Megadeth - "How the Story Ends" (Endgame, 2009)
I guess I had higher hopes for this—as well as the reunited team of Mustaine and Ellefson on TH1RT3EN—but Megadeth’s modern-day output has left me a bit cold. Not that there’s necessarily anything wrong with it. The songs are good, with good riffs and even some moments of groove-iness, they are executed well, and Dave’s vocals sound great (methinks there is some studio trickery going on however), but for the most part, I can take it or leave it. It just doesn’t have that special something that early Megadeth had, especially albums like Rust in Peace. “How the Story Ends” is one of the better tunes from this album, and I think it would have been a better album closer than “The Right to Go Insane” (I mean, c’mon, how can you not end an album called Endgame with “How the Story Ends?!”) but I can’t help feeling a little “meh” over the whole affair.
The Beatles - “Mr. Moonlight” (Beatles for Sale, 1964)
Although a bit “crooner-ish” for my tastes, it’s the Beatles. What else can I say?
Ty Tabor - "Freakin’" (Trip Magnet - The EP, 2010)
Weird little 2-minute closing track of an experimental EP from one of my all-time favorite guitarists. This entire album is a bit of a left turn from what you would expect from Ty, but I’m somewhat of a completist when it comes to King’s X.
Scorpions - "The Zoo" (Animal Magnetism, 1980)
Classic plodding riff and excellent wah-wah-drenched lead from the Scorpions. This album gets a big of a black eye in the band’s catalog, but I love it.
Lecrae (feat. Andy Mineo and Papa San) - "The Fever (feat. Andy Mineo and Papa San)" (Church Clothes, Vol. 2, 2013)
Um, yeah. So this is in my library because I bought it for my teenaged son who is infatuated with Christian rap. Can’t say I’ve ever heard this before, or that I like it much, or that I will ever listen to it again on purpose. I’ve tried to turn him onto “real” rap/hip-hop like the Beastie Boys, but he just won’t have it.
I was so sick of trying to figure out what people wanted to hear. One day I just woke up and said, “I’m not gonna play that game. I’m gonna write whatever the heck I feel like. Whatever comes out is whatever comes out, and that’s gonna be that.”
For your listening pleasure, KXM, the new project featuring dUg Pinnick (King’s X), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), and Ray Luzier (Korn), has released a sampler of every track from their forthcoming eponymous album. The tracklisting is as follows:
Leaving Araby - “I Hurt. Can I Hurt You?” (Slightly South of Scene, 2006)
If you can get past the monotonous refrain “I’m not quite sure what you’re waiting for,” this is a great track from this indie band’s 5-song debut EP.
U2 - "Love and Peace or Else" (How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, 2004)
Despite my waning interest in U2 by this point, I thought HTDAAB was quite a good album. This however is not one of my favorites.
Tool - “Faaip De Oiad” (Lateralus, 2001)
OK, so this isn’t a real track, but it totally freaked me out the first time I heard it.
King’s X - "Pray" (Live Love in London, 2010)
30 plus years on, and this trio shows it still has the chops in this 2009 show at the Electric Ballroom in London. Need proof? Watch the show here.
Jars of Clay - “Crazy Times” (The White Elephant Sessions, 2000)
A (very polished) demo version of the lead single from Jars of Clay’s second album Much Afraid from a demos and rarities companion piece to their 1999 third album If I Left the Zoo. Over the years, The White Elephant Sessions has actually become one of my favorite “albums” from the band.
Anthrax guitarist and co-founder Scott Ian has one of the coolest wives ever. Not only is Pearl Aday the adopted daughter of Meat Loaf (that ought to be enough right there, right?!), but she hosted a surprise party for Scott last night at LA’s Largo that included a performance of King’s X’s “Goldilox”—one of Scott’s favorite songs of all time—by none other than dUg Pinnick.
Basically I was serenaded by Dug. I had chills. His voice turned a square room into a round one and just blew everyone away.
As if that weren’t enough, the party featured sets by comedians Brian Posehn, Patton Oswalt, and Sarah Silverman, and the house band for the night included Armored Saint’s John Bush and Joey Vera, Metalocalypse creator and voice talent Brendon Small (who also plays guitar for the show’s fictional band Dethklok) and Tool’s Justin Chancellor. Among the songs performed were Thin Lizzy’s “Cowboy Song” and “The Boys Are Back In Town,” KISS’ “Parasite,” AC/DC’s “Down Payment Blues,” and Cheap Trick’s “He’s A Whore.”
Pearl put together such an amazing event for me that actually got me to completely forget everything going on in our lives for a few hours. It was just sheer fun…
My birthday isn’t until the 31st but anything we do that night will be an anticlimax compared to last night.
Great unearthed footage (a digitized VHS copy no less!) of King’s X performing acoustic versions of “Black Flag” and “Over My Head” as VJ John Norris repeatedly refers to the band as Black Flag (in all fairness to Norris, it really did appear to be a simple slip-up that was difficult not to repeat once he had said it).