Tuesday, December 6, 2011

My Chemical Romance perform on 'Yo Gabba Gabba'

My Chemical Romance are set to perform on Nickelodeon's Yo Gabba Gabba!'s "A Very Awesome Christmas" episode December 18 at 8 p.m. on Nick Jr.

However, fans need not wait until December 18 to hear "Every Snowflake's Different (Just Like You)," the original individuality-celebrating song the band played for the show, thanks to an Entertainment Weekly EXCLUSIVE VIDEO of the performance!

In 2009, MCR vocalist Gerard Way publicly expressed his desire to perform on YGG! in an interview with MTV:

"I have this secret desire to do a children's show, and then I saw Yo Gabba Gabba, and I was like, 'Oh, this is genius. This is better than anything I could've come up with,'' Way laughed. 'I watched [Devo mastermind] Mark Mothersbaugh draw a puppy, and I was like, 'This is the best thing I've ever seen.' I'm really aiming to get [My Chem] to perform a song about lemonade on Yo Gabba. ... I'm cooking this lemonade song up in my head as we speak.'

XoXo
c.

PS: This song and video fill me with unimaginable joy and giddiness. Haha!

UPDATE: December 7 @ 7:10 p.m.

Gerard Way has posted a blog entry about MCR's Yo Gabba Gabba! appearance, which includes his sketches of the band's costumes for the show!

"We talked a lot about Hoth and we definitely wanted a Yeti," Way said of the concept and his conversation with series creator Christian Jacobs.


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Regarding the next couple months...

Today, I am returning home for the holiday break.

The unfortunate thing about that is that, at home, I do not have reliable Internet access. So, I may not be able to post as much as I would like.

Still, I am writing this to assure everyone that I am going to try my hardest. If that means lugging my computer to the nearest McDonald's with WiFi when news drops, I'll do it.

And #MCRchat WILL continue over break, but I may have to make occasional cancellations.

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Limited Edition My Chemical Romance T-shirt designed by Gerard Way on sale now for Charity

My Chemical Romance vocalist Gerard Way has designed a limited edition shirt for MASScanvas.

$5 of every purchase of the "Party Poison" shirt, which is limited to only 774 prints, will go to My Chemical Romance's chosen charity, the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The shirt costs $30 and can be purchased here.


Watch Way's design process in the video below.



More shirts from MCR's Good Vs. Evil design contest.

XoXo
c.

PS: Today marks one year since the release of Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys! What an amazing year it as been! Check out Frank's new blog post about it.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

My Chemical Romance Big Day Out "Sideshows" Announced

UPDATE: November 20, 2011 @ 3:33 p.m. EST

Pre-sale tickets will be available to fans from noon on Friday, November 25 to 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, November 27. Enter the password: "BIGDAYOUT" when purchasing tickets.

ORIGINAL POST: November 20, 2011 @ 2:40 p.m. EST
Big Day Out has announced three "sideshow" dates My Chemical Romance are set to play while on the touring festival.

Dates, locations and ticket-purchase links:
Note: The ticket links will redirect before sale day

Tickets go on sale to the public Monday, November 28. However, a pre-sale for fans will run Friday November 25 through Sunday, November 27.

The shows, for which Closure in Moscow is set to open, will be played at smaller venues (roughly 5,000-6,000 capacity compared to stadiums of roughly 40,000) and have a more intimate feeling than the larger festival.

Bands playing BDO often do "side tours" while on the Australia-and-New-Zealand-spanning festival tour.

XoXo
c.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Thank You! (Signed MCR Shirt Giveaway to Come!)

MASScanvas 'We've Got The Bomb' and 'Reflection' Shirts
Thanks to donations from blog-readers, I have been able to purchase two of the MASScanvas/My Chemical Romance for-charity t-shirts!

In addition to those, MASScanvas sent me a rare print of the "We've Got The Bomb" shirt signed by all four MCR members!

I hope to do a giveaway of those shirts for my readers as soon as possible. Unfortunately, I do not have the funds for shipping just yet, but I'm working on it.

The shirts will be given away eventually, though. I promise.

MASScanvas 'We've Got The Bomb' shirt Signed by the members of My Chemical Romance
In the meantime, I just wanted to say "thank you" to those who donated. I'm so happy you have given me a way to give back that I would not have had on my own.

My next goal is to purchase one of the My Chemical Romance Shirts For A Cure t-shirts, because they are a bit cheaper than the ones from MASScanvas and #SingItForJapan.

Recently, Gerard Way designed an exclusive White Violin (from his comic, The Umbrella Academy) shirt for Shirts For A Cure, which was sold at New York Comic Con and is now available, in limited quantities, online.

I believe I'm about $10 away from achieving my Shirts For A Cure goal!

Again, thank you all so much for your support!

I hope to be able to give these shirts away soon.

XoXo
c.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

My Chemical Romance Ready to Record Next Album [The Overdue Detailed Post]



Despite previous claims made by guitarist Frank Iero, My Chemical Romance say that the do not think they will have a new album out as soon as summer, 2012, but they are ready to begin the recording process now.

In a Rolling Stone interview, Iero had said, "I definitely see new music coming out or at least being worked on throughout the rest of this year and hopefully maybe something coming out by summer."

However, the guitarist corrected himself in the Fuse interview embedded above, saying:

"I think I lied when I said that. I had nothing else to say, so I said, 'Yeah, we'll have a record out by summer.'"

Still, vocalist Gerard Way says that the band is already looking at recording spaces for their future album.

"We're currently, actually-- we're just going to hole up somewhere and we're going start already. So, as soon as this [touring cycle] ends. We're actually already looking at locations. We're just going to start working alone," Way said.

Way mentioned that the band has a very clear direction for their next album already, which is something they say they have not experienced in a long time.

When asked why they feel that they have such a clear "game plan," as Gerard called it, now, Iero said, "I think a lot of shit happened to us in the past couple years. A lot of stuff that is ready to pour out. I think with the last record, we needed to kind of get our legs back into being a band again. And we did that pretty quickly. Now, I think, we've had two years of playing within this unit, and we feel really good about it, and the creative juices are just really flowing right now."

As for their plans for the rest of this year, Way said, "Working, writing. That's it. We're just going to dive right in; because, we actually don't feel like we need a break. I think after Parade, it was like we needed a year break. But, we don't really need one. We're just healthy. We've been through a lot of crap together. I think I'm going to write more comics, which I'm excited about. Just stuff like that."

My Chemical Romance members have mentioned that they are constantly writing, and--as early as July and August--had hinted that they were ready to record.

XoXo
c.

