Sunday, September 13, 2009

Seen It Live: 9/12/09

Would using the word "phenominal" be over doing it?
Probably. OH WELL.

>>So a week or two beforehand, I'd been told about The Reserve, Table 21, Kelsey and the Chaos, and Patent Pending all having a show on September 12th. I kind of freaked out, like honestly how am I supposed to choose.. Upon being given specific details, I realized I wouldn't have to- They all invited me to the same show. With a line up like that, and including a bunch of other awesome bands, I knew it was gonna be an epic night.

>>I got to the show later than I really wanted to, as usual :\
>I didn't find out until later that one of the bands who's set I missed was Kelsey and the Chaos, one of the reasons I went to the show. BUMMERRRR. Luckily, when I saw her later, Kelsey told me they're coming back to Long Island in November :D (On November 11th, playing on the Cheap Date Tour* with FTSK, The Rocket Summer, Sing It Loud, and more, at the Crazy Donkey<3)be> Shut Up and Deal EP on iTunes. I got it from them at Warped, and honestly I still listen to it at least once a week :]
>I also missed Last Days of Summer. I'd heard of them but I'd never really heard anything by them. Apparently they're also friends with The Reserve, small worldd :]. I looked em up fer real when I got home, and they're seriously good. They've only got 2 songs up on their MySpace right now ("Moving On" & "What You're Leaving Behind") but they're both pretty rad. Be sure to look at their most recent blog post so you know what's going on. From the band: "...we are now working on 2 new songs that will be released at the next show we play which will be november 14th at amityville for the $10000 battle of the bands soo come show your support and have a kick ass time with us and maybe we'll have a shot!.." You should definitely go check them out :]

>>After missing their set 3 separate times, I can FINALLY say I've seen Table 21 live, and at their last show. Yeah, it's over.. but T21 most definitely went out with a bang. They played "Party! In My Pants", "Crash and Fall", "Showeys and Goeys", and more.. they even played some songs with their pants ON! And yes, that's exactly what I meant ;] The guys went all out, and they put on one hell of a show. There was confetti.. but somehow they 'misplaced' the glow sticks, so we couldn't rave during their set :\ Regardless, it was an awesome set. PS, You can still get their CD on iTunes. I still listen to it all the time, it's so damn catchy I can't help it :]

>>Not counting acoustic sets or their band practices, this was the first time I'd seen The Reserve play an actual show. Let me just say their stage presence was ridiculoussssss, they really put on a great show. Everyone around me seemed to think so too, they're a band that grabs the crowd's attention and keeps it until their set is finished. Oh, and their playing wasn't half bad either ;] They played my favorite songs by them, "Ignite" & "Man Of Your Dreams" as well as a bunch of other great ones. You'd think I would have it already, but this was also the night I got their Ignite EP. So stokeddddd. It's mad good, pick it up if you haven't already :D They're all great guys, and they love talking to fans. Next chance you get, I'd suggest going to one of their shows & saying hey. You won't be disappointed, trust me :]

>>There was a point during the show when me and a few friends were hanging out by KATC's tour bus, and I ended up meeting & talking to 2 guys from Pull The Pin. A few people had suggested the band to me, but I hadn't really gotten the chance to look them up.. After talking to them about their friendship with Tyler of KATC, Blink 182, & The Beastie Boys, I bought their CD. Why not, right? Later on, I saw them play. Long story short, buying their CD was a really good choice. It's called "Anyone In The Universe...Other Than Me", click here to get it on iTunes! I like them a lot. I'm not sure which songs they played that night, but I love "Let's Start From The End" by them. That, and "A Place Like Home" are probably my favorites, but they're all super good.

>>I also got Valet Parking 's Blackout EP, you should tooooo. "Just Pretend" is my favorite :] Overall, they're pretty rad.

