Aerosmith Demos + Tour Dates

It’s hard to believe that Aerosmith is in their 40th year of rockin’ our faces off. When I think of Aerosmith, I think of my younger days… I think of hanging out with my buddies at a 48-hour BBQ, burning hot dogs and the midnight oil… I think of sitting in the living room with my first band, dissecting “Hangman Jury” from Permanent Vacation… Aerosmith is an institution… it’s a money-making machine… it’s as American as apple pie… it’s pure, unadulterated, Grade A, Five-Star, USDA Choice AND Select Rock n’ frikkin’ Roll.

AerosmithSo I was worried when I heard that the band was auditioning new lead singers back in January. I was concerned that they would become another Journey… let’s face it, Journey is now just a cover band of themselves. I would have hated to see Aerosmith go down that road.

My fears were wiped clean in February when Aerosmith announced their Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour. This tour would stretch the summer and cover South America, Europe, and the States.

Well, the boys are now on the USA leg of the tour, and they just played Irvine, CA. I haven’t read any reviews of the show yet, but I’m sure they peeled some faces off. I mean, after 40 years, how can they NOT put on a good show?

After searching the web, I found what appears to have been the Irvine setlist:

Back in the Saddle
Love in an Elevator
Falling in Love (is Hard on the Knees)
Eat The Rich
Livin’ on the Edge
What It Takes
Mama Kin
Last Child
Lord Of The Thighs
Stop Messin’ Around (Fleetwood Mac cover)
I Don’t Want To Miss a Thing
Sweet Emotion
Baby, Please Don’t Go (Big Joe Williams cover)
Draw the Line
Dream On
Walk This Way
Toys in the Attic

That’s a nice mix of songs. The encore songs must have killed. I’ve never been a huge fan of the studio recording of “Dream On,” but I’ve seen enough live performances (on video) to realize that the song truly comes alive in front of thousands of screaming fans.

To celebrate this last leg of the Cocked, Locked, Ready to Rock Tour, here are a bunch of demos from Permanent Vacation, Pump and Get a Grip. And if you’re still wondering if you can make a show, here are the remaining tour dates:

Jul 31 – MGM Grand Garden Arena – Las Vegas, NV
Aug 3 – Amphitheatre – Dallas, TX
Aug 5 – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – Houston, TX
Aug 7 – Ford Amphitheatre – Tampa, FL
Aug 9 – Bank Atlantic Center – Sunrise, FL
Aug 12 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater – Wantagh, NY
Aug 14 – Fenway Park – Boston, MA
Aug 17 – Air Canada Centre – Toronto, ONT
Aug 19 – Qwest Center – Omaha, NE
Aug 22 – First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL
Aug 24 – PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, NJ
Aug 26 – The Great New York State Fair – Syracuse, NY
Aug 28 – Boardwalk Hall – Atlantic City, NJ
Aug 31 – The Palace at Auburn Hills – Detroit, MI
Sep 2 – Riverbend – Cincinnati, OH
Sep 4 – Mohegan Sun – Uncasville, CT
Sep 8 – MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB
Sep 10 – Pengrowth Saddledome – Calgary, AB
Sep 12 – Credit Union Centre – Saskatoon, SK
Sep 14 – Rexall Place – Edmonton, AB
Sep 16 – Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC

Lastly, just a word on these demos: I got them from a wonderful music blog called Licorice Pizza. The unfortunate thing is that Licorice Pizza has closed its doors. I will sincerely miss that site and hope it comes back in the near future.

