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Recommended: Band - Manchester Orchestra
03/09/09 at 08:25 PM by sean-reid

There new album ‘Means Everything To Nothing’ is out April 21st.
I think it is one of the best albums I’ve heard so far this year.

Expect me to put more Manchester Orchestra stuff on here in the future.

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Recommended: Band: 1997
01/27/09 at 06:59 AM by sean-reid

Track: One Track Mind,Four Track Heart
This band are under-rated and should be given more attention.
I’m interested how future material will sound without a female vocalist.
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Recommended: Band: Jeniferever
01/20/09 at 05:32 PM by sean-reid

Jeniferever are a ambient indie rock/post-rock band from Sweden. I remember hearing this song a few years ago and then I forogt about them untill I cam across their name the other day. So I've been listening to their album 'Choose a Bright Morning', which was released in 2006.
The video above is a song called 'From Across the Sea'
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Recommended: Vagrant Records - Another Year on The Streets Volume 2
01/06/09 at 05:15 PM by sean-reid

Before I discovered the internet, I used to discover new music via compilations. This compilation is one of the best compilation I ever brought. Some of the bands have gone on to be some of my favorite bands including The Get Up Kids and Hot Rod Circuit.

I don't even know why I brought it. I think I heard or read about Hot Rod Circuit somewhere else and I wanted to hear more of Saves The Day and Dashboard. I also think it had one or two Alkaline Trio songs I hadn't heard yet.

However it is strange that I remember buying it from a shop in Nottingham for about £7. Weird
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Recommended: TV Show - The Office (US)
12/25/08 at 06:52 PM by sean-reid
The past few weeks I've been addicted to this show. Despite the first season pretty much being an accurate copy of it's British counterpart, following seasons are longer and breakaway from the original.

Only a bit of season 4 left and then on to season 5.
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Recommended: EP- Kyte - Two Sparks, Two Stars
12/20/08 at 05:27 PM by sean-reid

A few weeks ago I discovered this Leicestershire 5 piece. I automatically fell in love with the bands 4 track EP, "Two Sparks, Two Stars", a blend of ambient music with a hint of post-rock atmosphere.
I just found out today "Solisbury Hill" is orignally a Peter Gabirel song.

Vist Kyte's Myspace here.
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Recommended: NEW Jesse Lacey/Kevin Devine Interview
11/28/08 at 03:46 AM by sean-reid
Jon interviewed Kevin Devine with Brand New frontman joining in through the interview.
Read it here.
Tags: blog, recommended, brand new, kevin devine, interview, alter the press
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Recommended: Interview: Simple Plan
11/24/08 at 11:01 AM by sean-reid
So Jon recently interviewed Guitarist Sebastien Lefebvre of the Canadian pop/rock band Simple Plan for Alter The Press.
Check out the interview here.
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Recommended: DVD - The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect
11/07/08 at 10:11 AM by sean-reid
When I first started watching wrestling at the age of 5. I was drawn in by a number of "superstars" with one of them being Mr. Perfect other wise known as Curt Hennig.

WWE recently released a DVD called "The Life and Times of Mr. Perfect". It features about and hour or so long documentary on Curt's life from time in AWA to his peak as Mr. Perfect through his poor WCW spell to his final, yet short WWE run in 2002.

The DVD shows Hennig was one of the best wrestlers, not for his time but ever. He had the look, the technique, the moves and the charisma to become a legend.

Unfortuantly Curt is no longer with us. He died in Febuary 2003 at the age of 44.

One of Curt's best matches was his Summerslam 1991 match with Bret 'The Hitman' Hart:

Bret Hart vs Mr Perfect - Part 1
Bret Hart vs Mr Perfect Part 2

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Recommended: Album Forgive Durden - Razia's Shadow: A Musical
11/06/08 at 12:01 PM by sean-reid

I first came across Forgive Durden in 2006, in the midst of many "emo/scene" bands that were exploding at that time. It could be said Forgive Durden got lost and somewhat forgotten about.

At the start of this year it was announced 3 of the 4 members of the band had left, leaving just Thomas Dutton in the band. I was quite sceptical of the band would do next, would Dutton end it and go solo or carry on with new members. The end result of kind of a bit of both.

