Friday, April 28, 2006

Mandy Moore hates on herself

Pop princess Mandy Moore has recently admitted on L.A.’s KROQ radio station that the first album of her career “sucked.” In a brave move toward musical redemption, the singer/actress has offered a refund to any person who made the unfortunate choice to purchase the album.

Now she just needs to offer refunds for the rest of her albums.......and A Walk to Remember.

Read the rest of the article here.

The Futureheads Answer Provacative Questions

What's the best way for a song to end - a crisp, ringing ending or a gradual fade-out?

Barry: I think fade-outs are generally what happens when a song is too long and people can't think of how to end it, or it's been cut down for radio. So I think the best way to end a song is just to have a sudden ending.

Jaff: I do as well.

Barry: Especially for the music we make. Because it's very, y'know, [beatboxes for a second] fast and tight, and you want to have the contrast between having a really loud, kind of raucous part, to absolute silence, because it's almost like some kind of, like going through your rudiments or something.

Jaff: Definitely.

Read the rest of the interview with The Futureheads here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Wanna move to Des Moines?

Here at the Lonely Note, we try not to put our focus on bands from just around our immediate area, as we do not wish to alienate viewers from other parts of the country (or world?). But I just couldn't help myself on this one, since the invitation is open to anyone.

Local band Angry Gods of the Radio is looking for a new guitarist. Why am I posting this? I happened to catch a little bit of a recent show of theirs at the House of Bricks and I liked how they sounded. If I had to describe their sound, it is good solid grinding guitars mixed with the solid vocals of Tim C. Thompson. They would probably fit somewhere between the category of riff-heavy rock and heavy metal. But don't take it from me, here is what they had to say about their sound:

"A murderous new sound has been created. A sound that paints a picture of a
muscle-car grinding its way, with every bit of horsepower it can muster, through a field of mud three feet deep. Dangerous enough to be taken seriously, yet beautiful enough to engage even the most finicky listener

So if you have a guitar and wish to join this cool band, be sure to contact them through (or by email at They have played a lot of clubs around the Des Moines area, and seem to have a pretty decent and very loyal following. Oh, and they seem like they like to have a good time, so be ready to party :-)

You can download (for free) two of their songs, "Iron Horse" and "The Exchange" here.

National Holiday

The Lonely Note would like to take a minute to wish our personal czar Steve a happy birthday. We would have gotten him a present, but we figured seeing William Hung last week at VEISHA was as good as a dying wish!

As the leader of our site, we wish Steve only the best and hope to see his continued excellent work at the Lonely Note!

Rolling Stone Reviews Young's Protest Album

Neil Young's Living With War has already received plenty of press. But upon reading Rolling Stone's review of the album, I've become ever more fascinated. Of the anti-Bush 'Let's Impeach the President,' writer Andy Greene had this to say:

"This track has already drawn the most media attention, with its battle cry for an end to this administration. As if at a rally, Young is joined by a choir on nearly every word. Contradictory Bush sound bites about "weapons of mass destruction" and the Patriot Act are sampled while Young and his choir call out, "Flip! Flop!" It's unlike anything we've ever heard in a rock song. His barely restrained rage at the current state of American politics is palpable on this song, as throughout the album."

Barely restrained rage towards American politics? This album sounds awesome.

Fans can stream the album for free at May 2.

Acoustic Coheed

Head on over to Coheed and Cambria's Myspace to hear an acoustic version of 'A Favor in the House Atlantic.'

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bogus Study On Rap

From ABCNews:

Highlighting the power of music in young people's lives, a new study suggests that fans of rap and hip-hop are more likely to drink, use drugs and engage in violence.

I am not a huge fan of rap, but I have a huge problem with this
study. Trying to link rap music to devious acts is reminiscent of the flak heavy metal took back in the day. In the late 80s the question was raised, "Do Judas Priest records persuade listeners to kill themselves?" Thankfully a sensible judge ruled "no." And in the 90s my parents were afraid Marilyn Manson would steal my soul.

