The Chili Peppers Were Unplugged…So Were The Broncos

Because people NEED to get upset about things they shouldn't get upset about, there are those who appear to be up in arms over the fact that the Chili Peppers were playing to a pre-corded track during the FANTASTIC half time show last Sunday. It's the BEST when it comes from an unknown band talking smack. Shut up. You'd wear a tutu and play imaginary instruments if you had a shot to play the Half Time show at the Superbowl. Shut. Up. Plus, does anyone REALLY question that band's ability to play? Stupid.

If you're going to get pissed about the Superbowl, get pissed at the fact that, as a Colorado resident, I had to support the team and I bought 30 Broncos themed cupcakes. Those damn things looked super sad when that game was beyond reach for the Broncos. You know, after the first mother******* snap.

Here is a link to Flea's honest, perfectly reasonable response. Reason. What a concept. By the way, how GREAT is Bruno Mars? GREAT.

http://redhotchilipeppers.com/news/454-a-message-from-flea

Do you want a cupcake?

Oh and they auctioned off the drum set Chad Smith used for charity. Let's somehow find a way to get irritated about that too.

Chad Smith discussing the auction:

 

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R.I.P. MOG

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I know as a guy who has been on the radio for nearly 20 years I should say I get all of my music from said medium but I would be lying and I will never lie to you...unless I have something to gain- especially financially. In that case, I will TOTALLY lie to you. It may be best for you to just hand over those CC digits now and save both of us (but mostly me) a lot of hassle.

Although I do get my music from various sources, radio still has something the music streaming services don't have - people. People like me. Now that may be a reason you LIKE the streaming services - no people like me. I love technology, man, but you can't digitize humanity and that feeling you can get when your favorite song comes on the radio and you know that thousands of other people are also hearing that song at that exact moment is pretty fantastic. A sense of community is part of music, I think, and I know, on my shows, I try really hard to talk about bands I love even if the station I'm on doesn't play them. Music is and always will be the most powerful art form to me. Radio still has a place in that but it now has a lot more company than it once did. These streaming music services are now a part of our musical lives and they're amazing. For me, MOG was the most amazing of these services due to the fantastic  sound quality (relatively speaking...digital music in general sounds like balls), super user-friendly interface and great music selection. It had nowhere near the subscriber numbers that Spotify has which also maybe added to its appeal for me. I am a rebel. Screw you, the man.

Anyway, Dr. Dre and Trent Reznor have killed MOG and replaced it with Beats Music. Granted I've only used it for a day but so far I don't like it. There's no new releases section. That's nonsensical. Also it feels like I'm swiping nine screens to get where I want to go and it feels like actually playing just one album or multiple albums on a playlist is pretty clunky...if it's even possible at all. Is it, Dr. Dre? Is it? What kind of Dr. are you anyway? I though doctors were in the business of saving things. Doctors shouldn't destroy things. Don't you take an oath of some sort?

There is a feature called The Sentence where you essentially tell Beats what you're doing and it tailors a list to fit the task at hand. Beats is REALLY nosey. It's a cute idea but I haven't found it to be very accurate. Also there's no native iPad app which is pretty ridiculous in this day and age. Yes, I know there are bigger problems in the world but MOG was my daily music pal and now MOG is going away (it will be officially dead in April but they're not adding any new music to it between now and then). I feel the same way you feel when your favorite radio station changes format. Not that I have any experience with that.

So I'm now on the hunt for my new MOG and it really boils down to Spotify, RDIO or this Beats thing. Your comments, experience and input are welcome here. What do you use? I know a lot of people use Pandora but that's never been my bag.

I'll miss you MOG. You were the best.

 

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New Music Picks (1/15/14)

First New Music Tuesday post of the year and there's some cool stuff already. As always, I encourage you to post comments about what you are digging. You won't though. You never do. This is a pretty one-sided bloglationship we have. I don't JUST listen to rock/metal and these lists reflect that. Stop sending me e-mails reminding me that I work for rock stations. I am aware.