Now Forgive Durden is just Thomas Dutton on his own but this new album has new members, most notably his brother Paul and also former Gatsbys American Dream drummer Rudy Gajadhar.

The album itself is different from a lot of music within "the scene" which is being released at the moment. The Dutton brothers have written a musical and a good one of that.

The story revolves around a love story with Ahrima (Thomas Dutton) and Nidria (Lizzie Huffman) being the two lovers. Ahrima has some sort of powers but is held back by his creator O the Scientist and Ahrima is sent to the darkness and is abandoned.

I won't go one about the story becomes:

a) It takes to long to explain.
b) It's quite complicated.
c) I don't want to ruin the story.

Musically the album is filled with sweeping ballads with strings that float in and out. It also delves into genres such as jazz and swing. The album is also helped with the various guest appearences who make up the rest of the cast, including Saves The Day's Chris Conley, Max Bemis (Say Anything), Brendon Urie (Panic At The Disco) and narration is done by Aaron Weiss of Mewithoutyou.

It could be said the whole idea of a musical album is an ambitious but I think it's worked and succeeded, basically because it's different to anything else that is out there at the moment.

I may or may not review the whole thing soon. I'm not sure.

AbsolutePunk's review of the album can be found here.
More information about "Razia's Shadow: A Musical" can be found here.
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Recommended: Skateboarding Video: Lakai - Fully Flared
11/02/08 at 01:51 PM by sean-reid
Fully Flared is a skateboarding video Lakai, a skate shoe company. The video is directed by Ty Evans, Spike Jones and Cory Weincheque.

I had forgotten how good skateboarding videos can be.

The intro is perhaps the best intro to a skateboarding video I have ever seen.

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Recommend: Article - What Modern Music Will Become Classic?
10/29/08 at 06:44 PM by sean-reid
Do you ever think what music (or films or books etc) will you still be interested in in 10, 15 or even 20 years time? I do and I'm not the only one. Jason Pettigrew, the editor-in-chief of Alternative Press magazine has wrote this article about 10 songs from 10 different that bands that will become 'Classic Rock' in the future.

I have to admit I don't think I'll be listening to AFI, My Chemical Romance, The Used or All-American Rejects in the fure, purely on the basis I'm not a big fan of these bands.

Whilst the more I listen to Thursday, the more I like them and I'm looking forward to their new album next year. Those who know me well will know, I am a massive Brand New and Jimmy Eat World fan. However I doubt I will still think "Jude Law and A Semester Abroad" by Brand New will be a song I regularly listening to but I will consider it a 'classic'.

In relation to Fall Out Boy and Dashboard Confessional, even though I do like both bands. I don't know if I will still be listening to them much or at all in the future.

At the end of the day who knows what will be considered 'classic rock' in the future. We may even be calling it 'classic emo' by then?
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Recommended: Exclusive Interview with Justin Beck of Glassjaw
10/28/08 at 06:24 PM by sean-reid
So Jon (the other guy who I do Alter The Press with) spent the day with Glassjaw's Justin Beck yesterday. The full piece can be read here.
Tags: Recommended, Alter The Press, Glassjaw, Justin Beck
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Recommended: TV Program - Dead Set
10/28/08 at 02:28 PM by sean-reid

Dead Set is a five-part horror thriller created by British writer Charlie Brooker, which is currently being shown on E4. The first episode, an hour-long special, debuted last night and the series will continue each night this week.

The show is set in the Big Brother house, a UK reality TV show. The house is cut off from the outside world and most importantly for this show, it is unaware of a zombie outbreak but that does not last for long.

Personally I don't know if this will work as a 5 part series? Maybe it would of been better as a one off special? Only time will tell.

Dead Set is on E4 all week at 10pm.
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Recommended: Alter The Press's Interview with Underoath
10/27/08 at 06:19 AM by sean-reid
Jon (the other guy from Alter The Press) interviewed Underoath's keyboardist Chris Dudley last night in New York.

It's a really good interview and covered a number of topics including the band's recent UK tour, their new album,"Lost In The Sound of Seperation", being on the road, writing, the future and next year's Give It A Name festival (including a headliner rumour).

The full interview can be read here.
Tags: Give It A Name, music, Recommended, Underoath
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