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Helmet is Seattle music? Funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

Well, thanks to a Rolling Stone write-up of last night’s pretty darn good performances by Jack and company, I can answer my own question (sort of): that violinist is Lillie Mae Rische, former lead singer of some country group of siblings known as Jypsi.

Lookin’ forward to the tour now.

Actually, the title track was performed for TV; “Just One Drink” was the bonus performance. Also, anybody know who is in Jack White’s band on these performances, especially his violinist? I had my eyes on her more than Jack. :)

 +5Posted on Jun 6th | re: Purple Turns 20 (61 comments)

I will always remember the period of time Purple came out, as it coincided with my graduation from 8th grade (and the notorious chase for OJ Simpson). I was more excited about getting this awesome brand new album on cassette than any graduation present. :)

I will always maintain that as much as Weiland sounds like Vedder on Core, the only song that STP wrote in that era (1992-1994) that truly sorta imitated Pearl Jam was “Big Empty,” due to some of its well-chosen guitar chord structures, ones that sound like a slower-paced “Porch.” It’s still awesome for a slow song and Purple still is my (and am sure countless others’) fav STP record.

Saying “Everlasting Gaze” and “Stand Inside Your Love” are “lesser rewrites” of anything, let alone “Zero” and “Tonight, Tonight” is way off. And as far as Oceania goes, I love it as a whole album experience. It’s decent at worst, a gem of an album at best. (There’s really no need to go there but if you wanted to take a more accurate jab regarding “rewrites” though, “Age of Innocence” doesn’t sound much like “Tonight, Tonight” but it pretty much recycles its main verse (drum) beats, while “The Chimera” has a great main riff, but it is a lot like the mid-section of “Frail & Bedazzled.” Seriously though, who cares? They’re all solid songs, on their own merits.)

Correct. (Chris hasn’t corrected it though, and his wrong spelling of Jimmy Chamberlin – he has it “Chamberlain.”)

 +1Posted on May 15th | re: Failure - "Come Crashing" (2 comments)

As much as I dig this new track, I still have to go with their cover of Depeche Mode’s “Enjoy The Silence” as my fav Failure recording. These guys were friggin’ brilliant. And their next album will probably be too. Great to see them back!

Did you skip over Billy’s first paragraph? It was Jeff who encouraged Billy to bring T Lee into the band for the album. My guess is that Byrne will drum on the other new album (when he’s not with his other band, Bearcubbing).

 +3Posted on Apr 25th | re: The 10 Best Verve Songs (57 comments)

“So Sister” is another great b-side (I still have the “Bittersweet Symphony” cassette single it appears on).

 -4Posted on Apr 22nd | re: Read An Exclusive Excerpt From The Definitely Maybe 33⅓ (16 comments)

First of all, what a hypocrite this author is regarding who writes “nonsense” lyrics – he tries unconvincingly to excuse Liam’s nonsense rhymes on “Supersonic” while criticizing Cobain’s rhymes on “Smells Like Teen Spirit.” I get that this author is biased towards Oasis but I did not expect this Nirvana-trashing stuff. Gimme a break with this crap implication that Oasis lyrics had more/deeper meaning than Nirvana lyrics. Oasis lyrics were optimistic. Nirvana’s not so much (and Cobain was rather autobiographical with his lyrics). Both were hugely influential so there’s no need for this kind of unfair trashing to be part of this Oasis story.

But the other thing that irks me is Noel Gallagher not having a clue what he’s talking about in saying Cobain “had everything but was miserable about it,” which is so absurdly false. Someone needs to get Gallagher a copy of the definitive Kurt Cobain biography Heavier Than Heaven – then he’ll realize how wrong he was. Those two had a lot more in common regarding rough childhoods than Gallagher apparently realizes. And I’d argue that Cobain’s upbringing and road to stardom was tougher than Gallagher’s.