I’m not ashamed to say I’m a music geek. I obsess over it, study it, and consume it on a daily basis. I sit back waiting for the latest new music so I can start discussing it with friends, even if they don’t care. And sometimes this means I can’t let go of certain things for days. A new album, band, or song I won’t stop talking about. It doesn’t even have to be new. After Hall and Oates announced a tour, I listened to all their albums. These cravings come and go and I’m here to share them with you. Here are the five things in music I’ve been obsessed with all week.
Grunge Music has been on my mind ever since Temple of the Dog announced their reunion. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of their self-titled album, the band teamed up once again. Temple of the Dog will be re-released September 30th in four different configurations. The biggest, and most expensive, is the boxset containing two CDs, one DVD, and one Blu-ray audio disc. The collection features seven unheard demos, five studio outtakes, and live footage of the band shot between 1990 and 2011.
The band will also embark on a brief tour, which has since been sold out. I’ve been listening to the album non-stop, which was recorded as a tribute to Mother Love Bone’s Andrew Wood. This lead me to Alice In Chains, who wrote “Would?” in his honor. Dirt is the album I’m currently obsessed with. It’ll only be a matter of time when I’ll be listening to In Utero.
Every year there’s another hologram taking over headlines. This time, it’s Ronnie James Dio. The Dio hologram made its debut weekend at Germany’s Wacken Open Air festival. The hologram came at the end of Dio Disciples’ performance. Dio then came out and reunited with his bandmates, sort of, to sing “We Rock.” Created by Eyellusion, Dio’s hologram marks the world’s first rock hologram and the first time a hologram performed with a live band in a concert setting. The Dio estate seemed pretty pleased with it and even want to do more events with the hologram in the future. Fans disagree; most saw it as ghoulish.
Holograms are flat out creepy. No matter how accurate they may look, you know something is off about them. It’s also unnerving and morbid. Even when you’re watching it you can’t help to think, “they’re dead. Is this even okay?” Dio isn’t the only musician to come back in holographic form. Tupac and Michael Jackson did so as well. Many argue it’s a way to honor the late artist. Personally, I think it’s a way for estates to make money. As crazy as it sounds, people will shell out cash to watch a hologram perform. It actually happened in Japan. We don’t need creepy holograms to help us remember artists we love. That’s what the music is for. Let’s just hope a Kurt Cobain hologram isn’t around the corner.
I am a huge Green Day fan, so when it was announced last week the punks would be releasing a new single, I couldn’t contain my excitement. Yesterday, the new song “Bang Bang” dropped and it fucking rocks. It’s everything you want from the band: brash behavior, aggression, sick guitars, and a snotty attitude. I’ve already listened to it about ten times. Seriously, check it out if you haven’t already. Along with the new single, the band also revealed details for their new album dubbed Revolution Radio, out October 7th. Yes, I already submitted my pre-orders.
This marks the band’s first full-length album since 2012’s Uno!, Dos!, Tre! Last year, they surprised everyone by releasing the holiday song “Xmas Time of the Year.” It wasn’t anything to brag about, but a nice gift from the guys. People are already buzzing about the album, so hopefully we’ll hear more good stuff from it soon. Also, new music means new tour. It’s only a matter of time before Green Day drops some dates on us. For now, I’m gonna listen to “Bang Bang” and revisit the band’s entire discography.
Last week, the (not) music network MTV announced they took over VH1 Classic and changed it to MTV Classic. Finally! It’s gonna be like the good ‘ol days of MTV. The network even promised viewers will be treated to throwback videos and classic shows like Beavis and Butthead and Daria. MTV Classic has been on the air for a week now. So how is it? Messed up like regular MTV. The first day showed so much promise. It ran notable Unplugged performances, like Nirvana, and classic videos from the network’s premiere. Since then it’s done nothing but show movies that constantly run on other cable networks, the reboot of Beavis and Butthead and Laguna Beach. Occasionally they’ll show live concerts, like the Isle of Wright Festival, but not much from MTV’s hey day.
You want 80s videos? I hope you like waking up at 3 in the morning to catch an hour of them. I don’t get it. They’re sitting on so much sweet archival footage people are dying to see. Hall and Oates taking in live calls. 120 Minutes. Any episode of Headbangers Ball. With the announcement of MTV Classic, it seemed the network listened to the years of criticism and finally got it right. We were dead wrong. But the channel is still young. Hopefully, MTV will get it together and show us something we really want to see, that isn’t crappy reality TV. For now, the masses are still screaming “I Want My MTV.”
Three of my shelves are filled with music books, so I’m excited about some new books coming this fall. First, there’s Kurt Cobain and Nirvana: The Illustrated Guide by Charles R. Cross. Somehow writers keep finding excuses to write about Cobain and Nirvana. Fans probably won’t find any new information, but they will find rare photos and drawings sprinkled throughout the book. It might be fun to look at even though it’s a lot of the same info. The book comes out September 1st.
Next is the recently announced The Complete History of Black Sabbath: What Evil Lurks by Joel McIver. This book promises to explore the complete history of the band, from their beginnings experimenting with new sounds to Ozzy’s dismissal in 1979. The book will also cover the post-Ozzy years featuring Dio along with the band’s reunion with the Prince of Darkness. There’s also a ton of images with around 200 for fans to enjoy. If you’re a Black Sabbath fan, you might want to add this to your collection. The book drops October 15th.
Finally, here’s one for fans of The Cure. Lol Tolhurst, original founder and member of The Cure, is releasing his first memoir titled Cured: The Tale of Two Imaginary Boys. The book explores the beginnings of the band to their mainstream fame and to Tolhurst’s exit. It also follows his own self-destructive behavior and how he got through it all. There aren’t a lot of Cure books out there, especially ones written by one of the members. Plus, it gives us insight to Tolhurst’s side of the story. This is a rare treat hardcore fans won’t want to miss. Cured comes out October 11th.
Green Day, MTV, and grunge? Is it the 90s? Come back next week to find out my latest obsessions.