Monthly Archives: May 2009

SITE NEWS!!!

Starting next Tuesday (since my internet is down till Monday & I am at the stupid PC Cafe) I am going to list the top 213 albums of all-time according to me. I will list one album every day until the best album, according to me from every genre, is revealed on Dec. 31. If you have any suggestions I will be checking my email & comments from the aforementioned stupid PC Cafe everyday.

Dark Night of the Soul

I think I’m a little late to the table on this one, since I just heard about the Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse album “Dark Night of the Soul” & it’s consequent shelving by EMI. Danger Mouse did not, obviously, endear himself to EMI when he made the Grey Album, but the ignorance of record companies to see the forest through the trees is becoming maddeningly ridiculous. So Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse have decided to release the 100 page booklet filled with pictures taken by David Lynch (who also shows up on one of the tracks) & a blank CD-R so that you may seek out the music & burn it for yourself. Now where, you may ask, might you find such a place where the music will be available? More on that a bit later.

Filled with artists such as: Iggy Pop, Julian Casablancas, James Mercer, Suzanne Vega, Black Francis, Gruff Rhys, Wayne Coyne, Vic Chesnutt, Jason Lytle & Nina Persson. Dark Night of the Soul is destined to be a classic album if only classically underground. With the advent of the internet keeping an amazing album like this under wraps for long must be extremely difficult, but when BOTH artists want this album to be heard it’s downright impossible.

This is Danger Mouse/Sparklehorse’s opus. Their Sgt. Pepper, if you will. It is melodically beautiful & lyrically spectacular. The perfect mix of the two brilliant artists & their accompanying vocalists. Perhaps, it is just another amazing marketing scheme to garner a little more public interest before the album is eventually released, but for the time being take that CD-R and burn the album right here on the De Mello Theory.

Revenge – Featurning Wayne Coyne from The Flaming Lips

Just War – Featuring Gruff Rhys from Super Furry Animals

Jaykub – Featuring Jason Lytle from Grandaddy

Little Girl – Featuring Julian Casablancas from the Strokes

Angel’s Harp – Featuring Black Francis from the Pixies

Pain – Featuring Iggy Pop from The Stooges

Star Eyes – Featuring David Lynch

Every Time I’m With You – Featuring Jason Lytle

Insane Lullaby – Featuring James Mercer from the Shins

Daddy’s Gone – Featuring Nina Persson from the Cardigans

The Man Who Played God – Featuring Suzanne Vega

Grim Augury – Featuring Vic Chesnutt

Dark Night of the Soul - Featuring Vic Chesnutt & David Lynch

Live 105 in Disarray

My sources have been telling a sordid set of tales the last couple of days that Live 105 management is in pure disarray & setting themselves up for a huge lawsuit.

  • The 30 second clip that was the alleged cause of The Woody Show firings was also played by Pete Mar, Tanner, Madden & Jared. Yet they are still there. Again I challenge Dave “The Showkiller” Numb to explain himself on this blog.
  • One of the main reasons Mike “No Name” Nelson was brought in to replace The Woody Show was that he is still under contract for one more year w/ CBS & they did not want to pay someone else. This is a notoriously cheap run organization starting at the top with Les Moonves. Again, see how they refused to pay David Lee Roth when they fired him or Don Imus when he was let go for his moronic remarks. My question is if No Name isn’t good enough to be a sidekick on a second rate station like Alice why is he good enough to be the lone host on Live 105?
  • Dave “The Showkiller” Numb seems to have a huge issue with female jocks as you can well see only one is even remotely employed (Kat) & the other had to go to HR and threaten to sue just to get an apology for being sexually harassed before she quit.
  • Former DJ, Matt (NOT ME), was recently fired for making knuckle children in studio, which is what should’ve happened (caught on webcam).  What should not have happened was the White Menace broadcasting it onto You Tube, Facebook, Twitter, etc. & still keeping his job.
  • Miles, who’s father was a former A&R man, is still on the air & is still one of the worst DJ’s in the Bay Area. He must have those pictures of Numme hand in hand w/ his boyfriend, in leather from the Folsom Street Fair 2 years ago that I’ve been bartering w/ someone to acquire for a while now. So far to no avail, but believe me when I get those pictures up here they will go.
  • The BFD line-up this year has been panned widely for having one of the weakest line-ups in recent history. Look at the line-up from a few years back & look at this year’s. No I didn’t get them mixed up or toss in the line-up for 1996 this is actually who they’re putting out there in 2009.

This station has been a steady decline since Steve DiNardo “left” the station in ’08 & is headed for a fiery crash landing. I will keep you up to date on all the musings.

