Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Kids Rock Free

Hey guys, we're back from our holiday time off and busily working on lots of new stuff for you. We've got a feature coming up in January on the Kids Rock Free program, based at the Fender Museum in Corona, CA. Through this program, area kids can sign up to get free or low-cost music lessons in this state of the art facility. How would you like to get cheap guitar lessons, and learn from Fender on a Fender (provided to introductory students for use in class)? How cool is that? They recently let me wander the facility and shoot photos for the upcoming magazine piece (details will follow). There are tons of ways to help this wonderful charity...just click the title above to connect to the website with all the details, or feel free to email us at blindcarrotmagazine@gmail.com if you want details on visiting the museum or helping the charity and we will hook you up with all the info.  Here's a couple shots that didn't make the cut for the article, but are way cool anyway.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Escape the Fate: Record Review

It’s really hard to face reviewing the follow up to an album you really liked. Such was the case when preparing to review the new self-titled Escape the Fate album. I love, love, love John Feldmann. I think he makes every band he works with better and Escape the Fate were no exception, as he filtered them through a punk pop aesthetic on This War Is Ours. With Don Gilmore taking the reins of this new release, it’s like comparing apples and oranges. They are both exceptionally entertaining albums, but in very different ways.

For several years prior to joining Escape the Fate, Craig Mabbitt, had been a burgeoning rockstar, hiding behind the post-hardcore/screamo nature of Blessthefall. On joining Escape the Fate and recording This War Is Ours,  John Feldmann had the good sense to throw him out front and really turn him loose to sing, convince him he truly was a rockstar, and make his raw, emotive vocals the focal point of the album.  On the new album Don Gilmore took a decidedly different tact making the band produce as more of a cohesive unit, and take them into a darker and harder place which is more evocative of their live shows. Where Feldmann’s record made love to Craig, Gilmore’s view of Escape the Fate leans a bit more toward turning them into arena rock headliners. It’s easy to  picture these tunes as old school arena rock made new. You could actually picture this band as having been on tour with Motley Crue back in the day and tearing it up right along side them (one big difference being that Craig Mabbitt is about a million times more appealing than Vince Neil on his best day). I certainly am not the only one to think this since Mick Mars approached the band about working on a song, which unfortunately did not end up on the record. This will probably earn me alot of flak from various fan factions, but as far as more current band comparisons, I would kill to see these guys go on tour with AFI. There is something very kindred spirit between these two bands with their inherent musicality and enormously appealing and very theatrical frontmen. The intro "Choose Your Fate" on this record is very reminiscent of AFI, as are several other tracks.

The small subset of fans who are complaining about the “corporate sell-out issues” with this album, their first for Interscope, need to remember something….music is a business. A band needs to take whatever steps it deems necessary to grow their career and expand the reach of their music so as many people as possible with hear it and buy it. If they do not do so they will cease to exist. As for working with Don Gilmore, this had to be a dream come true for Craig who sites Chester Bennington of Linkin Park as a huge part of the reason he went into music.

So to make a long story short, much like the new My Chemical Romance record, this is a damn fun album. Stop analyzing genre, or lyrical style, or whatever, to criticize the band or the album when you probably haven’t even listened to it. Buy the album, listen to it all the way through, and just enjoy the hell out of it.

For fans of Bullet For My Valentine, Linkin Park, AFI

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days Review

My Chemical Romance brought a lovely launch party to Los Angeles yesterday by appearing in the morning on KROQ and in the evening at HOB LA to promote the long awaited Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys.

I wanted to hate this record, I really did. When I first heard the premise and backstory, as well as that they had scrapped a bunch of material and started over, I was fully prepared for this record to be awful. The very idea that they would go for another concept album after having just done Black Parade seemed like an unbelievably bad idea. There was only one problem with all of my doom and gloom. This is an amazing record.

I have heard Gerard describe the idea as a whole existential story which even he said isn’t really necessary to enjoy the record, and he was right. But if you are interested in the mythology surrounding this album there is a wiki that helps explain the characters, a full on website for Better Living Industries, Inc. , a Dead Pegasus Oil site (http://deadpegasus.com/) and a somewhat amazing box set offered on their website although I’ve heard nothing but complaints about late and incomplete shipments so the ball may be getting dropped on this one, although it is certainly more a reflection of ineptitude at the label than a reflection on the band. They needed four years just to concoct this elaborate story and make it all work together.

