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Music’s 3Rs 03.04.13: My Baby Loves Me Just As Wrong As I Am…
Posted by Sean Comer on 03.04.2013


Vandelay Industries and 411mania.com present this week's Music's 3 Rs with limited suckitude, brought to you by the Southern & Longmore Starbucks in scenic Mesa, AZ, as well as Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, because…Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

The Clash at Demonhead, "Black Sheep"

Crash and The Boys, "We Hate You, Please Die"

Sex Bob-Omb, "Threshold"

Broken Social Scene, "Anthem For A Seventeen Year Old Girl"

Blood Red Shoes, "It's Getting Boring By The Sea"

Welcome back, one and all. I'm Sean. You're not. Remember, fellow Babies: I didn't break the news. It was that way when I got here.

"Maybe I'm wrong, but just maybe, maybe you're Right…"

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Despite opposite of horrible, terrible, no-good, very bad day, Soundwave Adelaide makes me consider moving to Australia…

OK, so I grossly exaggerate; Phoenix, I'm yours ‘til death do us part.

Still, this sounds like an overall stunning bill that got a jump on the U.S. festival season with one phenomenally stacked bill. Irresponsibles guitarista Tash Neame got me envious this weekend as she recounted blistering sets by Stone Sour ("FRICKING AMAZING!"), Tomahawk ("Mike Patton has the sexiest voice…"), Flogging Molly ("While everyone else was listening to dark metal on the other stage, we were listening to a bunch of Irish lads playing happy songs about going to the pub…") and recent Music Fact or Fiction subjects Paramore ("EVERY band in Adelaide needs to see them to see how they put on a live show. So much energy, Hayley is just incredible as a frontwoman. Major girl crush going on here.")

Of course, it sounds unfortunately like Soundwave labored onward through some of the same logistic nightmares – some seemingly avoidable, some not so much – that plague many a package bill. Despite a bill headlined by Metallica, Linkin Park and Slayer, as well as including sets by Kyruss Lives, The Offspring, Garbage, Bullet For My Valentine, Cypress Hill and Sum 41, Tash noted that attendees reportedly dealt with a single ATM for the entire crowd, minimal shade, only one station providing free cool drinking water, and noise that bled over between stages for simple lack of consideration for which way the stages faced.

Still – yeah, I'm jealous. That's a slate of bands that rivals for my excitement much of what's already on the 2013 lineup for many U.S. festivals, even the Sasquatch! bill at Washington's Gorge Amphitheatre featuring Dropkick Murphys and Cake.

To mark the occasion, here's Metallica playing the classic "One" this past weekend.

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Speaking of The Irresponsibles…

Oh, speaking of my favorite unsigned Down Under club quartet…

As announced on Facebook this weekend, their softer-side project Little Miss has a coming-out party this coming week.

The acoustic-leaning trio of Irresponsibles singer Miranda Mazurek, bassist Mat Youels and Tash will be making a live appearance with special guest Pete Wilson March 6 at 9 p.m. at Adelaide's Metropolitan Hotel. According to updates from the Little Miss Facebook hub, the set will include a number of brand-new songs, some of which I can only hope will end up on an in-the-works recorded debut.

I'll be hoping that someone has the forethought to maybe record a few songs and slap up some live footage to YouTube. Since hearing about this alter-ego setup, I've been deeply curious how a voice with the unabashed, energetic raunch of Miranda's will color some more delicate backing.

Meantime – and I thank my fine amiga Jackie for reminding me of this wonderful cover earlier this week – whet your appetite with The Irresponsibles delivering a tasty, rougher-around-the-edges take on Kylie Minogue's "Confide In Me".

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You'll get a new Adele album when Adele is damn good and ready

All good things to those who wait, Babies.

The British chanteuse who last weekend snapped up a multi-Grammy-complementing Best Original Song Academy Award for her James Bond theme "Skyfall" recently told Governor's Ball-attending press from The Daily Mail that she hasn't yet been stirred just so within to inspire a third album.

"They'll come when they're ready, and when I've got something to sing about," she said of a follow-up album to 19 and 21.

