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metal cats

photo via pretty little kat

photo via pretty little kat

Internet + Cats + [some quirk of humanity] = $$$, apparently. You can’t swing a figurative dead cat without figuratively hitting another cat picture or meme. You’ve got your cute cats, box cats, ceiling cats, Grumpy Cat™s, twitter feeds of, or dedicated to, cats, a billion cat videos and… Metal Cats?

If you had to guess what kind of pet the average heavy metal musician would own, chances are a big, tough dog would come to mind. But a new book, “Metal Cats,” features something quite opposite – men of the hardcore metal music world with their cute cats.

Yes, Metal Cats. Tattooed metal musicians posing with cats. This is a book;

Metal Cats combines two amazing subjects: the extreme personalities of the hardcore metal music scene and their adorable kitties.
Metal isn’t all dark and disturbing, violent and misanthropic. Metal Cats is proof that while the music may be brutal, the people in the scene are softies for their pets just like you and me…

Here’s Leto with a cat:

Photo: powerHouse Books

which one is the scary one again? – Photo: powerHouse Books

How can you get more awesome than Metal Cats? Like this, maybe?

A portion of the proceeds from this book and a series of benefit shows held along the West Coast will go towards one no-kill shelter in each of the four main cities visited.

Good deal. My two three cats approve. And, while photos of metal-heads with cats seems like a small niche market, I think there are more of us out there than you think. There are certainly a shitload of cats.


Covering Your Tracks – 46

In a previous CYT, I mentioned traveling to my grandparents house. We’d go every weekend, leaving for the 2 hour drive on Friday, just as the sun was setting. As a small kid I pretty much had what seemed like a huge backseat to myself. It probably seemed huge because it was huge. Have you seen 70s model cars?

As it turned full dark, I’d stretch out on the back seat and listen to tires running over ground, my parents mumbled conversations and the radio, usually WLS out of Chicago. I’m pretty sure you could pick up WLS on the moon. It was AM radio in the 70s, so I got to hear a lot of Top 40 shit like “Afternoon Delight,” “Blinded by the Light,” and the like. I also got to hear the first single I ever begged my parents to buy, Jackson Browne’s “Runnin’ On Empty” from the album of the same name. I loved that song. I still do.

I really love this cover of it by Bob Schneider (it’s from a live performance in Austin, TX. A studio version will be on a forthcoming Jackson Browne tribute album);

Speaking of Bob Schneider, go check out his stuff. The guy is a genius. Hip-hop, rock, blues; the guy genre-hops like a rabbit in a sunny meadow– with grace, agility and a natural instinct.

here’s the magic original version;

tweet of the day – 03.27.14

I think Bob & Tom have a guy who gets paid just to find weird shit on the internet.

 if you’re so inclined, you can follow me on twitter. — [ see all totds ]

one and done, 4

Out of Your Mouth Out of Your Mouth is a project of prolific Canadian band-creator and music maker, Jason Darr (we’ll have another Darr project in the O&D posts soon). The band released their debut, and only, album Draghdad in 2004. The album had minor success with a cover of Madonna’s “Music.” Creative differences, and members leaving left OOYM no more. Thankfully, they left Draghdad to remember them by.

It’s no surprise Draghdad didn’t have commercial success (aside from the one song already popularized by Madonna), it isn’t a commercial rock album. It isn’t all that radio friendly, it just isn’t. Laying somewhere between batshit mania and electro-industrial-alternative-to-the-alternative hard rock, Draghdad is a giant goddamn ball of fun. Radio would only ruin that, IMO. Even if radio was afraid of it, you shouldn’t be. You should grab it, put it on your preferred listening device, and crank the shit out of it.

Start with these;

[ Bla Bla Bla | 03:11 | 4.4mb | mp3 ]
[ Beautiful When You’re Mad | 0:34 | 4.9mb | mp3 ]

draghdad01. Kaboom
02. Bla Bla Bla
03. Beautiful When You’re Mad
04. Thanks For Nothing
05. Music
06. Crime Pays
07. I’m Ugly
08. Bug
09. Wank
10. Last Day Alive
11. Stray
12. The Dream
13. Hidden Track

You can grab Draghdad from amazon, stream a bit of it from Grooveshark, & possibly find it in the usual (wink, wink) places.
/ more one & done posts /

Covering Your Tracks – 45

RIP Gwar Singer Dave Brockie, a.k.a. Oderus Urungus. Here’s Gwar covering Kansas’ “Carry On Wayward Son.”

one and done, 3

atom-ondOne and Done is a collection of posts exploring the bands from my music library that have, for whatever reason, released only one album. This time we are going to take a look at 2004’s The Crash of ’47, the lone release of the band Atomship.

Back in 2005 or 2006 introduced me to Atomship and Crash.. via the “similar bands” function. I was hooked immediately. At the time P2P sharing was all the rage, and I thought I’d try to get in on some of that. No luck. Dead seeds, fakes, virus infested zip files, all thwarted my efforts to procure this fucking awesome album. Finally I broke down and bought it.

What set this record apart is that it was different than the cookie-cutter nu-metal flooding the zone at the time. The Crash of ’47 is emotionally charged, the music is heavy, and feels urgent, sometimes almost desperate, and its filled with super/para-normal references (it is after all, named after the famous Roswell crash).

I don’t know why Acroma or keddaH split after the one release, but I have a theory about Atomship. I think once they were done, and listening to the final product, the band members were all like, “well, we’re boned. there’s no way we’ll ever top that.” Could be, because it is nearly flawless. In reality? the band could never get, or stay, on the same page. Some members quit the biz, and others went on to other projects, including Papercut Massacre.

Though Atomship didn’t go on to create more music, they at least left us with The Crash of ’47, and for that I, for one, am damn grateful.

Here’s some sample listening (the 1st is my favorite track, and the 2nd is the promoted single from the album):

[ Mothra | 05:26 | 8.7mb | mp3 ]
[ Pencil Fight | 03:36 | 6mb | mp3 ]

 Atomship – The Crash of ’47:
atomship - the crash of '47 1. Day of Daze
2. Mothra
3. Dragonfly
4. Pencil Fight
5. Withered
6. Agent Orange
7. Time for People
8. Aliens
9. Whitifield
10. Friends
11. Plastic People

/ grab it from amazon or iTunes /