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24 Aug

By Britnee Foreman

Justin Pierre has some pretty awesome hair. That’s not really relevant to the album Even If It Kills Me but that’s how I started listening to Motion City Soundtrack, so that’s where we are going to begin. I grew up quirky (to say the least) so a band fronted by a gent that looks like he stuck a fork in an outlet really piques my interest.

My first exposure was “Everything is Alright” on the internet. I was so intrigued that I did a retroactive education on everything I could find on this band. I devoured I Am the Movie and Commit This to Memory which brings us to the third album and topic for discussion, Even If It Kills Me.

Basic facts: It was released in September 2007 to rave reviews, has 13 tracks, a truncated acoustic version, a few b-sides, a few producers (3), guest vocalists including Shawn Harris (The Matches) and Max Bemis (Say Anything/Two Tongues), and was released on the Epitaph label. Now that we got the primer out of the way, let me break down the album.

Some of the better known tracks off the album are the singles “This Is For Real” and “Broken Heart”, which both have great videos to accompany them. There is also a music video companion for the acoustic version of “Fell in Love Without You”. The band upholds the sound that they’ve become known for, heavy synths, upbeat tempo songs about hear break in some form, electric guitars and fuzzy bass. My personal favorite is “Antonia”, maybe it’s because I’m a lady of a certain age, whatever, it’s beautifully written.

    She loves the smell of Christmas trees
    She sneezes when she sees bright lights
    She fainted on the kitchen floor
    When her father passed away
    Our baby girl is due this May
    And when the little lady grows up,
    I hope that she will be just like her mother.

The small details about this woman he describes in the song make the song seem ridiculously heartfelt as they are the quirks that only a close loved one would pick up on. But I particularly like

    But she married me last June
    She was the bride, I was the groom
    I cried a lot and then we spooned
    Without her in my life, I would be doomed

It’s simple yet sweet and a bit funny. On the track “The Conversation” there is a departure as it is only accompanied by a piano instead of the usual instrumentation of the band.
Overall, it’s a pretty solid album. This is not really news if you already know MCS, but if you don’t maybe this is incentive to check it out. I clearly give it my seal of approval, but that’s why I picked it. Happy listening!

Motion City Soundtrack plays New York City’s Irving Plaza on September 9th and 10th. Pick up tickets at

Because we’re so awesome, we’re offering one pair of tickets to the September 10th show where MCS will play Even If It Kills Me and My Dinosaur Life in their entirety! To win, tell us which MCS album you love the most and why (keep it under 500 words!) in an email to (with the subject: I WANNA SEE mcs!) with your name and we’ll email you back if you win! (Winner must be 16 years of age with a valid photo ID)

15 Oct

Minneapolis booking mavens Green Room Music Source are hosting three momentous events during CMJ 2010 in NYC.

The week begins on Wed, Oct 20th with a Free Official Day Party at Spike Hill in Williamsburg from 12Noon to 6pm, highlighted by sets from Pearl & The Beard & Communist Daughter.

The music moves to Manhattan that evening where the Minneapolis core of the roster packs Green Room Music Source MPLS at Fontana’s from 7pm – 2am.

Thursday, Oct 21st it’s back to Brooklyn where Green Room’s NYC artists take over Cameo Gallery with sets from The Bloodsugars, Robbers On High Street, Neutral Uke Hotel and others.

While the day party is FREE, the other two shows are not! You’ll need a badge or have to pay to get in… OR you can enter our giveaway and you’ll be on the list for BOTH shows!

If you wanna win, just email us at (with the subject: GET ME INTO THE SHOWS!) and we’ll hit you up if you win! (Sorry, you must be 21 years of age or older!)

23 Jul

Good morning, my name is Zack de la Rocha I’m the lead singer of Rage Against the Machine. Welcome to everyone here.

Friday July 23rd is a very important day for us, for a couple of reasons. One because it will be the first concert that Rage has played in Los Angeles in 10 years. It will be held here at the Palladium in a venue that will capture the spirit and the intent of our music and we are very proud to share the stage with Conor Oberst and The Mystic Valley Band, as well as the Jornaleros del Norte.
All three bands on the bill also reflect a spirit of solidarity and the fight for social and economic justice. Which brings up the second reason we have come together. This, during the week of national action in protest of the implementation of SB 1070 on July 29th.

Just minutes from my home I can quickly get to the 10 Freeway. A freeway that connects the communities that I have called home my whole life to the State of Arizona where decades ago my grandfather first crossed the US/Mexico border.

Several years ago I was asked by friends and activists to learn more about and join a battle brewing in Arizona.

Over the last few years I have learned to more fully grasp the conditions that hundreds of thousands of immigrants face in Arizona. In my visits to Arizona I was repeatedly in awe of the stories I heard that all centered around one man: Maricopa County Sheriff Apraio.

