Archive for May, 2011

The Grateful Dead Rock! At Least I Think So…… by Joseph

Posted in Albums, Bands, Music In General, Songs on May 29, 2011 by mattstorm

Quick, name the first thing that pops into your head when I say The Grateful Dead. Let me guess, dirty hippies, stoners playing hacky sack, and old burnouts reliving the glory days of rock? Sure, when a band is that steeped in drug culture, all of that’s bound to come to mind. Do you know what you didn’t think of? The freaking music! While not everyone’s cup of tea, The Dead have been a major part of my life’s soundtrack since I was 15. One of my brothers, who was lucky enough to be able to see The Dead live, introduced me to them through his tapes of their live shows. I was hooked. Granted, they have a history immersed in the drug culture (they cut their teeth at Ken Kesey’s acid tests), but you don’t have to be high to enjoy their music (though admittedly, I was quite high for most of my teenage years). With such a variety of musical sounds and influences in all of their songs, you’re bound to find a few that sink their hooks into your soul. I have so many favorites I couldn’t begin to list them all, but here are a few suggestions to get you started. Keep in mind, there is a huge difference between studio and live versions, from track length to overall feel and vibe. These guys would change it up at every show!

Song title (Album title):

Uncle John’s Band (Workingman’s Dead)

Dire wolf (Workingman’s Dead)

Casey Jones(Workingman’s Dead)

Box of Rain (American Beauty)

Friend of the Devil (American Beauty)

Truckin’ (American Beauty)

U.S. Blues (From the Mars Hotel)

Scarlet Begonias (From the Mars Hotel)

Ship of Fools (From the Mars Hotel)

Fire on the Mountain (Shakedown Street)

Althea (Go to Heaven)

St. Stephen (Aoxomoxa)


Song Shots: MC Frontalot (feat. Dual Core, YTCracker and Jane Silence) – Zero Day

Posted in Albums, Bands, Music In General, Songs on May 22, 2011 by mattstorm

“Yo, when it flips, new world is a permanent state. Cultivate paranoia ’cause the Huns at the gate, are many millions strong, all arrive in a spate.”

“Zero Day” is the newest video by MC Frontalot from the album of the same name.  Both the video and song are a lot of fun.  MC Frontalot stands tall on the hills of Nerdcore with this hit. Definitely a great track and is worth a listen.  The idea that one day all the things that we love and rely on will one day rise up and destroy us, is both a hilarious and terrifying thought. So enjoy your technology while it lasts i suppose.

I met Mike Phirman

Posted in Music In General, Tours and Live Shows on May 22, 2011 by mattstorm

I met Mike Phirman last night and it was awesome.  I got to talk to him for a bit.  Very nice guy and I was very happy to get to meet him in person!

Song Shots: The Lonely Island – Jack Sparrow

Posted in Bands, Music In General, Songs on May 14, 2011 by mattstorm

“This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow, Pirate so brave on the seven seas (Andy: What?),  A mystical quest to the isle of Tortuga, Raven locks sway on the ocean breeze”

“Jack Sparrow” is the brand new single from the brilliant and funny boys of The Lonely Island (featuring Michael Bolton), off their latest record Turtleneck and Chain. The song and video for “Jack Sparrow are hilarious.  It’s great to see the Michael Bolton has a great sense of humor both in general and about himself.  As ridiculous as the lyrics are to this song, it has a great beat and as Mr. Bolton says in the song a nice, “sexy” hook.  If you like comedy and catchy tunes them I definitely suggest you check these guys out.