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MP3: The Benjamins - "Dr. Frank Was Right"
08/13/09 at 08:36 PM by Adrian Villagomez
As if I needed further proof that Drive-Thru Records was king of the scene back in the early half of the decade, The Art of Disappointment by the Benjamins has been my most played album this week. I don't listen to nearly as much pop punk as I used to, but I've been surprisingly delighted by these songs. If you like the sound of "Dr. Frank Was Right", I highly suggest picking up this blast from the past for only $4.99 from Drive-Thru's merch store.

The Benjamins - "Dr. Frank Was Right"

I just want someone to be there on my birthday,
I just want someone to get real drunk with,
I just want someone who needs someone to need them,
'Cause I've got nothing left that I believe in.
Tags: mp3, recommendation, song, the benjamins
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Song Spotlight: "Dog Problems"
08/11/09 at 12:06 PM by Adrian Villagomez
The Format - "Dog Problems" (music video)

I usually don't mind picking up albums years late and finally discovering why they're almost unanimously loved by AP.net critics. But I really could've used Dog Problems back in 2006. Regardless, I spent the end of last month listening to Dog Problems when I should have been enamored by Aim & Ignite, and that's fine by me - gotta show respect to the classics. If you're somehow even later to the party than I was, you need to listen to the jaunty title track now.

Don't you dare speak for someone you don't know,
They'll feel it in the back of their throat.
We know I can't construct a poem,
'Cause words, like girls, get bored and run.
C'est la vie.
I say I've got so many better things.
I've got nothin'.
You should see me,
I smoke myself to sleep

And blame postmodern things I can't relate,
Like summer camp and coastal states.
Like alcohol and coffee beans,
Dance floors and magazines.
I think it's safe to say
I've only got myself to blame,
But boys in swooping haircuts are bringing me down,
Taking pictures of themselves, oh.

And so I walk the web in search of love,
But always seem to end up stuck.
I'm finding flaws in everyone.
I've reached the point where all I want
Is to sleep around in hopes that I will catch back up.
We are parallel lines,
We're runnin' in circles,
We're never meant to cross.

I'm at a loss, you were my tangerine,
My pussycat, my trampoline.
Now all's I gets are wincing cheeks,
And dog problems, I signed a lease
Thinking my heart belonged at 93rd and Park.
Instead I broke a girls heart
And flew back to Phoenix
To finish the year as it started.

Can you hear me?
Are you listening?
This is the sound of my heart breaking.
And I hope it's entertaining,
'Cause for me it's a bitch.
Was it worth it when you slept with him?
Did you get it all out of your system?

I am a man
Holding it all.
I could not breathe
Coming across.
I didn't know
I couldn't get up.

B is for believing you'd always be here for me.
E is for everything, even when we'd see it though.
C, C is for seeing through you, you are a fake.
Which brings me to A because because you always run away.

I never finish phrases I misspell,
Open arms are prison cells.
When I said, "I hate what I've become",
I lied, I hated who was.
So when you start to wonder 'bout the pain in my throat,
Then don't you ever, no never, ever, speak for someone you don't know.

Tags: lyrics, recommendation, song spotlight, the format
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Graphic Novel Recs, July '09
07/11/09 at 09:23 PM by Adrian Villagomez
Here are some trades I read last month that I think you should check out as well. Also pop into the comic book thread if you're looking for further recommendations or civilized discussion.

Batman: Year One - Bruce Wayne and James Gordon are individually working to free Gotham City from corruption during the Dark Knight's first crusade. It's not an easy task. If you're a fan of Batman Begins, you'll love this book. It's as much about Gordan as it is about Batman, and the story will convince you that if Gordan were a bit younger (and unattached), he could very well have become a caped crusader himself.

Incredible Hulk: The End - The End collects two Hulk stories written by Peter David. In "Future Imperfect" the Hulk challenges the last superpower on earth, an unstoppable ruler that has outlived every hero and villain. "The Last Titan" recounts Bruce Banner's last days on Earth as an old man kept alive by his rage-powered alter ego. "Future Imperfect" feels somewhat dated, but "The Last Titan" adds much to the relationship between Banner and the Hulk.

JLA: Earth 2 - The Crime Syndicate of Amerika is suddenly threatened by an alternate earth in which good unfortunately prospers over evil. Imagine a world in which the Superman utters the word "bitch" and a Flash-like character shoots up to maintain his powers. Sound good? It is.

