U2 Concert on YouTube (video) + 2010 North American Tour Dates

In case you missed the live stream of U2‘s sold-out concert at the Pasadena Rose Bowl on Sunday night, you can still watch this incredible show via the video below.

U2 opened the set with “Breathe” off their latest album, No Line On The Horizon, and rocked the crap out of that place for a solid 2+ hours, playing everything from the classics to songs off their latest release. *See setlist below

This YouTube stream was the first time a concert of this size (96,000+ people!!!) was streamed live, and from all accounts, it was unquestionably a success. The show was filmed for a future DVD release, and I, for one, will definitely be picking that sucker up.

So, grab your best pair of headphones and spend a few hours with Bono, Edge, Larry, and Adam.

The band also revealed on U2.com that they would be returning to North America to tour in the summer of 2010. According to the site, the band will have stops in Anaheim, Denver, Oakland, Seattle, Edmonton, East Lansing, Miami, Philadelphia and Montreal. They will also return for one night only in Toronto and Chicago before finishing the North American leg in New York at the New Meadowlands Stadium. For a complete list of dates, click here.

Get On Your Boots
Mysterious Ways
Beautiful Day / In God’s Country (snippet) / God Only Knows (snippet) / The Maker (snippet)
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For / Stand By Me (snippet)
Stuck In A Moment You Can’t Get Out Of
No Line On The Horizon
In A Little While
Unknown Caller
Until The End Of The World
The Unforgettable Fire
City Of Blinding Lights
Vertigo / It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It) (snippet)
I’ll Go Crazy If I Don’t Go Crazy Tonight / Two Tribes (snippet)
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Walk On / You’ll Never Walk Alone (snippet)

One / Amazing Grace (snippet)
Where The Streets Have No Name
Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
With Or Without You
Moment of Surrender

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Pretty Hate Machine

Happy 20th Birthday, Pretty Hate Machine

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Yes, Nine Inch Nails‘ breakthrough album Pretty Hate Machine turned 20 yesterday.


My first thought when I read that was, “Wow, I’m old.”

But I’m not. And neither are you. And neither is Punky Brewster.

Anyway, I gave the album another spin yesterday, and I gotta say, all these years later, it still sounds as new and fresh as the day it was released. As I was looking around yesterday, it was interesting to see just how many people remembered the first time they heard the album. From “on tape in a friend’s car riding home from school. it was love at first listen” to “I was 6 yrs old, my dad bought the cd and a NIN sticker for his truck,” it was clear the album made a lasting impression on many.

Do you remember the first time you heard it? Where you were? What grade you were in? Which song was/is your favorite? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below – we’d love to hear them.

Check out the video of “Sanctified,” off Pretty Hate Machine, from the band’s first live show – Cleveland, OH (1989). Pretty cool! In celebration of its birthday, we’ve also posted a show from Nine Inch Nails’ 1990 Hate Tour, as well as some other recordings below in the Dig-It section. Dig ’em. Then pull out your copy of Pretty Hate Machine and give it another spin.

As NIN frontman, Trent Reznor, posted on Twitter yesterday, “Happy birthday, old friend.”

Your Dig-It Downloads:

May 23, 1990
San Francisco, CA

Download: Intro/Terrible Lie
Download: Sin
Download: Something I Can Never Have
Download: Sanctified
Download: That’s What I Get
Download: The Only Time
Download: Suck
Download: Get Down Make Love
Download: Ringfinger
Download: Down In It
Download: Head Like A Hole


Download: Head Like A Hole (live In Paris 02-22-07)
Download: Terrible Lie (live In Paris 02-22-07)
Download: Down In It (live @ Terminal 5 NYC 08-26-09)
Download: Sanctified (Pretty Hate Machine)
Download: Something I Can Never Have (live @ Chicago Recording Company ’00)
Download: Kinda I Want To (demo – Rusty Nails II)
Download: Sin (live @ Pabellon de la Valle Hebron 11-14-99)
Download: That’s What I Get (live 1990-07-01)
Download: The Only Time (live 1990-07-01)
Download: Ringfinger (live 1990-07-01)

If you’re looking for more live NIN, nyctaper has an excellent recording of the band’s “final” NYC show from August of this year. They covered a boatload of material from their catalog, including Pretty Hate Machine, in the 2 1/2 hour set. Click here to check it out.

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Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” Performed Live (even the opera section)

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I’ve been studying for my microbiology tests that are coming up in this week. I’m actually really into this material, so studying isn’t like “studying,” if you know what I mean.

Anyhow, I take a few breaks here and there because no matter how much “fun” microbiology is, it still doesn’t compare to music (sorry to all you microbiologists). I usually have my iPod on “shuffle” when I take these breaks, and whaddyaknow, Queen‘s monster magnum opus “Bohemian Rhapsody” came on.

