Get on your boots!

new u2 single was released last night around 2am. i borrowed phil’s iphone to get it off itunes but only had a short time to listen to it in the break room. listening now, my only comment at the moment is….if you heard it start on the radio you would have no idea it was u2, and that is a good thing ๐Ÿ™‚

new metallica

new metallica songs on their myspace. maybe it’s being on myspace, or comp speakers, but the quality is so tinny, hetfield’s vocals sound so high, the whole thing lacks depth and so almost sounds like a demo – but it’s not. and i’m not sure if i like the song. i think metallica is trying too hard to sound like themselves, just like u2, and aren’t doing it very well. but then again, i’m not an old school hardcore metallica fan so what do i know ๐Ÿ˜›

tour starts again tomorrow. taking the laptop but no idea what connection will be like.

nin dream songs

new tour date…aug 25th, toledo. bitchin! serously. i cannot believe trent is playing toledo AGAIN but still hasn’t played buffalo since 2000. TOLEDO! wtf. anyway…it’s right after detroit so, presale is tuesday.

and while we’re talking tour….here is my breakdown of songs for the new setlist:

songs i have not yet seen and would like to:
all of year zero – in particular vessel, god given, and me i’m not. but i’ll take pretty much any of them
the fragile
and all that could have been
the perfect drug hahahahahahahah

songs i have seen and would like to see more of:
the becoming
get down make love
somewhat damaged
into the void
with teeth

songs i don’t ever want to see again – but will be played at every show
head like a hole hahahahaha

The Slip

went to the dr today and got a shot in my hip. now i can barely walk. thanks dr! i had to leave work at midnight cuz i just couldn’t stand it anymore, and literally couldn’t stand. arg

so i guess i’ll do my review of “the slip” now that i’ve spent a week listening to it, mostly in the car.

1. 999,999 – instrumental. reminds me a bit of “pinion”, in that it has a noise that builds through the song.
2. 1,000,000 – my favourite song on the album, which is a bit odd since it reminds me of “the collector” and “getting smaller” from with teeth. also i realized in the car last night that it reminds me of david bowie. it doesn’t really sound like any bowie song i’ve ever heard, except maybe the drums – they’re a bit like “rebel rebel”. but i dig this song. i can definitely see this being performed live.
3. letting you – the beginning of this one reminds me of the beginning of “you know what you are” from with teeth. the drums are similar, just with a few beats left out. it’s alright. it’s grown on me alot. political lyrics.
4. discipline – i like it. it is reminiscent of “only” from…with teeth…ha. it’s got that sped up “billie jean” type beat to it. it’s dancy and fun, nothing super profound.
5. echoplex – i think the beat was a preset on my casio keyboard back in 1984. at first i thought the song wasn’t so bad but i realized tonight that it really irritates me. and it’s the beat that is irritating. at the end when the beat stops, i really like it. perhaps i’ll download the multi tracks and make my own version without the casio keyboard bit.
6. head down – again the beginning beat reminds me of something. i can’t quite put my finger on what, i almost want to say “march of the pigs” but it quickly goes away. i like the chorus much better than the verses. chorus lyrics are quotable.
7. lights in the sky – sounds like the quiet song on saul’s niggy tardust album (don’t know the name of it). it’s all i keep thinking of. very quiet song, singing, piano. i see myself getting tired of it quickly, especially if performed live.
8. corona radiata – instrumental. too long. somewhat boring…or rather just uninteresting. sounds like science fiction, add a theramin and it’d definitely be background to an alien/ufo movie. already fast forwarding it
9. the four of us are dying – instrumental. i like it much better than the previous one. definitely has a ghosts feel to it, could possibly be an outtake.
10. demon seed – like the music for the most part. guitar has a ghosts feel to it as well, and it could possibly be taken from one of the ghosts songs. i can’t quite tell. i like the “chanting” end.

