Tour: Alice in Chains

The new Alice in Chains single sounds pretty good, better than I had expected though, I suppose, if it was up to me and I was Jerry Cantrell, I would have taken over lead vocals and not brought in a new guy.

Here’s the new song.

And late summer tour dates:

Aug. 22 – Pomona, CA – Epicenter
Sep. 04 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Sep. 05 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
Sep. 07 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
Sep. 08 – New York, NY – The Fillmore
Sep. 15 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
Sep. 16 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Sep. 19 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
Sep. 20 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave
Sep. 21 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
Sep. 26 – Portland, OR – Roseland Grill
Sep. 28 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

“Somebody’s Watching Me”: Rockwell vs. Raunchy

Threw “Hits of ’83” onto the iPod for the trip to Chicago this weekend and was happy to hear Rockwell’s “Somebody’s Watching Me” featuring backing vocals by Michael Jackson. Rockwell is Berry Gordy’s son (given name: Kennedy Gordy) and “Somebody’s Watching Me” was his only hit single (a number one hit single at that).

The Danish metal band Raunchy recorded a cover of the song for their 2008 release Wasteland Discotheque and it’s surprisingly similar to the original.

Rockwell’s version

Raunchy’s version (audio only)

Tour: Silversun Pickups

Silversun Pickups at SXSW 2009

I was just thinking how it seemed like the promotional push for the newest Silversun Pickups CD, Swoon, wasn’t nearly as strong as it was for Carnavas. Maybe the band decided it would be better to put the CD out, let it sink in with listeners, and then hit the road.

SSPU is hitting the road for all of August with Manchester Orchestra and Cage the Elephant.

Aug 02 – Jersey City, NJ – All Points West @ Liberty State Park
Aug 03 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head
Aug 04 – Richmond, VA – The National
Aug 06 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion
Aug 07 – Lakewood, OH – Lakewood Civic Auditorium
Aug 09 – Chicago, IL – Lollapalooza @ Grant Park
Aug 10 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
Aug 12 – Winnipeg, MB – Garrick Centre
Aug 13 – Saskatoon, SK – Louis’ Pub
Aug 14 – Edmonton, AB – Edmonton Event Centre
Aug 15 – Calgary, AB – MacEwan Hall
Aug 17 – Victoria, BC – Royal Theatre
Aug 18 – Vancouver, BA – Commodore Ballroom
Aug 19 – Vancouver, BA – Commodore Ballroom
Aug 21 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater
Aug 22 – Hillsboro, OR – Pet Aid @ Washington Country Fairgrounds
Aug 28 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival @ Golden Gate Park
Aug 29 – San Diego, CA – San Diego Street Scene @ Downtown San Diego

Soundtrack of My Life: Jonathan Meiburg (Shearwater)

(Note: This originally appeared in March 2004 on my old site, Swizzle-Stick. I’ll be digging into the archives once in a while to bring you content that is worth sharing)

Ever hear a song/album/band that reminds you of a very specific time and/or place in your life? The following was written by Shearwater’s Jonathan Meiburg:

Pink Floyd. On the 45-minute bus ride to and from the ninth grade in North Carolina they were just about all I listened to, especially a cassette that had Animals on one side and The Final Cut on the other. The trip was a perfect album-length. As soon as I plopped down in the seat (my house was the first stop on the route in the morning, and the last in the afternoon) I crammed the earbuds into my ears and pressed “Play” on my little Walkman, and the first strum of Roger Waters’ acoustic guitar on “Pigs on the Wing, Pt. 1” or the muted French horns of “The Postwar Dream” gave the school parking lot – or my cheerful, suburban neighborhood – an elegiac, desperate feeling that thrilled me. In the wintertime the windows would fog up and I’d rub a blurry little porthole away with my glove, watching the interstate, the endless stretches of pine trees, the crawling morning or afternoon traffic, and the bus driver’s creased, long-suffering face in the mirror.
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Tour: War Tapes

If you can land a song on a popular-among-the-teens TV show these days, you’ve got a leg up on the competition. With MTV no longer breaking rock bands, TV, movies, and commercials are the way to go. The L.A. retro-’90s band War Tapes were just featured on ABC Family’s Greek performing a couple of tracks at a frat party.

While there isn’t much here you haven’t heard before, War Tapes still manage to sound good at what they do and they are planning on capitalizing off their recent TV appearance – and promote their new album, The Continental Divide (buy on iTunes) – with a coast-to-coast tour.

June
27 Los Angeles, CA – Club Nokia
29 San Francisco, CA – Regency Theater
30 Portland, OR – Berbati’s Pan

July
1 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
3 Murray, UT, Murray Theater
5 Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre
7 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
8 St. Paul, MN – Station 4
10 Chicago, IL – House of Blues
11 Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
12 Cleveland, OH – Peabody’s Down Under
14 Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
15 Montreal, QC – Le National
17 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
18 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre
19 Philadelphia, PA – Theater of the Living Arts
21 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
23 Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
24 Tampa, FL – The Ritz Theatre
25 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
27 Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
28 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit
30 Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theater