Favorite Mashups of 2005

Mildly unuseful note(s): in terms of the best albums of the year, everyone has their opinion; as is the case with haircuts (I'm looking at you MySpace emo-trash). But, the case is, most of the time something cool comes out of them. Hell, one might even find an album that one has never heard before. Along those lines, I figured I'd throw out my 2 cents on what mash-ups I was really into. To be entirely honest, my favorite album last year was The Grey Album. Whether or not it can be considered an album is beside my point...it's what I enjoyed listening to most, FACT. (side note: in the great tradition of mentioning The Go! Team's album as a favorite of 2005, which many did, I'm going to mention mash-ups which may, or may not, have been released in 2004.) So, here are my favorite mash-ups of 2005! PS...just as with albums & tracks goes, you can't hear everything released...hit me with some knowledge if you think you've got something that needs to be heard...let me know.

(By the way, dj BC is the best masher out there, so, you'll see him a lot on this list)

1. DJ BC "Yoshimi Battles Snoop Dogg"
The Flaming Lips vs. Snoop Dogg vs. Will Farrell

2. Aggro1 "Pull Up the Poor Bitches"
M.I.A. vs. Mindless Self Indulgence

3. DJ BC "Can't You Hear Biz Knocking?"
The Rolling Stones "Can You Hear Me Knockin'" vs. Biz Markie "Let Me See You Bounce"

4. DJ Riko "Stand Up and Ring My Doorbell"
Ludacris "Stand Up" vs. The White Stripes "My Doorbell"

5. CCC "One of These Heatwaves"
Pink Floyd "One of These Days" vs. Wings "Rockestra" vs. Martha Reeves & The Vandellas "Heatwave"

6. Smash Mash-Ups "Sanctuary's Over"
The Doors "When the Music's Over" vs. The Cult "She Sells Sanctuary" vs. pop beat

7. DJ BC "Money"
Wu-Tang Clan "C.R.E.A.M." vs. The O'Jays "For The Love Of Money"

8. FullMickTon "1000 Miles N Jiggin"
N.W.A. - 100 Miles and Running vs. Martyn Bennett - No.6 (untitled)

9. DJ Payroll "Intergalactic Enemy"
Beastie Boys "Intergalactic" vs. Rage Against the Machine "Know Your Enemy"

10. DJ iTrain "Frontin' on the Root Down"
Beastie Boys vs. The Who

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Favorite Albums of 2005

There is a disclaimer and/or explanation and/or rant which is needed for this list. I have a lot of distaste for most other people's favorite albums list, as a matter of fact, I'm not even sure that mine is the truth. As I went through it, again, and again, I kept wanting to reorganize the order, and introduce new albums. If I could, The Go! Team would be on the list, in the top 5 for sure, but I don't believe it's proper as I listened to it a lot last year; in its release year. Funny I mention that now, because the albums I listened to most, probably aren't from this year at all. I keep trying to find new bands (from the now) without giving up on discovering music from times gone by. As the saying goes, you can't know where you're going until you know where you've been. Well, something like that. This urge to fit in with both the "classic rock" fans and the "new rock" fans, while still trying to explore hip hop, electronica and even some country makes it hard to come around to making a list. It's impossible to listen to every good album out there in a year, but here's the stuff I listened to and liked a bit. If you read this, I thank you.

#1) Sufjan Stevens Illinois

I was recently at a wedding, and the best man was giving a speech, "I don't really know what to say, maaaan, so..." All the while I thought to myself, "If you don't know what to say, then don't say anything!" I might find myself following similar suit in this situation. There was a great deal of backlash, and for good reason, against this album. Sufjan Stevens, a known-but-still-relatively-unknown artist puts out a fantastic album. The problem is, people really, really start paying attention. As I am not one of the people who are dogging this album, I can only speculate as to why it wouldn't be a favorite of theirs. 1) Going back to the "I liked them before they were popular" thing. I understand, there have been bands, and most certainly will be more in the future, that I've stopped liking because of their soaring popularity. I can see this being the case. 2) People don't get it. I really, really understand this. For instance, I love metal. With that being said, it make little to no sense that an album as soft as this would be my favorite for the year when I absolutely despise Bright Eyes, Death Cab (though I "hear" that not all their stuff is sappy sad bastard music), and others like them. Strange, but I can see it.

#2) Sleater-Kinney The Woods

Unlike Sufjan, this makes sense to me. I can see this working out as far as favorite albums go. Sleater-Kinney, an all female trio, rose out of the ashes of grunge and into the watered down "alternative" genre. This album takes them to a place that I call "niiiiiiiiice." The track "Modern Girl" reminds me of where they've been, but introducing the album with "The Fox" reintroduces the band as sonic rawk gods.

#3) The White Stripes Get Behind Me Satan

Though I am growing increasingly sick of the number unjust and undefined lists (note: my list defines why I like these albums, and…if that doesn’t work for you, there’s free music, YAY!) I have seen a few, and to my surprise, this album is missing. How, I must ask, does this album differ from White Blood Cells and Elephant? Both of those were received with general acclaim, critical acclaim, and Chris acclaim. I find myself looking at some of the music I find myself listening to from time to time, Hendrix, Sabbath, Zeppelin, and wondering… “Self, what current bands do you see listening to for the next 20 year?” Though there are some cool mid-90’s bands like Collective Soul that made some RAD albums…for the most part, they’ve all but died out (when you put out a greatest hits album because it might sell more than a release of new material…). The White Stripes might be this band for me. Yes, I understand that I haven’t even been listening to music for twenty years (wait…OK, yes, I do in fact understand this), but I love the band. If I was to continue this meaningless “lists of things” time-waster they’d probably be in my “top 10 bands of all time.” “But when He had turned about and looked on His disciples, he rebuked Peter, saying ‘Get behind me, Satan: for though savourest not the things that be of God, but the things that be of men’.” Well, in this case, I’m going to go on a limb and say that this music is for men…nonetheless, I’m all about it.

#4) Clutch Robot Hive: Exodus

Clutch is awesome! Clutch are awesome! We’ll work out the semantics later, but I love Clutch. Jam Room was amazing, Pure Rock Fury RAWKED, and last years Blast Tyrant ANNIHILATED FACES OFF OF SKULLS. But without me liking Clutch beforehand, I’d still like this album. There’s a subtle blend between the rocking tones, (this is going to sound like a joke, but it’s mostly true) rock-to-rawk-to-hard rock-to-soft metal-to-hard rock-to-rawk-to-rock. Plus, if nothing else, lead singer Neil Fallon’s beard is B-E-A-utiful.

