So, i leave for Montana on Friday. It is a 2200 mile trip, and i'll be making some stops to see family and that lovely girl i call my girlfriend. for those times that i'm on the road, though, i'm going to need companionship, ie. the greatest road trip playlist of all time. This is where you, loyal readers, come in. I need help.
Tell me the songs I need to put on my road trip playlist. keep the theme to movin on, the road, travel, shit like that. I've got some songs already but I want to hear what everyone says.
Inevitably, I forget about music, we all do. In today's day and age, with new music so readily accessible, CDs that we used to cherish fall by the wayside in favor of the latest ep or leak or what have you. I was in my car today driving to target when I decided to pop in a few CDs from some bands that, at the time of release, held constant sway over my speakers. I think they need to be brought back and given a revival, even though they're not really dead or anything. Well, in some cases at least.
Albums that shouldn't be forgotten:
1. Whole Wheat Bread - Minority Rules
2. Allister - Last Stop Suburbia
3. The Matches E Von Dahl Killed The Locals
4. The Early November - For All of This
5. Hawk Nelson - Letters To The President
6. Catch 22 - Keasbey Nights
7. Halifax - A Writer's Reference
8. Goldfinger - Open Your Eyes
9. Mest - Destination Unknown
10. Wakefield - American made
So, I've been listening to a certain set of songs so far this summer. a lot. like a lot a lot. this is my soundtrack of the summer. if i were to give it a theme itd be about going places, mostly at least. Here we go... ten songs that make up my summer.
1. A Day To Remember - The Downfall of Us All
2. Valencia - Safe To Say
3. All Time Low - Weightless/A Party Song
4. Farewell - Eighty Eights
5. Mercy Mercedes - Drop Top
6. Hit The Lights - Her Eyes Say Yes
7. A Change of Pace - Summer Girls (LFO Cover)
8. Incubus - Drive
9. The Audition - My Temperature is Rising
10. Ben Harper - Burn One Down
What is your soundtrack to the summer?
last year I had "Drop the Girl" " Bada Bing Wit A Pipe" and "Call Me Jersey" among others...
So I haven't done this in a bit. This time, I'm highlighting the songs that always make me remember some good times. They will always be close to my thumb on my i-pod. These are those songs to me that, while cruising down the highway, doing 80 with the windows down and the sun setting just ahead of you on the horizon, you scream along rergardless of how you are feeling. You could've just been dumped, and you'll still scream every single word and, at the end, feel just a little bit better. Or, maybe, still want that person to drive off a cliff. Whatever. Screaming along is the point here.
And if you don't have them already. go go go and get them.
1. Good Charlotte - Waldorf Worldwide
2. The Used - Taste of Ink
3. New Found Glory - Sucker
4. Unwritten Law - Cailin
5. Sugarcult - Bouncing off the Walls
6. Fall Out Boy - Chicago is So Two Years Ago
7. Taking Back Sunday - Cut from the Team
8. The Starting Line - Given the Chance
9. Saves the Day - Sell My Old CLothes, I'm off the Heaven
10. Hidden in Plain View - An American Classic
Okay, so maybe a bunch of these are about breaking up, and that would fuel the 'wanting your ex to drive off a cliff thing' but you can listen to them out of that context too. Try it, its fun.
I had spring break this past week and RG and I drove from Elon to Indiana where friend_regan goes to school. Then from there to see Springer in Chicago and hang with friends_dacie_and_emily. In that time, since the I-Pod connector wasn't working, we listened to CDs. A lot of them. PGP2 came up a bunch because we were too lazy to switch out CDs. This game me plenty of time to give this a thorough thinkin' through.
This isn't really going to be an album review. I guess you could see it that way if you want to, but I'm just going to say a few comments on what I think of the song/band/choices made for this album. First, though, a few general comments.
I was really pumped when I heard about PGP2--I absolutely love PGP1. The bands chosen did a pretty damn good job covering some pretty popular pop songs. This time around though, a few things threw me off and made me, on the whole, hate this album. I know it is a very biased way to look at it, but I will be comparing 2 to 1 a bunch because, well, its better.
These things are as follows:
1. Unnecessary Screaming: Self-explanatory. When this first type of music first started, I was into it. There was a raw energy that appealed to me. I found myself sitting on my roof outside my room or just in my room screaming along, air-guitaring it up. Sometimes I even air-drummed it. And then a couple months passed and new bands were still coming out doing the same thing. The music all started to blend together. Here on PGP2, we see the nexus of all these bands. Except for 2 or 3 tracks, every single track on PGP2 has unnecessary screaming. The covers are good up to a point, where you are assaulted with throaty, harsh noises (not really even words, it just sounds like someone is trying to projectile vomit).