I must admit, I haven’t heard the song in quite a long time… it’s always a joy to listen to because it’s one of those songs that… no matter how many times you hear it, you always find something new to notice.

What did I notice this time around? That I have never heard the song performed live in its entirety. Sure, Queen has played it countless times live, but the middle “opera” section is always done with a backing tape. I don’t blame them for doing that because it’s such a classic section… as a Queen fan, I just want to sing every part of it at the top of my lungs, especially the “Beelzebub has a devil put aside for me!” line. As a kid I would ask my mom, “Who is Beezlebub?”

My mom would look at me and say, “Are you on drugs?”

Anyhow, I looked up “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Wikipedia and found a huge breakdown of the structure… a most interesting read. If you haven’t seen this page, click here and you’ll waste a good 30 minutes reading it.

At the end of the page, I read about the only time the song has ever been performed completely live (even the opera section). It apparently happened on June 3, 2002 at the Party at the Palace, a gala concert event celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s 50th year as England’s monarch.

So then I went to the ever-faithful YouTube.com and found this video:

Frikkin’ amazing!!!!! I totally dug it with a capital “DUG IT.”

I’ll admit that the guy’s voice at 4:38 (what’s with the interspersed falsetto crap?) annoyed me, but overall it was a solid performance. The opera section sounded great and everybody appeared to have fun with it. There was even the held over note on the “Let me gooooo” line. Nice!

So my point to this post is for you to watch the frikkin’ video. And go pick up Queen‘s album, A Night at the Opera. I played that album about ten trillion times when I was about 20 years old… one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

And now, for no other reason than to look at it and say “What the hell?” Here’s Lady Gaga showing that oral sex is STILL sex, no matter how you look at it… so in order to stick with the abstinence plan, pick up one of these:

Here’s a funny… kidshealth.org states that “Abstinence is 100% effective in preventing pregnancy.” Hmmm… can’t argue with that… but so is cutting off Little Swap… and that’s just not gonna happen.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Bohemian Rhapsody (live at Live Aid)

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68 Great Music Sites to Follow on Twitter

It’s that time again… time for some linkage. Today we’re pointing you to 68 excellent music sites that we here at TheFrontloader.com dig on thru Twitter. I know what you’re thinking… “Swap, SIXTY-EIGHT sites is a bit a lot, ain’t it?” and you know what? You might have a point if you think that 68 is a big number… but I bet you wouldn’t think it a big number if… say, you scored a 68 on a test… or if you had 68 pennies… or if you had 68 bowel movements TOTAL in your life.

So you see? 68 is NOT that big of a number.

There are so many great music sites out there, and I’m sure we missed a bunch of even our own favorites in our list. So if there’s a site you dig that isn’t listed here or if you have a music site of your own that we failed to list, make sure to leave a link to the site and/or Twitter in the comments section below! We’d love to follow you!

Before you start exploring, make sure to grab some new music in the Dig-It section below.

So much music… So little time…

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Slow Doomsday by Elvis Perkins in Dearland
Download: Trouble by Hope Sandoval & The Warm Inventions
Download: Love Like a Sunset by Phoenix (Animal Collective Remix)
Download: Too Much Time (demo) by John Vanderslice
Download: This New Technology by Midnight Juggernauts
Download: Slow Side by Mr. Gnome
Download: Sippy Cup by Gospel Gossip
Download: Higher than the Stars by The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Download: On My Way by The Sweet Serenades
Download: Scoff (Live at Pine Street Theatre) by Nirvana (previously unreleased)
Download: Thunderbird by The Golden Filter
Download: Tokyo (Dance in the Dust) by Kill Hannah

You go now!!!!!

68 Great Music Sites to Follow on Twitter: (in no particular order)

Ick Music – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Arizona based music bloggin’ family dude.

Blogness on the Edge of Town (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: A Bruce Springsteen Blog

Popdose – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The best and worst in popular culture, from music to movies, tv, and books, with a dash of current events.

Addicted to Vinyl – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: I blog about music that I love, and also things that I hate. I’m equal opportunity like that.

Longtown Sound – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: From the shores of Lake Wateree, Uncleshag presents The Longtown Sound. In our fourth year promoting indie musicians and music.

Daytrotter – (Twitter) (Website)

Captains Dead – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: father, husband, brother, son and music blogger livin in new orleans

Wings for Wheels – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: My Mom thinks I’m good-looking.

Broken Headphones – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Ahh so gangsta…

Wolfgang’s Vault – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The Live Music Site

SPIN Magazine – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: For the latest music updates go to spin.com and mobile at m.spin.com; for this month’s issue go to http://digital.spin.com!

Brooklyn Vegan – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: all BrooklynVegan.com posts. For something slightly more personal, check twitter.com/BrooklynVegan

Viva La Mainstream – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: College Student. Music Geek. Blogger.

Pigeons and Planes – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: I started Pigeons and Planes. Check it out. Daily.