#5) The Raveonettes Pretty In Black

Even worse than the absence of The White Stripes, might be the complete lack of The Raveonettes on “The Kids’” lists. One of the main trends this year, that I’ve noticed, was reintroducing country music into rock n’ roll, and furthermore, introducing country roots into the mainstream. Johnny Cash’s movie came out, (re)introducing Jerry Lee, Carl Perkins, Orbison, and Elvis as possibly, maybe, kinda having country-ish roots. It was this era in music in which The Raveonettes call back to. “Somewhere in Texas” brings this reflection to the past (with a dash of country) to the forefront of what I’m getting at here. As they’ve been building momentum with past albums, it’s my opinion that The Raveonettes have succeeded in finally blending past and present into something that can completely succeed. But…by the looks of things, not too many agree with me on this.

#6) Dropkick Murphys The Warriors Code

A quasi-punk album in the top 10? Whaaaa? Understandable, but with the exception of the Dropkick’s last album, Blackout, I’ve been a huge fan of the band for years. During my first listens to the album, I had to question whether or not I was REALLY enjoying it because it is good, or was I enjoying it because it simply sounded better than their last album? The answer: it’s a great album. It hits where Blackout missed, touching on some slower, (gasp) sensitive songs, while mixing in the type of songs that both the boys on the docks and the skinheads can dig. I didn’t get too much into punk this year, as the only other album mildly resembling the genre that has nothing to do with emo, scream-o, or anything “core,” was a release by Lagwagon; but I’m going to presume this was the best out there this year (for now).

#7) The Dandy Warhols Odditorium or Warlords of Mars

With the release of the Anton Newcombe infused Dig! The Dandys, in general, took a lot of heat. Furthermore, with the release of Dig! The Dandys Odditorium took a lot of heat. Many called it further copying of a Newcombe’s unique style, or following trends that have already run their course. This is SO following a trend, but in the past, I’ve had no beef with the band. In fact, I might have had a little something for them, collectively. To say that I don’t see the Dandy Warhols trying to sound like The Brian Jonestown Massacre would be wrong. To say that I don’t see how this album’s long, draining songs, mixed amongst short poppy songs about drugs doesn’t sound like the BJM would be a lie. BUT, this is a great album in my opinion. When listening to it in its entirety it’s enjoyable to follow the flow. With its highs and lows, the Dandys are still my cute adorable, rockin’ Dandys.

#8) Bloc Party Silent Alarm

This is the first “new to me” bands on the list, The Bloc Party. I tried for the longest time, holding out, gritting my teeth, not clicking the related links…but I couldn’t. I couldn’t. I needed to know what the Bloc Party were about. Here’s the band playing the Opera House in Toronto. Here’s the band playing numerous hip late night shows (presumption). Here’s the band raping my dreams with thoughts of what their music might sound like. Fortunately, they sounded nothing like they did in my dreams (a German synth-Gwar-ish type sound…God-awful). If you replace the screaming you find in most bands with a more tolerable voice, and the cheap, indistinctive guitars of most modern bands with riffs that actually stay in your head, there you have it…you’ve got The Bloc Party. Despite the original hesitancies, the band has quickly grown into one of my favorite new bands in the last few years.

#9) Animal Collective Feels

When listening to last years “Sung Tongs” I really wasn’t impressed. I’d like to use a comparison as to just how much I like this album. I think this album might be a long term favorite of mine for multiple reasons. The main point though, is that it is a fun album. It is fun to listen to. It is fun to play when there’s nothing else going on. It makes me feel (God, that is corny, I’m sorry).

#10) Danger Doom The Mouse and the Mask

I love Adult Swim. I love Sealab 2021, Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Space Ghost. To be honest, I didn’t have any clue that there was affiliation with between this MF Doom, Danger Mouse collaboration and Adult Swim until just before its release. I heard of its release months before, but no information on this collab. Simply the idea of teaming one of the hottest MCs with the hottest producer (can I call him that?) interested me to no end, but with just days to spare before its release, learning that there was an AS connection nailed it for me. To be honest, I’m rambling because I’ve never “reviewed” a hip hop or rap album before. I’m still in that immature stage of my relationship with the music, it’s blossomed from a mild enjoyment into something greater, and I’m trying not to discourage it from hanging out with me by saying things like “phat beat.” Oh, but Kanye can still sit on it, Danger Doom had the best Hip Hop album of the year.

#11) Atmosphere You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having

Yes, Danger Doom had the best hip hop album of the year, but Atmosphere was a close second. In continuation of this years “relationship” theme; despite him not knowing, Slug and I have a long history together. I heard some tapes of his back (in tha day) when I was in high school in Calgary. Little did I know that I’d move to the great state that is made famous by Atmosphere. Atmosphere only. Nothing good has ever come from this state…I’m looking at you Robert Zimmerman.

#12) The Decemberists Picaresque

Solid album. Hey, not all of my descriptions have to be all that insightful or revealing. If you’ve read any of them, you’re probably in agreeance with me when I say that none of them are all that insightful or revealing.

#13) System of a Down Mezmerize

I want to make clear that this is no “bundle deal.” I’ve seen a lot of people put SOAD’s Mezmerize & Hypnotize together in a sort of “they were released in the same year, so why not” type thing. Not I said the Chris. This is a hybrid of other criticisms and reviews previously mentioned. I desperately tried not to listen to this album although I’ve loved everything the band has released in the past. This is a solid album. If you remove yourself from mainstream modern rock radio stations I’m sure that you’ll experience the same feelings I have towards it. If not, one can only presume how stale it must seem by now. So, for 2006, if you remember one thing, remember this Mezmerize not Hypnotize.

#14) Wu-Tang Meets Indie Culture Think Differently

To further my critical angst, I’ve included another hip hop album in the mix.For those who do not recall Wu-Tang’s Iron Flag, I suggest that there is no need to run out and buy it. Rather, check out any Ghostface album…period. Because since the “Triumph” Wu-Tang Forever blazed, with the exception of a few tracks on The W, Wu-Tang, as a group have been lackluster. There is a reason I’m bringing this up, as I know that this is a collaborative effort, and not a “group thing.” Method Man had a sitcom on FOX, Wu-Tang Clan have given their name to a clothing company, Wu-Wear, and various members haven’t released an album in years. In my opinion, without RZA, GZA and Ghostface, there would no longer be any Wu-Tang (and that’s coming from a Method Man fan!). Fact is, by releasing this album, including many of today’s best unknown (well…yes, I’ve now come to understand that MF Doom, might just be known) MCs their taking hip hop back to what it was for them before they hit big. Yes, Enter The 36 Chambers was released independently. When it comes to street credibility, it seems I was wrong for ever questioning the Clan, as this album has some music that needs to be seriously paid attention to on it.

