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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Whattya Listenin' to Wednesday - 8/27/08

Hails, friends, best wishes for prosperity to everyone in tight times. Always the struggle, but hopefully the end means are worth the fight...

This past Friday I had the opportunity to interview Lemmy of Motorhead for Unrestrained, and the biggest note I want to point out is Motorhead's tour manager Adam, who was sheer class in getting this done. Considering the interview was a longshot, Adam took my call, was quite friendly and despite the fact the 'head was going onstage at my designated time, he rearranged the evening's schedule and got me in, even giving me a courtesy call ten minutes in advance. I'm sure most of you fellow press peeps have come across overly busy or nonchalant TM's who end up blowing you off. This guy was aces, pun intended. And Lemmy? Like talking with street royalty.

This Friday it's Jon Schaffer of Iced Earth on tap for Unrestrained and a few other goodies down the pike. So naturally I'm finding ways to fit my personal obligations with the baby in our lives and it sure isn't easy, considering you work around his schedule, not your own, plus maintain a day job...yeah, sleep comes at a premium even with him sleeping through now and seldom waking us up, but the prize is definitely worth it. Especially worth it when you take an eight month old out to a spiritual retreat for the afternoon and he babbles a solid 20 minutes thereafter like he was thoroughly impressed and trying to let you know all about it.

That being said, the week's spins were largely centered around Motorhead and Iced Earth, with some more Lush and other alternative goodies like Kitchens of Distinction. Would've liked to have covered more of my Motorhead library, which is considerable, but hey, all's well when you get the man himself on your ear...

Did anyone watch the closing ceremonies to the Beijing Olympics? Holy hell, Jimmy Page, Jackie Chan and all...

Ready, set, dish 'em!

Iced Earth - The Crucible of Man: Something Wicked Part 2
Iced Earth - Framing Armageddon: Something Wicked Part 1
Motorhead - Motorizer
Motorhead - Overkill
Motorhead - Another Perfect Day
Motorhead - Iron Fist
Motorhead - 1916
Motorhead - Orgasmatron
Motorhead - On Parole
Motorhead - Overnight Sensation
Lush - Spooky
Lush - Split
Lush - Lovelife
Uh Huh Her - Common Reaction
Ivy - In the Clear
Kitchens of Distinction - Strange Free World
John Legend - Get Lifted
Angtoria - God Has a Plan For Us All
Revolting Cocks - Sexo Olympico


David Amulet said...

Sounds like a good week for you. Keep up the good work.

My six this week--without planning, there seems to be a focus on emotional guitarists:

Steve Hackett, Momentum
Steve Hackett, Defector
Van Halen, Women and Children First
Jeff Beck, Blow by Blow
Vangelis, Heaven and Hell
Led Zeppelin, IV

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

You know, I've always wanted to sit down with Vangelis since I've always dug the Blade Runner score...nice picks on your end, bud, and thanks for the good words. And the cradle willlll rooooock......

bob_vinyl said...

Matthew Sweet - Sunshine Lies
Omni - Ghosts
Robyn Hitchcock and the Egyptians - Globe of Frogs
English Dogs - Where Legend Began
Disco Ensemble - Magic Recoveries
Gaslight Anthem - The '59 Sound
Mad Tea Party - Found a Reason
Elvis Presley - 68 Comeback

DPTH International said...

I've been spinning a lot of Iced Earth in anticipation for the new album.
Also the new Dragonforce, Angel's and Airwaves, Leave's Eyes.

cjk_44 said...

maybe not as diverse as recent weeks - but still the variety i like.

1. Lilitu – The Delores Lesion
2. Pink Floyd – Ummagumma, Animals, The Division Bell
3. Amorphis – Elegy
4. Pelican – Untitled EP
5. Queens of the Stone Age – all
6. Jerry Cantrell – Boggy Depot
7. Delerium – Karma
8. Soilwork – Sworn to a Great Divide
9. Opeth – Damnation
10. Ramones – Ramones
11. Between the Buried and Me – Alaska
12. Narcissus – Crave and Collapse

ray, i've had lots of different experiences in interviewing artists. much like your recent interview with Lemmy i had a very postive experience once when a PR staffer promised an interview with Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and even though that info didn't make it to the tour manager i was still granted a short period of time to ask questions.

Rhodeislandrock said...

I've been listening to Framing Armageddon & The Crucible Of Man almost non-stop along with these new records:

Metal Church - This Present Wasteland

Cloudscape - Global Drama

Motorhead - Motorizer

Today I picked up the new Dragonforce & Venom albums so they are on tap for work tonite!

Ian Aiken said...

1. BLACK SABBATH - Paranoid, Master of Reality
2. DEVIN/S.Y.L. - All
3. VOIVOD - Voivod
4. DAN SWANO - Moontower
5. MACABRE - Sinister Slaughter
6. RUSH - Grace Under Pressure

Vangelis and Jon Anderson of YES have made a couple of good albums. I haven't listened to them for a while since I need to get a new turntable.

Metal Mark said...

Black Stone Cherry-Folklore and Superstition
Malamute-Breath deeply, horse
Anima-The daily grind
Spread Eagle-s/t
Held Under/Discovery-Anthology
Extreme-Saudades De Rock
Steel Assassin-War of the eight saints

Ray Van Horn, Jr. said...

BobV, I think of many things with the '68 Comeback, most importantly how happy my folks were with it, though my stepfather was in 'Nam when it first played; the songs he does with his original rhythm section are incredible, while some of the later era songs with the choreography are wonderfully cheesy

dpth, you're in a power groove for sure

cjk, eclectic nonetheless, dude! I would say the majority of my experiences have been positive or at least to the point where we got things done. A few baddies, but one particular famous death metal group that won't be named was a disaster in which the TM said he wouldn't get out of bed to do the interview all day long, then he was eating, then showing, then getting ready to go onstage, then no response ever again. It's a funny story and so rock 'n roll...assholes! :)

Steve, Crucible is definitely addictive; I loved Ripper's presence, but I've spun Crucible many more times than Framing Armageddon, and will continue even more so after talking with JS last night; righteous dude

Ian, eclecticism in darkness should be your tag

Mark, nice intie with Steel Assassin you did on your page, along with War of Ages and like I commented on your site to Anima, nice tits!