• 2014 1st Quarter - Bands I've Seen

    23 mar 2014, 12:26

    Bands I've seen in the first three months of 2014 (January thru March)

    Fusebox poet -- Pretty OK.

    Brother Grey -- Immediately a favorite band, Really Good Live!

    Bridge to Grace -- Really Good.

    Pretty Please -- Interesting young band. Rats as logos draw me. Grunge Noise.

    Dropout -- Not my style, but hard core, in your face, good.

    Whores. --Really Good Live!

    Bionic Cavemen -- Good live, hard psychedelic, punk-ish, stoner music.

    Plastic Visions -- Fantastic performance, could actually understand the words of the songs, even though I never had heard them before. I will be checking these guys out further. Melodic, emotive, noise rock.

    Beware of Darkness Awesome as ever, and more than that, better than before. This is one of my absolute top new groups. First saw them in May 2013. Talented up to heaven to be sure. I hate trying to qualify their style. It's their own. Alternative Rock and freaking sexy, sweet, cynical, honest, sarcastic, poetic, and wow, can they can rock!
  • Tug Of War CD

    17 maj 2013, 00:35

    I got my Red Line Chemistry CD finally. I went around on Tuesday looking for it in real stores. No such luck. Best Buy showed no availability ANYWHERE. Next day either.

    That next day I looked on Best Buy to order it. We are Silver status so shipping is free, expedited too.

    So I start to order it and before full commit it says that I cannot get it with that shipping option, only "standard" and that gave me a week away for the shortest amount of time before I'd get it ... and up to a few more possible days ...

    So then I went to Amazon and they wouldn't ship it alone free, but if I added money ... and blah, blah, blah, I ended up paying 3.98 extra for standard shipping from them, which they said would have my CD delivered by Monday, most likely.

    After I committed to the purchase, this was Wednesday late morning, I got an update that It'd arrive on Friday instead. I got a tracking number. and it was moving ... and I looked at it this morning, Thursday and on Amazon it said it was on route to the post office.

    So I copied the tracking number into USPS and they said it checked in at 7:14am and later it was OUT for Delivery! That's just fun since it's good content on it's way to your mailbox.

    Tug of War is a good album. I'll have to really listen to it more fully tomorrow, but I do really like it.
  • Music I got today

    14 maj 2013, 23:56

    Music I picked up today:

    Rob Zombie - Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor

    Trivium - In Waves

    A Perfect Circle - Mer De Noms

    Ghost B.C. - Infestissumam

    HIM - Tears On Tape

    Motionless In White - Creatures

    Motionless In White - Infamous

    I had gotten a $70 gift card from my family for Mother's Day at Best Buy. I spent the whole thing, plus $.95 from my real money. Not too bad.

    I wanted to get Red Line Chemistry - Tug of War, but NO ONE is carrying it physically in-store.

    Anyhow I am still totally addicted to Beware of Darkness - Orthodox that came out just a week ago. I got it on Wednesday afternoon last week, and have been listening to it like crazy, but not exclusively (sure, multiple times in a row sometimes though.) It's made me listen to way more music a day than I have in awhile. I would often just sit in silence without thinking about it, on the computer. Now I am so loving Beware of Darkness I look to turn music on and make myself listen to some other stuff here and there more to make me not look so freaky.

    For meOrthodox is the perfect record, goes with my personality totally. I like the sexy, witty words, sweetness, sarcasm and the honesty that flood the tracks. The sound on the record is alternative rock, but so led zepplin-ish here and there, and blues-like and classic rock (I mean from pre-1980 by far.)

    It's fresh in today's marketplace.
  • BEWARE OF DARKNESS - Orthodox - May 7, 2013

    11 maj 2013, 18:25

    I was obsessed with the Beware of Darkness song Howl when I first heard it. I didn't hear it until recently when XM Octane played it. Why? I mean, why so long before I ever heard it on Octane?

