My brother is a genius when it comes to music and has introduced me to some amazing bands, so he deserves an entire post dedicated to his influence. I even have a playlist on my Zune dedicated to music he’s given me.
He loves classic rock, and I have a modern, eclectic taste for punk, dance, and rock. But we agree completely on one thing: Muse is the greatest band of all time. We’ve practically worn out their new album, The Resistance.
If you haven’t seen it, check out the music video for Uprising. Spoiler alert: evil teddy bears take over a playdough town. I still laugh everytime I see it. But not even teddy bears and playdough can mock Matt Bellamy’s voice and Chris Wolstenholme’s bass that you will never get out of your brain.
Our favorite concert DVD is the Live 8 benefit concert from 2005 featuring the likes of Paul McCartney, U2, Razorlight, Scissor Sisters, and many more. My favorite moments are when Johnny Borrell of Razorlight performs Somewhere Else in his furry plaid hat, and when Bono joins Paul in a Bono-y rendition of Sergeant Pepper. And I’m not even a huge Beatles fan.
Reggie and the Full Effect now takes up residence in my Zune thanks to Jordan, and I’ve discovered the magic of Dream Theater. Fatal Tragedy is an epic masterpiece that makes almost 7 minutes fly by that is faintly reminiscent of The Eagles.
He also gave me the Them Crooked Vultures album, heralded as “the greatest super group ever” by Rolling Stone Magazine. Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age, and John Paul Jones of Led Zepplin came together to create an album of pure rock greatness.