"Maybe I shouldn't be signing this song, ranting and raving and caring
on. Maybe they're right when they tell me I'm wrong...
NAH!!!" -Denis Leary
"But sometimes that just ain't enough to keep a man like me
interested. Oh-No. No-Way. Un-Ah . I gotta go out and
have fun at someone else's expense. Oh-Yeah. Yeah-Yeah.
Yeah-Yeah-Yeah!" -Denis Leary
Songs From An American Movie
Vol. One: Learning How To Smile
Just in! Everclear's newest album. On first
listen, it's pretty good. If you liked any of their past work, I'm sure
you will like this one. AM Radio and their current single Wonderful
are the first standouts. But there are other good tunes like Here We
Go Again. Once I give it a better listening to, I'll post a 'full'
Say it ain't so... But it seems that after their current tour is over
(according to reports from CNN.com), the Smashing Pumpkins are calling it
quits:( Their drummer, Jimmy Chamberlin, wants to pursue other interests
(he wants to become a race car driver?), and they recently had to replace their
bassist, D'Arcy, with the bassist from Hole. Yet, all is not lost.
They plan on releasing one final album later this year just before they
breakup. Whether it will be a studio album or a just a live album is
unknown at this point.
Billy Corgan and James Iha plan to stay together, and work on a new
project. And since they are the heart and soul of the Pumpkins, I'm not
too worried. At least I got to see them in concert while I had the
chance. Actually, I've seen them 5 times...
That's They Might Be Giants for the less informed out there.
They are one of my favorite bands, and now they can be heard every week doing
the music for Fox's Malcolm in the Middle. Including the theme song
of course, which they did live on the Conan O'Brien show on May 25. On a
side note, Malcolm has really come around. At first I thought it was
stupid, but now I think it can be quite funny at times. Have you ever
heard of a mother punishing her kids by taking away their pillows for a
month? Anyway, at the very least tune in to hear TMBG.
A Perfect Circle
That's impossible you say... Well maybe so, I don't know. What I
do know is that the band lead by Maynard (from Tool) is damn good. Maybe
not as good as anything Tool has ever done, but their album Mer de
Noms is still damn cool. I saw them in concert opening for
Nine Inch Nails, and they kicked ass. (Side Note: If the NiN/Perfect
Circle concert is coming to a town near you, you HAVE to go. It was one of
the best concerts I have ever seen. It kicked my ass. Yes, you read
Well, Summerfest has come and gone. While I personally felt the overall
quality of bands at the fest (at least those of my taste) was down this year,
there still were some great shows.
|Deftones: A 'nice' way to start the fest...|
|Citizen King: A good showing in front of the home crowd. Next
they say they are going back into the studios to make a new album. I
|Foo Fighters/Red Hot Chili Peppers: Excellent show. Grohl
running through the crowd was kinda cool. I did get SOAKING wet, but
who cares when the show was this good.|
|Bad Religion/Blink 182: Fun, but I definitely enjoyed Bad Religion
more than Blink 182.|
|3 Doors Down: A great showing at the fest. I never
actually heard their album before this thinking they were gonna be just a
'one-hit-wonder', but they sounded good start to finish.|
|Lit/No Doubt: I'm not a big Lit fan, and that hasn't changed.
I like No Doubt, but I realized they have just too many ballads. Still
an enjoyable show.|
|Bed Folds Five: Yes, another excellent show. They claimed
they hadn't played in months, and at times it showed. Still, it was a
lot of fun. Folds 'forgot' the words to "Video Killed the Radio
Star", and brought up a member of the crowd to give it a shot.
They didn't fare much better, but gave it a nice try. And of course
Folds stood-up on his piano to excite the crowd.|
Check out www.summerfest.com
while you wait for next year's fest.
My Favorite Bands
This is a short list of some of my all-time favorite bands. Some no
longer exist, but are still worth listening to. This is just here to help
give you a better understanding of what type of music I like... If I
listed all the bands I really like, this list would be waaay to long. So I
had to leave some out:(, for now...
|Nine Inch Nails|
|They Might Be Giants|
The correct number for TMBG's Dial-A-Song is still
718-387-6962. Always just a regular call to Brooklyn. NO extra
charge. Or check out www.dialasong.com.