I know some players have superstitions, but wearing a black thong under your football uni? That's just weird Rodgers...even for a "dancer"
I know some players have superstitions, but wearing a black thong under your football uni? That's just weird Rodgers...even for a "dancer"
Pretty sweet huh? I don't know about you, but this story has me going through all of the pics on my computer to start sending some in!
So you want to see Al Snow take on Badass Billy Gunn at Seasons Beatings on December 15th at the Patriot Center? Get ready to make your first Wausau-based WRESTLING SIGN!
That's right, do as wrestling fans do...make a sign to get yourself noticed, INCLUDE "Rock 94.7" on it, and be one of the first 35 people we SEE with your sign while we drive through the parade, and we'll hook you up with tickets to Seasons Beatings on the spot!
Let's do this...
Yes, it's a REAL competition in Brazil. This year, Carine Felizardo was named Miss Bum Bum...let her reign begin...
Even for Brazil, this seems a little odd. They take an entire pageant, and devote it all to butt. I really don't want to see the "talent" portion of this pageant...
This "event" is so real...that the Huffington Post actually wrote an article about this...
According to the story, this pageant is only in it's second year, and has caught the attention of their entire country. Which means of course that TLC will be buying the rights to this and it will probably be a part of their Fall Lineup "The Real Housewives of Bum Bum World"
If this REALLY catches your attention, you can watch the WHOLE event here:
So Chevelle will be putting out their first "Greatest Hits" effort early next year called Stray Arrows...
But they wanted to drop something new on you too...So here is the new Official lyric-video for thier single "Fizgig"
So close...so close to the end. We have 4 albums left. I'm sure you've been able to figure out WHICH four, but do you know the order?
Before we dive into the last four, you can review everything we've covered here:
Let's finish this!
4. Deftones - Koi No Yokan
This album should probably be higher. It should probably be in a fight for #1. But, I had expectations. I do with every Deftones album. I always want the sound from Around The Fur, and we almost got that with Diamond Eyes. But Koi No Yokan is in a different direction. Not that its a BAD direction, but its not what I was hoping for.
That being said, you should own this album if you don’t already. Songs like “Tempest” and “Leathers” give this album teeth. The sounds makes it into an album that can be listened to when you’re either up or down. Its not a mood record, its just a good record.
3. In This Moment - Blood
Sssssshheeeeee’s hhheeeeeerrrrreeeeeeee...I don’t need to tell you, but I will...Maria Brink has arrived. In This Moment blasted into the mainstream this year with the release of Blood. Now I will stop you die-hard ITM fans right there; I know that A Star-Crossed Wasteland was a critical hit, but you can’t argue that it didn’t have the mainstream appeal and success that Blood achieved this year.
Singles like “Blood” and “Whore” will carry this album into MANY collections. We talked about Lzzy Hale of Halestorm becoming the first frontwoman to take a female-fronted rock band to #1 on the Active Rock charts, and Maria Brink is quickly becoming the Lzzy Hale of the metal world. Yes, I know that Doro, Otep, and others have paved the path for Maria Brink and In This Moment, but for today, with where the world is, Maria Brink is taking the female metal flag and running with it into the mainstream.
2. Shinedown - Amaryllis
These guys have been on fire for years. They know, and we know that this fire is more like a blowtorch than a forest fire though. Even though their fire burns with intensity, it could be put out quick. One bad album from these guys, and they’re gone.
BUT, Shinedown has used that as motivation! The album Amaryllis not only produced hit, after hit, after hit...but it’s fun to listen to.
It today’s world of digital downloads and focusing on singles, Shinedown tired, and succeeded, in putting together more than one or two radio-ready singles, they complete a front-to-back joyride. Congrats to them for continuing to defy the odds, and good luck to them in the future.
1. Stone Sour - House of Gold & Bones: Part 1
Yes, the top album of the year. This can be the silver lining for Slipknot fans who may be upset that Slipknot’s greatest hits release from this year didn’t make the list.
This album will go down as the moment people started view Stone Sour as more than a Corey Taylor side-project. This will be the album that makes people take note that Stone Sour was around BEFORE Slipknot formed...this is Corey Taylor’s band. He brings more passion to this project than I’ve ever heard on an entire Slipknot album. Sure, part of that has to do with the fact Slipknot has a lot of strong personalities who can take over the whole group at any time, but it just SOUNDS more like Corey Taylor has more passion for this band.
Songs like “RU486”, “Gone Sovereign”, and “Absolute Zero” make this a juggernaut album that will stand the test of time...making it the top album of 2012.
That's it! That wraps the whole thing. 2012 was a great year for rock. And with more to come in 2013 from Stone Sour, Coheed & Cambria, and the chance we could get new Queens of the Stone Age and Shinedown, it's not going to stop!
