7 May 2012, 4:27
22 Dic 2008, 6:34Best of 2008.
Best album of '08:
Pretty. Odd. by Panic at the Disco
I find it funny that just around this time last year I never would have fathomed ever listening to a PatD album let alone calling it the best album of the year. I thought they were pretentious and quite annoying. But Pretty.Odd. changed my mind. It's melodic. It's catchy. It's not trying to be anything that it's not. Brendon and Ryan's vocals are perfect together. And the lyrics are provoking. I've probably listened to this album more times this year than anything else; I never get tired of it. I just hope that the band's next album is just as good. If they pull a The Academy Is... on me, I'll be super pissed.
Best Track of '08:
Lost! by Coldplay
What would a 2008 list be but incomplete if I didn't include Coldplay? I just love this song. I always find myself singing along to it. Almost all the tracks on the album are amazing, but this one struck a chord with me the first time I heard it.
Best Band of '08:
Murder by Death
I just discovered this band this year and I can't get enough of them. I love the singer's deep voice; it's haunting...and reminds me of Johnny Cash. I expect great things to come from them in the future.
Best Band of '08 to return to my charts after a long hiatus:
Sure, The Black and White Album came out in '07, but this band really came back to my charts this year. I had loved Veni Vidi Vicious but Tyrannosaurus Hives was pretty dreadful and turned me off of the Hives for a while. But then I heard The Black and White Album and fell back in love with Howlin' Pelle and his bandmates. It's an incredibly catchy album and just too freakin' awesome for words.
Most Listened to Song of '08 that didn't come out in '08:
Punchdrunk by Incubus
Yeah, most of the time I listen to Incubus anyway, but according to my chart, this song was played the most in the last 12 months, so there ya go. It's not even on any of the albums in the US, only on the Light Grenades Japanese import...but it's one of my favorite Incubus songs of all time. It embodies a lot of what Incubus is about and showcases various pieces from old and new albums. It's a mixture of everything they've done. I can't get enough of it.
Best Band of '08 that didn't release an album in '08 but I just discovered them this year anyway:
OMG. This band. They are fucking amazing. I love the dual-vocalists. I love the hooks. I love the variance in styles. I hope they release a new album soon 'cause Fort Nightly is not gonna hold me over forever. They are easily one of my new favorite bands.
Distance And Comfort by Ben Kenney
Elephant Shell by Tokyo Police Club
Conor Oberst's self titled debut
We Are Not The Infadels by Infadels
Paper Planes by M.I.A.
Great DJ by The Ting Tings
Earth Intruders by Bjork
Apartment Story by The National
The Twilight Sad
23 Ago 2008, 0:04The Academy Is..., what have you done?!
Your first album, Almost Here was pretty bad. It's catchy, I'll give it that, but it's really just a bunch of superfluous crap. It sounds like every other album by pop-punk bands out there.
But your second effort, Santi, was amazing. It was harder, deeper, than the first. It made me think that maybe not ALL the bands on the Fueled By Ramen label were retarded. That maybe you had potential, especially if you dropped that label. I figured that you just had a crappy first album and realized that yourselves, so you created a masterpiece the 2nd time around.
I was expecting an even better sound for the new album, Fast Times At Barrington High. But I was wrong.
The new album sounds even worse than the first one! How does that happen? You guys were supposed to progress, not go backwards! I'm having deja vu while listening to this album, even though I've never heard these songs before.
I'm really disappointed. I was hoping for a great album. Now let's just hope that when Panic at the Disco release another they don't do the same thing and end up creating something worse than the first one...even though that would be quite a feat. A Fever You Can't Sweat Out is terrible. Pretty. Odd. is one of my favorite albums of the year, so it would be a great tragedy if they did the same as The Academy Is...
Man. I'm going to blame Fueled By Ramen for this shit. I hate Fall Out Boy and Pete Wentz. Biggest douchebag EVER.
8 Ago 2008, 4:281. What are you listening to right now?
Start a War by The National.
2. What song makes you sad?
Here's To The Night by EVE 6. It brings back memories of middle school. lol.
3. What is the most annoying song in the world?
Anything by Britney Spears and other crap like that.
4. Your all time favorite band?
5. Your newly discovered band is?
There's been a lot of them recently but my newest favorite is Aberdeen City.
6. Best female voice?
Ahh, probably Regina Spektor. I'm not a fan of that many female artists.
7. Best male voice?
Brandon Boyd of Incubus.
8. Music type you find yourself listening to most?
Rock, alternative, indie. Stuff like that.
9. What do you listen to hype you up?
Anything by The Hives or The Rapture. They have some good upbeat stuff.