2. Band Choice: On PGP1 and even on Crunk, the bands were good. Like, really good. There was a wide variety of types of pop punk represented on PGP1 and on Crunk a whole slew of styles (more or less--I'm thinking variety in terms of Say Anything to ATL to say, FTSK). Here, this point coincides with point 1: too many screamo bands. Yes Fearless, I get it, you like screamo bands and so do thousands of preteen angsty girls out there, but what about everyone else? Those guys and gals that are nearing the ends of their college careers, having grown up with the scene that evolved around screaming. The people who have a bunch of those bands on their I-Pods and listen to them for nostalgia purposes from time to time or when they decide that, hey, i'm allowed to be upset from time to time and I want to express that through my music for six or seven minutes. What about getting bands to represent them? Every band out there has pop covers, that is just a given, go to any live show and you'll most likely a cover of something (I've been present at "Just can't wait to be king," "bittersweet symphony" and "milkshake" covers). Just find some other bands. There may be contractual reasons that Fearless couldn't get other bands, but since those are not out there for the public I am ignoring them.
And now, I will discuss the tracks.
1.. "What Goes Around.../...Comes Around"---Alesana---Justin Timberlake
----I don’t particularly care for either of these bands. The track doesn’t do anything for me as an opening track either. Nothing special. I wish I had more to say.
----Another one of my favorite tracks on the album.
3. "...Baby One More Time"---August Burns Red---Britney Spears
---- First, this was on PGP1. It shouldn’t be on two. They should’ve rolled up a newspaper and hit August Burns Red collectively on the nose and gone “No! Don’t do that!” I can’t even listen to more than a few seconds of this song. It is shit. ‘Nuff said.
4. "When I Grow Up"---Mayday Parade---Pussycat Dolls
---Since my last time seeing Mayday, my opinion of them has sunk. The band members each seemed to be playing for themselves, not together as a band. This song has nothing to do with that, but that thought sits in my head.
5. "Over My Head (Cable Car)"---A Day to Remember---The Fray
---Hmm. This one intrigued me. I think it was a curious/bold move to switch genres for the song so drastically, but, more or less, this one worked. Except for the screaming (well, if you haven't figured out that I'm harping on this by now, go reread the beginning of this piece).
6. "Smooth"---Escape the Fate---Santana
----Santana is one of my favorite artists and has been since I was a kid. The sexuality imbued in his kickass guitar pieces is awesome and ever since my dad popped Abraxis into the tape player I was hooked. Then Supernatural came out and it was good, cause it still had Santana and his awesome guitar. “Smooth” is my favorite track on that album and the first time I listened to this I was stoked. Then there came all that screaming and sich (Yes, sich, watch South Park more if you don’t get it). By this point, though, my body had developed a callous shell against it, I was a little dead on the outside, but it protected me from the pointless noise. I like what they did with the guitar in this, I’m glad they didn’t kill it.
7. "Ice Box"---There for Tomorrow---Omarion
----Not a bad cover, but I feel this would’ve fit better on Crunk. Then again, a bunch of these tracks would fit better on that album, especially if they consider Will Smith ‘crunk.’ So, thinking along those lines, was PGP2 just a Crunk b-sides album? Jeez, thanks for putting in the effort to try and put good songs on a CD Fearless. Just because we’re not buying as much music as we used to, and you’re not making as much money or anything doesn’t mean we still don’t care.
8. "Flagpole Sitta"---Chiodos---Harvey Danger
----Compared to all of the other songs on here (except maybe “Smooth”), this track seemed out of place. This track was in high school when the rest of the songs were still playing hopscotch during elementary school recess. I think Chiodos did a pretty decent job with it.
9. "Beautiful Girls"---Bayside---Sean Kingston
--Seriously, you're letting people who define themselves by saying they want to cut themselves listen to someone who they look up to singing the words "you had me suicidal/suicidal when you said it's over." Are you fucking insane Fearless? I see that as dipping a baby's hand in water then setting them down in a room full of electrical outlets. Tact, you (Fearless) have none. On the other hand, this song doesn't have unnecessary screaming, which gave it bonus points in my book, and I think Raneri's voice works for this, minus the content.
10. "See You Again"---Breathe Carolina---Miley Cyrus
---Both the original songtress and cover band need to be put on nuclear testing islands. BC is riding that wave of popularity of all those sorts of hardcore crunk/techno bands. Give it up, you will go down in history as a blip on the radar.
