SONiC’s 9th Birthday Party with USS

So last night I had the extreme pleasure of attending the 9th birthday party of my favourite radio station, SONiC 102.9. My boyfriend miraculously won tickets and it was easily one of the funnest shows I’ve ever been to, and it wasn’t even because it was free.

The show was at Union Hall, which I’ve never been to. We got there at around 10pm. It was relatively easy to find, and when we reached the end of the lineup to get in, we were met with enthusiastic high fives from the SONiC Intern Army. That completely set the tone for the rest of the night, seeing as how everyone there was just as excited and happy to be there as I was. We quickly grabbed a beer and walked around the place before heading to the stage to watch SONiC’s own Ryan G’s band, Pale Blue Dot.

(Let me just interrupt myself to say that holy hell, Union Hall is fantastic. There are two floors and it’s set up in a way so that no matter where you are, you have a fantastic view of the stage. We showed up an hour late and this is where we were for Pale Blue Dot, while chatting with Rick Lee beforehand.)

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They were actually really great. They’ve got a fantastic Blink 182 thing going on and I recommend checking them out. When they were done their set, we grabbed more beers and had a blast watching Mitchmatic do his thing. I had no idea that it was just him, his computer and his saxophone. I saw a few people who were easily in their 60s gettin’ their groove on and it was a phenomenal sight.

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When USS finally came on around midnight, I thought Union Hall was going to break. The energy in that place was absolutely unreal. People went crazy and an hour-long friendly dance/moshpit hybrid broke out and didn’t stop. Every song they played was met with thunderous applause and cheering. After hearing Anti-Venom, Laces Out, and Yin Yang live, I’m surprised I had a voice this morning. They played their cover of Outkast’s Hey Ya!, Oasis’ Wonderwall, and ended everything with Hakuna Matata, which, I mean, come on. What better way to end a night of rockin’ out with hundreds of the friendliest people I’ve ever met?

The sound was perfect, the energy was insane to say the least, and USS sure do know how to put on an entertaining show. The moments where they let the crowd sing were overwhelmingly loud and clear. And I almost touched Human Kebab at least three times while he was crowd surfing. No big deal. But, yeah. That almost happened. And to top it all off, I got to hang out with Layne Mitchell for a bit before leaving.

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It was one of the funnest, most energetic, friendliest shows I’ve ever been to. Ever. There was never a moment where I wasn’t smiling or laughing or clapping or dancing or cheering, and everyone around was like that. The atmosphere was just indescribable. USS said they’d be coming back in the summer, and I highly highly suggest going to see them live. You won’t regret it.

 

Happy 9th birthday, SONiC! Keep on rockin’.

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Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power

You may have heard that it’s Vinnie Paul’s birthday today. He was the drummer for Pantera, and now drums for band Hellyeah, which isn’t nearly as good, but it’s nice to know the dude’s still got it. He’s 50 years old today.

In celebration of Vinnie’s birthday, I’m going to rant and rave about one of the first albums I ever bought: Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power. It was released in ’92, and was one of the most influential albums of the ’90s. It’s been described as “one of the defining albums of the groove-metal genre”, and features many songs that have become the band’s most well-known and recognizable tracks.

This was the second album that displayed Pantera’s change of sound. Their first few records were more glam-metal, and were inspired by bands like Van Halen and KISS. When Phil Anselmo replaced Terry Glaze on vocals in ’87, they released their fourth studio album, Power Metal, which started moved away from their original glam-metal sound. Cowboys From Hell was released in 1990, and it was a key turning point for Pantera — their sound was now noticeably influenced by bands like Metallica, Slayer and Black Sabbath.

Here’s a little fun fact, the main reasoning behind the musical style of Vulgar Display of Power. When Metallica’s self-titled album (AKA The Black Album) came out in 1991, Pantera considered it to be a letdown to fans; Metallica had seemingly strayed from their thrash metal sound that was in their previous albums. It’s weird because that album gave us a lot of the Metallica classics like “Enter Sandman”, “Sad But True”, “Wherever I May Roam”. I can see their point though; those tracks aren’t nearly as heavy as “Damage, Inc.”, “Creeping Death” or “Motorbreath”. Pantera felt that they had an opportunity and a gap to fill, and wanted to make “the heaviest record of all time.”

Then Vulgar Display of Power came out with a picture of a dude getting punched right in the face on the cover. It’s now pretty iconic. The band told their label that they wanted the cover to be “something vulgar — like a guy getting punched in the face.”

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Nailed it.

