Archive for September, 2009

Don’t ya hate it…

September 24, 2009

….when you flip the channel and catch the back end of a song you’ve always wanted to hear?
Now playing at Liquid Metal, Sirius Ch. 27: the original version of “Blitzkrieg,” by the band of the same name. Of course, Metallica covered that song early on in their career, on the flip side of the 1984 “Creeping Death” single. Sounds like they were pretty faithful to the original, too, though I only caught the lead-out instrumental part of it. I’d be interested to find out what the vocal part of the original sounds like…

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Yep, that’s our mainstream media…

September 24, 2009

….covering the stories the blogs were covering eight months ago…

This sort of thing isn’t supposed to happen…

September 24, 2009

….in places like New Jersey

Gunfire erupted as a police tactical squad executed a no-knock search warrant in a New Jersey suburb Thursday, leaving four officers and a suspect shot.

…with arguably the most stringent gun laws in the country, more or less the gun controllers’ model for the rest of the country. Of course assclowns like Bryan Miller will blame it on everyone else, ignoring the surrounding conditions such as the fact that it was more or less a drug raid executed by a no-knock search warrant because, hey, drugs’r’bad, hmmkay?

If you can’t say anything of substance…

September 23, 2009

…then why the hell say anything at all?

I could not vote for new artist of the year. This is unbelievable. I love Randy Houser and Zac Brown equally. Randy writes and performs like a champ, and Zac writes, sings and plays the living daylight out of a guitar. Of course, Jamey Johnson hit us with an album that’s so good, it touches your heart like Hank Williams did in the early ’50s. Jake Owen is so good looking, and Darius Rucker is such a star.

“Jake Owen is so good looking.” Really now. CMW at Country California called it a burn, and I can definitely see where he’s coming from — but even if it wasn’t it still makes Hazel Smith look really shallow. I don’t have his new album, but Jake Owen’s 2006 debut album was one of the best cds I bought last year. He has a great voice — so good I think it even redeems lighter fare like “Something About A Woman” and “Yee Haw,” and on the more meaty songs like the title track (the song I bought the cd for), “Places To Run,” and “Ghosts” I honestly think he shows potential for true greatness. (Owen and Chuck Jones wrote “Ghosts” for Kenny Chesney; let me just say I am glad Chesney passed on it, because I am quite sure he could not have done it justice.) I don’t know if he’s on the level that Jamey Johnson is, but I still think Jake Owen is damn good for a mainstream Nashville artist. And if all Country Music Association voter Hazel Smith could say about him was that he’s “so good looking,” then it’s really no wonder Nashville country music’s in such sad shape — no matter what she said about Jamey Johnson.

Hey, yet more Beatles worship!

September 23, 2009

This time, in the comments to this story, and talk about taking Beatles worship to a whole new level…

Don’t tell me that you just compared an Incredible Fab Four group like the Beatles to a group of dress-wearing, makup-wearing, devil worshipping group like the Rolling Stones!! The Stones had a few good hits, but not anything compared to the likes of the four lads from Liverpool. The Beatles had more talent in their pinky than all of the Stones put together !!!!

I guess I must have missed something along the way in my study of the history of rock and roll, because nowhere have I seen anything about the Stones dressing in drag and worshipping the devil. At any rate, though, it really tells you where the commenter’s coming from. I’d guess he (or she) probably prefers everything that came before about 1965 or so, or whenever it was that rock started taking on more of the edge that much of the Rolling Stones’ music had. Now that I think about it I think that’s perhaps the biggest reason I prefer the Rolling Stones, is that their style of rock was harder than that of the Beatles. I’ve always preferred the harder rock of the bands that came later, as you might have noticed by a lot of the songs I am blogging about here. And I’d really hate to think the above comment was representative of the typical Beatles fan’s mentality, because even though I can’t stand the music of the Beatles I can at least respect their talent and not resort to ad hominem slurs.
I might make an exception for John Lenin Lennon, though…

Hey, wait a minute…

September 23, 2009

…reading this

DALLAS — Dallas police say two boys talked their stepfather into letting them live after he allegedly killed their mother and 6-year-old sister.
Gary Green is charged with capital murder and remained jailed Wednesday on $1 million bail. No attorney was listed, in electronic records at the Lew Sterrett Justice Center, for Green.
Police documents indicate Green had showed the boys, ages 9 and 12, the two bodies. The younger boy was stabbed, allegedly by Green, and was treated at a hospital.

and this

BEASON, Ill. — Residents of a tiny central Illinois farming town where three children and their parents were slain in their home anxiously awaited any word to settle their nerves after authorities warned them to lock their doors and be alert.

