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An Ode To No One
Going Going, Back Back....
01/19/10 at 11:49 AM by Mike Kraft
I need to update this a lot more often. I've been slacking and it's time to step up. So to get things started, I decided to post what a list of albums that I've been rocking to the past few weeks/months.

P.O.S. - Never Better


Initially, this album didn't do much for me. It's been a grower. He's pulled me in with his unique style and flow and sick chunky beats. It helps that he references Mitch Hedberg, The Big Lebowski, Fugazi, and Isis.

Dolorean - Violence in Snowy Fields


This is an album that I always resort to. Since having this album in my possession, I listen to it, on average, once a week. There's just something so melodic, precious, and sustaining about this album. This is a must have for those hardcore Elliott Smith and Nick Drake fans.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) - What It Takes To Move Forward


Just an absolutely beautiful album. It's so delicate, consistent, and poetic from start to finish.
Tags: music, albums, pos, dolorean, empire empire
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First Impression: Crisis in Hollywood
05/01/09 at 09:08 PM by Mike Kraft
Many of the songs remind me of knock-off (Knockout) Fall Out Boy songs. Actually, some people might dig this, as they may think this is the turn they wanted FOB to make. Some may be into it for the mere fact that it was produced by Anthony Raneri (Bayside). Something with it doesn't sit well with me, however. I don't know, this is just my first real listen. Maybe it will settle better with a few more listens. "Safe and Sound", "Can't Turn Around", and "Something's Changed In Me" are some stand out tracks at the moment. I will give this a few more listens throughout the weekend to give myself a final, determined answer.
Tags: first impression, crisis in hollywood, music
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Recommendation: Third Eye Blind
04/24/09 at 08:02 PM by Mike Kraft
3EB. This band brings back some ultimate memories. I can tell you exactly where I was, how old I was, and what I was doing the first time I heard the single "Semi-Charmed Life". Pure nostalgia at best. Times were so much better back then. If I only knew half what I know now back then....





Away by Third Eye Blind lyricsWell I take it all back this belovedness
And I won't kneel down to confess
But I'm in lack of awe from this tenderness
Still concealed even though I undress you
She says "shut up, you talk to much,
It's all in your head, com'on just touch me"
But in my bed this whole thing plays
And I can feel it, no matter what she says
I feel it going and some day I know she's going

Away
This will come and this will go
Away
And no one needs to tell you so
It's either you or it's me
One of us will always be
The first to walk away
To Walk Away

Well I hold you down 'til you say when
I thought we were all just friends
But feelings, they sink into the skin
I thought we would just be bound in
But I forgot what we were
And I know some day I'll send her

Away
This will come and this will go
Away
No one needs to tell you so
It's either you or it's me
One of us will always be
The first to walk away

I feel you when I'm alone
I, I can't hear from you on my own
Stay Away........
Stay Away........

Well I guess it's best to leave enough alone
I didn't say a word when I drove you home
So sad that things turn out this way
Some day I'll drive this road alone
Silence here with the engine humming
She sheds a tear for the time to come
Maybe we're over but we're not done
Maybe we're over but we're not done

Away
This will come and this will go
Away
No one needs to tell you so
It's either you or it's me
One of us will always be
The first to walk away

I'll always know (away)
We always go
The first to walk away
Just walk away


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For the record, I think Twilight is horrible. I couldn't make it past the 4:35 mark, both times I tried to watch it.
Tags: recommendation, third eye blind, music, nostalgia
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First Impression: hockey
04/22/09 at 05:23 PM by Mike Kraft
I don't mean the sport. Though, yes, you should be watching the playoffs (go Ducks!), this is about the band hockey. These Portland, OR, boys will be the next big thing that hits AP. Jump on and enjoy the ride. The sound varies from track to track but continually resembles LCD Soundsystem and The Strokes. I can see many of these tracks being spun in those indie-hipster clubs in L.A.; not that that's a bad thing. Exposure is exposure.

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Tags: first impression, hockey, music, recommendation
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Recommendation: A Few of Them
04/19/09 at 11:56 AM by Mike Kraft
Me Verse You

Big City Lights

Little Brazil

Misdelphia

Paper Airplanes

Silversun Pickups

Tim Barry

Wilco

Winston Audio
Tags: recommendation, music, a lot of bands
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First Impressions: Dredg
04/18/09 at 08:36 PM by Mike Kraft
Besides the new mewithoutYou and Manchester Orchestra, this album has been on my list of most anticipated albums. I must say that the patient wait is finally over and well worth it. The production on the album is really good. Really, really good. More thoughts on this coming soon. I need to give it more listens and more focused attention, rather than listening and watching the Star Wars marathon on Spike.

