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), Last.fm, iTunes, Bandcamp, Discogs, or go to Pledgemusic.com to purchase their album, get signed goodies, even request their next song!!

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Here at Tonedeth we hold Mr. Devin Townsend at quite a high esteem. He’s an incredibly talented singer/guitarist/songwriter/producer/performer/comedian. What can’t you like about this guy? But before he was the unequivocal leader of progressive metal and before he was the weird bald guy from Strapping Young Lad, did you know he used to sing for Steve Vai? Well here is their appearance on the classic Headbanger’s Ball on MTV circa 1993.

Skip to the 3:30 mark to witness the oddity.

Behold! The Mighty Masturbator!

Behold! The Mighty Masturbator!

Video  —  Posted: February 8, 2014 by Dethfrequency in News, Uncategorized
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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.

Video  —  Posted: February 3, 2014 by Dethfrequency in Song of the Day
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Franz Ferdinand's 'Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action' was released August 26th, 2013 via Domino Records.

Franz Ferdinand’s ‘Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action’ was released August 26th, 2013 via Domino Records.

Wasn’t 2013 about time for a visit from some friends across the pond? If you answered yes, then you’re right (pun intended)! It’s been about a decade since these guys asked us to take them out, but Franz Ferdinand is back in the swing of things with Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action (RTRWRA). The quartet from Glasgow waited 4 years since their last offering taking a low profile approach for this release. A lot has changed from the last time we heard from them but despite that, they seem to have rolled right along un-phased.

Right off the bat (pun intended) Franz sets the tone with the title track ‘Right Action’…or do they? Franz is undoubtedly known for their easy going positive vibe and this album has plenty of the feel good stuff, but ‘Evil Eye’ is far from that. Well maybe not that far, these blokes don’t do ‘scary’ very well, even the video almost missed the mark. To be honest, it was just creepy, but let’s digress. The album from then on does not contain anything particularly note worthy in regards to substance. No one song really sticks as you move from track to track, but they do well when taken in context of album as a whole.

Style is what this album does right (pun intended). From top to bottom Franz carries the indie genre well sonically and stylistically. From start to finish the album feels organic and intimate. Album closer ‘Goodbye Lovers and Friends’ is the only track that has the potential to wow listeners (with a proclamation of hating pop music) however. Aside from that, the entire album seems as if the band made a conscious decision to play it safe. After waiting 4 years for a release an apparent lack of effort is what one can gleam from that.

Be that as it may, Franz enjoys a fanbase that possesses eclectic taste and forgiving musical appetites. A stylistically strong album will be enough to satiate current fans. The band is easy to listen to altogether so fans of indie rock in general will find ‘RTRWRA’ easy to flock to and rally around. If you’re looking for something to blow you away however, this isn’t the right place (pun intended) for you to begin.

Rating: 3.75/5
Album Picks: Evil Eye, Standing On The Horizon, Brief Encounters
Album Skips: None

Ryan says: The entire album is available on Spotify where they’ve released an exclusive live album from Avatar Studios!

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Everyone loves a great performance by his or her favorite artists; no really, it is true! Hundreds of thousands rush to Ozzfest, Warped Tour, and the like to see their bands tear it up each year, and each year the talent is up to par, or least they are supposed to be. Standing in a sea of people all day waiting for the headliner can become quite a chore when you have to endure horrible support bands…and if the headliners let you down, you would be ready to flip a table. Not all musicians have the stage chops to carry a crowd through a set. However, their god awful on stage performance should not leave you to with the thought that they are god awful musicians overall…wait, let me finish Kanye.

Events like American R&B diva Beyonce’s lip-syncing the American National Anthem and last month’s air guitar scandal at Super Bowl XLVIII leave many with a salty taste in their mouths concerning musical performances. Cynics across the interweb’s social sphere drew the conclusion that the days of live pop performances are over. Fans found themselves doubting the ability of their favorite artists, and others merely chalked it up to the decline of talent in the modern day music industry. Oh ye of little faith. Fret not; you can still enjoy great performances while cherishing the talent behind what you see.

Rock out...hard!

Rock out…hard!