Now today, the minimal act of merely listening to rap music is apparently the cause of all larger social problems: drinking, drug use and violence. Ignore factors such as socio-economic levels, education levels, family backgrounds and geography. They don't matter. Getting rid of the ear poison will alleviate the aforementioned bane.

The question that one needs to ask is whether or not a music type creates a culture, or instead, reflects it. With Chuck D. at one time saying that rap music is "black CNN" I think the latter is the more accurate. Most rap music is violent, because a majority of those who create it were unfortunately brought up in violent, inner-city cultures. Just like most country music is retarded because those who sing it are----OK, I won't go there.

All tongue-in-cheek banter aside, my point is that reducing the manifestation of immensely large, dynamic social problems to a single form of art is ridiculous. As a researcher of this study finally conceded:

[This research on rap lyrics] doesn't answer key questions about whether rap actually changes people's behavior. Resolving that puzzle is "going to be a tough one." ~DiClemente

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Songs About Rain

April showers bring May flowers, and Vague Space has decided to take advantage of the dreary weather by posting songs by Bright Eyes, Superchunk, Modest Mouse, and Dirty Three. All four contain the word "rain" in their titles.

You can download them

The Beatles On 'All Songs Considered'

While everyone disputes whether Sgt. Pepper or Abbey Road is the greatest Beatles record, there is no doubt that Rubber Soul was an incredible turning point for the band. Released during Christmas time of 1965, the album represents a dogmatic shift from the romantic themed songs, dominant of the 'Ed Sullivan' broadcasts, to a time in which George Harrison, the quiet one, developed a penchant for profound songwriting. In spite of all its greatness, however, Rubber Soul is historically notable for containing 'Norwegian Wood,' the first rock song featuring a sitar.

Revolver was a continuation of such progressive development, segueing to the latter classics, with songs like '
Taxman,' 'Eleanor Rigby,' and 'Good Day Sunshine.' Of course, this album is remembered for featuring 'Yellow Submarine,' one of the rare anthems sung primarily by Ringo, the most popular Beatle in America during the 60s.

Finally, in 1970, Let it Be was released, encapsulating a near decade-long journey of rock and roll greatness that mythically captured the hearts, minds, and souls of a generation. It was the
title track of this album that seemed to prophetize the end of an unthinkable run, and combined with 'The Long and Winding Road,' the two songs seemed to create more questions than answers for a cohort poised to embark upon a new decade.

Hungry for more Beatles tidbits? Listen to
NPR's 'All Songs Considered' Episode 107 to discover and relive even more Beatles history. The half-hour long show details everything from the factors behind George Martin's production decisions to rare factoids probably never heard of before. From revealing the fact that John Lennon shredded his vocal cords during the recording of 'Twist and Shout,' to spinning some never before released songs, this episode of 'ASC' is one of the better I've come across.

As an added bonus, I've included just a few of my favorite Beatles songs for streaming:

'Run For Your Life'

'Sexy Sadie'

'You Never Give Me Your Money'

'The End'

...and in the end, the love you take, is equal to the make.

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Wolfmother Video at AOL

This was brought to my attention by It's Wolfmother's video for 'Woman,' and you can watch it for free via AOL here.

Great song. But those who suffer from seizures may want to avoid watching the clip, as it's dizzy and all over the place.

Lonely Note Radio Updates

Within the last week we've added over twenty new songs to our radio station.

For those who haven't had a chance to listen, click to hear some of our hand selected tunes. And for those loyal listeners out there, be happy to look forward to a fresh playlist.

Featured Artists:
Pansy Division
Portugal. The Man
Jose Gonzalez
The Shins


Kid Rock Will Be On CSI

From 'CSI NY's' website, the description of the Wednesday night (April 26) episode featuring the white trash homie from Cell Block 6:

"When Kid Rock's limo driver is murdered in an alley before the encore of his concert, Mac and Lindsay question him because he was the last person to see the driver alive."