Y: The Last Man, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 - Yorick Brown is an unemployed amateur escape artist . He is also the last man alive. Along with his friend, a male helper monkey named Ampersand, he must discover why every other creature with X and Y chromosomes died at the exact same moment. Oh, and he should probably get on with repopulating the planet. I know, it's a great premise. Pretty soon I'll pick up the remaining trades so I can hurry up and finish Yorick's story.
Tags: graphic novel, recommendation
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Song Spotlight: "Another Bag of Bones"
06/27/09 at 11:48 PM by Adrian Villagomez
Kevin Devine - "Another Bag of Bones"

If you're curious as to why Brother's Blood by Kevin Devine is my favorite album of the year so far, here's one big reason: Devine's lyrics are damn good. I'm okay with bands writing what they know ("I'm on the rooooad / I miss hoooome"), but I'm much more intrigued by stories about carnivals and the Armageddon; literary depth will always tickle my inner bookworm. The lyrics below are from a song called "Another Bag of Bones." This is modern society, modern warfare, according to Kevin Devine. I love the POV transition from American soldier to his "other", another faith filled soldier on the opposing side of war. So good.

Itís a brushfire spreading, feeding as it moves.
Itís a disappeared glacier, itís an airborne flu.
Itís your disbelieving eyes locked in concrete miles.
Itís your yawning conscious and your lawyerís smile.
Itís an occupied country, foaming at the mouth.
No smoking gun, no mushroom cloud.
Itís a military mother with a boy in hell.
And itís a flag draped casket down an oil well.
Itís an Argentina school girl, gagged and bound.
Itís a torture camp, itís a long way down.
Itís the constant brace and shock of now.
And itís the whole damn world turned inside out.

All right.

Itís a march to extinction with your god in step.
Itís his name in your mouth, itís his cross on your neck.
Itís a farm boy sprinting over desert dirt.
And heís panting the "Our Father" in staccato spurts.
Now that's his automatic rifle and it tells no lies.
Thatís his truth in your stomach, itís no alibi.
But the trouble lies on the other side.
With an equal truth prepping for his holy night.
He sees his crescent and the star up in the virgin sky.
And he hears the call of milk and honey from the afterlife.
And as he eases to the checkpoint, he is calm and sure.
Itís collateral damage, itís the cost of war.
Itís another bag of bones for the gods to sort.
Just another bag of bones for the gods to sort.

Itís the species disappearing, all the birds fly south.
In a January heat wave and a pulsing crowd.
Itís an African militia, kids with sub machines.
Itís a conflict diamond on your bride to be.
Itís the dispossessed lining up every gate.
Itís the facts worth facing, faced way too late.
Itís the mission of modernity, go get whatís yoursí.
íTil thereís nothing leftover to get no more.
And itís not what were owed but itís what weíve earned.
And itís closer than we realized that it's time now, to burn.

Itís time now to burn.

Tags: kevin devine, lyrics, recommendation, song spotlight
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Song Spotlight: "Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You"
05/29/09 at 06:16 PM by Adrian Villagomez
Butch Walker - "Passed Your Place, Saw Your Car, Thought of You"

If I heard this song soon after a breakup, I'd probably weep. It's one of the saddest relationship stories I've heard, and it's one big reason to pick up Sycamore Meadows.

"Now honey dry your eyes, get back in the car.
There's no need to end it this way."
That's what she said when I shot off the head
Of our love on that one Saturday.
But I've got my share of faults, this much is true.
I talk too much about me to everyone I know.
The one thing that I do now is talk more about you and how
I can't believe I just let you go.

There's never a pill strong enough to make me feel
Like all your fingers could do.
I passed your place, I saw your car, I thought of you.

There goes that guy I know, he comes to all my shows.
Stealin' every move I'm about.
And he's a little bit younger, and a hell of a lot more fit.
And I hate his mouth and everything that comes out.
But there's one thing I know is you can't trust a man.
It's a species that captures things just to let them go.
And he bought you drinks every night til the bait you would bite.
And you're the sweetest thing from me he stole.

There's never a pill strong enough to make me feel
Like all your fingers could do.
I passed your place, I saw his car, I thought of you.

I never got to say before you passed away
That love was just a word before you showed it to me.
Twenty years ago when I just let you go
I didn't think this is where you'd be.
"Now honey dry your eyes and get back to your life.
There's no need to take it this way."
And that's what I tell myself in the mirror by the shelf
Where your picture still hangs today.

There's never a pill strong enough to make me feel
Like all your fingers could do.
I passed your place, there was no car, I thought of you.

