Posts Tagged ‘Iggy Pop’

post-pop-depressionAs per custom (or at least we try to), we always cover the albums that have won album of the year, rock album of the year, etc. at the Monster Entertainment Awards. Last year, we didn’t cover a lot of them because I had already covered them before hand so I made a rule that I will not cover new albums until after the award show is done. There were definitely some interesting albums that were up for Album Of The Year, but the one at the end of the day that you chose as the winner is none other than the legendary Iggy Pop and his latest album Post Pop Depression. The special thing about this album is that not only is the 17TH album overall that Iggy Pop has recorded, but it features an all star lineup from bands like Queens Of The Stone Age and the Arctic Monkeys. The band is made up of Josh Homme (vocals, guitar, bass, piano, synthesizers, mellotron, production, percussion), Dean Fertita (Guitar, Piano, Synth, and Bass Guitar), and Matt Helders (drums, percussion, tom-toms, shaker, backing vocals). The album did very well for Iggy Pop as it went placed in the top 20 in 18 different countries including that it peaked at number 17 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts.

2016_iggypopgardenia_press_2201161. Break Into Your Heart– I love the intro of the track that has that Arabic feel to it like a sitar is playing. The song has a Queens/Desert rock sound to it. I feel like it’s Iggy saying that he’s going to break into your heart so that we all love him again. 5/5

2. Gardenia– A more poppy sound to it then the last track that reminds me of 80’s pop/Bowie with it sound and killer bass line. I often wonder if this is a response to The Passenger which is also by Pop. 5/5

3. American Valhalla– a cool and different intro opens the track before the killer bass line from Fertita drives the song forward. The song could be commentary on fame and that all musicians are driving for that place where you are immortalized forever. 5/5

4. In the Lobby– A track that is more in the style of Pop that has that garage rock sense to it while also having the Homme touch to it. 4.5/5

5. Sunday– A very hip track that has a disco touch to it as far as the overall sound and I want to say that the track is about the joys having to do nothing cause it’s Sunday, but I’m not sure. 4.5/5

iggy-josh-preess-26. Vulture– The track starts with an acoustic guitar before a western style bell and music comes along and it’s all about Vultures (maybe literal or metaphorically). 5/5

7. German Days– A cool bluesy garage rock track that has many other layers as well with the music. 4/5

8. Chocolate Drops– A Steely Dan esque track that seems to be about when the going gets rough, it just rains shit. 4.5/5

9. Paraguay– The last track on the album that is smooth in it’s delivery with it’s surf rock melodies entwined into it. The track contains a huge rant from Pop that could be directed towards his skeptics and the internet trolls everywhere. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I think the band does a pretty terrific job of trying to recapture the sound that was contained in the Bowie/Pop collaborations. This is definitely an album to check out, I am giving it 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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We are going to keep this short and sweet because the pictures describe it better than words can so here are all the winners for both the movies and the music sides. For the wrestling side of it, please click here to go to Mr. X’s Punch Out to see those.

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Metal Video Of The Year:

Rock Music Video Of The Year:

Metal Single Of The Year:

Rock Single Of The Year:

sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. What we have for you right here is the music side of the awards so check out all the categories, vote wisely, and you have until January 29TH to do so.

Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards: The Nominees

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sixth-annual-monster-entertainment-awardsIt’s that time of the year, it’s award season which can only mean one thing and that the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards is here. We have the usual categories for you guys like Bad Ass Movie Of The Year, Album Of The Year, Horror Film Of The Year, but we also have some new ones for you guys this year. We have new categories like Netflix Show Of The Year, Metal Music Video Of The Year, Rock Music Video Of The Year, Metal Single Of The Year, and Rock Single Of The Year to name a few. This year is definitely going to be better than ever and once again we are also teaming up with Mr. X’s Punchout Blog where they have Male and Female Wrestler Of The Year as well as some new ones like Match Of The Year and many more. The beautiful part of these awards is that you the fans get to pick who you want to win each category as always and that is what is beautiful cause your voice will be heard and it won’t be hacked by Russians cause Archer is on the case. So, here are all the nominees for the Sixth Annual Monster Entertainment Awards:

The Music Side:

