Archive: Just For Funs
Reuters reports: Air guitars just got real. Japanese toy makers unveiled "air guitar" gadgets at the annual Tokyo International Toy Show that, thanks to heat and motion sensors, actually make music.
"This is a toy that allows anybody to sound and feel like a rock star," said Keishi Abe, who was demonstrating Takara Tomy Corp's "Air Guitar Pro."
The gadget has 10 songs, including Deep Purple's "Smoke On the Water," programmed to play automatically and is set to hit the market next month. It can also be connected to an MP3 music player or a speaker system, the manufacturer says.
Manufacturers also showcased air guitars that could be attached to your wrist and which blasted music as you moved.
"You just put it on your wrist and shake your arm once so it will play one phrase. In order to play an entire song, you just keep moving your arm so even children can easily play music," said Nana Kaneko, who was playing "Air Musician" by Tokyo-based toy maker Mega House.
The air guitar, an imaginary instrument used when pretending to play the guitar, has become popular in Japan in recent years. Ochi "Dainoji" Yosuke of Japan won the 2006 World Air Guitar Championships held in Finland.
Even robots toys seemed eager to join the craze: at the show were three small humanoid robots who were playing air guitars.
British newspaper The Guardian has concluded its question of who the greatest living Englishman is and the result will make heavy metal fans very happy! Motorhead mainman Lemmy has been given the title. For more information read the following article...
"Let it be stated for the record: Lemmy, singer with Motörhead, is the nation's greatest living Englishman. Some say this accolade belongs to Tony Benn, but attending one of his appearances will cost you up to £35 a ticket and doesn't get you Ace of Spades played by a sexagenarian who sinks two packets of Marlboro Reds and two litres of Jack Daniels a day.
Next month, London sees the start of the South Bank Meltdown festival, the summer's annual pick'n'mix of musical culture. This year's curator is Jarvis Cocker, another national treasure. The band Cocker has chosen to launch Meltdown is Motörhead. I would like to think - no, I believe - there is nothing kitsch about this choice. It isn't the same as people who wear AC/DC shirts to the NME Awards. I feel that Jarvis Cocker understands that Motörhead epitomise rock'n'roll's core ideal, that "the only way to feel the noise is when it's good and loud", and that they are a beacon for defiant celebration.
Lemmy may have hit many a duff note in the past 30 years, but not once has he told you a lie. I was 10 years old when I first heard this band; I was just a week older by the time I owned my first Motörhead record. A month after that I had an iron-on T-shirt. Five years later and I was knee deep in mud at Donington Park, flailing in terror as people fell under my feet, watching in amazement as a firework screamed its way toward Lemmy on the stage. I remember it now: he went ballistic. And then he played Ace of Spades.
Ace of Spades is, of course, the one song loved by everyone who has heard it. Its moral is so clear it could well be Moses on the mic, its timing so deft it might just be the greatest shimmy in rock'n'roll. "You know I'm going to lose, and gambling's for fools, but that's the way I like it baby, I don't want to live forever." In the original studio version Lemmy then warns you to not "forget the joker", but of late the song has been brought up to date. While power chords throb from his Rickenbacker bass and his mouth moves up to a microphone stationed higher than his head, the 61-year-old greatest living Englishman instead says "... but apparently I am."
And who wouldn't drink to that?"
The World Series of Video Games presented by Intel (WSVG), the first international video game competition circuit for multiple game platforms, will be host to several Guitar Hero 2 competitions over the course of the year. Guitar Hero 2 lets users play their favorite songs by their favorite bands including tracks by MEGADETH, GUNS N’ ROSES, THE ROLLING STONES, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD, BLACK SABBATH, NIRVANA, PRIMUS, and IRON MAIDEN amongst others. The WSVG will be providing up to $80,000 in cash and travel expenses for performers in this year’s circuit.
This year’s first stop will be this weekend, June 21st-24th, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. For more information, you can check out the event’s official web site.
Recent pre-order boxes for the upcoming Playstation 2 videogame "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s" have revealed more tracks for the game, the latest include:
Anthrax - "Caught In A Mosh"
Iron Maiden - "Wrathchild"
.38 Special - "Hold on Loosely"
White Lion - "Radar Love"
Scorpions - "No One Like You"
The Vapors - "Turning Japanese"
Winger - "Seventeen"
It is not known which, if any, of these tracks will be original recordings or covers. They join the previously announced tracks:
"We Got The Beat" (The Go-Go's)
"Balls To The Wall" (as made famous by Accept)
"Only A Lad"(as made famous by Oingo Boingo)
"The Warrior" (as made famous by Scandal)
"18 And Life" (as made famous by Skid Row)
"Bathroom Wall" (as made famous by Faster Pussycat)
"Lonely Is The Night" (as made famous by Billy Squier)
"Nothin' But A Good Time" (as made famous by Poison)
"Play With Me" (as made famous by Extreme)
"Shaken" (as made famous by Eddie Money)
"Synchronicity II" (as made famous by The Police)
"I Wanna Rock" (Twisted Sister) (original recording)
"I Ran" (Flock Of Seagulls) (original recording)
"Round And Round" (as made famous by Ratt)
"Metal Health" (as made famous by Quiet Riot)
"Holy Diver" (as made famous by Dio)
"Heat Of The Moment" (as made famous by Asia)
The game is expected to see a July 17th release date.
