If you don’t know who Devin Townsend is, you’re not living your life correctly. Sounds like a strong statement, but I could not be more serious with you. The brainchild of Strapping Young Lad, who has gone on to create not only some of the heaviest jams, but some of the most hilarious (still heavy!) and beautiful (not so heavy!) as well. Needless to say, his songwriting his masterful and so is his guitar playing.
As a guitar player, I’m not too into looking up songs and figuring out how to play them. Occasionally, I hear a song and something just clicks so I go grab the good ol’ axe and see if I can do it. Normally, however, I’m more of a jam and see what I come up with guy. Devin’s jam, while with some pre-recorded and obviously planned out sections, is pretty much just that, and holy SHIT is this guy incredible. I’ve watched a lot of EMG.TV play through videos since I started playing, and this is the only one that I’ve watched over and over again, despite it being ten minutes long. It starts slow and quiet before building into some really heavy stuff, but it’s all amazing. And if this is interesting to you, check out Devin’s PledgeMusic for his new project, Casualties of Cool, which at the moment I’m writing this has raised 388% of its goal, so maybe kind of sort of successful perhaps? Anyway here’s the video, enjoy!
I was a freshman in high school when Kings of Leon released their fourth album, Only By The Night. From that September and up until the summer festival season, they were basically the “cool” band to listen to. Then, they more or less went away for a while, between then and now only releasing Come Around Sundown in 2010 and by then, although admittedly I was more into metal and not giving a shit, it seemed that the band wasn’t super “cool” anymore. Fast-forward to fall of 2013, and I started hearing a band that sounded a lot like Kings of Leon on the radio (specifically here). I then found out it was most certainly Kings of Leon and that they had a new album, titled Mechanical Bull.
I have no idea what the fuck is “cool” anymore, and basically couldn’t care less, but I thought the album had some solid tunes on it. If you give me some good grooves with an emphasis on electric guitars, I probably won’t hate it, and Kings of Leon gave me just that. Now if you’re STILL interested, they released a new video for a song on the album titled Temple. Basically just them playing the song, but it was reportedly filmed on 8mm film which makes it look pretty sweet if you’re into film stuff like me. Check it out and if you would like to inform me on whether or not these dudes are still “cool,” hit us up on the book of face or twittle. Here’s the video!
Syracuse lately has been nothing but a winter wonderland, but we are ready for spring. Our desperation for spring break and sunshine has left us listening to lots of beachy sounding music to remind us of the better days. We really like the band Vertical Scratchers this week and their song, “These Plains,” which sounds a lot like of Montreal and King Tuffs. Eternal Summers also has us jamming like some of Best Coast’s better tracks, so be sure to check out their song, “Gouge.” Lastly, Tôg is our other pic for this week. Check their music out to add to your next pre-game playlist with their Scandinavian dance music reminiscent of Disclosure and Toro y Moi. Until next time, hang in there listeners there is only one week until break!
Lushes: One Right Word
Tôg: Milevis Ifra Deg, Luftslott
Drunken Logic: Rhythm of the Rain
Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes: Fits & Starts
The Crookes: Play Dumb
Sally Seltmann: Catch of the Day, I Will Not Wear Your Wedding Ring
Drunken Logic: Philadelphia Song
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Over the past couple of months or really this past year Macklemore has been in the forefront of music when it comes to “music consciousness”. Specifically, in reference to gay rights and the seemingly prevalent story that Hip-Hop is anti-gay.
But issues arise on how society values the voice of an individual of the majority (the majority meaning white males) over individuals actually apart of the disadvantaged group. Let’s be real, historically the lesser voice has always has been perceived as needing help from the more willingly heard. But things shouldn’t be that way. It’s not Macklemore’s fault of course, in reality, he’s just trying to help. The question is whether his help is a hindrance or truly beneficial.
The Totally Fabulous Drag Show Finals was last Friday and I had the opportunity to do press for the show. I was a little apprehensive, particularly because I found out that some acts had to drop out of the show. That apprehension was cleared when Shangela, a star Drag Queenmost recognizable from her time of RuPaul’s Drag Race, stepped out on the stage. She kept the humor going throughout the show, keeping me enamored with the things taking place on the stage. Some of her most hilarious quotes for me “Tryna Doce Do with a bitch, you don’t know me yet” after George Michael, one of the Drag King’s tried to dance with her after his a performance. Or when she talked about breaking her leg as why she wasn’t wearing heels, “Flats, that’s that post injury fashion”.