I'll let everybody make their own assumptions as to how entertaining this episode is sure to be, considering the incredible cinematic grace this self-proclaimed '
Devil Without a Cause' displayed in Joe Dirt.

However, if you are wondering, I will not be tivoing this one.

Friday, April 21, 2006

A Review of Placebo's Meds

Happy Friday everyone! This is small, but something to help hold things over for the weekend: a decent review of Placebo's Meds.


Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Download/Stream Temposhark

I ran across this neat little song at Arjanwrites. It is called 'Joy' and by a band called Temposhark, a British outfit.

The tune is a gentle mix of electronica with the garage rock that seems to be dominant of the day (if that makes any sense).

You have the option of streaming or downloading the tune

Joaquin Phoenix Directs People In Planes' Video Debut

In response to the impressionable effect People in Plane's 'If I Talk Too Much (My Head Will Explode)' left upon him, Joaquin Phoenix decided that he wanted to direct the video for the band. In fact, he shot the musical visual in Ontario, California at the end of last year.

This is the first video for the
Welsh band, and it can be checked out at their official website.

You can also stream the audio version of the tune by going

Caught On Tape: "Weird Al" Yankovic - 'Smells Like Nirvana'

"It's hard to bargle nawdle zouss??? With all these marbles in my mouth"

Though I never felt it to be one of Weird Al's greatest song parodies, 'Smells Like Nirvana' remains one of my all-time favorite music videos from the mock-rocker. While the song itself may focus on the premise that Nirvana's lyrics in 'Smells Like Teen Spirit' were a bit hard to decipher (refer back to opening quote), the video picks up on a whole slew of nuances from the original. Part of what makes the video work so well is that it so true to the original. From the spotlight in the face, all the way to the kid running off with the high-hat symbol towards the end, this video shows a strong attention to detail. To a casual viewer, the setting, colors, and filming techniques are often inseparable from the formula used for the Nirvana video. One of the details that I find particularly amusing is the bass player's ability to bounce around awkwardly like Krist Novoselic.

"Weird Al" successfully takes on Kurt Cobain's angst-ridden persona as the viewer is witnessed to a bevy of Leslie Nielsen -grade sight gags. Farm animals make their appearances, and gargled water, kazoos and a janitor on tuba carry out parts of the solo. The video triumphantly concludes with an all out mosh pit of long-haired, flannel-ized teenagers losing body parts.

As amusing as I find this video, it's still impossible to beat a classic. Watch both, and try to find as many parodies as possible. Then, check to see if you caught as many as these Wikipedia editors.

Kurt Cobain apparently loved it... and now you can too.

Jacko To Record In Bahrain

Michael Jackson, proving that he doesn't need western music labels to be sucessful anymore (or maybe they just don't want him??), plans on releasing an album for a Bahrainian record company. The new album will be released on Two Seas Records, a label Jacko co-founded soon after his child abuse trial with Sheik Abdulla Hamad Al-Khalifa, in late 2007.

MJ said, "I am incredibly excited about my new venture and I am enjoying being back in the studio making music."

US distribution arrangements have not been announced.

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Reunited Alice in Chains to Perform at Sturgis

Ted posted on Alice in Chains several days ago and told us all that one of my favorite bands had reunited with a new lead singer, William Duvall, following the untimely death of Layne Staley only few years before.

MTV News indicates that the group will be performing at Sturgis, South Dakota this August. In addition, AIC will embark on a brief club tour beginning May 18 in Los Angeles.

I only hope I can be lucky enough to be able to attend one of their sure-to-kick-the-llama's-ass shows here in the future.

Stream the New Dresden Dolls Album

Your new music Tuesday has gotten even better. Stream the new Dresden Dolls album here before you buy it today.

Editors Cover Gorillaz

Want to hear The Editors covering 'Feel Good Inc.' by Gorillaz? You can do so by going here.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Godfather of Grunge Calls For Bush's Impeachment on Protest Album

Neil Young's newest protest album, entitled Living With War, is a ten song set featuring 'Let's Impeach the President' as one of its tracks. This follows in the wake of his recent Prarie Wind, an album that has sold nearly 450,000 copies.

