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Two Things I Think Are a Waste of Time


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I’m really sick and I have been for the past three days. My macrophages are being overwhelmed, and it seems that my Classical AND Alternate cascades are not functioning at their optimum levels. Yes, being sick sucks.

But the good news is that The Chargers are in first place and pending a win today against the Chiefs, will remain there for another gabillion years.

Being sick and in bed gives me time to catch up on what’s been going on around the world, and after much consideration, I’ve determined that there are TWO things that are a waste of time:

1. Tiger Woods’ car accident
2. Adam Lambert

Seriously… who REALLY cares about Tiger Woods’ car accident? Thousands of people get in car accidents everyday, yet when I go online, the first story that pops up on Yahoo! is something about Woods and how he’s FINALLY going to talk to the police today. Wow. Give the man a cigar. I can’t WAIT to see what his reason for crashing was. Maybe it’s different than everyone else’s reason: he lost control of the car.

Ok, enough about that.

Now onto the waste of time called Adam Lambert. A friend of mine sent me a link to his performance of U2‘s classic song, “One,” and well… before getting into it, take a look for yourself.

Click HERE to see the video.

If you haven’t seen this yet, you need to… true, I’m a few months late to the party, but in this case, I really wish I never showed up.

Holy Murdering-A-Song, Batman!

I honestly cannot recall the last time I cringed like that…

What the hell is he doing???? I don’t think he gets the message of the song. All he cares about doing is hitting as many notes as he can… to hell with whether it actually FITS. Has he even HEARD the original?

Or even more importantly, has he ever taken the time to understand what the song’s talking about? It’s not about anger, it’s not a screamer, it’s not a belt-it-out-till-your-head-explodes-Michael Bolton-style kind of song… and man alive, he murders it.

Who CARES if you can sing all over the place if you can’t convey a message? That’s the problem with this performance: it’s teaching the young singers that the most important thing is to see how many notes you can sing in the shortest amount of time. It’s teaching them that in order to be a great singer, you need to be able to do all the vocal acrobatics that don’t matter when it comes to the SONG, and THE SONG is the only thing that matters. I am shocked that Simon Cowell liked it. If “One” is, in fact, one of his “favorite” songs, then he should have thrown his chair at Lambert with that wily grin he so smugly displays like a medal.

Lambert’s butchery of “One” makes me even more sick than whatever’s trying to kill me inside. I’m curious… does anybody here think that was actually GOOD?

And now, to remind us all of how beautiful the song actually is, here’s Bono, The Edge and Brian Eno doing an acoustic version. The sound quality is excellent as is the performance.

Ahhh… that’s much better.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: One
Download: One (live)

Black Friday

The Most Important Music Links EVER (Right Now): Black Friday Edition

How are you spending Black Friday?

Like this?

Or maybe like this?

Or quite possibly making this?

YUM!!

(in case you were wondering, yes, that is, in fact, leftover turkey in that dish)

Well, no matter how you spend it, we hope that your Thanksgiving was filled with love, laughter, and more food than you could possibly fit on one plate.

There’s been a lot going on in the music blogging world this week, so we thought today would be a great day to fill your minds and iPods with some words and music from a few of our favorite sites… and speaking of our favorite sites, congratulations to Daytrotter and NYCTaper for making PC Magazine’s Top 50 Blogs of 2009 list!

Enjoy the links and the rest of your weekend! Before you go, make sure to grab our playlist inspired by this very day below in the Dig-It section.

~~AMAZON MP3 has free music for you! For a limited time all you have to do is click here and enter the code MP34FREE to receive $3 credit on Amazon MP3. The $3 will be applied to your next Amazon MP3 purchase (note: you need to redeem the code by November 30, 2009 11:59 PM PST). Then you can click here to check out all the Black Friday deals going on today on Amazon.com.

~~POPDOSE has some great “Best of the Decade” entries going on where they discuss their favorite albums, songs, and movies of the last 10 years. Stop by and see if you agree with their choices.

~~ADDICTED TO VINYL was able to catch Springsteen’s show in Buffalo, where Bruce and the band performed Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ (lucky bastard). In his “Greetings from Buffalo…” post, Matt talks about his “dream ticket” and provides a great recording of the show.

~~BLOGNESS ON THE EDGE OF TOWN covered Springsteen’s “Last Dance” in Buffalo with videos, links, and more. He also helped set the record straight on all the retirement rumors.

~~DAYTROTTER‘s latest sessions include exclusive recordings from Telekinesis, Frightened Rabbit, The Courteneers, Tigercity, Esser, Big Tree, and So Many Dynamos… just to name a few. And all of the Daytrotter recordings are free to download.

~~ICKMUSIC has a great 45 minute Steve Earle in-store performance video posted, as well as recordings of a few other recent Springsteen shows (the October 22nd Philadelphia show and the November 7th and November 8th New York City shows).

