Posts Tagged ‘coheed and cambria

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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20
Aug
10

Previews, reviews, and interviews!

Preview: Bam!

This is a preview I wrote for the Coheed and Porcupine Tree show in LA. I profess my love for PT in this article, unabashedly. Also, I met Steven Wilson after the show and was blown away. Never thought that would happen!

Review: BAM BAM!

I really wish I took this picture…

I’m guessing the review was good, because I had 800+ views the next day. That was a first, for sure. Over 1,000 views in a week for three articles…it’s nuts!

Interview: BIGGITY BAMWAM!

Started off fairly slow, but I got a passionate response for my final question, which I almost didn’t even ask. Boots Riley is a very cool guy, though, and well spoken, for sure. I’ll be seeing Street Sweeper Social Club tomorrow and will have another review up by Sunday!

23
Apr
10

More Coachella Fallout…

So Saturday and Sunday is up over at Examiner. Over 1,000 words per review…boy are my arms tired.

Please head to Cuzinmank and Sir Erik’s flicker for much better photos than I can take, which makes sense when they are smuggling in some bad ass SLR cameras.

Also, I got an e-mail from a neighbor I slipped a business card to, inviting me to cover their band this Saturday in Costa Mesa. Hopefully they don’t suck!

Here are some random Coach videos I’ve uploaded….

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12
Apr
10

THE NEW PHONE BOOKS ARE HERE! THE NEW PHONE BOOKS ARE HERE!

Coachella finally got around to releasing the set times…

http://www.coachella.com/event/set-times

Every year its a hassle to see EVERYONE you want to see, and with this year being probably the most jam packed inr ecent memory, the potential for disaster is at its highest.

But let’s see how they did….

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25
Mar
10

The Vortex of Doom

While line-ups are the most important part of the music festival, it is the time at which they play that will determine your enjoyment.

You plan the best you can for months. You make a hypothetical schedule out of the little information you know. You know the day they play on, and depending on their status you can sometimes determine what stage they will be on. Mix in what sort of live show they have and what genre of music they are and you have an easily predictable path to glory.

Then a few days before the show you get the real schedule and the pruning of your dream tree begins.

The more music you listen to, the more often a vortex is going to fuck you up. For most people, the choice between Coheed and Cambria, Snoop Dogg, and Band of Horses is clear-cut. There aren’t many indie hipsters that get down to “Gin and Juice” while studying Coheed’s ridiculous Dungeons & Dragons in space lyrics. For me, it meant scrambling to see all of it and ending up not seeing enough of one of them.

I hate when the vortex is during the very last acts of the day. A few years ago, Coachella gave the choice of closing my Saturday with  The Black Keys, Tiesto, The Rapture, or Cornelius. Luckily Cornelius turned out to be a winner, but missing The Rapture in the dance tent and Black Keys at such an awesome time slot made it all bittersweet.

I lifted this from the Coachella boards after the 2008 schedule was revealed:

Fuck man Bjork, DJ Shadow, and Gogol Bordello are all playing at the same time.”

The nature of these festivals makes such complications unavoidable. Think of it as a necessary evil. Remember, it ALWAYS COULD BE WORSE.

ALWAYS.

Here are some of my personal Vortices of Doom!

Gogol Bordello vs Mastodon vs Avett Brothers – Metal vs gypsy punk vs punkgrass, went from Mastodon to Avett and missed Gogol completely.

Beck vs Les Claypool vs Disco Biscuits vs Cypress Hill vs Medeski Martin & Wood – Started at Beck, walked by Cypress, saw some Les, and finished with MMW. Sorry Disco.

Jack Johnson vs Keller Williams vs Iron and Wine – A bit of all three

Massive Attack vs Mogwai vs Coheed and Cambria – Mogwai into Coheed. Really sad that I missed Massive Attack 😦

Someone’s vortex at Bonnaroo 2009 HAD to be Girl Talk vs Oakenfold vs Pretty Lights.

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I typed in “VS” into Google Search, and was amazed how easily Google shows you naked people. Anyway, I came across the dumbest picture I’ve seen in a while.

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17
Mar
10

Top 15 Coachella Moments: The Contenders from 2006

#5 Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

Few bands completely represent the phrase “acquired taste” as keenly as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, as some people get bored just reading the title. Some find the lead singer’s voice whiny, the music wacky, and the whole package off-putting and unappealing.

I disagree.

I think his voice has more in common with Dylan than anyone else I can surmise, and the music is complex and difficult to listen to for a reason: it’s not simple. Honestly, the music has waves and hooks like everything else, but it’s masked by this DIY charm most other bands drop at the sign of a contract. I respect the band for putting out their own material without the use of a record label and I find it even more impressive that its actually good.

Listen for yourself, but their live performance put me over the edge as far as fandom goes, and their second album released the following year was a worthy successor to their original. If you like original songwriting and upbeat grooves, CYHSY might be up your alley.

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