Against Me! – Because of the Shame

Off to see Against Me! tonight with a review to follow (if I don’t fangirl too much)

We used to get high together, instead of getting high alone.
Can’t remember the last time I saw you.
Can’t remember the last time we talked.
You left home for a fresh start,
Working as a waitress down in Bradenton.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Don’t it seem so detached and unreal? Don’t it seem so far away?
Like the past never happened, or like nothing’s ever changed.
With your casket open in front of me,
Your eyes closed and your lips silent.
With my name tattoo’d into your skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
It wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Didn’t listen to the preacher.
Couldn’t look your husband in the eyes.
I’m not sure what I meant to you then,
So I’m not sure what I owe you now.
But if something I said hurt you
I swear it was not my intention.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.
With your name tattoo’d into my skin.

Because of the shame I associate with vulnerability
I am numbing myself completely.
Can you hear me right now?
I watched your mother bury you today, with tears in her eyes.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.
Oh it wasn’t her words that shook me, but the resemblance you shared.

Can you hear me right now?
Can you hear me right now?

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Brody Dalle ‘Diploid Love’ Review

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The coolest chick in punk has returned with her debut solo album. Welcome back Brody Dalle.

Formerly fronting Hollywood based hardcore punk band, The Distillers and offering three ear shattering classic albums, battling a crystal meth addiction, divorce, and motherhood the blonde bombshell has taken her time working on ‘Diploid Love’. After a five year break it is refreshing to hear new music from Dalle who has ensured her first solo release is infused with the same fiery passion that we have grown accustomed to from her previous bands.

‘Diploid Love’ is a more mature offering from Dalle with new styles experimented throughout the album with many tracks making a slight nod to husband Josh Homme’s band, Queens of the Stone Age, in comparison to the gritty punk of The Distillers mirroring ex-husband Tim Armstrong’s, Rancid. The raspy voice of Brody brings life to her nine-track debut making it a punk rock extravaganza.

Working with producer Alain Johannes multiple songs stand out, Underworld introduces pianos and saxophones into the album showcasing the different techniques Dalle has experimented with throughout the album. Haunting melodies to infectious chorus’ and classic rock riffs in Don’t Mess With Me and Carry On display the maturity within ‘Diploid Love’ and Dalle’s talent as a lyricist. Working with Shirley Manson of Garbage on Meet The Foetus/Oh Joy, as the first single it is also the pinnacle song on the album; a dream like electro-rock journey of Dalle’s experiences as a mother with a punk flare solidifies ‘Diploid Love’ as one of the must have alternative albums of the year.

Brody Dalle will always be the tattooed, mowhawked punk heroine to many but today she is also a creative force to be reckoned with. ‘Diploid Love’ elegantly showcases the talent this lady has to offer, punk has never looked or sounded classier.

 

Published on Scotcampus.

Music Monday: Fall Out Boy stream new album

Fall Out Boy have made their new album, Pax-Am Days available to stream ahead of its October 15 release.

The American  quintet have revealed the latest release, a follow up to Save Rock and Roll, is not an album but should be treated as more of a mix tape.

Pax-Am Days was recorded over two nights with producer, Ryan Adams in July and the band have already released a music video for single ‘Love, Sex, Death‘.

Fall Out Boy will embark on an Australian and European arena tour starting later this month.

 

Fall Out Boy: New Jam

When Rome’s in ruins
We are the lions
Free of the coliseums.

In poison places,
We are anti-venom,
We’re the beginning of the end

Tonight the foxes hunt the hounds,
And it’s all over now before it has begun,
We’ve already won.

We are wild, we are like young volcanoes
We are wild, Americana, exotica
Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby? Yeah!
Oh!

Come on
Make it easy, say I never mattered
Run it up the flagpole
We will teach you how to make boys next door
Out of assholes
(Ha Ha)

Tonight the foxes hunt the hounds,
And it’s all over now before it has begun,
We’ve already won.

We are wild, we are like young volcanoes
We are wild, Americana, exotica
Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby? Yeah!
Oh!

We are wild, we are like young volcanoes
We are wild, Americana, exotica
Do you wanna feel a little beautiful baby? Yeah!
Oh!

Chuck Ragan: Music Defined

What is real music?

Everyone has their own opinion.

In my humble opinion folk rocker (when did that become a genre?) Chuck Ragan really is the definition of real music.

Chuck Ragan, one in a million

Chuck Ragan, one in a million

Starting off his career in Hot Water Music in 1993 Ragan was a real punk rocker but after the band separated, on good terms, in 2006 Ragan has went on to release multiple solo albums.

To be honest, they don’t make musicians like Chuck Ragan any more.

Travelling the world alongside his fiddle player, and collaborator,  Jon Gaunt and bassist Joe Ginsberg, Ragan gives music a new lease of life with his acoustic guitar, husky  and dulcet tones that just make you stop what you’re doing and listen.

