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Posted by Mike on October 11, 2011
Posted by Mike on October 7, 2011
You know him from hundreds of movies and television shows. He’s one of those guys who’s name is unrecognizable but when you see his face you say, “Oh yeah, that guy!” Lt. Boyle from “Silence Of The Lambs”, Murdock from “First Blood Part II”, the anti-semetic leader of the country band The Good Ol’ Boys from “The Blues Brothers”. If you needed a no bullshit tough guy that had a face like a Stone Tiki Idol he was the man. But his finest role in my humble opinion was the optimistically evil space hippy Adam from the Star Trek episode “The Way To Eden”. You are finally there sir. When you get to Heaven tell Steve Jobs to lose the mock turtleneck and have a whiskey.
Posted by Mike on October 5, 2011
It’s supposed to be in the 80′s this weekend. This may be the last chance to fire up the grill until Spring. Here’s a great recipe for your grilling pleasure from our friend Henry. Let me know how that comes out. Enjoy!
Posted by Mike on September 29, 2011
Korn will release their new mutated selves in the form of “The Path Of Totality” on December 6th. After stripping it down for “Oildale” they head in the opposite direction with collaborative efforts with some of the pioneers of the Dubstep genre. Korn have never shied away from experimenting especially with dance and hip hop. With the recent success of their partnership with Skrillex for “Get Up” they were inspired to pursue the Dubstep path further. Other producers on the album include Excision, Datsik, Noisia, Kill the Noise.
I’ve posted the new video for “Get Up” below. Tickets for their show at the House Of Blues in Boston on 11/3 go on sale tomorrow(9/30)
Posted by Mike on September 28, 2011
Got a chance to view “Pearl Jam 20″ yesterday. Suffice to say I was in Fanboy heaven for 2 hours. There’s not much here the hardcore PJ fan doesn’t already know but it’s the collection of amazing footage that director Cameron Crowe painstakingly pieced together that makes it worth the price. The early footage of the band and Mother Love Bone with the late Andy Wood is the most incredible. I think I was hit with a nostalgic hammer while watching the early interviews and live performances. The early 90′s were a roller coaster for me and seeing Pearl Jam in their pre-battered by fame days reminded me of a time when it was ok to wear Combat Boots with jean cut-off shorts. I grew up listening to these guys. And when I say grew up I mean survived my twenties and made plenty of life altering decisions. I was never one to subscribe to the “Kurt Cobain is the spokesperson of my generation”. I did like Nirvana but I’ve always loved Pearl Jam.
Here are some of my favorite moments(until the next viewing):
- Their 2nd gig ever at the Moore Theater in Seattle playing “Alive”. To see them so unsure and treading lightly on stage is strange but there is also a chemistry that is coming to life.
- Their performance at the MTV “Singles” release party that never aired due to large amounts of wine and tequila. Apparently the band didn’t want to do it and ended up doing a gig that all admit was very embarrassing. The footage is pretty hilarious and at times a little scary. Eddie repeatedly screaming “FUCK YOU” as a security guard tries to keep HIM from pouncing on the crowd is especially crazy.
- The band working out the Who’s “Baba O’reily” backstage at Lollapalooza 92′. At this point they were surfing the crest for “10″ but were going on third. I remember Stone saying in an interview at the time that they loved the early spot because it was low pressure. Eddie doing the scream in this scene is nothing but pure joy.
- Stone and Eddie first working together on a song that would later become ”Daughter” on a tour bus. The interaction between them seems so natural.
- Mike McCeady saying he didn’t remember playing “Daughter” on Saturday Night Live because he “blacked out”.
- Jeff Ament and Chris Cornell’s emotional testimony about their love for late Mother Love Bone singer Andrew Wood and how it affected them. Ament’s description of seeing Wood in a coma is especially moving.
- Stone Gossard beaming with pride while describing hearing Eddie Vedder’s voice with Chris Cornell’s during the Temple Of The Dog sessions. My favorite line is “Wow! Our guy can really sing too!”
