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Jacob’s Ladder Going on Tour
Jacobs Ladder: On Tour This Month

Jacob's Ladder: On Tour This Month

One of the band’s from my 10 Florida Bands You Should Know About post is heading out on tour this Friday. Jacob’s Ladder will be hitting the east coast and midwest over the next month or so. Definitely check them out if they are gonna be near you.

Mar 20 – Miami Beach, Florida
w/Select Start, The Bront, MBSH Rockensemble, I Shot Broadway

Mar 21 –  Gainesville, Florida
1982 BAR
w/Whole Wheat Bread, Stella, Television Deleware

Mar 22 – Dothan, Alabama
w/Soapbox Prophet, Wooden Teeth

Mar 24 – Columbus, Georgia
SOHO [21+]

Mar 25 – Fayetteville, North Carolina
w/Fathers & Sons, Ellis Ashbrook

Mar 26 – Raleigh, North Carolina
w/ Aloretta, Gene Smilek, The Winter Session, The Sacred Code

Mar 27 – Wilson, North Carolina
w/Lions For Lambs, Concrete Authority, Three Cheers For Texas

Mar 28 – Red Bank, New Jersey
w/The Truth, The Horizontals, Lost In Society, Captain Crunch, Counter Point

Mar 29 – Hamilton, New Jersey
w/North Farewell, Team Goldie, Someone Say Something, Forever Is Fleeting

Mar 31 – Dayton, Ohio
w/The Raging Nathans, He Laughs! He Loves! He Learns!

Apr 2 – Rochester, Michigan
w/Our Last Go, The Night Away, Dollface Divine

Apr 3 – Frankenmuth, Michigan
w/Your Best Friend, The Transfer, I Became Sky

Apr 4 – Howell, Michigan
w/Your Best Friend, Galaxy Down, Pawn Shop Treasures, Simply Something

Apr 5 – Pontiac, Michigan
w/The Weather State, Definition Plexus, Aprils Calling, The Night Away

Apr 6 – Fairdale, Kentucky
w/Anvils Away, Nowhere Fast

Apr 7 – Clarksville, Tennessee
w/Dusty Mahan, Deaf Children At Play, Flight Case For Sushi

Apr 8 – Knoxville, Tennessee
w/Dusty Mahan, Without Hatred, On My Honor, Stages & Stereos

Apr 9 – East Ridge, Tennessee
w/Dusty Mahan, Faretheewell, Adrian, Rainbow Station

Apr 11 – Tallahassee, Florida
w/Wait For Green, Senate, The Miracle Year

Apr 16 – Miami, Florida


My Two Cents on the Chris Brown/Rihanna Fiasco (It had to happen eventually)
March 11, 2009, 12:08 pm
Filed under: Hip Hop, Pop, R&B | Tags: ,
Chris & Rihanna (The New Ike & Tina)

Chris & Rihanna (The New Ike & Tina)

I have managed to avoid this topic since it all started, but I have finally decided to speak out for two reasons:

1. Recent developments have been too ridiculous for me to NOT open my mouth

2. The traffic I’ll get simply by tagging this post with Chris Brown and Rihanna’s names

First off, let me start by saying that hitting a woman is wrong. No matter what the situation, it is just plain wrong. There is never an excuse for it. When this all first happened, I was appalled. Even when stories came out about her starting the fight and physically hitting him, Chris Brown still disgusted me. I don’t care how many times Rihanna hit him, there is no way that tiny girl could have done THAT much to hurt him. Now, I’m not saying its OK for girls to hit guys, its definitely not. But responding by hitting them back is DEFINITELY NOT the proper way to go about it.

My sympathy for Rihanna began to decline a couple of weeks ago when rumors started spreading about them reconciling. When the rumors were confirmed that they were indeed back together, that sympathy disappeared completely. Then there were stories about them getting married, planning a duet together…etc. Now I am almost HOPING he hits her again just so she realizes what a horrible mistake she is making.

I understand people make dumb decisions in their early 20’s regarding relationships. I sure did. But this situation is simply ridiculous and her decision to get back together with him is probably going to ruin her life.

Rock Band FTW
March 5, 2009, 1:14 pm
Filed under: Classic Rock, Heavy Metal, Metal, Pop, Rock | Tags: , , , ,


Once again Rock Band makes Guitar Hero look second-rate . Rock Band‘s answer to one of the worst video game ideas ever (Guitar Hero:  Metallica) will be released on 9/9/09 and will feature none other than the Fab Four: The Beatles! This also marks the first time The Beatles’ music will be available in the digital realm.

What better way for Rock Band to give a big ol’ middle finger to Guitar Hero than to get a band for their game that:

a. Metallica couldn’t compete with if they tried

b. Has never made their music available digitally before

And check out the icing on the cake:

Giles Martin, son of longtime Beatles producer George Martin and co-producer of the Grammy Award-winning “LOVE” project with Cirque du Soleil, is serving as music producer for the Rock Band game

If you haven’t heard the “LOVE” record, I highly suggest going out and buying it. If none of this means anything to you, you’re hopeless. Burn all of your albums and never listen to music ever again.

Jonas Brothers Want to Collaborate With a Hip-Hop Artist
Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage

Photo: Theo Wargo/WireImage

I’ll wait for you to stop laughing at the headline….

Done? OK. The Jonas Brothers said that they would like to work with a hip-hop artist like Common, Lupe Fiasco or Mos Def for one of the songs on their new record:

“There’s a song we wrote recently and we were thinking … it does sound different and kind of strange, and [we’d like to work with] a rapper who has some real meaningful lyrics,” Nick, the self-proclaimed “most hip-hop” Jonas, told MTV News. “[Someone who] has some real depth to what he’s saying — someone like a Common or a Lupe Fiasco or a Mos Def. Someone who takes more of a spoken-word approach. That’d be really cool.”