Trainman is Thunder & Light

My pick to click this week kids is Coyote Grace. A band from one of my many former stomping grounds, Sonoma County, Ca. with a sound that invokes images of Amos Lee meets Crosby, Stills & Nash (Young was sick), Coyote Grace is the brainchild of Ingrid Elizabeth Eyen & Joseph Greenwood Stevens a couple of crazy kids with a love for bluegrass, folk & country music.

Northern California’s music scene is an up and comer & seems to be eclipsing what was once a burgeoning scene in Southern California. Ingrid hails from Southeastern Ohio while Joe comes from Sacramento. With guitar rhythms & a strong bass sound that compliment the raspy vocals of Joesph this is a band to keep a keen eye on in 2009-10. They’ve already released their first album Boxes & Bags & intend on releasing 2 albums this year. One being a live album (already?!) of their recent tour with Courtney Robbins.

Rest assured that this band will make a splash in the ever-expanding Alt-Country scene that seemingly is eclipsing the crap that regularly comes out on the radio the way Grunge did at the beginning of the 90s. I will do my best, loyal readers to get an interview with this band on my next trip to Northern California. They are awash in brilliance.

Coyote GraceTrainman

David CrosbyMountain Song #4

Woody Show No More-Live 105 Stupidity

My arch-nemesis Jeff “Woody” Fife & his morning crew of misanthropes have been fired by Live 105 in San Francisco. We all remember what douche bags Woody & his crew were to me (mostly Ravey) as I was just starting & quickly ending in the radio business. Woody, Tony & his pet rock Ravey were morning show hosts in the Bay area who’s ratings were semi-respectable.

Why were they fired you may ask? Allegedly, it was because they played a 30 second clip of the just released Green Day album. So while for any normal DJ it shouldn’t have been a terminable offense, it’s obvious that the genius’s over at CBS were just looking for a reason to get rid of Jeffrey & his crew.

All that said, as much as I disliked them, Ravey mostly, the move is just another example of ultra-sensitive Program Director Dave Numme, who for years has tried with much success to run Live 105 into the ground, having no idea what he’s doing. Remember this is a guy who in 1998 was basically called by the New York Times a corporate sellout for being involved in what was very reminiscent of 50s DJ Alan Freed’s Payola scandal.

Woody has a wife that is pregnant (7 months) & to be fired like that, while karmic in it’s significance, is still Bush League & another poor decision in the annals of recent CBS Radio history. See: David Lee Roth, Opie & Anthony & now Woody. It’s to be expected by Numb. I mean this is a guy who’s favorite album of 2006 was Jack Johnson’s Curious George Soundtrack. For the record here’s hoping Woody lands on his feet & Ravey lands in the gutter where she belongs. Nobody cares about Tony.

I’m a Wicked Guy & I Was Born With a Jealous Mind

With a new album dropping May 19th Eminem is assured of two things: 1) people are gonna love his album and say it’s one of the best rap albums ever. 2) people are gonna hate his album & say his lyrics are too violent, misogynistic & just plain hateful. What they don’t realize is that it’s the same thing that’s been going on since the 60s. As a matter of fact I was listening to one of my favorite Beatles albums the other day, Rubber Soul & was taken aback by how violent the last song, “Run for Your Life” comes off. If you haven’t heard it, it’s John Lennon singing about how he’d rather see the girl he’s presumably dating dead than for her to be with another man. The song is actually a take off of a verse in an Elvis Presley song, “Let’s Play House“.

Now listen to me, baby
Try to understand.
I’d rather see you dead, little girl,
Than to be with another man.

Lennon, however, takes it to another dimension. Whereas, the Elvis song is less about jealousy & more of the pain of losing someone. The Beatles song is the stuff movies are made about.

Well I’d rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or I won’t know where I am

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand little girl
Catch you with another man
That’s the end’a little girl

Well you know that I’m a wicked guy
And I was born with a jealous mind
And I can’t spend my whole life
Trying just to make you toe the line

Let this be a sermon
I mean everything I’ve said
Baby, I’m determined
And I’d rather see you dead

Where is the fervor over John Lennon’s misogyny? It isn’t filled with curse words, but still if you read the lyrics it’s an awfully violent song. The difference? The beat…Eminem is a rapper, his lyrics are paramount in the song. It’s what you pay attention to & granted they are more in your face, up front & graphic. In rock songs, if there’s a poppy beat, you could care less about what’s said. This obviously isn’t my first foray into trying to get people to read/listen to the lyrics. We all remember the Soulja Boy incident of 2007.

I digress, the point isn’t that John Lennon & Eminem are equally violent towards women. The point is that it’s a double standard. There’s other examples: Gary Puckett & the Union Gap’s song, “Young Girl” comes to mind.

