Soundgarden - Eyelid’s Mouth
From the best album I’ve heard all year.
Ooh, I’m really liking the new Soundgarden album so far.
I’ve always found it odd that the music I like best is obviously “alternative,” (whatever that means, really), yet the two most important bands in the history of alt music (Pearl Jam and Nirvana) never really spoke to me. There, I’ve said it. Nevertheless, I’m spending this Sunday watching Pearl Jam Twenty, and so far what I’m enjoying most are the reminiscences of this fellow, whose music did, and does, speak to me. To each her own, I guess.
Last night I went to see Chris Cornell at the Fillmore Miami Beach. The management was really strict about taking pictures and video. Some people got away with it. I didn’t even try, since I always get busted, but I did get some scratchy audio, which is possibly just as infringing, so I’m posting only a small portion of one of my favorite performances of the evening: As Hope and Promise Fade.
I have to say I was a bit skeptical about seeing this show, since I thought my “solo acoustic” concert-going days were over (I’ve been requiring louder, edgier fare of late), and I don’t know that much about Chris Cornell’s work after Soundgarden. Now, though, I have a new respect for him, since it’s no small feat to go out there alone for two hours with nothing but a few guitars and make it interesting even to those who aren’t hard-core devotees. He’s got what it takes, though, and was even gracious enough to step aside while allowing a young fan to get up on stage to propose to his pregnant girlfriend in the audience. It was, to quote Chris, “very sweet,” and as down as I am on marriage, I have to hope these kids make it just so they can tell the story to their grandchildren someday.
Anyway, I’m very glad I went, and as if spending an evening in the presence of one extremely sexy charismatic musician per week isn’t enough, in a few days I’ll be breathing the same air as Brandon Boyd and the rest of Incubus. I hope I have the strength.
Soundgarden - Live to Rise
Like the sun.
Well, bummer - my evening with Chris Cornell has been postponed - new concert date TBA. I saw via Twitter that he has a cold, but so does everyone here in Miami right now (including me), so perhaps it’s all for the best. I do think he should come here anyway just to get warm, rest up, and get better. Meanwhile, I now have a little more time to get familiar with his post-Soundgarden work.
Perfect. I’m going to see Chris Cornell on Sunday. I think it’s supposed to be an acoustic show, but wouldn’t it be awesome if he did an Incubus cover?
Incubus - Black hole sun (Soundgarden cover)