Saturday, October 29, 2011

My Chemical Romance Play Voodoo Festival in Medieval Style, Share Costume Experiences

Last night, My Chemical Romance played New Orleans' Voodoo Experience in full costume: an early Halloween treat for those in attendance; as, the band are not playing their usual Halloween show this year.

While the band members primarily were dressed as knights, I believe, Frank Iero was a wizard, and some have said James Dewees was a king.

The guys, Gerard with his hair dyed black for the first time since last year, sat down with Fuse's Juliya to talk about playing Voodoo and about their costumes, past and present.



Some fans will remember the Texas costumes to which the band refers as the eclectic mix of garb the guys donned in The Woodlands on September 26.

Frank was Chucky, Mikey was Jason Voorhees, Gerard was a knight and Ray Toro was, as Gerard said in the video above, "I couldn't give two fucks."

Voodoo Festival is the final confirmed date MCR are set to play in the U.S. in 2011. They will head to Australia and New Zealand this winter for Big Day Out Festival.

XoXo
c.

PS: I am sorry for the lack of updates lately. This academic quarter has been annihilating my whole life.

There is, however, an advantage to it all: I've had more time to absorb and digest news so that I can write about it in better detail when I do have time. After this week, I should begin to have far more time! (I hope.)

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Interview: Dustin Kensrue of Thrice

Some of the strongest bands function as more of a family unit than as partners in music. With more than a decade of experience behind them, Thrice have proven themselves among the strong, and they're showing no signs of weakness, having recently released a new album, Major/Minor, and embarked on their current fall-spanning tour.

I spoke to Thrice vocalist/guitarist Dustin Kensrue about what it takes for a band to have longevity, their new album and how the band's helping out Invisible Children.

Read my full Thrice Q&A at ACRN.com.

XoXo
c.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Album Review: 'The Devil's Rain' - Misfits




Misfits
The Devil's Rain
Misfit Records
October 4, 2011











TRACKLISTING

1. The Devil's Rain
2. Vivid Red
3. Land Of The Dead
4. The Black Hole
5. Twilight of the Dead
6. Curse of the Mummy’s Hand
7. Cold In Hell
8. Unexplained
9. Dark Shadows
10. Father
11. Jack The Ripper
12. Monkey's Paw
13. Where Do They Go?
14. Sleepwalkin'
15. Ghost Of Frankenstein
16. Death Ray

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With detached appendages like monkey paws and mummy hands all outstretched at listeners in The Devil’s Rain, they might find that little actually grabs them.

Read my full review for ACRN.com
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Thursday, September 29, 2011

My Chemical Romance confirmed for 2012 Big Day Out Festival

Australia and New Zealand's Big Day Out Festival began announcing its 2012 line-up this morning.

Having been inundated with rumors that My Chemical Romance would be playing this year, fans were pleased when @bdo_official confirmed MCR, along with 16 other acts, about an hour ago.

The traveling Australia/New Zealand festival will span January 20 to February 5, 2012.


XoXo
c.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

My Chemical Romance members Hope to Return to the Studio Soon, Continue Side-projects

UPDATE: September 28, 2011 @ 12:40 p.m.

I was just sent a scan of the original Kerrang! article.

In the language Kerrang!, the original story source, used, the side-project aspect was less of a highlight than NME's report:
"And while the band members are all concentrating on My Chemical Romance for now, Frank believes that one day, they may each explore other projects--similar to his 2009 Leathermouth album XO-- before returning to the fold."
Kerrang! Magazine

ORIGINAL POST: September 28, 2011 @ 11:54 a.m.
According to NME, citing the latest issue of Kerrang!, Frank Iero of My Chemical Romance has said the band hopes to make a quick return to the studio, but will also continue with their side-projects.

Iero had told Kerrang!:
"We're being very creative right now. There are some really bright and creative things going on. At every soundcheck, we're coming up with new pieces of music that could turn into something incredible. So we're hoping to get into the studio soon and really harness that."

While My Chemical Romance has been working diligently on new material, Iero also said, according to NME, that he can see a future for his band LeATHERMOUTH and other creative outlets his bandmates in MCR could take beyond the band:

"I can see the other guys branching off and doing other things. Gerard has his writing, and he has plans for that, but he wants to direct too. And Ray is such an incredible talent. I'd love to see him get the credit he's due. I can see us branching off, but always coming back to this."

The Kerrang! issue excerpt says, "My Chemical Romance hint at new material and side-projects."

XoXo
c.

NOTE: As soon as I can find scans of Kerrang!, I will have a better handle on the facts. I'm not a big fan of NME's online spins. Thanks for your patience.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Donation Button Added for MCR-supported Charities and Blog Fund

UPDATE: September 27 @ 12:37 a.m.
I just reached enough in donations for my first purchase from MASScanvas, which means $2 will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation thanks to you guys! You rule!

ORIGINAL POST: September 26 @ 4:50 p.m.
If you look to the right, you will see a new blog feature. I have added a Paypal Donate button to my blog, mostly for the purpose of raising money for MCR-related charities.

Over the few years of this blog's lifespan, I have thought of a few ways to monetize my content and to make sure I remain able to provide it.

That doesn't take much, though, and I'd rather give than take.

So, inspired by the success of a UK-based MCRmy group that was recently featured on MCR's site, I decided to set up my own fundraising efforts.

If you choose to donate:
  • 90% will go toward the purchase of #SINGItForJapan or MCR's MASScanvas charity t-shirts.
  • Said shirts will be given away as a thank-you to my readers through this site.
  • The other 10%, will go toward a "blog fund," which will help with the minor expenses of maintaining this blog like keeping my custom domain name, and--in a distant future--possibly to buying a better Internet connection so I can stay updated while at home. I will also draw from this to help with shipping costs of the t-shirts.

Any little bit is appreciated and helpful.

If you do not want to donate this way, please consider purchasing a #SINGItForJapan or MCR MASScanvas t-shirt independently in support of the Red Cross and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, respectively!

Check out the video below from The Honda Civic Tour of MCR talking about their involvement with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Because the MASScanvas shirts are limited edition, the first donations will go toward them!




XoXo
c.

PS: This is my 400th post!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Unabridged Live Review: My Chemical Romance @ The Honda Civic Tour / September 13, 2011 / Cuyahoga Falls, OH

"Now, this could be the last of all the rides we take. So, hold on tight and don't look back."

My last show of the Honda Civic Tour. The finality of that weighed on me as I drove the 5 hours to the Cleveland area. From recent interviews, I had suspected it could be a while before we get to see MCR live again; so, I was armed to savor every moment my favorite band offered me at Blossom Music Center on September 13.

