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Steel Pulse and Galactic @ Terminal 5 2/25/12 - Unweak

Shows - 3.8.12

steel pulse terminal 5 stop the weaknessA readers sent us this review. Not sure how we feel about Galactic, and never seen Steel Pulse though want to....maybe I would check out Galactic. As always, feel free to send in your reviews and we will post them if we find them interesting.

We showed up to terminal 5 around 9pm to Steel Pulse rocking and the molly just starting to kick in, immediately got a few beers, a cup of whisky, and headed up stairs to claim a piece of the balcony. After unsuccessfully trying to grease the V.I.P. bouncer and a little reconnaissance we strategically commandeered a piece of a table next to the railing. The rubbing and jostling for that spot was a pleasure. Admittedly moving in there was probably a little obnoxious, but a few minutes later we had a great view of the stage and some new great friends to share in the experience.

The Show was terrific. Steel Pulse was probably the highlight for me, with the lead singer decked out in matching pants and shirt with some African colors and doing some energetic high knee stepping and dancing around. Galactic put on a great live show. There is nothing like a bunch of horns to funk up your night, and while I don’t love Galactic’s recordings seeing them live was better than expected. Horns playing funk are probably me favorite kind of music to see live, and while we had a great perch up top with the bar close by, being down on the floor in front probably would have been more conducive for dancing and getting our entire bodies into the music. I can’t remember the particulars of the show, but it was fucking great. I would definitely see these guys again. 

galactic at terminal 5 new york

Guns N Roses - Spaghetti Incident?!? Originals Revisited and Old Demos - One of the Most Unweak GnFnR Posts

Songs - 2.22.12

guns n roses spaghetti incident originals playlist in spotify stop the weakness very unweakAlright, we did this a little while back with youtube clips, but now that Spotify has become all hip and shit we decided to make it a Spotify playlist for all you spotify people out there.

For those of you that don't know, The Spaghetti Incident? is a collection of punk rock covers that Guns N Roses threw together after their Use Your Illusions albums. In fact, at one point Guns thought of making UYI 4 discs, one of which would have some punk covers on it. They abandoned the idea but had almost a full album worth of covers recorded from those sessions. Therefore they recorded a few more and released it as The Spaghetti Incident?

Say what you will about the GNR covers - we will fully admit that the GNR production doesn't go all that well with punk rock - but you can't deny the unweakness of the songs they chose to cover. So we did you a favor and compiled all the songs into a nice little playlist. You're welcome. CLICK HERE FOR THE SPOTIFY PLAYLIST. You should go ahead and follow us on there too as we do sweet playlists pretty often.

 

 

The track list is as follows:guns n roses concert poster demos post for 14 years civil war and don't damn me stop the weakness

1) Since I Don't Have You by The Skyliners

2) New Rose by the Damned

3) Down on the Farm by the UK Subs

4) Human Being by New York Dolls

5) Raw Power by The Stooges

6) Ain't It Fun by Dead Boys (both the original and GNR version are sick)

7) Buick Mackane by T Rex

8) Big Dumb Sex by Soundgarden

9) Hair of the Dog by Nazareth

10) Attitude by The Misfits

11) Black Leather by the Professionals (this is the only track we couldn't find the original to so we just included the GNR version for continuity reasons)

12) You Can't Put Your Arms Around a Memory by Johnny Thunders

13) I Don't Care About You by Fear

14) Look at Your Game, Girl by Charles Manson

 

Next up, one of our faithful readers sent us some demos of Civil War, Don't Damn Me, and 14 Years. All are sick songs, and most are very old songs. In fact, GNR used the UYI albums to clear out their backlog so they would be starting completely fresh on their next album....sadly there would be no new album from the original band (minus the aforementioned Spaghetti Incident?).

First up is Civil War which was the song that lead to Steven Adler being booted from the band as he couldn't play the drums because, as the band claims, he was too fucked up. Adler claims he was given meds for heroin withdrawal which made him horribly sick. Either way, it would be the last song he recorded with the band (after they spent many hours cutting up his many takes to come up with one they could use, and this was pre-computer editing, i.e. a huge fucking pain in the ass) and the only song he appears on on the UYI albums.

 

Don't Damn Me has even more taglines at the end than the released version, if you can believe that (smoke em if you got em, alright, that sucked). This song is so fucking underrated. It is awesome, even if a little cheesey.