Apparently the guy got $10 per punch, and he ended up getting punched about 30 times to get the shot just right. And then they obviously photoshopped it. Totally worth it. He’s able to wake up in the morning and say, “Hey. Good morning, world. I’m that guy getting socked in the face on the cover of one of the most influential album of the ’90s.”

The whole album is filled with heavy, gut-busting guitar riffs and hostile, angry vocals that gave Pantera their signature sound. This record introduced us to classic songs that were a big part of the soundtrack to my junior high years, like “Walk”, “Mouth for War”, “A New Level”, “Hollow” and “F*cking Hostile”. Vulgar Display of Power is just a classically heavy, no-bull, straight-to-the-angry-point album that makes you want to go around and kick things. In a good way.

Happy 50th, Vinnie Paul. You rock.

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Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral: 20th Anniversary

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of the release of what is said to be “one of the most upsetting, misunderstood, and enduring album of the ’90s.”

This is by far one of my all-time favourite albums. I’m a sucker for concept albums; they’re cohesive, smart, and take you on a journey that makes the listening experience much more engaging and memorable. Each song of The Downward Spiral can really only be fully understood within the rest of the album. Without the other songs, each song is incomplete.

The tracks of the dark and unsettling concept album take us through the twisted steps of the destruction of a man. The plot follows his descent into his own inner world where he eventually meets his demise. The album opens with “Mr. Self Destruct”, which sets the tone for the rest of it and foreshadows the conclusion while serving as an introduction. The rest of the album takes us through the man — some say a serving as a reflection of Trent Reznor himself — dealing with religion, dehumanization, violence, disease, society, drugs, sex, and leading up to suicide. The last one is represented in the final track of The Downward Spiral, “Hurt”: the famously bone-chilling, disturbing song that was covered by none other than Johnny Cash himself. A lot of people don’t realize that the  song was originally the conclusion to Nine Inch Nails’ The Downward Spiral.

This is one of the smartest, twisted, and most haunting albums I’ve ever listened to. It’s one of those albums that, in order to fully appreciate it, you have to close the blinds, take the phones off the hook (kind of an outdated saying, maybe just turn your cell on silent) and listen to it — all the songs, back to back. It’s by far Trent Reznor’s most mature album to date, and it’s crazy to think that it’s been twenty years since its release in 1994. It’s brilliant. Plain and simple. Happy birthday, The Downward Spiral!

Have you guys listened to it? What do you think? What are some of your favourite albums?

 

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Queen & Adam Lambert

Earlier this week, it was announced that Queen with Adam Lambert are doing a 19-date North American tour this summer, stopping in Edmonton on June 24th.

This isn’t the first time original Queen guitarist Brian May and original drummer Roger Taylor have teamed up with Adam Lambert. They first performed together in 2009 on American Idol, then performed at the MTV European Music Awards in 2011, then in 2012, they collaborated again for a series of shows around Europe.

Brian May said about the tour:

“This happened organically with Adam. People are going to ask whether it’s Queen without Freddie. I don’t know. We just want to go out there one more time. Adam isn’t an imitator.”

Roger Taylor added that Adam is “the most incredible frontman.” As if the world didn’t already know, Adam Lambert is a diva, and Taylor says that’s been great for them, that they need that theatrically.

To me, this trio seems to know what they’re doing. Still, people are boycotting the tour, saying that it’s “wrong” without original frontman Freddie Mercury. That it’s not Queen without him. People are bashing Adam Lambert, saying that he’s not even close to being deserving of touring with the original members. A guy on Facebook even said: “I’m not going to pay money to go watch a karaoke session.” But, is that really what this tour is going to be? People are acting as if Freddie Mercury was Queen. Yes, he was an idol. He was the face of Queen. But there were other people in the band. And the fact that those legendary rockstars are wanting to tour one more time, even with a different singer, is beyond exciting. And I think Adam Lambert has a great voice. Yeah, he’s annoying. But he can do Freddie Mercury justice. May and Taylor wouldn’t be collaborating with him if he couldn’t. Adam Lambert has said that Freddie Mercury is his idol, his hero, and that it’s been surreal to be honouring his memory. I trust the dude.

I’m not going to pass up hearing “Bohemian Rhapsody” live. I’m going to be able to tell my future rockstar kids that I saw the legendary Queen live. It wasn’t all the original members, but hell, it was closer than I thought I’d ever get. What about you guys? Are you boycotting the tour, or are you going to go rock out to “We Will Rock You” and “Fat Bottomed Girls?”

