Chromatics

Kill For Love By Chromatics

Kill For Love By The Chromatics

 

Kill for love

This is a great album to bring the New Year in. The album has been described as sounding like a “time warp … a warm collision of past, present, and future.” Play Kill for love at your New Years Eve party, you wont be disappointed. The album starts with one of my favorite Neil Young songs Into to the Black sung by Ruth Radalet with beautiful slow hollow body guitar work by band member Adam Miller. Check out the video of the title track it is very cool.

Kill for love – lyrics

Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards
I drank the water and I felt alright
I took a pill almost every night
In my mind I was waiting for change
While the world just stayed the same
Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards
I can’t remember if I like what I said
I can’t remember it went straight to my head
I kept a bottle by the foot of the bed
I put a pillow right on top of my head
But I killed for love
Everybody’s got a secret to hide
Everyone is slipping backwards
You say you see it almost every time
A little number counting back to nine
I can’t remember if I like what I said
I can’t remember it went straight to my head
But I killed for love

Enjoy the New Year – David

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Sgt. Pepper Live

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Have you ever wondered what Sgt. Pepper would sound like live? By the time the Beatles created their classic, many believe to be the greatest Rock album of all times, they were done preforming live, and the material, which kick started the entire psychedelic movement, was thought to be too complex to even try. It would be sacrilegious to even attempt it. But still, you wonder, what would it sound like live? Would it rock your world the way the studio album did?

In 2007 veteran rockers Cheap Trick added Sgt. Pepper (the entire album preformed start to finish) to their live repertoire. The original Boyz from Illinois had released the successful album Music for Hangovers, a live show from Chicago’s famed Cabaret Metro in 2000, had been touring, and had some relative success with the album Rockford, with its Beatlesue harmonies and pop hooks in 2006. So why not? If anyone could pull it off these Beatles fans themselves, all seasoned accomplished musicians with 40 years of Rock experience under their belts, might. They preformed it on the road from 2007 to 2009, fine tuning it along the way, and delivered the album, Sgt. Pepper Live, in 2009.

I’m not going to compare this version to the original, because there is none. They are two different recordings from two different eras. And there are some out there that wouldn’t even take this taste test, but I’m a Cheap Trick fan, always have been, so I’ll just make a couple of points. First, the playing is spot on. It’s not just the music buried under drums, bass, and guitars. They have stayed true and matched the instruments (as best you can) to the original. Rick Nielson can play anything and he plays everything here, and makes it sound great! Second, Robin Zander’s (who does most of the vocals) voice is raspy and edgier than any of the Lads from Liverpool. That along with the sped up tempo gives the recording power, and electric feel you want in a live recording. They hit every song in the exact same order as the original, and in “The End” add an exclamation with the Abbey Road album-closing medley.

Great Run and great end to the year.
Enjoy and Happy Holidays!

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A Wizard a True Star

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Today I wrapped up my thousand miles in 2013, finishing a week early. I brought along an old favorite. Todd Rundgren’s 1973 solo album A Wizard a True Star, is a post psychedelic pop record that borrows one part imagery from stage (Never Never Land) adds synthesizers and strange sound effects, together with melodies and several short cut pop songs to create a roller coaster tapestry unlike anything heard at the time. I love this record, even though it has what maybe the ugliest album cover of all times. Each time I listen to it I hear something new, which is to be expected on Rundgren albums, and I have listened to this one like a thousand times so I guess it’s an appropriate closer for the year.

A wizard clocks in at 56 minutes, and finishes with the anthem Just One Victory.

We’ve been praying for it all day,
Fighting for it all night,
Give us just one victory, it will be alright…

Enjoy!

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Christmas Songs

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Bad Religion

Happy Holidays and Peace on Earth to all the Soundtrax.mobi fans. I thought this would be a good record to listen to while Christmas shopping. My reasoning is that I love punk rock but not a big fan Christmas shopping. Hordes of people massing, pushing, and shoving to get that Furby or that latest must have fad gift. So what could be better than listening to Bad Religion rock traditional Christmas songs, while shopping? So grab your headphones, put on your black boots, your favorite punk band tee shirt, and think of the mall as a giant mosh pit.

Better yet go to a local independent record store buy some new or used music for gifts.

Enjoy your shopping experience,
David

Bad Religion – Christmas Songs
1. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
2. O Come All Ye Faithful
3. O Come, O Come Emmanuel
4. White Christmas
5. Little Drummer Boy
6. God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
7. What Child Is This?
8. Angels We Have Heard On High
9. American Jesus (Andy Wallace Mix)

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No shame

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Pepper

This 3 piece band strikes a note deep in my brain. I started to listening to Pepper five years ago after hearing my stepson playing it. This album has so much to offer. Pepper is from Hawaii and takes on a Sublime sound with a unique home town Hawaiian reggae groove. The lyrics are heartfelt, fun, and kind of nasty on a few tracks. Pepper is on tour with a new self titled release and next month they will be in San Luis Obispo at a small club. I can’t wait to see them live!

Thanks Justice for the introduction to Pepper!
Enjoy the music – David

Pepper – No Shame
1.  Bring Me Along
2.  Rent
3.  No Control
4.  Green Hell
5.  Lost in America
6.  UFA Point (Skit)
7.  Your Face
8.  Nice Time
9.  Crazy Love
10. Like Your Style
11. Point and Shoot
12. Old Time Problem
13. Beers (Skit)
14. Outta My Face
15. Wanted
16. Good Enough
17. Zicky’s Song
18. Intro (Skit)

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Human’s Lib

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Extreme saturation, retro 80s sound. I have fond memories of dancing around the house with my Sister to Today’s Runner. Happy Birthday Beth!

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