Sunday, May 31, 2015

Cover Week 2: Machine Head - Hallowed Be Thy Name

Robb Flynn of Machine Head may be one of Metal's biggest d-bags, but he does have some talent.  One thing that this band is good at is doing killer covers of other people's songs.  This song is no exception.

I love this.  They treated the song well, without deviating too much, but they also managed to make it just a little bit of their own.

I hope you enjoyed Cover Week 2, we'll be returning to our regularly scheduled programming tomorrow at 12am.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Cover Week 2: Bullet For My Valentine - Crazy Train

In the spirit of bands that I only ever heard their cover of a song, I give you this.

As with Helloween I found this song while frantically looking through the internet to find all the cover songs I could.  I used to be a little obsessed.

It's not a bad cover though, and the band itself has released a lot of good songs.  Hope you enjoy this, I feel it does a very good job with the song.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cover Week 2: Helloween - White Room

Helloween plays "Happy Metal".  I don't really know what to say about it, cause it's a bit of a weird experience.  Still though, it's an interesting thing to check out, cause the entire album that this song is from is a cover album.  Check it, it's not too bad.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Cover Week 2: Mushroomhead - Rumor Has It

Now if you were following me during the A to Z Challenge you might have heard this, but otherwise, here's a fantastic song.

I've gotta confess, I always forget that Adele exists.  I get reminded when she releases a new song, but then within a month she's gone.  Maybe that's just the way she is...

Check it though, good quality cover work here, with a tiny bit of the wub steps in there. 

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Cover Week 2: Five Finger Death Punch - Bad Company

I talked about 5FDP a while ago and posted all of their covers at once.  That was a mistake.

I'm reposting this one now so that, just in case you lived under a rock that played no rock music during 2009 - 2011 area, you can hear this song.  It's really good, and I think you might like it.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Cover Week 2: Johnny Cash - Hurt

This is probably everybody's top cover song.  There's so many stories about it, like Trent Reznor hearing it and apparently saying "This isn't my song anymore."

I purposefully left this off of my first cover week, but I think it's safe to bring it in now, eh?

Check it out, it's a really tough piece.  It really seems to resonate pretty hard with a lot of people, so maybe you're one of them.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Cover Week 2: The Animal In Me - Rap God

I'm currently writing this from my car because in my mind there were places that are open at 5:30 am.  Apparently not on Sunday, so I've got about half an hour to kill.  Luckily the place I'm outside of doesn't turn off it's WiFi when it's closed, so it's not like I have nothing to do.

No, I don't only exist online, I just left my book at home.

So we've talked a lot about how much I love cover songs, and I think it's time to do another cover week.  Just because.

I don't remember how I found this.  If fact, that's how I feel like I found most of my favorite cover songs.

I mean, this could probably be on one of the Punk Goes Pop albums, but those ones usually suck, ya know?

Also, it's Metalcore, just in case you don't like that.  But listen anyway, cause it's not too bad.  The female vocalist, when singing, is actually really good.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Savant - Kali 47

Artist:  Savant
Genre:  Electro House

Found this totally by accident last night.  I don't have any super strong feelings about the music, but holy crap this video is fantastic.

This video was posted in this Reddit thread because the picture seemed similar to the guy.

3-25-16  Hella late almost a year later edit, but hey, I do what I want.

As I was going through all my old posts to get the songs for my playlist I found this.  Totally forgot what it was but as I watched this freaking cool music video I quickly remembered.

For real, you need more Steampunk Cowboys in your life, aight?

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Kool & The Gang - Celebration

Post 250!  Woo hoo, it's another great milestone!  I know it's only 50 more than 200, but it's one of my favorite lump numbers, so we're gonna celebrate.

Of course, by Celebrate I mean we're gonna listen to everybody's favorite song, Celebration by Kool & The Gang.

I wanted to do something special for the 200, but since that was in the middle of the A to Z challenge we had to wait.  I was just gonna wait for the one year, but this is a number I happen to like a lot, so we're gonna enjoy it.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Skillet - Stand

I'm assuming that most of you weren't raised on a copious amount of Veggie Tales like I was.  One of my favorite episodes ever was the chocolate factory episode, though if you haven't seen the show I don't expect you to know what I'm talking about.  It's ok, I forgive you.

That episode had a fantastically funny song about standing up for what you believe in.  It was later re-imagined by Skillet in the Veggie Rocks album.  This album has a lot of really crappy song son it, but this and 1 or 2 others were good.

Please, enjoy this wonderful rendition of a Veggie Tales song.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Rammstein - Ich Tu Dir Weh

Rammstein, gotta love that German Industrial Metal.  This is some reasonably messed up music actually, so if you just want to hear an enjoyable song just watch the main thing I posted and don't look into the subtitle link.

