Saturday, May 23, 2009

So long and goodnight

It's been a helluva ride, but I'll be signing off as well. J and I have had so many adventures on the road seeing bands in St Louis and Chicago and each one was a thrill. I'll never forget all the good times we've shared as Judakris. Thanks to everyone for reading our little labor of love! And, a HUGE thank you to all of our favorite bands for giving us so much to live for...MCR, HIM, Foo Fighters, The Killers, Kings of Leon...-K

Friday, May 22, 2009

See Ya

This blog has been really about two things to me: a place to share my love of music, especially live, and a good friend to share that love of music with. For J it’s time for this time capsule to close. Thanks for reading! --J

Friday, May 1, 2009

Just a quick post to let the reader know about my friend L's website called Notes From The Pit. L and I met in the photo pit of a HIM show in St. Louis and have been friends ever since. She photographs and interviews bands regularly and her latest interview with Aiden can be seen here. Take a look at her website. She's recently covered Chris Cornell, Silverstein and of course Aiden. She's got great links to rock news and of course Metal from Finland- yeah! Enjoy! -K

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Singer

If you’re a Morrissey fan and you can watch it in your region you may want to go youtube and search for Zane Lowe Morrissey Interview which ran on MTV last month. An aspect of the interview has been on my mind since I watched it. He was asked about his band writing music and why he doesn’t. Here are some of the quotes:

“I don’t want to be a musician. I was only ever interested in the singing voice. I think something extraordinary happens to people when they sing.”

He talks about at an early age being obsessed with any singer who stood there without an instrument and just their voice and explains that not all great singers have great voices. His top two great singers – Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley and what makes them great is that they are timeless.

“There’s a very strong sexual component in singing and most people don’t talk about it of course but there is something very sexual about the singing voice and it draws you in and it doesn’t mean you necessarily want to be physical with the person but the person’s pulling at your very being.”

I’ve always been a fan of the multi-tasker because I think there are a lot of singers that can’t pull off what Morrissey is describing, but when it’s done right, it’s amazing. If you want to see it done wrong, well, American Idol provides lots of examples each week. --J

Saturday, April 18, 2009

My Springtime Guilty Pleasure

Can we say 80's retro? This song makes me want to put on a headband and do high-impact aerobics or run through an abandoned barn dancing a la Kevin Bacon in Footloose. If you dig it, check out Ladyhawke's Paris is Burning. It makes me think of Bananarama. --J

Monday, April 13, 2009

The Last Outlaw Poet: By Ethan Hawke

I would never have been intrigued by this article had my friend C not made me listen to a bunch of Kris Kristofferson following a concert he gave in St. Louis. She told me stories of loving his music for years and how life-changing it was to hear him tell his stories. Some of the stories are touched on in this article, which can be previewed online at Ethan Hawke's profile is incredibly engaging, telling the story of a complex soul who suffered failures and successes, wrote some incredible songs, and got naked with Janis Joplin. What surprises me is that Kris didn't make it on the cover. Instead, they chose Lil Wayne, whose story is the antithesis of a complex musical hero: a one-dimensional personality who seems to do nothing throughout the interview but talk about how gangsta and awesome he is. Uch. Unbelievable how gullible the masses can be. -K

Love is a Musical Battlefield

So, G and I settled into a nice long Saturday evening of watching the channel Palladium. There were a number of musical programs playing that night, including the movie Coachella. It was the first time G had been exposed to Fischerspooner, The White Stripes, Arcade Fire, and Amy Winehouse (from another concert). He commented on how there was a musical side to me that he was just discovering; that as much as I was talking about these artists he realized how little exposure he's had to anything outside of what Northern Alabama allows you to hear. He started to tell me about seeing a Hasidic Jew rap/reggae his way around the stage opening for 311 a couple of years ago. He said that for a few moments he actually thought the name of the artist was Modest Yahoo. Then he shook it off and realized that had to be wrong. At first I sat in stunned silence until the laughter began to boil to the surface like a volcano erupting. Even he found this blunder hilarious. Of course, he's known for some time now that it's actually "Matisyahu", but I still like to bring it up because it makes me laugh. However, you don't really make fun of someone when he is a walking musical/lyrical wikipedia with a photographic memory without expecting some retaliation. When he does retaliate he launches into my version of the lyrics to Tush from ZZ Top: "I said lord take me downtown, I'm just looking for some touch."-K

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

4am Music Shopping

4am – what to do besides stress about what’s happening in the work part of my life? In the darkness of my living room, as I sat cross-legged on the world’s most uncomfortable sofa I remembered that my good buddy Mel had sent me an iTunes birthday gift so I went to the store and said to myself, pick out only things that you truly enjoy, songs you would sing along to in the car. Put aside pretension, concern about what others might think, just go for the sounds you love.

