Eddie Vedder is a nutty cat. I mean as far as rockstars go, I suppose he's pretty tame, but as a human being? Come on. Just this past weekend he took time out of his on stage performance to drink wine out of a audience member's shoe. Nutty! Since I don't want to get sued for using copyrighted photos of Senor Vedder. I've put my award winning* MSPAINT skillz to work.
In addition to that, recent Pearl Jam concerts have featured everything from a fan getting a haircut onstage to an impromptu cover of "Let It Go" from the hit Disney movie "Frozen." WHY? What the Hell happend to rock concerts man. You wanna drop 50 bucks to see Pearl Jam cut a dude's hair? How about last week when Channel 2 News' Sterling Poulsen introduced KISS on stage? Don't get me wrong. I love Sterling, but I do NOT want to live in a world where KISS is introduced by a weatherman.
KISS is supposed to be evil! Our news anchors and meteorologists should be warning parents about the dangers of KISS, and how Pearl Jam is sticking it to the man! But no, Pearl Jam is giving away free hair cuts and guessing your weight like the guy at Lagoon. Sigh. I digress. As I mentioned already, the latest from Pearl Jam's road tour of wackiness comes from their show on Saturday in Sweden. Vedder took a swig of wine from a shoe that a fan had thrown on stage. Vedder told the lucky fan he would "do you one better" and then poured the wine, gulped it down, and threw the shoe back as the crowd roared its approval. Im not saying that he should have taken a dump in the shoe, but c'mon!
I'll duece in the shoe once I finish this WICKED SOLO
Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron can be seen shaking his head during Vedder's beverage break, but he can't help cracking a smile by the end of it.
Here. You watch and tell me what you think.
It must be really HARD to upset Marilyn Manson. I mean, the guy is ALWAYS sad about something. I'm sure most of it is an act, but when you ACT sad and pissed off all the time, I'm sure it starts to stick. Even so, I bet ol' Mr. Manson was plenty sad this weekend when TWO of his shows were cancelled in Russia. Marilyn "Brain Warner" Manson threw out a tweet saying that Friday's concert in Moscow, which was part of the Park Live Festival, was axed just as the band was about to go onstage because of a bomb threat.
Plus it's not very easy to dance to
On top of that, protests allegedly forced authorities to deny Manson permission to put on a concert in central Russia on Sunday. The protesters were supposedly accusing Manson of promoting sadomasochism. Really? People in Russia are STILL protesting outside rock shows? It was one thing when people protested outside the Delta Center when Nine Inch Nails came to SLC in the 90's. I mean, it was still scary back then. Manson was supposed to open that show and for one reason or another was told he couldn't. But that was 1995! I guess Russia is a little behind on their pop culture.
What is it now that you are talking about, Willis??
Despite the recent setbacks, Manson is set to continue his European tour later this summer. The next leg starts with a show in the Netherlands on August 6th.
Attention, attention! This is it! The final days and final prices of X96! We're closing our doors forever!
Well, not entirely. We're actually just moving to a much better studio in a couple weeks, and we're packing up our old place. One of the remaining remnants of old technology was the CD collection on the wall in our Trolley Corners studio. These have all been ripped into our gigantic hard drive long ago, and they won't be making the journey to the new place. They will probably end up in my basement.
This morning, Richie T. and the Radio From Hell interns took the discs down and boxed them up. Now it looks funny in the old studio. It was sad to see these old dust magnets go, but technology moves forward. I felt the same when we moved from our old West Temple studio in 1998 and into a new studio that didn't have a turntable. I will keep you posted with photos of our big move. We should be in our new place around July 11.
Hey, it's Organized Intern to share about my most exciting day as a Radio From Hell Intern (so far!)...
It was a morning just like any other Radio From Hell intern day. I got up before the sun and was pulling into the parking garage just as Richie T was arriving, which meant I was late. As he held the door open for me he said, "I have a special task for you today.”
That’s always bad news.
He walked me to a room I hadn’t been in and opened the door. I was mentally preparing my “no means no” speech when I saw the room and was stopped by a pile of crap. I really mean that: a pile of crap was impeding any further movement into the room. It was the most terrifying and glorious sight I’d ever seen – chairs, boxes, papers, chairs, garbage, CDs, electronics, chairs, rubber bands, room dividers, chairs, jingtinglers, trumtookas, slooslunkas, chairs, chairs, chairs, and more chairs.
“I think your mission here is clear,” and he probably said other things but my brain was too busy being excited. It was like the Room of Requirement in Harry Pottr but instead it was the room of Aquirement, because this isn't Hogwarts. Regardless, I got to ORGANIZE it!!
Christmas had come early.