A typical musical act’s purpose is to present a combination of musicianship and showmanship that is as infectious, magnetic, and powerful as possible. In a controlled environment like the studio, focusing such raw unrestricted energy can prove to be a challenge. Modern day tricks like ‘elastic audio’ can fix stray grooves, and auto-tune rules the modern day recording vocalist music, but nothing beats a solid take or two. Reduced labor, computer processing, and the amount of coffee needed for endless nights of editing are benefits of having “one take Jakes” in the studio. Nevertheless, a hybrid will get the job done, and earn a healthier living than the other two one trick ponies.

Read more at: Underground Press

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.

Video  —  Posted: January 23, 2014 by Dethfrequency in Song of the Day
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Yes!! Tonedeth is back up and SPRINTING for the new year.

Okay.. maybe warming up with a slow jog. I’m a bit out of shape here.

Let’s start this off with a review of Childish Gambino’s Because the Internet, one of the several albums that dropped last year to make me scratch my head and listen to over and over again. To be honest this is one hell of a release, not simply for the musical content but because it was tagged along with a 73 page screenplay and a 20 minute short film. The three are only vaguely related, so you could count them as three separate works.

Donald Glover is slowly but effectively becoming a household name. The triple threat artist already has acting and directing firmly under his belt with significant work credits from NBC. In interviews he claims that this album, Because the Internet, was his most “honest work to date”.

If it is honest then either this guy is either very depressed or desperately attempting to divorce from his “funny guy” image. Which is never a bad thing but it seems that he has instead created a doppelganger, his antinomic twin. Donald Glover is the comedian and the clown. Childish – ironically –  appears to be the mature one, creatively distraught with where his life choices have brought him.

“I mean where’s the line between Donnie G and Gambino” – “III. Life: The Biggest Troll”

One of the more interesting aspect of the album is that you can witness the dichotomy of the two characters in the word play. In between the lines of self deprivation and the cliché bragging about his cash flow (all too common in this genre) there is a divided man unsure of his identity.  His modesty can come off authentically but it is piled under a thick bite of unabashed confidence.

Because the Internet is certainly a leaping departure from his last album Camp which had more of the generic production and content of a mainstream rap album with the incessantly catchy hooks and ridiculous lyrical work with the occasional reference to life as a 90’s kid. This guy sure knows his market..

“Camp was an album for 13-year-olds, kind of written by a 13-year-old — it was very angsty and silly, but this album I think is just about my time at NYU more. It’s more grown-up, but a lot of things on the album happened to me this past year. I don’t know if I’m more mature on this album but I definitely know more about music.”

I can see that but I don’t necessarily agree. He makes many more references to his time at NYU in Camp. Because the Internet sounds like it takes place way beyond that. More referring to his celebrity status and growing as an adult, now 30 years old.

As far as musically, he has matured and incorporates original sounding and ear grabbing melodies to this album making it stand out from his previous releases.

This newest work was recorded at NBA star Chris Bosh’s mansion which Glover dubbed “The temple” and enforced a strict no shoes rule. Definitely wouldn’t want to do anything to damage that guy’s house.

“Who tracked mud in MY kitchen!?”

The tyranny continued banning “tweeting and instagramming” and a implementing a harsh work day starting at 10am.

Ahh.. the weary life of a recording artist…

 Because the Internet is Gambino’s second album on Glassnote Records, and Camp was the label’s first hip-hop release ever. Unfortunately the label doesn’t quite consider him a “major” artist. It’s hard out there for any rapper whose name doesn’t end with “West” or “Z”… The label told him he would have to wait to release the album in 2014 despite its completion in early October. He had other plans.

“If it wasn’t gonna be released then, I was gonna release it myself. What’s the point of waiting? I feel like that’s the only time people would be able to listen to it. December is the perfect time. Albums made a really big impact on me when I was alone and everything was quiet, and I know that’s when students go home, that’s when everything is closed, so it’s a good time to just listen to something and be yourself.”

Glover got the idea for the cryptic but brilliant album name from conversations he had with friend and alternative indie artist, Beck.

