“Exploder” – Audioslave – “Audioslave” (2002)

Apr 30
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Another great show last night by The Head and the Heart. That makes three times that I’ve seen those guys and gal in the last six months. They are evolving, and not. I say not because they had so much stage presence and cohesiveness from the get-go that they haven’t really had to make many strides in order to improve. They rely on zero distortion so it partially comes with the foundation of their overall sound, but I love that they don’t overdo the volume (whoa, that was an old guy comment). Most of their songs involve a bass line, one acoustic guitar, sublime piano parts, stripped down drums, tambourine, some violin, and loads of harmonizing vocals. The comfort level and authenticity that they exude makes it look like they’re just hanging out in somebody’s living room, jamming out. I love ’em and feel really luck to have seen them three times in small venues. The concert halls that they play in are going to get bigger and bigger and it’ll be nice to be able to fall back on the memories of The Head and the Heart in their formative years.

Lots of good shows in Seattle this weekend but I’m heading out, so I won’t be partaking in any more of them. The Head and the Heart moves to The Moore tonight for round two, The Felice Brothers are at The Tractor tonight, and some guy named Chris Cornell is at The Moore tomorrow. Cornell is playing songs from throughout his sound book which means: Soundgarden, Temple of the Dog, solo stuff, and Audioslave. At the top of my wish list if I was lucky enough to go the show would be my favorite Soundgarden song (“Blow Up The Outside World”), Temple of the Dog tunes, “Rusty Cage”, and a few of the lesser known Audioslave songs such as “Getaway Car” and “Exploder.” Tom Morello rubbed his DNA all over “Exploder” with one of his crazy, powerful, industrial strength hooks but I’m sure it would sound good tomorrow assuming that Mr. Morello won’t be playing alongside Cornell.

– DAVE

“Blow Up The Outside World” – Soundgarden – “Down on the Updside” (1996)

Jan 5
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By the time the Soundgarden reunion comes to fruition later this year with a new album and/or tour, I have a feeling that the excitement that I’m currently feeling will wane somewhat. Kind of like, when The Police and The Pixies reunited. Actually, I was never really excited about The Police coming back.

This is my clear # 1 all time favorite Soundgarden song. And, Kim Thayil is one of my all time fave guitarists. Hmmm, maybe my excitement will have staying power.

Soundgarden’s Back!!!

I’ve givin’ everything I need
I’d give you everything I own
I’d give in if it could at least be ours alone
I’ve given everything I could
To blow it to hell and gone
Burrow down in and
Blow up the Outisde.
Blow up the outside world

– DAVE