Posts Tagged ‘between the buried and me

03
Apr
11

It’s the final countdown

Hardly.

So I’ve been doing the Coachella warm-up countdown over at Examiner. Gratuatous self-promotion in 3….2….1….

CLICK ME FOR FREE MONEY. Just kidding. No, but click for my articles.

Also, I’ve become a full-time writer for MetalRiot.com,which I will also pimp:

All of my articles and reviews

Both avenues are quite fulfilling and MetalRiot is growing at a fine rate. I hope to one day take down Blabbermouth.net, but not for any moral reason. The site is the gold standard and to top it would be monumental. I work with a good team of people and being a part of a successful project may open up doors I never thought possible.

As for concerts, this month and the next are totally packed just so long as promoters and bands hold up their end of the bargain and let me in.

This Friday is the first time I will be seeing Sleeptytime Gorilla Museum and the last time they will ever perform again (not true, they play one more show the next night but I wanted to sound cool).

Then Coachella is NEXT WEEK OH MY GOD and that should be most exciting. No interviews scheduled this year, so it may be a bit less hectic and disappointing than last year. I need more energy for the lasers, anyway.

Saturday, the biggest metal show of all time is coming to Indio and I get to see Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, and the mighty Slayer. Also, I may get to do an interview, which would I think cause me to stammer and freak out a bit.

Dredg’s new album comes out May 3rd and a show at the Roxy is due to accompany it. I’m close to being confirmed, but may have to go the night before, which isn’t too bad but I’ve never been a CD release show that didn’t involve a hometown friend being in the band.

May is sort of insane, with that Dredg show being in the same eight day period as Between the Buried and Me, Portugal The Man, Ghostland Observatory, Mogwai, and Coheed & Cambria. I’m only confirmed for the first and the last show of that list, with Coheed’s being a double set (acoustic included) and the entireity of their debut album being played with more promised content. If I do go to each and every show, it will be the best and worst week of my professional life. The pennies in clicks I get pale in comparison to how much gas I have to buy as well as time lost sitting in LA traffic as all six shows are in the City of Angels.

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18
Mar
11

Dr. Lemmy (or How I Learned To Stop Worrying and Love 2011)

Oh, Lemmy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You grizzled Adonis. You Saint of Beer. You destroyer of ear drums.

The last time I saw Motorhead was nine years ago and it was amazing. The moled man you see before you opened the Concord Pavillion with a question:

“Con-cord, eh? Never been here before.”

Then they proceeded to whoop everyone’s ass for an hour. It was the best opening act I could have seen as a 16-year old, especially seeing as how Dio and Iron Maiden were next.. The power trio finally made sense and witnessing those same three men playing just as fast at a higher volume nearly a decade later was most excellent. In my review, I mention how the band is very cross-generational, something that grabs attention from all shapes and sizes, but I think they are in an echelon only shared with the great AC/DC. Maybe greater!

Enough hyperlinking…let’s get onto the longwinded portion of today’s topic: 2011 album releases!

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03
Aug
10

What I’ve been up to…

The Bonnaroo blog is coming along and I’m nearly done with the next post…

But in the meantime I’ve been writing in other arenas. I have had the chance to interview a handful of artists, but last week I had my best interview yet. Tommy Rogers of Between the Buried and Me has been an inspiration and excellent musician for many, many years. The metal kid inside of me was stoked when I got to talk to the man himself.

The interview is here and it was in support of a small tour they were on.

I caught the LA show of that tour and reviewed it here. It was fairly excellent, but made me miss the old venues in the Bay Area I went to before moving. The dingy, sweaty, unforgiving, cramped boxes that somehow fit amps, musicians, and 300 fans. Nothing rivals those experiences, and as cool as it is to see those bands grow and fill arenas with a gigantic occupancy, I still yearn for those dirty shows. Those venues seem to foster the metal kid mentality, whereas a classy joint like Hollywood Palladium has a legacy to maintain and respect. I’m not saying I’d like to set the place on fire, but the possibility of that happening always made those shows more fun. The anarchy factor has gone down considerably.

I’m interviewing Boots Riley of The Coup and, more recently, Street Sweeper Social Club for some insight into the Rock the Bells tour. It’s an amazing collaboration of classic and current hip-hop/rap artists, with the stars recreating their definitive albums live.

Here is a list of shows that I MIGHT be covering soon, along with interviews I hope:

August 12th – Coheed and Cambria/Porcupine Tree at Hollywood Palladium

August 21 – Rock The Bells

Sep 16/17 – Primus at Club Nokia

Sep 28 – Nevermore at Key Club

Oct 2 – Matt and Kim at Henry Fonda

Oct 14th – Devin Townsend at Key Club

Oct 30/31 – Tiger Army at Grove of Anaheim

Nov  24  -Black Mountain and Black Angels at El Rey

More posts to come, I swear!

09
May
10

Bassmaster

Not of the fish variety, I tell you…

Bass feels like the bastard child of a rock band, and the term eccentricity applies to the instrument as well as its wielder. Often drowned out by unforgiving producers and egomaniac guitarists, bass players rely on a wild imagination and funky precision to get the most out of their four strings. I often wanted to learn it myself and my lady has expressed a similar interest, prompting me to share some magical bass playing abilities.

I’d like to display some excellent players that many people might not have heard of…

First off, a foreigner