This just further reinforces why Bruce Springsteen is The Sound Hound’s favorite artist of all time. Check out the Boss and Jimmy Fallon make fun of themselves and Chris Christie at the same time. Unreal.

David Bowie, Glam Rock superstar, has donned countless personas and experimented with many musical styles over the course of his twenty four studio-album and forty four-year-long career. Thus, when the singer-songwriter announces a new release, the music industry never knows what to expect.

Nonetheless, “Where Are We Now?,” (featured above) a build-up piano ballad with a beautifully uplifting finale, seems to touch upon themes that resonate throughout much of Bowie’s classic material, including loss of connection to society, mystery and the power of human contact.

On his 66th birthday, Bowie published a post on his website regarding a new studio album, “The Next Day,” his first since 2003′s “Reality.” “The Next Day” will drop on March 8th, 2013 and will feature fourteen tracks plus three additional bonus tracks:

The Next Day Tracklist:
01. The Next Day
02. Dirty Boys
03. The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
04. Love Is Lost
05. Where Are We Now?
06. Valentine’s Day
07. If You Can See Me
08. I’d Rather Be High
09. Boss Of Me
10. Dancing Out In Space
11. How Does The Grass Grow
12. (You Will) Set The World On Fire
13. You Feel So Lonely You Could Die
14. Heat
Deluxe Tracks:
15. So She
16. I’ll Take You There
17. Plan

Grammy Award-winning alternative rock band from Devon County, England, Muse, known for smash albums like Absolution, Black Holes & Revelations and The Resistance, are one of those bands that really get the music world’s blood pumping just before they drop a new album. The Strokes’ Angels, The Foo Fighters’ Wasting Light and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ I’m With You had similar effects on the rock community. So in the spirit of teasing us fans, Muse has dropped two singles in the past few months, from their upcoming album, The 2nd Law, which is set for release on October 1, 2012. The first single “Survival,” the official song of the 2012 Olympics on June 27, 2012 rides a piano groove with intense twinges of a full orchestra.

The most recent release, “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable,” (listen above) which was featured in the first teaser trailer for Muse’s The 2nd Law is a little more intriguing. It begins with a fast paced classically orchestrated string section track that is periodically interrupted by massive operatic vocals. A female voiceover then squeaks out of the speakers, glitching now and then, discussing unsustainability of human lifestyles with references to Newton’s 2nd Law of Physics, hence the record’s title. About halfway into the track, the operatic classical music stops and heavy electronic dubstep beats clearly played on instruments by Muse take over the song. I’m not sure if I’m a fan of the new direction Muse has taken as I haven’t heard the album yet, seeing as it is unreleased, and the two singles that have been released are somewhat different in style, other than the fact that the band is clearly pushing itself to seem “epic” in stature and sound, thus the album will probably be rich with many styles and genres. It would be nice to see Muse release some work that is more focused on being a raunchy rock tune, like some of their most fantastic tracks such as “Stockholm Syndrome” and “Knights of Cydonia.” Nonetheless, if you are looking for solid pump-up or workout songs, look no further than “Suvival” and “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable.” It is best to remain open-minded, especially since singer and guitarist Matt Bellamy, bassist Christopher Wolstenholme and drummer Dominic Howard have certainly achieved their goal of creating truly epic songs for The 2nd Law thus far.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, one of the United States’ biggest modern rock bands, just released an extremely successful record, “I’m With You,” which was nominated for the Grammy Award for “Best Rock Album,” a covers EP with songs by The Ramones, The Stooges, The Beach Boys, David Bowie, Neil Young and Dion and the Belmonts, and have been touring relentlessly across Europe and America, a concert-series that included several headlining positions at major festivals. If that wasn’t enough, the band has announced that over the course of the next few months, they will be pleasuring their fans with various B-Sides and unreleased tracks from the “I’m With You” sessions.
Today, the Chilis released the first of this series, “Strange Man” and “Long Progression.”

The above video of “Strange Man” was removed by the record label so you can listen to “Strange Man” here and in the below post you can listen to “Long Progression.”

“Strange Man” begins with a classic Chad Smith/Red Hot Chili Peppers beat, rich with funky snare hits, and a mellow I’m-With-You-esque chord progression, that could only exist in an incarnation of the Peppers with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Nonetheless, the song later features a more typical Chili-funk riff that resembles Klinghoffer doing his own take on a guitar pattern similar to that of 1991’s “Give It Away” from the band’s tremendous record, Blood Sugar Sex Magik. “Strange Man” is definitely the stronger of these two tunes and resonates with me more than some of the tracks that actually made it to I’m With You, though it is somewhat funkier than most of the other tunes on record.

See the above post to listen to “Strange Man” and click here to listen to “Long Progression” because the above video was removed by the label.

