Thursday, December 25, 2008

Free Music ; Part 1

>>I'm checking to see if I've got any messages er whatever on MySpace (as always), and I see a bulletin from Sederra titled "A Gift From Sederra To You". So I'm thinking: awesome, it's probably some free downloads. I was right :] Just click download on the widget below, assuming it shows up the way I want it to, and you're set. Just so you know, a bunch of bands are doing stuff like this on MySpace. Well, not all of them went all out & got a widget, but they have free downloads on their page. City Like Drive has this 'split album' sort of thing going on. It's like a 2-part CD called The Sun & The Moon. Here's the link to the blog post where Scott (CLD) describes this project. Or click here for The Sun, or here for The Moon. [The songs pretty much all have a rough sound, in case you were wondering]
Check those out, but first enjoy Sederra.



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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Name Dropping 101 ; Part 17


>>I found a way to download several All Time Low songs in their acoustic forms. I love my life. If you've never heard them acoustically, you're missing out. They have such an amazing sound, and I'm IN LOVE with Alex's voice. Now, I acknowledge the fact that I say I'm 'in love' with several voices, but Alex's is different. Honestly, if you've ever heard an All Time Low song, you'll understand. I tend to exaggerate, or not have another way to phrase my thoughts, so it probably seems like I'm just as fond of every band I talk about, which is far from the truth. 

>>Since I've clearly still got All Time Low on my mind, you'll be pleased to know that my boys have been named Alternative Press's Band of the Year for 2008. Congrats loves. You've more than earned it.

All Time Low are voted AP's "Band Of The Year" (AltPress.com exclusive) from Alternative Press on Vimeo.

>>You know how I've been wanting Do You Feel, aka the latest CD from The Rocket Summer? Well, rather than waiting for Christmas, I got it for myself, and I'm addicted. There are some CDs where you like most of the songs, but then there are some you kind of wish you'd never heard.. and if you actually still buy CDs like I do, you'll know what I'm talking about. This one, however, is one of those CDs where every time a new track starts, you fall in love with the artist all over again. Similar effects have been experienced with Underdog Alma Mater - Forever The Sickest Kids, So Wrong, It's Right - All Time Low, Greetings From... EP & Summer 07 EP from A Rocket To The Moon, and more that I don't feel like naming at the moment. So check out those CDs, because they're amazing.
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Saturday, December 20, 2008

Purevolume's Top 21 Unsigned Artists of 2008

>> PureVolume released their list of 2008's Top Unsigned Artists. The list includes Brighten, The Hoodies, Conditions, The Downtown Fiction, NeverShoutNever, and more.  All songs on this list are available for free download right here



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Seen It Live: 12/18/08

That concert was hands down the most EPIC concert & night of my life.
There truly aren't words to do it justice.
Ahh hell, I'll try anyway.

>>They played IN THIS ORDER:
Sparks The Rescue, The Friday Night Boys, Hey Monday, The Audition, ALL TIME LOW

>>I didn't know Sparks The Rescue, and I never got the chance to look them up before the concert. So I was expecting some 'okay' band that was playing simply to make the concert longer or something. Turns out, they're reeaallllyy good. I haven't figured out which song they're playing in the video I uploaded, so if you get to it before I do let me know. Actually, I don't remember which songs they played .. because I don't know them too well still. I do know they played "I Swear That She's The One", and that I'm in love with "Shipwreck", OH & they started off the concert with "My Heart Radio". Seriously, go listen to that song, & you'll immediately see how they guaranteed the night was going to be absolutely incredible just by starting with that first line. Also, I'm pretty sure they played "Hello Mexico", since they were saying how jealous they were of those who've been to Mexico .. yeah it made sense then,I promise :] They were a lot of fun. Go look them up & watch the video I so conveniently put up.
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>>The Friday Night Boys came next. I'd heard "Celebrity Life" & "Chasing A Rock Star" before, but I wasn't really that familiar with the band at the time. Just so you know, those songs plus "That's What She Said" are on their MySpace page. They were so much fun. & Just so you can dream of some day being me, I met Andrew, aka the lead singer. Check this:

Yeah, that's legit. He told me to buy their EP (Called "That's What She Said"; available on iTunes for $3.99!), and let me tell you, it was probably one of the best decisions I've made lately (concerning music, anyway). It's great, and I only stopped listening to it so that I could hear The Audition, but we'll get to that later. I'm loving "High School" by The Friday Night Boys right now, just to put it out there :] Seriously though, I'm in love with Andrew's voice. There's just something about it, I don't really know how to explain it, but it just draws me in every time. Ahh just go listen to them & see for yourself!