The show progressed as such:
Drag shows are often seen as things of trivialness and containers of other negative connotations. But being a Drag Queen or King, is not fickle or easily done. Its an art form, that many, like Shangela (the MC) take years to perfect. There is musicality within being able to lip-sync. Not everyone can catch the rhythm, words or the nuances of several different artist, but these student acts did great jobs.
- Bri Thomas
You’ve got to be an idiot if that last part didn’t get you hooked. I could’ve posted these separately but that would’ve required two extra minutes of work, which is more than one minute and thus not worth the extra effort. I’m
lazy busy okay? Anyway, here’s two hilarious videos to start your day.
First off, everyone knows Zakk Wylde kicks fucking ass at guitar, but do we know WHY? Alas, the secret of Black Label Society has been revealed:
And also, and potentially even more brilliant. The boys in Mastodon dressed up in drag for a new video from The Coathangers (who, I admit, I’d never heard of until now, being the stupid metalhead that I am, but this song is pretty damn good!). Keep watching till the end for maximum hilarity points:
Brent Hinds is a dirty, dirty man.
I sometimes wonder what it would be like if I were really famous, and all of a sudden every little disagreement I had with anyone was detailed on social media, and then I was judged by thousands or millions of people who didn’t actually know me at all. Needless to say, in the modern-day, hyper-reactive, media crazy age we live in, that would probably get me more pissed off than Jim Boheim arguing an offensive foul. I then decide that, life is probably less annoying as a non-famous person, but slightly less awesome cause I don’t get to play guitar on stage wearing make up while fireworks go off all around me.
This is relevant because, the people who DO do that for a living (and two who used to), have decided that they won’t do it for us non-famous people because the two groups are having a petty argument about something that happened a long time ago. What I’m referring to, of course, is Kiss revealing that they will not play at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony despite the four original members being inducted. If you for some reason don’t own a Kiss poster and know the details of the band, allow me to inform you. In short, the two guys in the band, Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons, don’t want to play with the other two original members (no longer in the band) being inducted, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.
The two groups don’t really like each other anymore, which is okay with me because people don’t have to like each other. I myself dislike tons of people, for example. It sucks that they can’t get over it and just play two goddamn songs together for their fans, but I get it. It appears that Ace and Peter were open to play, but Paul and Gene are interested in protecting the current version of the band, which includes two guys, Tommy Thayer and Eric Singer, dressed up as the characters created by Ace and Peter. Got all that? A little crazy I know, but basically the band now LOOKS the same as it did with the original members, but it has a different lead guitar player and drummer. That’s a business decision to not make those guys look replaceable by letting Ace and Peter join the show again.
We haven’t reached Axl vs Slash proportions but this all still sucks. Part of me feels bad for these guys, and I don’t want to join the crowd of Kiss fans ripping into the band for not giving them a reunion of the original lineup. However, I wish Gene and Paul could grow a pair of balls and give a reunion a shot. I love Kiss. I know, I’m a loser, but I’m cooler than you are so whatever. I get it that Kiss is a huge business protected by Gene Simmons’ massive army of entertainment lawyers, but what’s the big beef with four guys jamming? Sorry Gene, Kiss isn’t on top of the world anymore and hasn’t been since the 70s. I saw you play on Dancing With The Stars and it was stupid.
I know the original lineup isn’t going to have a massive reunion tour and turn all of America in to rock and roll fans and take good old Bieb’s out of a job, but ONE SONG!!!! You can argue with me that Kiss is stupid, but the original lineup wrote classic songs that are just plain old great songs, whether they dressed up as spacemen or demons or cats or whatever. Basically, this is sad news for all of us, but we’ll see what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ends up doing. Perhaps it’ll be a worthwhile tribute, or perhaps we’ll just have to awkwardly pretend the whole dust-up didn’t happen.
Although what would be even better…