Tags: butch walker, lyrics, recommendation, song spotlight
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MP3: Dorsey - "Family Plots"
05/02/09 at 03:30 PM by Adrian Villagomez
You could use some more Dorsey in your life. Listen to "Family Plots" below (best one minute and thirty-three second song you'll ever hear), then purchase The Skeleton Show. I'll have a review of the album up soon.

Dorsey - "Family Plots"

My brother left home one day, said he's coming back again,
But the lord had a different path for him.
He stumbled upon a war somewhere along the way,
And I'm burying my brother today.

My sister she was easy on the eyes,
And she got caught up in the white light of the cocaine line.
The blow on the glass brushes away but still,
I'm burying my sister today.

My father thought his serving days was done
'Til he got called up and he wound up on the wrong end of the gun.
He said, "Son, that's the price for living in the states,"
I'm burying my father today.

A widow with two children in the ground,
My mother sits with the barrel in her mouth.
Her mind it blends so well with the drapes,
I'm burying my mother today.
Tags: dorsey, mp3, recommendation, song
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Are You Experienced?
04/24/09 at 01:00 PM by Adrian Villagomez

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
Record Label: Track Records / MCA
Release Date: May 12, 1967 (UK)

Purple haze all in my brain.
Lately things just don't seem the same.
Actin' funny, but I don't know why.
'Scuse me while I kiss the sky.

Purple haze all around.
Don't know if I'm comin' up or down.
Am I happy or in misery?
Whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me.

Purple haze all in my eyes.
Don't know if it's day or night.
You got me blowin', blowin' my mind.
Is it tomorrow, or just the end of time?

Recommended If You Likeelectric guitar; psychedelic rock and roll; Cream; The Beatles

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Purple Haze"

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Hey Joe"

The Jimi Hendrix Experience - "Foxy Lady" live at Woodstock
Tags: music video, recommendation, the jimi hendrix experience
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Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
04/18/09 at 08:28 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Frank Sinatra - Songs for Swingin' Lovers!
Record Label: Capitol Records
Release Date: October 17, 1955

Every kiss, every hug
Seems to act just like a drug.
You're getting to be a habit with me.

Let me stay in your arms,
I'm addicted to your charms.
You're getting to be a habit with me.

I used to think your love was something I could take or leave alone,
But now I couldn't do without my supply.
I need you for my own.

Oh, I can't break away,
I must have you everyday,
As regularly as coffee or tea.
You've got me in your clutches and I can't break free.
You're getting to be a habit with me.

Recommended If You Likevocal jazz; Dean Martin; Miles Davis; Tony Bennett; classic pop

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Frank Sinatra - "You Make Me Feel So Young"

Frank Sinatra - "Too Marvelous for Words"

Frank Sinatra - "I've Got You Under My Skin"
Tags: frank sinatra, music video, recommendation
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The Science of Things
04/08/09 at 09:57 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Bush - The Science of Things

I want you to remember
A love so full it could send us all ways.
And I want you to surrender
All my feelings rose today.
And I want you to remain.
The power of children can amaze.
I'll try not to complain.
I know that's a pisser baby.

The chemicals between us,
The walls that lie between us,
Lying in this bed.
The chemicals displaced,
There is no lonelier state
Than lying in this bed.

Recommended If You LikeGavin Rossdale; Nirvana; grunge; Stone Temple Pilots; cool '90s alternative rock

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Bush - "Warm Machine" live Woodstock '99

Bush - "The Chemicals Between Us" live Woodstock '99

Bush - "40 Miles From the Sun" live Woodstock '99
Tags: bush, music video, recommendation
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April Pre-Orders
04/07/09 at 12:24 AM by Adrian Villagomez
I'm broke. I need money, I need a job. But that doesn't stop me from wanting to jump on three April pre-orders that caught my eye on the frontpage of AP.net. Perhaps you have some extra cash this month and one (or all) of these will be interest to you.

Butch Walker - Sycamore Meadows Vinyl Double LP + T-Shirt + MP3 - $25.00 (Chris's review)

As far as I know, I've never heard a Butch Walker song. It just hasn't happened yet. That doesn't mean I'm not interested in making Sycamore Meadows my first Butch purchase, especially after all the positive feedback I've heard about the guy. Plus, check out that sweet GN'R themed t-shirt. Very cool. If you're a digital kid, stand by for a great Amazon deal. Love Amazon. They should totally hire me.