>>Hey Monday

>>I was really, really, REALLY looking forward to seeing The Audition, and I was anything but dissappointed. I got mad chills from the performance, no joke. My favorite songs by them, in order, are "Hell To Sell" , Make It Rain", & "Warm Me Up"; all of which were played amazingly. I'm pretty sure I got all three on video, too. SCORE.

>>ALL TIME LOW

*Yet Again, I've lost my ability to focus on the task at hand, probably because I'm still hyped up from the concert, even though it was a solid 2 days ago.

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Sunday, December 14, 2008

Video Killed The Radio Star: JT on SNL

until I see All Time Low, Hey Monday, & The Audition.
Oh hot damn.


By the way, I'm obsessed with this video.

>>So, I never get any comments on here. No fun, guys. If you're actually reading this you should send me messages and such. Not sure of what you'd say? Let me know what you think about this site. Whether it's good or bad, I'd like get some feedback. Tell me the bands you're really into, or the ones you can't stand. Talk about a concert you've been to recently, or one you want to go to. Honestly, anything is better than nothing. So let me know you're reading this, and that I'm not just wasting my time, deal? :]
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Saturday, December 6, 2008

Name Dropping 101 ; Part 15

It's really convenient when they find me.

>>I've fallen reeeaaallllyy behind on going through my friend requests on MySpace, and not to sound like one of 'those kids', but I get a lot everyday. So I figured I'd go through them now, and I might as well write about the good bands I find before I forget. I'll be writing about them the first time I'll be hearing them, so let's see how this goes.

>>Awestruck was the only band online on my first page of requests, so I clicked on them first. I got a little nervous with the first song, "The Katun Can Can", but only because I wasn't sure if there were words. The vocals in any song are very important to me, as are the lyrics. So even if a band has an amazing sound instrumentally, weak vocals can easily ruin them for me. This, however, wasn't the case with Awestruck; they just had the music play for a while before they started with the words. It's a really good song, and I was glad I didn't just change it due to my short attention span. I can easily say "Scargazing" is one of my favorites by them, now that I've played through each of their songs at least once. This one is slightly reminiscent of Armor for Sleep, at least st the chorus. "El Terrible" almost reminds me of Taking Back Sunday, mixed with a hint of Senses Fail? Something good like that. [Speaking of TBS - Senses Fail combo, check out the song "I Know What You Buried Last Summer" by The Legion of Doom. It's "You're So Last Summer" by TBS mixed with "Buried A Lie" by SF. It's incredible, as you can guess.] Anyway, I'm quite glad they found me because I love their stuff. Check them out for yourselves, and let me know what you think of my comparisons.


>>Remember Ellington?  Well, they're promoting an East Coast Tour. I saw that, and I got all excited, thinking if they were playing the east coast, they'd definately play New York somewhere. I thought this simply because I live in America. I go to their page to check their Tour Dates, and- when they said East Coast, they meant the East Coast of Australia. I also got suspicious when I looked at the poster, and the dates were in November & December, and yet it was called the Summer Love Tour. Jokes on me, I guess. If you feel like going to Australia, or know someone there, or live there, or whatever the case may be, here's the poster with all the dates on it. Or, you can just check their MySpace. 
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>>Through a random, non-band add, I found FOHLSTON on their top friends, and they sounded familiar for some reason. So I clicked to see if the music would jog my memory. It's upbeat, and really cute music. I'm loving "Let's Get Out of Here" the most right now. Seriously though, check the lyrics:
Let's get out of here, run away. Live all night and sleep all day. Put it behind (you), those memories are fading...
I don't know what to say, my words slowly slip away. We're falling fast! Don't look back!
We made it!
Like I said before, the lyrics and such are very important to me, and I absolutely love these. Also listen to the songs "Every Story Must End" & "Kite Flyin". *The lyrics are posted on his blog, the post with the title of "LYRICS!!!".
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>>I've been listening to Brighten a lot lately, because they're the bomb. I just realized that they've been on that "I Need to Mention You!" band list forever, and that I STILL haven't finished reviewing all of those bands .. but whatever. I'm overly obsessed with "Carolina" & "Easy To Fall In Love", aka my absolute favorite of them all. I seriously love all of their songs; each and every one. With a band, I'll usually like some of the songs, love a few, and some of them are okay. But lately, I've been finding bands like Brighten that I fall absolutely head-over-heels in love with all of their songs. Among these bands are A Rocket To The Moon (Of course), Mercy Mercedes, and The Cab. The song "Treasure Island" is listed last on Brighten's music player, and I think it's the most different compared to the rest. Some of their other songs include "Love On My Mind", "Single Millionares", and "Love Me Honestly". I honestly can't explain how much I love these guys. Maybe it'll help if I mention they're like best friends with my loves in A Rocket To The Moon? They all modeled the Snakes & Suits merch together :D They're so adorable!, but also incredibly talented. I will meet &/or see Brighten live one day... Scratch that; The 'or' need not apply. I'm determined.


