New Music Monday – March 23, 2015

This week we’ve got one piece of excellence, and a whole bunch of stinkers. Can’t all be winners, I guess!

Neil Cicierega – Crocodile Chop

Cicierega apparently loves to mash disparate music together, and when it works, the result is nothing short of awesome. A perfect example of this is Crocodile Chop, a mashup of Chop Suey by System of a Down and Crocodile Rock by Elton John. Both songs are reasonably good, but when you take Elton John’s silly piano and layer on Serj Tankian’s – er – demented lyrics and aggressive style, and you get something which can only be described as fantastic.

Nickelback – She Gets Me Up

Nickelback gets a lot of crap. People claim they’re mediocre at best, or overly commercialized, or whatever. They do tend to be a little bit formulaic – do we really need yet another anthem? In reality, of course, they’re not bad at all. There’s nothing wrong with trying to write music that you think will sell; it’s certainly no worse than trying to make a movie that you think people will want to pay to see.

With that out of the way, I’m not terribly impressed with this effort; they step outside of their comfort zone by trying to infuse a little funk into their sound, and for me at least, it falls flat.

Rob Zombie – Ging Gang Gong De Do Gong De Laga Raga (Live)

Standard Zombie formula – sounds a lot like Dragula. Video is NSFW – lots of girls who mistake a Zombie concert for a filming of Girls Gone Wild.

U2 – Every Breaking Wave

U2 puts out a new song that seems to be heavily influenced by a band who seemed to be heavily influenced by them, Coldplay. They need to just merge, form a super-band, and be done with it.

Falling In Reverse – “Just Like You”

Being on the same record label that produced Bad Religion for all these years does not necessarily mean that you’re any good. If Blink-182 sucked twice as much as they do, they’d still be better than this.

Jay-Z & Kanye West – “Who Gon Stop Me (16bit Remix)”

Let’s face it. Both of these guys suck. How could anybody expect a remix to be any good?

New Music Monday – March 16, 2015

Welcome to New Music Monday – where we share music that’s, well, “new.” That doesn’t necessarily mean it just came out, or that we like it. It could be that we’ve only just recently heard it, so really it’s “New-to-us Music Monday.”

Muse – Psycho

We feel like we’re a bit late to the party with Muse – having only heard of them fairly recently. They play an eclectic set of styles, including simple, pounding rock like this offering. Reminds me a bit of the bootcamp half of Full Metal Jacket.

Therapy? – Still Hurts

Irish rockers Therapy? have been churning out disturbing lyrics for damn-near 30 years. Somebody get them a shrink, STAT!

They Might Be Giants – Good to be Alive

Another bunch of old-timers, They Might Be Giants provide a folksy take on everything being awesome, with a nifty little electronic spice. Video featuring Joey Slotnick.

Video Over at Dial-a-Song

AC/DC – Rock the Blues Away

Seems like we should rename this post to Geriatric Music Monday at this point. This song largely follows the AC/DC formula. It’s not particularly bad (unless you hate AC/DC) – but it isn’t particularly inspired, either. Would probably be fun to sing along to while drinking beer at a concert.