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3:46 PM on 02.26.2010

I Review Them In Stereo: Have One On Me by Joanna Newsom

I Review Them In Stereo is a feature where I review albums, typically new releases, sometimes oldies, not many compilations, across just about any genre you can name. In a perfect world I can gather a team large enough to make it an entirely seperate community feature with it's own blog. If you've got music know how, decent writing skills, and think you can regularly contribute PM me.

Album: Have One On Me
Artist: Joanna Newsom
Label: Drag City
Released: February 23, 2010
Genre: Folk
*Sub-genres Avant-garde, Baroque pop
Sounds like: early Regina Spektor, acoustic Sarah Brightman, Joan Baez

If you like folk, and female falsetto doesn't phase you, buy Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me right now. Don't continue reading; just do it. You will not be disappointed. However if you're into folk chances are you already know Ms. Newsom and I'm preaching to the choir.

When I picked up this ambitious album I had no idea what to expect. I knew it was a folk album and that was about it. I had never heard Ms. Newsom before and I can not express my shock when I first popped the CD in my car. For anyone who doesn't know Ms. Newsom the first thing that will probably catch you is her voice which has been described as "untrained," and "child-like." It is a very high falsetto that at first sounds operatic like that of Sarah Brightman (of Repo! The Genetic Opera fame) but suddenly, however gently, drops into an unprofessional yell that reminded me of Regina Spektor; specifically her performance on her third official album Soviet Kitsch. Her voice is probably what will put some off and put some on. For myself it took some getting used to. It's not that it's a bad voice it's just that it's a very...different voice. Especially in comparison to the typical female voices of the 21st century it takes a special ear to really appreciate.

Her voice, whatever your opinion, does not detract from the instrumental compisition which brings me to the hardest part of my review. Ms. Newsom uses very unconventional methods in her music. She often strays away from mainstream methods in her music which can almost be described as completely foreign in some respects. I don't want to paint the picture that the album Have One On Me is experimental howver. Certainly not. It's par for the course in folk or baroque but that still doesn't make it "normal." Have One On Me draws heavy inspiration from traditional Celtic, orchestral, and Appalachian sounds while using polyrhythms (multiple rhythyms layered on top of each other) to create some serious "What the fuck was that?" moments. One fine example of this can be heard on the track Esme where Newsom composes a beautiful array of strings including harp, banjo, and cello alongside percussions to create a song that dips into a wide range of unique flavors and textures.

Of course we can't review a folk album without looking extensively at the lyrical content. The lyrics, while not disappointing at all, are perhaps the weakest point of an otherwise perfect and daring album. Songs like '81, a song I interpreted to be a play on the subject of man destroying nature, do accomplish what they achieve but they seem to do only that. I felt like the lyrics never went as far as Newsom could've taken it. They lacked imagery, personality, and with Newsom's voice and instrumental compisition I really felt like she could've taken truly brilliant lyrics to a new plane. In my opinion she lacks the poetic finese of her folk sister, Regina Spektor (an inevitable comparison). It's not all negative however. Jackrabbits and Soft As Chalk are two songs whose lyrical content is breathtaking but on a 2 hour album that just doesn't mean much.

Oh yeah you read right. 2 hours. Continuing the pattern of breaking from the common mold Ms. Newsom packs her latest release with 124 minutes of pure hipster goodness. The risk pays off however because if you find yourself enjoying one track you'll want to squeeze every bit of goodness out of the other 17. Newsom never lets you down through the entire album keeping things fresh and interesting for the folk fan.

Overall, I would declare the album an ambitious triumph. It might not be for everyone but it surely doesn't let down it's audience. Newsom's voice is hypnotic and her compisition is a perfect example of how to keep the acoustic sound interesting and fresh without being ridiculous or pretentious. I would highly recommend Joanna Newsom's Have One On Me to anyone with a taste for beautiful acoustic folk or anyone with an open mind looking for something new.

Personal favorite tracks: Soft As Chalk, Have One On Me, '81

Summary for lazy people: Great if you're into folk. Maybe not for others.   read

3:25 PM on 02.15.2010

Jim's Heavy Rain review, Criticosm, and why you can't review the reviewer...

I know, I know.

This isn't a music blog. What the fuck Xzyliac?

Well in between listening to music you might want to know that I'm actually trying to get a journalism degree. Yes I write things other than list in various places across the internet and in paper. So in the spirit of schweet, schweet, journalism I've done some investigating. And I am angry.

If you haven't heard (and you have) resident Britain Jim Sterling reviewed Heavy Rain and people were not happy. The score? A 7. What's a 7 here on Destructoid?

Score: 7.0 -- Good (7s are solid games that definitely have an audience. Might lack replay value, could be too short or there are some hard-to-ignore faults, but the experience is fun.)

Nevermind the actual content of the review. Nevermind that the summary ends with "the experience is fun." Fact is it's not a 10 and Jim Sterling is biased because I said so because I disagree.

And of course you have the 596 comments which are entertaining as always but what is most interesting is what one user Cinda spammed us for. A little site called Criticosm. Criticosm is a site, mostly community run, that allows users to "critique the critics." Now I always thought that's what comments did but apparently some group decided that that's not enough. Apparently running a small site no one has ever heard of will get the point across much clearer so that critics can stop ruining reviews with their disgusting opinions and start saying what we want while slowly petting our heads to reassure us everything is okay. This way our opinions are right and we have been justified.

I went in to investigate.

Within hours of posting the link Criticosm didn't even have Heavy Rain in their database. By that evening it was up with one review from some dude. By the next day Jim's was up and the disapproving numbers came in by the buckets. Curious I started an account and just to see how many people really use this thing I gave Jim a big ol' 10 to see how long until that balance was disrupted. 'Bout a week later the numbers have finally tipped in favor of the haters. Which is cool. I mean some nice constructive criticism of critics. Maybe things they could work on like how to see something from a different perspective. Let's see what we've got...

"Jim Sterling is one of, if not the worst, reviewer of video games on the internet. And many times he scores a game that he doesn't even finish playing. Halo Wars being the most recent one. He makes tabloid reporters look like Pulitzer prize winning journalists. His reviews reek with whatever biased agenda he pulls out of his ass that week. Any review he "writes" should come with an asterisk indicating that it should not be taken seriously."

If you can't tell by now I'm a big Sterling defender. Not because I agree with Jim but because Jim's done nothing to get the flack he gets from morons everyday. This little diddy from JimboSparkles (I give that name a 10 by the way)? I did a little digging and Sparkles was right. Jim did in fact review a game he didn't finish last year. And he apologized and he wrote a new review. "All the time," Mr. Sparkles? Surely you exageratre for the sake of whatever biased agenda you pulled out of your ass.

But surely there must be something constructive in here...

"Jim Sterling is doing [the] gaming industry a disservice. He obviously wants a steady diet of no-brainer cookie-cutter games that follow every conceivable cliche. When a new and innovative game like Heavy Rain comes up, which by the way happens very rarely, he kicks it in the shin, and when gaming companies evaluate financial performance, they are discouraged to try anything new and we get our next portion of bland and generic games ..."

Ummm...but Jim gave the game a good review. But I'll take the bait and educate Mr. Zx (if that is your real name). Innovative, and new, do not a good game make. I suppose Jim should apologize for not handing out brownie points based on how "new" or "fresh" or "innovative" or whatever bullshit buzzword you wanna pull out of your ass the game claims to be.

Let's try again...

"Another horrible Sterling review. Let's take a look at it. Jim says, "If you're interested in blowing up Nazis and looking at endless breasts, then you really want to check this out." Apparently Jim's a breast man. Jim says, "The opening cutscene seems forced and uninspired, attempting to explain the premise far too quickly and unbelievably." This isn't looking too good for The Saboteur. Jim says, "The climbing system in The Saboteur is actually quite well crafted. While getting up a building is not as fast as it is in parkour-based games like Assassin's Creed, it's easily the least frustrating and well-crafted climbing system I've ever seen." Things are looking up now. Jim says, "The climbing is a bit too slow and the stealth seems horribly broken..." Huh?!?!?! WTF??? Make up your mind dude! Jim says, "...the control is incredibly stiff in the game..." Not good. Jim says, "The game's automatic cover system is also rather loose and could do with some work there..." Not good either. Jim says, "...there are plenty of sexy ladies to keep things ticking as well." And the sexy ladies save the day and Jim gives The Saboteur an 8.5!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Priceless."

