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Friday, March 27, 2015

Mailvox: The Singularity

One of the readers here, who also happens to have the good taste to be a John C. Wright fan, sends word of his band's new EP, "The Singularity". Good voice and some interesting guitar work.

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138 Comments:

Blogger Salt March 27, 2015 8:07 AM  

Very nice. The mix is interesting and well done.

Anonymous Krul March 27, 2015 8:14 AM  

It may be the 21st century, but it sure sounds like the eighties.

But seriously, it's alright. I'm not quite sure about the "na na na" part though.

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 8:27 AM  

This is Strong Bad's bottom two

Blogger napari March 27, 2015 8:37 AM  

Smooth, flowing, not overly complicated and melodic! Had everything I like in music!
Please sir...can I have some more?

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 8:53 AM  

The vocals remind me of the Theme Song from KELLY'S HEROES.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 9:02 AM  

Its like someone took some Billy Joel music... took all the suck out of it... and replaced it with a totally different kind of suck.

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 9:06 AM  

Muse has a new album ( produced by Mutt Lange? is he ever going to stop working? ) coming in June. KRNA is already playing the first single:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UqLRqzTp6Rk

Anonymous Krul March 27, 2015 9:12 AM  

You know, if you listen, you can hear the machine say "na na na na na na na na". I'm not entirely sure why the machine is saying that, but there it is.

Now I'm imagining the Master Control Program from Tron appearing on a huge screen in front of Jeff Bridges and going "Ha na na na na na na!"

Anonymous bw March 27, 2015 9:20 AM  

Black Ovation cut-away for the win, apparently.

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 9:28 AM  

BILLY JOEL'S THE SINGULARITY

It's three am on the internet
Streaming some brand new porn
Clicked on an ad and had no regret
For soon I'll be digitally reborn

TAKE OVER MY MIND SINGULARITY
TAKE OVER MY MIND TONIGHT RESURRECT US WITH TECHNOLOGY
AND YOU'LL HAVE US FEELING ALRIGHT

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 9:35 AM  

***slaps Josh***

Do you know what you've done???

Do you have any idea where this thread is going now?

DO YOU????


We're doomed. We're all doomed.

Bad imitations of bad billy joel songs. All day.

Doomed....

Anonymous Rolf March 27, 2015 9:35 AM  

Nate - you almost caused a coffee-spew with that one!
I don't know. It's not my normal tune-type, but I thought it wasn't that bad. simple and clean, I could see how it might grow on a person.

Anonymous CS March 27, 2015 9:36 AM  

Ahh, transhumanism - mankind's search to become his own savior continues.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 9:39 AM  

"simple and clean, I could see how it might grow on a person. "

sure. Like herpes.

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 9:42 AM  

i don't hate all Billy Joel.

but this particular song is the apotheosis of Boomer navel gazing, whining and blame shifting:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFTLKWw542g

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 9:44 AM  

Generation X responds to Billy Joel

Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 9:46 AM  

Bad imitations of bad billy joel songs. All day.

Josh strictly listens to 80's Joel, so let's cut him some slack. Now, there's Joel (the good early stuff), and the abomination that arose from the rancid womb of the 80's. He was however accompanied by Christie Brinkley during this dark time, so he gets a pass from me.

Anonymous Krul March 27, 2015 9:47 AM  

LOL Josh

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 9:47 AM  

Okay...

So the boomer anthem is "imagine"

What are the gen x and millennial anthems?

Anonymous CS March 27, 2015 9:51 AM  

Rage Against the Machine - Killing in the Name of

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 9:52 AM  

Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Anonymous paradox March 27, 2015 9:55 AM  

Josh didn't start the fire. The world's been burning since the world's been turning.

Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 9:58 AM  

Gen X - Sabotage (Beastie Boys), Creep (Radiohead)
Millennial - Born this Way (Gaga), I Want it All (Queen)

Anonymous Nate's Freudian Super ego March 27, 2015 9:59 AM  

“the singularity” needs to be about why all things Yankee suck and the 2nd coming of southern independence.

Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 9:59 AM  

Josh didn't start the fire. The world's been burning since the world's been turning.

Thank you paradox...I just spit coffee on my keyboard.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 10:01 AM  

"Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Nyet.


Pearl Jam... Alive.

