I figured I would try and come up with a few new regular blog posts to keep this thing fresh and hip. So on Thursdays I will pick an album that is at least 10 years old that I feel everyone should go back and revisit. So for the first Throwback Thursday, it's appropriate to pick The Pixies Doolittle.
Even though this album was released 2 years before I was born it significantly impacted the way I look at music. The fact that The Pixies don't really excel at anything in particular makes your appreciation for them so much better. Doolittle is one of those album that you can play from front to back and love every minute of it. The dark lyrical themes of the album are haunting yet enticing which have remained relevant till this day. Now the album is on its 20th anniversary and couldn't be any more relevant. The band is reunited and touring in support of the anniversary. This was one of those few albums that served as a gateway album that flooded my interests with various other bands over time. Much love and respect to Frank Black and the crew, this is truly a classic.
It's tough living up to your name when you have become a staple of the scene, but Chris Carrabba does it time and time again. After releasing the acoustic The Shade of Poison Trees Chris is back with a double ended sword. Thanks to indecision we all win with Alter The Ending as it includes both full band and acoustic versions of every song. As for the full band aspect, this may be their strongest work. Acoustic on the other hand is just as good as ever, showcasing Carrabba's signature voice. While we may get older Dashboards music remains timeless.
November 30, 2009 @ Troubadour - West Hollywood, CA
December 1, 2009 @ Glass House - Pomona, CA
December 2, 2009 @ Slim's - San Francisco, CA (ticket link here)
December 4, 2009 @ In The Venue - Salt Lake City, UT
December 6, 2009 @ Slowdown - Omaha, NE
December 7, 2009 @ Subterranean - Chicago, IL
December 8, 2009 @ St. Andrews Hall - Detroit, MI
December 10, 2009 @ Middle East - Cambridge, MA
December 11, 2009 @ Highline Ballroom - New York, NY
December 12, 2009 @ The Trocadero - Philadelphia, PA
December 13, 2009 @ Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
December 15, 2009 @ The Social - Orlando, FL
Finally Say Anything has released a follow up to the overkill of a record In Defense of The Genre. For those of you who gave up on Max and the band because of the double disc blunder, fear no more because they are back in full force. Max has discussed how the album is self titled for the fact that he sees it as an introduction to what the band has become and there isn't a better way to describe it. Now Say Anything is no Is a Real Boy.. but it picks up from where they left off. Songs like Mara and Me and Eloise show that the guys can switch up their sound and continue to make perky fun pop tunes. Max also shows no fear in writing on the cheesy romantic in the vien of "Walk Through Hell" with "Crush'd" which is sure to be a new favorite. The album closes with "Ahhh... Men" which is the best and most captivating closer the band has ever done to wrap up an album. The record is a success in what it aims to achieve and gets two thumbs up from a guy who was thoroughly dissapointed with IDOTG.
I have no words to explain the emotions I'm feeling right now. One of the few bands that have completely shaped my musical landscapes and impacted my life in so many ways is calling it quits. Not to mention they are some of the best people out there. I can officially say that this has hit me harder than any other band breakup in my life. Wow, just fucking wow. I'll always remember the tough times I went through when I was younger and how Beneath The Medicine Tree gave me something to connect with. That album holds a special place in my heart and that will never change. The feeling that is hitting me feels like I have lost a best friend. I know with time everything must come to an end, it just sucks to have it happen right now. Aaron, Bryan, Jon, and Stephen, I know that we have never met but the impact you have left on my life is more than I could ever ask anyone and I would like to thank you. Thank you for making some of the most passionate and heartfelt music that has ever graced my ears. I will always respect you guys for what you do and who you are. As a band you have always been there for me as I grew and you progressed. This has been an unforgettable ride and you all deserve the best. I can't wait to come to a show in the Spring. I would love to meet you all and personally thank you for everything you have done, musically and personally for me. I love you all and your music will be terribly missed.
Needless to say Lala is paving the way to change how music is listened to. This has the possibility to be huge. The fact that it creates a locker for your music and you can synch your existing iTunes to the app is pleasing for everyone. Thoughts?
If you are from Maine or know someone that lives in Maine. A week from today there will be a various things to vote about, stemming from Marijuana, Government spending and taxes, and the heated debate of gay marriage. There aren't too many things that I'm passionate about in life but equality for all is up there. If the yes side wins on question 1, gay and lesbian couples will lose their right to wed in the state of Maine. We made history being one of the first states to pass gay marriage and now ignorant people are trying to take that right away based off of their selfish beliefs and discomfort with the idea. Religion isn't supposed to be incorporated with government and peoples rights shouldn't be restricted. If a church isn't comfortable with marrying gay and lesbian couples they have the option to decline their marriage. It isn't going to be taught in schools corrupting the young. It isn't doing anything but allowing people to live their lives as they choose, which is what America is supposed to be about. So again, if you live in Maine, know anyone, or hell just feel like backing the right thing and making your voice heard, get out there and spread the message.