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Drum Covers Week! Chris (iendacard) covers QOTSA ~ “Avon”

Posted by cristóvão On October - 1 - 2010

Our final Drum Covers Week video comes from a guy by the name of Chris covering a live version of Queens of the Stone Age‘s “Avon” featuring Dave Grohl on drums. The video is actually two years old and Chris’ YouTube catalogue isn’t very lengthy at all. It’s mostly videos of him covering QOTSA and Foo Fighters.

Naturally, being a huge QOTSA fan myself, I had to find one drum cover that I thought was worthy and I feel this is it. Chris is in a band called the Pits (MySpace). I’m not sure what their status is as a band but they cite influences (in addition to FF and QOTSA) as Radiohead, Nirvana, Soundgarden and Smashing Pumpkins.

If you’re a QOTSA fan, you’ll know “Avon” quite well and frankly, it’s one of their greatest cuts and a hardcore fan favourite. The drumming is excellent and the fact that he covers a live version featuring Grohl is all the better.

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Top Ten Albums of the Decade

Posted by ogcin On January - 8 - 2010

Written by: Nic Gouveia (nicgo.ca)

If you can count from zero to nine you’ve probably figured out we just closed out the decade and are now in the magical tweens. What… no fanfare? No fear of global catastrophe? No fuzzy webcast of Geraldo Rivera in some south pacific island as confused natives wonder ‘what backwards country would send an idiot to cover the sunrise?’ No, huh? I’m not surprised. TV and movies tell us the world’s going to end in 2012 and Rivera is dead. Wait? He’s not? Oh well, better luck next year.

To my point, why not put something together for you good people to read and subsequently argue with each other about? Good idea, no? Here’s a list of artists who actually made something worth illegally downloading buying this decade. My rules, for what it’s worth, are this. No artist gets on twice (even though some deserve a second or third album on the list) and my selection criteria consists of a mix of creativity, impact on career and impact on the music scene. Enjoy…

1) Radiohead - Kid A (2000)
No, Kid A wasn’t anything like The Bends or O.K. Computer and I’m not here to argue which of the three albums are better. My point is, while Radiohead enjoyed their largest level of popularity; the band drew a line in the sand and abandoned the clichéd rock structures for a wider range of instrumentation and styles. They risked everything and albeit polarizing for fans, Kid A set Radiohead apart from an army of lock-stepping acts and produced the most creative pop-rock composition of the decade… in my opinion of course.

2) Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head (2002)
It’s hard to argue that Coldplay wasn’t the biggest band of the past decade, so why isn’t their masterpiece at the top of my list? A Rush… certainly cranked out the sales, hit singles and critical kudos to qualify it among the top of the list but here’s the catch… the album was fairly formulaic and lacked creative growth to set it apart from their earlier release Parachutes. As predictable as it is, A Rush… is still a fantastic album and deserving of it’s spot.

3) The White StripesElephant (2003)
The definition of a monster, Elephant takes from it’s name. The album is loud, smart and without a doubt will make your floor rumble after a few minutes. (Point speakers towards the floor for maximum effect) All kidding aside, Elephant was brilliantly written and likely will be one of those albums that stands the test of time.

4) Arcade FireFuneral (2004)
It’s not often when a band comes along and defines an entire scene with one album. It’s even rarer when they do it on the first try but so was the case for the genre defying Montreal act. Funeral is a beautifully dangerous ride that covers just about every emotion in the human psyche. And all this, without the contrived attitude found in the baroque indie landscape. Perhaps that’s why Arcade Fire enjoys a little something called commercial success.

5) Alicia KeysSongs in A Minor (2001)
For my money, Alicia Keys is the greatest solo artist of the decade and Songs in A Minor gives me about all the evidence I need to prove that point. Mixing contemporary R_B with retrospective soul, Songs… is a uniquely personal journey featuring the vocal range, creative genius and musical talent seldom seen from such a young artist.

6) Green DayAmerican Idiot (2004)
With comparisons to albums like Dark Side of the Moon, Green Day catapult themselves from clever punk pubas, to raw storytellers in an almost theatrical and poignant release.

7) Kanye WestThe College Dropout (2004)
Love him or hate him, Kanye West’s first studio album is a raw autobiographical opus that discards the materialism of the hip-hop scene and stands as an example of what the genre could and should be.

8) Queens of the Stone AgeSongs For The Deaf (2002)
You call it stoner rock, I call it music to fuck to. Songs for the Deaf is a hard as nails, pedal to the metal, desert rat symphony. You’ll likely feel dirty after listening to it but you probably won’t mind.

9) The Strokes - Is This It (2001)
Is This It was the anthem for teenage youth of the last decade… frenetic, uncompromising and utterly raw. And like being a teenager the time flies so fast, you only really appreciate it after it’s over.

10) System of a DownToxicity (2001)
A throwback to the lunatic metal scene of the sixties, Toxicity employs a freestyle approach to social and political themes and thrash forward in what seems like a doomsday soundtrack.