 

14 Years - an Izzy Stradlin song where he takes lead vocals and an awesome tune at that. Unweak.

 

You are very welcome for us posting this awesome collection of GNR shit. We wish would could take credit for the youtube clips of the demos, but we can't....we can take credit for passing them along to you all in a nice package with a little bow. We are unweak

Guns N' Roses - Webster Hall (fka The Ritz) 2/15/12 - Very Unweak

Shows - 2.17.12

guns n roses webster hall new york february 2012 the ritz unweak  stop the weakness unweakAlright, Guns N' Roses are back in my good graces. The show was sweet. I felt bad about how not into the IZOD Center show I was and I had a good feeling this would be different - mainly because it was at a place 1/10th of the size, but also because I was just more in the mood....more in the mood to rock. And rock we did....from Midnight until 3:15 AM. Yes the next day was the worst ever and was kicked off with vomiting black into the toilet. They played f-ing 40 songs almost. It was absurd.

While this show was better than the last time, it could have been better, so let me get my bitching out quick. First off, it was a tiny venue and a band/leader who thrives on being larger than life, so I was expecting it to be loud and rocking....it wasn't that loud. I didn't post our videos because you can hear the crowd talking/singing over most of them. Brings me to the next point - the crowd. The crowd was just as fake and poseurish as the 3 guitarists Axl has hired to play with him. With a tiny club show for a monster band you have 2 outcomes - 1) you get only intense fans who are willing to pay the ticket price or 2) you get people with lots of money who aren't big fans to pay the price. The Primus show got #1 and Guns, not surprisingly, got #2. Rich NY dbags with lots of money paid a lot to see a show because, as one fan put it, they "wonder what celebrities will be here tonight". That was the first comment I heard upon walking in. People went crazy for Welcome to the Jungle but cheers weren't that great for any non super hits. Not a huge deal, but it can effect the feel of a show. Shows in NY in particular suffer from people going for reasons other than the music. People sitting there chatting away, looking for a social event, the cool thing to do, rather than actually being into it. Lastly, there were rumors of "super special guests" as someone said on XM Radio. This happens at most every GNR show so you can't get into those rumors but....this was a special small show and with the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame coming up (and Dizzy announcing that all original members would be attending - maybe just a rumor as well) it seemed possible.

Oh, one other complaint, and I will make this a topic of its own. One of our friends, who also hold Guns up as being his favorite band, came along and had never seen the new band. He was sold by the rumor of original members attending and I don't think he got comfortable with the new members before showing up. You MUST do this if you are a huge (or any bit of a) fan. When they had Robin Finck and Buckethead, this wasn't the case as much as those guys were legit, but DJ Ashba is such a fucking poseur loser, ripping off Slash and pretending to be his little clone.....it is embarrassing. Running around the stage, flying through the air. He is a great guitarist, and I know he is bound to the songs and probably image but....I just wish Axl had someone cool. Bumblefoot too. He is a NASTY guitar player but...just kind of cheesey. I like him more and more as time goes on, seems like a good guy and whatnot but...he's just so over the top animated and kind of cheesey. If you go into this prepared to see an older Axl with some cheesey other guys (Frank Ferrer and Tommy Stinson excluded) then you will be good.

Alright - so enough of this bitching, the show was great. Even with new members there is nothing like seeing Guns songs live. And they played almost 40. Civil Fucking War. Estranged and Rocket Queen back to back. Don't Cry, You're Crazy (played in the awesome style of the Live Era abum, which is to say slower than the Appetite version but hard and bluesy and rocking) and Used to Love Her. Almost 3.5 hours of music. It was awesome. If you can see these small shows, I would definitely try to make it. It is basically as awesome as you'd hope for, minus the original band members coming out.

So here is some video from the show. As stated ours was marred by people talking/singing and this is multi angle etc:

 

 

Chinese Democracy

Welcome to the Jungle

It's So Easy

Mr. Brownstone

Sorry

Shackler's Revenge

Estranged

Rocket Queen

Richard Fortus Guitar Solo (James Bond Theme)

Live and Let Die (Paul McCartney & Wings cover)

You're Crazy (First time played since 2010)

This I Love Motivation (Tommy Stinson song) (Tommy Stinson on lead vocals, with band introductions)

Dizzy Reed Piano Solo (Baba O' Riley) guns n roses conert poster webster hall 2012 stop the weakness

Street of Dreams

You Could Be Mine

DJ Ashba Guitar Solo (Mi Amor)

