Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

a christmas cheersFor today’s Countdown to Christmas, we have a very special video for all of you from one of the biggest metal bands in history. There is only 4 days left (that’s including today) and Iron Maiden have unleashed a cool gift to all their fans to help celebrate the fact that 2015 was a great year. The band’s latest record Book Of Souls was a huge success so the band recorded a song and a video to help celebrate the Christmas season with A Christmas Cheers. In the animate video, the Book Of Souls Mayan Eddie isn’t familiar with Christmas, but he is soon taught by all the different Eddie mascots of the past when they all show up. Artist Val Andrade helped create the video for the band which even features they saying happy holidays in many different languages as well and expect to see the band live in 2016 too. Check out the video below and celebrate the holidays with the Eddies.

cordenFor today’s Countdown To Christmas post, we have something for all of you that has to do with Star Wars considering the newest film Star Wars: The Force Awakens was just released. Unlike most of the internet, I am not going to give away any spoilers just in case you guys have not seen the film yet. So about a week or so ago, @Midnight and Nerdist host Chris Hardwick visited The Late Late Show with James Corden and together they sang a song to commemorate the fact that Star Wars had come out. They had Chewbacca on Piano and a Stormtrooper on bass as they they sang The Star Wars Song. They sing the song to the tune of Chestnuts Roasting On A Open Fire and the words are kind of clever. I have to give that to them so check it out below and go and see Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

 

For today’s Countdown to Christmas track, we are seeking some help from a very funny Late Night host and a legend of the punk rock world. Henry Rollins, the legendary member of punk rock legends Black Flag went on the Late Show With Stephen Colbert back on December 16TH. He went on the show to help promote a new film that Rollins stars in called He Never Died where he plays a cannibalistic loner that has to protect everyone. Right after that, he participated in a little Christmas fun with Colbert even though he doesn’t celebrate Christmas. Rollins explains, “I’m not anti-Christmas. I’m not at war with Christmas. I am a microwave solo act in my utilitarian man-box in Los Angeles for Christmas. Food from the store goes into the microwave, I eat it, I listen to records and curse the darkness.” While Colbert traditionally sings the Carol Of The Bells, Rollins will interject a little punk rock flavor into it.  Check out A Very Rollins Christmas below:

 

bad lip syncFor our second day of Countdown To Christmas which means there are eight days left until Christmas Day (including today), we have a gift to you courtesy of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment). The company says Happy Holidays with a special video called Bad Lip Sync  which is hilarious. The video is absolutely hilarious as they dub over the original audio with ridiculous commentary like Roman Reigns telling everyone that all he wants for Christmas is his two front teeth and so much more as the video features Bray Wyatt, Brock Lesnar, Stone Cold Steve Austin,  Seth Rollins, Vince McMahon, Triple H, Paige, The Primetime Players, and so many more in some of the most hilarious audio. One of the funniest videos is seeing the voice they give for Brock and the obvious visual of that moment when The Undertaker rose and made a weird face at Brock at Summerslam. Check it out for yourself below:

pedalToday at 2PM ET, I went on the air for the very first time since 2012 to rock out with all the alumni of Bridgewater State University for the alumni takeover at WBIM 91.5FM. It was so much fun running into some familiar faces, meeting some new faces, and past graduates from all different years. Not to mention that playing the music I loved was also a big part of the excitement for the day. We dedicated the show to a past alumnus of the school and station who passed away recently named Dan Boutchie (class of 1997). It was a lot of fun and I really hope to do this again next year and I also want to thank the WBIM Alumni Association, WBIM and it’s current staff for allowing me to do so and for being so courteous as well. Here is today’s playlist:

  1. Revolution Is My Name by Pantera
  2. Bottled Up by Korn
  3. Speed Of Light by Iron Maiden (Mandatory Maiden)
  4. Electricity by Motorhead
  5. From The Pinnacle To The Pit by Ghost
  6. Back To Hell by Twiztid
  7. Superhero by Faith No More
  8. Cast The First Stone by Slayer
  9. The Devil Beneath My Feet by Marilyn Manson
  10. Abigail by King Diamond
  11. Fantasy by Steel Panther
  12. Rock N Roll Rebel by Ozzy Osbourne

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Collaboration Of The Week is still a working title for the blog, I’m not sure what to call this yet, but I want to unveil and actually do it for once. I had planned on doing a blog piece like this for quite some time because I have always enjoyed it when singers or guitar players guest on other people’s songs. usually something like this was reserved for rap, R&B, and pop artists,, but in the 90’s the trend was broken and guys started working together in rock and metal. I have plenty of these to do and a lot of artists to choose from. but you may be surprised at who I decided to choose first. A guitar player that I know was talking to me and he mentioned Nu-Metal group Hed (PE) and I immediately started to dig into their catalog and I found a track they did with an artist that I a great deal of respect for. On the band”s album Truth Rising, Lajon Witherspoon of Sevendust, made a guest appearance on the band’s track Stand Up. The track is moving and it bumps, but Lajon adds some soul to the song with his guest vocals during the chorus of the track. Lajon has amazing vocal abilities and it shines on this track along with Jared Gomes’s vocals who provides that harder edge. Check it out below and stay tuned to see if we can come up with a cooler name for this.

rsd15-630x420This year Dave Grohl was the official ambassador for the annual Record Store Day, a event that celebrates how great and amazing record stores once were back in the day. It’s a day that get’s people off of their computers and into an actual record store where you see all the amazing vinyls, CD’s, and in today’s case a couple of cassettes. This was what I believe to be the fourth record store day that I have gone to and the second in a row that I have attended and it was fun. I showed up to my local Newbury Comics where there was already a line of people waiting outside of the store so I was a little worried that I wasn’t going to get what I wanted the most which was the Metallica No Life Till Leather Demo Cassette and the 7″ When The Stillness Comes Slayer vinyl. When I first entered the store, I panicked because I couldn’t find the Slayer record, but I immediately located the Metallica demo cassette and I was ok with that for that moment. The second Item I picked up was the side by side 7″ Vinyl of Syd Barrett doing Dark Globe one one side and R.E.M. doing the track on the other side. The third item I located was the In This Moment pink 7″ vinyl release of Sex Metal Barbie and then after searching high and low, I finally located my prize possession which was the Slayer vinyl. My day was finally complete, but I picked up a couple more things along the way like the Stone Sour EP on vinyl of Meanwhile In Burbank and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton on Cassette and some freebies as I was walking out the door. While it was a quick and expensive event, it was well worth the trip and my support of independent record stores everywhere. Go to yours and check it out for yourself.

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