In the past few centuries Transylvania has gotten a pretty bad rap for being the land of blood sucking freak vampires. The whole Dracula thing really didn't help(Thanks Bram Stoker!) and of course we root our blame for Twilight upon that. But Transylvanian Artist Sandu Ciorba has been providing his style of Romanian folk and weirdness for many years. As you can tell by this video it's not all Bats in the Belfry Transylvania:
F**ck Yeah that Rocks! I'm guessing you didn't make it through the whole video. I'm also guessing you're disappointed that the hot Romanian chick didn't get naked. But you'll come back... Sandu beckons you...
Heavy Metal fans are some of the most passionate and fanatical on the planet. The most beaten down genre of music is always the underdog, always fighting for respect. Well that moment of coveted validity may be here thanks to the British Institution of learning known as New College Nottingham. They are currently offering a two year degree in Heavy Metal Music Performance.
The classes will cover the history, cultural significance, and relationship Heavy Metal has to religion. It will also cover some of the business of Metal. Get a full course description here. Does the offering of a degree make Metal more legitimate? Ask Lemmy from Motorhead or Phil Anselmo if they think a College Degree in Metal would've been beneficial to their careers? I'm sure their responses would be quite informative and colorful. Maybe a class on Entertainment Contracts and Music Publishing would be more useful. I'm sure King Diamond didn't have a teacher tell him to paint his face like a demon. But I would safely guess he may have had a few teachers tell him to get out of their class once or twice.
The class should come with a warning: Loving Heavy Metal may cause a debilitating addiction. That is exactly what happened to 42 year old Roger Tullgren of Hasselholm, Sweden. According to three Psychologists(who, I'm guessing don't want to lose their sweet government grants) Mr. Tullgren's Heavy Metal Lifestyle disables him from having normal employment because of discrimination. Apparently he lost a few jobs because he attends around 300 Metal shows a year and can't get his fucking priorities straight. So now the Swedish Government pays part of his salary and his new job as a dishwasher allows him to listen to his music while working as well as giving him time off to go to shows.
Tullgren said he had been trying for ten years to get this scam approved. He says his debilitation began at age two when his brother played Black Sabbath for him.(Ozzy is still getting blamed for shit, unbelievable.) In an interview for the Swedish publication,The Local, he said,"Some might say that I should grow up and learn to listen to other types of music but I can't. Heavy metal is my lifestyle." Don't get me wrong, but I love me some Metal too. But somehow the words, "Shut The Fuck Up" come to mind.
During Astronaut Chris Hadfield's stint as Commander of the International Space Station he has used twitter to help us understand why exactly we are sending humans into space. Now he is using the Music Video medium on his last day in orbit to convey the beauty of looking down from on his home planet.
This is the first music video created in space and maybe the first recorded music. Hadfield recorded his vocals and guitar on the ISS while he had a band do the rest on Earth. Despite his Porno-stache he deliver's a heartfelt version of David Bowie's "Space Oddity"; a song, I always thought, was about heroin addiction. But with some minor lyrical changes for accuracy he does a pretty good job at a more literal translation. Talk about getting cred! This guy was able to get more high than any Rock Star in history. Plus he's had to poop in a bag for 5 month's AND he did it sober!
Safe landing Commander Hadfield.
Commander Hadfield, I have a request for when you come back to Earth. PLEASE do NOT do a cover of Peter Schilling's "Major Tom". That song drives me nuts! Thanks and congratulations.
Visual Effects Pioneer and Legend Ray Harryhausen passed away today in London (5/7/13) at the age of 92. Harryhausen created a type of stop motion animation called "Dynamation" which was way ahead of it's time. That time being the 1950's and 60's. After seeing the original King Kong film as a kid he dedicated his life to being a visual effects artist. Here's a short list of some of the movies that featured his greatest work:
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956) 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) The Three Worlds of Gulliver (1960) Mysterious Island (1961) Jason and the Argonauts (1963) One Million Years B.C. (1966) The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1974) Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977)
Clash of the Titans (1981)
Harryhausen inspired the works of Directors like George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, Tim Burton(who gave a nod to the artist in his movie Corpse Bride by putting his name on a piano that the main characters played). Peter Jackson said, "The Lord Of The Rings is my Ray Harryhausen movie." James Cameron(Avatar, Titanic, Aliens) said, "I think all of us who are practitioners in the arts of science-fiction and fantasy movies now all feel that we're standing on the shoulders of a giant. If not for Ray's contribution to the collective dreamscape, we wouldn't be who we are."
His passing today triggered a great memory from my childhood when my family lived in West Newton, MA. I'm going to get really Old and Farty here. When I was 8-9 years old my fellow Davis Elementary School friends and myself would walk down to the West Newton Cinemas a few Saturdays during the Summer and catch their weekly Sci-Fi/Fantasy Double Feature. The fact that our parents would let us do this on our own amazes me. It was like 2 bucks and air conditioned, with cheap popcorn. That's where I was introduced to Harryhausen's work. I caught most of the movies listed above which amazed and scared the crap out of me. Those Skeleton's from Jason And The Argonauts still creep me out to this day. I tried watching it on acid once and ran from the house in horror. Luckily I was clothed.