Now if you wish to know, the lyrics are probably about some very intense BDSM style stuff.  Not gonna lie, it almost scared me away from the song when I first looked up the lyrics.  One person though had the interesting idea that the song is about a Dentist.  Look here to see.  Got you the lyrics plus translation on this site as well if you're interested.

Fun fact about this video.  Til Lindemann the singer had a hole put in his cheek for this video.  They literally put a hole in his face to run a lightbulb through it so he could have it for live shows.  No CGI for Til's lights, he wants 'em put right in his mouth.

If you want any subtitles...

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Green Day - Brain Stew

You know, while I'm on the topic of Godzilla we may as well mention the Godzilla version of the Green Day song Brain Stew.

It's like normal Green Day, but way better cause you've got Godzilla in it.  This is the first version of Brain Stew that I ever heard by the way, so it holds a special place as the better version to me.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Blue Öyster Cult - Godzilla

Blue Oyster Cult is one of those early on devil music bands.  They've got some sort of weird cross as their logo and that was generally taken poorly by a lot of people.  Apparently their early albums were written by somebody else though, and they were all occult-ish.  The stuff after was all radio type songs though, which is what we have here.

Godzilla is a song by Blue Oyster Cult that I really like a lot.  It's not (Don't Fear) The Reaper, so there's some major marks in my book.

If you like this song, make sure to check out some of their other stuff.  The material on Agents Of Fortune is pretty good.

Monday, May 18, 2015

F-777 - Drown

For the longest time I was a very musically uninformed person.  Like, seriously uninformed.

The first time I had any interaction with this artist was in a totally legitimately acquired copy of Audiosurf.  A friend of mine had loaded some music he liked to play along with in the copy he gave me and this was one of the songs.

It's a reasonably enjoyable song, but I can't say I've ever listened to any of the artist's other work.  Ah well.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

B B King - Rock Me Baby / The Thrill Is Gone

As some of you may be aware, legendary blues musician B.B. King died on Wednesday the 14th.  The man was an absolutely fantastic Blues guitarist who never played more notes than he had to.  If you watch the videos here, you'll see that basically everybody else plays a more than he does.

One of my favorite things about B.B. King is that he makes fantastic faces while he plays.  I mean seriously, look at "Rock Me Baby" and tell me that those faces aren't the best.

My dad used to play the videos from Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival and Mr King was one of my favorite people to watch when he came on.  Sure, other people were good and all and I'm not trying to claim my musical taste was super refined then, but there were some people I just enjoyed more.

It's a really sad thing that this guy's dead, not gonna lie.  Check out the two songs here, check out his studio stuff, and just enjoy it a little bit.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Sabaton - Swedish Pagans

I've posted Sabaton before, but that was like 3 1/2 months ago, so it's totally cool to post them again.

I probably said this before, but Sabaton is one of my favorite bands.  Their show is fantastic, they're funny, and they're a Power Metal band.  It really doesn't get much better than that.

All of their lyrics revolve around war, tanks, and victory, so there's really nothing to object to, ya know?  If memory serves they are clean too, so that's a major bonus if you're concerned about kids and such.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Eminem - Without Me

I've been on a bit of a rap kick for the last few days, so here's an Eminem song I recently got into.

It's got a really amusing video, so rather than just say you should listen to this you should probably watch the video.

That's all I've got today, enjoy!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Wu-Tang Clan - Shame On A Nigga

First off, before anybody freaks about the title just please, shut up.  It's a word, it's the title of the song, and I don't mean it disparagingly.  Yes, I'm white.  No, I'm not racist for typing the title of a song.

Cool, I'm glad we got that out of the way.

The first time I heard this song it was being covered by System Of A Down.  It's a very fast and aggressive song in that version that works surprisingly well, but we arent' here to talk about that.

I just started listening to Wu-Tang recently, so I don't know too much about them other than that I like them.  Still though, that's how a lot of the music I give you is, right?

I can tell you that there's 9 of them, and they all have interesting nicknames.  That's all I've got though, other than that the group influenced an awful lot of rappers today.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Spın̈al Tap - Stonehenge

First off, "This is Spın̈al Tap" is a wonderful movie.  It is a very true to life parody of rock music in the 70s.  If you haven't seen it I'd strongly advise watching it, because you've probably heard references to it before.

"Why not just make 10 louder?"
"But these go to 11."
I don't want to say too much about them since I don't want to ruin the movie for you, so I'll leave you with this lovely song to enjoy.

