Have you guys had the chance to check out the newest album from Good Old War?
On a scale of of 1 to Charlie Simpson, I'm going to say that these is heavily teetering towards Album of the Year for me--Definitely their best release yet. Don't get me wrong, their Self-Titled is very enjoyable, as is Only Way to Be Alone, but I think it's the themes that really register. The songs are just beautiful, even if they are about the conflicts between staying or walking away from someone that you've loved. And the music is just comfortable.
I'm not going to divulge into music technicalities, frankly because I have no business in doing so and probably would botch it up. Anyway, here's a couple of links to preview/hear the album and some of my favorite tracks so you can give your ears a treat and form your own opinion.
Sometimes on rainy nights I curl up with my pillow and squeeze my eyes shut in hope that, when I open them, you will be next to me.
It sounds overly emotional and perhaps typical of any female, but it's the truth.
For a long time I feared serious commitment. I couldn't comprehend the appeal of waking up and sleeping next to the same person, day in and day out.
This all changed the day I didn't wake up next to you.
Your are my morning and nightly smile.
I truly miss you when you're not here.
Until then, I'm counting down the days until when I open my eyes and you're actually staring back at me.
We're gonna live, we're gonna live, we're gonna live
Like the rest.
I'm sure I've written about this before but, have you ever shared a song or album or artist with someone you've cared about and then have your relationship end or be ruined for some reason or another? It sort of soils all the magic and meaning of the music when it's all over and normally it takes a long time to wash away all of those memories tied to it.
I wont list the specifics, but this place has caused me to re-affirm my loved for certain things and cause a new-found dislike for others. Like I said, some things just take time to mend.
Just looking at the mid-year Top Ten lists I'm realizing why this year in music hasn't been very enticing to me....it's chalk full of releases from artists that I don't care about, for one reason or another. I guess my favorites already had their album releases last year or just couldn't cut it with their new music this year. However, it's only July so I'm expecting better things. Two out of the 3 albums on my current AOTY list are by artists I've only started listening to this year so, perhaps there's still hope. Perhaps I'll keep trolling to Members Only forum for better releases.
A couple of weeks ago, I took the advice of a friend and decided to attend this for the price of $10
The lineup of Waking Lights and Mansions was absolutely perfect. Mansions had an am explosion, but recovered nicely and put on a great set.
As for Ace, I've been on the fence about Gold Rush. In the first few album listens, I was only impressed with 2 or 3 songs. Fortunately it only took an awesome show for me to finally embrace it with open arms.
The setting was extremely intimate with only Ace onstage playing all the instruments to a delay system so it would sound like a full band. The crowd was full of die-hards, singing nearly every word to every song. Several guys were openly hitting on him and/or shouting inappropriate things, including a typical "Free Bird" request, all of which Ace rebuttaled in the most awesome way possible. The entire show felt like an episode of MTV's Unplugged and I loved every moment of it. In the end, even Ace said it was one of the most fun shows he's played in forever. I agree, Ace, I agree.
Someone taped "Ever So Sweet" which perfectly captures the feel of the entire night in one song. Enjoy.
Also, he encore'd with "Sunday Drive"
If it's not too late for you, definitely check out this tour. Great set-list and probably the most intimate side of Ace you'll get aside from him playing in your living room.
I'm down to blogging once a month. I guess it's true what they say...when things finally fall into place, you're less inspired to write. It's the heartbreak that keeps us spilling our guts.
Sometimes I think of things to blog and then the thoughts dissipate as quickly as the way they came in. I'll try and work on that. This blog was supposed to be more about the music than my personal life anyway.
As for a recap of what's been going on:
Bamboozle came and went and it was much better than last year. Saw The Movielife, Wiz Khalifa, Bruno Mars, and the TAYF TBS Lineup for the first time ever -- all had truly awesome moments and I remain a fan.
Watching my favorite album played in it's entirety by one of my favorite bands with some of my closest friends was surreal. It greatly hurt my heart that Adam Lazzara took the stage whilst sick and with little to no speaking/singing voice. Thankfully I was with people who sang every word loud enough to make it an enjoyable experience.
Extra Bonus Points: Spending last week with AbsolutePunk's favorite Aussie: KissTheBottle. It's been two years since we've hung out and this was under much better circumstances. I miss him already.
I plan on traveling in the next few months: 1 stop to Florida, Two stops in Georgia. Though I hate airplanes now more than ever, I'm excited. I like the feel of new places and food and the warm sun. I'm especially excited for summer.
As for shows, I saw Young The Giant in Brooklyn last month and was blown away. It was something that I almost backed out of last minute and I'm glad I didn't. What a perfect show that didn't even include an encore. I highly encourage you to check them out. I'm wondering if anything will top that this year.
Next wee I see Sleigh Bell for the first time since Free Fest last fall and I'm ready to dance my face off.
I guess in many ways life is still the same. I have endless bills and a list of materialistic items that I really want to buy. Family and friend struggles come and go.
Work is work....it has it's ups and downs. I just wish it would allow me to grow more. I'm three years older and I'm still doing the same work. I wish something would come along that would lead me to the next step. At least we still share some laughs, good food, and occasional adventures. So...there's that.
Nothing in life is perfect or certain, but sometimes you meet some who allows you to feel that that's possible down the line. I'm happy in that aspect. I waited a long time for something like this to come along...to be able to feel this way for someone and feel it back in return. Of course at times I'm deathly afraid that life is going to play a cruel joke and ruin it all, but for now, I'm happy.
I don't miss the heartache. Some of it got me to this place and I can't hold a grudge, but other instances I truly wasted my time and emotions for no reason. I refuse to go back to that place. I must forge forward.
Next blog will be more of my old style. I hope everyone is well or at least trying to get to a point of great achievement.
