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Cavernous Cuts: And My Tapatio

I showed off some Janis Joplin a few posts ago, demonstrating her amazing control and power. Nobody is like Janis but some females do combine rock and vocals better than the rest of the pack, and newcomer Ida Maria is one of them. Her songs are ballsy and get in your face, or maybe your ear’s face instead.

I think the AC/DC crowd will find Maria’s backup band appealing, while casual fans of female badassery will also be pleased. But the men in the crowd might not enjoy this sultry Swede after hearing the following song…

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Cavernous Cuts: Rock for Twenty Years

The Catskills are a crazy place, man. You start playing nine pins with your favorite cronie, drink some ale, and BAM you fall asleep for two decades.

Then some crazy witch shows up and plays these tasty riffs in your brain and all is well.

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Cavernous Cuts: Summertime and the Living’s Easy

Janis Joplin is the Joan D’Arc of rock and roll.

In a world dominated by men, she showed what it meant to be a true singer. Her voice will never be duplicated or replaced and she did it with ease.

She’s the anti-pop diva, the anti-drama queen, and the definition of a classic.

Get on with it!


Cheese part 1, Burger part 2

Zen master Devin Townsend is currently recording the final piece to his four album series and has released a bit of recording footage for his followers. We get a sneak peak at all song titles, a few solid chunks of more than a few tracks, and lots of drum and solo tracking.

The first track on the first album by Steve Vai was Little Green Men and twenty years later Townsend writes “Ziltoid” about a little green man taking over the Earth. I’m not saying that A caused B, instead I believe similar minds spawn similar thoughts. The difference is what makes Devin Townsend so great is his ability to understand the entire musical aspect and not focus near-soley on one instrument: the guitar. His addition of amazing drummers, guitarists, and vocalists is most impressive and only provides the optimal surrounding for his guitar mastery to shine its brightest.

2012 cannot come soon enough, although I’m nervous as to how much material will produce post-Deconstruction. His tours are amazing and his recent capturing of a whole new audience should sustain Townsend’s career for as long as he wants to have one.

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What I’m Listening To

It is difficult to stay up and fresh on the constantly changing landscape of modern music. The constant influx of tunes is always attempting to take my time away from classics and hidden gems I’ve only recently discovered. Here is a gathering of some of the best stuff I’ve been enjoying lately, along with a slice of each one to really make it count.

Pretty Lights – Glowing In The Darkest Night

The always appreciated Denver mastermind has released three EP’s this year, with Night being his most recent. It tends to tread in familiar waters of his first two releases, but that is not a knock. What PL does so well is mix soulful grooves with danceable beats with a focused precision unseen until Smith broke onto the scene. One of the best examples of this is the track “So Much In The Dark” which takes that build-up and really blends it into the meaty guts of the track. PL proves you don’t have to be fast to be electronic, you don’t have to be repetitive to be successful, and you certainly don’t have to be into this kind of music to enjoy.

Sufjan Stevens – Seven Swans

I don’t know how to quit you, Sufjan. Regardless of the my mood, employment status, hunger level, emotional output or sexual drive, Sufjan Stevens is always a great listen. His concept albums about the states he’s lived in (Michigan, Illinois, NY) make for sprwaling tales of life and death, but his early work resonates most with me. The track “Sister” will bring tears to your eyes in the right light. It’s a slow churn, from standard guitar chord strumming to solo wankery, finishing off with Stevens’ buttery voice singing some of his best lyrics to date:

What the water wants is hurricanes,
and sailboats to ride on its back.
What the water wants is sun kiss,
and land to run into and back.
I have a fish stone burning my elbow,
reminding me to know that I’m glad
that I have a bottle filled with my old teeth.
They fell out like a tear in the bag.
And I have a sister somewhere in Detroit
She has black hair and small hands.
And I have a kettledrum
I’ll hit the earth with you.
And I will crochet you a hat.
And I have a red kite;
I’ll put you right in it.
I’ll show you the sky

A Tribe Called Quest – Midnight Marauders

The landmark hip-hop album that schooled me to the magical ways of Phife and Q-Tip. This track really speaks for itself, and is the opener for their best album. Q-Tip’s furious final stanza is so impressive it still puts MCs to shame years later. Buy this album and never be sad again.

Bison BC – Quiet Earth

I saw this band live a few months ago and my beard clapped when they finished playing…it was that metal. Forget the obvious Mastodon comparison, ignore the semi-generic name and mythos in the songs, and focus your attention to the intricate skill and detail of a badass metal band such as this. Each track does a great job of setting up the others, really giving it that thought-out concept feeling.

Devin Townsend – Infinity

The mad scientist of metal’s best album is…up to you. I love them all. Infinity is potentially his wackiest  and most schizophrenic, therefore winning me over time and time again. I present to you “Bad Devil.” The horns, the swing, this should have been the theme to Jim Carrey’s “The Mask” and made Townsend a cultural icon! Ok, maybe not…

Marty Robbins – Big Iron

Goddamn you, Fallout: New Vegas. You make me listen to this song every twenty minutes I play, and after 46 hours, it’s been ingrained in my DNA. NOW I PASS IT TO YOU!!! HAHAHAHA…sorry, but listening to this song over and over has made me slightly crazy.


Holy Christ on a Cracker, I’ve Been Busy

After getting the job with The Examiner, I didn’t expect to be working a whole lot. I figured an occasional band might stroll into town, and maybe something appealing would be nearby…but that was before concert season started. Now I’m adding hundreds of miles to my car and paying for parking more than a funeral procession.

What have I been up to, you ask? Ok, you didn’t ask, but I’m going to tell you anyway.

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Cavernous Cuts: Bitch go buy me a hot dog

I kind of don’t think you guys are ready for this next one. It’s not GWAR or Cannibal Corpse, it’s not Manowar or Rumplestilskin Grinder.

No, it is but one man, and one man alone. His dream for a delicious American snack forced him to craft an album so fine, so tightly woven, it changed culinary techno albums forever.

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