Now I know people are hating on this album a lot, but it's grown on me. Actually having the product now, in my hands, makes it feel even more of a great album. I also got the new issue of Alternative Press in the mail today as well. I got the copy with Thursday on the cover. Ironically enough the first album review in AP this month is Two Tongues. They gave it four and a half stars. I just love Max's work in a whole that nothing can shatter that. Even his cover of Ol' Dirty Bastard.
I wrote you a love note on the park bench
just in case you ever go back there again
and all the lines spell out to "I've said this before;
so here's just another little reminder."
and I'm sorry for not saying anything sooner
but trust me I don't think I quiet understood
all of the words I wish I could stop and say
as I drive through your neighborhood.
Just one last time.
and I never see your car
did you get up and move away?
just like I'm about to do
because I can't stand to be in this place
and I hope that you're happy
because lord knows you deserve to be
I guess I'm just sorry
and I hope he's a better man than me
I wrote you a love note on an old photograph
I submitted it to a publisher, so keep your eyes open for it
if says "I miss you most on cold winter nights
where the golf course was the only place we could hide
and I'd give you my shirt to keep you warm
even if I froze to death I was happy to have you in my arms."
Just one last time.
and I never have the guts
to find out how you've been
it's all been word of mouth
through all of our mutual friends
and I know that you're happy
because you wouldn't allow yourself to be
any less than that like I am
but I know that he's better than me
so please just take the time to listen
to words I still write for you
though we've grown into separate paths
these vines over grown right back to you
and I'm sorry for all of the pain that I've caused
I didn't ever want to see you pick up those drugs
because you were better than that
you were always better than that.
but I'm going to bite my tongue
and sing these words alone
no one needs to hear my sob story
of this terrible mistake I've done...
So I got that Mac a little bit ago. Well it's an iBook G4 and it had a really small hard drive (40 GB) and all that stuff. Well I ordered a new hard drive with bigger capacity (250 GB) and I had a computer guy install it for me. I also ordered a new key as well Well everything cost me about $240 and now I'm on the computer getting ready to find iLife. It was on here before. Well apparently the computer guy upgraded the computer, but forgot to put iLife on here. Now I'm pirating a copy of iLife '08. I don't have the money to buy a copy. I just spent $240 already (which was out of my budget). I still have 2 GB left to download. Estimated time frame is a day. Wish it had more seeders.
So there's this band called The Devil and The Lion. They're really fucking good. I recommend everyone to listen to them. They sound like Brand New mixed with Manchester Orchestra. Enjoy it!
Alright so I'm going to start this off by saying Max Bemis is my idol and I owe my life to him (literally). I think the man can do no wrong. With that being said here's my thoughts on the Two Tongues album.
The album isn't amazing. It doesn't knock me on my ass. Some songs feel like they didn't go anywhere, but that's okay. I enjoy this album. I wasn't expecting to have an orgasm over it. I wasn't let down at all with this release. It's different yes. I'm use to Max doing punk rock/indie stuff, so I was thrown off at first. The album is more of an alternative rock album. I like it though. It's a good album. Not amazing. Not great. It's just good. Chris seems to be over the top on a few songs, but that's Chris for you. He's always been over the top. He's great to me as a vocalist. He has a distinct voice and you always know when you're listening to him.
The album starts off with what I think will be the single (if a single is given), "Crawl". This song was the first song released by Two Tongues. It has a lot of energy and it seemed to sum up the album right away. The next song is the third that was released by Two Tongues, "If I Could Make You Do Things". This song stuck out the first time I heard it. I loved everything about it. The drums really bring this song to life. "Dead Lizard" is one of the weirdest songs I heard. At first I thought it sounded like it some rock radio group like Finger Eleven would write musically. It's a great song though. Chris' vocals are haunting on this track. I still need some more time with it. The fourth track which is considered an "Interlude" features the beautiful voice of Sherrie Dupree (Max's fiance). It's a short song and very well written. "Tremors" may be my favorite track off the album. Maybe it's because the song is mostly Max. That could be it, but I feel it's the strongest track. "Silly Game" is also one of my favorites. The lyrics are a bit humorous in the way Max phrases a cigarette as a f*g (which is a European term I believe for cigarette). The guitar at the beginning of "Don't You Want To Come Home" reminded me of "Hotel California" for some reason, but this song is awesome. The vocals being shared by Max and Chris are just great. It shows the relationship between the two. The eighth track, which is also the second track we all heard by the group, "Wowee Zowee" is an instant favorite. I love the way Chris and Max both sound on this song. I wish Max shouted like he does on this song more throughout the album. It would have been perfect. The album plays on to a nice surprise called "Come On". This song is fantastic. There's so much energy throughout the song and Max and Chris alternating vocals left and right really make this song. The next song which is titled "Alice" starts off with Coby drumming steadily and then joined by a deep bass tone and a palm muted guitar. This song isn't my favorite on account this is one of the songs I feel doesn't really go anywhere. It seems to be too repetitive. "Try Not To Save Me" is a nice little slow number. If Chris sang like this on the whole album it would have been ten times better. Max's voice is also very haunting in the back ground when singing with Chris. The two blend together perfectly on this track. This is also the longest track on the album clocking in at four minutes and eleven seconds. The final original track "Back Against The Wall" to me feel like the weakest song. It really could have been better. It has a nice groove, and it almost feels like baby making music. There's really nothing to the lyrics though. Maybe it's just me?