What did I end up with?

Well, I bought the latest Joan as Police Woman record. I’ll review that in the future…

Some of my single selections:

Build Me Up Buttercup – The Foundations
Son of A Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
I Will Survive – Cake
I Miss You – Blink-182 (makes me think of my nephews, and as much as I hate to admit it, I like the drums)
Fat Lip – Sum 41 (yes, I probably watch too much Kerrang! But the lyrics are hilarious)
Slave to Love – Bryan Ferry
Money Changes Everything – Cyndi Lauper
Baby, Now That I’ve Found You – Alison Krauss
No Myth – Michael Penn
Just Another Night – Mick Jagger (would he in 2009 be caught dead in a “hundred dollar hotel room”?)
No Rest for the Wicked – Cage the Elephant

This list has kept me going all week. Thanks Mel. --J

Tuesday, April 7, 2009


So, last night I had this dream that I was Charles Manson's therapist in jail. Why? He kept trying to physically corner me and I spent the whole dream trying not to show fear and hoping I wasn't going to become one of the Manson girls. In the background The Carpenters' song "Top of the World" kept playing quietly and peacefully. The dream sort of caused a strange funk this morning and now I'm not sure I could ever listen to that song and feel the same ever again. -K

Monday, April 6, 2009


I couldn't make it to our annual conference this year because I was sick all weekend. For those that know me they understand this was hard because missing conference is like missing the really big SENIOR class party. Even if you don't really enjoy every minute of it you still don't want to miss it.

Anyway, this year we were given a strict dress code: Black golf shirts and black pants. I was at once horrified at having to wear a "golf" shirt and thrilled since I love wearing black. In fact, a lot of people do, but it is SO not appropriate for a Users Conference. I'm not going to elaborate on my feelings on this, but what really pisses me off is that in addition to no coworkers having had a choice in this decision, our company logo is nowhere to be seen on the "golf" shirt. Really?

The point of this blog is my friend RB who was busy packing on Saturday (I know this because her Facebook status told me so) and we started emailing back and forth about the conference. She sent me this playlist she created in homage to our blackout cleverly titled "Blacklist". This is a great playlist so enjoy. -K

Blackout Muse
Black Swan Greg Dulli
Back To Black Amy Winehouse
Black Star Radiohead
Black Celebration Depeche Mode
Blacklisted Neko Case
Where Is My Mind? Frank Black
Six Sixty Six (live) Frank Black
Death's Black Train Gob Iron
Dolly The Blacks
Black Math The White Stripes
Black Swan Thom Yorke
Sweet Black Angel The Rolling Stones
Black Arrow, Bleeding Heart Whiskeytown
Black Tongue Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Paint It Black The Rolling Stones
Black Like Me Spoon
Howl Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Black Flowers Yo La Tengo
Black Boys On Mopeds Sinead O'Connor
I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance With You Black Kids
The Deepest Blues Are Black Foo Fighters
White Summer/Black Mountain Side Led Zeppelin
Black Dog Led Zeppelin
Unlovable The Smiths
Black Angel The Cult
Black Milk Massive Attack
Black Pete Yorn
Long Black Veil The Band
Black Mirror Arcade Fire
Black Wave / Bad Vibrations Arcade Fire
Lexus Joseph Arthur
Black Country Woman Led Zeppelin
Fade to Black Metallica
Black History Month (Josh Homme Remix) Death From Above 1979
Black Metal Valentine Califone
After the Ladder The Black Heart Procession
To Bring You Back The Black Heart Procession
Set you free The Black Keys
Hold me in your arms The Black Keys
Black Cat Ladytron
Black Hole She & Him
Black Out Pavement
Black Cloud Morrissey
Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), Pt. 1 (Single Pt. 1) James Brown
Kerosene Big Black

Friday, April 3, 2009

Ain't No Rest for the Wicked

Who doesn't like a good story song? Ain't No Rest for the Wicked, it's my work day theme song. --J

Monday, March 30, 2009

Something To Look Forward To

At exactly 7pm this evening I was hitting an unresponsive ticket seller website, until surprisingly, success! --J

Friday, March 27, 2009

RIP Blender - J's Take

Back in 2002 I began to subscribe to Blender. I remember my brother S and I discussing the issue that turned him into a fan. Blender had this great regular bit called “The Greatest Songs Ever!” and he was sold when Train in Vain by The Clash was the focus in this section in the April/May 2002 issue. Most months I found myself turning to that section and thinking “Yes! I love that song!” to whatever was being covered and enjoying the back story.