- The live footage of “Blood” from Auckland, NZ is quite powerful.
I wish they would have spent more time on the recording of “No Code” which I think was a great turning point for the band creatively. But I’m sure there will be tons of extra footage with the DVD release on 10/25. There are some heavy moments in the film too, like their reaction to the fan deaths during their set at the Roskilde Festival in 2000 and Eddie talking about the father he barely knew. By the end you realize it took them 2 decades to figure out how to be in a band that creates on it’s own terms. 20 years is a long time to commit to anything. Most bands are lucky to last past a couple of years and the average length of a marriage in the U.S. is five years. A band is much like a marriage. There’s a lot of compromise, love, sadness, fighting, and happiness. You have to be as honest as possible to make it work. Cheers guys, for doing it your way and keeping it “real” for so long.
What were some of your favorite moments from “Pearl Jam 20″? Let me know in the comment section below. Let’s talk a little Pearl Jam.
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When The Rolling Stones Re-Issued “Exile On Main St.” Jimmy Fallon celebrated by dedicating a whole week of his show to having different musical artists cover songs from that seminal album. Now Fallon is celebrating “Pink Floyd Week” for the massive re-issue project called “Why Pink Floyd”. All 14 of Floyd’s studio albums re-issued in various deluxe editions with tons of extras. You can get all the exhaustive details here. Fallon will have a different artist covering a Pink Floyd song every night this week. Last night he had Floyd founding member Roger Waters play “In The Flesh” with the omnipresent Foo Fighters, who have been known to whip it out as a cover now and then. Waters looked like he was having a good time. Maybe this will lead to some kind of collaboration in the future like Lou Reed and Metallica? Looks like Dave Grohl can add another name to his Rock Legend Resume. Check out the video below:
Here’s the line up for the rest of the week:
Wednesday, September 28: MGMT cover ‘Lucifer Sam’ off The Piper At The Gates of Dawn.
Thursday, September 29: Country artist Dierks Bentley will cover ‘Wish You Were Here’.
Friday, September 30: Pearl Jam will play their version of ‘Mother’ from The Wall.
Posted by Mike on September 27, 2011
Here’s the first offering from the Lou Reed/Metallica collaboration called “Lulu”. Based on German Expressionist writer Frank Wedekind’s “Lulu Plays”. The official “Lulu” website goes into more detail here. Both artists have taken many risks with mixed results in their respective careers. I’ve only listened to “The View” a couple of times, and as a fan of both Reed and Metallica I find it fascinating. Maybe not their best work but still interesting. I’m sure there will be purists from both camps crying about this and that will, no doubt, be entertaining in itself. Give “The View” a listen and let me know what you think in the comment section below. It’s also available for download here. The full album will be out on November 1st.
Posted by Mike on September 25, 2011
Starting Monday I’m going to make the NOON hour ALL REQUEST! With one “Hook”. It’s going to take a little quick brain work and an expert knowledge of the alphabet. We call it “The Hook Up”. This is how it works:
I’ll play a request like “For Those About To Rock” by ACDC. The next song has to start with the last letter of the previous song. Like “King Nothing” by Metallica. Then the next song would have to start with a G. Get it? Some people call it the “Dictionary Game” or “Barrel Of Monkeys”. I wanted to call it “Pulling A Train” but my boss wasn’t to enthusiastic about that. So as long as you’re familiar with the English Alphabet you’re all set. And if you’re not then you probably can’t read this anyway.
Another very important rule is e and x are wild. If a song ends with either you can request anything and we’ll start it all again.(and by anything I don’t mean Beiber or Gaga) Oh, and that reminds me, parenthesis don’t count.
“The” and ”A” count and numbers are spelled out.
“The Hook Up” starts at Noon Monday and will be every weekday. Now is the time to get creative and maybe hear some stuff you don’t usually hear on WAAF. Here’s the number, have it ready: 617-931-1AAF
p.s. My boss has limited me to only one Rush song per “Hook Up”. What a hater.