11. "Disturbia"---The Cab---Rihanna
---Rihanna must be proud, every song she makes these days is covered by scores of unimpressive emo-pop-synth-whatever bands. Yehaw, let me go get my guitar so I can cover some of her songs, too. I know, I’ll do a mash-up, I’ll call it “Umbrurbia.”
12. "Toxic"---A Static Lullaby----Britney Spears
---I was shocked when I saw that ASL put out a video for this. That ruined it right away (that and the screaming). First, there is already another abominably covered Spears song on here (not that the songs weren't already bad). Second, how bad off as a band are you when you need to put out a video of a cover song to try and stir up some interest in your band? I know, I know, Madonna did it with American Pie and tons of other people probably have too, but "toxic" is still considered our generation. When "American Pie" came out, it was at least a decade or two after the original came out. Get it? There was time for popularity to ebb and flow. With Britney Spears, she's been in the news since "Baby One More Time" and that skirt/ white shirt combo (she was so hot back then, when I was in grammar school), can we please stop giving her more attention than she deserves?
13. "Love Song"---Four Year Strong---Sara Bareilles
---This is my favorite song on the album, I think. When I first heard it, it made me laugh a little. Yeah, I don't like the screaming but at this point on the cd my body developed a callous to it, I was a little dead on the outside, but it protected me from the pointless noise.
14. "I Kissed a Girl"---Attack Attack!---Katy Perry
---Yay, another song covered a billion times. Let me just say this, less talking about girl-on-girl, more actually girl-on-girl, then this song might be bearable.
I realize a lot of this is ranting, but I'm okay with it. This album seriously disappointed me (it is on par with PATD!'s live show being a huge disappointment also) and I hate when that happens. A little part of me dies. It is like when you go on vacation and you hear all of this stuff about how magnificient all of the beaches are, but once you get there all you see is rain and crack whores on the beach. Major bummer, dude.
Things you could listen to that would not take precious seconds away from your lifespan: Tom Waits, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Count The Stars, The Starting Line.
Anyway, comment so that I know what everyone else thinks, if I am alone on this position (or not).
okay, so yeah, I'm partial to this video because it has all those things that I grew up with in videos: pretty girls, band guys getting with those girls, shots of the band playing with tons of random extras and some sort of string to tie them all together.
and yeah, I'm partial to this video because it mentions Jersey, and how can one not be partial to that (this is not the time for dirty jersey jokes, so keep your mouths shut with those)
but so what?
This video is pretty kickin'. watch and love it. These guys are good, and will continue to be good--nay--hopefully, they will just get better and better. There's not a lot of bands out there that have such simple pop punk anymore, a lot of bands think that to play anything with the word punk even remotely attached you need synths, or you need screaming or anything, but no, I like the years gone by cause its just good stuff. the end.
So, I'm sitting here right now, in a back corner of my schools library--Club Belk--and I'm supposed to be working on a literature review for my research project. I came close to failing the last lit review. Huzzah. My confidence level on this one isn't too much higher. The lit review is my least favorite portion of research. It, for those that have not had the pleasure (hah) of writing one, is a review (well, yeah) of all the research that's been done on your topic before you. For students, it is basically like saying, "Hey, here are all the people that did all this stuff before me and better than I ever will. Cool. Awesome. Now, here's my shitty research that's been forced into one or two semesters of work and pushed through the sieve that made of unreasonable deadlines and the quick decimation of motivation to carry on with something you thought you would like to do for a while.
so, in lieu of doing work and in an attempt to save my sanity just a smidge, I made a playlist of stuff I'm listening to, to calm me down and as I said, hopefully prevent me from going postal on some of these nerds in here. Just kidding, there aren't nerds here, this is Elon University, slackasses and sluts hang out in the library to look like they actually do things with their lives instead of just drinking, smoking, and sucking dick on the weekends to try and find fulfillment in their trustfund lives.
the playlist itself is meant to be jarring. mixing soft and hard, more or less to keep me awake.
1. Dustin Kensrue - Pistol
2. Madina Lake - Stars
3. Something Corporate - Fall
4. My Chemical Romance - Thank You For the Venom
5. Count Your Blessings - Fell For This
6. UnderOATH - A Boy Brushed in Red
7. Joshua Radin - Friend Like You
8. Bring Me The Horizon - Off the Heezay
9. School Boy Humor - Camera Shy
10. The Used - Take It Away
I know a ton of other people have put this up probably already and then there's that whole thread, but i'll forget about that thread after a while, so I'm putting mine up here. Here are fifteen albums I can't live without. A lot fall under the same genre, but there are a few outliers. Now mind you, these aren't complete classics, they're classic to me because of what I was going through when I heard them or things along those lines. Some, yeah, are agreeable classics, but others its more personal.
