Thursday, April 29, 2010

909 Magazine

Check out the March issue of one of my many side gigs. Just click on it to blow it up full size with arrows to move pages. Look for the music page, featuring the lovely and talented boys of Saosin.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Demise of Rolling Stone

I stopped reading Rolling Stone awhile ago when I realized that the only particularly interesting work they were publishing was political rather than musical. It also became frustrating that they were putting people like Britney Spears on the cover and concentrating much of their music coverage on either bad pop acts or historical acts of little relevance to current music. I happened to pick up the current copy this week and this is what I found: the cover and key music related article were on Jimi Hendrix, the best article was on the political machinations around the coal industry, and they gave the new Justin Bieber record the same number of stars as the new Alkaline Trio record. I'm so out...all over again.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Alesana - The Emptiness

I just got a chance to listen to this album for the first time this week and must admit I was enthralled. Other than Green Day there haven't been very many bands giving the concept album idea a go lately. The execution of this album is absolutely flawless. It is worth heading out to a store (Target's got it for $7.99 right now) to find this for the artwork alone. The spoken word interludes were a really fascinating touch lending itself to the poetic nature of this project. Yes, I said poetic in relationship to what is generally termed a screamo band, though even that definition has begun to morph a bit on this record with an increased focus on Shawn Milke's vocals. There's still plenty of screaming/growling from Dennis Lee, but he's even leaning a bit more towards singing in parts these days. Could it be that they've seen that a little molding could make a basically good product even better and more marketable? Seems like a real possibility as they seem pointed towards escaping the screamo ghetto towards a more accessible sound. Don't get me wrong, this isn't shiny happy pop music. This is extremely dark, brooding, and a bit scary, but it is also a bit more grown up and a bit more technically well made than their previous releases. This is a band that is growing and evolving, and I for one am very interested to see where they will go next.
P.S. This band is extremely good live, so if you haven't yet had the opportunity to catch them,  seek them out this summer on Warped Tour(or if you're in Europe they are on tour now).

Underoath parts ways with Aaron!

Yep, it's true. As reported through a number of music news outlets including Kerrang Aaron will be playing his final show with Underoath on April 6th. While he will now be able to devote himself full time to The Almost it's  still sad to see him leave the band he's spent so much time with. All reports suggest that this was an amicable parting and that it was just time to move on and grow. So with that in mind we can look forward to new things to come from The Almost.

photo credit: Preston McClusky

Saturday, April 3, 2010

Big News for The Sequence

News has broken on Absolute Punk that The Sequence are seeking a new singer, as Travis is moving back to Utah. This is a solid band, so this is a great opportunity. If you are 18-23 and have serious chops and live in or are willing to relocate to LA then hit them up at Check out their music on Myspace.

Friday, April 2, 2010

Escape the Fate

New Escape the Fate video - this totally RULES!!

This War Is Ours [The Guillotine II]

Escape The Fate | MySpace Music Videos

Of Mice & Men

All the problems they're having right now totally suck - but that doesn't change the fact that this is a great video and a great feature for Shayley. Hopefully this will all work out for the best for all involved.

Thought I'd throw in one of my favorite old pics of Shayley too:
 Photo credit: Preston McClusky