 

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Metallica By Request

Guys, yesterday was Cliff Burton’s birthday.

And I miss him. And I’m sad. So I’m going to do a Metallica post. I’m a bit late on this topic, but I’m curious as to what your guys’ opinion on this is.

In November of last year, Metallica announced that, having finished making their movie Through The Never, they needed a break from the studio and were going to head out on a summer road trip to Europe to play some shows. But wait, there’s a twist.

Metallica, by request?! 

This summer, Metallica fans will be able to pick the setlist.  Once people buy their tickets, they receive an email with a code and a link to a website where they can vote for which songs they want to hear live.

It’s a pretty cool concept, but I have some problems with it. I don’t want to sound hipster and self-righteous, but there are a lot of Metallica songs that I adore that a lot of people don’t, or don’t know about. Usually at a show, a band will throw in one or two of those kind of unknown or underplayed songs, and it’ll be an awesome, unexpected treat for me. But if thousands and thousands of people are voting for the setlist, chances are those fantastic, under appreciated songs will get no credit.

This is a link for the voting results for one of the upcoming shows this summer in England.

http://www.metallicabyrequest.com/results.php?s=61

Metallica says they usually play around 18 songs per show. They’ve reserved one new song that they’ve picked, so that means there are 17 slots for the voters to choose. Looking at that list, sure, the top 17 songs are glorious, but what about the others? “Wherever I May Roam”, “…And Justice for All”, “Harvester of Sorrow”, “Frantic”, “Where the Wild Things Are”, all of these personal favourites didn’t get many votes at all. And “Am I Evil?”, arguably one of the greatest songs of all time ever, only got 14% of the votes. I’d feel kind of ripped off not hearing a lot of the songs that didn’t make the cut.

That being said, I still think it’s a really cool and unique idea, and a great way to get the audience involved. What do you guys think of the whole By Request thing? What if your favourite bands did it?

 

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Mötley Crüe’s Callin’ it Quits

That’s right, those old geezers are done being rock n’ rollers. Or are they?

Mötley Crüe announced last week that, after countless tours since they first started in ’81, the legendary metal band will tour one last time. Mötley Crüe: The Final Tour will start in July, making stops all throughout North America, including here at Rexall Place on November 18th. They’re touring with none other than Alice Cooper. I’ve seen both Alice Cooper and Crüe at Rexall, and was worried for everyone’s lives; I was fully convinced someone was going to have a heart attack on stage or something. They’re pretty wrinkly now. Regardless, they put on fantastic shows with great sound, effects and overall energy. And The Final Tour is going to be no different. Nikki Sixx says that people should expect a few surprises considering it’s their last tour. Ever.

Ever, ever. The band was the first to sign a legally-binding Cessation of Touring contract, basically saying that they can’t tour under the band’s name again. The contract comes into play at the end of 2015, and puts an end to a 30-some-year era of drugs, tattoos, jail time, over 100 million albums sold, countless shows, and making a legendary name for themselves as one of the best metal bands of all-time. They’re definitely going out in style.

Fans around the world have been in denial or mourning, but recently Vince Neil backtracked comments suggesting that they’re breaking up entirely.”Mötley Crüe will still be around, we’re just not gonna tour anymore. That’s really kind of it. Mötley Crüe’s not breaking up. We’re still gonna be making music. We’re still selling merchandise.”

If they’re still going to be in the studio making new music, I find their Cessation of Touring agreement to be kind of dumb. What if they make a fantastic album that blows everyone’s minds and gets a lot of praise and they realize they want to tour to promote it? Well, then they’re shit out of luck, because the law says so. I think it was a weird decision. Nikki Sixx already said that there’s an exception to the contract:”If we’re inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, would we get back together? Probably so. But that would probably be it.”

Your last chance to see the band perform live is coming up this November. Tickets already went on sale, but it’s not sold out yet. If you’re thinking of going, I highly suggest it. These rockers are killer live; they put on one of the best shows I’ve seen.

What do you guys think of the band’s decision?

 

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The Super Bowl Halftime Show Faked?

Last Sunday was the Super Bowl XLVIII. I don’t know much about football, but I do know that I love Super Bowl appetizers. And in between yelling things like “Come on! Get more points than the other team! Home run!” and stuffing my face with chicken wings, tostitos, mozza sticks and God knows what else (it’s all a blur), I was secretly just waiting for the halftime show. I’ve been a Chili Peppers fan since I was really young, and Blood Sugar Sex Magik is one of my favourite albums. So when I heard that Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers were performing, I was a bit put off by the combination, but was really looking forward to it nonetheless.