after a week of listening i’m finally starting to get into it. it’s definitely grown on me, but it took longer to get there than with teeth did. there’s something missing, i don’t know what. it doesn’t really fit in with nin’s catalog. i don’t see a progression from “year zero” to “the slip”, where i can see a progression between all the other albums (well maybe not PHM to broken hahah) to me it just doesn’t feel like a nin album. it has a nin sound, but then again it has the sound of all the openers and other indie/little known bands trent listens to mushed in with nin and i’m not particularly fond of that. oddly, to me it has a more aaron type guitar sound, than a robin type. i don’t think it’s anywhere close to trent’s best work (perhaps he needs years between albums instead of months/weeks), and i don’t know how much i’ll listen to it after this initial discovery phase ends. i can’t really picture myself being in a “nin mood” and putting this album on. i’ve never been one to want every album to be the same, for them all to sound like “the downward spiral”, but…there’s just something about this that doesn’t feel right to me. and i do want “year zero 2”, the complete picture about that world he created. i’m still convinced it’s recorded and out there – he kept talking about having a 2nd new album ready to go back during the spring performance 07 tour, which we know was not “ghosts” (recorded earlier this year) or this album (recorded the last few weeks). this was a nice surprise, but i’m hoping it’s a temporary distraction.

now that robin is back with nin, i wonder if we’ll get more fragile instrumentals live. i’d love to see “the mark has been made” again. any of them really…another presale tomorrow, but just one. hopefully it goes better than last week.

off to army crawl to bed. so much pain!

halo twenty six

having finally gotten the ghosts package through unofficial means…almost done listening. so much makes me think of david bowie, or perhaps brian eno (tho i don’t know any of eno’s own work, just with bowie). i have a bowie cd of instrumentals of regular songs, all saints i think it’s called, and that’s what i keep thinking of.

the pdf credits list the label as “the null corporation” which i find amusing for some reason. it doesn’t appear to be a real corp, so i find it funny that they felt the need to list a label at all.

the photos are nice…nothing to write home about. i really think rob is so completely overrated by the nin community. anyone can take live photos using the burst function, and the book photos are just location…beach…desert…sky…in studio…blurry, whatever. but i still can’t figure out what iv:32 is, which was posted on the blog a few weeks ago. the one i like the most, for some odd reason, is ii:18. it reminds me of the passenger concourse ramps.

so the album…it’s all instrumentals so what can you really say. there are definitely stand out tracks – don’t ask me which they are lol – and some that are very repetitive (i can think of one from part i) that i’ll probably skip. it’s very chill, will be good background music for get togethers where you need some noise but not necessarily anyone screaming at you (which is what i use all saints for as well). i could use more piano, but that’s me. some say parts sound like old albums, but except for very few tracks i didn’t really hear it. iv:34 definitely sounds “fragile/still” era (piano!), but most sounds definitely “now”. it sounds as trent described, soundtracks to daydreams, scenes…a movie that doesn’t exist. i wonder if it’s something he put together for a year zero movie that is supposedly in the works (or is maybe no longer in the works, hence the release). who knows. all i can say is that it was a great surprise, and hopefully there are more surprises to come.

and now i await my REAL download to work, and the delivery of the special edition in may (sent to my parents house in case i move by may haha)

*edit* is it really possible that the full album torrent on pirate has 6232 peers?!?!



FINALLY, i got to see u2 3d. leighanne and james and i headed out to see the only showing of the day tonight. i would say it was definitely worth it. even if the visuals had sucked, i just loved having the chance to hear great songs, live and at full volume. i wish more bands would have their concert films shown in theatres, i’d so go to all of them (i’m thinking about going to the rolling stones one when it comes out – cheaper than actually seeing them again ha).

so the movie. the 3d…when we got in it was during the last preview, also in 3d, for…journey to the center of the earth?? and wow. flashlights flying at my head, along with rocks. and i immediately thought – i am going to get such a headache from this…i was not looking forward to it. it took a bit to get used to the 3d. there ends up being so many levels your eyes don’t know what to focus on, and often wouldn’t focus on whatever was “closest” to you. after a few songs it got better and much of the time i forgot i was wearing silly glasses and had no troubles. every now and then something would show up on screen that was hard to focus on again, and movement (especially adam) was sometimes weird, but for the most part it was pretty cool. the performance itself, leighanne and i both thought bono was holding back a lot. given how he usually acts, kissing the camera and stuff, his 3d actions seemed pretty tame. we figure someone must have told him to calm down for the filming. on the other side, i thought edge seemed way more into it than in the past – just really hard strumming on the guitar and massive “Edge stomp”. i noticed a “trent edit” job during “miss sarajevo” where one shot bono was using a mic stand, and the next shot he was holding the mic – and at one point it showed both shots at the same time…hah. oops.

