Why Do Jam Bands Carry Such a Stigma?

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By: Leslie Simon
Jam. Band. Apart, these two words are innocuous. Put them together, though, and for whatever reason they become instantly polarizing. Whenever the subject of jam bands comes up, it seems to send some people into a frenzy of dogmatic snideness. So why the stigma? Well, to answer that, we've probably got to go back to beginning.


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Ten Questions with That Metal Show's Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson

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I grew up in a town where almost every kid wore a jean jacket and worshiped at the altar of Ozzy Osbourne. KNAC blared from garages and Skid Row was played over the loudspeaker at our city's annual carnival. Needless to say, I know a thing or two about metal, which might have something to do with why I find myself watching "That Metal Show" on VH1 Classic even though I'm not what anyone would call a metalhead.

Honestly, the longhairs in my town looked for any reason to kick ass and this created a fear of metal fans that lasts to this day. Most dudes (cuz there ain't no girls into metal) I know these days who are into metal are super cool people and not the sorts who want to start fights. Still, when I think of the genre, I think of that older kid who lived around the corner from me. He had a bad teenage moustache and he'd spray the hose at us anytime we walked past his house.

Maybe that's why I dig the show so much. Behind closed doors, I can listen to hosts Eddie Trunk, Jim Florentine and Don Jamieson talk about shredding guitarists and wailing singers without feeling like I'm about to get a beat down.

Hopefully no fisticuffs take place on Friday night as comedians Florentine and Jamieson bring their stand-up act to the Rhythm Lounge in Long Beach. I've seen Florentine before (even hung out with him for a bit although he'd never remember me) and if Jamieson's act is even half as funny as Florentine's, then the show should be the equivalent of watching Slayer play South of Heaven while making out with Lita Ford.

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Hott MT Video Featuring Wayne Coyne Now on the Interwebz!

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Ahoy! Hott Mt's song featuring Wayne Coyne has surfaced on the interwebs! It's even more spectacular than we thought.

The local OC band that traveled all the way to Oklahoma City just over a week ago to barge in on The Flaming Lips front man (and give him their album as a birthday present) didn't keep us waiting long before unleashing their sure-to-be-a-hit music video.

"Never Hate Again," featuring Coyne, was posted on Delo Creative's YouTube channel, Saturday. (Delo Creative is the production company responsible for many Flaming Lips YouTube videos.) In the short time "Never Hate Again" has been living in cyber space, it has already received nearly three thousand hits and a slew of comments. One YouTube commenter wrote, "Retardedly good. I love you guys."


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Two Guns to Use Solar Powered Amplifier for Long Beach's Buskerfest

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There's stiff competition at BuskerFest this Saturday; 11 bands take to the streets of East Town Village in Long Beach to play unplugged sets for a roving audience, with the goal of garnering the most wooden nickels for the grand prize--a $2,500 vinyl pressing.

Five-piece Two Guns has a secret weapon: an amplifier powered by solar energy, via a generator fashioned out of a six-pack cooler.

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Top Protest Songs Hijacked by Patriots

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There are many things we do to celebrate our nation's birth. We drink, of course. We set off fireworks. We eat red meat. And during all of this, we have patriotic tunes in the background. But this year, we suggest you take a closer listen to some of the songs you may put on. Not all are as pro-American as you may think. 
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My Morning Jacket Wants to be Dengue Fever

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Kentucky band My Morning Jacket's foray into revivalism on their latest, Circuital (out May 31),  involve making soul palatable to bros via rock & roll. Actually it's something frontman Jim James has done throughout their career, but on their latest single "Holdin' On to Black Metal," James goes beyond reinventing Motown and Stax-Volt and delves into 1960s Thai pop. 
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Junip's Tobias Winterkorn: Five Favorite Things About the USA

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Swedish folk-psych band Junip knows a little bit about traveling the world--their stand-out song "Rope and Summit" is about conquering metaphorical mountains, and between their recent international break-out and singer/guitarist Jose Gonzalez's earlier solo career, they've conquered plenty of literal territory too. There's even two bars in Thailand where "Rope and Summit" gets played every day, says synthesizer player Tobias Winterkorn, thanks to a super-fan and old roommate spreading the good word. But when they visit America, there are certain things they look forward to that they just can't find anywhere else. Winterkorn shares his five favorite things about the U.S.A. en route to his show at Detroit Bar on Saturday.



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Demo of Micro Championship Wrestling: 'I Was Never Into Music Until I Started Deejaying at Strip Clubs'

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We recently caught up with Demo, "the World's Smallest Wrestler," from Micro Championship Wrestling to ask him what he likes to do when he's not kicking large amounts of ass in the ring. He is going to be performing tonight at the Galaxy Concert Theatre alongside Middle Class Rejects. After the jump, read about his strip-club deejaying other life and how he loves fathering.

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David Letterman Starts Record Label, Signs Huntington Beach's Runner Runner

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According to Spin magazine, Late Show host David Letterman has started up a new music label called Clear Entertainment/C.E. Music, as a subsidiary of Worldwide Pants, Inc.

And his first band signed? A pop punk band called Runner Runner right out of Huntington Beach. Runner Runner's line-up consists of Ryan Ogren, Nick Bailey, Peter Munters, Jon Berry and James Ulrich. You might (or might not) recognize Berry's name as one of the founding members of Rufio.

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Another Festival We'd Rather Go To: Long Beach's Avi Buffalo Added to Sasquatch!

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The line-up for this year's Sasquatch was just announced and hey, turns out it's another festival line-up we'd much rather go see than Coachella.

Sasquatch, which is famously held at the Gorge in Washington (two hours outside of Seattle), will be held over Memorial Day weekend, May 29-30.

The line-up so far features some favorites like My Morning Jacket, Massive Attack, Band of Horses, the XX, New Pornographers, Kid Cudi, No Age, Girls, Pavement, the Fruit Bats and more.

The festival also boasts another major plus over Coachella: It's cheaper. Like, way cheaper. Like, $170 for three-day passes. Whereas Coachella is gouging us with $265 three-day passes.  

Also awesome: Long Beach locals Avi Buffalo are on the line-up! (Check out the photos from their performance with the Soft Pack at Fingerprints in January.)

Besides, why don't we get a fuzzy Coachella mascot in a viking hat?

The full line-up (well, so far) after the jump. 

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