>>Considering I was supposed to see Patent Pending live a solid 3 times before this, I was so stoked to fiiinally see them play. I'm not a huge fan; I didn't know their songs specifically (except for "The June Spirit" :D) until that day. I was standing pretty much on stage with them (in the back though, no worries hah) during their set, and their performance was just amazing. I had such a great spot, I could see the band play, and I got to wave to the guitarist ahahah, aaand I got to see how the crowd just went crazy for every song. They played "Anti-Everything", "Dear Stacy, I Hate You", and by request "She's a Ho Ho Ho." Just from that one show, I saw how they've got such a great, dedicated fan base that any band would be happy to have. Even though it was a fairly small venue, there was crowd surfing like you wouldn't believe. Literally people went all out, and it was truly a great experience.
Next time Patent Pending plays nearby, you can bet I'll do my best to be there :]
OH, and after dying to do so since it came out, I actually got a chance to buy their CD, Attack Of The Awesome, which I'm actually listening to right now :] SO GOOD. The songs are mad catchy; I can see why their hardcore fans love them so much. Aside from waving to the drummer & guitarist during their set, I also got to meet Joe when I got their CD. He's such a sweetheart, and pretty funny too. This all added to their stage presence, and the overall badassness of the nighttt<3>>As you've probably noticed, this was one of the best shows I've been to in a whiiile. I felt like such a dork coming out of it with 5 new cds & a poster, but it was totally worth it. The KATC poster (that only cost a dollar!) is up on my wall, and the CDs are all still in my CD player. Although I went to see bands I'm friends with, I got so much more out of that show. Between meeting almost all of the bands, talking to various new people, being introduced to bands and their music, and being able to see a bunch of great bands live, I couldn't ask for more. Yeah, I know I'm rambling, but it was seriously an epic night.

Local shows ftw <3

*PS, Kelsey and The Chaos is only playing a few dates of the Cheap Date tour. Check which ones HERE. If you can, make sure you go see them! I am on 11/11/09- how perfect :]

[Finished on 9/27/09 <3]
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Friday, September 11, 2009

Name Dropping 101 ; Part 22

Things to mention:

  • The weekend of shows from The Reserve is here! Catch them acoustic at the Smith Haven Mall tonight at 7pm, and playing a full band show tomorrow in Amityville. (Click here for full details). Also, they band is going to be interviewed on the New Music Inferno TONIGHT at 10pm. Be sure to tune in :]
  • I posted my interview with them^ as a note on the Facebook Fan Page. Check it out there for now, and I'll post something on this, the actual site, as soon as I can :]
  • The Back To School Bro-Down is tomorrow. Patent Pending, Kelsey and The Chaos, Table 21, and more are playing. Going? RSVP on Facebook! See you there :]
    PS, this is actually Table 21's last show.. if you needed another reason to come out, now you've got one.
  • Phone Calls From Home is releasing their full-length album, "Connected", on September 29th. The album includes two unreleased acoustic tracks, a dance remix, and their music video for "Light The Fuse". Psyched?! Me too :]
  • Want to win free Owl City tees? Enter the contest here.
  • Colors In The Air premiered their music video for "Urgency". Watch it, love it, share it. 
  • Click here & watch the video for a sneak peek of The Vans Warped Tour 15th Anniversary Event, in theaters on, & only on September 17th.
  • Not sure if anyone noticed, but I don't really mention rappers or hip hop artists all that often.. I intend to change that.For now, go listen to some tracks by Mike Edwards.
  • Yesterday, a friend suggested I check out a band called The Compromise. I listened to them, and I think you guys should too! You can listen on their MySpace, and if you like what you hear, feel free to download their full album here.
  • Find out how to win an autographed copy of Every Time I Die's new album, New Junk Aesthetic here.
  • Be sure to listen to Mercy Mercedes' cover of Fire Burning by Sean Kingston on their MySpace, I love it :] While yer there, check out their tour dates!

Bonus: Today's Freebies

  • Panic! At The Disco has a free download of their new single, "New Perspective"! Available here, just click 'music' to get it!
  • *A message from Lansdowne:
  • "As we all know, 8 years ago we suffered the worst attack on US soil in the history of our country. Thousands of innocent people died or were severely injured, leaving families and friends across our nation devastated. But we've shown that even in the wake of our worst tragedy that we can stand united, show our strength, and persevere. In honor of those who passed, and the heroic firefighters and officers who went in to save as many lives as they could, "I'll See You Again" will be available for free download all day today on our purevolume page. Proud to be Americans, Lansdowne." (I posted the video for this song below)

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Monday, September 7, 2009

Get Hyped: The Reserve's Release Week 09

The Reserve CD Release Week!:

9/8: Ignite released on iTunes worldwide
9/11: Free acoustic show/signing at the Hot Topic in the Smith Haven Mall, 6pm
9/11: Online radio interview- New Music Inferno -
9/12: CD Release Show (with Kelsey and The Chaos, Table 21, Patent Pending, and more) @ Broadway Bar in Amityville, all ages. $10, Doors @ 4pm

