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Folie a la Douche II
01/04/09 at 11:29 PM by Miss Heartcore
So, as of yesterday my FOB pre-order cd package arrived:







I anxiously opened the box hoping that I would be as lucky as Charlie Bucket and that Golden Ticket would be in my hands...but alas....


















Fuckin' figures.



Anyway, I will say it's much better than IOH. It sort of has a FUCT feel to it. I've been enjoying most of the songs with only about 2 skips during the entire CD.

Top 5:

1. The (Shipped) Gold Standard
2. The Disloyal Order of Water Buffalos
3. America's Suitehearts
4. Tiffany Blews
5. (Coffee's for Closers)

Now I just have to wait for the re-release with bonus tracks.

Sigh.
Tags: FOB, Folie a Deux, Pre-Order, Music
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This Is My Album of the Year.
12/31/08 at 10:05 AM by Miss Heartcore
I had a really hard time coming up with a Top 10 Albums of the Year list. I could maybe come up with 5 and even that's a stretch. I guess chalk it up to my selective music taste and not being to impressed with releases from the several genre's of music that I like.

To be honest, I like to listen to music on my own terms, on my own time. If I jump on something that's currently being hyped it will just be forced to me. I've also come to realize that the only recs I really enjoy are from the group of guys I worked with at my college radio station. Most of those dudes like music that's totally different from my taste but somehow they always can pick the right bands for me.

With that being said, this was my Album of the Year:



Promise of Redemption was created based on songs that Valencia's lead singer Shane Henderson had written for his late girlfriend Dana Leigh Burrell. Her death on May 8, 2006 didn't hinder Shane's creativity, but rather inspired it to grow even further.

Back in September 2006, Shane played a demo he was working on for this album. I pretty much cried my eyes out to what is now as the track, "Remember the First Day". I knew this album was going to be a very personal account of a person's thought process after they lose a loved one.

Written over a period of two years, When the Flowers Bloom contains acoustic songs (some organ accompaniment) that captures the thought processes of Shane Henderson as he tries to make sense of her death all while celebrating her life. Starting off with an updated version of the final song on the last cd, Lights the Flicker Will Surely Fade, the album weaves through Dana's life, her death, and eventually finding a reason to believe and exist without her.

I'll admit that at first I was skeptical about this album. How could I enjoy something that was so obviously about two specific people and one specific event? But let me tell you, if you've lost someone or something in your life, then you can relate to this.

I've experienced loss in a variety of ways this year between my Nonna almost dying, three of my classmates passing away, my family closing their business after 5 years, and even just becoming single for the first time in 5 years.

No matter what time of day or where I am, this album still resonates strong with me. There are moments in each song that I can relate to and find very powerful.

Some of my favorite tracks include:

How Fast - About how the loss of someone can drive you mad enough to pack up and leave everything behind.


Oh the Way
- Definitely one of the romantic songs in my life, which happens to be one of the few songs that Dana was able to hear before she died.


Rough Roads Lead to Stars - Contains my favorite lyrics off the album and probably my favorite lyrics of the year since they basically describe how I spent most of 2008:

Cause these days are so long, and these drinks are so tall
And I've been spending my time counting the minutes
Just to feel consistent
Looking for you in every aspect of the world


With that being said, this album is great for people who have experienced a loss at some point in their life and found themselves questioning the validity of everything around them. Valencia's newest album, We all need a reason to Believe is basically the epilogue to When the Flowers Bloom. I highly recommend both albums...especially Valencia's new cd. Their new album completely surpassed my expectations and it develops the pain and loss of Dana to a more personable level for people. It's definitely #2 for AOTY on my list.

If interested in checking out Promise of Redemption's album, you can purchase it on Amazon.