 


Bruce Springsteen 'High Hopes'

Columbia Records

Columbia Records

I don't know man, this guys just doesn't release crap. You can always count on him to deliver and he does it again here. If, for some ABSURD reason, you don't have any interest in Bruce, check it out to hear the always fantastic guitar work by Tom Morello. 'American Skin (41 Shots), 'Harry's Place) and 'The Ghost Of Tom Joad' are some Morello highlights.

This record is a collection of cover songs Bruce has been singing live over the years, reworked versions of older Boss songs and includes tracks not released from previous albums. Usually when an artist releases songs that were 'previously unreleased' there is a reason. I don't know what the reason was here because songs like 'Harry's Place' and 'Down In The Hole' sound WAY too good to not be released.

Bruce is an American treasure. A treasure! I think when the day comes that he leaves this world, we should put him in a glass display case like Russia did with Stalin...wait...Lenin....Harrison? Whatever.

Highlights:

American Skin

Frankie Fell In Love

Down In The Hole

ALL OF IT


 The Dead Weather 'Open Up' & 'Rough Detective'

 

Third Man Records

Third Man Records

Speaking of national treasures, Jack White...is one too. If he releases it, I will listen to it. In addition to White, The Dead Weather features Alison Mosshart from a  really cool band called The Kills,  The Raconteurs' Jack Lawrence and  Dean Fertia from Queens Of The Stone Age. EVERYONE knows QUOTSA is probably the coolest rock and roll band on Earth right now...as aside.

Anyway The Dead Weather will be releasing 2 singles at a time bewtixt now and 2015 when they'll all be offered as one complete record (the band's third) on Jack's Third Man Records label. That's likely the way it will be done by most everybody in the future - when we're all wearing one piece jumpsuits, commuting via jetpack.


 Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings 'Give The People What They Want'

 

Daptone Records

Daptone Records

Man I love this band. This record could have been released 40 years ago but doesn't sound old. Their sound is just timeless. This is great Sunday morning listening. This record was scheduled to be released last year until Sharon was diagnosed with stage-two pancreatic cancer. Thankfully she's healthy now and this new record is certainly proof that the world is better for it.

 


 James LaBrie  'I Will Not Break'

Inside Out Records

Inside Out Records

Dream Theater singer James LaBrie's new digital E.P. is heavier than the most recent Dream Theater record. DT has always been a mixed bag for me. I've REALLY liked some of their stuff and really disliked some of their stuff so I never know which way it will go when I listen to something new from them. Same goes for this EP. This will go in my Dream Theater related stuff I like pile. There isn't an actual pile. It's an imaginary pile really.


 

And that's the list for this week. I'm also digging the De La Terra (feat. Andreas Kisser of Sepultura), Eternal Summers and Rosanne Cash records. The Pixies released a new EP too.

 

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Queens Of The Stone Age To Appear On Austin City Limits (Video)

Hey. I love Queens Of The Stone Age. Their latest record 'Like Clockwork' is brilliant and will be making an appearance on my top albums of 2013 list (which I hope to actually compile sometime before 2016). I'm sure that's what they were aiming for when they made it. Mission accomplished fellas. Queens will be kicking off the second half the 39th season of the fantastic Austin City Limits.  Enjoy the teaser and buy the new Queens record if you haven't. Also, see them live should you get the opportunity. DO it.

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The Most Recorded Christmas Songs

http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/12/18/why-silent-night-will-never-go-quiet/

Concord Music Group

Concord Music Group

 

I have a rule about Christmas music and it's pretty simple: I won't listen to your Christmas music unless you're dead and The Charlie Brown Christmas album is the greatest holiday album ever. EVER.  I've discussed it before as well as my allowance of Tony Bennett's Christmas music to be included in my playlist because he is super old and still damn cool. Time Magazine has posted a pretty cool, interactive info graphic showing a large selection of Christmas classics and how many times they've been recorded. You'll be interested to know that Little Drummer Boy has been recorded 213 times. 213 times. I will be playing every one of them on an upcoming edition of my radio show. Jingle bells has only been recorded 254 times which is only an ONLY because it's ONLY 41 more times than Little Drummer Boy. The ALWAYS creepy 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' has been recorded only 19 times. Yes. That is 19 times too many.

 

Click to see how many times your favorite Christmas song has been recorded but DO NOT record any of them yourselves.

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