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What Happened to Hard Rock?

Posted in Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 10, 2011 by kc2

For those that don’t know, I have worked in radio for about 8 years now. I like to think that I keep up with the latest music. I love anything with a distortion guitar. I used to be pretty closed-minded to where that’s all I would listen to, but opened up to appreciate rap, pop, techno, acoustic, and such (except country, my grandma listens to country, fuck country) ((Garth Brooks and Johnny Cash are ok))

Anyway…back to my point. I’m trying to keep up with the latest music and what’s coming out, and I notice more and more that I’m adding less and less new rock music to my library. With rap, I’m good, I’ve got tons of new stuff, Bad Meets Evil, Tyler the Creator, Kreayshawn, Nicki Minaj, etc… The radio station I work for keeps me updated with plenty of pop and top 40 with stuff like Katy Perry and One Republic. But, there’s no good rock music. I mean REAL rock music.

I scanned the Billboard charts. There’s a bunch of stuff from bands I grew up with. Foo Fighters (a band from the 90′s!) has 2 of the top 10 songs. Seether, Rise Against, Avenged Sevenfold, Incubus – all good bands, but none of them are new. Where are the rock bands of this decade? We’re a year and a half into the 10′s and there are 2 bands on this chart that fit the bill of rock band – Adelitas Way and Art of Dying. Cage the Elephant has a few good rock songs also, but they came up at the end of the 00′s.

Now if you go look at the charts yourself, you may question me and say there are another 5-6 bands of this decade. Those aren’t rock bands. Sorry, this isn’t to say they aren’t good, just not a rock band. The Naked and Famous, Mumford and Sons, Foster the People – besides having 3-worded names – those are all just chill bands. They don’t pump your adrenaline, no one is using these for their entrance music to a fight, and I’m not going to press down harder on the gas pedal.

So while I try not to be as resentful as Henry Rollins, I still just want something badass to listen to once in a while.


Interesting Concept…

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , on October 9, 2008 by kc2

Wonder what this will sound like…?

Ne-Yo to Team Up With...Marilyn Manson? WTF?!(E! Online)

———–Copied from Yahoo! News——————-

Los Angeles (E! Online) – Can you picture it: Ne-Yo jammin’ onstage with Marilyn Manson?

Well, it just may become a reality. The R&B crooner says he and the wackadoo rock star are totally serious about collaborating.

“It’s going to be interesting,” Ne-Yo said the other night at the L.A. premiere of The Secret Life of Bees. “I have no idea what we’re going to do, what it’s going to sound like. Just Ne-Yo and Marilyn Manson in the same room—we’re going to figure something out.”

Ne-Yo said he was approached by Manson’s people after he boasted in a media interview that he’s so flexible, he could even write a song for the rocker.

10 mash ups

Posted in music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on June 30, 2008 by kc2

This is off request from a friend interested in my “10 lists”. A “mash-up” is nothing new, they’ve been circling around the internet and clubs for years now. They are ultimately one of the coolest things ever. Take equal parts from 2 or more songs, combine…and enjoy the listening aura. While there are combinations that work suprisingly well…there are quite a few that are not good. Sometimes its not the songs’ fault as it is the “dj” mixing them. These 10 are my favorite examples of Mash-ups. They work, they sound good, they almost sound like they were supposed to mixed together.

10. NIN (The Hand That Feeds) vs Ludacris (Fantasy) – Trent Reznor basically makes all of his music like its accessable to be mixed. Also check out NIN vs 50 Cent “Closer In Da Club”.

9. Trust Co. (Downfall) vs 50 cent (If I can’t) – Angry, black, cocky rap lyrics combined with angry, white, cocky rock guitars. A mix Kidrock could only dream of. It gets a little muddy at some points, but its a heavy hitting song.

8. Blur (song 2) vs  Gwen Stefani (crash) – Take one bad Gwen song, mix it with one of the most fun songs in rock music. “Woo Hooo” just got sexier.

7. Black Sabbath (Paranoid) vs Electric 6 (Gay Bar) – This one is for hilarities sake. I mean cmon, the Electric 6 song is funny enough on its own…now add the “lords of darkness” – classic.

6. No Doubt (Keep Dancing) vs Eminem (Without Me) – This is one of those suprising mixes. But, on the other hand, both songs have a fairly simple beat. So its easy to see how that part fits together…but anytime you mix Eminem with fun and poppy, it seems awkward.

5. Foo Fighters (Times Like These) vs Guns-n-Roses (Sweet Child o’ Mine) – A rare, non-rap mix. These are just 2 cool, mellow songs that mix into yet another calm melody.

4. Sevendust (Angel’s Son) vs Bubba Sparxxx (Deliverence) – Bubba Sparxxx is more known for repetative booty and having it be everywhere, rock-n. I love the original Sevendust song, and Bubba doesn’t ruin it in this mix.

3. NIN (Closer) vs StaticX (Trance is the Motion) – Didn’t I tell you that Nine Inch Nails mixes well? This is no different. There’s just something that is eerie and badass about this combination.  

2. Linkin Park (One Step Closer) vs Jay-Z (99 Problems) – I named those 2 songs for aesthetic reasons only. You can pretty much take any song and mix it with Jay-Z, and it will work. There’s that entire Jay-Z/Linkin Park collaboration thing. Then the “Grey Album” that mixes his Black Album with the Beatles White Album. Then the Double-Black album that mixes with Metallica’s Black album (although I think only a couple of those songs actually work well). There’s Jay-Z and J.Dupri mixed with Korn – Freak on a Leash. Oh, and as if his mixes weren’t enough…his girl gets in on the mixed action. Beyonce vs Saliva – “Crazy Baby Boom”.

1. Nivana (Teen Spirit) vs Michael Jackson (Billie Jean) – This was actually the very first mash-up I came across. It’s very well mixed. There’s a point where the guitars pick up and Michael’s vocals get harsher all at the same time. I almost thought they must have actually had Michael re-do the tracks. And, I gotta think Kurt is rolling in his grave over this one. He’d hate for his stuff to be mixed with pop, I think. But, hey don’t worry Kurt…I illegally downloaded it off the internet – damn the man.