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Rock’s Biggest Egos

Posted by admin On November - 29 - 2008

-A.S. Yahoo! Music Blog GetBack has named names. They just put out their list of Rock’s Biggest Egos. Though Kanye West was discussed in the introduction, he did not make their list. I think he would fill the first three spots on mine. Here is their list:

-Bono: C’mon, he’s the world’s largest turd. Writing the piece on Dylan for the top-100 Greatest Singers of All Time doesn’t help his case in my book.

-John Lennon: At least Kanye hasn’t called himself bigger than Jesus yet. Although to some, Elvis or Michael Jordan might be more blasphemous.

-Noel & Liam Gallagher

-Madonna

-Terence Trent D’Arby: Jesus was already taken, so he said he was bigger than the Beatles. I am more offended by his misstep than Lennon’s.

If you ask me, Kanye West has the biggest ego of them all. He has stormed the stage at award shows, pouted in front of cameras back stage and compared himself to every legend under the sun. He blames everyone but himself when something goes wrong and uses any platform he can to speak his mind whether that be complaining about the President on national television or blogging about Bonnaroo. Plus, you have to have an insanely large ego to think that you can get away with putting out as bad of an album as 808s & Heartbreak.

Courtney Love is on crack, but so is everyone

Posted by admin On November - 24 - 2008

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~Z.T.~ I’m having way too much fun looking at the artist’s ballots for the Rolling Stone top singers post. Before I ruffle feathers and call Andy out on his Dylan mockery, let’s all come together on this: Courtney Love is nuts.

How many names did she write on here?! I see 29. Crossing off your dead husband’s name. Quite symbolic, Court. We’re very proud of you.Other great nuggets from the ballots:

  • Maynard James Keenan of Tool wrote his name #1 and left the rest blank. Tool, indeed.
  • James Blunt also put himself #1. Beautiful move there, James.
  • Ozzy put himself 8 and loves Tina Turner enough to put her top 13, but he spelled her name Tena.
  • Keith Richards put himself #20, but left Mick off the list.
  • Sebastian Bach is a retarded person. His list is a five way tie for first between himself, Jeff Buckley, Rob Halford, Janis and Axl. He has a two way tie for second between Sly and Neil Young, a three way tie between Dio, Delp and Waits for third, Geddy Lee and Phoebe Snow at 4th and 5th respectively. 6-20 are empty. SebastianBach3 3 Courtney Love is on crack, but so is everyone

Anyone who would let this picture of themselves be out in public is clearly vain enough to put themselves #1 on an all-time list, but really Sebastian?

You got so excited you crammed 12 names jammed into 5 spots and then was like, meh I’m done?

  • Iggy Pop had Neil Diamond at #14, thought better of it, and bumped him to 19. That’s so much worse than just having him at like #15 to begin with. He had to have had this thought process: “Man, that’s just too high for Neil Diamond, but I love me some Neil. Gotta keep him on the list…” When would Iggy be ever listening to Neil? Diamond!?!

Why Andy’s wrong about Dylan

Posted by admin On November - 24 - 2008

~Z.T.~ In Andy’s analysis of Rolling Stones’ top singers of all-time, he tore into them for putting Dylan #7. It’s an easy mistake to make. Ragging on Dylan. Andy called them idiots. I mean, I get it. His shows are more miss than hit these days. His voice has been shot for as long as we’ve been conscious music listeners. I’ve seen Dylan twice and left once. Even in his prime, Dylan’s voice wasn’t like any of the voices on this list, but that’s what makes him so special. And it’s not just that he’s the voice of a generation.

It’s that raw, aching humanity in his voice. It’s the phrasing. The way he plays with emphasis. Inflection. Sitting on my bed, the needle of my record player slides back to the beginning of side A of Highway 61 Revisited. “Ballad of a Thin Man” goes back to “Like a Rolling Stone” and I’m “juiced in it.”



Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Shore. As he says in the car, don’t boo him anymore.

I never thought I’d support anything Bono said until I got into a girl that works for him, but regardless, as he says in his write-up, “To understand Bob Dylan’s impact as a singer, you have to imagine a world without Tom Waits, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder, Kurt Cobain, Lucinda Williams or any other vocalist with a cracked voice, dirt-bowl yelp or bluesy street howl.” It’s easy to look at it now and say Dylan can’t sing and his voice was always strained, but that would be ignoring the world he opened up for rock singers.