LiveDaily.com reports: It's time once again for air-guitar virtuosos to whip out their invisible axes and rock the house. The fifth annual US Air Guitar Championships competition is under way and traveling to cities from coast to coast.
Hopefuls have already competed in Washington, DC, and New York City, and the tour moves on to Boston tonight (6/8). The outing, MC'd by "Air Guitar Nation" documentary star and "To Air is Human" author Bjorn Turoque, will stop by major US markets through the end of this month. Details are listed below.
A panel of independent judges hand-picked by US Air Guitar will consider technical merit, stage presence and "airness" in critiquing the 60-second performances. All guitars must be invisible.
One winner from each city, three winners from an online competition and defending champ Hot Lixx Hulahan will move on to compete in the US Air Guitar Finals this August in New York City. In addition to winning $1,000, the chosen one will be sent to Oulu, Finland, in September to represent the USA in the Air Guitar World Championships.
The online portion of the competition, which is set to begin soon, will allow air guitarists all over the US to upload performance clips for a chance to compete in the US finals. Further details about how to enter are available at the US Air Guitar website.
Founded in 2003, the US Air Guitar Championships have grown from two competitions into a national tour that draws more fans and competitors every year, according to a press release.
"US Air Guitar is devoted to taking our nation's unofficial pastime out of the bedroom and putting it up on the world stage," the organization's mission statement declares. "In a time when US military and economic leadership faces unprecedented criticism around the world, it is our belief that air guitar represents one endeavor our country can dominate without controversy. US Air Guitar is here to make this possible."
Remaining US Air Guitar Championships tour dates are as follows: More...
You've got to be a Last.fm user to participate in this one. Recently there was a tool released called the Mainstream-O-Meter that looks at your music listening habits (top 30 most listened to artists) and calculates how mainstream your tastes are based on how many other Last.fm users listen to the same artists. The formula is well thought-out, although likely far from perfect based on the user samples and sampling of music played only at users' computers, but let's run with it just for fun.
The resulting score is a percentage representing how mainstream your musical tastes are. One could therefore infer that the difference would represent how underground your music tastes are.
Take my stats for instance: If I'm only 6% mainstream, I would be 94% underground. How underground are you?
If you have a Last.fm account and have not joined the Metal Underground Last.fm group, please do so.
The upcoming multi-platform videogame "Rock Band", from "Guitar Hero"-franchise creators Harmonix, is now accepting open-submissions for songs to potentially be included in the game, which is due out in November. You can submit your choices here.
Roadrunner Records has posted about a short video of a roman candle fight between Still Remains and It Dies Today. You can watch their crazy antics on YouTube.
Still Remains new album The Serpent hits store shelves August 7 and the band will announced their Create Your Own Video Contest on June 4th. More...
Two more tracks have been announced for "Guitar Hero III" which will see a release this fall on the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Playstation 2 and Wii consoles. The latest two to be revealed include:
Pearl Jam - "Evenflow"
Priestess - "Lay Down"
Both songs will be the original studio recordings. More on that can be found here. Similarly, another track has also been revealed for the upcoming "Guitar Hero Encore: Rocks The 80s", it being "We Got The Beat" by the Go-Go's. The game is tentatively planned for a July 17th release date on the Playstation 2 and will also feature tracks from the likes of Twisted Sister, The Police, Dio, Accept, Ratt and more.
Spinner recently ran a feature on the 20 worst pre-rock star jobs. Many of them are neither "rock" nor deserving of "star" status, but some entries of interest here are:
5. Tony Iommi: Sheet Metal Factory Worker
3. David Lee Roth: Hospital Orderly
2. Jonathan Davis: Funeral Home Embalmer
For more details on these and to check out the full list, read the full article.
New Zealand's TV3 News has issued the following:
"Heavy metal music is David Farrier’s favourite hobby at the moment, after stumbling across an old SLAYER album several months ago.
With so many metal acts heading to New Zealand recently, he decided to talk to the biggest names in the biz – and some of the fans – to find out what all the fuss is about."
Check out the video report at this location.
Doug Chagnon, a Boston-based comedian who works his love of hard rock/heavy metal into his set, has posted an eight-minute video clip of his performance — dubbed "Heavy Metal Comedy" — at the Comedy Studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Watch it at YouTube.
According to his bio, Doug Chagnon is an original comedian whose fresh writing style assures audiences they will never see the same show twice.
Doug has performed at clubs throughout New England and New York. His witty, political undertone helped land Doug a spot at the Comedy Connection in Boston during the Democratic National Convention, sharing the stage with Paul Mecurio of "The Daily Show". More...
In February DAYLIGHT DIES (together with friend Alejandro Nogales) spent a couple weekends making, then bottling, then consuming a third batch of Daylight Dies beer. Other activities included drinking imported absinthe and nearly burning down the backyard of guitarist Barre Gambling. The band documented most of it and threw it together in this four minute video. More...