    At any rate, I just howled outloud myself whenever it came on. Of course I have a decent XM player and Song Saved it twice so to have it absolutely on there (songs overwrite oldest, holds 10.)

    I saw that the band had played at the Friday night pre-party at Carolina Rebellion, and something about their name rang a bell, but just what crevice in my mind the bell went to, I wasn't sure. I'd had that same "bell" go off when I saw their name listed on the main last.fm Carolina Rebellion page, I knew I hadn't seen them on the Saturday and Sunday line-ups and it wasn't until later I realized they were on the Friday one, one which I wouldn't/couldn't/wasn't at.

    So while at Carolina Rebellion, on the way to it or something, I looked them up online. Freak Out! They were there. Pooh. I wanted to see them just for that one song.

    I learned that they had an album dropping on May 7th. I decided I just had to have it. I figured out that I couldn't get it physically at any location I went to that day. I was going to have to order it online, and saw that Best Buy did have one lone store that was supposedly carrying it for real. Just about where my husband would be the next day, May 8th, for business. I BEGGED him to pick it up for me.

    At some point I started following the band on twitter. On May 8th I saw a tweet about the group playing in Augusta, GA that night. Hmmmm. I thought about it for a minute then sent a few txt msgs to my husband about it. I wanted to go. Really wanted to go. It was a longer drive to there than my husband would want to do, I mean we just had gotten back from Carolina Rebellion on Monday. Surprise, surprise he tells me to buy the tickets. Really cheap, $10 entrance.

    Later that afternoon he got me the CD. It wasn't on the shelf and someone looked it up and said they should have 1 out. Then someone else came around with a cart full of CD's and so my husband asked them about it. "Good thing I have these things alphabetized" they said, pulling Beware of Darkness album Orthodox out of the mass of CD's.

    As soon as my husband came home I was in search of it. I grabbed it and tore off the plastic as fast as I could and opened it up. Lovely picture of the band inside covering the two interior sides, nice photo on the back of Kyle Nicolaides and the tracks on the album.

    In the front section was the booklet, I slipped that out and out comes a gorgeous guitar pick. That was a surprise. I didn't see anything about it on the website for BB nor on the pkg itself.

    I got the CD ripped and Google Music uploaded it to the cloud for me.

    We packed and headed out. I hooked up my phone to the car stereo and started playing Orthodox. It played through once. I was hooked completely. On second go through, same trip, I was even more completely hooked. I contemplated it in silence for awhile and started it up again, but then we'd arrived at our destination.

    Time went by, we were in Sky City and the most awful band played first. I got a t-shirt for Beware of Darkness during that time. I was gonna put it on, then decided not to. I could have gotten it signed, the guy had said, but that didn't work out.

    When the horrid band was done, tear down happened. Setup started. Before too long I said I was going up front. I stood there and watched and waited. Eventually the setup/sound check guy was done. I had never seen any photos of the band except for on the CD I had. I caught a glimpse of who I knew had to be Kyle. Amazing, he turned out to be exactly what I was hoping for.

    It was so awesome watching the band perform. I had just gone through watching a ton of bands a few days before, and here I was enjoying myself even more than any of those other concerts. I mean, I was totally painless holding my Sony cyber-shot up for the whole thing. I only do it for fan footage, it's shaky/wavering for sure.

    Since that night I have listened to almost only this music. I can't get enough of it. It grows in importance the longer you listen. It's a story with so many parts and themes that differ but work as a whole..

    I love concept albums, and this is one of those, a small one of sorts. It's gorgeous. I can't imagine listening to anything else much right now, especially not a bunch of disconnected songs from one or varied artists.

    After the show we hung around and I had the opportunity to talk to Kyle. Also talked to Tony (drummer), as well as got theirs and Daniel's (bass) signatures on my CD. Actually I bought a second one there (had my first in my purse) it just seemed right to buy one directly from them. I had them sign inside near each of their respective pictures, it's really beautiful.

    Someone else there came over with a CD and gave it to us, the EPHowl, just outright gave it to us. Thank you!

