Amazing Journey – f-f-f-f-f-fucking amazing!

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Remember everything I said in the Van Halen documentary? Well this was the opposite!

1. Up to date interviews with the members of the band? – Check
2. Footage from every era of the bands incarnation? – Check
3. Cover both the high points to the low points – Check
4. Including the deaths of both Keith Moon and John Entwistle – Check

The list can go on forever, I’ll just leave it at four. This was one of the most polished documentaries I have seen on a rock band in recent memory. The movie covered a lot of unfortunate events such as the 11 deaths in Cincinnati at one of their shows. Pete being brought up on child porn charges, only to have them dropped later. The full coverage of Keith’s downfall to John’s unexpected death. What I did not know is that Pete had dissolved the band in 1982 only to reform after John asked them to. The reason John needed the band to tour was he was in debt. After the live aid check, which each member was paid at least 2 million dollars, it was gone as soon as John got it. The Who would reform two more times to help bail out John financially. He would eventually die on the last tour in Las Vegas. Its really ashame to see the downfall of such a great band. I guess for those who have never experienced the Who, live, will get to see them one more time as they (Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey) begin their 50th anniversary tour. For those who can’t afford the ticket, use the money to buy Who albums/cds/digital downloads, whatever. The film is a must see!

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Just another day in Stumptown!

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What does that mean? I don’t know. Today is Saturday which means we had another show this morning. We kept it freeform, meaning no real theme. Next week we will feature music from 1968. The short of it, 1968 may have been one of the greatest for rock n roll music. Look for more soon. I had a few threads running today. I kicked off the show with Buffalo Springfield which had one of those obscure musicians, Neil Young. More on the band at a later date. That was followed up by the Byrds which was fronted by an even more obscure David Crosby and then finally wrapped it up by going full Neil Young. Looking down the list you’ll also see Porno for Pyros with Perry Ferrell on vocals, followed by the red hot chilli peppers which had Dave Narvarro on guitar and then wrapped it up with Jane’s addiction! So there you are two threads. As for Stumptown? I quit coffee early this year but when I was drinking I went to a small coffee shop in Portland Oregon called Stumptown Coffee, simply the best coffee I have ever had. You have to love their motto “Only crappy people drink our brown fluid”!

Buffalo Springfield “Mr. Soul”
Byrds “Everbody’s been burned”
Neil Young “Down By The River”
The Raconteurs “Steady as she goes”
The Faces “Stay With Me”
Elliott Smith “LA”
Porno for Pyros “Pets”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “Warped”
Janes Addiction “Three Days”
Wolfmother “Joker & the Thief”
Queens of The Stone-Age “You Think I Ain’t Worth A Dollar”
Bob Dylan “Drifters Escape”
Allman Haynes Trucks “Needle and the damage done”
Alice Cooper “Caught in a dream”
Red Hot Chili Peppers “Dani Califonia”
RPA & The United Nations of Sound “ARE YOU READY?”
The Verve “Lucky Man”
The Kinks “Around the Dial”
Cheap Trick “So good to see you”
Rolling Stones “It must be hell”
Def Leppard “ROCK of AGES”
Ratt “You’re in trouble”
Velvet Revolver “Slither”
Lindsay Buckingham “Down on the Rodeo”

Fair Warning!

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The only time I get to watch TV is when I am cooking dinner. I have 28 documentaries that I will be watching in the next 28 days. In that time you will see a review of them all. I watch them so you don’t have to, at least the bad ones anyway. I won’t spend too much time with the bad ones because people put a lot of effort into these films and its wrong to piss all over them if I didn’t care for them. I will only offer a reason why you would watch the film. I have no interest in arbitrary ratings. I will simply offer a reason to watch or to pass. I will be watching these via Hulu.

First up Van Halen the early years. I’m 50 years old, I grew up with Van Halen, I know their story inside and out. If you know nothing about this band, this is a good intro to the early years. This is a low budget film, meaning they could not get the really big names to appear on the film but were able to get the audio from them which is better than nothing. Included was an audio segment of Gene Simmons discussing how he came to sign the band. The film covers everything up to the album 5150. There is no mention of the turmoil surrounding the firing of David Lee Roth and no mention of bringing on Sammy Hagar. If you read guitar magazines as I have done through out my teen years into my late 20’s you are more than familiar with what went on. I was hoping that I would at least get some live early footage but no luck there. All in all, I would pass if you know about Van Halen. If you are listening to them for the first time, then yes, check it out.

Business is good?

