14 November 2014

Woes continue for AC/DC as new album release approaches

What an incredibly strange and unfortunate time it has been in the world of AC/DC.

First it was announced co-founding rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young wouldn’t be taking part in the band’s latest album and tour due to health issues, later confirmed to be dementia so severe that he was under full-time care in a nursing home.

Then there was drummer Phil Rudd’s absence from a video and photo shoot the group attributed to a family emergency, despite reports he too was in ill health.

Last week, Rudd was arrested in New Zealand on charges of “attempting to procure a murder” in hiring someone to kill two men. He was also in possession of cannabis and methamphetamine at the time. while the attempted murder charges have been dropped, he still faces seven years in regards to making threats to kill someone.

AC/DC 2014...where's the drummer?
A new album from the band, Rock or Bust, comes out Dec. 2. The video for the first single, “Play Ball,” premiered this week. In it, guitarist Angus Young and singer Brian Johnson are the primary focus, with longtime bassist Cliff Williams and Stevie Young, nephew of Angus and Malcolm, sitting in for the latter on rhythm guitar are relegated to the back ground. Hardly seen at all and certainly not up close is Bob Richards who was, at the time, said to be sitting in temporarily for Rudd.

Upon news of Rudd’s arrest, AC/DC released a terse statement which read, “We’ve only become aware of Phil’s arrest as the news was breaking. We have no further comment. Phil’s absence will not affect the release of our new album Rock or Bust and upcoming tour next year.”

The question of course, is who will be sitting in for Rudd?

Many fans are looking to past replacements for Rudd when he fired from the band in 1983 and didn’t return for a decade. The first to sit in for him was Simon Wright on two studio albums and a soundtrack compilation. Wright is currently the drummer for...

Continue reading this article at its original location in The Daily Times

10 November 2014

The Voltage Factory Playlist Recap for 05 NOV 14

The Voltage Factory broadcasted from Iceland Airwaves last Wednesday, with two hours of indie, punk, rock and metal. We opened as always with the Top 5 Trending #VoltFac Tracks, the Classic Album Spotlight was Megadeth's Youthanasia, which came out 20 years ago last week, there was a doubleshot of Smashing Pumpkins and the Killer Cover had Ministry covering the Ram Jam's driving "Black Betty."

We also spun some tracks from a few artists performing at Airwaves '14 like Iceland's Leaves, Manchester's PINS and fest closer The Flaming Lips. Alice in Chains new single, "Phantom Limb" made its #VoltFac debut and we paid tribute to the late Wayne Static of Static-X who passed away last weekend.

The full set is below, and if you missed it, the show will repeat tonight at 10:00pm EST. Stream it via Vanyaland or through the TuneIn app.

This Wednesday The Voltage Factory is still in Reykjavík, Iceland where we'll have some recap music from Airwaves along with all sorts of other fun stuff. Check it out.

The Voltage Factory: 05 NOV 14 [VOLTFAC-003]


01. The Flaming Lips - "Fight Test"
02. Leaves - "Catch"
03. Failure - "Sergeant Politeness"                                >Top 5 Trending #VoltFac Tracks
04. Muse - "Plug-In Baby"
05. Static-X - "Bled For Days"
06. The Subways - "Rock & Roll Queen"
07. Verra Cuz - "Soul Collides"
08. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - "Berlin"
09. Joy Division - "Interzone"
10. The (International) Noise Conspiracy - "Smash It Up"
11. Therapy? - "Screamager"
12. Rollins Band - "Are You Ready?"
13. Megadeth - "Train of Consequences" [Classic Album Spotlight]
14. Foo Fighters - "White Limo"
15. Alice in Chains - "Phantom Limb"


01. The Rapture - "Out of the Races"
02. Iggy & The Stooges - "Shake Appeal"
03. Death From Above 1979 - "Going Steady"
04. Megadeth - "Blood of Heroes" [Classic Album Spotlight]
05. Wolf Parade - "Shine a Light"
06. Zack de la Rocha [Feat. DJ Shadow] - "March of Death"
07. Quarashi - "Stick 'Em Up"
08. Smashing Pumpkins - "Zero"
09. Smashing Pumpkins - "Tristessa"
10. PINS - "Get With Me"
11. Ministry - "Black Betty" [Killer Cover]
12. Megadeth - "A Tout Le Monde" [Classic Album Spotlight]
13. Temple of the Dog - "Pushin' Forward Back"
14. Deftones - "Change (In the House of Flies)"

03 November 2014

The Voltage Factory Playlist Recap for 29 OCT 14

The Voltage Factory celebrated a special Halloween Edition last Wednesday, with two hours of punk, rock and metal and a scary theme. We opened as always with the Top 5 Trending #VoltFac Tracks, the Classic Album Spotlight was Ozzy Osbourne's No Rest for the Wicked, there was a doubleshot of Danzig and the Killer Cover had AFI covering the Misfits' holiday appropriate "Halloween."