The final track was my most anticipated track. Two Tongues decided to cover "Even If You Don't" by Ween for this album. What an excellent choice for a song to cover too. The song has always been in my top 3 favorite songs by Ween. So what do I think of the cover? I think they did it great. The shared vocals and how Chris and Max both get to sing their own choruses really seals the deal. Perfect way to end the album. Start off strong and end strong.
I do recommend this album, but it's not what everyone was thinking it was going to be. It's different. It's a side project. Why do a side project and do the same music your current band is already doing? It makes sense to do something different. I still need to listen to the album more.
Overall I'm giving this album an 8. I really wish I were able to give it a 10 like I do for every Say Anything album (fangirl alert, haha). I'll post more thoughts on this album after a few more days.
Matt Butcher - Me and My Friends (www.myspace.com/mattbutchermusic) Good Old War - Only Way To Be Alone Jack's Mannequin - The Glass Passenger Manchester Orchestra - I'm Like A Virgin Losing A Child Death Cab For Cutie - Transatlanticism
Busted out some old ones. I suggest you do the same. Also listen to Matt Butcher. The dude is local and he's awesome.
Today I was given an iBook G4 from my buddy. He said it didn't work and it wouldn't turn on. After messing around with it when I brought it home, it turns out that there was nothing wrong with it. The biggest thing wrong with the computer is it's missing the V key. I'm typing on it right now in fact. I'll be upgrading most of the things inside of the computer (hard drive, RAM, memory) as well as erasing all of his old stuff on here (porn, pictures, music). I'm going to back them up though and give them to him on a data disc or two. I was saving up for a MacBook, but seriously those things are so expensive. Way out of my budget. I'll get one in time, just not any time soon. I know my parents like to go all out on 21st birthdays, so maybe I'll just ask for that. Who know though. Well I'm going to go find something to do. I'm going to try to blog more.
So recently I've started a vinyl collection. I've been getting more and more into vinyl. I bought a record player two days ago to finally start listening to some of these records. Right now I'm currently listening to Say Anything's ...is a real boy. Sounds quite nice on vinyl. I also know how rare this album is on vinyl, that's why I own more than one copy. Only one copy is for listening pleasure. The first record I listened to on my new record player was Death Cab For Cutie's Narrow Stairs. That album sounds soooo good. You hear so much more. It's very nice. I think I'm going to see how Panic At The Disco's latest album sounds after Say Anything is up.
Anyone have some good vinyl recommendations? I'm interested in the new Cold War Kids and Ryan Adams latest. I also thought about the newest UnderOATH as well as Anthony Green.
They're going to be playing with The Academy Is... and We The Kings over at House Of Blues. I can't wait. I have to stop by Park Avenue CDs on my way to pick up Say Anything ...is a real boy, on vinyl. It'll be my second one. I opened my other one. This one will remain sealed.
I saw You, Me, and Everyone We Know's new EP leaked, because some kids don't know how to keep links to themselves. The EP does come out for free tomorrow. Why can't people wait. plus I'm pretty sure the band are going to keep track of how many downloads they've had (just like they did with the first EP). I was also bummed that the ice broke about Max Bemis being a guest vocal. I thought that would have been a cool surprise come the day of the release. Oh well, hope people are enjoying it. It hasn't really left my CD player for over a week now.
I need to go find something to do today. Maybe I'll just clean up the house or something.