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An audio exploration

I walked out of Easy Street Records with a very odd mix of CDs. I thought it was odd anyway. You tell me.

First, I found MC Hammer’s absolute classic album, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt ’em.” Straight outta ’90! I used to love this album when I was a kid and practically had every lyric (or at least what I thought were the lyrics) memorized. It was right up there with The New Kids on the Block “Hangin’ Tough” album. I just listened to it, and it’s really pretty fun and oh so very tame. It also strikes me as very cheesy too. I also bought Scary Kids Scaring Kids’s album, which is a fairly decent screamo album (nothing unusual there), and Ratatat’s “Classics” album, which I would recommend to anybody who likes chiller instrumental music with some electronic elements on top of guitars and drums. Also bought a greatest hits album of Roy Orbison of “Oh Pretty Woman” fame. Finally, I bought Strapping Young Lad’s new album “The New Black” which is, well, a really heavy speed metal album. So, today I purchased an old skool rap album, an emo screamo album, an indie electro-rock instrumental album, a oldies crooner album, and a death metal album. If that’s not evidence of an eclectic musical taste, then I don’t know what is.

Some other quick audio tidbits from around the Intertubes:

Bride of Monster Mash has a free album for download of techno/electronic mixes and re-mixes centered around a Halloween theme. The re-mix of the classic song “Monster Mash” is pretty good.

A nerd buddy of mine pointed out that archive.org is a great resource for old radio programs. I’m looking forward to listening to the original broadcast of Orsen Welles’s famous “War of the Worlds” and the late ’40’s horror radio series “Inner Sanctum.”

Dragonforce ftw

A new Dragonforce music video is out in the wild. This one is a little bit stranger and is a 5 minute abridged version of one of their better songs. The original version clocks in at almost 8 minutes.

I’ll be seeing these guys live a week from tomorrow, and I can’t tell you how excited I am. I’m also seeing my all time favorite band, Zao (music video), again in about 10 days. I just might OD on metal and hardcore next week. Now, that I think about it, I better start stretching my neck in for the intense headbanging that will occur.

Dragonforce!

Behold, your new metal master! It’s like these guy sat around one day and came up with the answer to the question of “What music will Steve like best?” “Iron Maiden on speed” is the correct answer. Pretty much all my other music seems pretty boring after discovering these guys.

Check out this killer video:

I’m not sure if I’m laughing because it’s so ridiculous or so awesome.

Rockin’ the free world

The demons living in my computers have pulled off a real coup. Somehow they managed to screw up my connection to World of Warcraft and only my connection to World of Warcraft. If anybody has any idea how I can break their little blockade, I’m all ears/eyes. Anyway, since that’s going on, I’m watching a movie that got on my Netflix queue and I honestly have no recollection putting it on there. So, I’m watching a movie that looks like it’s going to be some chick flick . . . and there are no chicks around.

. . . oh wait, this is definitely not going to be a chick flick . . .

On Sunday I found out about a large tour coming through town literally an hour before it started, so I went. I knew the show was going to totally rock because there was some dude face down on the sidwalk outside the doors with 3 or 4 cops around him and tazer wires coming out of him. Apparently, it was not a good night for him, and I resolved to make sure that I had a better night. I saw a bunch of bands, but I’ll just highlight the important ones and keep it short. As I Lay Dying was the first band I saw and it was good. As I Lay Daying are masters of the metalcore genre, and their live performance drew three black lines under the “metal” in metalcore. There’s nothing quite like dudes in black chugging out big riffs while in the guitar power stance and headbanging in synchrony with big hair flailing. It was pretty killer. Story of the Year played too. Yawn. Thrice played, and they were quite good. Their live and studio sounds are quite similar, and they were backed by an impressive set of lights. The headlining band was the Deftones who are okay I guess, but about halfway through their set it all sounded the same to me and I swear they played the same song twice.