We also debuted the new Marilyn Manson track, "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge" and paid tribute to late Cream bassist and singer Jack Bruce.

If you missed it, the show will repeat tonight at 10:00pm EST. Stream it via Vanyaland or through the TuneIn app.

This Wednesday The Voltage Factory will be going international, broadcasting from the chilly shores of Reykjavík, Iceland where we'll be based for the next few weeks. Check it out - it's sure to be a blast.

The Voltage Factory: 29 OCT 14 [VOLTFAC-002]


01. Cream - "Born Under a Bad Sign"
02. Type O Negative - "Black No. 1 (Little Miss Scare-All)"
03. Bloody Hammers - "Fear No Evil"                                >Top 5 Trending #VoltFac Tracks
04. Alice Cooper - "Teenage Frankenstein"
05. Marilyn Manson - "Third Day of a Seven Day Binge"
06. The Warlocks - "Shake the Dope Out"
07. Roky Erickson - "I Walked with a Zombie"
08. Misfits - "Skulls"
09. Dio - "Rainbow in the Dark"
10. Bauhaus - "Dark Entries"
11. Joy Division - "Dead Souls"
12. Ozzy Osbourne - "Devil's Daughter" [Classic Album Spotlight]
13. AC/DC - "Evil Walks"
14. Judas Priest - "Devil's Child"


01. Ghost - "Body and Blood"
02. Samhain - "Horror Biz"
03. Slayer - "South of Heaven"
04. Ozzy Osbourne - "Miracle Man" [Classic Album Spotlight]
05. Rob Zombie - "American Witch"
06. Rammstein - "Du Hast"
07. Anthrax - "What Doesn't Die"
08. Danzig - "Snakes of Christ"
09. Danzig - "1,000 Devils Reign"
10. Kiss - "Unholy"
11. AFI - "Halloween" [Killer Cover]
12. Sex Pistols - "Bodies"
13. Ozzy Osbourne - "Crazy Babies" [Classic Album Spotlight]
14. Ramones - "Pet Sematary"
15. Depeche Mode - "Black Celebration"

26 October 2014

The Voltage Factory Playlist Recap for 22 OCT 14

The Voltage Factory kicked off last Wednesday in fantastic fashion, with two hours of punk, rock and metal. We opened as always with the Top 5 Trending #VoltFac Tracks, the Classic Album Spotlight was The Afghan Whigs Gentlemen, there was a doubleshot of Nine Inch Nails and the Killer Cover had Local H covering Lorde's massive hit "Team."

If you missed it, the show will repeat tomorrow night at 10:00pm EST. Stream it via Vanyaland or through the TuneIn app.

This Wednesday The Voltage Factory will be presenting a special Halloween themed episode with some of the most notorious musicians who could very well launch their own horror business. We're talking Danzig, Ozzy and Rob Zombie among others.

The Voltage Factory: 22 OCT 14 [VOLTFAC-001]


01. AC/DC - "High Voltage"
02. The Pack A.D. - "Animal"
03. Led Zeppelin - "Jennings Farm Blues"         >Top 5 Trending #VoltFac Tracks
04. Peter Murphy - "Hang Up"
05. The Strypes - "Hard to Say No"
06. INVSN - "Down in the Shadows"
07. Interpol - "All the Rage Back Home"
08. L7 - "Pretend We're Dead"
09. Band of Skulls - "Asleep at the Wheel"
10. Girls Against Boys - "60 Is Greater Than 15"
11. Walking Papers - "Red Envelopes"
12. The Afghan Whigs - "Debonair" [Classic Album Spotlight]
13. My Chemical Romance - "Helena"
14. Arctic Monkeys - "Do I Wanna Know?"


