That deserves the attention they get in the scene today. Wow, Brand New put on probably the best show I have ever been to last night at UNH. Aside from a bunch of drunk people moshing at times the atmosphere was awesome. Everyone was in sync and it was just an amazing feeling to be there. The set list was so ace. I could of only picked a couple more songs to make it perfect. It really was one of the best nights of my life. I'll never forget last night.
The scenes favorite female fronted band is back with a live CD/DVD. Filmed on August 12th, 2008 in Chicago, Illinois. While some people may criticize the band as an average pop rock band with a “hot” singer, this DVD shows the truth.
If this DVD/CD is any indication of how every Paramore show then they certainly know how to bring their A game when it comes to a live show. The concert starts with Josh playing the quick riff of “Born For This” while every other member joins in one by one until they break into the song. At this moment you know what you are going to get the rest of the show. The Chicago crowd is just about as good as it is going to get for a live show. “That’s What You Get” shows this as the crowds echo of the chorus fills the whole arena. As for the visual aspect everything is top notch. Various camera angles, great lighting, and a bunch of touch effects tossed on top of the footage to give it an extra kick.
Even if you aren’t a fan of the band this release will give you a whole new respect for them and what they do. It also documents the rise of Hayley. I have seen only a handful of singers that are able to control a crowd like she does. You can’t help but be drawn in by Hayley’s raw emotion. As for her vocally she takes it to new levels that can’t be captured in the studio. Her vocal range and control is astonishing for such a young singer in a pop rock band at that. There are points in the performance where she will send chills down your spine (“We are Broken”) to wanting to jump around uncontrollably (“Misery Business.”) What she really does is cements her spot as one of the most talented and upcoming singers in the music scene today. If that doesn’t speak for itself then I don’t know what will.
The Final Riot mixes in multiple clips of the band and interviews between songs to give you some insight into what its like being in the band and how they spend some of their time off. All in all it’s a great live album that covers the majority of the bands material and is a great place to start for people who have never heard of Paramore. If you haven’t jumped on the wagon yet it’s a good time to start because I doubt this is their last riot.
Everyone’s life goes through changes. Whether it be the clothes you wear, people you hang out with, or music you listen to. I have to admit that at one point in my life I enjoyed Clutch. I’m not exactly sure why as I look back now. But as the saying goes, with age comes wisdom. I can happily say that I have become wiser thanks to Full Fathom Five.
There probably is a large amount of people that have never even heard of Clutch or what they do. So to make sure people know I will fill you in. Clutch is a Canadian rock band that mixes many sub rock genres to make a big mess. Eventually there comes a time when people realize that they need to grow up and act somewhat mature, but I’m not sure Clutch has reached this day yet. Songs about smoking weed and getting drunk sang by middle ages men use to be amusing when I was 13 because that was what I wished I was doing. Now when I hear the said songs above by bands like Clutch I cringe. Full Fathom Five is a live CD/DVD of recordings taken from various shows and its far from good. Probably as far away from good as you can get. The whole 95 minutes seems like it is one endless song that has no end in sight. If I had to pick one complaint out of the many it would be the lyrics/singing. Vocalist Neil Fallon’s voice seems as if It can’t get any more monotonous and boring. A good 95% of the time you can hardly understand what he’s saying which makes this release totally intolerable for me. I was hoping that because this is shot in a few different places that Fallon may have had an off night in the beginning, but this isn’t the case. His voice goes unchanged for every venue that was shot. Although I feel as if I must give credit where credit is due. The rest of the band is spot on with everything they play and the actual instrumental aspect sounds great. But sadly one part can bring the whole group down and that’s the case here. Full Fathom Five proves that after you have had a couple beers in your system you can get excited about anything.
Its obvious that my tastes have just changed from what they use to be. I believe that the changes I make in my everyday life such as my underwear, contacts, and music I listen to are for the better, while I’m sure others will disagree. But I guess that’s what music is for.
In all honest I would only recommend this to diehard fans of the band that feel they need to own everything Clutch has ever put out. Aside from that I would probably try to steer away from this album and go with a studio album so you can possibly enjoy it.
Jay Nash - The Things You Think You Need
Record Label: Bonded Records
Release Date: May 20, 2008
In a genre where it is hard to stand out Jay Nash makes it look easy. With a voice deeper then most folk artists its easy to see why it only takes a few seconds for Nash to catch you by the ear. Nash is a show booking, sound board working man turned acoustic/alt-country artist. Nash show’s that his knowledge and work in the music business has left him with a strong background for creating his own music.
For a folk album “The Things You Think You Need" is very strong and has a lot of depth. It covers about every corner of acoustic/alt-country there is to cover. “Sweet Talking Liar” has a Ryan Adams Feel to it that is very accessible for lots of people. One of the stand out tracks is “Barcelona”, which showcases Nash’s vocal range and ends with some chilling back up vocals courtesy of Sara Barielles. “Keep On Talking” is a perfect example of what the Wallflowers would of sounded like if they didn’t have Jakob Dylan holding down the front man spot. If nothing of the above has caught your interest,“Over You” channels a Joshua Radin vibe that fits nicely into the whole mix of things.
The diversity of this record is really what makes it stand out. If you don’t like a certain song there is a good chance that you will love another. In the end "The Things You Think You Need" appears to be a simple folk album, but in all reality it has a lot of great songs that exceeds the basic folk layout greatly.
Well if you didn't know already Phish is going on tour once again after disbanding some years ago. Since these upcoming shows are the first shows in a little over 4 years they are giving away the audio for free. Pretty legit of the guys to do. Here's the link: http://www.livephish.com/live-music/...ampton-VA.html
Good time to check them out if you have never heard Phish before.
I have been on a non stop kick of Something Corporate. Not exactly sure why but its great to listen to songs that meant so much years ago. Everyone should pull out Leaving Through The Window and give it a couple listens.
Could be in the works which would allow me to see Manchester Orchestra, Fun, and Audrye Sessions in Mass. Then spend 2 days doing whatever and on my way home see Lupe Fiasco in NH. I hope I can work this out.