My friend and I arrived at about the same time MCR's bus pulled in, and we were able to hear a few slices of their soundcheck from the outside gates as we waited to go in. While waiting, we met the girl who was doing the tour report for Buzznet, and she snapped a picture of yours truly and other dressed-up MCR fans for the review (far left).

Once inside, my friend and I found our seat. After Matt & Kim, we obnoxiously stood up and started to do stretches, caring very little how crazy we may have looked to those around us.

Fortunately, "those around us" were great company in which to be. Next to us were two girls wearing My Chemical Romance shirts, and in front of us were several others dressed similarly. Hell, even the drunk lady who showed up halfway through their set was excitedly slurring to my friend about how much she loved "that Parade song." Before we had gone in, I had heard a guy grumble, "Man, I'm not liking how many MCR shirts I'm seeing." Too bad for you, sir. But, wonderful for us!

It was as if the crowds from the first HCT stop I attended to this one had been stair-stepping up in their concentration of MCR fans. Noblesville had had more MCR fans than Cincinnati, and Cleveland's number of MCR fans in the crowd seemed much denser than the previous two.

From the second they came out to "Na Na Na..." through the entire set, people were very much into it. Especially during "Teenagers." Before these shows, I had never realized how much of a far-reaching single "Teenagers" was. Every time, it seemed to be the song that got the biggest reaction. Still, "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W," a far less well known song also made an impact.

They thanked a couple friends who were in attendance and sang Happy Birthday to Jason Pettigrew of Alternative Press, adding a unique flair to the show and showing just how appreciative they are of their supporters and friends.

At the previous shows, my friend and I had stood on Ray's side of the stage, and for this one were on Frank's. I realized, as I watched from the new angle, that I and others have been very lucky that Frank's guitar straps have always held up. During "Helena" and the set's other ...Revenge bits especially, Frank stood out, thrashing and spinning with his guitar in a way that could get dangerous if the thin strap holding his instrument to him had happened to break.

The large, wooden pavilion heated up fast with the energy of MCR's set. As I felt sweat starting to drip down my own face, Gerard slipped off his jacket, confirming that it must have been hot in there. Cool-downs during "The Kids From Yesterday," "The Only Hope for Me is You," and--finally--"Cancer" were very much welcome.

It was really the perfect way to end the three-show run I had done on the tour: Surrounded by my fellow fans, covered in sweat, grinning like a fool and gulping for air as cell phones and lighters of thousands lit the Cleveland night.

The hardest part of this is leaving you...

SETLIST:
Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)
I'm Not Okay (I Promise)
Planetary (Go!)
The Only Hope for Me Is You
Mama
The Kids from Yesterday
Helena
Give 'Em Hell, Kid
Teenagers
S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W
Welcome to the Black Parade
Cancer


After MCR's set, my friend and I were fortunate enough to be able to talk to the guys briefly and "to...say goodbye, for a little while."

Frank was the first to come out to meet us both with a welcoming hug. "I see the boots are still going strong," he had said in greeting with a grin as he glanced at my shoes. I told him in amazement that he remembered my boots in the first place that they almost didn't survive a previous show I went to and that they may have to go into retirement soon.

I was a little overwhelmed meeting them this time because they all greeted me with a hug, something I have never once experienced from them.

I thought back to my 17-year-old self at a sit-down meet-and-greet. I had blurted, after telling Gerard how much his lyrics had helped me, "C-could I have a hug?" only to be shot down by both him and Big Worm. "You can have a high five, though?" he had then offered. I willingly took that, but I had been mortified by my brashness ever since.

And now, without asking, he--the second to come out after Frank--had opened his poncho-draped arms to hug me when I waved to him. I felt the crimson blush of my inner 17-year-old fade. Sweet redemption!

Ray and Mikey came up next, both following Frank's and Gerard's lead to hug me.

Needless to say, I was a little disoriented from the swirl of Chemical Hug-receiving. A lot of what I had planned to say flew straight from my brain and landed in a mushy puddle somewhere near my boots.

Frank didn't allow anything to become awkward, though, as he stood with my friend and me while the rest of the guys went off to sign a poster a few feet away. We talked about everything ranging from Taco Bell ("I love their Cinnamon Twists. I get into fights with people at Taco Bell. They wont give me them instead of nachos. I've thought about writing to "Mr. Taco Bell..."), "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" and how he doesn't know how the crowd reacts to it because he can't look up (we reassured him that we love it), "Skylines and Turnstiles" in Detroit, and what the guys may be doing after the tour.

He seemed so bashful as we told them how proud we are of them and he said, "You girls are too much" and hugged us again. It's hard not to compliment them endlessly, though. Especially after one has just seen them play.

Frank had to be pried away to go sign the posters the rest of the guys had just finished with, and the others came back. Gerard talked to me briefly and thanked me for "catalogue-ing" things for them. He had said, "Frank keeps a lot of that stuff, but you really help out, too," which amazed me: that he even knew something I do.

When Ray came back by, he gave me a high five (a very high one, at that. He's quite tall) and told me, "See you next year!" I told him, "I'll be here. I'm not going anywhere."

Mikey didn't say much, but he was kind enough to hug us "hello" and "goodbye" and to tell us to "be safe home" before they all hugged us one last time and departed.

The thing that always amazes me about MCR is how thankful they are. They thanked US for coming out to their shows. As if it's a chore. We, of course, thanked them back. Several times.

There's really nothing in the world I'm more thankful for than MCR. They have brought so much to my life and have taught me so many things over the years. They've given me something so powerful to believe in and to pass on. To see them live and to get to talk to them in person is an absolute blessing.


XoXo
c.

Read the official Buzznet/MCR Tour Report.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Unabridged Live Review: My Chemical Romance @ The Honda Civic Tour / September 10, 2011 / Noblesville, IN

I've learned every dance move my body is capable of from My Chemical Romance.

That was the thought I had on September 10 in Noblesville, Indiana as I found myself strangely dancing (only when not jumping or thrashing) along naturally to MCR. And if you know me at all, you will understand that I do not dance.

However, a lot lead up to that dance revelation...

In my previous Honda Civic Tour review, I had mentioned my GPS's affinity for backroads and strange routes. As it turns out, no matter what settings I program into the thing, it still wants to take me through horrifying, surely-murderer-filled small towns in the middle of nowhere. Other than being guided away from the beaten path, my bad luck from the last show seemed to have scampered elsewhere.

My best friend and I arrived at the Verizon Wireless Music Center one state away from home around 5 p.m., on schedule despite all of our strange detours, to retrieve our tickets.

