Exclusive Interview with Oderus Urungus of Gwar by Markus Goldman

Oderus UrungusThis is a guest post by Markus Goldman, a DJ at WMMR in Philadelphia.

The other day I interviewed Oderus Urungus of GWAR and had a blast talking to him. Oderus spoke very gleefully about the Depravity of Philthadelphia and why he loves visiting our fair city.  Gwar’s new record, Lust In Space, is available on CD or via download on August 18th. You can pre-order the CD at www.gwar.net or www.metalslave.com and you will get an autographed copy of Lust In Space.  Gwar will be on the road with Lamb of God for four months starting this fall. As no Philly date is set yet, Oderus expects a November or December Electric Factory show. Keep checking www.gwar.net and their MySpace page for updated tour information. Enjoy the brilliant insanity of Oderus.

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Exclusive Interview with Dave Wakeling of The English Beat

This is a guest post by Markus Goldman, a DJ at WMMR in Philadelphia.

On Tuesday June 30th, 2009 I had a chance to speak to Dave Wakeling for the second time in 7 months. He had a lot to share about what is going on with the band. The interview is about 28 minutes and we talk about political change briefly in the beginning and then switch to the tour, the band and recording news as well.  The Beat have begun recording some new material which will be previewed on the Tour as well as a stellar mix of make your feet move Beat Classics. All the details including how they are recording in Analog, their 1983 US Tour with Bow Wow Wow and R.E.M., plus, could there be a special 2 Tone event in the future? Listen in and enjoy. I live in Philly and the Beat will be at these dates and venues in the NE. Go to www.davewakeling.com for the entire tour schedule.

The English Beat will be at the Croc in Allentown on July 17th with Reel Big Fish and Supervillians.  It is the 30th Anniversary Tour for the Beat and should be quite memorable.  Check out these other upcoming east coast tour dates:

  • Tuesday 7/7/09 House Of Blues Boston, Mass.
  • Wednesday 7/8/09 Hampton Beach Casino, Hampton Beach
  • Thursday 7/9/09 Nokia Theatre, NY, NY
  • Friday 7/10/09 House Of Blues Atlantic City, NJ
  • Saturday 7/11/09 Starland Ballroom Sayreville, NJ
  • Sunday 7/12/09 Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel Providence, RI
  • Thursday 7/16/09 Northern Lights Clifton Park, NY
  • Friday 7/17/09 The Croc Allentown, PA
  • Saturday 7/18/09 The Norva Norfolk, VA
  • Sunday 7/19/09 Pier Six Concert Pavillion Baltimore, MD
  • Monday 7/20/09 The National Richmond, VA

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Best Last Tracks

A great last song ties up an album, bringing climax and closure to an aural experience.  It should leave you satisfied, like after a great roll in the sack, providing a sense of denouement to the listener. Secret tracks don’t count as great last tracks; the requisite preceding 30 seconds of radio silence breaks the continuity of the album (and used to be a bitch to get to if the silence and the song were tracked together).

Too many of my favorite bands end their albums with a track that feels like a poorly attached afterthought.  There’s nothing worse than finishing off a masterpiece of an album with a weak, emotionless throw-away song with no “oomph” to speak of (Tool – I’m looking at you).

To me, a great last song is: 1) iconic (Zeppelin, The Beatles), 2) perfectly exemplary of the methodology and style of the band (DMB, Pink Floyd), or 3) a perfect narrative resolution of the album (R.E.M., Rufus).

Here’s my tentative top 10 (as always, it’s subject to change as my tastes evolve… and as I clean up my iTunes to put all of said album tracks in order… I need Mike to hire me an intern!).

Disagree or have additions?  Tell me in the comments!

Best Last Tracks (in no particular order, as of 2009)

Best Use of Twitter: Download The TRV$DJAM Mixtape In Exchange For One Tweet

TRV$DJAMLast night while going through recent tweets from friends, I saw this one from Cap Cee:

Download the new #trvsdjam mixtape “Fix Your Face Vol. 2 – Coachella 09” in exchange for one tweet! http://twitter.trvsdjam.com

While I’m not a huge fan of either Travis Barker or DJ AM, I do like the combined efforts of both.   When you click on the link, you’re asked to make one tweet in order to get the download, sounds like  pretty even trade.  Clicking the link that says Go To Twitter utilizes Twitter’s open API system, requring you to login using your Twitter username and password.  Once you do this, a Tweet will be sent out with exactly how Cap Cee sent his out and you can then download the entire mixtape, Fix Your Face Vol. 2 – Coachella ’09.

The download was amazingly fast and I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed the mix.  I’m sure you could get this off a bittorrent site without sending the tweet out, bit I don’t think they are asking too much for a decent quality mixtape.

Of all the Twitter contests, promotions and scams, this is by far one of the best uses of Twitter I’ve seen to date.  Ironicly, there is no mention of a TRV$DJAM twitter account to follow them, so they aren’t even hoping to get more followers, they just want to utiliz Twitter to spread the word.  Free viral advertising at its finest.

Fix Your Face Vol. 2 - Coachella '09 TRV$DJAM Mixtape

Exclusive Interview with Chuck Billy of Testament

This is a guest post by Markus Goldman, a DJ at WMMR in Philadelphia.

Today I was able to speak with Chuck Billy, lead vocalist of the metal band Testament. We spoke about many a subject including their current US Tour where the fans are picking the set list for their town by voting at Testament’s MySpace page.  We also chatted about Europe, European fans, suits being afraid of metal, the San Fran scene of the late 70s and 80s, Their latest record – The Formation of  Damnation, Beating Cancer, Testament’s Dubai Show, and the Troc in Philly.

