30. John Mayer - Battle Studies
29. Enter Shikari - Common Dreads
28. Paramore - Brand New Eyes
27. Relient K - Forget and Not Slow Down
26. The All American Rejects - When the World Comes Down
25. This Providence - Who Are You Now?
24. Say Anything - Say Anything
23. Green Day - 21st Century Breakdown
22. The Swellers - Ups and Downsizing
21. We the Kings - Smile Kid
20. Fireworks - All I Have to Offer is My Own Confusion
19. A Day to Remember - Homesick
18. Every Avenue - Picture Perfect
17. Broadway Calls - Good Views, Bad News
16. Fall Out Boy - Follie a Deux
15. The Summer Set - Love Like This
14. Jeff Kummer - Your Best Alternative
13. Cartel - Cycles
12. The Friday Night Boys - Off the Deep End
11. Ace Enders and a Million Different People - When I Hit the Ground
10. A Rocket to the Moon - On Your Side
9. Sparks the Rescue - Eyes to the Sun
8. Anti Flag - The People or the Gun
7. Set Your Goals - This Will Be the Death of Us
6. Brand New - Daisy
5. Boys Like Girls - Love Drunk
4. New Found Glory - Not Without a Fight
3. Freshman 15 - Throw Up Your Hands for One Night Stands
2. The Dangerous Summer - Reach for the Sun
1. All Time Low - Nothing Personal
5. The Academy Is... - Lost in Pacific Time
4. Hit the Lights - Coast to Coast
3. Pull the Pin - Anywhere in the Universe Other Than Me...
2. Red Car Wire - From the Start
1. The Years Gone By - Something You Know Nothing About
3. Mayday Parade - Anywhere but Here
2. Forever the Sickest Kids - The Weekend: Friday
1. Cobra Starship - Everything they have done this year.
Best New Bands:
Sparks the Rescue
The Dangerous Summer
Band of the Year:
Most Anticipated of 2010:
The Gaslight Anthem
Four Year Strong
Panic! at the Disco
Motion City Soundtrack
Song of 2009:
All Time Low - Weightless
Bands That Need To Reunite:
The Starting Line(For more than a few shows)
5. Say No to Neon - Valencia/ Houston Calls
4. Let's Make a Mess - Hey Monday/ This Providence/ The Friday Night Boys/ The Bigger Lights
3. Gig Life: Four Year Strong/ Set Your Goals/ Fireworks/ The Swellers
2. All Time Low/ We the Kings/ Cartel
1. blink-182 Summer Tour
Best TV Shows:
How I Met Your Mother
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
World's Greatest Dad
So it's a pretty slow week with releases, so I decided to take on Four Year Strong's last week cover album release.
It's a nineties album for anyone who doesn't know. And everything reflects that, from the album artwork showing pictures of the band as kids to the songs and even the title (a clear reference to the early 90's Nickelodeon cartoon, Clarissa Explains it All). I spent the first ten years of the my life in the 90's, and I can remember the songs being on the radio when the first came out.
So the album is basic nostalgia at it's best for anyone who grew up in the 90's. One of my favorites on the album is the Nine Days cover, "Absolutely(Story of a Girl)." I remember listening to the song on the bus with my friend every morning a little after it came out. Or first hearing it on the radio and my ten year old self had visions of a girl crying a river, complete with water overflowing and flooding the houses around.
That songs the one that really gives me the clearest visions and nostalgia, but "Semi-Charmed Life" comes in a close second. I can remember listening to it and enjoying it on the radio going to and from wherever my second grade self needed to be. The rest of the album follows suit, as if you were alive in the 90's and listened to the radio for a half hour you would hear most of the songs on this album.
It brings back memories of being in elementary school on the playground, relying on your parents to drive you everywhere, riding the bus to and from school, and just being a careless kid. If you haven't checked out the album at least take a listen and let the nostalgia take you over.
Sorry I kinda slacked this week(in case anyone cares) but as far as new stuff from Tuesday, definitely check out the new Set Your Goals album, This Will be the Death of Us.
I hadn't really listened to Mutiny, and just going by the hype on the site I thought it would be worth it to check out the new album. I ended up really liking it. It strays away from a lot of the bands now that use auto tune and effects, and is just a great album. Most of it's real upbeat, complete with great lyrics and good musicianship.
My personal favorite from the album is Summer Jam, about the band touring from the beginning to where they are now. There's stories in the lyrics of things that have happened on their tours with bands like New Found Glory and Fireworks. The bridge is even compiled from lines of lyrics from a bunch of different bands they've toured with. This Will be the Death of Us, Look Closer, and Our Ethos: A Legacy to Pass On are all in a close second as far as favorite songs.
