“Paranoid Android” gets covered again … and again …

Did Weezer start this “Paranoid Android” cover madness? Not sure why, but as of late this song has been popping up all over the place including a pretty cool YouTube mashup version where dozens of people recorded themselves playing the song and then somebody taking bits and pieces of each performance and making one video out of it.

A few weeks ago I checked out Matthew Mayfield as he kicked off a short run of tour dates in Columbus, Ohio (drove 12 hours from Alabama just to play the show) but he didn’t cover “Paranoid Android” that night – didn’t even know he had it in his back pocket. But, here is his pretty faithful-to-the-original version.

MP3: Buffalo Killers – “Circle Day”

Easy to see why The Black Crowes and The Black Keys are fans of this Cincinnati-based trio, the Buffalo Killers organic sound has a classic rock feel and there’s something particularly Zeppelin-esque about the first track off the band’s third album, simply titled 3.

The official release date for 3 is August 2 but the band’s got some upcoming tour dates where you might be able to score a copy on CD or colored vinyl.

DOWNLOAD: “Circle Day”

Tour dates

7.15 Dayton, OH @ Canal Street Tavern – “3” Release Party!
7.16 Cincinnati, OH @ Motr Pub – “3” Release Party!
7.25 St Louis, MO @ The Duck Room @ Blueberry Hill
7.26 Tulsa, OK @ Fassler Hall
7.28 Phoenix, AZ @ Compound Grill
7.29 West Hollywood, CA @ Whisky A Go Go
7.30 Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s
8.1 San Francisco, CA @ Hemlock Tavern
8.2 Arcata CA @ Jambalaya 2 sets
8.4 Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
8.5 – 8.7 Happy Valley, OR @ PICKATHON
8.9 Bayport, MN @ Bayport BBQ

Review: Pale – In the Time of Dangerous Men

Pale - In the Time of Dangerous Men

Pale / In the Time of Dangerous Men / A-Blake Records

Remember the “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” commercials? In the dozen or so times that I’ve listened to Pale’s sophomore full-length, I continue to find it hard to believe that this band wasn’t born on the other side of the great big pond known as the Atlantic Ocean. Not that I’m a great connoisseur of this style of music but my CD shelves do contain a few rows of releases by bands labeled “Brit Rock” and most of those releases are circa the early ’00s. Pale seemingly fits on this shelf even though the band is from Houston, Texas; so much for the “only country music comes out of Texas” stereotype.

My first introduction to Pale came via their video for “Catastrophic Skies”, a video that I described in an issue of The Big Takeover as a mix of “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and The Lost Boys” – a visually stunning treat with a compelling story and sound. That song, originally intended to wind up on one of The Twilight soundtracks (it was bumped for a song by some guy named Thom Yorke), isn’t even the highlight on In The Time of Dangerous Men and that’s saying a lot. This is an album that should be listened to as such, not merely a collection of radio-ready singles of which you can pluck one or two of your favorites from the order-on-demand world of iTunes.

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Rob Zombie – Commercial Sellout?

In real life I work for a company that launched a new advertising campaign last year. The commercials supposedly have led to more business but the jury is still out on the creative around the campaign.

I can’t imagine the way THIS commercial was pitched to Woolite.

Check out this Rob Zombie-directed commercial.