Testament will be at the Troc on Wednesday, May 27th with Unearth and Lazarus A.D. Go to the Testament MySpace to vote for the songs you want to hear when they hit Philly. Chuck Billy was very easy to talk to and quite interesting.

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Aural Sex (made possible by Puscifer)

Like I needed another reason to jizz over Maynard James Keenan

Listen to Puscifer’s “The Mission” immediately.  It’s not on iTunes yet, but you can get the MP3 here and also listen to it at puscifer.com (ohhhh… and on MY profile page, stalker).  It features Milla Jovovich on vocals (who I would also gladly have sex with… okay, would PAY to have sex with) and is a superhot grindfest.  I don’t know what it is about most of Maynard’s stuff, but it speaks to me (and my ladyparts), whether it be Tool, A Perfect Circle, or his current project.  For how bizarre and ambient Puscifer’s music can be at times, I found the entire first album very sexual.  Maybe that’s because it was titled “V is for Vagina.”  Maybe.

Anyway, listen to the song, your ear pussies will thank you.

You know… Jerome, Arizona is only 18 hours by car from Boulder… road trip anyone??

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[“It’s all fire and brimstone, baby / I got my brand new pistol, baby”]

MP3 audio can be found here: The Mission

Jaydiohead: Jay-Z x Radiohead

Night before last, while going through email this tweet came up from @kevinrose,

JayZ+Radiohead = Jaydiohead | stream: http://www.thesixtyone.com/… | download: http://www.jaydiohead.com/

Intrigued, I clicked the streaming version and the lyrics from The Black Album by Jay-Z filled my speakers over the music made by Radiohead.  Amazing. It works so smoothly.  The mix is put together by Minty Fresh Beats and is available free to download via torrent or stream, all from their website, www.jaydiohead.com.  It immediately reminded me of how much I enjoyed the 2004 Danger Mouse release, The Grey Album, which pits Jay-Z’s lyrics over The Beatles epic White Album.

Give it a listen, I was really impressed, maybe you will be too.

Kevin Rudolf is Dancing in My Brain

I don’t know who this Kevin Rudolf guy is.

But I like him.

I’ve heard this song on the radio a couple times.  But it got stuck in my head since it’s featured in those damn repetitive Rhapsody commercials (the ones with the chicks in the bubbles).  It’s damn catchy and makes me want to dance instead of work on my finals.  Rudolf apparently worked as a studio musician and released his first album last month.  I think this might be a throw-away single, but it can play in the clubs until my ears bleed because it makes me want to dance.

I spent the $.99 om iTunes for this gem, but I’d hold off the album for now.  Totally worth it, especially for the tauntingly sexy line: “I’ll make you COME/alive…”

And anything Lil’ Wayne touches turns to hip hop gold.  Just listen to any iterration of “Tha Carter” and then tell me I’m wrong.

Here’s the video for the single:

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Music for the Broken-Hearted: Archive

One of my favorite songs off of Londinium, Archive’s “Again.”

The original song is a commitment-listen, stacking in at 16:20.  It’s filled with mostly musical interludes, but once it crescendos and gets going, it’s an indomitable piece of music.  The lyrics connect with anyone who’s left a long-term relationship or been broken up with.  The song commiserates with that feeling of lonliness and desperation, especially when that person is just beyond your reach…

Um, yeah, let’s just say that it has really helped today.

Rad video for the single is below, with lyrics beneath that.  Get out your old photo album and whip out the Kleenex.  Enjoy.

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LYRICS:

You’re tearing me apart
Crushing me inside
You used to lift me up
Now you get me down
If I
Was to walk away
From you my love
Could I laugh again ?
If I
Walk away from you
And leave my love
Could I laugh again ?
Again, again…

You’re killing me again
Am I still in your head ?
You used to light me up
Now you shut me down
If I
Was to walk away
From you my love
Could I laugh again ?
If I
Walk away from you
And leave my love
Could I laugh again ?

I’m losing you again
Like eating me inside
I used to lift you up
Now I get you down

Without your love
You’re tearing me apart
With you close by
You’re crushing me inside
Without your love
You’re tearing me apart
Without your love
I’m dazed in madness
Can’t lose this sadness
I can’t lose this sadness

Can’t lose this sadness

You’re tearing me apart
Crushing me inside
Without your love
(you used to lift me up)
You’re crushing me inside
(now you get me down)
With you close by
I’m dazed in madness
Can’t lose this sadness
It’s ripping me apart
It’s tearing me apart
I don’t know why
Without your love
It’s tearing me apart

Get out of my head, John Faye!

So, per usual, I made the mistake of tooling around on MySpace instead of working on my grad school finals today and now I can’t get this dude out of my head.

I know I posted about him yesterday, but seriously, this song won’t leave my brain.  Just so we’re all clear – I don’t get paid by these musicians for promotion.  I met them through hanging at the Grape Street (RIP) & other local music venues.  Eventually, I went from “fan” to “friend” (although I still get all fandom giddy at times).  If getting the word out on here lets someone else become a fan, then that makes me happy.

Anyway, I posted this video in the hope that it’ll have “The Ring” effect – if I put it in someone else’s head, maybe it will leave mine and let me work on my Mass Comm Theory final… le sigh.

Here’s John Faye of IKE (formerly of The Caulfields and John Faye Powertrip… “Miss Catch-22,” holla!), performing a solo acoustic version of “Just a Moment.”  IKE’s last show with rockin’ bassist Joann Schmidt is at World Cafe Live (31st & Walnut, Philadelphia, PA) on December 26.  Also performing are Jealousy Curve, Matt Duke, and The Caulfields.  You can get 20% discounted tickets through IKEonline.net.

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