranger than Fiction. What a long strange trip it’s been.

18) In A Simple Rhyme (End Riff) – Van Halen - from Women and Children First
‘Women and Children First’ was the first LP I bought with my own hard-earned money. Hearing ‘And The Cradle Will Rock…’ on FM Radio was revolutionary! Couple that with the wicked riffage of ‘Fools’ and ‘Romeo Delight’ and WACF will always be my favorite Van Halen album. In retrospect, I feel that although the band was coming apart at the seams from an excess of drugs and booze, this record found the band at their Rock Gods peak. EVH & Alex are gargantuan on this opus. Side 2 is one of the most underappreciated 14½ minutes of rock history. “Babe, I think you’re headed for a whole lot of trouble”. I tried to work a track in but I kept coming back to the riff after the end of IASR. I was always aggravated that a cool off-the-cuff riff was not fully realized. It left me wanting more. Perhaps that was the point. And so I leave you with it as well.

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13May/0934

The Worst Single of All Time?

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Before I give it away, I have to ask you a question.

Have you ever heard a song by one of your favorite bands and upon listening to it for the first time, you instantly knew that you and the band had grown apart and were headed for a divorce?

Welcome to my world in the year 1984.

After championing said band to all of my friends and enjoying their tunes many times over, I about PUKED the first time I heard "Jump" by Van Halen.

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Where in the hell did this piece of schlock come from?

Well, after some thought and some years of reflection, it's pretty apparent as to where it started for them and that's the same place that it ended for me.

As you probably know, Eddie Van Halen contributed the guitar solo to Michael Jackson's "Beat It." What you may not know it that he did it free of charge as in "No Royalties for Eddie, Thanks for Coming and See You Later."

Having watched piles of blow and fast cars and fluff chicks go right out the door based on that decision along with seeing the potential for "Arena-Rock" singles growing by the minute, Eddie jumped right on that soon-to-be runaway train and got himself a piece of the pie by writing the biggest piece of garbage Van Halen has ever produced.

As referenced in a Wikipedia entry about the song, David Lee Roth and Ted Templeman, producer extraordinaire (Montrose, Van Morrison, Little Feat, and the Doobie Brothers when they were still good), wanted to continue taking the band down the hard-rock road.

Eddie was blinded by the dollar signs in his eyes, resisted their request and insisted on releasing one of the worst singles of all time.

Let's look at what preceded this and what came later.

After their phenomenal debut album, the band was on the road so much and in an altered state of mind so often, they never again issued an album that was fully mature and complete. Van Halen II and Women and Children First both contain great rock moments ("Dead or Alive, Take Your Whiskey Home") but they have so many moments that reek of demos and ideas that were not fully realized.

Knowing this and probably getting tired of Dave's personality and the hassle of being a mega-star in demand, Eddie was ready to cash in. Thus, the release of one of the worst singles of all time.

Little did we know at that time that Eddie was setting the stage for one of the worst rock bands of all time in Van Hagar, but I digress...

"Jump" is a song that would not have been nearly as offensive were it released by a band that had not produced such greatness as "Aint Talkin 'Bout Love" or "I'm On Fire." Even "Jamie's Cryin" had substance.

But coming from the guys who gave hard-rock a major kick in the ass when it was most needed, "Jump" is inexcusable and indefensible.

There have been hundreds of one-hit wonders over the past 50 years which have produced nonsense singles so I get that not every song has to be a great one. But none of them were Van Halen in 1984 disappointing their fan base so terribly. You had to be there and I know a lot of you weren't. Many of you who were likely enjoyed the tune in grade school. Enough said.

Don't even come at me with the "Bands progress and you don't so that is your problem" take. "Jump" is a SELL-OUT in every way and it stinks.

What could have been never was because Eddie got greedy and ruined a real rock and roll band. Shame on him and shame on you for digging that song.

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18Mar/0911

Another cool website – Classic 45s

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Scored another worthy website to know about via Bruce/Not Lame/Twitter.

Bruce sez:

VINYL LOVERS - now this is a truly awesome site for lovers of those little 7"ers

Indeed!

I could spend hours looking at pix of labels and sleeves.