the setlist was short, i think 80 min or so, much shorter than a real show. i’d go again just for “bullet the blue sky” and “the fly” which was just beyond brilliant. “bullet” loud and live is always a good thing, even tho i prefer a “bono rant” ending to “johnny come marching home”. but nevertheless, edge guitar on bullet is killer. “the fly” took full advantage of the 3d, with flying words, letters, sentences etc like the zoo tv version. the song sounded fantastic, and i love bono performing it (yes i even love the hat). i was smiling through the whole song. they ended with “with or without you”….then “yahweh” during credits…but i had to go to the bathroom so bad i left, doesn’t hurt that i can’t stand the song. it also didn’t seem to be a performance from the first 30 seconds i saw when leaving…just audio with the credits. had it been a performance i MIGHT have stayed….no probably not ๐Ÿ™‚ james still can’t fathom why we can’t stand the song. worst. bono. lyrics. ever.

i’m always in awe of crowd shots in concert films, and just the mass of humanity present, and how i’d hate that…and then i remember, i’ve been IN that and it’s not as bad as it looks ha. i’ve been a part of 80k at the old wembley stadium, and it was really ok.

anyway. well worth the price of admission, and if it was playing in the afternoons i’d probably go again. i don’t see myself getting the chance to go on another day off before it stops showing. oh, we got to keep the glasses haha.

stopped at denny’s after before heading home. my head only hurt a tiny bit, really less than normal, which i was SO thankful for. i was figuring for another “3:10 to yuma” make me barf headache. hahah.

aaaand…the sabres had a fantastic 8-4 win, with our new guy Steve Bernier contributing the first 2 goals and an assist. Welcome to Buffalo.

dream +

had a bizarre dream about a new nin record, that was supposedly year zero. there was all sorts of hidden stuff in it that had to deal with the arg…like if you looked at a certain part of the packaging it told you a certain part of a song to listen to for a clue…which was turning the speakers really loud during the first song and you’d hear a voice say a number – which i forget now – that was the actual “year zero”, meaning that the album was taking place actually in the late 80s (?). i was trying to get to a computer to write up my review of the album, though i never got past the first song which had a woman talking softly on it, like la mer.

and in that spirit, time for my review of the new econoline crush cd, ignite. last thursday i went up to canada to find the cd. i have no idea where to buy cds in canada so i had asked around, with my first stop being walmart. well nothing is ever easy for me when driving around an unfamiliar place. i looked up where the closest one was, as opposed to just going to the one i know in st catherines. it is at morrison at qew…no problem. except qew doesn’t exit at morrison, the only exit once driving past walmart is thorold stone road. so i exited figuring it’d be easy to back track…not so. never saw the walmart again, eventually was almost back into the tourist area of the falls before crossing morrison rd. cool. took the road, finally found the walmart, which was back where i had exited qew. LOL. and they didn’t have the cd. fine, i’ll go to future shop in st catherines which i also know where it is. the kid working was about 12, i asked if they had the cd and he went to look it up. couldn’t spell it so he asked, and i told him…it wasn’t on screen, but he would have had to keep scrolling to see it and didn’t. whatever. i said i wasn’t from the area and where else could i buy cds. he said best buy. i asked where it was, he said 4th…AS IF I KNOW WHERE 4th IS! i thought it may be close and easy to find so i drove around a bit, didn’t find it. fine off to pen center, which i’ve accidentally found once but wasn’t sure i’d be able to find again. i did find it, but at this point it was almost time for me to head back home to go to the board meeting so i had 15 min to run in find HMV and find the cd. they DID have it. thank god. so off for home…figuring glendale went back into the falls (it doesn’t) so i had to back track back to 401 or 104 whatever the road is, and finally made it back into the states. the cd better have been worth it.

overall i guess it was. it was only $11, and though it’s short, 11 songs (i hate that), it is more gritty and rock-ier than “brand new history”, but nothing like “affliction” and definitely not as good as that or “devil”.
could have been – the yelling vocals sort of bother me, but the song has grown on me alot and is pretty cool
dirty – first single, average
psychotic – one of my favs, has a weird cool female vocal part, very unexpected
get out of the way – very stadium rock and roll with the “hey, hey” shouting, reminds me of gary glitter or something. another fav, it’s fun.
hole in my heart – sorta cliche, slower, not really my thing but not horrible
unbelievable – good music, but the chorus sorta bugs me, not sure why.
the love you feel – i think it’s supposed to be a “razorblades and bandaids” comparable song, the drums even sound similar, but doesn’t hold a candle haha. it’s good enough
heaven’s falling – my #1 fav from the album. rock-y and neat
burn it down – another fav, rock
bleed through – best “slow” one, tortured rock
you don’t know what it’s like 2007 – remix/rerecording of the song from brand new history, it’s got neat piano and sounds down tuned or something. it’s a “hidden track” actually track 23 or 24.

i considered taking sunday off to go see them in st catherines but i really need to work, it’s been so slow everyone’s been having to go home early or sit around doing nothing for 3-4 hrs a night, which is actually pretty horrible. EC will tour for ages around here as usual, so no big deal to miss the show.

monte carlo in vegas is on fire.