So we copypasta the bits of the review we find distasteful and use that too predict the score? M'kay. Let me try:

*"So why is Pandemic's The Saboteur so bloody good?"
*"The opening cutscene seems forced and uninspired, attempting to explain the premise far too quickly and unbelievably. However, the game's narrative swiftly becomes intriguing and finds its groove almost immediately after the first mission, helped along by the extremely likable Sean and his detestable nemesis, Kurt Dierker.
*"The climbing and the stealth are nice thoughts, but in practice they simply don't compare to kicking the door in and shooting everything in sight."
*"Despite its humble promotion, the lament that it was sent out to die, and the death of developer Pandemic, The Saboteur is a terrific experience deserving of more accolades and attention that it will ever receive. It looks terrific, it has a fun story with a wonderful main character, and addictive gameplay that allows you to explode Nazis again and again and again."

Wow. From my copypasta'd review it was heading to 9+ St. What does this prove? That you can copypasta a review bend it to your liking however you want. You can't use that as a basis for ANYTHING. That's bullshit Mr. Sparkles. In fact in a previous review above this one I'm pretty sure you blame Sterling for having an agenda. What the fuck is this right here? And this is all without even delving into the fact that you posted a review of Jim's Saboteur review in the Heavy Rain section.

I feel good about this one...

"Jim seems more interested in his own theater then actually reviewing the game."

This is up there on my list of big reasons why reviewing the reviewer is a bad idea. This guy isn't reviewing shit. He's making baseless claims because he just doesn't like Jim. That's not a review. That's a knee jerk reaction. That's some douche trying to justify why someone else might be of a different opinion than himself.

Cut me a break guys...

"Worst review I have ever read."

Again. Baseless claim. Umm....Pepsi. Worst cola I ever drank. According to Criticosm I just wrote a review.

And now the big issue with ALL of these is universal: not a single thing in here is written for constructive purposes to benefit the reviewer. Everything here is written to take a shit on the reviewer and call for his ultimate undoing. Why? Because they disagreed with the review. That is all. That is it. Because these "critics" decided prematurely that they loved this game that they've NEVER PLAYED and for that reason it should score the highest of the high.

Fact is if you're going to always cheer for the reviewers who agree with you you've defeated the point of the review. You might as well just buy whatever fucking game looks good to you (what a revolutionary concept) instead of sitting around hands sweating and chest beating for the approval of some guy on the other side of the internet.

Wait Xzyliac! You only pointed out the negative reviews for Jim on Criticosm.

Wrong! I pointed all but one of the reviews. That one I'll show you in a bit but I want to point out something. Something that should shock no one. Every review on that site that has scored higher than Jim's? Yeah those reviewers have NOTHING written about them. Absolutely nothing negative was said about those reviewers and to that same extent nothing positive was said about them either.

You wanna get a little paranoid? You wanna get a little dose of conspiracy in your ranting blog? Okay. I submitted a review to Criticosm that gave the exact same score Jim gave. A 7. For the little review snippet you see before clicking the link I submitted the most scathing part of the entire review. This part right here:

Because instead of eliminating the traditional evils of and excuses for video game storytelling, Heavy Rain simply repeats them in a classier-looking way. And despite its gloss, style, genuinely affecting moments and pervasively dense atmosphere – actually because of them – those failings become more obvious than they’ve ever been.
-David Houghton of GamesRadar

You want to know what score Criticosm gives Mr. Houghton? A little green N/A.

The absolute irony that the site to avoid bias is the site with a bias is pathetic. What's pathetic even more is this idea that there can even be a completely bias-less review because there can't be. If Criticosm is proof of anything it's that humans naturally form a bias. If you strip out bias you strip out opinion and at that point you might as well just decide whether you want to buy something based on the description on the back of the box.

Again a revolutionary concept for sure. Buying something because you want it without the approval of someone else. That takes about as much balls as it does to walk out your front door. Then again that may explain a lot.

Am I a Sterling defender? You bet your fucking ass I am. Where is the first comment I ever made here? It's on a Jim Sterling article. I remember like it was yesterday. How Microsoft ruined fun for everybody. I expected complete bullshit and what I got was a well written and well argued point that I disagreed with. So I can see where those who disagree with Sterling are coming from. I am on your fucking side. However there comes a point where you're just an anti-fanboy. You're just instantly against one person or thing for whatever stupid reason and nothing that person does or that thing has can be right in your eyes. I remember seeing bloody high school. When all the girls would find someone they'd just, like, ya know, not like because they didn't belong. If it wasn't the same music or ideals they'd consider it "wrong." Well wouldn't you know those pricks and cumwads have gotten into my videogames.

And my schweet, schweet, journalism.

In closing I'd like to leave with this wonderful piece someone wrote on Criticosm. I assume it was written by a fellow DToider but part of me hopes it wasn't just because that would be oh so sweet of them.

Jim Sterling is fat and therefore wrong about everything. He is stupid because he gave assassin's creed a low mark when it was clearly a good game. Also, he has bias against playstation. I give this review the lowest concievable score known to man, a 7/10.


7:27 PM on 02.14.2010

The Loved, The Loveless, and The Misunderstood: A Valentines Day Music Blog

Oh Valentines Day. Some people hate it, some people love it, some people love to hate it, but no matter what camp you're in you're not alone. Fact is half the fun of Valentines Day is how much fun it is to talk about Valentines Day. Do you hate it? Write a hilarious blog! All of the fellow haters will flock and we'll all have a jolly good time! Do you love it? Write a romantic blog about it! We'll all flock and go ga ga for you!

In the love business (, before breaking everything down, you have three camps. The Loved, The Loveless, and The Misunderstood. No matter who you are there's a lovely batch of tunes for this day of love and heartbreak. And I, bringer of all things noisy, have a compiled said list for you. With love of course.

The Loved

So you have a lover. Maybe it's a hot dude. A hot chick? Beagle? Bagel? Jesus? I won't judge. Fact is on this the day of looove you are getting ready for (A) hot sex, (B) hot cuddling, (C) no you can't have both. Choose wisely.

Anyways for all those who will be getting some sweet, rosey, love here's some tunes for your day.

Oh yeah...

Ocean and a Rock by Lisa Hannigan


Ocean and a Rock is such a beautiful song. I love it. I think it's one of those songs that kind of makes you believe love can exist no matter how far apart you are.

Bonita Applebum by A Tribe Called Quest


Maybe this is less about love and more about lovin' this song is still mighty sexy. Yeeaahh.

Backdoor Man by The Doors


Sex. Don't gimme that look. You and I both know Valentines Day is just as much about romance as it is about getting laid. Neither gender is innocent of this.

Automatic by The Go-Go's


Amazing. Truly an underrated track from an underrated and oft forgotten album. The lyrics to this song are pure fucking poetry.

While We're Young by April March


This is the song for risktakers. For people who just want to be whisked away and have their minds blown. Truly feel like this a unique sort of a love song.

Michelle by The Beatles


It's impossible to list a list of love songs and not have a Beatles song and Michelle is probably one of the best. It's a simple young love between a dude from Liverpool and a French chick.

The Concept by The Cranberries


And it's also impossible not to have a Cranberries song and a track off the sensual and hypnotic Wake Up and Smell the Coffee hits the spot. Nothing says "Awww yeeaahh," like Dolores O'Riordan's voice.

Conquest by The White Stripes


Okay let's kick things up a notch. Conquest is one of my favorite love-y songs (maybe moreso seduction, I'm down with both) because it's the story of a strong woman who turns the tables on a strong man. What's hotter than that?

Great Balls of Fire by Jerry Lee Lewis


What can I say? It's a classic.

