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The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part Four

Just like when I did the Popdose Guide to Prince I’m a little sad to see it come to an end but I certainly won’t need to hear any more Buckethead for a long long time.  With this final part comes the rest of the projects that he’s been a major contributor to.  So here’s the final 18 Buckethead records to mull over! …with Frankenstein Brothers Bolt on Neck (2008) The Frankenstein Brothers are a unique paring of Buckethead and That 1 Guy. That 1 Guy plays homemade instruments like what he calls the magic pipe or the magic boot and a musical saw. Based on this info I’d expect to hear this strange album filled with sounds I’ve never heard before and there are points when that happens, like in the 14 minute “The Thief and the Prince” but for the most part the songs are pretty basic. “Bought Big Ben” is an extremely generic rock song without what feels like anything unique at all. The aforementioned “The Thief and the Prince” and “Prototype …

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part Three

We’ve moved on to part 3 of the Popdose Guide to Buckethead. Parts 1 and 2 consisted of his solo works while parts 3 and 4 are going to focus on his groups and collaborations. I’m only including albums here if Buckethead was on the vast majority if not all the tracks. Buckethead had a tendency to reel himself in a little bit when the right people were on his projects but as this section might show you, it doesn’t always lead to great results (sometimes, excellent results though!) So here’s part 3 of the 4 part part Popdose Guide to Buckethead. …with Brain Kevin’s Noodle House (2007) A collaboration simply with Brain, Kevin’s Noodle House is extremely experimental and a challenging listen, but a very rewarding one if you give it some quality time. Brain works with programmed drums and also plays the keys on this, while Buckethead uses a ton of crazy effects on his guitar. The bass is very minimal as well and the album has a bit of a psychedelic feel …

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part Two

In part one we took a gander at the first 13 Buckethead “solo” albums. We’ll close out with the final 15 before moving on to his group projects in Part 3. And if you’re one of the many that said the first part was all negative then make sure you give this one a good read because there are plenty of really good albums in part two. Enter the Chicken (2005) Technically listed as Buckethead & Friends, this one is pretty crazy when you think about it. There are tons of moments when I’ve thought “Man, it would be great if there were lyrics on this track” when listening to Buckethead’s music and many of his group projects are my favorites so Enter the Chicken should really be awesome. The album was released on Serjical Strike records, the label run by Serj Tankian from System of a Down and features a number of different vocalists over Buckethead tunes. Tankian handles the vocals on three tracks and brings Saul Williams, Efram Schulz (Death by Stereo), the group …

The Popdose Guide to Buckethead, Part One

Call me crazy, but I kind of liked the thought of a Popdose guide to Buckethead. Crazy of course because if you told me the guy recorded a new song every day of his life, I might believe you. Brian Carroll, AKA Buckethead has been on so many pieces that it’s going to be virtually impossible for me to include everything, but I’ll get as comprehensive as I can. There will be no demos or comps but I will be including albums in which he was a performer on at least the majority of the record. The reason I chose to do a Popdose guide to Buckethead is simple. If you’re a rock fan you know that Buckethead is an insane guitarist (playing and quite possibly in the head) but so outrageously weird that it’s hard to know where to begin if you want to try to get into him. There are many pieces of unlistenable experimental garbage, but underneath the white mask and the KFC bucket is a man with talent and for an …