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If you aren’t familiar with the band and the album title didn’t tip you off, Testify is a work of gospel music. It’s technically “sacred steel” music—gospel with a slather of the bluesy steel guitar (here, courtesy of the celestial Roosevelt Collier)—though it’s unmistakably religious. But whether or not the subject matter is to your taste, the music that it’s inspired here is something to behold. Along with a soulful showing by The Lee Boys, Evil Teen co-founder Warren Haynes and Jimmy Herring throw their talents into the mix on a few tracks, with Herring providing some searing licks on the title track “Testify” and Haynes lending his scruffy pipes to “I’m Not Tired.” Testify might not convert non-believers, but damn if it won’t get them dancing. Great album. John Specials give it five out of five stars.


Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips will be getting a letter from the Transportation Security Administration telling him how much his fine will be for carrying a disarmed hand grenade in his carry-on luggage at Will Rogers World Airport.

Coyne, of Oklahoma City, was on a trip to Los Angeles on Nov. 10 when a TSA agent spotted a hand-grenade in his bag at a security checkpoint.

The agent closed the checkpoint and began protocols for dealing with a live bomb. The TSA explosives expert was not on duty at the time but quickly arrived and determined the grenade, painted gold, had been deactivated and posed no threat. According to police reports, Coyne said the grenade, which had a hole in the bottom, was a gift given to him at a party in Arkansas.

The west security checkpoint was closed. While people in line behind Coyne missed flights during the one-hour security delay, most were rebooked and sent on their way.

Neither Coyne nor Flaming Lips manager Scott Booker could be reached for comment.

Coyne tweeted an apology and posted a photo on Twitter next to the etched-glass depiction of the Flaming Lips at the airport, along with a status update.

“Sorry Sorry Sorry! Everyone that was inconvenienced because of my grenade at OKC airport!!” Coyne wrote on Twitter.

Since then, the story has been twisted all sorts of ways by websites everywhere.

Kevin Donovan, TSA’s federal security director for Will Rogers, described the incident.

“One checkpoint was closed for less than an hour, not the whole airport,” he said in a phone interview Tuesday afternoon. “Our Transportation Security Specialist-Explosives guy was not on-site. He got there and cleared everything up.”

Donovan said the whole event went by the book.

Coyne’s mistake is not expected to result in any criminal charges, but he most likely will be subject to a fine, Donovan said.

“Pending completion of our investigation, there could be substantial fines for Coyne,” Donovan said.

Events like this are more common than the public knows.

“We don’t make a big deal out of this stuff,” Donovan explained. “However, when it’s a celebrity, it gets reported everywhere.”Image

Donovan is glad to use the incident to remind people to be careful what they bring to the airport. With holiday travel picking up now, travelers should check all their bags for contraband items.

“In Oklahoma City, people bring firearms. They forget they’ve got them in their bags and check them and that does cause a real problem,” he said. “Please, check and make sure guns are left at home.”

According to the police report, Coyne said he should have known better. He was released after the incident.

The Flaming Lips are a Grammy-Award winning band from Oklahoma City; the Lips’ song “Do You Realize??” is the official rock song of Oklahoma.

Soundgarden – King Animal

Posted: November 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

The sixth studio album for the rock band led by Chris Cornell is its first release of new music in 16 years.Image

Other than ‘Been Away Too Long’ there are no obvious singles here. Rather, each track takes on a propulsive and seductive weight far greater than the sum of its parts when listened to in succession.
King Animal doesn’t sound like a nostalgia-fed cash grab, nor is it poisoned by the desperate commercialism of Cornell’s post-Soundgarden projects. Instead, it picks up where 1996’s Down On The Upside left off, layering Cornell’s distinct howl over psychedelic textures, off-kilter time signatures and heavy, chugging riffs courtesy of way-underrated guitarist Kim Thayil.
I give this album 2 out of 5 stars.

I had to listen to this album a couple times before I could form an opinion. I could hear a lot of the 70s Aerosmith mixed with a more modern vibe. The sound of this album is kind of different from the older stuff. Some songs are unique and can’t be considered to belong to previous records but other songs Imagemay be part of some of them without a problem.. I felt like Joe Perry and Brad Whitford did a good job with the guitar work. It was definitely a mixture of hard rock and blues. A few of the tracks like “Freedom Fighter” “Something” and “Closer” felt like they were a bit hollow. Almost like they were missing that full sound Aerosmith fans have become accustomed to listening to their earlier work.

Other tracks like “Beautiful“, “Street Jesus“, “Luv XXX“, and “Out Go The Lights“definitely delivered. They’re three songs that make us remember “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” playing the piano in “Another Last Goodbye“, “We All Fall Down” and “What Could Have Been Love“.

Lyrically, this album stayed true to Aerosmith form. Earlier albums were never short of creative and sometimes funny lyrics. This albums offers more of the same. All in all I give this album 4 out of five stars. I have never been a fan of rock ballads, and the only reason I didn’t give this album a perfect score was the that it went a little overboard on the ballad factor.

Former Guns N’ Roses guitarist is back with a sequel to his debut album.

Vocals: Myles Kennedy

Bass and backing vocals: Todd Kerns

Drums: Brent Fitz.

Another hard driving rock album with plenty of screaming solos and crunchy rhythm guitars.  Myles Kennedy is not my favorite vocalist, but the vintage Slash style will please even the most avid Guns N Roses fan. Recommended tracks include: Standing in the Sun, Anastasia and Hard and Fast.

This album definitely has a modern sound. However, you can still feel the late 80s Slash coming through with an added grungy flair. The only negatives being in the vocals and repetition in some of the riffs.

I give this album 4 out of 5 starts.

Rated by John A Special