Best songs of the 90s

vh1’s list of the best songs of the 90s. discuss.

i bolded the ones i agreed with, tho not necessarily in the position they appear in. i striked the ones that should never have made the list lol. there were some surprises (24,40 lol, 56, 60, 65, 84 lol) honestly, #2 surprised me…i mean *i* recognize the amazingness of that song, i’m just surprised it came in at 2.

one song that didn’t make the list, but should have….candlebox “Far Away”….for sure. also “enjoy the silence” should be on there. of course i keep thinking of more…aerosmith…pretty much any song they put out in the 90s. they were huge. verve pipe “freshman” (but i’m obsessing over the song atm). republica “ready to go”


100 Greatest Songs Of The ’90s Full List

01. Nirvana “Smells Like Teen Spirit”
02. U2 “One”
03. Backstreet Boys “I Want It That Way”
04. Whitney Houston “I Will Always Love You”
05. Madonna “Vogue”
06. Sir Mix-A-Lot “Baby Got Back”
07. Britney Spears “…Baby One More Time”
08. TLC”Waterfalls”
09. R.E.M. “Losing My Religion”
10. Sinรฉad O’Connor “Nothing Compares 2 U”
11. Pearl Jam “Jeremy”
12. Alanis Morissette “You Oughta Know”
13. Dr. Dre (featuring Snoop Doggy Dogg) “Nuthin’ but a “G” Thang”
14. Mariah Carey “Vision of Love”
15. Red Hot Chili Peppers “Under the Bridge”
16. MC Hammer “U Can’t Touch This”
17. Destiny’s Child “Say My Name”
18. Metallica “Enter Sandman”
19. Beastie Boys “Sabotage”
20. Hanson “MMMBop”
21. Celine Dion “My Heart Will Go On”
22. Beck “Loser”
23. Salt-N-Pepa with En Vogue “Whatta Man”
24. House of Pain “Jump Around”
25. Soundgarden “Black Hole Sun”
26. Eminem “My Name Is”
27. Counting Crows “Mr. Jones”
28. Ricky Martin “Livin’ la Vida Loca”
29. Vanilla Ice “Ice Ice Baby”
30. *NSYNC “Tearin’ Up My Heart”
31. Radiohead “Creep”
32. BLACKstreet “No Diggity”
33. Spice Girls “Wannabe”
34. Third Eye Blind “Semi-Charmed Life”
35. Oasis “Wonderwall”
36. C+C Music Factory “Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)”
37. Green Day “Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)”
38. Christina Aguilera “Genie In A Bottle”
39. Goo Goo Dolls “Iris”
40. Color Me Badd “I Wanna Sex You Up”
41. Spin Doctors “Two Princes”
42. Collective Soul “Shine”
43. En Vogue “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)”
44. The Fugees “Killing Me Softly With His Song”
45. Hootie & the Blowfish “Only Wanna Be With You”
46. Shania Twain “You’re Still the One”
47. Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch “Good Vibrations”
48. Matchbox Twenty “3 AM”
49. Jewel “Who Will Save Your Soul”
50. Alice in Chains “Man in the Box”
51. Tupac (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) “California Love”
52. Sugar Ray “Fly”
53. Naughty by Nature “O.P.P.”
54. Joan Osborne “One of Us”
55. Fiona Apple “Criminal”
56. L.L. Cool J “Mama Said Knock You Out”
57. Jay-Z featuring Amil and Ja Rule “Can I Get A…”
58. Sophie B. Hawkins “Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover”
59. Weezer “Buddy Holly”
60. Bell Biv DeVoe “Poison”
61. Sheryl Crow “All I Wanna Do”
62. Live “I Alone”
63. The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Mase & Puff Daddy “Mo Money Mo Problems”
64. The Presidents of the United States of America “Peaches”
65. Digital Underground “The Humpty Dance”
66. Edwin McCain “I’ll Be”
67. Deee-Lite “Groove Is In The Heart”
68. Will Smith “Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It”
69. Korn “Freak on a Leash”
70. Jamiroquai “Virtual Insanity”
71. Arrested Development “Tennessee”
72. Barenaked Ladies “One Week”
73. Marcy Playground “Sex and Candy”
74. Cher “Believe”
75. Kris Kross “Jump”
76. Blues Traveler “Run-Around”
77. Ice Cube “It Was a Good Day”
78. Lenny Kravitz “Are You Gonna Go My Way”
79. Meredith Brooks “Bitch”
80. Right Said Fred “I’m Too Sexy”
81. Paula Cole “I Don’t Want to Wait”
82. Geto Boys “Mind Playing Tricks on Me”
83. The Breeders “Cannonball”
84. Snow “Informer”
85. Cypress Hill “Insane In The Brain”
86. The Cranberries “Linger”
87. Billy Ray Cyrus “Achy Breaky Heart”
88. Duncan Sheik “Barely Breathing”
89. Liz Phair “Never Said”
90. New Radicals “You Get What You Give”
91. Sarah McLachlan “Building a Mystery”
92. Public Enemy “911 Is A Joke”
93. Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories “Stay”
94. Fastball “The Way”
95. Montell Jordan “This is How We Do It”
96. Nelson “(Can’t Live Without Your) Love and Affection”
97. Prince & The New Power Generation “Gett Off”
98. EMF”Unbelievable”
99. Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)”
100. Gerardo “Rico Suave”