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 10:02 AM  

Definitely not I Want It All for Millennials. The protagonist is very active in seeking his fortunes:

Adventure seeker on an empty street,
Just an alley creeper, light on his feet
A young fighter screaming, with no time for doubt
With the pain and anger can't see a way out,
It ain't much I'm asking, I heard him say,
Gotta find me a future move out of my way,

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 10:02 AM  

Millennial ... Thriftshop... or All about that Base...

Anonymous cheddarman March 27, 2015 10:03 AM  

this early x-er really misses southern rock...Molly Hatchet, Skynrd, Tom Petty, the Allman Brothers, Charlie Daniels but the southern part of it needs to be turned up to 11

Anonymous Stingray March 27, 2015 10:03 AM  

Bad imitations of bad billy joel songs. All day.

It's worse than that. I'm going to have the damn tunes stuck in my head all day.

And on, and on, and on, and on . . . . .

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:07 AM  

Millennial anthems:
Born This Way Lady Gaga
Firework Katy Perry
Shake It Off Taylor Swift

Anonymous Salt March 27, 2015 10:13 AM  

Caro Emerald's version of Lady Gagme's "Bad Romance" is great.

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:14 AM  

WE ARE YOUNG is the perfect millennial anthem.

Anonymous Porky March 27, 2015 10:16 AM  

Billy Joel, Dennis DeYoung, and Jose Feliciano gang raping Ray Kurzweil.

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 10:17 AM  

Millennial music is happy, positive and vacuous. It is very clearly a backlash against GenX negativity.

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 10:19 AM  

Josh March 27, 2015 9:47 AM
What are the gen x and millennial anthems?



bitch, ain't nobody tell me what my anthem is.

i like this one mostly for the title
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G6gI2MBRmzw

although, The Hellion has a better groove
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b1B_pZC8aWU

Anonymous Porky March 27, 2015 10:20 AM  

cheddar...I bet you're down with some Little Feat?

Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 10:20 AM  

Definitely not I Want It All for Millennials. The protagonist is very active in seeking his fortunes:

Agreed. I will however submit that they want the ends (I want it all), without the means (hard work and patience). So the reference partially works (e.g. the title) without a close examination of the contents (lyrics).

Boomer Anthems: My Generation (The Who) - (Although one must replace the "I hope I die before I get old," with "I hope I never die, and 70 is the new 20."). When I'm 64 (The Beatles). (And boomers the answer to this song is no).

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 10:25 AM  

Gen X: Cracker... Teen Angst

What the world needs now... is some true words of wisdom... like Na na na na na na nana.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 10:26 AM  

"I don't know what the world may need but I'm sure as hell that it stars with me.. and that's a wisdom... I've laughed at."

"What the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head."

Cracker is GenX as fuck.

Anonymous Ajax March 27, 2015 10:27 AM  

Reminds me of ELO.

Anonymous Salt March 27, 2015 10:28 AM  

Forget those JDC. I'm a Boomer and I'll take Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer."

Anonymous Sensei March 27, 2015 10:30 AM  

Millennials are tough, because the age range really spans like 1.5 cohorts. You have everything from Backstreet Boys, Linkin Park, and nu-metal to Bruno Mars, Gaga, and EDM.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 10:30 AM  

" I'm a Boomer and I'll take Thorogood's "One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer.""

That makes sense... a song about jobless fuck that stiffs his landlord and doesn't pay back his debts.

Blogger JartStar March 27, 2015 10:31 AM  

I agree with Markku. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit

Pearl Jam "Alive" or "Jeremy" is a close second, but I don't think anything epitomizes Gen-X cynicism like that Nirvana song and its view of high school.

Anonymous Salt March 27, 2015 10:31 AM  

Thought you'd appreciate that, Nate.

Blogger Guitar Man March 27, 2015 10:34 AM  

Gen X: Ace of Base: The Sign
Millennial: Beyonce: Drunk in Love

Blogger Salt March 27, 2015 10:35 AM  

BTW, Nate, just to put into proper perspective - from wiki

"One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer" (or "One Scotch, One Bourbon, One Beer" as it was originally titled) is a blues song written by Rudy Toombs and recorded by Amos Milburn in 1953.

Thorogood is damn good rock.

Anonymous Sensei March 27, 2015 10:35 AM  

I think it has to be split in half...
Yin = Crawling - Linkin Park
Yang = Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 10:37 AM  

And nothing epitomizes Nirvana like Weird Al

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 10:37 AM  

"I agree with Markku. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit"

meh.