I found this sampler of most of his work. I also posted the Skeleton Fight from Jason And The Argonauts separately because it's still brilliant. Harryhausen worked 4 months on that scene unassisted. Look at those blood thirsty sons-a-bitches! Imagine them unleashed on a Rankin/Bass set? There would be Elf parts everywhere!
p.s. He also had the best Sushi place in Monstropolis.
Shinedown are becoming Kings of the Rock Power Ballad. The kind of song where you find your arm reaching for a lighter once it starts. The kind of song that could be great for a slow dance but kicks in just enough to make it seem a little awkward. Must be their Duval County, Florida roots. Lynyrd Skynyrd are from the same area. One thing is for sure, Brent Smith's voice is for real. No auto-tune there.
This performance was recorded live at Henson Studios, Hollywood CA:
Just using a bottle opener isn't good or fun enough for those crazy beer loving Germans. Quite honestly if it takes even a few more seconds to open my beer I get very impatient and cranky. Maybe that's just because I'm an American(or I'm an alcoholic).
The full on case opener is quite useful in a group drinking situation but the backhoe? Actually it would be pretty funny to have that dude drive around some festival or parking lot offering to open your beer. Although eventually, somebody is going to lose an eye.
This is a preview clip for the song "I Appear Missing" from the new Queens Of The Stone Age album ..Like Clockwork, out on June 4. It starts with a heavily bandaged and bleeding man waking(or rising) in the middle of one of Josh Homme's favorite subjects, The Desert. He seemingly wills himself to float past several hazards like hungry vermin and prickly cacti to an urban area where he ends up..well, you'll see. It's good to see QOTSA remain as creepy as ever. it's all about the Weirdness.
Metallica were honored by their Hometown team with a "Metallica Night" at AT&T Park in San Francisco. They didn't have Metallica Bobble heads but they did give out sweet Giants/Metallica caps and had Drummer Lars Ulrich throw out the first pitch. The most Rock part of the night was James Hetfield and Kirk Hammet injecting the Metal into the "Star Spangled Banner". I've always been a sucker for the epic twin guitar lead and when applied to our National Anthem, it was double Epic.
By the way, those sweet Caps are already $96.00 on Ebay.
Volbeat's greasy haired leader Michael Poulsen described their sound the best when he asked the crowd at The House Of Blues last night, "Do you want Metal? Do you want Rock-N-Roll? Do you want Country? Do you want Punk?" They delivered all of that with a steely-eyed confidence for 90 minutes. I have indentations in my skull to prove it.
They Hammered the crowd with songs from the new album, Outlaw Gentlemen And Shady Ladies like "Perl Hart", "Doc Holiday", and the Maiden-esque "The Hangman's Body Count". But the highlights of the night were older tunes like a pummeling version of "A Warrior's Call" from Beyond Hell/Above Heaven, witch was basically a challenge to every sweaty guy in the place to hurl themselves into the pit. And the Johnny Cash tribute "Sad Man's Tongue" witch started with an acoustic strum before being blasted full on with the railroad beat of Cash's "Folsom Prison Blues" ,but on nuclear steroids.
By the end of the last song "Pool Of Booze Booze Booza" The House Of Blues was a steaming sweaty mess of drunken piles of flesh. Not once through the whole show did Poulsen not smile. Grinning while he and his band delivered a steady stream of beatings to the rabid dog crowd. With his black vest and Sheriff's badge he looked like the Doc Holiday from the song, prowling the OK Corral for a kill. He has a lot to be happy about with his band on a rocket trip and an album doing the same on the charts. You were lucky if you were in attendance. This might be the last time Volbeat plays a room this small in Boston.
Yngwie Malmsteen could have been the greatest Trumpet player of all time. Or greatest Drummer of all time. But it was Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar ablaze that inspired the very young Swede to pick up the instrument he is most known for. Since then he has been called the "Greatest Guitar Player In The World" (among many other things) and has released 19 albums worth of mind boggling guitar Gymnastics that has influenced and confounded many.
On his latest album, "Spellbound", you get the purest form of his talent as he plays all the instruments with most of the riffage coming from first take ideas. He's also entering the world of words with a memoir called "Relentless" and is entering the digital realm with his instructional website RelentlessShred.com.
In my opinion, Rush didn't need to be in The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. They never really needed to belong to any group or club. Much like their fans they did their own thing. They created their own businesses model to survive the cut throat Music Industry. They toured relentlessly to get their music heard. They followed their own formula of song writing regardless of what was "in" at the time.(Well, there was that horrendous rap in the middle of "Roll The Bones".) Their own Musical Ecosystem supported by one of the most loyal legion of geeks and outcasts that have passed on their appreciation to their children to be passed down to their children for over three decades.
It was this army of fanatics that pressured the RRHOF year after year until Jan Wenner finally caved and allowed the outsiders into the Pantheon of Rock Legend. But it was not the Hall that welcomed these Gods of the Great White North..It was the Holy Trio that allowed the Hall to be part of their world. In the end(also a great tune from Fly By Night), Rush accepted the accolades from the Hall and once again let the Geeks know that they have the power.