    Anyhow, I had such a great time there, I really like the band, their music, Kyle's talent is immense and he's so nice to talk to. I am so in love with the whole thing, them and the music. I feel like always, not a total grown up. Yet more complete than ever.

    Howl is different on the album, but Last.fm doesn't have the album here correctly yet. So often they mix up the tracks that are the same name but from different albums with different lengths even.

    Sweet Girl is an incredible classic rock kind of track.

    Ghost Town is the same pretty much or exactly as on the EP, it's an epic sounding song.

    Amen Amen I love this one so much.

    All Who Remain I love this one too, it's an incredible song, starts so simply, but gets so lush. Co-written by Kyle Nicolaides and John5

    Heart Attack is an awesome song. It's fun to sing along to this one because of the wacky great lyrics, the music is super upbeat too, and it's so sarcastic, it's one of my favorites.

    Morning Tea is so depressing, so exactly what it is supposed to be. What's it like when you are depressed and numb. Morning Tea

    End of the World is a re-worked version of the song Culture Bomb from the EP. I really like End of The World a lot more than the EP similar track.

    Life on Earth?This song is really depressing. I mean, I don't know how many of you others think like this but man oh man do I relate.

    My Planet is Dead - Is this an environmental song? I don't think so. It's too farcical thus it's a pessimistic look at the world as it is, which I get why it's under Enlightenment on the album.

    Salvation is Here is a lush beautiful, hopeful sound song.

    Hummingbird is the lovely lyrical piece that ends the album. It's gentle and it's one of my top favorites on this album.

    Hummingbird is different from Howl and Sweet Girl and Amen Amen and Heart Attack. I kind of like them all the same though.

    All Who Remain and Ghost Town are both awesome tracks that I hold just a fraction of lesser to the above listed 5 favorites.

    The rest would fit in this order: My Planet is Dead, Salvation is Here, End of the World, Morning Tea, Life on Earth?

    But all this is wrong. I LOVE THE WHOLE ALBUM AND EVERY SONG! Don't get me wrong! I love each one, even though there is a hierarchy from one to the next.

    It's all opinion, of course, you may agree or not, or some points may be in agreement, but not all. That's OK, but I'd prefer y'all to actually just buy the music and listen to it a few times through before passing judgement.

    Beware of Darkness - Orthodox buy it, listen to it, love it, pass on the love!
  • Bands I saw at Carolina Rebellion 2013

    7 maj 2013, 14:34

    Carolina Rebellion 2013

    May 4, 2013

    Young Guns +
    I was not impressed. Just not my sort of band. (See Heaven's Basement)

    Otherwise }+{
    Great as usual, even though they didn't sing Full Circle

    Sick Puppies +
    Didn't expect much but was impressed

    In This Moment }+{
    Didn't stay for much, same as in April when I saw them.

    MonstrO
    Was very interested to hear and blown away, so hard and niche

    Asking Alexandria
    Don't care for them on the radio and didn't get close, they didn't pull me in

    Halestorm ^
    Only mildly interesting to me to see live, from afar for a few minutes.

    Aranda +
    Awesome guys! Good music, great comedic stage presence/performance

    Bullet for My Valentine
    Watched from further away a bit, not one of my favorite nor listen to bands, but have a few decent songs on the radio I do listen to.

    Papa Roach +
    Not a fan, but like a few songs, sounded just like usual from radio and video I've seen

    Device +
    Really good, but that was expected. Only watched a couple songs since there was more to see that was extremely more important to me.

    Three Days Grace }+{
    Watched a little bit of their show from the side, just like the show I saw in February. Sound good.

    Deftones *
    Freaking awesome!

    Limp Bizkit
    I heard/saw from a far, who cares, not me.

    Alice in Chains -
    Watched them close the night for the most part, left while they played "Stone" I have never been a fan, just accept that they are on the radio again, and that's OK, just don't want albums of their stuff in my collection.