#15) Kaiser Chiefs Employment

This is a pop album, no getting around it. I read in a local paper last summer about how roughly 300 people showed up to the Kaiser Chiefs show at the historic First Avenue club when they came to town, and the journalist was disappointed. “They are a band deserving of more,” he wrote. I suppose I might agree. They do deserve more than 300 people, but in a landscape which is overpopulated with Brit rock these days…who has the time, really?! These skeptical words can be eliminated when taking some times and listening to the band though; the similarities to other bands are there, but more than not, you will hear the Kaiser Chiefs and the Kaiser Chiefs only. Similar to Feels, this album brings a sense of fun to it. Listening to the album now, it sounds a little dated; like a memory from the distant past. I’m not sure that I’ll have a long term fancy for Employment because of that; as while it is a great, fun album, it’s only had a few months of listen-ability and already it’s getting tired. But for these last few months, this has been a keeper.

#16) The New Pornographers Twin Cinema

How am I supposed to follow an argument about the Kaiser Chiefs, saying that they’re wearing thin on me, with anything about The New Pornographers? It’s hard! Twin Cinema is an amazing album, full of great tracks that emotionally bounce me all over the place. I’ve noticed many other lists including the album quite high in rank, as it should be. This album is going to grow on me. I know this. Why, then is it only #16 on my list? Simply, because as of right now it’s simply a good album to me. Knowing my allegiance to Canada, and all things there of (with a handful of exceptions…like, let’s say, everything from Quebec), this should be a no-brain long term, top of the record stack album for me. But one must start somewhere, and this is starting at #16 of 2005 for me.

#17) Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation Mighty Rearranger

#18) Neil Young Prairie Wind

I seriously had my doubts before listening to these albums. Robert Plant, for the sheer fact that he was charging a minimum of $50 for tickets to his show (no Jimmy Page) and Neil Young because of the fact that even with the help of Booker T and the MGs, he hasn’t made a completely solid album for years. Thankfully, I was wrong on both accounts. I’ve decided to include these albums not simply because they’re wonderful and I enjoy every minute listening to them, but because they’re special, they from men old enough to be my grandfathers. To not include the Rolling Stones’ effort in this mix is simply because of stubbornness. That too was a fine album, but I didn’t like it near as much as Mighty Rearranger. As someone mentioned to me, it might have been their best album since Exile on Main St., but I just don’t care. Whether it be that Neil Young is a sentimental favorite of mine, or the Led Zeppelin have had a far greater impact on me than the Rolling Stones have, so be it. Cheers to these albums, as they prove something that is often mentioned whenever Metallica releases anything, “So what if they’re old albums are excellent, this new stuff is still better than 99% of the music put out these days.”

#19) Boards of Canada The Campfire Headphase

This album doesn’t fit into the mix at all. Not a single guitar or MC appears on it. But, knowing that I’m a crazy Aphex Twin fan should help the understanding as to why I enjoy this album. It’s smooth along the lines of Richard D. James’ Selected Ambient Works Vol. 2, but it doesn’t hesitate to touch on some of the great electronic mayhem that made Drukqs what it was.

#20) Queens of the Stone Age Lullabies to Paralyze

QUOTSA are the best hard rock band of the last 10 years. There is no doubt in my mind that this is true, and Lullabies doesn’t make me think any differently. To be honest, I was looking for another Songs for the Deaf, but I didn’t find it. I did, however, find the perfect follow up to that album. Again, with great transition between the soft slow and the hard and fast, the Homme lead queens have picked up where the Homme/Olivieri lead Queens left off.

#21) Buckethead and Friends Enter the Chicken

This album is precisely why “best of” lists should be left to be made until the last minute. I didn’t listen to it until mid December, and it obviously made an impact on me. I remember trying to listen to Buckethead a few years ago; it was a short lived affair. Hearing things like “virtuoso” in terms of the man’s playing, I was expecting something similar to Joe Satriani, I was off. This time around, whether it be his short lived stint backing up Axyl Rose, or whatever, Buckethead (and his friends) has shown me the way of my errors. “Waiting Here” is a perfect display of what I’m talking about. Serj Tankian (aka friend) leaves me wondering if Buckethead should take up shop as a member of SOAD. Ranging from absolute metal to this moderate rock gem, Enter The Chicken shouldn’t be overlooked.

#22) DJ Muggs and GZA Grandmasters

#23) Nada Surf The Weight is a Gift

What concerns me is how seemingly everyone was on the Nada Surf train when this album was released. It concerns me, because just as the album was released and the fan-fare reigned, it left. No year end critical acclaim, no fan-fare. When Rolling Stone glorifies your band, then includes the Foo Fighters instead of you in their year end list, it must burn (not saying anything bad against the Foo Fighters…just making a comparison). Continuing the running trend of “historically been a fan of them,” historically, I’ve been a fan of Nada Surf. This album’s “Blankest Year” is an overlooked pop-rock gem, as is the entire album.

#24) Wolf Parade Apologies to Queen Mary

#25) DJ Spooky and Dave Lombardo Drums of Death

This album’s premise seems more like a sitcom than something that should be in any “best of” list; Slayer and the DJ. Dave Lombardo, the drummer from SLAYER mixes it up on Drums of Death with DJ Spooky. Just as Danger Doom spurred my interest months before its release, this team-up interested me to no end. Think of peanut butter and jelly. What was the first person thinking who made a peanut butter and jelly sandwich? “I love peanut butter; I love jelly, LET’S DO IT!” Well, along those lines, “I love metal; I love electronic music, LET’S DO IT!” The addition of Chuck D. and Vernon Reid on various tracks doesn’t hurt much either.