I think grunge when I hear that song... not Gen X. Plus... it can't really be an anthem if no one actually knows what he's saying.

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:37 AM  

Millennial: Beyonce: Drunk in Love

Single Ladies would be a better Bey song choice for an anthem.

Blogger JartStar March 27, 2015 10:37 AM  

Thriftshop is perfect for hipsters, but not all Millennials are hipsters and it's late. Most of the time a generational anthem is when most of the generation are in HS or early college.

Maybe something right before the crash? 2005-2008?

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:38 AM  

Plus... it can't really be an anthem if no one actually knows what he's saying.

BUY OUR ALBUM!

Anonymous Sensei March 27, 2015 10:39 AM  

I think it has to be split in half...
Yin = Crawling - Linkin Park
Yang = Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 10:39 AM  

Nate March 27, 2015 10:26 AM
Cracker is GenX as fuck.



heh. a long, long time ago, Nate asked if there was any other band as under-appreciated as 'x' ( don't remember ).

i responded with one word.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XOsNsOhyG8I


and you can never go wrong on VP with Electric Six.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2a4gyJsY0mc

Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 10:41 AM  

I think Smells Like Teen Spirit is a great choice. I would add "Sliver," from Nirvana as a Gen-X option.

Mom and dad went to a show
They dropped me off at Grandpa Joe's
I kicked and screamed, said please don't go

Grandma take me home

Had to eat my dinner there
Mashed potatos and stuff like that
I couldn't chew my meats too good

Grandma take me home

She said, well, don't you start your crying
Go outside and ride your bike
That's what I did, I killed a toad

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:42 AM  

Maybe something right before the crash? 2005-2008?

Either Hey Ya by Outkast or Yeah by Usher and Lil Jon

Blogger JartStar March 27, 2015 10:43 AM  

Nate,

Yeah, but Grunge defined the generation for about 5 years and no other fashion is so recognizable for Gen-X. Much like the Hipster look is what people think about Millennials, and tattoos.

More importantly the angst, rage, and cynicism of the song defines it more than the fashion.

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:44 AM  

Yang = Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO

My personal anthem is Sexy And I Know It

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 10:45 AM  

My personal anthem is Sexy And I Know It

Right said Markku

Blogger Bogey March 27, 2015 10:47 AM  

Cracker, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, this comment section could grow huge with reminiscing.

My generation's anthem? I'm partial to Alive.

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 10:50 AM  

Silence, music's original alternative,
roots grunge

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmxSMIN3-WI

Blogger Bogey March 27, 2015 10:52 AM  

Still annoyed that people were saying they were tired of Grunge even before it could run its full course, we had many more years of angry white boy music, Korn, Limp Bizkit, etc.

Blogger Aquila Aquilonis March 27, 2015 10:53 AM  

I think some Smashing Pumpkins Bullet With Butterfly Wings deserves a shot at the title.

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 10:56 AM  

http://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/battle-for-the-best-song-of-the-millennium-this-is-the-end/

I'm assuming most of these voters are millennials

Blogger Bogey March 27, 2015 11:02 AM  

I Like "Hey Ya", that wouldn't be a bad choice.

Blogger Bogey March 27, 2015 11:05 AM  

Pavement and The Pixies, my generation has a lot of reasons to brag.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 11:12 AM  

these millenial suggestions make me realize how much shitty music there is that I have never heard.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 11:14 AM  

just wondering... but shouldn't Royals be considered for the idiot 20 somethings?

Anonymous MendoScot March 27, 2015 11:19 AM  

Did someone say "hole in the head". Pamela Stephenson parodying Kate Bush. In a leotard.

It's not your mind it's your body they're into,
My business manager said.
He said that I need an intellect like I need
A hole in the - hole in the - hole in the head.

Blogger John Wright March 27, 2015 11:31 AM  

My humble suggestion for the anthem of the current generation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dK1_vm0FMAU

Blogger Guitar Man March 27, 2015 11:34 AM  

Dang, Nate sounds like such an old man.

Blogger JartStar March 27, 2015 11:34 AM  

OutKast - Hey Ya! makes perfect sense: Fun, frivolous, a reaction to Gen-X angst, in the early 2000s when the Millennials were teens.