Have a GREAT New Year everyone!
Tags: Promise of Redemption, When the Flowers Bloom, Valencia, Album of the Year
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I'm coming apart at the seams...
12/30/08 at 12:10 AM by Miss Heartcore
....And I'd promise you anything for another shot at life
Tags: Disloyal Order Of Water Buffaloes, FOB, Life
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Rest Well my friend.
12/29/08 at 12:34 PM by Miss Heartcore
I guess I couldn't finish out 2008 without another thing knocking me down.

My friend Kevin Collins passed away last night at the age of 24 due to cystic fibrosis. He was awaiting a lung transplant.

I don't know which part is more depressing,

the fact that he never really told anyone that he was sick

or

the fact that they had to sedate him so he wouldn't pull out his wires to end it all sooner.




This is the third classmate I've lost this year.
He was one of my closest buddies when I started college and later on left midway to be a DJ at several radio stations in New Jersey.

I'm sick of singing about tragedy. Please let 2009 come with some promise and hope of something great.

Until then,

Kevin, I hope you are well wherever you may be.
Kevin Collins
September 23, 1984 - December 28, 2008


Tags: Kevin Collins, Friend, death, personal.
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Reinventing The Wheel To Run Myself Over
12/27/08 at 10:44 AM by Miss Heartcore
I could walk this fine line between elation and success,
but we all know which way I'm going to strike the stake between my chest.
So, "You have to prove yourself".
You'll have to prove it to me.





It's like a small sample of my autobiography.









Tags: Fall Out Boy, Life
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It's a Wonderful Life
12/24/08 at 09:46 PM by Miss Heartcore
Truly one of the greatest movies ever made.

Sure there are the cliche quotes about "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets their wings..." but, this movie is SO much more than that.

It's about a man (George Bailey) whose dreams were always too big for his town, yet somehow he was forced to stay and ended up making it a wonderful place. One mistake over losing a chunk of money and George believes his life is over and decides to commit suicide. With a glimpse of what his dear old town would be like without him (thanks to an Angel named Clarence), George soon realizes that he has so much to live for. Once he gets back home, his learns that his wife has called everyone they know for help and the town happily rushes to his aid.

George touched the hearts and lives of so many people without really knowing it.

Truly a timeless story about the importance of just one human life.


This is my absolute favorite moment, when George Bailey's brother makes a surprise last minute visit to make a toast that summarizes the truth of the entire situation:



Here's the extending ending if you would like to see how it all played out:




Never underestimate your impact on a person's life.
You may truly be saving someone without realizing it.

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Tags: It's a Wonderful Life, The Holidays, Christmas Spirit
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A Valencia Holiday
12/24/08 at 12:37 PM by Miss Heartcore
So Valencia has released a couple of cool things for the Holidays...plus a bunch of shows during this time.

I'm stoked on what they're sharing and hopefully you'll enjoy it too.

HOLIDAY SHOW PRESALE INFO:


DECEMBER 26th - Wilmington, DE - Harmony Grange w/ Bayside - BUY TICKETS!

DECEMBER 27th - Vineland, NJ - Hangar 84 w/ Bayside - BUY TICKETS!

DECEMBER 28th - Portland, ME - The Station w/ Bayside - BUY TICKETS!

DECEMBER 29th - Allston, MA - Harper's Ferry w/ Bayside - BUY TICKETS!


A Holiday Video



A Holiday Song

A Pennsylvania Holiday
Tags: Valencia, Videos, Tour Dates, Holidays, A Pennsylvania Holiday
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Folie a la Douche Prt I
12/23/08 at 01:54 PM by Miss Heartcore
So I ordered the second pre-order package option on Fall Out Boy's website on December 12.

Every day I check the mail.

Nothing.

Some 12 year old who hates his life won the golden ticket I wanted the most.

Got THIS in my email on the 17th:
Quote:
Howdy All,

We have been buried with questions regarding the FOB preorder. We were just informed that the postal service was having difficulty getting out our volume of packages this week and as a result of this delay your preorder might not have been shipped to you and delivered on release day. Were extremely sorry that your package was delayed and we want to make it up to you. Below is a link to the digital version of Folie A Deux that you can download and listen to while your package makes its way to you. We are sincerely sorry and you will get your package as quick as the United States Postal Service can process the packages. We appreciate your advance understanding and have also added a 20% discount code for you to use whenever you want!

