May 2nd, 2008

R.B.F.

RAT BASTARD FRIDAY


Who's the bane of YOUR existence? Surely there's someone who pisses you off in such a huge way that it merits flogging, at least. 'Round here, we call that person a RAT BASTARD. Who is the person you most want to rip a new asshole for whatever reason? Go ahead - now's your chance to put them on blast. Start commenting, and have fun gettin' your hate on - and out. IP logging is off and anonymous commenters WERE welcome, but I've had to disable it since I've gotten six tons of bullshit spam comments lately. Sorry about that.

Go on - vent your spleen...

Also, check out/participate in the Friday Confessional and the subsequent Sunday Stoning, brought to you by the fantastic city_of_dis.

New Music: Doug - Hot Man Cake

Doug - Dance, Dance
(Fall Out Boy cover)

Introducing Doug. Doug is Doug Neumann, a new musician on Pete Wentz's Decaydance label. He has put out a new album of mostly covers of Decaydance artists (Fall Out Boy, Panic At The Disco, Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, The Hush Sound, The Academy Is...) but has reinvented them as new jazz standards. It's a brilliant album, I highly recommend it.

The man's style is very competent for his chosen genre, and his voice is incredibly smoky and smooth. He's made these songs sexy and whimsical at the same time. So far I'm grooving heavily on Dance Dance (video at right) and his cover of PATD's "But It's Better If You Do".

I also recommend looking at him, because he's major eye candy. Apparently after imbibing a few cocktails he's prone to taking his shirt off - as evidenced in the pics Collapse )

Pete Wentz from Fall Out Boy says of Doug, "I had never heard this record. But this dude had me when his shirt came off; the voice he belted out was just the icing on top of hot man cake."

Hot man cake indeed!

New Music: Eric Avery

Eric Avery - All Remote And No Control
Introducing Eric Avery. Eric is/was the original bassist and founding member of the legendary Jane's Addiction, one of my favorite bands. Their 2nd album and first major label offering, the amazing-beyond-compare "Nothing's Shocking" is on my list of top 100 best albums ever. I saw Jane's Addiction live two different times, the first time when few in the Atlanta knew who they were, opening for Love And Rockets and later headlining the first Lollapalooza tour. THAT was an amazing show on it's own, made even better by the opening bands (Butthole Surfers, Rollins Band, Ice T & Body Count, Nine Inch Nails, Living Colour, & Siouxsie & The Banshees).

His debut solo offering is called "Help Wanted". The first release is "All Remote & No Control", which is amazing. Watch the video at right and see for yourself. Shirley Manson (Garbage, Angelfish) guest vocals on the track "Maybe". This album will end up on my revised list of top favorites. I've listened to it almost every day since I got it earlier this week, and it's mesmerizingly good. Not just his orchestration and the depth of the lyrics, but the production on this album is incredibly well crafted to boot.

Eric Avery has only gotten better with age, that's for sure. This solo debut is one of the best albums of any I've heard in the past 5 years, easily. Definitely check him out.