May 2, 2007

"With Great Power...""Asleep Now...""Secret Heart..."

So ... Spiderman 3 is coming out in basically enough hours to have a count down, and I'm freeking Hopt about it. Who else is seeing a 12:00 am showing, cause I sure as hell am. With the release of a blockbuster film comes the release of the soundtrack, in this case, a pretty flippin good one. Here are my favies:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Sealings
The Flaming Lips - The Supreme Being Teaches Spider-Man How To Be In Love
Rogue Wave - Sightlines

In other news, as everyone well knows Rage Against the Machine had their little Coachella stint and now everyone is up in arms about how amazing everything is going to be in the world now that the boys are back in town.

(The Mountain Goats - the Boys Are Back in Town)

Well, I don't mean to bring anyone down (which, in reality, I don' think the opinions of one blogger will be doing much), but their reunion show and following few shows do not have me too stoked. And the rumors that there might be a CD in the works ... come now, lets be honest with ourselves.

Any time any band ever gets back together for a few shows, just for old time's sake, there is always a rumor of a new CD. Regardless of whether or not a new CD is released, fans are disappointed. If it's not made, the fans are sad. If it is made, then it's either a live CD of songs we've all heard before, or it's a new CD full of new material. The New CD route doesn't sound too bad, until you factor in the fact that the artists have all grown in their own separate ways, and have long sense lost the momentum of working with the other three guys. Not to mention Tom Morello's new solo act and how that will not only effect the direction of the music, but how it will effect the tour (because, if Tom is concerned with getting any press about his new stuff, he will want to tour to pump some life into his all ready vibrant album, and, I think, if he's on tour with RATM, people just won't pay any attention to him).

Face the facts people, RATM was, was, a good band.

Now, I'm not saying there is no chance there will be a new CD, and that that new CD won't be amazing, I'm just saying that I have my doubts. These boys are no longer our good old boys.

My buddy JJ has a good sum up of the happenings at Coachella, and Vietnow has 7 live tracks from the show, which actually don't sound very promising.

In last, but certainly not least, news, Feist's new album FINALLY came out. Buy it. It's ... it's a rawkgasm. Here's a live set by my lady:

Band: Feist
Date: 2006-01-27
Venue: Park West, Chicago, IL

Safe and Secure
The Build Up
When I Was a Young Girl
Four Teen Age Boys
So Sorry
Secret Heart
Fighting Away the Tears
Sea Lion Woman
Major Label Debut (Broken Social Scene cover) [well, since she's in that band, I dunno if it's so much a cover ... whatev]
Let it Die


JJ said...


I am so not in agreement with you.

I would like your position if the band was no longer relevant. But in today's political climate, Rage is still quite important and still fits the times.

It also sounded like they were having fun with one another. If everyone is getting along, there is no reason they can not put a great album out. Everything sounded good, and crisp to me. Besdisdes, Tom isn’t all that marketable by him self. Its not like its “Tom Morello and Rage” he needs them to really take off….else he is just going to be another random under-listened spin off.

Remember, Zach and the boys are not about the sales, its about what they can get done with each album. And if that is what they are concerned with...its going to be a great album if at all.

Luke Hunter James-Erickson said...


I totally agree that the Rage we knew would be a relevant band, but I've yet to see any evidence one way or the other that supports the idea that they are still the band we knew ... I'm just saying I think it's doubtful.

It's also true that Tom isn't really marketable to the world at large, and I suppose you're right with what (I think) you are implying that everyone who knows about Tom's thing all ready has the album ... hell they had it when it leaked.

I never meant to imply that Rage was ever about the sales, but that doesn't mean the chemistry is still there. We have 4 guys who used to be in a band together who now have done their own things. If could go anywhichway from here, imo.

JJ said...

oh i knew you wernt talking about the sales like that, i was just kind of saying.

maybe i rly just want to belive. I dont know....the world really needs a popular political band right now.

Luke Hunter James-Erickson said...

fuck yes we do. Fuck yes.