In a previous time period, I was one of those guys who cried at the top of their lungs when I felt music was turning some imaginary corner. I used to create these vast visions in my mind about how things were and how they can get there. I used to do this at what now seems like free will. I wouldn't say I was more naive, optimistic or anything like that - maybe if I was more anything it be "more less busy." But whatever, to act like I'm not constantly listening to music would be a lie in the most transparent sense of the word.
Although, as I've said, I don't really do this anymore, I feel compelled just to say, "Wow." Just to say that I haven't felt such a positive music presence in my life and in the live's of likeminded people since I was in high school. God, I must be the One Millionth person to say, "Yeah music right now! No Sleep! Mightier Than Sword! Blah Blah Blah!" But really, it's true. I mean, I barely listened to pop-punk/punk/faster, louder, emotion-ier music over the past few years. And if I did, it was bands that I previously knew. Which is not how I usually listen to music. But lately, like within the last 3 or 4 weeks, I've been finding new (to me) bands who aren't just making music they should be proud of, but music I'm proud to scream at the top of my lungs like an idiot. They're making music that trumps any stupid preconceived notion about what music a site like "music mends broken hearts.com" enjoys.
And man if I don't want to just call one of these bands up and jump in the back of their van, hitting mid-sized cities, rocking faces off then moving on. The whole time with smiles on faces, meeting people who have not just heard, but been touched by the music. It's fascinating, because I'm not sure what the catalyst is. There's the normal culprits: war, heartbreak, depression, recession. But I am of the impression that something deeper is happening. That these bands are sort of taking a stand, without really taking one. That sounds passive, but it's not. Well, maybe they are taking a stand. These are the bands on the road forever, screaming louder than anyone. Begging to be heard.
I don't believe there is a "right" reason to play music. There's no sort of calling to this sort of thing, other than the fact that, at some point, it is fun and cool to perform for people. But if there were some higher calling, I feel like it these bands would be the disciples.
I don't know. I'm just really excited to see some shows this summer. And that's also something I haven't said in a while.
But I guess the original point of this blog was to post a screenshot of the playlist I just made. I'm calling it "Revival," which is cliched by now. But it's cliched because it's true and that's what's happening. Don't just rock on. Rock forward.
So the tailgate I've been alluding to for a while is finally happening later today. 11 AM. Parking lot. I've just made a little mix for peeps to listen to while they play prohibition pong (a mixture between skeeball and beer pong with no beer because it's on school grounds, hence the name), play bags, washers and sit in a kiddie pool. Or while they are eating bagels or cheeze doodles. Anyway, we hope it's a good turnout. I myself am really looking forward to it. Have some fun in the morning, hear an interesting dude speak from a cool digital adv. agency (R/GA) and then go to a halloween party tomorrow night. Not sure what my costume will be yet, but I'm sure I'll come up with something at the last minute like always. Anyways, take a gander at that playlist. Hope it gets you moving. Moving to buy a song or two, that is. Burn. In your face. Booyah.
1.) The Dangerous Summer - "Weathered"
2.) Transit - "Stay Home"
3.) Why? - "This Blackest Purse"
4.) Phoenix - "1901" (because I'm unoriginal)
5.) Dance Gavin Dance - "Carl Barker"
6.) Metavari - "Kings Die Like Other Men"
7.) Harlem Shakes - "Strictly Game" (R.I.P.)
8.) Switchfoot - "Needle and Haystack Life" (shame the rest of this album is so poor)
9.) Between The Trees - "We Can Try"
10.) Alexander The Great - "Home Alone in Central Park"
11.) We Were Promised Jetpacks - "It's Thunder and It's Lightning"
12.) fun. - "The Gambler" (good lord did i overplay this song)
13.) MT. - "Lecture on Nothing"
14.) Person L - "Good Days"
15.) Jay-Z - "Young Forever"
16.) Oceans - "Your Plane Leaves Tomorrow"
17.) Man Overboard - "5 Girls Pizza"
18.) Set Your Goals - "This Will Be The Death of Us" (good sweet holy lord did i overplay this song)
19.) The Audition - "Los Angeles"
20.) Discovery - "Osaka Loop Line"
21.) Memory Tapes - "Bicycle"
22.) The Years Gone By - "The Last Perfect Thing About This Year"
23.) Suckers - "Afterthoughts & TV"
24.) Years - "Are You Unloved"
25.) Fake Problems - "Heart BPM"
Other than maybe the first 6 or so, the numbers aren't super important. But no joke, music blew me away this year (especially some new instrumental bands.) Good gracious, 2009, I will miss thee. Holla at me, y'all.