Thanks and Happy Holidays

Discount code: ******************

Casper | GOMERCH
|CUSTOMER SERVICE|
|Office| +1.818-882-3277
|Address| 9410 De Soto Ave Unit F Chatsworth, CA 91311
|WWW| gomerch.com

What. the. fuck.

Thanks for the digital copies guys...but where the hell is my package that I PRE-ordered?

Actually,
Where the hell is my Golden maniac freak serial killer handwriting Ticket?

I'm waiting dudes.... It's almost Christmas!

Show me a miracle.
Tags: FOB, Folie a Deux, Pre-Order Package of Magic, Golden Ticket
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Getting in the Spirit.
12/22/08 at 11:54 PM by Miss Heartcore
I know most people have heavy hearts right now with this economy, weather, family, and relationship issues.

In my house, I'm pretty much the only person with Christmas Spirit. I'm the only one willing to decorate the tree and fill the house with Christmas cheer.

This year I asked Sam to come over and help me. I knew he would bring some cheer and help with the cause.
He was indeed a great help. I just feel bad for not providing Santa hats and hot chocolate.

Thanks again buddy.

Now I can curl up on my couch in the dark with just the lights from the tree and my favorite animated Christmas globe.

I enjoy the quiet.



Tis the season.


A personal favorite of mine:



Tags: Christmas time, decorating, friends, Have yourself a merry little christmas.
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In the midst of this winter cold,
12/21/08 at 10:40 PM by Miss Heartcore

They call kids like us vicious and carved out of stone
But for what we've become, we just feel more alone
Always weigh what I've got against what I left
So progress report: I am missing you to death
Tags: I slept with someone in FOB & all I have are these lyrics to remember it by.
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I'm the kind of kid that can't let anything go....
12/21/08 at 06:44 PM by Miss Heartcore
As much as I can respect an artist's desire to take advantage of all the musical equipment and producers their money can buy once they hit it big, the poseur elitist in me wishes that F.A.D. had a demo sound to it.

I love this.



I usually hit replay at least 3x in the car...it makes me feel like I'm in a garage in Willmette listening to their band practice.


On the topic of FOB videos, this made me actually like the song more than I already did. Sometimes I laugh at really simple minded things:




Sigh.

I'm still waiting on my F.A.D. until then, it's TTYG and FUCT to hold me over.
Tags: FOB, My Heart Is The Worst Kind Of Weapon, Music or the Misery, demos, videos
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Pretty sure that,
12/19/08 at 04:57 PM by Miss Heartcore
aside from the snow being outside and a lonely tree on my backporch,

Christmas is dead in my house.

My mom knows how to ruin everything that I enjoy.


Nobody wants to hear you sing about tragedy

Too bad,
this is mine.
Tags: Sadness, Life
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Name Drops/Fame Drops/Nothing interesting
12/18/08 at 09:45 PM by Miss Heartcore
To start it off, my Folie a Deux has not arrived. If it ever decides to show up on my doorstep, it better contain a golden ticket offering the opportunity to make a setlist or the ability to posses my favorite FOB song in Pete's handwriting...

(Okay okay, I really mean, I want the 6th ticket so we can all talk with the boys about how awesome their clothing is and when will they make another album like TTTYG.)

All in all, Fall Out Boy week has proven to be a fail.
I had to work during the WSP meetup, slept through the midnight meetup, couldn't get tickets to Nokia, went to Angels and Kings instead of their signing at Virgin, and then left @ 2AM since I didn't want to wait at the bar alone.

Speaking of AnK, spotted some bands that are occasionally or frequently AP news pieces. One band kicked about 6 people out of their spot to make an alternate VIP section. Turns out really only one of the bands members actually used it. Oh well.

