“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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Motivation for 8am Classes

My fourth blog post was going to undoubtedly be the channel in which I finally share my deepest, most reflective aspects of myself — to delve into the most personal, previously unknown things that makes me me, to ponder who I am, to try to make sense of this journey and why I’m here. Why we’re all here. To try to put together the pieces of this puzzle we call “life”,  as it were.

I got distracted.

Happy Thursday, fellow caffeine enthusiasts. Godspeed.

 

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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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Hello, world!

Thanks for visiting my sweet page. I’m new to this whole blogging thing, so bear with me.

This blog is the result of an assignment I was given in my Online Communication course in university. It’s a “self-branding” assignment in the sense that I’m supposed to brand myself as something — something interesting and useful, at that — but I was having trouble with that concept.

I wandered through different programs at MacEwan University before I found myself in the Bachelor of Communications Program, majoring in professional communications. I didn’t even know it existed until I talked to a career advisor at school. She asked what my talents were, and I couldn’t come up with anything other than writing. I’ve been writing stories since I knew how, and was first published in grade seven. I feel confident that I ended up in the right program, and I guess I can brand myself as a writer/communicator.

But then I had to think of what my blog was going to be about. I had to narrow it down to an interest of mine, and music was a dead given. I mean, I’m interested in other things: books, mainly Harry Potter and Stephen King novels, and movies, like the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Dark Knight trilogy, Fight Club, the list goes on. But there’s no way I could dedicate a whole blog to the incredible bromance that Sam and Frodo share, or even Ron and Harry. Music, on the other hand, is something I could go on about for ages.

Which brings me here. There are videos of me jamming out to Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way” before I could even walk. Boston’s self-titled album was the first album I actually went out and bought in grade five, and I remember the guitar riffs being so incredible to me that they brought me to tears. I’ve spent more money on concert tickets than I care to admit, and I’m always looking for opportunities to go to more shows. Music influences me like nothing else. I get lost in it — the drums, the guitar, the lyrics — and, with the exception of a good novel, I can’t say that anything else does that for me.

So, naturally, my blog is going to be about all things music. Bands, concerts, albums, singles, local talent. Everything from classic rock to metal, desert rock to alternative. I guess I’m branding myself as a super cool writer/communicator who’s hugely influenced by music. But we’ll see how that goes.