#26) Devendra Banhart Cripple Crow

#27) Deerhoof The Runners Four

#28) Soulfly Dark Ages

To me, 2005 saw the year that I got back into metal. Dark Ages probably isn’t the best metal album of the year, but it is representative of this trend. I tried out Exodus, fell back into Children of Bodom, and even gave Limp Bizkit another chance. There is a disclaimer to that last mention: I tried it because the seemingly bi-polar Fred Durst refused to market the album. And with only 7 songs, it wouldn’t be much time wasted if it sucked. Funny thing is, it didn’t, it was OK. The other albums I checked out were good too. And even after missing with Prophecy, Soulfly sounded great. Credibility aside, as long as there’s hard music still going, I think it’s a good thing.

#29) Kanye West Late Registration

#30) Audioslave Out of Exile

Red Stripe Dub

Last night was a Red Stripe fiesta. If you don’t know what Red Stripe is, it’s a Jamaican beer made famous (in the US, anyways) by the companies RAD commercials. Red Stripe, Hooray for Beer! Anyways, it tasted so good that I made a song about it. Not so much, made as stole from other people and spliced together…but in the current state of music, I think it’d be fair to say that I made it. Not trying to say that it makes me better than you, but well…it kind of does.

Noise From the Underground: A Secret History of Alternative Rock

I can't really call this a book review, because this isn't really a review, and some have noted, that frankly, this isn't much of a book. The story of this book, for me at least, goes back to when I was in junior high school. I was really enjoying bands like Primus, White Zombie, Pantera, pretty much anything that my parents wouldn't let me listen to. To make a longer story shorter (but still long) I found this book, and looked through the pictures. Noting the link above, some feel that this book offers a worthless view on a music scene from a worthless writer. To be honest, when I re-ordered this book I didn't even remember that it was anything more than a picture book. The pictures, which are still amazing, were what really got me going with a deeper interest in music. Up until then, I had only heard of bands like Sonic Youth, Mudhoney, and Dinosaur Jr., but I had never actually heard them (or seen what they looked like). This book's vibrant colors, distorted photos and tongue in cheek presentation interested me to find more about what wasn't being played on the radio station I listened to. This book helped me find two bands that would join the ranks of my top five all time, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion and The Reverend Horton Heat (both, have sadly become lesser versions of their former selves). What really got me looking for new music is what was in the back of the book: "Selected Discography - Following is a list of records that define, explain, and embody alternative music..." I remember typing out a list of these records and bands so I wouldn't forget the names when I went shopping for new tapes and CDs. Who were these bands, I thought:

The Afghan Wigs, Babes in Toyland, Beat Happening, Big Black, Blur, Butthole Surfers, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Elvis Costello, Devo, Fugazi, Green River, Jesus Lizard, Meat Puppets, My Bloody Valentine, Liz Phair, Portishead, Lou Reed, Urge Overkill and The Velvet Underground.

No matter what the criticisms of the writing in this book, it took me to a place that I don't think I could have gone to on my own. There was no internet for me then, the local radio station I listened to was playing versions of versions of Collective Soul, and my friends listened to the exact same things I listened to. There were very few outlets to find new music. A show on MuchMusic called "The Wedge" helped me in a similar way. Along the way I'd find books like The Trouser Press and search out even more links to the past. For the 1995 Grammy Awards, I still remember that I wanted Primus' "Wynonna's Big Brown Beaver" to win Best Hard Rock Performance. They lost to Pearl Jam's "Spin the Black Circle."

I look back at this, after actually reading the sporadic paragraphs about grunge related reminiscences, I returned to the "sporadic Discography" and found bands that have influenced my tastes even further in more recent times: Black Flag, The Cramps and Ween.

"Somebody once said that Nirvana meant that we'd won, and by that, they meant that punk rock had defeated the System. It's a sweet thought, but the truth is more complicated. It's true that the Meat Puppets, after years of playing terrible clubs for too little money, are at last being treated like musical heroes. but so are manufactured insta-grunge bands like Bush, Filter, and the Stone Temple Pilots. Courtney Love is on the cover of Vanity Fair instead of Madonna, but I'm not sure this is a good thing. Retro-punk bands like Green Day can now sell millions and millions of records, but the coolest and most genuinely rebellious youth that I see in the clubs are ravers, who only listen to guitar-less, electronic techno. Ask a raver about rock, and he'll tell you that Pearl Jam is the System." Page 135 - Pat Blashill - 1996

Ian MacKaye Rips SPIN Just Enough

To be honest, I was surprised to see the magazine in my mailbox this month. As I normally do, I skimmed it just in case if there was something noteworthy that I should check out. I dearly enjoy Pearl Jam, but the Eddie Vedder interview was bland and covered almost nothing relevant. There is an exception to this however.

Eddie Vedder: (in response to a question about his involvement in the 2004 election campaign) "We raised money for MoveOn.org and tried to honestly motivate people and disseminate information and get out the vote, and that was positive. But looking back, maybe that's not the way. I'd rather charge a few dollars more for tickets, and without saying a damn thing, take that money and use it in that town for someone who needs it rather than trying to convince someone to be active or not..." Considering how outspoken he was during that time I find his change of stance. For all of the campaigning that was going on during that time I find myself in a similar situation. I strongly stand by my decision to vote for neither George Bush or John Kerry. If I had believed in Cobb's campaign I would have voted for the Green Party. I voted for a rather outspoken and greatly disputed candidate, Ralph Nader, instead. What would have most appropriately expressed my disgust for the two party system, probably insisting that I will not vote for anyone.

I found it rather interesting that Ian MacKaye was chosen as a member of SPIN's "20 Greatest Innovators of the Past 20 Years." Not because I wish to argue with this, Ian MacKaye has completely revolutionized the idea of independent music in my opinion. Rather the company with which he was grouped with.

The Innovators:
Billie Joe Armstrong
Eddie Vedder
Frank Black
Courtney Love
Conor Oberst
Brandon Flowers
Andre 3000
Chris Martin
PJ Harvey
Ian MacKaye
Anthony Kiedis
Shawn Fanning
Noel Gallagher
Chuck D
Trey Parker & Matt Stone
Beastie Boys
Tim Burton
Krist Novoselic
Marilyn Manson

Bright Eyes, Coldplay and The Killers are by far the some of the most innovative acts of the past twenty years? You've got to be out of your f'ing mind. Innovative?!
I'll get back to that in a minute...Whenever I get a chance to check out an interview with Ian MacKaye I do, and I suggest you do the same. For instance, this particular interview from Downhill Battle is definitely worth your time.