Now go enjoy these tracks! And YES, I included a full ZIP 😉

Your Dig-It Downloads:

Aerosmith Demos full ZIP

Download: Buried Alive (Pump outtake)
Download: Crazy (acoustic)
Download: Guilt Kilt
Download: Hollywood (Permanent Vacation demo)
Download: Line Up (smokey bar mix)
Download: Livin’ On the Edge (Get a Grip demo)
Download: Mama Kin (live w/Guns n’ Roses)
Download: Once Is Enough (Permanent Vacation demo)
Download: Samurai (Permanent Vacation demo)
Download: Sedona Sunrise (Pump demo)
Download: Walk This Way (live w/Bon Jovi)

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Life With Lady Gaga

I’m sitting in my hotel room here in Phoenix, waiting for Lady Gaga‘s show tonight. If you have been following me on Twitter, you would have known that I have been Lady’s image consultant for this leg of her tour. It has been quite an experience and although I have enjoyed it immensely, I must say that I have missed writing this column. It has been about 15 months since my last post, and I look forward to getting back into a more regular writing schedule.

Little bears have a great deal to share, especially little bears like me.

Incidentally, for those of you that do not know what an image consultant does, take a look at how amazing Lady Gaga looks now:

That is all my doing. If you do not believe me, then take a gander at what she looked like prior to my genius:

It is quite unbelievable what a nip here and a tuck there can do. In reality, a transformation like this comes down to a mere wave of my hand, and that is why I am paid the big bucks to do what I do.

Lady Gaga, or “Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta,” as I call her… and yes, I use her full name whenever we speak… has been quite the generous host. She has spared no expense when it comes to the comforts of this little bear. Why, just the other day I requested The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence for dessert.

“Sherman, you DO know that dessert costs $14,500, right? And we need to have it delivered from Sri Lanka via special carrier… you DO know this, right?”

“Yes, I am aware of this fact, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta. Do not fear, I will surely consume the entire dish. Not a penny shall be wasted. I guarantee it. I guarantee it to such a high degree that should one morsel fall on the floor, I will, at no additional expense to you, hire someone to fetch it, clean it, and eat it before your very eyes.”

“You got a deal.”

Here’s a picture of me, eating the $14,500 delicious concoction called The Fortress Stilt Fisherman Indulgence:

I must apologize, but that is obviously the wrong picture. Ah, Miss Monroe is still a sight, is she not? Well, any reason to show that picture is good enough for me.

Good day.
– Sherman

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This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes

The Rules: I reset the play counters for all the songs currently on my iTunes. Then at the end of every week, I check to see what the top five most played songs are. Whatever happens to be in this top five are then presented in order here from most played to least. If I have posted a particular song in the past, then I will bypass that song and post the next in line. If one artist dominates the list, then I will write about that artist in lieu of a Top Five list.

Obama at the View

For those of you that frequent regularly, you may have noticed that things look a bit different here. Yes, you guessed it – we’ve got a new web design! We stayed up all night spiffying this place up for you… it’s a work in progress, so if you come across a page that looks a bit whack-a-doo, that’s because we haven’t gotten to it yet. Please be patient, pardon our dust, and be confident that in a matter of years days, all will be good to go. In the meantime, let’s get on with this post… (but doesn’t it look cool here?)

My buddy President Obama was on The View yesterday. He answered questions about his time in office, about whether Mel Gibson should get some anger management help, and about how he’s still the man when it comes to taking the skin boat to tuna town. I saw the whole segment and was annoyed that he forgot plug the Top 5 list here on He promised he would “sneak it in there,” as he put it… yet he did not even mention the site, let alone this weekly list! We had a brief text exchange after the segment aired (you might need this site to understand the entire conversation):

Me: Dude, what happened to the plug?
Prez: I thought I did? Did u watch the right channel?
Me: What are u TALKING about? Of course I watched the right channel! U didn’t plug the site!
Prez: ROFL yes I did!
Me: WTF dude u didn’t! Don’t lie to me, holmes!
Prez: 4COL Im 2BZ4UQT
Me: Do NOT do that! I hate it when you do that!
Me: That’s it I’m comin’ ta gitcha
Me: Ok that’s it I’m going.

Here’s This Week’s Top 5 Most Played Songs From Swap’s iTunes!!!!