Also spotted a merch dude, that I've been crushing on since probably May, cheat on his girlfriend with a girl who I thought was working the coat rack. Life is funny in that respect.

By the end of the night, as Alex Gaskarrahathathah walked out out, he waved a goodbye/hello to me and said "Hey how are you doing/how've you been".

I waved and said hello back. Inside I thought, "That's totally the hat I wanted from American Eagle".

2AM rolled around and everyone that I knew or half knew or knew from the internet had left. No sign of Pete Wentz and the fall out boys, so I high tailed it out of there, driving home more efficiently than a taxi driver.

Last night in all of my sick glory I agreed to meetup with my friend Bobby who promised me a night of free food, open bar, and an Eyeball Records Showcase. I didn't stay for the last two bands because I was pretty much dying of whooping cough. Rumor has it that Thursday was the secret guest. I guess we'll NEVER know.

Upon leaving, Bobby insisted that he was going to walk me to my car. The entire night I could tell the real reason behind this meetup. I was hoping the cough would suppress any attraction he may have felt for me but that didn't seem to be the case really.
Luckily, I WAS able to dodge the goodnight kiss but somehow I said yes to his question of "Can I see you again". I think the cold and sickness tricked me into thinking that maybe I'll have a good time and make a connection.
I'll tell you right now, there's nothing between us. Not even a curiosity.

With that being said, tomorrow may be round 2 at AnK for this week as it's a goodbye celebration to one of my co-workers.
Let's see how this blizzard fairs out.

With that, I'm off to watch one of my favorite movies of all time and ponder:

1. If I can muster even just a "Top 3" list for 2008.
2. Why this dude from LI was asking me to sleepover last weekend when he now is in a relationship this week.
3. Why a certain dude, who I would consider a buddy of mine, deleted everyone from his myspace. (Perhaps his girlfriend noticed his bad behavior?)
4. How I can eat some rice tonight without actually having to do anything to get it.


Cheers.
Tags: Fall Out Boy, Bars, Boys, 12 Angry Men, One Angry Girl, Whooping cough.
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'Cause I'm a disaster of epic proportions.
12/13/08 at 12:19 PM by Miss Heartcore
My friend Dustin is an official roadie for The Classic Crime and he gave me their new cd about a week ago because I haven't had a chance to buy it.

Honestly, Matt McDonald has probably one of my all time favorite voices in music. SO fucking rad how intense he can get.

Their intro song, "The End" is by far my favorite track. Full of anguish and just raw emotion:

Quote:
Call me a liar,
Call me your friend.
I will let you down again,
'Cause I'm a disaster of epic proportions.
I will let you down again.

I am not worthy to be called your savior,
I am not going to catch all your blame,
But to warn you some may fall on my name.

"How could you do this to all your believers?
How could you do this to all of your friends?"
You know this is the end!"

I know this is the end.
I know this is the end.

The song isn't available on youtube to show but if you're curious about his voice, check this out (especially towards the end of the track) and pick up their new cd, The Silver Cord.

Tags: The Classic Crime, The End, The Silver Cord, Just a Man, lyrics, vocals, music
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Waiting in the rain
12/11/08 at 11:25 PM by Miss Heartcore
I had an entire blog planned out about how wonderful my night was.

How I was reunited with my co-workers from my last job and felt truly happy and "at home" again.

How I would be willing to go back to work with them despite it being a complete downgrade in pay/position but would be worth it to work alongside them again...


It would have been a lovely blog had I not passed out on the train, only to be woken by the Conductor two stops later to then be booted off during a massive downpour in less than 40 degree weather.

Called my dad to save me.

One hour later...back and forth calls...he can't find me.

Call the one person I seem to turn to during any emergency....

I'm retarded.

He makes me laugh.

This might be okay after all.

Dad shows up five minutes later.

The kid was a Good luck charm indeed.




Thanks.
Tags: Christmas party, Co-Workers, Drinks, happiness, stranded, phone calls, rain, cold
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