a blog for someone who cannot shut up....

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Got to get Religion

I like to exercise, obviously due to the health benefits but also because of the wonderful convergence of endorphins and huge guitar riffs. Nothing makes exercise easier than loud, aggressive rock and roll...especially when you hit the wall and the only way through it is to turn the volume up on GnR's "It's So Easy", for instance.

If you are like me, and always on the lookout for good workout tunes, check out Bad Religion.

While I love them, some complain their songs all sound the same. In terms of exercise, however, it is that consistency of sound that make them perfect. You have the confidence of knowing you're going to get 30 min+ of uninterrupted guitar riffs, machine gun snare drum, and angry lyrics featuring words you need to look up in the dictionary...without any bullshit ballads to break the pace.

Sunday, February 11, 2007

Arena Rock

Rush has put out a boatload of music and it has earned its spot among rock's elite. If you cannot at least respect this band, then you really don't have an objective viewpoint when it comes to discussing music.

I recently imported A Farewell to Kings into my i-Tunes library, as well as a bunch of other stuff that had not yet been added to what has become my ever-growing precious...pronounce like Gollum: my digital music database....my precious. How about Buffalo Springfield, some Grateful Dead, a little Beatles (Live at the BBC) that I had lying around, and even live Who that had escaped the ripping process. Getting back to the subject, I just request that you take some time and listen to "Xanadu" all the way through. All 11:11 of it, son. Even the gristle. I just think that it helps to remind you of what huge concert rock once was - and hopefully can be again. Wolfmother just doesn't do it for me.

(Note: Yes, the movie Xanadu has nothing to do with Canadian progressive rock. But, ONJ is hot, and her hair in that movie poster is unstoppable.)

Sister Morphine

I'd have to say that Sister Morphine belongs in the top 5 Rolling Stones songs of all time. Now, I know that getting to that level is high praise, considering their library of work....but for me this song deserves it. Thoughts?