Anonymous patrick kelly March 27, 2015 11:55 AM  

What kind of music is this, where are the drums and Marshall stacks, hmmmm....?!?!?!

I hear the Muse and other modern influences (SOAD?) in it.....doesn't have quite the same drive or edge tho'.

nice composition and production. Vocals remind me a bit of Lorde's Royals....

Anonymous patrick kelly March 27, 2015 12:01 PM  

"The vocals remind me of the Theme Song from KELLY'S HEROES."

One of my favorite movies...mostly due to nostalgia......kinda' like MASH, only about hippie tank crews in Vietnam set in WWII.......with Eastwood and Sutherland..........good stuff.....

Blogger IM2L844 March 27, 2015 12:08 PM  

Meh.

Blogger WATYF March 27, 2015 12:08 PM  

Is it really so hard to stick an LD mic in front of that guitar? Who the hell records their acoustic direct for an EP? This isn't a Weds night church meeting we're talking about. Egads.

The rest was awful too.

WATYF

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 12:14 PM  

One of my favorite movies...mostly due to nostalgia......kinda' like MASH, only about hippie tank crews in Vietnam set in WWII.......with Eastwood and Sutherland..........good stuff.....

Positive waves, man. Positive waves.

Blogger rycamor March 27, 2015 12:21 PM  

Agree that Pearl Jam's "Alive" is probably the most anthemic Gen-X song, although I think Interstate Love Song is a strong contender.

Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 12:47 PM  

Nate March 27, 2015 10:01 AM
"Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit"

Nyet.

Pearl Jam... Alive.


I second this.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 12:48 PM  

"Interstate Love Song is a strong contender."

ILS is freaking awesome

Anonymous Huckleberry -- est. 1977 March 27, 2015 12:59 PM  

Gen X: Alice in Chains -- Man in the Box or
STP -- Sex Type Thing or
Pearl Jam -- Alive or
Corrosion of Conformity -- Clean My Wounds

Millennial: Blurred Lines, only because it's a poppy rip off of a song written before they were born, so it doesn't even matter.

Anonymous Porky March 27, 2015 12:59 PM  

ILS is freaking awesome

Are you lower-class or a liberal arts major?

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 1:01 PM  

all of you spooging on Pearl Jam?

you're all dead to me.

Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 1:04 PM  

I'll be putting Ten and Purple on the playlist today.

Anonymous Huckleberry -- est. 1977 March 27, 2015 1:04 PM  

all of you spooging on Pearl Jam?

you're all dead to me.


Honest to God I don't care much for Pearl Jam, but to deny that they are the musical pulse of their generation is beyond silly.
For better or worse, Pearl Jam is to Gen X what the Beatles were to the Boomers.
**INCOMING**

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 1:08 PM  

"Dang, Nate sounds like such an old man."

I am an old man. And outside of a few bands... Volbeat... FiveFingerDeathPunch... ect... modern music sucks balls.

Anonymous Porky March 27, 2015 1:12 PM  

Black Hole Sun

That song has everything. Pointlessness. Nihilism. Self-absorption. Dark, rebellious stupidity. Laziness. Contempt. A plaintive yearning for the destruction of mankind. And a nice hook in the chorus.





Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 1:12 PM  

"all of you spooging on Pearl Jam?

you're all dead to me."

You can cry all you like... Ten was the best album Seattle produced. Soundgarden sucked... and Nirvana only had the crown because Cocaine suck started a 12 gauge.

No one really thought much about Alice... though Jar of Flies was flat out amazing.

anway we're not even talking about who was the best. We're talking about generational anthems. If you don't go with Cracker.. and I think you should... but if you don't... then Alive has Gen X written all over it.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 1:17 PM  

"Black Hole Sun"

Soundgarden sucks.

If you are looking for that subject matter... Tool did it better. Learn to swim

Anonymous AXCrom March 27, 2015 1:18 PM  

Cheddarman,

You want some newer Southern rock check out Brantley Gilbert. He's officially listed as country but that boy stomps on the distortion pedal more often than not.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 1:26 PM  

"You want some newer Southern rock check out Brantley Gilbert. He's officially listed as country but that boy stomps on the distortion pedal more often than not."

/facepalm

No. Bro Country. NO.

Blogger Josh March 27, 2015 1:30 PM  

Millennial: Blurred Lines, only because it's a poppy rip off of a song written before they were born, so it doesn't even matter.

