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The Flock of Rock

November 11, 2009

Some supergroups are worth recognizing (Cream), while others are easy to forget (Traveling Wilburys, anyone?). And while rock supergroups come and go, the newest collaboration to enter the realm of supergroups seems to promise some staying power.

Dave Grohl, Josh Homme, and John Paul Jones have something to say. And their message is conveyed through inventive guitar effects, groovy beats, and quite possibly one of the greatest rhythm sections a band could boast.

In the midst of touring the US, the rock triumverate also known as Them Crooked Vultures are giving eager listeners a peak at what will soon be swooping onto record store shelves next week. In preparation for its release next Tuesday, November 17, the self-titled debut album is now available to stream online for free.

Them Crooked Vultures

Track Listing:

No One Loves Me & Neither Do I
Mind Eraser, No Chaser
New Fang
Dead End Friends
Elephants
Scumbag Blues
Bandoliers
Reptiles
Interlude With Ludes
Warsaw or The First Breath You Take After You Give Up
Caligulove
Gunman
Spinning In Daffodils

Happy listening. And preorder the debut album, Them Crooked Vultures, now!

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Even More Reason to Love Radiohead

August 19, 2009

As if you didn’t enough already.

The band is at it again, offering their newest single, “These Are My Twisted Words,” as a free download on their official website. Guitarist Jonny Greenwood comments, “We’ve been recording for a while, and this was one of the first we finished. We’re pretty proud of it.”

I’m pretty proud of it, too, boys. I’m going absolutely crazy over this, and I’m sure you will, too.

Visit Radiohead’s website to download the audio or torrent directly, or preview it below.

Anxiously awaiting more to come.

Cheers.


Radiohead, “These Are My Twisted Words”

Can ya dig it, eh?

June 8, 2009

So maybe I’m just a little biased towards Canadian rock bands. But how is a listener to resist when the country spits out so much talent…Land of Talk, Broken Social Scene, Arcade Fire, The Besnard Lakes, Stars, and Wolf Parade are among my favorites, to name a few.

But these aren’t the only Canucks making waves (sweet and aurally blissful sound waves, if we’re talking specifics here) throughout the music community. Indie songbirds Emily Haines, James Shaw, Josh Winstead, and Joules Scott-Key, otherwise collectively known as Metric, are the lovechildren of glamor, experimentation, mystery, and fantasy.

And while we’re on the topic, Metric’s fourth studio album, Fantasies, embodies everything the band has accomplished in their sound thus far…and then some. It is an album that wholly characterizes their ten-or-so years together as a band…with a twist.  It’s fun, it’s mature, it’s different.

The production behind this album is brilliant.  The percussion is well-developed, the synths shine brightly, and lead vocalist Haines is stronger and more consistent than ever.  What once was a voice drenched in innocence is now a little rough around the edges, as though it has endured the years and was hardened by them.

Just like Haines, Fantasies showcases a darker, more mature sound for the quartet.  Four albums in, I think it’s safe to assume that Metric is beginning to find their element.

Highlights include the intriguing first single “Help I’m Alive,” the dreamy and synth-driven “Twilight Galaxy,” and the hopeful “Gimme Sympathy,” in which Haines courageously ponders with utmost clarity, “Who would you rather be, The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?”

I’m advising you to be neither, kids. You’re fine just the way you are.

Be sure to catch Metric on tour this summer throughout the US.  You know I’ll be there.


 
Metric, “Gimme Sympathy”

Expand Your Musical Horizons Today

February 2, 2009

Ever heard of the indie group BLK JKS?  Well, you should.

Click here to read up on Larry Fitzmaurice’s article in Spin Magazine Online, where you can also listen to and download the band’s single, “Lakeside,” for free.

You’re welcome.

A Dedication to Dr. Natura

January 30, 2009

Dear Dr. Natura,

I spent $138 on your cleansing program, because I was wowed by the hundreds of positive reviews and your exceptional return policy: 60 day full refund, even if you opened and used the product.  So I jumped in feet first, and embarked on this journey with you, putting up with the bad taste you left in my mouth, and your neediness in the morning.  I have to say, I wasn’t impressed.

Then one morning, I swore up and down that Dr. Natura was the best. You are like that, you tease.  You give a girl positive attention one day, and it leaves me wanting more, and even worse! -thinking its possible.

I thought that maybe, if I showed my commitment to you, things would progress.  So in a giant leap of faith, I took you to a wedding with me, back home.  And what did you do?

You made me sick to my stomach and were absolutely useless the whole weekend.

So, Dr. Natura, I thought you should know why my first day back in California, I packed you up, paid seven dollars, and shipped you back to Nevada, never to fall prey to your ways again.

It breaks my heart, but I have to be strong for me, and not give into your false promises.

All the best,

Nicole

Up Next:  Do I really get this stellar return? Find out soon…

Dear Colonix: Day Two

January 9, 2009

So, I’m on day two and nothing to interesting to report.  I’m not going to get into any of the real gory details (if you want some more info, please leave a comment and we can chat one on one, rather than me list every bodily function online for the whole world to read.) Do you like how I assume more than two people are reading this ? I do!

Anyways….

The pills in the morning are easy enough.  Wait 15 mins, and then you take the powder.  Which is still disgusting, on day two.  But I did find that since I know how long it takes me to chug it, and that the bad taste doesn’t stay in your mouth, it went a lot better.

Something wonderful that I have discovered, however, is the KleriTea.  This tea you are supposed to drink before bed, and it should help get everything moving around, as well as promote “restful sleep.”  Now, maybe it’s because I had a long day, but I went to sleep 30 mins after drinking the tea and didn’t move until my alarm went off this morning.  For those of you that like to ‘tusin every once in a while (my personal favorite, NyQuil, when I want to sleep like the dead and feel like it the next day), it is the same sort of sleep, but without feeling like absolute hell the next day.  Possibly abusable=always a plus in my book.

To Colonix or not to Colonix…that is the question.

January 8, 2009

When I look back over at 2008, I would be lying if I said I didn’t cringe at a few memories.  It was, after all, my last semester of colllege, as well as my “big move” to California.  And I would have to say, that throughout 2008, I consistantly treated my body like shit 🙂  But alcohol can be so amusing…

Anyways, in a manic state after eight straight days of Holiday Eating, I did some quick “make sure this isn’t total bullshit” research and then sacrificed $138 for two months of Dr. Natura’s Colonix program.  Now, I’m sitting here staring at the box that arrived two days ago (hey, free shipping atleast) scouring the internet for any reason that I should return it and get my money back.

I’m cheap, and the way I shop, that is easily multiple pairs of shoes.

But after a word of encouragement from Zach (Just Do It…I guess that’s actually words of encouragement from Nike…) I did it. So at 10:41 PST, the great experiment began.

10:41: take two of these pills with water. Wait 15 mins.

11:00: take 1/2 scoop of the “intestinal cleanser” (ew.)

I have just opened the powder, and the nauseating smell is intense.  At least they DO warn you that it is gonna taste like shit, so mix it with something not water and chug it.

Can I mix it with Jack and Coke?

I decided on cran grape juice…that may have been a bad choice.  Either way, it tastes pretty sick, but its not a lot that you have to drink, so just slam it.  I’m pretty sure I’ve tasted worse in the name of a good buzz.

I now will be sitting through an 8 hour training class and have to drink 2 liters of water.  It’s gonna be a good day, I can tell.

The great experiment has commenced: let’s see how you stack up, Dr. Natura.