Category Archives: Rock

Face To Face Reunion?

I was just killing some time tonight when I came upon a post on Punknews.Org stating that Face To Face has started a reunion tour.  Excuse me???  Apparently I have been out of the loop because I thought the band called it quits for good in 2002.  I really hadn’t heard anything from them since.

Face To Face is a So.Cal punk rock band that was one of my favorites in the late nineties.  Their one song that got major attention was “Disconnected”…

I am not sure yet if the band is going to only tour a couple of cities at this time in the US and overseas or if they will take it one step further and create and album together.  I would love to see a new Face To Face album as they are one of those punk bands I wish never broke up.

I have been aware that front man Trevor Keith has been doing his own thing since the band split.  In fact he has been doing a few things…a few things I was not entirely aware of.

First there is his solo material he has been working on and his label Antagonist Records.  I had no idea Trevor Keith has been working on creating music on his own.  Earlier this year he released his solo album Melancholics Anonymous.  The album is available on his website via download for 5 bucks or you can send him some of your cold hard cash and he’ll send you a CD if he has any left.  I am going to be dishing out 5 bucks myself so I can check it out.  He has the album streaming on his site and from what I hear I like so far.

Then there is Legion Of Doom, a mash-up project like no other featuring Trevor Keith and producer Chad Blinman.  The duo remixes emo, punk, and hip hop songs as well as creates original material, some of which have been featured in films.  I have been a fan of this project for a couple of year now when I accidentally came across a remix of Senses Fail and Coheed & Cambira….

I love the sound of the two bands clashing together, it’s perfect (but you have to like the bands to appreciate it too of course).  I also got a kick out of Claudo’s shorter hair on the video….  This song and others were released on Legion Of Doom’s debut CD called Incorporated.  The CD is well out of print but you can find it out there in the digital world, I know I did.

Ben Folds Five Reunites – Kinda.

Today would be the day where I wished I lived in North Carolina.

My good pal Matt already talked about this event a few weeks back on Addicted To Vinyl.  I previously had heard about it before he reminded me it was not a dream but had not had time to write anything about it until now.

Ben Folds once had a hit this big.
Ben Folds once had a hit this big.

Thanks to MySpace, Ben Folds Five reunited tonight to play a special show in their native homeland at the University of North Carolina.  The band helped launch MySpace’s new music feature “Front To Back”.  “Front To Back” pretty much sums up the idea, a selected band will play an entire album of theirs front to back for a special benefit show that later will be available on the “Place For Friends” website for public viewing.

Ben Folds was asked to play the premier “Front To Back” show originally solo but chose to contact his past band mates to see if they would get together for a special situation.  Thanks to good timing, bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee agreed to perform. The band never really broke up but then again they never have stayed together.  In fact it has been just about 10 years since Ben Folds Five released their last album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner – the very album they played front to back tonight.  All three members agreed to play their last recording live to many lucky fans who nabbed tickets to the sold out show.

Proceeds from the sales of the show will benefit Operation Smile, a nonprofit organization that helps children with facial deformities.

Ben Folds Five does not plan on continuing to tour after tonight as they all have their own projects going on.  I just hope that perhaps one day in the future they will come together and put out a Ben Folds Five album once again.

Ben Folds has his new album Way To Normal dropping at the end of this month and I can not tell you how excited I am to hear it.

Here is a video from the new release featuring Regina Spektor as well stars Tim and Eric from the Tim & Eric Show on Adult Swim.

You Dont Know Me (featuring Regina Spektor)

And for those of you that hadn’t heard, Ben Folds himself leaked Way To Normal to the internet himself.  The catch was that the leak was actually 6 fake songs the artist recorded in only 8 hours.  You can read more about it on RollingStone.Com.  The guy is a hilarious genius.

Here are a few more videos from Ben Folds & Ben Folds Five I enjoy:

This is a cover of The Postal Service I randomly came accross…
Such Great Heights

Ex-Korn Releases Solo CD

Brian "Head" Welch w/ daughter Jennea
Brian "Head" Welch w/ daughter Jennea (still sporting ADIDAS!)

Remember a few years back when the guitarist from Korn up and left the band due to his own personal beliefs?  Everyone thought either Head went crazy or was just pulling a huge publicity stunt.

I thought it was a big joke at first.  Slowly I forgot about it.

Today I found out he has released his solo CD three years after he departed from the nu-metal rock band Korn.  I honestly thought he just fell off the face of the earth.  Then again I really was not looking for updates on him.  I respected his decision at the time and left it at that.

There was a lot more to the story though.

