Def Leppard @ Jacksonville Veteran’s Arena

Wow!  I don’t think I can recall a show that hit me more in the feels than this one.  This is my go to band for all the songs that I know and love.  This band proves you don’t necessarily need flames, spinning drum sets, or over the top light effects because when music is as good as theirs you just don’t need it.

So Doll normally gets dragged along to concerts that I want to go to since most of her concerts happen in other towns to groups you can’t understand but are permanently hypnotizing.  She likes Def Leppard like I “like” the Red Hot Chili Peppers but she really dug the show.

So I really don’t need to fully describe this show since everything went so smoothly (for once) so I’ll get down to what I loved about it the most: Rick Allen!  Are you a Def fan?  Then you know about Rick Allen.  He’s kinda the guy that got the band soberish.  For those of you who don’t know, in the mid 80’s Rick Allen lost his left arm in a car accident.  He is the drummer for Def and had to learn to play using synthesizers and foot pedals.  In the 80’s it was almost a sin for a “metal” band to use electric drums and synth instruments.  Rick was one of the few whom no one would make fun of for that.  He is a spectacular drummer and musician and I watched the video of his comeback after the accident.  His band mates called him ‘The Thunder God’ and I couldn’t agree more.  He did a solo drum set and I was floored and more happy than you could know!

My other happy moments came at the beginning of every song.  Joe Elliot still sounds just as good as he did 30 years ago and every performance was done with ease and pride.  With that I have nothing abnormal for you guys to know about, which is weird for any concert Doll and I attend, I will just leave this post saying that even if you didn’t like then much before go see a show!  This was a bucket list concert!

Summer Playlist #3 – E3 Games Tribute

A little late getting there but I’m trying out new hours for sleeping…and then trying unsuccessfully to wake up.

A lot of buzz has been going around about the reveals at the latest E3 convention and I must say I, as a gamer, have not been this excited about games in a long time!  New Fallout, new Uncharted, new Assassins Creed and finally…FINALLY new Kingdom Hearts and a FFVII remake!  And that is just the tip as he would say!  So, in honor of so much amazing and hopefully happy future gameplay I have set up a playlist featuring songs that we all remember from past games in the hopes it brings back memories of your first time…playing games that is.

E3 Games Tribute Playlist

20 Songs You Used To Love…But Now Hate So Much

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Thank you over saturated radio play!  You have successfully made me hate popular music!  But you know why it’s so popular? Because you play the same song every 15 minutes, for weeks and months on end until a song I once loved to listen to has to now be taken off my iPod so I don’t live in a perpetual hell of repeat!  Bastards!  But I must admit this list was far too easy for me to compile even by my standards.  Also, it is not long enough! I only got to 20 before my brain started coming out of my ears like common sense from a teenage boy at his first strip club!  With that said, I give you my picks for the top 20 songs you used to love but, thanks to an over saturation on public radio, you now hate so very, very much.  I will admit that a few of these I could totally drunk karaoke to so I can’t give up on them entirely while others…I have my reasons.

Supermassive Black Hole – Muse

I used to love Muse.  I thought they were an awesome band with a great sound…until Twilight.  Remember that one?  This song was, for some reason, put onto the soundtrack of one of the highest grossing soul destroying movies of all time!  Now, when this song plays, I have a teenager squeal about, “This was playing when Edward was playing baseball!” and I’m over here going “What?”

My Heart Will Go On – Celine Dion

I still like this song…in moderation. I am so happy this song is nearly 20 years old and doesn’t really play on the radio that much anymore.  When I was in high school it was this song, commercial, 2 other songs then this song again.  I loved that SNL skit that made fun of it…cause I couldn’t like it so I might has well have made fun of it.

Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nivana

Three words : FUCK THIS SONG!  I have heard this song at least a million times!  I’m not saying it’s bad, not at all.  This is a great Nirvana song…that radio stations play everyday at least a dozen times!  Why?! There is so much more music made everyday to ignore it just to try to get Kurt Cobain to come back to life people!

Free Bird – Lyrnyrd Skynyrd

I’m from Jacksonville, FL…where this band is from.  Pity me all you wish.  I did get to see them in concert and they were spectacular…all 15 minutes they played this song.

Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars

And now we have a song that represents E! Entertainment TV…yay.  This is a recent addition and there are at least three major radio stations that play this every hour plus I get to hear it on TV when I choose to watch it.

Welcome to the Jungle – Guns n’ Roses

There are some great songs off this bands debut album…and we get to hear this one everyday.  I love GnR but heaven help me if I can’t get Slayer on the radio!

Tainted Love – Soft Cell

If it’s not this version it’s Marilyn Manson’s and I would love for it to stop!

The Freshman – The Verve Pipe

I didn’t even like this song when it came out!  Please, just please, stop playing this retched song!

Rain – Blind Melon

This one ranks up there with Nirvana since both front men are gone and the fans won’t let them leave.  I always found this song a bit annoying at times and all I see is a dancing bumblebee and that’s damn close to clowns!