Believe me, this album will be on many EOTY lists.
Tags: first impressions, dredg, music, my thoughts
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Recommendation: The Injured List
03/29/09 at 08:01 AM by Mike Kraft
These Ann Arbor, Michigan, area boys are causing quite a stir. They are giving away their debut There's Always Next Year free through AP.net, which made it a big hit with many of the members. Now, it seems that every where you turn Anton is namedropping the band. And rightfully so! These guys are like a nice tall glass of lemonade on a hot day, refreshing and crisp. The lyrics have a personal touch that make them easy to relate to. Clear, distinct vocals make it easy to understand, yet, still, the instruments bring the power behind it, without it, well, being overpowering. These guys have found a very special place amongst our little community and we hope they stick around. Why don't you help them out and give them a listen.

The Injured List - Crazy

Crazy by The Injured List lyricsI'm sick of waking up and wondering where I'm going
Cause everything is flying by and nothing's slowing down
And I can't do a thing to stop it
What happened to the day when I could still breathe easy
Never worry about what's coming & who could be leaving me
Back when I still knew what I wanted
Now I can't go a second without second guessing
Every single thing I'm doing
My head's not letting up on me
And I don't know what to do

Hey Sasha, where are you
I need you to tell me that I'm not going crazy
To tell me that I'm not going crazy
And Kasey, I need you to tell me
That everything is gonna be okay
That everything is gonna be okay

I've lived in my regrets as long as I can remember
And now all that I can think about is how I let her down
And Kate, I hope you know I'm sorry
There's so much going on right now I can't think straight
All I do is try & wish all of my memories away
But that only makes them worse
Now I can't go a second without second guessing
Every single thing I'm doing
My head's not letting up on me
And I don't know what to do

Hey Sasha, where are you
I need you to tell me that I'm not going crazy
To tell me that I'm not going crazy
And Kasey, I need you to tell me
That everything is gonna be okay
That everything is gonna be okay

I just want to be able to say,
I didn't sleep away the day
But I can't keep my head up
And I can't make my mind erase
All the years, all the places
All the tears and names and faces
And it's time for me to face the fact
They're gone and never coming back again
They're gone

Hey Sasha, where are you
I need you to tell me that I'm not going crazy
To tell me that I'm not going crazy
And Kasey, I need you to tell me
That everything is gonna be okay
That everything is gonna be okay
And Kate, I hope you know I'm sorry
And Kate, I hope you know I'm sorry
And Kate, I hope you know I'm sorry

Hey Sasha, where are you
I need you to tell me that I'm not going crazy
To tell me that I'm not going crazy


The Injured List - Lost!

Lost! by The Injured List lyricsHold that thought
Of holding your breath til you hit the floor
Running as if your life counted on
Every mile you put between us
Just don't look back when you don't hear me
Following you back to the same place you go
Every time you give up

Cause time is running out even faster than you
Can't count on forever when it's counting too
Down to the second that we always knew
Was better than never, but not soon enough
To let me in
Let me in

Before I'm gone and leave you asking
Why another good thing's passed you by
Why you had to go and push away
Someone else who may not be the one
But at least they're there

Cause time is running out even faster than you
Can't count on forever when it's counting too
Down to the second that we always knew
Was better than never, but not soon enough
To let you breathe
Let you breathe

Better than never, but a second too late
You can't run through life pushing others away
Or you'll end up lost and on your own someday
Someday

Cause time is always running out faster than you
Keep playing this game someday it will play you
Won't even know what you missed out on
And won't ever get back time or the people you lost
You lost


The Injured List - Sure Things

Sure Things by The Injured List lyricsI don't need this
What can I say
We both knew all of this was pointless
I like how you say that I would be the one thing you'd miss
And when it counts you can't remember I exist
And when you can you push me out of your head

What I don't know won't hurt me
So I don't want to know you anymore
And I try to remember all the good times
But I can't look past the door
That you left open when you walked out
Now I realize
That I don't need you

I can't remember if I ever did
I might've tried before but now I quit
If I ever cared is now irrelevant
Cause you're as dead to me now
As before we even met

What I don't know won't hurt me
So I don't want to know you anymore
And I try to remember all the good times
But I can't look past the door
That you left open when you walked out

Now I've found
I'm running short on sure things
I just wanted a little bit of certainty
I wanted to know, if nothing else
That this one thing would turn out
Just the way it was supposed to be
But now I've lost it and it won't come back
Cause I won't let it
I won't let it take control of me again
Again

What I don't know won't hurt me
So I don't want to know you anymore
And I try to remember all the good times
But I can't look past the door
That you left open when you walked out
Now I'm over you
That's for sure


These three tracks are my favorite standout tracks from the album.

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Tags: recommendation, the injured list, music, download
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The Mail Lady Was Generous Today
03/25/09 at 03:51 PM by Mike Kraft
Look what I got in the mail today: /swtbrg









Thanks Julia!