Sweet Child O' Mine

Riff Raff (AC/DC cover)

Instrumental Jam (Another Brick In The Wall Pt. 2)

Axl Rose Piano Solo (Gran Torino/Goodbye Yellow … more)

November Rain

Bumblefoot Guitar Solo (Pink Panther Theme)

Don't Cry

Knockin' On Heaven's Door (Bob Dylan cover)

Civil War

Used to Love Her (First time played since 2010)

Nightrain

Encore:

Instrumental Jam

Madagascar

Heartbreak Hotel (Elvis Presley cover) (Tease)

Better

My Michelle (First time played since 2010)

Instrumental Jam

Patience Instrumental Jam

Paradise City

guns n roses webster hall 2012 stop the weakness

 

Guns N Roses - Coma - Most F-ing Unweak Ever

Songs - 2.15.12

Why this song isn't more popular, I will never know. They never really played it live either, and, though we here at STW are lucky enough to have the Live Era on vinyl which includes a bonus track of this song, most people haven't had a chance to hear it in all its glory. So f-ing unweak. The whole thing is incredible but the last 2-3 minutes are some of the best GNR ever. I think Don't Damn Me through Coma is one of the best runs on any album ever.

Who is going to Webster Hall tonight? We are. They have added Civil War to the setlist too. Sweet.

 

Primus - Music Hall of Williamsburg 2/8/12 - STOPPED THE F-ING WEAKNESS

Shows / PRIMUS - 2.10.12

primus music hall of williamsburg brooklyn feb 8 2012

primus les claypool jay lane music hall of williamsburg stop the weakness unweakFuck all of you who missed this and fuck me for almost not getting tickets to this. This was one of the best shows I have ever seen. As has been documented here, I have had problems with Les Claypool in recent years and didn't have the greatest time when I saw Primus at Roseland a few months ago, which was completely depressing as I didn't think I could ever not love a Primus show. This show proved once that Primus is one of the best live bands around.

Even if you don't like Primus or Les Claypool's music, if you don't like watching Claypool playing this here bass for you....then you are not a person I would like to share time with. He destroys and all the musicians he associates with destroy. I recently learned that Ler was taught to play guitar by Joe Satriani, which I thought was interesting, and he is close to as good at guitar as Les is at bass. Incredible technical ability with his own fucked up style that is all his own.

The best part of this show was that it was at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. This place is tiny and it was filled with people who love Primus. Everyone was going nuts. The bass rocked the whole room and even in my old age I didn't want it to end ever. I paid for it the next day with the worst hangover of my life...which almost made me take my own life...but it was worth it. They destroyed. When Primus went on hiatus back in 2000 and Les went into the jam band world, it attracted fucked up faux hippies all over the place and I feel like as time has gone on Claypool shows, and even Primus shows, have been filled with more and more people who just aren't that into it. Seeing the Frog Brigade at the Stone Pony in 2003 was one of the best shows I've ever seen, but this was right up there. Primus is a band you need to be in the thick of it when watching. We were spitting distance, and it stopped all sorts of weakness. They also mixed the sets and the new album didn't take up the full second set. Primus sucks. I feel bad for all of you that missed it.

Oh, we put together a Primus playlist on Spotify too - check it out.

 

 

We will post some of our videos a little later, but here is the setlist for now:

Set 1

Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers

Prelude to a Crawl

Hennepin Crawler

Groundhog's Day

Moron TV > Tomorrow Never Knows (Tease)

American Life

Over the Falls

Tragedy's a' Comin'

DMV (Tease) - Jerry Was A Race Car Driver primus williamsburg brooklyn 2012 stop the weakness

Over the Electric Grapevine

Set 2

Southbound Pachyderm

Duchess and the Proverbial Mind Spread

Eyes of the Squirrel

Here Come the Bastards

Robot Chicken (Les Claypool song)

Jilly's on Smack

Eleven

Lee Van Cleef

Last Salmon Man

Nature Boy (Tease) - Harold of the Rocks

Encore:

HOINFODAMAN

Pudding Time

 

Tool - Live @ IZOD Center, NJ 2/1/12 - Stopping Weakness Left and Right

Shows - 2.2.12

tool february 1 2012 unweak izod center  stop the weaknessAll you know about me's what I sold you.…..Tool has always put on an incredible show but we have had a trouble getting into shows of even our favorite bands. So even though I could not picture having anything less than the best time, there was the smallest bit of worry that it would not live up to the memories. Thank god that worry was not only wrong - Tool put on probably the best show I've seen from them. They fucking rocked. Hard.