Young girl, get out of my mind
My love
for you is way out of line
Better run, girl,
You’re much too young, girl
With all the charms of a woman
You’ve kept the secret of your youth
You led me to believe
You’re old enough
To give me Love
And now it hurts to know the truth, Oh,
Beneath your perfume and make-up
You’re just a baby in disguise
And though you know
That it is wrong to be
Alone with me
That come on look is in your eyes, Oh,
So hurry home to your mama
I’m sure she wonders where you are
Get out of here
Before I have the time
To change my mind
‘Cause I’m afraid we’ll go too far.

If that song were sung today Chris Hanson would walk into the recording studio with a camera crew & say, “Have a seat.” What the hell is that? “Get out of here before I have the time to change my mind”!!! I’ll translate for you, “Get out of here you hot young piece of ass, because I’m a pedophile & you’re looking really good right now.” They’re still play that song on oldies radio stations. Yet, Eminem is the antichrist?

Oh & let us not forget the great Frankie Valli’s song, “December 1963 (Oh What a Night).” One of the few disco songs that I actually like, but it’s about losing your virginity to a whore!

Oh, what a night
Late December back in sixty-three
What a very special time for me
As I remember what a night.

Oh, what a night
You know I didn’t even know her name
But I was never gonna be the same
What a lady, what a night.

Oh I, I got a funny feelin’ when she walked in the room
Yeah my, as I recall it ended much too soon.

It’s not only that he sings about finishing prematurely but he goes on about how great it is to finally be having sex. likening it to some religious conversion:

Oh what a night, why’d it take so long to see the light
Seemed so wrong, but now it seems so right
What a lady, what a night

Wouldn’t even know that if you didn’t see past the happy, poppy beat. It’s like people singing along to songs, but not realizing what they’re singing about. It’s just words thrown in like some fucking mad lib to a cool melody/beat. Follow blindly & we’ll lead you to the promised land. Where have I heard that before?

A song is a conglomeration of things, melody, beat & lyrics. Lyrics to me are paramount. Don’t assume, because it has an upbeat sound, that it’s an upbeat song. If you’re gonna let the words come out of your mouth you should really know what it is you’re singing or you could be saying something you don’t agree with at all. Here’s a few examples of what I’m talking about. Keep in mind these songs are not for the faint of heart.

BeatlesRun For Your Life (Demo)

EminemKill You

Nancy SinatraRun For Your Life

Cowboy JunkiesRun For Your Life

Bobby DarinMack The Knife

Gary Puckett & The Union Gap- Young Girl

The SmithsGirlfriend in a Coma

Frankie ValliDecember 1963 (Oh What a Night)

Mixtape #1

Hey, kids, I’m in a weird mood today. I’m kinda thinking since I just wrote a blog stating my hatred displeasure for Jason Mraz that I should put a few acoustic songs that are actually acceptable and good. Songs that show both musicianship, but lack consistent douchebaggery. So here are my top ten acoustic songs that may or may not have started out acoustic but are amazing in this their acoustic incarnation.

#10The Gaslight Anthem - ’59 Sound

#9Jackson BrowneSomebody’s Baby

#8The Beach BoysI Should’ve Known Better/Tell Me Why (Beatles Covers)

#7Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubThe Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll (Bob Dylan Cover)

#6Bob DylanVisions of Johanna

#5 - Pete YornDancing in the Dark (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

#4Stone Temple PilotsPlush

#3John LennonImagine

#2Jeff TweedySunken Treasure

#1Ryan AdamsFirecracker

Now, you may be wondering the rationale for some of my choices. It’s simple…these are songs that strike a chord with me in the forms presented. For instance, I am not a huge fan of Imagine in it’s well known form, but acoustic with John Lennon in front of a crowd is unreal to me. So there it is, I think it’s a good mix, but I’d love to read some of your comments on the subject.

Jason Mraz is Bad at Music

Recently, I’ve seen a proliferation of what is some of the worst kind of music. I guess it could be classified as R & B Rock. Personally, I call it awful, shite, garbage, etc. The poster boy for Awful Rock is Jason Mraz. I love R & B, love many forms of Rock, but I do not like douche bags in Gilligan bucket hats pretending they’re Justin fucking Timberlake, but with a guitar. I know girls love his sensitive style & retarded warbles that invoke images of Christina Aguilera or Mariah Carey.

If that is what you’re going for Jason Mraz then kudos you are a caricature of a female recording artist. While you’re at it RuPaul called & wants to do a duet with you. Jason Mraz is like that douche bag in college that goes out to the quad & plays guitar just so girls with low self esteem will think he’s artistic. It’s time to stop this nonsense. It’s bad enough that Dave Matthews & Jack Johnson are running around making music still. Granted, on occasion, while under the influence of a certain narcotic, I do enjoy Jack, is it too much to ask that Jason Mraz just take the money he’s made go make High School Musical 27 & just not make anymore music?