Circles by Strong Bad


I didn't know whether to put these here in the Loved section or not but because it's Strong Bad it's safe to assume he gets the girls in the end and rocks her god damn world.

Bull in the Heather by Sonic Youth


Personal favorite. I thave yet to meet anyone who really knows what Kim Gordon is trying to say in this song but the most popular theory is the song is about love making. With that mindset I think the song is definitely one of the more beautiful and lyrically intense of love (or at least seduction, be sure not to mix those up kids) songs. Personal favorite right here. Also, the video has Kathleen Hanna kissing Kim Gordon. That's just awesome.

Sandpaper Kisses by Martina-Topley Bird


I still haven't decided if this or I Want You (She's So Heavy) by The Beatles is the most hypnotic of love songs but Jesus is it up there. I mean seriously. Sit in ambience and listen to this song. It's like a natural high.

The Loveless

Of course not everybody has somebody to love on Valentine's Day. Some of us don't give a fuck and that's the way we like it. Maybe you've been heartbroken, maybe you just don't care, whoever you are these songs are for you. I know it sounds stereotypical of my generation but I find the "Fuck you," songs to be more entertaining than the love songs. Most love songs just don't have that punch ya know?

Ex Lover's Lover by Voltaire


Of course it's impossible to have a list for the Loveless and not include some goth. So here we have two for ya. Sorry Amanda Palmer, whether you wanna be goth or not, the goth culture has adopted you. Deal with it.

Good Day by The Dresden Dolls



The Flowers by Regina Spektor


Not everyone without love is angry or bitter about it. Some are somber this Valentine's Day. Maybe you lost a lover, maybe a bad breakup, diappointment, whatever. I think no matter what the majority of us can, at least at one point or another, relate to The Flowers. That's why I love it so. It's heartbreak with a little hope and some restless nights.

Death On Two Legs (Dedicated To...) by Queen


If we can all cry over The Flowers we can probably all get pissed off listening to Death On Two Legs. I know I do. It's probably one of Freddie's most powerful performances. Granted it's not actually about a breakup (it's about Freddie's relationship with his managers before signing onto a bigger label) but damn you coulda fooled me.

Ain't No Sunshine by Bill Withers


Up and down, up and down. Angry, sad, sangry, sad. The world of the loveless is an emotional rollercoaster for sure. Here's a little sadness for ya. And yes, I was reminded of this song thanks to Dante's Inferno.

American Woman by The Guess Who


And up again. Probably one of my favorite "Fuck you," songs. Some people think it's a political song. For example "I don't need your war machines / I don't need your ghetto scenes." Well the story goes at one of The Guess Who's first shows everyone had gotten there except lead vocalist Burton Cummings. So the band began improvising the rhythm and Cummings was having trouble because of some girls who he distinctly remember bragged that they had come up from America to see them play. So Cummings got on stage and improvised the lyrics telling the ladies to "Fuck off." Awesome, right!?!

I Remember When I Loved Her by The Zombies


And down again. Love me some Zombies.

Cover My Eyes by La Roux


Pretty much every song off of La Roux has that cold electronic somber feel. The duo has some of those good strong woman tracks that have toppled the strong male tracks in popularity recently on there too (Bulletproof obviously being the most popular) but I think their somber side doesn't get enough credit. What? You're tired of hearing me talk about La Roux and Elly Jackson? Deal with it. They're hyping their next album soon.

Psychotic Girl by The Black Keys


Time for a complete musical 180. Psychotic Girl (from the fantastic album Attack & Release which totally should've won a Grammy) is one most dudes and lesbians can probably agree with. Sure probably some straight women too but have you seen lesbian relationships? They deal with some crazy shit sometimes.

Galaxy 500 by The Reverend Horton Heat


Aw, yeah.

Hit the Road Jack by Ray Charles


YES! Childhood favorite. I knew how to break up with someone musically before I even knew how to seduce or serenade them. Ray Charles. That's the shit I grew up on!

I'm Not Your Stepping Stone by The Monkees


Love this lil' diddy. I don't care if that's really The Monkees performing it or not.

The Minsunderstood

And then there's the misunderstood. It's not that the misunderstood are completely unlovable. They're just...special. The enjoy special things in a special way. There's no telling how these odd lovers will be spending their day of romance and baby making but it's fair to say most of us probably don't want to know. Or maybe you do. I won't your face.

Dead Girls by Voltaire


Now my #1 rule when music list blogging is to never repeat an artist. In this case I make an exception because this totally belongs here.

Little Girls by Oingo Boingo


Yup. I creeped out many-a friends with this one.

Do You Like Boys? by Freezepop


Playing this loud in a Texas shopping center was totally worth it.

Non-Existent Patricia by L7


L7 is so amazing. They can make literally anything sound cool. If MCR did this song it would suck ass. When L7 does it you wanna punch a panda. Best. Grunge band. Ever.

October by Dolores O'Riordan


Changes suck (sometimes). October is usually a very interesting month for me artistically. It's like "molting" season. I never feel more confused and misunderstood than I do in October. In a way it's enjoyable. Being confused and lost means you rediscover old things in a new light. But you're still lost.

Somebody to Love by Jefferson Airplane


This one speaks for itself.

Bust A Move by Young M.C.


Fuck everyone Young M.C. was awesome. Never have I found a hip-hop song that truly captures the awkwardness of seducing the opposite sex than Bust A Move.

Silver Dagger by Joan Baez


This song gets me every time. EVERY TIME! It's such a sad tune and I know how that feels from both sides of this story. I think it's the most down-to-earth misunderstood tune I've ever heard. The narrator is so conflicted and confused. It's a bummer.

Behind Blue Eyes by The Who


This song always fascinates me. Had this song been written and performed within the last 10 years (especially during the Grunge era) we'd all be shooting it down as some pussy emo shit. But because it's The Who, and because it was written when it was written, it's an instant misunderstood classic. Double standards. We got 'em.

Hang You From the Heavens by The Dead Weather


The Dead Weather's album Horehound is another one that so deserved a Grammy. It was consistently brilliant and musically it was probably the most interesting album to hit the mainstream last year. I'd argue it may be better than anything The White Stripes released. Anyhow here's a song, the girl in it is conflicted, dig it. The bass is the shit.

I Want to Break Free by Queen


Breaking my own rules again. At some point in all our lives I think we can kind of agree with this. Kind of dropping that whole "dating fascade" and just going balls to the wall (literally or metaphorically, we're all friends here).

I Don't Want to Know (If You Don't Want Me) by The Donnas


HAHA! Suck it! Don't like The Donnas!? Well fuck you! I love The Donnas. Many people don't. I do. This is my list. We're gonna get some Donnas in this bitch. This might be my favorite Donnas song. It also gets kinda creepy.

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6:53 PM on 02.11.2010

Hey Xzyliac! What's the weather like where you live? [random blog]

Well kids let me tell you with a song...


25% of the the reason I moved here was for the weather. I am not a happy thing.   read

5:02 PM on 02.02.2010

100 Artist Rock Band Needs: Part 6 of 10

WARNING: The article you are about to read is almost 100% opinion. This means it is in no way supposed to represent artist of any legendary status. It is purely to get the ol' juices flowing. If you disagree or have a band you think should be in RB please comment (I love finding new bands) or make your own blog.

Annnd we're back!

51. Johnny Cash

Genre: Country
Formation: 1955
Trivia: Did you know Shel Silverstein wrote A Boy Named Sue? It kinda makes sense now.

It hurts me ever so much that of all the country we've gotten thus far we haven't gotten Johnny Cash. Cash is my favorite country musician by far. His voice is absolutely frightening. He's amazing. He lived a full life as well. He's credited with being a musician, songwriter, author, and Biblical scholar. He's known for contradicting himself and getting into more than a little trouble between his persona and drug abuse. I could fill several books talking about this mans life. Seriously.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Folsom Prison Blues (Live), Hurt, and Ring of Fire

52. King Crimson

Genre: Progressive rock
Formation: 1969
Trivia: The artist who painted the cover of In the Court of the Crimson King is Barry Godber. He died one year later in 1970. That painting would be his first and last.

