Raw Emotion/Channel Surfing

Wubba Lubba Dub Dub Dub! What's up my glip glops? Uh, oh sorry. My son has recently introduced me to the pleasures of Rick & Morty. So if you've never seen it, you won't get the reference. However, I suggest you all go watch it - it's awesome. Go ahead, I'll wait.

Welcome back! Thanks for returning! I told you it was awesome! I've been watching a little more television than usual lately. Hey, it's the middle of winter and what else am I gonna do? I still need to replace the turntable and get a stereo for inside the house, and I don't plan on getting one until we move back. In addition to cartoons, I have been revisiting old episodes of MASH, one of my favorite shows. I have not seen it in many years and am glad to be seeing them again. And of course, now we are knee deep invested in the Olympics.

I have always been a fan of the Olympics, both Summer and Winter varieties. But the Winter games always captures my attention more. Maybe it's because way back in 1980, I was obsessed with watching it. I saw the famous "Miracle on Ice" live on TV, saw Eric Heiden win his 5 gold medals for Speed Skating, and took in as much bobsled, skiing, and skating as I could. So I guess it reminds me of my youth. 

The most interesting thing to me is watching these athletes' raw emotion being put on display. You can see the result of years of focus and training just pouring out of them after they have won gold. Shaun White was a good example - just the joy, relief, and unfiltered emotions running through him after winning his third gold for snowboarding. It's an amazing thing to watch, and it got me to thinking: music has the power to do this to people...especially those people who are really in tune with music. A couple of songs I can think of right off the bat: Queensryche's "My Empty Room" and "Eyes Of A Stranger" from Operation Mindcrime. Something about how "My Empty Room" builds into this cathartic release, and also segueing into "Eyes" just makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. I can really hear the emotion that was in Geoff Tate's voice as he recorded it. You can just tell that he was invested in the material he was singing. Another cathartic song that gets me is "Ted, Just Admit It" by Jane's Addiction, off of the ...Nothing's Shocking LP. And really, Nine Inch Nails The Downward Spiral gets to me as well. Can you think of any songs that bring out an emotional response in you? Let me know, I'd love to hear what they are....

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Fu Manchu Clone Of The Universe New record out just last week on At The Dojo records. And what a record it is! Fu Manchu are definitely believers in the almighty riff. They pick a good one and build an entire song off of it. This album comes with plenty of riffs. Seven tracks, one of which is an 18 minute beast called "Il Mostro Atomico". This one song is a bit of a changeup for them, as it is the first time they've attempted a longer song like this. It features Alex Lifeson of Rush on the track. He lays down some solos and atmospherics that really spice up the song. The rest of the album is typical stoner riffage from Scott Hill and crew, which is not a bad thing. Highly recommended by me! Go get it now! (Recommended If You Like: Clutch, Bon Scott era AC/DC, The Sword)

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Ruby Boots Don't Talk About It New on Bloodshot records comes Ruby Boots (real name Bex Chilcott) from Nashville by way of Australia. This is her second album, her first for Bloodshot, and its a stunner. This is Americana by way of the Outback, Phil Spector's "wall of sound" infused with punk, all mixed with a bit of '60's soul. And if that's not enough, there is an a capella track that really showcases her voice. Truly, this record has something for everyone. It even has a little bit of a garage vibe on the vocals. Don't wait on this one - she will be going places for sure. You'll want to get in on the ground floor. (RIYL: Margo Price, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Nikki Lane, Imelda May)

Current Listening: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Who Built The Moon?; Alice Cooper Flush The Fashion; Public Image Ltd Album; Legend Of The Seagullmen Legend Of The Seagullmen; Alice In Chains Dirt