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The Greatest Song in the World

This was brought to my attention by my wonderful girlfriend. Clearly her music taste is better than mine.

I’m so glad this came into my life.


Ross Reviews The Human Abstract – Digital Veil

The Human Abstract’s new album has been causing some considerable buzz lately, and rightly so. With the return of guitarist and composer AJ Minette, fans and critics alike were excited at the prospect of a return to the form of the band’s first album Nocturne, a sound that the band strayed from on Midheaven, an album that lost the neo-classical elements in favor of a more vocal and keyboard driven sound.

As more and more information came out about the album, it became clear that The Human Abstract were back, revitalized not only by Minette’s profound musical knowledge, but by the arrival of Travis Richter, former From First to Last screamer/ guitarist. So with the pieces in place, we waited impatiently for the album to hopefully bring back the magic of Nocturne.
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Ross’ “Album You Better Check Out Or He’ll Hunt You Down” Corner; Boris: Boris at Last- Feedbacker

Okay, I’m not going to sit here and write this expecting everyone to dig this. Because most people won’t. Drone music is something that only certain people can bear to listen to, it’s the fifty mile uphill marathon of the music world. Listening to drone music takes a certain level of active effort on the listener’s part: you bear the repetition, the dissonances, the long running times, and the ear-piercing feedback anxiously waiting for the cathartic moment where it all comes together into beautiful melody. The climactic release of all the tension that has been built up.

It’s also kind of like sex.
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One Sentence Reviews with TV’s Ross! Ghost – Opus Eponymous

Easy listening music for Satanists.

3.5 Satans out of 5

Think I’m wrong? Want to argue points? Comment derogatory remarks below!


High School Bands I still love: Avenged Sevenfold

I’m not ashamed to say it; when I was getting into rock and metal music at the end of my time in high school, Avenged Sevenfold was one of the bands that dominated my Ipod. Their second release, Waking the Fallen was the perfect slice of harmonized metalcore riffs and aggression for my young self while City of Evil brought the radio hits and shreddy pyrotechnics that led me to bands like Between the Buried and Me and other tech bands. So while a lot of people will balk at the stage names and admittedly outlandish attire, I don’t care. A7X at their best make me want to bang my head. They make me want to sing along. They make me want to play guitar. And with their new single, “Nightmare” they’ve recaptured that magic. I was talking to Ross about the track after we first heard it and the one word that came to mind was ballsy. Avenged Sevenfold is signed to a major label, they have no doubt a very cushy deal. And yet in this new single there’s a fury especially in the vocals that is anything but the phone it in performance I was worried my occur. Rather, I’d say given the tragic death of founding member, The Rev this track is coming from a very raw and emotional place for the group. One thing I absolutely love about this song is how lyrical the solo is. Synyster Gates has once again proven that he can both shred and maintain a keen sense of melody and phrasing. If the single is any indication of the quality of the album of the same name, I’ll have a lot of haters to shrug off when I start blasting it come July 27th. See what you think.

PS Is that a Hetfieldism I hear in the line “Cause God ain’t on Your Side”?


The Black Keys Show Some Brotherly Love

With the new album around the corner (May 18th), The Black Keys are giving us the first taste for free. They recently put up a new track, “Tighten Up”, on their Myspace (

It’s a pretty damn good track, if you ask me. However, it is odd for a few reasons:

1. There’s bass.
2. There are a ton of layered guitar tracks
3. ????
4. ………

While these have showed up in other of their songs, I can’t recall it being as blatant as it is on this track. Sure, some of the novelty of the two-piece band from Ohio may have slipped on this track, but it’s still damn good and I’m already hankerin’ for some more!

Be sure to check them out on their upcoming tour, they’re known for rippin’ it up live:

April 8 Univ. of Iowa Memorial Iowa City, IA
April 10 Yuri’s Night Bay Area Mountain View, CA
April 17 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL
April 18 The Fillmore at the Jackie Gleason Theater Miami, FL
April 19 The House of Blues Orlando, FL
May 20 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
June 2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT
June 3 The Fillmore Denver, CO
June 4 The Crossroads Kansas City, MO
June 8-9 First Ave. Minneapolis, MN
June 10 The Pageant St. Louis, MO
June 11 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
July 27-28 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY


Lou’s Guido Film Corner. In Italiano!

I’m really lazy about creating content right now but here’s a review I did for my Italian class of a bomb neorealist film from the 40’s. Check it if you can speak Italian.

Come nessun’altra mezzo di comunicazione, la cinema può riguarda la società con un potere e un occhio chiaro. Un film può presentare il mondo come un direttore vede la tra le scene e le situazioni che registra. I direttori italiani dei anni dopo la seconda guerra mondiale hanno avuto un paese rotta da registrare, pieno dei problemi ma anche la bellezza della gente per strada, le donne e i uomini che stavano vivendo in un mondo imperfetto. I film guardano la disoccupazione, la distruzione della famiglia tra la guerra, la lotta culturale, e come possiamo vivere se non potrebbe essere una ragione per la vita. Con gli strumenti che hanno avuto già, Rosselini, Fellini, De Sica, e gli altri hanno scoperto una verità della vita` che non riesce mai prima. Registrano un altra storia della vita, la ficione quasi reale.
Tutta cambia da un punto. Il punto di cambia per tante cose della vita quotidiana era la seconda guerra mondiale. Il governo fascista che ha governato L’Italia per venti anni ha caduto. Gli italiani erano cacciati tra le due eserciti di Germania e gli Stati Uniti. Con la morte e la guerra su tutti I lati, hanno dovuto sopravvivere, e questa non va facile. Il film Roma, Citta Aperta, di Roberto Rosselini ha dato noi un visione indimenticabile di questa Italia nel mezzo, tra eserciti, governi, e le idee di una vita ideale. Guardiamo Roma e I romani sotto I nazisti rappresentati da il crudele Bergmann. La crudeltà della guerra e` uno degli soggetti principali che Rosselini ha realizzato con tanti immagini e suoni. Guardiamo Pina, una madre italiana, viene ucciso per la strada davanti gli occhi del suo figlio. I suoni dei fucili fanno l’impatto di questa brutta scena più grave. La scena dice un messaggio abbastanza nero, che si puo morire a questa Roma ogni secondi. La scena anche esprime che, come tutte le altre guerre, la seconda guerra mondiale ha distrutto tante famiglie. Come il figlio, tanti ragazzi sono diventati orfani durante la guerra. E anche se ovviamente la maggior parte non hanno visto quando I genitori sono venuti uccisi , sembra che la scena domandi del pubblico “Che cosa facevano questi piccoli? Infatti come possono sopravvivere?”
Un altra scena in qui Rosselini usa dei suoni e immagini potentemente e` la in cui Manfredi viene torturato. Dal inizio del film, l’ingegnere Manfredi abbiamo visto come un soldato della resistenza senza paura. Fuga dai nazisti con il furbo molte volte. Non c`e’ un dubbio che Rossellini vuol che guardiamo Manfredi come un’eroe. Quindi la cosa più orrida che può succedere a nostro eroe sarebbe se venga ucciso. Rosselini usa questa amor al Manfredi a fare la scena della sua tortura cosi emozionale. Guardiamo gli strumenti terribili e ascoltiamo gli stridi. Ma non guardiamo la tortura e questa fa la più orribile nella immaginazione del pubblico. Il momento in cui guardiamo Manfredi morto e il momento più emozionale e anche importante simbolicamente del film. Il ero e lo simbolo della resistenza viene ucciso dai inimichi d’Italia. Rosselini mostra che la libertà ha un prezzo e nella seconda guerra mondiale ha costato Italia tanto.

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