The New FrontiersThe Ones You Keep – The New Frontiers

A good friend of mine recommended The New Frontiers to me via their Daytrotter session. At first I thought to myself, “Self? Have you ever heard of The Frontiers?” to which I answered with a resounding “NOPE!” But I guess that didn’t matter because these are the NEW Frontiers. And “new” always means “new,” not “old.” Get that?

So I went checked out the session and totally dug it… I dug it so much that I’ve been playing it on a daily basis.

The New Frontiers are no more, unfortunately. According to their MySpace page, their last show was on January 3rd, 2009. I have no idea what the members are doing now… I’m just grateful they left us with some good music to be discovered.

I played “The Ones You Keep” 18 times this week.

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Download: The Ones You Keep (Daytrotter session)

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The Walkmen LisbonStranded – The Walkmen

For some reason, I’ve been passing up The Walkmen every time I go through my iTunes. I have no reason for this, it just happens. Well, I finally decided to give them a go this last week and whadyaknow, they end up on the Top 5 list. Just goes to show you how foolish I was.

“Stranded” is off their upcoming album, Lisbon, which is set to drop on September 14th. The song centers around a horn motif that reminds me of a Mariachi band. It’s a unique flavor that I had to hear again and again… it’s incredibly relaxing, which is probably why I played it so much this week.

The Walkmen are set to play Lollapalooza on August 6th in Chicago. If you’re lucky enough to live in Chicago, you not only get to see Lollapalooza in August, but Soundgarden as well. Oh, you didn’t know that Soundgarden is coming to the Vic Theater on August 5th? I bet The Walkmen know this… and I bet they’re gonna try to catch that show since it’s the day before theirs.

Yeah, I’d love to be in Chicago for those two days. Anyhow, I played “Stranded” 13 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Stranded


Crocodiles Sleep ForeverSleep Forever – Crocodiles

Crocodiles is another artist that I just came across on my iTunes. They’re set to release their album, Sleep Forever, on September 14th as well, same as The Walkmen. Say… they’re both on the same label, Fat Possum!

Coincidence? Believe it or not!

Crocodiles are Charles Rowell and Brandon Welchez, who met as teenagers in San Diego. Their bio describes their music this way: “Poppy vocal melodies are crushed with harsh electronic drums or lifted and left floating in spaced-out noise and echo. loud, wiry guitars jab wildly like mutant synapses skirting along a tightrope drone.This is the dark side of the California sun.” That’s quite a dramatic way to put it…

“Sleep Forever” struck me as a revisiting of the 60’s California sound. It reminded me of The Mamas & The Papas for some reason. Stereogum describes them as “The Velvet Underground swinging Jesus and Mary Chain.” I don’t know who’s right, but it’s a great sound, though… I dug it so much that I played “Sleep Forever” 10 times this week.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Sleep Forever

[Amazon] [iTunesEverywhere I Go – Lissie

Since I already wrote about Lissie a short while ago, I think now would be the perfect time for this week’s limerick. These limericks are fun to write for me… I’m not quite sure if they’re A) fun for you or B) fun for the artist (if they should come across them), but since it’s all about me right now at 1:33am as I type this, I’m going to indulge myself.

Oh Lissie, your name sounds like “Lizzie”
Which reminds me of “Lizzie McGuire,” see?
But H. Duff you are not
And you sure ain’t no Hottentot
But do I pronounce the “S” as a “Z?”

Not my best work, but give me a break, it’s 1:36am.

“Everywhere I Go” is off her latest album, Catching a Tiger… I played it 9 times this week. I think Lissie is a spectacular artist and highly recommend that you find out all you can about her.

Your Dig-It Download:

Download: Everywhere I Go

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Gillian Welch RevivalPass You by – Gillian Welch

I first came across Gillian Welch during my frenzied Ryan Adams bootleg collecting days. The two sang a song called “Revelator,” which I had thought was an Adams original but turned out to be Welch’s. I said to myself, “Self? You gotta check her music out!” and since that was a simple, straightforward, and completely logical thing to think, I could not help but comply.

