Friday, November 28, 2008
Thursday, November 27, 2008
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
The track listing is as follows:
1. Seven-Mile Island
"Seven-Mile Island" is now playing on Isbell's myspace, so check it out. If the new album is anything like Sirens, it will for sure prove to be a great record. Couple that with Jason having the advantage of recording the album with his everyday band? Shew, son. Dare I say the first great record of '09 possibly?
We shall see...
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
In case you aren't familiar with Musink, or missed the previous post, Musink will feature the music of Social Distortion and Motorhead, amongst others yet to be announced, along with some of the biggest names in tattooing in the world like Kat Von D (who is presenting the tour apparently)...so brace yourself for the loudest show of all time, along with plenty of inkin', drinkin' and rock.
Monday, November 24, 2008
And Thank God that we did because we get a free Dr. Pepper today! DP promised earlier this year that if Axl released Democracy this year, everyone would get a free Dr. Pepper. Ironically, as long as it took for the album to actually come out, you only only have until 6pm EST tonight to get your coupon here for your free 23 flavors of goodness. (The promotion was only supposed to last through yesterday, but their site went down due to the traffic and they extended the promotion through today to accommodate the Doctor's orders.)
So enjoy, and Be a Pepper, at 10, 2, and 4.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Yes, probably even ___(fill in the blank with the most obscure, random, stupid, silly video that you are ashamed and too embarrassed to admit that you liked)___.
With this great power, careful you must be.
Don't say I didn't warn you. This will bleed your time to death.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
If you haven't heard the leaked tracks, or the various versions of Chinese Democracy that have been floating around since China actually regained control of its territories from the UK back in the mid-late '90s, you can (be one of the last to) preview the album tonight starting at midnight EST on GNR's myspace.
Of course, there is no way in the world that this album can be as good as it has been hyped up to be. How could it be? With the breakthrough success of Appetite, and it's double barrel blast of a follow up with the Illusions, then a half-assed covers album that really isn't considered to be a part of the GNR legacy as it shouldn't be. Chinese Democracy since its many "first" conceptions, has been destined for greatness, and failure...mostly failure, and let down. And here's why: a brief history- a somewhat fairly accurate timeline between 1993 and 2008 all from my memory, because let's be honest, it really doesn't matter now in what order it's listed in- every stage and step of the album happened a couple of times as Axl pined over, slaved on, and beat his Democracy into submission with his dictating iron fist, and lungs.
Democracy was recorded, hyped up, set-to-be-released, delayed, re-recorded, members thrown out, new members brought in, recorded some more, a single released on a movie sound track, set-to-be-released again, delayed again, recorded some more, re-arranged, leaked to the internet, more band dismissals, more band hirings, lawsuit, MTV Music Awards, a failed tour attempt, a subsequent revolving door installed in the multiple studios to make it easier on the cast of this colossal record to come and go (but mostly go), recorded some more, leaked some more, tweaked some more, remixed some, lawsuit, set-to-be-released, delayed, set-to-be-released, now. Again, I'll believe it when I see, err, hear it.
The only way that Axl and company could follow up with those initial three records would be to produce the biggest, baddest, loudest, hard rocking-est, balls and cockin'-est, mean-machinin', boozin' and bruisin', spillin' out of the bar room out to the back parking lot brawlin', son-of-a-bitch record of all time. And that is just the music. Axl has to be the baddest bitch on the block for this record to work; to even have a shot at living up to half of its hype, and to make it the wait somewhat plausible.
Will it be? Your guess is as good as mine. I have heard most of the tracks here and there, but not all together, not in album order. Hell, I'm not sure that they are the final mixes and masterings. Knowing Axl, they probably aren't. So I decided to wait, just like everyone else, so I know for sure what I am listening to, and also, because, I am a little bit excited too, that this record is about to see the light of day, and the laser reader in my car. But let's not get ahead of ourselves.
Chinese Democracy is set to come out finally on Sunday through Best Buy stores "exclusively", but I bet your local neighborhood indie store will find a way to have a few copies there for your (dis)liking...I'll believe it when I see it though. However, if you do so choose to G-N-R it up this weekend or later on, please shop locally, especially this holiday season, and help your fellow brothers and sisters out:
Find your closest independent store and support your 'hood, yo-- Represent!
The Drive-By Truckers premiered their new video yesterday for "Perfect Timing", off of Brighter Than Creation's Dark. The video features Scott Baxendale, maker of Baxendale Guitars at the Colfax Guitar Shop in Denver, as he rushes to finish his Wes Freed-inspired guitar for Cooley...it turns out to be a beautiful guitar too. Check it out, along with a special appearance by The King.
Check out Baxendale's work here...and his very impressive client list. Some of the notables, along with DBT and Jason Isbell, are Hank III, Joe Walsh, James Burton, Willie Nelson, Guided By Voices, Nashville Pussy, Steve "The Colonel" Cropper, Travis Tritt and a ton more.
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We asked Chris a bunch of questions, and of course, in typical drummer fashion (and sense of humor), we received some not-so-serious responses to our questions. Chris's responses were better than what I was really looking for, so it made for a great interview- see what you think. By the way, check out Chris gettin' down in the original video for their hit song "Hell" at the 1:15 mark...at least I believe that is Chris bustin' a move.
Oh- and since the show has already passed, if you didn't go, you have to buy their new album in 2009. If you did go to the show, you know it was awesome. Re-live some of it here and here...and yes, you too, still have to buy the new album in 2009.
SDB: Knoxville is really excited about y'all coming to town. Y'all were slated to perform last summer here, but if my memory serves me correctly (which it doesn't from time to time), I am fairly certain y'all ended up not playing. What happened? Despite that, we are glad to have you this time and are looking forward to the show.
SDB: I am a new fan of Backyard Tire Fire, who y'all are touring with starting next week...How did they get hooked up with y'all? Did y'all had pick them out? Tell us about the Old Ceremony too, who y'all have been playing with this year. What are they like?
SDB: Do you have a favorite song to play live, and if so what is it and why?
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
I've never been to Merle Fest, but I have heard nothing but great things about this little festival in North Carolina. Check it out.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
As we mentioned before, the Dropkick Murphys ride into town tonight to assault Knoxville with their blended barrage of punk, celtic, folk, rock and a mean set of bagpipes. This will be the Boston bruisers' first trip to Knoxville, and their fourth stop on this tour.
I suggest you get down to the Valarium tonight, as you will not be disappointed. Let me know what you think
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
And who better to present MUSINK and be the tattoo focal point than LA Ink's Kat Von D. Yea, she's on tv; yea, she is regarded now as more as the modern purveyor of pin-ups and a taker of tatts to the mall and to the masses even more so; and oh- she's dating Nikki Sixx.
However, I will preach about doing your part as a citizen of this great, and soon to be even greater country, by taking part in the democracy that this wonderful country was founded on over 200 years ago by exercising your right to vote today.
The Drive-By Truckers posted this one yesterday for everyone. Here's Wilco's plea to vote, and James McMurtry's as well. There are many others, too, if you'll search for them (I won't do all the work for you).
But don't spend all your time today searching. Spend it by bettering our country. She needs all the help she can get right now.
And she needs it from you.
Go vote. Please.