Sunday, October 23, 2011

Wick-it The Instigator Nineties FTW


Wick-it The Instigator Nineties FTW (mashup) Must Listen!


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Saturday, October 1, 2011

Everybody jumps from the sound of the shotgun

In April 2011, Fred Durst (on twitter) informed fans that a meeting between the band and their record label (Interscope) had taken place. Fred described the meeting to have 'went awesome', and gave the official release date for Gold Cobra, that being in June, 2011. This was later confirmed by Interscope. Durst concluded his tweet by saying 'Time for videos.' Just days later, when asked by a fan via Twitter 'when is the single going to be released?', Durst replied with "they say the singles come soon in May." The lead single, "Shotgun," was then released on iTunes.

Everybody jumps from the sound of the shotgun
Yeah in my neighborhood, everybody got one!

Pop pop pop off the rock ship:




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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Chris Cornell is the Highway

Pearls that swim the rift of me
Long and weary my road has been
I was lost in the cities
Alone in the hills
No sorrow I feel
For anything I feel yea

I am not your rolling wheels
I am a highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky

Friends and liars
Don’t wait for me
Cause I’ll get on
All by myself
Put millions of miles
Under my heels
And still too close to you
I feel

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet ride
I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind
I am the sky here
I am not your automn moon
I am the night
The night

I am not your rolling wheels
I am the highway
I am not your carpet rag
I am the sky
I am not your blowing wind
I am the lightining
I am not your automon
I am the night 




Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Getting Disturbed, Hearing Voices in my head

David Draiman briefly talked about the band's 5th studio album, stating that the album will be as dark as their previous album, Indestructible, if not darker. Draiman also stated that the album is still identifiably Disturbed, but showing more maturation. Judging by Draiman's feelings on the last few years of his life, that Disturbed's new album will be aggressive, angry, and "hard-hitting", but will be similar to their album Believe.

In March of 2010, the band released a reissue of their debut album, The Sickness, with the B-side tracks "God of the Mind" and "A Welcome Burden", updated artwork, as well as remastering and remixing the track list. It was also available for the first time in vinyl format. One month earlier, Harmonix announced a second Disturbed pack for download on the Rock Band music store, containing the remastered versions of "Voices", "The Game", and "Meaning of Life".

Here is Voices:

 

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

I can see, I can see I'm going Blind

In the middle of 94, Korn began recording their debut album with Ross Robinson. On October later that year, Korn released a self–titled album through Immortal/Epic, which eventually peaked at number 72 on the Billboard 200 in 95, as well as peaking at number 1 on the Heatseekers Albums chart. The album received positive reviews by critics, and it is said to have established a "new wave" of metal. As well as sparking the nu metal genre, the album also started record producer Ross Robinson's music career. It also influenced other bands, like Slipknot, Coal Chamber, and Limp Bizkit.

After Korn finished recording the album, they began touring with House of Pain and Biohazard. Their record company gave them enough money for their own tour bus. Korn's first gig was in Atlanta. About half way through the tour, the tour bus that their record company gave them stopped working, and Korn had to find a new one. Their first tour was not very successful in promoting the album. So Korn started the "Sick of It All Tour" in January of 1995. Aside from touring, Korn released four singles. "Blind" was released on August 1994, and "Shoots and Ladders" was released on Halloween 1995. The latter received a Grammy nomination in 1997 for Best Metal Performance."Need To" was also released in 1995. The fourth and final single, "Clown", was released in February 1996.

"Blind" was the only single to chart, so here it is! In my opinion, it is still their best album to date.

 

Friday, September 2, 2011

Waiting for the End of Linkin Park

Back in early 2009, Linkin Park announced they were working on a 4th studio album, which was planned to be released in 2010. Mike Shinoda told IGN that the new album would be 'genre-busting,' building off of elements in Minutes to Midnight. He also mentioned that the album would be more experimental and "hopefully more cutting-edge." Chester Bennington also addressed the media to confirm that Rick Rubin would return to produce the new album. They later called this album, "A Thousand Suns".

While working on the new album, Linkin Park worked with Hans Zimmer to produce the score for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. The band released a single for the movie entitled "New Divide". Joe Hahn created a music video for the song, which featured clips from the film. After completing work for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the band returned to the studio to finalize their album.