Welch usually performs with her musical partner, David Rawlings, a fantastic guitarist/singer as well.

“Pass You By” is off Welch’s 1996 debut album, Revival. According to Wikipedia, Rolling Stone magazine gave this album two out of 5 stars. Wow. That’s a kick in the crotch. I can’t seem to find the review online, but I’m extremely curious to see what they didn’t like about it. Welch’s voice is sharp and expressive, the music is right in line with the whole Alt. Country movement back then… they probably didn’t like the fact that “Welch” rhymes with “belch,” and everybody knows that “belch” is the secret word for “Devil.”

So in that respect, I can’t blame Rolling Stone. But TWO stars? Come on, guys… you gave Working on a Dream by Mr. Springsteen FIVE stars…. FIVE.

Anyhow, I played “Pass You By” 6 times this week… if you haven’t given Gillian Welch a listen, I hope this song piques your interest.

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Download: Pass You By

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Arcade Fire - The Suburbs

[Review] Arcade Fire: The Suburbs

The SuburbsArcade Fire: The Suburbs

I go into every piece of music with the same attitude… I want to not only like it, I want to love it so much that it becomes a part of my very being… it resonates so deeply inside of me that it topples everything else and becomes my new favorite album/song. Now, I’m not sure if that’s a healthy attitude, but I think it allows that piece of music a fighting chance. The worst attitude would be for me to hope to hate it… that just doesn’t do anyone any good.

Whether you agree with me or not is a topic for another post, but that’s how I approached the new Arcade Fire album, The Suburbs. This album is set to drop on August 3rd, but it hit the web as yet another “leak,” which has resulted in a number of reviews… you’ve probably already read one or two of them… and chances are those reviews were positive. I think that with all the hype surrounding the album, it was almost guaranteed that people would like it… almost as if they would be afraid not to. The “Obama” phenomenon (as I call it) puts this album very high on the expectations list. After spinning the album for the better part of this week, The Suburbs did not quite hit the mark for me.

It’s not a bad album per se, but it did little else for me other than provide some decent background music to work to.

Now, before I get into it, I’m going to say that I will not compare The Suburbs to any of their previous work because I think bands get a clean slate when they release new music. To compare a band’s albums to each other would be like comparing siblings to one another.

It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact reason why The Suburbs didn’t thrill me. It’s not that album doesn’t sound great sonically… it’s not that the album doesn’t have a consistent style from beginning to end… it can’t be that the there is no vision… I can’t even say that the songs are awful… but all of those promising qualities didn’t add up to more.

I spun the album with headphones on for every day leading up to this writing, and the only time I ever made it through without taking a break was when I played it on my stereo as background music. To me, this says a great deal about the strength of that record. It tells me that there simply isn’t enough there to hold my attention… The Suburbs clocks in at a little over an hour, but by the time I hit track 10 (“Month of May”) or 11 (“Wasted Hours”), it felt like I had been sitting there for hours. I literally had to walk away from it and do something to perk me up. I know I must have drifted off around track 8 or 9 but kept plugging along just to say I made it through the album in one sitting.

The reason for this is probably because I feel that the songs lack any sort of conclusion. They seem to drift and drift, never finding a current to lock onto. I feel unfulfilled, and although it should make me yearn for more, it frustrates me. A good example of this is in the lyrics of the title track. This verse starts off beautifully and has so much promise, but the last line leaves me utterly flat:

So can you understand that I want a daughter while I’m still young
I want to hold her hand,
Show her some beauty before this damage is done
But if it’s too much to ask
If it’s too much to ask
Send me a son

I LOVE the line “Show her some beauty before this damage is done,” but I don’t see where the last sentiment comes from. It’s as if they couldn’t think of a last line and just threw in anything to finish the verse. They might as well said, “I really like the color red, but if it’s ok with you, I’ll like the color blue more.” It is this unresolved, unfulfilled feeling that I get with most every track, be it lyrically or musically.

