I've decided to add a new feature to my blog where I'll post a blog about a record that I haven't listened to in forever from years past that I've listened to lately.
The first nostalgic record is Crash Romeo's Minutes To Miles. I remember buying this record way back in the fall of 2006 because I loved the song "Actions Not Words"(should have been a huge hit in my opinion). I remember the record came with a pre-packaged t-shirt which was totally awesome. Overall the record was pretty average but, there were a few songs I really enjoyed, especially "Actions Not Words". I was just going throught the review archives and noticed this wasn't listed so I might review it. If you plan on buying this record, make sure to be on the lookout for the one that has the t-shirt with it.
So I was looking through Jason's blog and found the link to The Gunz Show's Purevolume page where he posted his interview with Jason when he was on the show. About 7 1/2 minutes into the first part, I found this:
Jason Tate: You're not gonna fuckin' have Brokencyde, they're not going to be the classic album of our generation.
The Gunz Show: Hahaha
Jason Tate: Fuck those guys!
Genius, too bad some people would have a problem with that.
[Make sure to read about the unsigned band of February 2009 just below this]
So since it's February and not January, it can mean one thing, a new unsigned band of the month. So drumroll please...............the Unsigned Band of the Moth for February 2009 is: Take Notice
Take Notice is a pop-punk/hardcore band from Ann Arbor, Michigan. The band formed earlier this year and released their debut EP, The Get-Go EP, for free over this summer. The ep is available at both their Myspace and Purevolume pages. 2009 looks like it will be a big year for these so guys so it's time for you to jump on their ever increasing bandwagon. Strongly recommended for fans of Set Your Goals; New Found Glory; A Loss For Words.
"Scratched CDs Are Nothing Compared To Missed Opportunities"
Ever since Wednesday night I've been feeling a little under the weather (sore throat, headache). There's very little cold medicine in my house and I've needed something to help but the best thing I have is some cough syrup. The only thing though is it's considered "Nighttime" medicine which helps you fall asleep in the same way Nyquil. Since I decided to take that medicine, I've been feeling a bit drowsy for the past hour. When you're desperate though, you'll take anything that will help.
Tomorrow The Dangerous Summer is scheduled to be playing a free acoustic show at the Glamour Kills store in Beacon, New York. So long as the snow doesn't make the roads too bad to travel on I definitely plan on attending. Assuming it goes on as planned and I'm still able to attend, I'll post another blog about the show. Peace!
Last night I was in my room listening to the local "alternative" station (mostly 90s grunge mixed in with rare moments of enjoyable music) when I heard something that made me do a double-take with my ears(if that's at all possible). I heard 3OH!3's new song "Don't Trust Me". Now this station plays the typical hard rock crap like Three Days Grace or Breaking Benjamin, but 3OH!3? Do 28 year old guys who most likely watch Nascar listen to anything like this? Chances are that is not the case. Maybe there are things in life that can't be explained. If so, this is one of those cases.
Just a few minutes ago I sat down to have some lunch and decided to put the TV on. My first instinct was to put on ESPNews to see what was on. They quickly went to commercial and I then decided to go to the menu and see what was on the other channels. What I found next made me almost wet my pants...I have the MLB Network. I though for sure that I wouldn't have it as Time Warner doesn't carry the NFL Network or the NHL Network. It turns out I do have it which makes me really stoked. Now I can watch baseball all the time.
I got this really interesting idea to have an unsigned band of the month to help these bands get some exposure so please check all these bands out.
Now I know it's a little late in the month but there is still over a week left in January so here I go. The [first] unsigned band of the month for January 2009 is: We Came As Romans.
We Came As Romans is a 6 piece metalcore act from Troy/Detroit, Michigan. The band released their newest EP entilted Dreams on December 2, 2008 which they worked on with producer Joey Sturgis (The Devil Wears Prada, Before Their Eyes, Sea of Treachery). The entire EP is available for free on the band's purevolume page (www.purevolume.com/wecameasromans). We Came As Romans are sponsored by Stheart Clothing and were recently featured as one of Alternative Press' Hometown Heroes.