10. What do you listen to to calm down?
The album Boxer by The National. It's very laid-back and mellow.
11. Last gig/concert you went to?
Incubus last August.
12. Band you find yourself listening to the most right now?
Aberdeen City, definitely.
13. Most hated band?
Fall Out Boy hands down. I will always hate them no matter what. Pete Wentz is the biggest douchebag I've ever seen/heard.
14. Song that makes you think?
Doubt by Off The Bridge.
15. Band that you think the world should love as much as you do?
Aberdeen City. They have so much potential.
16. Coolest music video?
I don't see that many music videos, but Hang Me Up to Dry by Cold War Kids is a pretty cool video.
There were more questions but they were retarded so I've ended here instead. It's my journal, I can do what I want. Yeah.
22 Feb 2008, 6:12Ever since getting my new iPod 80 gig classic, I've been into checking out new music, or just music that I never listened to much before. I just feel obligated to fill up the iPod since it has so much room on it.
Anyway, my favorite new bands from this little project of mine are The Acorn and The National. They both have completely different sounds, but that's why I love them.
The Acorn is this fairly unknown band that has a folk indie feel (is that even a style of music?) Flood Pt. 1 is by far the best song I've heard. It reminds me of nature and Indian tribes (don't ask) and it's just amazing. I hope these guys get more recognition because they deserve it.
The National is a bit more well-known (they have like 7 million plays I think). Their newest album Boxer is slow but not slow enough to put you to sleep. My fave tracks are Apartment Story and Racing Like a Pro. I enjoy their older albums too, but have yet managed to really get into them. I need to though, 'cause I'm positive that they are also great.
On the other end of the spectrum, I've just tried listening to My Chemical Romance and have not come up with the same results. I don't know what possessed me to download them; I guess I was just curious, since I find a couple of their songs infectious. So far, I have heard all of Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge and about half of the tracks from The Black Parade. "Three Cheers..." is redundant and boring. One or two songs stand out, and those will be the ones to actually remain in my iPod after tonight, but the rest are painful to listen to. I like listening to albums that have depth, meaning, and variance to them, not albums where each song sounds exactly the same and I am forced to check if I have my player on repeat. There is hope for this band yet though, for the songs on "The Black Parade" are a hell of a lot better. It looks like they've learned how to create different songs with different melodies and chords. Despite this break in the storm, it's not likely I'm going to count My Chemical Romance as a favorite band. And really, why does EVERY song sound like it's their last? They are so dramatic.
Recently, I've also rediscovered a band I used to shun, Matchbox Twenty. Yourself or Someone Like You is such a catchy album. Songs like Push and Shame get stuck in my head. They bring back nostalgia of the late '90s, when I was in junior high, carefree and would lay back and listen to the radio all day. Those were good times, and that's why I love Matchbox Twenty. Sure, they are a guilty pleasure, but I'm getting over being ashamed of what I like and listen to. That doesn't mean I'm going to start listening to crap like Fall Out Boy. I still want my dignity, thank you.
Last month, one of my favorite artists, Ben Kenney released a new album called Distance And Comfort. Mr. Kenney never ceases to amaze me; he once again put out a great cd that I can't stop listening to. Every track, especially Walking, is so freaking awesome, which is difficult to achieve. He's almost better than Incubus, but let's not push it. But if Ben wasn't in Incubus in the first place, he would be better than them.
And last but not least, I just HAVE to mention the newest effort by The Hives. The Black and White Album is the BEST album they have ever released, I don't care what anyone else says. Every song is catchy, upbeat, different and original, compared to their last album, Tyrannosaurus Hives. I had actually given up on the Hives after that atrocious album, but "The Black and White Album" brought me back. It's a great karaoke cd. Haha. But yes, it's great and I am once again a fan of the Hives.
And before this gets any longer, I'm going to quit and finish listening to My Chemical Romance. If I don't make it, tell my mom I love her.
5 Nov 2007, 5:47So I went to see The Academy Is... at Hampton Beach on Saturday night. I'm sure that I was probably one of the oldest people there, minus all the parents, and I'm only 20. I couldn't believe how many teenagers were at this show. Then again, I was expecting it. I just was hoping that I was wrong.
But anyway, the opening acts were absolutely terrible. I'm not into the whole pop-punk scene, so that is why I spent most of my time staring at my watch. Cobra Starship was probably the best of the four acts. They were cheesy but at least they were mildly interesting. Armor for Sleep were incredibly loud and their whole set sounded like garbled noise. Sherwood was the most emo of the bunch (and I hate emo with a passion) so I definitely was not interested in them. The Rocket Summerbasically sounded like every other pop-punk band out there and almost made me fall asleep if it wasn't for their loud-ass fans.
