Artist: Gene Simmons.
Known for his relentless hawking of useless KISS-related merchandise, and of course his marginally competent bass-playing for said band of prancing and posing party-rockers, Gene Simmons' long awaited second solo album has finally hit the shelves, or more to the point, the fan. For what else would you expect from an album titled "Asshole" then 12 or so horrifically unmemorable steaming turds. I've squeezed out farts more melodious than every single track on this record.
Artist: David Cross
Title:It's Not Funny
Not since the late Bill Hicks has a comedian so accurately conveyed the hypocrisy inherent in government and world policies with such a keen eye focused on the hilarious absurdity of it all. From religion to politics to the lighter side of everyday life such as abortion and underage sex, Cross masters the art of satire and social commentary as cogently as Noam Chomsky vivisects the new world order. Coming off as an average guy with above-average observational tendencies and comedic timing, the listener is continually urged to hang on Cross' every word, confident in the fact that it will all lead to an extremely pertinent, urgent point, which he never ceases to effortlessly twist into the punchline of these profound and topical rants.
Artist: Eagles of Death Metal
Title:Peace Love Death Metal
It takes a band with knackers the size of grapefruits to employ a a cover-art color scheme of baby-blue and pink. That being said, the swagger and balls-out glam boogie of Eagles of Death Metal's "Peace Love Death Metal" (which is neither Eagles-like or death metal f.y.i.) speaks volumes for the collective members endowments. Although somewhat akin to drummer Josh Homme's brilliantly sludge-laden Desert Sessions series, singer/guitarist Jesse Hugh's rollicking falsetto is what sets this apart from that murky stoner-Sabbath vibe. Channeling the ghosts of 50's rock-a-billy, 60's soul, and 70's kitch, this band of misfits perfectly captures the fun and abandon of rock n roll's true spirit without seeming the least bit contrived. Highly recommended for fans of Queens of the Stoneage, early Cheap Trick and "Some Girls"-era Rolling Stones