Hotel California – The Eagles

This is just one song by this band I choose to include. Now, this is one of those that I could tolerate since I always visualize a horror movie when I hear it but it is still way overplayed!

Love Shack – B-52’s

Enough…just enough.

Come Together – The Beatles

Sooooo, I’m not a huge Beatles fan.  There I said it!  But I do know that they had a lot of hit singles so why on Anne Rice’s burning crucifix is this the only one they play!?

Jessie’s Girl – Rick Springfield

I get that this is a one hit wonder but for the love of Winter Soldier why do we always have to have a vocabulary lesson when we hear it.  Yes, I do know what “moot” means you uncouth ass!

Livin on a Prayer – Bon Jovi

This is one I can still jam out to but I would prefer another song off the “Slippery When Wet” album..mainly Raise Your Hands!

Bohemian Rhaspsody – Queen

I’m saying nothing bad about them…just that DJ’s play this song too much.  Love you Freddie!

Good Riddance (Time of your Life) – Greenday

Like The Freshman, this song is horrible to me.  I immediately change the station when I hear it and I have no regrets of doing so.

American Pie – Don Cochran

(By the way: totally jamming out to that Bon Jovi mentioned above) So this is a one hit wonder that was also a “historical” song.  Sadly, no matter how many time you play it on the radio today, it’s not going to get the younger generation to understand it with repeated saturation.

Jack and Diane – John Mellencamp

I think this song has been playing steadily on the radio for the last 30 years or so.  He’s released a lot more albums DJ’s…please listen to those too.

Sweet Home Alabama – Lynyrd Skynyrd

And so good had to put two on this list!  I live in the south, if they don’t play this song I think many people get offended…not me, but people.

Drops of Jupiter – Train

Anything by this band can stop playing right about now please.  No more pain…no more.

Summer Playlist #2 – Songs for Running from a T-Rex

Have you seen Jurassic World yet?  Well you should cause it’s amazing and fun and awesome with dinosaurs (obviously) and cool motorcycle hunts and just a great time!!  In honor of this hugely nostalgic piece of historical celluloid I have compiled a list of music you wish you could listen to whilst running away from a vicious T-Rex or new hybrid “never has the idea ever been so insane yet so cool” dinosaur!

I am attempting something a little different so tell me what you guys think!  I’m going to be trying out some music and video sites to see what works best so if you have any suggestions about it let me know!  Just click below on the T-rex to be magically swept across the internet to listen!

Click HERE to listen to the Playlist on SoundCloud!

16 Truly Unique Voices in Music

I know there are A LOT of great singers out there in the world and I KNOW that all of you have your favorites that you can identify through a bullet proof sheet of glass underwater through ear muffs while chewing on a Ritz cracker, okay!  Throughout the history of music there have been voices that lifted you to Heaven and others that tortured you like fake metal nails on a old school chalk board.  Each was unique since it was one that you would remember forever…or you just listened to the album so much that you could possibly identify them in a line-up solely based on their glass shattering crescendo. Point is, you know the singer even if they utter one single syllable.  That is what I’m going to give you guys now!  A look, based on the consensus of my staff (aka my friends who eventually get me away from this infernal machine!) on their top picks of the most distinctive voices in music!  It’s not a top list…just a list in no order.

1. Rod Stewart

A little raspy, a little sultry. and little Rod.  His voice is actually one of the more “truer” voices I think I can recognize.  It’s not a perfect voice, but interesting and it perks your ears a little when you hear it.

2. Freddie Mercury

Oh, damn!  Yes, if I had a time machine…but then all my happy dreams start out that way.  I cannot lie when I say that Freddie is one of my favorites since his voice is powerful, but soft and sad at times.

3, Michael Jackson

Yet another one that I would love to have had a time machine for!  Just to go back to 1983 and say “Stop!  Whatever you are thinking, just stop!” and then I would feel that everything was okay.  If you were a child of the 70’s and 80’s you grew up with this voice and could pick it out from a whole mesh of radio static.

4. Janis Joplin

My dad is a huge Joplin fan but when I was young, I wasn’t too charmed with her voice.  I thought it really raw and dull, like if I was given money to sing!  But I later learned, in my wise older age, that her voice was special to the generation and was totally different than what anyone had heard before.

5. Ozzy Osbourne

Hells yeah!  His voice has to be special!  He’s the Prince of Darkness!  Like so many voices on this list, it’s not necessarily the quality of the voice but it’s delivery and power.  Ozzy has still got that!  When you hear him sing, you scream your head off.

6. Johnny Cash

I would know this voice anywhere!  If his family randomly released unreleased shit from him, I would hear his voice and know it’s him.  Dark, deep and impossible not to like!

7. Bob Dylan

This may come as a shock to many of you and I’m sorry to say it, but I’m not that huge of a Dylan fan.  Don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of his stuff but the man has released so much in his long career that I just haven’t had the patience to go through it all.  His voice is another thing though.  I can hear that of his harmonica and guess who it is!

8. David Gahan

Yes.  I have Depeche Mode here too!  You know that thing above about listening to an album over and over again until you know…I’m that way with David.

