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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Adele - Why Doesn't She Ever Stand Up?

In a year of pretty shitty singles, I am amazed that this cow has the single of the year (in the eyes of Rolling Stone).

Alright, I am a singer, so I can appreciate the fact that she has an amazing voice. Truly. It has a power to it that not many singers can bear nowadays at that. The thing is, this leaves me to wonder why she is so special. Did anyone else also think that the hook / chorus to her song "Rolling in the Deep" sounded a lot like that Gnarls Barkley song, Crazy? Dubious.

Like most curious internet-goers, I decided to look on yahoo answers for clarity. The first response I read went as follows:

"She actually has talent and does not need her looks to be popular like most pop stars. I don't listen to her music but she is incredibly sweet and can actually sing." - Fancy Squirrel

Huh.

Some pop/rock stars who are incredibly sweet and talented:

“The biggest misconception about me is that I am not a real person” - Lady Gaga
Love her or hate her, she can sing. She corners the market on weird, but cares about her (equally weird / insane) fans like she would her family.






“I Lived on the street when i was a kid, i wasn’t even at school, so i had a whole different set of experiences for those formative years. I was gone… i was in a very precarious place when i was younger.” - Jared Leto, 30 Seconds to Mars Front Man

“I’ve heard that i’m a whore, i’m gay, i smoke crazk, that i’m a total prick…” - Jared Leto

I've had the pleasure of meeting JL, aka GQ's worst dressed man of 2011, in the flesh. Couldn't have asked for a nicer rock star. Fame changes people, but Leto runs with it and makes it special for everyone involved - fans included.

Which also leads me to wonder why Rolling Stone never talks about them... they set a Guinness world record for longest concert tour on an album cycle this year (This is War [2009]), won an award for the best MTV Live Performance of 2011 (their MTV Unplugged acoustic set - quite good at that) beating out heavy hitters such as Paramore and Rhianna... and so much more. They would probably need to buy a new house just to house their sizable trophy collection.

But hey, weird (because let's be honest, 30 Seconds to Mars is a cult) only sells if you are Lady Gaga (her "Edge of Glory" was #7 Single of the year) or Katy Perry. And yeah, I'd have to agree with Jay-Z and Kanye (#2 with their song "Ni**as in Paris") when they say, "That shit cray."

Notables:
Adele's album, 21, was also Rolling Stone's album of the year.
Lady Gaga's, Born This Way, was ranked #6. I thought it was pretty shitty, and I like her music though so again, I'm gonna have to say dubious.
Drake's take care was ranked 22nd. Pretty brutal for a decent album. It is definitely worth a listen.
Watch The Throne (Jay-Z and Kanye) was first loser, #2, behind Adele. Shit guys, you deserved it. Let's be serious. That album was amazing.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

TES V: Skyrim - Main Theme (Official) Full



Your orchestral skill has increased. Go rest and mediate on what you have just learned.

Jeremy Soule never ceases to amaze me. From his masterful work on the Elder Scrolls Series to the award winning Guild Wars soundtracks, he has proven time and time again that he is truly the master of his craft: composing videogame soundtracks. If more of this is what I have to look forward to in two days (yeah, that's when The Elderscrolls V: Skyrim is released), I will probably play the game just to listen to all of the music this game has to offer.

Well, no, not really.

When I first queued up this track, what struck me was Soule's implementation of what Bethesda Softworks Inc. called a "Barbarian Choir." Dear Lord, it was epic. I've never been turned on so much by grunting men in my life. Of course, they sing the newest iteration of the classic Elder Scrolls theme with the Skyrim nordic spin, as we saw Soule do with the Oblivion theme and its "Imperial" feel. I realized that what they were singing wasn't in English either. After a little digging, I found out that the lyrics chanted by the choir were, in fact, sung in draconic - a language invented by the dev. staff at Bethesda for Skyrim.




Which directly translate to:

Dragonborn Dragonborn
by his honour is sworn
to keep evil forever at bay
and the fiercest foes rout
when they hear triumph's shout

Dragonborn for your blessing we pray
and the scrolls have fortold
of black wings in the cold
that when brothers wage war come unfurled
Alduin bane of kings
ancient shadow unbound
with a hunger to swallow the world

(Props to xmvargha on ign boards for the decoding and translation)


What blew me away was 2:07 and on when the choir crossed over and sang to the classic TES tune. The effect it had on me could only be described as the deepest nostalgia I have ever felt. The Elder Scrolls: Morrowind was the first role-playing game I have ever played and, this theme has been permanently seared into my mind. Soule's addition of this epic choir gave me shivers the likes of which I don't think I will ever feel again...

Or at least until The Elder Scrolls VI comes out.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Yes, Yes, Yes, Yes



I wasted a lot of time when I was younger. Most of it was spent not listening to 30 Seconds to Mars. That was a mistake. I remember buying their album, A Beautiful Lie, in 2005 and falling in love with it, but soon tossing it aside. It wasn't fashionable for a teenager to be listening to an "emo" band, regardless of whether or not their album went platinum in the US, and sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide. No one cared about that back then.

When my brother turned me on to 30 Seconds to Mars's new album, This is War (2009), words could not describe how much I needed to hear it. It changed my life. I am now hopelessly obsessed with this band, and a life long member of the Mars army.

This song is probably my favorite song of theirs. It means a lot to me, as most people's favorite songs do. The music video showcases many great things about the band. It shows how well-traveled they are (they are nearing their 300 show mark for their tour on this album cycle, a feat that will be a new Guinness World Record), their eclectic fashion sense, and their message of being who you really are despite what the world may tell you. It also shows how wild their shows are. I've been to one - Jared Leto (lead singer) singled me out of the crowd and invited me up on stage - and it was nuts. This December, I will be going to another show in NYC with a backstage pass to meet Jared and the rest of the band. Did I mention his voice is amazing?



I invite all of you to give them a shot. It's a great listen.

Will enjoy if you like:
Linkin Park
My Chemical Romance
Muse

Suggested tracks:
Kings and Queens
Vox Populi
Attack
From Yesterday
Where the Streets Have No Name [U2 Cover]

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Jack Johnson- Sitting, Waiting, Wishing



Chill evening? Poppin in some JJ. Enjoy peeps! Hope you all have a great weekend!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Rammstein - Du Hast (HQ) High Quality English Lyrics



Tonight I feel like an angry song. I harbor a bitter hatred for my college roommate, and this week has been very stressful for me. His immaturity, arrogance, and the acrid smell that constantly follows him wherever he goes has driven me to the edge and back. Now I need some Rammstein to take the edge off. This one's for you Dan Koroski! Burn in hell, mate!

Anyone have fun roommate stories? :)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Rise Against - This Is Letting Go [with official lyrics]



I highly encourage all of you to go out and buy the new Rise Against album, ENDGAME. Although it does not have the heartstopping power as their past albums such as The Sufferer and the Witness or Appeal To Reason, Endgame does have some killer tracks on it.

Above is my personal favorite. The lyrics and sound are killer, and they carry that classic Rise Against sound. Whether or not you are a first time listener of Rise Against or a long time fan, Endgame is an absolute MUST BUY. Do it.

Rise Against songs still to come: Satellite, Midnight Hands, and more! Keep up with my page if you are interested!