The word “deal” is one syllable. Not when Bobby sings. When he pushes “Do you want to. Make a dee-ee-eee- uhhhl” through his lips, it’s four loaded syllables. How does it feel? Personally, it gives me shivers.

It’s not the voice, it’s what you do with it. I know that’s usually a defense for a small penis, but there’s a reason Springsteen had Dylan third on his list, sandwiched between Sam Cooke and John Lennon. It’s the reason Mariah Carey and Celine Dion aren’t anywhere on this list. It’s not best voice. It’s best singer. And though I agree that a ton of people have better voices, not many were better singers.

10 reasons Kanye is a D-bag

Posted by admin On November - 24 - 2008

~Z.T.~ Last summer a rapper who calls himself Diesel proposed a question of a contemporary. Mr. Diesel asked, “How’s my ass taste?” It was a bad image. Shaq’s ass after some ball. Gross. We now know how his ass taste. It taste like 808′s and Heartbreak. Kanye’s new album isn’t “rim job of a pro athlete” bad is it?kanz 10 reasons Kanye is a D bagIt sure is.

Why do you think he had naked women at the release party? Because when naked women are around, that’s all you remember. You ever ask some bro’s how the strip club was and have them go, “Meh. They played ‘Pour Some Sugar On Me’ five times. Sucked.” Nope. They talk about titties. And this album is most certainly not the tits.

I had to double check that I didn’t leave the iPhone game Echo on while I listened to “Say You Will,” because those beep-bop-boops in it are that annoying. “Pinnochio Story” is shockingly bad in quality of song and recording and “Love Lockdown” was pretty catchy when Girl Talk mashed it, but weaker than Kan’s self promotion on it’s own.

It’s that self promotion that drives me absolutely nuts. Kanye said last night at the AMA’s, “I wake up every morning thinking, ‘What stereotypes do I wanna break,’” he said. “It’s up to artists to push one another. We’ll push each other to be the new Beatles, the new Hendrix…I wanna be Elvis.”

So, what sparked a Kanye sucks rant? Superfan Hodge linked me to this wonderful list of 10 reasons Kan is a douche bag: My favorite?

“I feel like I’m one of the more important people in pop culture right now… The Bible had 20, 30, 40, 50 characters in it. You don’t think that I would be one of the characters of today’s modern Bible?”

For those of you keeping score at home, he’s now compared himself to Elvis, Jesus, MJ, The Beatles, and Hendrix. Can I suggest Flava Flav? Andy said this weekend that he hates that this album will be unavoidable for the next few months.

Friends- Don’t play this in our presence. “Don’t say you will. You will. One day you will. I pray you will…” not.

10 reasons Kanye is a douche

Robert Randolph & The Family Band at the Cubbie Bear 11/21

Posted by admin On November - 24 - 2008

-A.S. Seeing Robert Randolph & the Family Band for the first time when I was in college was incredible. I danced by butt off, and the whole packed house was into the show. The second time I saw him, I realized that it was almost the exact same show as the first time. I told myself I probably wouldn’t go see them again the next time they were in town. Having gotten my hands on free tickets for an exclusive XRT show at the Cubbie Bear, I decided to give them another shot.

The Cubbie Bear was way too crowded, and the amount of vantage points without an obstructed view was limited. Add the fact that the crowd was unusually tall and seeing Robert Randolph when he was sitting down at his steel pedal guitar was difficult. Plus it was almost unbearably warm in there.

The music itself was good, but not spectacular. Randolph is an amazing guitar player, but after a while all of his music starts to sound the same. It’s very formulaic. Riffs and vocal lines get repeated sometimes at nauseum.

Tracks off the newest album, Colorblind, sounded fine live. “Dianne” and “Deliver Me” even got the crowd going a little bit. I think that some of the crowd’s indifference towards the band was probably because it was a free concert and XRT event, and not a concert that the whole crowd paid to see the band. The covers were the highlight for me, at least for the most part. Bo Diddley’s “Who Do You Love” sounded great. As did the blues standard “Shake Your Hips,” which featured about a dozen girls doing the hip shake on stage. The not so great cover was the attempt at Daft Punk’s “Technologic.” After that subpar cover, it was time to go.

