There’s been some reports that Eminem is a little pissed that he didn’t win the album of the year. He supposedly also feels slighted by the Grammy people because he feels he did them a favor by performing. He expected he would win or maybe it was implied or they hinted he would.
I really hope he doesn’t feel that way, I mean the Grammys in essence are a joke, there’s a bazillion releases a year, a bazillion genres and to have supposed unbiased “industry” people vote on the best, is well, not going to get the best or correct result anyway.
There’s politics and agendas on all fronts, including the jackass head of the Grammys (oops I guess I’ll never get to present an award or host now) with his subtle dissing of radio while praising internet radio and satellite. Hey jackass, who looks like the father on family ties, we’re all waiting close to a decade now for the artist, band or song that broke out because of a streaming site or satellite. Oh yeah there hasn’t been one, so shut up.
Back to the album of the year and Eminem, he’s had three album of the year nominations and lost all three, but did he deserve to win any of them? That’s debatable, especially this year when he lost to Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, which I believe to be a better album than his Recovery.
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The Strokes just released the lead single off their upcoming album Angles, the fourth album from a band I’m not a big of fan of (I will fully explain why in a blog next month). Usually the third album is the make or break album for a band, and the fourth is one that solidifies their standing. The Strokes third album was not as good as their second which was nowhere as good as their first, so in essence this album becomes both a comeback album as well as a make or break album to establish if they have any relevance 10 years down the road. Based on listening to the first single, “Under Cover of Darkness”, it seems like they will fade off into the sunset.
I’ve taken the lead single off of a few major bands fourth albums as a comparison, and there’s only a few exceptions where a weak lead single off a fourth album hasn’t hurt the band, but please note in those cases, those bands had a monster third album, which the Strokes did not…
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“The Foxboro Hot Tubs played their first ever east coast shows on April 23 at Don Hill’s and April 25th at The Bowery Electric, I was fortunate enough to be the one to break (news of) the shows on the radio and twitter” said Russo after the pair of manhattan shows. Those of you unaware of the tubbies might be thinking, “first ever east coast show? Who are these Hot Tubs??” We’ll let Playbill.com explain:
The band, consisting of original Green Day members with the addition of singer/guitarist Kevin Preston, was formed with the goal of creating music with a more “garage” sound. Lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong – who performs under the name Reverend Strychnine Twitch when playing with the “Tubs” – described the birth of the group: “We love to play music and be spontaneous, and after a few late night jams and a few too many bottles of wine, we were inspired to record some rockin’ eight-track recordings.”
While it was initially only speculation that the Hot Tubs were, in fact, Green Day, Armstrong (or Twitch) finally confirmed it, stating, “The only similarity between Green Day and Foxboro Hot Tubs is that we are the same band. The Foxboro Hot Tubs were a place we used to sneak booze and chicks into late at night. But most of the time it was just ‘dude soup’.” (Via Playbill.com)
“The Sunday night show was the crazier of the two and served as the first ever anything anything post show event as it began at midnight on a Sunday. Billie Joe and the boys were in rare form as they tore the roof of the super intimate Bowery Electric. It’s refreshing to see a band that sells out stadiums to be so loose at such an small venue.”
Below are Rich’s personal photos from Sunday night at the Bowery Electric: