Led Zeppelin 2's Bruce Lamont on Playing Robert Plant, Groupies, and Nirvana's Nevermind

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In a "Tangerine" mood.
​Given the nature of the tribute band game, acts usually wow or disgust. There's not much room for gray area. When it comes to the real legends and the emotional attachments fans have to their records, bands like Led Zeppelin, it's go big or go home.

For example, "Achilles Last Stand," one of Zeppelin's most metal moments in my opinion, taught me about machine gun drums. "No Quarter" catapulted me into a 10-year foray of classical piano competition. "Since I've Been Loving You" made me fall in love, and "Black Dog" reminds me of high school summers and hot desert breezes, mingling with sweet acrid smoke from burning papers.

So when I heard Led Zeppelin 2: The Live Experience was coming to The Foundry this Wednesday, I was pretty stoked.

As a working tribute band for almost 12 years, LZ2 has the band's sound down to an artful science. But what stands out about the members is the acharade that is their live performance. Stepping into the roles of Robert Plant (Bruce Lamont), Jimmy Page (Paul Kamp), John Bonham (Ian Lee) and John Paul Jones (Chris Klein), LZ2 have honed their act to represent all the iconic elements from the band's heyday -- not to mention they all resemble their counterparts -- while incorporating some of their own touches along the way to provide a snapshot of Led Zeppelin for a younger generation.

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15 Good Songs You Might've Missed in 2010

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​I listened to more than 3,000 songs in 2010, so I was asked to come up with a list of the best of the year. But you've probably heard "Swim" by Surfer Blood and "Boyfriend" by Best Coast and "Helicopter" by Deerhunter and "Hustle and Cuss" by the Dead Weather, so I came up with a collection of songs that might've gone mostly unnoticed. These are the lesser-known songs that were stuck in my head for a better part of the years.

"Resolution" by Steve Wynn and the Miracle 3: After creating one of the great indie rock records of all time in 1982, the former leader of the Dream Syndicate has had a steady if mostly unheralded career in the 28 years since The Days of Wine and Roses was released. I was hooked from the opening notes of this tension-filled droner.

Resolution by NothingNotNew

"The Pan" by The Goodnight Loving: This Americana-garage band from Milwaukee broke up on the night of their record-release party for the very good The Goodnight Loving Supper Club. Too bad; they kept getting better with each new record. "The Pan" sums up the human condition in six short words: "And we're all in the pan."

The Pan by NothingNotNew

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Neil Young: Le Noise

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Artist: Neil Young
Title: Le Noise
Release date: September 28
Label: Reprise

Neil Young is a first-rate iconoclast and one of the few successful rock artists who has remained truly uncompromising throughout his long and storied career. Of course, uncompromising can result in inconsistency, something that has followed Young around for the better part of three decades. Still, he's Neil Young and he's not to be ignored.

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Girl Talk: All Day

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Artist: Girl Talk
Title: All Day
Release date: November 15
Label: Illegal Art

Whether sample-happy mash-up act Girl Talk is "good" or "not good" and whether you "like" or "dislike" Girl Talk are completely irrelevant to any discussion regarding Girl Talk. The only things I care about when it comes to Girl Talk is: What does it say about the way we listen to music and, thusly, how will it affect the future of music?

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Tierra del Fuego: Queen of the Rendezvous

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Artist: Tierra del Fuego
Title: Queen of the Rendezvous
Release date: December 11
Label: Scapular Winging

Through pure happenstance, I witnessed this local band, Tierra del Fuego, on Saturday night play as they played to a small but appreciative crowd at Trunk Space. It just happened to be the band's CD release gig, and the price of admission came with the band's new CD. It was the best $7 I spent all weekend.

The show was real good, and the CD is outstanding -- a good-natured and warm celebration of Western swing, old-school country, modern alt-country, Southwestern eclecticism, and even some Blasters-inspired roots-abilly. Bloodshot Records, sign these guys already.