“Long Progression” is less recognizably a Red Hot Chili Peppers song than “Strange Man” and sounds more like the Chilis playing a standard rock song, which was the issue a lot of music critics and fans had with I’m With You: only about half the record was truly unique and original. Nonetheless, “Long Progression” is worth a listen for the Chili Peppers’ tight musicianship and terrific songwriting if nothing else. Klinghoffer’s guitar solo about three minutes into the song should erase any doubts that he is not a sufficient replacement for guitar virtuoso John Frusciante. Sure this solo isn’t godly, but Klinghoffer sounds solid on the track. I’d also like to point out Chad Smith’s monster drum fill at the close of “Long Progression.” Anthony Keidis sounds extremely enthusiastic and upbeat on this song, which is always nice to hear. The wonderful thing about the Chili Peppers is that even their weaker tracks are still quite good. “Long Progression” is a nice little tune, and listening to it, once, if not several times (as I have already) would not be a waste of your time. Perhaps it’s not their greatest song ever, but it’s way too far from lousy to overlook.

Recently, murmurs, whispers and rumors of a new Green Day project were confirmed by the band. Fans were in for a real treat (and despisers were in for a huge headache) when the trio from California announced that they were not releasing one new album but three, “cleverly” entitled “Uno!,” “Dos!,” and “Tres!”

“Uno!’s” first single, “Oh Love,” lives up to the “power-punk” description Green Day gave the first piece of the trilogy, which is due out on September 25, 2012. The track rocks steadily with a punky riff that somewhat resmebles a slower “Rock’n Me” by the Steve Miller Band. The catchy chorus, guitar solo that replicates the melody, and relentless build up is reasonably successful, though “Oh Love” isn’t exactly the most memorable rock or even Green Day song ever released. It does, nonetheless, give hope for a simple rock record that doesn’t try to save the universe as the band’s previous records did.

So here’s The Sound Hound’s second video review ever. Last time it was of Bruce Springsteen’s “Wrecking Ball,” but this time I’m tackling Tenacious D’s “Rize of the Fenix.” The album officially drops on May 5th, 2012 but The D uploading the record on their soundcloud account to stream for free until then: http://soundcloud.com/tenaciousd/sets. I hope you enjoy my review. If you have any questions or comments leave them in the comments section or drop me a line on The Sound Hound’s facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Sound-Hound/266960286651553?ref=ts,) my twitter (@soundhoundmusic,) on my youtube channel page or on the blog itself. Be sure to check out the blog at https://thesoundhound.wordpress.com! Thank you so much for tuning in. I hope you enjoy.

Listen to the above song and then think about the following:

Sometimes, when we hear a band say, “Okay, now we’re gonna’ do a cover,” we hope that they’ll play the song exactly as it was originally performed. As humans, we feel more comfortable with something familiar. “I often prefer songs I know to new ones,” says Miriam Akabas, a New Yorker who frequented many Grateful Dead concerts during the band’s prime. The Dead were known to constantly cover other artists’ work, but their covers sounded so incredibly Grateful Deadish that it was usually near-impossible to differentiate between an original Dead composition and a cover.
Nonetheless, isn’t it somewhat creatively lacking if an artist covers a song exactly like the original recording? Sure, it’s seriously bold to try to perform a song just like the original artist who actually wrote that song, especially if that artist is an established and renowned musician, but it’s even ballsier to take that song and make it your own.

Jimi Hendrix, considered the greatest guitarist of all time, ironically covered folk legend Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower,” but the original and cover versions sound totally different. Dylan’s version sounds like most of his work: soft acoustic guitar topped with his distinct harmonica noodling whereas Hendrix’s “Watchtower” starts with one of rock’s most famous and raunchy guitar solos.

Joe Cocker, an underrated singer from the 1960’s and 70’s who actually played at the 1969 Woodstock festival in Bethel, New York, covered The Beatles “With a Little Help From My Friends” off the Fab Four’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Beatles’ version is a poppy song traditional of British Invasion style music whereas Cocker’s cover is a heavy jam filled with power chords, organ solos and texture upon texture of solid rock and roll.

Ben L’Oncle Soul takes the White Stripes classic hit, “Seven Nation Army,” a raw, riff-driven blues song and transforms it into a happy reggae-soul track. The funny thing is…it works…really well. Sure, some might attack L’Oncle Soul saying that he destroys the Jack White’s (singer, guitarist and main songwriter for the White Stripes) initial intention for the song’s emotional impact. The White Stripe’s “Seven Nation” is slow and dark, but that’s not the vibe L’Oncle Soul is going for. The way he approaches his vocals and the way he delivers the lyrics, line after line after line, jives with the positive mood of his cover. If he sang as ominously as White, then perhaps the song would not work. However, since this is not the case, this is a track that proves that covers can be extremely relevant

So this is my first video blog ever–I figured I’d try it out

I thought it would be fitting to start vlogging by reviewing my personal favorite recording artists, Bruce Springsteen.  Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band was the first concert I ever attended (at either the Today Show or Madison Square Garden, depending on your definition of a “concert.”)

 

The new album is really great and I highly recommend you pick it up if you like rock, folk, and Bruce Springsteen-esque music (singer-songwriter, rock and roll type stuff.)

Let me know what you think of the album and of my first video ever!