Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A Very Megadeth Christmas

Leave it to Jimmy Kimmel to get Megadeth to be funny. For real. Watch the amusing holiday skit they did for last night's show, replete with a scared-off Jenny Lewis. As one YouTube commenter noted, it's "still better than Super Collider." Watch!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Red Fang's Boozing Dead Video

A few weeks back, I was lucky enough to cap off my New Orleans trip by seeing old favorites Red Fang perform at the local dive, Siberia. It's really exciting to see them do so well after championing them for so long.

How well? The hilarious video (below) for "Blood Like Cream"—featuring Portlandia star Fred Armisen and plenty of product placement—premiered on Rolling Stone's site yesterday. And I'll bet it's the track they'll perform when they're the musical guest on Late Night with David Letterman! That's right, the bros will be on the January 10th show. (And I *know* they'll totally hook me up with passes.)

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Who Gives a S#!t? My 2013 Music Picks

Blah, blah, blah... another list. 

Favorite Albums of the Year (most favorite on top):

Modern Life Is War - Fever Hunting 
Carcass - Surgical Steel
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Push the Sky Away
Nails - Abandon All Life
Pusha T - My Name Is My Name
Clutch - Earth Rocker

Damn Good Records (in no particular order):
Death AngelThe Dream Calls For Blood
Nine Inch Nails - Hesitation Marks 
Elvis PresleyElvis at Stax: Deluxe Edition (3x CD)
Youth Code - s/t
Power Trip - Manifest Decimation 
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Mosquito
Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats - Mind Control
Whores. - Clean 
Misery Signals - Absent Light
Aight Aight:
Vista Chino - Peace 
Monster Magnet - Last Patrol 
Red Fang - Whales and Leeches  
Queens of the Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork 
Chelsea Wolfe - Pain is Beauty
Shai Hulud - Reach Beyond the Sun
Inter Arma - Sky Burial

Fine Return to Form:
HIM - Tears on Tape

Just Say No:
IntegritySuicide Black Snake
Depeche Mode - Delta Machine
AFI - Burials 

Certified Bangers:
Lady Gaga - "Applause"
Robin Thicke - "Blurred Lines"

Does Not Compute:
Katy Perry. I find her beautiful, rather genuine and recognize she has an ear for melody. I've even seen her perform (once with Juicy J, no less) - but her music does jack shit for me. Sorry, lady.

Vintage metal band Thorns and I agree to disagree on: Flotsam & Jetsam. (I'm pro.)

Haven't Listened To Yet:
Watain - The Wild Hunt
R. Kelly - Black Panties
Chvrches - The Bones of What You Believe 
Kanye West - Yeezus
CocoRosie - Tales of a Grasswidow

Best Shows I Caught This Year:
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Beacon Theatre, March 29
Into Another - Saint Vitus, April 26
Judge - Black N Blue Bowl/Webster Hall, May 18 (Saturday's set was better)
Elton John - iHeartRadio Music Festival/MGM Grand Arena, September 20
Motley Crue - The Joint at Hard Rock Casino, September 21 
Carcass - Gramercy Theatre, September 26
Modern Life Is War - The Studio at Webster Hall, October 12

Worst. Night. Ever:
Katatonia at Irving Plaza, September 24
The mopey Swedes decided to go all deep-cuts for a closing set and didn't play ANTHING off Last Fair Deal Gone Down. Should have gotten there earlier to see all of Cult of Luna's set.