Artful Dodger

Pat Benatar

Blind Faith

The Smithereens

Bruce Springsteen - Born To Run

Bruce Springsteen - Hungry Heart

Van Halen

Check out the site for yourself right here.

And while you're at it, here are a couple more suggestions for 45 lovers that came in via Twitter:

HiCal45s

and

Continental Records Company

Some info about the above site from @jukebox65 - All NEW old stock. From Canada so some that were only released there.

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14Mar/0911

Chickenfoot, chickenfoot, chickenfoot, CHICKENFOOT!

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My previous blog post on the new supergroup "Chickenfoot" featuring Sammy Hagar, is one of the more popular posts on this site. The working name for the project seems to now be the permanent name, and I can't blame them for that, as much publicity as they've gotten out of it so far.

Here are some updated project details on the album from the Van Halen News Desk (via Blabbermouth,) which is now expected to be released in April or May. I'm guessing May, but you never know..

CHICKENFOOT — the new supergroup featuring guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani, singer Sammy Hagar (ex-VAN HALEN), bassist Michael Anthony (ex-VAN HALEN), and drummer Chad Smith (RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS), will release its self-titled debut CD in either April or May. The first single might be either "Oh, Yeah!" or "Bitten By The Wolf". The band's tour in support of the CD will kick off in May, warming up in smaller venues (possibly clubs) in the USA, followed by a few weeks in Europe during the summer. Then the band will return to the USA for a larger headlining tour this fall. The band is planning on performing the entire CD as well as songs from each of the bandmembers' careers. So, expect to hear some classics from VAN HALEN, Sammy Hagar, RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, and some blazin' Joe Satriani instrumentals!

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I do feel bad for the endless questions about the name that they will have to endure from brain dead radio schmucks that consider reading the band bio five minutes before the interview to be "show prep." But I don't want to get off on a rant here - that's not why we're here today.

Chickenfoot - featuring Hagar, fellow former VH comrade Michael Anthony, silver surfer guitar legend Joe Satriani, and RHCP drummer Chad Smith, are starting to crank up the promo machine for the forthcoming album. After putting a snippet of music on their website a couple of months ago, they recently released this fun video.

They've also nabbed the cover for next month's issue of Guitar World with an interview featuring Satch, Hagar, and Anthony.

Chickenfoot - Guitar World

Hagar included the Planet US leftovers "Vertigo" and "Peephole" on his most recent solo album, and after hearing those two tunes, I'm amped up to hear the Chickenfoot stuff.

Relevant Links:

Chickenfoot official website

Chickenfoot domino game (Hey, why not?)

Sammy Hagar - The Essential Red Collection - CD

Sammy Hagar - Unboxed - MP3

Joe Satriani - Time Machine - CD

Hey cool, maybe I can sound like Joe with my very own Satch guitar effects pedal!

Van Halen - 5150 - CD

Van Halen - 5150 t-shirt

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24Feb/0912

Life, Liberty, and The Pursuit of 15 More Albums

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After I posted some more Top 15 lists from friends, I heard from more of my blogging pals, ATV readers, and friends who weighed in with their lists.

First up is my good pal Mel from Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Your Boyfriend. Yesterday was a busy day in Mel-Land - Mel announced that her blog is going on hiatus. Boo! Hiss! Boo! I guess I'll have to keep in touch with her more in the real world to keep up on all of the dirt. No problem there. Mel gets huge amounts of friend points for having Tom Petty's Wildflowers on her list. You should all have Wildflowers on your list.... Without any further ado, here's Mel!

No particular order and completely random, WITH my favorite song from each album. They all have certain particular reasons why they "changed my life," but good stuff nonetheless. How 'bout that?