My favorite moment from the interview comes as follows:

Q. So you have nostalgia for alternative rock's heyday?

A. No, I'm not nostalgic for that period at all. I'm not a nostalgic person. I don't think any more or less about '91 than I do about '81: that's just the number that was on the year. You have to understand, I'm not an anniversary-issue guy. I could give a f__k about that. What's important about SPIN is what it's doing now. What you should do it put 'US out of Iraq" on your cover and just declare it, so other people who know and feel in their hearts that this was is wrong don't have to feel so lonely and isolated. That's more interesting to me. I don't think "Oh, those were the heydays." That's just boring. You can only imagine how many people come up to me and talk about "back in the day." The fact is, the most important music in the world is the music being made right now, because it's the only thing that has a chance of changing things."

Not only does he spit on them, insinuating that they're weak in the sense that as a current news magazine they're resting on their self-proclaimed laurels; but he then blatantly calls them out for not standing by such convictions commonly associated with actual liberal media. I'm not the man for the job, but thank's for giving me the chance to stick it to your sh__ty zine again. In all fairness I really enjoyed this interview, but, SPIN has really become a piece of watered down, completely un-"counter-culture" dribble. If you've made it this far, you already know this.

...And as for you Connor Oberst; you can go back to crying now.

Kathy Griffin: My Life as a Douche

There's something funny about titling your show "My Life on the 'D'-List," isn't there? Not really. Fitting for a show that really has nothing funny or original about it. I needed a break from some papers I was writing tonight and I turned on the television. I had heard about the show (and by heard about the show I mean not heard about the show) so I thought that I'd watch it (and by so I thought that I'd watch it I mean check and see if the "Bobby Brown - Make an Ass out of Myself While Furthering Negative Black Stereotypes Show" was on).

I got into it about half way through, but within the first minute of viewing I knew what my new goal was. No longer was I going to be watching TV in order to relax, no, this time it was personal. I didn't mind her on Suddenly Susan, or the other thing she was on with the person and the stuff (wtf else WAS she on?). I decided that if she was going to waste fifteen minutes of my life, I would make sure no one else made the same mistake.

After being on the Jay Leno Show (I guess?...This is when I began watching): "I'm not the ugly girl at the bar that you have to be drunk to go home with." She then began crying and jibba-jabbin' about how she's been blacklisted from Letterman, Regis & Kelly, Ellen and now The Tonight Show. I guess Jay Leno got jealous of her talent and refused to play second fiddle any more! As a side-note, the began ranting: I'm holding a mirror to myself going "you're a freak." Absolutely.

Tonight Show Experience: Kathy Griffin is a Douche (she left crying from jokes Jay Leno apparently made at her expense when her "act" is entirely composed of making fun of celebrities that people could probably actually identify)

It was at this point in time that the theme of this show was "Kathy just bein' Kathy on a promotional tour for her wacky new DVD." In a following scene Kathy begins bickering with her own parents because they're not buying her new DVD. They tell her they've already got her act on other tapes and she continues to give them s__t. As the show follows her to her celebrity signing session at Virgin Records it also shows her selling a miserable few DVDs (including a few which her parents ended up buying). And when her dad did buy one she bitched him out because he broke the case and wouldn't buy another. "I'm deeply in love with you, but for $15.99...no." Fitting. Then they pan to this creepy, balding "but I'm still hip so I'll try and style my hair so you can't notice" dude (who is eventually mentioned as her husband, which only makes him a little less creepy) who mentions "She sold more copies then by sitting at home, so I guess it's a success."

Virgin Autograph Signing: Kathy Griffin is a Douche! (She wouldn't give her own parents free DVDs, instead she makes them pay after verbally belittling them. Also, this dude who I originally thought was a stalker turns out to be her husband. Wicked Douchey)

The final stop on the tour celebrating the release of her new DVD bring us to an actual performance of thee Kathy Griffin. Her husband mentioned something that I think is quite fitting, to paraphrase "...her act is her life and her life is her act..." She's a bitter self centered, self-important bitch. That IS her "act," or at least what I've made of the 20 seconds of it that I saw on the show. Before and after the show she makes fun of her husband regarding how he intends on selling/pushing her DVD in the lobby. In the end, he ends up selling more in the one night than she does on the entire tour 33 to 24 (it's noted on a scoreboard type picture near the end of the show).

The Gig Result: Kathy Griffin is a Douche! (Her husband outsells her, at $20 a pop, in one night compared to her entire tour...both selling embarrassing figures. Also, she turns out to not actually be funny live.)

As a final note, the show gave 25 seconds or so to explaining how someone who said they'd buy the DVD online probably wouldn't. They wouldn't, but by dedicating this time to them, it might make them guilty enough to actually buy it. Are you kidding me?

On air, 25 second sales pitch: Bravo is douchey. (Just play a rerun of that Poker show or some artsy movie and save us all some time from now on. Oh, and fire the person who thought this show would be a good idea. At least give them a strong talking to.)

Hank Williams III at First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN)

Photos of Hank Williams III taken August 15, 2005 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, MN.

Tegan and Sara at Minnesota Zoo (Apple Valley, MN)

This show was a different kind of experience for me. Most of the shows I've been to have been in "clubs" and this one...was in...THE ZOO. I will get into the ranting after the actual review of Tegan and Sara's set ...IN THE ZOO...

Tegan & Sara - They performed a good selection of songs, even including a mix of their "old Calgary sound." By old Calgary sound I refer to a time when they merely played acoustic songs (busker-ish) and were celebrated on Much Music's older version of "Going Coastal" (Much West?...I can't remember, it's been a while). I never cared for them, but I did celebrate the point that they made their home in Calgary (Calgarians: often hated by other cities in Canada for acting in a superior nature when comparing themselves to the rest of Canada). Back to the subject, I enjoy their music now and appreciate their further introduction of an "alternative" to the typical 4 (straight) man band.
Unlike their "supporting act" the stage banter that accompanied almost every song was witty and served as an actual introduction to the following song. To paraphrase: "I'm proud to be like our mom, a socialist humanitarian social worker, but one of us had to be like our dad. Sara, is uncomfortable with discussing her feelings, leaves me, ...(I forget)." (It was funny at the time, trust me...I was there)

As I mentioned before I don't have a long history of being a fan of the band, with that being said I was happy to hear a god mixture of the songs I'm familiar with from their latest release "So Jealous."