The setlist was made up of songs they haven't played in forever, like the opener, Hooker With a Penis, which hasn't been played since 1999, and it was non-stop rock from there on out. The only weak song is Intensions (from 10,000 Days) as it's just kind of slow and doesn't go anywhere. Forty-Six & 2 and Lateralus were unreal. Frank Ferrer, who plays drums in the new GnR, came out during Lateralus and it was quite the onslaught of rock. Sitting in with a band is supposed to be laid back and fun and though he proved his drummer worth over and over, I can't imagine how intimidating it must be to a) play alongside Danny Carey and b) play alongside Danny Carey on a song as difficult as Lateralus. There are two different kinds of unweak musicians - the ones whose bodies show how hard it is what they are doing and the ones who barely move yet play harder and faster than anyone. Buckethead is a prime example and this is what makes Slash look so fucking badass. Danny Carey takes this to the extreme as well as he plays the most difficult stuff with ease. He is a monster and just fucking destroys. 46 & 2 and Lateralus were just insane in all regards but drums especially.

This show was just fucking unreal as expected. Tickets said the show started at 7:30 - we missed the opening band but the show started right around 9PM and went until 10:45 or so. It was the perfect length. They had some annoying guy come out during Sober and do some lame vocal thing through effects, and they dragged a few things out slightly longer than necessary but that was a miniscule tool february 1 2012 unweak izod center  stop the weaknesspart of the show.

I don't know what else to say. If you haven't seen Tool, you need to. This is the best set from them I have seen in forever and they just didn't let up. Here, just check out the set list and videos and see for yourself:

Hooker With a Penis

Jambi

Stinkfist

Sober (with "Bill" played part of "4˚")

Pushit

Schism

Intension

Forty-Six & 2

Lateralus (with guest drummer "Frank")

Ænema

They don't allow filming or pictures, so sorry for the short clips:

 

and here is one from Boston just to show a full song:

 

 

GET TOOL TICKETS NOW - UNWEAKEST

Misc. - 1.31.12

tool laser show atlantic city 2007 stop the weaknessTool is on tour in case you didn't know and they are playing at the Meadowlands tomorrow night. It has been a while since we've seen Tool and this show seems like it is going to be the ill.

In case you don't have tickets yet, you really need to get on that. Tool doesn't come around very often, and even though they don't have a new album, they are playing a ton of "new" material. They are playing a very heavy Lateralus/Aenima set, complete with Hooker With A Penis (a STW favorite regardless of the title), which I haven't heard of them playing in years, and Ticks and Leeches.

A lot of people won't buy this and have no interest checking out this band. People who like metal often think of this band as shit because dumb people tote themselves as sophisticated for listening mainly due to the odd time signatures and long, prog format of songs. Quite frankly, these things are awesome and the songs are sick...though it doesn't take a genius to get this part of the music. The other group of people, who don't like metal, just brush these guys off as.....well, metal. Now, to avoid sounding like the guy people in group A hate, I will just say that these guys aren't really straight metal. On record you may not see this at first, but go to a show and I bet most people will love it. Danny Carey is one of the best drummers around and Adam Jones creates most all the visuals (and worked on the special effects for Nightmare On Elm St 5, which may be the worst NOES but who cares). The basslines....well, they are sweet and I will just leave it at that.

Check out the setlist below as they are playing basically the same thing each night, which is fine by me, and then check out this video of Hook With A Penis:

Hooker With a Penis tool adam jones camden 2006 stop the weakness

Jambi

(-) Ions

Stinkfist

Ticks & Leeches

Pushit

Schism

Intension

Forty-Six & 2

Lateralus

Ænema

 

 

 

The Black Keys - El Camino - Really Unweak

Albums - 1.16.12

This album is fucking sick. This should have been the follow up to the first Raconteurs album.

Black Keys El Camino really unweak review  stop the weakness I really didn't like the Black Keys for the longest time and was hesitant about buying this album because, while I recognized why people raved about them, I just didn't think it was my thing. I had tried out Thickfreakness some years back and just didn't think they were all that interesting. Very White Stripes esque with their 2 piece blues rock except it lacked something that made the White Stripes seem original and exciting. It is tough to say what that is but it just didn't grab me. Anyway I heard they had switched things up and evolved over the years and many people, whose tastes I respect, love them, so I wanted to give them another shot. I meant to do so with last year's Brother, but did not and now I am wondering what I have been missing out on over the years.