Living With War isn't the first time Young has criticized a President Bush. In the late 80s he released 'Rockin' in the Free World,' a song chiding the current president's father, who was then chief executive.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Iggy Pop Reunites with the Stooges

An interview with Iggy Pop is available here. In it, he discusses a reunion tour with The Stooges that will be planned, as well as an upcoming album:

'He expects the album to come out next year on his solo-work label, Virgin Records. Steve Albini -- whose numerous credits include albums by the Pixies, Nirvana and PJ Harvey -- will produce, but the set also will include a package of songs produced by Jack White, frontman of the White Stripes and the Raconteurs and producer of Loretta Lynn's "Van Lear Rose."'

Some Pearl Jam Tidbits

Jonathan Cohen writes a great preview of Pearl Jam's upcoming 8th album, in addition to other developments within the group. You can read it here.

In other Pearl Jam news within the blogosphere,
Stereogum has a video posted of the band performing last night on Saturday Night Live.

It's pretty sweet.

Friday, April 14, 2006

Daniel Powter's 'Bad Day' Is Giving Me a Bad Day

So the horrible Bucky was finally ousted from the list of American Idol finalists on Wednesday, and I couldn't be happier...except for one thing: What is up with that horrible Daniel Powter song that always has to play when a contestant gets offed? Seriously, the song is not only horrible, but also doesn't make any sense.

"So you had a bad day?" Trust me---having a bad day doesn't consist of making it to the top 8 of American Idol out of thousands of contestants and finally getting voted off after tons of national exposure. No, having a bad day consists of finding out you lost your job when you have a family of four to feed. Or finding out that you have cancer on the day you receive your acceptance letter to law school. In fact, refer to
Alanis Morrisette's 'Ironic' for a number of countless 'bad day' scenarios.

You know, it would be more humane if American Idol gave each losing contestant his/her own favorite song as its parting gift---kind of like how a
death row inmate gets to dictate his/her last meal. Bucky could have had a Toby Keith song, and Mandisa could have had Aretha Franklin. I'm not sure what Chicken Little look-alike Kevin Covais would have picked. Maybe a song off of the soundtrack to Rent? Either way, at least the losing contestants could go out with dignity, rather than be subjected to that abhorable song by the guy who shares a last name with that stupid movie about albinos.

Would this song have gained as much airplay had it not been featured on a show that garners a combined forty million viewers every Tuesday and Wednesday night? I think not.

But then again, maybe the song is what it takes to beat Desperate Housewifes?

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Norah Jones’s Country Side

Norah Jones has a secret band, and you’d probably be surprised at what they play.

The Little Willies has just released its first album, with much of its track listing covering the songs of at least a couple Highwaymen. Selected tunes previously performed by Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr. and Kris Kristofferson have all been recorded.

Jones has hinted at her country side in the past. She collaborated with Dolly Parton on a tribute album.

Find out more about the Little Willes by going

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

More Raconteurs Tracks: An Addendum

I had originally meant to post this song when I wrote about The Raconteurs last week.


The Raconteurs - 'Store Bought Bones'

2006 A Busy Year For Spoon

Here's Steve bringing you the 4-1-1 on 4/11:

According to
this article Spoon is planning on recording a new album, in addition to reissuing a couple of others this year. The new album is scheduled to drop in Winter of 2007, while the two re-releases would be Telephono and Soft Effects.

Britt Daniel is planning a solo record.

The Nightwatchman

So Tom Morello has gone soft on politics after
joining Audioslave, right? HECK NO! If you thought it would be easy to shut up this constant political activist, one must simply look towards his bloodline. His mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents For Rock And Rap, an anti-censorship group (the antiphyses of Tipper Gore!!!) and has been active in the NAACP and Chicago Urban League. His father, Ngethe Njoroge, was a Mau-Mau rebel who helped overthrow British rule of Kenya in the early 1960's, as well as being the first Kenyan delegate to the United Nations.

