Monday, November 28, 2011

Speed Metal Pandemic: recording, shownotes, vids, and pix

R u mad? Not after you listen to this. Recorded above is some of the most awesome speed metal every recorded by humans and I'm looking for the alien metal as you read.

Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Highway Star - Deep Purple
Communication Breakdown - Led Zepplin

Angel of Death - Slayer
Antisocial - Anthrax
Jump in the Fire - Metallica

Lesson in Violence - Exodus
Of Unsound Mind - Metal Church
Pleasure to Kill - Kreator

Practice what you Preach - Testement
Ravenous Medicine - Voivod
Territory - Sepultura

Gears of War - Megadeth
Give A Little - Overkill
Through the Fire and Flames - Dragonforce

****End of Recording****

Walk - Pantera
Stone the Crow - Down
In this River - Black Label Society

Any Means Nessicary - Hammerfall
Far Away - Powerquest
Paid in Full - Sonata Arctica

Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Last DJ is Booted by the Man

Jim Ladd was let go when L.A. rock radio station KLOS-FM was bought by Cumulus Media (think Clear Channel)

On October 26, 2011 Jim got the boot and you should care. If you haven't unplugged your mp3 player from your car in a while you have noticed that Cumulus, Clear Channel and other large media conglomerates play generic top 40 and put little effort into appealing to the musical tastes of people that love music.

"Ladd was doing late nights at the station and was considered the last truly freeform DJ in the country. Ladd joined KLOS in 1997,"

"There's no room for, or understanding of, what I do on the air," Ladd said of his nightly shows, on which he wove together songs to reflect or illuminate a particular theme. "They want a tight format, but that's not what rock 'n' roll is all about. Rock 'n' roll is about freedom."

Rush drummer Neil Peart describes as being "about guys like Jim Ladd … one of the last renegades who believes that broadcasting can be art."

"Radio should be ashamed," Ladd said, "that TV is now hipper [to new music] than rock radio is."

Lets all hope he puts out a podcast, or gets on Satellite Radio. We're going to need him.

Quotes taken from LATimes and LAObserved

Monday, November 14, 2011

Live DJ Set: audio track, shownotes, and videos

I did my damndest to give you a sort of Live Club Mix tonight, however, my software bombed. It's called iMixxx and it's very free. I've done one show with it. It was a bit difficult to deal with that time. This time, it overcame me. Anyway....listen to the fun songs.

Easy to Remember - St. Germain
Midnight Request Line - Skream
Da Funk - Daft Punk

Some Chords - Deadmau5
DVNO - Justice
Robot Rock - Daft Punk

This Is The Hook - BSOD
Santeria - Sublime remixed by JPod
Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz remixed by DNB
Sick Bubblegum - Rob Zombie remixed by Skrillex
White Satin - Zeds Dead Dubstep Remix

Ghosts 'n Stuff - Deadmau5
I Can't Stop - Flux Pravilion
Cinema - Benni Benassi remixed by Skrillex

Everyday - Rusko remixed by Netsky
One - Swedish House Mafia - The Prototype Remix
Feel Good - Modestep

Seek and Destroy - Metalica remixed by BassNectar

Next time I'm going to use CDs to beatmatch.....probably not for next show though

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

"Where Are The Party People!" Designer Drugs @ 2720 Cherokee

With all of the obvious tour packaging to make large profits but not great experiences for fans going on, I didn't think that the Sex Cult tour was going to be that much fun. I just sort of assumed that the artists that showed up would be a collection of people that some pencil pusher put together to make lots of money. It was not the case during the Sex Cult Tour at 2720 Cherokee.

Playing on the Sex Cult Tour is: Skitsnygg, Your Dirty Habit, Black Matter, Nick Eng & DL, Coreyography, Designer Drugs. On stage, they all seemed to be good friends and helped each other out during sets. It was the sixth day of their tour and they seemed to be having a great time.

It had a real radio/club feel because the beat didn't stop the whole time as they switched out MacBooks for the next artist.

All the artists, especially Designer Drugs, had great stage presence and were into the music that they played.

When Designer Drugs came on the show hit it's apex. Everyone was on the dance floor having a great time. At one point he played Beautiful People by Marylin Manson. My friends and I sang the whole thing. Then he asked me if I wanted to hear anything specific and I blanked. I should have asked for Shut Me Up by Mindless Self Indulgence.

I went home spent from dancing for four hours and happy that I had such a good time with friends.

DATAMIX (MIXS) by Designer Drugs Official

Monday, November 7, 2011

Psychobilly JamFest: recording, shownotes, and playlist

The double bass thumped and the surfin guitar wailed this week in PPR's Psychobilly JamFest. Read on to see the playlist.

Life is a Grave and I dig it - Nekromantix
Switchblade 327 - The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Big Red Rocket of Love - Reverend Horton Heat

Angels to Some - The Silver Shine
Hell Bop - 13 Cats
Heading for the Disco - HorrorPops

Hellbilly Storm - Demented are Go
How Brave You Are - The Quakes
Let's Go Somewhere - Frantic Flintstones

V8 Nightmare - Koffin Cats
Hauling Hearse - The Ghastly Ones
Go Satan Go - Batmobile

Pandemia - Voodoo Zombie
Beer and Flesh Meat - Sick Sick Sinners
Pussycat - Banane Metalik

She Put the Baby in the Microwave - Mutilators
Cursed - Mad Sin
Boogie Man - Hellfreaks

Sunday, November 6, 2011

WWIII Tour - 11/6/11 - Family Arena

I've noticed that some very strange combinations of bands have been touring together as of late. The last was Alice Cooper and Rob Zombie, although they are both admittedly Shock Rock, their crowds are different. The stoned dad who still listens to Cooper does not listen to Zombie and the angsty soul that listens to Zombie doesn't much like Cooper. It does sound good on paper.