Alright so back to my Raconteurs comment from the beginning - I like the White Stripes but I love the first Raconteurs album....probably more than any White Stripes album. While I like the 2nd Raconteurs album, I just think it could have been better as the first one was one of the best albums of the decade in my opinion. Going with the Black Keys/White Stripes comparison - on El Camino it seems like they evolved from their simple 2 piece blues to the fuller more dynamic sound similar to the Raconteurs...only they remained the same 2 piece band.

And this album is the unweakness. Dan Auerbach's singing sounds a lot like Ben Benson's (Raconteurs/solo artist) and his guitar playing is like a less raw Jack White. And that is a compliment...or at least not a criticism as one of my favorite things about Jack White's playing is the rawness. It is just cleaner but equally as badass. Great riffs and really cool solos.

The diversity on this album is also something that makes it stand out so much from what I had listened to in the past. The acoustic intro/1st half of Little Black Submarines is so sick, not to mention when it starts rocking (also not to mention how much it reminds me of a sick Raconteurs song)...it is fucking awesome. So much so it makes me a little depressed I am just getting into these guys. This song is the perfect embodiment of the album - its got everything that makes this album so awesome. The melody, rock factor and guitar playing are all top notch.

Most people are probably reading this thinking, great review idiot, the Black Keys are fucking awesome, what's next, that the Beatles are a good band you discovered? But if you are like me and haven't been able to get into these guys in the past - do yourself a favor and try this album out. It is incredible.

 

Trent Reznor Dragon Tat Soundtrack/Score - UNWEAK

Albums - 1.12.12

girl with dragon tattoo deluxe editions

So the new Dragon Tattoo movie is pretty great, but honestly I think the Swedish version is pretty perfect and didn't need changing. Therefore, the only reason to see this is for Trent Reznor's score (well, and the movie is great, just a little unnecessary). It is sick. Really cool to see how he matches up NIN music to picture. He is coming out with a super deluxe vinyl version (pictured above, which was pulled from his website) but you can also download 6 songs for free. I want this super deluxe version even with the $300 price tag, but I may start smaller in the mean time.

So to wrap up, here is the website with info and I will finish with a quote from Reznor in the new Hollywood Reporter regarding making music for this film vs Social Network:

"'Ah, serial killers and anal raping, I know what that sounds like. It's not as much as a stretch.....'" Reznor stops himself. "Let me rephrase that - a dark tone felt more familiar"

Workout - Brooklyn Bowl 1/8/12 - Unweak yet again

Shows / WORKOUT - 1.9.12

workout band brooklyn at brooklyn bowl williamsburg unweak again january 8 2012

Went to see Workout again, and they were sweet again. This was a midnight show at Brooklyn Bowl on Saturday night and they played after the Stooges Brass Band, who came out with Workout and help them open their show with epic Chariots of Fire (see video). From there it was just a sick show. We say this all the time, but for real, this was the tightest we've seen the band. They played a ton of new songs as well, or at least ones that you can't find on their album....we just realized we never reviewed their album - it is one of the best albums to come out in 2011 - CLICK HERE TO BUY THE WORKOUT ALBUM. From there we will just leave you with some videos - enjoy:

 

 

 

 

Fender Maurader - Seems Pretty Unweak

Misc. - 1.7.12

new fender maurader from musicians friend unweak looking guitar weird jazzmaster mustang combo stop the weakness

vintage fender maurader prototype with the pickups normal style stop the weaknessSo I missed this guitar last time around when I posted random vintage Fender guitars - it's called the Maurader and the reason I probably missed it is that there were only like 8 of them made and they never really went into production. Anyway, the other day I was looking around ye ole internet and saw a new guitar called the Maurader and then came across the old prototype version from the '60s (or was it the other way around, doesn't matter) and, well....both look pretty cool.

The new guitar is a cheaper Fender (around or under $500) so I am guessing it is made in Mexico, but it looks pretty sweet. Mexican Strats can be awesome....or at least that used to be the case - you just want to play it beforehand. That kind of goes for all Fenders. As you can see from the picture, it is a mix of a Jazzmaster/Mustang/Jaguar etc but it has this triplebucker, as they call it, and it doesn't seem to have a quirky bridge. After playing one of those Pawn Shop Mustangs and really liking it, I actually have hopes that this could be a sweet guitar. Anyone played it? Would love a review.

