Check out my interview with Alice In Chains over at Mammoth Press. Guitar legend Jerry Cantrell sheds some light on Alice's first record in 14 years, and how the band came together to face its greatest challenge yet.
Check out my interview with The Gaslight Anthem at Mammoth Press. Bassist Alex Levine shares about The '59 Sound's reception, the band's New Jersey/blue-collar roots, why he likes the past so much and the plans for their next record.
Check out my interview with fun. over at Mammoth Press. Vocalist Nate Ruess and keyboardist/guitarist Andrew Dost discuss all things fun. related, including its inception and ambitions, what pop music is missing today and its plans for world domination.
Check out my interview with The Used over at Mammoth Press. Bassist Jeph Howard talks about why the band chose to name their fourth album Artwork, how it differs from their previous records and the mentality growing up in Utah has had on them.
w/ Little Joy El Rey Theatre
Los Angeles, CA
July 28, 2009
Regina Spektor is not your average singer, as anyone who has seen her live performance can attest to. Armed simply with an arresting voice and piano, she has a way with words that is both serious at heart and whimsically amusing.
She began the show at El Rey with several cuts from her latest offering, Far, which would become a staple of the evening as all but one of its songs were represented. Ranging from the powerful first single, “Laughing With,” to the darker “Machine” and the playful “Dance Anthem of the 80s,” Spektor’s maturation as a songwriter was on display, backed by string players and a drummer.
Her idiosyncrasies still shone, though, especially when she grabbed an electric guitar on “Bobbin’ for Apples” and “That Time.” But it was some of her well-known older tunes that received the biggest response from the audience, including the somber piano ballad “Samson,” which turned “Us” and “Fidelity” into sing-alongs.
Throughout the evening, she expressed thanks for the turnout and seemed a little sheepish by the crowd’s continual yelling. She closed the 90-minute set with what she dubbed as her version of a country song, “Love, You’re a Whore,” which fittingly ended things on an upbeat and wholly unique note.
On The Radio
Time Is All Around
One More Time With Feeling
Dance Anthem Of The 80’s
Bobbin’ For Apples
Poor Little Rich Boy
Genius Next Door
Man Of A Thousand Faces
Love, You’re A Whore
Check out my interview with Incubus over at Mammoth Press. DJ/keyboardist Chris Kilmore takes a look back while discussing the retrospective Monuments & Melodies, their creative process and what's next in store for the band.
Wow. Holy wow. Just finished the seventh and last season of The Shield and what a conclusion to one of the best shows ever made. It was darn near perfect. Vic is one of the most engrossing antiheroes written. You somehow keep rooting for him, no matter how heinous his acts are, but at the end you see how black his soul really is and wonder how he could have conned you in the first place. It fits along nicely with one of the show’s primary themes – nothing is ever black and white, only gray, and justice in the truest sense of the word is not possible, at least not in the here and now.
All the character acting, gripping writing and unique directing style were consistently high throughout its run, more so than any other show I’ve seen. It honestly is a shame it never found a larger audience or the recognition it deserved. The Shield has set the bar awfully high for all of TV, especially crime dramas, and currently sits as my second favorite show. Lost, the ball’s in your court now.
02. Star Trek
04. Public Enemies
06. The Brothers Bloom
07. The Hangover
08. I Love You, Man
09. Terminator Salvation
10. The International
Drag Me To Hell
The Taking Of Pelham 123
01. New Found Glory – Not Without A Fight
02. Regina Spektor – Far
03. Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown
04. Manchester Orchestra – Mean Everything To Nothing
05. The Fray – The Fray
06. Thursday – Common Existence
07. Mat Kearney – City Of Black & White
08. Taking Back Sunday – New Again
09. Paper Route – Absence
10. Silversun Pickups – Swoon
11. Audrye Sessions – Audrye Sessions
12. mewithoutYou – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! It’s Alright
13. Holiday Parade – Tickets & Passports
14. Kevin Devine – Brother’s Blood
15. Bruce Springsteen – Working On A Dream
16. Morrissey – Years Of Refusal
17. Meg & Dia – Here, Here And Here
18. Papa Roach – Metamorphosis
19. Emery – In Shallow Seas We Sail
20. The Dangerous Summer – Reach For The Sun
21. Dredg – The Pariah, The Parrot, The Delusion
22. The Dear Hunter – Act III: Life And Death
23. 311 – Uplifter
24. Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster – III
25. Project 86 – Picket Fence Cartel
Alexisonfire – Old Crow/Young Cardinal
Lily Allen – It’s Not Me, It’s You
Closure In Moscow – First Temple
Cursive – Mama, I’m Swollen
The Decemberists – The Hazards Of Love
Depeche Mode – Sounds Of The Universe
The Devil Wears Prada – With Roots Above And Branches Below
Eminem – Relapse
Ace Enders & A Million Different People – When I Hit The Ground
Franz Ferdinand – Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Ben Harper And Relentless7 – White Lies For Dark Times
Jonathan Jones – We Were Young
Meese – Broadcast
Metric – Fantasies
Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix
P.O.S. – Never Better
Silverstein – A Shipwreck In The Sand
Wilco – Wilco (The Album)
01. Mae – (M)orning
02. Straylight Run – About Time
03. Death Cab For Cutie – The Open Door
04. Moneen – Heard That Sound
05. Hit The Lights – Coast To Coast
06. Raining And OK – Always Will Be
Colour Academy – Through Telescopes
House Of Heroes – Meets The Beatles
Mark Rose – The Greatest Lakes
Check out my extensive interview with Copeland vocalist Aaron Marsh at Mammoth Press. He shares about the band's last record You Are My Sunshine, the art of producing, his early singing days and his thoughts on Auto-Tune.