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Needless to say it’s been a tough week for Dave Mustaine. First comes word that the body of his mother-in-law was found – article here. Yesterday he lost his guitarist Chris Broderick and today he lost his drummer Shawn Drover. This kind of turmoil is nothing new. The roster of former Megadeth members is becoming a long one. This might actually be refreshing because the band, much like its leader has grown old and dare I say, stale? The albums over the years have become o.k. No more, no less. Most older fans will always point to Rust In Peace as the pinnacle of their career, however the following couple of albums were really not that bad either. I’m talking about Countdown to Extinction, Youthanasia and Cryptic Writings. The next album was titled Risk, which is certainly what you did with your money when you bought this cd. I wasn’t too crazy about this, the only salvagable song was a mid tempo song called “Breadline” which was really tailor made for big radio airplay and the album strangely enough went “Gold”. It would be the last album to do so. Cryptic Writings would be the last platinum album. I really shouldn’t bring up those metrics because those are false yard markers for people who really love music and have a good ear. Megadeth seems to have survived a lot over the years, from alcohol, drug abuse, massive line up changes and through it all Dave powers through. I can’t help but think one of the problems here may have been Dave’s commitment to his religion. However, that is just speculation, I’m sure in the next few weeks we’ll start hearing the reasons why Drover and Broderick have left the band. An article today in Blabbermouth features Glenn Drover, Shawn’s brother, who was in the band before Broderick replaced him. Glenn for some strange reason was quoted as “I will never rejoin Megadeth”. I’m pretty sure no one has been asking him. I’m hoping a new lineup with fresh talent will be enough to ressurect a band that I have followed over the years.

A very metal thanksgiving was had by all

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Today we filled in for Haley today at the 2pm to 3pm spot. It gave me a volunteer hour which we need in order to keep our show for the future. I need four more hours of volunteer time per semester. Today’s show allowed me to go back to my metal roots. I wanted to make it aggressive straight through but all of my cds are not necessarily “radio safe”, meaning there is some swearing but I’d like to avoid FCC fines when I can. Anyway I managed to figure out how to get songs to play off the computer so that will greatly increase our playlist that much more. I also don’t have to rely on wireless, lastly I don’t have to bring in my laptop anymore. The shows list is below, we’ll be back to our regular show on Saturday.

Behemoth “Sculpting the Throne ov Seth”
Probot “Centuries of Sin”
Slayer “Jesus Saves”
Lamb of God “The Passing/In Your Words”
Metallica “For whom the bell tolls”
Judas Priest “Scream for Vengance”
Megadeth “Tornado of Souls”
Carcass “UNFIT FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION”
Unearth “Sanctity of Brothers”
Chimaira “Salvation”
Ozzy Osbourne “FLYING HIGH”
Anthrax “Strap it on”
Motorhead “Ironfist”

That 70’s Show!

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Today’s theme was bands from the 70’s. It was a decent enough show, however I really need to brush up on bands I haven’t heard a while. It was good to listen to Black Sabbath’s Masters of Reality. As mentioned on the show this morning, I was going to start putting up reviews of my favorite albums and I hope as I do this, that you too will like the albums I put up. I will not waste time reviewing marginal albums. So that is all I have at the moment, more to come later tonight/tomorrow.

ELO “Boy Blue”
The Monkees “Porpoise Song”
Elton John “Elderberry Wine”
T. Rex “Mambo Sun”
Ozark Mountain Daredevils “Jackie Blue”
Humble Pie “I Don’t Need No Doctor”
Cheap Trick “Downed”
Ringo Starr “It Don’t Come Easy (Live) (Concert for Bangladesh)”
Jimi Hendrix “Message to Love”
Robin Trower “In This Place”
Allman Brothers “Hot Lanta”
Uriah Heep “Easy Livin'”
Graham Parker “PROTECTION”
Mott the Hoople “Nightmare (Demo)”
Bob Dylan “Simple Twist Of Fate”
Todd Rundgren “I went to the mirror”
Cars, The “Touch And Go”
The Cars “The Most Dangerous Type”
Joe Walsh “Meadows”
The Rolling Stones “The Last Time”
Foghat “Fool For The City”
Black Sabbath “After Forever”
Kiss “King of the Nighttime World”
The Who “Is It In My Head?”
David Bowie “Heroes”

Better? Yes and no.

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The second show while technically better still needs a little polish. I usually have a list of things to go over on the show and I left that at home. I have a new host on the show, Darrell Harviston, it will take some time to get the chemistry set but that will come with time. Anyway, here is the set list for today’s show. Next week it will be a 70s weekend! I’m not looking for cheesy 70’s stuff, I’m looking for solid rock songs by the usual suspects, with the twist that they are not over played songs. No “Dream on”, “Stairway to Heaven”, etc. I do plan to kick the show off with Joe Walsh’s Country Fair. I have never heard this song played on the radio ever. Anyway, here is the list and we’ll see you folks next week.

Sweet “Ballroom Blitz”
Badfinger “Baby Blue”
The Who “Pinball Wizard”
Rush “Subdivisions”
Dream Theater “Perfect Strangers”
Monster Magnet “Negasonic Teenage Warhead”
Garbage “Stupid Girl”
Republica “READY TO GO!”
REM “Ignoreland”
The Eels “Novacaine for the soul”
Talking Heads “Memories Can’t Wait”
Elliot Smith “Junk Bond Trader”
Roxy Music “Out of the Blue”
Paul Gilbert “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”
AC-DC “Whiskey on the Rocks”
Foo Fighters and Queen “Tie your mother down”
Van Halen “Loss of control”
Deceased “Deathrider”
Steve Winwood/Eric Clapton/Derek Trucks “Can’t find my way home”
G3 “My Guitar Want to Kill Mama”
Anthrax “Neon Knights”
Thin Lizzy “Cold Sweat”
Blues Saraceno “My Generation”