Wednesday, 26 August 2009

Breaking The Girl cover

This is a cover version of Breaking The Girl by Anna Nalick. It could be old, but it's new to me :)

Monday, 24 August 2009

A Literary Analysis of Red Hot Chili Peppers Lyrics

In the last 30 years, few authors or musicians have been as prolific and intellectually groundbreaking as Anthony Kiedis of the band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Here, I provide some explanations of some of his more groundbreaking themes, statements, and imagery.

“Lunatics on pogo sticks,Another southern fried fiend on a crucifix.”

Here Anthony Kiedis has taken a simple item from the annals of American kitsch and bridged the 2,000 year gap back to the cross. Mr. Kiedis is not simply saying all who enjoy leisure activities are perceived as crazy in this day and age; he is pointing to the despair that finds you in your later years, especially in the south where many are left with nothing but an age-old recipe for fried food.

“Blood sugar sucker fishIn my dishHow many pieces do you wish?”

Once again, his culinary imagery is top notch. Clearly, the sugary fish represents government’s attempts to coerce the American population into keeping their money on American soil. How many pieces? As many as possible, the government answers.

“J. Butterfly is in the treetopBirds that blow the meaning into bebop.”

Ah, a quick divergence into the work of
Albert Camus–birds (the Questions man asks) blowing meaning into life seems almost straight out of The Myth of Sisyphus.

“Can I get a little bit of that done did do? You are on the road.”

Indeed, what can an individual do that has not already been done? As Thoreau said in Walden, no news or accomplishments are actually new. We can only take solace, as Mr. Kiedis does, in the journey that lies ahead of us. We are ALL on that road.

“Hey O, Woah.”

What would the alphabet be without that beloved fourth vowel? Fascinating and yet staggeringly impossible to comprehend.

“Writing about the world of the wild coyote, Good man Truman Capote.”

I simply adore that Anthony Kiedis felt he would be remiss if he did not mention one of the greatest nature writers of all time.

“To finger paint is not a sin, I stick my middle finger in.”


Courtesy of RVA News

Red Hot Chili Peppers Feel “Major Enthusiasm” Heading Into Studio

While the Red Hot Chili Peppers slumbered, the band’s members have been keeping busy these last couple of years, what with drummer Chad Smith joining all-star group Chickenfoot, frontman Anthony Kiedis developing a series for HBO and bassist Flea enrolling at USC to study music theory. But things are about to change in Pepperland. Smith recently told Billboard the band would reconvene in the studio this fall, and Keidis and Flea confirm to Rolling Stone they are indeed ready to rock again.

“We’ve decided to write some songs,” Kiedis told us at a benefit for the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, the Los Angeles school Flea founded. “We imposed a two-year hiatus, which we felt we needed, then we went back to the roundtable and the decision was, ‘Let’s do this.’ “

There’s no timetable yet on a new album, their first since 2006’s double-platinum Stadium Arcadium, but Flea, for one, is anxious to get going. “After being kind of burnt at the end of our last tour, I feel major enthusiasm and vigor,” he said. “Not like a restlessness, but a really healthy excitement. I’m just into it and ready to go forward.” Offers Kiedis: “The seeds are being planted.”

Smith told Billboard that he and his bandmates “haven’t talked about” a potential producer, but joked that Rick Rubin, the guiding force behind the Chili’s last five albums, “always ends up being the guy.” Sure enough, Rubin made his presence known as a benefactor of the Conservatory and a guest at the August 15th fundraiser by wearing his trademark white T-shirt and jeans to the formal affair.

Chad Smith on Chili Peppers future

You just joked about it, but the question is, how can you divide your time between three different bands?

"Luckily, everybody is very cool about my situation. The Chickenfoot guys, who I love dearly, they've been great about the fact that, come October, I'm going to be doing the Chili Peppers again. They could have acted not so cool about it, but they knew going into this that I was still part of the Chilis."

Is October when you originally saw going back to the Chili Peppers?

"Hard to say. We initially decided on a year's break, then that turned out to be two years. It could've been longer. It's been a very fruitful time for us: I did Chickenfoot and the Meatbats, Flea went back to school, Anthony's been doing a TV project.

"It's was important to be people again. We've traveled, had babies, hung out with our families - lived our lives, you know? So now we're very fired up to give the Chili Peppers our all."

