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State of the Uber Address – 12/30/2011

Posted in General Stuff on December 30, 2011 by heavyuberalles

 

2011 is drawing to a close, a year that seemed to come and go extremely fast. It was a year that was filled with ups and downs, the biggest down being the loss of my father in August. I know he’s still up there looking down on me saying “WTF are you listening to??” like he always did. For years I would try to explain it to him, but sometimes Dads just don’t understand things like Slayer.

On a more positive note, 2011 saw the birth of Heavy Uber Alles. I created this site as an outlet for me and the thing I am most passionate about – the music that I love. As anyone that has been to this site or knows me personally will attest to, music is the central driving force in my life. I am hopelessly addicted, never doing without. I originally set out to focus on heavy music, but I am a fan of almost every music genre out there, and as I go along I have worked on redefining the term “heavy”. Sometimes I post something heavy because the riffs, the double bass, the screaming vocals instantly defines it as “heavy”. I have found heaviness in so many other places in music: a Mozart concerto, a Delta blues song, a Johnny Cash song…heavy is not just about the sound itself, but the tone, emotion, message, and the overall feeling that is being conveyed through the music. Heavy is everywhere, you just have to know how to look for it.

I hope that you, the reader/listener have enjoyed HUA so far…but we’ve only just begun. I hope to bring you much more in 2012. Some things to look for in the new year at HUA are more reviews (both album and live), interviews, more Guest Tuesday Sixes, interaction with things like Spotify, and much more.

I thank you for reading and hope you like what you see, whether you have followed from the beginning or if it’s your first time here. I encourage you to spread the word if you like what you see so far…it’s only getting better from here.

Thanks again, and have a Happy New Year!

Stay heavy.

Jon

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Heavy Uber Alles? WTF, man?

Posted in General Stuff with tags , , , on July 13, 2011 by heavyuberalles

When I decided to do this blog, I pretty much knew how I wanted to do it (what I didn’t know I would figure out along the way), I definitely knew why I wanted to do it (see previous post), so one of the only other burning questions left was what the hell to call it??

So there I am in the kitchen, cold High Life in hand, listening to the Dead Kennedys, with more dumb names than you can shake a stick at flowing through my head. The word heavy kept popping back up, mainly because out of all the musical styles that I love (which is, well, almost all of them), heavy music is what drives me, what keeps my mind afloat in the sea of shit this world can deal out. It is what makes my heart scream when good meter of life is pegged.

Then it came on…the timeless classic….

According to www.urbandictionary.com, the definition of the German phrase “uber alles” is as follows:

uber alles: more than anything else; above everything

Perfect. DONE.

What phrase could possibly sum up my feelings for all that is heavy? Heavy music above everything? Yep. Heavy more than anything else? Exactly.

Thus, Heavy Uber Alles is born.

So why are we here?

Posted in General Stuff with tags , on March 15, 2011 by heavyuberalles

That is the question…why the hell are we here, anyway?

In a nutshell, Heavy Uber Alles is the dumping ground of the music that is burning its way through my brain.

For those that don’t know me well, my name is Jon and I am a musicaholic. I truly can’t get enough of it.

New music, old music, everything in between, I am always listening to something. I think back fondly of stages of my life, and the music that I was listening to at the time has always played a big part.

I don’t just care about the music itself. (that is hugely important to me though) I love the story behind the music. I can’t get enough of the people involved, the who what and why of albums…I could go on and on. I have been fondly dubbed by my good friends “the Eddie Trunk of Northern VA”, an honor which is flattering yet I am not worthy of.

My goal, my “mission statement” if you will, is simply to share my love of heavy music with you. You may love what I post…you may hate what I post. I enjoy hearing about it either way. I want to know WHY you love or hate it.

What is here is just a stripped-down start. Keep an eye out, check the site regularly, look for the posts soon on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

This is just the beginning.

Heavy Uber Alles

 

 

 

 

Coming Soon….

Posted in General Stuff on February 3, 2011 by heavyuberalles

Music is my life.

Without it, I am nothing.

This is where I will please you, torture you, and hopefully make your ears happy as I share with you the music that I love.

This is Heavy Uber Alles.

Stay tuned…