(Please stop reading if you've come for the review of the set, though it wasn't much of a review...what I'm really concerned with is, how you say...ah yes...THE RANT)
I have tried to get used to the fact that I'm #1 - not cool #2 - not young enough to fit in with the young hipsters #3 - not old to fit in with the 30 somethings who are still "on the edge...for their age." Waiting for the gate to open before the show I felt an unbearable emotion, almost a sickening bitterness with a hint of shame. I was surrounded everywhere by emo. Emo-yuppies with their weekend faux hawks. Emo-kiddies with their sh__ty $40 haircuts and Green Day buttons on their wish-it-was-a-thrift-store bag/purses. Emo here, emo there emo, emo everywhere. Just for kicks, watch this video.

During the slow walk behind his posse to the gate I overheard him talking about how (exact quote) "Davey Havoc needs to update his look." Normally, I wouldn't think twice. I was, however wearing my AFI shirt which I purchased almost three years ago. My emotions at this point in time? Well, I don't know. Here's this douche bag who's the indie equivalent to gutter punk talking smack about someone who he only knows of through MTV and Alternative Press. Either he was as ingn'nt as he was a douche bag, or he was making a weak personal attack, on me.


There was this dude...security guard. He had this gut that was absolutely brilliant. Normal guts, have fat. Lots of fat. Hanging droopy "sweet crap I've let myself go" fat. This gut did not. It went straight out, straight down, and back to the body. No hanging fat, no fat at all. One large rock of a gut. Imagine if you put a keg in your shirt. Now, instead of "you" imagine a bald 50 year old security guard. Nice.

Communiqùe. No no no, this isn't some fruity frenchie bisque. This is a band. They are bad. This is my opinion, and the opinion of the audience. THE audience, who was 1. not expecting to see them play, and were already pissed that the show started a half hour late...then more sitting through their mediocre rock crrrrrr(roll the tongue)rrrrrrrrrrap. Boring. But...

Their rhythm guitarist had his own world, he lived in it all alone, and in his world no one walked anywhere. Nor did they stand still. They thrashed and white-boy-James-Brown-ed everywhere they went. Imagine a spastic guitarist (similar to the lead singer from the Mars Volta, but on crack...and white) and imagine him sucking. He was a fine vocalist (back-up) and a fine guitar player. But he sucked. To you sir, tone the act down. I can only imagine what he was thinking:

"Oh man, I'm rockin' their lily white faces off. Can you feel this heat Apple Valley, Minnesota (lay some Sebastian Bach-ish type DAP on that last shout out)...or wherever we are. I should be on broadway with this kind of s__t. Ouch, step back, huh, got touch myself. Hey Minnesota, can you see your face in the mirror? S__t no son, cause I rocked it offffffff!!!" I've lost my damn mind. But the last clear thought I had...Communiqùe funkin blows.


I must clarify that I was very happy, surprised even, when a "letter to the editor" I had written for a class was published in the magazine (January?). This commentary voiced my opinion (the right one, of course) that Thurston Moore was deserving of much more credit than he was given in SPINs annual "Cool Issue"....the title they gave my letter was "Kool Thing" if I remember correctly. Get it, it was in reference to the "Cool Issue" and it references Sonic Youth's song "Kool Thing." I joke, but in all reality, I could not have done any better.

Feeling quite well about the magazine, I thought that it would be a good note to end my subscription on (one that I had purchased at the low, LOW price of pennies an issue a few years ago). To my surprise I received the July issue...in July...months after I had received my last issue. "100 Greatest Albums 1985-NOW" graced the cover accompanied by my hero Bono along with Dr. "remember the album Dr. Dre presents The Aftermath, cause you'd be the only one" Dre and Beck (note that I will not make fun of Beck...he's got street cred and in doing so I would then drop even further into the realm of X-TREME street cred-lis...ness.

The top 20 of the list
1 Radiohead - OK Computer
2 Public Enemy - It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back
3 Nirvana - Nevermind
4 Pavement - Slanted And Enchanted
5 The Smiths - The Queen Is Dead
6 Pixies - Surfer Rosa
7 De La Soul - 3 Feet High And Rising
8 Prince - Sign O' The Times
9 PJ Harvey - Rid Of Me
10 NWA - Straight Outta Compton
11 U2 - Achtung Baby
12 Beastie Boys - Paul's Boutique
13 Husker Du - New Day Rising
14 Sonic Youth - Daydream Nation
15 Liz Phair - Exile in Guyville
16 Beck - Mellow Gold
17 Nas - Illmatic
18 Guns N' Roses - Appetite For Destruction
19 Hole - Live Through This
20 Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang

I was aware of the list before I received the magazine, but merely skimmed the list after seeing the expected albums at the top (Radiohead, Public Enemy, etc.). But the magazine...OK, it pisses me off to be honest. How can Pearl Jam's "Ten" (ranked 93) be considered a lesser album to that of most of the list? Let's take a look at history and see what we can find, shall we?

Taken from SPIN's list of the top 90 albums of the 90's

1. Nevermind - Nirvana (DGC, 1991)
2. Fear Of A Black Planet - Public Enemy (Def Jam, 1990)
3. To Bring You My Love - PJ Harvey (Island, 1995)
4. Odelay - Beck (DGC, 1996)
5. Slanted And Enchanted - Pavement (Matador, 1992)
6. Live Through This - Hole (DGC, 1994)
7. Post - Bjork (Elektra, 1995)
8. The Chronic - Dr. Dre (Death Row/Interscope, 1992)
9. OK Computer - Radiohead (Capitol, 1997)
10. Dig Your Own Hole - The Chemical Brothers (Astralwerks, 1997)
11. The Downward Spiral - Nine Inch Nails (Nothing/Interscope, 1994)
12. Check Your Head - Beastie Boys (Grand Royal/Capitol, 1992)
13. Exile In Guyville - Liz Phair (Matador, 1993)
14. Maxinquaye - Tricky (Island, 1995)
15. Endtroducing... - DJ Shadow (Mo' Wax/FFRR, 1996)
16. Loveless - My Bloody Valentine (Sire, 1991)
17. The Score - Fugees (Columbia, 1996)
18. In Utero - Nirvana (DGC, 1993)
19. Achtung Baby - U2 (Island, 1991)
20. Play - Moby (V2, 1999)

Five years later, "OK Computer" has somehow become a far better album. It moved from #9 to #1. OK, I understand that different writers, critics and music "buff"s are responsible for these lists, but there's such a difference between what they've written in the past compared with the present. Not only that, but SPIN apparently had a WTF was I thinking moment when they made the 90's list because they've now come to the consensus that "Odelay" isn't quite as good as it was...dropping it 12 spots. Many people feel that DJ Shadow's "Entroducing" is an amazing album (and I am actually one of those people) and should be included in any list where it meets the requirements. But #69 on the new list when just five years ago you put it at #15...that's bunk, straight up, to the max BUNK!