9. Axl Rose

Another grating voice!  Yay us!  As much as we might not like Axl as a person, his songs from the late 80’s early 90’s were the shit!  Though he and Guns n Roses did a lot of covers, you would totally know if it was Axl since that voice had an edge to it.

10. Barry Gibb

A truly unique voice for the list!  Singer for the marvelously successful Bee Gees this guy had to highten the pitch of his voice to sing.  it became so distinctive to their sound, he just kept singing that way!

11. Robert Plant

Oh…I love Led Zeppelin!  I’m just gonna say…damn!  What a great voice!

12. David Bowie

I swoon over David Bowie.  That is the power of his voice!  He has a beautiful voice that is deeply languid and completely addictive.  He thrashes it, he serenades, and he rocks it out!

13. Rob Zombie

A very rough voice that almost sounds digitized.  It’s not really “singing” in the best word since he doesn’t belt out high notes but it’s such a rockin’ voice!  If you get a chance to see him live…well, I wasn’t disappointed!

14. Elvis Presley

I don’t even nee to go into this.  It’s Elvis people, end of story.

15. Louis Armstrong

A lot of people probably didn’t see this coming.  If you’ve heard this man’s voice through recordings or Youtube, it is so rough and raspy that there is no one else I have heard of with his success that sounds the way he does.

16. Dolly Parton

This is a voice I grew up on and to this day I can even recognize her talking voice.  She is the embodiment of the smart “dumb blonde” and I would love to age with grace the way her voice has!

Soundtrack Throwback – Divergent (2014)

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So, okay.  Not really a “throwback” since this just came out like three months ago so we’ll just say we’re looking back just a bit.  It might not be a conversation worthy soundtrack but it does have some smart points I’d like to mention. For starters, I dig The Mortal Instruments soundtrack more just because this music is catered more to the “popular” young crowd and is primarily centered around pop jams.  Now this is not a bad thing…but I tend to hear this stuff on the radio ALL THE BLOODY TIME!  Why does corporate radio rape my love of music with constant repetition?  WHY?!  A good strength of the soundtrack is that a lot of songs are remixes of pop songs letting them sound happily very different.  A few stand outs for me are the new Ellie Goulding  single, Pia Mia, M83, and BANKS.  Having listened through the album, I noticed that there was a slight inconsistency to genre which I didn’t think matched the album well at all.  It just seemed a bit modge podge-ish.  Well, despite my few dislikes, I did like at least 5 of the songs on the album so percentage wise I can’t argue too much.  But oh…why Snow Patrol?  WHY?

1. Find You – Zedd feat. Matthew Koma & Miriam Bryant
2. Beating Heart – Ellie Goulding
3. Fight For You – Pia Mia feat. Chance The Rapper
4. Hanging On (I See MONSTAS Remix) – Ellie Goulding
5. I Won’t Let You Go – Snow Patrol
6. Run Boy Run – Woodkid
7. Backwards – Tame Impala & Kendrick Lamar
8. I Need You – M83
9. In Distress – A$AP Rocky feat. Gesaffelstein
10. Lost And Found (ODESZA Remix) – Pretty Lights
11. STRANGER – Skirllex feat. KillaGraham From Milo & Otis & Sam Dew
12. Dream Machines – Big Deal
13. Dead In The Water – Ellie Goulding
14. I Love You – Woodkid
15. Waiting Game – BANKS
16. My Blood – Ellie Goulding

Soundtrack Throwback – Hackers (1995)

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So if none of you have seen this movie I totally suggest it!  This was one of Angelina Jolie’s first movies and probably the only movie I know of so far that has an entirely techno soundtrack.  During the 90’s there was this huge surge of euro-dance, techno ultra beat music that could be looped to last the lifetime of your great aunt’s silver hairpiece which became popular on the “club” circuit.  At the forefront of this obnoxious repetitious craze was The Prodigy which has been featured in more movies than…well, I looked and it’s 24!  I’m surprised I didn’t see any Crystal Meth on this album but I think it was a year before they signed.  So recognize any other bands/groups?  Me neither!  Many of these bands are categorized as “trip-hop” and, unsurprisingly, dance trance.  Since most of these groups are Euro Dance and widely unknown in the states unless you were a serious raver on the scene most people only get their chance of listening to these bands through movie soundtracks.  Even though this movie is all about hacking, it wasn’t until the dawn of Napster when we were finally able to get a wide range of music without asking a long lost second cousin thrice removed who lives in Bulgaria for some good dance tunes.

 

1. Original Bedroom Rockers – Kruder & Dorfmeister
2. Cowgirl – Underworld
3. Voodoo People – Prodigy
4. Open Up – Leftfield
5. Phoebus Apollo – Carl Cox
6. The Joker – Josh Abrahams
7. Halcyon and On and On – Orbital
8. Communicate – Plastico
9. One Love – Prodigy
10. Connected – Stereo MC’s
11. Eyles, Lips, Body – Ramshackle
12. Good Grief – Urban Dance Squad
13. Richest Junkie Still Alive – Machines Of Loving Grace
14. Heaven Knows – Squeeze