I was happy when The Academy Is... finally came on. They had a lot of energy but didn't let that make them forget about the music. The lead singer was a great vocalist and didn't have any trouble sounding just as good live as he does on their recorded material.
But once again, the crowd was so damn annoying. All these high schoolers acting like idiots and screaming like mad during the more popular songs. And every single time the lead singer jammed out the girls would scream and be like, "OMG he is SO HAWT!" I came to actually enjoy the music, not to scream over the lead singer. I could care less.
I guess I'll just have to steer clear of concerts like this again. I just really wanted to see The Academy Is... because their album Santi is amazing and is NOTHING like their first CD, Almost Here. Santi is much more mature and each song has its own distinct sound, while Almost Here is much more poppy and monotonous.
Hopefully they'll come around again without all those shitty opening acts. And maybe they'll drop their ties with bands like Fall Out Boy, and grow some of their own credibility. They have the talent, they just need the balls.
Oh and sorry if you read this and are offended because I dissed your favorite band. I'm just not into it and need to voice my opinion.
28 Mar 2007, 4:29Because I am bored and have nothing else to do.
Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:
2) Red Hot Chili Peppers
5) Hot Hot Heat
6) OK Go
7) Bright Eyes
8) Led Zeppelin
9) The Dresden Dolls
Now answer the questions according to the numbers:
What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
-Get Over It
What is your favourite album of 2?
What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?
-"Diamonds and brass hid behind painted glass in the heart of Cairo"
How many times have you seen 4 live?
What is your favourite song by 7?
-Road to Joy
What is a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
-Basically just singing their songs in my car. lol.
Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
-Almost all of them.
What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?
-"I heard your voice through a photograph. I thought it up it brought up the past. Once you know you can never go back. I’ve got to take it on the otherside"
What is your favourite song by 9?
How did you get in to 3?
-Way back when "Yellow" came out. I adore that song.
What was the first song you heard by 1?
-Stellar. First heard it in 2000. It was love at first listen.
What is your favourite song by 4?
-Hard to choose but probably Specialist
How many time have you seen 9 live?
-Once last year. They were awesome.
What is a good memory you have concerning 2?
-Laying in my bed at like 5 in the morning listening to the album "Californication" on repeat.
Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
-I'll be cliche (probably) and say Stairway to Heaven
What is your favourite album of 5?
-Well, they only have 2 albums so I guess the first one Make Up the Breakdown
What is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung?
-"Come on, oh my star is fading
And I see no chance of release
And I know I’m dead on the surface
But I am screaming underneath"
What is your favourite song of 1?
-That is an impossible question, honestly. But at the moment it's Punchdrunk
What is your favourite song of 10?
-Butterflies & Hurricanes
How many times have you seen 8 live?
What is your favourite album of 1?
-Once again, an impossible question, but right now I can't stop playing Light Grenades.
What is a great memory you have considering 9?
-Just when I saw them in concert with one of my best friends. Amanda Palmer has such a great personality onstage.
What was the first song you heard by 8?
-I have absolutely no idea.
31 Ene 2007, 7:37The concert was AMAZING. The guys had so much energy and they sounded great. It was well worth the 2 and a half hour wait outside in 10-20 degrees (F) and then the 2 hours waiting inside of the building.
The setlist was perfect.
A Kiss to Send Us Off
Wish You Were Here
Have You Ever
When It Comes
Redefine (Acoustic Remix)
New Skin (Acoustic)
Earth to Bella 1
Under My Umbrella
Sick Sad Little World
They played every song I desperately wanted to hear except "Rogues" but I think I'll manage.
And here's a few of the really bad photos I took with my camera phone.
Incubus is just phenomenal in concert and I recommend to everyone who likes them to go see them at least once.
30 Nov 2006, 6:48...it's 1:44 am and you can't sleep because you can't shut off your MP3 player that's playing songs from Light Grenades over and over again.
I feel like I am addicted. I'm not even tired. The battery is about to die. But I just can't shut it off. I keep on saying, "one more song, just one more, and then I'll go to sleep"...and then I play another and another. It's a never-ending chain. I'll never be able to go to sleep ever again because I can't stop listening to this album, and "A Kiss to Send Us Off" in particular.
...well, maybe I'll be able to go to sleep when the battery dies.
Oh Incubus, you have such a hold on me.
21 Nov 2006, 16:15I got Incubus tickets for January 30th at Avalon in Boston! It's going to be my 2nd time seeing them, so I'm pretty excited. It's going to rock.
...And apparently all the pre-sale tickets are now sold out. That took about an hour. Quite an amazing feat, I'd have to say.