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Rock and Roll Feature: By the Way by the Red Hot Chili Peppers

This is the eighteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Foxboro Hot Tubs Revealed to Actually be Green Day

So for the past couple of months or so there's been this band floating around on the Internet called Foxboro Hot Tubs that has a striking similarity (at least in some aspects) to a very famous band called Green Day. Speculations was that they were actually the same band just trying out a little side project with a different sound and a new name. The debate raged on and far too many news stories were written about the topic. Now we can finally put all that to rest because it has been revealed that they are indeed the same band.

The Clash: London Calling Live from Japan

Sometimes when I look through the posts I've written over the past year or so, I find that bands I've meant to write about over and over again, have somehow slipped through the cracks and I just never got around to putting some sort of tribute of any kind out there. I had just such a moment in the past day or so when I turned on a certain infamous punk album and couldn't believe that I hadn't written more... anything really... about one of my all time favorite bands: the Clash.

First Listens to the Latest Raconteurs Album

Although I'd already had something planned and written for today, I couldn't help myself and had to write about the new album from Jack White, Brendon Benson and company. The new Raconteurs album was released just this past week and I had my copy on pre-order so it showed up right when I was hoping it would. I've been listening to it nearly non-stop since then and I don't anticipate it leaving my play list any time soon... unless it's usurped by some other new music of course.

New Raconteurs Album Coming Sooner than Expected

There are some albums that I own that I just seem to like too much... so much that I actually restrain myself from listening to them. I know this sounds a little absurd, but it's true. Certain albums just strike such a chord with me that when they are over, I want more. Unfortunately, usually there is no more, or the bands next album is not due for years, so I try to limit how often I listen to them in order to sort of discourage this desire for more music.

The Raw Intensity of Sonic Youth Live

I thought it was about time to revisit a band that continues to worm it's way back into my mind every few months from first really becoming part of my collection not that long ago. Sonic Youth may not be a band for everyone with their complex, screeching noise rock fueled compositions. For those of us who are fans of this band though, they are unlike absolutely any other with a raw intensity unlike anything else, especially in a live setting where they can really open up and channel a sort of primal rage of expression into musical form.

Thoughts on the New Album from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

New albums don't always register on my musical radar. I think it's heavily dependent on what I'm listening to at the time it's released. I mean, if I'm listening to a band right around the time their new music comes out, then I'm all into it immediately, but that rarely seems to happen. Instead it's usually the opposite that is the case, especially with long times between album releases. Here's how it tends to happen: I'm listening to something else entirely and a new album comes out and suddenly I'm back listening to that band all over again...

Rock & Roll Feature: Marc Bolan Is the Electric Warrior of T-Rex

This is the fifteenth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Rare Rock and Roll Movie: The Cure Live in Japan

I remember first hearing music from the Cure a long time ago and thinking... Oh, those are some great songs, catchy, exciting, artistic, sort of punk but more (and also very 80s both in good and bad ways)... sounds pretty good. It wasn't until a lot later when I saw the Cure live on stage that I really got interested in their music more than just casually. Maybe it is Robert Smith's disjointed and fractured charisma on stage, the fact that the band is actually really good or that they write such exciting and unique tracks, or a combination of those three and other factors.

How I Became a Nick Cave Fan

How many times have I looked back upon my music collection and asked: Why didn't I start listening to "insert artist here" a long time ago? It happens far more often than I'd like to admit as I'm sure I've mentioned it on the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll multiple times already, but it all works out in the long run. I may be left wondering what took me so long, but at least I get to it eventually. I guess that's one of the hazards of listening to so many different musicians, especially the constant stream of new ones.

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