Blue October will be at The Depot on Wednesday, Oct. 31, for a 21+ show. On Sale: Friday, Jul. 27, at 10:00 AM! More details coming soon! Ticket and concert info: CLICK HERE!
"The Case of the Missing Garlic"
As you may have heard on our last appearance on the "Radio From Hell" show, we have been victims of a garlic theft. First, they took one as you can see here. We had 5 total.
Then the bastard got brazen and came back for the rest of them! There are two things that really get me about this whole garlic heist...no actually three things. One: The clown didn't even take them when they were ready. Harvest was more than a month away. Two: Stealing from a community garden. That's just low. I mean, that's like taking from Goodwill. Lastly, and maybe even mostly, I know whoever took garlic was not a starving individual. You don't fill up on garlic. All I can hope is this person had a serious vampire problem going on and just felt like they had nowhere else to turn; even if it's the meth delusions causing the hallucinations. After reaching out to our fellow gardeners, we quickly realized that we were not the only plot to have things taken. Various other plots have had lettuce, broccoli, and basil taken. Our garden coordinator Britt Merrill was amazing during this time, making laminated signs for the garden gates describing a community garden space and that it's not appropriate to take from them at your own will. She also provided names and addresses of some nearby food banks. Though of course it's super lame to have things taken from a garden, we've been impressed with the communication and banning together of the garden members. The gardeners of Wasatch Community Garden's "People's Portable Garden" really do have a strong sense of community and that's really what these gardens are all about.
Jane’s Addiction with guests Big Black Delta. Tuesday, August 28th at the The Great Saltair! Be a part of X96’s presale on June 7th from 10AM to 10PM. CLICK HERE and enter presale code “X96” to get early entry and front of line privileges. Tickets on sale to the general public Friday, June 8th!
KXRK METRIC EVENT PLAN O ACTION:
THURSDAY MAY 31ST 2011
POPLAR STREET PUB
242 South 200 West Salt Lake City, UT 8410
5:00: METRIC arrives / Sound Check (front room must be clear during soundcheck)
5:30ish: Doors open to guests
6:30: Meet & Greet (for 10 LUCKY X96 listeners)
7:00: METRIC out the door
In the early 2000’s when Rock Was Back and every band in the world seemed to be looking for a wormhole to a 1970’s garage, METRIC frontwoman Emily Haines was hauling around — gasp! — an analog synthesizer as the band worked their way up in New York City’s clubs. In the late 2000’s, when many bands were being strangled by the industry's power structure, Metric undid all their business entanglements and started their own company, Metric Music International (MMI) with the help of independent managers Mathieu Drouin and Françoise de Grandpré. Today, they're unencumbered and directly plugged into their listeners' hearts. With single “Help I’m Alive,” they became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label (a feat they repeated with “Gold Guns Girls”). They’ve since sold out arenas and headlined festivals. They’ve had a hand in scoring films for everyone from Edgar Wright to David Cronenberg, and they wrote the theme song for the Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack with composer Howard Shore. They've even performed their song "Gimme Sympathy" at a private event for the Queen of England. For a band that had always been told they were Doing It Wrong, the Toronto-based quartet have grown into a fresh model for Making It Work.
If 2009's Fantasies was about escaping the familiar and exploring the world, Synthetica is about finding the courage to stay home and deal with your own reflection in the mirror. "It’s about facing what you know is true," Haines says. The band — Haines, Shaw, bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key — started work on the album literally the day after their final Fantasies show at the Art Basel modern art festival in Miami at the end of November 2010. They returned to Giant Studios in Toronto. They were emboldened by their fourth album's success (nearly 500,000 albums and over 1 million singles sold worldwide) and thinking big. But the real breakthrough came when pieces of vintage gear began fortuitously falling into their laps.
Guitarist-producer Jimmy Shaw puts it this way, “Synthetica is the sonic culmination of everything we have done. We’ve always had a sound in our heads that we hoped to realize. We finally heard it coming out of the speakers this time. It's futuristic and synthesized, yet also organic.” The album was mixed by long time METRIC collaborator and Grammy-nominated indie-rock specialist John O’Mahony at New York’s famed Electric Lady Studios.
The first sound you hear on opening track "Artificial Nocturne" — a pulsating, grimy throb — returns as the anchor on gut-wrenching meditation "Dreams So Real" and hypnotic morality twister "Nothing But Time." According to Shaw, "That sound is the foundation of the album. Oddly enough, it’s actually not a synthesizer. It's a '60s organ played through a homemade pedal dreamed up by a local wizard who posted an ad on Craiglist. Together they set the emotional tone of the record." First single "Youth Without Youth" tackles the fraying social state with a bristling energy ("I've always wanted to do a song with the Gary Glitter beat," Shaw says). "Speed the Collapse" is an environmental anthem featuring what is undoubtedly 2012's most stadium-ready chorus.
Haines first envisioned the word “Synthetica” as the name for a particularly resilient skin-job from Blade Runner, a female replicant who voices an inner monologue of all your human imperfections. "If you imagine a nightmarishly fake version of me as a pop star, that’s her,” she says. "And this record was about me saying, I'm going to give more to the music than ever, but there's no way I'm going to turn into someone like that." As she sings on the album's hard-rocking title track, "We're all the time confined to fit the mold / But I won't ever let them make a loser of my soul."
Since their last album, Metric has picked up JUNO Awards for "Alternative Album of the Year" and "Band of the Year," contributed the lead single to the Scott Pilgrim vs The World soundtrack, and landed on the Academy Awards' short list for Twilight's "All Yours," which they co-wrote with composer Howard Shore. They have since partnered up with Howard Shore on another project: The score to David Cronenberg’s latest film Cosmopolis was composed by Shore and performed by METRIC.
Plans for the release of Synthetica are as forward thinking as its grand sound and the band is poised to top the success of Fantasies (which debuted in the Top 10 around the world on iTunes Rock Albums charts as a selfrelease). Synthetica will be a global self-release on the band’s own label (MMI), in concert with a collection enhanced distribution and other joint venture partners the world over. Metric's management has aligned with industry legends like Cliff Burnstein and Radiohead co-manager Brian Message in unconventional partnerships that embrace new technology and keep the artist in the driver’s seat. In a letter written to the fans, Haines gives us a glimpse of what’s to come:
“Synthetica is about insomnia, fucking up, fashion, all the devices and gadgets attached to our brains, getting wasted, watching people die in other countries, watching people die in your own country, dancing your ass off, questioning the cops, poetic justice, standing up for yourself, sex, the apocalypse, doing some stupid shit and totally regretting it but then telling everyone it made you stronger, leaving town as a solution to unsolvable problems, owning your actions, and owning your time.” - Caryn Ganz.
S Y N T H E T I C A – JUNE 12, 2012 S Y N T H E T I C A TRACKLISTING
1. Artificial Nocturne 2. Youth Without Youth 3. Speed The Collapse 4. Breathing Underwater 5. Dreams So Real 6. Lost Kitten 7. The Void 8. Synthetica 9. Clone 10. The Wanderlust
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