Kyle the ROCK(jock)

A few weeks ago, The SIDESHOW started soliciting music from YOU!—our faithful Freaks. You’ll find a link at the top right corner of the site, entitled Contact Us. Click there and you can do two things. First, you can submit your music for review. Keep in mind, we won’t be able to even listen to everything submitted but the ones we do get a chance to check out and that catch our ear, we’ll feature in a segment from time to time, either here on the website or on the show itself. Hell, we may even do an interview! Second—and this is where you have the best chance for exposure—we want music submissions we can use on the show to spice things up a bit, whether it be to intro one of our segments and give us a little background music. By submitting your music, you give us the right to use it in any way we see fit but rest assured, all music that appears on the show or here on the website will be fully credited. We want this to be a mutually beneficial relationship and see it as a way to not only interact with our fans, but also to provide an outlet to talented acts that may otherwise never get the exposure they deserve.

As some incentive and proof that this actually works, to FINALLY fulfill a promise I made wayyyyy back in our post In Which We Started Our First Feud, and to pump you up for our interview with new Metal Blade act HAMMERS OF MISFORTUNE—I present to you an offering from The SIDESHOW vault.

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Take note Washington. THIS is how compromise works.

In Episode #4, I challenged Lamb of God frontman Randy Blythe to a Twitter war. Days later, I declared the war over after he clearly waved the white flag. Apparently, I spoke too soon…

Below you’ll find a transcript of the entire conversation (edited only for format and clarity) between the man I once lovingly referred to as Crazy Uncle Randy. You’ll see we took some soft jabs at one another at first and that while I still disagree with Randy on a number of issues–including the the benefits of downloading and the quality of new music–the “war” ended without ever firing a shot. In another triumph for social media, we had a mutually respectful and candid exchange of ideas, one that could not have happened without the help of technology. Not only did it introduce The SIDESHOW to thousands of potential new Freaks, but it also allowed fans to see a side of Randy Blythe he hadn’t revealed since he began his one-man assault on Twitter two months ago–and that’s something I happen to be very proud of.

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R(j) 12:14pm – Post-concert showers are the best. That’s all for tonight kids. Don’t forget about Episode #5 THIS SUNDAY where I’m sure we’ll have much more to say about this evening.

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R(j) 11:11pm – Where have I been for the last hour-and-a-half of this (not) live blog? Watching this show transform from the strangest, oddest concert experience into one of the best shows of the year. It may be my last time at BB’s but it was just the first of MANY Chimaira shows. (Did I mention I was a Chimaira virgin?) Mark Hunter is the consummate frontman, with his cocky smile and crazy eyes. Rob Arnold looks like he’s having more fun than a Brian in Disney World. The entire band is laughing and cracking jokes in a way I’ve never seen another band feel so at home on stage–all way maintaining complete. Fucking. BRUTALITY. Seeing Chimaira fills your veins with black evil and makes you want to tear down the Empire State Building by yourself, piece by piece–and I mean that in the best possible way. The live blog may have been an epic fail but tonight was an unbelievable success for every person in that venue.

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*BREAKING NEWS* Apparently, Randy Blythe listens to The SIDESHOW Podcast!

The ROCK(jock) declared war on the Lamb of God frontman on last Sunday’s Episode #4 (Hear for yourself!) after Crazy Uncle Randy spent all of September spamming Twitter with his #InsaneProclamations, which included denying the Internet’s obvious hand in Lamb of God’s success and inexplicably attacking The PRP (we support our fellow metal bloggers) for doing its job.

I had LOTS of ammunition, from Mr. Twitter himself complaining about spending too much time on the Interwebs to Randy lamenting the lack of innovation in metal right now and how that doesn’t quite seem to jive with the quality of the last two Lamb of God records–not to mention the fact that bands must try harder than ever to differentiate themselves and create new niches in an already oversaturated marketplace.

Before I could dig out from Snowpocalypse 2011 and fire off my first shot on Twitter, look at what magically appeared in my inbox.

The ROCK(jock) challenges Crazy Uncle Randy to go Twit-for-tat on Episode #4 and less than 24 hours after posting, Lamb of God teases new material that sounds more innovative than anything they’ve phoned in over the last half decade. Coincidence? I think not.

ROCK(jock) 1. World 0.

You gotta love Twitter.

Last week, before we even posted the first episode of The SIDESHOW Podcast (go download it on iTunes NOW), yours truly, the ROCK(jock), managed to piss off a band and alienate its entire fan base. Not too shabby, if I do say so myself.

Our new listeners will quickly realize I love to be bombastic and in your face. Remember though, it’s all in good fun (usually) and we’re just trying to entertain you. It looks like it worked too because not only did I have a blast doing it but apparently you all enjoyed following it as well! Thanks to everyone who checked out @SIDESHOWPodcast on Twitter for our first ever live Tweeting/review session at last week’s Frak the Gods Tour stop at Gramercy Theatre here in NYC. Expect more of these soon.

For those of you who missed it–WHERE THE HELL WERE YOU?! Go! Head over to Twitter right now and follow @SIDESHOWPodcast for shenanigans like the ones below. That’s right–I’m awesome and won’t make you go fish out all the old Tweets. I’ve posted the entire transcript from last week’s live Tweeting session so you can experience for all the hilarity yourself–including my standoff with Stray From the Path. Boys–the offer still stands. Somebody needs to put me in my place!

NOTE: The Tweets go in reverse order (just as they would appear in your Twitter feed) and feature no time stamps. This is also completely unedited, hence why the Tweets sometimes appear out of the order they were intended. Once we get a handle on this whole, newfangled “blogging” thing, we’ll try being a little less ghetto and do a proper live blogging session from a show. But for now, you’ll enjoy it this way and be happy to have it.

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