Green Day's "Dookie" was listed at #42 on SPINs list of the most essential punk records of all time, probably about where it belongs. By changing the context of the list does it belong at #44 of the list of the GREATEST ALBUMS from the era?

I've read various other criticisms of this list, suggesting that De La Soul shouldn't have been considered for the list, let alone the multiple albums of theirs which were included. Yes, they are there to represent a faction of the hip hop community which took a different approach to their art without becoming completely cause driven. But...OK, how about A Tribe Called Quest who's "The Low End Theory" was ranked at #38 while Soul's "3 Feet High and Rising" is on the list at #7. And to go further with that criticism, Eric B. & Rakim's "Paid in Full" makes the list at #47 while it is considered by many (not myself) to be a hip hop masterpiece. MTV (the true final word on all music-related lists, right?) recently named it the greatest hip hop album of all time.

I love metal...in fact (for lack of a better term) I love all things rock. Acoustic, indie, punk, metal, garage, low-fi, hi-fi, no-fi and all things in between.
Slayer...#67 on the list
Rage Against the Machine (arguably not even their best album...Battle of LA) #53

I think that with every other fan base they disrespected (alterna-cats, hip hoppers, etc...I've really got to think of better names than that...I'll worry about that later) they hurt the metal fans too. Slayer really changed some things with "Reign in Blood," and Metallica set some standards with "Master of Puppets" but are they the best representation of the best metal albums. UK metal magazine Kerrang thought (in 2003) that Faith No More's "Angel Dust", Tool's "Aenima" and Alice in Chains's "Dirt" were all more influential than Slayer's "Reign in Blood". Not saying that those are even metal METAL albums, but it questions the point.

I think that Rage Against the Machine's first album is a classic of the era because it melted the lines between rap and rock to a greater extreme than the Red Hot Chili Peppers or Beastie Boys. My opinion. But that's what all of this is, an opinion. It is the opinion of TEAM SPIN. A magazine which, up until last week, I thought was something of the past for me. Something I could think about as a stepping stone to the opinions and thoughts I now have. Something I wasn't planning on revisiting. But I did, and in my opinion...the magazine isn't worth your money or your time.

(As a sidenote as to the other things that irritate me about the magazine, Chuck Klosterman wrote in the most recent issue: "Mitch Hedberg - The funniest comedian of the past 20 years, dead at age 37 (for no g___amn reason). And Jimmy Fallon will probably live to be 110.)"

Why yes, he probably will. The money and fame he gained through a variety of media appearances put him in a position to milk Hollywood for what it's worth and put him in movies and make sure he keeps getting money. The same money that will allow him to live a full and healthy life. It would be wrong for SPIN to have anything to do with that when the magazine's opinion of him (even jokingly) is so negative...wouldn't it?

Sleater-Kinney and Dead Meadow at First Avenue (Minneapolis, MN)

Though I've known about the show for over a month, actually making it down there was a spur of the moment type situation. I had decided in the morning that I would take my little sister to the show, making it her first. When I remembered back to my first concert (The Cranberries & Cracker...it was free, I might add), I made my decision to make this her first concert attended...giving her credibility for the rest of her life. What are big brothers for?

The show opened at about half-capacity with Dead Meadow. Earlier in the day I was checking my mp3s for the band and didn't find them anywhere in there...leaving me to believe that A) They sucked or B) I just hadn't heard enough of them...and what I had heard...well, sucked...either way, I didn't know what I was getting into with this band.

They opened with a slow brooding song, something I wasn't accustomed to in the live setting; since most bands I see start with a bang. Instantly, I labelled them in my mind a failure and was waiting for the stars of the show. They proved me wrong however. In their 40 minute set, the rhythm section blasted 70's anthems which were set under the Sonic Youth-ish reverb, wah wah, and other effects. The songs were typically the same style, being a slow start with a grand peak and finish and the band performed them with great cohesiveness.

After the band left the stage, the club filled to capacity, showing why Sleater-Kinney were able to be headliners. To compare my observations, I've got to reference a scene from "Chasing Amy." When Affleck & Lee's characters go to the gay-bar to see the band play and Lee's character Banky finally realizes that the club is filled with women only for a reason...well, kind of the same realization I made this evening. There is a strong difference between the gay & lesbian community in a major metropolitan area such as Minneapolis compared to that of Storm Lake, Iowa; where I attend school. I experienced something tonight that I have yet to really see, and to be honest it really changed a lot of thoughts I had in the past. In Storm Lake my experienced have left me with feelings that the gay community (all 9 of them, or however many there are) have been shy, introverted and seemed as close minded as those oppressing them. My experience tonight has shown me that there is something special and wonderful about acceptance and unity...even if it comes from 250 pound women who throw their panties on stage (and don't make it...I feel sorry for the guy leaning against the stage who was hit).

Those statements come from a very unexperienced viewpoint, and I understand this. I have never thought myself to be homophobic, racist or discriminatory of any other sense...(except the Jews...sweet mercy they suck...joking...) but when you are apart of something with such a positive atmosphere and view people of different backgrounds and lifestyles coming together...I'm not sure that things were ever meant to be any different.

The show was a smash and there was no question that it was both entertaining and uplifting. An excellent performance by Sleater-Kinney and an OK set by Dead Meadow. Below are some links to some media for both bands

She Wants Revenge

I received a press release regarding a new band "She Wants Revenge." They were described as follows: They play new wave alt-pop influenced by Depeche Mode and Bauhaus but with a totally modern flavor, and they just write really incredible songs. They are out touring with Bloc Party nationally, and are starting to blow up in LA.

The Raveonettes "Pretty in Black" Review

I was well aware of "Chain Gang of Love" but I wasn't all that interested in checking out "Pretty in Black" until I saw the group perform on Late Night with Conan O"Brien. I don't recall which song the group played, but it was excellent.

"Chain Gand of Love" doesn't begin by following my dreams of a Conan-esque album. The first two tracks "The Heavens" & "The Seductress of Bums" go back to that retro-slowed-down Raveonettes that I had previously known. Bums includes the electronic beat, but doesn't reveal the best example of it on this album.

"Love in a Trashcan" begins to pick up the pace and brings out the slicker styled sounding Raveonettes that I much prefer to the soft ballad playing group. "Sleepwalking" delivers along these same lines.