So a couple days ago I heard that Drop Dead, Gorgeous had posted a new song online from their upcoming full length release later this year so I decided to give it a listen and I've already deemed it to be one release this year I need to stay very far away from. The song is called "The Internet Killed The Radio Star" and if this song can serve as any indication of what's to come, you should save yourself the trouble and avoid it all together too.
For starters, the name of the song is ridiculous. If anything, they're the perfect example of an "internet band" so what are they calling themselves out for. Is this some sort of strange irony? Then the lyrics. If you can even hear what they're whining, you can hear them scream, "You fucked with the wrong son of a bitch!", ok guys. Now I'll be the first to admit I listen to what you guys call "scenecore" (The Devil Wears Prada, Bring Me the Horizon, Attack Attack!) but come on, this is exactly what scenecore is. It's just oozing with cliche and teenage angst. Again, say what you will about bands like The Devil Wears Prada, at least their lyrics are meaningful (depending on what you take from them) and they're talented musicians. This is just a slap in the face of those aforementioned bands who are unfairly lumped in with this shit.
Haven't submitted any reviews lately so I figure I need to make up. I've alread written one so far, started another a little, and I have a few more ideas floating around my head at the moment. I'd expect to have them submitted by the end of this month.
Definitely thinking this is going to double my total reviews, maybe even triple it. You're all welcome to take guesses...
I was just listening to Living Well Is the Best Revenge today and I got to thinking, "Kids nowadays are going to know Gabe Saprota as 'that' guy from Cobra Starship and not as the singer/bassist of one of the most influential pop-punk bands we grew up with"
So on Monday I finally decided to buy Valencia's new record, We All Need A Reason To Believe. Now before Monday, I was on the fence with the new record, I wasn't sure how I would feel about it. They had a new label and new experiences/influences. I really loved This Could Be A Possibility and I was afraid I would be let down. As it would turn out, that was not the case and the record rocks. Since I had already created my top records of the year list (and clearly this record would have been included had I gotten it earlier) I feel it is necessary I apologize to Valencia...
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Albums of the Year
15) Ivoryline - There Came A Lion
14) Oceana - The Tide
13) Fallen From the Sky - Tonight We Radiate
12) Attack Attack! - Someday Came Suddenly
11) Breathe Carolina - It's Classy, Not Classic (I know...)
10) Every Avenue - Shhh...Just Go With It
9) Burden of a Day - Blessed Be Our Ever After
8) Thieves and Villains - Movement
7) Forever the Sickest Kids - Underdog Alma Mater
6) Here I Come Falling - Oh Grave, Where is Thy Victory
5) Search the City - A Fire So Big The Heavens Can See It
4) For the Fallen Dreams - Changes
3) Secret Lives! of the Freemasons - Weekend Warriors
2) Hit the Lights - Skip School Start Fights
1) The Years Gone By - Forever Comes Too Soon
Akissforjersey - Victims
Bring Me the Horizon - Suicide Season
Before Their Eyes - The Dawn of My Death
The Scenic - Find Yourself Here
Eps of the Year
5) Artist Vs Poet - s/t
4) School Boy Humor - Camera Shy But Still A Star
3) The Wonder Years - Won't Be Pathetic Forever
2) Mercy Mercedes - 1:21 Gigawatts
1) Fight Fair - Settle the Score
* I decided to use only signed bands therefore I excluded You, Me, And Everyone We Know
5) Alesana - Where Myth Fades to Legend
4) Take the Crown - Relapse React
3) Mychildren Mybride - Unbreakable
2) Thieves and Villains - Movement
1) Before Their Eyes - The Dawn of My Death
And Why Did I Buy This Again (a.k.a "Worst Records I Somehow Managed To Buy This Year")
5) Four Letter Lie - What A Terrible Thing To Say
4) Danger Radio - Punch Your Lights Out EP
3) The Morning Light - The Sounds of Love EP
2) Alesana - Where Myth Fades to Legend
1) Emmure - The Respect Issue