01. Crystal Castles - "Loving and Caring"
02. Down - "N.O.D."
03. Corrosion of Conformity - "Albatross"
04. The Afghan Whigs - "Gentlemen" [Classic Album Spotlight]
05. Soundgarden - "Non-State Actor"
06. Placebo - "For What It's Worth"
07. Seether - "Words as Weapons"
08. Nine Inch Nails - "Deep"
09. Nine Inch Nails - "1,000,000"
10. Johnossi - "Seventeen"
11. Local H - "Team" [Killer Cover]
12. Bloody Hammers - "What's Haunting You?"
13. The Afghan Whigs - "Now You Know" [Classic Album Spotlight]
14. Queens of the Stone Age - "Fairweather Friends"
15. Motörhead - "Too Late Too Late"

22 October 2014

The Voltage Factory Launches Tonight on Vanya Radio

Tune in tonight at 8:00pm EST where I'll be hosting Vanya Radio's The Voltage Factory a blend of rock, punk and metal from yesterday and today. It'll be two hours of sonic pleasure.

To listen, go to the Vanyaland site and stream, or download the TuneIn app for all Android, Apple and Windows based devices.

03 March 2014

3 Doors Dumb: Musicians are doing some real stupid shit lately, with no sign of slowing down

Let’s face it: in recent years, there have been some musicians who’ve proven themselves to be pretty awful people. Lostprophets singer and admitted child sex offender Ian Watkins immediately comes to mind. Before him there was ex-Murderdolls, ex-Dope, ex-Static-X guitarist Tripp Eisen who, in less than one month’s time, was charged in coast-to-coast incidents where he had sex with different underage girls — even kidnapping one of them. Earlier this week, As I Lay Dying singer Tim Lambesis pled guilty to attempting to hire an undercover agent to murder his wife. 

What happened to musicians getting popped for simple — even cool — infractions like Keith Richards’ reckless driving, the Who trashing hotel rooms, Ozzy pissing on the Alamo, or Izzy draining the lizard down the aisle of a domestic airlines flight? Hell even drug busts used to be so much cooler back in the day — check out Mick and Keef on the courthouse steps looking rock and roll as ever after pleading guilty to the infamous Redlands raid in 1967. 
Christmas Eve 1967...Leaving court for the holidays
Nowadays, artists are getting jailed for some of the dumbest shit imaginable. Remember a couple summers back when then Coheed and Cambria bassist Michael Todd got busted en route to the band’s gig opening for Soundgarden at the Comcast Center? Dude not only used the old, “I’ve got a bomb if you don’t give me all your Oxycontin” at an Attleboro Walgreens, but in his not-so-thought-out escape plan, he flagged down a passing taxi to use as the getaway vehicle. What about Creed singer Scott Stapp? Not for musical crimes against humanity. And not for that time he got into the most un-rock and roll fight ever when he brawled with 311 in a Baltimore hotel bar on Thanksgiving... 

Read the full article at Vanyaland.

14 February 2014

Don't Put These Songs on Your V-Day Mix

For all the lovebirds out there, it's extra special when Valentine's Day falls on a Friday or Saturday; you can plan a weekend getaway, go to dinner then out dancing and not have to worry about getting up for work the next day. And no matter what you do, there is going to be music involved. Maybe a special mix for your sweetie? Pretty simple, just find a song with the word “love” in the title and you're all set! 

Good thing Rock Music Menu is here to put a halt to that line of thinking. There are plenty of sappy songs to use in professing one's love for another, but beware of the trappings of throwing something together based on titles alone. Here are ten songs that have the "L" word in the title but are the worst to spin this evening because of anti-love meanings or due to being just plain cringe-worthy.

R.E.M. - "The One I Love" 
Ah, the ever sensitive and poetic musings of the college rock poster boys of the mid 80s and early 90s. Except this, while it goes out to the one frontman Michael Stipe loves, but has “left behind.” It’s a kiss off in the most brutal way, one where he even confesses that the loved was merely a “simple prop to occupy my time.” Ouch.

Van Halen - Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love
It might seem obvious to stay away from a song that explicitly states in its title that love is what it "ain't" about, but not everyone gets it. Look no further than the first line where David Lee Roth spits out the line, "I heard the news baby/all about your disease." That sounds like someone you don't want to get involved with, because love shouldn't be synonymous with a visit to the clinic.

Roy Orbison – “Bye Bye Love”
Good ol’ Roy isn’t saying goodbye to his baby while he’s walking out the door to go to work for the day. He’s flat out despondent over his girl being through with him. When he croons during the first chorus, “Bye Bye happiness/Hello loneliness/I think I’m gonna cry” it’s like, aww, not so bad; dude will be fine. Yeah, that goes up in smoke by the second chorus when he changes it up to, “Bye bye sweet caress/Hello emptiness/I feel like I could die,” it’s a punch straight to the gut.