Recommended download: Because fat chicks need love too…NOFX Hotdog in the Hallway
*sarcasm on*Wow, such a huge response! Thanks guys! Those Halloween emails are just flying in here. I’ve received so many, I can’t decide which ones to use.*sarcasm off* That’s cool if no one wants to send anything. I just thought it would be fun for us all to share a little something. Apparently not everyone shares my love of Halloween. Those who do, you still have time to send something in. This week, I did something I don’t usually do. I bought a book. But not just one book, I bought two books. I don’t know why, but I just don’t care for reading much. It takes a lot to keep me interested, and most books just can’t handle that task. First one I bought was Lita: A Less Traveled R.O.A.D. For those who don’t know, this is Lita of the WWE. I figured, I own every other WWE book, with the exception of Jerry ‘The King’ Lawler. For the most part, they’ve all been interesting, so I thought I would check this one out. I’m 20 chapters into it and it’s been pretty interesting so far. According to the book, Lita was really involved in the punk scene when she was younger. She allowed bands to sleep at her apartment while they were in town for a show, and she associated with bands such as 7 Seconds and Avail. I’ve just reached the part in the book where she’s becoming a wrestler, so nothing groundbreaking about her career yet. The other book I bought, but have yet to read any of yet, is Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore. I’m sure it’ll be a good read as well. I saw a show on Ball State University campus on Friday, with four local bands. One band was Oblique, which if you read any of my past columns, you already know I’m high up on these guys. Another band that was there that really caught my attention was Losing September, from Northern Indiana. They describe themselves as an alternative rock band, but a lot of their stuff had an emo sound to it. I ordered the new Anti-Flag album, The Terror State Sunday evening. I wanted to order it to ensure that I got the original cover art rather than the blacked out version. As a plus, ordering it from Interpunk.com, you get a free Anti-Flag patch. I’ll let you know how the album is next week. Maybe I’ll bust out a review of it. Also out this week, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Streetcore and the Punk Goes Acoustic compilation has FINALLY been released. Those should both be great albums.
Some Kind of Monster, a documentary “about the hardships, struggles, and frustrations Metallica experienced while creating St. Anger.” Let’s just hope it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than the album itself.
Blink 182, who have a new album on the way, will be playing several club dates with each show costing only one dollar. The Dollabill Tour starts in Boston, MA on November 6 and wraps up on November 21 in San Diego, CA. The Kinison and Bubba Sparxxx will join them as well. Tickets will be on sale exclusively at MTV.com. One dollar for a show, who can beat that? I’m glad to see them returning to the smaller venues as well. I always enjoy shows more at smaller venues rather than the larger ones. Their new album will rock, by the way, regardless of what the shit talkers say.
Judges have stooped to rapping their decisions in court. Now I know the American judicial system is a fucking joke.
The Used are heading back into the studio in December to work on their new album. They’re once again working with John Feldmann of Goldfinger, which is a good thing. Their debut album is one of my favorites, and I think they make a great combination. The new album is expected in early 2004, and they should be teaming up with Janes Addiction for a winter tour. I’m not a big Janes Addiction fan, but I’d definitely like to see The Used live again. They were great at Warped.
You know, I was thinking the other day and something occurred to me. Every music site I go to, every message board (including our own) I see this “anti-MTV attitude.” While I don’t like every show on MTV or every video they play, I find it odd and ironic that it’s become a trend to hate MTV because it’s considered trendy. Hating MTV seems to be the “cool” thing to do these days. Am I the only one who doesn’t get this? Probably. But if you turn on MTV or MTV2, they’re actually playing some better videos. Bands like Thursday, Thrice, AFI, Poison The Well, Shadows Fall, and Rancid have found their way onto MTV and what’s really wrong with that? I enjoy seeing those bands on MTV as opposed to Justin Timberlake, Jay Z, or even Metallica. Now granted, once the next “cool” thing comes along, these bands are likely to be replaced with other videos, but all good things must come to an end. Right?
Until next time, I’m out. Peace.