A Thousand Suns was released in September. The album’s first single, "The Catalyst", was released one month later. The band promoted their new album by launching a concert tour, which started in Los Angeles right around the release date of the album. Linkin Park also relied on MySpace to promote their album, releasing two additional songs, "Waiting for the End" and "Blackout" in September.

Here's the song, Waiting For The End:



Saturday, August 27, 2011

Squeezing Souls

"Soul to Squeeze" is a song by the American rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers that was originally recorded during the production of their fifth studio album, Blood Sugar Sex Magik (1991). Although it was not featured on the record, "Soul to Squeeze" was later released as a single in 1993 and was on the Coneheads film soundtrack.

The song became an unexpected success when it peaked at number one on the U.S. Modern Rock Tracks as well as number 22 on the Hot 100.

The music video for "Soul to Squeeze" features Chad Smith, Flea and Kiedis in a stereotypical circus. The song, which plays amongst all the acts of the circus, includes "freaks" and "the Conehead", a reference to the film.

The music video was shot in black and white. Originally, the video was supposed to feature the band playing with footage from the film Coneheads, but the band refused this idea; instead, a Conehead appears in the video as the circus's Human Cannonball.

One of my favorite actor/comedians, Chris Farley makes an appearance in the music video.




Monday, August 22, 2011

Long Time since I had some Cake

Cake is an American alternative rock band from California. The band has been noted for McCrea's sarcastic lyrics and deadpan voice, DiFiore's trumpet parts, and their wide-ranging musical influences, including country music, Mariachi, rock, funk, Iranian folk music and hip-hop.

Cake got together in 1991 with McCrea, DiFiore, Greg Brown, Frank French and Sean McFessel, who soon left and was replaced by Nelson. Following the self-release of its debut album, "Motorcade of Generosity", the band was signed to Capricorn Records in 1995 and released its first single, "Rock 'n' Roll Lifestyle", which hit number 35 on the Modern Rock Tracks music chart; French and Nelson then left the band, and were replaced by Todd Roper and Victor Damiani. Cake's second album, "Fashion Nugget"; on the strength of the lead single, "The Distance", it went platinum.



Sunday, August 21, 2011

Chris Cornell creates a Shadow on the Sun

Audioslave was formed after Zack de la Rocha left Rage Against the Machine and the remaining members were searching for another vocalist. Producer and friend Rick Rubin suggested that they should contact Chris Cornell. Boy that was smart!

Cornell was in the writing process of a second solo album, but decided to shelve that and pursue the opportunity to work with Tom Morello, Tim Commerford and Brad Wilk when they approached him. Morello described Cornell: "He stepped to the microphone and sang the song and I couldn't believe it. It didn't just sound good. It didn't sound great. It sounded transcendent. And... when there is an irreplaceable chemistry from the first moment, you can't deny it." The foursome wrote 21 songs during 19 days of rehearsal and began working in the studio in late May 2001.

They are one of the greatest bands ever brought together. Here's a tune I truly love called, Shadow On The Sun:



Saturday, August 20, 2011

Are You In with Incubus?

Incubus has received both critical acclaim and commercial success, reaching multi-platinum sales, as well as releasing several highly successful singles. The band started branching out creatively and earned mainstream recognition with the release of their 1999 album "Make Yourself". In 2001, Incubus became even more successful with the single "Drive" and their follow-up album Morning View which the song below is from. Their sixth studio album, Light Grenades, debuted at No. 1 in 2006 and has received Gold certification in the U.S. Incubus released their first greatest hits album Monuments and Melodies in June 2009, accompanied by a tour of the United States, Japan and Canada. The band just recently completed a seventh album, "If Not Now, When?", which was just released on July 2011.



Thursday, August 18, 2011

An Epic Beginning with Faith No More

Faith No More is an American band from San Francisco. They were originally known as Faith No Man. A year after they got together, the keyboardist Roddy Bottum joined the band, and Mike Morris was ousted, the group began to call themselves Faith No More. After going through a series of singers, the band was joined by Chuck Mosley in 1983. After two albums and several line-up changes, everything seemed to come together when vocalist Mosley was replaced by Mike Patton in 1988.

