Archive for September, 2012

Review: Bob Dylan – Tempest

Posted: September 25, 2012 in Reviews

In the recent days, I have been writing for the Brandeis University newspaper, The Justice.  My first article is a review of Dylan’s new album, Tempest.  Because of copyright laws, I cannot post the review here, though I can post a link to its page on The Justice’s site: http://www.thejustice.org/tempest-is-golden-1.2910452#.UGH8iGB1G36.    Enjoy.

Led Zeppelin are the worst.

Posted: September 13, 2012 in Editorials, News Updates

Remember how the entire music world was hyping a possible Led Zeppelin reunion tour and/or a new album, which were both confirmed by an unofficial but widely spread news article featuring Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl?  Remember how we all said “no way would Led Zeppelin tease us this much about releasing their 2007 O2 concert on DVD?”

Well guess what?

There’s no tour with the Foo Fighters.

There’s no reunion tour.

There’s no new album.

There isn’t even a DVD of the O2 concert.

ALL that hype and those wall posts and those teaser trailers were just about the release of the O2 footage in movie theaters in October of this year.  Yeah, that WILL be cool, for sure.  But all that hype was unnecessary and pretty uncool of them.  They should have give SOMETHING to work with in order to not completely get everyone’s hopes up. Literally MILLIONS of people are probably sitting at their computers reading the following Rolling Stone article and pouting.  But do give that article a looksey because the trailer is pretty sweet.

Sorry for the disappointing news, boys and girls.  Better luck next time.

I know it has been quite a while since I did one of these, but in these past few days and the upcoming days so much new music is dropping that I figure I have to mention it in a post.

August 28th:

Matchbox 20 – North: The Rob Thomas-fronted heartland rock band known for songs like “How Far We’ve Come,” “Unwell” and “Real World” released their first album of all-new tunes in a decade on August 28th.  Definitely give this one a listen–Matchbox consistently put out solid songs.

September 7th:

David Byrne & St. Vincent – Love This Giant: A highly discussed release from the Talking Heads frontman, David Byrne, Love This Giant, a collaborative effort with St. Vincent’s Annie Clark, is worth a listen.  But, really anything by Byrne is worth a listen.

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Magpies On Fire/Victorian Machinery – SingleRolling Stone hit the nail on the head when they published an article called “The Unstoppable Groove of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.”  The spicy fruits just keep going and going.  These two surprisingly great tracks are part of the series of B-Sides and I’m With You rejects that all could have easily fit on 2011’s I’m With You or its 2006 predecessor, Stadium Arcadium. 

September 10th:

Atoms For Peace – Default – SingleThis supergroup consisting of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke on vocals, piano and guitar, the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea on bass, Nigel Godrich, Radiohead collaborator and producer, on guitar,  Joey Waronker, longtime drummer for Beck, session drummer for the Smashing Pumpkins and much more, and Mauro Refosco, touring percussionist for the Red Hot Chili Peppers, released their first solo single (they released another single on the 6th with Other Lives) on the 10th.  It sounds like Yorke really took over this band as “Default” more closely resembles Yorke’s solo work and his work on Radiohead’s most recent album, The King of Limbs, but this is an interesting composition.

The xx – Coexist: Soft indie rock band  The xx’s newest dropped earlier this week.  I do not listen to The xx particularly, though I do not turn them off if I hear one of their songs come on the radio (yes, the radio,) but they are a particularly popular rock band, so I figure Coexist is worth a mention.

September 11th:

The Avett Brothers – The CarpenterThese bearded hipster brothers made famous by their performed with Bobby D (who also dropped a big release today–see right below) and fellow bluegrass-indie band, Mumford & Sons, just came out with their highly anticipated The Carpenter.

Bob Dylan – Tempest: I am working on a full review on this absolute musical, lyrical, poetic and overall masterpiece that will be eventually available on the website of the newspaper for which I am currently writing, The Brandeis Justice.  Absolutely listen to this, not once, but at least twice.  Be wary that Dylan’s voice is even more shot than it was when he made his come-up so do not be not completely shocked when you first hear him sing.  But once you get past that point, Tempest is amazing and every song does not fail to draw some tears.

Dave Matthews Band – Away From the World: I have never been a fan of DMB, although I always liked the riff from “Ants Marching” off his classic Under the Table and Dreaming.  A friend of mine convinced me to give this album a chance by stating that “Dave doesn’t sound like a dying giraffe,” and he was completely correct.  One of the major aspects that stopped me from getting into DMB was Dave himself, but Dave sounds much, much, much better on this record. The whole band sounds solidly tight on Away From the World.

Hoobastank – Fight or Flight: Remember that song “The Reason” that pretty much defined every current-teenager’s childhood?  Remember how everyone wondered where that band went?  Well did you know that that band was called Hoobastank?  Guess what.  Hoobastank’s newest album came out on this fateful 9/11.

ZZ Top – La Futura: You would think that ZZ Top would give us a rest from their redundant blues riffs and shallow lyrical efforts that got old in the ’80s, but they have not, so it is best to just embrace the fact that they have neglected to get weird and experimental like other more weathered bands.  La Futura sounds like any old ZZ Top release, so take it as a blessing and a curse.

 Future Releases: September 18th:

Kanye West and G.O.O.D. Music – Cruel SummerThis is probably the most highly anticipated album of this entire summer.  Kanye’s been dropping single after single, starting with the mega-hit, “Mercy,” and they are all just so utterly good.  This album will top the charts when it hits the stores next week.

The Killers – Battle Born: This is another one has has been surrounded by a lot of hype.  The Las Vegas synth-pop rock band went on hiatus between now and their last album, 2008’s Day and Age, but they have definitely gathered some attention through their current massive concert tour.  The whole album is streaming on iTunes and it sounds pretty darn epic.

So those are some of the releases I wanted to mention.  This Fall is heating up to be a super spicy period for music releases, so keep your eyes, but more importantly, your ears peeled.

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On Saturday, September 8, 2012, Led Zeppelin, considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time, famous for songs like “Stairway to Heaven” and “Immigrant Song,” posted a picture of the word “Five” on their Facebook page.

The next day they posted a “Four” and today they posted “III.”

These uploads have caused much speculation and discussion in the music world but no one is entirely sure WHAT Zep are planing.  One can only hope that they will not simply release a DVD of their reunion concert that occurred several years ago at the O2 in England. Robert Plant previously rejected the idea of a full tour, though that was, at this point, a good number of years ago.  We CAN be hopeful.

An article bounced around the internet claiming that Dave Grohl [former drummer of Nirvana, frontman of the Foo Fighters, drummer of supergroup Them Crooked Vultures, former drummer of Queens of the Stoneage and session drummer of comedy rock band Tenacious D, who has worked with members of Led Zeppelin in Them Crooked Vultures (Led Zep’s John Paul Jones played bass) as well as at a Foo Fighters show at Wembley Stadium (John Paul Jones and Zep guitarist Jimmy Page were featured on two encore performances of Led Zep’s “Rock and Roll” and “Ramble On”)] has been in contact with Led Zeppelin and plans on running a Foo Fighters-Led Zeppelin tour in the near future.

At this point, we don’t know anything more than rumors, but these posts cannot be bad.  We’ll just have to wait to hear more.