Simmons Consulting, the Website of Toby Simmons


Celldweller – Switchback Remixes (Best of the best)


If you are fan of industrial rock, especially instrumental music, you probably like Celldweller (even if you didn’t know it.) Celldweller is actually made up of one guy, Klayton, who plays guitar, keyboard, percussion, handles vocals and programming of the studio tracks. You have probably heard his music already since a lot of it is used uncredited in movies and commercials. I’ve read that every song on his debut album has been licensed at least once for a movie, video game or another form of media.

Another really cool thing he has done is release his raw material and let other musicians remix it into brand new songs in his Take it and Break it contests.

Christian Canuck rockers’s raw style hits home


Manic Drive If you are looking for a band with a unique take on the hip-hop/hardcore/rock genre with a pure message, you should do yourself a favor and check out the premier release “Reason to Move” from Manic Drive. This album marks the 5th release from founders and brothers Michael and Shawn Cavallo.

iTunes installation fixed on Windows


I knew I should have listened to them. I went ahead and tried to install iTunes 5 + Quicktime on my office computer and, sure enough, I had the problem where the installer hung up with an error 1628. I deleted everything from the ~User\Local Settings\Temp folder, restarted and tried reinstalling. It seemed to go swell. It was a bit scary at first, but everything seems fine. If you have the same problem, try my fix.

Musica Appreciation


Okay, Mat (ya young punk) here ya go:

  1. Total volume of music files on my computer: 7.6 GB in 2,208 files (all legal, legit, square and personally purchased or ripped. or mostly. i think.)
  2. Last CD I bought: CD? What’s a CD? Don’t all music come from iTunes? (Actually, I don’t even remember the last CD I bought.)
  3. Song Playing Right Now: Disappear by Hoobastank (5:06).
  4. Five Songs (or Albums) I listen to a lot or that move me; Yikes, that’s a tough one. Probably something like this, in no particular order:

    • The Clincher by Chevelle. Chevelle is one of my all-time favorites, especially their old stuff.
    • Mia also by Chevelle. One of the best videos I’ve seen, using all stop-motion video.
    • Mudshovel by Staind. Just a good crunchy banger with good vocals.
    • Lean Baby by Frank Sinatra. Nobody croons like The Chairman of the Board, and what a great tune, full of humor and fun.
    • Minerva by Deftones. Can’t really describe Chino Moreno’s vocal style other than guttural and emotive, but I like it.
    • Man Overboard by Flim and the BBs. The first tune I heard over a pair of Klipschorns and it just blew me away. (Hey Bob, you remember hanging out at Custom Audio?) Excellent fusion jazz.

Recently discovered


Candlebox Okay, I’ve heard the radio play stuff from Candlebox in the past and, as far as I am concerned, it’s real average. But I just recently listened to the entire release of the 1993 CD entitled Candlebox. Man, track 2 (Change) and track 7 (Arrow) are far and away the best tracks on the album.

Karma and Effect Seether’s new release, Remedy (track 2 on their latest release, Karma and Effect) is excellent, as well. I can’t completely endorse Seether’s choice of lyrics, but the music is darn fine. I can recommend 12 Stones whole-heartedly (one of their label-mates on Wind Up Records.) The only problem with Wind Up Records is that they don’t allow their music to be sold on the iTunes Music Store. Bummer. They should definitely rethink that.

iPod one: The playlist


This just in, from the "You’ve got to be kidding me" department: People have too much time on their hands when they find time to complain about such trivial stuff.

Whoa. Korn’s Brian "Head" Welch leaves the band


I like alternative rock, hard rock, grunge, whatever you want to call it. Chevelle is one of my favorites, mostly because they make great music and are a band of Christian brothers. Just noticed the news today about KoЯn’s guitarist, Brian "Head" Welch, being saved (there is also a CNN article about it.) In my option, this is great news! I hope he continues to make great music, just with a better message. I would also like to thank the band for encouraging Brian in his new walk with Christ. Their news release is very respectful and should be applauded.

Oh, and, welcome to the family, Brian!