In 1989, the band released their highly successful album, "The Real Thing", which featured their breakthrough hit single "Epic". The band's following album, 1992's "Angel Dust", was also highly successful and brought the hit "Midlife Crisis", which became their only #1 hit on the Modern Rock chart in their career. Faith No More however declined in popularity in the subsequent years.

This song will always be EPIC!



Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sum41 Packs a Punch - Gave me a Fat Lip

Sum 41 is a Canadian rock band from Ontario and they've been together since 1996. In 1999, the band signed an international record deal with Island Records. The band released their debut album, "All Killer, No Filler" in 2001. The band achieved mainstream success with their first single from the album, "Fat Lip", which reached #1 on the Billboard Rock chart and remains the band's most successful single to date.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Are You Gonna Go My Way?

Lenny Kravitz is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, whose "retro" style incorporates elements of rock, soul, R&B, reggae, funk, hard rock, psychedelic, folk and ballads.

In addition to singing lead and backing vocals, Kravitz often plays all the guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and percussion himself when recording. He is well known for his elaborate stage performances and music videos.

One of the most recognizable rock stars on the planet, Kravitz has already succeeded on countless levels -- including 15 million albums sold since tracking sales data began back in 1991. This 4 time Grammy Award winner is at the top of his game.

Here is one of my favorite hits from Lenny Kravitz:



Thursday, August 11, 2011

Red Hot Chili Peppers -- Funk/Rock Pioneers

The Red Hot Chili Peppers formed in Los Angeles, California, back in 1993. They are considered as an American funk rock band. The group's musical style fuses traditional funk with elements of other genres, including punk and psychedelic rock.

Blood Sugar Sex Magik, the group's first commercial success, has sold over thirteen million copies. The Red Hot Chili Peppers have won 7 Grammy Awards. The band has sold over 65 million albums worldwide, charting nine singles in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, five number one singles on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and they currently hold the record for most number one singles on the Alternative Songs chart at twelve.

Red Hot Chili Peppers ~~> Suck My Kiss from the Blood, Sugar, Sex Magik album.



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Solar Midnight -- A Sellout by Lupe Fiasco?

Lupe Fiasco has a bonus track on iTunes for the soundtrack to The Twilight Saga: New Moon called "Solar Midnight" which he produced himself. On his Myspace blog, Fiasco addressed concerns by the fans who believed that he had "sold out" by making a song for the Twilight soundtrack. He says "I'm not SELLING OUT by doing a song for NEW MOON...People thought I 'SOLD OUT' when I did 'Kick, Push'".

I call it innovative...Definitely NOT a "sell-out". It's a new genre of music and people are embracing it more and more every year. Once you can get a multitude of different types of listeners listening to your music, than you know you've did the right thing. I'm sure Lupe Fiasco will be "Selling Out" Arenas from coast-to-coast for many years to come.



Monday, August 8, 2011

Take A Look Around with Fred Durst

Limp Bizkit has been driving the rap-rock aka rap/metal (Alternative Hip Rock) genre for over 15+ years now. Formed in Jacksonville, FL in 1995, the band achieved mainstream success with their second album Significant Other, released in 1999.

Limp Bizkit has now sold an estimated 33 million albums worldwide.

This video below was rarely shown in the States. Fred Durst has stated that he disliked the video - despite the fact that he directed it - and the band decided to release the video only in a few markets outside the U.S., specifically Europe.



Mission Impossible II Theme -- This song is *only available* on their 3rd Album, "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Turn on the Redlight... King

A combination of rock and hip hop, the album conjures old school sounds, thanks to Mark Kasprzyk aka "Kaz" and producers Wally Gagel and Xandy Barry, as well as the good vibes at Hollywood’s TGG Studios (now known as Wax Studios; alums include Jimi Hendrix, the Doors and, yes, Neil Young). “I’m all about mixing in the old sounds,” Kaz says, “and giving it that warm, analog feel. There is sampling, hip hop grooves and beats, but I also wanted good old fashioned meat and potatoes: bass, guitar, drums.”

In the smashing hip-hop flavored debut single, “Old Man,” Kaz offers a reluctant salute to his father, a larger-than-life figure who taught school during the day and raced stock cars at night (“The life he demanded/Kept us all in a struggle/When he ruled with his fist/It kept us all out of trouble”). “No father issues here,” says Kaz with a laugh.