Also they were featured on The Simpsons.  The man who plays the bassist, Harry Shearer, is one of the primary voice actors for the show.  He voices over 12 of the characters.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Limp Bizkit - Hold On

I've started to respect Limp Bizkit a lot more since I've started listening to them more.  They've got a decent range on their earlier stuff (haven't listened to anything newer) and they're catchy as all crap.

This song for instance.  It sounds just a little bit like it could be the chorus for an Alice In Chains song, or at least a bad like them.  Ok, maybe not really.  Still though, for the music that I'm familiar with this is a huge difference.

This album is all around great by the way.  The song they did with Xzibit is fantastic.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Album Review: Tech N9ne - Special Effects

The much awaited album Special Effects!  I've been pretty excited about this for a while now.  You know why?  We've got both Corey Taylor and Eminem on this.  Those two are the collabs that Tech has wanted to do for a while but wasn't able to for whatever reason.

So with my initial listening I'm gonna call this a really solid album.  Tech puts out so many albums (on or two a year) I find it a little hard to keep up, but here this is, and I'm actually able to listen to it.

This was released on May 5th, just in case that matters to you.

For real, there's not too many tracks I don't care for.  I'm personally not a fan of the skit tracks, but I get that they help set the tone for the next song without messing around with the actual track itself.

I think I'm gonna do this the same way that I did the A to Z.  Rather that go through each track one by one, summarize the album, or give it vague, I'll just list my favorite tracks.

Here we go, the list in album order.

On The Bible
Psycho Bitch III
Hood Go Crazy
Bass Ackward
Speedom (Wwc2)
Give It All

Ok, so it might seem like I chose almost every single track off the first half.  I didn't, but it's a really good album.  It's got a lot of stuff that I really like on it, so no ragrets.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Children Of Bodom - Angels Don't Kill

This is a little different from 90% of other Children Of Bodom songs.  This is a little slower paced, less hectic, and such and stuff.

Sorry guys, I'm having an off day so I'm not sure what else to write.  I've got another album review that's actually good coming up tomorrow though, so be sure to check that out.  Unless you hate Tech, in which case I give you permission to pass.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Beatallica - The Thing That Should Not Let It Be

I wasn't sure what to post today, but I heard my brother playing the into to Metallica's song One, which made me think of this.

Beatallica plays Metallica+Beatles mashups.  They actually have the full support of Metallica, but unsurprisingly the surviving Beatles want nothing to do with them.

I really love this song, it flawlessly blends a pile of stuff together and it makes me really happy.

**Edit 2.26.18:  Just wanted to swing by and throw some updates to my favorite song in Beatallica's discography.  This song is one of the perfect blends from the group.  From the musical combination to the lampooning of Paul McCartney's infamous "f*cking hell" in Hey Jude with a muffled "f*cker" right into the mic.  It's just a gorgeous song and worth a listen.

Friday, May 8, 2015

The Glitch Mob - Can't Kill Us

Hey look, Dubstep!

I first found this song in a mashup that I might have posted before, and if I haven't I'll post it sometime eventually.

I still don't really know anything special about The Glitch Mob other than that I kinda like them.  I mean, that's all that's really important, right?

It's got the low end that I really like though, and as long as electronic music has that I can be happy.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Maroon 5 - Sugar

Sometimes I seek songs out, and sometimes other people just make me listen to stuff.  This is the later.

You see, approximately each quarter my manager picks a new song to use as our theme song.  First quarter was Uptown Funk, and this quarter is Sugar.

Eh, it could be worse, this song is a really catchy tune and Adam Levine can hit some seriously high notes.

Apparently they hit up a bunch of real weddings to film this.  I'm 100% sure the first two were staged, but in my mind there's a possibility that the ending montage was real.  If it was, that's kinda cool and if not it still makes a pretty cool video, right?

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

The Clash - White Riot

Maybe it's poor taste right now, what with the Baltimore riots and all, but this song came to me as a decent idea.

The Clash were one of the big 3 recognized Punk bands of the 80s and 90s.  Ramones, Sex Pistols, and The Clash.

I like them all a lot, but I first head The Clash when my dad gave me a copy of their greatest hits album.  40 freaking tracks man.  40.

They've got a great aggressive sound going on that helped me get into Metal when I finally got introduced to it.

This actually makes me think I should do a personal throwback week to what I always used to listen to.  Thoughts?

Apparently this track was released on March 18th in '77, so this is a pretty old track.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

John 5 - Welcome To Violence

Don't let how he looks scare you off, this guy is a crazy talented guitarist.

John 5, formerly with Marilyn Manson and currently with Rob Zombie, is an artist of varying talents.  From Bluegrass style finger picking to metal shredding this guy is reasonable able to cover the bases.