Kevin said that they definitely appreciate hip-hop, hinting that adding that type of vibe to the album is definitely a possibility. “We have a hip-hop bone in us somewhere,” Joe added.

Saying you’re the “most hip-hop” Jonas means about as much as saying you were the “least beaten” Jackson. Seriously though, if any of the artists he listed actually ends up working with these douchebags, I stop listening to said artist. The problem is that the hip-hop artists he listed have too much integrity to blatantly sell out like that. However, I will make the prediction that either Kanye West, Lil Wayne or 50 Cent offers to work with them after reading this news. Those guys’ll make a guest appearance on ANYONE’s song.

Despite failing at it numerous times, Kanye is still speaking his mind
March 2, 2009, 10:05 am
Filed under: Hip Hop, Pop, R&B | Tags: , , , , , ,
Photo by: MJ Kim (Getty Images)

Photo by: MJ Kim (Getty Images)

Kanye West recently filmed an episode for VH1’s Storytellers. Seeing as how this is a show that features more talking than performing, you can understand why Kanye might have been a bad choice:

Kanye West weighed in on the alleged altercation between Chris Brown and Rihanna during a February 13 taping of VH1’s “Storytellers,” although his comments will not appear in the show.

According to a Reuters report, at one point during the taping West asked the crowd, “Can’t we give Chris a break? … I know I make mistakes in life.” Brown, who was arrested during the Grammys and booked on suspicion of making criminal threats, a felony, has not been charged in the case.
West also reportedly received loud applause when he followed by saying, “Michael Jackson, amazing. Michael Phelps, amazing … He’s a real f—in’ person; he makes mistakes.” West also made a rather puzzling comment about O.J. Simpson, saying, “O.J. Simpson, amazing. Is he not? What he did, when he did, what he did. Was he not amazing, though?”

What’s funniest about all of this, is that none of it is surprising in the least. When you give Kanye West a microphone, you’d better hope he just uses it for (auto-tuned) singing or rapping because God only knows what will come out of his mouth otherwise. Defending Phelps is one thing, all he did was smoke pot. But defending the guy who beat the hell out of his girlfriend and then the guy that MURDERED his ex-wife? Its not even like O.J.’s been in the news lately or anything. Oh, Kanye, what an enigma you are.

More Details Revealed About the Most Ridiculous Supergroup Ever

Source: released new information about the upcoming debut album from Tinted Windows. In case you somehow missed my last post, Tinted Windows is a ridiculously awkward looking supergroup consisting of James Iha (Smashing Pumkins/A Perfect Circle), Taylor Hanson, Bun E. Carlos (Cheap Trick) and Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne):

Earlier this week, a promo clip surfaced, previewing the power-pop band’s new tunes “Kind of a Girl” and “Messin’ with My Head,” complete with ’80s-to-the-max visual effects. Watch below.

And yesterday, more news about the band’s self-titled debut surfaced. Produced by Iha and featuring vocals by Hanson, the 11-track self-titled debut (out April 21 via S-Curve) was written in large part by Schlesinger, Fountains of Wayne’s core songwriter, who said the project represented a departure for him.

“This was much more straight-forward musically and lyrically,” he told “They’re just pop songs.”

Schlesinger, who was also nominated for an Oscar in 1996 for penning the title track to the Tom Hanks-directed film That Thing You Do!, said that though most associate Hanson with “MmmBop,” a lot has changed since the hit song’s 1997 release. “It’s a shame that when people think of Hanson, they think of Taylor as a teenager. But he’s a grown man, and he’s capable of doing so much.” And Schlesinger kept Hanson in mind during the songwriting process:  “We have Taylor with this incredible voice so I had the idea of doing something with a lot of energy.”

Well, at least the mystery of who is to blame for this manufactured monstrosity is over: S-Curve Records. Their roster also includes such wonderful acts as the Baha Men and We the Kings. I don’t know much about the Baha Men (aside from the fact that if I ever hear “Who Let the Dogs Out Again” there will be f*cking murders) but I do know that We the Kings is definitely a “product” of S-Curve Records. And by product, I mean S-Curve made changes to the band’s line-up before signing them. And by changes, I mean S-Curve made them kick out their bass player because he was ugly.

And I may have a little bit of insight for Mr. Schlesinger on why people only think of Taylor Hanson as a teenager…the last time anyone cared about who he was or what he was doing, he WAS a teenager. When the only song you’re known for singing was released before your voice changed and is titled “MMMBop”, you’re gonna have a hard time getting anyone to take you seriously in a “real” music project when you get older

Tinted Windows…WTF?

Former Smashing Pumpkins/A Perfect Circle guitarist James Iha refused to reunite with the Pumpkins in 2007…but apparently he has no problem starting a supergroup with the most unlikely bandmates possible. In case you can’t recognize him (because the last time you saw him was in 1997, when he looked like a 12-year-old girl) that’s Taylor Hanson sitting up front with Iha. On the left is Ben E. Carlos from Cheap Trick and on the right is Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne. This ridiculous lineup calls themselves Tinted Windows.

Now, as tempted as I was to talk shit about this band simply based on the line-up, I had to at least listen to the song. I am thankful to report that I can now make fun of this band without any hesitation. The song is pretty awful. Its basically a Jonas Brothers song, but with Taylor Hanson singing.

I think the question on everyone’s minds here is…how the hell did this band get together? I somehow can’t picture these guys all hanging out together at some party and suddenly saying to each other “Hey…we should start a band!”. So if someone can tell me who is responsible for this unholy union, I would greatly appreciate it.