The Wonder Years are a band. The Wonder Years are a popular band, I get that much. I have to confess I have "The Upsides", "Suburbia", and I finally just got "Greatest Generation". TWY (Already abbreviated, yep) are a band that I've always tried to get. I thought "The Upsides" sounded very same-y from song to song, so I got their next record "Suburbia". I will full on admit I liked "Suburbia" much more than I did "The Upsides", but I thought the record would have been significantly better for me had it been a bit glossier. Instrumentally, there is such a myriad of guitar noodling going on in the songs of "Suburbia" that I believe it should be put through a clarity machine so we can hear TWY channel Jannick Gers and Dave Murray. The point I'm trying to make amongst this blathering whatever statement-thing is, all I've ever heard regarding this band is high praise. They've always been put on the top of modern pop punk mountain and as I'm a person who's largely not fond of the current crop, I have tried desperately to get them.
I made the decision to cave and finally experience "The Greatest Generation", and wow. Five songs in and it's already my favorite record of theirs. In my opinion (haven't heard their new one yet), the record is slammin. I get them now ? Maybe. Spending more time with this record is on my list, also the new Halsey one because I'm a sucker for a good pop listen. So there AP. So there.
I'm late to the party, far too often (still haven't checked out Breaking Bad, and Kimmy Schmidt is on there as well). Why is it we're "late to the party" on things that it seems all of our friends, family, randoms in the world have all experienced but us? Whether it's a movie, tv show, book, band, singer, artist, food, restaurant, anything; it just happens. I'm like this with bands a lot. I just finally ended my LTTP (late to the party-ness) on the band Fireworks. I am mucho glad-o I did this as I now know they put out my favorite pop punk record this year....albeit it came out 4 years ago. It's just great. I also checked out Halsey, and I dig her poptronica, or whatever it's dubbed.
It's meow officially summer for most people I suppose, and that usually brings change along with it. There's something about summer, whether it be school ending, graduations, engagements, marriages, endings, etc, that just brings change. Maybe I'm just more aware of it due to the weather, maybe I'm forcing it a smudge? Either way change is her, and embrace that chick yo
I've been struggling with finding new music I really dig for awhile now. You might be thinking it's 2015, there's so much out there, how can you not find something you like? Well, it's tough. Just because there's a surplus of bands/singers/musicians out there doesn't mean it's all quality. Recently I got Issues, Twenty One Pilots, Ed Sheeran, The Maine, and The Story So Fars new records. I know some of these have been out for awhile but whatever. I dig all of these a ton, I'm really scattered all over genre wise these days. Basically if it's good, I'll listen to it regardless. File this under random thoughts.
I'm currently spinning the 1975's last record in anticipation of what they may, or may not be doing. They've teased June 1st for what seems like an eternity now, and what did we get? Pink. Whatever happens, Im down for.
So, for my second blog entry, I thought I was going to do something music related but it is not so. I am of the nerdier ilk if you could say such a thing, and l probably like things too nerdy for my age. One such thing being Batman. I love all things Batman, always have, probably always will. With that said, I am writing some initial thoughts of the new series Beware The Batman currently airing on Cartoon Network. Three episodes in and I can say the series isn't half bad. Batman has always been a darker character, attempts at making him kid friendly, or harkening back to the campy Adam West Batman (which I do adore) have been mixed sometimes. With Beware The Batman, a darker and honestly more adult one akin to the beloved Batrman: The Animated Series is apparent.
Stylistically I think the characters are rendered with a modern look, but again bringing about memories of BTAS, which isn't a bad thing. A mere 3 episodes into the series, it focuses on a younger Batman, whom as usual battles villains, struggles with balancing the battle of Bruce/Bat, and learning as he goes along the way. Among other things I have been impressed with is the voice acting and this incarnation of Alfred. In this depiction Alfred is a badass, ala Michael Cain's references to Alfred being ex British military, and it works. I really would love to see this series continue. There ya go, I'm a child. Thank you.
If anyone reads this, please note it's my first blog entry. I'm writing this because like many of you (I hope I'm not the only one) sometimes, for some reason be it life, work, school, etc., I just never get around to checking out a band. It's not because I don't like them or am avoiding them based on a preconceived opinion; shit happens AP.NET. I am writing in regards to the band who have dubbed themselves Squid The Whale. I've seen their name (which I love) tossed around this website from time to time, and being the grown up in training I am, I finally checked them out. My first impressions are that I dig their sound, and to me they sound like a mix of The Gaslight Anthem/A very soul infused Circa Survive. That's just me though. Check them out!