Also RAAAAAAAAPE CULTURE

Blogger Guitar Man March 27, 2015 1:32 PM  

Nate, at 36 now, I'm no spring chicken.

Speaking of old, are you going to go see Rush?

Anonymous AXCrom March 27, 2015 1:39 PM  

Bro country? The hell is that? Jason Aldean rapping about shit he didn't actually do in high school?

How about Black Berry Smoke? Cough up some bands if you got 'em.

Blogger Rabbi B March 27, 2015 1:53 PM  

Nothing beats a classical concert:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uT3SBzmDxGk

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 1:55 PM  

Huckleberry -- est. 1977 March 27, 2015 1:04 PM
but to deny that they are the musical pulse of their generation is beyond silly.


i believe i've previously noted something to the effect of:
"Gen Xers have no problem admitting their generation sucks.

they'd just like for all the rest of you generations to admit you suck too."

Pearl Jam is the first piece of evidence i will cite in the Gen X indictment of suckitude.



Nate March 27, 2015 1:12 PM
You can cry all you like...



what's that? it sounds like ... it sounds like the world's tiniest ( and tinniest ) violin.



Nate March 27, 2015 1:17 PM
If you are looking for that subject matter... Tool did it better. Learn to swim



okay, finally. we're getting someplace.

be humbled by the river:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5wC58-bR98


supposedly, Tool has finished up with the lawsuit and will also be releasing a new album ...

Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 2:01 PM  

Temple of the Dog was a good album. I was never a big fan of Soundgarden, but Chris Cornell had/has one of the best rock voices of the time, in my opinion. "Say Hello 2 Heaven" "Reach Down" Hunger Strike", the entire album is really good.

Blogger rycamor March 27, 2015 2:03 PM  

Rabbi B March 27, 2015 1:53 PM
Nothing beats a classical concert:


That is one of the most awesome things ever recorded.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 2:06 PM  

"Pearl Jam is the first piece of evidence i will cite in the Gen X indictment of suckitude."

Ten was one of the 20 or so best rock albums ever.

What happened after Ten... defies explanation. Though.. my theory is... Eddy simply couldn't deal with the idea of being a Rock God... he didn't want it. He's the finest example of a Sigma I can think of. Going out of his way to fail... and he wildly succeeds.

Their music post 10 was just terrible. Couldn't agree more. But that doesn't change the fact that Ten was amazing.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 2:08 PM  

And again Bob... no one is saying Pearl Jam is great. Talking about The Who defining the Boomers doesn't mean we like the Who or that The Who were the best band of the time... or even the most popular band.

That would be Zep... but Zep didn't define the Boomer generation the way The Who and the Beatles did.

Blogger Nate March 27, 2015 2:15 PM  

is it possible that Thunderstruck has become AC/DC's biggest pop culture influence?

When did this happen?

Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 2:19 PM  

Btw, which reader produced this video?

Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 2:23 PM  

is it possible that Thunderstruck has become AC/DC's biggest pop culture influence?

It could be because of the two cello guys. I have always believed Highway to Hell, Back in Black and Shook me all Night Long were their biggest influences. My personal AC/DC fav has always been Big Balls.

Anonymous patrick kelly March 27, 2015 2:25 PM  

"For better or worse, Pearl Jam is to Gen X what the Beatles were to the Boomers."

Yeah, and Nates SG hate sounds like a Beatles fan-boy dissin' the Stones...

PJ and Nurdvana guitar tone sounds like girls shooting 9mm Glocks compared to Soundgarden, Rage, or AudioSlave.....there's some heavy riffs worthy of crankin up.....

Anonymous Huckleberry -- est. 1977 March 27, 2015 2:29 PM  

is it possible that Thunderstruck has become AC/DC's biggest pop culture influence?

The album or the song?

Blogger Ben March 27, 2015 2:33 PM  

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Blogger JDC March 27, 2015 2:34 PM  

I'd also like to add for Gen-X consideration Loser (Beck), Sabotage (Beastie Boys) and I'm Broken (Pantera).

Blogger Ben March 27, 2015 2:35 PM  

Fave AC/DC: Shoot to Thrill. Obviously.

Anonymous patrick kelly March 27, 2015 2:38 PM  

Malcolm and Angus still the best rock guitar tag team ever......Back In Black....nuff' said.....