As we walked to the box office, I saw many familiar faces. In the parking lot, I saw a girl I had met at the Cincinnati show, and close to the front of one of the many the lines, wearing a Mikey Fuckin Way shirt, a girl I had stood near at Cleveland show in April and who had also been at the front of the line for the Cincinnati HCT show.

It's interesting how, after a few shows, one starts to recognize people. It's also funny how those faces change over the years as fans migrate in and out. The set of faces I recognized from the first shows I went to is not the same set I recognize now, aside from the few countenances that have changed only as a result of aging.

While waiting for the lines to go in, I saw Tiffany again, and finally got to properly meet fellow MCRmy moderator Laurie. She, my best friend and her three friends, who had all traveled all the way from the south for the show, sat in a circle and talked MCR until it was time to go in.

Even before getting inside, I knew the Indiana crowd would be better for MCR than the Cincinnati one was. The sheer number of MCR shirts and Killjoy get-ups I saw was very reassuring. All signs had pointed to its being a good birthday show for bassist Mikey Way.

All day leading up to the show, I had been trying to promote a birthday project for Mikey. It would involve the crowd's trying to start a chorus of "Happy Birthday" during the first pause between songs. I was informed just before MCR went on that the first set pause would be after their first two songs.

After their opening with "Na Na Na..." and immediately following showcase of old-school anthem "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)," I and those around me tried to belt out the birthday song at the top of our lungs. Unfortunately, despite our efforts, we were not loud enough for the the project to work.

Still, just a few songs later in the set, Gerard Way began singing the birthday song. Without his even announcing whose birthday it was, the crowd was prepared with a name when "happy birthday, dear Mikey" was upon them.

Check out my video of it below!



As always, My Chemical Romance did an amazing job, and--as I had predicted--the crowd was way more in tune with them than at the previous show I had attended.

The sing-alongs were louder, and the energy exchange was much greater. Only one person near me chanced disrespect for the band during MCR's set, which was a relief after the disheartening behavior so many show-goers in Cincinnati had displayed.

A highlight was seeing MCR play "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" (Spotify | iTunes) live. It was so touching, and the up-and-down arm movements Gerard directed the crowd to do resonated through the entire amphitheater, creating what was surely a stunning visual from the stage.

"S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W" is a song that has come to mean a lot to me and that has helped me cope with many things. I never thought I would get to see it live. I found myself tearing up as I sang along to it in disbelief.

Their setlist, with the inclusion of the aforementioned song and the exclusion of a few previous staples, differed greatly from the Cincinnati one:

"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
"Planetary (GO!)"
"The Only Hope For Me Is You"
"Mama"
"The Kids From Yesterday"
"Helena"
"Teenagers"
"Give 'Em Hell, Kid"
"S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W"
"Welcome to the Black Parade"
"Cancer"

As the songs shifted, MCR's digital backdrop changed among the prevailing images of the three albums from which they played: Displaying "the widow" during Danger Days..., the Demolition Lovers for songs from Three Cheers..., and the marching skeleton for those from The Black Parade.

From where I was, it was hard to see their expressions clearly, or to get a good grasp on what was going on onstage, but that made the experience no less touching, especially during "Helena," "The Kids From Yesterday" and "S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W," which all made my heart swell.

MCR's replacement drummer Jarrod Alexander fit in seamlessly, and no attention was drawn to him, while it was evident that the four official members of MCR had not let any past misfortunes on the tour hold them back.

As for finding myself moving uncontrollably to their music: Let's just say I went home to find several bruises covering my legs from jumping banging my legs against the seats in front of me. It's almost like one can't help it at shows like this one, where not everyone is as into it.

For me, at least, it makes me want to sing along just that much louder and give them back more energy than maybe I have to offer at all (as evidenced by occasionally losing my breath and feeling dizzy).

After MCR, my friend and I decided to stay for a few of Blink's songs, but after having just seen My Chem, everything else just pales comparison.

When we left, I discovered that my car battery had died while I was inside.
Uh-oh. The bad luck had returned...

Did it follow me to the Cuyahoga Falls/Cleveland show a couple days later? Check back for my upcoming review of that show to find out!

XoXo
c.

Check out the official tour report from Tiffany!

Monday, September 12, 2011

My Chemical Romance perform Reworked version of "Skylines and Turnstiles" [VIDEO]

Last night in Detroit, My Chemical Romance performed a reworked, quieter version of "Skylines and Turnstiles," in honor of the tragedy that the song is about on the tenth year anniversary of its having been written.

MCR frontman Gerard Way penned "Skylines and Turnstiles" after having witnessed the September 11 attacks firsthand. Seeing such a tragedy, as he has often explained, motivated him to want to do something more with his life to help others. Ultimately, what came of that inspiration was MCR.

"All we ever want to do is inspire somebody to be who they want to be and to give them a little bit of hope," Way said introducing the song last night.



XoXo
c.

PS: I saw MCR in Indiana on September 10 and will be seeing them again tomorrow in Cleveland. I will have reviews up here as soon as possible!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

My Chemical Romance Fires Mike Pedicone

As most of you probably already read, MCR guitarist Frank Iero announced via blog post on Friday September 2 that "the relationship between My Chemical Romance and [touring drummer] Michael Pedicone is over," after "[Pedicone] was caught red handed stealing from the band."

"We are heartbroken and sick to our stomachs over this entire situation. The band has no intention of pressing charges or taking this matter any further than we have to. We just want him out of our lives. The people who play in this band are a family, and family should not take advantage of each other like he did," Iero wrote.

In a Kerrang! exclusive, Pedicone made a statement explaining his side of the story.

Pedicone said that what had lead him to make the "poorest decision of [his] life" had been an ongoing conflict with a member of the crew, whom he had "tried to make...look incompetent" through his actions.

Since letting Pedicone go, My Chemical Romance has recruited drummer Jarrod Alexander, formerly of A Static Lullaby, to play with them live without missing a show of their current Honda Civic Tour.

"The show must go on," as Frank Iero said.

Good fucking riddance.

XoXo
c.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

My Chemical Romance perform with Queen's Brian May at Reading Festival

After speculation throughout the day about a "special guest" who would play with My Chemical Romance during their headlining spot at Reading Festival yesterday, Brian May of Queen took the stage with them to perform a cover of "We Will Rock You" and MCR's own "Welcome To The Black Parade" for their encore.

Check out the video from the performance below:



I am so proud of these guys. Beyond proud.

XoXo
c.

Friday, August 26, 2011

UPDATE! My Chemical Romance Announce Plans to Record New Album

UPDATE: August 26 @ 7:38 p.m.