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Odds 'n' Sods: Helmet, Michael Franti & Spearhead, The Charlatans, Small Black, and more

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​It's amazing how much music is released in a year. I've listened to nearly 270 records in their entirety this year, yet I still have a huge stack of unlistened CDs on my desk, several unlistened digital downloads in my iTunes, and a lengthy list of high-profile stuff I never got a chance to hear.

In an effort to get through some of the stuff I don't have time to devote to their own Nothing Not New posts, let's have a look at some more Odds 'n' Sods.

Animal Prufrock: Congratulations; Thank You & I'm Sorry -- Prufrock is one-half of the queercore act Bitch and Animal, and her new record is produced by Ani DiFranco. I'm pretty sure that's all you really need to know. I bailed midway through track four, "Emotional Boner."

Indian Jewelry: Totaled -- Druggy, droning, bummerific electro psych-pop from Houston. Distorted, unintelligible vocals create a sense of confusion as guitars and synths come in and out of the mix, usually over a simple, thumping drum beat. The record becomes more experimental with each passing track, and it's not much fun. I liked Salem's new record a lot better.

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Mini Mansions: Mini Mansions

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Artist: Mini Mansions
Title: Mini Mansions
Release date: November 2
Label: Ipecac

One of the biggest musical curveballs of the year has to be the debut record by the Southern California trio Mini Mansions. I say it's a curveball because I wouldn't have guessed such a Beatles-esque display of psych rock to come from a member of Queens of the Stone Age.

Bassist Michael Shuman's side project has put out a real solid record, full of John Lennon-esque double-tracked vocals, some Kinks-ian whimsy, some Brian Wilson-inspired lushness and harmonies, and even a harpischord. And lest you forget this is a QOTSA-affiliated act we're talking about, every now and then, the band puts done the hammer and rocks hard, with Zach Dawes laying down some awesome fuzz-bass runs.

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Sun City Girls: Funeral Mariachi

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Artist: Sun City Girls
Title: Funeral Mariachi
Release date: October 26
Label: Abduction

Sun City Girls' last-ever record -- they've made dozens since forming in Phoenix way back in the early days of West Coast punk -- comes off as a more somber affair. And some of it is downright -- odd to say, given the artist -- pretty. I supposed that's a fitting way to cap a three-decade-long career that was stopped by the untimely death of drummer Charles Gocher a couple of years ago.

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Daft Punk: Tron Legacy (Original Soundtrack)

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Artist: Daft Punk
Title: Tron Legacy (Original Soundtrack)
Release date: December 7
Label: Walt Disney Records

I'm a little surprised by the buzz surrounding the release of a soundtrack to a Disney movie. I understand that the kids love the helmeted French house duo Daft Punk and that said act hasn't released a studio album in more than a half-decade. But, still, it is just a score to a movie and not necessarily a collection of Daft Punk songs. In fact, you have to wait nearly 30 minutes before you reach two pieces that resemble the Daft Punk music we've come to know and love, the beat-driven "End of Line" and "Derezzed."

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The Parting Gifts: Strychnine Dandelions

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Artist: The Parting Gifts
Title: Strychnine Dandelions
Release date: November 9
Label: In the Red

Last week, I didn't have many good things to say about the new record from Kanye West. This morning, a white co-worker walked into my office and said, "I read what you said about Kanye West. When I read things like that, it makes me hate white people." Of course, what he was implying is that white people like me (those of who don't buy into the cult of Kanye) are Philistines, unable to think progressively enough to hold up a black man as the paragon of popular culture. He may as well have asked me why I wasn't a wearing a Confederate flag trucker hat.

I wrote that I don't really enjoy much hip-hop (save for some of the '80s stuff), even acknowledging that I don't really "get" hip-hop. So what? I don't like or "get" much of the death metal, pop-country, klezmer, electronica, and Joanna Newsom that I've heard, either. Lord knows what other kind of disparaging labels you can throw on me now. Oh, I also hate Family Guy, think Dexter sucks, am bored to tears by auto racing, and don't want much to do with pugs, Harry Potter, babies, jam bands, Nine Inch Nails, and Scottsdale. What a dumb crank I must.

It's a shame that anyone has to like something to be counted about the enlightened. Is there a worst kind of cultural elitism? I'm not sure.

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