Due to my absence from the internet I have had a lot of spare time to write and discuss things within my mind. Iím currently in Austin, Texas visiting my buddy who moved down here last year. He should have wireless internet, and me having lots of downtime should be able to enjoy this internet while he is at work. Alas, I cannot. His internet is completely fucked for who knows what reason, and his girlfriend is too lazy to do anything about it (The internet is in her name and they will only deal with her, I tried calling them up). So here I am in Texas, 100+ degrees outside, with nothing to do as I wait for my friend to get off from work. So I decided to take advantage of the free time and put together this. As I missed last weekís artist of the week, I decided to make a giant one for this week.
Portugal. The Man
PTM continue to be one of the best artists of today with every record they produce. They continue to challenge each other to do better and love making music. This is what the music scene should be. PTM has become the new model for working for what you believe in and never sacrificing what you believe for money or fame. They could care less what labels want them to do or throw at them. They have made a solid fan base that will support them in whatever path they choose to take with their music. If you donít believe me just look at where they started and where they are now and tell me they havenít become a bigger band. I am continually amazed at how they are trying to innovate and recreate the music scene. Hats off to these boys for being the music scenes class act.
In the same vein as PTM, Rx continues to grow as a band and make amazing music. Probably one of the most musically coherent groups ever to grace this music scene. Starting with Ska roots and continually growing into a progressive influenced band. They just released their album Mandala which is amazing by the way. I highly suggest everyone go and pick this album up, sure it doesnít have the horns like the past albums, but lyrically and instrumentally everything is there that you love. Oh, and if you go and buy this at your local indie record store, the band is giving away their last record Ö And The Battle Begun away with it for free (While Supplies Last).
Set Your Goals
When I first heard this band I couldnít stand them. The fast paced in your face pop punk was just too much for me. After taking some time to let it sink in I began to love the style of music and dug into it deeper. Years have passed since then and currently SYG is one of my favorite bands. People may go and say that they are just a studio band, but thatís here nor there. I have never witnessed them live to be the judge but in the studio they couldnít get any better imo. I have yet to listen to the new record as my preorder is waiting for me back at my house in Maine, but from everything I have heard and read this is going to be one of the biggest and best summer albums of 2009. Believe the hype, this band deserves your recognition.
Four Year Strong
It seems like whenever SYG is mentioned FYS is always brought up. In a sense they make similar music but in another sense itís nothing alike. But putting that aside, the band just released their new cover album titles Explains It All (Hello Clarrrrrrrissssa). Again while I have yet to listen to the album, the band put out one of my favorite pop punk records of the past few years with Rise or Die Trying and from what I have heard of this record it seems to be nothing short of a good time. Oh Nostalgia.
As Cities Burn
While every other band on this entry is on a positive note, this one is different. One of my underappreciated bands has bitten the bullet like so many other greats. ACB has officially called it quits. While many of us saw this coming for some time it was something that no matter how much time you have to prepare you still canít be ready for whatís to come. I wish the best to all the guys in the band in whatever it is they choose to do with their lives. I hope they know that the music they made these past 6 years has impacted a lot of people and will not go unappreciated.