The SuburbsIt could very well be possible that this was the intention of Arcade Fire, and if that is the case then they succeeded with flying colors.

There are some wonderful moments on the album, though. “Modern Man” may appear to plod along, but the riff is catchy enough to carry the weight of the song. “Empty Room” opens the album with the band running at break-neck speed… Régine Chassagne’s vocals are more than welcome at this point. She brings a different dynamic to the delivery of the group, and I was hoping for more from her than three songs but alas, that was not to be. After Chassagne’s singing on “Empty Room,” Win Butler just sounded uninspired.

My hands-down favorite song off the record is “Suburban War.” This track seems to encompass everything the band was trying to achieve with The Suburbs. The musical landscape is open, the lyrics sum up the disjointed disassociation that I felt (“Now the music divides us into tribes / You choose your side, I’ll choose my side” – GREAT line), and it seems that the conclusion of the song finally gives the band the intensity they had been striving for up until that point. It’s truly a beautiful piece.

But again, the parts do not make up the whole. There are some throwaways that I have to force myself not to skip – “Rococo,” “Sprawl (Flatland),” “Sprawl II,” (which sounds like a Blondie rip off), “Deep Blue,” and “City With No Children,” which just goes nowhere. That’s five songs… which would effectively cut the album down to 10 songs (the last track is just a reprise so it doesn’t really count)… that would have been the perfect length for this album.

Is The Suburbs worth picking up? That’s a tough question to ask… I’m a fan of Arcade Fire, so in that respect I would say it’s a must… but if you’re looking for a good starting point with the band, I can’t say this is the place to look. I’m not going to go so far as to say that The Suburbs is a disappointment, so take what I’ve said with a grain of salt. To me, a great album will, at the very least, hold my attention from the first to the last note and leave me wanting more… The Suburbs did not do that for me. There are gems within this album, though, and that definitely means something… but skipping through an album to find tracks that I like is not a good sign for any record as whole.

I really wanted to love this record. I walked into it expecting to love it… but as Butler sang in “We Used to Wait,”

    … “Sometimes it never came.”


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Kanye West Facebook

Kanye West Visits Facebook and Performs New Material

This is just cool. After thinking about how to describe this, the best word I can come up with is “cool.” Well, that and “super cool,” “really cool,” and “frikkin’ cool.” In fact, any combination of words and “cool” would suitably describe this.

If you haven’t heard already, Kanye West visited Facebook headquarters and performed some new material… we here at make fun of Mr. West quite a bit, but we’ve never questioned his talent or abilities as a writer/rapper. Take a look at these videos… his energy is incredible, his raps are sharp, and I’m totally diggin’ the whole vibe.

Mr. West is also now on Twitter. You can follow him here.

If you’re a fan of his, I highly recommend following him… his third tweet was this: The album is no longer called “Good Ass Job” I’m bouncing a couple of titles around now

After watching these videos, I’m really looking forward to the new album. “Mama’s Boyfriend” is so cool I’m going to watch it again right now.

Good ass job, Mr. West. Keep it up!

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Dark Dark Dark

Dark Dark Dark: Daydreaming

Have you ever felt that a song came into your life at just the right moment? Have you gone around the day doing your thing, but somehow in the back of your mind you knew that your day wouldn’t be complete unless something happened… and that something turned out to be a particular song?

Dark Dark DarkIf you haven’t felt like that, then I envy you. It’s a tortuous feeling for me because I have no idea what will fulfill my day… I can listen to all of my favorite music, but they just don’t do it… so I go searching and searching until, by the grace of God or whatever you believe in, it comes to me. It is at that moment when I know that music is in my soul, and it is at that moment when I know that God hears every thought in my comparatively empty head.

Last night, that song for me was Dark Dark Dark‘s beautiful “Daydreaming” off their upcoming album, Wild Go. I can call “Daydreaming” a myriad of things… “haunting,” “sublime,” “permeating,” cinematic,” “picturesque…” and I’d probably wouldn’t be wrong with any of those words… but the thing that fascinates me is that all the words in the world wouldn’t be able to grab the feeling I had as I listened to the song. It’s peaceful yet intense… it soothes me yet twists me up inside until the final release… yet it’s exactly what I needed at that moment.