Toadies - Rubberneck

1. Toadies - Rubberneck - "Tyler"
2. Janis Ian - Between the Lines - "At Seventeen"
3. Garbage - Version 2.0 - "You Look So Fine" (OMG, Shirley Manson I want to eat you up when you sing this to me!)
4. Olive - Extra Virgin - "You Are Nothing"
5. The Cure - Disintegration - "Pictures of You"
6. No Doubt - Tragic Kingdom - "End on This" (This is my theme song).
7. Tom Petty - Wildflowers - "Wake Up Time" (Editor's note: My favorite Wildflowers track varies from day to day. Today, it's this one.)
8. Carole King - Tapestry - "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" (Moms used to play this record Saturday morning when it was designated "Cleaning Day").
9. Moloko - Statues - "Over and Over"
10. The Prodigy - The Fat of the Land - "Breathe"
11. Fugees - The Score - "Ready or Not"
12. Stone Temple Pilots - Core - "Creep"
13. Basement Jaxx - ANY album... really. But the banjo house on Crazy Itch Radio completely changed my love of world music (as in, now I love love it). "Hey U"
14. Michael Jackson - Bad - "Smooth Criminal"
15. Mickey Mouse Disco - "Welcome to Rio" I still have this album. In fact, the only RECORD that I own. It's a kid thing.

My rock and roll bro Kevin:

Kev chimes in with his 15, complete with explanation, and a unique twist - listed alphabetically:

Okay, I'm in for the top 15 albums. Here are the first 15 that came to mind.

In alphabetical order:

AC/DC - Powerage

1. AC/DC - Powerage
The best album of their catalog. They haven't rocked as hard and been as much fun ever since.

2. Allman Brothers Band - Live at the Fillmore East
A band on the brink of busting into the big time that is tight, hungry and loose enough to make one of the greatest live albums ever.

3. Dan Baird - Love Songs for the Hearing Impaired
What could have been the 4th Georgia Satellites album is the high point of his solo career.

4. ELO - A New World Record
Before the ship became bloated on Out of the Blue, it floated along beautifully with this
incredibly produced album that is ELO's best overall effort.

5. Ian Hunter - Ian Hunter
His first solo album following Mott the Hoople is one of the most complete and well-rounded in his career. Contains the original "Once Bitten Twice Shy."

6. Jason and the Scorchers - Thunder and Fire
Their most commercial album which should have put them over the top died when their label was sold the week the album came out. Lots of Warner Hodges and more rock and roll than you would expect.

7. Joe Jackson - Big World
Joe goes from angry young man to world observer with great success. A variety of songs and styles that all work and show his immense talent.

8. Los Lobos - The Neighborhood
One of America's most talented bands pulls it all together with a degree of lyrical and musical maturity that they continues to grow.

9. Lou Reed - New York
Brilliant observations, great storytelling and great rock and roll.

10. Smithereens - Especially for You
A total breath of fresh air at the time that still holds up after 20 years. "Blood and Roses" has one of the best bass lines in rock history.

11. Talking Heads - More Songs About Buildings and Food
New wave and punk were breaking and this group was very different from anyone. "Take Me to the River" put them over but there are many other great songs here as well.

12. Johnny Winter - Captured Live
One of the greatest rock/blues players ever steps out and shows why he was once the best in the business. Unbelievable dexterity and feel on guitar and a great voice too.

13. X - Under the Big Black Sun
Life in Los Angeles through the eyes of a poetic and drunk punk rock chick. Add one kick-ass band including the great John Doe on bass and vocals and this is a thing of dark beauty.

14. Warren Zevon - Sentimental Hygiene
His 1987 comeback album following a stint in rehab shows he hasn't lost a thing. One of his best albums in its entirety.

15. ZZ Top - The Best of
First put out in the late 70s, it captured every essential moment to that point. It doesn't get any better than this.

Joshua Jesty of Clevo locals thisisexploding (R.I.P.) and also the head jester guiding the good ship of all things Joshua Jesty:

Jesty goes in-depth describing his favorite albums and gives a nod to Spin Doctors (a favorite of mine as well...Up For Grabs, mmmmmm,) and also a very unexpected nod to Van Halen. Unfortunately, he also pads his list with three albums that he plays on. I guess I'll forgive that sinful move....

here we go, cause everyone else is doing it and you know I can't help myself from caving to peer pressure.

here's 15 records that affected me in the order I remember them.