    May 5, 2013 --Raining like crazy and only some of them performed, the schedules were messed up so I didn't get to see some thing that I would have if it had been better weather or preparation by the event staff. We were not informed that no one else would play until 9pm -- Video screens lit up with the guy telling us it's cancelled -- keep your ticket stubs -- check the website in the coming weeks.

    Nonpoint - X Didn't Play.
    Have no clue what happened to them

    All That Remains +
    They were good. Saw them while waiting for Heaven's Basement.

    Pop Evil +
    Had a good spot, but they didn't play until way later, and I left to see Heaven's Basement. They played later, I saw them on the big screen.

    Heaven's Basement *
    Stood in the rain in the very front for a long time before they finally played. Freaking Brilliant! During Aaron's crowd surf I had his hand for a second or two -- cool! I love HB! Two of my favorites Fire, Fire and I Am Electric and Executioner's Day

    Hollywood Undead +
    Rain had been going on for a long time. HU came out and drew me in like a fly to honey. I enjoyed them immensely.

    Red Line Chemistry *
    Left HU a tad early to get in with RLC, as close as I could get putting through holes in the small crowd. Solid American Rock, lovely black and red setup, great stage presence and performance. Right up there under HB.
    Unspoken and Ultragigantor closed their set. Freaking killed it. Awesome!

    Sevendust + Saw them from afar, mostly on the big screens, sounded good, I'm not a fan, just know some of there stuff.

    Volbeat + X Didn't Play.
    Waited for them, waited, never got an official word about them, on stage, but cell phones all over were checking out the web in the pouring rain, and lots of right/wrong info was circling the crowd. They had drum malfunction, is what we heard.
    Bought maybe the last CD sold at FYEGUY tent at Carolina Rebellion, another Volbeat, and guess who was signing right then with only a couple of other people in line? Volbeat. They wouldn't let me and my husband go in the line. Stupid him put the bracelet on. So my CD is signed, at least.

    Buckcherry }-{ I saw and heard them from afar. I am not a fan at all. I don't like their sound, but can stand one song here or there, but that's it.

    Rise Against - X Didn't play

    Soundgarden - X Didn't play


    KEY


    * Primarily Want To See
    + Would Like To See
    - Wil See Just Cause If Can
    X Cancelled
    ^ Do Not Like But Will See If Can

    } { Denotes have seen before this May 4 & 5, 2013 event.
  • Bands I saw or heard at Carolina Rebellion 2013

    3 maj 2013, 17:53

    This is a future post that I am posting today. I foresee the future. Yes.

    Carolina Rebellion 2013

    May 4, 2013

    Young Guns +
    I was not impressed

    Otherwise }+{
    Great as usual, even though they didn't sing Full Circle

    Sick Puppies +
    Didn't expect much but was impressed

    In This Moment }+{
    Didn't stay for much, same as in April when I saw them.

    MonstrO
    Was very interested to hear and blown away, so hard and niche

    Asking Alexandria
    Don't care for them on the radio and didn't get close, they didn't pull me in

    Halestorm ^
    Only mildly interesting to me to see live, from afar for a few minutes.

    Aranda +
    Awesome guys! Good music, great comedic stage presence/performance

    Bullet for My Valentine
    Watched from further away a bit, not one of my favorite nor listen to bands, but have a few decent songs on the radio I do listen to.

    Papa Roach +
    Not a fan, but like a few songs, sounded just like usual from radio and video I've seen

    Device +
    Really good, but that was expected. Only watched a couple songs since there was more to see that was extremely more important to me.

    Three Days Grace }+{
    Watched a little bit of their show from the side, just like the show I saw in February. Sound good.

    Deftones *
    Freaking awesome!

    Limp Bizkit
    I heard/saw from a far, who cares, not me.

    Alice in Chains -
    Watched them close the night for the most part, left while they played "Stone" I have never been a fan, just accept that they are on the radio again, and that's OK, just don't want albums of their stuff in my collection.