I guess it says something about what my day was like, huh?

Wild Go will be released on October 5th… I can’t wait to pick it up. If just this one song hits me like this, there’s no telling what an album of it will do.

I’d better buy a helmet.

Here is a link to their first Daytrotter session and here is the link to their second. Both are definitely worth listening to.

Here are their current show dates:

Jul 29 2010 @ 8:00P at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in Grass Valley, Ca
Jul 30 2010 @ 9:00P at House Show in Oakland, CA
Jul 31 2010 @ 8:00P at The North Bay Film and Art Collective in Santa Rosa, CA
Aug 1 2010 @ 8:00P at Amnesia in San Francisco, California
Aug 2 2010 @ 6:00P at Origami Vinyl in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 2 2010 @ 8:00P at The Avenue 50 Mini-Museum in Los Angeles, CA
Aug 3 2010 @ 8:00P at Trunk Space in Phoenix, AZ
Aug 4 2010 @ 8:00P at Winning Coffee Co. in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Aug 5 2010 @ 8:00P at Marfa Book Co. in Marfa, Texas
Aug 6 2010 @ 8:00P at Ghost Room in Austin, Texas
Aug 7 2010 @ 8:00P at Walter’s on Washington in Houston, TX
Aug 8 2010 @ 8:00P at Hailey’s in Denton, TX

Take a listen to “Daydreaming.” If I know you, and I think I probably don’t know you, but IF I know you, I think you’ll like it. And if you do like it, vote for them at‘s Band of the Month poll. Sure, the month is almost over, but a few gazillion more votes can’t hurt.

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Download: Daydreaming

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Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers: Live at Pabst Theater on 2008-02-28

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The Drive-By Truckers have now been making music for over 14 years. That’s longer than 13 years, people.

My first exposure to the Truckers was when a buddy of mine recommended their 2001 album, Southern Rock Opera. Since my buddy was usually right about things, I took his recommendation and bought it. At first I dismissed them as a Lynyrd Skynyrd knock-off, and I told my buddy that. Well, we argued for days on this… he called me some names, I called him some names, we threw things at each other, and he even went so far as to threaten to burn my Star Wars videos. That was the last straw and it made me see just how serious he was.

So I gave the Truckers another listen and saw the wisdom of his ways.

My fandom of The Drive-By Truckers was solidified by their next album, Decoration Day. This record did everything I had hoped it would…. this was because I started to really pay attention to their stories. I’ve known a few Southerners in my lifetime, and I have to say that they are some of the best storytellers around. I hope you don’t think I’m stereotyping them… it’s just a characteristic I’ve noticed… a wonderful characteristic that, unfortunately, did not rub off on me during my time in the South.

My storytelling pales in comparison to that of the Truckers. Check out the lyrics to “Daddy’s Cup” off The Dirty South:

Before I could walk, I had a wrench in my hand
I was my Mama’s little angel and my Daddy’s second chance
He went end over end the first year he went pro
Lost part of his eyesight and he couldn’t race no more
But he never lost his touch when he got underneath the hood
He knew how to make them run and he knew one day he would
See his name in victory lane and engraved on that cup
Just like all them other crazy fools with racing in their blood

See how Mike Cooley sets it all up there? You know that the story is from the kid’s point of view, you know that his dad used to be a racer but got in an awful accident (are there good ones?) thus ending his career, and you know that the father still dreams about racing and cars.

Now, if I were to write that story, I’d start it like this:

Uhhhhh….. yup….. yuppers….. yeee-up.

And that, my friends, is storytelling.

Here’s a Truckers show from 2008. I’ve ZIPPED it all for you… you can thank me later!!!!

