Florida’s New Cathedral has been riding high since the release of their EP Ghost. After playing shows with Torche and He Is Legend, they band got back in the studio to record their follow up. The first song they’ve released “No Saints or Angels” picks up where Ghost left off, and adds a bit more melody.
When you hear the voice of a band on it’s own, it really shows the vulnerability and strength of just what that person has to offer. Jeremy Enigk of Sunny Day Real Estate came into town on Sunday night and lit the crowd on fire. He was in top notch form and delivered the goods. His set was only a little over an hour long but it could have gone on all night. The Troubadour was the perfect setting for his return to the stage after 5 years. The new songs he sang sounded massive with just him playing. They were signature Jeremy, but had so much more to offer from a mature stand point. The classics he sang were beautiful and really went over well with the audience, not that they wouldn’t. One of the biggest highlights was his cover of The Police song “King Of Pain.” I personally can’t stand The Police (mainly because I can’t stand Sting as a person). This cover was tremendous and really stood out to me. As much as I and a lot of people would love a new Sunny Day Real Estate album, these new songs that Jeremy sang will for sure wet the appetite of those wanting just that. Speaking of his new album, Jeremy has launched a pledgemusic campaign to get his new album to all.
One of the most intriguing things about music is when you are listening to a band and a guest vocalist sings on a song and their vocal performance leaves a lasting impression on you. This happens to me a lot. One of the most memorable of these moments happened when Cold released their album 13 Ways To Bleed On Stage and I heard Sierra Swan sing on the songs “No One” and “Witch.” Her voice stayed with me and I wanted more and her contribution on the next Cold album on the song “Suffocate” further cemented my love for her voice. Fast forward years later when she released her album Ladyland, I immediately scooped that up. Early on in her career, Swan got together with Graham Edwards and formed the band Dollshead. The band was signed and eventually dropped from MCA records. Sierra was also a member of The Black Eyed Peas early on. She has worked with Linda Perry (she produced Ladyland), and most recently worked with Billy Corgan on her 2014 album The Good Soldier. Sierra’s voice is whimsical and takes you on quite a journey through her songs. She has one of the most pure voices in all of rock music. And her guest contributions really take those songs up a notch.
The 1990’s were truly a great time for music. One of the best things about that time were the soundtracks that came out. Even if the movie wasn’t that good, most of the time the soundtrack was great. As is the case with the terrible sequel to the masterpiece that is The Crow. The soundtrack far surpassed the film. The inclusion of songs from Hole, White Zombie, Bush, Deftones and Filter all made this worth while. The Hole song was a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Gold Dust Woman.” This could actually be the best song that Hole ever put out. White Zombie’s version of KC and the Sunshine Band’s “I’m Your Boogie Man,” was a fun song that had a great video to accompany it. Bush’s contribution was a really solemn cover of Joy Division’s “In A Lonely Place.” They really did a great arrangement with that song. Deftones song “Teething” is classic Deftones. They also appear in the film. Filter’s song “Jurrasitol” is another classic Filter song, that has become a fan favorite and a must play at live shows. Other bands and artists that appear on the soundtrack are Korn, PJ Harvey, Iggy Pop, Toadies and a few others. Sadly the movie doesn’t hold a candle to what the first movie was, but the soundtrack makes up for that. Even though the soundtrack to the first film is way better than this one!
The past few days I’ve been on a huge Metallica kick. So I thought it would only be fitting that I do an album rank of Metallica’s albums. So here they are from not their best to the best. This is also my personal opinion!
The amazing Failure debuted a brand new song at South By Southwest in Austin, TX this past weekend. As Ken Andrews said in the introduction this is the opening track from their forthcoming new album.
Failure- Hot Traveler