BONUS ROUND…
Not to leave my countrymen behind here are my top five Canadian albums of the decade.

1) Arcade FireFuneral (2004)
2) Alexisonfire - Watch Out (2004)
3) Broken Social SceneYou Forgot It In People (2002)
4) Metric - Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (2003)
5) Feist - The Reminder (2007)

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Grohl, Homme, JPJ Introduce Them Crooked Vultures

Posted by cristóvão On August - 10 - 2009

Them Crooked VulturesLast month we reported that Dave Grohl, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones were hard at work recording a new album that should delight Foo Fighters, Queens of the Stone Age and Led Zeppelin fans alike. Well, last night in Chicago, the trio upped the ante.

Although Chicago was busy partying at Lollapalooza, there were plenty of other live gigs to check out at local clubs. Rolling Stone was tipped off by Grohl that they should be at the Metro on Sunday night around midnight. No other details were given but what transpired was, according the RS scribes, boner inducing.

The three musicians, along with QOTSA guitarist Alain Johannes, arrived onstage under the moniker Them Crooked Vultures and blasted through eleven songs in 75 minutes with no encore. Homme took up the singing duties with JPJ playing bass, keys, keytar and what was described as “a crazy, futuristic slide guitar” while Grohl uttered not a word as he pounded the drums. Those in attendance were reminded of Grohl’s prowess from his Nirvana and early Foo Fighters days.

There is still very little in the way of details regarding the album, which is believed to be titled Deserve the Future. There’s also a rumour that it’ll be out sometime in October but no official announcement has been made…yet. Stay tuned!

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Video of the Day: Arctic Monkeys ~ “Crying Lightning”

Posted by cristóvão On July - 30 - 2009

Arctic Monkeys, who are about to release their third album titled Humbug on August 25th, revealed the video for it’s first single, “Crying Lightning” late last week;

We told you back in June that Humbug was produced by Josh Homme and you can really hear his Queens of the Stone Age influence in this song. If this is an indication of things to come from Arctic Monkeys, we like it!

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Grohl, Homme & Jones = Trifecta!

Posted by cristóvão On July - 7 - 2009

Led Zeppelin/Foo Fighters/Queens of the Stone AgeHoly sweet fucking fuck! Words cannot describe the absolute glee at this incredible news!

According to antiquiet.com, Foo Fighters front-man Dave Grohl, Queens of the Stone Age front-man Joshua Homme and Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones are in studio in L.A. recording a new album for what should prove to be the super-group of all super-groups.

Grohl revealed back in 2005 that his next project would involve him on drums, Homme on guitar and Jones on bass telling Mojo magazine, “That’s the next album. That wouldn’t suck.” No fucking shit!

When antiquiet interviewed Brody Dalle of Spinnerette (formerly of the Distillers and oh yeah, Homme’s wife/baby-mama), she could only reveal so much but did state that it “is pretty fucking amazing…Just beats and sounds like you’ve never heard before.”

From what we can tell, there’s no indication of who the singer may be. Could be either Grohl or Homme or possibly a fourth member. Reports state that Homme invited Faith No More vocalist Mike Patton to join him on what was indicated as a separate project altogether but nothing is certain on that so speculation continues to run rampant.

Grohl has never hid is adoration for Zeppelin, honouring them with tattoos, dreaming of being their fill-in drummer for John Bonham if a reunion were to ever occur and proclaiming the day he played with Jones and guitarist Jimmy Page last summer as the greatest day of his life. Plus, he and Homme have worked together in the past, specificlaly on QOTSA’s Songs for the Deaf. With all that considered this just makes sense. The fact of the matter, and what makes us so damned excited, is that this project is underway and we will soon hear the fruits of one of the greatest collaborations of our time!

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Eagles of Death Metal Canadian Contest

Posted by cristóvão On June - 15 - 2009

eodm0609The good folks over at Exclaim! are holding a contest that us Canadian can actually take advantage of! In advance of their full-blown Canadian tour, you can enter to win a pretty sweet Eagles of Death Metal prize-pack.

The group, which features singer/guitarist Jesse Hughes and Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme on drums/guitar/bass/keys/etc, are heading across Canada starting in mid-July until early August and you can win a chance to see them for free plus a copy of their new album Heart On on both vinyl and autographed CD plus some other cool items. Simply follow this link to enter and win!

Heart On is Eagles of Death Metal‘s third full-length album and has received pretty good reviews. Released late last year, the album features singles “Wannabe in L.A.”, “Secret Plans” and “High Voltage”.

The group are in Europe playing summer festivals this and next month before coming to Canada to play Vancouver on July 20th and 21st, Edmonton on July 23rd, Calgary on July 24th, Saskatoon on July 25th, Winnipeg on July 26th, London on July 29th, Kitchener on July 30th, Ottawa on July 31st, Montreal on August 1st and Toronto on August 2nd. From there, they will play a handful of U.S. dates before heading back to Europe for more festivals to wrap up the summer.