To all the people who are complaining that Danger Days doesn’t sound like the MCR of old, my only response is too damn bad. They’ve done dark and mopey, and now they are bringing themselves to life as action characters from a graphic novel, which, given Gerard’s background, should really not come as a surprise to anyone. It’s loud and bright and bouncy, swinging from rock to pop to dance and back again. There is so much high energy to this record it exhausts you just listening to it.

The best way to describe this album is that is sounds like the boys of MCR had a ton of fun making it, and will have even more fun playing it out on tour. This record screams happy. The last four years have brought a lot of changes to their personal lives, and apparently those were really good changes.

Check out this trailer:

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Chemical Romance - Danger Days - AMAZING DEAL

I am going to tell you about this amazing deal, as long as you promise to use it to buy the new release from My Chemical Romance called Danger Days on Amazon right now. Just click this link and it will tell you how to get $3.00 credited to your Amazon account to buy an MP3 album. Once you have done that then click this link to buy Danger Days which is on special today only for $3.99. If you have done the math, this means that you just downloaded the entire new My Chemical Romance album for $.99. You truly are smarter than anyone gives you credit for. You can thank me later.

Artist of the Year: American Music Awards

Everyone knows that the AMA's are little more than a popularity contest and do not necessarily reflect talent or quality, but really America? Justin Bieber is your Artist of the Year? This is depressing on so many levels. While granted, Muse got an award and Train performed (both bands of significant talent and quality), it disturbs me that this annoying little kid, who I genuinely thought was a little girl the first time I heard one of his songs played, should win this big (albeit meaningless) award. While I certainly am no fan of Lady Gaga, can tolerate Katy Perry in only limited quantities, and think Eminem is off in a corner somewhere laughing his ass off at the absurdity of all of this, any one of them would have been a significantly less disturbing choice than this. This truly seems to be a case of America being spoon-fed a phenomenal marketing blitz, and swallowing every bit of it, without bothering to realize that there are genuinely talented musicians out there who struggle every day to survive in this business and bring their talent to the world.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Far From Finished

Last summer's Warped Tour was a good year for East Coast punks. Though they've been around in various incarnations for awhile now it was my first opportunity to see Far From Finished live. I was actually walking past to get to another stage right as their set started and was so immediately impressed with the power and the passion that I jumped right into the photo pit. While their entire catalog is good I especially like the 2006 release Living in the Fallout which you can pick up on Amazon for $8.99.

Definitely would appeal to fans of Green Day and Dropkick Murphys

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Alkaline Trio about to head to Australia

Just listening to some Alkaline Trio tonight, so I thought I would put up some previously unpublished shots from Warped Tour, and to all our friends in Australia be sure to catch Alkaline Trio in December.

Friday, November 19, 2010

2 Chances to see LoveHateHero

Hey So Cal, we already know we are luckier than everyone else when it comes to great bands playing every night of the week, but we are proving it once again with not one but two LoveHateHero shows the first week of December.

Key Club - Hollywood - December 3rd
Chain Reaction - Anaheim - December 4th

After all, you really can't miss two opportunities to see Kevin make this face:
photo credit: ashlei brittany

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Thirty Seconds To Mars: Coming to Fox Theater Pomona

Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning at 10AM for the January 14th show at Fox Theater Pomona.
photo credit: Preston McClusky

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Rocky Loves Emily: The "Clueless" Video Shoot Behind the Scenes

Behind the scenes on music videos is never as glamorous as people believe, but it can be alot of fun, and it is a view that not that many people get to see. We have worked behind the scenes on videos, and recording sessions with lots of bands from Rookie of the Year to Endeverafter and have a very special appreciation of all that goes into the process. Rocky Loves Emily want to share that process with you with a behind the scenes video from the set of the shoot for "Clueless" in anticipation of the November 22nd release of their EP American Dream.