“Everyone keeps saying by this or that year, Mandarin or Spanish will be the most dominant language, but the internet is already a language we are all connected to… But the thing is, there are no rules, which is also the awesome thing.”



Internet as a language is not as inane of an idea as it may sound. In the screenplay he constantly uses Emojis to describe an action, expression, or emotion as if it were common place. An editor wouldn’t allow it but the majority of the market who will buy his album will not only understand it completely, but embrace it.

It seems he’s eyeing the role to be the voice of the viral generation, the globalized media junkies. He relates to them with his poignant media references to “Rugrats”, “Fresh Prince of Bel Air”, and “Double Dare”, all mega-popular shows that millennials have grown up with. But with so many references and metaphors a purpose gets lost. He jumps between the gangster and the clever less than seamlessly.

Maybe it’s me but the lyrics on this album rarely make sense. They jump topics and go in an out of focus so quickly it just seems he’s making observations on events happening in his brain. Maybe it’s intentional and he wants to appear obscure but it comes off as random.

The content ranges from the gangster rap dribble:

“Instagram my stack load
Hashtag my day wear and your girl drank my day care.
I’m born rich, life ain’t fair.
Ain’t nobody sicker and my Fisker ‘vroom vroom’, ho”

To esoteric thoughts and pop culture references:

“Year off, got no rules, tripping off of them toadstools.
More green than my Whole Foods
and I’m too fly, Jeff Goldblum.
Got a glass house in the Palisades, that a.k.a.
White hood, white hood, Oh K K K”

both are from the track, “IV. Sweatpants”

Sometimes they flow musically and even poetically but many just sound like extemporaneous rants. Either he’s ran out of things to say or his life is so foreign and weird that we have nothing else to believe?

The first single “V. 3005” released back in October of 2013 is currently #44 on the top 100 Billboard chart. The music video is certainly a strange one and is meant to give the impression of intense loneliness. The entire thing is him sitting stone faced on a ferris wheel with a large stuffed bear. Complete departure from his silly character, Troy from “Community” or his work with his old comedy troupe Derrick Comedy.

This track is the least interesting on the album. The instrumental is painfully simple and his flow seems forced. The intention was clearly to be the single track, the one that you assume the rest of the album will sound the same to get you to listen to it. It’s similar to his song “Heartbeat” off of Camp. Catchy sung hook with a thick electro-pop background. “3005” also appears to be about love gone wrong but he claims it’s about being alone, not necessarily from a loved one.

What struck me instantly about this album and made me want to write a lengthy review on it is that it reminds me of a metal production rather than a new hip-hop record. It’s very dark, not so much in content, but musically.

The first song, “I. Crawl”, starts with samples of a screaming and a heavy industrial sounding background. I could easily imagine a guttural growl come in with the drop at about the 30 second mark. “Bet you crawl. All alone”.

New rap-metal album?

donald glover screaming

The bassline for the verse of “II. No Exit” sounds like something straight out of a Lamb of God. There are several more parts of the album that could easily be implanted into a metal song because of their dark anxious tone like the end of “II. Shadows”.

He’s kind of proving his point with Because the Internet. The world is getting smaller, there are less visible boundaries and Childish Gambino intends to blur the lines between rap, pop, and rock.

Here at Tonedeth we focus on the unique and commend the strange. You think we’d review any ol’ album?

Most of the tracks start off unassuming enough but many end with left turns or simply switch genres. On “I. The Worst Guys” featuring Chance the Rapper has a Santana-esque guitar solo thrown in to keep the flow of the song going. And “II. Worldstar” winds down with a laid-back electronic jazz ensemble complete with a baritone sax solo.

If the instrumental tracks he raps over weren’t interesting enough the fact that he has four mostly instrumental and transitional tracks with little to no rapping shows he has intentions of making an album not a mix-tape.

Because the Internet is exceptional in many respects. He breaks boundaries musically and addresses the social media revolution and how it has affected him professionally and personally. Childish Gambino is a very emotionally divided man. Not only must he cope with this new persona he’s created that he wishes to shed but he’s clearly unhappy with this life and mocks it at every turn. This channeled into the creative can leave people with a strong taste in their mouth that may or may not be bearable.

