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The Cool Ship Has a Music Lounge?!

I haven’t written about anything music related in a while, and I’ve been in a musical mood lately (not “musical” as in musicals but “musical” as in music, if that makes sense), so I thought I’d write something music oriented.

First off, I wanna talk about Queens of the Stone Age. Seriously, one of my favorite bands of all time. They are the quintessential rock band, no doubt about it. Each member oozes rock ‘n roll swagger and musical excellence with every note they play or lyric they sing. And their appearance on Austin City Limits is a prime example of that. If you haven’t seen in yet, you’re missing out. Take a gander and find out why they’re so amazing.

Are you hooked?

Yeah, you’re hooked. (If not, get out)

And if you’re digging them, check out Josh Homme’s (the frontman) other projects: Kyuss, The Desert Sessions, Eagles of Death Metal, and Them Crooked Vultures. Oh, and there’s this:

Next, I was trying to think of a top five list of mainstream bands that would make incredibly kick-ass wedding bands, but the my thought process in stuck on one band, Powerman 5000. How freaking sweet would that be?! You sit through the wedding, head to the reception, if you’re lucky there’s an open bar, the music kicks in, and BAM…PM5K starts rockin’ the stage! It would be the only time I would enjoy listening to the Chicken Dance.

Or at least, their cover of Devo’s “Whip It”

Finally, any music project Phil Anselmo is a part of is beyond badass and will definitely have my approval. His newest project is no exception. Philip Anselmo & the Illegals’ Walk Through Exits Only is a heavy metal masterpiece. Raw, brutal, and unabashedly blunt, it’s one of the best metal albums of 2013. I hope he plans to continue with this solo project because I foresee even greater things coming from it in the future. It feels like an invigoratingly new Anselmo. Not that his recent work with Down is lacking anything, it’s just a different vibe, a different energy.

I miss Pantera as much as the next metal head, but Dimebag is gone and it doesn’t look like Phil and Vinnie are ever gonna reconcile, so any new music that Phil makes is gonna have to fill that void. And he’s doing a damn fine job of it, a much better job than Vinnie Paul’s band, Hellyeah.

What music is tickling your fancy lately? Leave your comments in the comment section.

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Who’s Coming Back to Music in 2013?

I’m not downplaying last year’s comeback albums (Soundgarden, No Doubt) but this year is shaping up to be a great year for them.

First off, we have the legendary David Bowie making a return to the music scene after a 10-year break with The Next Day. I’ve been waiting for Bowie to come back for a  while now, and I was starting to worry that it might not happen. Thankfully, it is, and judging by the first single, “Where Are We Now?”, the wait has been well worth it. But we all have to wait until March 12th to find out if that’s true.

Next, we have the triumphant return of the multi-talented Mr. Justin Timberlake. After doing some heavy duty touring to support his last album, 2006’s FutureSex/LoveSounds, and taking a few years to focus on his acting career (which included some hilarious appearances on SNL), JT is returning to music with a new album, The 20/20 Experience. The new album drops March 15th and is, of course, produced again by Timbaland. Seems like JT believes in “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it.” Here’s to hoping he brings sexy back…again.

Third, pop-punk all-stars Fall Out Boy have reunited and are releasing a new album, Save Rock and Roll. I’m not ashamed to admit that I was saddened by their breakup in 2009 and wasn’t too overwhelmed by their music projects that followed. Pete Wentz really did nothing that impressed, Patrick Stump’s Soul Punk was good but not FOB good, and The Damned Things was enjoyable but didn’t quite equal up to the sum of its parts (it featured members of Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, and Every Time I Die). A return from Fall Out Boy to the music scene is more than welcome.

Last, but certainly not least, we have Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds. It’s been five years since Dig, Lazarus, Dig was released and even though we’ve been somewhat satiated with Nick’s other works (Grinderman and soundtrack work), it just wasn’t enough. We needed some Bad Seeds to go along with our Nick Cave. And on February 18th, we’ll have it with Push the Sky Away.

But with all good things, we will almost unfortunately have to deal with some less than favorable things (to be nice). Destiny’s Child, Backstreet Boys, 98 Degrees, Cher, and possibly Britney Spears  are all making comebacks this year. Don’t waste your money, folks. Save it for a rainy day when better music is released, like the new Slayer album which is set to release this year.

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