>>BAMBOOZLE UPDATE?!
This merch guy I met at the A Cursive Memory concert [aka Emilio] has tour dates and such on his MySpace. One of them is Bamboozle on Sunday May 3rd. This is what it says:

May 3 THE BAMBOOZLE East Rutheford, NJ***
***w/NO DOUBT, FRIDAY NIGHT BOYS, ALL TIME LOW
So I'm guessing that FNB & ATL are playing on Sunday, even though it hasn't officially been announced yet? I LOVE CHEATING THE SYSTEM :D
Here's the list of artists posted on the Bamboozle site.



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Saturday, November 29, 2008

Get Hyped: Bamboozle 2009

Apparently, they think it's okay to announce the set lists, and who's playing on which date, a solid 5 days before the actual festival. [They're announcing that on APRIL 27.]
Reeeaaallyyy cool, Bamboozle staff. Real cool.
This is all I've got so far.
& it's copied straight from The Boozler on MySpace.

2009 BAND LIST
Saturday May 2nd:
Fall Out Boy

Sunday May 3rd:
No Doubt

Confirmed Without A Date:
-3OH!3
-A Rocket To The Moon
-Ace Enders and a Million Different People
-All Time Low

-Bayside

-Bloodhound Gang
-Boys Like Girls
-Brokencyde
-Cobra Starship
-Danger Radio
-Enter Shikari
-Face To Face
-Forever the Sickest Kids
-Gwar
-Hyper Crush
-Mac Lethal
-Mercy Mercedes
-Never Shout Never
-New Found Glory

-Parkway Drive
-Scotty Don't
-Sonny
-The Cab
-The Get Up Kids
-We The Kings


Possibilities:
-Chiodos
-Daphne Loves Derby
-Envy On The Coast
-Good Charlotte

-He
y Monday
-Hoodwink bands (All should be playing Bamboozle as well)
-My Chemical Romance
-Red Jumpsuit Apparatus

-Rise Against

-Sublime
-The Bravery
-The Sleeping
-The Ting Tings
-The Used [MY FAV BAND OF ALL TIME]
-Third Eye Blind
-Underoath


NOT Coming:
-Alien Ant Farm
-Armor For Sleep :[
-As I Lay Dying
-Avenged Sevenfold :[
-Blink 182 :[
-Boys II Men
-Brand New :[
-Bullet For My Valentine
-Escape The Fate
-Gaslight Anthem
-I Am The Avalanche
-Katy Perry
-Linkin Park :[
-Mindless Self Indulgence
-Papa Roach :[
-Thursday

So, unfortunately, this is all they're telling us.
I'm going to go cry in the corner now;
At least until April FREAKIN 27th.
Because that makes so much sense.


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Saturday, November 22, 2008

Video Killed The Radio Star: #1

.. like right now.

  1. "I Don't Care" - Fall Out Boy
  2. "Decode" - Paramore
  3. "Gives You Hell" - The All-American Rejects
  4. "Everything I Ask For" - The Maine [below]
  5. "Poppin' Champagne" - All Time Low
Go for it.

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Name Dropping 101 ; Hey Monday



>>I listed three songs by Hey Monday on that playlist from a few days ago, but I never actually said anything other than how I'm SEEING THEM LIVE ON DECEMBER 18! .. and clearly, I can't wait. The band has the songs "Homecoming" [their most popular as of now; the video is at the bottom of the post], "How You Love Me Now", "Candles", & "Run, Don't Walk" on their MySpace. Personally, my favorite songs by them are "Arizona" & "Josey", which I wish they'd upload! I'm also loving "Hurricane Streets", "Obvious", "Set Off", & "6 Months". They're all amazing. You know how when you hear a really really good band or song, and you get chills? I got that when I heard this band for the first time, no joke. So far, whenever that's happened, the band I was hearing has gotten really big. [ A ROCKET TO THE MOON will get there, too! I KNOW IT! ] Examples of this are All Time Low, Good Charlotte, The Used, Panic! At the Disco, etc. Let's just say I'm usually 'that guy' who knows bands that nobody else has heard of, then everybody ends up being obsessed with them like 2 years later. I acknowledge that I found Hey Monday quite recently when this guy Johnny sent me their link in a message on MySpace, along with other bands he thought I'd like. [To be honest, I haven't checked out the other ones yet, but here they are: Close To Home, The Rival Year, & Nicholi.] But still, anyone I mentioned the band to hadn't heard of them. No worries; I'm working on converting everyone to HeyMonday-ism, like I have for ARocketToTheMoon-ism ;] Apparently, Hey Monday is being compared to Paramore. Personally, I can see it to a certain extent: the female front-person with a band of guys; the insane vocals. I would take it as a compliment. There are people who are freaking out about it though, which I can't really understand. I mean, if the band has a problem, they'll make it known. Otherwise, what's the problem? I'm curious to see what people think about the comparison, though. So listen to Hey Monday & tell me what you think about their music, their relation to Paramore, or preferably both.

