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iam(still)kevin. » Blog Archive » tool & new music.

tool & new music.

i saw tool last night. they’re very good.

tool fans however, are largely a bunch of idiots, but if you ignore them, you can listen to a band with 4 talented musicians who make interesting progressive hard rock in all sorts of neat time signatures.
Also the band isn’t the best at improvisation, they’re very good technically and don’t do a whole lot of unplanned music trickery during their shows. They do play differently than what’s on the album, but don’t do guitar/bass/drum solos (which isn’t really a bad thing). Also Maynard (singer) made the same joke about seattle having some music called “munge” or something like that 4 years ago when i saw them.
But that doesn’t matter.
They’re a great band, and i’m glad i got to see them yesterday (without having to pay $250+ for a ticket), and i’ll lbe looking forward to their return at the end of the summer for their main tour.

I got a bunch of new cds lately -
The Darkness - Permisison to Land: silly 70’s hair rock emulating band.
Wolfmother - Wolfmother: non-silly 70’s rock style band. Pretty good album, havent really listened to it enough to decide if it’ll be something i listen to very often or not, but so far it’s looking good.
Pearl Jam - Pearl Jam: a return to more rocking, less politically charged music. not my favorite album, but good nonetheless.
Pearl Jam - Live in NYC 12/31/92: new years concert from 92, got it as a bonus for preordering. cool show from 13 years ago.
Tool - 10,000 days: crazy album cover with stereoscopic images and two lenses built in to see them. The album is good too - a little more just plain rock and less trippy spiritual than Lateralus, except for Vicarious which sounds like the song they couldn’t fit on the previous album. I like the album, not my favorite, but good.
Rob Zombie - Educated Horses: more rock, less electro-metal. Not the greatest album, but it’s alright. I’ve only listened to it a little bit so far, but it’s alright.
Buckcherry - 15: straight up no-frills rock complete with a pretty ugly yet rock n’ roll-sexy lead singer (a la Steven Tyler) . i like it, even if no one else does. “hey, you’re crazy bitch, but you fuck so good i’m on top of it” How could you not love that? oh right… it’s not wussy indie rock. :)

i’m leaving on friday for LA and E3!

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