Album Of The Year

1. Starboy by The Weeknd

2. The Getaway by Red Hot Chili Peppers

3. Post Pop Depression by Iggy Pop

4. Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica

5. Blackstar by David Bowie

6. Joanne by Lady Gaga

Rock Album Of The Year

1. Gore by Deftones

2. The Last Hero by Alter Bridge

3. Aggressive by Beartooth

4. Bad Vibrations by A Day To Remember

5. The Electric Warlock Acid Witch Satanic Orgy Celebration Dispenser by Rob Zombie

6. Unleashed by Skillet

Metal Album Of The Year

1. Hardwired… To Self Destruct by Metallica

2. Dystopia by Megadeth

3. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold

4. Incarnate by Killswitch Engage

5. For All Kings by Anthrax

6. Transcendence by Devin Townsend Project

Extreme Metal Album Of The Year

1. King by Fleshgod Apocalypse

2. Varahtelija by Oranssi Pazuzu

3. Wildfire by Destroyer 666

4. Terminal Redux by Vektor

5. Rituals by Rotting Crist

6. In His Majesty’s Infernal Service by Witchery

Rap/Hip Hop Album Of The Year

1. The Life Of Pablo by Kayne West

2.1992 by The Game

3. Untitled Unmastered by Kendrick Lamar

4. Coloring Book by Chance The Rapper

5. Bobby Tarantino by Logic

6. Views by Drake

Metal Music Video Of The Year

1. Square Hammer by Ghost

2. The Black Pot by High On Fire

3. Shadows by Red Fang

4. Pride In Prejudice by Slayer

5. Embers By Lamb Of God

6. Insane by Korn

Rock Music Video Of The Year

1. Breaking Me Down by Escape The Fate

2. This Light I Hold by Memphis May Fire

3. 333 by Against Me!

4. Break Me by One Less Reason

5. A Quick Death In Texas by Clutch

6. A Spider In The Dark by Bobaflex

Rock Single Of The Year

1. Dark Necessities by Red Hot Chili Peppers

2. Bored To Death by Blink-182

3. Prayers/Triangles by Deftones

4. Paranoia by A Day To Remember

5. Sleeping Dogs by Zakk Wylde

6. You Have Come To The Right Place by Sixx AM

Metal Single Of The Year

1. Raise Your Horns by Amon Amarth

2. The Stage by Avenged Sevenfold

3. Blood Eagle Wings by Anthrax

4. Seal The Deal by Volbeat

5. Moth Into Flames by Metallica

6. Stormbending by Devin Townsend Project

Soundtrack Of The Year

1. Deadpool

2. Suicide Squad

3. Ghostbusters

4. Stranger Things Vol. 1

5. Trolls

6. Straight Outta Compton Soundtrack

Tour Of The Year

1. Not In This Lifetime by Guns N Roses

2. Black Sabbath The End Tour

3. Heart/Cheap Trick/Joan Jett

4. AC/DC with Axl Rose

5. Bruce Springsteen

6. Book Of Souls Tour by Iron Maiden

The Movie/TV Side

Movie Of The Year

1. Nocturnal Animals

2. Manchester By The Sea

3. Hell Or Highwater

4. Fences

5. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

6. Deadpool

Horror Film Of The Year

1. Ouija: Origin Of Evil

2. The Conjuring 2

3. Lights Out

4. 10 Cloverfield Lane

5. Don’t Breathe

6. 31

Bad Ass Movie Of The Year

1. Jason Bourne

2. The Accountant

3. Star Trek Beyond

4. Jack Reacher

5. 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers…

6. The Magnificent Seven

Comedy Of The Year

1. Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising

2. Sausage Party

3. Dirty Grandpa

4. Why Him?

5. Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates

6. Keanu

Superhero Film Of The Year

1. Deadpool

2. Captain America: Civil War

3. Suicide Squad

4. Batman Vs Superman: Dawn Of Justice

5. X-Men: Apocalypse

6. Doctor Strange

Animated Film Of The Year

1. Zootopia

2. Sing

3. Kubo And The Two Strings

4. The Secret Life Of Pets

5. Moana

6. Trolls

Remake Of The Year

1. Ghostbusters

2. Ben Hur

3. The Magnificent Seven

4. Pete’s Dragon

5. Cabin Fever

6. Kickboxer: Vengeance

Cameo Of The Year

1. Bill Murray (Ghostbusters)

2. Keanu Reeves (Keanu)

3. Johnny Depp (Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them)

4. Chris Hemsworth (Doctor Strange)

5. Dolph Lundgren (Hail Caesar!)

6. Sigourney Weaver (Finding Dory)

Netflix Show Of The Year

1. Stranger Things

2. Luke Cage

3. Daredevil

4. Fuller House

5. Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

6. BoJack Horseman

Superhero Show Of The Year

1. Daredevil

2. Luke Cage

3. Arrow

4. The Flash

5. Supergirl

6. Gotham

Stand Up Comedy Special Of The Year

1. Hannibal Buress- Comedy Camisado

2. Theo Von- No Offense

3. Iliza Schlesinger- Confirmed Kills

4. Jim Jefferies- Freedumb

5. Russell Peters- Almost Famous

6. Kevin Hart- What Now?

 

 

 