The Monkees - Headquarters

1. Headquarters - The Monkees
when I was a kid I was nuts for the monkees. This shaped an awful lot for me. Since I watched the TV show everyday my parents started telling me the time in Monkee shows as is "hey dad, how long is this car drive going to take?" "2 monkees shows". Also, I remember feeling very betrayed whenever the whole group wasn't working as a unit. There were a few shows where Mike Nesmith just didn't show up and I can remember being disappointed every time one of those episodes came on. My parents had put a record player in my room at some point when I was 5 or 6 and I remember not really knowing why they had did this. Then one day while staying at my grandmas I noticed a stack of 3 records sitting by the front door. My aunt Jill had left them for me and they were what else but monkees records. I was jumping for joy when I brought them home and I remember spending most of my quiet playtime (time where I had to leave my parents alone that was designated as such) listening to those records and just laying on my bed singing along. I remember "shades of gray" coming on and being so taken with the mood of the song. I suppose that's not so bad for being 5 or 6. Years later when I found out they weren't really that real of a band it took me a few weeks to forgive them. When they reunited and put out a new TV special in the 90's I was hooked to that set like no one else.

2. Van Halen - For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge
Van Halen in general marked a big turn for me as far as having a band that I liked, and that was mine. It wasn't in my parents collection, it wasn't the beatles, it wasn't whatever was on the radio station my parents played. It was my band, and I fully embraced it. This was the first record of theirs, and the next few records listed on this list were all records (or cassette tapes I should say) that I would listen to from start to finish while playing my NES that I bought with my own paper boy money. I played Final Fantasy and Dragon Warrior while listening to these three tapes over and over and over and the smell of the carpeting in the room and the feeling of just sitting playing a boring old RPG that I was enthralled with crosses my senses every time I hear one of these records. When it comes to Van Halen I was so into them that at one point I could tell you every one of there releases and every song on every release in the order it was put out. I was a nut and most likely got into guitar as a result of hearing Eddie Van Halen rip it up.

3. The Spin Doctors - Pocket Full of Kryptonite
Fortunately for me I was saved from Van Halen as a result of this band and the counting crows. I often tell people that when I first heard Mr. Jones I was immediately turned off from the idea of what a guitar could do and turned on to the idea of what a song and particularly lyrics could do. However I never owned August and Everything After, but I did have Pocket Full of Kryptonite. I know most people find "two princes" to be an old hat one hit wonder type of deal, but to me it was a revelation. I loved hearing a song like that and just feeling good about everything as a result of the chord progression and the drums. The whole record was great. One time I jumped out from behind a tree and surprised the lead singer Chris something... and I shook his hand and just felt like I had honored the teen in me who listened to pocket full of kryptonite for a year straight (while playing video games)

4. Def Leppard - Hysteria
In the years since this record came out I learned to listen to EVERYTHING that Mutt Lange (the producer of this record) has done because I am just a nut for his production and writing. It truly is some of the most consistent pop music ever created. When I found out he wrote a song for Britney Spears, I listened to it, when I found out he wrote most of the songs for Shania Twain I listened. Bryan Adams, hell yes. When I found out he wrote a song for Nickelback, I listened, but I did pop a blood vessel. But I listened. This was a record that I loved from start to finish. I remember laying on my bed falling asleep and creating music videos for the songs in my head (one of my favorite pastimes from about 11-now). The sonic landscape of the record was so fulfilling. I suppose I wasn't fully aware of how carnal the songs were (As with most van halen stuff) but I just loved the overall sound and feel of the record.

5. Tori Amos - Little Earthquakes
After I moved to Olmsted Falls, my dad willed me his first CD player about 3 months before christmas. What this meant was that I had a CD player but no CDs to play. So I sorted through some of the records my dad had and found this CD as well as the Crash Test Dummies "God Shuffled his Feet". If Spin Doctors and Counting Crows didn't fully knock me off the macho male rock of Van Halen then this was the straw that broke the camels back. Her complete honesty and sometimes very simple production made for a record that I couldn't put down. I felt guilty when I listened to "Me and a Gun" just because I was of the gender that inspired that song, "Tear in your hand" "Happy Phantom" "Silent All the Years" "Crucify" all would get stuck in my head. I was deeply into Tori Amos for several years and while I haven't been paying attention to her that much in recent times I respect her songwriting skills and I still can't understand half of what she's singing about since this first record.