If you're a fan of pop punk or even hardcore, bands like New Found Glory, Fireworks, Four Year Strong, or A Day to Remember or are just looking for something new to listen to, definitely check out this release.
So every Tuesday I try to find a new album to listen to. Sometimes it's from one of my favorite bands (Nothing Personal, last week), and sometimes I'll find a new release from a band I don't know/ don't listen to.
This week I checked out the new Owl City album, Ocean Eyes. I've never really given Owl City much of a chance. Just a quick listen to a song or two from the first album, but I don't remember really enjoying it or anything. However, I was actually quite surprised by it.
The vocal delivery reminds me Matt from Relient K, with lots of auto-tune and effects on the vocals. It doesn't seem like the effects are to really hide anything, more used for just an effect. It mixes with the synth backgrounds really well.
Some of the songs have some weird themes, such as "Dental Care," which is about going to the dentist it seems. Again, surprisingly songs like this don't even come out as a joke, they work well with the whole sound and don't seem out of place. There's lots of metaphors throughout the album, and I found the lyrics to actually be overall pretty good.
Some of the better tracks include Cave In, Hello Seattle, and The Bird and the Worm(The chorus really reminds me of something that Relient K would do, driven by piano and guitar).
With bands like Never Shout Never starting to get picked up, it's good to see that there's still some pop/synth type bands that still come across as meaningful and sound good. Whether or not you've been a fan of Owl City in the past, check out the album. It's an overall happy feel good album. I don't think you'll be disappointed at all.
"Couldn't wait for the summer and the Warped Tour!"
I went to Warped tour this year. There were some of my favorite bands there, so it was really pointless to say "Hey I'm not going to go because there's the worst bands ever there!" Yea, but there's also some of my favorites like Anti-Flag, Red Car Wire, or Hit the Lights. I figured I could just ignore the likes of brokenCYDE or Millionaires.
Much to my dismay, at approximately 2-3 there were absolutely no good bands playing, up until 2:45ish with Less Than Jake. I didn't know them really, but it sure beat out the other bands playing at the same time (brokenCYDE, Millionaires, and Jeffree Star. Yea, all three played at the SAME EXACT TIME.). On my way over to the main stage to check out LTJ I happened to walk past the Skull Candy stage, and brokenCYDE was gracing it with their presence.
It's like a train-wreck. You don't want to watch it, but it's just so bad you can't look away. I was horrified by what I saw/ heard. If you think the lyrics to their songs are bad, watch between songs when they talk on the mics. They literally were trying to get underage girls to do some... pretty illegal things... (if you catch my drift).
This whole crunkcore rap whatever the heck you want to call it stuff is just horrible. Millionaires, Jeffree Star, 3oh3, Brokencyde, etc... They're all gaining popularity and selling. Which is really the problem.
Someone on my facebook put up had pics of Warped, and the caption for NOFX was like "no idea who this band is "Weird band waiting for 3oh3" "No idea." Seriously? It's really REALLY bad if you don't know who NOFX are, and are freaking out for 3OH!3. Really? The fact that people now don't know who NOFX are and go nuts for 3OH!3 is horrible. What's this generation coming to?
And that's what's selling right now. And what people don't realize is why it really makes me mad. Ok fine, go like whatever "music" you want (Even though this isn't music). It's not about that at all. It's about the fact that these bands are what's gaining popularity among teenage girls who are willing to waste money on shirts/CD's/concerts...
With these bands becoming popular with the 14 year old girls, this is what is being signed and promoted by labels, leaving bands that are hardworking/ real behind. Even the signed bands are being left behind for the label to promote what's "in."
Not only does the real bands get left behind, but without the support/ promotion they can't sell. Without being able to sell albums/merch/ tickets they can't afford it and need to break up. The whole trend here causes real bands to break up in the end.
Not only that, but these "trendy" bands are telling 14 year old girls that the only way to be accepted and liked is to dress like a slut, act like a whore, and put out. If you don't do that, get the hell out. Like we went back in a time machine 100 years. What women worked so hard to gain is now what teenage girls are letting themselves lose, and putting them back so many years. These bands are trying to make women into sex items instead of people.
Maybe it will all grow old in time, and all these things will be forgotten about. If that's the case, we can just happily remember that none of the members will ever be able to secure a job outside of McDonalds becuase of their appearance/ what they had written about and said on stage. If jobs look at our facebook pages to see who we are, imagine the horror of an interviewer when they check out the brokenCYDE myspace page.
Let's let the hourglass keep sifting though time, I guess we'll just have to wait until their sand runs out.
So I've decided to finally start a blog on here with my thoughts instead of just IMing them to whoever would listen. Maybe someone here will be like "hey look at this kid! He knows what's up" or maybe everyone will ignore it. In any case, I'll add short reviews/ recommendations or just thoughts on the scene in general.