Here's the Official Redlight King Video for their debut song "Old Man":




Saturday, August 6, 2011

Would YOU Like Some Cake?

Let me know... Do you like Cake? Or maybe you just like short skirts?... Or possibly even long jackets? If you like just one or all of the above, then you've come to the right place.

"Short Skirt, Long Jacket" was Cake's first single released off their debut album "Comfort Eagle" way back in 2001. The associated music video below is composed entirely of people listening to the song on headphones, combined with their reactions.



Cake is good! MMmmmm...

Friday, August 5, 2011

Flobots and I are very Happy Together

When I first heard this cover of an old "Turtles" song I was completely blown away. From beginning to end, it's one of the best covers ever done. Flobots has totally brought this song back into the mainstream. Here's the song below:



Wait for the ending: (lyrics:)
And I don't know and I can't think
and I'm so smote that I can't see
and I look at the picture I have in my head and
I won't doze and I can't sleep
and it's so good that I'm locked down
and your quotes get put in my thoughts now
and there's nobody else to distract me
cause you've got me on lockdown
and it can't stop and it won't stop
and we rock on leavin shows stopped
so thank you for comin goodnight everyone we're the flobots...


Thursday, August 4, 2011

Hitting the Floor with Linkin Park

Hit the Floor (from the album Meteora)
What I believe this song to mean:

It's about someone who treats a person wrong and they allow it b/c they dont want to hurt them. They are fed up with it and they are waiting for the whole "what goes around comes around" effect to happen.

This is one of my favorites period. Still considered one of the best LP songs known to date. Hard & heavy rock and roll with a mix of hip hop. True Rap-Rock!




Wednesday, August 3, 2011

311 Gets the Led Out

This song was meant to imitate reggae and its "dub" derivative emerging from Jamaica in the early 1970s. Its genesis is traced to Led Zeppelin's rehearsals at Stargroves in 1972, when drummer John Bonham started with a beat similar to 1950s doo-wop, and then twisted it into a slight off beat tempo, upon which a reggae influence emerged. The distinctive drum sound was created by placing three microphones a good distance away from Bonham's drums.

"D'yer Mak'er" is one of the few Led Zeppelin songs where all four members share the composer credit. This track, as well as another song entitled "The Crunge", was initially not taken seriously by many listeners, and some critics reserved their harshest criticism for these two arrangements. Look at them now, laughs.

Here's 311 covering this great song:



Monday, August 1, 2011

Walk This Way covered by Run DMC

"Walk This Way" is a song by Aerosmith. Written by Steven Tyler and Joe Perry, the song was originally released from the 1975 album Toys in the Attic. In addition to being one of the songs that helped break Aerosmith into the mainstream in the 1970s, it also helped revitalize their career in the 1980s when it was covered by rappers Run-D.M.C. This cover was a touchstone for the new musical sub-genre of *rap rock*, or the melding of rock and hip-hop. This song has became an international hit:



Sunday, July 31, 2011

Beastie Boys Sampling Created Paul's Boutique

Paul's Boutique is *By Far* the best Beastie Boys album. In 1988, emerging with a more artistically mature second album, Paul's Boutique. This extremely sample-heavy creation is still considered one of the strongest works by the Beastie Boys, and Rolling Stone ranked it No.156 on its list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. It is also considered a landmark in hip hop recordings due to its large array of samples and intricate use of multi-layering. Here's a song you should hear throughout:

"Sounds of Science":



The album was released in 1989 by Capitol Records, after the falling out between the group and Def Jam. It failed to match the sales of Licensed to Ill, reaching No.14 on the Billboard 200 and No.10 on the Billboard R&B charts. Rolling Stone described the album as "the Pet Sounds/The Dark Side of the Moon of hip hop." Paul's Boutique would eventually sell a million copies, despite the initially slow commercial reception. The band digitally remastered and released the album through their own website here.

Song 4 from Paul's Boutique "Eggman":



Saturday, July 30, 2011

Feeling Very *Sublime* Today

Sublime was one of the most popular bands of the third wave of ska, specifically characterized as ska punk. Their genre-blending mash-up style incorporated elements of dub, reggae, first-wave and second-wave ska, punk rock, rockabilly, improvised dancehall, hip hop, psychedelic rock and acoustic rock, which they developed through their live shows.

