Archive: Just For Funs
Spinner has a quite entertaining series going on in which they cover a music genre's history in a minute. Their latest treatment is Goth, which (as they do point out) bled over into other genres such as industrial and metal.
Their first treatment was on Emo, which many of our readers could surely learn a bit from. The introductory blurb about sums it up, but the video is a must-see as well:
Tired of people name-dropping rock genres and not having a clue what they're talking about? We sure are, so we put together the first in an ongoing series of edumacational, one-minute videos that'll drop a knowledge bomb on all unsuspecting ignoramuses. The first out of the gate is the much-maligned Emo, a genre that arguably jumped the shark almost a decade ago, yet continues to lurch onward like a zombie. You know, a zombie that whines like a bitch and wears its little sister's pants.
At a minute each, they won't even kill as much time as, say, a video of a horrible band
covering butchering a classic metal song. More...
A "huge" fan of TOOL frontman Maynard James Keenan purchased a copy of the debut album by Maynard's new band PUSCIFER, "V is for Vagina", on the day of its release and had its title promptly tattooed "in the most appropriate place." A three-and-a-half-minute video clip capturing all the action can be viewed on YouTube or below.
"V is for Vagina" sold 27,000 in the United States in the first week of release to debut at position No. 25 on The Billboard 200 chart. The record, which was released through Maynard's own label, features contributions from a number of artists, including PRIMUS drummer Tim Alexander, ex-NINE INCH NAILS member Danny Lohner, producer Alan Moulder and actress Milla Jovovich.
Keenan also has a merchandise company under the Puscifer banner, and plans to make several short films as part of the project.
TOOL will begin a new North American tour on November 14 in Austin, Texas and issues a DVD called "Vicarious" on December 18. More...
Gerry "Jerry" Phillips, a self-described "manualist" or "hand musician" who has been playing songs on his hands for 38 years, has posted his rendition of the OZZY OSBOURNE classic "Crazy Train" on YouTube. Watch that clip, along with some of Gerry's other "classics," below.
Phillips writes on his YouTube page: "People ask me why I play music on my hands. The answer is, because I can! When I was 9 years old, I went to a party. The photographer (to keep us quiet) farted with his hands. I could do it right away. I soon found notes, then simple songs, now I can play just about everything. I'm happy making videos and featuring them on YouTube where people like you can see them! I don't expect everyone to like what I do, but if you think about it, there is no new music. Everything has been done in one way or another. But I am new and different. Singing, humming, whistling and playing an instrument are not the only ways of making music. The only people who have ever truly appreciated what I do are musicians. They tell me in terms I don't understand what I have just done. I just play the song! I think what they think is cool is that i don't have to pack up and drag equipment! What I am interested in doing is performing to a large live audience just to see their reaction and to play a song with some of my heroes who wrote and performed my favorite songs." More...
The Pulse of Radio reports: Wednesday (October 31) is Halloween, one of the biggest and most increasingly popular holidays on the calendar. The day is normally filled with costumes, parties, haunted houses, horror movies, trick-or-treating and all kinds of spooky and entertaining events and activities, and we asked several of our favorite musicians how they'll be spending the day:
DISTURBED's David Draiman has one objective in mind for the holiday: "Gonna go somewhere with a gorgeous lady friend of mine, and get her to wear her wonderful costume, and get me to take off her wonderful costume, and that's pretty much my intention for the night (laughs). I'm gonna probably go somewhere and drink a bunch of things I shouldn't, and feel entirely too horrible about it the next day and tell myself I'm never gonna do it again, and like always, I've never been a good liar."
KORN frontman Jonathan Davis is a family man these days and plans to make the trick-or-treating rounds with his younger sons, Pirate and Zeppelin: "I think Pirate's gonna be a spider, and I'm not sure, I think Zep's gonna be a little mummy. I'm not sure yet. But we can't wait. We're gonna go trick or treating and just have a good time. I don't know what I'm gonna be yet. We all get in the spirit at the house, we all dress up."