Alongside the band Yes King Crimson is often considered the first true progressive rock band. Formed in 1969 and originally conceptualized as a pop band the band evolved into one that used complex instrumentals and experimental recording techniques. The band has become almost infamous for drawing out songs and relying heavily on improvisation in live concerts. It's even rumored that the "20 minute jazz freeform" joke from Spinal Tap is a reference to the jazz rock days of King Crimson.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Court of the Crimson King, Moonchild, and Masterpiece

53. Voltaire

Genre: Dark cabaret
Formation: 1998
Trivia: While Voltaire is often credited with his cabaret band he's also a leader in the active but lesser knowm NY new wave band The Oddz.

Voltaire is easily one the most lovable out of this 100. It's just as difficult to pick out only 4 of his songs as it is to forget him when forming this list. Aurelio Volaire Hernandez was born in a place (I'm assuming hell) before his family moved into New Jersey (worse than hell). As a child his first love was Duran Duran. His love of new wave would later segue him into the goth scene. He wasn't too popular as a kid either. Imagine that. An unpopular goth kid in the 80s. Anyhow his first job was an animator for toymaker Parker Brothers which would help lanuch his career in graphic novels and short films. Somewhere in between being awesome Voltaire found the time to be even more awesome and started his self-titled cabaret band with cello, violin, drums, and himself providing vocals and singing. Within a year his awesome stock rose 1200% when he was signed on with the equally awesome Projekt Records. He still performs and makes us all jealous that we don't live in New York.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

I'm posting a second just because it's hilariously offensive and can not be ignored:

Not to mention...Goodnight Demon Slayer, Bomb New Jersey, and Ex Lover's Lover

54. The Stooges

Genre: Punk
Formation: 1967
Trivia: The Stooges were actually signed on to Elektra Records as a byproduct of scout Danny Fields trying to lock in MC5.

Originally named The Psychedlic Stooges the band would become known as The Stooges (and to some Iggy Pop & The Stooges) it was a tough road traveled by Iggy Pop and the crew. From personal injuries to property damage and restraining orders the band proved to be both their own blessing and curse as people would flock to see their outrageous shows but few endulged them by letting them play their venues. Luckily a show with MC5 would prove their winning ticket when scout Danny Fields would stick around after MC5's set and find what would be his best catch ever. The band would repeat the process of self-destruction and redemption all the way until today and along the way they would see some brilliant solo hits during their hiatus' and maybe find out the true meaning of love.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...1969, 1970, and Loose

55. Bat for Lashes

Genre: Dream pop
Formation: 2006
Trivia: Bat for Lashes is not a band name. It's actually Natasha Khan's stage name.

If I had to put Bat for Lashes on a plane with anyone it would probably be Dolores O'Riordan's solo career. The music she writes is just so mystical and her voice is so excellent. What more can I say? Yet another Biritish musician who doesn't get her due here in the states. You all should be ashamed. Plus she's weird. Lawd knows I like weird.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Daniel, Pearl's Dream, and What's A Girl To Do?

56. A Tribe Called Quest

Genre: Jazz rap
Formation: 1985
Trivia: Chuck Eddy of Rolling Stone said of the debut album, People's Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, "[this] is one of the least danceable albums's impossible to imagine people will put this music to use." What?

Jazz hip hop is so fucking good. I mean sooo fucking good. WHy don't we have more of this in Rock Band? It's a fucking travesty. I'd argue I'd rather have this shit in Rock Band before DJ Hero.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Go Ahead in the Rain, Can I Kick It?, and Electric Relaxation

57. The Cardigans

Genre: Pop rock
Formation: 1992
Trivia: The Cardigans starred in an episode of Beverly Hills 90210. That officially makes them cooler than anyone who'll read this blog.

I really dunno what to say about The Cardigans. They're a band. They play music. It doesn't suck.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...My Favourite Game, Erase/Rewind, and You're The Storm

58. The Decemberists

Genre: Indie
Formation: 2000
Trivia: The Decemberists refers to an attempted communist revolution in Russia.

Geez Harmonix what have you been up to? This is another band that I am completely shocked isn't in the Rock Band library. The Decemberist are a fine bunch of folk. I'd say they're like The Flaming Lips except a little closer to earth. Much like The Flaming Lips their songs are typically stoires and sometimes are stories within larger stories. The singles Always the Bridesmaid: Volumes I-III come to mind.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...The Mariner's Revenge Song, The Rake's Song, and Sixteen Military Wives

59. Anthrax

Genre: Thrash metal
Formation: 1981
Trivia: Before becoming the Anthrax we know today guitarist Scott Ian's 14 year old brother was the lead singer.

The Big Four. Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax. Of the big four Anthrax has always been, in my mind, the more fun of the four. They've just been a little sillier, a little more ridiculous, and a little more lighthearted than the others. Maybe it's that crazy Madhouse music video.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Only, Caught in a Mosh, and I Am the Law

60. War

Genre: Funk
Formation: 1969
Trivia: War is the brainchild of producer Jerry Goldstein and Eric Burdon. The two are responsible for My Boyfriend's Back, I Want Candy, and the darkwave band The Animals respectively.

With a little bit of funk, a little bit of Latino, and a little bit of soul War was one of the standout groups of the 70s. While pretty muich anything else from them after that era is shit their oldies are still good times all around.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Low Rider and Spill the Wine

---------- feels good to be back in the groove. Let's keep things consistent this time shall we?

Also, did anyone watch the Grammys? I know it's old but this immediately came to mind.

Steal a Grammy from my Queen GaGa? Fuck you Taylor Swift. Fuck you.   read

6:13 PM on 01.27.2010

19 things I want for my 19th birthday

Today is January 25th but when I plan on making this blog live it will be the 27th. My 19th birthday. Chances are I'm doing one of three things right now: Playing Mass Effect 2, getting my hair one, or taking my driving test.

Now while I'm away this would be a perfect time for all of you to buy me shit I want. I've decided to help you all by providing a list in no particular order. Enjoi b1tchz...

1. Gibson Firebird V (Classic White)
Price: $1,700

The Gibson Firebird is my dream guitar. If you've never heard the sound of sex played through a guitar you would if you played the Gibson Firebird. I know Fenders are the hip thing nowadays but I'll always be a Gibson man. There's just something about them that makes me fall in love. I'd love nothing more than to sit this curvy lady next to my Les Paul.

2. Harmonix Music Systems
Price: $1,000,000,000 (holy shit)

Okay Alex move over. Now I love Alex Rigupolus (I've talked to him a few times) and I love the entire Harmonix team. I consider each and every one of them brilliant and I can name a good chunk of them right here and right now. They're good fucking people and in a perfect world I land a gig doing something within their magical Bostonian walls. And it's out of this love that I must say "Alex, take a long vacation and hand over the keys." It's time to spice up the music game genre. It's time to take some risk. Let's do something new team. Something that doesn't use plastic instruments.

We need a new video game rock opera epic.

3. Two PS3's
Price: $700

So I'm not getting that PS3 after all. Lame. I'm quitting the working/schooling gig and just focusing on the latter. So to make up for my disappointment you guys can get me two PS3's instead of one. You're welcome.

4. This hair
Price: Any job oppurtunity ever

This hair. I would kill for this hair. Albeit minus the goofy puffballs but yeah, this hair. God dammit dreads grow faster!

5. Sega Dreamcast
Price: $100

I lost mine in the move. I loved her. I named her Juniper. Unfortunately now she's gone and I need someone new to fill the hole. Can be boy or girl. Must be potty trained. PM for details.

6. Paris in April by April March on LP
Price: $70.00

No seriously I want this for my birthday. I want this so hard. It's the only place I can find it and I want it before someone else buys it. Wait...why am I telling you? You'll probably buy it!

No...nooo...don't click that...don't do it...DON'T...augh...dickface.

7. The unreleased sixth Cranberries album
Price: The fucking universe


8. To live out Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
Price: Absolutely priceless

I love Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. It's my favorite movie of all time and rejuvenated my love of film. If you haven't seen it you really must. It's one of the finest films ever made and has one of the sweetest endings I've ever seen. It's a wicked surreal trip and I'd kill to go through something like that. It's almost like a modern day Alice in Wonderland for grown-ups and if you've read my About Me (You have read my new About Me, right?) you know Alice in Wonderland is the greatest book ever written. True facts people. True facts.