In an interview with BBC Three today at Reading Festival, singer Gerard Way admitted that they are "considering putting something together very quickly" after Honda Civic Tour.

The Daily Star also reported that Way told them, “When we finished Danger Days we were sad in a weird way because we felt like we were just getting started" and that "[they've] got a a lot of new songs already."

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Original Post: August 22 @ 10:42 a.m.

According to Alternative Press, My Chemical Romance revealed at a recent Chicago tour stop that they will begin recording a new album following their current Honda Civic Tour.

No further details were given in the article.

I'll keep my eyes open for more information; though, that may be difficult: Honda Civic Tour killed my cell phone last night! A Review of that is coming soon!

XoXo
c.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Unabridged Live Review: My Chemical Romance @ The Honda Civic Tour / August 21, 2011 / Cincinnati, OH

Gerard Way has said that the Killjoys wear "bad luck beads," wooden bracelets with symbols of misfortune on them, in a way that counteracts the bad luck's finding them. If it's always with you, in theory, it wont be looking for you.

I should have worn my bad luck beads to the Cincinnati stop of the Honda Civic Tour on Sunday.

Knowing that we had seats, my friend and I did not begin our trip to Cincinnati until later in the day, both of us with a strange feeling in our chests. Of course, I began that trip having forgotten my insurance card, and with a GPS that decided to take us wherever it pleased between home and the Riverbend Music Center.

When we got to the venue, the parking lot was closed and we were directed to park in a muddy field in which people were getting drunk and playing cornhole--a land of scratches, dents and flat tires waiting to happen. I had said to my companion Emily, "People are tailgating? Really? Don't they realize MCR is about to kill them all?"

We walked the distance to the venue, then everyone we came in contact with started having bad luck, as well: One found out her ticket was a counterfeit, and another found out she had seat tickets after having waited in line all day expecting pit. I think EmilyAllman and a couple girls from MCRmy Cincinnati were the only ones we met who survived our curse.

Everything we touched crumbled.

When we were going in, security stopped me and told me I could not have my camera, so my friend and I had to walk it back to my car. The skies had been threatening rain all day, but they only opened up and absolutely poured on us the second we were away from shelter and making the long walk back to my car. The parking lot flooded, and the rain was hitting us so hard that we couldn't see.

In all of that chaos, my cell phone was completely ruined, which explains my complete lack of pictures for this review.

The image that does accompany this post contains the Japanese kanji for "black cat," which is one of the Bad Luck Beads' symbols. I'm hoping it will work to ward off my bad luck for my next two HCT shows in Cleveland and Indiana!

All the mishaps leading up to the show only served as a stronger reminder to me that the world just dissolves for me while I'm watching MCR.

Though, another stroke of hard-to-ignore bad luck was our standing behind very tall men who admitted they were not in their assigned seats, but using them until the ticket-holders got there. Though it made it hard to see, and though they were making fun of MCR the entire time they played, it didn't phase me. Until, of course, they began laughing and making wrist-cutting gestures during "Famous Last Words," which made me want to wipe them from existence.

Still, I could jump high enough to see over their heads, and I was--indeed--jumping the entire time, despite the stillness of the people all around me and the water that was weighing down my boots.

Surprisingly, the crowd was pretty inactive during MCR. I had heard from other fans that that had been the case at the shows they had gone to, but I was in denial until I saw it for myself.

The crowd's general calmness made it even more exciting when I looked back to see the mass of people pumping their fists during "Welcome To The Black Parade" at Gerard's command, or flashing their hands at the end of "SING" as Gerard encouraged us to "keep shining" and to "mean something." He even praised the crowd for quickly obeying his order to put our hands up for clapping at the beginning of "Mama," saying we did it so quickly that he owed us cupcakes.

It was often difficult to hear what was said between songs, probably a result of Riverbend's decibel cap, which Gerard denounced early in the set: "It's happening in your city, and it fucking sucks," he had said.

Still, they ripped through their set as if nothing were holding them back, despite volume limits and a crowd that wasn't entirely theirs.

The stillness of the crowd made me want to give energy back to them even more. I hoisted my entire body into every move I made and sang along so fiercely that I felt my ribs begin to hurt from expanding and collapsing with such force. I'm still sore a couple days later, the way I would be if I had been within the pushing crowd and not in the seats.

Every time I see MCR, and especially at this show, surrounded by people who didn't really know what to expect, I feel so proud of them. And I feel proud to be a part of what they're doing: Something so much bigger than me and something so fearless and different.

Every time an MCR interview, music video or a Transmission from the website was was shown on the onstage screens between sets, I just felt exhilarated and proud. I found myself wanting to explain BL/ind to all the uncaring strangers around me. Haha!

Through the band's Japanese-spoken Better Living Industries video introduction to the very last notes of "Famous Last Words," I just felt so proud of them. It's tough to describe, but it was just this feeling of knowing, to your deepest core, that My Chem is doing something so very special and different. Watching it baffle people around me and seeing people outright fight it was, in a way, rewarding.

The guys in front of me making fun of MCR, the idiot behind me who yelled that Gerard was a "pussy" for not telling the crowd to mosh in the tiny pit before "DESTROYA" for safety reasons, all the horrible luck of the day: It all made it somehow better.

It showed me, again, that survival fire that MCR has always lit within their fans, that fearlessness to be who you are and love what you love with passion in the face of all the shit that gets thrown at you.

It's like in that NME interview in which Gerard talks about looking in the mirror and realizing he's still not cool. Surrounded by obstacles and people who didn't get it; getting dirty looks and walking past the parties to just get to the music, I felt that: I'm STILL not cool. MCR is still not a "cool" thing to like.

I like that.



Their set (not in order):
"Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)"
"Planetary (GO!)"
"Vampire Money"
"DESTROYA"
"SING"
"Helena"
"I'm Not Okay (I Promise)"
"DEAD!"
"Mama"
"Welcome To The Black Parade"
"Teenagers"
"Famous Last Words"

XoXo
c.

My Chemical Romance Announce MASScanvas Design Winners (Help MCR help the Make-A-Wish Foundation)

Last month, My Chemical Romance teamed up with MASScanvas to issue a "design challenge" to fans.

The goal was to create a t-shirt design based on the theme "Good vs. Evil" that, when sold, will benefit MCR's chosen charity, The Make-A-Wish Foundation.

My Chemical Romance has chosen the top five designs from over 240 submissions and has announced via video on the MASScanvas challenge website.



The T-shirts, which are onsale now for $25 each, have been limited to 2019 prints each and will be sold for a limited time. $2 of every purchase will go to Make-A-Wish.

