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Lady Gaga ft. Beyonce vs. Metallica - Enter Telephone
Warning: This video contains half-naked Gaga, which may not be safe for work.
Now, that is what I'm talking about! Lady Gaga and Beyonce meets Metallica, this is a marriage made on the border of heaven, hell, and huh?
The DJ from Mars took a good dance toon, and turned it into a party favorite (must have played it 4 or 5 times the other night). Great work, I need more metal Gaga, Marylin Manson vs Pokerface anyone?
Christopher Walken Performing Poker Face Mashup
Christopher Walken is a brilliant performer, dancer and has a great sense of humor. The video below is yet another example of not only that brilliance but how a mashup can culturally make it even better. A while back Christopher Walken did a reading performance of lady Gaga's Poker face on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross BBC1. This reading was very funny to watch leaving me chuckling and doing my own impression of Walken saying "P P P poker face... poker face." Then DJ Leekee took it up a notch with a video mashup!
Lady Gaga vs Christopher Walken-Poker Face(Mashup). Watch the video below.
Review- Sonic Boom by Kiss
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I am a huge Kiss fan. My sister started listening to them the year before I was born. Their music quite literally is the soundtrack of my life. They were the first band I ever saw in concert.
I rushed out and bought the album right away, and listened to it all the way through. First impressions can be misleading, but I really enjoyed it.
Kiss returned to their roots with this one. A 3 disc set: Sonic Boom (New Album), Kissology (Greatest Hits), Concert DVD. The cover is an homage to Rock and Roll Over, and in a lot of ways, so is the music. Sonic Boom feels like an album that has been a part of the catalogue for a long time. Fans of the band and this style of classic rock will love it. The usual suspects will not.
Paul wrote 9 out of the 11 tracks in whole or in part, as opposed to:
- Gene: 6/11
- Tommy: 3/11
- Eric: 0/11
Paul's influence on Sonic boom is easy to see, but it's definitely a Kiss album, and not like Paul's solo work. The one thing that could have made this album better is if Gene spent more time on his song writing and performance and less time promoting himself. He sounds distracted, and his songs feel incomplete, especially "Hot and Cold".
The Return of Kiss
The songs revolve around staples in the Kiss catalogue:
- Loving who you are
- Standing up for what you believe in
- Keeping your head up no matter what
- Sex (in a less direct way): "Danger Us" and "I'm an Animal"
Sonic Boom is a great Kiss album, and will be remembered as a high point for the band.
Straight on Rock: Sonic Boom returns us to the world of Rock music. Fun, moving, and inspirational.
Oh, Gene: Gene's songs are usually among my favorites, but on this one, it really feels like he phoned it in.
- Modern Day Delilah
- All For the Glory
Track List- Sonic Boom
- "Modern Day Delilah" Fun song. Paul brought his A Game to it!
- "Russian Roulette" This is probably the best song Gene sings on the Album
- "Never Enough" The music in this song reminds me a little of Poison's Nothing but a Good Time. Fun, pick me up song from Paul!
- "Yes I Know (Nobody's Perfect)" This is probably the best song Gene wrote on the album
- "Stand" I cannot hear this song without smiling.
- "Hot and Cold" This is probably the only song on the Album I might suggest you skip. The lyrics are a little too goofy, and their delivery is off. Tommy's guitar work is the best thing on the track.
- "All For the Glory" Eric blew me away with his vocal work on this one. The repeated chorus makes this a new anthem I will gladly throw my fist in the air and sing along to!
- "Danger Us" Fun
- "I'm an Animal" Gene... focus on the band again please.
- "When Lightning Strikes" Tommy's first song. He channels the Space Ace on this one.
- "Say Yeah" This song is my 4th favorite Track.
Track List- Kissology
Previously released exclusively for Japan as Jigoku-Retsuden
- "Deuce" Tommy nails the guitar, and Paul adds an little twist on the riff that brings this song to new heights.
- "Detroit Rock City" Eric's drumming, WOW, this song has a vitality about it it never had before.
- "Shout it Out Loud" Probably the only disappointing Track on the album, but for a weird reason. It is too well done. They sing the chorus... It's shout it out loud, not sing it out loud!
- "Hotter Than Hell" I really like the distortion on Paul's voice
- "Calling Dr. Love" Well done
- "Love Gun" Classic
- "I Was Made For Lovin' You" So much better than the original!
- "Heaven's on Fire" Perfect
- "Lick It Up"
- "I Love It Loud" I don't think I have ever heard a version of this song I didn't love
- "Forever" One of the best love songs ever recorded
- "Christine Sixteen"
- "Do You Love Me"
- "Black Diamond"
- "Rock and Roll All Nite"
The Rob Alley Trio Concert Review
Trumpet and Effects: Rob Alley String Bass: Derek Doyle
Drums: Craig Collison
Before the show, it was really heart warming to see a High Schooler came up to Craig (the drummer) and asked for advice. He promptly pulled out a piece of paper and began making notes for him. The connection was real and immediate.
