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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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Top 15 Bonnaroo Moments: #8 – All I knew All I believed Are crumbling images That no longer comfort me

Hippies and hard rock don’t always go so well together. Bonnaroo has grown from a hippie paradise to a casual music lover’s playground, ditching some of the classic jamband aesthetics for more popular artists with larger audiences. The audiences have tended to be very tolerant of whoever steps foot on their hollowed cow pasture, but even then, some bands bring a whole lot of attention to an otherwise private mecca.

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Top 15 Coachella Moments: #6 – March of the Pigs

The headliner of my very first Coachella was the reason I decided to go. Having noticed great acts come and go, none had really given me the urge to pay the fees and make the moves required to get my ass down south. However, when the headliner for Day 2 of 2005 was announced, I was sold. The entire festival that year was not great, and I ended up missing a bunch of bands that, in retrospect I would have liked to see.

Radiohead, The Cure, The Beastie Boys, Rage, and Tool had all headlined and enticed me years before I had the personal means and transport needed to make this trek. Nobody made me go until this band.

I haven’t missed a year since.

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Top 15 Coachella Moments: #12 – I Smell Patchouli

#12: Tool – 2006

“Tool, bro. Tool.”

This was the unanimous answer when asked “Who ya here for?” in 2006.

Such a build-up for this show: a band with a new album out the day after the show, a band that has not played in over three years, and a band playing for a hometown crowd. Rust was evident, but the musicianship these four men possess did not let infrequency affect them.

The show started late, as per usual with the headliners in Indio. We can’t blame this one on Maynard’s cowboy hat or gigantic belt buckle. The pre-show house music was also a treat.

This NSFW audio is taken from a secret track off Mushroomhead’s 1999 album “M3.” It is hilarious and was a surprise pleasure to hear before this show. It’s a back-and-forth between a black guy calling about an ad with a white guy looking for people to try out in his “Black” Metal band.

The setlist, however, is definitely a sore spot. Here it is:

The Pot
Forty-six & 2
Eon Blue Apocalypse (An instrumental barely over a minute long)
The Patient

They always open with “Stinkfist”, so, no shock there. “46&2” was a nice surprise, as was “The Patient,” but overall, it was pretty weak. A third of those songs were as of yet unreleased, but that did not mean half the crowd was lost or without lyrics.

Maynard saw everyone singing to music he had to start selling and told the crowd “I know all you fuckers already downloaded the album.”

I am actually shocked this show is so low on my list, as it was a huge event and was a follow-up to my first year there. but after seeing a better set three days later, and then at Bonnaroo, and a few times in between, this was not the best Tool show I have been to.

But it was my first, and you never forget your first.

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What its all about

Every morning, I wake up and check my phone. Call it the complete submergence into a technological society or an OCD induced repetitive motion; either way, I grab, I flip, I read. The good mornings are when I see a number that is a multiple of two letting me know I sold an album.

I have Amazon send me two e-mails everytime I sell something, which then gets forwarded to my cell phone, which has a seperate “ring tone” for e-mails. When I hear that tone twice in a row, it’s like a cash register going off in my brain. Success! A new customer!

I very recently fulfilled my 100th order and in the past two months, I’ve been able to pay my rent with the sales alone. I understand finances though, and know a limited commodity when I see one. But, for now, it’s my payin’ my bills and saving me money. Sure, I spent more acquiring all of this stuff, but living the way I did got me this far, and if I can make a profit off of something that merely takes up space in my house, why not get something back?

The lucky album sold was Thirteenth Step by A Perfect Circle, a late-90’s super-group, comprised of members of Tool, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Smashing Pumpkins, Devo, Zwan, Queens of the Stone Age, and Guns ‘n’ Roses. The funny thing is that just one guy, Josh Freese (drums), accounts for about 60% of that list.


The album is their second, and much more risky and experimental than their straight-forward initial release. While the debut had more energy, it was safer than the trippy and somewhat haunting follow-up, which bounces from lullabies and war drums to songs about cereal and nurses.

I’ve given this band a lot of crap over the years and I’ve yet to waver. The bands I listed all put out classic albums, staples of their generation and reshaped the world of rock. Well, except for Zwan. That band sucked.

So why does a band made up of these neo-legends put out such predictable stuff? Why isn’t there a song that’s better than any Tool song I’ve ever heard, or any Pumpkins or Manson song? What kept these people from giving me something new?

That’s the problem with “supergroups”: the simplicity factor. Attempting to find the lowest common denominator of each other’s abilities as a bonding point, instead of collaborating  similar styles and themes to accentuate personal talents.

Damn Yankees, Alter Bridge, and Velvet Revolver are all examples of bad, bad supergroups. Taking the singer of one band and sticking them in front of a band that hated their singer does not make you a supergroup. It makes you a replacement. A replacement that nobody wants, by the way.

Quick list of the best supergroups:

The Postal Service. Put out one album, made up by Jenny Lewis, Jimy Tamborello, and Death Cab’s Ben Gibbard. It’s the product of the perfect indie twentysomethings making a break-up album. It’s deep, it’s fun, it’s honest and it doesn’t care if you think it’s sappy.

Fantomas. Faith No More + The Melvins + Mr. Bungle + Slayer = holy jesus yes. And when they toured with Terry Bozzio, replace Slayer with Frank Zappa. Holy double jesus yes.

Westside Connection. Could have picked Blind Faith, or Cream, or Bad Company, or even the Traveling Wilburys. By why do that when Ice Cube, MAC 10, and WC put out some gangster stuff when you’re in middle school?

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