So, in addition to founding Axis of Justice with System of a Down's Serj Tankian, Tom travels the country with his acoustic guitar as his alter ego, The Nightwatchman. Just who is the Nightwatchman? "The Nightwatchman watches out for the people," Tom has been known to say. Fans of Audioslave and Rage Against The Machine (and hell, even Electric Sheep) will not get what they expect from typical Tom Morello fair. The Nightwatchman is very folksy, very Woody Guthrie-like. It is just Tom singing and playing his acoustic guitar. No killer riffs, wah pedals, or whammy bars. No "Soul Power" Fender Stratocaster or fast fret work. Just a stripped-down Tom singing politically-tinged folk music. Rest-assured you won't be seeing many mosh pits at a Nightwatchman concert.

I'm not going to lie -- The Nightwatchman isn't exactly what I would call the greatest music I have ever heard. But then again, The Nightwatchman isn't just for Tom, it's for a cause. As much as you might not like something, you have to give it props for fighting for something (much like when Pearl Jam covered "Last Kiss" -- horrible song, but it was for a good cause so you couldn't hate it too much!). He has contributed tracks to the Axis of Justice CD as well as the song "No One Left" for the soundtrack for Fahrenheit 9/11. He has played at various sites on the road, including an AFL-CIO awareness concert and an impromptu show in Kenya. Tom really puts a country-twinge into his voice, trying to sound very much like Bob Dylan. There is really not much to the Nightwatchman, just an 0dd-sounding Mr. Morello and his interesting lyrics. There are no exact tour dates upcoming (especially with Audioslave putting their finishing touches on their 3rd Album), but rest-assured Tom and his traveling guitar will continue making random stops at random times championing his message of social justice. And being a recent recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award (along with Danny Glover), his work is paying off.

So exactly what is the Nightwatchman? It can be summed up this way:

"The Nightwatchman is all about three chords and the truth."
~Tom Morello

Keep up the good work, Tom.

You can listen to some of The Nighwatchman here. Or just check out the Fahrenheit 9/11 soundtrack or Axis of Justice CD, since there is no actual Nightwatchman LP.

Monday, April 10, 2006

Happy Birthday Hank

We here at The Lonely Note wish to extend a happy birthday to our fellow contributor/ concert review specialist, Hank! We appreciate and enjoy your additions to the site, and look forward to more in the future. May this year be your best yet.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

A new face for AIC

The resurrection of Alice In Chains is almost complete with the recent confirmation of a new lead singer. William DuVall (Comes With The Fall) has been selected to take over the lead vocals for the grunge band. However, this recent addition to the band may not be the last. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell has expressed interest in bringing other musicians to the fold.

"The door's open to invite anybody. We'd like anybody to be a part of it. There's tons of guys that we love and that Layne loved, you know, that we'd love to be a part of this on a part-time basis."

In addition, AIC manager has stated that there will be “a few surprises” to look forward to on the forthcoming European tour.

Rest assured. There will be plenty of AIC updates to come.

More Raconteurs Tracks

Ted featured the single 'Steady, As She Goes' last month by the new band co-fronted by that weird guy in Cold Mountain. The band is The Raconteurs, and the 'weird guy' is Jack White (who played Georgia in that film).

You can check out some more downloadable tracks from the band's forthcoming Broken Boy Soldiers

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Caught On Tape: The Cranberries - 'Zombie'

I first started getting into The Cranberries after the video for their song 'Zombie' came out in 1995. More than a decade later, this single remains one of the band's heaviest - both musically and conceptually. The song tells of the lengthy conflicts, known as The Troubles, that plagued Northern Ireland throughout much of the 20th century.

