Under the Radar

Them Crooked Vultures Remind Us (Me) What We're Supposed to Be Doing Here

Here we are, about seven months into this blog. We've now got lots of statistics and data about what you people like to read and the evidence is compelling: nobody wants to read what we've got to say about music. 

If we come up with a story about waterboarding or birth certificates or first-person shooter games, the pageviews go through the roof and we get lots of comments.

The good news (for me) is that we're in the middle of a site redesign that will make it easier for us to post things and easier for you to see what our popular posts are.

So, back to the music. I enjoy writing about Andy Williams' politics every bit as much as you like commenting on them, but it would be nice to occasionally generate some response with something that everyone could agree on.

All you people (at least the ones who've ever purchased any kind of rock music released in the last 50 years) should be able to agree on the new album by Them Crooked Vultures, a band put together by Led Zeppelin's John Paul Jones that features Dave Grohl (playing drums!) and John Homme from Queens of the Stone Age.

The album's songs blatantly rips Zep every which way, in a fashion purely designed to remind you that Jones created almost all of the atmospherics that made Led Zeppelin sound so mysterious.

"New Fang" is the single, but the standout songs here are "Nobody Loves Me & Neither Do I" and "Elephants."

So, our new page design is coming. We're going to use it to get back to writing about the actual movies and music in addition to writing about how Glenn Beck believes this record proves that the President is a space alien. 

Oh, yeah. You can buy Them Crooked Vultures at Amazon or iTunes.

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