As with any attempt to organize chaos, the first step was to gather my supplies. For this task I needed a sharpie, clean boxes, and some more interns.
To start, we needed to empty the room. With plenty of space to use in the hallway we emptied the room and sorted into two piles: Garbage and Keep. I have to admit, this was the hardest part of the job because you never knew if a rat, or a (shudder) spider was going to crawl out from underneath something.
Here’s some fun/disgusting/weird stuff that we found: A fake Christmas Tree; 4 boxes of white catalog envelopes; a red feather boa; one smut novel; a very old "On Air" light; 17 giant empty black binders; and one slice of half eaten pizza. I guess there is something so disgusting that even Smitty, the X96 Corporate Rat, won’t eat it.
Once we were rid of the garbage, we sorted the remaining stuff into boxes, and labeled the boxes. Sorting and labeling was definitely the fun part – I was so bummed I left my label maker at home! Good thing the nuns beat good handwriting into me! All the neatly labeled boxes were put back in the room, ready for the Big Move.
All in all, it took four interns, three hours, 4 new boxes, 5 old boxes, and 11 trips to the industrial garbage bins outside. Hopefully Richie T has more rooms like that for me to sort this next week – Hey, it’s better than getting paid! For me at least.
x Organized Intern
P.S. Thanks for reading this – you should email Richie T (firstname.lastname@example.org) and he’ll give you a prize!
On Tuesday, June 24, The Neighbourhood came to the Complex along with Rapper, Travis Scott, and Indie Rock band, White Arrows. For those who are unfamiliar with The Neighbourhood, they are a rock band from Newbury Park, California, who combine elements of hip-hop with elements of Indie/psychedelic Goth rock.
The first band was a psychedelic pop-rock band from Los Angeles that go by the name of White Arrows. They had a very contagious pop sound that was driven by synthesizers and guitar. Similar to bands like The Killers, The Bravery, and Depeche Mode. The members seemed confident in their ability and, technically speaking, they performed very well. However, all the band members, except for the singer, stood still while playing. They were led by a very energetic and quirky frontman who, at one point, put on a dark purple wig that made him look like Jack White (or a character from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World).
(Is that Jack White on stage?)
White Arrows has one full-length album titled Dry Land Is Not a Myth. They are releasing their second LP, In Bardo, in the fall. They were also named by SPIN magazine as an “Underdog To Watch.”
Next, Travis Scott came on stage. This Houston rapper definitely compensated for the lack of energy from the White Arrows performance. He first had his producer come out and play some hip-hop/EDM music to get the crowd excited and ready for Travis. After a few tracks, Travis Scott came out swinging, yelling at the top of his lungs and throwing his water all over the crowd. Travis Scott proved that he is one wild performer. He has previously co-produced Kanye West’s album, Yeezus, and Magna Carta…Holy Grail by Jay Z. Now the rapper is looking to make his own musical career. He may have seemed to be an interesting choice to open for The Neighbourhood, but considering their hip-hop influences and the fact that Travis Scott got the crowd wild and ready for headlining band, he fit perfectly in the line-up.
The Neighbourhood came out dancing and swinging with a lot of energy on their opener, “Female Robbery.” Even though their music isn’t necessarily up-tempo dance music, the band performed and moved around the stage as though they were.
The guitars and vocals were put through massive amounts of reverb and delay effects, adding dramatically to the “black & white” Goth atmosphere that the band wanted to portray. They had a projector screen set up behind them, that they used to display images from black & white movies, cartoons, and other images to entertain the audience and even add depth to their songs. For one song in particular, “Wires”, they had a short film play on the screen. The film showed these college graduates falling of a conveyer belt into a giant cardboard box and then being made into puppets by this giant omnipotent being in a suit and tie. There was something very dark and eerie about the imagery of The Neighbourhood’s performance, but it only added to the experience and gave the audience a lot more to take away from the show than just a handful of songs. The band ended up performing most of their LP, I Love You, along with a few B sides ("West Coast", "Leaving Tonight", etc.). The other stand-outs to me were when they performed their new song “Jealousy” from their new EP(or "mixtape"), Black & White.
And, of course, when they performed their double-platinum hit, “Sweater Weather.” The band closed their set with “Afraid” and the reverb from their guitar and vocal effects kept ringing long after the band left the stage.
While seeing The Neighbourhood, I couldn’t help but think of bands like Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, and The Cure. I suppose that Goth rock is making a comeback with bands like The Neighbourhood, The 1975, and Phantogram. The Neighbourhood may not sound like this glamorous or grandiose rock band, but they perform with this loudness and focused chaos that makes the dark things in life look and sound beautiful.
Written by: Zach McEntire (Intern) (Twitter:@mcentirezach)
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