--Honorable mention: any music video from the 70s or 80s that is easily found on Youtube.
So this weekend I've had the place to myself. A chance to play music loud and kill lots of zombies in Left 4 Dead. As my mom says, "You're a hermit." I agree with this statement to a certain extent. I greatly value my alone time. I very much enjoy the chance to get lost in my thoughts. If you think it's egotistical you're probably right. I really enjoyed the time alone, but this house is a little too big for little old me. I look at this as a precursor to the probably inevitable fact that I will be living by myself in some city this Summer. If that city is Atlanta I would be very excited: on that front, my application materials to The Creative Circus are under review as we speak. I should know my fate in a couple weeks. Waiting. But anyways, I think I can live by myself. I'm not sure I want to, but I think I can. As long as the place isn't scary, because I tend to scare very easily.
But here are the songs that kept me company this weekend, good lyrics included.
1.) husband&wife - "England Lives" (see earlier entry)
2.) Fake Problems - "Too Cold Too Hold"
-"See I've got this problem with talking to myself / And hardly ever to anyone else / It's not that I have nothign to share / I'm just not quite ready to reveal the faults I bear / But I'm pretty sure / That I prefer some company."
3.) The Dangerous Summer - "Weathered"
-"I felt unable / I was lying on my side / In the same clothes / From the very last night / I want to pray that I'm doing everything right / I saw my mom die for the very first time / She was an angel / God took her from the sky / And there's a million other people that I've found that care more than I ever will."
4.) The Starting Line - "Nights and Weekends"
-"And I said, 'I've been thinking a lot about you / Is it true do you hate me?' / She said, 'I've been thinking about you / Is it true do you hate me?'"
5.) The Wonder Years - "An Elegy For Baby Blue"
-"Cause it's so over now Baby Blue / It's like the world's stopped revolving in the absence of you / And we'll be bone dry despite the red eyes long flights." (don't have the lyrics for this one, so don't know how correct these are.)
6.) Mute Math - "Clockwork"
-"The night falls prey to another sun / All like clockwork they won't stop. / Don't stand still."
7.) Holding Onto Hope - "What You Make Of Me"
-"As you take as fast as you give / I'm left with what you leave / We give thanks when we want not / We sink in turmoil alone / Take my eyes and make them yours / Take my heart and make it yours / You are the giver, creator, destroyer / Mold me, make me, shape me / Cause I want to run until my feet grow tired / Carry me home / Why do I only want when you're all that I need? / I am what you make of me."
I posted about a playlist I made earlier. Below is the tracklisting in case anything catches your eye.
"Still Around" 3OH!3
"Blue Jeans & White T-Shirts" The Gaslight Anthem
"Born To Bleed" A Thorn for Every Heart
"Every Little Star REMIX" Marry a
"Phone Call" Forever The Sickest Kids
"Fight It Out [Remix]" Ghost of a Stranger
"These Few Presidents" Why?
"Shut The Club Down" Girl Talk
"Put On f. Kanye West (DIRTY)" Young Jeezy
"American Boy (Radio Edit w/ Kanye)" Estelle
"Richman" 3OH!3 3:19 Want
"The Rat" The Walkmen
"Whoever She Is" The Maine
"Mississippi Burning" Park
"Ain't So Lonely" Lucero
"Lost To The Lonesome" Pela
"Redeem" The Wedding
"Callin' Baton Rouge" Garth Brooks
"Stay Out" Hit The Lights
"This Is The End" The Maine
"It's Not True Rufus, Don't Listen to the Hat" This Town Needs Guns
"Surprise, Surprise" The Starting Line
"Practice Makes Perfect" Cute Is What We Aim For
"American hearts" A.A. Bondy
"Stay Where I Can See You" The Starting Line
"Coffee Break" Forever The Sickest Kids
"Living Of Love" The Avett Brothers
"I'm with You" Avril Lavigne