Blogger Rabbi B March 27, 2015 2:39 PM  

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Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 2:40 PM  

Rabbi B March 27, 2015 2:39 PM
"Btw, which reader produced this video?"

Guilty. I linked it, but did not produce it. :)


So, is that your band? Are you playing?

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 2:40 PM  

Nate March 27, 2015 2:08 PM
And again Bob... no one is saying Pearl Jam is great. Talking about The Who defining the Boomers doesn't mean we like the Who or that The Who were the best band of the time... or even the most popular band.


really, it's pointless to try to socially justify yourself to me.

you should know that by now.

[ buffs fingernails on shirt ]




Rabbi B March 27, 2015 1:53 PM
Nothing beats a classical concert:



2cello good, 4cello more better.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhq9n8gq4-0

Blogger JohnR219 March 27, 2015 2:42 PM  

Rock and Roll is choking on its own vomit, and the audience is too fucked up to call 911....

Blogger Rabbi B March 27, 2015 2:56 PM  

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Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 3:14 PM  

Rabbi B March 27, 2015 2:56 PM
"So, is that your band? Are you playing?"

Now that's funny. Are you yankin' my tassels? No, I just linked to the vid.


OK. I didn't figure, but I wasn't going to assume. So who is playing, and are they readers here, as Vox said?

Blogger Rabbi B March 27, 2015 3:16 PM  

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Blogger Rabbi B March 27, 2015 3:21 PM  

"So who is playing . . ."

Just realized you were talking about the OP. My bad. Never mind.

Blogger Joshua_D March 27, 2015 3:29 PM  

Vox, do you mind sharing which reader belongs to this band?

OpenID cailcorishev March 27, 2015 3:43 PM  

For better or worse, Pearl Jam is to Gen X what the Beatles were to the Boomers.

Depends. The Gen-Xers born before 1970 grew up on REO Speedwagon, ZZ Top, AC/DC, Billy Joel (the better old stuff), Prince, Springsteen, Kiss, Madonna, Michael Jackson, Tears for Fears, hair metal bands, and a lot of upbeat pop that was designed for the new MTV scene. The Seattle grunge scene didn't come along until we were in our 20s. Some of us took to it and some didn't, but there were two very different musical attitudes that fall in the Gen-X era. In the 80s, music was mostly for fun and energy; in the 90s it had to mean stuff.

Blogger rycamor March 27, 2015 4:00 PM  

@Cail, yeah, but those 80s musicians were not Gen-X-ers themselves. Big difference. Even thought I was born in '65 I grew up hating most 80s music because of all the glam and synth. I identified more with 70s hard rock. 90s was a nod to 70s rock, but quite explicitly ignoring the goofiness of Baby Boomer pop philosophy and the nihilism of 80s punk. It wasn't until the 90s when I heard music that I could identify with as Gen-X.

OpenID cailcorishev March 27, 2015 4:48 PM  

Rycamor, true, it's different if you look at the age of the bands. That seems typical, though; the Beatles and Stones are considered Boomer music, but they were born well before that generation.

I guess I never identified with either type. I don't see Boomers identifying with 80s music either. Maybe no one does; maybe there's nothing to identify with in any sort of depth. It had a beat and you could dance to it (punk never really got here to the Midwest), and some individual songs had a message, but as a genre it wasn't saying anything in particular except maybe, "Please buy our album."

One reason I never got into 90s rock was that a local radio station switched to classic rock about that time, and I was introduced to all that great 70s rock for the first time. By the time I caught up on the Eagles, Chicago, Clapton, Boston, Skynyrd, and all that, a good chunk of the 90s had gone by. I suppose that's still what I listen to the most, or newer stuff that sounds like it.

Anonymous Bret March 27, 2015 5:05 PM  

(punk never really got here to the Midwest),

of course it did, you apparently were just sheltered or oblivious.

Blogger WATYF March 27, 2015 5:23 PM  

What's up with all you old people commenting on GenX music? Stick to what you know.

Nirvana was groundbreaking and they changed the face of rock music at the time. They were huge long before Cobain decided to suck on a 12 gauge. If you disagree, then you're an idiot.

Almost everything Pearl Jam wrote was awesome, up until Vitalogy, at which time they took a sharp nose-dive into suckitude. If you disagree, then you're probably just old.

