Category Archives: The Awesome

Blakroc – Blakroc – CD Review

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and I am still full from an amazing array of good eats and excited.  Of course we all know that today is supposed to be the busiest shopping day of the year and there is not one part of me that wishes to engage in that stupid retail disaster.  I have no interest in waking up early and saving $20 on a junk TV or getting DVDs for $2.  I don’t wish to wait outside in the cold for the chance at getting a deal.  I’ll just surf the internet for my shopping needs when the Jesus Day comes a little close.

Black Friday can kiss my ass.

So if I am so bitter at this tragedy of a day what am I so excited about you ask?  That’s easy, Blakroc‘s debut self-titled album was released today.  What?  You have no idea what I am talking about?  Well of course I am going to explain a little more about this album that I have been anticipating for quite some time.

Blakroc is a project featuring Akron, Ohio’s blues/rock heroes The Black Keys plus hip-hop artists including Ludacris, Mos Def, the late-great Ol’ Dirty Bastard and other well known artists.  The combination of the music of Dan Auerbach and  Patrick Carney’s provided beats layered with the rap lyrics is just unbelievable.  To add to the exhilaration, The Black Key’s frontman Auerbach provides some of his own signing on a couple of tracks making for a truly matchless sound. 

So how exactly did The Black Keys get mixed up with hip hop?  Well apparently Damon Dash, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records is a huge fan of the Keys and wanted to do something involving the duo and Jim Jones.  During that initial session Mos Def interrupted and wound up recording as well and Blakroc was formulated (Black Keys + Roc-A-Fella = Blakroc).  In eleven days there were eleven tracks recorded thus creating an album that could be compared to a Gorillaz-like jam sans the electronics and cartoon fantasyland idea.

Finally after hearing about this project for months it the hit shelves today (CD & LP) and I could not resist but grabbing a copy for myself.  After all I am a huge fan of The Black Keys and everything they do as well as have a high appreciation for hip hop so it’s easy to say I was excited.  Once I put that album on though I was in my own little glory just like the first time I heart the Judgment Night soundtrack.  It was something new and something unmarked in it’s own kind.  Blues/rock and rap?  Nice.
The first track “Coochie” floored me not just because it sounded so great but because my number one favorite rap artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard was rapping in his glory (still can’t believe it’s been five years since his passing).  Thanks to ODB being affiliated with Roc-A-Fella Records prior to his death there was some of his work readily available for Damon Dash and he put it to good use.  Featuring the ever easy to listen to Ludacris and ODB slinging out rhymes about one of their loves in life, this song set the bar high for my expectations for the rest of the album.

“On The Vista” followed with the same knockout as the first track thanks to the smooth flow of Mos Def and Auerbach’s amazing guitar playing.  NOE dominated on “Hard Times” with some nice R&B like back-up singing as well as the Keys doing their thing.  “Why Can’t I Forget” was a nice somber R&B turn featuring Nicole Wray.

As soon as Mos Def and Auerbach shared the mic on “Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)” I was just astounded.  It was my favorite track on the album thanks to the high appeal of hearing Auerbach’s distinguished singing followed by sick flows from Mos Def as well as a few lines by Jim Jones.

“Hope Your Happy” was another highlight on the album to me with Nicole Wray providing more soul signing beside the infamous Q-Tip and Billy Danze.  Nicole Wray returns once again with NOE, almost sounding like Jay-Z, on the final track titled “Done Did It”.  I am really glad the album included her as she made some of the songs that much better to listen to.

My only complaint with this album was the lack of Mr. Roc-A-Fella himself – Jay-Z.  It’s not like he’s never done something like this before (anyone remember Linkin Park/Jay-Z).  Based upon what I heard on this album though I would not be shocked in the least bit if another album was already in the works.

You will like this album if you like things done different from the norm but with substance.  It’s a fresh new sound that was brought together with near perfection.  If you are a fan of hip-hop you will dig this album as well, but I can honestly say if you are only about the music The Black Keys push out on average this may not be your cup of tea.  It’s a blues rock experimental album in a sense but more so a hip-hop heavy project that completely did wonders to my ears.

The Awesome: The Avett Brothers On Sale – “Slight Figure Of Speech” Video Premier On

For the past couple weeks I have been enjoying videos on & YouTube by something called the The American Budget Network (TAB).  TAB features comedian Andy Daly selling random products but with a twist.  Mocking television shopping channels with a almost UHF feel to is genus especially when the episodes sometimes “accidentally” show behind the scenes clips.  Never in a million years though would I have thought that the clips would incorporate into an Avett Brothers music video… Hilarious and brilliant.

Come to think…


The. Avett. Brothers.

Coincidence??? Perhaps.

The Avett Brothers “Slight Figure Of Speech” video on TAB:

Download This: B Boys x B Boys = Beastie Boys Mash Up

Big thanks to my pal (and yours) Kevin who spotted this great free download mash-up (for now).

NYC DJ and producer Max Tannone never ceases to amaze me.  Earlier this year he mashed up Radiohead and Jay Z and called it Jaydiohead.  The album is available for a free download on the Jaydiohead website.  It was fun and amazing at the same time.

This time around Tannone decided to mash-up the Beastie Boys with… The Beastie Boys.  He calls this mash-up Double Check Your Head.

The six song mash-up is available for free download by visiting – for how long is unknown so don’t be lazy and go get it!!!

Download This! – Double Check Your Head Mash-Up
Download This! – Jaydiohead Mash-Up

The Awesome: Flogging Molly & Frank Turner!!! (more F’s)

Thanks to Jon @ SideOneDummy for the heads up!!!


November 12, 2009 – Los Angeles, CA – FLOGGING MOLLY has added FRANK TURNER as main support on most of their annual countdown to St Patrick’s Day – the 2010 Green 17 Tour. In addition, the band has announced a new date on the Green 17 Tour in Rochester, NY at the Main Street Armory on February 28th, 2010.