~~JEFF VRABEL always entertains, and his latest Springsteen goes on hiatus, and there’s a waffle shortage. This week sucks. post is no exception.

~~NYCTAPER has posted FLAC and mp3 downloads of Sonic Youth’s November 24th show. He writes that “this capture is perhaps one of the best recordings we have ever offered on this site”.

~~LARGEHEARTEDBOY is keeping an updated Online Best of 2009 Music Lists list. He’s also got some free Holiday Music downloads to help get you in the spirit of the season.

~~STEREOGUM offers up their 25 most anticipated albums of 2010, including albums from Beach House, The Magnetic Fields, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and more.

~~EAR FARM takes a look back at their 45 Bands of the Week from 2009.

~~PITCHFORK provides a 2009 Gift Guide, where they highlight box sets, CDs, DVDs, and more.

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Top Blogs

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Steely Dan – “Black Friday”

Pearl Jam – “Black” (live)

AC/DC – “Back in Black” (live)

Depeche Mode – “Black Day”

Led Zeppelin – “Black Dog”

The Black Keys – “Black Door” (live)

The White Stripes – “Black Math”

Ram Jam – “Black Betty”

Soundgarden – “Black Hole Sun”

Deep Purple – “Black Night”

BONUS: The Black Crowes – “Live Too Fast Blues/Mercy, Sweet Moan” (live)

U2

U2 to Headline Glastonbury 2010

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It has been announced that U2 will be playing the opening night of the Glastonbury Festival on June 25, 2010.

Last year’s headliners included another favorite here at TheFrontloader.com, Bruce Springsteen, as well as Neil Young and Blur.

From U2.com:

“The band are due to play the opening night of the 40th Glastonbury Festival on June 25. It will be the only date the band play in the UK and Ireland next year. ‘The band is really looking forward to it’ Paul McGuinness tells us.

Festival organiser Michael Eavis said: “I promised the the best possible line-up for the show next year and the confirmation that U2 will play their first ever Glastonbury – and their first major festival gig since the early 1980s – is fantastic news.

“We’ve been trying for years… And now we’ve finally made it happen. I’m sure they will pull out all the stops to make next year’s Glastonbury the most memorable ever.”

Promoter John Giddings said on Twitter: “It is true, U2 headline the Fri night at Glastonbury. They fly back for the weekend in the middle of their US tour.”

The complete Glastonbury line-up is expected to be announced next May.

The band has been announcing new shows for 2010, so keep an eye on U2.com for all the latest news. And don’t forget to catch the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concert this weekend on HBO with performances by U2, Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Stevie Wonder, and more. Details and schedule can be found here.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

From 2009-11-05 – Berlin, Germany

Download: One
Download: Magnificent
Download: Sunday Bloody Sunday/Get Up Stand Up (ft. Jay-Z)

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Depeche Mode Personal Jesus

Depeche Mode: Personal Jesus

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I’m pretty sure all of you have heard Depeche Mode‘s “Personal Jesus”, and if you haven’t, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? “Personal Jesus” was released on August 29, 1989, and was the first single from Depeche Mode’s Violator album. According Wikipedia, the song reached #13 on the UK Singles Chart, #28 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in 2004 was ranked #368 in Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

Oh, and Hilary Duff totally ripped it off.

Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore explained the song in a 1990 Spin article as “a song about being a Jesus for somebody else, someone to give you hope and care. It’s about how Elvis was her [Priscilla Presley] man and her mentor and how often that happens in love relationships; how everybody’s heart is like a god in some way, and that’s not a very balanced view of someone, is it?”

Anyway, last night I came across the below video of Lisa Hannigan covering the song on October 30th at the Orpheum Theater in Minneapolis. We’ve talked about Lisa a few times on the site… she’s got an indie/folk sound, and after parting ways professionally with Damien Rice in 2007, she released her first solo effort, Sea Sew, late last year. If you’re not familiar with her and are into the indie/folk sound, I highly recommend checking it out.

Take a look at the video of Lisa’s version of “Personal Jesus” below. She definitely adds her own creative touch to the song. And in case you’re wondering, that instrument she’s playing is the dulcimer. Very cool.

“Personal Jesus” has been remixed, sampled, and covered by countless artists and bands, including Johnny Cash, Tori Amos, and Marylin Manson. You can hear their renditions, as well as the original, below in the Dig-It section. We’ve also included an audio rip of Lisa’s performance from the Orpheum. Enjoy.

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Download: Personal Jesus (2006 Remastered) – Depeche Mode
Download: Personal Jesus (Acoustic) – Depeche Mode
Download: Personal Jesus (Dirty South Remix) – Depeche Mode
Download: Personal Jesus (live) – Lisa Hannigan
Download: Personal Jesus – Johnny Cash
Download: Personal Jesus – Marilyn Manson
Download: Personal Jesus (live) – Tori Amos

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