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Drive-By Truckers Live at Pabst Theater on 2008-02-28


Download: Two Daughters
Download: Daddy Needs a Drink
Download: Three Dimes Down
Download: That Man I Shot
Download: The Home Front
Download: A Ghost to Most
Download: Sinkhole
Download: Marry Me
Download: Dead, Drunk and Naked
Download: Guitar Man Upstairs
Download: I’m Sorry Huston
Download: The Opening Act
Download: Gravity’s Gone
Download: Putting People on the Moon
Download: Checkout Time in Vegas
Download: You and Your Crystal Meth
Download: Goodes Field Rd
Download: Shut Up and Get on the Plane
Download: Lookout Mountain
Download: Buttholeville


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Dewveall: Runaway Sun

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My hope is that you had a most excellent weekend full of whatever it is that floats your boat. As for me, I lost a few more ants in my ant farm (a real one, not a virtual one), and I was successful in laying down vocals for a Chinese pop song. I gotta tell ya – singing in Chinese is WAY different than singing in English. I got tongue-tied with most every other line… cracked me up a few times, but in the end we got it. I was quite happy with the results and I hope the producer was as well.

Anyhow, I’ve been looking forward to sharing this song with all of you. “Runaway Sun” came to me via email and it literally exploded out of my speakers when I played it. I sat in my chair with a “Right f***in’ right!” look on my face and then proceeded to leave the song on repeat for about half an hour. I then contacted the band, Dewveall, told them the song kicks ass, then continued with my listening. “Runaway Sun” reminds me that underneath it all, I’m still a rocker at heart… and that’s all I need to know.

Dewveall‘s email contained a short bio:

“East Nashville’s husband and wife rockers, Dewveall, have a bluesy, rock and soul sound. With leviathan Jonathon singing lead and lilliputian Mel breathing harmonies, Dewveall is a two person, one voice accord that makes texture, grit, rasp and whisper sometimes sound like soul singer Amos Lee and sometimes going the way of the more rambunctious Black Crowes”

I really, really, REALLY encourage you to take a listen to “Runaway Sun” right now. The song just kicks ass. Sometimes the only way to describe a song is that it “just kicks ass.” Music is music, Rock n’ Roll is Rock n’ Roll… once you make things too complicated, then the very essence is lost.

Dewveall gets my blood pumping and I cannot wait to hear more. I can’t seem to find any information on whether they’re performing anywhere… if you dig what you hear, I would follow them on Twitter (link is below) to keep updated.

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Download: Runaway Sun

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Pigeon School

Sunday Song Selection Sans Significance

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I was all ready to do another post on the whole Kings of Leon Pigeongate thing, but after re-reading it, I decided not to because it’d be beating a dead horse. I’m hoping that KOL has taken a look at themselves and realized that there were at least a dozen options to explore before canceling the show. Will I keep listening to KOL? Sure. Although I wasn’t there, I can relate to those disappointed fans… but in the end I still enjoy their music. Just because Mel Gibson has apparently gone off the deep end doesn’t suddenly make Lethal Weapon 2 a terrible movie.

Ok, moving on…

So today is going to be an interesting day for Ol’ Swap. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been asked to lay down some vocals on a song… which may not seem like that difficult of a task… but here’s the thing: the song is in Chinese.

The last time I sung in Chinese was when I was a kid in Chinese school. I sang mainly children’s songs… songs about ducks, about having friends, about being a small bird… cute songs that didn’t really require much emotion or conviction. This time around, though, my mom had to help me learn how to pronounce some of the characters… she shook her head the whole time with the “tsk tsk” look in her eyes.

She then asked me in Chinese, “How you forget so much Chinese?”

“Well, I don’t speak it unless I’m with you and dad. Most of my friends don’t speak Chinese.”

“They should. You tell them learn Chinese now or else they forget their English, too.”

“What? That doesn’t make any sense, mom.”

“Maybe because I said it in Chinese and since your Chinese so awful you no understand.”