If you've heard any one song especially from 21 -- and by now, it's virtually a certainty you probably have, between "Set Fire To The Rain", "Rolling In The Deep", "Someone Like You" and "Rumour Has It" – you wouldn't have it any other way. Throwbacks to days of powerful, authentic soul-baring verse like Adele's colored by such smoky, smooth pipes come along very rarely. Surely she knew as she crafted her first two albums that whether they were acclaimed or panned, she'd painted rich self-portraits that were nothing else if not absolutely all her own. Whether she delivers something in a year or in a decade, let's just savor what she shares and the way she renders a moment.


F*** me, I love Record Store Day…

I nearly relegated this to the Wrong, just for how damn old commemorating the 10th anniversary of The White Stripes' Elephant might make me feel. Still, screw it; there are some stacked limited-edition releases hitting shelves April 20.

Former White Stripes guitarist/vocalist Jack White's label Third Man Records will issue the retrospective re-issue as a double-vinyl LP with alternating colors – one LP in red-and-black alternating sides, the other entirely white.

Oh, but that ain't all the goodies, fellow Babies.

Warner Bros., which sponsors the annual occasion, has lined up the following special issues:

- The Flaming Lips will release their 1997 album Zaireeka. The album comes on four discs that are meant to be played at the same time on colored 12" vinyl with new art.

- Iron & Wine will release a 7" single with two new songs: "Next to Paradise" and "Dirty Ocean". Neither will be on their new album.

- The Black Keys' cover of the Stooges 1969 song "No Fun" will be released on 7" vinyl with the original song on the B-side.

- Foals will release their new album Holy Fire on vinyl. It comes with a 7" with "Bluebird" and a Friendly Fires remix of "My Number".

- Built to Spill will reissue their 2000 live album on vinyl and CD.

- Tegan and Sara will put together ten remixes of their Heartthrob single "Closer" on 12" vinyl with remixes from Yeasayer, Chris Walla, Morgan Page, and more.

- Surfer Blood will release "Demon Dance" from their album Pythons on 7" vinyl with the previously unreleased track "Slow Six".

Holy Mother of Dio.

If I have but one complaint, it's that I don't own anything that plays vinyl. Glad as I am to see Warner Bros. – more out of self-preservation instinct than any other motivation – throwing some force behind brick-and-mortar retailers, it's monumentally depressing that myself and other non-hipsters will be missing out on these treats for want of anything that plays vinyl. I get that it's called "Record Store Day" and not "CD Store Day," but with all due respect to those who appreciate the charm and unique listening experience of vinyl, wouldn't it have made just that much more sense to also make these desirable releases available on the more widely purchased physical medium?

"I don't wanna fight, Jack, but you ain't ever right, you know you wRong…"

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Green Day bassist addresses Billie Joe Armstrong going ‘nanners last year

Bassist Mike Dirnt recently told Rolling Stone that despite being gob-smacked by Green Day guitarist/lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong's bizarre expletive-laden rant at 2012's I Heart Radio bill after being given the high sign to vacate the stage, Armstrong wasn't exactly wrong.

"You know, truth be told, I agreed with what he said, outside of mentioning anybody else," Dirnt opined, referencing the "I'm not f***ing Justin Bieber" bite from Armstrong's tirade. "I know that's not Billie. But the bigger side of it – I actually agreed with the rant. But I was watching my friend and going, 'You're out of your fucking mind.' And we were dealing with a shitshow. The world has seen past much larger things. The world has laughed with us enough to know that they can laugh with us now, to somehow understand. We have a sense of humility."

For those needing a refresher…

Dirnt added that when Green Day next hit the road, Armstrong will probably be kept on a fairly short leash and the band won't necessarily be resuming the same grueling touring pace that it's kept up since "Nineteen-eighty-f***ing-eight," either.

