Posts tagged “Rise Against

BLAST FROM THE PAST #4: Linkin Park

A recent episode of South Park posited that there comes a time in your life when everything you once loved as a kid starts looking like crap once you’re older. While I will certainly admit to growing more critical and cynical as I’ve grown, I’d like to think people don’t change that much. Some things in life never get old – I’ll probably always have a soft spot for U2 and Green Day, for the Three Stooges and Looney Tunes cartoons (and South Park, for that matter), for Super Mario Bros. 3 and Final Fantasy VII. Then there are things that give you little to no sense of pride or nostalgia, things that make you look back and wonder, “Why the hell did I ever like that?” And for me, sometimes I look back to my teenage years and try to figure out why it took me so long to grow out of nu-metal, though I do give that particular phase credit for helping me get into heavier music.

I was never a hardcore fan of that whole late-‘90s, early-double-0s scene, but I did get my feet wet. I liked Korn’s singles back then, but never bought any of their albums. I could never really get into the Deftones (and still haven’t, even though I’ve heard lots of good things about them) or P.O.D. I flat-out didn’t like Disturbed at all (and still don’t). System Of A Down? They were okay, but I never really got into their stuff either. I didn’t hear anything by Slipknot for the first time until long after the nu-metal craze had hit its peak, though I’d seen plenty of their merchandise around school. There was a brief period where I actually considered getting that Crazy Town album with “Butterfly” on it – yes, I once thought the guys who horrifically mutilated “New Noise” by Refused were at least competent musicians. I was totally ready to buy Kid Rock as an “American Bad Ass” until I found out that he took that riff from an old Metallica song (for the record, I’m usually OK with sampling as long as you make interesting alterations or additions to the sample; leaving the sample as it is comes off as lazy, like all you did was make up new lyrics to someone else’s song). And who the hell were Primer 55 and Ill Niño? I certainly didn’t know.

Really, there were (and are) only a handful of albums in my collection that probably qualify as nu-metal at all: the first three Limp Bizkit albums, Infest by Papa Roach, The Lonely Position of Neutral by Trust Company, and of course the required soundtracks for any angsty teenager’s life from 2000 to 2004, Hybrid Theory and Meteora by Linkin Park.

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Jan. 30, 2009: Show #10

Finally into double digits!

I know I said I was done with the “old playlist” posts. That still applies — this playlist is from last week. Lawyer logic for the win… or something like that. Here’s the playlist.

1. Radiohead, “Electioneering” (OK Computer)

2. At The Drive-In, “Extracurricular” (Relationship Of Command)

3. Kings Of Leon, “Molly’s Chambers” (Youth And Young Manhood)

4. Modest Mouse, “Ocean Breathes Salty” (Good News For People Who Love Bad News)

5. The Walkmen, “That’s The Punch Line” (Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone)

6. Dead Confederate, “Heavy Petting” (Wrecking Ball)

7. Rise Against, “Black Masks And Gasoline” (Revolutions Per Minute)

8. The Smashing Pumpkins, “Jellybelly” (Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness)

9. The Sword, “To Take The Black” (Gods Of The Earth)

10. Motorhead, “Ace Of Spades” (Ace Of Spades)

11. Metallica, “Motorbreath” (Kill ‘Em All)

12. Mastodon, “Island” (Leviathan)

13. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Medication” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

14. High On Fire, “Silver Black” (Blessed Black Wings)

15. AC/DC, “Have A Drink On Me” (Back In Black)

16. Deerhunter, “Nothing Ever Happened” (Microcastle)

17. TV On The Radio, “Dancing Choose” (Dear Science)

18. Spoon, “Someone Something” (Kill The Moonlight)

19. The Beatles, “Happiness Is A Warm Gun” (The White Album)

20. My Morning Jacket, “Masterplan” (It Still Moves)

21. We Are Scientists, “Impatience” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

22. The National, “Karen” (Alligator)

23. The Whigs, “Already Young” (Mission Control)

24. Muse, “Knights Of Cydonia” (Black Holes & Revelations)

25. Stone Temple Pilots, “Interstate Love Song” (Purple)

26. Beck, “E-Pro” (Guero)

27. Foo Fighters, “Monkey Wrench” (The Colour And The Shape)

28. Queen, “Bohemian Rhapsody” (A Night At The Opera)

29. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, “Runnin’ Down A Dream” (Greatest Hits, also on Petty’s solo album Full Moon Fever)


Dec. 5, 2008: Show #8

Just a couple more of these “old playlist” posts and then I’ll finally have the latest one up.

