Archive for the ‘Song of the Day’ Category

Taking the lead from the original Macklemore and Ryan Lewis production promoting same sex relationships; rapper Raykeea Angel Wilson a.k.a. Angel Haze takes up the mic with grammy winner Macklemore, to add some personalization with a first hand account. Her words hit almost as hard as her flow.

She speaks from the heart revealing the unnecessary pain she endured coming to terms with herself. Focusing on the recoil she received from those she believed were closest to her.

It’s all love in the end and this song shows you should never hide who you are or who you love.

It’s love and it’s selfless
It’s yours and everybody else’s
So don’t badger and abuse the solemnly defenseless
See us as yourself, there’s no equality in difference
Until we all get it, we’ll be drowning in the same blood
Despite orientation, we all feel the same love

This track was featured on Upworthy this week.

Be sure to check out her album Dirty Gold available now on Spotify.

Feeling guilty listening to top 40 hits on the radio? Wish there was a way to be hip and  listen to good music?

Well you’re in luck! Omaha Diner is for you!!

Omaha Diner takes these pop hits and transforms them into virtually indistinguishable new tunes with their incredibly unique skills and creativity. Below is the Bruno Mars’s cheese anthem but they also cover Mackelmore’s “Thrift Shop”, Beyonce’s “Single Ladies”, Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”.

The songs go through the Omaha Diner and come out better, stronger, faster.

Essentially if you turned Megan Fox into the 6 million dollar man (you heard me), using Ferarri parts.

Sexy on the outside. Scary on the inside.

Featuring the ear defying 7 string bassist/guitarist hybrid Charlie Hunter, the “saxophonic” pioneer Skerik, trumpet player Steven Bernstein, and jazz drummer vet Bobby Previte. These guys claim they’ve played on every continent sans Antarctica. Only Metallica gets to do that.

They’re truly an act that you have to see to believe. Skerik implements effects and loops into his performances creating an entire brass section consisting of one saxophone. Charlie Hunter is known for being able to lay down thick bass lines while tucking in slick guitar melodies and solos all at the same time. Even if they weren’t playing top 40’s hits they’re a group like no other.

Collectively they’ve played with major acts like Aretha Franklin, Lou Reed, Elton John, Roger Waters, Sting, Pearl Jam, Tom Waits, Les Claypool (Skerik in Fearless Flying Frog Brigade), Ween, My Morning Jacket, Digable Planets… The list continues.

Here’s a video of them playing “Locked out of Heaven” live at the Blockley in Philly. It’s a little wonkier than the tightly arranged album version but it is still preferable it to the original.

Be sure to check out the full album available on Spotify (right down there buddy),, iTunes, Bandcamp, Discogs, or go to to purchase their album, get signed goodies, even request their next song!!

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I’ve found country music that I not only tolerate but even like? What is this madness?

At best, when dabbling in country and bluegrass I found things I didn’t hate. I thought it would be impossible to find something in the genre worth listening to without clawing at my ears.

I found the compromise, it would seem. The punch brothers are not just plain country. Tonedeth doesn’t mention anything “plain”. This song is a fantastic example of this. It’s got a funk/R&B groove that’s both forward and sexy. The lack of a percussion section, or drummer to be specific, makes them stand out from any genre they seem to dabble in.

The album is a brilliant mixture of bluegrass, rock, indie, and classical; all while being beautifully executed. Go listen to these guys. I know I will be for the next few weeks. This track is off of the album of the same name released in 2012 on Nonesuch Records and produced by veteran Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones, Of Monsters and Men, Kings of Leon…)


If you know of any other artists similar to these guys or want to lead me in the right direction to more country worth digging into I would sure appreciate your comments.

Stateless is great genre hybrid of electronic/rock/and hip-hop. Similar to our our boy Childish Gambino  in this respect but with a bigger focus on melody in the alternative rock landscape.

This song starts off quiet with a warm accordion to bring you to their trip-hop hook with a great vocal harmony that makes the song increasingly huge. It fades off as a transition to the remainder of the album, leaving you wanting more.

It’s sort of dark, thought provoking, but warm and inviting. Go check out the rest of the tracks on Matilda. It’s a fitting meditative or workout album. Both energetic and pensive.

The four piece hails from foggy London town and are for fans of Dredg, Portishead, and Awolnation.

Yes, it has been a long time, my musical minions.

Now, being a metal head I found it would be too easy to post some scary and demonic music on here. I’m going to be taking the high road with some comedy. But it might as well be metal, considering the song is about torturing children. Hey, at least it’s funny?

If Cannibal Corpse can do it, shouldn’t everyone?

Stephen Lynch is a genius. His music is well written, well rehearsed, witty, crass, and overtly sexual. Not to mention he sings like an angel… who has seen some shit.

His albums as of late have gotten less humorous over the years but his career is more focused on teaching and doing Broadway. His debut was showing up Adam Sandler and improving on the Wedding Singer.

Hopefully your Halloween doesn’t involve any of the things Lynch mentions. But enjoy it thoroughly, none-the-less. Get scared, get bent, and get all sorts of intoxicated.. on candy.