In the past few years, I felt like the content no longer matched my taste, but there were always moments of brilliance. --J

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Music Mag Blender Closes Down

Alpha Media Group closed Blender magazine today. The April issue of Blender out now with Kelly Clarkson on its cover will be its last. Sad sign of the times, for sure. -K

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The British Music Experience

I spent Sunday afternoon touring the British Music Experience, a new exhibit at the O2 Arena in London. As I entered the exhibit, I was thinking quite a bit about a tour of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland a few years ago with my buddy RB and another co-worker. RB and I were in heaven, looking at Jim Morrison’s school report cards, U2’s record company rejection letters, etc. etc. Our co-worker was unimpressed, stating at the end of the experience that basically there were only two musical acts she would ever pay money to see, Jimmy Buffett and Bon Jovi. RB and I, who both hardcore lovers of music, had no response.

The British Music Experience is trying to do the same thing, but on a smaller scale and added technology. It felt a little all over the place though since I thought the purpose was to focus on all things British. But it kind of bled all over the place with Jimi Hendrix memorabilia, Kraftwerk singles in one of the jukeboxes, a sign in tribute of Dylan going electric, when they had plenty of good material that they could have just expanded on. Here are some thoughts:

Great Things
Seeing David Bowie’s costume from the Ashes to Ashes video (I’ve never done good things, I’ve never done bad things…)
Hearing Cliff Richards and other early Brit rockers talk about Elvis Presley’s influence
The Gibson Studio where I was able to record my very own drum track to Blur’s Song 2 and listen to it online when I got home
Huge UK graphic which lit up with musicians’ hometowns, video locations, important locations in musical history

A note on the Gibson studio – This was very cool because they had real Les Pauls out for people to play and record from with instructional videos, they had acoustic guitars, drums, keyboards, bass guitars, and even a voice recording studio. The drum kit was not the typical drum kit since it was designed for the user not to have to hit the drums hard to hear the drum sound in your headphones and the cymbals looked like they were made from some heavy plastic, all computerized I suppose. As I sat down at my drum kit taking the instructional video some woman brings her adult son over to the other drum kit in front of me and he sits down and he starts going crazy on the kit, hitting everything at full force. She’s smiling proudly as everyone turns around to look at him in annoyance.

Good Things
Adam Ant’s costumes
Beatles Fan Club Memorabilia
Britpop Display
Punk Display – needed way more coverage
But everything in the “good” category could have been expanded (except Adam Ant)

Unnecessary Things
Video Studio where you could record yourself doing dances like the Macarena or Disco from Saturday Night Fever

Missing Things
Maybe this is from an American perspective but they could have done more with the rise of video. I watched a lot of Brit acts in the 80s before MTV launched and there was an occasional video show launched from a Chicago television station. Bands like ABC, Talk Talk, Haircut 100, Nik Kershaw, etc. would have never been played on mainstream U.S. radio at this time, but the videos had me hooked. There was a slight mention of the New Romantics, but not as much as I would have expected.

I thought of K and our friend M because Suede, a band they both love, was prominent in their decade exhibit. I had never heard of them.

The best, best, best part of the display was saved for the end and I am glad it was a slow Sunday because the girl that was working this display ushered me in alone. It was a montage of concert footage that wrapped around the viewer from front on both sides, with great crowd scenes from festivals and then musical acts through the decades became almost holographic. So here I was standing like I was part of the crowd watching Jimmy Page and Robert Plant perform Whole Lotta Love, and then it switched to Oasis, and then it switched to vintage Elton John, and on and on. When it ended the girl who worked the display asked me what I thought and I told her that I was glad it ended on the live music experience. She said, “Yes, and because you were by yourself it was like they were all performing for you!” It really came close to catching that live music euphoria. I wanted to watch it again and again. --J