9. A book worth reading
Price: I dunno

You know how long it's been since I read a book? Seriously, like, a LOOONG time. I read a lot. Mostly blogs, newspapers, magazines, and the occasional movie script (Hey Miranda July whatever happened to that full length film you were working on? I can only watch You and Me and Everyone We Know so many times). But it's been a long time since I found a good book I actually needed to read from front to back.

10. All the Jones Soda in the world
Price: Probably more than all the Coke in the world...which is really sad

Ever since moving I've noticed Houston has a serious lacking of one thing and one thing only: Jones Soda. What the fuck? I need an overpriced pure cane fix in a pretentious and artsy bottle! Seriously if you've never had Jones you are missing out. As one of my friends said "It is the indie artist of sodas." Seriously, shit's so good.

11. A million dollars in vinyl bucks
Price: In vinyl world or the real world?

So, yeah, I collect vinyl. CDs suck, MP3s are a lesser evil, vinyl is awesome. Even more awesome is more artist are releasing their new stuff on vinyl here in the States. Now this has almost always been so in England (screw you guys) but here in Amurika mofos so bent on the latest greatest iPodPhoneCarShoe with it's crazy gizmo wizadry that we kind of forget to buy, well, what sounds good. Luckily with all the music format innovations coming to a halt vinyl is back. HOORAY!

So I want one million dollars that I can only spend on vinyl. That way when bitches ask me for money I can say "Sorry. It's not real currency. It's vinyl bucks." Awesome.

12. The iRock
Price: $4,596,695.99

So apparently my iRock preorder fell through. They were getting too many at a time or some fiasco and in the hurricane of madness they lost mine and a few others so it'll be another 4-6 months of twiddling my thumbs and bleeding through my pores with anticipation as the disease of do want consumes my face.Enkido's gloating of his recently received iRock didn't help either. Damn you Enkido!

13. Sex with Tiger Woods
Price: $3...that's how much vaseline cost right?

Everyone got some. I feel left out and unloved. :/

14. PAX East
Price: Hmm...$650

Another thing I lost in the move was my ability to go to PAX East. Soo originally the trip was...*math doing face*...$150 and now it would be $650. And since none of you dirty apes will adopt me I guess you'll all have to pay for my tickets and room.

I don't know why you won't adopt me. I'm totally lovable. You bastard.

15. To understand the fanboy
Price: My soul

This picture never ceases to frighten and fascinate me.

Now I used to be a fanboy. Yes, yes, let that sink in. I was a Sega fanboy and then a Microsoft fanboy. They weren't the best of times let me tell you. Actually I was led astray by my Sega fanboy cousin and then when the Dreamcast died I pledged striking vengeance by not...buying...a PS2...I was like 12 or something okay so leave me alone.

But things have gotten far more intense since I left the fanboy world, broke down, and bought that PS2 Slim (which subsequently broke down...twice...guess Microsoft isn't the only one). Yes now we have YouTube and weird little armies that apparently hang out on user created forums to have their fanboy orgies and then attack other forums with flame wars and return home to suck more Sony/Microsoft/Nintendo cock.

What the fuck? When I was a fanboy we just took cheap shots at each others exclusives and occasionally got hardcore by "taking it to the PMs." You guys are just fucking crazy.

16. All my stuff
Price: $1,000

A lot of my stuff is still Baltimore. I miss my stuff. It can't get shipped soon enough.

17. That band
Price: Does Karen O charge by the hour?

Remember that band? That one that you were gonna start when you were 16 or whatever? Back when you first started taking lessons? Your eyes filled with hope and your imagination spinning? Remember asking everyone "Do you know a drummer,"? Remember visually scanning the cafeteria for a singer hoping and praying he/she would be hot? Remember that?

Yeah, I want that back. See because I had that band. It was my best friends and me. I handled the drums, my buds provided the strings, and the hot chick screamed the nonsense. I want that back. I want the hot chick on vocals, I want wicked strings, I want a sassy keyboardist, and I wanna smash some drums. You dig?

18. To not want Elly Jackson so bad
Price: My sexuality

Seriously I don't think I can do it.

19. An ounce of the talent of any of following artist
Price: Year of dedication, practice, passion, and fucking awesomeness.

This is basically the end credits to all the people I don't know personally who have inspired me immensly over the last 19 years. These people are amazing.

Elly Jackson
Robert Plant
Karen O
David Bowie
Regina Spektor
Robert Johnson
Any member of Digable Planets
Dirty Dave Mustaine (sober Dave Mustaine sucks)
Grace Slick
Stevie Nicks
Tahita Bulmer
Kate Jackson
Miranda July
Charlie Kaufman
Nubuo Uematsu
Edward Hopper
Tarja Turunen
Donita Sparks
Patti Smith
Lewis Carrol
Edgar Allen Poe
Dolores O'Riordan
Kathleen Hanna
Thurston Moore
Kim Gordon
Joan Jett
Amy WInehouse (shut up)
Damon Albarn
Jack White
Mario Puzo
Jennifer Hale
Michael Gondry
Joan Baez


So that's my terrible little piece of self-indulgence. Happy my birthday to all ya'll!


3:42 PM on 01.20.2010

100 Artist Rock Band Needs: Intermission [Mash-Ups Edition]

WARNING: The article you are about to read is almost 100% opinion and even worse is it takes place in a completely fictional reality where these songs might actually be in Rock Band. Sadly it's the only good thing about this fictional reality. Among other changes Obama is white and sex jokes aren't funny. It's a sad, sad, world.

I'M IN! So yeah remember that laptop thing? That kinda snowballed from there and now I'm living in Houston. I moved from Maryland to Texas with no prior plans to do so in two weeks. Yes, my life is very unpredicatable. So now I'm in Houston, I have a PC, I have my list, I have no Photoshop which bothers my OCD because that means those headers I made I need to somehow recreate sans Photoshop. I'd use my resources and snatch some CS3 on the DL but it's the family PC so I'm trying to use GIMP and it's god-awful so in the meantime here's something I recently thought up. DJ Hero reintroduced me to the mash-up and did you know some mash-ups sound totally Rock Band worthy?

So let's take a magical trip into a fantasy land where mash-ups appear in Rock Band DLC.

1. Smells Like Billie Jean

Artist: Nirvana vs. Michael Jackson

This was the first mash-up I fell in love with and I find it difficult to find a mash-up of equal quality. It just mixes so damn well.


2. Sweet Dreams Are Made of Seven Nation Armies

Artist: Eurythmics vs. The White Stripes

Wow. Just wow. Not only is this an extremely well made mash-up but the video is fantastic. Absolutely amazing. There's ALOT of Michael Jackson and Sweet Dreams mash-ups so I'll try to keep them at a minimum.


3. Lava Face

Artist: Lady GaGa vs. Sonic & Knuckles

Understand two things: I'm a huge Lady GaGa fan who has become even moreso due to the GaGa hate. Also understand I am a huge Sonic fan made even moreso due to the Sonic hate. So when I found Poker Face and Lava Reef from Sonic & Knuckles I was flabbergasted.


4. Rapture Riders

Artist: Blondie vs. The Doors

Once again this stands alongside Smells Like Billie Jean as one of the best mash-ups I have ever heard in terms of quality and sample usage. What I like most about it is it uses a fairly equal amount of each track instead of the typical instrumental vs. vocals setup. And 4:36 is an insanely nice touch.


5. SInce U Been Gone 2

Artist: Kelly Clarkson vs. Song 2

I'm a big recent Kelly Clarkson fan. Kind of like how I fell into Amy Winehouse I fell into Kelly Clarkson with the intention of hating her like the cool kids and instead loved her like the conformist. Ironically it's also how I fell in love with Song 2. Sometimes what's popular is popular for a reason ya know?

Note: I actually went through and uploaded this fucker for you guys since for some reason the embedding on the original was taken down (which means I may get in trouble). See how much I love you guys?