I’ve never been a huge Bruno Mars fan; his music’s not really my cup of tea. Except for “Locked Out of Heaven”. That song’s been on repeat for ages. But after watching the halftime show, I can confidently say I’m a Mars supporter. He put on such a great show, opening with that crazy drum solo, and kept me entertained for the rest of his three songs until Anthony Kiedis and the rest of the Chili Peppers hopped on stage. Anthony and Flea brought bucketloads of shirtless energy as they played the early classic “Give It Away”, and everyone was bouncing around on the stage like it was a trampoline.

It was an absolute blast to watch. The energy was overwhelming, the crowd was going nuts. The combination of the Chili Peppers and Bruno Mars was risky but paid off for the record-breaking 111.5 million viewers.

But wait, there’s a twist.

Apparently, The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ performance was pre-recorded during one of the rehearsals. Anthony Kiedis’ vocals were live, but the instrumental wasn’t. Bassist Flea and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer were playing along, but their guitars weren’t plugged in. Flea rationalizes it in a post he wrote on their website. Given the fact that they only have a few minutes to set up the stage, and that if they were playing live, there could have been countless things to go wrong and ruin the sound for everyone in the stadium and the millions watching on TV, a pre-recorded track seemed fair. The band’s stance on “miming” has always been that they’d never do it. So when the NHL approached them with the offer, they were hesitant, but Flea wrote, “…but we eventually decided, it was a surreal-like, once in a lifetime crazy thing to do and we would just have fun and do it.” They didn’t plug their instruments in on purpose. They didn’t feel the need to pretend. “It was like making a music video in front of a gazillion people, except with live vocals, and only one chance to rock it.”

A lot of people are outraged, and tons of articles with titles like “Red Hot Chili Peppers Betray Fans” are circling the internet. I think that’s bull, but that’s just me. What do you guys think? Do you think they did the right thing in faking the performance, or should we all boycott the Chili Peppers?

Here’s the full performance if you didn’t get a chance to see it.

And here’s the message from that crazy shirtless guy.

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“Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected.

…A heartfelt F*CK YOU guys.”

Tell it like it is, Trent Reznor!

The 56th Grammy Awards took place last night, and up until the end, I was impressed. I was even entertained by the performances from musicians I never listen to, like Beyonce, P!nk, and Taylor Swift. Needless to say, I was floored by Metallica and Lang Lang coming together for a unique version of “One”, marrying the already hauting riffs and the beautiful piano. And speaking of marriage, how about those 33 couples — gay and straight — getting married by Queen Latifa and Madonna while Macklemore performs “Same Love”?! That was such an emotional and moving moment, even Keith Urban was seen shedding a man tear or five. It was amazing seeing Daft Punk perform for the first time in six years with none other than Stevie Wonder while Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Steven Tyler dance their old, wrinkly butts off in the crowd. I think my favourite performance was the Imagine Dragons mashup with Kendrick Lamar. It was unbelievable. If you haven’t seen it, here it is. The first half isn’t really my cup of tea, but from about 2:20 on, it’s just chills.

Between that and a new song performed by half of the Beatles, the performances were great. But that’s all there seemed to be: performances. They left no time to announce most of the categories I was looking forward to. I had to google the winners after the awards show was over. (Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day won Best Rock Album, apparently. No big deal.)

When it came to the last performance of the night, the grand finale, I was beyond excited. It was the performance I’d been waiting for since they first announced it weeks ago, the performance that I watched the whole 80-hour show for. Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age, together?! Basically the Avengers of rock assembling to blow our minds. Perfect, right?! Well it would’ve been, were it not for whatever dumbass running the show cutting their set. I’m not lying when I say I almost threw my phone at the TV. Just over halfway through “My God is the Sun”, their performance became the soundtrack to the show’s credits, then it cut off completely. Yeah, the show was supposed to end at 9:30, and when they cut off the performance, it was already 9:45. But what show starts at 9:45? None, because that’s dumb. What could have possibly been waiting to air at 9:45? Nothing. So why didn’t they just keep going until 10? What was the point? I’m bitter and angry, and I’m not the only one. Trent Reznor’s tweet “Music’s biggest night… to be disrespected. A heartfelt F*CK YOU guys.” has already been retweeted nearly 15,000 times in just 15 hours, and the internet is covered in profane, angry words about what happened. They should have managed their time better, cut down the performances, actually announced some winners (weird, right?) and not pointlessly cut off the performance of the night halfway through a time slot. It was rude, disrespectful, and just a douchebag move. The performance was nothing less than amazing before it got cut, though. I’d post a video of it but the Grammy thugs are out in full force, taking down any and all videos of it from youtube.