Authorities discovered the bodies at the family’s ranch-style house Monday afternoon after responding to a 911 call about possible shots fired at the address, Nichols said. He did not say why authorities did not notify the public until Tuesday, then advised them to secure their homes.

I had to say, isn’t that ass-backwards? At least if one follows the logic of the authoritarian control freaks always clamoring for tighter gun laws. Five slain with a gun, perhaps, in a state with some of the most onerous gun laws in the country, and three slain with a knife in a state lambasted by many of said control freaks as one with a “Wild West” mentality because of the comparatively lenient laws. One would almost think those advocating more stringent gun laws had no clue as to what they were talking about, that the critical thing here was the person instead of the tool. But maybe that’s just me.

One of Metallica’s most underrated tunes, probably…

September 22, 2009

…at Liquid Metal, Sirius Ch. 27: “You will do, what I say, when I say…back to the front! You will die, when I say, you must die…back to the front!”
I don’t ever hear anyone talking about “Disposable Heroes” much, but that song has always been one of my favorites from the Master of Puppets cd. It doesn’t have the awesome solos like the title track and “Damage, Inc.” nor is it quite as tight as those two cuts, but it’s still always been a favorite of mine with James’ machine-gun rhythm guitar riff and the blinding speed. I think I’ll have to pull that one up on the iPod today…

A tale from a Texas honky-tonk..

September 21, 2009

…courtesy of Tom. Not gonna excerpt any of it here, but I will say it did remind me of a certain David Allan Coe song. 😉 I’ve always thought the songs an artist covers in concert and on record made for a good indicator of where they come from musically. Just as an example, consider the fact that Tim McGraw does songs from the Steve Miller Band and Elton John, while George Strait covers Webb Pierce and Bob Wills.
(Oh, and Sabra? Don’t let that spook you. I have seen Tim McGraw live, yes…but it was while he was on the Strait festival tour. I really was quite glad to see him replaced by Alan Jackson that last year…)

I could be off base here…

September 20, 2009

…but I am not sure how this is relevant to what the guy did…

Richard Alden Samuel McCroskey III rapped about the thrill of murder in songs he posted on the Internet. Police believe the fantasy lyrics became a gruesome reality in a small Virginia college town.

Huh. So are we going to start looking with a suspicious eye at anyone who writes violent songs and posts them on the Internet? I am not a fan of rap music in the least, but its purveyors have the same First Amendment rights the rest of us do, and of course there are other genres and subgenres of music that speak of violent acts too, to wit:

Slamming through, don’t fuck with razorback
Stepping out? You’ll feel our hell on your back
Blood follows blood and we make sure
Life ain’t for you and we’re the cure

and

Pillage the village, trash the scene,
but, better not take it out on me
‘Cause a ghost town is found
Where your city used to be
So out of the darkness and into the light
Sparks fly everywhere in sight
From my double barrel, 12 gauge,
Can’t lock me in your cage

And there’s a lot more where that came from. Good grief, you’d seriously think we’d have gotten past that “extreme music is bad, hmmmkay?” thing after the whole PMRC controversy blew over. I could be off base here too, but I don’t remember any stories about fans of extreme metal (as in a hell of a lot more violent than Metallica or Pantera, the two bands referred to above) going out and committing multiple murders. To whatever extent it might have happened, though, I don’t think the music’s the problem here.

For some reason…

September 19, 2009

….the headline to this story made me think of Chris Crocker

Jay-Z: Leave Kanye alone

Jay-Z has wants the media to back off his pal Kanye West after the notorious outburst at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, insisting the backlash isn’t justified because “he didn’t kill anybody.”
…”Of course it was rude because it was her moment, but that’s the way he really felt… I think it was rude, but the way they’re treating him … He’s on the cover of every paper. He didn’t kill anybody. No one got harmed. (He’s) a super passionate person,” Jay-Z says.

So, apparently, Jay-Z thinks the only way the negative reaction to Kanye West’s antics would have been justified is for him to have, oh, strangled Taylor Swift with the mike cord after he took it from her. Wow, I just really don’t know what to say to that, to the point that, right or wrong, I just reflexively agreed with one of the commenters — “one thug defending another.”