Earlier this summer, Surfdog Records made the announcement that they'd begun raiding the archives for some new releases of Brian Setzer live recordings - "some new, some old." While live material from Setzer, his Orchestra, and Stray Cats has been released with relative frequency in the past, artists ranging from The Dave Matthews Band, to Metallica, Pearl Jam, and The Grateful Dead have proven that there's an exceptional market out there for high-quality live recordings to be consumed by the most devoted of listeners on a regular basis.
I'm still not quite sure how the KINGS OF LEON became as big as they have, but judging from the little rant that frontman Caleb Followill embarked on at the 2009 READING FESTIVAL in the UK, the band might be just as confused. Sure, "Sex on Fire" and "Use Somebody" managed to wet the panties of thousands of women around the world, but is the band really that good? With armloads of GRAMMY's, and Victoria's Secret models to be banged, there's certainly signs that fame has caused an inflammation of ego for the Kings. On the other hand, isn't massive acclaim, award statuettes, and being surrounded by women what the rock n roll dream is all about? For the future, just sprinkle in a heavy coke addiction, a couple of crashed cars, an album that bombs, and some internal band turmoil, and the VH1 BEHIND THE MUSIC will be written and ready to roll.
Those that dig southern-influenced metal with a healthy dose of groove tend to stick with a handful of bands that always pop up in conversation (Down, CoC, etc), seldom finding anything truly new to get excited about. On SOUTHERN DARKNESS (self-released just over a year ago), those ears have a new band to dig, and they go by the name of KING GIANT.
Listening to TELEPHANTASM over the past couple of weeks has been a reminder of just how good a band SOUNDGARDEN was in their prime. While the reunited warriors from the late 80's/early 90's Seattle explosion are performing again, no one knows how their songwriting will hold up if and when they decide to make another record.
Recorded over the course of five days last month, ATREYU have assembled COVERS OF THE DAMNED, a brief, 5-track collection of cover songs featuring collaborations with members of the bands with whom they will join on the CONGREGATION OF THE DAMNED Tour later this month.
In many ways, GOOD CHARLOTTE's 2002 single "Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous" has become a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the band's relocation to Los Angeles, and their embrace of the glossy Hollywood lifestyle has in many cases caused their music to take a backseat to brothers Joel and Benji Madden's tabloid-fodder romances with a variety of starlets. Earlier this week, comic Chelsea Handler even used GOOD CHARLOTTE as a punchline when reporting news regarding Joel Madden and fiance Nicole Richie. That said, hopefully GOOD CHARLOTTE can use CARDIOLOGY as an opportunity to remind listeners that they still make music, and turn some of the focus back to their band and away from their personal exploits...