I give this album:

3 / 5

It’s intriguing enough that fans of rap, pop, or rock can find something to latch on to. It’s musically dynamic and intense but his lyrical structure is a little predictable and needlessly verbose for the sake of flow. I liked Camp and enjoyed pulling back the layers on this piece but it’s lacking some substance. Give it a listen, chew it over, and take a look-see. In that order. It’s worth it.

Can’t get enough of the multi-talented Donald Glover?
Go check out the show Community. It’s running on it’s 5th season but it seems Glover’s character Troy Barnes becomes a part-time role only appearing in five out of the thirteen episodes planned for the season. This will be the second main character to leave the show after Chevy Chase as Pierce Hawthorne.

In a series of personal and revealing photos uploaded to instagram Donald Glover sheds light on his career choices as of late.

“I didn’t leave Community to rap. I don’t wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own.”

Will this be Gambino’s last album and Glover’s kick-start to a more serious acting career?

At the moment he is also gearing up for his musically themed show to be aired on FX sometime this year that he will write and direct. He claims his move to the station was for their willingness to work around his tight touring schedule.

Video  —  Posted: January 11, 2014 by Dethfrequency in Review
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The Marshall Mathers LP2 was released November 5th, 2013 by Shady/Aftermath/Interscope

Guess who’s back? …Back again. Shady’s back, and you should probably warn all of your politically correct friends. Shock-rap’s poster boy has made his long awaited return to the rap game with the release of the Marshall Mathers LP 2 much to the chagrin of all those innocent and pure of heart (laugh along with me).  The 2013 release is a thematic continuation to 2000’s Marshall Mathers LP. This time the rapper looks to put yet another  (and maybe final?) exclamation point on his storied and infamous career.

Album opener ‘Bad Guy’ serves as a proper set up for the journey to come, with added Easter eggs of playing off of past songs. The album spends most of its time bouncing from wall to wall providing few moments of prolonged lyrical consistency. Who are we kidding, though? This is the name of Eminem’s game, and he is one of the few rappers who can pull it off and still make somewhat of a point…some how. Album single ‘Berzerk’ serves to prove that point with gusto, as well as the already controversial single ‘Rap God’.

Such randomness could be a double-edged sword, however. In tracks such as ‘Asshole” and the album’s deluxe edition bonus track ‘Wicked Ways’, Em can tend to let verses over-extend their stay. Fret not, such rare events fail to overshadow the albums strong suits, such as the superb lyricism. Case and point ‘Love Game’ featuring label mate Kendrick Lamar, who by the way easily matches Shady’s multi-syllabic rapid fire offering. Did I mention lyrical targets? There never seems to be a time Em misses a chance to diss Britney Spears, takes a shot at the Kardashians, and what liberal doesn’t love a dig at Sarah Palin? (None…. yes exactly.)

MMLP2 doesn’t slack off in the musical content and production department. The album boasts sonic selections from Dr. Dre, Eminem himself, Rick Rubin and more. Versatility was also a strong point on this album from a musical standpoint. Tracks feature samples and musical adaptations ranging from Lou Donaldson and The Zombies to the Beastie Boys and Naughty by Nature.

Essentially the album is a testament to Eminem’s growth as a rapper, and as a person. There is a sense that Mathers is more at ease with where is at in his life, and you need look no further than ‘Headlights” for evidence of this.  Standout radio ready cuts like ‘Monster’ (featuring Rihanna) will definitely lure in an unsuspecting few new fans and corrupt them. For those already privy to the ways of Em, you’ll hear more of the same over the top word bending mind melting that has been shocking parents the world over for more than a decade now.

Album Picks: Groundhog Day, Love Game, Evil Twin, Survival
Album Skips: So Much Better, Stronger Than I Was

Rating: 3.75/5

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.

Video  —  Posted: October 31, 2013 by Dethfrequency in Song of the Day
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Head over to Spin.com 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.

Link  —  Posted: October 14, 2013 by Dethfrequency in News, Song of the Day
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