A Sheriff that does not want to merely detain immigrants, he wants to humiliate them and cause them pain and suffering and then parade them in prison chain gangs for a photo opp.
A Sheriff who proactively sought out and got an agreement with the Bush Administration for local immigration authority.
A Sheriff, who under the guise of saving money has housed detainees in tents in the extreme dessert heat of Arizona.
A Sheriff, who in his endless attempt to try to humiliate male immigrant detainees, has mandated that they wear pink underwear.

And then we heard the story of Alma Minerva Chacon who during what should have been one the most precious moment of her life was forced to give birth to her daughter handcuffed and chained to a gurney in a scene from periods of history I thought had been long gone.

This is everyday life under the reign of Sheriff Arpaio, A man that picks at the economic wounds of the pains that everyday people are experiencing in this deep economic crisis and infects it with hatred. This is the Sheriff that would enforce SB 1070.

The fight in Arizona has been conveniently defined by the media and politicians as a battle for and against SB 1070. But that fails to capture the alarming climate that runs deep into the fabric of the State that once refused to honor the birthday of the late, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

But Sheriff Arpaio is not the only culprit. There are many Sheriff Arpaios. People who have taken to local city, county, and state governments across the county the idea that immigrants are the problem. That immigrants are to blame.
· SB 1070
· 287(G)
· Illegal Alien
· Criminal
· Detainee

These words have become concepts that explain only a sliver of the reality and do not reveal the inhumane reality that they conceal.

No facts or stories that I could possible share with you today could illustrate the situation in Arizona as well as ONE LETTER that I was handed during a March in Arizona. I want to read to you excerpts from that letter.

To whom it may concern,

We attest that we are a group of desperate and frustrated women that are asking for someone to help us. We find ourselves detained in the Estrella prison of Maricopa County. There are lots of women that are unjustly being accused for crimes that we have not committed. We are all mothers of families — wives and daughters. And for this reason, we are asking for your help. Please have mercy on us. What you know outside of what’s taken place in here is nothing. We are treated like the worst delinquents, the worst criminals, only because we are Hispanic or undocumented. They treat us worse than anything that exists in this world. There are plenty of injustices and plenty of humiliations that we are experiencing. Some of us for wanting to work and make a better life for our children. . . .

Please help us. We find ourselves here in a tunnel without an exit, being treated like dogs that are not deserving of anything. We need help for our cases. Someone to listen to us and do something for the injustices that are being committed against us. Our children and our parents suffer our sentences the most. And we find ourselves with our hearts broken without knowing what’s going to happen tomorrow. We ask that you have the valor to take this document to a news agency or a radio or to any agency that can help Hispanics that are undocumented. Or to any place that can help us.

We are human beings, not animals. We are women, not criminals. Help us please. Listen to our pleas, so that our cases can come to light. So we have hope of coming out and being reunited with our families. Please, we ask for you. We beg you. We plead for your help. Gracias.

This letter had an impact on me I could never explain.

Once shaken by this letter how could we take the bond between our fans and our band into a State that causes the pain that comes out in this letter?

How could we not approach artists of conscious who share our feelings and concerns?

How could we not unite with artists like Coner Oberst, Juanes, MIA, Calle 13, Maroon 5, Kanye West, Tigeres del Norte and others to form the Sound Strike?

How could we not stand up for our fans in Arizona, many of whom come from immigrant families?

How Could Rage Against the Machine not do a show to help the brave leaders on the ground to get the needed resources to take on this fight?

How could Rage Against the Machine work with SoundStrike to spread the word, to get other artists involved, to take this issue to our fans and to tell Arizona that artists of conscious, professional athletes, cities and governments, students and universities will not be a part of these injustices?

Toxic ideas have led to a chain of events culminating in the passage of a law that says that we are not all equal. That it is ok to racially profile.

Yet still, this is not a Latino issue or an immigrant issue. This is a battle of basic human dignity. A battle that Rage Against the Machine, and the artists of SoundStrike are fully committed to win. We thank our fans, especially those in Arizona, who understand that we are also fighting for them.

Thank You,

Sound Strike Press Conference (Zack de la Rocha, Tom Morello, Conor Oberst) from Shaun Kadlec on Vimeo.

02 Jan

A good actor can take on a role that is completely different from who he or she is in real life. Musicians, on the other hand, perform at their best when bringing a piece of themselves to the stage.

Herein lies Jared Leto’s problem. He is an actor who thinks he should be doing music, too. His performances in movies like “Requiem for a Dream” were nothing short of remarkable, but unfortunately he is trying to apply the same techniques that made him a successful actor to being a musician.

Way back in May ’08, Jimmy Urine, lead singer of Mindless Self Indulgence, decided to call out Leto in a video he posted online with his wife Chantal Claret Euringer, lead singer of Morningwood. He claimed Leto was in the audience at his Vegas show taking notes.

Now, Urine is known for his high energy off-the-wall (literally) concerts. So it’s understandable, that Leto, whose live show has been criticized, would want to pick something up. Still, Urine was pissed. Seriously, who goes to a rock show to take notes? I guess concert reviewers and people who want to write down set lists, but come on…not a fellow rock star. It’s a little…weird.
Now take a look at the first 30 seconds of 30 Seconds to Mars’ new video “Kings and Queens”.

