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Last week my brother called and said he had won two tickets to the Arctic Monkeys show Monday at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
He won the tickets by calling in and naming the frontman for the group – Alex Turner. He asked if I wanted to go and having been anticipating their new album coming out Tuesday called “Suck it and See,” I was stoked.
I’ve been a fan of the Arctic Monkeys since the release of their 2006 debut “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What ‘m Not.” With recent releases and the influence of Josh Homme of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures producing and even playing on their new release, the group has received a lot of criticism, but I have really enjoyed their new darker direction.
The Vaccines, which released their debut album “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?” today, opened. The band out of London has made a splash in England.
They sound like a mix of The Clash and Morrissey with a little Kings of Leon mixed in. They were a little stiff regarding their stage presence, but were pretty good.
For a new band they have a lot of potential. Their single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” and “If You Wanna” were the highlights.
After about a 45 minute set it was time for the main event.
After a pretty quick intermission, The Arctic Monkeys took the stage ironically enough to “American Woman” playing on the sound system, before jumping right into a ridiculously loud set.
From the first powerchord, Turner unleashed a blistering set that included such highlights as “I bet you look good on the Dance Floor,” “Teddy Picker,” “When the Sun Goes Down” and new songs such as “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.”
The show was airtight with a natural flow mixing older classics and new songs. There was one encore and perhaps the only flaw is the fact that the group has their routine down almost too well. Bassist Nick O’Malley appeared to just be going through the motions.
All in all though, the Arctic Monkeys put on a solid show. It was well worth the money.
Top 10 albums of 2009
This year the music industry in 2009 continued to trend towards the digital download model making more music than ever before available to the masses. There were a number of standout albums, and promising bands that emerged this year. Below is a list of the top 10:
10) Rated O by Oneida
So dense, it almost takes an active, analytical listener to truly appreciate the breadth and depth of this album. Largely instrumental, the Brooklyn band spans a litany of mind-bending genres in this album. From psychedelic 20 minute jams to structured rhythmic rock, Oneida braves new musical territory with this gem.
9) Horehound by The Dead Weather
It seemed like 2009 was the resurgence of the “supergroup.” Jack White (The White Stripes and The Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (The Kills and Discount), Dean Fertita (Queens of the Stone Age) and Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs and Greenhomes) suddenly formed The Dead Weather this year and the result is nothing less than some of the best rock and roll produced in years. Horehound is simply sublime. Reports are the group is working on a follow up album.
8) Humbug by Arctic Monkeys
Humbug took the Arctic Monkeys in a new direction from their past work. Darker, more mature and developed, the music flows more deliberate and less sporadic than previous works. Song such as “Crying Lighting” and “Dangerous Animals” still seep the signature AM sound, but the guidance of Queens of the Stone Age’s frontman Josh Homme, who produced the album recorded in Joshua Tree, Calif. Is evident throughout. The result is a more deliberate, stoic and untimely cohesive album.
7) Octahedron by Mars Volta
Characterized by a smooth subdued pace, pined up more by Thomas Pridgen’s insane drumming than ever before,Octahedron steps towards a more “traditional” album than previous works. Still filled with spectacular guitar by Omar Rodriquez-Lopez and surreal screeching vocals by Cedric Bixler-Zavala, MV continues to advance music is a direction unexplored by any other artist. This is the kind of deep, dark and phenomenal album one has come to expect from MV.
6) Manners by Passion Pit
Following on 2008’s promising Chunk of Change, Manners is the ideal follow up full of everything one could ask for. Rhythmic beats, fun hooks, choppy synchs and airy lyrics that make up one of the year’s most pleasurable albums to listen to. It just one of those records that makes the listener feel good.
5) It’s Blitz by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Some might frown upon commercial success, and Karen O and the crew have seen the limelight this year more than ever before. It’s Blitz achieved that new degree of success by departing from its conventional formula. Still true to its roots, the YYY added a heavy amount of synthesizers and reverb to the album taking the band to the next level.
4) Old Money by Omar Rodriguez Lopez
Perhaps one of the most complex albums of 2009, Lopez, of Mars Volta, unleashed a juggernaut with Old Money that could be interpreted a million different ways. Much like MV, Old Money is an epic journey of disjointed sounds, rhythms and themes. Revolving around otherworldly themes of dreams and nightmares, the album is an intricate mix of instruments and textures making for a surreal listening experience.
3) Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez by Felt
In a time when hip-hop is pretty uninspired, primarily composed of guys ripping off each other’s beats and rapping about cliché’s, comes Felt’s new album produced by Aesop Rock. Murs (Living Legends) and Slug (Atmosphere) compose an intelligent original piece of work in their latest tribute to b-list celebrities. Adding Aesop to the mix adds an edge to Felt 3 that the previous two albums didn’t have.
2) Them Crooked Vultures by Them Crooked Vultures
Another superband to make this year’s list and the members pretty much say it all: Dave Grohl, of the Foo Fighters and Nirvana, Josh Homme, of Queens of the Stone Age and Eagles of Death Metal, and John Paul Jones, Led Zeppelin. The combination creates a classic rock album that chock-full of heavy guitar riffs and thumping bass. The album sounds more like a QOTSA than anything, but that may be Homme’s predominance on vocals.
1) Cosmic Egg by Wolfmother
Who cares if Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale wasn’t even alive when Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne were in their heyday. Nearly 40 years later he is blatantly ripping off their style with a precision that makes listeners have flashbacks to ZoSo. Stockdale takes his new band and breathes a second life into the notion of comprising an album around power chords thundering bass lines, reverb and wailing vocals.
See 2008’s list here.
A few months ago I blogged about the new Arctic Monkeys album , which was produced by Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme, scheduled for release this summer.
Well, the Sheffield group announced the name for their third album this month: “Humbug.” The album is slated for release stateside on August 25th.
The tracklisting, listed below, has also been released.
1 My Propeller
2 Crying Lightning
3 Dangerous Animals
4 Secret Door
5 Potion Approaching
6 Fire & The Thud
8 Dance Little Liar
9 Pretty Visitors
10 The Jeweller’s Hands
For those who just can’t wait to get their hands on the new music, the band recently released its “Live at the Apollo” DVD. The film is from the Arctic Monkey’s global tour finale at the Apollo Theatre in Manchester, England on Dec. 17, 2007.
The Arctic Monkeys took a trip to the desert to meet up with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme for its third yet to be titled album.
The follow-up album to 2007’s Favorite Worst Nightmare is expected to be released this summer.
The group premiered four new songs earlier this month at a show in New Zealand. Angryape.com reports that the new songs, expected to be on the upcoming album, include: “Go-Kart,” “Crying Lighting,” Pretty Visitors,” and “Dangerous Animals.”
Homme appeared on BBC radio 1 this month confirming that he acted as a producer for the Sheffield group that has been recording in Joshua Tree.
“Oh man, it was great. We spent most of the time in Joshua Tree and it was really cool to be present and watch them go nuts,” Homme said according to NME.com
Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner spent 2008 focused on his side-project The Last Shadow Puppets. The Arctic Monkeys burst onto the mainstream musical scene in 2006 with their debut Whatever People Say I am, That’s What I’m Not, which featured the hit song “I bet you look good on the dancefloor.”
The group is currently touring Australia.