Brian "Head" Welch looks a lot like someone I have seen before...
Brian"Head" Welch - Looks like someone I have seen before...

Truth be told; him leaving the band was not a stunt at all.  Brian “Head” Welch left the band to focus on more important things in life like being a father and following his belief as a born again Christian.  The guitarist fought a terrible battle with drugs throughout his rock star years and once he departed from the band he soon weened himself from his addiction.  After being baptized in front of the world, he began a new life.  He started traveling to other countries to help the poor and while doing so wrote material for himself.

Last year Brian “Head” Welch released a book titled Save Me From Myself: How I Found God, Quit Korn, Kicked Drugs, And Lived To Tell My Story.  The memoir is all about the rock star’s lifestyle he had, didn’t want, and how he changed it.  I have not had the chance to check it out just yet, but from what I hear it is a good read.

His new solo album titled the same as his book, Save Me From Myself, dropped yesterday in many stores.  I have not had a chance yet to check it out but I did find this video he just released as well of the song “Flush”.

This video is proof he has not completely lost it…or has he?  You can be the judge.

FLUSH – BRIAN HEAD WELCH — THE OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO

Note:  To each their own on beliefs upon religion.  I request that no one discuss religion on this site.  I respect your opinion and all, but there are plenty of other forums and blog-sites that cater to religion discussion.  This blog was about a musician and even if I did include his choice in religion, that is as far as I am taking it.  If you do, I’ll be sure to delete it.

Bjork Video Strange? Indeed.

Bjork released a video today for a remixed version of one of her songs before the actual single has been released.  The original version of “The Dull Flame of Desire” can be found on Bjork’s latest release Volta.  The song takes a huge twist in this version making for a very interesting listen.  Leave it up to one of the most unique artists to continue her originality.

The remixed version of the song “The Dull Flame of Desire” features Björk with dual vocals from Antony Hegarty from Antony & The Johnsons.  The song is full of lyrics that are actually translated lines taken from a poem written by Fyodor Tyutchev.

If you have a moment check out the video.

WARNING:  It is strange as hell and I kind of got freaked out towards the end….

So?  Did it scare you at all or make you wish you never experimented with LSD?

I’ll be honest.  The video sucked.  The song is amazing.  The concept of how the video was created though was interesting.  Bjork held a contest on her website for new directors giving them the chance to work with her.  Bjork chose 3 winners were chosen to collaborate together.  The result is one wierd a** video.

I could not help but think the middle part of that video looked familiar….where did I see that before???

Oh yeah:


Scream Video

haha…..  yeah.  I went there.

Founding Member Of Pink Floyd Passes Away

I just found out some bad news today. I am sure that some of you rock music fanatics already heard this news as pertains to a major band in rock history.

Pink Floyd
Pink Floyd

Original member of Pink Floyd Richard Wright passed away today after a battle with cancer. He was 65 years old.

I am not as big of a fan as I used to be of Pink Floyd. When I was a kid (it’s true, I was young once) I discovered my father’s record collection and soon became a fan of Pink Floyd. It was my first taste of a different more psychedelic rock music and I really enjoyed the fact that people I became friends with liked them as well. It gave me something to relate to others with.

Being a fan of Pink Floyd was cool. In the beginning stages I had no idea the songs were drug laced. I soon found up growing up though that they were.

Throughout the years I became a little burnt out over them because I listened to them so much. My friends listened to them so much. When we hung out in the parks the hippies would take out their guitars and play Pink Floyd and all the inebriated would since along…it became a tad too much. In fact I to this day can not even listen to The Wall or Dark Side Of The Moon as I listened to both albums so much growing up I made myself become sick of them.

If the radio plays “Money” or any other song that might be on both of those albums I have to change the station. I just can’t do it. I’d rather listen to Tesla.

That’s not to say I am not somewhat remotely a fan of Pink Floyd. Deep down inside of me there still is some love for Pink Floyd. Once in a while a Pink Floyd track will grace my iPod and I will listen to it (I deleted the two albums I overexerted off my playlists so that I would not be exposed to the songs I grew tired of).

To hear that a musical icon like Richard Wright passed away of course adds some sadness to my day. His name may not have been as well recognized as David Gilmour, Roger Walters, Nick Mason or even the late Syd Barrett, but he was still a major part of that band.

From the Pink Floyd website:

Richard Wright

15 Sep 2008
The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness, that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer.

The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.

Richard Wright
Born 28 July 1943 (65)

For more info about his passing check out articles about it found on Yahoo Music or on the Associated Press.