I watched an interview once where he said all he really wanted to do was have a sound that people would hear and think, "Oh, that's John 5" in the same way that people would say "Oh, that's Vai" or "That's Satriani".  Listening to his material I would say that he achieved that.

Monday, May 4, 2015

Nirvana - Negative Creep

I mentioned during the A to Z that I enjoyed Nirvana's album Bleach.  Listening to it again though I realized that there aren't as many tracks that I knew.  Still though, it's a reasonably solid album that has a lot of good songs.

Negative Creep is one of my favorite songs on the album, and I would advise you listen to it.

I hold by what I said before though, Nirvana is a very overrated band.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Album Review: Insane Clown Posse - The Marvelous Missing Link (Lost)

Yeah yeah, ICP sucks, I know.

You know what though, I only have a couple artist that I'm legitimately embarrassed that I like, and these guys are one of them.  I really want to review this though, cause it's only been out for something like 5 days.

So the first thing you should know is that each album seems to follow a central theme.  Even if it seems to lose it at any point you can be sure it'll resurface later.

This album starts out with a much darker sound than most of their other material.  The music itself that is, back in the day they started out with some reasonably dark lyrical themes.  This is heavy dark sounding synths though, it's a bit different.

After Shock though, the album starts to sound a little different.  It takes a slightly more "traditional" path, and is a generally enjoyable experience.

Falling Apart is a weird song.

I think the new Miracles/ Ghetto Rainbows would be the song How.  It's got that vibe going on, though it's not nearly as quotable as that immortal phrase "F*cking magnets, how do they work?"

Explosions kinda reminded me of Mushroomhead's song Bwomp, just a little bit.

After that song though it kinda takes a "downhill" path to a more traditional ICP sound.

Flamethrower is reminiscent of Bazooka Joey, but only in subject matter.  The song sounds very different, but I suppose it's not too important.

If you like ICP at all, I'd advise you to check this out.  I give it a 7.5/10, so not really too bad considering.  I feel like their music has actually taken a turn for almost legitimate talent.  Bits of this album actually reminded me a bit of Hollywood Undead.  Some of their new album reminded me of this too, but we'll talk about that in a week or so.

Have a good Sunday!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

A to Z Reflections as a daily blog.

Firstly, let's do my music blog thing and cue some sappy music.

Let's start by recapping what I said yesterday.  It was a lot of fun, and I really can't wait to do it again next year.  I will need a slightly altered theme to be sure (freaking Qs and Xs), but it will be a crap ton of fun anyway.

I feel kinda bad, cause I made a lot of my posts up till the last 8 or so a good time in advance so that I'd have time to visit other people's blogs.  As it turned out, I visited a lot, but didn't comment on too many because, as somebody who isn't a writer, I didn't have a lot in common with you guys.  I'm some "punk kid" who listens to a lot of "screamo" and "hippity hop music", so I really didn't anticipate many of you guys enjoying mine either.

As it turns out, a couple of people did seem to actually enjoy what I was doing.  I had a few people who I had visited early on stop by and say hey, and I had one Stephen Tremp stop by a lot after the half way point.  Honestly, that was probably the coolest thing for me.  I don't care if it's just because he was one of the co-hosts and visited everybody anyway, getting comments is something that I seriously enjoy.

On a different viewpoint though, I already have a daily blog.  I post a song every single day, Monday through Sunday, and what this challenge did for me was possibly a little different than what a lot of you guys did.  I don't have an issues getting out a lot of posts, but I do have an issue getting a semi organized thing going.  I might do theme weeks, but I keep them at weeks cause I don't have the gumption to actually organize myself up any sort of thing that resembles a cohesive thing.

Now though I have plans for recurring themed days, more holiday themes, actually getting more album reviews going, and all kinds of stuff.

I hope that those of you who enjoyed following my blog during the challenge will continue to follow afterword, but if not, I understand.  I play loud noises in a land of writers and since my mom is involved in that community I get that these things need quiet and less chaos than I enjoy in my life.

Happy A to Z everybody, I hope to see you next year, and congrats to everybody else who made it all the way as well.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Tech N9ne - Speedom

Firstly, a giant thank you to all of you still here from the A to Z challenge.  I appreciate the fact that you guys stuck around, even if it's only for this post.  It was a lot of fun, and I can't wait to do it again next year.

This song represents Tech's much awaited collaboration with Eminem.  This is what fans have been waiting for for years now, and it's really good.

I'll admit, on my first listen I wasn't as happy with it as I hoped I would be, but I have now decided that I like it a lot.

I really enjoy fast rapping, and this song is nothing if not fast rapping.  It also has a killer track.  Like, really though, just listen to the music, it's great.

Welcome back to standard posts guys, it's good to me back.