I’m not a huge fan of hip hop (rap…whatever) But I can appreciate anything that is good. Tech N9ne Collabos Welcome To Strangeland is not good… It’s awesome! Not since The Beastie Boys released Paul’s Boutique have I been so impressed with concept to execution. Every songs feeds into the next seamlessly and every songs is tough up front and teetering on apocalypse. The production is amazing. Yes there is some tough guy gangster nonsense. Yes there is some over the top misogyny and sexual rhetoric. But this record is so much more because there are also moments of thoughtful reverence and sensitivity. While not really a concept album it plays as one and can definitely transport you to a strange land with sick beats, dope rhymes and over the top expression. It’s been a while since I have enjoyed a hip hop record from start to finish (Even Lupe Fiasco whom I love can’t get me to sit through a whole disc!) In a time when singles are king this is a welcome return to the days when people would put the record on and let it play.
5 (out of 5)
Megan Fox seen here with Real Rock Reports J.S.L. and Paul Thomas Lally (Air force, Korean war) Megan Fox came out for a good cause and since I was there I can tell you she was sincere when she thanked all of the Veterans for their service. I saw a lot of pictures and comments about how good she looked but not much about why she visited The Veterans Home. The reason is her grandparents served and she thinks it’s important that we thank our Veterans for what they are willing to do to keep us safe (regardless of what our government asks them to do) The best thing she did was to get people talking. For about an hour the Vets ranging from 22-102 (thats right 102!) shared their stories and feelings and forgot there was a movie star in the room. It was a cool little event and Megan Fox rocks for being there!
Manic Hispanic opened the show. They play well known punk songs but change the lyrics so they fit into the novelty act of hispanic slang reference… ummmm… okay.
The Damned took the stage and played their 1970′s set with blinding speed. The sound was surprisingly bad and the slam dance pit was violent, irrelevant and stupid. After the 1970′s 40 minute set they took a 15 minute break… huh? I know they are old but come on. The 1980′s set was better purely because the songs are more interesting and contain more musicianship. Dave Vanian and Capt. sensible were great as expected. I love The Damned (and always will) and the great moments were in fact well worth the ticket price. The Damed played 2 hours 15 minutes which was about 30 minutes too long. All in all the show was just okay. By far the coolest thing was the free high rez download of a live show you get when you buy a 25$ T-shirt. I’m listening to it right now and it is MUCH better than the show I saw. 35 years and still going strong… I guess so.
2.5 (out of 5)