The first people to order the shirts will also have a chance to win the first print of it, signed by My Chemical Romance.

Order your limited edition MASScanvas/ My Chemical Romance shirt here. Help MCR meet their goal of granting the wishes of three children for the Make-A-Wish foundations.

XoXo
c.

Monday, August 22, 2011

My Chemical Romance Announce Plans to Record New Album

Original Post: August 22 @ 10:42 a.m.
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According to Alternative Press, My Chemical Romance revealed at a recent Chicago tour stop that they will begin recording a new album following their current Honda Civic Tour.

No further details were given in the article.

I'll keep my eyes open for more information; though, that may be difficult: Honda Civic Tour killed my cell phone last night! A Review of that is coming soon!

XoXo
c.

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Chemical Romance invites fans to join Spotify. A New MCRmy Mission!


My Chemical Romance fans looking for a Spotify invite are in luck. A Spotify code request page has been added to MCR's official website. Those looking to start using the online streaming service who have not yet gotten an invite, need only enter their Email addresses to be sent one.

After fans have joined Spotify, they will be able to subscribe to the band's pre-show "Psych-up Mix" and more!

Fans, here's how we can help out MCR in return:

We can try to get My Chemical Romance into the Top 100 Spotify artists! Doing that is simple: we need only stream their music from Spotify...a lot! If we team together, perhaps we can make it work.

Just create a playlist on Spotify that includes a couple of the new MCR songs ("Bulletproof Heart" and "The Kids From Yesterday," for example), and play it on repeat. You can turn down the volume and keep it going at all times. Just, you know, remember to turn off Last.fm Scrobbling if you're using it.

You can subscribe to my "MCRmy Takeover" playlist if you want to join the mission! Just press "play" and set it to repeat!

So that we're all doing it at the same time, do that especially starting Monday, August 22.

XoXo
c.

Monday, August 15, 2011

My Chemical Romance News While I was Away

Hey, everyone.

As I explained in my previous entry, I had been taking some time away from my computer to be with my grandmother in the final days of her life.

Unfortunately, she passed away on August 8, and I haven't been taking it so well.

But I know she wouldn't want me to wallow. She always encouraged my writing and, though she didn't understand it, was interested in "that computer stuff" I do. So, I'm not going to stay offline and mope. I'm going to remember her encouragement and continue this "computer stuff," as she would say, full force.

Here is what has been happening in the My Chemical Romance world lately:

-July 26, 2011-
In conjunction with Japanese watchmaker Tokyoflash, My Chemical Romance released the Seikatsu Koujou Kyokusen (Translation: Better Living curved line) BLI watch.

It is available on the newly-designed MCR online store for $125.




-July 28, 2011-
MCR and Buzznet are holding a Honda Civic Tour Blogger competition. Winners will receive two tickets to their show of choice, photo passes and a chance for their review to be featured on Buzznet, the MCRmy and the official My Chemical Romance website.

MORE INFORMATION

The fan blog for the Boston show is now up on the MCR site.

Having recently gotten to do something similar (the World Contamination "tour reporter"), I would highly suggest entering. It was a lot of fun and is a great opportunity! Good luck!


-August 5, 2011-
MCR released their legendary "Psych-up Mix" as a Spotify playlist!

If you don't have Spotify yet, you can view the tracklisting here, and get Spotify through MCR's invite!


-August 8, 2011-
MCR performed "DESTROYA" and "The Kids from Yesterday" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Watch the performances below.



(Above video found through MCRupdates on Tumblr.)


-August 10, 2011-
Thanks to GerardWayBrasil, you can view scans of the 7-page Kerrang! feature, which chronicles-- in interview format--MCR's ten years as a band.

MyChemicalFreak also posted scans of the magazine's earlier article featuring the Way brothers.

There are a couple spin-off articles based on the Kerrang! feature. One from MusicNews about Gerard's comparing their first live performance to a "car crash," and another from MusicRooms about the dedication of their few fans at some of the first shows they played.


-August 11, 2011-
The official MCRmy has declared a "mission" for fans to spread the words about upcoming Honda Civic Tour dates and to submit show meet-up picture.

AbsolutePunk conducted an interview with Mikey Way. Keep your eyes open for it!


August 14, 2011
"SING" is set to be the music video on this week's episode of The Glee Project
More information.


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CassieTheVenomous.com will now return to its regular transmission frequency.

-STATIC-

XoXo
c.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Lack of Updates: An Explanation

Hey, everyone!

I just wanted to update to let you know why I've not been posting MCR news as fast and frequently. I know many of you have come to see this blog as a useful source for information. Things will return to normal, and I'm still keeping a pulse on the MCR news world, but-- for right now --I need to be with my family.

Those of you who follow me elsewhere have probably seen stories I've shared about my grandmother (Meme, as I have called her since I was a child). If not, here's the general back-story of the past 4 years and what brought everything to this point.

My Meme is the very reason I started writing. She would sit at a typewriter when I was too young to write and would transcribe the stories I dictated to her at the time. She taught me to paint and always encouraged me creatively. Without her, I don't know if I would be brave enough to even try at a career in writing.

Unfortunately, her health has declined severely over the past two weeks, and it is only a matter of time before she's gone.

I am spending as much time as possible away from the computer and at her side.

The past few days have been some of the very hardest of my life, and I know that worse ones are to come, but sometimes writing comes as a relief; so, I'm still here, I'm just being quiet for now.

Thank you all so much for your support. I will update whenever I find the strength.

XoXo
c.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Warped Tour Interview Series (Part Three): D.R.U.G.S.

Part three of a four-part interview series I conducted for ACRN.com at the August 2 stop of 2011's Vans Warped Tour

Supergroup D.R.U.G.S. (Destroy Rebuild Until God Shows) is still relatively young, as bands go, but with a full-length album, an EP and an already dedicated following, they set out on this year's Vans Warped Tour to show intrigued, sweaty audiences what years of prior experience and a new group dyanamic can do.

ACRN spoke to bassist Adam “The Skull” Russell, also from of Story of the Year, about what it takes to restart a band from scratch, "the war on assbags" and what in the world his band, Slipknot and Harry Potter have to do with each other.

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Read the full interview at ACRN.com.

XoXo
c.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Warped Tour Interview Series (Part Two): Go Radio

Part two of a four-part interview series I conducted for ACRN.com at the August 2 stop of 2011's Vans Warped Tour

If you're a fan of Go Radio, you should feel very lucky. No, that's not a horrible pun on their latest album Lucky Street's title. These guys really do care about you.