Hey Monday "Homecoming"


>>As I mention Paramore, I find an ad for this video [below] on MySpace. So I had to watch it. You should too. Because Paramore + Twilight = LOVE
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Monday, November 17, 2008

Name Dropping 101 ; Houston Calls

>>Remember way back in the early days of this site, when I mentioned a CD I got at Bamboozle? Well, one of the bands on that CD is Houston Calls, who I've been listening to all day. I realized that I'd only really mentioned the song "Bob & Bonnie." I just looked back on that post [ from June 16th, mind you ] & that was all I said. Well, they have a bunch of other songs that are just as amazing and worth mentioning. The ones on their MySpace are "Life Won't Wait", "Modest Manifesto", "Elephant and Castle", and "Exit Emergency." They're all really great songs. Normally, vocals like these might bother me a bit, but that doesn't apply here. Every component of the songs flow so well that it makes you want to listen. Seriously, I was flipping through songs on my iPod earlier today, and "Elephant and Castle" started to play. I was about to change to "So Much Love" [ The Rocket Summer ] like I had initially planned, but I couldn't turn that song off. Either I've been brainwashed into feeling a need to listen to Houston Calls, or they're just really great. Personally, I vote choice two. So go look them up, and enjoy the wonderful music.

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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

What I'm Listening To #5

  1. Homecoming - Hey Monday
  2. How You Love Me Now - Hey Monday
  3. Run, Don't Walk - Hey Monday
  4. Dear Maria, Count Me In - All Time Low [VID]
  5. Poppin' Champagne - All Time Low [VID]
  6. Remembering Sunday - All Time Low
  7. Six Feet Under The Stars - All Time Low [VID]
  8. Coffee Shop Soundtrack - All Time Low [VID]
  9. Make It Rain - The Audition
  10. Hell to Sell - The Audition
  11. Don't Be So Hard - The Audition
  12. Warm Me Up - The Audition [VIDEO]
  13. Chasing A Rock Star - The Friday Night Boys
  14. Celebrity Life - The Friday Night Boys



December 18th, 2008:
This is what I'm going to be hearing.
Only better.
Because then it'll be live.
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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Seen It Live: 11/08/08

So much fun.

>>There were only 4 bands that performed, and I absolutely LOVED.. 3. They performed in this order: Nevershoutnever!, PlayRadioPlay, Ace Enders and A Million Different People, Hellogoodbye. This time, I went with one friend [MY BEST FRIEND ASHLEY], ended meeting up with a whole group of people, & I only met Sergio & Ace from Ace Enders, and the guy who played with Christofer Drew [NSN!]. Plus, I took way more videos than pictures this time around. All things considered, it was an amazing time.

>>Although they were third, I feel as though I have to write about Ace Enders and a Million Different People first; partly because they were AMAZING, and partly because I promised Sergio I'd write about them sometime before the weekend was over. I didn't exactly realize that only gave me a day to get it done.To be honest, I'd never heard of them until the announcer was like, "Give it up for Ace Enders!" I was still pretty pumped though, simply because it was something I was unfamiliar with. They started with the best cover of "The Bittersweet Symphony" [The Verve] that I've ever heard, and immedietly I fell in love. The way they played the cover was simply amazing, which made me really happy since that's one of my ALL TIME FAVORITE SONGS [no joke, I always get chills when I hear it]. The way they played the cover had the same effect; Ace was clearly very passionate about it just based on his vocals. I'll put up a video of it under this review, but just remember it was even greater live. They also played "Bring Back Love" which just made my day, simply because before hand Ace was like "Let's act like hippies ... for this really cheesy song" and stuff like that. Such a good song. [This is a LINK to a live video I found on YouTube, but it doesn't have the greatest quality. Check it here if you want, but realize it's not as good as the actual performance.] They played "Rain", "Reaction", & "Body Like Mind" as well, and all were incredible just the same. Overall, they really rocked it musically, and they had phenominal stage presence; everyone was really into their set. I was really, really psyched that I found this amazing band, and that I got the opportunity to see them live, and to meet Ace & Sergio after. Ace is super sweet, and Serg is so much fun.
Definately a band to look into.
*Also, check the Over This [Acoustic Vid] I found on YouTube. It's got a very genuine sound.