SYSTEM OF A DOWN singer Serj Tankian told The Pulse of Radio the best idea for a costume we've heard in a long time: "My favorite Halloween costume is a lamp. I like just wearing this long, long thing and having, like, a shade on my head and going to the corner of the room and having this light on my head, and just standing there not talking to anyone. And if someone comes up to me and says, 'Hey, Serj, how are you doing?' I always ask them, 'Do you talk to lamps often?' And if they say yes, then I say, 'Then you need help,' and if they say no, then I say, 'Don't talk to me then.' No, I'm just kidding. I've wanted to do that for years, but I've never done it."
Halloween is not as big a deal in South Africa as it is here, but that didn't stop South African natives SEETHER from getting into the spirit, as frontman Shaun Morgan told The Pulse of Radio: "About two years ago, I put on a fat suit, biker chick suit (laughs). Dale (Stewart, bassist) actually was, I think, the worst part about it. Dale was wearing the cheerleader outfit with just enough belly revealed, and Johnny (Humphrey, drummer) played in a fat suit. So that was kind of cool. I think that might have been the first time I remember actually dressing up for Halloween."
Each day until voters go the polls November 6, The Examiner lays odds on local figures that could take on San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (who has absolutely no real competition). Today's candidate is none other than METALLICA drummer Lars Ulrich.
Read Lars' profile and see his odds at becoming San Francisco's next mayor at this location
Richard Johnson of The New York Post's "Page Six" reports: "Gene Simmons is still a pick-up artist, but his moves aren't working as well as they did when KISS ruled the radio. A fellow first-class passenger aboard Wednesday's American Airlines flight 114 from LAX to Newark saw Simmons pass a note to a tall, blond stewardess before takeoff. 'Later, I overheard the flight attendants talk about what he wrote in the note — 'Would you like to get together???' with three question marks.' The move misfired. 'I guess he failed to notice the wedding band on her left hand,' said our witness. 'Other than that he seemed like a pleasant passenger.' Simmons lives in Beverly Hills with Playboy Playmate Shannon Tweed."
Spinner is running a top 20 of "Worst Band Fueds," of which hard rock and metal bands make several appearances including:
Marilyn Manson vs. My Chemical Romance (18)
Red Hot Chili Peppers vs. Mr. Bungle (15)
Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam (14)
Dwarves vs. QOTSA (13)
Metallica vs. Megadeth (4)
Of course the list is topped primarily by rappers, but I don't recall when individual rappers constituted a "band."
Read the full article at Spinner.com.
An Unearth super-fan from Texas trekked all the way to Boston to get a tatoo of guitarist Ken Susi's face on his ass-cheek. Ken Susi himself was on hand to witness, sign and film the event. You can watch the video here (or below). More...
Tony Blair has admitted he could never master BLACK SABBATH on guitar. The former British Prime Minister, who was in a band at university called UGLY RUMOURS, confessed to frontman OZZY OSBOURNE that he could never get the band's track 'Iron Man' right.
"I met Tony Blair a couple of years ago, and he said to me, 'I was in a band once, and I could never get the riff to 'Iron Man' right,'" recalled Osbourne. "I thought, 'Why are you telling me about 'Iron Man' when there's a war going on?'"
Osbourne made the comments while DJing for Radio 1 as part of the station's 40th birthday celebrations. His show airs tonight (September 27) at 9pm.
"When Badasses Go Soft: The 10 Weakest Songs by Badass Bands" is a recent feature on Cracked.com detailing their list of some of the biggest cases of hard andheavy bands wussing out. Metal is of course well-represented on the list with the following spots:
#10. "Until It Sleeps" - Metallica
#8. "All of My Love" - Led Zeppelin
#6. "Mama, I'm Coming Home" - Ozzy Osborne
#4. "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" - Aerosmith
You have to read the original article to get the complete details.
Read the full article at Cracked.com.
Ladd Everitt, editor of Transcending the Mundane, recently posted an open letter/petition to Roadrunner Records on the subject of 3 Inches of Blood.
The open letter begins, "We, the undersigned, hereby request that the name of Roadrunner Records artist 3 Inches of Blood be changed, effective immediately, to '6 Inches of Blood.'
We believe this proposal to be a modest and reasonable one for the following reasons:
1) Because three inches of blood hardly crests the ankle of a man of average height, and surely the blood has risen higher given the band’s many famous victories in battle against both Orc armies and Goatrider hordes."
Read the full article at Transcending the Mundane.
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.