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Review: The May 2008 issue of Maxim is bloated with advertisements, filled with mindless articles describing fake trends, and relies heavily on the same old soft-core celebrity porn.

Ten years ago (holy crap!) I wrote to Allmusic Guide because it was very clear that their review of the Corey Glover (singer from Living Colour) solo album Hymns was written without actually listening to it. The review says:

...his solo debut could have provided on opportunity to develop his musical identity, but he decides to pick up where Living Colour left off, turning out a set of hard rock that merges Van Halen with Rush.

This is, in fact, nonsense. The album was essentially a gritty R&B album, closer to a garage band version of Prince than Van Halen or Rush. I didn't like it, but it may have had an appeal to people interested in that type of music. (Allmusic never wrote back or updated the review.)

Today, Maxim is in trouble for something similar, but they got caught by someone bigger than 'ol fnord. They've been putting out reviews for albums that haven't been released yet (and no advanced copies were issued). Maxim's apology focuses on the fact that they gave the album 2.5 stars. They say that what they were actually doing was giving 'previews' for upcoming releases, not 'reviews', and that they accidentally put in stars, which isn't their normal policy for previews. But does this sound like a 'preview' to you:

"They sound pretty much like they always have: boozy, competent, and in slavish debt to the Stones, the Allmans, and the Faces."

That sounds to me like someone who has a preconceived notion of what the Black Crowes are going to sound like (and hell, it's probably accurate) and just decided to crank out a review. My guess is that this is a standard procedure and their only 'mistake' was putting out the review too soon.

Maxim also responded with this:

"Of course, we always prefer to (sic) hearing music, but sometimes there are big albums that we don't want to ignore that aren't available to hear, which is what happened with the Crowes. It's either an educated guess preview or no coverage at all, so in this case we chose the former."

Oh.... Ok. Makes sense. Now that my head has exploded.

By fnord12 | February 28, 2008, 9:46 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

What's Next To The Moon by AC/DC

Well I tied my baby to the railroad track
Cannonball down the line
Givin' that woman just one more chance
Give it to me one more time

Engineer wishin' he was home in bed
Dreamin' 'bout Casey Jones
Wide eyed woman half a mile ahead
Thinkin' 'bout broken bones

It's your love that I want
It's your love that I need
It's your love got to have
It's your love

Heavenly body flyin' across the sky
Superman was outta town
Come on honey gotta change your tune
Cause it's a long way down

Clark Kent lookin' for a free ride
Thinkin' about Lois Lane
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's suicide
And that'd be a shame

It's your love that I want
It's your love that I need
It's your love got to have
It's your loooooove
But what's next to the moon?

Long arm lookin' for a finger print
Tryin' to find a mystery clue
Hittin' me with the third degree
Working on a thumb screw

Alright officer I confess
Everything's coming back
I didn't mean to hurt that woman of mine
It was a heart attack

It's your love that I want
It's your love that I need
It's your love got to have
It's your love - guaranteed

The love that I want
It's your love that I need
It's your love got to have
It's your loooooove
What's next to the moon

Puttin' out the stars!
Oh can say bye bye
Oh next to the moon
I'm on the moon
Up and down on the moon

By fnord12 | February 28, 2008, 8:49 AM | Music | Comments (1)| Link

Lead Singer Syndrome Picture Slideshow

Since we had a bunch of sequential shots i thought it would be cool to put them all together and turn it into a stop-animation movie.

If this gives you epilepsy, we also have some static photos on our myspace site (if you're a member, click on Pics. If not, we've got two on the main page so scroll down).

By fnord12 | February 22, 2008, 1:50 PM | Music | Comments (0)| Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

Everything Counts by Depeche Mode

The handshake
Seals the contract
From the contract
Theres no turning back
The turning point
Of a career
In Korea, being insincere
The holiday
Was fun packed
The contract
Still intact

The grabbing hands
Grab all they can
All for themselves
After all

Its a competitive world
Everything counts in large amounts

The graph
On the wall
Tells the story
Of it all
Picture it now
See just how
The lies and deceit
Gained a little more power
Taken in
By a sun tan
And a grin

By fnord12 | February 21, 2008, 8:53 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link

First Show!

Lead Singer Syndrome had its first show this weekend and it was a lot of fun. We had a really great turnout, too, so thanks to everyone who came. The Proghouse people are very cool and made it really easy for us, and it was an awesome place to play. Fun Machine is a very interesting band, so if you haven't already, you should check them out (although their recordings don't do their live show justice).

We should have more pictures in a few days, but right now there are a couple in the comments on our myspace site, and someone apparently put some pictures of us on Fickr. Also on our myspace site is one of the videos we played at the show.

Umm, rock on or something!

By fnord12 | February 18, 2008, 11:17 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link

Random Lyrics Thursday

Bird Flu by M.I.A.

Big on the underground
What's the point of knocking me down?
Everybody knows
I'm already good on the ground

Most of us stay strong
Shit don't really bound us
Then I go on my own
Making bombs with rubber bands

I have my hard down
So I need a man for romance
Streets are making em hard
So they selfish little roamers
Jumpin' girl to girl
Make us meat like burgers
When I get fat
I'll pop me out some leaders

A protocol to be a Rocawear model?
It didn't really drop that way
My legs hit the hurdle

A protocol to be a rocker on a label?
It didn't really drop that way
Our beats were too evil

But I put away paper for later so I'm stable
A better something better come
So I could get cable
Ghetto pops, food drops
I store them in my stable
I cook em up , pop em down
Eat me it off ya a table

The village got on the phone
Said the street is comin' to town
They wanna check my papers
See what I carry around
Credentials are boring
I burnt them at the burial ground
Don't order me about
I'm an outlaw from the badland

Put away shots for later
So I'm stable
Live in trees chew on feet
Watch lost on cable
Bird flu gonna get you
Made it in my stable
From the crap you drop
On my crop when they pay you.

By fnord12 | February 7, 2008, 9:23 AM | Music | Comments (0)| Link

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