We've made it to the TOP 10! If you haven't been following along, you can go check out:
Now, on with the list!
8. Halestorm - A Strange Case of...
This album delivered the first #1 song from a female fronted rock band on the Active Rock charts. What more do you want?
Lzzy Hale and her brother Arejay have delivered again, and proved that Halestorm wasn’t a flash-in-the-pan 3 years ago. This duo will be a group to be reckoned with for years to come.
7. Slash - Apocalyptic Love
The point should be coming where Slash and Myles Kennedy just form a full-blown band. I know that’s pretty much what we have here, but they need to just embrace that concept. No more Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, let’s just call it what it is, The Real Guns ‘N Roses.
Listen to Apocalyptic Love and tell me that THIS isn’t what GNR should sound like today! Myles is what we all with Axl was, Slash still kills it, and their writing together has produced fantastic songs like “You’re A Lie”, “Standing In The Sun”, and (possibly the most GNR of them all)“One Last Thrill”. Let’s hope this is the start of something special.
6. Soundgarden - King Animal
Expectations are a hell of a thing. When one of the biggest bands of the 90s declares they’re going to put out their first new album in 16 years, you get excited. You start to think of how good it’s going to be. Then you hear it, and even though it’s good, it doesn’t live up to what you built in your head.
I don’t know if I need to say anymore about King Animal, I’m sure a lot of people felt the same way about it. The album is good, but and would have been fine if it was their ninth in a line of constant releases, it would have been tremendous. Hell, it’s still in the top 10 on the list right?
5. Three Days Grace - Transit of Venus
This year’s Charles Darwin award goes to Three Days Grace. Woah woah woah, not for an idiotic attempt at trying to be funny that leads to death, but for evolution.
Three Days Grace has been a band that has been on the cusp of doing something great since they came out almost a decade ago. They’ve come close in the past with single songs, but they’ve never put together a complete work at the level of Transit of Venus. For most of the last decade, it felt like 3DG would go into the studio with a mathematical formula for their music. This time, they went into it like science. They found new sounds, new approaches, and even though “Chalk Outline” will be one of their biggest hits ever, the song you can hear the most evolution on their cover of Michael Jackson’s “Give Into Me” where they not only channel The Gloved One, but they do a hell of a job recreating Slash’s sound.
That leaves 4...what 4 albums from 2012 haven't we talked about yet? What order will they be in?
Time to continue our countdown! If you missed the first post, you can find it here
Onward! Here's #14-#9:
14. Marilyn Manson - Born Villain
Back to his roots. Marilyn Manson stated, before this album came out, that it would be “more metal” than his previous releases. He was right. There was just the right level of depth to his psychopathic tendencies, mixed with raw guitar, and of course there was that video (The “Born Villain” video directed by Shia Labouf) to make this the best Manson album since Holy Wood.
13. Papa Roach - The Connection
While some bands evolved their sound in 2012, some had to go the opposite direction. Papa Roach was a band at a crossroad: a new label, and a sound that had strayed far from their “Last Resort” days. But with The Connection, P Roach tore it down, and built it back up...and that made for a great album.
Singles like “Still Swinging” and “Where Did The Angels Go” showed us that Papa Roach still has something left in the tank, they just needed to some to rediscover that.
12. Foxy Shazam - The Church of Rock & Roll
Queen will never exist again...but this is as close as we’ll get...and Foxy Shazam had one hell of a year...one simple lyric made that possible: “That’s the biggest black ass I’ve ever seen, and I like it...I like it”
Foxy Shazam has been one of the hardest working bands across the country for the last few years. Putting on high intensity shows, no matter how big or small the venue. They’ve created a large online following through their live shows and social networking. This year, they used all of the to blast us all across the face with The Church of Rock and Roll, and we loved every minute of it!
11. Avengers Soundtrack
Yeah, you can look at me sideways for putting a soundtrack on the list...but hear me out.
This soundtrack gave us some VERY good songs, from some BIG artists. For example Soundgarden’s “Live To Rise”, Shinedown’s “I’m Alive”, Scott Weiland’s “Breathe”, Papa Roach’s “Even If I Could”, and possibly the best of all Five Finger Death Punch covering Faith No More’s “From Out of Nowhere” (which was previously only available as a bonus on the deluxe British version of Way Of The Fist).
10. Coheed & Cambria - The Aftermath: Ascension
The word “expectations” will be thrown out a lot from this point forward. Being a Coheed fan, I had BIG expectations for The Aftermath...and they delivered; for me at least. I have talked to a lot of other fans of the group who felt that the album lacked direction, but I honestly can sit down with this one, and go front-to-back without hesitation.
Let’s hope that they left something for next year’s The Aftermath: Descension release
9. Jack White - Blunderbuss
Make your arguments that some of this album (“Love Interruption) isn’t “rock”, but this album is one of the top ten rock albums of the year. Jack White is one of the craziest geniuses that music has had the pleasure of welcoming in years. He is on the verge of becoming this generation's Frank Zappa.
