Ok, to tell you the truth, I’m getting a little tired of the over exposed Dave Grohl. I was going to hold off on this post for a few more weeks but now the stories are showing up everywhere so I figured I better get on board. RECORD STORE DAY is about two months away but its coming fast and furious. You can find out where to participate when this happens. Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be posting again as we get closer to that date – April 18th. As you can see above Dave is the Ambassador to Record Store day. Good for him. This is a project meant to get you out of your house and join your fellow music lovers by checking out old analog recordings on vinyl. Does anyone really have a record player any more? Actually, yes. Pressing plants are back up and running according to this article in the NYTIMES – Records making a comeback. There is no denying that records are making a comeback of sorts. The was also another article in the LA Weekly titled Why CDs May Actually Sound Better. It doesn’t matter what side you fall on cds – digital – vinyl. You should make music a big part of your life because it never lets you down. Another item of interest on Record Store Day – Slayer will be releasing their latest song “When the Stillness Comes. Of course it will be released on a picture disk. They will also be re-releasing Black Magic. What more could you want?!
Music lovers already know who this guy is and that of course is Buckethead. I remember when he came on to the music scene many years ago, everyone was trying to guess who this was. The KFC bucket threw a lot of people off, I myself suspected it was none other than Michael Battio… ok not at all. Others had thought it was one of my other favorite guitarist – Paul Gilbert, there were some similarities in playing style and both are blindingly fast! When the day was done, he came out of his bucket and his real name is Brian Carroll. Anyway, he has done stints with shitty guns and roses, Primus and Praxis just to name a couple of bands. Buckethead is a pretty prolific musician. While some of us where wasting away on our couch last year, he released over 30 albums!!! I’ve posted one of the 30 below. He has a running series of over 90 cds. How does he make money? VOLUME!!! Yeah back to stupid reality. I just love pure guitar playing and this is guitar playing at its finest. I implore you, if you have never heard his stuff before check it out. There is literally a ton of really good stuff put out by him.
(Full Album) Buckethead – Claymation Courtyard (Buckethead Pikes #51)
What is element Z? Only the heaviest metal on earth! However if you are looking for locally developed man made metal you can find it all on this fantastic website Return To The Pit! The man running this site is called “the Reverand”. He has been doing this for almost 20 years! If there was a metal show in New England, he was there with his camera! Nobody covers the local metal scene better than this man. He even has a show on college radio no less! For that info you can check it out on his website. Whether its his classified boards which let other metal heads find bands or sell equipment, its all there. It has been one of my goto sites for quite some time.
Another metal site worth checking out? Invisible Oranges!
This site is a little more eclectic, they try and stick to the facts while also exposing live albums for not being live at all! What I like most about IO is that they don’t cover the same stories that everyone else does. They keep to the facts and I love the reviews of metal albums. They cover every sub genre of metal and if you’re a metal head, what you need is on this site.
Ok, I’ve posted about some pop bands but my real passion has been about brutal metal. I love the band Enslaved. Its not your typical death metal band. I would almost call them, dare I say, progressive? Not necessarily as progressive as Opeth but they bring their A game to the studio with such albums as Below The Northern Lights (highlight there is the song The Dead Stare) to Ruun which I felt was their most complete album to date. I have not had a chance to listen to their latest effort but most likely will this weekend. For that you can check out my blog – WMFO Regular Show. How will this album compare to Ruun? I guess we’ll have to wait and see. For now check out the song below. If you are intrigued, they will be playing at the SINCLAIR in Harvard Square March 24th. Doom fans will want to catch this show as YOB will be playing the undercard. The show is only $20 in advance and $24 day of the show. This promises to be one of the best shows in the area for these cold winter months. For more shows at the Sinclair, check out their SCHEDULE. For now, enjoy the song Ruun from the titled album Ruun.
One of the most common questions I get is “How do I listen to your archived shows?”. I’ve created a short video that shows you how to navigate to our various shows. Now that you have the knowledge, go forth and listen to all of our archived shows!
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Straight out of Gothenburg, Sweden, this week’s artist is School ’94. Fresh off a name change (from School to School ’94, because they liked that year), the band had released its first album, Like You, back in December of 2014 on the Cascine record label. As Bill Pearis of BrooklynVegan noted, Alice Botéus’ vocals on the EP’s six tracks capture the range often found in Swedish indie music, dark to pop, without ever breaching either shore. Hard copies are as yet unavailable; however, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify all offer their digital releases. Be sure to visit Cascine’s website to preview all the tracks from Like You in their entirety.
A nice interview with the band can be found on the Swedish label Sommarhjärta’s website.
Below, check out their video for “SoLong,” and no, that’s not a typo in the song name.
Seems like 2009 was a year when music stopped for some. I ended my five year run at WMFO and apparently for Veruca Salt, three of the four members called it quits! 2014 was like a phoenix rising out of the ashes. I came back to WMFO and Veruca Salt reformed with their original members! I loved the first two albums, American Thighs and Eight Arms to Hold you. In fact eight arms had my favorite song on it called “Volcano Girls”. I loved their aggressive guitar attack and the dual vocals of Post and Gordon complemented each other very well. Their harmonies were spot on, they simply made great rock music. Their latest effort MMXIV was released on Record Store Day 2014 on vinyl of course! It was a three song ep but its clear the song “It’s Holy” shows they haven’t lost a step in either their sonic attack or their knack of crafting a pop hit song. Like fine wine both Gordon and Post are in their late 40’s and they are just as hot today as they were 10 years ago and their music is solid! Let’s hope we can get a full album out of them in the upcoming year. Below is their latest song, “It’s Holy” Enjoy!
Finally! The B’s Knees of 2014 are ready to share with the world!
Check out Bubbles in the Think Tank every Saturday night starting at 11pm for all the silliness you can stomach, all the silliness you can shake your stick at. You’ll hear so much free form-y goodness that you’ll be back every week with us to share in the love.
Whet your appetite with this archive and then go buy as much of this fine music as you can at the links below.
And, as always, tell them Bubbles in the Think Tank sent you! We just want to make sure all of these fine artists feel the love from all the good friends of WMFO!
Behold the Knees!
A Tribute To Bob Dylan In the 80s, Vol. One – Various artists
Nobody’s Baby – Miriam
Pure as Coal – Tim Carroll & Midnight Orange
Spring is around the corner, how can you tell? The spring concerts are starting up. As noted in an earlier post, the NEHCMF will be in Worcester in April and just recently finalized, the headliners for Boston Calling. Boston Calling started in 2013 and the goal was to hold the event not once but twice a year! Full disclosure, I have never been to this event and the price for these tickets are a lot more than I am willing to spend but thats just me. The general admission ticket is $175 for the three day event. The top three headliners are – Beck, The Pixies and Ben Harper. This all happens in Downtown Boston at city hall plaza. The event will be held May 22nd, 23rd and 24th. Please checkout their website if you have the cash and nothing to do after your finals!
Well that was fast! Not only has L7 reformed but their tour dates are starting to trickle in! As mentioned in the last post, L7 needs people to start their army to help promote a world tour. I signed up a few days ago and yesterday I got a link to download (legally!) their first album and one of their promo pics! Today I got word of their tour with full details to be release on January 28, 2015! By signing up I’ve already gotten my money’s worth and it was FREE!!! What next? A kickstart project to help fund their documentary – L7: Pretend We’re Dead. If you haven’t listened to their music, go now. I’ll wait!