BRMC: LIVE


In a perfect journalistic world, every review is either an unabashed rave about a life-defining record or a scathing pan, solidifying [insert band/album] as [insert hyperbolic insult]. That’s how we want it – that’s how I want it, anyway – black and white. Challenge me, that’s fine, that’s encouraged, but make it either good or bad, please.

But, such is rarely the case. As anyone who’s more than just a casual listener of music knows, records are rarely either astounding or disgusting; usually they’re somewhere in-between. Such is the case with the new live set from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The two-DVD, one-CD package is culled from the band’s performances in Berlin, Dublin, and Glasgow from their 2007 tour in support of Baby 81. While songs like the pulsating “Weapon of Choice” (from Baby 81) and the smoldering “Mercy” (an outtake from the fantastic Howl) capture a warts-and-all rock ‘n’ roll band shedding pretense to simply play, the record gets bogged down by the likes of “Dirty Old Town” (they played it because they were in Ireland, get it?!) and “Six Barrel Shotgun” (among several terribly-titled songs in the BRMC catalogue).

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Live is not a great record, but is by no stretch of the imagination an awful record. For the BRMC completest, it’s a very nicely packaged document of the band on tour, but for the casual fan, it likely won’t warrant more than a few cursory listens, serving mostly as a reminder that you haven’t put Howl on the turntable in too long.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weapon of Choice
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Mercy

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Official Site, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on myspace, Buy Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Live

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club shirt and signed cd giveaway:

Hey guys. I’m kinda new to this contest thingy, but like a teenager on prom night we are gonna poke and prod our way through it anyway. The folks at Filter Magazine have given me a Black Rebel Motorcycle Club t-shirt and signed cd to give away in any manner I see fit. If this were the real world that would mean that the first girl that showed me her boobs would win, but it’s the internet, so here is the contest:

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is commonly referred to as BRMC. Much in the spirit of the original “What does KMFDM stand for” contest we are gonna shoot for the best/funniest/funkiest acronym for BRMC. Contest will run through the weekend and I’ll pick a winner on Monday. You can leave your entry in the comments section, email me or drop me a message via myspace. Your choice.

Good Luck, and if I get enough entries I’ll post some of my faves on Monday or Tuesday.

While we are on the subject of BRMC, they released their fourth cd, Baby 81, in May. Finding a middle ground between their first two releases and Howl, they have put out their most solid album to date, in my opinion. They are currently on tour (playing Orlando this Sunday), and if they come to your neck of the woods you should make every effort to see them. I saw them last year on their Howl tour, and it was tremendous.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Weapon of Choice
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Took out a Loan
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Lien on Your Dreams

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s Official Site, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club on myspace, Buy Baby 81