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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Rocking Unironically

All Hail the Reunion of Failure

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Wed, Nov 13, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Failure while recording Fantastic Planet - PHOTO COURTESY OF THE BAND
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  • Failure while recording Fantastic Planet
By the mid-'90s the stars seemed to have aligned for Los Angeles post-grunge trio Failure.

Signed to Warner, their video on MTV, constant touring, and a celebrity fan in Tool's Maynard Keenan, the trio seemed poised for success. (Despite their name.)

Unfortunately, it didn't exactly happen that way. "It was great that we had the resources and push behind us, but if you didn't deliver right away, you just became shit thrown at the wall that didn't stick," says multi-instrumentalist Greg Edwards.

Ultimately, their albums sales disappointed the label, but that wasn't the only problem.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Eddie Vedder or Darius Rucker? - MARCO ANNUNZIATA VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
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  • Eddie Vedder or Darius Rucker?
Did you know that there are people out there -- kids, mostly -- who can't tell Pearl Jam and Hootie and the Blowfish apart?

No, seriously, we've witnessed it with our own eyes.

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Monday, August 5, 2013

Mark McGrath - PRESS PHOTO
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By Michael Alan Goldberg

Courtesy of founder/organizer/smirkmerchant Mark McGrath, the shamelessly '90s-talgic "Under the Sun 2013" tour -- featuring Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, Gin Blossoms, Fastball and Vertical Horizon -- aiming to take you back to that carefree, breezy radio alterna-pop era before drone strikes and Amanda Bynes meltdowns.

So many artists from that time, so few slots on this tour! A ton of bands actually reached out to McGrath to get on the bill, although ultimately they were shot down. We got ahold of actual-ish emails from a couple of them.

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Thursday, March 7, 2013

Thursday, March 7, 2013

The '90s Sucked

The 20 Worst Albums of the '90s: The Complete List

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Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 4:00 AM

Korn
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Sure, you had the Bill Clinton blowjob scandal, OJ, Pakistan and India going nuclear, mad cow disease, the Rodney King decision, and Titanic. But what made the '90s truly awful was its music. That's not to say that there weren't bright spots -- early Beck, say, or Ok Computer and much of hip-hop's golden era -- but what passed for mainstream rock was awful, particularly when it was tagged with the "alternative" qualifier.

See also: Guess What Year These Lisa Loeb Photos Were Taken

And considering that internet music platforms hadn't much gotten going, too often the crap on the radio was what we were stuck with. As a method of catharsis, then, let's take a look back at what was so dispiriting about this pivotal time in our lives. We promise there is no C+C Music Factory. -Ben Westhoff

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

The '90s Sucked

The 20 Worst Albums Of The '90s: 10-1

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Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 3:30 AM

Crash Test Dummies
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The 20 Worst Albums Of The '90s: 20-11

Sure, you had the Bill Clinton blowjob scandal, OJ, Pakistan and India going nuclear, mad cow disease, the Rodney King decision, and Titanic. But what made the '90s truly awful was its music. That's not to say that there weren't bright spots -- early Beck, say, or Ok Computer and much of hip-hop's golden era -- but what passed for mainstream rock was awful, particularly when it was tagged with the "alternative" qualifier.

See also: Guess What Year These Lisa Loeb Photos Were Taken

And considering that internet music platforms hadn't much gotten going, too often the crap on the radio was what we were stuck with. As a mode of catharsis, then, let's take a look back at what was so dispiriting about this pivotal time in our lives. We promise there is no C+C Music Factory. -Ben Westhoff

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

The '90s Sucked

The 20 Worst Albums Of The '90s: 20-11

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Tue, Mar 5, 2013 at 3:30 AM

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Sure, you had the Bill Clinton blowjob scandal, OJ, Pakistan and India going nuclear, mad cow disease, the Rodney King decision, and Titanic. But what made the '90s truly awful was its music. That's not to say that there weren't bright spots -- early Beck, say, or Ok Computer and much of hip-hop's golden era -- but what passed for mainstream rock was awful, particularly when it was tagged with the "alternative" qualifier.

See also: The 20 Worst Albums Of The '90s: 10-1

And considering that internet music platforms hadn't much gotten going, too often the crap on the radio was what we were stuck with. As a mode of catharsis, then, let's take a look back at what was so dispiriting about this pivotal time in our lives. We promise there is no C+C Music Factory. -Ben Westhoff

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Mark McGrath
  • Mark McGrath
Sugar Ray lead singer and former Extra co-host Mark McGrath has a cruise. No, seriously! This October, fans of the '90s can travel on the Carnival Cruise ship Imagination, alongside Gin Blossoms, Smash Mouth, Cracker, Spin Doctors, Vertical Horizon, The Verve Pipe, Marcy Playground and, of course, Sugar Ray.

Holy bananas. We spoke to McGrath about what inspired the idea; believe you me that this former three-time Rock and Roll Jeopardy champion has some serious plans for vacationers.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

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Tomorrow, Alanis Morissette brings her signature brand of melodic angst to Club Nokia in support of her new album Havoc and Bright Lights, her eighth studio album, recorded in Hollywood.

While most Americans got our first glimpse of Morissette from her 1995 hit "You Oughta Know," our neighbors in Canada got to watch her grow up in front of their very eyes. It was wild, it was wacky; here are the highlights, from You Can't Do That On Television to a freaking hip-hop song called Alanis: Too Hot.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

[Editor's note: Why This Song Sucks determines why particular tracks blow using science. It appears on West Coast Sound every Wednesday.]

See also:

*Pearl Jam Are the Most Boring Band in 20 Years

*Top 20 Worst Bands of All Time: The Complete List

Song: Pearl Jam's "Jeremy"

History: Pearl Jam was a band that people liked a whole lot in the early '90s but then tried to pretend otherwise when Kurt Cobain killed himself* and Eddie Vedder didn't. "Jeremy" was the third single from Ten, their debut album.

*This is ironic because "Jeremy," regarded as one of PJ's best-ever songs, is about how a kid who killed himself made the wrong** decision.

**Suicide is extra weak, yo. Eddie Vedder had that part right. He was wrong about basically everything else though. I mean, are you even looking at his hair in the video?

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

COURTESY AEROSMITH
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It's been years since "The Bad Boys from Boston" have put out a studio album, with their most recent being 2004's Honkin' on Bobo. Yesterday, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Tom Hamilton, and Joey Kramer (minus Brad Whitford who is currently on tour with The Hendrix Experience) greeted an eager crowd at The Grove and announced their new studio album will be out within the next three months.. They revealed plans for an upcoming tour with Cheap Trick, which includes a stop at the Hollywood Bowl August 6th.

The band participated in an audience-driven Q&A regarding the upcoming tour and discussed whether or not Tyler is more difficult to work with now that he's "a big TV star" and the strangest thing that's ever been thrown on stage during an Aerosmith show -- and it might be the strangest thing ever thrown on any stage.

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