Bri Blahg… Twit Tweets Tweet Sized Album Reviews

26 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)


Atlas Sound "Logos"

Look, you’re busy. I’m busy. I’ve got to worry about the economy, and figure out how I’m going to hide from mandatory Swine Flu inoculations. I don’t even have time to sue the government, though I suspect I’d like to.

I have a stack of new records to listen to and then write 5,000 words each on why you should: A. Like them. B. Loathe them. C. Not give a shit. Since ‘C’ is the most likely scenario (is not giving a shit a scenario?) I’ve decided to boil down several into 140 words or less. That way you can copy and paste on your Twitter feed. Feel free to take credit for any and all… I’ll be in hiding and they’ll take you away instead. Sucker.

Atlas Sound “Logos”

Deerhunter leader new solo. The cover says much. A shirtless Cox face bathed in heavenly light. Music sounds like that light.

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Bri Blahg… Cornell Finds His Balls Again. Music News Round Up 10/8/09

8 10 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Yauch 1 Cancer 0

Beastie Boy Adam Yauch says he’s feeling good. This past summer he was diagnosed with cancer.

Fallon To Reunite Jawbox

It’s too early to judge Jimmy Fallon’s show as a whole, but the one thing I like is his often adventurous musical bookings. December 8th Fallon welcomes D.C. hardcore legends Jawbox for their first live appearance in over a decade.

It’s Seattle 1991 Again

Jerry Cantrell and Chris Cornell both jumped on stage with Pearl Jam Tuesday in L.A. Over the years that was the recurring rumor… Temple Of The Dog reunions… Never happened until this week, at least for a moment. Perhaps this is a sign that Cornell is ready to stop screwing around with the likes of Timbaland. One can hope.

Bonus Coverage. Video of both:

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Bri Blahg… Dylan Sells Out To Bankers, Diddy Is The Banker, Kanye Does The Chicken Fit. Music News Round Up 9/30/09

30 09 2009

by Brian Phillips (@BrianBlahg)

Dude Palo Alto ’73

You ever heard of Wolfgang’s Vault? Nah me neither. If you’re a hardcore Dead Head you probably have. With legal issues straightened out a trove of good (Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Ramones, etc) bad (Chicago, Hall and Oates) and Weird (Twisted Sister?) are hitting the virtual market.

Bonus Coverage. I’ll be honest, up until a couple of years ago I wasn’t much for The Dead. Then I saw Phil Lesh at Bonnaroo (no there were no drugs) and something clicked. Am I hardcore? No I wouldn’t say that, but I’m digging the stuff I bought for the Ipod… The Skull and Bones record etc. One of my favorites is their take on Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried”:

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Rock on the Range Photo Album

22 05 2009

You can check out our interviews with Motely Crue, Korn, Alice in Chains, Slipknot and Duff McKagan below, but since we weren’t able to shoot any video of the live performances here’s some photos courtesy of Jason Squires Photography to put you in the sweaty, Budweiser soaked pit (virtually of course).

Happy She didn’t pay for that $8 Bud in her hand.
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Jonathon Davis and Munky of Korn
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Fieldy reppin’ his new band Still Well during Korn’s set
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New Alice in Chains frontman William DuVall
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William DuVall and Jerry Cantrell
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Slipknot’s Corey Taylor leads a crowd as well as any frontman in the biz.
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Slipknot had one of these drumkits on either side of the stage and they we on hydraulics that would lift them 15ft in the air and spin. Yeah, I was impressed.
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Really bummed I missed Clutch. Saw them at Bonnaroo 2007. “Our children will not believe that Clutch didn’t play arena tours.” Well put by Cleveland Scene’s DX Ferris.
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Crew Stadium at sunset
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Vince and Tommy
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Nikki and Mick
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Alice in Chains talk new album at Rock on the Range

18 05 2009

Seattle grunge legends Alice in Chains performed their only set on US soil in 2009, before their highly anticipated new record drops in the fall, in Columbus, OH for Rock on the Range 2009. Jerry Cantrell assured us that AIC fans would not be disappointed by the new material, and Duff McKagan went as far as to say that the new Alice in Chains record is the best he’s heard in 15 years.

Rock on the Range gives Midwestern rock fans something to cheer about

18 05 2009

This is the third year for Columbus, Ohio’s Rock on the Range festival, which features 2 days of ear bleeding rock ‘n roll just north of OSU’s campus at Crew Stadium. This is the first year that I’ve attended ROTR, and only the second time I’ve seen a rock show in Crew Stadium (the first was the Doobie Brothers in 2000).

