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Some First Impressions
06/03/10 at 10:43 PM by Chris Fallon
Too much good music coming my way lately. Off With Their Heads hasn't left my ears all day. It is precisely the sort of record I have needed over the past few days. Love the lyrics and melodies. If Face to Face's Trever Keith fronted a melodic hardcore band... this is what it would sound like.

I also have to hand it to Steel Train for becoming a new obsession, as well. Mark my words: it's 2010's Dog Problems. The sort of jubilant pop music that you don't need to feel guilty for enjoying. Definitely a classic blend of what has made good pop music so timeless.

House of Heroes has impressed me, too. It doesn't top their last album, but when it comes to making strong alternative pop-rock tracks, these dudes know what's up. Reminds me of Switchfoot, Jimmy Eat World and Acceptance. A bit uneven in spots, in terms of what kind of album it wants to be. Still, you won't get a majority of it out of your head. The last song is a tad too preachy for my sake, but I'm just going to go ahead and interpret the "constant in my life" being a song about Desmond Hume.

You know what band is as rad as popsicles? Authority Zero. I'm a pretty simple guy when it comes to the punk rock music I like, and this is something that is going to be a blast to play loud during summer. Cannot wait to cruise around Seattle with Stories of Survival on the stereo.

And if you need more reasons to enjoy old-school pop punk... give the Dopamines a listen. Hooks are so catchy, my ears need a condom.

Frankly, I have way too much music coming my way. My seven picks for the Absolute 100 (coming this August!) were incredibly tough to widdle down. Somehow I did it, and I keep finding music I want to include.

Don't let my cool bragging fool you. It's a tough life I lead.
Tags: first impressions, steel train, house of heroes, off with their heads, authority zero
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Copying Jason.
02/20/09 at 01:00 AM by Chris Fallon
Aww yeah, got myself quoted on House of Heroes' ad for their new album. Think I'm gonna spend $10 on this to see if I'm on a sticker, too. That would be awesome.

This band makes incredible pop/rock music. Definitely worth checking out if you like your pop with a bit of progression and splash of alt-rock.
Tags: house of heroes, ego
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Recommendations: August 24, 2008
08/24/08 at 03:47 AM by Chris Fallon
Music RecommendationJesse Malin - Glitter in the Gutter

First off, allow me to thank fellow red namer and good friend, Tony Pascarella, for introducing me to this young talent. I'd never heard of Malin up until a few days ago, and I have been hooked ever since. Perhaps it's my inner Springsteen fan calling out and my love for guest stars (and boy, does the dude have a lot of 'em, including the Boss himself), but either way, this third solo album is a remarkable piece of work, if not a collection of material that Malin obviously has quite a bit of.

The guest stars range from Ryan Adams (Malin's BFF) to Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age) to Jakob Dylan (The Wallflowers), and they only add to the immense vocal talent and slick songwriting Malin presents on this record. Sure, it's nothing wholly groundbreaking or new, but it doesn't have to be: it's classic songwriting, in the vein of what the aforementioned Springsteen and Adams effectively do, and have won over so many with. I'm a sucker for heartland America type of songwriting, and for me, Malin is another healthy slice of apple pie on my American dessert menu. He even does a slow, bluesy, and I want to say passionately soulful rendition of a Replacements song all of you should be familiar with (Paul Westerberg - apreesh!). Butch Walker, quite possibly my favorite musician of all-time, comes to mind when I listen to this album ... and fuck, I can't tell you enough how much of a great thing that is.

Check out his first single from the album, "Broken Radio," a duet with (you guessed it!) the Boss.


Music RecommendationHouse of Heroes - The End is Not the End

Our fearless leader, Mr. Jason Tate, does not lie when he says this band is the future of great pop music. On their follow-up to their self-titled 2005 album (re-released as Say No More in 2006), the band literally takes not one step up in their sound, but a few good leaps and bounds in their powerful dynamic. I don't want to get too into this because I have a review planned for later on in the week, however, if you need a rest from the bland pop-punk crowd currently flooding the airwaves and website message boards, do yourself a favor and check out a band that is the future of great pop music in House of Heroes.

And please ... support the band come September 16 - buy the long-awaited disc and don't just download the leak.
Tags: recommendations, jesse malin, house of heroes
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