    May 5, 2013 --Raining like crazy and only some of them performed, the schedules were messed up so I didn't get to see some thing that I would have if it had been better weather or preparation by the event staff. We were not informed that no one else would play until 9pm -- Video screens lit up with the guy telling us it's cancelled -- keep your ticket stubs -- check the website in the coming weeks.

    Nonpoint - X Didn't Play.
    Have no clue what happened to them

    All That Remains +
    They were good. Saw them while waiting for Heaven's Basement.

    Pop Evil +
    Had a good spot, but they didn't play until way later, and I left to see Heaven's Basement. They played later, I saw them on the big screen.

    Heaven's Basement *
    Stood in the rain in the very front for a long time before they finally played. Freaking Brilliant! During Aaron's crowd surf I had his hand for a second or two -- cool! I love HB! Two of my favorites Fire, Fire and I Am Electric and Executioner's Day

    Hollywood Undead +
    Rain had been going on for a long time. HU came out and drew me in like a fly to honey. I enjoyed them immensely.

    Red Line Chemistry *
    Left HU a tad early to get in with RLC, as close as I could get putting through holes in the small crowd. Solid American Rock, lovely black and red setup, great stage presence and performance. Right up there under HB.
    Unspoken and Ultragigantor closed their set. Freaking killed it. Awesome!

    Sevendust + Saw them from afar, mostly on the big screens, sounded good, I'm not a fan, just know some of there stuff.

    Volbeat + X Didn't Play.
    Waited for them, waited, never got an official word about them, on stage, but cell phones all over were checking out the web in the pouring rain, and lots of right/wrong info was circling the crowd. They had drum malfunction, is what we heard.
    Bought maybe the last CD sold at FYEGUY tent at Carolina Rebellion, another Volbeat, and guess who was signing right then with only a couple of other people in line? Volbeat. They wouldn't let me and my husband go in the line. Stupid him put the bracelet on. So my CD is signed, at least.

    Buckcherry }-{ I saw and heard them from afar. I am not a fan at all. I don't like their sound, but can stand one song here or there, but that's it.

    Rise Against - X Didn't play

    Soundgarden - X Didn't play


    KEY


    * Primarily Want To See
    + Would Like To See
    - Wil See Just Cause If Can
    X Cancelled
    ^ Do Not Like But Will See If Can

    } { Denotes have seen before this May 4 & 5, 2013 event.
  • Recently Picked Up

    28 apr 2013, 12:13

    I've recently picked up these CD's:

    The Cure - Never Enough single slim case. 1990 (Three songs, not four.)
    Used

    Never Enough
    Harold And Joe
    Let's Go to Bed (Milk mix)


    The Cure - The Cure CD & DVD Making The Cure
    Used

    (I already had the CD album before this.)

    Rev Theory - Justice
    Used

    I've loved the son The Fire for a long time, finally found this disc used. (I buy a lot of my CD's brand new, but I do also look for used ones often enough. In this case it's the first time I've found Rev Theory. My other Rev Theory album my hubby got me when he was in Kansas, I just can't find it used in GA.)

    Heaven's Basement - Filthy Empire
    New

    I'll be seeing them at the Carolina Rebellion on May 5th. I first heard Fire, Fire on XM Octane 37 and finally got the album this past week. I really like it. I"m really looking forward to seeing them live.

    Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon Digital Remaster 1992
    Used
  • Bands I have seen live

    28 apr 2013, 12:02

    I'll start with just a list. This isn't exhaustive, only what I can remember off the top of my head. I mostly was a "listen to the radio, go to very little" kind of girl ... until recently when I've started making my husband take me to concerts to make up for lost time.

    When I was a teenager I did see many more concerts than are listed, but I don't recall exactly every single one. I was limited to what I was allowed to see, and didn't pursue much when I was grown up, then got married and started a family. Now that they are older I am out and about, seeing more. Some of the artists I've seen more than once. Some of these I'll be seeing again at Festivals this Summer, as well as a few new ones. I only count the bands I've actually truly listened to (Even if I don't listen to them at home, or hate them even.)

