Blog, Earworm, Music, New Music

“Sultan’s Curse” – New Music from Mastodon | Earworm of the Week

In high anticipation of their next new studio album Emperor of Sand (out March 31st), my favorite modern metal band Mastodon offered up this pre-release single last week that has wormed and embedded itself deep within my subconscious. As the title alludes, the forthcoming concept album is thematically based on time and death, inspired by cancer, the silent killer that has touched the band the past year and a half in two different instances.

Key lyric in this one: Memories of loved ones are passing me by.



Blog, Music, Video

Happy Birthday To Me | Thanks Metallica (new song & video)

A year older.

More gray hairs in the beard.

Another trip ’round the sun.

I can’t deny that the past year has been one of the better ones in recent years. And today got the new year off to a good start. Thanks, no small part, to one of my all-time favorite bands Metallica.

The boys love me so much they released a new song & video on my b-day (after releasing a new song last month on my daughter’s b-day). And this new song kills. Thanks, fellas. Much love.

“Moth Into Flame” is the second single from the forthcoming new album Hardwired . . . To Self Destruct, out November 18th (on lead guitarist Kirk Hammet’s 54th b-day).

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Daybook 8 | Giving Her Whiplash

~ This is a #daybook entry on #ruckology in which Brandon L. Rucker chronicles yet another random day event ~

So yesterday while driving in my car, my 2016 Honda Civic EX Sedan with the lovely wife at my side and we’re listening to the music streaming from my iPod via the Bluetooth feature.

As often is the case I had the pod on shuffle for a random progression of songs. Now you must understand that ever since I was a child I’ve always pursued a variety of styles of music. I am truly one of those people who believes that variety is the spice of life and when it comes to music, music geek that I am, you could say my musical tastes and consumption is all over the map. The wife, my partner in life for 12 years, knows this about me better than anyone. Seriously, playing disparate types of music is something I do almost as much a breathing. She should be more than used to it by now. She should be so well adjusted, jaded even.

Yet, apparently she had a momentary lapse of regarding this because she somehow managed to be taken aback by a certain artist flowing into the next.

The first song was “X-Ray” by THE NOISE, a precursor project featuring Canadian R&B/Soul singer Abel Tesfaye, best known now as THE WEEKND. (A few songs before was “Church” by Atlanta hip-hop superstars OUTKAST.)

So those smooth R&B/Soul sounds flowed directly into “Desolation” by one of my favorite metal bands LAMB OF GOD.

Her words to me, prompted by the abrupt change in genres: “You’re giving me whiplash!”

What can I say? It’s how I roll. Literally.

I guess she forgot her neck brace.

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Music, MusicBox, My Music

MusicBox 1 | Motosota

~ This is #musicbox on #ruckology In which Brandon L. Rucker plays virtual DJ, pulling out the jams from his personal collection of tunes for you. ~ 

Flashback, memory lane time. Today, August 4th, marks the 11th anniversary of the release of the long player CD trans.metro.politik by my former band Motosota (2004-2009), an instrumental ambient/jazz-rock band that I joined in May of 2005. We recorded the 12-song album in July, 2005 with studio owner and engineer Alex Kercheval. This marked the first time I’d done professional recording as a bassist, rather than a guitarist. It was with this band that I made my long return to the stage after a decade-long absence when we played our CD release show at Locals Only on this day eleven years ago. Good times. I don’t recall even being nervous.

Some of my favorite music I’ve ever composed or helped create was done during my four years in this band. On this album in particular “Comma”, which was the first song I contributed material to; “Ichi” the first song I initiated in the band; “Visceral Lei” perhaps my favorite to play; “Gun Is in the Glovebox” another that I took the lead on, and “Vincent Got Mad” being the one where the drummer and I really locked into a tight groove together.

In July of 2007 we released our second studio recording, an extended player entitled In Outer Orbit which wasn’t quite as jazzy as its predecessor and also boasted a different drummer. I took lead on “Son of Frankenstein” and “Echo Chamber” and even played a little piano on the outro to the closing track “Fluctuation VS Dissipation”.

The later, final lineup of the band demoed several songs but did not release any of it as a proper recording or on a physical format. After our early January 2009 break-up I took on the role of custodian and made sure our music was available online. That final lineup, which pretty much eschewed the jazz leanings in favor of more pop leanings, yielded the standout songs “Moto 2” and “Monstrosity” (with female vocals).

I’d been dragging my feet on getting us setup on Bandcamp, which has widgets that work well with WordPress. Currently the only widgets I have to share are ReverbNation which don’t seem to want to display here. So follow this link to check out the tunes if you’re interested. I’ll revise this after I get Moto-Bandcamp up and running or something. Also, the YouTube video (audio only) below is for the song “Monstrosity” from 2008, featuring Brian Jarecki (guitar), Paul Hardie (drums), Amy Johnson (vocals) and myself on bass, recorded by Alex Kerchval (keyboards).