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Album Cover of the Week: Journey, Look into the Future

Album Cover of the Week: Journey, Look into the Future

Album Cover of the Week, Music
Once upon a time, there was a Journey that was not massively successful. I speak of course about the band's first three albums -- which were certainly harder and more progressive than later material, but were nonetheless not very popular. So for this entry let's look at one of those three albums, and the one with the weirdest cover -- 1976's Look into the Future. So it looks like we've got a little bit of an MC Escher thing going on here, but less complex. It does fit with the vibe of Look into the Future, however, which is definitely more progressive and jazzy than the band would become after Steve Perry joined. Journey, which was a five-piece outfit for their first album, lost rhythm guitarist George Tickner and was reduced to a quartet. The four band members, shown here as
My favorite music: 1983

My favorite music: 1983

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If there's one thing the internet lacks, it's pointless music lists. So to fill that void, here's a sampling of my favorite albums from some random year. Let's say, 1983. (Spotify users, check out the accompanying playlist and subscribe!) Robert Plant, The Principle of Moments -- While I would in no way claim that Robert Plant's solo output bests Led Zeppelin's music, a lot of times I simply prefer to listen to Plant. In fact I'd say that Plant has enjoyed one of the most artistically rewarding solo careers of any artist who was part of a popular band that I can think of. The Principle of Moments is probably my favorite Plant solo effort (next to Fate of Nations) -- he sounds freed from the constraints of creating larger-than-life rock and the music just crackles with energy. "In the...
30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

30 for 30 — Our Favorite MTV Music Videos of All-Time

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It seems like forever since watching videos on MTV was a regular part of our lives, but once upon a time it was. We could go on and on about how the station -- which turns 30 on August 1 -- turned to crap years ago for one reason or another, or about how the "M" in MTV seems to stand for Mook now, but let's not go there. Let's make this post a happy remembrance, one in which we celebrate what was rather than lament what isn't. So in that spirit of celebration, here is a list of our 30 favorite music videos of the MTV era (which kicked off on August 1, 1981). Not the best videos, necessarily, but the ones that had the most impact on us. Oh, and for you ranking junkies -- sorry, this is strictly in alphabetical order. 1. Daft Punk, "Around the World" In college we had a primitiv...
Album review: Chicago — Live in ’75

Album review: Chicago — Live in ’75

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To read the Ben Edmonds-penned essay that accompanies Rhino Handmade's 2011 Chicago offering -- Live in '75 -- you'd get the impression that the two handsomely packaged discs contained therein contained a glimpse of the band at its apex. This is true to an extent, as Chicago was on a hot streak when they rolled into Maryland to play a series of shows in Largo's old Capital Centre. That tour -- which saw the group join forces with the Beach Boys -- marked the band's graduation to the Big Time, aka stadium and arena concerts. But artistically, the band was straying further and further from their jazz/rock roots and was on the precipice of Cetera Ballad Country. So in a sense, Live in '75 does offer diehard fans a service in that it presents Chicago as they were right before the bad times ...
My user thinks the Tron Legacy trailer looks promising

My user thinks the Tron Legacy trailer looks promising

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I'm usually part of the chorus railing against Hollywood for dusting off old ideas for movies rather than inventing new ones.  Still, my inner (and outer) geek is pretty jazzed about this teaser trailer for the upcoming Tron movie (which is currently called Tron Legacy but was previously known as Tron 2.0 and the much cheesier TR2N), slated for a 2010 release. I'm not even all that concerned over how the "legacy" of Tron is handled.  Let's face it, the original was lots of fun but wasn't exactly rich in character development or plot complexities.  It survives because of the initial wow factor (and maybe the Journey soundtrack).  I just don't know if the new one will be able to pack the same punch in a post-Matrix world.  Still, it's got Jeff Bridges so how bad can it be?
Shuffle Along (aka Name That Tune) – 7/24/09

Shuffle Along (aka Name That Tune) – 7/24/09

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I'm going to steal something that Jess ran on his blog many times - name that tune.  It's simple: I post a lyric from the next random batch of songs that shows up on my iPod, and you try to guess the song and artist.  If you guess correctly and have a website, you get a free link (otherwise, just your name).  You just can't buy that kind of publicity.  If this goes well I'll do it again.  Of course if no one guesses anything I'll just shitcan the whole idea.  Let's play!  (and no cheating by looking them up!) 1. "She can move you and improve you with her love and her devotion.  And she'll thrill you and she'll chill you, but you're headed for commotion." - KISS, ??? 2. "Tied to a chair, and the bomb is ticking.  This situation was not of your picking." 3. "I hang my head and I adverti
Extreme Makeover: Band Edition – Journey

Extreme Makeover: Band Edition – Journey

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The Problem: How does a band that has been around for more than 30 years and is more than 20 years past its commercial peak stay relevant? Well for Journey, it ain't easy. Life after Steve Perry has been rough for the group, which is currently without a lead singer. Except for the recent popular buzz generated by the use of "Don't Stop Believin'" in the series finale of The Sopranos, Journey's role is now limited playing old hits to a small core of devoted fans. The Solution: A makeover is just what this group needs to shed its image as washed-up corporate rockers! And that makeover starts with the name, because like it or not, "Journey" is primarily thrown around as an insult outside of fan circles. As in, "Man, after David Lee Roth left Van Halen they turned into Journey", "...