Slicing Up Eyeballs – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The legacy of ’80s college rock. RIYL: The Replacements, The Cure, Pixies, Sonic Youth, The Smiths, Love and Rockets, Jesus and Mary Chain, Public Image Ltd.

Culture Bully – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: We like music.

Consequence of Sound – (Twitter) (Website)

Elbows – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Elbo.ws Music Blog Aggregator indexes hundreds of thousands of music-related posts and mp3s.

The Music Slut (Twitter) (Website)

Absolute Radio – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Discover Real Music

Pretty Much Amazing – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Pretty Much Amazing is my music blog, and I like it. Don’t believe anything I tweet. About 30% of what I tweet is a lie.

TheFrontloader – (Twitter) – (yes, that’s us!)

MFR – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Blogger (MFR), label dude (Afternoon Records), author (Here Come The Regulars) and band guy (One for the Team).

Spinner – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: All things that rock, and a few things that roll.

RCRDLBL – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Totally free, totally legal MP3 downloads

My Old Kentucky Blog – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Sacred keeper of the 11 musical herbs and spices

Paste Magazine – (Twitter) (Website)

Ear Farm – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: EAR FARM: this one’s run by Matt. If you hate it, yell at him about it.

Glide Magazine – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: music::culture::life

Pitchfork – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The essential guide to independent music and beyond.

You Aint No Picasso – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The guy who runs You Ain’t No Picasso and works at CD Central.

Totally Fuzzy – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: totallyfuzzy is the oldest music blog aggregator. Now with a special music blog directory and a music videos site.

Hard Candy Music – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: HARD CANDY caters to the best of pop, indie, electro and dance music. Our favorite retro tracks mix in quite nicely!

All Songs – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: NPR’s online and on air music show. Dedicated to finding music you’ll fall in love with.

Me Like Good Music – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Recommending the best new & old underrated music of multiple genres, especially artists flying under the radar of popular music. Follow me & I’ll follow you.

Jams Bio – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Original columns, podcasts, reviews and news articles dished out daily from contributors around the globe who present a a fresh, fan’s eye view on music.

World Cafe – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Behind over and around the scene at the World Cafe with your host David Dye!

The Leftsetz Letter – (Twitter) (Website)

Muzzle of Bees – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Music Blogger, Traveler, Runner, Baseball, Grad Student

The Vinyl District – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Crate digger.

Tsururadio – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: TSURURADIO: Twitter Edition, photography, music, & cycling worship, at it’s most eccentric…

Greasy Lake – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The Official Twitter Feed of the Ultimate Bruce Springsteen Tribute Page

Stuck in the 80s – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The ultimate 80s blog and podcast

The Hype Machine – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: I watch music blogs for the coolest stuff

Indie Rock Cafe – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Music, Writing, Marketing, SEO, Social Media, Analytics professional, friends and family, hiking, travel

One Track Mind – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: One Track Mind makes music discovery easy. We offer a daily free, legal MP3 download and review from a new/upcoming release. Also: I’m a person, not a robot.

Free Music Archive – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Free Music Archive: a social music website built around a curated library of free, legal audio. Curators include WFMU, KEXP, KBOO, dublab, ISSUE Project Rm

Blender Blog – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: The Blender Blog: Always Refreshing

NYCTaper – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: New York’s live music archivist

Largehearted Boy – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Largehearted Boy is my blog, I read and write and listen to music. A lot.

Pasta Primavera – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Baltimore Independent Music Blog

Side One: Track One – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Side One: Track one is mostly a music (there’s a bit of film) blog. Updated daily!

Amazon MP3 – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Daily Deals and special sales on DRM-free, play-anywhere music downloads from Amazon. The official Amazon MP3 twitter feed.

Buzzgrinder – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Editor of Buzzgrinder. Deputy editor of Noisecreep.

Blog On The Tracks – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: writer of daily music blog – blog on the tracks

Stereogum – (Twitter) (Website)

Idolator – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: music news, reviews, and gossip

Vinyl and Vodka – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: play that vinyl and take a sip of the vodka

MyStage Music – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Artist development and support network

Sound Citizen – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: A denizen of the musicverse.

MP3 Hugger – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Check out our record label @ www.indiecater.com

WOXY – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Independent internet radio… The Future of Rock and Roll.

Love Shack, Baby – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: music blogger, general chatty vixen, bi-dilletante, irrepressible flirt

Pop Tarts Suck Toasted – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: do we ever really know ourselves well enough to write about ourselves?

Current Music – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: I am the ears of Current TV.

Prefix Mag – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: A music news site that updates 20+ times a day. We are r.0.

Inside the Rain – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young unzipped my young mind. I love music, knowledge, history, imagination, honesty.

The Culture of Me – (Twitter) (Website)

Some Velvet Blog – (Twitter) (Website)
TWITTER BIO: Music blogger and WXPN Program Director