Flogging Molly’s 2010 Green 17 Tour tour is in it’s sixth year running and brings fans the release of the band’s new single and video for “Punch Drunk Grinning Soul” from their latest album FLOAT.

Tickets for the entire Green 17 Tour go on sale to the general public this weekend through normal ticket outlets! Presale tickets with a reduced ticketing service charge are on sale now for the entire tour at

2/9/2010 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues^
2/10/2010 – Houston, TX – House of Blues^
2/12/2010 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall^
2/13/2010 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle^
2/14/2010 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz^
2/16/2010 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues^
2/17/2010 – Orlando, FL – House of Blues^
2/18/2010 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm^
2/19/2010 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore^
2/20/2010 – Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues^
2/22/2010 – Norfolk, VA – The Norva^
2/23/2010 – Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head Live!^
2/25/2010 – Hartford, CT – Webster Theatre^
2/26/2010 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory^
2/27/2010 – Boston, MA – House of Blues^
2/28/2010 – Rochester, NY – Main Street Armory^
3/2/2010 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom^
3/3/2010 – University Park, PA – Robeson Center Alumni Hall/ Penn State Univ.*
3/4/2010 – Columbus, OH – LC Pavillion^
3/5/2010 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues^
3/6/2010 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore^
3/8/2010 – Indianapolis, IN – Egyptian Room^
3/9/2010 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s^
3/10/2010 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant^
3/12/2010 – Milwaukee, WI – The Eagles Club^
3/13/2010 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom^
3/14/2010 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater*
3/15/2010 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom*
3/17/2010 – Tempe, AZ – Tempe Beach Park*

^ Frank Turner is main support on this date

* no Frank Turner on this date
More info on Flogging Molly tickets (click here)

Blog On: The Vomitus Prime Show According To Kevin

One of my pals since the easy days of sitting on milk crates on Saturday night on the side of a Dunkin Donuts has been telling me a lot about something out there I need to check out.  He even went so far as to asking me to do a little write-up about said entertainment.

I had a better idea.  I told him to do it.  Not because I am lazy and did not want to, but I wanted his excitement for the podcast put into words for all to read.  At first Kevin was hesitant and after strong force and blatant threats he agreed.

So now I turn it over to Kevin…  Thanks pal.

Remember the days when you were a sophomore in high school and you were so into that one awesome band? You listened to them all the time, sported the t-shirt, and told everyone about them just trying to share the love.  Sadly people just gave you an idiot stare while asking if you still had to pee in a cup before school.  The wanted nothing to do with you or that stupid band you were in to.

Shockingly a few months later those same people that you were wildly raving at are telling you about the same new band that they discovered.  You knew deep down inside that you though were the OG of that band, you knew about them all along…

I’m about to relive that glory once again, but not with a band this time.  This time it is with a podcast.

WAIT!  Keep reading.

I know that there is a lot of garbage podcasts out there, especially in the comedy section. Just because you have $20 for a mic and your mom told you that you were talented doesn’t make it OK to have a show. There is talent out there, you just have to look.

For the past few months I have been listening to Bill and Will make some comedy magic on something called The Vomitus Prime podcast.

What is Vomitus Prime you ask?  I took this direct from their site to give you a little insight on what they are all about:

Vomitus Prime has nothing to do with transformable robots. It’s a rotating cast from the tail end of Generation X. They spend about an hour roughly once a week reminiscing their past glories, dreaming up derelict things to save money, and mocking others. Sometimes high-tech, sometimes classless, sometimes culinary. Always worth every cent.

Now that I have your attention…

Bill is currently working on his 121st episode with his 3rd 4th 5th 6th co-host, Will. The show takes place somewhere in the Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin tri-state area, it’s exact location remaining a mystery.

Actually, now that it’s getting into winter you might be able to find the hideout by the glow of the depression light via Bill’s desk. Bill is a man with the social skills of The Unabomber and a sense of humor reminiscent of Bill Hicks. His partner, Will, is an ADD-afflicted nymphomaniac whose curiosity takes the show on wild tangents.

When you get your weekly dose of Vomitus Prime you’ll get a mix of politically uncool humor. Everything is fair game, and don’t worry–you’ll get used to getting the stink-eye from folks at the grocery store when you let out a maniacal laugh from the show.

Listening to Vomitus Prime keeps you at age 25 – forever. Its a time when life’s early milestones have been passed. You are no longer carded because the bartender can see the pleading in your eyes for a drink. Golden and amber refreshment is the only way to replenish the bit of your soul that is taken every day in Cubicleland.

Much like happy hour, an hour of Vomitus Prime lets you rant about the day, laugh about it, and point on the doll where life has maliciously touched you. Its enough to get you through it until you have to go right back at it tomorrow.

In each episode, members of The Vomitus Party call in their Vomications for all of the cool stuff in their world, and vehemently Decepticoning the merciless ways the life can put you through the wringer. Other features of the show are the drunken cooking tips from Wolfgang Drunk, knowing the value of a “dollah”, and remembering all of the awesome things in life that for some reason disappeared in Bringin’ It Back.

It is one of the few podcasts I’ve found that strongly encourages audience participation and they do it with great results. The place where Vomitus Prime eclipses most all other comedy shows is the chemistry between the hosts. You have Bill’s viciously clever wit that melds with Will’s obscure, yet relevant observations.

If you’re new to podcasts this is a good place to start. If you’re still looking for a good comedy podcast that’s more than dick and fart jokes from the morning zoo, (Vomitus Prime have only the finest fancy dick and fart jokes), head over to or find them on iTunes and see, rather listen to, the nonsense I speak about.