The Roots in Bus Crash, No Serious Injuries

Posted by admin On November - 21 - 2008

~Z.T.~ After seeing The Roots a bunch of times the last couple years and twice this fall, we feel pretty close to them. Super Fan Hodge just linked me to this story that their double-decker bus crashed in Europe and flipped over, but thankfully everyone is OK.roots bus crash blog The Roots in Bus Crash, No Serious InjuriesIt’s scary to think of ?uestlove falling from any height, but word is that they’re fine.

?uestlove even wrote an e-mail about it. It’s pretty all over the place and a bit helter skelter, but forgive the man. He just went through a horrific bus crash
 The Roots in Bus Crash, No Serious InjuriesI took this pic at Bonnaroo 2007 and never had an excuse to use it until now.

“was i upside down? why am i covered in cereal? oh shit….that coffee pot is coming for my face!!! in reality the crash was all of about 7 seconds….but to do a 360 on the highway and end up ramped up (the van that crashed into ours was UNDER our double decker bus) in the air….is….well… a frigging miracle. ” -?uestlove

Read the full report here

Paul’s Top 10 Greatest Singers Of All Time

Posted by admin On November - 20 - 2008

-A.S. Zack has been slowly returning from semi-retirement, so I have branched out in the search of other opinions. I really like the dialogue that this Greatest Singers of All Time list has generated. I asked our good friend of the Festival Crashers, Paul Brisske to give his $.02. Without any further ado, I give you Paul’s Top 10 Greatest Singers of All Time with commentary (Rolling Stone ranking in parenthesis).

1 (1). Aretha Franklin: Aretha is a test to modern recording. Her voice can make you cringe inside yourself or not even feel the floor beneath you. And she did it all on vinyl and magnetic tape, before the days of sharp digital editing and auto tune. Aretha Franklin can hit notes you’ve never heard before, notes that don’t come from a piano. Why do you think they call it soul?

2 (8). Otis Redding: I don’t know what happened in our society that we started accepting the excuse that you can’t sing and dance at the same time. This man ran marathons onstage while his voice retained the shattering force that his recordings promised. Redding’s energy and stamina is one that has never been matched and shamefully by today’s standards will never have to be. Not to mention his soul touching gospel ballads like “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” which can make even the most abundant life feel lonely.

3 (2). Ray Charles: You don’t need to have the blues to sing the blues, but it certainly helps. And if anyone in this world ever had the blues, it was Ray Charles. Like Aretha, his range of notes could not be replicated by any instrument but the human voice. I don’t know what else to say about the man other than that he is just blue.

4 (9). Stevie Wonder: Stevie Wonder was born with the voice of an angel. Not even filtered water is as pure. It’s funny how a blind man can paint a more perfect picture of love than those who see it everyday.

5 (22). Etta James: She is too smooth and too hot to listen to without melting. I would leave any woman to have Etta James sing me to sleep every night. Not to be unoriginal but, she’s like butta.

6 (25). Michael Jackson: Just say it slowly to yourself–Michael…Jackson…

7 (Not Ranked). Bessie Smith: Bessie Smith belted the sorrow of the south and was the vocal influence for countless blues singers to follow. She makes me cry, not because I’m sad but because she is.

8 (NR). Nat King Cole: Frank Sinatra has the second most charming voice in history. If Billy Dee could sing he would be Nat King Cole.

9 (14). Al Green: The Reverend of seduction, Al Green has an untouchable pitch range which drives his raw emotional content home. No woman can resist being serenaded by Al Green. If he were a dirty homeless man singing on the street he’d still get laid.

10 (18). Freddie Mercury: The Gods of music instilled the sheer power and rebellious rage of rock ‘n roll into one voice which they then gave to Freddie Mercury. With great power comes great responsibility. I hope I don’t need to tell you whether or not he embraced it.

Make my dream come true

Posted by admin On November - 20 - 2008

~Z.T.~ I was just informed that The Raconteurs have an expansion pack for Guitar Hero: World Tour. If you read this blog with any regularity, you know would be a cream dream for me to, in any way, be Jack White. jack white Make my dream come trueHey Jackie- let me come under that Umbrella.

Friends with XBox 360: Get Guitar Hero World Tour and buy this expansion pack.