ACRN chatted with Go Radio guitarist Alex Reed at the Cincinnati stop of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour  about fans, touring plans and how a band can stay grounded and relaxed.

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Read the full interview at ACRN.com

XoXo
c.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Warped Tour Interview Series (Part One): Larry And His Flask

Yesterday, I attended the Vans Warped Tour stop in Cincinnati, Ohio. Posts to follow will be a four-part series of interviews I conducted for ACRN.com while there!

Since Larry And His Flask played Jackie O's and appeared on Episode 8 of our Guest List video series last year, the acoustic-punk, roots-influenced, call-it-what-you-will outfit of six has completed a new album and started carving out a niche for themselves, which landed them on the full run of the 2011 Vans Warped Tour.

We caught up with bassist Jesse Marshall at the Cincinnati Warped Tour stop to talk about the band's upcoming punk festival run, the changes the band has made over the years and to figure out who the hell Larry is.

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Read the full interview at ACRN.com

XoXo
c.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Live Review: Taking Back Sunday / July 24 and 29 / Cincinnati and Indianapolis

Some shows just can't be justified in words, which is precisely why I was so hesitant in my trying to capture my experience seeing Taking Back Sunday in Cincinnati on July 24.

Sometimes, as a music journalist (4 classes from a degree, I think I can officially call myself that now), you step back and think, "Fuck! Who the Hell am I:"

When you find Taking Back Sunday vocalist Adam Lazzara suddenly standing on the barricade in front of you, singing your favorite new TBS song quite literally against your face as you fumble for something to do with your hands while there's nowhere to put them but on him. Or, as you watch, over the heads of hundreds, him wading through the crowd all the way to the back with his mic cord held up by the crowd (I assume, for a singer, that has to feel something like being attacked by zombies that don't eat brains, but --rather-- grope you).

When he looks you dead in the eye, grins and sustains the look as you pantomime his lyrics back to him, feeling just as pissed off, or sad, or happy, or excited, or passionate as those words made you feel the first time you heard them.

When you're so covered in sweat and should logically be toppling over from exhaustion, but you continue full-force because it's that. damn. good, and you want to give a band back all the energy it deserves.

When, within one song, the full band and the entirety of the audience is drenched in sweat because you're in the middle of a heatwave and the venue doesn't have air-conditioning, but you're all grinning and you feel like a big, united drippy family.

When the audience sings so loudly that you can barely hear anything else and starts handclaps and chants without any prompting, and even raises a boisterous chorus of "ONE-MORE-SONG, ONE-MORE-SONG" after an opening band (Thursday, who are unbelievable and gush sincerity and hard work from every pore live).

That's when you think: Damn, what are mere words when I have this moment, when I feel this way. What pictures or videos or adjectives or nouns or scratch-and-sniff fucking holograms could even justify this?

That was Taking Back Sunday's set at Bogart's in Cincinnati on July 24, 2011, and it will go down as one of the best shows I've ever seen to date.

When Adam reaches out, as he has been doing at several (if not, possibly all) shows to turn off an audience member's camera saying, "You spend your whole day in front of a screen and you come here and spend it in front of an even smaller screen. I'm right here; just be here with me," I know what he means.

Performances like Taking Back Sunday's make documentation feel frivolous.

So, as a messenger to consumers, I say: Buy a ticket next time Taking Back Sunday is in your town, and don't hesitate at all. You may have to wait a while; as, their American tour is ending in Chicago in a couple days before they head to the U.K., but if you can travel and somehow get tickets, get there.

Taking Back Sunday fans travel from all over the country to follow TBS. In line in Indiana, five-out-of-seven of us at the front were from out-of-state, and in Cincinnati, the girls right behind my friend and I were from Florida and had traveled up the side of the U.S. following the tour. And it's obvious why.

TBS make every single fan feel something at their shows, and feel it intensely.

One of those big feelings is nostalgia, now that they've returned to their original line-up. New/old bassist Shaun Cooper and new/old guitarist-and-vocalist John Nolan grin their way through the shows, and you can sense how happy they are to be reunited with their old friends drummer Mark O'Connell, guitarist/TBS-founder Eddie Reyes and vocalist/incomparable-showman Adam Lazzara. The set on this tour, though the band did put out a brand new album recently, consists mostly of songs from their debut album, Tell All Your Friends and is a celebration of TBS's twelve years as a band (the stage backdrop boasts an "EST 1999"), and nearly ten years since the release of now scene-legendary TAYF-- an album which audience members, primarily 20-somethings, grew up to.


Thursday, as an opener, is the perfect complement to that feeling. Many audience members also grew up with them, and have seen their influence spread over the years. It's hard to think of a word for what Thursday has meant to the music we all so invest ourselves in, but I decided, as I breathlessly yelled to my friend after we watched them play, "They're fucking legends!"

At those couple TBS shows I attended, and especially at the Cincinnati one, I felt that old sense of community rising, and it really is something beautiful.

Over the past week, Taking Back Sunday has given me new friends, amazing memories, vigorous workouts and has raised my bar even farther for what a show should be.

Thank you, Taking Back Sunday. Yes, you did blow my damn mind.

XoXo
c.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Upcoming Blog Features / Do you have any questions for 2011 Warped Tour bands?

Behold, my concert calendar!

As you can see, I have recently attended a Taking Back Sunday show for which a live review is conspicuously missing. Skim a bit lower, and you will see that I am also seeing them live tomorrow. I plan to do a sort of combined review for the two shows. I'll say only this: The Cincinnati show was one of the best shows I have ever attended. It was also the hottest.

Next on the list: Warped Tour!

My press passes for this year's Warped Tour were just confirmed. That is where you come in. Last year was the first time I had experienced life in the Warped press room. I discovered there that, as often happens at the festival, there were plenty of surprises.

Plenty of my requested interviews fell through last year, and -- by total surprise -- I ended up interviewing Every Time I Die. This year, knowing those surprises so often arise, I did more research and am more equipped for surprise encounters, but I'd like for fans to be involved.

On the chance that I would get to speak to a band you like who will be at the Cincinnati Warped Tour stop, I want to know what questions YOU have! Leave a comment here or Email me to let me know!

I can't guarantee that it will get asked; as, I may not get the chance to speak to the band you want, but there is always a chance!

Updates will be coming soon, including a couple pending MCR news updates (Visit MyChemicalRomance[dot]com for information now).

XoXo
c.

Monday, July 25, 2011

My Chemical Romance Replica Rayguns Now Available for Individual Purchase

UPDATE: July 25, 2011 @ 9:32 p.m. EST

The raygun pages are back up and guns available for purchase!

Click the guns below to view their MCR store product pages!




