SEBASTIAN BACH COMPLETES SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS, TALKS CHINESE DEMOCRACY:
November 26, 2008
BACH ON ‘SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS’
Sebastian Bach has completed work on 2 upcoming episodes of the cartoon ‘Spongebob Squarepants’. Look out for Baz as the voice of ‘Triton’. Airdate TBA.
BACH ON ‘ROBOT CHICKEN’
Sebastian Bach has completed work on an upcoming episode of ‘Robot Chicken’, part of ‘Adult Swim’ on the Cartoon Network. Look out for Baz as the voices of ‘Wildman’ & ‘Martian Manhunter’ . Airdate TBA.
BACH ON ‘CHINESE DEMOCRACY’
Let’s talk audio here. Just like you, & the rest of the planet, since Sunday I have spent every waking moment I can listening to ‘Chinese Democracy’. Recently I purchased a brand new turntable, partly because it has a USB cord on the back so you can make mp3’s of your albums. Funny thing, I have not made one mp3 yet since I bought it. Fact is, any ear can hear that albums sound far richer, clearer, & more natural by far than mp3’s, & even standard CD’s. Once I started listening to my albums again, the only use I now have for mp3’s is their portability. It’s definatley cool to carry your whole collection around in your pocket, but as far as sound goes, analog whup’s digital’s ass, hands down, no contest.
Which leads me to ‘Chinese Democracy’. Picked up the 180 Gram Vinyl Double Album, & the CD as well for the car. This is the first brand new album I have bought in over 15 years for sure, possibly 20 years. All I can say is, we as music fans have lost alot with the so-called (premature? one can only hope) ‘demise’ of the LP. As soon as I ran my fingernail down the side, splitting the cellophane, & opened the gatefold sleeve, I knew I was in for a full-on rock’n’roll ‘experience’ getting into this LP. I pulled out Disc 1 & was immediately struck by how ‘heavy’ this vinyl was. It’s like my dad’s old original copy of ‘Led Zeppelin 2’. Not flimsy, lightweight vinyl like records became in the late ’80’s. ‘Chinese Democracy’ is a heavy, thick , ‘platter’ of a record. I couldn’t wait to crank it.
FYI the Bach stereo system consists of : the ‘Ion’ turntable through a Pioneer VSX-52 Amplifier. I run this through an AudioControl C-101 Equalizier, with Adcom Poweramps. My speakers are JBL Control 10’s with a Velodyne Sub-Woofer on a hardwood floor. Yes, I can make my whole house literally shake if I want, & yes, the lights actually dim for a second in my living room when I fire all the gear up. I dig it. In short, it kicks ass.
As soon as I dropped the needle on ‘Chinese Democracy’, I was captivated by the sound of this record, & the thought, talent, & care put into this piece of Art, from all involved. The power, clarity, separation, & production of this music is nothing short of incredible. As loud as I want, I can still hear the vocals, guitars & everything else perfectly clear, with the bass rumbling my guts (& below) just like it should. When Axl rips into the line “even with an iron fist” in the first song, the blood in my veins starts to boil & the intensity does not let up until the end of Side Four. What I hear on this record is unbelievable pathos, %100 of Axl’s heart, & soul, on record for all of us to hear. When he sings a song such as ‘Street Of Dreams’ it’s lke Janis Joplin at her best, with Quincy Jones’ quote of ‘Melody is King’ operating in full effect. The melodies on this record rip my heart out. To hear them sung by the beautiful/deadly instrument that is Axl Rose’s voice, is something that is to me, truly special, not to mention really cool to own & be able to blast ‘on stun’ whenever I choose. 4 times today so far, but who’s counting.
I cannot stop listening to this record. ‘Scraped’, ‘Rhiad & The Bedoins’, ‘Street Of Dreams’, ‘IRS’, everytime I listen I have a new favorite. Brain, Bumblefoot, Robin Finck, everyone on the record played their asses off; the production is stellar; I haven’t even got to the lyrics, still too blown away by the sheer sound to tackle the words…..yet! The album is, above all: Original. Heartfelt. Without Compromise. How many records can you honestly describe in that way today?
This is like nothing I have ever heard. And I can’t wait to hear it again.
Which, to me, is the definition of truly great rock’n’roll.
Courtesy of www.sebastianbach.com