I suppose it is, because while young girls are too stupid to realize that bad music actually kills baby seals. Older young women do realize this and just continue to be stubbornly swayed by unable to grow facial hair stubble & his Frank Sinatra-wanna-be-Fedoras. I like Fedoras & I do not want to see them ruined by the likes of Jason Mraz who wears them at events like the Grammy’s just to get laid.

It is now the time to act loyal reader(s). Please help me in not buying anything the aforementioned douche bag puts out. I don’t care if he did cover Kermit the Frog’s, “Rainbow Connection” (just another ploy to steal the chastity of girls who would normally allow almost fat guys to take it after a few beers). Once you start delving into sacred songs like “Rainbow Connection” you sure as shit better know what you’re doing & Mr. Mraz you do not. So this is my cease & desist letter to you. Thank you.

Kermit the FrogRainbow Connection

Music News

little something to whet your appetite for the weekend:

  • Jack White told Music Radar that the White Stripes have not broken up as previously thought when they hastily left their tour in 2007. Asked when he thinks a new album will be forthcoming he said, “It won’t be too far off. Maybe next year.”
  • Wilco’s new album titled Wilco (The Album) is due out June 30 on Nonesuch Records & we have the cover for you right here.

  • Green Day has chosen Kaiser Chiefs & Franz Ferdinand to open up for them on the second half of their summer North American Tour. The acts for the first half of the tour have not been lined up yet.  Green Day’s upcoming album, 21st Century Breakdown (streaming on the Leak), will be available next friday May 15th. Here are Their upcoming tour dates:

    07-03 Seattle, WA – Key Arena
    07-04 Vancouver, British Columbia – GM Place
    07-06 Edmonton, Alberta – Rexall Place
    07-07 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Credit Union Centre
    07-09 Winnipeg, Manitoba – MTS Centre
    07-10 Fargo, ND – Fargo Dome
    07-11 Minneapolis, MN – Target Center
    07-13 Chicago, IL – United Center
    07-14 Detroit, MI – Palace of Auburn Hills
    07-16 Hamilton, Ontario – Copps Coliseum
    07-17 Ottawa, Ontario – Scotiabank
    07-18 Montreal, Quebec – Bell Centre
    07-20 Boston, MA – TD Banknorth Garden
    07-21 Philadelphia, PA – Wachovia Spectrum
    07-22 Pittsburgh, PA – Mellon Arena
    07-24 Hartford, CT – XL Center
    07-25 Albany, NY – Times Union Center
    07-27 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden ^
    07-29 Washington, DC – Verizon Center ^
    07-31 Nashville, TN – Sommet Center ^
    08-01 Atlanta, GA – Gwinnett Center ^
    08-03 Tampa, FL – St. Pete Times Forum ^
    08-04 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena ^
    08-05 Orlando, FL – Amway Arena ^
    08-07 New Orleans, LA – New Orleans Arena ^
    08-08 Houston, TX – Toyota Center *
    08-09 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center *
    08-11 St. Louis, MO – Scottrade Center *
    08-12 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center *
    08-13 Omaha, NE – Qwest Center *
    08-15 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center *
    08-16 Salt Lake City, UT – Energy Sol Arena *
    08-18 San Jose, CA – HP Pavilion *
    08-20 San Diego, CA – Cox Arena *
    08-21 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay *
    08-22 Phoenix, AZ – US Air Arena *
    08-24 Sacramento, CA – Arco Arena *
    08-25 Los Angeles, CA – The Forum *

    ^ with Kaiser Chiefs
    * with Franz Ferdinand

Ladies & Gentleman…The Absolute!

I like to avoid grand hyperbole when it comes to bands cause inevitably there is someone who is let down & in turn blames me for my grandiose recommendation. That being said I went to a party the other night to celebrate my friend Marta’s late 20s birthday (not really sure which one) & there was a band that literally (figuratively) knocked my socks off. They were amazing!

What is the name of this amazing band? The Absolute. Consisting of lead singer Phil Ross, the love child of Jack White & Joe Cocker, lead guitar player Adam Keller, who absolutely annihilated that Gibson he used, bassist Winthrop Ellsworth, who with a name like that should be president of Oxford & not in a rock band & of course the bandanna wearing drum stick destroying Anthony Geronimo on the skins.

I nearly genuflected when they left the stage in reverence to the brilliance that came from that performance. The songs are filled with angst, beauty, longing & the desperation of Ross’ pleas. The stage presence is like a band that’s been doing this for years. There is no weak link in the band whatsoever. Even the Beatles had Ringo, no such folly in the Absolute. Outwardly, they seem to be a supremely tight knit group that are so in sync that they can just feel when the other is going to improvise.

Assuming that closeness endures & egos don’t bring about self-destruction this is a band that will be enormous in the years to come. The Absolute is my pic to click for 2009. Here’s a couple songs so you can see for yourself from their self titled EP.

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