Sublime - Doin' Time (Summertime)



Through samples, lyrics, and covers, Sublime makes reference to an eclectic mix of bands from the 1960s through the early 1990s.

Bob Marley and associated Jamaican reggae acts The Wailers, and Peter Tosh feature prominently in Sublime's songs, as do other Jamaican reggae and dancehall acts such as Born Jamericans, Toots & the Maytals, The Melodians, Wayne Smith, Tenor Saw, Frankie Paul, The Wailing Souls, Barrington Levy, Half Pint, Frank Zappa and Yellowman.

Sublime was also heavily influenced by the 1980s and 1990s hip-hop and rap scene of Los Angeles and New York City, alluding to or borrowing from such acts as N.W.A and Eazy-E (who died 14 months before Nowell), the Beastie Boys, Just-Ice, Public Enemy and Flavor Flav, KRS-One, Doug E. Fresh, Too $hort, Mobb Deep, as well as the Philadelphia-based rapper Steady B and Texas hip-hop The Geto Boys.


Friday, July 29, 2011

Everybody Wants Some Buttery KoЯn

Korn was an early innovator of the hip-rock genre. They are on the heavy side but they definitely have a rap influence. They've done some amazing songs in their long history and some bad-ass covers including one of the famous song by Pink Floyd, "Another Brick in the Wall"... They even covered some famous rap songs.

In my opinion, This is their BEST Video, check it out:



Korn - Freak on a leash. Peace.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Linkin Park is Always At Their Best

I've been listening to the old Linkin Park for years now and I still can't get enough of their sounds. Both Hybrid Theory and Meteora are addicting. Here's one from the Meteora Album. Don't Stay:



After the Hybrid Theory Album came out, Alternative Hip-Hop Rock was born.
Thanks LP!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

New Generation of Music - Hip-Hop Flobots Rock

The Flobots are a rock and hip hop musical group from Denver. Flobots found mainstream success with their major label debut Fight with Tools (2007), featuring the single "Handlebars", which became a popular hit on Modern Rock radio in 2008. Here's the Official Video:



The single "Handlebars" became popular on alternative rock radio in April 2008 and peaked at #3 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. They made their television debut on Carson Daly's talk show on May 20, 2008.

They're only getting started. Consistently, getting bigger and bigger every year. Keep on the look out for more Flobots music.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Chris Cornell is Showing Me How To Live

Audioslave is just one of the bands Chris Cornell has been in. His grunge style music in the early 90s along sidekick Eddie Vedder was instrumental towards a new revolution in Alternative Rock.



Ever since Temple of the Dog I've enjoyed listening to Chris Cornell. Here is one of his great songs while with the band Audioslave. They are definitely one of my favorites and easily in my top 20 bands ever!

SHOW ME HOW TO LIVE CHRIS!!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Incubus - Nothing Like it

Back when Incubus first came out I was about 15 years old then. They were definitely unique & FRESH sounding. Way before their time is how I see it. Here is one of my favorite songs: DIG! ENJOY!



We all have something that digs at us ~Incubus

Friday, July 22, 2011

Angels and Airwaves -- Innovative Sounds

AVA has created a new sound unlike any other. Listen to this song.
This is just ONE OF MANY Great AVA songs:



If you haven't heard them before, I suggest checking them out.
They are way ahead of their time with their unique beats & sounds.
Enjoy this great video!


Thursday, July 21, 2011

311 -- Reggae Rock in Full Effect

311 has been one of the Hottest Bands around for well-over 10 years now.

Their Reggae rock genre is very intriguing. They've always had a sound unlike any other bank I've heard. I know RHCP has the vibe to it, but 311 is the true Pioneer to me. Here's one of their coolest videos.



HEY YOU!


Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Linkin Park Tribute



Ever since this song came out, I've been a big fan.

Now, they have TONS of great songs but this one, "PAPERCUT" still gets me Hyped!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Sublime indeed

Here's a great Sublime Video!



Sublime is one of my favorite bands.

Just a good example of ALTERNATIVE ROCK + REGGAE MIX!


Saturday, July 16, 2011

Love to blog about music!

Coming soon is some serious music blogging =))
Alternative Hip Rock is something I made up.

Reggae Rock + Hip-Hop + Alternative Rock + Hard Rock + R&B = ALTERNATIVE HIP ROCK!