As natives of Ireland, the band aptly chose to film a video that further represents the message of the song; depicting footage of military occupation in the country, juxtaposed with scenes of young children playing together in an imaginary battle. The band is also shown performing together, and these clips seem to act to draw the connection between the group and the conflicts. While all of these previous scenes are filmed in black and white, the video also forms a contrast by adding a brightly colorful dramatistic element, in which vocalist Dolores O'Riordan appears covered in gold paint, singing in front of a cross, surrounded by children who are also painted gold. These portions of the video are highly reminiscent of REM's 'Losing My Religion' video, from the color schemes all the way to references of Saint Sebastian involving martyrdom and arrows.

The music video for 'Zombie' comes to a powerful climax at the end, as the song intensifies into a full-blown emotional assault. The military continues to take over, the children playing turn Lord of the Flies on one another, and the band rocks out while Dolores and her golden cherubs scream at the top of their lungs. Hmm, I think that's called symbolism.

This whole video brings me back to the early nineties, and successfully merges a cool song together with an important topic. Like U2 and The Smiths before them, The Cranberries carried the torch in shedding light not only on the problems surrounding Ireland and the U.K., but on the nature of violence all around the world.

A Secret Place

This last song posting (for awhile) is just for fun.

Fellow contributor Tae and I were recently discussing his renewed interest in metal (no, not the
Iced Earth type of metal) as of late, and it inspired me to listen to some forgotten diamonds in the rough that I had in my collection.

Megadeth's Cryptic Writings was one of those metal albums that were musical staples of our lives nearly ten years ago---in large part because the programmers at our local rock radio station couldn't get around the fact that there was life in rock beyond Megadeth, Metallica and AC/DC. On top of that there was no satellite radio or blogosphere to inform us of the other sounds that were happening around us. So, as it were, metal and grunge were the albums we bought and cranked our stereo speakers to 11 to.

'A Secret Place' was a mutual favorite among the two of us, and I've decided to relive those times with an online posting of the song here. Admittedly, this song isn't the greatest. And to the metal traditionalists out there the song could be considered one of
Dave Mustaine's last pathetic attempts at receiving radio airplay and outdoing his rival Metallica.

Nevertheless, for my own selfish sentimental longings, here is 'A Secret Place:'

Megadeth - 'A Secret Place'

Snow Patrol's Newest Single

With yesterday's New Music Tuesday, I was able to acquire Snow Patrol's 'Hands Open.' (Yes, I realize all the Indie Trash blogs posted the mp3 to this song last week. However, I have a life).

Needless to say, they've mainstreamed their sound with catchier hooks and more uptempo beats on this single.

Count on this song cracking the top 40 playlist of a
Clear Channel station near you.

Snow Patrol - 'Hands Open'

The new album Eyes Open releases May 9 here in the States.

Keane's Second Effort Begins To Surface

I had already forgotten about Keane when I stumbled upon this site. The British stand-out's sophomore album is planned for release June 20, and has already garnered great reviews.

Pop Justice apparently has gotten their hands on a promotional copy of the album. You can read their take on it here.

Listen for the first single 'Atlantic' to be broadcast on the airwaves here in the next few weeks.

Morrissey Is Back

The Rock Snob may be mad at Morrissey, but we here at The Lonely Note still love him. His new CD came out yesterday (as Hank reported) and has been much anticipated. Below is one of the tunes off of Ringleader of the Tormentors.

Does anybody else think he is channeling
Jefferson Airplane's 'White Rabbit' in places?

Morrissey - 'I Will See You In Far Off Places'

"And if the USA doesn't bomb you, I believe I will see you"

Monday, April 03, 2006

April 2006 Selected Album Releases

Here is this month's selected rock/pop/hip hop/indie releases. It's good to see Josh Todd and Buckcherry back with their first album since 2001's Time Bomb. And Busta Rhymes finally follow's up 2003 It Ain't Safe No More. For those of you waiting for Live's seventh studio album, the release date for Songs From Black Mountain has been pushed back from April 11th until May 9th, 2006. We'll see if they can regain their luster as one of the top post-grunge rock bands. Speaking of post-grunge bands, Godsmack returns with their fourth full length album, and promises a return to their roots, along with some great new music. Lastly, if you have never seen a picture of Lacuna Coil lead singer Cristina Scabbia , do yourself a favor and check her out. She is one of the best-looking lead singers in hard rock today (and she appears in concert w/ Rob Zombie in Des Moines this month!) Without further adieu, here is April's Release list:

