Archive for August, 2008

Metallica Feature in The New York Times

Posted in Metallica with tags , , on August 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

Pick up your copy of today’s New York Times to check out the special Metallica feature, “Some Kind of Refined Monster.”

The article discusses the song writing on Death Magnetic with the recent concert in Bucharest as its setting. If you are a Metallica freak, then this article really does not break any new ground. But if you need to brush up in time for the release of Death Magnetic, it is definitely worth a reading.

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Flashback: John Lennon Rocks Madison Square Garden [1972]

Posted in Flashback, John Lennon with tags , , on August 30, 2008 by gearsofrock

On this day, in 1972, John Lennon and Yoko Ono played a charity show at the “most famous arena in the world,” Madison Square Garden. Some of the tracks from this performance appeared on the Live In New York City album [Source: garylessard.com]. Here is the performance of “Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)” from that legendary show.

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Flashback: Black Sabbath Debuts On The US Charts [1970]

Posted in Black Sabbath, Flashback with tags , on August 29, 2008 by gearsofrock

This time in 1970, Black Sabbath’s debut LP reached it’s peak on the US charts at #23 [source:rockhall.com].

There really are no words to describe the importance of this record on rock music. This album marked the official birth of heavy metal. I don’t think there is a rock and roll soul in the world that does not own this album in some form.

Check out this amazing footage of the band performing “Black Sabbath” in Paris, 1970.

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AC/DC 101 Presents The History Of AC/DC

Posted in AC/DC with tags , , on August 29, 2008 by gearsofrock

ACDC.COM has a special treat for its fanatics called AC/DC 101. It is a presentation of the band’s rich history in an entertaining manner with photos and videos. Studying history has never been so rockin. You can also read while the new AC/DC single, “Rock ‘N Roll Train,” repeats over and over…and over.

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You Mean You Haven’t Heard of O’Death?

Posted in Free Music, Indie, O'Death with tags , , on August 28, 2008 by Jillers

…Actually, there is a small chance that maybe you have heard of O’Death, as my roommate’s boyfriend has heard of them and didn’t go to college with us.
In case you haven’t though…
How to describe O’Death? Well.. they are certainly unique… I mean, I don’t think I’ve ever run across another Gothic/Country/Punk band out there… then again I don’t actively seek out the genre, since I am actually not a fan of country, punk, OR goth. Somehow, though, O’Death manages to combine all three elements into something that’s distinctively part country, part punk, and part goth…

…And all good. I know: it’s counter-intuitive.

Like many other bands I could name from my SUNY Purchase days, O’Death caught me by surprise. I certainly didn’t go out of my way to see them, but they were playing, and they were good, and I’m glad I accidentally discovered them and stuck with them.
Like all live shows I thrive on, their’s is full of energy; the crowd feeds off the energy from the band, who feeds off the energy from the crowd.
The best way I can think of to describe their music is this: Imagine the soundtrack to “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”*. Good, now imagine if Tim Burton had directed it.

I highly recommend all of their tracks, but if you are cheap and not willing to buy a whole album from a band that comes as a recommendation from some random person on the internet, you can try listening to these tracks (which always find their way on my iPod despite my intentions to change the playlist at least once a month)**:

Spider Home
Down to Rest
Adelita
Allie Mae Reynolds
O Lee O
Busted Old Church
All the World
Low Tide
I Think I’m Fine
Nimrod’s Son

There are also some free songs available here, including “Adelita” (which is my personal favorite of theirs, despite “Nimrod’s Son” having the lyric: “You are the son of incestuous union”, which, I think, makes it awesome by default).

They have a bunch of shows coming up, but only one in NYC, so if you are in the area on September 10th, I suggest buying tickets for this show, on a cruise ship, and seeing them, and feel free to say “Hi” to me (you know, assuming you can figure out who I am from my internet anonymity), because I am really excited to be seeing them again.
If you’re not in NYC, they may be coming around to your town, so besure to check out their myspace and check them out!

Next Week: A Band I didn’t go to school with! (I swear!)

*Also known as “That effin’ movie with George Clooney’s whose title I can never remember without going on IMDB

**It’s a short list, and it really hurts me that I can’t fit in songs like “Only Daughter” and “Nathaniel”… but I suppose sacrifices have to be made in order to have all the bands I love represented on my iPod (shuffle…. if someone wanted to… say… donate me a Zune….)

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Review: AC/DC “Rock ‘N Roll Train” [2008]

Posted in AC/DC with tags , on August 28, 2008 by gearsofrock

AC/DC released the first single from Black Ice titled “Rock ‘N Roll Train.” After several weeks of watching the silly YouTube impersonations of the song, it was refreshing to hear the studio version.

The song begins with a classic Angus riff, followed by steady drums and bass, which cues up the Brian Johnson growl. It is a basic rock n roll blues song with a sing along chorus. The Angus guitar solo is a little weaker than usual; I figured after waiting 8 long years he’d unleash more fury. Overall, true fans of AC/DC will not be disappointed with this track. 7/10

The song is currently streaming at the AC/DC MySpace page.

Rage Against The Machine Perform During 2008 Democratic National Convention

Posted in Rage Against The Machine with tags , on August 28, 2008 by gearsofrock

Rage Against The Machine performed a free protest show in support for the Iraq War veterans on August 27 at Denver Coliseum. Following the concert, the band led a march from the Coliseum to the Pepsi Center where the Democratic National Convention is held throughout the week. RATM also plans on performing in Minneapolis during the Republican Convention on September 3.

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