Month: May 2015

Band Of The Week: Dust Moth

427364_218211294985454_1613634241_nThe Pacific Northwest is fast becoming a haven for music again. There is a scene brewing up there that is emitting very creative and worth while music. One of those bands is Dust Moth. Combining the influences of hard rock, and shoe gaze, they have created something that is part Deftones (the more ambient White Pony material) and early Smashing Pumpkins. Their 2014 EP Dragon Mouth is six songs of hypnotic energy and leaves you wanting more. Take a listen and you’ll hear what I mean.

https://www.facebook.com/dustmothband

By: Brian Lacy

Advertisements

Cover Thursday: Stone Sour (Metallica)- Creeping Death

Creeping Death is my favorite Metallica song. It was also the first Metallica song I learned to play on guitar so I tend to hold it in very high regard. Recently Stone Sour released an EP of Covers and one of the songs they did was Creeping Death. It’s actually quite good and worth sharing with you all.

Stone Sour (Metallica)- Creeping Death:

Lists: Best Live Albums

Live albums can be a great thing to listen to at home especially if you have a great stereo system or the albums are on vinyl. So I thought why not make a list of the best live albums. Keep in mind these are in no particular order.

1. Nine Inch Nails- And All That Could Have Been
2. Creedence Clearwater Revival- In Concert
3. Kiss- Alive
4. Kiss- Alive II
5. Metallica- Live Shit: Binge and Purge
6. Metallica- S & M
7. Alice In Chains- Unplugged
8. Nirvana- Unplugged
9, Nirvana- From The Muddy Banks Of The Wishikah
10. Neurosis- Live At Roadburn 2007
11. The Doors- Live At Hollywood Bowl
12. Black Flag- Live 84
13. Snot- Alive
14. Machine Head- Hellalive
15. Led Zeppelin- How The West Was Won
16. Led Zeppelin- The Song Remains The Same
17. Portishead- Roseland Ballroom
18. Mad Season- Live At The Moore
19. Slayer- Decade Of Aggression
20. Thin Lizzy- Live and Dangerous
21. Neil Young- Young Mans Fancy
22. Neil Young- Time Fades Away
23. Johnny Cash- Live at Folsom Prison
24. Cream- Wheels Of Fire
25. The Band- The Last Waltz
26. The Velvet Underground- Live At Max’s
27. MC5- Kick Out The Jams
28. Rage Against The Machine- Live At The Grand Olympic
29. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band- 1975-85
30. The Clash- From Here To Eternity
31. The Doors- Absolutely Live
32. Rolling Stones- Get Your Ya- Ya’s Out
33. Bob Dylan- Hard Rain
34. Radiohead- I Might Be Wrong
35. David Bowie- Bowie Live
36. Woodstock- 1969 Live
37. Bon Jovi- One Wild Night
38. Down- Diary Of A Mad Band
39. Foo Fighters- Skin and Bones
40. Incubus- Live at Red Rocks
41. Mastodon- Live at Aragon
42. Pantera- Official Live 101 Proof
43. Pearl Jam- Live At Orpheum
44. Queens Of The Stone Age- Over The Woods…
45. Slipknot- Live 9.0

Album Rank: Slipknot

sk-logoI recently read Corey Taylor’s book about the supernatural he has experienced and it put me on a kick of listening to Slipknot. So with that in mind I thought I’d rank all of Slipknot’s albums from not their best to their best.

All Hope Is Gone:

.5 The Gray Chapter:

Slipknot:

Iowa:

Volume 3- The Subliminal Verses:

Live Review: Laura Jane Grace at Masonic Lodge

IMG_1936

I’ll admit I’m a little late to the party, but wow, I’m still in awe over how powerful and inspiring this show was. Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! played an acoustic show along with Atom Willard, at the very hypnotic and mystic Masonic Lodge at the Hollywood Forever Cemetary and I’m still speechless. The sheer honesty alone is enough to draw your attention to her. Add the performance of songs from the Against Me catalog and you can see and hear how raw and real that band is. Her story is beyond captivating. Laura’s stories about dealing with Against Me signing to a major label, addiction to cocaine and alcohol, shopping at Sears, where she knew she wouldn’t be seen, and legal battles with an ex-manager seamlessly bounced from funny to poignant. Between the spoken-word moments, there were spot-on acoustic performances of songs from throughout Against Me!’s existence, and an appropriate cover of The Replacements’ “Androgynous.”

There really is something to be said for being who you really are and being able to embrace it. Laura Jane Grace is a beacon of hope to so many people out there that feel lost and abandoned.

By: Brian Lacy

Band Of The Week: Hidden Cabins

11096627_867283553334164_5558252026330561227_nThere are certain voices that resonate well within multiple genres. One of my favorite things to hear a singer that is in a heavy rock band and hear them stripped down and let them show how good of a vocalist they really are. I did a band of the week piece a while back on a band called Damn This Desert Air, and their singer Craig Cirinelli has always stayed in my head. Craig has another project called Hidden Cabins. The duo consists of Craig Cirinelli (vocals/percussion) and Brian Hofgesang (guitars/effects/vocals). This two piece collective is genre expanding, melodic, and really soothing. The group has released a  plentiful collection of songs over the last couple years and continue to put out quality songs at a steady pace. With Memorial Day this weekend, Hidden Cabins is the perfect soundtrack for late night BBQ’s, fire pits, and just relaxing.

Hidden Cabins:

http://www.hiddencabins.net/

https://www.facebook.com/hiddencabins

By: Brian Lacy

Cover Thursday: Coal Chamber (Peter Gabriel)- Shock The Monkey

Since Coal Chamber released their first album in over 13 years this week, I find it only fitting that this weeks cover song comes from them. In 1999 when the band released their second album Chamber Music, “Shock The Monkey” was released as a single and helped propel the band more into the mainstream.

Coal Chamber- Shock The Monkey:

Peter Gabriel- Shock The Monkey: