Tuesday, June 30, 2009

More Over-The-Top News from Manowar

by Myche

I just couldn't make this stuff up:

Obviously Eric Adams had his work cut out for him singing in 16 languages, but I bet Joey DeMaio worked twice as hard translating bass for each song...

Monday, June 29, 2009

Mike Jackson

Yup. I called him Mike.

A big thumbs up to my fellow 'Hooks so Big' brethren for their kind words about Michael Jackson. There is no way to deny it. I don't know anyone who can dispute his legacy. We were all there.

Its taken me a long time to put my thoughts down. This death has shocked and depressed me more than I could have ever imagined. I cried more than a few times over this loss. It's funny how, I never met the man, yet he affected me so much.

I have never given up on him. I bought 'Dangerous' when it was released. I bought 'Invincible' when it was released. You HAD to!! it was Mike Jackson!! I have never not had his whole discography on my MP3 player, and I listen to it whenever I wanted something upbeat and fun. He about covers it. I bought the Thriller tape on the same day I bought 'Love at First Sting.' I remember walking past Magoo's and seeing all those posters of the cover of the album and that little tiger he was holding, and just thought..."That guy HAS to be cool if he hangs out with tigers...."

"P.Y.T" Written by James Ingram (another favorite)
"Smooth Criminal"
Jamming with Meredith.
Love is a feeling.

Nothing I'm writing is going to be new. We all know this stuff. As Meredith said to me over Text..."He was ours."

He was so beyond anything that we could comprehend. He reached a level of fame that few see. I feel so bad for all the scrutiny of him. He had to do the best he could with what he had. I'm not going to entertain any negative press about him. I'm just not going to. He became weird because of him reacting to the press and everyone who wanted a piece of him. He didnt deserve that, and doesnt deserve negativity after his premature passing. His contribution to the world is more than any of us could imagine in giving. And he gave what he could to make us all happy. He gave back to the world. He thrilled us all.

and I called him Mike.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael at his peak...

by Myche

Excellent post Wayne - very appropriate.

I was just about to post something myself. What the hell, this is worthy of double coverage. In fact, I know that Mark is probably the biggest Michael fan of all of us, so maybe he will come up with his own as well...

I must admit, all of the extra-curricular activities surrounding MJ in the last 15 or so years have made it very hard to embrace how much I loved him at one time. It's complicated to say the least. I don't think anyone can imagine what kind of life he was thrown into or how that affects a person. Similar things happened to Elvis, and while each of them would have to take responsibility for themselves, I think the pressures are endless when you reach that level of superstardom.

But before the controversies, man, I was into Thriller big time. I also picked up Off The Wall because I wanted MORE (and that album is a JAM). I remember opening my bedroom window, placing one of my JCPenney speakers in it and cranking my stereo to 10. Then I rode my bike down the street to see how far I could still hear it (about a block). Personally, I settled into "P.Y.T." as my favorite off of Thriller. There are two parts of that song that I used to pump out a completely exaggerated pelvic thrust to like I MEANT it (if you know the song, you know what I'm talking about).

So for my video remembrance of Michael, I'm going for a pretty obvious pick. In my opinion, it is Michael at his peak. He looks great - it's kind of hard for me to remember when he looked this "normal." This performance is just downright fierce, and is probably up there with Elvis and the Beatles on Sullivan as far as music moments of TV go (I love the screams you hear when he introduces his signature move). Just a huge performance. He looks young, hungry and healthy. This is how I would like to remember the man...

Hook of the Day - Michael Jackson & Freddie Mercury "State of Shock"

Everyone of a certain age has a positive, non-controversial early Michael Jackson memory, and mine was seeing Michael and his brothers on the 1984 Victory Tour at Knoxville's Neyland Stadium. It was my second concert ever (1st was Air Supply), and it blew my mind. The opening act was a juggler who got good-natured jeers when he did a routine with "Purple Rain" as his background music. (My first exposure to artistic rivalries, years upon years before Vince Neil v. Axl Rose or Tupac v. Biggie) The Jacksons also did a pretty sweet-ass King Arthur scene onstage.