"Uncertain Times" introduces an acoustic sound accompanied by a great 50's riff on electric. But as the law of averages suggests, with the good comes the bad. A rendition of The Angels's "My Boyfriend's Back" misses. With an electric backbeat and a medium at best pace, this song fails to introduce a new flavor to the already available mix of covers.

"Here Comes Mary" furthers the slow 50's style that initially pushed me away from Te Raveonettes. They do it well, in fact they do an excellent job of replicating this sound. But it doesn't suit my tastes; during the era that the group is replicating I much prefer Little Richard to Roy Orbison or the Everly Brothers; to each his own I suppose. "Red Tan" follows, sounding much the same.

"Twilight" might be my favorite recording on this album. There's an introduction (with the exception of the beat in "My Boyfriend's Back) of a newer sound. Starting of with a Batman-ish groove, the song transforms into an electro-pop smash with just the right amount of fuzz. I Highly recommend it; enjoyable from beginning to end.

"Somewhere in Texas" keeps the pace going, with a neo-outlaw-love-song. I much prefer songs such as this and "Twilight" because they represent what the group is about without staying in that stagnant rut. They progress their sound by introducing modern elements that compliment the classic music. "You Say You Lie" is another prime example of how the group sounds better when including fresher elements; it just works for the group, giving them a truly distinct sound in my opinion.

"Ode to L.A." finds itself in the middle. I wasn't sure what to make of the song to begin with, but it grew on me. By using Christmas bells, the moderate-tempo of the track really compliments itself; not asking more out of the song than it can give.

In true Raveonettes fashion the group ends with "If I Was Young," another slow Western sapper. This song takes exception with the feeling that it is the ending credits for this album. In that regard, it puts the capstone on a diverse, rockalicious album.

Weezer "Make Believe" Review

I must admit that I have been a Weezer fan since the first album...I saw them on tour when they were supporting Pinkerton...but...ouch, this album...not soo good..here's my 63 word review.

Beverly Hills: Meh. Perfect Situation: Not Really. This is Such a Pity: Yes it is. Hold Me: No. Peace: Not Likely. We Are All On Drugs: Apparently. The Damage in Your Heart: You Have No Idea. Pardon Me: No! Pardon Me! My Bestfriend: Unlikely. The Other Way: Try it Next Time. Freak Me Out: Bad Song. Haunt You Every Day: Cut it Out.

I actually listened to this a few (5-ish) times through, though I wanted to skip many tracks...7 of the 12 to be exact. Because I like Weezer, they sound good to me...PERIOD. I like them, PERIOD. I'll probably like all they're music in some form or another, PERIOD. If they made a Dub-influence Trip-Hop album, I'd probably like it, PERIOD. But, with that being said, I don't like most of the songs on this album.

Key tracks:
"Beverly Hills" (this time the jokes on you God, I don't watch Weezer on TV or listen to them on the radio, so this song is still fresh for me, SUCK IT!)
"Perfect Situation" (kind of...let's call it a half-key-track)
"This is Such a Pity"
"We Are All On Drugs" (a little repetitive, but...when Rivers is all like "Give it to me," Oh man, that hits the spot)
"My Best Friend" (once again, not the full-on key track thing)

The Reverend Horton Heat, Supersuckers & Murphy's Law at The High Dive (Champaign, IL)

This is the first show I’ve seen in seriously (it IS time to get serious, people) a year. The last show I saw was The (International) Noise Conspiracy & The Rogers Sisters & The Boss Martians play at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis. Believe you and me sailor man, the 8 hour drive was well worth it!

I had never heard of Murphy’s Law before seeing them on the bill. I talked with the swag-man for a while and he said they’ve been around the New York scene for quite a while…touring with the Beastie Boys and the band that was on my shirt (getting the conversation going) NOFX. They had one of the kool-issst things I’ve seen in a while incorporated into their act. A “Jagermeister cow-bell.” Explanation? Sure thing! The band was enjoying a bottle of Jager, and throughout various tunes, the singer would hold the bottle & the mic up together and the drummer would use it as a cowbell. NIIIIIIICE!

If you’ve ever seen Guttermouth (Lord knows I have) you’ll know what these boys are about. Stage banter! Calling out tomato-based female netherregions instead of vinegar-based such & such…glorious! Vegans, homo-sexuals, even the Jewish guitar player…stood no chance as long as the singer was on the mic. Political correctness aside, they were titties. Even making fun of the johnny-come-lately rock-a-billy-lookin’ trickstah’s on bein’ the same people who were jammin’ to ska and wearing the checker ties and playing trumpets…oh man, he’s the man (note: CBC endorsed Ska, Rock-a-billy, and Hardcore…let the truth be known!). Just as I thought they were going to make fun of ZZ Top (calling them out a bit) the band jammed out to a NIIIIIIICE version of “Tush.”

For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Supersuckers…please allow me to introduce them to you. Eddie Spaghetti on bass & lead vocals killed…almost as much as guitarist Ron Heathman. They rocked a few favorites “Creepy Eyed Jackalope,” “The Evil Powers of Rock & Roll” plus some more…baby! Heathman eventually jammed out to Joe Walsh’s Funk #49 (with VOCAL!-plural) which shot down the Nazi’s, the Taliban AND the French Canadians! They killed!


In all fairness, they took a crap-ton of time setting up and ol’ Jim Heath (aka The Rev) was mighty pissed for the first bit of the show due to the shotty sound-work that was being done. It got better…Sweet Crap! it got better!…First and foremost, the bassist & fan favorite Jimbo Wallace killed with his stand-up bass. His fingers were taped as crap to cover his fingers (my friend tells me he saw blood on the strings and bass…Jimbo…have you been playing too hard again?). He surfed on the bass during “I Can’t Surf.” Him & The Rev played the fretboard for each others jams. And that’s just the start of it. I got a kick out of the Rev’s stage banter, especially his statement on porno during “Los Gringos Like a Party”: jibba-jabbin’ about how some people always shout “Porno!” instead of “Corn Dogs” as the lyrics go. They killed the show with “Big Red Rocket of Love” which included a killer drum solo by Scott Churchilla. The Rev. eventually played on top of Jimbo’s bass (on its side as Jimbo played it) which was a visual punch to the chopahs! My absolute favorite songs of the night: “I Can’t Surf” “The JIMBO Song” and “Psychobilly Freakout!”