UPDATE: July 14, 2011 @ 1:40 a.m. EST

Apparently, someone got a little hasty with that. The raygun product pages were just taken down from the site.

I will continue to update this page, but -- for now -- the provided links to the products at the bottom of this post will not work.
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ORIGINAL POST: July 14, 2011 @ 1:13 a.m.

The Danger Days rayguns have been posted for individual sale on the My Chemical Romance webstore.

You can now "collect all four" of the poly resin model replica guns that were originally available only through purchase of the California 2019 Edition Box Sets.

The rayguns run $35.



Product pages:
Jet Star | Kobra Kid | Party Poison | Fun Ghoul



XoXo
c.

Monday, July 18, 2011

My Chemical Romance iTunes Festival Performace to be released as EP

UPDATE: July 20, 2011 @5:11 p.m.

The iTunes Festival: London 2011 EP is now available.

The EP, which costs $5.99 to download, features six live tracks from My Chemical Romance's iTunes festival performance:

1. "Hang 'Em High"
2. "Mama"
3. "SING"
4. "Teenagers"
5. "Vampires will Never Hurt You"
6. "The Kids From Yesterday"


ORIGINAL POST: July 15, 2011 @ 5:25 p.m.

My Chemical Romance guitarist Ray Toro has revealed that songs from the band's July 9 performance at London's iTunes Festival will soon be released as a digital EP.

The iTunes Festival EP, which Toro finished mixing today, is set to include live versions of "SING," "Give 'Em Hell Kid," "Vampires Will Never Hurt You" and more.

For a preview of what it may entail, you can stream MCR's iTunes Festival performance through iTunes for a limited amount of time.

XoXo
c.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Cassie's Recommendations: Version Six

1. My Chemical Romance at iTunes Festival



On July 9, My Chemical Romance appeared at London's Roundhouse as a part of the 31-day-spanning iTunes Festival.

The performance streamed in full through iTunes and is still available to watch there, but -- luckily for us -- MCR fans are pros at streamripping by now, so you can watch it through the hour-and-a-half video embedded above.

I know almost two hours sounds like an intimidating amount of time to dedicate to watching a concert online, but My Chem's iTunes Fest performance is one of the best I have seen from them in years.

Vocalist Gerard Way, toward the middle of their set, had proclaimed it a magical night. And it truly was.

2. VH1's Do Something Awards

VH1 and DoSomething.Org are honoring artists and other personalities who have donated their time and resources to helping others in the 2011 Do Something Awards

Winners will be announced on August 18 at 9 p.m. EST on VH1.


MCR fans: "#SINGItForJapan" is nominated in the Charity Song category. Be sure to vote!

3. Damnesia - Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio's Damnesia came out earlier this week. There I am, to the left, showing my copy off proudly!

Despite several underwhelming reviews, I know it's a piece every Trio fan will want to have in his or her collection.

Keep an eye open for my review, which is coming soon!

4. Against Me!'s "Because of the Shame" music video"



Continuing the Alkaline Trio thread... How many 'Trio shirts can you spot in Against Me!'s new hyper-Floridian video for "Because of the Shame" between shots of night driving?

The highly personal track comes from AM!'s 2010 release White Crosses, which is set for re-issue July 26. The re-issue will include the original album, along with bonus tracks and Black Crosses with an additional 14 songs, which are alternate versions of or unreleased songs from the original album.


5. Ray Toro's birthday



It's this Friday, July 15. Plan accordingly, Killjoys.

Check out the video above and more from bonedo to learn how to play MCR songs on guitar...from MCR's guitarists!


XoXo
c.

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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

My Chemical Romance discusses possible post-fall touring and album plans

**UPDATE: Friday, July 22 @ 7:50 p.m. EST

Following My Chemical Romance's performance at T in The Park on July 10, frontman Gerard Way revealed to BBC Radio One that the band is already* working on new material for a future album.

"We've already started writing new music. So, we really wanna do that," Way said when asked if following the Reading and Leeds, they were going to take a break or record a new album.

In addition to planning ahead for a new record, Way discussed touring hopes to follow the Honda Civic Tour.

"There's some countries we're talking about going to because we haven't gotten to them yet. We haven't been to South America, Southeast Asia, Mexico, so we're still talking," Way said.

**Recently, in an interview for the T In The Park Festival programme, guitarist Frank Iero expressed interest in recording, as well.

"It'd be fun to go back into the studio," Iero said when asked what MCR's post-festival-season plans are. "We have been feeling very creative lately, I think we could make another record if time was on our side."**

You can download the Radio 1 interview from MCR Updates on Tumblr.

*Yesterday, that sent fans into an uproarious frenzy. Note that many My Chemical Romance songs predate albums by several years.

XoXo
c.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Cassie's Recommendations: Version Five

1. Taking Back Sunday's cover of Kanye West's "Can't Tell me Nothing"



I originally heard Taking Back Sunday's rendition of Kanye's "Can't Tell me Nothing" through a Warner Brothers Records Summer Sessions stream.

Luckily, it wasn't a one-time-only thing (they had commented that it was something they were doing for kicks and were surprised at themselves for playing it live then), and AltPress did a story on their covering it at a recent acoustic in-store so that I could find it and share it with you all.

Enjoy!


2.Turntable.fm

I finally started using Turntable.fm today (I'm late, I know)!

The website is set up with various rooms through which users can stream music for one another as "DJs" or simply listen as audience members.

It's great way to interact with others while sharing music LEGALLY!

So, join, because I want to play music with people!

3. "Gucci Gucci" - KREAYSHAWN



When @shit[james]deweessays tweeted:

"Ok according to Kreayshawn's bio she's an artist, producer, film director, musician and blah-fuckin-blah...so basically she just owns a Mac. i feel bad. im sure she probably puts her heart into it & thinks she's helping the world or some shit, but seriously gimme a fucking break.

morbid curiosity spiked, and I had to look her up. What resulted was a listen to "Gucci Gucci" (after stumbling upon far inferior "Bumpin Bumpin"). Actually, I should say, multiple listens. on repeat. all day.

There something a little too addicting about Oakland's Kreayshawn's humorous rhymes and that "One big room, fulla bad bitches" bit.

4."J Train" - Reggie And The Full Effect



Speaking of James Dewees...

This song is bad-ass, the video is bad-ass, and MCR fans will be pleased to see not only MCR's touring keyboardist in action, but also Frank Iero dressed up as Frankenstein in it.

Fun Fact: Frank has said he would have liked to have done make-up for horror films if he weren't in a band.

5. "False Alarm" - The Bronx



In continuation of the horror theme...

XoXo
c.