MJ wrote our Hook of the Day with Queen's Freddie Mercury. Ultimately, the version that went on the Jacksons' Victory album had MJ and Mick Jagger on lead vox, but here you have that rare demo version. You can listen to the Jagger version here. (Sorry, couldn't find an embeddable clip)

RIP MJ...thanks for the tunes

Devin Townsend Preview!

So we are all digging the first installment of Devin Townsend's 4-CD project, entitled Ki. Devin has said in interviews that the next CD will be the heaviest of the lot. Sounds like that is true judging for this clip (the song is "Universe"):

I can't wait. In the meantime, I'll snack on Ki.

Sweet-ass guitar, by the way...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

MP3 Randomization: 06-24-09


Manowar "Kill With Power"
W.A.S.P. "The Invisible Boy"
Gov't Mule "Which Way Do We Run?"
Billy Joe Shaver "Good Christian Soldiers"
Gov't Mule "New World Blues"
Savoy Brown "Stay While The Night Is Young"


Converge "No Heroes"
Motorhead "I'm Your Man"
Foo Fighters "Hell"
AC/DC "Rocking All the Way"
Frank Zappa "Scrutinizer Postlude"
Jimi Hendrix "Crosstown Traffic"

Meshuggah "ObZen"
Slayer "Reborn"
Indigo girls "Shame on you"
Teenage Fanclub "Can't feel my soul"
Devin Townsend Band "Life is All Dynamics"
Devin Townsend Band "Physicist"

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Hook of the Day - Napalm Death "Time Waits for No Slave"

Dammit. I shouldn't have let the searing pain of an ear infection influence me to skip that Napalm Death show last month.

NAPALM DEATH - Time Waits For No Slave

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Hook of the Day - Skid Row w/ Rob Halford "Deliverin' the Goods"

Muchas gracias to the gents of MetalSucks for posting this great clip of Skid Row jamming with Rob Halford on Judas Priest's "Deliverin' the Goods." Not sure about the exact year of this performance, but seeing as Halford's wearing flannel instead of leather, I'm guessing 1992-93 ish.


Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hook of the Day - Mastodon "Oblivion"

There are tons of reasons why Mastodon rule. One of them is that they make kick ass videos that play like short films. It's so nice to see a band put some thought into it instead of just turning on some rain machines and calling it a day after a couple of run-throughs.

Here's the 2nd video from the stellar Crack the Skye.

Mastodon "Oblivion"

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

MP3 Randomization: 06-03-09

One more of these before I leave for Alaska...


The Band "The Rumor"
The Sword "Fire Lances Of The Ancient Hyperzephyrians"
Blue Oyster Cult "Career Of Evil"
Black Sabbath "Paranoid"
Dwight Yoakam "The Heart That You Own"
Canned Heat "Anphetamine Annie"


Led Zeppelin "Celebration Day"
Napalm Death "Fallacy Dominion"
Middian "The Blood of Icons"
Pig Destroyer "Strangled with a Halo"
Brutal Truth "War is Good"
Kyuss "Phototropic"


I'm late. I was probably listening to Queensryche

Monday, June 01, 2009

Hook of the Day - Pink Floyd "One of these Days"

Last night, I popped in the Director's Cut DVD of Floyd's classic 1972 "concert" film, "Live At Pompeii". Per the suggestion of many, MANY Netflix reviewers, I opted for the original 1972 cut (included on the disc as a special feature), which sticks to the Pompeii footage along with some Paris soundstage footage to round it out. Many viewers complain about the director's cut's added cheeseball effects, and faux-Dark Side of the Moon studio footage. (The band were already mixing the actual album when they shot his material)

It's a hell of a performance, and you can really see the effect Floyd had on bands ranging from Tool to Neurosis all the way down to Mastodon's recent material. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.

**See if you notice one of the best drumstick fumble saves of all time in this clip**