Top Five Phoenix Music Stories of the Week
The news waits for no one -- at least that's what we read somewhere -- so it's perfectly understandable that you, the reader, might have missed out on a musical tidbit, breaking news about your favorite venue, or one of our rants.
So enjoy this digest-style sampling of some of our biggest stories from the week of September 24-28.
I love a good comedy. Browsing through mental notes of quotable material, apropos for tedious moments brought on by the petty, the narrow minded, and the desperate, keeps me questionably sane.
Snippets from films like Talladega Nights, Super Troopers, and The Jerk can have an almost Fountain Of Youth effect on me when applied to said moments. Other films supply the occasionally necessary, yet unintentional gut laugh, such as Battlefield Earth, Godfather III, and the entire Twilight series. (Side Note and Fun Fact on the Twilight Series: The scripts WERE NOT randomly generated by an iPhone app or by a team of Emo Eunuchs on LSD. They were, in fact, intentionally written that way. This was not an experiment as I had originally assumed upon viewing.)
--Maynard James Keenan
Just in case you didn't know, Tuesday, September 25, was National One-Hit Wonder Day. It was the day the nation carefully selected (or something) to celebrate musical splashes that never go beyond that big single (at least in the ears of most listeners).
One-hit wonders are tricky things. They can annoy you and pester their way into your brain, or be something more lasting: a classic song that defines a moment in pop culture history. Let's cue the flash-backs with 10 of the worst one-hit wonders, and 10 of the best. I'm sorry if they get stuck in your brain. (No, I'm not.)
Rob Zombie isn't out to terrify you. He's out to blow your mind. He holds a number of titles: director, artist, musician, actor, writer, lover, and freak show.
And everything he does is loaded up with theatrics, subtle intelligence, and aggression. Zombie is fresh off his August release Mondo Sex Head, a remix album that features Jonathan Davis' DJ alter-ego JDevil, finishing his upcoming film, Lords of Salem, and mixing his upcoming album -- two ventures that he states are the best projects of his life to date.
And this Friday, September 28, Rob Zombie is kicking off his Twins of Evil Tour with Marilyn Manson in conjunction with KUPD's Desert Uprising at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion. The bill also features Corey Taylor and Buck Cherry. (And that's only Friday. On Saturday, the set includes Shinedown, Godsmack, HellYeah and many more.)
Not just anyone can say they used to jam with a highly acclaimed musician like Frank Zappa -- but Valley based Latin/funk rocker Robert "Frog" Camarena can -- he played in Ruben and the Jets, a group produced by Zappa, and backed the songwriter up.
Camarena is 64-years-old now and has traded in his East Los barrio for an Arizona zip code, but he's far from calling it a career. He's got a new band together, Forty-Seven 51, that continues the sideways, raunchy funk of Zappa and the legendary Ruben and the Jets.
The story behind No Doubt's sixth album, Push and Shove is oddly familiar. The band put out a record a few years ago, toured, and then fell off the radar for a bit. It took No Doubt seven years to follow up Tragic Kingdom with Return of Saturn. The album wasn't quite as good as its predecessor, but it was a treat after all those years. Tracks like "Ex-Girlfriend" and "New" didn't stray too far from the band's signature sound, while songs like "Simple Kind of Life" and "Bathwater" broke new ground for a constantly evolving band.
The same can be said about Push and Shove. No Doubt is back after 11 years and has once again evolved. Various songs build off of the band's definitive sound, but as whole, Push and Shove finds No Doubt in new territory. This begs an important question-- can one band have two comeback albums in its career?
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