Monday, November 15, 2010

The Quiet Things That No One Ever Knows - Brand New

In debating the creation of our individual lists of the best songs ever this tune by Brand New came up over and over. If you are unfamiliar please click the title to connect to their Myspace where it is posted and if you want to own it hit up Amazon .
photo credit: Preston McClusky

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Monty Are I

Great band...great photo....an old one. Enjoy!
photo credit: Ashlei Brittany

Friday, November 12, 2010

Escape the Fate Really Do Have Issues

A press release was just posted by Escape the Fate announcing their withdrawal from the European tour with Bullet For My Valentine. Bassist Max Green has entered rehab. Timing unfortunately couldn't be worse with a new major label album to promote, but addictions do not conform to time tables.We wish to join his bandmates in wishing him all the best on the road to recovery. While message boards and websites are already lighting up with well wishes for Max one of the most important things you can do right now for both Max and the band is to go out and buy the new album. If you have already bought it, then buy one for a friend for Christmas. Escape the Fate fans around the world need to prove to the label that you care about the band even if they aren't on the road to promote the record. If you can't get to a store then hit up Best Buy, or Amazon. Believe that a big spike in sales figures will absolutely lift the spirits of both Max and the rest of the band.

Nov 12, 2010




Santa Monica, California, November 11, 2010 - Escape The Fate will not be joining Bullet For My Valentine on their European tour that kicks off this weekend in Helsinki, Finland.  Instead the band will remain in the states to support their band mate, bassist Max Green, as he enters an undisclosed rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.   

“Max needs his friends and family by his side, so we’re not gonna leave him,” says lead singer Craig Mabbitt.  “Max is one of my best friends and has never done this band wrong in any way shape or form. It's very honorable of him to admit he has a problem and wants to seek help for the longevity of his life and this band. I'm so sorry to the fans, but so proud of Max. He needs our love and support through this rough time in his life, so let's give it to him. Our soldiers never let us down and we will be back to play Europe and the two London dates very soon. We love you guys.”  

Thursday, November 11, 2010

You named your band what????

Naming a band is a tough thing to do. You have to be creative, original, and pick something that won't make you want to jump off a bridge if you are known by it for the rest of your life (if you get lucky enough to be a band that long). Do you name it to in some way reflect your sound? Or do you name it after a famous lyric? Or do you name it something completely random? Once you choose a name, how quickly do you regret it because it is either not memorable, ridiculed, hard to pronounce, or someone else already has it. We want to invite you, the readers, into our ongoing debate. Do bad band names turn you off? Do they make you not want to even give them a chance? Do you sometimes discover your first impression was wrong, and you love the band even if you still hate the name? So we have started a list of great bands with horrible names that initially made us uninterested in listening to them. We have started our own list and invite you to add on by leaving your own list in the comments.

Death Cab For Cutie
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Violent Femmes
The Oohlas
Jimmy Eat World

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Artist vs. Poet

Artist vs. Poet are on their way to So Cal this week as part of the very deep lineup of the Fearless Friends tour, which also includes Mayday Parade, Go Radio, Every Avenue and Breathe Carolina. As a reminder the LA area shows will be Nov 13th in Anaheim and Nov. 17th in West Hollywood. For dates in other areas click the here to see the schedule.

Monday, November 8, 2010

The Composure

Thanks to Earshot Media we would like to share with you the following press release on The Composure:

The Composure, based out of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, truly is a band that stands alone. They have heart, talent, and most of all, they're as real as it gets. Comprised of Paul Menotiades (vocals/guitar), Jeff Wendle (bass/vocals), Seth Milberger (guitar/vocals), and Cory Muro (drums/vocals), they are a group that connects with their listeners as much as they connect with their music.
In 2010, the band signed to Modern Short Stories, an independent record label founded by Punchline’s Steve Soboslai and Chris Fafalios to release their debut full length album, Strings Attached. The album, a collection of upbeat melodies and infectious hooks, was a project three years in the making produced by Marc McClusky (Weezer, Farewell, The Appreciation Post). The Composure began recording the record in Chicago and finished at Sound City Studios in Van Nuys, California - a story book closing to a long recording journey, featuring Dave Grohl's Nevermind-era drum rug and Tom Petty riding by on a motorcycle (you can ask them about it). In their career, the band has also worked with legendary producer, Mark Trombino, best known for his work on critically acclaimed albums such as, Jimmy Eat World’s Bleed American and Clarity as well as Blink 182’s Dude Ranch.
Strings Attached, set to be released on November 23, 2010, is a representation of the solidity of The Composure as a group. They have endured more than the average band since they were founded in 2007, but their debut album is the physical manifestation of just how focused and devoted they are to what they love. Their first single, “Stop Now, Start Again,” is paired with a visual representation that ties the concept of the album cover to the idea of people hearing irresistible music and being drawn to it.
While the band credits everyone from Saves the Day to Hall and Oates as being influences, it’s clear that they are not trying to be anyone but themselves. The Composure is punk rock and pop rolled into one Converse wearing package and delivered to you with only a bright outlook of the future.
Check out their music video for “Stop Now, Start Again” at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl7qfT3u1yo&feature=player_embedded.