  • “Salute Your Solution”
  • “Hold Up”
  • “Consoler of the Lonely”

I’ll come over with $5 to cover the cost and a six-pack to let our inner JW out. Rob Shore? Big Bri? Benson? Let me make my Jack White dreams come true…

Andy’s Top 10 Greatest Singers Of All Time

Posted by admin On November - 19 - 2008

-A.S. I told you how I felt about Rolling Stone’s list, now I’m going to give you my own. Not because I think I can do it better, but because I’d do it different. Feel free to leave one of your own if you disagree. The Rolling Stone ranking is in parenthesis and I will include some key tracks to check out.

1 (1). Aretha Franklin: Can’t disagree with RS on this one. I think it has something to do with listening to a lot of Oldies 104.3 in the car with my mom when I was little. I always dug the girl groups and female vocalists, and Aretha Franklin is the best of them all. Key Tracks: “Think,” “Chain of Fools”

2 (2). Ray Charles: He really could be 1b in my book. They’re both different better, in a better different sort of way. There is some footage of little Andy singing Ray Charles around my house somewhere. I haven’t changed much since then, to be totally honest. The only difference is my stage has moved from the fireplace to the drivers seat of my car. Key Tracks: “Georgia on my Mind,” “What’d I Say, pts. 1 &2″

3 (8). Otis Redding: Perhaps given more time, Otis Redding would be number one on my list. I don’t think anyone ever has had more soul in their voice than him. I think if he would havehad a larger catalog, he would have an argument to be number one. Key Tracks: “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long (To Stop Now),” “These Arms of Mine”

4 (15). Robert Plant: There is something to be said for someone that can hold their own with some of the most awesome rock music of all time. Without him, most of the bands in the 80s would have lead singer that didn’t know how to sing, and Axl would have never even gotten the opportunity to take 13 years to release Chinese Democracy. Key Tracks: “Dazed & Confused,” “Immigrant Song”

5 (11). Paul McCartney: He could rock as hard as “Helter Skelter” or croon as sweet as “Yesterday.” His voice has been on hits for the last 40+ years. Paul McCartney is number one on my list of artists I most want to see, and that set of pipes sure is a big reason. Key Tracks: “Hey Jude,” “Maybe I’m Amazed”

6 (3). Elvis Presley: He changed the way people could sing. He sang with a raw sexuality you could feel the yearning in his voice on a ballad. This white boy understood the roots of the music he sang, and it showed in his songs. Key Tracks: “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock”

7 (9). Stevie Wonder: There is a joy in his voice that no singer has ever come close to. I think if I were in a deserted island situation, Stevie Wonder would be the one artist I would choose to listen to for the rest of my life. Key Tracks: “Superstition,” “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”

8 (33). Steve Winwood: Traffic is one of my favorite bands of all time, and the voice of Steve Winwood is probably the biggest reason for that. The best example I can think of to demonstrate how much I love him occurred at this summer’s Mile High Music Festival. I saw Winwood perform “Dear Mr. Fantasy” and “Can’t Find My Way Home” early in the day at his own set, and had just as much fun that evening as he rocked those tunes with Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. There’s not many artists I would tolerate that from. Key Tracks: “Can’t Find My Way Home,” Dear Mr. Fantasy”

9 (40). Curtis Mayfield: Maybe it’s the soul child in me, but in my book there is no voice more moving than that of Curits Mayfield. “People Get Ready” is one of my favorite songs of all time. There is just something so special about the way he sings that tune that gets me every time I hear it. Key Tracks: “People Get Ready,” “I’m So Proud”

10 (Not Ranked). Warren Haynes: This is kind of a wildcard for this spot, I know. I love me some Southern Rock, and Warren Haynes combines my favorite parts of John Fogerty and Gregg Allman and infuses it with an extra touch of soul. It doesn’t hurt that he also penned my favorite song of all time. Hearing Warren Haynes sing “Soulshine” as an encore with Phil Lesh & Friends forever changed the way I look at music. Key Tracks: “Soulshine,” “She Said, She Said”

New Paul McCartney album streaming

Posted by admin On November - 19 - 2008

paul New Paul McCartney album streaming~Z.T.~ Paul McCartney’s new album, The Fireman, is streaming live on NPR now. I’ll come back with a full review later, but I wanted to let you listen now that I know about it.

First impression is it’s more experimental, late 60s Paul than sappy, contrived Paul. We’re treated to distorted, wailing guitars. I have no problem with that.

Listen here

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