So, in the immortal words of the Joker, “And here… we… GO!”

1. The Hives, “Main Offender” (Veni Vidi Vicious)

2. The Sword, “Lords” (Gods Of The Earth)

3. Kings Of Leon, “Four Kicks” (Aha Shake Heartbreak)

4. Nirvana, “Milk It” (In Utero)

5. Rancid, “Red Hot Moon” (Indestructible)

6. Battles, “Atlas” (Mirrored)

7. At The Drive-In, “Cosmonaut” (Relationship Of Command)

8. Metallica, “Battery” (Master Of Puppets)

9. Queens Of The Stone Age, “Everybody Knows That You’re Insane” (Lullabies To Paralyze)

10. The Dillinger Escape Plan, “Setting Fire To Sleeping Giants” (Miss Machine)

11. The Whigs, “Nothing Is Easy” (Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip)

12. Foo Fighters, “Stacked Actors” (There Is Nothing Left To Lose)

13. Rise Against, “The First Drop” (Siren Song Of The Counter Culture)

14. The Smashing Pumpkins, “The End Is The Beginning Is The End” (‘Batman & Robin’ Soundtrack)

15. Muse, “Apocalypse Please” (Absolution)

16. The Walkmen, “We’ve Been Had” (Everyone Who Pretended To Like Me Is Gone)

17. The Clash, “Train In Vain (Stand By Me)” (London Calling)

18. The Rolling Stones, “Paint It Black” (Forty Licks, Aftermath US version)

19. Minus The Bear, “Throwin’ Shapes” (Planet Of Ice)

20. Bloc Party, “Positive Tension” (Silent Alarm)

21. Spoon, “The Two Sides Of Monsieur Valentine” (Gimme Fiction)

22. We Are Scientists, “After Hours” (Brain Thrust Mastery)

23. Mastodon, “The Wolf Is Loose” (Blood Mountain)

24. The Fall Of Troy, “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” (Doppelganger)

25. High On Fire, “Anointing Of Seer” (Blessed Black Wings)

26. My Morning Jacket, “Gideon” (Z)

27. Radiohead, “Street Spirit (Fade Out)” (The Bends)


Top 5 Songs That Get Me Excited For The Big Game

(originally featured on the Oct. 17, 2008 show)

It’s funny how sometimes the planets align in just the right position for something apparently important to happen. When I first aired this list back in October, I was hours away from a trip to Penn State to watch the Nittany Lions take on Michigan, Maryland was finally coming home to Byrd Stadium for a matchup against Wake Forest, and my Phillies were about to begin the National League Championship Series against the Dodgers. Penn State beat the crap out of Michigan (the Wolverines really sucked this year, though), Maryland shut out Wake Forest, and as for the Fightin’ Phils… well, I’ll let Chase Utley handle this one for me.

Yeah, I’m still kind of on a high from the World Series. Hey, you would be too if you’d never ever seen one of your teams win anything ever… and then they won something.

Anyway, as I post this we are less than one week away from America’s favorite unofficial holiday — Super Bowl Sunday. If you’ve come here looking for insightful analysis on who I think will win the big one… well, you’ve come to the wrong place. Plus, I’m still a little bummed that the Eagles blew it in the NFC Championship Game again. But at least I’ve still got the Phillies.

In the spirit of the unofficial holiday season, I present to you my Top 5 Songs That Get Me Excited For The Big Game. Gentlemen, start your headbanging…

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Oct. 17, 2008: Show #3

Here’s the playlist for my third show, which aired on WMUC2 on Oct. 17, 2008.

1. Kings Of Leon, “My Party” (Because Of The Times)

2. U2, “Numb” (Zooropa)

3. Weezer, “Tired Of Sex” (Pinkerton)

4. Minus The Bear, “Double Vision Quest” (Planet Of Ice)

5. The National, “Mistaken For Strangers” (Boxer)

6. Radiohead, “I Might Be Wrong” (Amnesiac)

7. Queens Of The Stone Age, “First It Giveth” (Songs For The Deaf)

8. Muse, “Assassin” (Black Holes & Revelations)

9. Rise Against, “State Of The Union” (Siren Song Of The Counter Culture)

10. High On Fire, “Rumors Of War” (Death Is This Communion)

11. Mastodon, “Blood & Thunder” (Leviathan)

12. Rage Against The Machine, “Know Your Enemy” (Rage Against The Machine)

13. The Sword, “Freya” (Age Of Winters)

Don’t forget to tune in to WMUC2 every Friday from 6-8 p.m. starting on January 30 for my show! And watch this space, because I’ll get around to that upgrade soon.