Just like the WWIII tour sounds good on paper. Hollywood Undead, Asking Alexandria, Borgore, We Came as Romans, DRUGS, and Strych 9 Hollow. "Look at all of the teens this will draw in" says the crazy pencil pusher.

First up was Strych 9 Hollow. I've seen them twice now, they are a local Metal act, one of the few St.L local acts left. They are good, their guitarist rocks and they generally have a great time. They might have not had as much fun this time because the sound guys didn't agree to give them any kind of sound check. The PAs made them sound like crap and it was clear that they were thrown in at the last minute. However, I like their stage presence and I and several other metal heads had a good time listening.

Next up: D.R.U.G.S That stands for Destroy. Rebuild. Until. God. Shows. They were an awesome opener. They really pushed the crowd participation and got everyone into a frenzy. Moshing started and no one came to stop it. We were home free. Craig Owens, the lead vocalist, created a platform of fan's hands to sing from for a song.

We Came As Romans. The hardcore dancing really picked up. Hardcore fans through kicks and punches, girls screamed, they kept going. As a metal head myself, my natural enemy is the hardcore kid. However, we seemed to understand each other: you punch me, I'll bury you. So we stayed out of each others way. I didn't exactly know the lyrics so it was hard to understand the lyrics, but the breakdowns....oh...the breakdowns were heavy.

Borgore. Before this I had never seen a dubstep artist play live. I am an avid dubstep fan and I've done three shows on the subject. Borgore came in strong. His signature pole dancers to the right and left and bass bombing from the subs. The mix was good and I hadn't heard it before, then, not even five minutes in, covers started. I enjoyed the remixes: Skrillex, System of a Down....then he jumped off stage...and left. Borgore was on for all of 15 minutes. He was obviously hungover and pulling a leaf from Kings of Leon's book
Asking Alexandria. The moment we all were waiting for. The crowd went nuts, I went nuts. There were two separate pits. One for moshing and one for hardcore dancing. I stayed in my metal head area until someone had the idea to bash through the slim wall separating the pits. Then chaos exploded. Asking Alexandria called for a wall of death, we obliged. Then, the second Kings of Leon. The lead singer,Danny Worsnop, said his voice was out. He was hungover too and Asking Alexandria ended early.

I didn't stay for Hollywood Undead to prove that they could show up on stage hungover too.

This review might sound bitter, and it is a little bit. However, I had fun. The crowd was generally great and I moshed with a lot of great people.

If your interested in Dubstep, I've got three shows for you to listen to.

Filthy Dubstep Show
Dubstep: Now and Next
Dubstep Evergreen Show

Also...below are some songs from the artists at the concert

STRYCH9HOLLOW - Bleed To Live by strych9hollow
Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows My Swagger Has A First Name by chriswylieee
We Came As Romans by equalvision
Borgore - Icecream (Dane O Rerub) DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE AGAIN by Dane O
Asking Alexandria by Jowkoloco

Astha-pocalypse! Concert and EP Release

If you've never lived on a college campus, you might not understand what a cappella is (yes, it's spelled that way). It's almost a known fact that any respectable college with a active campus has at least two a cappella groups. SLU just happens to have four, and everywhere there is an open mic night, they will be there.

I am by no stretch of imagination, an a cappella aficionado, but I really enjoyed this concert. It included five a cappella groups from both St. Louis University and Washington University.

It opened by Astha with the most appropriate song, Thriller by Michael Jackson. An excellent performance by soloist Julianna parker and and through the hall there was not a solemn face after Zach Strehlau belted out the thriller laugh.

The Green Leafs then made their appearance on stage. Greenleafs are an all-female a cappella group from Washington University founded in 1988. They sang Landslide by Fleetwood Mac and You and I by Lady GaGa.

our collective childhoods walked on stage when the Aristocats, Wash U's all-Disney group, hopped up on the wobbly platform . A fairly new group started in 2006, they still rocked out with the rest of them singing Son of Man by Phil Collins featured in Tarzan and Zero to Hero by Alan Menken featured in Hercules.

Astha made another appearance on stage and melted our faces with The Chain by Ingrid Michaelson and a remix piece that included Dil Me Jag, I Want You - Sur, and Savage Garden. I have been to my share of a cappella concerts and I have never seen three songs switched between during one performance. An excellent remix arranged by our own Courtney Koger.

A SLU a capella concert would not be complete with out the Bare Naked Statues, an all-male group founded in 2000. They covered Roxanne by the Police and Outside Villanova by Erik Hutchinson.

Right before the fiery finale, The Amateurs literally rocked the rickety stage in their red and black glory. They are a co-ed group in their 20th year and have many grand performances to their name.

Astha made their final appearance on stage with four beautiful songs: Settle Down by Kimbra, Jab Mila Tu/I'm Loving You - I Hate Love Stories/John Mayer, Fix You/If I Die Young - Coldplay/The Band Perry and Aahista - Bachna Ae Haseeno.

Astha A Cappella has been working on it's EP release for quite sometime in coordination with the KSLU Production Team: Jason Swierk and Raphael Knaub. It contains 7 mastered tracks and is quite an accomplishment for a bunch of volunteers

The EP will be on sale at future Astha Concerts that can be found through their Facebook Site.