Do you have any demos written?

"There's ideas floating around. One of them dates back to 1999, I think. Flea, Anthony and I did jam recently. That felt good. But as far as demos go, we'll just start writing in October."

What about John Frusciante? He's the one guy who's always been in question. In fact, earlier this year he told me that there were "no plans" to do anything with the Chili Peppers.

"I know he said that. Like all of us, he was coming out of a real Chili Peppers pressure-cooker. I'll be honest: I haven't seen John, but Flea had a sit-down with him recently, and from what I understand it was very positive. I have every reason to believe that, come October, we'll all four be making music again as the Chili Peppers. John's a very important component of the band. I love the guy. He's an incredible musician."
Courtesy of Music Radar

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Red Hot Chili Peppers' drummer reveals solo album details

Chad Smith has revealed details of his forthcoming solo album.The album is titled 'Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats: Meet The Meatbats' and is due out in the US on September 15.

The drummer, who is also a member of Chickenfoot with Sammy Hagar and Joe Satriani, wrote and recorded the solo effort at his Malibu pool house. The album contains 10 instrumental tracks including 'Battle For Ventura Blvd', 'Night Sweats' and 'Need Strange'.Smith said that his music is inspired by several British rock bands from previous generations.

"My influences, through my brother, were so many of the groups that came out of England in the late '60s and early '70s," he said in a statement. "Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, Ginger Baker from Cream, Deep Purple with Ian Paice…those groups were the ones that I really loved."

Courtesy of NME

Monday, 3 August 2009

More high profile news outlets announce possible return of Red Hot Chili Peppers

News is spreading fast that the Chili Peppers are to return to rehearsing and writing in October this year.

If this goes as planned it will result in their 10th studio album.

This has been reported by The Celebrity Cafe, Chart Attack, Music Radar, Radio 1 and most recently by the NME.

All these news stories basically say the same thing, but if they're all saying it there must be some truth in it.

Saturday, 1 August 2009

Chili Peppers return October 2009???

With another Chickenfoot tour and the first release of his instrumental side band Chad Smith's Bombastic Meatbats looming, the drummer has October circled on his calendar for the Red Hot Chili Peppers' return to active duty.

"That's the plan," Smith tells, noting that what was announced as a one-year break turned into two for the quartet after touring to support 2005's "Stadium Arcadium." "Everybody was like, 'Y'know, I really like having this time off, not being a Chili Pepper and doing other things...It'll be two years in September, so now we're ready. You can't force people to play when they don't want to play or aren't ready to play or whatever -- not in our band, anyway.

"Smith expects bassist Flea and guitarist John Frusciante may come in with some musical ideas, but the group will mostly likely "do a lot of improvising and jamming and songs will come out of that, too. That's what we usually do. I don't know why it would be different.

"No prospective release date has even been considered yet, and Smith says he and his bandmates also "haven't talked about" who will produce, though he acknowledges with a laugh that Rick Rubin, who's produced the group's last five studio efforts, "always ends up being the guy...But we haven't discussed it.

"The looming Chili Peppers sessions do make Smith "the bad guy" in Chickenfoot, but the other members of the all-star group have assured him they'll continue to work according to his schedule. The quartet, which begins its next tour Aug. 2 in Halifax, has also filmed shows in San Francisco and at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival, and the Aug. 30 show in Atlanta and at least one more will be documented for a possible DVD release.

Meanwhile, Smith is excited about introducing the world to the Meatbats, a group that formed a few years back as an outgrowth of Smith, guitarist Jeff Kolman and keyboardist Ed Roth's work with Glenn Hughes. They first performed live in 2007 and have continued to work together intermittently.

"It's all very loose," Smith says. "It's instrumental music -- power, funk, rock music. It's a niche. We're not going for the Mariah Carey crowd or anything. It's just really fun and they're great guys and we just have fun hanging out and playing.

"In addition to debut album, which comes out Sept. 15, the Meatbats have already recorded a second set of songs that Smith predicts will be out in early 2010, along with a live album at the Baked Potato in Los Angeles. "We have three albums in the can and none of them are out yet," Smith says with a laugh. "But we won't wait very long. It's not like we're putting out singles and we have to have some kind of strategy. This is stuff we can put out whenever it feels right."