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St. Vincent Filling In For Kurt Cobain This Weekend Corey O'Brien |
05/29/2014 | Filed In: St. Vincent | HBO | Nirvana | Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame | Lithium

St. Vincent Filling In For Kurt Cobain This Weekend

St. Vincent's new self-titled album has set me straight. I had her pictured as some hippy-like, singer/songwriter, but I had her all wrong. All wrong I tell you. Ms. Clark is a punk in the best possible way and this weekend when HBO airs the Rock N' Roll Hall of Fame induction concert this Saturday night St. Vincent will be filling in where Kurt Cobain used to stand.  I had no plans on watching this until I saw this clip today of her singing "Lithium."

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NSFW: Battle of the NSWF Music Vids Corey O'Brien |
05/29/2014 | Filed In: Cherub | Big Data | Corey O'Brien | NSFW

NSFW: Battle of the NSWF Music Vids

NSFW...because there are 3 of you who still don't know it stands for "Not Safe For Work", which is exactly what these videos are. Don't way we didn't warn you.  These might not even be safe for home and they aren't safe for kids, but they are great songs, weird songs, fun songs and the visuals accompanying them are entertaining to the right audience, so...

DON'T SAY WE DIDN'T WARN YOU!

NSFW Conterder #1: Big Data "Dangerous (feat. Joywave)" NOTE: This video is violent with some sexy stuff at the end. Also, you will be scared of every woman you see jogging after view this video.

NSFW Contender #2: Cherub "Doses and Mimosas" NOTE: This video has naked people. Nudity: boobs and wieners. If you don't want to see those things then don't watch. If you watch and are offended don't whine to us, we made it very clear.

Here is the SAFE FOR WORK version of the Cherub song:

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Watch Richie T Get Slapped on 'America's Got Talent" Corey O'Brien |
05/28/2014 | Filed In: America's Got Talent | Richie T | NBC

Watch Richie T Get Slapped on 'America's Got Talent

Last night Richie T appeared on the season opener of 'America's Got Talent' where you don't judge - ye be judged!  Richie and his 'bandmates' earned four strikes in an act that seemed to personally offend Heidi Klum, which is odd considering her taste in men.  Howie Mandell was nicer about the situation, calling the group of shaven-head men "his people." Howie was kind enough to sit in for an encore before giving the contestants the fourth nail in their coffin.

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Top Ten 90's Punk Songs You Should Never Forget Corey O'Brien |
05/28/2014 | Filed In: Punk | 90's | Corey O'Brien | NoFX | Lagwagon | No Use For a Name | Guttermouth | Face to Face | Suicide Machines | Pennywise | The Descendants | Bad Religion | Rancid |

Top Ten 90's Punk Songs You Should Never Forget

These are the days of streamlined synths, whining about lost love, who loves who more, unrequited love, how love makes you feel, taking a walk, and other simply dull metaphors that couldn’t cut through 11 1/2” college ruled.

That is why some days you just need a little anger along with some fast paced guitars and antisocial lyrics. Songs about hating your mom and/or dad. Song about being pissed when things don't work out - when you burn your hot pocket in the microwave and some talking head is spouting nonsense, nonstop on any of the 10 screen in front of you at any given time. There is only one genre for that. It has been archived and mostly laid to waste these days, but I want to bring it back even if it’s for only one blog post.

I will leave it up to you to carry the message, add to or take away from the list or just bitch about it.

These are presented in no specific order. Just like kids, no one can have a favorite punk song (notice how a lot of these songs don’t have videos - shame Kickstarter didn’t exists in the 90’s).

I was a huge poser, but I loved and still love this music.  With that said I give you my top 90’s punk tracks.

1. Lagwagon “Mr. Coffee” - I don’t drink coffee but this song had me seriously reconsidering my position. “On legal speed the American way…”

2. Guttermouth “Derek” - While certainly not their most fun song- I’d leave that up to “Mr. Barbecue” or “1,2,3 Slam or “Lipstick” - this is my favorite song. Straight ahead…”I’m old enough to think / I’m old enough to drink / I won’t ebb with your tide.”

3. NoFX “Don’t Call Me White” - Where to even start with NoFX? Throw a dart and your are likely to be content with any of their tracks. “What’s the explanation for the malice, for the spite? Don’t Call Me White” Mahler’s 6th of punk.

4. Suicide Machines “S.O.S.” - Can ska be punk? Can punk be ska? Who gives a shit? “Destruction by Definition” and “Battle Hymns” are both brilliant albums. I remember seeing this band multiple times when In the Venue was called Bricks and had nothing but a 1 foot concrete high-rise in the back.

5. No Use for a Name “Justified Black Eye” - Shame Tony Sly had to leave us so soon, but No Use certainly left a legacy. This song is at the heart of it.

6. Pennywise “Bro Hymn” - There really are only two Pennywise songs I ever got requests for and one was a cover. The other, a tribute song to their friends who died in a car wreck. No better used of the “whoas” has ever or will be used.

7. The Descendants “I’m the One” - Before Milo went to college they proved punk could be catchy. Could be my favorite song about codependency and delusional love. I could be wrong though. Who wants to overanalyze? This isn’t NPR.

8. Bad Religion “21st Century Digital Boy” - There was no way I was going to get away with a list like this without including Bad Religion. You can bitch about the song choice, but it was one of the few that broke through. Thankfully as a generation raised on TV we all grew up perfectly adjusted and never felt neglected. Warm and fuzzies all around!

9. Rancid “Roots Radical” - In my opinion no other song on their 1995 album has the pop this one has. You’ll sing along. You’ll kick something and you’ll want a goddamned leather jacket with a side of liberty spikes.

10. Face to Face “A-OK” - This song drops the bottom out of your stomach. “I don’t know what you want from me, but it’s probably already gone…don’t say I’m okay…I’m not okay.” I don’t think I had ever heard a song that cuts like this. Give up. Not everything is good. Sometimes life sends shit and you just let yourself wash over in empathy and other’s denial. 

There are so many more I could have included, but I'll let you do that. I went through at least 100 songs to those these together. Music from when the Warped Tour actually felt warped and somewhat aggressive. The only guy wearing guy-liner was Davy Havok and band names weren't 20 syllable.

Have a loud summer.

-Corey O'Brien

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Erasure Is Back! todd | Program Director
05/28/2014 | Filed In: erasure | Vince Clarke | Andy Bell | The Violet Flame | new wave

Erasure Is Back!

I have to admit that I'm in new-wave heaven right now. Vince Clarke and Andy Bell have been working hard on what will be Erasure's 16th studio album, and are going to release The Violet Flame on September 23rd. They will then embark on a world tour, which includes a stop in Salt Lake City on October 29th at the Capitol Theater. I love seeing the pioneers of early alternative and new-wave continuing to crank out the hits! Check out the trailer for the new album. Anybody want to have an 80's dance party?

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