6. the Police - Message in a Box
Yeah, it's not a record as it is a Box Set but it was one of the first CDs my parents got me for christmas and to me it felt like my new band. It was mine, all the other kids liked Nirvana and STP and smashing pumpkins and here I was with my collection of everything the Police ever did. I loved the overall view of all there recordings. Some good, some bad, some just silly little songs. I loved that every song they did always had all three members. I often times would fall asleep to "Every Breath you Take" and found it completely surprising that one day I was in school and I couldn't get "wrapped around your finger" out of my head. I also took the song "It's alright for you" and changed the lyrics to all the answers for a geography quiz and aced it. I spent many days and nights in my room listening to all these songs, making up music videos, picturing myself in a band that could play as good as the Police and make songs as memorable. Maybe not every thing they put out is grade A and I've grown to accept that, but this was a huge step in my musical growth

7. Talking Heads - Sand in the Vasoline
this is a two disc greatest hits collection. While I love the talking heads more and more I really only liked half of this collection at first. They were another band that for some reason I thought were completely mine during high school when no one else in my grade would like them. I really liked a lot off quotes that david byrne has fired off, one of them being that guitar should be without distortion and highly percussive. I think as a result of this I took out using any distortion on my guitar for the remainder of my high school days and played nothing but acoustic for the first year and a half of Love Screams existence. and come on, you can't beat "once in a lifetime". Try to do so and your head will explode.

7. For Squirrels - Example
this was the last big record of my high school life. My friend Jess turned me on to these guys, and I might have gotten a little lost in the whole aspect of most of the band being dead, but I also couldn't help but appreciate how inconsistent yet good the whole record was. I mean you have a few big loud screamy songs that sound like the world is falling apart, and then you have these nice little ditties that sound like REM knock offs, accept better to me. Then there's Disenchanted. An epic masterwork from a band that I wish would've been able to put out many more records. In high school my band Remain Standing covered at least 8 out of 10 of the songs on this record. Maybe we did them all at least once. But we always did Disenchanted, and still to this day I can't get over the feeling that comes over me when I hear the end of that song. I don't think Remain Standing ever re created it perfectly, and it's a song that is always worth hearing. go listen to it now is what I'm saying.

8. Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
I remember hearing this record coming out of a friends room at Berklee. You know what, I might not have even known him at the time. I just walked in the room cause I was immediately taken and said "who is this?". I burned half the record on my mini disc player and eventually got my own copy. These guys changed the game for me in many ways. "For Me this is Heaven" still kicks me in the heart every time I hear it. When I came back from college a reformed version of Remain Standing covered at least 8 songs off this record over the course of a summer. I can't even tell how it played a crucial role in my songwriting or life, I just know that it affected me

9. Love Scream - More Songs about the Reproductive Cycle
this record and every official record I've put out has affected me in a big way. Even though I made a few records with Remain Standing and even put out a solo record I just didn't feel like I had made a record. You know, I heard other friends records and they just didn't sound real to me, not like the ones that I heard on the radio. With More Songs... I really think we set out to make a real sounding record and we pretty much got there. When I hit college I just found my voice through writing in practice rooms alone all night but I couldn't finish the deal. I could write the songs, the hooks, and all of that, but having Kaler, Owen and Dan with me to take the songs from just songs to events was an amazing experience. My life musically wouldn't be nearly what it is today it I hadn't had the fortune of having these guys in my life. I often go on about how it broke my heart when we broke up to the nth degree, and it did. But several years later when we were all in a room that was fully stocked with instruments we looked at each other and kind of asked "should we play something together?" and we all answered "no, there's no point". And really, I think on the positive side of that statement there was no point cause we had already affected each other and done what we were ultimately supposed to do. It wasn't selling out shea stadium, but it was growing immensely as a writer and performer and a person. I remember many nights of laughter, a lot of silly inside jokes, and a lot of head butting which ultimately lead to some of the best musical experiences of my life at that point. I remember arguing about artwork from 10pm till 6am and taking the train out to work at 8am. I remember opening the box with the CDs. All the train rides to Riches house to record vocals. I remember getting back from Cleveland at 1am and having Owen great me and running to our room that we shared and just rolling around in our beds laughing hysterically about how famous we were going to be as a result of this record. They felt like my brothers then, and they still feel that way now.

10. the Afghan Whigs - 1966
I remember hearing the single off of this record on WBWC and just realizing that it was mine. I envied the fact that 1965 had been written and that I wasn't the writer of it. I listened to that record non stop and pictured a rock opera about a lonely vampire. I also bought "Reinhold Messner" by Ben Folds, but my dad stole the CD from me. Still this record holds up every time I come back across it. And even after the end of Love Scream, hearing these songs made me feel alright and gave me hope that I could make big bombastic pop like this at some point.