Head over to to hear the new track from A Perfect Circle, just released today.

I’m on my third listen and I’m seriously impressed. It’s a reminder of both the dark industrial and the alternative-pop side of APC.

The build up allows Maynard James Keenan to enter and take hold of your trance. Guiding you to the point where the drums come in and drops you off for the rest of the ride. It’s mixed in the same vain as the previous albums which is great. There aren’t any surprises on this song but it’s exactly what us fans wanted for almost a decade long hiatus.

It doesn’t seem likely that we will be seeing too much more of APC, they are releasing a compilation of their biggest hits, titled: Three-Sixty, featuring this one original. It is scheduled for release in mid-November of this year. But I can’t see how they are able to release a greatest hits compilation when they only have 3 full albums released… Oh well, that’s the music business for you.

As far as a new original album goes we better not hold our breath, what we can do though is wait patiently for the new Tool album to drop sometime next year.

I was introduced to these guys earlier this year. Watching the music video and listening to the intro it’s easy to throw them in a category and forget about them. Starting off with weird images of the guys getting covered in highly viscous paints with a simple yet eerie guitar line, you almost expect Marilyn Manson coming on screen. Luckily for us, he doesn’t.

After the ultra heavy wobbly bass comes in the song takes a bit of a left turn and get’s pretty funky. Closer to how the Red Hot Chili Pepper’s were funky but definitely funky none-the-less. His voice is shrill, more of a punk or hard-rock singer but it fits well with that funk-metal sound. For fans of earlier Incubus, Alien Ant Farm, Primus, and And the Traveler.

The Austrian band has been around since about 2008 and got significant recognition when they participated in the international Live Awards. They didn’t come in first but they were top three in their region of Vienna and the three piece received awards for best singer, bassist, and drummer.

Their entire album Creation’s Finest, released in 2012, is available for streaming on Spotify.

A fine example of superb song writing. Neil Young is a two time Rock and Roll hall of fame inductee, once as a solo artist in 1995 and a second time for his role in his band Buffalo Springfield in ’97. His work with Crazy Horse is probably his most memorable, this track in particular is off of the release, Zuma in 1975.

He’s a living legend and a rock icon that still sells out stadiums.

Not all of us can age like Sting.

It’s puddin’ time children.

Primus is the avant-garde comedy prog band from California. Born of the psychotic ramblings of Les Claypool, the eccentric bassist who wrote the theme songs to popular late-night animated TV shows, South Park  and Robot Chicken. Although their sound is heavily influenced by Claypool’s unique playing style and cartoony voice; the band’s sound is held together by Larry LaLonde, former guitarist of the 80’s death metal band, Possessed.  Their drummer Jay Lane has an interesting style that fuses funk, hard-rock, and punk which ties the trio into a neat little pile of oddities.

Claypool, having grown up with Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett had tried out for the band after the passing of bass virtuoso, Cliff Burton. They passed him up, James Hetfield explaining that Claypool was “too good” and should do his own thing instead. Claypool went on to form Primus and has played an understated role in music since the 90’s.

He did record with Metallica eventually, performing the banjo solo on Metallica’s cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd’s Tuesday’s GoneHe’s also performed with Tom Waits, Alex Lifeson (Rush), Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains), Gov’t Mule, and Adrian Belew (Zappa and King Crimson).

This prolific musician who has performed with some of the biggest names in the industry loves to flaunt his “artist” side, which in his case, is stranger than fiction.

Song Of The Day: 9/12/13 Like You – Evanescence

Posted: September 12, 2013 by arkayem1 in Song of the Day

Evanescence's 'The Open Door' was released September 14th, 2009 via EMI/Wind Up Records. Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

Evanescence’s ‘The Open Door’ was released September 14th, 2009 via EMI/Wind Up Records.
Genre: Hard Rock/Metal

No, your eyes do not deceive you, this is and Evanescence post…yes. Say what you want about Evanescence‘s sometimes bland and uninspiring music, but Amy Lee can write her heart out from time to time. When it comes to the most personal of subjects Lee doesn’t shy away, and this is too true in Like You from the band’s sophomore effort The Open Door. Like You was inspired by the death of Lee’s younger sister. There is nothing that gets to me more than songs that are informed by such powerful life experiences. Of course they have to be pulled off in a fashion that makes the song effective, but this isn’t a problem for Lee and the crew.

Usually I’d make the statement that the vocals are the highlight of a strong track, but not here. With that said, it’s not much of a knock of Lee’s vocal ability, it’s just that the focus here should be on the composition. For what it’s worth, guitarist Terry Balsamo, ex-guitarist John LeCompt, and ex-drummer Rocky Grey served as an excellent supporting cast in the songwriting/composition process. Amy Lee may be a serviceable writing talent on her own, but she lacked enough full vision and consistency to pull off songs that stuck. In Evanescence’s debut Fallen, Ben Moody was the majority that driving force Lee needs, and in The Open Door his absence is clearly felt. Make no mistake, this song is no ‘Hello‘, but with the supporting talent that helped produce this track it didn’t need to be.