Check The Dangerous Summer out if you haven't already.
Tags: mail lady, julia, music, the dangerous summer
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Recommendation: This Day And Age
03/07/09 at 06:19 AM by Mike Kraft


Slideshow by This Day And Age lyricsyou were wrong about yesterday
you never think before you speak
last year
thinking you could be made for me
she said
some races can't be won
and so we fade with the setting of the sun

[chorus]
and airplanes they always leave the ground with confidence
and safely coming down unlike us
we crashed and can't be found
in the movies on the big screen
i'll make you mine
if this were high school or just homecoming
we'll dance all night

don't let that smile fade
i wouldn't want to see you hurt like i am
keep the promises we made
i know that this will come and go
but she runs further, further than she knows

[chorus]

could i have shown
more teeth when i smilestood up straight
when you called my name
kissed you with my eyes closed
i'm lost i'll find my way

in the movies on the big screen
i'll make you mine
if this were high school or just homecoming
we'll dance all night
in the movies on the big screen
this isn't highschool or homecoming
lets say goodnight




Second Place Victory by This Day And Age lyricsIt's breathtaking to think of you
And to learn that sometimes the only way out is through
It's mindnumbing to think of yesterday,
I'd run to you now if I could but things have changed

[Chorus:]
(I heard you say) it's enlightening
To think of the breeze
To believe in things that we can't see

(so here we go) let's show them how to live
Accept the pain
Always forgive
Watch the sun go down
Learn the sound of following all that is complete

It's breathtaking to think of you
And to learn without faith the sky isn't as blue.
It's mindnumbing to think of yesterday
We'll look toward the stars and dream that we're airplanes

[Chorus x2]

Let's show them how to live
Accept the pain.
Always forgive
Watch the sun go down
Learn the sound of following.
All that's complete.



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2008 End of the Year List
12/29/08 at 09:12 AM by Mike Kraft
Quote:
This was posted on my blogspot, that I have since deleted. I wanted to post it somewhere so here it is!

Alright, so here it is; my 2008 End of the Year list. To be honest, there are some albums that should be ranked higher, some that should be added, and some that shouldn't be there. But, let's face it, I'm lazy and don't want to bother with this list. I know there were some albums that I completely missed, so if you see any that deserved attention, please(!) leave me a comment and I will check them out. I'm all about finding new music. So with all that being said, here it is!


Gimmick Albums of the Year
Shwayze - S/T
Tyga - No Introduction

Guilty Pleasure
N.E.R.D - Seeing Sounds
Panic at the Disco - Pretty.Odd

New Friends
Jukebox The Ghost - Let Live & Let Ghosts
Edison Glass - Time is Fiction
Nightmare of You - Bang EP
The Working Title - Heart EP
The Loved Ones - Build and Burn
Flogging Molly - Within a Mile of Home

Albums of the Year
20. Weezer - The Red Album
19. Vampire Weekend - S/T
18. Hawthorne Heights - Fragile Future
17. Killola - I am the Messer
16. This Town Needs Guns - Animals
15. The Myriad - With Arrows With Poise
14. N.E.R.D - Seeing Sounds
13. My Morning Jacket - Evil Urges
12. Edison Glass - Time is Fiction
11. Rise Against - Appeal to Reason
10. She & Him - Volume One
9. Right Away, Great Captain! - The Eventually Home
8. Thrice - The Alchemy Index (Vol. III & IV)
7. Fall Out Boy - Folie a Deux
6. Jukebox The Ghost - Let Live & Let Ghosts
5. Cool Hand Luke - The Sleeping House
4. Lydia - Illuminate
3. City and Colour - Bring Me Your Love
2. Good Old War - Only Way to be Alone
1. Bon Iver - For Emma, Forever Ago
Tags: list, 2008, AOTY, end of the year, music, friends
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[no title]
08/05/08 at 02:15 PM by Mike Kraft
I'm taking a step back
out of my skin; exposed and vulnerable.
Change, realization, irrationality, no motivation.
I'm sick of being tired, tired of being sick
Too much energy, not enough supply;
haven't slept for weeks
I want to live and love and write it down
I need something good in my life.
Here's another toast to another year alone.





I just want to walk away
I want to write but there's a consequence
That all my friends read everything I do and I say
I don't need a razorblade
All I need are sounds of ecstasy


Why must it be so hot? I hate sweat.
Tags: music, graduate, thoughts, change, time
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uncomfortable being comfortable
07/13/08 at 09:35 PM by Mike Kraft
My heart is beating again.
With every deep breath I try to slow it down.
"Don't you see what is happening?"
No, this isn't a good time
The Magic 8-Ball reads "Try Again Later".
"Love is just too much now"
The signals are too clear; transmission received.
So, where do we go from here?
Can't decide who or what you want
Third time is a charm (shouldn't this sound off an alarm?)
I'm calling a timeout, I need some time to unwind
Tags: blah, music, mood, relationship, more than friends
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