(they're not in any specific order)
1. The Starting Line - Say It Like You Mean It
2. Taking Back Sunday - Tell All Your Friends
3. Good Charlotte - Good Charlotte
4. Brand New - Your Favorite Weapon
5. Bob Marley & The Wailers - Legend
6. Lucky Boys Confusion - Throwing the Game
7. Something Corporate - Leaving Through The Window
8. Sugarcult - Start Static
9. A.F.I. - All Hallows E.P.
10. Catch 22 - Keasbey Nights
11. NOFX - Pump Up the Valuum
12. Thursday - Full Collapse
13. Unwritten Law - ELVA
14. Weezer - Green Album
15. Yellowcard - One For The Kids
I could keep going but these albums get me through just about every possible emotional landscape I encounter.
I've been listening to this playlist a lot lately, it reminds me of earlier days, its a lot of the songs that got me into the music I'm into, so yeah, listen cause it rocks, or, comment me and tell me stuff I should add.
1. Alkaline Trio - Stupid Kid
2. Taking Back Sunday - Cute Without the E
3. Brand New - Sudden Death in Carolina
4. The Starting Line - Given The Chance
5. Underoath - A Boy Brushed in Red
6. Off By One - On My Way
7. Count The Stars - Taking It All Back
8. Story of the Year - Until My Dying Day
9. Sugarcult - You're the One
10. Reliant K - Sadie Hawkins Dance
11. Rufio - Above Me
These are some party songs, more or less for the new year. I'm hoping this year will be a bit better. I mean, it's got to be right? Graduating from college, Thailand (maybe), etc.
1. Kevin Rudolf ft. Lil Wayne - Let It Rock
2. A Change of Pace - Weekend Warriors
3. Thursday - Jet Black New Year
4. All Time Low - This is How We Do
5. The Maine - Everything I Ask For
6. Fight Fair - Pop Rocks
7. Bon Jovi - Livin' On A Prayer
8. Family Force 5 - Love Addict/ Earthquake (couldn't decide)
9. Boys Like Girls - Five Minutes to Midnight
10. Cashcash - Party in Your Bedroom.
So, to any music lover, I think this post will ring true. I was thinking about it alot on the way home from the mall today when I was shuffling through my CDs, looking for songs that I could scream along to, but I didn't have to think to much about.
To any music lover, a relationship is an act of self-sabotage, whereby the music lover infects and scars a part of his or her brain with bad memories or emotions that s/he has related to a particular song over time.
Think about it, I will give you some examples.
The Starting Line - Best of Me (BoM).
I think this song may be one of the universal truths in pop/emo/punk whatever in terms of a love song. When I used to go to TSL shows, when they played BoM, it was inevitable that all the couples would start swaying in time, kissing, hand holding, all of that. I am guilty of this too, on numerous occasions. It is one of those songs that I knew (read: knew at the time i was enamored with... whoever) would mean alot to that person if i told them that the song made me think of them, or that the lyrics had this special meaning, or anything, you guys know what i'm talking about. Couples have "their" song. (This song is usually taken from one of the person's favorite songs, one that meant so much to them before this person ever got there This song seems amazing at the time. It is a song that the person has screamed to his or her self in the privacy of the bedroom endlessly, the repeat 1 light acting as the only illumination in the room.) This significant other, you get lost in the significant other's eyes, you call them more than you talk to your parents, (and now) your facebook wall/bumper sticker thing is loaded with things from them, more than from anyone else. [Enter fights, nerves, time, another member of your sex] The deceit starts, the annoyingness at too many calls, texts, et cetera. You guys break up. [Enter more fights]. Suddenly, that song of yours, that song you always loved, is bitter. When you hear it, you envision your stomach twisting and taste bile in the back of your throat, your brain goes through mental anguish boot camp. But, you always loved that song, you want to keep loving that song, yet, it now has all these bad memories. You've screwed yourself over.
For me, I tried to stay away from plastering a name to BoM in the various relationships I've been in over time. It was there on the periphery, and we played it and listened to it, and I may have said that it was important but it was never THE song. Until the last relationship I was in (ca. March-June 08). I felt I was ready to finally tack a name onto it. It seemed happy. it seemed stable. And then I came home for the summer and issues of depression came up and one member of our two could not deal with the other person's issues that he was dealing with. So, that ended that one. And now, I hear BoM all the time still, I have to, it is one of my favorite songs, it has weathered other relationships. But now there's that curse on it, and I hate it. I hate myself for attaching meaning to it, and it annoys me that I can't get over it. it is laughable a bit, because I mean I'm writing about it, I recognize it. I don't know, maybe I am over it. I'd like to think so at times. (I don't mean I'm not over the relationship, that's been buried since the summer, I mean the whole song thing)
There's more to this freethinking. I just have to go to work, so i'll update this blog later. If anyone reads this in the meantime though, what songs have been screwed up for you?