11. this is exploding - Until the Next Red Light
making this record was another huge point in my musical life. We wrote and rehearsed and existed for a year and a half before we got in the studio to do this. A little side note, one of my happiest memories about the demo record that we made was when Dan came over and I just got in his car and we drove around listening to the mixes, just going all over the place and having those songs hit my ears. I couldn't believe I was a part of the music coming out of those speakers. By the time we made Until the Next Red Light I felt like we were beyond ready to make a record. It went by pretty quickly and there were some rough moments, like Nick being booted out by the end of the recording process, and I also remember having a horrible first day of vocal recording, which led me to waking up early every morning before the session, taking a jog, and eating nothing but carrots and vocally warming up before each session. I was also proud of the fact that I broke a condenser mic while recording this record by singing to powerfully (I feat I had managed to pull off while recording the Love Scream record as well). For me the record is bittersweet, since it's a essentially a compilation of about 3 or 4 of the best songs we had from our early days together and 6 songs that were basically written shortly after and deal pretty exclusively with the matter of my fathers passing. In that sense it's a very somber record and at times its hard to listen to for me. But for the first time in my life the feeling that would well up in me when I heard songs like "disenchanted" would also well up in me when I heard a song like "Mourning". I knew I was doing something that was unique and impossible for me to replicate with this is exploding. Where Love Scream would take my songs and make them into something bigger and better, this is exploding would essentially walk into a room with each other, plug in, say hi, and then crank out these amazing riffs and textures and structures and I just have no idea where any of them came from. I used to bring in riffs to help us along if we were short on ideas, but for a few years it just felt like we were never short on inspiration. These guys also become brothers to me, and I do miss the music we made as I know that while I can write another Love Scream song (and sometimes I feel I do) I feel that I will never write another this is exploding song, as I can't without the sonic friction of the other guys distinct voices thrashing violently against mine and composing something truly different from what I could ever imagine alone. It was a wild record to make, and it didn't take that long either which was nice.

12. Peter Gabriel - US
the ultimate record to listen to after things fall apart. At least it was for me. I can't even put my finger on it, cause I loved this record back in college too, but it just kept coming back and letting me bury my head in it whenever I needed it

13. Weezer - Pinkerton
This one is obvious because I covered it twice, at two different but similar times in my life when things were coming to an end and things were beginning all over again. Every song on here is wonderful and a bit dark and honest and abrasive, which is what I think makes for great rock music. honest and abrasive, maybe only because of the honesty itself. These guys had a vision for the sound, and it's just perfect execution in my mind. I'm glad I've been able to study and attempt to emulate these songs as much as I have.

14. Joshua Jesty - Finally, Joshua Jesty is making a record with a short title, and the title of the record is "Girl"
So yes, I've been talking a lot about my own records but they were the ones that affected me the most, and I've heard the songs on Love Scream, this is exploding, and my own solo records more then you will listen to any 3 or 4 records in your life I guarantee it. This record feels like my first true solo record and to me it is the most honest and abrasive record I could have made ever. It has a few moments that feel like "Disenchanted" moments to me, it has a few moments that feel like the poppy goodness of "two princes" or "1965" to me. It was recorded in my little home studio (wherever home was) for the better part of 2 years, with a trip to south carolina and a bunch of mixing in Boston for good measure. It has gone through at least a dozen revisions tracking wise, and I have been very blessed in the sense that a lot of things with the record came together at the last minute and I managed to gather up and include a majority of the people that have affected me personally and musically in the past decade or so and get them to be a part of the record (even if in a small way). It's not necessarily a record that will top the charts or make me big in Japan, though I wouldn't mind it. But I hope that one day if someone who has no bias towards me listens to the record they will give it a full listen and say "that sounds like a record that had to be made". If one person does that then I feel like I will have achieved what I wanted to with this record. Then the next one can be my big pop sell out record. For now, this record will go down as my way of stating that loss is gain, and that might be one of the few lessons worth learning and holding onto throughout life.