The 56th Grammys strung me along, gave me hope, led me on for almost four hours, then left me broken hearted with nowhere to turn for comfort other than a big ol’ tub of Ben & Jerrys.

 

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The Grammys: Rock and Metal Pioneers Nominated

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The 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards are just over a week away, and though I don’t have much to say on the Best Jazz Vocal Album or Best Gospel Song nominees, there’s a lot I can say about the other nominations that jump out at me. Classic rock and metal from the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s is where most of my music tastes lie, and after looking at the list of the 2014 Grammy nominations, I’m thrilled.

Led Zeppelin’s Celebration Day is a concert movie that was filmed in 2007 in London’s 02 Arena. It was released in 2012 as a DVD with two soundtrack CDs, and I’m beyond thrilled at its two nominations: Best Rock Performance for “Kashmir” and Best Rock Album. I would love to see them take the award for Best Rock Album; they’re iconic. They’ve been around since ’68 and the fact that they’re getting nominations for Grammy Awards 46 years later is amazing. And let’s face it, “Stairway to Heaven” is one of the greatest rock songs of all time. They’re one of the greatest pioneers of the music genre and the Celebration Day rendition of “Kashmir” is extremely worthy of its nomination for Best Rock Performance. I’m rootin’ for Led Zeppelin, which is really saying something considering they’re up against Queens of the Stone Age for both nominations.

Black Sabbath’s new album 13 has earned them some nominations as well this year, including Best Rock Album, and Best Rock Song and Best Metal Performance for “God is Dead?” 13 is the first album released by Sabbath since Forbidden in 1995, and it’s also the first album with Ozzy since ’78 and bassist Geezer Butler since ’94. I was initially so excited to hear that not only a new Sabbath album was coming our way, it was also going to be with Ozzy Osbourne. But when I first heard “God is Dead?” I was surprisingly underwhelmed by Ozzy’s performance. He sounds bored and tired, like he isn’t into it at all. It’s nothing like his singing on Sabbath Bloody Sabbath, which is one of my all-time favourite albums. However his performance gets more powerful in other tracks, and the actual music itself is solid throughout. It’s very ’70s-era Sabbath, with classic trademark riffs and bass lines that made them the godfathers of metal. It’s a great album and I’m not surprised at all that they were nominated for it.

Joining Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and David Bowie are also nominated this year for Best Rock Album for their albums Psychedelic Pill and The Next Day, respectively. Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones are nominated for Best Rock Song for “Doom and Gloom”, and thrash metal band Anthrax’s “TNT” is nominated for Best Metal Performance. Although I’m sure that not all of these forefathers of rock and metal will win the awards, I’m just excited that they’ve been recognized and nominated among Macklemore, Lorde, and Robin Thicke. Power to the old-timers!

To see a full list of this year’s Grammy nominations, click here: http://www.grammy.com/nominees

 

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…Like Clockwork

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Like Clockwork is the sixth studio album from desert rock band, Queens of the Stone Age. It was released on June 3rd, 2013. I know this is late, but it’s my favourite album of 2013 by far. The whole thing has been on repeat since I got it. Seriously, it’s a problem. So I’m going to give it some praise.

It was the first of their albums to top the charts in the United States, and for good reason; it kicks ass. It’s full of Queens of the Stone Age familiarities that make their sound so unique, like singer Josh Homme’s mysterious, seductive voice and his sludgy, dirty guitar riffs. Yet this album differs from their previous ones in the sense that it’s unusually focused. It’s dark, meaningful, and influential, and Josh Homme takes us on a journey with every track.

In 2010, Homme was hospitalized for thirteen days, and consequently bedridden for four months following complications during a routine knee surgical procedure. He sank into a deep depression, and didn’t want to play music anymore. The remaining QOTSA band members encouraged him to return to the band to begin working on a sixth album, to which he responded,

“If you want to make a record with me right now, in the state I’m in, come into the fog. It’s the only chance you’ve got.”

