The second album I ever purchased was “Smash” by Offspring. I remember taking the cassette out of the packaging, putting it in my Walkman (which apparently was just discontinued by Sony, but more on that later in the week), and pressing play.
The first track was pretty awesome, but what really struck me was the second track – Bad Habit. It wasn’t the song itself that floored me – musically it’s one of the worst on the album. It was the absurd use of obscenity. I wasn’t much older than ten years old, and this song immediately became an important educational tool for me, teaching me the one thing all ten-year-olds want to know how to do – how to curse.
I realize, that in this day and age, this knowledge is much easier to obtain for a ten-year-old; I didn’t have the internet or cable TV, and network shows were much tamer back them. I remember sitting there, in awe, listening to Dexter Holland spew out an angry string of curse words, and thinking – “I wonder what his mother thinks of him.” That’s right. At the ripe old age of ten, I was worried about Mr. Holland’s relationship with his mother, and wondered if she had any idea how filthy her son’s mouth was.
So whenever a song, featuring excessive expletives, comes out, I feel a pang of nostalgia for my youth (Note: w/r/t this, the Teenage Tunes post will be coming soon, as will an ode to Walkmans). Cee Lo Green, of Gnarls Barkely fame, has released such a track. You can check out the entire album on NPR, or listen to this track here.
Two months and two days ago, Gilad passed away. Somehow, we’ve all been living and going on, despite this horrible hole in our hearts. And one of the ways that I’ve been dealing with everything is through music: the music that Gilad listened to, the music that he and I played together, and most importantly – his own recordings.
We only have a few tracks, but they are truly to be treasured – to be able to hear his voice, his guitar playing, and his musical talent. We miss you so much Gilad.
Music news? On this blog? And it’s not about Pearl Jam? I know, it’s kind of weird, but a few things caught my eye in the past few days, and I couldn’t help but post about them:
Firstly, Daft Punk has a new song out. I don’t know all the details, but I think it has something to do with the new Tron movie coming out. You can read more about that at Stereogum, or download the track below.
Secondly, Crystal Castles teamed up with Robert Smith of The Cure to cover Platinum Blond’s Not In Love. The track is pretty good. I think Crystal Castles should consider adding Mr. Smith as a permanent band member; it makes their music much easier on the ears.
Finally, the Pixies just decided to offer a recording of their 2004 Coachella performance for free on their website. If you don’t like the Pixies, then listen to the track below and you’ll be converted. If you still don’t like them, then just rip your ears off; you’re not using them properly anyway.
Posted onOctober 26, 2010|Comments Off on Pearl Jam – Bridge School Benefit (Night 1)
Yes, that’s right. In case you’re at all interested in Pearl Jam (which, if you read this blog you probably are), you’ll enjoy this one. For the uninformed, over the weekend, Pearl Jam played two nights at the Bridge School Benefit. In addition to being the first shows Pearl Jam played since they turned 20 last Friday, these shows also happened to be quite amazing – as their Bridge School shows tend to be. Eddie truly shines when he’s in acoustic mode, and as usual, Uncle Neil joined the boys onstage, this time for the new opening cut to his album “Le Noise” – Walk With Me. Enjoy the show!
Thanks to Yonah and Dirty Frank for uploading the shows.