15. the dismemberment plan - Emergency and I
as well as the flaming lips, but must more specifically with the Dismemberment plan, I was smacked upside the head with all these new possibilities of what a pop song could do and what it could be. Simply amazing. I'm very glad I was dragged to a show against my will in Boston, and it will stand as one of the best shows I've ever seen. They never gave it 100% in Cleveland.... peeh.

Jose Feliciano from Sensory Overload:

I am always changing what music I like so this is very difficult, just shooting from the hip in no order here are my 15 or so. I am sure I might think of others on another day but these are the ones I thought of today. I had explanations for why I chose what I chose but stupid facebook did not want save the first one so here is the lazy one.

Jawbreaker - Dear You

15. Jawbreaker - Dear You
14. Sublime 40 Oz to Freedom
13. Bouncing Souls- Maniacal Laughter
12. Jimmy Eat World - Clarity
13. Greenday - 1039 Slappy Smoothed Out Hours
12. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Don't Know How To Party
11. Frank Sinatra - The Sinatra Christmas Album
10. Sunny Day Real Estate - Diary
09. My Bloody Valentine - Loveless
08. The Pixies - Death to The Pixies
07. Beastie Boys - Ill Communication
06. Dre. Dre - The Chronic
05. DJ Shadow - Entroducing
04. Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream
03. At The Drive In - In Casino Out
02. The Roots - Things Fall Apart
01. Soul Coughing - Irresistible Bliss

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16Feb/0910

15 Albums That Changed My Life – Super-Sized Edition

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The following post is ripped straight from my Facebook page.....kind of. I've been amused recently by the people that are irritated by the rising amount of Top 5/10/15/25 "chain letter" posts on Facebook. "Don't turn Facebook into Myspace," is one of the pleas that I read from one person. I actually enjoy reading this kind of stuff - probably because most of the ones that have been coming my way, have been music-related.

As soon as I hit submit on this particular post on Facebook, I started thinking of albums that I had left out - including one of the first ones that had come to mind - August and Everything After by Counting Crows. My friend Cristi left me a FB comment asking me to "let her know when I finish the list."

With that in mind, I thought about adding 5 more, and then 10 more, and I settled for an additional 15 albums, which are tacked on below. It still doesn't cover 'em all, but I had fun putting this list together.

Original post follows - enjoy!

Wow, this is going to be fun. There's no way I can even begin to include all of the albums that have inspired me. I'd need a lot more than 15 slots. This list is in no particular order, although I like the running order on this one. It's tough, because Blue Rodeo could easily be at #1 on this list, same for Bruce Springsteen, etc. etc. etc.

Without a doubt, these are 15 albums that all made my life a little bit brighter at the time I got them. They continue to inspire me to this day, and when I hear them individually, they remind me of where I was the first time that I heard them, and the people I was with. Good times.

I'd like to thank Corey for tagging me in his note, and for having the courage to include T-Ride in his list of albums. Now that I've done that, I'm going to steal his entire setup paragraph:

Think of 15 albums, CDs, LPs (if you're over 40) that had such a profound effect on you they changed your life. Dug into your soul. Music that brought you to life when you heard it. Royally affected you, kicked you in the wazoo, literally socked you in the gut, is what I mean. Then when you finish, tag 15 others, including moi. Make sure you copy and paste this part so they know the drill. Get the idea now? Good. Tag, you're it!

1. Del Amitri - Twisted
2. Gin Blossoms - New Miserable Experience
3. Weezer - Weezer (The Blue Album)
4. The Wallflowers - Bringing Down The Horse
5. Bruce Springsteen - Live 1975-1985 (Honorable mention to Lucky Town)
6. The Lemonheads - It's A Shame About Ray
7. Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstasy
8. The Smithereens - 11
9. Blue Rodeo - Five Days in July
10. The Jayhawks - Hollywood Town Hall
11. Sting - The Soul Cages
12. INXS - Kick
13. Jackson Browne - I'm Alive
14. Dada - El Subliminoso
15. Tonic - Sugar

+15 MORE

Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell

16. Social Distortion - Somewhere Between Heaven and Hell
17. Alice in Chains - Dirt
18. Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend
19. Counting Crows - August and Everything After
20. Van Halen - 5150
21. Michael Penn - Free-for-All (Now We're Even is STILL one of my favorite tunes!)
22. Tom Petty - Wildflowers
23. Ben Folds Five - Ben Folds Five
24. E - A Man Called E (honorable mention to Broken Toy Shop)
25. U2 - Achtung Baby
26. Tears For Fears - The Seeds of Love
27. Peter Gabriel - US
28. Yes - 90125
29. The B-52's - Cosmic Thing
30. Faith No More - Angel Dust
31. Def Leppard - Hysteria (okay, so I ended up with 16 more....)

