Thursday, November 02, 2006

Pick of the Week #1.

**PICK OF THE WEEK: I think it's a super idea to highlight a band I plan to see each week, because, let's face it, there's never a week where I see no bands. There's just not. This week, I've decided to harp on Gates of Berlin because they're playing Friday (that's tomorrow) at 10 High, and I haven't really given my opinion of them yet. Here goes...the thing I like about this band is that they're not in one place. I go to their MySpace site to sample their songs, and I hear an all out rock tune at first that reminds me of older bands that laid the foundation of what rock is today. I was also somewhat reminded of Seven Mary Three on "Can't Get Off." I'm a fan of Seven Mary Three, so that's not a blow of any sort there. Then I listen to "The Curse of the Kiss," and I get the feeling that I'm listening to some kind of cheeky cabaret inspired song that's nicely fused with vocals that are pure rock instead of a pansy-sounding emo kid, as opposed to another band I can think of that's banking on the whole 'cabaret' thing (cough...Panic! at the Disco...cough). I like bands that can delve into a wide range of sounds and genres in one sitting, because it keeps me on my toes, always wondering what's going to be presented next. I'm anxious to give them another good listen tomorrow, since it's been almost a year since I caught one of their sets. There's that whole free beer thing from 9:00-11:00, too, so that should get me nice and sauced.

**DICK OF THE WEEK: I also had this brilliant idea to, if I feel so inclined, implement "Dick of the Week" to follow-up the "Pick of the Week." This week's award goes to a band bearing a name that sounds an awful lot like a collection of stringed instruments. Yeah, I know that's vague, but you can do the math on your own.

Someone in their camp felt it necessary to point out to me that on this lovely blog, I posted something not so nice about their music. They compared that to a blog from the past week that stated their music was great. Yes, well, I guess if you read the entire thing instead of only skipping to the part where your precious name is, then you would've saved yourself some embarrassment, because you would've seen that it was not me that said I liked your music. It was Ally. Which the post clearly states. I'm open to times when people ask me to take another listen, or to reconsider what I think about a band, but approaching me with the amount of cockiness I felt was present is really not the right direction to take, because if there is one thing I cannot stand, it's people, especially musicians, who think they're better than everyone else and let everyone know it. Sorry, but I'm fed up with egos.

The lesson here is that you should do your homework before you test me. Capisce?

I'll leave with a couple of Beck photos...(thanks to Katie for snapping them)

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