If you can go to these shows, I highly suggest you do so.
I'll be at both, see you there? :]
No matter what, make sure to get a copy of Ignite on iTunes, available tomorrow <3>
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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Click it for codes, then post it everywhere <3
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Thursday, September 3, 2009

Local Spotlight: Summers Last Wave

I love local bands :)

>>It all started with one of those "Sorry for being annoying, I just think you'll really like my band" emails, but even then I could tell Summers Last Wave was different. Turns out, that's what they pride themselves on, not being another one of those 'dime a dozen' bands that all sound the same. Well guys, mission accomplished :] I want to describe their sound as Pop-Rock, but I don't think that's accurate enough. They have a chill vibe without being boring, and their songs are upbeat without being super sweet. They make really great music with its own unique sound, and that's something to be proud of. The cartoon promo they made (below) shows just that. PS.. I legit have the same exact shirt as the character with the blue hair.. Glamour Kills babyy

>>Before I start talking about their demo, there's something I just have to mention. Last night the band was on Stickam, a live chat between a bunch of people by means of webcams and/or simply typing like if you were on AIM. They were broadcasting from their practice, but for a while they were just talking to fans & joking around. I literally made an account yesterday, even though I don't have a webcam just to join the conversation. Somehow they managed to annoy another band who was live at the same time, and only because one of SLW's fans posted their Stickam link in the other band's chat window. Good timesss. Something that would normally be pointless actually ended up being one of the funniest things I've seen in a while.. Let's just say Freddy's impression of Friday Night Fever is pretty much spot-on :D Even some of FNF's fans admitted that he was hilarious. To clarify- he was NOT trashing the other band, he said that they weren't bad, they just sound like a lot of other bands out there right now. Either way, everyone got a good laugh. So next time they go live on Stickam, you should definitely make the effort to watch :]

>>Now for the actual music portion. I have their demoOoOOooOo , and I love it :D
>"6th Attempt"starts out pretty mellow, but then they really grab your attention. One thing I really love about this band is the vocals. They're not perfect, they're not trying to be, but they have a naturally rugged appeal that makes you want to listen. The whoa's are pretty badass in "She Never Gets What She Wants", "Forever Never Ends" has a killer chorus (and title), "Reach In" is just so sweet from start to finish. The band really changes things up with "Parade Rest", this song makes you want to just get up and move. The beat is so catchy :]

>>I could say more about each song, but saying how they're all totally worth listening to would get kind of redundant. So I'll end with this: the guys in Summers Last Wave are truly fun-loving people, so why don't you go have fun loving their music? Get to it :]

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Get Hyped: Upcoming (Local) Shows

These are mainly shows in my neck of the woods (Long Island, NY)
Let me know if you want me to scope out some shows in your area.

  • September 3rd: Cavashawn at the Sunrise Mall. Free show, 6-7pm
  • September 5th: The Glamour Kills End of Summer Bash, featuring acoustic performances by Aseria, Stereo Skyline, and more. @ The GK warehouse in Beacon, NY. (*click the poster below for more info)
  • September 5th: Score 24 with Table 21, As A Gift, Under Spinning Lights, and more at the Vibe Lounge in Rockville Centre. $10 from a band member, $12 at the door. 3:30-10:30pm
  • September 11th: The Reserve at the Hot Topic in the Smith Haven Mall. Free acoustic performance and signing, 6pm.
  • September 12th: Patent Pending, Valet Parking, The Reserve, Kelsey and The Chaos, Table 21, and more at Broadway in Amityville (the old Village Pub South). $10 from a band member, $12 at the door. Doors open at 4pm.
  • September 15th: Stereo Skyline, Mercy Mercedes, and more at the Vibe Lounge. $12, Doors open at 5pm.
  • **September 17th: The Vans Warped Tour 15th Anniversary Celebration, in select movie theatres nationwide. Click here for info.
  • Im Going to the Vans 15th Anniversary Celebration on September 17th in theaters nationwide
  • October 1st: The Scenic @ The Vibe Lounge. Doors open at 5pm.
  • October 3rd: Relient K @ The Crazy Donkey in Farmingdale. $15 in advance, $17 the day of. Doors open at 5pm.
  • October 4th: The Honorary Title @ The Vibe Lounge. (*16+ with ID or parent). $15, doors open at 4pm.
  • October 5th: Epitaph / Zune Present: EVERY TIME I DIE & BRING ME THE HORIZON @ The Crazy Donkey. Doors open at 6pm, $20 (*Price includes includes a “Deluxe Edition” of “New Junk Aesthetic” and a year subscription to Alternative Press.)
  • October 9th: Gallows @ The Crazy Donkey. $12 in advance, doors open at 6pm.
  • October 10th: We Shot The Moon @ The Vibe Lounge. (*16+ with ID or parent). $10 in advance, doors at 4:30pm.
  • October 28th: THE ATTICUS TOUR 2009:. FINCH and BLESS THE FALL @ The Crazy Donkey. $15, doors at 6pm.
  • November 8th: THE FALL BALL AP TOUR feat. THE ACADEMY IS... and MAYDAY PARADE @ The Crazy Donkey. $16 in advance, doors at 6pm.