So I’ve got about a day to rehearse this tune. It’s a good song and I want to do it justice. The weirdest thing is hearing my voice sing in a language other than English. Let me elaborate… the weirdest thing is hearing my voice try to sing emotionally in a language other than English.

This will be quite an experience. I figure that even if I have to record the song line by line, I’ll eventually nail it!

Wish me luck! And now for your enjoyment, here’s some music to check out.

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Kings of Leon Cancels Show Because of Bird Shit… Literally.

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Here’s something interesting and sad… @mwardlaw over at Addicted to Vinyl sent me a tweet about an article by @rftmusic regarding the tragedy at the last Kings of Leon show. According to The Riverfront Times, KOL canceled their St. Louis show at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater after playing three songs because a bird pooped into the bassist’s mouth.

Yes, you read that right. A bird pooped into the bassist’s mouth.

The article goes on to say that KOL drummer Nathan Followill tweeted this in order to explain the situation:

@doctorfollowill So sorry St. Louis. We had to bail, pigeons shitting in jareds mouth. Too unsanitary to continue.

@doctorfollowill Don’t take it out on Jared, it’s the fucking venues fault. You may enjoy being shit on but we don’t. Sorry for all who traveled many miles.

Now, I’m no rocket scientist, but if memory serves, a bassist is mobile… a bassist can move around the stage… and I’m guessing KOL uses wireless technology for their guitars/bass/vocals, so couldn’t Mr. Bassist simply move to another spot where birds weren’t pooping?

I mean, how much brains does it take to move out of the way? As the great Patches O’Houlihan once said, “If you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.” Well, just replace the words “a ball” with “bird shit” and you’re good to go.

But I wasn’t there on stage with them, so maybe there were so many birds pooping that it was damn near impossible to find a clear spot… and I can understand how disgusting it would be to eat bird poop… but to cancel a show because of that? I don’t know… I’d maybe take a break to get cleaned up and get looked at by the medical folk at the venue, but to cancel? The article indicates that members of the opening bands The Postelles and The Stills also got pooped on, yet they continued to play and finish their respective sets. I guess when you’re hungry, you’re hungry… and KOL is full.

I bet you KOL would have finished the set if they were one of the opening bands.

Tickets will be refunded and there is no indication of a make-up show… man, when the shit hits the fan (or the bassist’s mouth), all hell breaks loose.

I think this comment left by Rich at The Riverfront Times sums it up:

I love that Tom Petty was in town last week. They guitar player, Mike, passed out due to the heat… they carried him off stage, took a 5 min break and they came out and finished the show. These guys are what in their 50s, 60s? They played the whole show… bird poop scared Kings of Leon off. just saying

**** UPDATE ****

Here’s the press release regarding the show:

Pigeon Infestation Forces Kings of Leon Offstage Early in St. Louis.

An infestation of pigeons living in the rafters of the Verizon Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO, forced the Kings of Leon to walk offstage after three songs last night. Even though opening bands The Postelles and The Stills came offstage complaining of getting riddled with large amounts of pigeon excrement, the Kings of Leon decided to carry on regardless. The band felt it would be unfair to the fans to cancel the show at that late moment.

“I’m surprised they stayed on for as many songs as they did,” said Andy Mendelsohn of Vector Management. “Jared was hit several times during the first two songs. On the third song, when he was hit in the cheek and some of it landed near his mouth, they couldn’t deal any longer. It’s not only disgusting — it’s a toxic health hazard. They really tried to hang in there. We want to apologize to our fans in St. Louis and will come back as soon as we can.”

When the band arrived earlier in the day, the venue warned management that there had been a significant pigeon infestation problem with summer shows over the years, but they were doing all they could to fix it.
“We couldn’t believe what The Postelles and The Stills looked like after their sets,” said Jared Followill. “We didn’t want to cancel the show, so we went for it. We tried to play. It was ridiculous.”

There… that makes it all better, doesn’t it? Hey here’s a thought… next time some warns you guys about something, take precautions to avoid it. Just a thought.

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