Thursday, March 3, 2011

6 Artists You Need To Know

I provide name & genre, the link to learn more, and then you do some drowning. Plain & simple. Enjoy!

1) Lunatic Soul (Progressive Rock)

2) Neutral Milk Hotel (Indie Rock)

3) Gallows (Hardcore Punk)

4) Electric Wizard (Doom Metal)

5) Violent Soho (Alternative Rock)

6) Manic Street Preachers (Alternative Rock)

More soon! Keep reading! And subscribe for updates. :)

More Video Highlights

This is a very artistically altered take on the song "Tear" by The Smashing Pumpkins. Performed live on 05/28/1998 at the Botanical Gardens. Billy's most emotional & tender era in terms of releases and live shows. Very dark, and well-orchestrated. The Pumpkins live in Hamburg in 1997. First stop on the Adore Tour.

(credit goes to TheGoodShannon on Youtube)

Live Video Highlights

New thing I am starting. When I feel the need to do so, I will be posting my favorite live videos for your viewing pleasure. First up is Porcupine Tree. The angle may be far off, but it adds to the experience. Trust me. Sound quality & visuals are good, so watch away.

From their 2009 tour, Porcupine Tree performing the intro tracks to their album, "Occam's Razor/The Blind House."

(credit goes to swhq on Youtube)

Musical/\Revertion Song Of The Day: If Trees Could Scream, What Would They Sound Like?

Screaming Trees. One of the most unknown & underrated bands of the grunge era. Before Nirvana hit it big (before they were a band, even), these guys were already actively building their own sound & dedicated fanbase. "Sweet Oblivion" remains one of the top alternative albums of the 90's for me, and you really should check it out.

Vocalist Mark Lanegan is known for his indescribable baritone voice. As I stated, it cannot be described, so just listen please. One of their more well known tracks, and one of my favorites, here is "Shadow Of The Season." If you enjoy this, you may find the rest of "Sweet Oblivion" to your liking, as well as all of the Screaming Tree's discography.

Jimmy Chamberlin & Skysaw Release New Song

Skysaw. That is the name of ex-Smashing Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin's new band. Interesting, and easier to search on Google than their previous moniker, "THIS." The band consists of Jimmy Chamberlin, Anthony Pirog, Mike Reina, Boris Skalsky and Paul Wood. Reportedly, a deal with Dangerbird Records has been signed and the first physical release will come in May, entitled "Great Civilizations."

You can stream new track, "No One Can Tell" at Be sure to subscribe with their mailing list in order to gain a free mp3 download of it as well.

Now, if you are like me, you have missed the ferocity of Chamberlin's drumming since his March 2009 departure from the Pumpkins. The man is a monster, and is often cited as one of the greatest drummers of our era. His drumming on the newly released track, "No One Can Tell" is nothing phenomenal, but still refreshing to hear. Guy is as precise and smooth with his drums as ever.

Lyrically, nothing too special. The vocalist sounds like a loose interpretation of Maynard James Keenan or Billy Howerdel.  "No One Can Tell" is very reminiscent of the likes of Tool, A Perfect Circle, and Ashes Divide without coming off as an imitation. It has it's own flavor, without a doubt. 

Looking forward to the release.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Musical/\Revertion Song Of The Day: Remember The Prunes

As a tribute to the recently departed Mark Tulin of The Electric Prunes, today's song of the day will be none other Electric Prunes song. Here it is, one of the most underrated bands of the 60's era.


Tulin Of The Electric Prunes Collapses; Smashing Pumpkins Set To Release New Music.

Mark Tulin, 62, of  1960's psychadelic rock group, The Electric Prunes, died unexpectedly on Saturday February 26th. He was helping out with the Avalon Underwater Clean-Up in Avalon, California at the time when he collapsed. Medics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead. RIP 11/21/1948-02/26/2011.

The group was known for their experimental take on the genre, and for the struggle which ensued between them and their label over creative control. This is one thing that seemingly scarred the musicians, Tulin included, for a very long time.

Mr. Tulin was more recently associated with alt-rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins. Having met Corgan while he was recording music with the now-departed Sky Saxon (The Seeds), he soon commenced recording demoes with the Pumpkins for their (then) upcoming release, "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope." In addition, Mark Tulin joined Billy on tour for his Sky Saxon tribute band, Spirits In The Sky during July & August of 2009. Also, he was seen playing bass for a charity performance with Corgan & friends under the moniker, Backwards Clock Society.

The Prunes' bassist is credited for contributing bass guitar on the first 4-track volume of "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope," entitled "Songs For A Sailor." Other appearances included the only 2 Smashing Pumpkins performances to ever feature a male bassist. The Record Store Day show on 4/17/10 featured Mark Tulin on bass. When the band performed "Widow Wake My Mind" from the newly released EP on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, he was also added to the live line-up. According to Billy, Mark made good friends with current drummer, Mike Byrne. 40+ years his senior, and he treated him as if they were on the same level. What a guy...he will be missed.

Now, in relation to Mr. Mark Tulin, Billy Corgan has mixed and finalized two new Smashing Pumpkins songs for release. All we wait on is his announcement of when & how. The format of "Teargarden by Kaleidyscope" may be changing, or at least the method of release could. A big announcement for the New Year is expected soon, but please respect the fact that Corgan is clearly upset about the loss of his friend, and rightfully so. Producer & friend of the band, Kerry Brown, updated his blog with a tribute to Tulin:

Ain't No Sleep When You're Living The Dream

A beautifully drawn tribute, indeed.

A track called "Zen Baby" has been described within the post, which had been mixed just days before Tulin's collapse. Originally intended for use by The Electric Prunes, Billy opted to keep it for the Pumpkins & flesh it out. Whether or not this track will be one of the next two Smashing Pumpkins songs released is open to speculation, but we do know it is a factor. Seeing as it is connected to Tulin in a way, it might just serve as a tribute of sorts from Billy & The Pumpkins. Here is the only known recording of this track in-full, derived from one of the bands' soundchecks from their tour this past summer.

Sounds good, that is for sure. More energetic than anything the band has put out in a while. Fans attending the soundchecks have reported how much better it sounded live. Looking forward to it. This studio video was recently put up on the band's facebook, and if you listen close to the lyrics and chord changes, it is the same song. In acoustic/demo form no doubt. Supposedly filmed this past Monday. "Zen Baby!"

Rest in peace, Mr. Mark Tulin.


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