With a laptop on the table, they rolled through their sound check getting ready to record the night.
Find more photos like this on Project: Shadow HQ The first song swelled with a rocking soft drum, the plaintive cry of the trumpet, and the subtle back and forth of the drum. The strong presence of the bass made me feel like the room should be full of smoke, and people snapping their fingers to the beat.Effortlessly, they floated from song to song. The echoing sound of the trumpet filling the air like a old singer in search of himself, contrasted against the hard breaks of the drum. Tension fills the room, only to be released by the blair of the trumpet.
The full house applauded and cheered.
There wasn't an empty seat in the house. At each table, the people sat, enthralled by the band. The Tortugas, lattes, beers, and wine flowed from the bar, as the chef prepared his magical dishes.
The spicy smell of the food melded with the rich, deep melodies of the Rob Alley Trio.
A little latter, a fourth, Corey Emerson (Assistant Band Director from Poplar Bluff High), joined them on Trombone.
It may be cliche to say that the band was electric on the stage, but when the wahwah kicked in, the energy of the room changed. The surreal wah of the trumpet reverberated throughout. You couldn't help but bop along to the tune. The music took over. It ruled the night.
Somehow, they stepped up the energy and the tempo, but never crossed the line into funk. Each member soloed in turn. The room erupted with applause at each transition.
I almost fell out of my seat when they started their jazz cover of "Smells like Teen Spirit." The vocals covered by the trumpet, the guitar split between the bass and trumpet, and Dave Grohl would be proud of the drum work. That was actually a surprise. I don't know if I would have believed it if I hadn't heard it.
All in all a magical night. It is hard to explain the presence of the music and the enthrallment of the audience. If you ever get a chance to see the Rob Alley Trio, don't miss it. You won't be disappointed.
I am came out, not knowing what to expect. I am not a huge fan of Jazz. I like Wounded Buffalo Theory, if they count, but I am a convert. This is not the Cosby jazz that I learned about through my light pop culture exposure to the genre. As a fan of the blues, I find most Jazz inaccessible, but I now feel that I was never given a proper introduction to the genre. I am going to have to set up a Pandora station with their influences as the seeds and give the art form a second look. That is the best kind of show: the one that expands your horizons and makes you want to try something new. For that, I am thankful to the Rob Alley Trio for the show, and to the Wine Rack/Java Stop for encouraging me to come out and test my limits.
Check out the Rob Alley Trio at their MySpace.
Atrocity - Werk 80 II (Review)
violins and crunching guitars open the song. The soft tinkle of piano punctuates the song. Epic in scope, this cover followed the tune of the original with choral overtones. Musically, the antithesis of the original. A fresh and original take on a classic track
spacious piano fills this track, overlaid with the haunting voice of Liv. This track is best heard through headphones to catch all of the little touches added to it. The counterpoint of the scream and clean vocal adds a nice emotional punch to the tune.
blast beats, growling vocals, and a minor key instrumentation turns this dance classic into a headbanging thrash tune. Hard and fast, a brilliant cover.
This track proves the don't fix what isn't broken, this track is very faithful to the original with a harder guitar riff and sweeping violins. This is one of the few times I have ever thought that a remake might be better than the original. This is what a metal version should sound like.
Violin and piano open the song with Alexander and Liv singing a sweet and tight duet. This sound feels like a track lost from the Phantom of the Opera. Enter the guitar and the thunder rolls. Amazing track, see the video in the HQ.
(originally by Icehouse)
From the near disco original, this frightening metal track add a creepy note of dread that the lyric deserve. Hard and dark, what more is there to say?
This song has come a long way from its synthpop origin. The song has lost none of its danceability, even though it has become harder and more intense.
The sing begins a lot like the original, then the guitar hits and Liv starts singing. Alexander's voice is full of emotion. A moving track.
(originally by Ideal)
Blast beats and heavy guitar explode from the beginning as Alexander growls and sings over himself. The song is as tangled as the original, but the guitar work revives this unforgettable hook.
Wow, it is not Annie Lennox, but this metal remake explores the song in a fresh and original way. This is a great song and a great new version of it.
Originally an 80's power ballad, Atrocity has broadened the song into an anthem. The sugar and bubblegun have been stripped from the track, but the heart of the song is strong. There is a sorrow to the song that I never heard in the original.
All in all, a brilliant album with only one track (Such a Shame) not quite living up the standards the band has gotten me accustom to. A must have so any fan of Atrocity or the 80's.