I can see why they didn't do a full reissue of the old prototype - it is pretty crazy. More switches than you would ever know what to do with, there are 2 versions with one having the pickups under the pickguard. I think that was one main reason this guitar never got made - it was just too expensive to do the under the pickguard pickups thing.

Anyway, the pics aren't ours and the new guitar pic came from Musicians Friend, which has the full specs of the guitar, and one of the older pics came from this Electricized tumblr page and....I forget where the third pic of the old guitar came from. If it is yours and you want us to take it down or cite you, let us know. I would love to get my hands on an old (and new) Maurader.

vintage fender maurader with pickups under the pickgaurd specs etc stop the weakness

Morrison Hotel Gallery - Sex Pistols Photo/Unweak Xmas Gift Idea for Last Minute - Unweakis

Places/Random/Unweak Music - 12.22.11

sex pistols johnny rotten sid vicious airplane shot morrison hotel gallery stops the weaknessHaven't been to the Morrison Hotel Gallery in quite some time, but we did a little early Xmas celebration tonight and I was given this fucking awesome picture of the Sex Pistols. I saw this picture a couple years ago, and while most all the photos at the Morrison Hotel Gallery are incredible, this is the one that always stood out in my mind. It is sweet. The girl in the picture cracks me up.

 

Anyway, as I said, they have incredible stuff at the Morrison Hotel Gallery and since you won't want to copy me you should go down there and find your own photo. These pictures are the perfect Xmas gift because they are something you (if you are a music fan/not a loser).

So yeah, if you are too lazy to go down to the shop in person, or just to browse beforehand so you know I am not full of shit, here is the WEBSITE. Check it out, get into it and all that jazz and thank me later.

Everybody Loves Our Town (An Oral History of Grunge) by Mark Yarm - Stops the Weakness

Legit Random/Books - 12.19.11

everybody loves our town oral history of grunge by mark yarm stop the weakness review It took me so long to review this book because it is that incredible. I know I have been saying that a lot, but this book is probably better than Duff's book and I have equal love for Guns and Seattle music. In fact, one of the most interesting things here is how this book, which I bought at the same time as the Duff and Adler books, is connected to Guns n' Roses. Duff was heavily involved and is featured in the beginning of this book a lot. Really cool.

And that brings me to what makes this book the best - I have read countless books/articles/interviews on Guns N' Roses, Nirvana and other Seattle bands and I did not expect this book to tell me anything new on those subjects.....but it did. I learned so much new stuff, and since it is an oral history book, you hear it straight from the mouths of people who were there. And you get to hear multiple sides of stories and get to decide for yourself who you believe.

Being obsessive with Nirvana, and also a huge Alice in Chains fan, it was very depressing and interesting to read about the final days/years of Kurt and Layne's lives and their respective bands.

If you don't trust me, Time magazine put this book on their top 10 list, which shocked me. I didn't think this book would get mainstream attention - only love from big fans. This book is truly the companion to Please Kill Me - if you love that book, you will love this one, even if you don't know shit about the scene going in. I wasn't big into punk when I read Please Kill Me back in 1999/2000, but it converted me. I think this book will do the same for people who don't know shit about the Seattle scene. Having the Seattle scene explode during my formative music years, I can now see how awesome Please Kill Me must have been for people who were very into/attached to that scene. This tells everything and is really incredible.

I won't go no anymore because you will read this or not....but, like most music books, this made me break out related albums I haven't listened to in forever. So here it goes, some awesome music from Seattle:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mastodon - The Hunter - Another Very Unweak Album from Mastodon

Albums - 12.19.11

mastodon the hunter stop the weakness review real unweakIt took me so long to review this because...well, Mastodon always throws me for a loop and it takes me a little while to realize the album's awesomeness. I remember when Blood Mountain came out, Pitchfork (I think it was Pitchfork at least) said they expected the band to go the route of Nirvana and release their Nevermind to capture the mainstream...but they did not and Pitchfork praised them. Well it seems they finally went for their Nevermind and it is fantastic in my book.

I thought Crack the Skye (2009) was a pop step in the right direction, but at first I thought this was too much, too polished. It is not. At first it sounds more polished, and while it is, this is just a new Mastodon sound, but the hard Mastodon fans know and love is still there.

