I’ve always enjoyed when a member of a band you really dig, steps away from the comforts of their group and spreads their wings with different projects. After some time away from his previous group, former Memento singer, Justin Stewart Cotta has returned with another stellar collection of songs. The 5 songs that make up this new self titled EP are full of the emotional prowess that Justin was known for in Memento as well a bit of a dramatic tinge from his time on stage in his native Australia. These songs are introspective and full of charm. My favorite song as of this writing is “Stranger.” There is something truly hauntingly beautiful about this song. The lyrics and melody along with the piano, dissident guitar, and subtle drums (all of which are played by the esteemed Kellii Scott of Failure) really make this come alive. I personally am looking forward to hearing more from Justin. And it would be pretty awesome if there was some new Memento in the near future too.
Justin Stewart Cotta:
2020 marks the 25th anniversary of Down’s first album, NOLA. It’s one of those albums that is remarkable and special. Not only has it held up over the years, it’s been hailed as a classic these days, and to be honest, I can see why. Give it a listen and you’ll hear and see why. And now here we are, and the members of Down are gearing up to celebrate that album with some scattered live shows. So, of course, I got to thinking, what would I really want to hear live, if I could choose. Well, here you go. Pulling songs from all their albums, I’ve created my Ultimate Set List for Down.
Guideline 1: What line up of the band would it be
Guideline 2: Where would you want to see the show
Guideline 3: maximum 25 songs (In order of how the set should go)
Lineup: Philip H. Anselmo, Pepper Keenan, Kirk Windstein, Jimmy Bower, Rex Brown
Venue: Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles
01) Lysergik Funeral Procession
02) Ghosts Along The Mississippi
03) Hail The Leaf
06) The Curse
07) Beautifully Depressed
08) Temptation’s Wings
09) New Orleans Is A Dying Whore
10) Pillars Of Eternity
13) Learn From This Mistake
14) Eyes Of The South
15) Losing All
16) In The Thrall Of It All
17) Beneath The Tides
18) Nothing In Return (Walk Away)
20) Stone The Crow
21) Bury Me In Smoke
Back in late 2006, Brand New released the masterpiece that is The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me. This album has gone on to not only be acclaimed by fans and press alike but, had also influenced and inspired countless bands. As the press tour began for the album, Brand New was booked on Late Night with Conan O’Brien in 2007. They performed “Jesus Christ” (which was released as the second single from the album). This performance was subtle and understated but, really does pack quite a gut punch when you really listen to the words and let the music take you away. I’d also like to mention that The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me is one of my all time favorite albums and if you haven’t heard it, you are surely missing out.
Brand New- Jesus Christ (on Conan O’Brien 2007):
Pearl Jam’s new album Gigaton comes out soon (March 27th to be exact) and they just released another single ahead of its release. “Superblood Wolfmoon” is a pretty rockin jam complete with a killer Mike McCready signature solo. They really seem to be having fun experimenting with new sounds and structures on this record. Lets hope this new album is a good one.
There have been so many great three piece bands over the years and it never ceases to amaze me the power of what a three piece band can emit. Recently I came across a three piece band that is putting out some serious heavy grooves along with a pummeling sound and I couldn’t wait to share them with you all. Let me introduce you to O Zorn. Armed with a sound that is part stoner/doom, sludgey and noise rock, it comes as no shock that O Zorn is going to deliver a decimating sound. Their new album, Your Killer, was recorded at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606. That along with the riffs of both Bill Kielty and Bill Meyer and the unstoppable carnage that drummer Danny Walker brings to the rhythm, has made O Zorn a force to be reckoned with in the heavy music community. Your Killer is out March 20 (via Seeing Red Records). In the mean time, check out these two songs from this upcoming “killer” of an album.
O Zorn- Casket:
The other day while still on my Smashing Pumpkins kick, I was delving more into the album Monuments To An Elegy and remembered that all the drums on the album were played by Tommy Lee. Yes, Tommy Lee of Motley Crue played on a Smashing Pumpkins album. As usual with any of my delves, it got me thinking about what else Tommy has played on over the years. So, here are a handful that Tommy has guested on over the years.
The Smashing Pumpkins- Monuments To An Elegy:
Jack’s Mannequin- Everything In Transit (played on tracks 2, 3, 4, 8, 10, & 11):
Rob Zombie- Meet The Creeper (from Hellbilly Deluxe):
Rob Zombie- The Ballad of Resurrection of Joe and Rosa Whore (from Hellbilly Deluxe):
Fuel- Wasted Time (from Angels & Devils):
Post Malone- Over Now (from Beerbongs and Bentleys):
When I first started this topic I could have very easily picked this song to be the first one featured. Between “Hotel California” and “Free Bird,” it’s really all a matter of preference as to which one usually gets picked as the all time best. There is certainly a case for “Free Bird” to be the all time great. There is a bit of fun history that comes with this song too. When writing the song, the guitar solos that finish the song were added originally to give singer Ronnie Van Zant a chance to rest his voice, as the band was playing several sets per night at clubs at the time. This solo is truly on another level and still to this day is iconic. Like “Hotel California,” it’s very memorable and you can sing along to the solo. I know every time I hear this song, it makes me want to play air drums or air guitar along with it.
Lynyrd Skynyrd- Free Bird (Live in 1977):