Soundgarden was an excellent band. Aside from being able to write good rock hooks, their time signatures alone made everything by Nirvana and Pearl Jam seem like nursery rhymes in comparison. If you disagree, then you're a musical ignoramus.

There's your lesson in 90's music. You're welcome.

WATYF

Anonymous Viidad March 27, 2015 5:44 PM  

Very nice - I dig it. The string noise/thump on the guitar fit perfectly beneath the melody at the end.

Blogger Markku March 27, 2015 6:38 PM  

Never heard Pearl Jam. Not even one song.

Blogger JohnR219 March 27, 2015 6:49 PM  

The problem with the classic rock stations is that they have such a narrow playlist. Rarely hear Deep Purple, early Who (there is some great stuff there), Humble Pie, mid-period Stones (66-70 Between the Buttons album (Great music), 1 song off Beggars Banquet. The rest of the album is even better), pre-Dark Side of the Moon Pink Floyd, and other stuff I can't think of right now.

Pete Townsend was asked about classic rock radio, and he said he hated to see his career narrowed down to 6 songs.

Blogger JohnR219 March 27, 2015 6:51 PM  

another problem with modern rock is that is no separation between the instruments, esp guitars...It's all a big blur...

OpenID cailcorishev March 27, 2015 7:00 PM  

The problem with the classic rock stations is that they have such a narrow playlist.

True. You soon discover that great classic songs like "Radar Love" get old just like new ones do when you hear them a few times a day.

Blogger bob k. mando March 27, 2015 7:33 PM  

cailcorishev March 27, 2015 7:00 PM
You soon discover that great classic songs like "Radar Love" get old



the really sorry thing is, 'Radar Love' is Golden Earring's crap sell out song. 'Twilight Zone' is where it's at.

son, am disappoint that you show no love for Supertramp.

and APP. i'm thinking the estimable Mr. Wright probably digs on 'Tales of Mystery and Imagination'.

Blogger Rabbi B March 27, 2015 8:27 PM  

" 'Twilight Zone' is where it's at."

That's right. 'When the bullet hits the bone . . .'

Anonymous Viidad March 27, 2015 8:52 PM  

Gen X Anthem: Beck's Loser.

Billy Joel Lyrics:

Joshy works in the comments section
Savin his sarc for the trolls
Yama left a note on the door
He said "Vox's books are bad and a bore!!"
Ah but stalking too hard can give you
A ban attack, ack, ack, ack, ack, ack
You ought-a know by now
Whaddya like? "Syrup of ipecac!"
"It's ipecac-a-licious!"

Blogger frigger611 March 27, 2015 11:46 PM  

I'm 50 and I do like the Seattle grunge stuff, esp Pearl Jam and Sound Garden. Vedder and Cornell are true songwriting artists, IMHO.
I've been in concert production for 30 years now, and touring since 94. Most of my friends are roadies, of course.
One friend of mine was touring with Motley Crue some time in the early 90s (during the metal-hair bands' death spiral). He told me a funny story: Motley started out this new tour with big expectations, big show, 20 trucks or thereabouts.
Wasn't selling so well so 2 weeks later down to 15 trucks. 2 weeks after that down to 9 or 10, and eventually the tour just fizzled out early.
So one day my friend overheard Tommy screaming and cursing, trashing a dressing room, shouting "These fucking flannel bands are killing us!"
Yeah, in the live concert industry it was amazing to see the force of Nirvana (smells like teen spirit) and PJ (Alive) exerted, seemingly overnight. Haven't seen anything like it since.

Blogger Bogey March 28, 2015 2:02 AM  

Their music post 10 was just terrible. Couldn't agree more. But that doesn't change the fact that Ten was amazing.

Please put the crack pipe down before posting.

"I've Got ID"
"Yellow Leadbetter"
"Crazy Mary"
"Daughter"
"Dissident"
"Betterman"
"Corduroy"

Blogger Bogey March 28, 2015 2:17 AM  

"I Got ID/I Got Shit"

I mean.

Blogger Matt March 28, 2015 1:49 PM  

Terrible.

Blogger Mack Schuylkill March 31, 2015 3:59 AM  

Thanks for posting. Much gratitude to Vox for making this accessible to the readership. Our video got nearly 1,000 hits of exposure so. If these figures are correct and we then Scalzify the numbers... that's nearly 15,000 views!
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