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Arctic Monkeys New Album Co-Produced by Josh Homme

Posted by cristóvão On June - 15 - 2009

arcticmonkeys0609British rockers Arctic Monkeys recently announced the release of their third full-length album this summer but it’s not this news that’s most surprising/impressive, but who helped produce the album that’s raising eyebrows in excitement.

The band confirmed last week that the new album will be titled Humbug a week after announcing it will hit stores and online on August 24th (in the U.K.) and August 25th (in the U.S. and Canada). They also announced that the album was co-produced by James Ford (who’s worked with them in the past, in addition to Test Icicles, Mystery Jets, Klaxons and Peaches) when recorded in Brooklyn. However, when they recorded part of the album in the Mojave Desert and L.A., Queens of the Stone Age front-man Josh Homme took up production duties which should mark an interesting shift in the Arctic Monkeys‘ sound.

The album contains the following ten tracks and is said to have influences from Black Sabbath and singer Alex Turner‘s side-project the Last Shadow Puppets and features the Rascals‘ front man Miles Kane on the lead track;

  1. “My Propeller”
  2. “Crying Lightning”
  3. “Dangerous Animals”
  4. “Secret Door”
  5. “Potion Approaching”
  6. “Fire and the Thud”
  7. “Cornerstone”
  8. “Dance Little Liar”
  9. “Petty Visitors”
  10. “the Jeweller’s Hands”

Like almost every other excellent band around, Arctic Monkeys will be playing a number of festivals this summer including the Osheaga Music _ Arts Festival in Montreal on August 2nd, 2009.

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the Dead Weather Performing Live on From the Basement

Posted by cristóvão On June - 14 - 2009

deadweatherIn advance of their debut album Horehound (which hits stores and the internet on July 13th/14th), the Dead Weather are naturally quite busy. They start touring the U.S. and Canada (including dates in Toronto on July 22nd and Vancouver on both August 21st and 22nd) in mid-July with New Brunswick, NJ act Screaming Females. At the shows, you’ll be able to purchase an album download card for $10.

In addition to all this, you’ll be able to catch the Dead Weather perform live on From the Basement online on Monday, June 22nd, 2009. The performance will air at 21:00 hrs BST (British Summer Time) which is 16:00 hrs Eastern Time.

From the Basement is an online/international television program founded by Nigel Godrich (famed producer of such acts as Radiohead, Beck, Travis, Sir Paul McCartney) that features musicians performing live without a host or an audience. It was originally a podcast that featured live performances from the White Stripes and Thom Yorke (among others) but quickly turned into a TV program that has showcased the works of the Shins, Beck, Jarvis Cocker, Sonic Youth, PJ Harvey, Super Furry Animals, Eels, Gnarls Barkley, My Morning Jacket, Iggy Pop and the Stooges, Radiohead, Fleet Foxes, the Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age and many more.

The Dead Weather are Alison Mosshart, Dean Fertita, Jack Lawrence and Jack White.

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tdwhorehoundcoverThe Dead Weather, a new group consisting of Jack White (the White Stripes), Jack Lawrence (the Raconteurs), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and Alison Mosshart (the Kills) announced today that they will be touring North America in support of their debut album and there are a few Canadian dates scheduled. They also revealed the release date for Horehound.

They start the tour in Louisville, KY on June 11th and are scheduled to perform at the Ottawa Blues Festival on July 19th with stops in Montreal on July 21st and Toronto on July 22nd. Vancouver is one of the few lucky cities that get two shows, theirs being on August 22nd and 23rd. Pre-Sale for many of the shows are available now through the Dead Weather web site.

Meanwhile, the Dead Weather announced today that  Horehound will be released on July 13th in Europe and July 14th in North America. The album features the lead single, “Hang You From the Heavens” (which was released back in March) plus songs “I Cut Like a Buffalo“, “Treat Me Like Your Mother“, “Will There Be Enough Water?” and a cover of Bob Dylan‘s “New Pony“.

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Nirvana Returns? April Fools!

Posted by ogcin On April - 1 - 2009

nirvanaSometimes karma can be a real bitch but then again so can Courtney Love. The former Mrs. Cobain sold 25% of the Nirvana catalogue to Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music Publishing in 2006. It’s been speculated that many of the grunge gods hits were included in the deal, now we’ll know which ones.

A deal has been struck between Mestel and the remaining members of Nirvana (Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic) granting them permission to perform as Nirvana. Its rumoured Grohl and Novoselic along with House of Blues paid Mestel upwards of twenty million dollars for the privilege of playing their own songs.

Novoselic has confirmed he will resume his duties on bass and that Grohl will deviate to lead guitar and singing. Queens of the Stone Age drummer Joey Castillo has been tapped to play drums and part time Nirvana guitarist Pat Smear will also return.

Although no dates are confirmed, a preliminary tour schedule has been leaked and include stops in Ogdenville, North Haverbrook, Brockway, Quahog, Arlen and of course Springfield. And in case you’re completely daft, this entire article is my way of saying lighten up and have a fun April Fools Day!

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