It can be summed up in the words of Guitar Wizard Alex Lifeson, "Blah blah blah, blah blah blah. Blah, blahh blah blah blah blah blah. Blah Blah Blah." The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony will be aired on HBO on May 18. Check out the rough footage below
Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins from Foo Fighters inducting the band:
Holy Cow! Neil is talking!:
Foo Fighters having the most fun you could possibly have ever:
Early Saturday Morning(April 13) Deftones Bassist Chi Cheng passed away after a battle to recover from a car accident back in 2008. Chi had been in a coma for most of that time but had shown signs of recovery which kept his family, fellow band members, and fans hopeful for a recovery. His struggles were documented by his family at the One Love For Chi site. The news of his death was posted by his mother there:
"Our dearest Family,
This is the hardest thing to write to you. Your love and heart and devotion to Chi was unconditional and amazing. I know that you will always remember him as a giant of a man on stage with a heart for every one of you. He was taken to the emergency [sic] room and at 3 am today his heart just suddenly stopped. He left this world with me singing songs he liked in his ear.
He fought the good fight. You stood by him sending love daily. He knew that he was very loved and never alone. I will write more later. I will be going through the oneloveforchi and any other information may not be reliable. If you have any stories or messages to share please send them to the onelove site. Please hold Mae and Ming and the siblings and especially Chi’s son, Gabriel in your prayers. It is so hard to let go.
With great love and “Much Respect!” Mom J (and Chi)"
The last time I talked to Chi was at the 2006 Family Values Tour at the Comcast Center in Mansfield. At the time Deftones had struggled through recording Saturday Night Wrist with tensions in the band at an all time high. I had interviewed Singer Chino Moreno that day as well as a few other bands on the tour and had run into Chi taking a smoke break in the backstage courtyard. He seemed way more mellow and tired than when I had spoke to him last on the White Pony tour. He said he was a "Ghost" on this tour, trying to keep a low profile and not get into too much trouble. We also talked about his growing interest in Country and Western music. He was digging deep into the real "shit kicking stuff" as he called it like Hank Jr., Waylon Jennings, and other Outlaw artists. I had suggested a few bands I liked to him and we had a great conversation about Roots and Americana music. It was a real conversation with a person who kept it real.
On a good night, the Deftones could move mountains. Chi's bass playing created an elastic bottom that, when coupled with Abe Cunningham's drumming, could alter your heartbeat to conform to their rhythm.
All of us here at WAAF are saddened by Chi's death and send our condolences to his Family and his band mates in Deftones.
Here we are on the third and final day of what the Hill-Man calls the "Great Trilogy Of Drinking Days In Boston" along with St. Patrick's Day and The Home Opener. Not only is it Marathon Monday but it's also Patriot's Day and Tax Day! So put on you're best running shoes and triangle hat and get those taxes filed!
Mistress Carrie will be broadcasting live down the street from the Finish line of the Marathon today at Lir on Boylston St. This year we thought we'd make her job a little harder by sending her on the a Boston Marathon Scavenger Hunt. You can help her by posting your sightings and pictures to the WAAF Facebook Page and our Twitter feed. Some things are familiar sights around the Marathon route and some may be a little harder to find. Join us for what may be the start of a great new tradition in the Commonwealth. I have attached a drink value to each item because you're all a bunch of alcoholics.
1. Guy dressed like he's getting ready to run the Marathon but is obviously not in shape to. You know who I'm talking about. Top of the line track suit, squeaky clean running shoes, resting his cup on his beer gut. (Drink 10)
2. Dog wearing marathon related clothing. Along with posting a picture you should also call the MSPCA because dogs shouldn't be forced to wear clothes.(Drink 6)
3. Jesus pamphlet.(Drink 5. If you post a picture of the creepy Religious freak handing it to you then drink 12.)
4. Vomit.(Drink 2)
5. Someone with a vuvuzela.(Drink 2. If you can post a picture while the idiot is blowing it drink 5)
6. A Blimp.(Drink 8. If it's a plane with a banner drink 1 for every time it passes over you.)
7. Guy in a cow suit. Or any runner in a costume really.(Drink 5. Warning: there could be multiple cows.)
8. Someone protesting something with a sign. (Drink 3)
9. Person on a Segway.(Drink 7. If it's a Cop drink 11)
10. Any spectator holding a sign for a runner.(Drink 2)
11. A Bandit Runner.(That's a runner without a number. Drink 1 for every one you see.)
12. Any Douche in a Yankees hat.(Drink 1. Vomit on their shoes if possible.)
BONUS: If you see LB drinking DO NOT APPROACH! Post your sighting, run away and drink 9.
Good luck and enjoy this beautiful Historic Day. Go Kenya!
"My God Is The Sun" is the first taste of Like Clockwork which will be out on June 4. The Queens first album since 2007's Era Vulgaris. Once again the gigantic drumming of Dave Grohl graces the line up.(Including this song) Other guests include original bassist Nick Oliveri, and Elton John.(Yes, THAT Elton John)