We continue the alphabet with the letter I. This letter is another one that is pretty diffcult to think of bands/artists that deserve to be on a Top Ten list. Again these are in no particular order. And I’m always looking to add to the list so feel free to leave suggestions!
04) Iron Maiden
05) Iron Butterfly
07) Iron & Wine
08) Ice Cube
09) Ice- T
Recently, Thrice released a great new album entitled To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. While on their promotional tour, they stopped by some radio stations to perform a few songs acoustically. One of the songs they played during a stop at Sirius XM was The Smashing Pumpkins classic “1979.” It’s a very stripped down version and it’s pretty solid.
They don’t make videos like they used to. Way back, when the budgets for videos were HUGE, we the fans got some nearly cinematic pieces. I genuinely miss those days. Thinking about all that made me make this list of the best videos The Smashing Pumpkins ever did.
There are only a few months left till the end of the year and there have a been a slew of great albums released by bands new and old that have come out this year, with plenty more to come before 2017 arrives. Below are my favorite albums of 2016 so far…
There is a new album called Endless Light that came out this past March in the post-rock/experimental genre by the band O’Brother. These gents have been at it since 2006 and have only gotten better with each album and tour. Their new album Endless Light has been described as apocalyptic space pop. To give you a further example of that description. Take a bit of Tool, a dash of Failure, a bit of Thrice and a tad of Isis and what you’ll have perfectly describes O’Brother at this stage in their career. O’Brother has really developed as a band and evolved ever so gently without disrupting the progressive nature of the bands development. Singer Tanner Merritt’s voice has moments of Jimmy Gneco of Ours and Dustin Kensrue of Thrice. Johnny Dang, Michael Martens, Anton Dang, Jordan McGhin and Tanner Merritt, have really developed as a band and evolved ever so gently without disrupting the progressive nature of the bands development. Their previous album, the very underrated Disillusion, started them on this path. Disillusion is also an album that surpasses the generic quiet to loud segments opting instead for complexities and textures without taking away from the “loud” factor.
I really love seeing and hearing bands like O’Brother. The dedication they have to create music that is passionate and pure is inspiring. I saw them many yeas ago when they were on tour with Thrice, and while Thrice had a very off night that evening, O’Brother was the band that really stole the night for me. You can catch O’Brother on tour with The Dillinger Escape Plan. Between the two of those bands, you know you’re gonna get a show.
If there is one band that really should come back around and release a new album it’s A Perfect Circle. It’s been over thirteen years since they released an album of new material. Maynard has kept busy over the years with Puscifer, which is interesting and another outlet for him, but the fact that there are more Puscifer albums than A Perfect Circle albums, it’s just not right. A Perfect Circle guitarist Billy Howerdel has said that “there are fully developed songs without lyrics and melody…as far as the music end goes, I’ve got 75% of the foundation of [the next] A Perfect Circle record ready to go.” And that he is just waiting on Maynard. In March of 2016 Maynard was quoted as saying “I still hope to make and release new music with the band.” Well then get on it. It’s been over ten years since there was a new Tool record, and thirteen since there was a new APC record. I get the need and want to go off and do different things, explore new musical avenues, but what I don’t get is how you can just leave a band like A Perfect Circle behind. I still remember the day that Mer De Noms came out. I was so excited and pumped to own that album and I listened to it so much I had to get another copy. Then when The Thirteenth Step came out, it elevated their game so much more, and became one of those albums that you just can’t get enough of.
Enough with the wait. It’s time to get Maynard in a room with Billy Howerdel, Josh Freese, Paz Lenchantin, Troy Van Leeuwen, and Danny Lohner and make a great new album. The world needs a new album from A Perfect Circle, it’s been too long!
Today I thought I’d write about Tool. I’m getting impatient waiting for them to release a new album. I spent some time looking at their set lists that they have been playing and it got me thinking that I should make up my own [said with a ton of echo] “Ultimate Set List.” This feature has become one of my absolute favorites to do and I love seeing what your responses are and set lists you all come up with.
So, what would be your Ultimate Tool Set List?
As usual here are the rules:
Rule 1: What line up of the band would it be
Rule 2: Where would you want to see the show
Rule 3: maximum 25 songs
Lineup: Maynard James Keenan, Danny Carey, Adam Jones, Justin Chancellor
01) The Grudge
05) Bottom (with Special Guest: Henry Rollins)
06) Part Of Me
07) Prison Sex
11) Crawl Away
12) Forty Six & 2
14) Rosetta Stoned
17) Right In Two
19) Cold and Ugly