  • *More to come.
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    Wednesday, September 2, 2009

    Seen It Live: 9/2/09

    I've waited 5 years for this day,
    and I couldn't have asked for more.

    >>Yeah, I'm never like this, but honestly I'm in awe of tonight. The Used played at Looney Tunes in West Babylon (Long Island, NY) earlier this evening, and I was lucky enough to be there. I managed to get 2 good videos throughout the set, only 2 because I'm short & of course I had the 2 tallest guys infront of me.. typical. But honestly, I wouldn't change a thing.

    >>They played 5 songs, and it was glorious. They started off with "Blood On My Hands", and they kept the set pretty heavy. No complaints here ;] Then came "Empty With You", one of the 2 songs I managed to get on video. As you'll see, crazy good.

    >>The other songs played were "Take It Away", "Pretty Handsome Awkward", and "A Box Full of Sharp Objects". In an effort not to ramble, I'm gonna cut this short. But honestly, if you ever get the opportunity to see The Used live, take advantage. They sound almost exactly like they do on their CDs, just better <3 style="text-align: center;">So tonight I accomplished one of my life goals, meeting The Used.
    Now for that tattoo parlor.. ;]

    *Check out my other videos on my YouTube account.

    **Updated 9/3:
    >So The Used posted an update on their website, their Twitter, and their MySpace blog. There's a video in the update. GUESS WHO TOOK THAT VIDEO. Yeah, it's the other 1 of 2 good ones I got yesterday <333
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    Tuesday, September 1, 2009

    Get Hyped: Mayday Parade

    via their MySpace blog:

    In anticipation of the pre-order for our album, Anywhere But Here going up on one week from today (Tuesday, September 8th), we’d like to show you all the album cover. Check it out:

    Stay tuned for details on the Anywhere But Pre-Order!

    Also, don't forget we will be co-headlining the Alternative Press Fall Ball '09 with The Academy Is... and support from Set Your Goals, The Secret Handshake and You Me At Six. Make sure to pick-up your tickets here before it’s too late!

    09/24/09 Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
    09/25/09 Pontiac, MI @ Clutch Cargos
    09/26/09 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
    09/27/09 Grand Rapids, MI @ Intersection
    09/28/09 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues
    09/29/09 St. Louis, MO @ Pops
    09/30/09 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave
    10/02/09 Minneapolis, MN @ Station 4
    10/03/09 Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
    10/04/09 Denver, CO @Gothic
    10/06/09 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
    10/07/09 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
    10/08/09 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
    10/09/09 Portland, OR @ Wonder
    10/10/09 Chico, CA @ Senator Theatre
    10/11/09 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
    10/13/09 Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
    10/14/09 Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon
    10/15/09 Pomona, CA @ Glasshouse
    10/16/09 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
    10/17/09 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto
    10/18/09 Phoenix, AZ @ The Marquee
    10/20/09 San Antonio, TX @ White Rabbit
    10/21/09 Dallas, TX @ The Door
    10/22/09 Houston, TX @ Warehouse
    10/24/09 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
    10/25/09 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird
    10/27/09 Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues
    10/28/09 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
    10/29/09 Nashville, TN @ Rocketown
    10/30/09 Charlotte, NC @ Amos
    10/31/09 Norfolk, VA @ The Norva
    11/01/09 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
    11/03/09 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre Of Living Arts
    11/04/09 Clifton Park, NY @ Northern Lights
    11/05/09 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
    11/06/09 New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place
    11/07/09 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
    11/08/09 Long Island, NY @ Crazy Donkey
    11/10/09 Allentown, PA @ Crocodile Rock
    11/11/09 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
    11/12/19 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
    11/13/09 Toronto, ON @ Guvernment
    11/14/09 Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
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