The Composure has also launched a Strings Attached album pre-order at: www.thecomposure.com.

Upcoming Tour Dates:

11/12 Columbus OH | Bernie’s Distillery
11/19 Pittsburgh PA | Smiling Moose | CD Release Show
11/20 Altoona PA | Masonic Hall | CD Release Show
12/4 Wheeling WV | Wheeling Nailers Show
12/9 Pittsburgh PA | Lava Lounge
12/10 Columbus OH | Bernie’s Distillery
12/11 South Bend IN | Heartland Church
12/17 | Toledo OH | Frankie’s
1/8 Jeanette PA | Keynote Café

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Hey Monday at The Glasshouse

The evening of November 18th, Hey Monday will be playing The Glasshouse in Pomona with Cartel, The Ready Set, This Century and We Are The In Crowd. Hey Monday have been having an outstanding year playing both Bamboozle and Warped Tour expanding their fan base at an unprecedented rate. Riding the wave of success created by Paramore for catchy female fronted pop-punk Hey Monday have been successfully earning their right to play with the big boys, in no small part due to the fact that, like Paramore, they are a good solid band with a frontwoman that knows the value of being a good solid band. A few years ago you would have never imagined that a band formed just a couple of years ago would be  headlining over Cartel but the times, they are a changing.

photo: Hey Monday at Bamboozle West 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

Back in 2006 when Don't You Fake It came out I really thought this band would get huge. They seemed to have a perfect blend of rawness and commercial shine to appeal to a wide variety of listener. This, combined with powerful, heartfelt live performances, and they seemed destined for a path of arena stardom. Alas, a disappointing follow up, lineup changes, label woes, etc. have stalled their impending success but they still haven't given up. They've put out an independent EP (The Hell Or High Water EP) and are currently on tour, coming to HOB Anaheim on November 21st, followed up with some Florida shows in December.

photo credit: Preston McClusky

Friday, November 5, 2010

Julia Othmer

I came across Julia Othmer this week in a bit of a roundabout way. Though she is a currently an LA based artist, I discovered her when her pr company sent me an invite to a New York show. Life is just silly that way sometimes. But in any case, she has both LA and New York shows coming up that would be worth your time to check out. While her press has made comparisons from everyone from Macy Gray and Alicia Keys to Alanis Morrisette, they seem to have avoided the most obvious comparison to similarly fiery piano goddess Tori Amos. This just seems incredibly odd because her ability to swing from deliciously subdued and atmospheric, to a sexy, bluesy swagger strikes a much closer comparison to Tori or Beth Hart. In any case, I like the recordings enough to recommend checking her out live at the following:

11/14  at Tin Angel - Philadelphia
11/16 at Genghis Cohen - Los Angeles
12/1   at Genghis Cohen - Los Angeles
12/9   at Rockwood Music Hall - New York

WORD OF CAUTION to LA fans....the room is very small and tickets are very inexpensive. I spoke to the venue and they only sell tickets day of show at the door, so get there early and check out some food before the show.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Jimmy Eat World

The next entry in the Best Albums of the Year - 2010 category:

Jimmy Eat World - Invented
photo credit: Preston McClusky

Monday, November 1, 2010

Eve 6 at The Troubadour Dec 1st

LA if you don't sell this show out I am officially ashamed of you. Wednesday December 1st, LA icons Eve 6 will be playing The Troubadour in West Hollywood. Tickets are only $17 and are still available as of this publication.
Eve 6 have spent many years on my list of the best live acts. Be prepared to jump, and shout, and sweat just as much as the band. With rumors of a new record in the works it is not unlikely they may be trying out some new material....so BE THERE!

Click here to order tickets