This album is the first (or 2nd?) of their albums that isn't a concept album - but the songs flow equally as well. This album could piss off "real" fans, but I think it is a cool step and one that could turn on a lot of people to the band....but not like Nevermind - this is not a drastic step that will convert the masses, just an evolution. If you have tried Mastodon out in the past, try again with this album.

Here are some sick songs:

 

 

Buy the album on iTunes here: The Hunter (Deluxe Version) - Mastodon

 

Soundgarden - All Your Lies - Unweakest Soundgarden Track

Songs - 12.15.11

From their pre-major label days, All Your Lies (off Ultramega OK) is maybe the best Soundgarden song....

 

GUNS N' ROSES - Live @ IZOD Center, NJ 11/17/11 - Sadly Weak

Shows - 11.30.11

guns n roses izod center november 2011  stop the weaknessI feel ashamed regarding my feelings for the recent GNR show. I have always been grateful to see Guns in any incarnation, think Chinese Democracy is a pretty great album, and have liked the band in the past. Don't get me wrong, the show was sweet, songs sounded great, but also a little depressing. It just felt a little lifeless and that could be for various reasons.

First off they didn't come on til 11. We left at 1:30 as we had a long trip back and we were just getting a little bored with the show. I felt kind of bad for walking out on a bad I have always stood up for when everyone talked shit, but they cut off beers right when we got there basically and I had that sobering up bad feeling starting at like 12:30 giving me a headache, which made me want to bounce more.

It was depressing because while the songs sound awesome there are now a lot of losers in the band who are nasty musicians but lifeless and putting on a show. Or they're just really lame. Axl makes them replicate and act just like past members. There is a Slash guy (DJ Ashba), complete with top hat and running around the stage and playing just like guns n roses izod center tickets 11/17/11 stop the weaknessSlash, all his solos note for note. Another guy who looks just like Izzy (Richard Fortus) and who we actually thought was Izzy at first as I'd seen Izzy come out with the band in 2006. Even Bumblefoot is made to copy Buckethead's playing/solos....which I find funny because I think Bumblefoot is lame but he is a similar virtuoso/shredder type and has his own bag of tricks but he is made to copy Buckethead's which are really very specific to Buckethead. He does play a fretless guitar at times, which is absurd. Cool to watch. I don't think I have ever seen someone play one. It's a pretty impossible instrument to play.....so the show was sweet, but I have been reading Duff and Steven Adler's books and those put old Guns on my mind, how badass they were and this was just the opposite....it was a pre-arrange show/spectacle without much raw/sincere energy.

Man, that makes it sound really shitty, which it was not. If it hadn't started at 11pm in Jersey and they kept selling beers, I probably would have stayed into it the whole time and not have left. It was 3 hours long too with tons of annoying solos by every member of the band. Seeing Estranged and Don't Cry was so fucking sick though I must say. I would go again and definitely go if I had never been.

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Black Friday Record Store Day - Nirvana, RHCP, Pantera

Albums / NIRVANA - 11.28.11

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We have had a lot of Nirvana on here recently, and this will probably top it off for a little while. Record Store Day has been doing a Black Friday day for the past year or so and I went over and checked it out while at my parents house for Thanksgiving. I didn't remember this store, Johnny's in Darien, CT, ever having vinyl but I was driving through the town and saw people lined up. They had an incredible selection, even better than most of the stores in NY and they still had a ton of stuff from years past. Definitely worth getting out to this store if you are in the NY area. I was even able to pick up the Slayer 7" from 3 years ago or so.

red hot chili peppers blood sugar sex magik black friday record store day stop the weakness vinylSo what do we have here - the Nevermind Singles Collection, Blood Sugar Sex Magik and the Cowboys from Hell Demos. The Nevermind Singles Collection is really just something to purchase as a collectors item. If you are a big Nirvana fan you probably have all of these songs already, but the 10" records and the full packaging was cool enough to pick it up for $60. The Blood Sugar Sex Magik is very cool, though it cost $35. It is 2 red LPs that were cut from the original analog masters. Sounds great. Lastly, I couldn't find this last Record Store Day, but they had it at Johnny's so I grabbed it - the demos from Cowboys from Hell that Pantera released on vinyl last April. Cool pick up for sure if you like the album. All these are 180 gram vinyl.

So yeah, this was a pleasant surprise as I thought I was going to miss out on the day completely. Also there were a bunch of younger kids in line and picking up records which was kind of cool to see as it is usually just older record geeks at RSD.

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