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4th Mar 08 (Tue) Leave a comment

So King’s X‘s XV comes out on May 20th… they are one of my favorite rock bands… ever.  They’ve got great guitars (Ty Tabor), great bass and vocals (Doug Pinnick), and idiosyncratic-yet-powerful drumming (Jerry Gaskill), and great vocal melodies/harmonies from all three men.  They are the godfathers of grunge… mentors/trailblazers to Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, and the like.

I’ve seen King’s X live upwards of 15 times, and rarely in my hometown (*grin*).  The only thing that has kept me from going to their shows would be something like… well… my own wedding rehearsal dinner (*blush*my wife is my favorite*blush*).  I hope they hit the PacNW on the next tour… it’s been 3 years since I last saw ’em… I’m jonesin’…

http://www.myspace.com/kingsx

This is, as the name suggests, their fifteenth record (though, my my count, that means the Sneak Preview record, Atlantic Best Of, and the Metal Blade Live All Over the Place record all count… which is fuzzy math, if you ask me).  Anyway, they’ve been around as a trio since 1983 (so… 25 years), and that’s an accomplishment in these times.

Their last album before this one was the fantastic Ogre Tones (in 2005).  I’d say my favorite five records of theirs are (in chrono order): Gretchen Goes To Nebraska (1989), Dogman (1994), Ear Candy (1996), Please Come Home…Mr. Bulbous (2000), and Ogre Tones (2005).  And, in my opinion, you can’t go wrong with any of them (well, OK, Black Like Sunday didn’t float my boat).

I’m really looking forward to this new one, XV.  It’s produced by the same guy who did Ogre Tones, Mr. Michael Waggoner.  Plus regarding recent output, Doug Pinnick’s solo record from last year (Strum Sum Up) was great.

The Top 5

The Rest (is also damn good)

Anyway, I’ve been buying a lot less music lately since starting the PhD program… and this one, well, I’m looking forward to spending my “ration”… :-)

~Dan – np: An Endless ContortionistEndless Contortionist Quartet

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