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>>Nevershoutnever, the reason I went to this concert, went on first. Christofer Drew may be the most adorable kid I've ever seen .. but not met :[ He seriously disappeared after he played, which was pretty upsetting. Not only is his music absolutely adorable, but just the way he was between songs with the guy he played with .. who's name escapes me although I did met him.. Oh well. He referred to himself as a "bum kid", and informed us that Nov. 8 was the first time he'd changes shirts in four days, just to prove a point. Pretty much everything he said made you smile. I've uploaded the video of him singing "Smelyalata", which is my 2nd favorite by him, just so you can see the cuteness in action :D It involves the song, a tamborine, a condom balloon, and one of the happiest reactions I've ever seen. Towards the end of the concert, the merch guy got to see me on the brink of a breakdown because EVERYTHING NeverShoutNever was either a youth small, or an extra small; or sold out completely. I did get a set of 4 NSN! pins, and one of those LiveStrong - like bands that says NeverShoutNever!; I suppose that's better than nothing. ANYWAY: He played "Bigcitydreams", "HereGoesNothin" [MY FAV <3], style="font-weight: bold;">Yourbiggestfan", "Shesgotstyle", and "Dare4Distance" [and obviously "Smelyalata"]. He's just got that kid - vibe that makes you want to run up & hug him, and then pretend you're not a total creep for doing that. I could ramble on all day about how adorable he is, or I could just send you off to discover it for yourself, via MySpace, the video I've uploaded, or whichever method you choose. Go forth, and prepare to fall in love.

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>>After Nevershoutnever came PlayRadioPlay. I got a sticker for their CD Texas while I was at Bamboozle in May, so I'd looked them up. I wasn't exactly impressed with what I found, but I didn't really think anything of it. Again, I had no idea they were playing [I really should start paying more attention to that stuff]. When the announcer guy introduced them, I was ready to give them a second chance of sorts, hoping that, like Metro Station, they were actually better live. I was very wrong to have that hope. Honestly, the best part of the performance was the lights, and how the lead singer swayed as he sang. I didn't get that on video, but it was really fun to watch I promise. The only song I feel like identifying is "Loco Commotion", which isn't bad per say. It's just a little obnoxious; I want to listen to it, but I can't? If that makes sense? I pretty much quit after that one. If you're into an electronic sound, go for it & look them up. But personally, I'm not a fan.

>>Just for the sake of keeping it in order, Ace Enders and a Million Different People were third to perform. Seriously though, LOOK THEM UP. No regrets, ever.

>>Oh Hellogoodbye, how I love you so. Since there were only 4 bands this time, Hellogoodbye got to play for what seemed like forever.To clarify: not in the 'droning-on-forever-it'll-never-end-will-it?' sort of way, but in the 'i-wish-this-never-had-to-end-if-only-it-could-last-forever' kind of way. I've been obsessed with their older stuff since .. well, since their self - titled EP came out in '04 [I'm pretty sure that's right?]. My favorites include "Touchdown Turnaround", "Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn", "Oh, It Is Love", "Bonnie Taylor Shakedown", "I Saw it On Your Keyboard", and "Dear Jamie .. Sincerely Me".. to name a few? Clearly I love pretty much everything <3 style="font-weight: bold;">Call 'N Return", "All Time Lows", and "Here in Your Arms". Honestly, almost any song by them is one of my favorites simply because they're that good. I had a feeling, just based on their songs & the videos that the band would be so much fun. I was right :] After one of the songs, Forrest [lead singer] decided to try a slow clap. He picked someone in the crowd beforehand to be 'that guy' who starts it, and then everyone else would follow the lead. Last note is played, everyone cheers. So Forrest is just like "NO NO NO! Let's try that again!", but really adorably because he was sick & his voice cracked :] So he replayed the last few notes, then we had a super pathetic slow clap going on. Look, I can't explain how fun it was, so just watch it! Because I got it on video yayyy. They also had fun with the mic, especially when the voice-changer-'makeitsoundcool' feature was on .. for the special effects on the songs? It seemed like they had as much fun playing as we did listening, which was so amazing. Oh, between songs, they must've seen one of the guys from Ace Enders getting out of the bathroom, because they decided to heckle him and such, asking if he had fun in there, etc. This was when I was having my breakdown with the merch guy, and as we heard this we just kind of looked at eachother & laughed .. then I continued my search for all things NSN!. Seriously, they were so much fun to watch. After I left [after the concert was officially over, of course], the friends I'd met up with who stayed longer got to meet Forrest, and the really funny keyboard-guy whos name escapes me! No fair. Apparently, they're awesome, and I'm mad jealous. Oh well. I still met Serg, Ace, & guy-who-played-with-christofer-drew. If you've been living under a rock for 4 years and don't know a lot / anything by Hellogoodbye, I suggest you rejoin the world and get acquainted with their music.