6. White and Nerdy 64

Artist: Weird Al Yankovich vs. Super Mario 64

White and Nerdy, Cave Dungeon theme, dig it.

Njuta av:

7. Crazy Little Thing Called Rehab

Artist: Amy Winehouse vs. Queen

Wow. This is one of those mixes I would have never called. I could've seen Seven Nation Army and the Eurhythmics and I could've seen SInce U Been Gone and Song 2 but this completely caught me by surprise.


8. Pony Trike

Artist: New Young Pony Club vs. R.E.M.

Next to La Roux New Young Pony Club is the best thing I found last year in what was, for me, an amazing year of musical discoveries. This completely blows my mind. It's not the most complex or technical of mash-ups but it just melds together so well I had to share it.


9. The Zombie Scientist

Artist: The Cranberries vs. Coldplay

While I don't talk about them nearly as often as I do La Roux The Cranberries are probably my favorite band of all time. They were my first love and there's no band like them before or after. Starting from Dolores O'Riordan's signature Limerick, Irish voice right on down to Noel Hogan's incredible guitar sounds and riffs as far as I'm concerned The Cranberries are the definition of incredible Irish alternative. All others just can't compete. And then there's Coldplay. While I don't really like Coldplay they were the band that convinced me that the mainstream pop music scene wasn't what all the haters made it out to be. It's not all Miley Cyrus' and Justin Biebers. There are some legit people who know their shit. And here it is wouldn't ya know? The band that got me into music, and the band that got me to stop ignoring pop music, together.

Can't you feel the love in this blog?


10. Bulletproof Dance

Artist: La Roux vs. Lady GaGa

Here it is. You knew it was gonna happen, I knew it was gonna happen. Picking a La Roux mash-up, like picking a GaGa mash-up, a Nirvana mash-up, or a Eurhythmics mash-up, was incredibly difficult because there's so many. I almost went for Beating It for the Kill which is a decent mash-up of Beat It and In for the KIll but the random out of place Woo's lost me. I almost went with this Cher remix too but the fact is Believe is not that great a song. And I didn't want to repeat GaGa again but this is so well done I couldn't resist. So basically there were a million reasons not to pick it and one reason to pick it: I can't stop dancing to it.


Bonus track: Humming Up the Bassline [NSFW]

Artist: Ludacris vs. Hideki Naganuma (Jet Set Radio composer guy)

It would never work but it sounds so damn good. However it could work with DJ Hero. Just sayin'.

In joi:


Pointless filler is pointless but filling. I had fun making this list and I've been in a blogging mood and while I try to get all my moving in business complete I've been itching to blog something. I actually had a cracker jack Monthly Musing I was working on over the weekend but Elsa kinda stole it which is fine by me because she did it better anyway. My opinion blogs suck plus I'm sure people get enough of my rantings on the frontpage.

So with a lil' elbow grease hopefully we can get this intermission over with and move on with the next 50. Maybe this weekend. Who knows?   read

12:00 AM on 01.06.2010

Okay Sega...I'll buy Bayonetta...


Failtoid me. I don't care. I just saw this and I'm still trying to find my jaws.   read

3:10 PM on 12.22.2009

Where's 100 Artist Rock Band Needs? [Quickest Blog]

Anonymouse recently asked me what happened to my 10 part series 100 Artist Rock Band Needs which we haven't seen any of since Part 5. Then I realized Hey I kind of left everybody in the dust didn't I? Oops.

After Part 5 my ol' Toshiba laptop kicked the bucket. It's on the brink of being unsalvagable so I ordered a new one and haven't touched it. Since then I've been browsing on the iPhone and needless to say blogging sucks on the iPhone (it's acting skippy right now). So the series will be back in a week or so when my new laptop gets here hopefully before Christmas. Oh and I don't have a desktop.

BONUS: Anybody got a Xbox 360 transfer cable and disc? Thought I'd ask. :P   read

11:45 AM on 12.10.2009

100 Artist Rock Band Needs: Part 5 of 10

WARNING: The article you are about to read is almost 100% opinion. This means it is in no way supposed to represent artist of any legendary status. It is purely to get the ol' juices flowing. If you disagree or have a band you think should be in RB please comment (I love finding new bands) or make your own blog.

41. Michael Jackson

Genre: Pop
Formation: 1964
Trivia: Did you know Michael Jackson was a beat-boxer? Is that seriously a profession?

I’m not even going to waste your time. If you haven’t heard enough about this guy I’m assuming you have no internet.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Beat It, Black and White (This Is It version), and Bad

42. The Temptaions

Genre: R&B
Formation: 2001
Trivia: The Temptations are two other groups, The Distants and The Primes, combined. They were originally called The Elgins but that was considered unmarketable by Motown Records.
Didn’t expect this did you? The Temptations are probably one of these most influential groups of soul and R&B and, by ripple effect, are second to The Beatles as one of the most important artist of our time. What other credentials do you people need? I’m actually a little upset I don’t have more songs to share because apparently they have some good live albums.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Cloud Nine, I Can’t Get Next to You, and Masterpiece

43. Minor Threat

Genre: Hardcore punk
Formation: 1980
Trivia: This band is loud and fast and fast and loud.

AUUGH!!! I love this band!!!! Minor Threat is a hardcore punk band in a style sort of similar to the Dead Kennedys and Bad Brains. They began the “straight edge” movement in the punk community that did, and still does, try to make sobriety look “cool.” I don’t know how successful they’ve been.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Salad Days, Minor Threat, and Steppin’ Stone

44. Queensryche

Genre: Prog metal
Formation: 1981
Trivia: Lead singer explains the name a bit: "The umlaut over the 'y' has haunted us for years. We spent eleven years trying to explain how to pronounce it."

Formed in Bellevue Queensryche was formed with the intent of playing long epic ballads that told stories of stuff. Within two years the band had a mildly successful EP and enjoyed some fame on the metal circuit until 1988. In ’88 the band released their rock opera Operation: Mincrime. Then the band exploded and joined the ranks of Dream Theater, Pink Floyd, and The Who as masters of storytelling.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Revolution Calling, Jet City Woman, and I Am I

45. The Black Keys

Genre: Blues-rock
Formation: 2001
Trivia: The Black Keys played alongside Devo for a benefit concert for Barack Obama’s election.

Oh, The Black Keys. Often considered the rival to The White Stripes Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney have been strong forces in the indie community both with their influential style and their actions such as joining the panel for the 9th annual Independent Music Awards (these people get their own awards show now?). Most recently they’ve begun working within the hip-hop industry going so far as to create a Gorillaz-esque project called Blakroc where the band will come together with several hip-hop artist to do things musicians do and record.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Strange Times, The Wicked Messenger, and Your Touch

46. Patti Smith

Genre: Alternative
Formation: 1971
Trivia: Patti Smith’s mother, Beverly Smith, was a jazz singer. Also, Patti Smith was briefly considered to lead Blue Oyster Cult.

Where to begin with Patti Smith? One of the more interesting characters in rock she was a huge player in the protopunk scene. She took the typical three chord progression of punk and applied beat poetry to it. She’s kind of, in my head, a female Iggy Pop. So take for that what you will. She hite a chord with critics, fans, and would be punks with the album Easter in 1978 which featured her fantastic and most successful single Because of the Night which was co-written with Bruce Springsteen. Nice. Patti has remained an activist in the Green Party and is still an active musician with her most recent album, a live album called The Coral Sea which spans one huge epic (epic as in poem), earning her universal praise among critics and fans.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Gloria, Hey Joe, and Ask the Angels

47. Tracy Chapman

Genre: Folk
Formation: 1988
Trivia: Name an artist. Any artist. Chapman has played with them. These trivia facts are get lamer and lamer.
If Bob Dylan and Joan Baez had hit it off and has a kid I’m pretty convinced that kid would’ve been Tracy Chapman in some form. Probably the epitamy of “coffeehouse folk” Tracy Chapman has enjoyed a booming amount of success among the Godfathers (and mothers) of folk like Bob Dylan and legends like Eric Clapton. Her first big hit, Fast Car, continues to be one of the most emotional songs this writer has ever heard and you really owe it to yourself to listen to it and try to not feel like running away.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Give Me On Reason , Talkin’ ‘Bout A Revolution, and Crossroads

48. The Kinks

Genre: Classic rock
Formation: 1964
Trivia: Waterloo Sunset is almost universally accepted as the most beautiful song in rock. Seriously, it is.