Homme claimed that in the dark, he found …Like Clockwork, and I can’t think of a better explanation for the way the album turned out. I have to admit, it took me a few listens of the full album before I started to fall in love with it. I didn’t like “I Sat by the Ocean” at all but now I can’t stop listening to it. I was thrown off by the dark and serious tone of the songs; it’s not something we’ve heard from Queens of the Stone Age before. But the more I listened to it, the more hooked I found myself. The tracks were so connected to one another that it almost felt like a concept album. With tons of amazing guest artists like Trent Reznor, Elton John, and Dave Grohl on drums for the first time since Songs for the Deaf, this album will not disappoint. …Like Clockwork is, in my opinion, the best album from Queens of the Stone Age since Rated R.

Josh recently announced that this year the band will already be working on another album, which is unusual for them considering that it took them six years to give us something new after Era Vulgaris. They’ll be in the recording studio starting in September, after their …Like Clockwork tour is over. The fact that they’ll most likely be touring again next year to promote yet another album has me beside myself. I’ve seen them twice so far, and they put on one of the best live shows I’ve seen. If you haven’t had a chance to see them live, jump on it next year. You won’t be disappointed.

 

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Sorry About the Hiatus

Hey guys,

I know I haven’t posted for a while; I’ve been busy having a SUPER COOL grown up full-time job as an online marketing intern for Top Draw Inc. It’s a web development/design/online marketing company here in Edmonton. They gave me access to their website’s blog, and they haven’t taken it back yet so I took advantage and posted an article about what it’s been like to work here for the first week. If you want to check it out, here it is. If not, please be patient and bear with me and I’ll publish some awesome face-melting posts soon.

GWAR’s Dave Brockie

So back in 2012, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing GWAR live at the Edmonton Events Centre. I had listened to them before, I knew what they were all about, I knew that they dressed up and sprayed blood on people and put on a hell of a show. But nothing prepared me for what I experienced that night.

It was the weirdest, most messed up, most hilarious, most entertaining show I have ever been to, by far. The props alone were ridiculous. And their costumes — oh my god. For those of you who don’t know what they look like on stage:

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They’re basically borderline satanic orcs whose slogan is: “We’re GWAR and we’re going to kick the shit out of you.” The people I went to the show with made me buy a plain white shirt, which they assured me will be forever known as my “GWAR shirt”, and thank god I listened. That shirt is now basically 100% red.  I had to throw out my contacts when I got home because they were tinted red too. I had red teeth, red arms, red hair. They know how to put on a hell of a show. But sadly, on March 23rd, GWAR’s frontman Dave Brockie, AKA Oderus Urungus, died. The cause of his death is still being determined, but what is sure is that the metal genre lost a legend. I don’t know if GWAR is going to continue without him. It wouldn’t surprise me if they didn’t; they had been together since the very beginning of GWAR in ’84. I remember I actually saw Dave Brockie at the show without his mask or costume on. He was rocking out to Cancer Bats, one of the opening bands (and one of my personal favourites). I just thought it was so cool that he was able to enjoy the music without barely anyone recognizing him before he goes on stage and rocks everyone’s brains out. It was cool that he had created a sort of alter-ego for himself.

Rolling Stone Magazine released an article with previously unseen, rare photos of the GWAR frontman. Go take a look, it’s a really cool album. This one’s my personal favourite:

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Him and his mask before a show.

RIP, Oderus Urungus. Thanks for the coolest friggin’ show I’ve ever been to.

 

 

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QOTSA’s “Smooth Sailing”

Queens of the Stone Age finally released the music video for their song “Smooth Sailing” yesterday. The song is from their 2013 album …Like Clockwork, and was the song that stood out for me during my first listen-through of the album.

The video is extremely weird, but what else would you expect from Josh Homme? Nothing less than a bunch of business men getting screwed the heck up, that’s for sure. I’ve watched it a ton of times already since its release yesterday. It’s just beyond entertaining and SO QOTSA.

Check it out!

 

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Teens React to Nirvana

In case you missed it, yesterday was the 20th anniversary of legendary Kurt Cobain’s death.

I came across this video a couple weeks ago on the SONiC website and I need to share it. It’s a bunch of teens (17, 18) reacting to Nirvana’s music videos like “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and “Heart-Shaped Box”. Some of their reactions are hilarious. “When music videos used to be normal. There’s nobody stripping in this one.” One boy says at one point, “Hey, they use that in that one song by Jay-Z! They stole that!” I don’t even…

Anyway, you should watch it. It’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face. I also need to find this “Adam” guy and make him my best friend.

“He was like, really attractive and that’s creepy because he’s dead.” Literally my life. RIP, Kurt. We still miss you. It’s better to burn out than to fade away.