One of my favorite singers in the rock/pop genre has and always will be late INXS singer Michael Hutchence. It was a shame that he passed away because he could have been a bigger star than he was. Neverthless, when the producers were making Batman Forever, which is the version that features Val Kilmer as Batman as he battles The Riddler (Jim Carey) and Two Face (Tommy Lee Jones), they wanted to make the film more pop than it was. The producers brought in the likes of U2, Brandy, Seal, Method Man, Nick Cave, The Flaming Lips, and todays soundtrack saturday star Michael Hutchence who covers Iggy Pop’s The Passenger. The Passenger is one of the most covered tracks from Iggy Pop’s album Lust For Life and Hutchence delivers an amazing performance. The result from the list of guys featured on the album was that the album became a huge hit as it almost sold as many as Prince’s Batman 1989 Soundtrack. Check it out below:

iggyFor the last two weeks, I have sort of gone classic with the artists that I chose for the album of the week (I did review Bowie’s latest). The artist I chose for this week was inspired by some news that is going around as Iggy Pop announced that he has a new album coming out that features Josh Homme of the Queens Of The Stone Age called Post Pop Depression. Josh Homme and Iggy have called the album the follow up to the 1977 album Lust For Life which was Iggy’s second collaboration with the late and great David Bowie. The album featured Iggy on Vocals, Bowie on Keyboards, Piano, and Organ, Carlos Alomar on Rhythm Guitar, Reggie Gardiner on Lead Guitar, Tony Sales on Bass, and Hunt Sales on Drums. The album remains one of Iggy’s best selling records and his highest selling album in the UK. Unfortunately at the time of the release, Elvis Presley had died and RCA reissued his whole catalog thus stealing away any promotional money for Iggy’s album. The album peaked on the Billboard Charts at #120.

David-Bowie-and-Iggy-Pop-in-the-1970s-111. Lust For Life– The opening track of the album which is by far one of my all time favs features this awesome drum beat followed by that commanding punk styled vocals from Pop. The riff was based off of The Armed Forces Network call signal which Bowie and Pop caught while waiting for a broadcast of Starsky & Hutch. 5/5

2. Sixteen– This rock and roll at it’s finest with it’s in your face riffage that reminds you of the good ole days of The Stooges and Bowie rock and roll. 4/5

3. Some Weird Sin– This is an interesting track from Pop that the music was composed by Bowie. You definitely hear the Bowie influence in it and the track seems to be about someone who feels like no one notices them. They feel the only way they can get noticed is to commit some kind of sin that will catch their attention. 4/5

4. The Passenger– It has been reported that the track is based off of a Jim Morrison poem where he looks at life like as a journey in a car. It has kind of a reggae like styled riff, but I love Pop’s vocals on this track. 5/5

5. Tonight– a track that deals with the topic of heroin use. I love the backup vocals in the beginning of the track and I love the riff too. 5/5

iggy 26. Success– a very upbeat rock and roll song on the album that pokes fun at the rock and roll business and rockstars. 4/5

7. Turn Blue– Another track on the album that deals with the issue of Heroin use. The song is very dramatic almost like it belongs in a musical. That is the best way I can describe it. 5/5

8. Neighborhood Threat– The Neo Punk classic about no matter how hot you think you are, someone somewhere could care less for you. 4/5

9. Fall in Love with Me– Another Neo Punk tune that came together from a jam session the band had. It’s a sleazy love song from Pop the way we love it. 4/5

My Final Thoughts– I am actually super happy that I chose this album because I never heard the full album before. Iggy Pop is another legend that we are fortunate to still have with us. You can definitely see the David Bowie influence as far as the music was concerned and that is OK because Bowie was brilliant. I am going to give the album 4.5 stars out of five for a final grade.

bowie_on_tourI learned this morning some sad news as it was annouced that Glam Rock, Synth Pop, Rock Legend David Bowie has passed away from Cancer at the age of 69 on January 10, 2016. The announcement came from Davids Facebook page as they said, “David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18 month battle with cancer. While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.” The man was a master of so many forms of music during his 40 plus year career that saw him release 25 albums including Blackstar which was on Bowie’s birthday which was January 8TH of this year. The man in my opinion was so influential that you wouldn’t have a lot of the bands you love without him.

labyrinth_jarethNot only was he a star on the music scene, but David also had a wonderful career on the silver screen starring in some classics like the Labyrinth, The Prestige, Zoolander, Just A Gigolo, The Last Temptation Of Christ, Bandslam, and so much more. My favorite by far had to be when he starred as Jareth The Goblin King in the Labyrinth. David was such a natural and he commanded the screen like no other. He was so articulate as well and so mesmerizing in the film. I also loved so much of David’s music whether it be his material as Ziggy Stardust or Young Americans or how bout when he proclaimed that he was afraid of Americans. I even loved his collaboration with Queen for the track Under Pressure or even his time with Iggy Pop. The man was way ahead of his time and there will never be another talent quite like him ever again. Too many of our legends are being taken away from us. Your legend will live on as long as we have your music and your films to remind us how great you were. R.I.P. David Bowie (January 8, 1947- January 10, 2016). God Bless You