(hed)p.e. is a group that I latched onto very tightly in my high school years. They were one of the earliest “heavy” bands I listened to (not counting classics like Megadeth and Metallica). Needless to say, without dating myself any further, they’ve been around a long time. On July 22, their brand new record, Evolution, is coming out on Pavement Records. This is the (hed)p.e.’s tenth full-length studio album.
KISS is a band that needs no introduction. Their new record “KISS 40: Decades of Decibels” is a 40-year retrospective of this epic and talented band. It’s chock full of goodies including studio favorites, live tracks, and both previously released and unreleased demos. The mix of live, studio, and demos gives the album a variety unlike that of other anthologies.
Sunday night, February 9th 2014, I had the wondrous experience of attending the best rap show ever featuring the likes of Tribe One, Louis Logic, Mikal kHill, Adam WarRock, and last but not least, Schaffer The Darklord. (I have a photo to prove that the title rings true, courtesy of former guest, Nelson Lugo.) The Fifth Estate on Fifth Ave. in Brooklyn was the venue that housed this awesome band of wordsmiths for this momentous night, and indeed these incredibly nerdy and brilliant rappers hit me with a barrage of hip hop punches from the moment the first act hit the stage.
This Song Shot is a bit different from those that came before it. I want to talk about the song “Diamonds” by Rihanna—but not her version. Instead let’s look at Steam Powered Giraffe’s powerful and fun cover.
“Bleed Out” is the first single from Blue October’s brand new record, Sway. This song engages me in the way I’ve come to expect from Blue October.
Hey gang! I went to see some live shows this week. Got to see The Waysties at Sidewalk Cafe and the Wall Street Playaz at the Full Cup. Head over to our Facebook page and check it out.
So you like movies, huh? Well imagine for a second what those movies would be like without music of any kind? Pretty drab and forgettable, I bet. Music, when used right, has a way of bringing a scene to life. It can make it shine and stand out in a big way. From musicals to dramas, comedies to action, documentaries to horror, all of these genres benefit from a memorable soundtrack. Try and imagine Star Wars without John Williams’s score. I bet that movie would not have felt anywhere near as epic or powerful without it. Music plays such an important role in film, there has even been the rare occasion that I’ve bought a soundtrack without having seen the film.
Have you ever had one song, just one song, that always makes you cry? No? Yes? Well I have. “Bridge to the Other Side,” by the retired Wizard Rock group, Oliver Boyd and the Remeberalls, is written from the perspective of Harry Potter, who is singing about the loss of Sirius Black.
This week we review the latest from Garbage, Not Your Kind of People, and we chat about active vs. passive listening.