Sean Merinar (@bigdaddymerinar), Cleveland Scene writer DX Ferris and I (@nickjones82) covered the festival for, which meant we landed interviews with all the headlining acts… which was pretty cool. You can check out DX Ferris’ article about the weekend and a wrap up video at, and you can watch longer cuts of our interviews with Motley Crue, Slipknot, Alice in Chains, Duff McKagan, and Fieldy of Korn here.

photo taken on my iPhone

Lets set the scene for the weekend…

About an hour into Saturday, Sean took a stroll and noticed that the ladies of Columbus Gold had gained a small crowd just inside the gates and were giving a little show to the onlookers who’s ages ranged from 10 to 60. Sean said he overheard an older gentleman nudge a young boy (estimated at 11 or 12) and say “Yer first time?”. Right next to the T-shirt stands was trailer owned by a local tattoo shop. After a little liquid courage I imagine a few hundred folks got inked up. Unlike most festivals I’ve been to, there was definite lack of hippies, but that didn’t keep Crew Stadium marijuana free. I never thought I’d be hit with a cloud of pot smoke just as Slipknot dropped the first deafening bass line. The beers inside were all Budweiser products and cost you $8 for a 24oz plastic bottle, but again that didn’t keep the crowd the least bit sober. If most ticket holders were like my two buddies in attendance, they guzzled a bottled of homemade whiskey in the parking lot before scanning their tickets and picking up their two free packs of smokes. My only added recommendation is at least one MMA cage somewhere on the grounds. Warped Tour has skateboarding, Bonnaroo has hoola-hoops, Rock on the Range needs MMA… it’s a match made in heaven.

During most of the weekend I was either in the media tent, doing an interview, or editing video, so I didn’t get to see most of the live performances. I really wanted to catch Clutch‘s set on the Jaegermeister 3rd stage, but no dice. I did get to take in three tunes from Korn‘s set, the very beginning of Alice in Chains, the first half of Slipknot, and Buckcherry‘s last song “Crazy Bitch”. The reaction to that song blew me away. Immediately I noticed men and women singing the lyrics to each other as if it was “their song”. I bet Buckcherry has made a killing off of ringtone sales.

I’ve seen Korn a few times, and I’ve never been disappointed. Saturday’s set was much of the same. As Fieldy put it, they’re going get on stage “play (their) classics and bounce.” That they did.

I had never seen Slipknot live, but my whiskey guzzling buddies have been baptized by the knot more times than they can remember, and they’ve told me its well worth it. It was. Corey Taylor is as good a frontman as I’ve seen, and Shawn Crahan and Chis Fehn are able to double as percussionist extraordinaires and top-bill hype men at the same time. Easily one of the best all around rock performances I’ve seen. The spinning drum kits on hydraulics were pretty f’n awesome too.

In all, Rock on the Range facilitates hard rock music fans with the only opportunity to have the festival experience. Most of the 40,000 strong who attended the weekend won’t be pulling up the RV to the rest of the 120 fests that will take place this summer, but they’ll definitely twitter how much ROTR “was badddd asss!!” (via @SydnayyIsBAMF).

Ohio? Yup Ohio!

1 05 2009

Our drunken raging uncle of an economy seems to have spared the Spring and Summer Festival biz. SXSW seemed as crowded as ever, Coachella was reportedly a raging success, and Bonnaroo seems on course to at least equal last summer. Perhaps you’ve forgotten but we were paying $4.00 plus a gallon a year ago and they were still close to capacity then.

Ohio, home to Palestra World Headquarters has quietly become home to a strong second tier of festivals too. There’s something for every taste it seems. Here’s a few we’ll be covering in the next few weeks.

The Nelsonville Music Festival returns to the small Ohio town on the edge of Appalachia May 15-17. The Fifth Annual has already moved double the tickets of any previous installment. Willie Nelson is a big reason why. He’s the Saturday night headliner. Mudhoney was added recently to top the bill Friday. Other featured performers include T-Model Ford, Alela Diane, Wayne Hancock, and Jolie Holland.

We chatted with Tim Peacock, Executive Director of Stuart’s Opera House, about the 2009 Nelsonville Music Fest.

That same weekend, 70 some miles to the northwest in Columbus it’s the third annual Rock On The Range. The two day hard rock and metal throwdown features Slipknot, Motley Crue, Flyleaf, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold, Buckcherry and a bunch of others to Columbus Crew Stadium. This year it’s Saturday May 16 and Sunday May 17.

And in Thornville, Ohio just to the East of Columbus it’s the 31st Hookahville Festival May 23rd and 24th. Long running Ohio Jam Band Ekoostik Hookahville has a strong lineup this year. Les Claypool, The Wailers, Toubab Crewe, and Freekbass among others join the band for two days of music and camping. Ekoostik Hookah is planning two four hour sets too.

Here’s a taste of Hookah’s 2007 show…

We’ll be lurking at all three.