new music

robopanda is horrifying article by jermain dupris about the record industry and itunes. he has some points, but keeps stressing the purchase of singles and that if you want a song you should buy the album and not just the single song on itunes….um…did he forget about 10 years ago before mp3s and napster and itunes, there were these things called cassette and cd singles…you could always just buy “the hot song” without the rest of the album. so what’s the difference?

today was the big release day. the year zero remixed album, and rerelease of the joshua tree.

yz remix – overall it seems to be something i’d listen to more than once, which i can’t say about the rest of the nin remix albums. saul’s lyrics over “hyperpower” is neat. and thank god for ali and modwheelmood, for redeeming “the great destroyer” by taking out the worst 3 seconds of nin history. i quite like their version. the fan mix is of “my violent heart” is pretty good. ladytron’s “the beginning of the end” could be absolutely fantastic if not for the synth beeps. leave them in, that’s fine, just turn them the fuck down. why are they so loud? they sound so out of place. otherwise, great remix. the “closer” addition at the end was surprising. saul’s “survivalism” i think is the same version played before the shows, or at least i have heard it before somewhere (and i don’t think i ever listened to the singles…/badfan) “capital g” is mostly obnoxious and i’ll most likely always fast forward. “vessel” doesn’t sound all that different, and it’s hard to improve on perfection anyway :). “the warning” is a great improvement on a rather forgettable song. “me, i’m not”, on right now…i don’t know how people can remix songs like this and still say it’s the same song, or even remotely related (and this one completely isn’t!). why, cuz 9 minutes in they’ll throw in one lyric? i knew when i saw that it was 14 minutes long that i’ll never ever listen to it. oh, there was some trent breathing noises. well that was 14 minutes of my life i’ll never get back. “another version of the truth” string quartet, fantastic. i love that kind of stuff though. the middle kept making me think of the tea party’s “save me”. “in this twilight” is very nice. “zero-sum” interesting, has a groove, pretty good.

i can’t find the vinyl anywhere (er at the places that sell vinyl still), looks like i’ll have to order it eventually now.

and even though i don’t particularly like the joshua tree, i did buy the remastered box set. it has the remastered album, bonus audio cd of bsides and unreleased songs, and bonus dvd with a live show, documentary and videos. and a book and prints. basically i bought it because of the “wave of sorrow” video i posted last week. it just really struck me as being so fantastic, and i’m sorta dying for some u2 that goes back to what they were (even if i don’t like the joshua tree era), poetic and intelligent, and not this fluffy, lyrically disastrous, half hearted attempt at meaningful music that we got on “how to dismantle an atomic bomb”. i’d take JT era over the current one any day haha. my problem with JT…i just don’t think i’ve ever really “gotten it”…i read about what JT stands for, what the songs are about, the meaning, etc etc, but I just don’t get it. there is absolutely no personal connection in the songs for me (except maybe “Running To Stand Still”), they don’t in any way strike me, and for me that’s a big part of the musical experience.

i hope to god they do this sort of rerelease for Achtung Baby :), few more years…