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>>This concert was just so much fun, and the performances were [mostly] incredible. [Pictures to come later, of course.] If you've been to a concert lately, or are planning to go, let me know who which bands you're interested in. I'm constantly looking for new stuff that I can write about, or just listen to. :D

*>>By the way, this might be my longest post ever. Sweet.
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Friday, November 7, 2008

What I'm Listening To #4

LOVE <3!
  1. "Dawn of the Dead" - Does It Offend You, Yeah?
  2. "Do You Feel" - The Rocket Summer <3!*>
  3. "Lost Lust, But Living" - Scenes and Sirens [with BRIAN from Stereo Skyline!]
  4. "Drop the Girl" - Hit The Lights
  5. "Broken Heart" - Motion City Soundtrack
  6. "Digging Deep" - The Melismatics
  7. "Best of Me" - Morningwood
  8. "Don't Trust Me" - 3oh!3 <3!
  9. "Coming Back to the World" - Phone Calls From Home
  10. "Just Let Go" - Mae"


BONUS: "I'll Make The Moves" - Scenes and Sirens
EPIC BONUS: "The Space Between" - Valencia <3!


Check the "Songs Worth Listening To". I seriously just added a million. Well, maybe not a million. But I added a lot. WITH LINKS! To YouTube! Because I'm that great :D

*Also, make sure to listen to "So Much Love" by The Rocket Summer. It's amazing. Here, I've posted the video for you:







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Sunday, October 26, 2008

Seen It Live: 10/25/08

One of the most amazing nights I've ever had.

>>The concert was phenomenal, and the people I met were so nice. The bands that played were, in order: Stereo Skyline, Mercy Mercedes, The Urgency, Single File, A ROCKET TO THE MOON, and A Cursive Memory. I seriously filled the memory on my camera .. [Fortunately, I uploaded all of the old ones onto my comp beforehand.] Everyone was so great, and they got the audience involved. I went with 2 of my closest friends, and we met up with 2 really fun guys. It was a an incredible time.

>>Stereo Skyline was first, and of course, none of us knew they were going to be there. We got there early enough that we had a good spot to watch them. I got great pictures of their performance, and with them after their set, specifically Kevin (lead singer / guitar) & Brian (guitar). I had heard of the band before, but I wasn't actually familiar with any of their songs. I remember them at least playing "Fivetens in Harlem", "Heartbeat", & "Uptown Get Around". They were all so great, I don't think I can pick a favorite like I usually do. I think, if it was possible to choose, I'd prob go with "Fivetens in Harlem". [By the way, I got a good portion of that song on video!] Their sound is so adorable, and you pretty much can't help but dance when you hear it, especially when it's live. Unsurprisingly, they got the crowd going.


>>Mercy Mercedes came next, and again, I really only knew one of their songs ["Shiver Me Timbers"] They were amazing. Their stage presence was phenomenal, & I'm absolutely willing to sound like the loser I am just to say it. They moved around a lot, switching spots (etc) which helped me get lots of great pictures. To be honest, I probably got more pictures of Matt than anyone else. Him & Nate. Before I talk about their performance any more, let me tell you to go watch the Tour Updates on their MySpace. They're absolutely hysterical, & they show you what I mean when I say they're super fun :D The first Tour Update video is from September. Oh, & in Tour Update 2: At about 2:38 they show a clip from THE CONCERT I WENT TO! In case you were wondering where that was from. Also, they have a great taste in candy. GO WATCH! Anyway, I'm absolutely in love with their music. End of story. Out of all the bands that played that night, Mercy Mercedes [& obv. A Rocket To The Moon too <3] were, by far, my favorites. They played "The Perfect Scene", "Shiver Me Timbers", "Revolution", and more. All amazing, all incredibly played. I met all of the guys, and I had them sign my poster. Also, I bought their CD 1.21 Gigawatts & a shirt that makes me happy. Essentially, they're amazing musically & personality - wise. Go check them out :D

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>>To be completely honest, I wasn't exactly "paying attention" to The Urgency, or Single File when they were playing. Which I feel really bad about now. Instead, my friends & I were watching the New Jersey Devils [Hockey] game for some reason? I don't really know why, but we caught Marty Brodeur making the sickest save I've ever seen and .. ANYWAY, they sounded pretty good :D So I checked for their MySpaces because I wanted to know what I mainly missed out on.


..& now I have to do stuff, other than this. Ughstahhss. I'll finish as soon as I cannnnnnnnnnnnnnnn, & preferibly sometime before the next concert. <3
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Saturday, October 25, 2008

Concert Poster: A Cursive Memory, 10/25/08


Oh Yes. FINALLYYYYYYYYY.