Manchester Orchestra - Mean Everything to Nothing LP with Bonus CD - $16.99 (Jason's review)

Speaking of Amazon, here's a LP pre-order of AP.net darlings Manchester Orchestra's new album courtesy of Amazon. Here's a tip - place at least $25 of eligible Amazon.com products in your shopping cart for free "Super Saver Shipping." Manchester Orchestra are clearly talented, and they deserve your love and affection.

Kevin Devine - Brother's Blood - $7.99 (Gregory's review)

$7.99 for a new, hard copy of an album? It doesn't get much better than this. I don't own a Kevin Devine album, and this seems like a swell place to start. Not much more to add, but what a deal.

Interested in taking advantage of these deals? Support the artists and spend a bit of cash.
Tags: butch walker, kevin devine, manchester orchestra, preorder, recommendation
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A Rush of Blood to the Head
03/31/09 at 08:31 PM by Adrian Villagomez

Coldplay - A Rush of Blood to the Head (alice+interiors' review)

Said I'm gonna buy this place and see it go.
Stand here beside me Baby, watch the orange glow.
Some'll laugh, some just sit and cry,
But you just sit down there and you wonder why.

So I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war,
If you can tell me something worth fighting for.
And I'm gonna buy this place is what I said,
Blame it upon a rush of blood to the head.

Recommended If You LikeTravis; Keane; The Fray; Radiohead; britpop; piano rock

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Coldplay - "The Scientist" live

Coldplay - "Green Eyes"

Coldplay - "A Rush of Blood to the Head" live 2003
Tags: coldplay, music video, recommendation
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This Is Who You Are
03/26/09 at 12:10 PM by Adrian Villagomez

The Beautiful Mistake - This Is Who You Are

Many men have battled, many more will fall
Underneath the shadows, our trust has fed them all
In the heart of every city, at the front of every war.
Support the great committee, because we're all done for.

Stand up or you will fall.

Recommended If You Likepost-hardcore; Beloved; Glasseater; rock

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace
Tags: recommendation, the beautiful mistake
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Never Better
03/10/09 at 10:05 AM by Adrian Villagomez

P.O.S. - Never Better (Drew's review)

Do you recognize when the world wont stop for you?
Or when your days don't care what you got to do?
Or when the weight's too tough to lift up,
What do you do?
Don't let em choose for you;
That's on you.

Recommended If You LikeDoomtree; Astronautalis; Atmosphere

ListenAmazon; iTunes; Myspace

Hands On: P.O.S. - Never Better

P.O.S. - "Drumroll (We're All Thirsty)"

P.O.S. - "Optimist (We Are Not for Them)"
Tags: music video, p.o.s., recommendation
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I <3 This Song
02/26/09 at 01:51 AM by Adrian Villagomez
"Great Expectations" was my favorite song last year, and after finding the music video on Jason's blog, I had to steal it for myself. So, enjoy.

The Gaslight Anthem - "Great Expectations"

A band can't really can't go wrong with a performance video, but with this song I'd like to see a companion story being told. A story that fits really well with the classic sound and the bitter words. It's okay though, because I do like this video.
Tags: music video, recommendation, the gaslight anthem
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January Music Purchases
02/09/09 at 07:29 PM by Adrian Villagomez
I haven't posted any recommendations in a while, so I'm going to go ahead and post a list of the musical purchases I made in January. I'm still making my way through the list, so you can consider these my recommendations for the next month or so.

AFI - Sing the Sorrow (I get into "The Leaving Song, Pt. II")
Eve 6 - Eve 6 ("Inside Out" reminds me of listening to the radio after middle school)
Eve 6 - Horrorscope (we'll see how I like it)
Eve 6 - It's All In Your Head (worth it for "Think Twice" alone)
Get Up Kids - Four Minute Mile Opaque Blue Colored Vinyl LP (I don't own a record player, but I buy GUK records)
Get Up Kids - Something to Write Home About Opaque Purple Colored Vinyl LP (see above)
Incubus - Make Yourself (message: make yourself, don't follow the crowd, beware of spontaneous combustion)
Midtown - Save the World, Lose the Girl ("God I wish I could hate you for the rest of my!")
MxPx - Teenage Politics (skateboard punk rock + Jesus)
P.O.S. - Never Better (pre-ordered this based on recommendations from Jason, DrewB, and forum members)
The Reign of Kindo - EP; Rhythm, Chord & Melody (bought this because Anton digs the new release)
Saves the Day - Can't Slow Down (it's about time I heard this album)
Tags: recommendation
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