I was going through cds today and I came upon a mix cd i had made in high school. It is the subject of my Sam Is Listening. Here we go, don't laugh.
1. SR-71 - Right Now
2. Riddlin' Kids - I Feel Fine
3. Get Up Kids - Masspike
4. Five Iron Frenzy - Oh, Canada
5. Dashboard Confessional - Saints and Sailors
6. Survivor - Eye of the Tiger (I have no idea why this is on there, it made me laugh, though)
7. Wakefield - Say You Will
8. Unwritten Law - Seeing Red
9. Weezer - Undone (The Sweater Song)
10. Sugarcult - Stuck in America
A weird fucking mix, man. Funny thing is i still listen to all of this
i thank sierra for this one. we were talking about me playing a song on guitar for her but me not singing for her, unless it was in the car and along to a song that i liked. that's where this kicks in. I think it is a lot of how i feel about music in general. read through, you may agree. I've just copied and pasted the IM here, so I apologize for spelling errors and such. I'm not sure what the 35: whatevers are. sorry.
its going to sound lame when i try to explain what i deem good music to me that i sing along to
sam slaughter 12:32
but like, alot of people peg me as an emo kid and yeah i listen to it but i will sing along to anything that gets me pumped, that makes me feel alive, that i can connect to in some way. like if i feel a song gives me some sort of meaning, that it explains something for me then i will scream my fucking lungs out regardless of the fact i can't carry a tune
sam slaughter 12:33
so its anything that moves me, i guess is the easy answer
now give an example
sam slaughter 12:34
two songs defined my hs career, basically
the starting line's "best of me" because it was everything i had hoped for in a relatioship but didn't fine--it is THE like, love song of my scene, and Taking back Sunday's "cut from the team(cute without the E)"--the ultimate i hate you song of my scene
i know how to play these songs, iknow every freakin nuance of them
you are kind of a deep kid aren't you
sam slaughter 12:35
or like, the starting line's "given the chance" it gives me chills when i hear it
for two reasons
or three actually
a) they mention jersey, and as a high school kid, hearing your home state, and your favorite band screaming it, it hits home, b) its a song of like hope/ thanks--- basically the song is "holy shit, we've made it this far, thank you so much, c) after seeing a band 15 times before they break up, they mean something to you
i dont think im deep because i listen to music and make a connection, we all have these connections its just a matter of realizing them, i guess
well you are good at articulating them
better than anyone else i've ever talked to i think
sam slaughter 12:39
i mean, in HS, i went to concerts, thats what i did, i didnt party or hang with friends-- most of my friends lived 45 mins away so w/o a car it was hard, so i went to concerts, alone mostly cause no one wanted to go, and i screamed my little 15 yr old lungs out, throwing my fist in the air at the guys i envied so much because they could articulate how i felt, they could connect with me because it seemed they knew what i was going through
and on another level like, to use a fight club example, i found tons of single serving friends... i didn't know these people, rarely did i ever talk to them to find out names because i'm a shy person, but like, in a pit, you watch out for people, if someone falls you pick them the fuck up. you help people out, and you have this bond because you're all here to hear the words that may hold different meanings, you know? like one song could be a song that is liek freedom to me, that makes me feel like i can do anything while for two other people, its THEIR song for whatever reason and you're all here screaming together, sweating together
in a pit, you're all sweaty and you lock eyes with someone mid lyric, your lips both in the middle of the word "home" or "alone" or whatever, and you have this connection. you could both be three tones away, but who cares
So, today is the last day of class. I just completed my last 8am class EVER. Sweet christ it felt good to get it over with.
anyway, in celebration here is my music choices for the week, most are upbeat, cause,well, the semester ends soon.
1. Farewell - First One On The Blog
2. The Maine - Everything I Ask For
3. Andrew WK - It's Time To Party
4. Gym Class Heroes - Scandalous Scholastics
5. Jimmy Eat World - The Middle
6. All Time Low - Poppin' Champagne*
7. Forever the Sickest Kids - Whoa Oh! (Me vs. Everyone)
8. Will Smith - Will2k (feat. k-Ci)
9. Journey - Don't Stop Believin'
10. SR-71 - Right Now
*okay okay I know, commence the hating on me for being a hypocrite for putting this on here, I hate them as people, but the song is fucking catchy. so... hate away, homies