[ Check back sometime tomorrow for my review <3 ]
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Saturday, October 18, 2008

Name Dropping 101: Alexz Johnson, Goot, & more


>>Remember how I was talking about Alexz Johnson & Tyler Kyte a while back? Well, in case you don't remember, I mentioned how they were on the show Instant Star together. Another very talented singer, Cory Lee, was also on that show [she played Karma]. I love her voice. "No Shoes No Shirt" is probably my favorite song by her that isn't from the show. It's got an upbeat sound with a killer beat. It's a really fun song to listen to. From the show, I'm obsessed with "Ghost of Mine". It's more of a techno - y song, but in a really good way. It's a song that gets stuck in your head, but that isn't a bad thing in this case. She's got an amazing voice, and she can act. Amazing much? Check out her songs on her MySpace, or her acting skills on Instant Star. Either way, I'm sure you'll be impressed.


>>I Love Goot. End of Story. Goot is actually Alex Goot, and his voice / lyrics combo makes me smile bright. Yeah, it takes a lot to make me talk this strangely. "Geo" is an amazing song. It's so soft, and you can just feel the emotion when you listen to it; It pulls at your heartstrings [sound-wise, & lyrically]. Check this out:
"For the longest time, i believed you were right. I would live my life, with a logical mind. When i reach my goals, i dont wanna be stuck. I'm thinking about success and what it's supposed to be next. I'd love to learn what i should do, to be as happy as you."

Seriously; He's amazinggggggg. His cover of "Everytime We Touch" is incredible. It's soft, and piano filled :] It's performed so well, it almost makes you want to cry. Well, maybe that's just me. But seriously, it's beautiful. His other cover, "Amazed" is just as incredible. On the other side of the song spectrum is "Scared." Unlike the title, it's happy and uplifting. Both the song and its lyrics are exceedingly adorable. Don't believe me? Read this. Try not to love it [and him for writing it].
"So maybe i could make you need me; maybe we’ll just have to find out. Don’t hate me for the way i’m feeling; you know i know we know i’m feeling so scared, you know it"
Oh, you couldn't bring yourself to not love it? I so called that. If you love music by The Rocket Summer [ also a "one-person-with-a-band-name" ], then I'm sure you'll absolutely adore Goot like I do. Go check out his MySpace, and the page just for his covers.



CONCERT UPDATE:
Oct 25: A Cursive Memory, A Rocket To The Moon, Mercy Mercedes
Nov 8: HelloGoodbye, Never Shout Never, Ace Enders, PlayRadioPlay!


Can't Wait.


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Thursday, October 9, 2008

What I'm Listening To #3

Songs, artists, and a playlist. Oh boy.

>>Simply in an attempt to add more songs to the list, which I did, I ended up making a new playlist on MySpace, and finding a lot of really good songs by artists such as Circa Survive and Goot. I don't really have time for a legit post, or to add links like I usually do. So here's the playlist I just made. ENJOYY :]
  1. Pretty Buildings - People in Planes
  2. Travel Hymn - Circa Survive
  3. So Much Love - The Rocket Summer
  4. OK - Lansdowne
  5. Sick Hearts - The Used
  6. I Want It That Way (Cover) - Goot
  7. Shiver Me Timbers - Mercy Mercedes
  8. Away, Away - Push Play
  9. The Difference Between Medicine and Poison Is In The Dose - Circa Survive
  10. Lovebug - Jonas Brothers :]
Tell me which ones you love the most.
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Sunday, October 5, 2008

Name Dropping 101 ; Part 12

>>The Fastest Kid Alive makes me smile. A lot. Just so you know, they have a blog of their own, too. [Check it here.] Starting off the playlist on their MySpace is "Singin Along", and if you don't love it, there might be something wrong with your hearing. It's got such a good sound, that I can't help but sing along. Go listen to the song so you can't judge me :] I'm also pretty obsessed with "Summer Forever". It's the second of four amazing songs, including "Shorelines" and "Dance With A Match". They're really good, with an upbeat - yet - punky sound that I'm loving. Check them out. You won't regret it. I promise.



>>I saw Van Atta High at Bamboozle in May [Check their performance there, HERE], and I thought they were great. Whoever got that video it totally my hero, by the way... Even though you can't really hear them play; but I wish I'd gotten that close :[ Unfortunately, my computer's being its retarded self, and isn't loading the music player on their MySpace. Good news, however, is the fact that the band has a YouTube account that my comp has no problem playing. Yay YouTube! So I'm watching their "Call Me Jersey" video & I find myself smiling st the simplicity. The guys are just playing, on a tennis court. It's awesome. The people with the signs are pretty great too; I just wish they'd held each up a bit longer so that I could read them better .. "In Purgatory, Playin Defense" [YouTube; @ Bamboozle] was also good, but they had some screaming. It wasn't enough to taint the entire song, though. So basically:: They're amazing, and I'm in love with the vocals.