The Kinks! Whoo! Often considered the Who alternative The Kinks were probably just as important as The Who in many ways. In fact even in some of the ways The Who is so famous. For example, The Who are credited with creating the most successful rock opera but did you know it was The Kinks who actually created the first rock opera a year earlier? And it itself was pretty damn successful. And of course we’ve all heard some version of The Kinks’ wildly popular song You Really Got Me. And did you know only band could ever knock The Beatles out of #1 in the UK? It was The Kinks. I’m not gonna give you a history lesson but the omission of The Kinks in Rock Band is almost a crime.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...All Day and All Of The Night, You Really Got Me, and Waterloo Sunset

49. Martina Topley-Bird

Genre: Alternative rock
Formation: 1983
Trivia: Topley-Bird made an apperance with Common on his album Universal Mind Control in the song Everywhere. She also made an appearance with Gorillaz on the track All Alone as well the unreleased track Snakes and Ladders.

If you've played Indigo Prophecy (or Farenheit or whatever) you've heard Topley-Bird's stuff. Don't recall? Okay remember the scene when you're playing as Carla and you're in her apartment and there's that radio blasting through playing that song you knew was the sexiest song you'd ever heard? That was Martina Topley-Bird and that song specifically was her fantastic track Sandpaper Kisses. We need more sexy in Rock Band.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Anything, Baby Blue, and Need One

50. Death from Above 1979

Genre: Awesome, I mean dance punk
Formation: 2001
Trivia: Cansei De Ser Sexy references Death From Above in their song “Let’s Make Love and Listen to Death From Above.” HOLY SHIT I JUST GOT THAT!

I have no idea who the hell these people are. No clue. All I know is this was originally supposed to be another band who I decided didn’t deserve the spot so finally I pulled up my trusty “Artist I must check out” list and went to the the bottom where my most recent suggestions, the ones you guys have been offering, were. The first one I listened to was Death From Above 1979. I am hooked. Thank you guys.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Romantic Rights, Sexy Results, and Blood On Our Hands (JUSTICE Remix)


Question of the post: We’re halfway through. What genre have I missed or failed to promote equally? Of that genre who is the best? Prepare for me to prove you wrong with the next 50.   read

8:01 PM on 12.08.2009

100 Artist Rock Band Needs: Part 4 of 10

WARNING: The article you are about to read is almost 100% opinion. This means it is in no way supposed to represent artist of any legendary status. It is purely to get the ol' juices flowing. If you disagree or have a band you think should be in RB please comment (I love finding new bands) or make your own blog.

I got my La Roux vinyl yesterday! SQUEE!


Genre: Symphonic metal
Formation: 1996
Trivia: Nightwish started out as an acoustic nod to Finnish folk music and folklore before they signed onto a small label and were convinced to add heavy metal influences.

Mmm...Nightwish...tasty. Really if you don't know Nightwish you're seriously missing something amazing. Formed in Finland Nightwish has become the epitamy of symphonic metal even after the controversial firing of lead vocalist Tarja Turunen in 2006. In 2007 Anette Olzon replaced Tarja and the band has continued it's reign as lords of the symphony. The most recent studio album, Dark Passion Play, was praised by critics despite being a heavily debated album among fans.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Wanderlust, Dark Passion Play, and She is My Sin

32. The Dresden Dolls

Genre: Dark cabaret
Formation: 2001
Trivia: Amanda Palmer hates it when you refer to The Dresden Dolls as goth. Seriously. They're “Brechtian punk cabaret.” Are you guys retarded? It's so obvious. Also did you know once The Dresden Dolls hosted a free concert with performers and stilts and firebreathers and such but a power outage forced them to put the show on in the streets? Awesome.

Hailing from Boston, Unofficial Badass Capital of America, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione make up the duo The Dresden Dolls. The band is noted for it's unique take on dark cabaret which attempts to ignore what has most famously become a “goth thing” and try instead to focus on European culture and Germanic Americana. Plus, Jim uses Amanda Palmer as a reference to defend the hotness of Bayonetta. That's just fuckin' cool.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Girl Anachronism, Missed Me, and My Alchoholic Friends

33. Eagles

Genre: Rock
Formation: 1971
Trivia: Some interpret Hotel California as a song about Satanism and a Satanic church. While I'm not agreeing with them I will admit it makes the song, like, ten times more badass.

I've never been as huge of a Eagles fan as my classic rock brethren but I'd be lying if I didn't say some of their tracks and their sound wouldn't work well in Rock Band. Woohoo! Witchy woman!

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Hotel California, Life in the Fast Lane, and New Kid In Town

34. Eagles of Death Metal

Genre: Garage rock
Formation: 1998
Trivia: Eagles of Death Metal don't play death metal. I know I was totally bummed out too. Also, Jesse Hughes thinks Barack Obama is a communist.

Formed by Queens of the Stone Age members Jesse Hughe and Josh Homme Eagles of Death Metal are often considered the QotSA alternative in desert rock although the band themselves prefer to be called garage rock. All this genre bull gets rather confusing I know. Anyways, they were formed in the heart land of California and have enjoyed a moderate success nationwide while their presence in Palm Dessert is nothing short of fantastical.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Wanna Be In LA, Stuck in the Metal, and Chase the Devil

35. April March

Genre: Indie pop/French pop
Formation: 1994
Trivia: April March performed the theme song to the early Cartoon Network show I Am Weasel. She's also a Disney-trained cartoonist, was the pricncipal animator for Ren and Stimpy, and worked on the set of some shitty Madonna movie.

April March is awesome! Seriously if you can't fall in love with Chick Habit you simply are incapable of loving or being loved. April March was born and raised in California and was an animator for several years before forming her two failed bands, the Pussywillows and the Shitheads (a name I'm sure went over well with the labels), and then went solo as April March. She has since been writing English and French music heavily influenced by 1960's French pop and jumps from Europe to America so frequently I still can't figure out where the hell she actually lives and records. Dammit April. Most recently she's released an album with Steve Hanft. I have no idea who he is and haven't listened to it yet. I am ashamed.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...While We're Young, Stay Away From Robert Mitchum, Somewhere Up Above, and Laisse Tomber les Filles

36. The Go! Team

Genre: Noise rock
Formation: 2000
Trivia: The Go! Team is composed of two bassist, two guitarist, two drummers, and one crazy ass black chick.

Take a little bit of Sonic Youth, throw in some cheerleader style chants, and a dash of hip-hop. You've got the insanity that is The Go! Team.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Ladyflash, Grip Like A Vice, and Milk Crisis

37. Heart

Genre: Hard rock
Formation: 1973
Trivia: Thanks to the genius label Mushroom Records rumors flew that Ann and Nancy were lesbian lovers...which is weird because they're

Heart was one of the first heavy rock bands featuring not only a female lead vocalist but even one of the first to feature a female guitarist. Ann and Nancy Wilson, two sisters from British Columbia, first started playing guitar together as children and went on to form Heart as young adults in Seattle. The band has numerous hits spanning from the 70s even to some mild hits in the 90s and a recent VH1 concert that, if I may be so bold, fucking kicked ass. Ann, Nancy, I love you guys.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Barracuda, Magic Man, and Straight On

38. Le Tigre

Genre: Dance punk
Formation: 1998
Trivia: While Le Tigre has yet to be featured in Rock Band the bands lead singer, Kathleen Hanna, has been featured as she is the lead singer of punk band Bikini Kill.