    Amy Grant (3)
    Michael W. Smith (1)
    Stryper (3)
    Russ Taff (1)
    Mylon LeFever (1)
    Steve Camp (1)
    Wayne Watson (1)
    Guardian (1)
    Trisha Yearwood (1)
    Manic Drive (1)
    Duran Duran (1)
    Otherwise (1)
    Art of Dying (1)
    Mindset Evolution (1)
    Buckcherry (1)
    Godsmack (1)
    September Mourning (1)
    New Medicine (1)
    Fozzy (1)
    Mindset Evolution (1)
    Staind (1)
    Adelitas Way (1)
    Corey Taylor (1)
    Hell Yeah (1)
    Marilyn Manson (1)
    Rob Zombie (1)
    Shinedown (2)
    P.O.D. (2)
    Three Days Grace (1)
    Chevelle (1)
    Eve To Adam (1)
    Sol Driven Train (1)
    Hell or Highwater (1)
    In This Moment (1)
    Stone Sour (1)

    I will be looking through my saved stuff to find references to other concerts I've been to. I love going to concerts, but I only mostly love that if I love the music at home first. Sometimes one has the occasion to see something live that they don't know and they find they love it. I've had both, and sometimes I find that I love the music at home but don't like them live, or don't like them at home, but like them live. In the future I'll compose a new post to indicate that kind of data.

    If I remember anymore bands I'll add it into this post.
  • Stone Sour in Nashville, TN April 24, 2013

    27 apr 2013, 19:46

    I saw Stone Sour and they were really, really good, of course. Corey Taylor said he was sick but that there was no way he wasn't going to perform. He really pushed it and the crowd loved him. He sounded fantastic. (I'm a singer, no professional nor active at all in many years, but my main point is to say I know what it's like to perform when you are sick, it is possible, a hoarse talking voice to total laryngitis is peculiar. A singer can still sing, and sing well under those conditions, if they want to, usually.)

    This is my best picture from that night. My camera memory card couldn't hold anymore and it was too dark to delete anything on it to make more room.



    I could have gotten rid of lots of pics and vids I had on the camera from Chevelle in March, I didn't think through how much space I really had beforehand. I am just happy that this picture is full of energy and truth from that show.

    I have a much larger card I could have used, suffice it to say I will not mess up when it comes to Carolina Rebellion next weekend.

    If Stone Sour tours for the complete House of Gold & Bones (House of Gold & Bones Part 1,House of Gold & Bones Part 2) this year or next, I'll be there ready for better pictures.

    For me though, I personally have a billion videos and pictures to view in my head anytime I wish. Memories are precious!
  • Adelitas Way has sunk for me

    19 feb 2013, 15:55

    I finally caved and bought Adelitas Way most recent Home School Valedictorian. I never had any of their albums, but liked what I'd heard.

    Unfortunately, lately on Twitter [they] are re-tweeting everyone spouting off about how much they LOVE "Alive" from the album. I listen Sirius/SM Octane, so I know Collapse, Sick, Criticize, that's three good songs, therefore I decided to buy the CD this weekend. (CD on Amazon, Autorip, cool!)

    I started playing it last evening and ... **gag** on Alive and more. I just don't like it. Ick. Kick ASS AW. Don't swoon. It's not good.

    Too much ballad junk. **I have to admit I highly prefer Corey Taylor's ballads, so I am biased. Slipknot, Stone Sour** I can't take that sweet junk like Adelitas Way has on their second album. I always envisioned them differently. They aren't. They are better live I guess. Saw them at Rock Vegas 2012.

    I have a preference for anti-love kind of love songs, and there are plenty of other groups that sing about emo anything that I do like, but I just can't stand hearing Adelitas Way playing those ballads on Home School Valedictorian

    I have to delete those ballad songs out of my Google Music so I won't get them mixed into playlists. This is is the FIRST time I have felt this way over ANY CD/Music I have.

    To love Invincible is one thing, as well as Collapse, Sick, Criticize ...