>>The Great Valley :: Have I written about them before? I don't think I have, but their MySpace is so familiar to me .. Maybe because I play their music all the time? Haha, that's probably it. Seriously, when I'm bored or just on the computer, I'll bring up their MySpace & just listen to their songs over & over again. It's not weird ; they're just really nice to listen to .. So anyway, I love their demo, "Mountains". It's really really great. The song has that chilled - out sound to it, making it quite adorable. "I Can Pretend Too" has been in the top 10 on my "Top 25 Most Played" songs playlist on my iPod for a long time now, because it's awesome. It's cloearly my favorite song by them, and I don't think that's going to change any time soon .. depending on when they release their CD, of course. By the way, "ICPT" and 2 other songs, "Small Towns Breed Big Mouths" & "Lost Without You", are free downloads! I've already taken advantage. Have you!? If not, get to downloadinggg !
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>>I've added a bunch of new songs on the list towards the bottom of the screen, and I'll be adding more after this post. Even if there isn't a new post, I've probably added more songs. So check the list periodically, then listen to the songs, and tell me what you think! I haven't been getting much feedback lately, and it's kind of bumming me out. People really do read this, right? If you're reading this now, LET me know! Haha, but seriously, tell me what you're thinking in a comment on the site, or on my MySpace. Either way is fine for me :]

>>Do me a favor and check out Cavashawn, and tell them I sent you :] They've got a good sound, and they're awesome people to talk to. 




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Friday, September 26, 2008

Name Dropping 101 ; Part 11

>>MySpace just introduced a music player that allows you to have 10 songs per playlist, and as many playlists as you want. They're trying to get every song by each band on their page. This is why I'm proud to say I'm a MySpace - Music addict.
[Check my new playlist here.]

>>So, as I'm going through the bands that've added me lately, I've come across Endoxi. "I've Come A Long Way" & "I'm Bipolar" are really nice to listen to. "I've Come a Long Way" almost reminds me of The Matches (vocally, at least). When I think about it, Rob Thomas pops into my mind too. What do you thinkk? "I'm Bipolar" starts out fairly awesomely, and only gets better. This song has a sax, too ! But, I'd have to say "Still Better Days" is my favorite. It's got a saxophone, and it's got a really cool, fun vibe. Honestly, it's a song I could see myself listening to at the beach... because that's what I think about on a cold, rainy day in September ;] They're pretty relaxed, but happy all at the same time? It'll make more sense as soon as you listen to their songs. They're definately worth at least a little of your time :]

>>A Static Lullaby = Amazing, except they're into the whole screaming business. If you can deal with that, check them out. The chorus of "Under Water Knife Fight" sounds really awesome [ scream free ! ]





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Sunday, September 21, 2008

Songs Worth Listening To

Yeah. I just added one :]

>>On the bottom of the page, after the last post shown, there's something new above the pictures. I called it "Songs Worth Listening To." Basically, it's just a list of songs that I find particularly amazing. I'll add more, and replace others as I see fit. I'm planning on updating it whenever I can, so check the list frequently [I probably won't make a post saying that I updated the list. Kind of pointless, right?] Go and get listeningggggggg.

*Bands: Let me know if you want one of your songs to be there :]


Oh, & only 34 more days 'till the concerttt :]
Crazy Donkey, here I come <3
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Saturday, September 20, 2008

Name Dropping 101 ; The Donnas, A Rocket To The Moon, and more


>>A Rocket To The Moon is killer. "Not A Second To Waste" & "Dakota" are so addicting, I love it. If you don't become nearly as obsessed as I am, there's seriously something wrong with you.

>>Another person I've mentioned but never really discussed is Christofer Drew, aka Nevershoutnever! He's probably got the most consistently adorable songs in the world. [*Mild exaggeration only] "Bigcitydreams" is so cute. It's the kind of song that makes you want to sway back and forth in rhythm to the music with a huge, dopey grin on your face .. Not that I've done that, or anything... His demo "Yourbiggestfan" has the same affect; as do pretty much all of his songs. None the less, "Ybf" might be my new favorite song my him. Very close call, though. If you're in the mood to smile, or need a good cheering up, go check him out. You'll feel better really soon after.

>>The Donnas just uploaded their cover of "Dancing With Myself". I think it's pretty good, although I'll always be a bigger fan of Mr. Billy Idol himself :] Yeah, I'm an eighties freak. Don't judge. Speaking of Billy Idol covers, The Murder Dolls covered "White Wedding". I very much prefer the original, simply because they added a Marilyn Manson twist to it, plus way too much screaming for me to truly appreciate; and because nobody does Billy Idol like Billy Idol. The music is good, though. You can check out their video here, and the original here [ both on YouTube] if you're interested.

>>Also, check out "You Found Me" by, yes, Kelly Clarkson. It's a pretty good song. But listen to "Starstrukk" and "Don't Trust Me" by 3oh!3 first, because they're wayy better. & because I'm addicted to them :]

>>By the way, that lack of focus thing I'd mentioned before? Clearly still in effect.


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