Valencia's releasing Dancing with a Ghost on October 12.
These guys put nothing but heart and soul and hard work into everything they do...and they do it without any drama.
They at least deserve your ears for a few minutes.
Remember back in middle school/high school when MTV's "Making the Video" was the highlight of your afternoon? You'd sit and watch all the behind the scenes action and it was the closest you would get to an artist's personality before they had a twitter.
Those days are clearly long gone with the oversurge of Reality Shows on a once enjoyable Music Network and the Rise of Youtube...however, some band still make the effort for creating a visual for that song you just happen to enjoy.
Last year I really, really loved Kings of Leon's music video for "use Somebody". It was a combination of a love story and the life of being in that band. Really well shot and fit so nicely with the song.
This year, in just this month alone, I've seen two enjoyable music videos for two songs I really like. Frequently a band will take a certain direction with their videos that I believe can ruin the greatness of a song. These two artists, did their songs justice.
Who says that the age of music videos is dead and gone?
Some nights I have this blurred vision,
where we dance in a dream to the songs that we love.
Those songs have play for the lonely souls who where singing along
when it wasnít enough just to hope,
and to pray that their bodyís somehow find the strength.
And they all carry on.
They want nothing but to be better off...
and Iíve hurt
and I've aged,
but I found it in my heart to believe.
In May it will be a full year since you were taken from us.
For the last 6 or 7 months, someone came and filled the void.
You were never replaced, but the pain was somewhat alleviated for the time being.
Last month everything changed again.
I really didn't think that I could feel that sad again, but it happened.
We're finding new things to occupy our time--to rebuild ourselves.
I'm trying to fix my life.
My priorities have changed and I finally figured out exactly want I want from the next five years.
It's just a matter of getting there.
I haven't had a dream about you since your accident. All my "dreams" are just the memories that we've already shared.
I go to shows that I know you would have loved and I imagine how it would be if you were there.
You're always in my thoughts and sometimes I wonder if you realize the kind of impact you had on people.
Just know that you're here....you're always here within us somehow.
Chris, we're still lonely souls, just trying to be better off.
We're really trying..............
"Now I sit alone, now I sit alone, in pain.
wishing you were here. you had so much going on.
well I never had a chance, never had the chance, to tell you.
your friendship was better than anything else.
the ones that we need are the ones that we're losing.
why doesn't this make sense at all?
oh I hope you're listening."
This can be said for a lot of different people and situations.
Tonight I saw The Sleeping played at School of Rock and they killed it.
On my way to the show I thought about what I usually think about 99.9% of the time on the drive to and from the venue:
"I wish Chris would get back from his winter vacation so we could hang out again."
Except, I know he's not on winter vacation...it only just feels that way.
Come the 13th he will have be passed on for nine months.
I guess to ease the pain I try to think of it as though he's just on a trip and we're all awaiting his return.
We all know and understand the truth, even if we still save a seat for him at our favorite hangout and occasionally make a toast in his name.
I wonder if he ever realized that he was our stress relief. He'd laugh off the problems and did his best to fix everything.
I think we needed him more than he realized.
Nine months later, here we are.
Still very much broken and bruised, but we're doing our best to hold each other together.
We make new routines and traditions so that we can laugh and continue on without dwelling and breaking down.
All we really have is each other, and I think for the most part, that we try to make the best of it.
Because, we still have the chance to make something good and real out of our life.
Cassino will be coming out with their second release, Kingprince.
It's hard to put into words my feelings about this.
Both Northstar and Cassino have been ingrained so deeply into my life that I feel that if I were to see either band live, I'd probably be overcome with quiet emotion throughout most of the the set.
I would hop on a plane to see either of them in person...it means that much to me.
Already three songs are up on their myspace and they sound terrific.
I know right now, after struggling to all year to find an album worthy enough to list as AOTY, this will undoubtedly be my #1.
Nick's voice just evokes so much emotion and memory over these past 3 years.
These songs are already on repeat.
Three cheers for good, new music.
I need it more than I need myself.
I know you'll leave with a king's reprieve
But I guess that's just fine by me
xcaseyx (12:42:01 AM): this band might be better then Kings Of Leon xcaseyx (12:42:01 AM): http://www.myspace.com/wearephoenix Me: (12:49:40 AM): sounds so good xcaseyx (12:49:51 AM): it's amazing xcaseyx (12:50:07 AM): it was Chris's favorite band i think
Chris never mentioned this band to me before he died but he was definitely on to something. If only he was around to see their success, he'd probably think it was really cool for a minute and then grumble that it's over played on that car commercial. ha.
I can't help but want to get my hands on everything this band has released. It's one of the few ways I can hold Chris close, without him actually being here.
I stumbled upon THIS threadfrom 2003 where members, even back then, made the same argument that today's members make about the boards "not being what they used to".
Like college this community is what you make of it. Sure there are some shitty things you can't avoid like spam threads, threads from extreme n00bs or even repetitive threads. However there tend to be some really funny and some pretty interesting threads that stir up some good discussion and in rare cases, a general member consensus.
Of course it's a bummer when cool posters stop coming around and interesting people get banned or just leave on their own free will. What's even more interesting is that many original posters from 2002-2006 still come around in small doses and yet no one seems to notice. I guess few ever leave for good, they just don't come back in the same fashion, given the ever changing presence of the board.
Anyway, the best part of said thread is this quote:
things'll probably pick up come 2004... new bands, new albums, new tours, etc... we can at least hope, cant we?
It's like opening a time capsule. Not only was 2004 an enjoyable year for music but so was 2005 and 2006. Sadly, most people feel as though that's where it ended. It's interesting to see that suggestion because things did get better. What's unfortunate is that we're back in that same place, wondering what's happened to this place and this "scene". Maybe 2010 things will get better? We can at least hope, can't we?