After Bikini Kill Kathleen Hanna went on to create two (amazing) side projects. One, Julie Ruin, would be a short lived experiment. The other, Le Tigre, is still with us to this day. Preceding the recent new rave uprising Kathleen Hanna's Le Tigre took the take no prisoner riot grrl message of Bikini Kill and applied it to electroclash. Le Tigre has since had three albums and been featured on several mixtapes both remixing and being remixed. Most recently Le Tigre backed Christina Aguilera on her new album.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Deceptacon, Sixteen, and Hot Topic

39. The Flaming Lips

Genre: Alternative rock
Formation: 1983
Trivia: The Flaming Lips' rock opera Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is coming to Broadway and is rumored to have a 3D movie in the works.

You guys know Coldplay right? Okay imagine Coldplay but, well, good. The Flaming Lips have taken the spirit of alternative and added on layers and layers of delicious depth. Their rock opera, Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots is considered one of the few successful rock operas of this era. If you haven't checked out The Flaming Lips I would highly advise you do yourself the honor.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...I Can Be A Frog, Do You Realize??, and She Don't Use Jelly

40. Cibo Matto

Genre: I don't even know...let's see what Wiki has to say...Acid jazz. Okay we'll go with that.
Formation: 1994
Trivia: Cibo matto is “crazy food” in Italian. All their songs really are about food.

If you've played Jet Grind Radio (or Jet Set Radio depending on where you are) you are probably familiar with Cibo Matto's Birthday Cake. It's an insane little diddy fo' sho.Cibo Matto was formed in NYC by Yuka Honda and Miho Hatori who would later go on to feature on a few Gorillaz tracks. Alas the experiment came to an end in 2001 but the sound still lives on. Let's get this shit in Rock Band folks.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Sugar Water, Know Your Chicken, and Viva! La Woman


Question of the post: If you absolutely had to add an instrument to the Rock Band staple what would it be? Why? Consider rock off sockability when answering.   read

7:10 PM on 12.04.2009

100 Artist Rock Band Needs: Part 3 of 10

WARNING: The article you are about to read is almost 100% opinion. This means it is in no way supposed to represent artist of any legendary status. It is purely to get the ol' juices flowing. If you disagree or have a band you think should be in RB please comment (I love finding new bands) or make your own blog.

Awmigod! It's our 3rd part anniversary! What'd you get me!? It better be good! Or else.

21. IO Echo

Genre: Darkwave/Electroclash
Formation: 2009
Trivia: Korn's old guitarist plays in IO Echo. That's about the best I can come up with

You ready for new? IO Echo is probably the newest and in this list so if you wanna be the first kid on your block to claim you liked 'em before they were cool click on the rather badass music video and ask yourself this: “Why aren't these guys selling millions of albums yet?”

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Doorway (IN AUDIOSURF!)

22. Cansei de ser Sexy (CSS)

Genre: Indie rock
Formation: 2003
Trivia: CSS is the highest charting band in Brazillian history and are considered a valuable asset to Brazil. Cool.

Completely by random this list is gonna feature a lot of indie. Just as a warning. So anyways CSS is one of the finest among the quickly growing new rave genre (which includes bands we've already covered like New Young Pony Club). The band's first album, Cansei de ser Sexy, was an initial flop until the band sold their album on CD-R so that it could be copied and freely distributed among it's local fans. Finally the album (then untitled) was picked up by Seattle label Sub Pop, titled Cansei De Ser Sexy, and quickly gained popularity in the UK where the new rave scene has been flourishing every since.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Off The Hook, Alala, and This Month, Day 10

23. The Cramps

Genre: Gothabilly
Formation: 1976
Trivia: The Cramps were the product of the punk scene that brewed in the NY club CBGB. Other bands that became popular thanks to this club were The Ramones, Television, Blondie, Talking Heads, Patti Smith, and The Police during their punk days.

Gothabilly is probably one of the sexiest combinations ever I the history of anything in foreverdom. It's the combination of real 80s goth and the ol' psychobilly popularized by the likes of Dick Dale. They're one of the unsung forces in punk and in the goth community. The band spread their love of surf, zombies, and the color black until this year when singer Lux Interior died of an aortic dissection.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Bikini Girls With Machine Guns, Garbage Man, and Surfin' Bird

24. Reverend Horton Heat

Genre: Psychobilly
Formation: 1978
Trivia: The Rev has been featured in many games in the past including two Tony Hawks, Motorstorm, and Guitar Hero II.

Speaking of psychobilly I got one more name for ya that you should know: Reverend Horton Heat. The man is a modern day guitar hero who came out of Texas and moved into Seattle to show the grunge lovin' kids how real shredding is done. The Reverend is noted for having one of the most difficult guitar charts of the Harmonix-era Guitar Hero games and for having a scream that's..well...listen.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Psychobilly Freakout, Party in Your Head, and Reverend Horton Heat's Big Blue Car

25. Dire Straits

Genre: Rock
Formation: 1977
Trivia: When Dire Straits first rose in popularity Bob Dylan was so impressed he asked frontman Mark Knopfler and drummer to play on his album Slow Train Coming.

It's a rarity nowadays that a band can come out with any schtick or any blatantly self-conscious experimentation. However in the late 70s Dire Straits came out of Newcastle, England with Sultans of Swing and a multi-platnium debut album. Not bad for your first year on the scene. Especially when the punk scene was trying to change the face of rock. The band continued to play good ol' fashion tunes until 1995 when the band broke up due to touring strain.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Brothers in Arms, Money for Nothing, and Walk of Life

26. Graveyard BBQ

Genre: Heavy metal
Formation: 2004
Trivia: Graveyard BBQ claims to play “southern metal” but they're based in Boston. Hehe, weird.

One of the first bands to become Guitar Hero legends Graveyard BBQ won the Be A Guitar Hero contest way back in the heyday of GH1.'s some tunes!

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...BBQ Nation, The Clothes That Make the Man, and Ride the 'Stache

27. The Living End

[/i]Genre:[i] Punk
[/i]Formation:[/i] 1994
Trivia: The Living End has toured with AC/DC. How much more Aussie can you get?

If you've been to the Rock Band forums you know there is a HUGE audience for more Aussie punk. Why haven't we gotten any? I have no clue. The Living End is probably, in my opinion, the epitamy of Aussie punk. The Living End's debut self-titled album would make for some incredible Rock Band fun. Can I get an ahem?

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Carry Me Home, Roll On, and State of Emergency

28. The Sex Pistols

Genre: Punk
Formation: 1975
Trivia: Despite having one album the Sex Pistols have 13 non-studio albums and 18 singles. Seriously?

Remember when I said Tool was my least favorite band ever but they had some mad skills? Well here are the Sex Pistols: my other least favorite band with no skills. And yet they're a big deal. Dunno why but far be it from me to stop a popular artist from appearing in RB. Especially since we already have The Ramones, The Clash, and the Dead Kennedys. Why not?

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen, and My Way

29. Cream

Genre: Psychedelic rock
Formation: 1966
Trivia: Recently Cream has been receiving a considerable boost in popularity as well as Rolling Stones coverage of the bands early year and heavy airplay on FM and Sirius radio which has led to heavy speculation of a reunion

Considered one of the first true supergroups, and the pioneers of metal, Cream was founded by drummer Ginger Baker, bassist Jack Bruce, and guitarist/vocalist Eric Clapton. The band became known for their heavy riffs and classic Eric Clapton solos. In the bands short 2 year lifespan they released 4 highly successful albums and even made a comeback when four of their reunion shows in 2005 were released as Royal Albert Hall London and the album went 5x Platnium.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Crossroads, Tales of Brave Ulysses, and Spoonful

30. The Doors

Genre: Psychedelic
Formation: 1965
Trivia: In the song Craigslist by Weird Al, a song parodying the style of The Doors, Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek actually contributed to the song.

Known the world over for “that band that Jim Morrison was in,” The Doors were probably one of the most energetic and stimulating bands to hit the scene. Fusing poetry and madness (as if the two aren't the same) the live stage antics of The Doors, and especially Jim Morrison, have been unsurpassed by any band.

Most Rock Band worthy song:

Not to mention...Backdoor Man, People Are Strange, and Spanish Caravan
Question: What's more important to you in a Rock Band song? Fun to play or fun to listen to?   read

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