Thirty Seconds To Mars – Kings + Queens – HD

30 Seconds to Mars | MySpace Music Videos

I get the feeling Leto has also been taking some notes from Bono.

It’s hard to be unique in the music biz, especially when you want to be mainstream, but Leto seems to be lacking any originality.

Leto should really look at his own life and bring that on stage with him for his band’s upcoming tour. That method doesn’t always work if you’re trying to play a part in a movie, but going on stage is not acting. It should be revealing, intimate and real. A true rock star (no matter how popular) can give that to the audience every time.

27 Jan

Hello fellow pervs and pervettes. It’s my birthday today and I’m spending it the best way possible.. with a really bad cold and cough and some pills (not sure if they’re all legal?). Regular blogging should return hopefully later in the week. Until then, continue clicking on the ads. It helps.

12 Jan

Wait, that headline sounded like Clive Davis is going to die soon. Maybe he is but I meant that this will be the last grand Grammy party that Sony will be paying for according to Page Six from the NY Post. The NARAS (National Academy of Recreational Amateur Sex Recording Arts & Sciences will be sponsoring the event. The Post says:

An insider said, “Sony told Clive it wasn’t going to pay for the party this year. It was a bad year for them, and [Sony chief] Howard Stringer feels the party doesn’t help sell any albums and only serves to promote Clive’s ego . . . Clive then tried to get his own sponsors but couldn’t, so NARAS stepped in. But forget about next year. It’s over,” said our source.

Whitney Houston’s supposed to perform this year.

Just a quick aside.. Clive Davis is like most of the old fatcats in the business. He has a lot of underlings working hard for him but he’s hardly relevant. He’s more of a puppet record label head. He’s also a bad tipper I hear. I will say that he was totally right about that crappy Kelly Clarkson record.

27 Nov

You might remember the days when concert festivals used to rule and they pretty much made up your summer. You also might’ve noticed that lately they all seem to be waning in awesomeness. The LA Times wrote up a brief piece on why this is happening. Here are some factors:

1. They’re getting expensive. Why are these shows running $100 bucks or more?
2. They all have the same acts.
3. These bands tend to have radius clauses where they can’t play cities near the festival for a long time before and after the event. (::cough cough:: Bamboozle ::cough cough::)

You can check out the rest of the article here.

21 Nov

There’s been a lot of talk as to why Guns N Roses’s new album, “Chinese Democracy”, has taken so long to be released. Was Axl Rose really working on a masterpiece? Were there a lot of legal problems? Did he just take a nap and not want to get up? It’s a little bit of everything but one topic that hasn’t fully been examined is that Axl Rose could’ve been broken-hearted and maybe even depressed. A closer look at some of the lyrics show mentions of love and pain and stolen hearts. Take a closer look and maybe even listen to the album in full here. (Thanks to this site for the lyrics.)

The hardest part, this troubled heart has never yet been through now,
To heal the scars that got their start inside someone like you now,
But had I known or I’d been shown back when I longed you’d take me,
To break the charge that brought me home…
that, all but would erase me

I never would not thought I could
No matter what you’d pay me
replay the part
You stole my heart
I should have known you’re crazy

If all I knew was that with you
I’d want someone to save me
It’d be enough,
But just my luck
I fell in love and baby…


As when you first told me you were gone,
So long ago but I still held on
Through all the EMOTIONS that I’ve had to take
And thats the truth, and here’s the worst yet

Wouldn’t even matter the things that I say
You’ve made your mind up and gone anyway
And there’s no use now in dragging it on
Should’ve seen it coming all along

“Street Of Dreams”
I don’t know just what I should do
Everywhere I go I see you
You know its what you planned, this much is true
What I thought was beautiful, don’t live inside of you anymore

“This I Love”
I just can’t let it die
Cause her heart’s just like mine
And she holds her pain inside

So if you ask me why
She wouldn’t say goodbye
I know somewhere inside

There is a special light
Still shining bright
And even on the darkest night
She can’t deny

So if she’s somewhere near me
I hope to God she hears me
There’s no one else
Could ever make me feel
I’m so alive
I hoped she’d never leave me
Please God you must believe me
I’ve searched the universe
And found myself
Within’ her eyes

If you see Axl outside, give him a hug. and let me know about it. Oh and “Say Hi to your mother for me”

15 Oct

In honor of John McCain and Sarah Palin trying to take over the White House, here’s a playlist of their favorite songs. (Note: The Perv has no idea if John and Sarah actually knows these songs. Have fun with it)

John and Sarahs Infinite Playlist

15 Oct

In honor of John McCain and Sarah Palin trying to take over the White House, here’s a playlist of their favorite songs. (Note: The Perv has no idea if John and Sarah actually knows these songs. Have fun with it)

John and Sarahs Infinite Playlist