One of the few humor sites I read, Drivl.com, has an excellent guide on how to be "scene" that I think our readers can appreciate. And by appreciate, I mean make fun of. Here's a short excerpt:
"First and foremost, your AIM/MSN screen name should be some rad song title and/or lyric. Remember, the more x's you have in it, the more scene you are."
"Next, go buy yourself some girl's jeans. Face it, the tighter your jeans are, the more scene you will be, and the more the hardcore kids will hate you for it. Try on a pair of jeans and find that you're a perfect woman's 2? Buy a woman's 0 and suck it in."
Read the full article at Drivl.com.
EW.com has posted a photo quiz in which you try to guess which 80's hair metal band is in each of 10 different photos with their faces blotted out. Brag about your success in the comments (or make fun of those who do).
It’s commonly understood that Mike Patton is a busy man. By nurturing his growing label Ipecac and providing both vocals and general musical direction to Peeping Tom, Fantomas and Tomahawk, few would be surprised if he added yet another straw to the camels back. However, the latest band added to Patton’s bloated schedule will be none other than Faith No More.
The announcement came during a brief promotional push for Tomahawk’s pending album “Anonymous” (due June 19 via Ipecac Records). The Faith No More reunion was practically mentioned as an apathetic aside. Patton spoke of the new Tomahawk album as somewhat subdued and “more organic ” then stated “And just so the cats out of the bag, Faith No More should be touring Europe and Australia early next year.” Amid gasps and camera flashes from the press, Patton mentioned that the band would debut a new album via Ipecac and was currently negotiating distribution assistance from a major label. The bands lineup has not been confirmed by Patton, nor was there any mention of the new albums progress or direction.
More information is expected to follow in the coming days as Patton continues his promotional stint for the new Tomahawk album among other Ipecac releases set for this year.
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In a move few could have anticipated, DevilDriver bassist Jason Miller announced during a satellite radio interview, that former Hole vocalist Courtney Love will be providing vocal and guitar parts to not one but two tracks on DevilDriver's forthcoming "The Last Kind Words" (Roadrunner Records).
Rumors about a guest spot on "The Last Kind Words" have been circulating since last fall but the band were mum on the subject until recently. Pushed for details, Miller revealed that both tracks will make the final cut, and that the recording sessions would appear on a limited edition dvd packaged with the album.
The follow up to 2005's The Fury of our Makers Hands is tentatively scheduled for release on June 5. Known track titles are "Damning the Heavens", "Cattle Call" ,"The Last Kind Words", "Bound By the Moon" and "Monsters of the Deep". It is not known which, if any of these tracks will feature Courtney Love.
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In a recent interview with Children of Bodom, frontman Alexi Laiho has revealed that the band's forthcoming album will be a covers album. Laiho comments:
"Well, we had already done covers of the Ramones and Andrew W.K. and even Britney Spears. So we're like, 'Fuck, we need something else that would shock the metal world because people take metal so fucking seriously.' So we decided on recording an album dedicated to the worst songs in history: Nelly Furtado, Gwen Stefani and shit. On one hand, there is a parody factor in making such covers, but on the other hand it's like 'see, even the shittiest pop single can have some redeeming value if played well.'"
Songs expected to be on the album include:
Akon - Smack That
Justin Timberlake - Sexyback
James Blunt - You're Beautiful
Nelly Furtado - Maneater
Kevin Federline - Popozão
Paris Hilton - Stars are Blind
Gwen Stefani - Hollaback Girl
Fall Out Boy - Dance Dance
Shakira - Hips Don't Lie
Pussycat Dolls - Don't Cha
Rihanna - SOS
Black Eyed Peas - My Humps
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In a surreal episode of reality mimicking fiction, Sharon Osbourne uttered the phrase best known from South Park when asked a question about why there are no Canadian dates for Ozzfest 2007, which has been dubbed “freefest.” She went on to explain that Canada doesn’t deserve a free festival because year after year they earn less on Canadian dates due to the weak Canadian dollar.
She also revealed that the festival will be skipping the Washington, DC area “in protest of President Bush and everything his government stands for.”
In response to the outcry throughout the metal community about the addition of My Chemical Romance to Ozzfest 2007, Ozzy retorted “It’s f*ckin’ free, don’t go if you don’t like the bands!”
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With Chinese Democracy supposedly completed, Axl Rose has decided to quit the band. Sources close to Rose say that the pressure had mounted to a boiling point and that he could not take it anymore. Fans no longer had faith in him and he could not stand hearing that his former bandmates had gotten him where he is. "His health had started to go downhill in the past few weeks just at the though of possible rejection of the album he has worked a decade on," told a source close to Axl who wished to remain anonymous. "He would not be able to perform in his current state anyway," she continued.
The current Guns N Roses band members have filed suit against Rose, both for control of the name of the band as well as the recording, which he stole before his big announcement.
Once again, fans are left wondering when or if “Chinese Democracy” will ever hit the stores. It’s not like they knew the answer in the first place though.
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