The talent that flows through Ragan has allowed him to collaborate with some of the finest names in the alternative music world, including The Gaslight Anthem‘s Brian Fallon.

Album after album released by this excruciatingly talented musician makes the process of song writing look simple and care free.

Each song has the same stripped back folkish feel without sounding similar and repetitive.

Chuck Ragan really is a musician to be admired in this era of: auto-tuned, polished, boom, badoom, boom bass sameness.

Keep on being perfect Mr Ragan.

Green Day: Broadway Idiot/ ¡Quatro!

Green Day are releasing not one but two documentaries this year – lucky us?

The first, Broadway Idiot, looks at the production and execution of punk-rocks very first musical.

Yes, musical.

Broadway Idiot will allow viewers to understand how Green Day’s iconic 2004 album American Idiot – which literally reinvented the band and made them the biggest selling punk act since, well ever – turned into a Tony award winning musical on Broadway.

Move over Les Mis the punks are in charge now.

 

The conclusion to  Green Day’s 2012 triple album offering, ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré!, is upon us with the release of their documentary  ¡Quatro!

Fans will get the opportunity to watch a documentary looking at the production of the bands latest offerings.

There will be no mention of lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong’s public meltdown and battle with alcohol and drug abuse as both documentaries were filmed prior to Armstrong’s stint in rehab.

¡Quatro! gives fans the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes and see the hilarity and work that goes into making a Green Day record.

Until its release watch the sneak peak of the documentary which was aired on VH1 last year.

Green Day “X-Kid” Video

Simple but stylish. That is all that can be said about Green Day’s new video release for “X-Kid”, the first single off new album ¡Tré! to be released February 13.

Going along with an end of party feel, as ¡Tré! seems to do, a simplistic video of a casette playing the song fits well with the ending of the trilogy. It makes a change for Green Day who are usually seen prancing around in their videos being the rock stars that they, rightly, are. The calmness of the video allows this album trilogy to fade out from the party of ¡Uno’s!Oh Love!“.

The song itself is one of the saving graces of Green Day’s most recent release which is filled with a mixture of hits and misses. “X-Kid” is a catchy song wich shows off Billie Joe Armstrong’s (lead singer) image of a lyrical master as well as having a well put together composition from Mike Dirnt (bass) and Tré Cool (drums) proving Green Day still know how to put a good pop-punk song together.

Oh Love, I Love You

‘OH Love’ has bounced onto the airwaves with a flurry of pop-punk brilliance.

Oh Love, you have a hold on my life.

Today Green Day, who are to release three studio albums over 16 weeks, have broadcast the first single from upcoming album ¡Uno! After lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone magazine that ‘[they] wanted to make things more fun’ Oh Love really does live up to the statement.

The song – which is a far cry from previous political concept albums American Idiot and 21st Century Breakdown – is filled with a melody that ties in perfectly with a song about falling in love. Drawn in straight away with Billie Joe’s voice and a hum of a guitar shows the talent of the singer who is then joined in a riff of punk garage band tones with bass and drums.

Green Day’s adventurous three album release will return to their original punk rock 1994 Dookie feel and bring a ‘killer power-pop record’ said Mike Dirnt. This should be an easy task as all songs have been co-produced by original Dookie producer Rob Cavallo.

If the rest of ¡Uno! is as musically brilliant as Oh Love Green Day and their fans don’t have much to worry about.

*For best effect watch the video with 3D glasses…if you have them lying about*

¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré!

GREEN Day are back. And back with a bang. Three bangs to be precise with the news that they will be releasing three new albums. ¡Uno!, ¡Dos!, ¡Tré! are the follow up albums to 2009’s 21st Century Breakdown.

¡Uno! ¡Dos! ¡Tré! ¡PUNK!

Lead singer and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong told Rolling Stone that: “The last record got so serious we wanted to make things more fun,” and it doesn’t look like the Oakland trio – with Mike Dirnt on bass and Tré Cool on drums – are going to disappoint.

The three album release, starting off with ¡Uno! on 25 September 2012, steps away from the previous rock opera style songs with new singles sending Green Day back to their punk-rock roots. Several secret shows and video uploads from the bands official YouTube page hint singles will mirror 1994 Dookie days with songs about sex, drugs and a garage punk band.

Alongside album covers, with each member having their own cover, and the track listing for ¡Uno! being released Green Day confirmed on their twitter today that ‘Oh Love’ would be the first single from the upcoming album airing for the first time on July 16.

Track listings turn into a Makeout Party

Green Day fans will be seeing a lot more of the East Bay punks in the coming months, but if you can’t wait until the 16th to hear the first single you could always watch a live recording from a Austin, Texas secret show.