"It's obvious," Dirnt added. "The backstage doesn't need to be a bar. And that's OK with me. That's just time-killing, coping mechanisms. Also, we don't have to say yes to every opportunity in front of us. We did something like 228 shows for American Idiot and 190 for 21st Century Breakdown. And that doesn't include band practice five days a week in between. My thing is, good, bad or ugly, I gotta support my boy. I'm gonna back him up, and then I'm going to take it the next step further with him. And we're gonna do it offstage, too."

I'm putting this in the Wrong for one reason, and it isn't because I'm shedding tears that Armstrong is getting his shit together: it's because Dirnt agrees with that embarrassing, awkward tirade.

Sorry, but that was unprofessional, bitch-baby posturing that even a "punk" institution such as Green Day should've outgrown by now. Stunts like that are cute in your twenties. It makes you a prima-donna in guy-liner right about the time the clock strikes Midnight on your 30th birthday. While it's a step in the right direction that Armstrong is laying off the bottle, here's hoping it also brought about a sense of perspective about not taking the stage late at a show under a curfew, or at least understanding when keeping other artists on-schedule and fans who came to see them happy means someone has to nix a song or two.

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Scott Weiland claims Stone Temple Pilots "fired" him to bolster flagging sales

Yeah. Head-desk away. I'm right there with you.

For as much as I do dearly love Stone Temple Pilots as a band and Scott Weiland as a solo artist, if there's even a nugget of truth to this, then I hope the band soon dies as quiet a death as possible before more embarrassing desperation.

News leaked this past week that the recently reunited arena-grunge act had fired long-embattled lead singer Weiland. It didn't take long before Weiland cleared things up – kind of – via TMZ, noting that the band's representation concocted the rumor.

"STP is not broken up. It's a whole thing to try to boost ticket sales," Weiland said, noting that the band has been organizing a new tour without his input.

Weiland also pointed out that under contract terms, no one band member can form a group under the "Stone Temple Pilots" banner without the others. "I started [STP]," Weiland pointed out.

Well. That explains … precious little, actually. Keep in mind that less than a year after "disbanding," three-fourths of Creed formed Alter Bridge with a new singer replacing Scott Stapp. Could it be that STP have tired of Weiland and may just rename themselves as an end-run?

If that point has arrived when firing personnel has been agreed upon as a perfectly viable means of interesting more people in your music, then you need to quit making music. Now. As in, this minute. Actually, considering that the last Stone Temple Pilots album wasn't exactly a mind-blowing return to form, maybe that would be for the best either way.

"Now, how could I possibly be inconspicuous when my flow is f***in' Ridiculous?"
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Bono: an "insufferable, jumped-up Jesus"

*Blink, Blink*

I just want to know what the hell that even means…

Anyway, that's what the U2 lead singer dubbed himself when speaking about global poverty at a southern California TED (Technology, Entertainment and Design) conference attended by no less than Microsoft demigod Bill Gates.

"Forget the rock opera. Forget the bombast. The only thing singing today is the facts. I have truly embraced my inner nerd. Exit the rock star. Enter the evidence-based activist. The factavist," Bono said. More children are getting life-saving AIDS treatments, he added. Fewer people die from malaria. A total 7,265 fewer children die impoverished each day than 10 years earlier. Bowling averages are way up. Mini-golf scores are way down.

Two of the above listed things, I pulled steaming from my ass. By my ass, I of course mean Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.

That's when the over-sharing started.

"The rate is still too high, but it is mind-blowing, heart-stopping stuff. If we get to the Zero Zone, for number crunchers like us, that is the erogenous zone. I am sexually aroused by the collating of data," Bono said.

Rock star. Activist. Humanitarian. Eschews online smut and masturbates to a Statistics textbook. Because he wasn't better than us all by a wide enough margin yet.

The sun's comin' up…I'm ridin' with Lady Luck

It was a wild, wild week in a mad, mad, mad, mad world. Still, I can't help but feel like this biscuit o' bizarre needs some gravy. Here it is, fellow Babies everywhere – the moment you realize what a wonderful world this can be. Your one, only, weekly MOMENT OF GWAR…

Keep your stick on the ice. I'm Sean. You're not. Never dull your colors for someone else's canvas.

Oh, one more thing…


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