April 4th

Lacuna Coil – Karma Code (Cristina Scabbia, will you go out with me?!?!)
Blue October – Failed
Lamb of God – New American Gospel (Reissue)
Dead to Fall – The Phoenix Throne
Sinai Beach – When Breath Escapes
The 5 Browns – No Boundaries
Bubba Sparxxx – The Charm
The Flaming Lips – At War With the Mystics
Saves the Day – Sound the Alarm
The Vines – Vision Valley
Morrissey – Ringleader of the Tormentors
Aereogramme – Seclusion
Envelopes -- Demon

April 11th

Buckcherry – Fifteen (If you haven't heard it yet, check out their awesome first single, "Crazy Bitch." It'll stay in your head all day, and that's not a bad thing!)
MTV Headbanger’s Ball: The Revenge (f/ Slipknot, Korn, Iron Maiden, Hatebreed, Mudvayne, Avenged Sevenfold, Trivium, HIM, Lamb of God, 10 Years, Disturbed, Lacuna Coil, Underoath, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society, In Flames, Chimaira, Bullet For My Valentine, Arch Enemy, Devildriver, 36 Crazyfists, God Forbid, Bloodsimple, and more!)
Bullets and Octane – In the Mouth of the Young
Eagles of Death Metal – Death by Sexy
Calexico – Garden Ruin
Attacker – The Unknown

April 18th

Silent Civilian – Rebirth of the Temple (former Spineshank lead singer Johnny Santos’ new band)
Sick of it All – Death to Tyrants
Path of Resistance – Can’t Stop the Truth
Aiden – Our Gangs Dark Oath
Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia
Islands – Return to Sea (the former members of Unicorns)
Aphex Twin – Chosen Lords

April 25th

Godsmack – Four (I expect big things from these guys, and hopefully songs that don't all sound the same like their last couple of albums!! "Speak" is a decent first single, I hope to hear bigger and better)
Busta Rhymes – The Big Bang (sans his recently departed bodyguard -- RIP)
Taking Back Sunday – Louder Now

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Ted's Song of the Week - 4/01/06

In the Shadows
The Rasmus
The Rasmus

I know my weekly segment is getting a little behind, so please forgive the inconsistency. Fortunately, I'm starting to get some things in my life squared away, so this means a higher volume of posts that you may or may not enjoy. With that said, I will introduce my latest song of the week.

I've had "In the Shadows" in my music library for quite some time, but hadn't listened to it for awhile. It just so happened that the shuffle function on my itunes brought this gem back to my attention.

Clocking in at just over four minutes, "In the Shadows" blends a catchy chorus with a background that would make Ace of Base slightly envious. Singer Lauri Ylönen sounds like Justin Timberlake with a cold, but this actually sounds alright. Overall, this is top shelf pop-rock.

The Rasmus - In the Shadows

No sleep
No sleep until I am done with finding the answer
Won't stop
Won't stop before I find a cure for this cancer
I feel I going down and so disconnected
I know that I am haunted to be wanted

I've been watching
I've been waiting
In the shadows for my time
I've been searching
I've been living
For tomorrows all my life

In the shadows

In the shadows

They say
That i must learn to kill before i can feel safe
But I
I'd rather kill myself than turn into their slave
I feel that I should go and play with the thunder
I just don't wanna stay and wait for a wonder

I've been watching
I've been waiting
In the shadows for my time
I've been searching
I've been living
For tomorrows all my life

Lately I been walking walking in circles, watching waiting for something
Feel me touch me heal me, come take me higher

I've been watching
I've been waiting
In the shadows all my time
I've been searching
I've been living
For tomorrows all my life
I've been watching
I've been waiting
I've been searching
I've been living for tomorrows

In the shadows

In the shadows
I've been waiting