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6Feb/093

Hot for…..Asteroids!

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Alright 80s junkies - check this out...

Remember the classic 80s video game Asteroids? Do your thumbs and fingers hurt just thinking about it?

Well don't worry, this won't hurt a bit......

This gamer mashup combines one of America's classic video games with THE classic American rock and roll band - VAN HALEN!

Behold, The Diamond Dave Edition of Assteroids v.1.0!

I can't think of a better way to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Asteroids. I'm sure that's what they were thinking, right?

Assteroids v.1.0

Like you REALLY had plans to actually work today?

Bottoms Up!

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5Dec/081

Adventures in fun interview parodies – the Van Halen edition

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Yesterday's Youtube fun brought me an isolated DLR vocal track for "Hot for Teacher" which led me to the following bit of Youtube gold - an Eddie Van Halen *ahem* "interview"

Classic.

(p.s. - speaking of isolated DLR tracks - surely you've heard this one already.)

I had to see the John Petrucci video referenced in the info column of the above, and it is a must-share as well. Between vids like this, and the "shred" videos on Youtube, I think I could stay at home and just watch this stuff all day....no problem!

Have a great day all.....happy Friday!!

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25Jul/080

Quick Hits – Sarah Mclachlan, Tori Amos, Joe Cocker, The Who

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Greetings from Cleveland, where you're only as old as you feel.....and with some of the news from this week, I'm feeling pretty old.

For example, August 5th will see the release of the 15th Anniversary Edition of one my favorite albums from the 90s, a special 2 CD/1DVD package of Sarah Mclachlan's Fumbling Towards Ecstasy.

The special anniversary release will be made up of the original album, plus The Freedom Sessions (for years, a standalone release) and a live DVD that looks very similar to the existing Fumbling Towards Ecstasy Live DVD. Check out the details and pre-order your copy right here.

There's also a cool release coming out in the continuing Live at Montreux series of live DVD/CD releases. This time, we get a pair of vintage live performances from Tori Amos, recorded in 1991 and 1992. The track listing for both is awesome, and I am VERY stoked about these releases. Check out the details on the release right here.

One more on the DVD front - a cool performance from the Rockpalast archives, this time featuring a Joe Cocker performance from 1980, with additional tracks from 1983. There will be a U.S. release for this on September 9th, but all I am digging up at the moment, are links for the UK PAL version. Even the bonus tracks look awesome!

I thought this was a cool Van Halen story, and it's one of many great stories you'll read from Darren over at He's A Whore.

Thanks to Jeff over at Sonic Slang for passing along the news that Paul Westerberg's 49:00 was a number one seller on Amazon MP3 this past week! Sonic Slang also has the link for fan-created art for the back of the "release" as well as an attempt at a track listing. Check it out here.

Here is a classic email from Pete Townshend to Rolling Stone offering reflections on the Rock Honors experience.

Metallica have confirmed the track listing for Death Magnetic. They still haven't confirmed whether it will be any good.

Sammy Hagar's new solo album will be called Cosmic Universal Fashion, and will be out late summer/early fall. Matt Sorum shows up behind the drum kit on one of the tracks.

From the excellent Soundcheck blog, here are setlists from recent shows that include Yaz, the Journey/Heart/Cheap Trick package tour, and some fine commentary on a co-headlining show from The Wallflowers and Train(setlist here.)

Regarding Jakob Dylan and crew, I'm glad to see that someone else is calling bullsh*t on the concept of The Wallflowers being "The Wallflowers" without Rami Jaffee!

I disagree however, with the reference in the same article that labels Dylan's solo CD Seeing Things as "well received." He must have been listening to a different CD than I was, because THAT was a painful listen.

Oy.

I'll catch ya'll around the musical bend with more....

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