I am so happy for these guys. First of all because they´re my favorite band ever, of course I´m always awaiting for their next move, to be honest “Pearl Jam” and “Backspacer” did not excite me as much, but… whoa! “Lightning Bolt” is giving me goose bumps already. I love the fact that it is coming out alongside their deal to soundtrack the World Series, the band is a huge fan of sports, and one of Eddie´s biggest passions. Kudos.
So far, only a couple singles have been released officially, however, there are a couple of live songs from the concert in Wrigley Field, which by the way, I´m listening on the background as I´m typing, ElderlyWomanBehindTheCounterInASmallTown is playing as I stare at the amazing Caribbean from the Breeze Terrace in Hard Rock Hotel Cancun… tears people…tears. In this concert, they are playing most of the new songs. So far, “Mind Your Manners” with its killer riffs, old school punk feel played by almost 50 something fellas that are in a place in life were everything is about reflection, epiphanies, appreciating life, just blows my mind. The beautiful lyrics of “Sirens”, with this kinda country feel, colored up with some grungy strokes… brilliant. don´t you think?
Apparently they came back to not being pressured trying to stay fresh and new, they are aging with grace, without losing their identity. I love the look on Eddie´s face as he is so looking forward for the World Series deal, like us teenagers had that look on our faces before one of his concerts, what moves you, what makes you a raving fan, he is going through that but at the same time, dealing with big losses from people that were very important in their life, being in his worst health condition last year, put him into a whole new perspective, I guess all prejudices and the things that blinded them when they keep trying so hard to please fans, labels, themselves, for me it felt like they had lost the essence of it, but its back, and hopefully for good. I´m also impressed by the amount of work they all have with side projects, it takes a very focused, mature (musically speaking) band to be in 10 different creative bubbles and delivering each one to perfection, not a piece of cake kids!
You know that feeling when you know someone better than anyone else does? When you´ve grown up together, faced it all, highs and lows, you can definitely read that person, what took them to get wherever it is they are in life at that point, well, that´s how I´m feeling about PJ right now, I can read so many things in between the lines of this album, if you are big fans you know what I´m talking about, if not, trust me, this release is 100% from the heart, from their true Pearl Jam heart, raw, sensitive, like an open wound feels. Dig it, coming out October 15th!
In the meantime, watch Pearl Jam live from Wrigley Field
As a true Stone Temple Pilots fan from a very early age, it punched me in the face when I heard Chester Bennington was joining the band. I have mixed feelings but let´s keep it practical, here is a list of my first thoughts A)when I found out b)when I listened to it c)when I researched about it d)Contrast of the above. I wanna know what you think as well, read through, it may seem like hating but I do respect both ends a lot, humble opinion here…
a) What first came to mind when I found out about it:
1. No wait, I read it wrong.
2. Another one bites the dust- Queen did the same, still not working.
3. Why is it that legendary bands keep doing this to themselves? Retire with dignity, I know you guys have gone through tough stuff with Scott and all, but if its over its over, you are good enough and respected enough to start another project, fresh and new, you don´t need a “Superstar” like what you did with Slash, which by the way I think it was great but not many people got it, it wasn’t evolutive enough.
4. Why is it that bands keep dragging “newer” artists to replace their frontmen? Like, it´s a totally different era, and its cool you wanna merge both and target a wider market but honestly, if you are here for the biz and not the music then use your millions to invest in a fill in the blank business, and don´t touch something so precious to thousands of people which rolls into a vicious circle because that´s what´s paying the bills in the first place, you are holding your own rope for the fall. First of all, who came up with the idea? I would love to hear about “the plan”. Kids nowadays won´t get it, if you are coming from an older model, but present yourselves as a new project and you´ll have the best of both worlds, without sacrificing your reputation and quality, yet gaining new grounds.…….. Humble opinion.
5. I did love Hybrid Theory. Not sure how I feel about an all casted band, but its still good music and production. When I was like 14 and had this album playing all day, it made sense, troubled teenager, teenage sounding voice… but then merge it with a culture legend grunge band that was “smarter” sounding I guess, like… how about …no. I do respect him as a singer, his range is quite vast, great control.
b) What first came to mind when I listened to “Out of Time”
1. OMG is that Cartman singing?
2. Very Velvety-y Revolver-y Groove and structure, very true to STP of course. Oh here we go again, Velvet Revolver try #2.
3. Sounds good though, its actually a cool song, I would definitely program it at HRHC, I like the attitude, this formula always works for them, it´s cool, their signature. I like how it starts.
4. Its pretty cool to hear Chester Bennington in a different setting, but his dynamic is exactly the same as ever. Doesn´t matter how many filters you put on his voice or how many times you do harmonies on top of bridges, it still sounds like the teenagy troubled voice from 2000. Which is fine, that´s LP´s sound. LP´S SOUND NOT STP. Ill admit though, his color is a lot like Scott´s, wide range, nice vibratos. I would probably be more into it if he did something completely different like sing in a lower range, or put a lot more make up on his kiddy tone than just a couple harmonies here and there.
5. Love the mix, love the drums, I can feel the passion and the “Come on, lets get back on track” type of feel. I can definitely tell how Chester is super excited and humbled about it.
