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March 2, 2009 |

By TK Burton | Music | March 2, 2009 |

Some people might think it hyperbole, and those people can suck it. I’m 100% serious. I’ve never been more serious. Look at the expression on my face. That’s right. We lead today’s piece with the greatest news in the history of news…

fnm.jpgFaith No More reunion. FAITH NO MORE REUNION. Pretty much the only band that I’m genuinely excited about in terms of reunion tours, because my love for Mike Patton knows no bounds, and I still believe that FNM is probably the greatest alternative (whatever that means) band in history. No, seriously. Sadly, guitarist extraordinaire Jim Martin will not be in the lineup, but still — Faith No More reunion! What’s that you say? It’s only in Europe? AW, FUCK! That’s it. I’m moving to Brussels.

crank2a.jpgOf course, that leads into news that isn’t really new, but is so ball-shakingly awesome that it threatens our very existence — Mike Patton also did the score for the upcoming Crank 2: High Voltage. Statham. Patton. I feel dizzy.

Yeah, that’s the stuff…

depechemode.jpgThe domination of iTunes over the music world, and quite possibly the world as a whole, continues with an offer of an “iTunes Pass” to help promote Depeche Mode’s new album Sounds of the Universe, set for release on April 15th. This $19 pass is available for users to purchase and it will give you access to songs, remixes, videos and more. The new single, “Wrong,” is currently available with the pass as well as a remix of the new song, “Oh Well.” New material will automatically be inserted in your iTunes library as it becomes available, followed by the full album on April 15th. Depeche Mode is also going on tour this summer starting off July 24 in Toronto, ON. My inner 1980’s gay emo boy is praying that they make a stop at Lollapalooza. And WTF iTunes?? You can offer a sweet $19 all-access pass for Depeche Mode but you can’t give me season 3 of Dexter??

CypressHill.jpgDid anyone order an unnecessary reunion? Possibly while high? Cypress Hill, I’m looking in your direction. Cypress Hill is coming out with a new album. I mean, don’t get me wrong — they’ve got some good beats, and I enjoyed the hell out of them in college, but… don’t you think it might be time to hang it up fellas? I saw them in concert once with the Pharcyde and 311, and they were a blast but… yeesh. Honestly? The best thing that ever came out of Cypress Hill was this:


pussycat.jpgThe current number one iTunes album is the soundtrack for Best Picture Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. And now we can thank The Pussycat Dolls for recording their own version of the movie’s Oscar Winning song “Jai Ho.” I’m not sure who these post-op trannies/hookers/strippers, or whatever the hell they are, think they are. They must have some big balls though if they think they can take an actual piece of legitimate music and put their tramp stamp on it.

atmospherelemons.jpgIn what may well be the sweetest hip hop tour of the year, Atmosphere and POS are going to be touring together. I’ve already talked about my love of Atmosphere and their 2008 release When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (you can probably hear Jeremy squeeing as we speak), Unfortunately, when they get to Boston on May 13, POS won’t be there, but fellow outstanding MN act Brother Ali will. Good enough for me! By the way, Christian will have a review up of POS’s new album, Never Better, up on Wednesday.

barenaked.jpgLead singer of Barenaked Ladies, Steven Page, announced that is he leaving the band this week. This announcement follows his arrest for drug possession last summer, for which he is currently on probation for. Unfortunately, the band will go on without him and plan on releasing a new album in the near future. In my opinion, they should probably quit torturing us with their terrible music and call it quits. I was almost driven to suicide once when I was at the beach and some dick bag thought it would be really cool to park his car nearby and blast BNL out his window. Take Page’s departure as a sign BNL. Let me live my life in peace free from your music!

beasties.jpegThe Beastie Boys are finishing up their eighth album, their first since 2007’s instrumental album The Mix-Up. The tentative album title is Tad Lock’s Glasses and will be released later this summer or fall. They also are one of the headliners for this summer’s Bonnaroo festival.

Here’s your Monday Afternoon Playlist. Conduct ritual sacrifice and worship it as your God.

Chris: “Own Anything” by Wilderness from (k)no(w)here: The amount of time spent with the opening progression is almost blood-boiling it’s so suspenseful, because if you know this band, you know it’s going to splash into something grandiose at any moment. You just wait for it, wait for it, and then CRASH it comes tearing down like a band of submarines surfacing at top speed.

Felicia: I am currently listening to Metric’s first official album Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? This is one of my all-time favorite albums, and I can always count on it to fulfill my musical needs every time I listen to it. “Hustle Rose” is one of my favorite songs on the album, and I could listen to it on repeat for the rest of my life. I’m looking forward to April when Metric releases their new album, Fantasies.

TK: Every few months or so, I get re-obsessed with Michigan-born recluse P.W. Long, who was a staple of labels like Quarterstick and Touch And Go. His career spanned punk to country, and it’s all amazing regardless of incarnation. I was first introduced to him when he was in the hardcore/alt-country indie band Mule, a brutish, discordant bit of glorious noise. But it’s his solo work with his band Reelfoot that really made me recognize him as a master — it’s blues/country/rock and roll with a true heart. This song, “Aw, Bruiser” is about a dog (I think), and it’s one of the saddest songs you’ll ever hear.

Caspar: A friend of mine lent me Jeff Buckley’s concert album, Live At Sin-e, which is the ideal thing for someone who, like me, doesn’t think that Buckley is that great a songwriter but admires his singing. On Grace, for instance, I can only ever listen to ‘Hallelujah’, ‘Lilac Wine’ and ‘Corpus Christi Carol’. So this live album is perfect for its excellent choice of cover versions. I especially like his take on “Calling You”, the song from Baghdad Cafe — his vocals soar beautifully.

ShepRitz: Track Star, “Bad Time”. “Bad Time” is the lead off song from the San Fran based Track Star’s (now defunct) 1995 EP Sometimes, What’s the Difference. Their songs ranged from shoe-gazing three chord lullabies to emotional scream-core. Actually, they often mashed up these two genres side by side in the same song like a bi-polar mood swing. I particularly love the crisp sound of the guitar and the catchy sing-song vocal melody in this smartly repetitive track. It goes: “She’s the kind of girl who makes you _____. / And I wonder why, i’m the only guy, who ever _________.” Just fill in the blanks with feel bad, feel sad, or hate yourself. It writes itself!

Finally, Fearless, Taylor Swift’s apocalyptic paean to the dark lord Baphomet, remains #1 on the charts this week. Until someone cuts off her head and burns it, this will continue. You all know what to do.

TK and Felicia are both recovering from their respective vacations, and they’re both sick of this fucking snow.

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