With successful singles (mostly on Alternative radio stations) like “Sixteen Saltines”, “Freedom at 21”, and “I’m Shakin” this album was able to debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 charts in May.
It's the end of 2012, or at least close enough that most major album releases have come and gone. So let's take a min to sit back, and evaluate what we've seen, and heard, this year.
This list will include the 20 best albums of the year. No "greatest hits" or "live" releases are allowed...sorry Slipknot and Zeppelin fans.
But our rules are pretty simple outside of that, these are based mostly on what I think. I looked at sales and chart numbers, as well as requests and song performance here at Rock 94.7. But mostly this is about what I took away from the albums.
Here we go! Let's start with #20-15...
20. Testament - Dark Roots of Earth
I need to thank Terry Stevens for this one. I only knew Testament as “just another metal band” but the first time I heard “Native Blood” I was in. I sat down for a thrash-athon, and came away impressed. Chuck Billy delivers the perfect vocal balance to go along with the brutality this album holds. If you have someone on your holiday list that you’ve been trying to CONVERT to becoming a metal fan, THIS album will do it.
19. The Darkness - Hot Cakes
These guys...these guys right here...The Darkness burrowed their way into our hearts years ago with “I Believe In a Thing Called Love” and that campy, yet clear, sound is BACK!
Lead singer Justin Hawkins spent the last few years getting clean after a nasty cocaine addiction, and now the band is back at full strength, and singles like “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us” and “Everybody Have A Good Time” are some of the top party jams of the year in the rock world. Not to mention they’re back to their hilarious ways with their music videos.
18. Cancer Bats - Dead Set on Living
The Canadians are invading! The Canadians are invading! Well, ok, maybe they’re not “invading” but the Cancer Bats are coming to kick some ass at least.
This Toronto punk/thrash/hardcore/metal...you know, I don’t know what to call them, except good.
Check out the singles “Road Sick”, “Old Blood”, and “Bastards” and that should convince you to buy this damn album!
17. Cavo - Thick as Thieves
The band Cavo had to be disappointed in their year for 2012. Trying to follow up their Top 10 album Bright Nights Dark Days, the band laid out on their title track “Thick As Thieves”. But they didn’t save a lot for some other tracks on the album. I’m not saying that this is a bad release, but outside of a handful of songs, it may have been better for the group to wait another 6 months to produce a few more hits to go with “Thick As Thieves” and “Circles”. Still, one of the best releases of the year.
16. Our Lady Peace - Curve
I’m sure most of you don’t own this one yet...but you should. Our Lady Peace is best known for their 1997 hit “Clumsy” but the Canadian Alt Rockers have grown and evolved since then.
A decade since their last taste of chart success in either the US or Canada led to a lack of anticipation for this release. But the band took some risks, and play with a coordinated, yet reckless abandon throughout this album. Even going as far as dropping sound bites from Canadian boxing legend George Chuvalo into the song “Mettle”. Chuvalo is also featured on the cover of the album. It’s worth the money.
15. 10 Years - Minus the Machine
Taking matters into your own hands can be very risky, especially when you’re a notable rock band. So when 10 Years made the choice to record and release their album Minus The Machine completely on their own, it was anything short of a slam-dunk.
The group recorded the album in drummer Brian Vodinh’s basement, and it had that quality to it. Much like Foo Fighters did with Wasting Light last year. The first single “Backlash” opened a lot of people up to this “new” sound that 10 Years created, and it looks like it will serve them well in the future.
Look for the next set, #14-#9 in the next blog! CLICK HERE TO KEEP GOING!
I know it's Movember, and Aaron Rodgers is playing along nicely. But his choice of shave and jacket last night made me think of only one thing...
He looked like Jim Carey from The Cable Guy! IT CAN'T BE UNSEEN!
A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.
You love comics, and you won't admit it. You like the Batman: The Dark Knight movies? Do you enjoy the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? How about the Jim Carey movie The Mask? ALL BASED FROM COMIC BOOKS. So was The Tick, Spawn, Tales From The Crypt, 300, Blade, The Crow, Kick-Ass, Men In Black, V for Vendetta...ect ect
BUT, this is more about the money that can be made with the books themselves. A copy of The Walking Dead #1 just sold for $10,000
Now before you run out and drop a couple thousand dollars on books in hopes of making a ton of money, note that this book was put out on a smaller publisher, with no intention of exploding into the biggest comic franchise of the decade. There were not a lot of these books printed, and there is a very high demand from people who don't read or collect comics, they want to buy it because they like the show.
There is money in them hills...but you'd probably stand a better chance playing the lottery while drilling for oil in your backyard...