C) When I researched about it…
They didn´t let their fans know, one day, Chester just came upstage and sang Vasoline, and everyone was like… what? They didn´t announce it, under the motto “Let the music do the talking” which is cool, I think it was very delicate to guess what was the best way. Both sides have a huge amount of respect for each other and that is always going to deliver a great product. They both belong to Warner, and I trust their decisions, so I guess they had to trust them as well. Chester says STP bring a sexier-classic rock type of vibe, LP is more modern and tech heavy which sometimes limits him cause it focuses a lot on the screaming rather than technique. Kudos to that. He also mentioned they do intend to be seen more out there together, and mold a good product from every angle…mneh…
Well, I guess the decision is risky, which is always good, I just think there were a lot more options to consider before this one, all points of view, musical, fan from hell, producer, business… Separately, I adore and respect both, lets hope 3rd try is the charm.
What do you think?!
UGHHHH don’t you love how everyone is putting out amazing albums this year?
Running from the unexpected to the feel-good-traditional-yet-so-good-you-cant-handle-it style of some bands, 2013 has been full of passionate, selfish music all around. Right now, I would like to point out the AH-Mazing collaboration between two artists that have a very solid history behind them, the synergy achieved is ridiculous, like two parallel universes colliding into this funk, clever rollercoaster of sounds. Elvis Costello and The Roots, paired up to what apparently, is the most unexpected release so far. They met when Elvis stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, show that The Roots play at several nights a week.
The spark ignited when these two found out they had a similar upbringing, QuestLove, The Roots´ founder and drummer, started playing at the age of 7, son of Lee Andrews, from 50s doo-wop band “Lee Andrews & the Hearts”. He later produced heavy names like Erykah Badu, Jay-Z, Al Green, Amy Winehouse and John Legend. Did you know Elvis Costello is Ross McManus´son? (google him) hence the musical knowledge of these great performers that exudes throughout. Costello brings his unique lyric writing and proper British musical demeanor to clash with Questlove´s innovating composing and producing techniques… The mix of vintage sounding vocal filters and harmonies with hip and funky grooves for the single “Walk Us Uptown” just makes me happy to be alive… Every song is a complete trip, sexy tunes like “Refuse to be Saved” and “Wake me Up”, Soul to the core and perfectly mixed bases for “Sugar Don´t Work”, make this the must have musical obsession of the year.
So by now you should think this is a MUST HAVE album. (Buy physical CD´s YAY!).
´Nuff said… DIG IT!
It truly fascinates the hell out of me, how magnificently all over the place can one person be…
Before being produced by Rick Rubin and scoring his first Grammy, Corey grew up in Des Moines, Iowa, allegedly introduced to rock music by his grandmother. This guy has one of the most beautiful ranges ever, not only vocally, his art in general covers a very wide spectrum. Examples? House of Gold and Bones is a 4 issue mini comic series that inspired Stone Sour´s homonym transmedia storytelling, created and written by Mr. Taylor, a compillation of carefully recorded and mixed metal arias, that evoke a whole visual scenary as you listen. I immediately thought, wow this is such a full and rich concept, I could SO make a Broadway adaptation of it… It is so theatrical, so classy yet raw and intense. Fun times. But this album series is not the only thing Corey puts every single thought and detail into, he has just released his 2nd book,” A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven” and although the plot for both his books seem pretty lame (no offense) he is an awesome writer, I mean.. we obviously get that from his songs, but its pretty cool to learn how something so dull can be turned into something respectable and interesting just with his wit and style to write.
The whole concept behind Slipknot, not wanting to show their faces, their names, as a statement to bring “soul” into the industry as he utterly wishes, is fascinating and refreshing. Just the fact that he wears a mask, as he harmonically yells with all his guts, next thing you see is him and his guitar tuning a beautiful ballad such as Bother. And Im just talking about the hits, this guy is like Mary Poppin´s bag, you keep digging and digging and just more awesomeness comes out of it. Roaming around the hundreds of videos that YouTube holds of Corey, Slipknot and every other country-music, inspired venture he is into, you may find pretty interesting covers and collaborations, how about Jerry Cantrell, Slash and Corey performing Wish You Were Here? Or a crowd pleasing With or Without you? For me, he is so multifacetical, in such a respectable way, he is the epitome of ARTIST. Ok guys, so… enough talking-reading, the intention of me writing about artists and albums in this blog, is to share the culture, shaaaaare the loooove, the love of music, and this guy truly gets it, and represents the message we the VIBE MANAGERS are trying to spread. Check out this links, make sure you hop to the MEMORABILIA section of my blog so you can peek into the memorabilia we have from Slipknot and Corey Taylor related pieces around Hard Rock!! …Can´t wait to read your opinions on the following…Cheers!
“Everybody is multi-faceted and multi-dimensional. I don’t want to be that cardboard cutout rock star. I never have, and I never will. I want to be the guy who wants to have it all. I want to be David Bowie. I want to be Trent Reznor. Those are the people I aspire to be. At the end of the day, I merely want to be a great songwriter who has no fear when it comes to creating. ” - Corey Taylor