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Personal Playlist: Jack Black is looking to rock

April 9, 2012 | 10:19 pm

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Jack Black has concerns about the state of rock music. "We’ve got a song on the new album called 'Rock Is Dead,’" says the actor-musician in reference to "Rize of the Fenix," the latest from his L.A. comedy-metal band Tenacious D, due out May 15. "It’s not dead -- it’s actually on life support. I’m hoping that it, too, will have a rebirth like the phoenix. Maybe we’ll usher it in." Black shared some signs of life with Pop & Hiss.

Tom Waits, "Bad As Me." "Those first three tracks are worth the price of admission. He’s so real; he’s gonna be here in a hundred years. Don’t you feel it? Objectively speaking, can’t you look at some people and go, 'Hundred years -- still gonna be here’?"

Leonard Cohen, "Songs of Leonard Cohen." "I had never listened to him. Everyone’s always like, 'Ah, Leonard Cohen,’ genuflecting over the genius. And I just never listened, or I listened a little bit and never got it. So finally I was like, 'I’ve gotta see what all the hubbub is about.’ And I got his first one, the one with 'Suzanne,’ and I just listened to it and was like, 'Hundred years.’"

Arctic Monkeys, "Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not." "A friend of mine turned me on to them. They’re a British band -- very catchy tunes. When you go overseas -- you go to Australia or you go to England -- it just seems like there’s a lot higher appreciation for rock. People know their rock over there; there’s a lot of encyclopedic knowledge and a lot more love."

Frank Black and the Catholics, "Dog in the Sand." "I say 'Dog in the Sand’; Dave Grohl says [Black’s] first one. But 'Dog in the Sand’ is filled with so many incredible songs. And it’s just so weird that it doesn’t get any play whatsoever. None! How could something that good just fly under the radar? It must be because the audience is gone."

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Photo: Jack Black. Credit: Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times

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