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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!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Rebecca Black Interview



She interviews quite well! She's not the best singer I've ever heard - a little pitchy at times on the national anthem - but I've gotta admit this song blew up and it is going to be a lasting part of the internet community.

My opinion: she's going to get some money out of this, she's going to be moderately famous, and she'll be happy. The song wasn't horrible, her voice wasn't COMPLETELY horrible. I can't really see her next song being as big a hit as "Friday." After listening to the other Ark production songs (they aren't too bad either) as well as their goal on GMA, I like what they are trying to do for these girls.

My final verdict: Good job Rebecca Black, your song was catchy and if anyone has anything to say otherwise, just tell them this:

SCOREBOARD BITCH

If this is what you love doing, go for it. Don't let anyone take that from you.

Thoughts?

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Rebecca Black - Friday



I raged so hard when I first listened to this song. The lyrics are awful. Her voice is awful. The video's plot is basically a 12 year old's interpretation of friday friday!

And remember guys, Thursday was yesterday, today is Friday.

This song gets a 1/10.

1 freebee point because it made me laugh.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Charlie Sheen - Winning



Another hit by the Gregory Brothers (Autotune the News, Double Rainbow Song, Bed Intruder Song, etc)

This post is dedicated to Charlie Sheen. Keep winning dude.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Sexyphone... Runaway - Moldovan Entry to Eurovsion Song Contest 2010



I've never heard Moldovan music before this. My first impression was, wow this is absolutely rediculous."

I hold firm to that decision.

That being said, this entry in the Eurovision Song Contest from Moldova was incredibly musically impressive and catchy as well.

Yes, epic sax guy. That lick is just too good. Ahh!

The Eurovision Song Contest is a European version of something like American idol for those of you who watch that show. The difference is that within each country, different bands and songwriters compete for a spot in the European contest. What you get is the best songwriters from each country pitting their works against eachother until one country is left standing. The rules: you can vote as many times as you want - just not for your own country.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

DUBSTEP FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Never has there been a genre of music that has made me rage more than dubstep. What the is this music? When I first listened to this track on youtube, I was all like, "oh, sick violin bro." But then... but then it started WUBBING and WHURPING, and BRRRRRTING and BUZZZING. And then I thought, "I do not like this dissonance."

Some notable comments on the youtube video:
"This dubstep is so filthy that when my mum walked in I had to switch it to porn"

"It sounds like Transformers having sex"

"Thumbs up if you piss on the side of the toilet in order to make less noise"

WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? AND THIS VIDEO HAS 7 MILLION VIEWS? WHAT!?

Now some of you may be thinking, does this type of music have any redeemable qualities? Let's take a look:
-Dubstep is good for keeping awake your neighbors, roommate, family, etc whom you hate. Why? This type of music grates at the soul. I feel dirty after listening to it, and not even a warm shower can wash away the feeling.
-Need to blow out some speakers? Turn up the volume and the "sick bass drops" will have you out hundreds of dollars in no time.
-Need an excuse to get fucked up? Pop in some dubstep. Let's be real here people. This music was made popular by a high school and college culture that glorifies "sensory overload." Imo there is nothing wrong with that, but it is specifically made for that purpose. I wonder how people can stand listening to it without being under the influence. The music is totally empty. Every dubstep song - with few exceptions - sound exactly the same. You disagree? Come again? I cant hear you over the WUB WUB WUBBING.

Dubstep is just a passing phase. It has no more substance than what its listeners ingest before dancing wildly to its sick drops. Just like all passing phases, this too will pass. Maybe then people will realize that they've wasted their time listening to empty, unfeeling noise. I am not saying that one should not listen to this type of music - that would be pretty elitist of me. I just want people to think about what they are listening to: music that is nothing without the help of accessory drugs and alcohol. Sorry guys, hate to break it to you, but dubstep sucks.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Help is on the Way - Rise Against.



For all you punk fans out there, this one is for you. Rise Against has been a staple for the punk / alt rock community for the last 11 years, and if you have not heard of them yet, you best take a listen now. If you like Bad Religion, Black Flag, or Dead Kennedys, then Rise Against should be an easy listen as all of these bands heavily influenced their music style.

They have, as of late, become a lot more mainstream. It wasn't until last year that I began hearing their music on the local hard rock station in DC. My thoughts at the time: FINALLY! I am sure you have heard at least one or two of their songs, that is unless you live under a rock, are a hipster, or are an ignorant music snob. Their most recent album, Appeal to Reason (2008) has been their plane ticket to the mainstream, as they have had four or five hits off this album alone. Savior is probably their biggest hit out of them all, and it is still played in mass rotation to this day.

It must be said, however, that their older albums are what turned me on to them in the first place. The Sufferer & The Witness was the first album I could ever stand to listen to front to back, and I proceeded to do so for an entire summer. This was the album that truly made them famous, but not quite famous enough to break into the mainstream. If you like what you hear from the video above, then I actually suggest you listen to The Sufferer & The Witness before Appeal to Reason. That is just my opinion though. But hey, its a blog.

It also has to be said that these guys kill it live. I have seen A LOT of shows for a 19 year old. Santana twice, Derek Trucks, Steve Winwood, Eric Clapton, Metallica, Deadmau5, Chevelle three times, Shinedown twice, the list goes on. I have never seen a more energized, true to sound, quality performance. It was one of the most fun concerts I have had the pleasure of attending.

Rise Against's new album "Endgame" is due for release on March 15th and I look forward to seeing what direction the band sees its music heading. Whether it is a return to underground or blasting headfirst down the path of the mainstream, I know for a fact that if all of the songs on the album sound as good as this, it will be their best album.
Oh, and I have tickets to their show in DC on April 26th. Score.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Nightwish Unveils New Album and More


One of my favorite Finnish / Swedish bands (yes, I guess I have a thing for Scandinavian music), Nightwish, has announced their long anticipated followup album to their chart crushing album "Dark Passion Play." The title of their next production: Imaginarium. At the same time, the power metal group plans of producing a film bearing the same title as the album that features all of the songs contained therein. The film promises to be more of a fantasy based dreamworld type movie about a songwriter. I would expect nothing less from Nightwish. That being said, just because their musical talent surpasses most bands in their genre does not mean they will be spectacular movie writers.

My thoughts:
Cannot wait for the next album.
Will see movie but not expect it to be that good.

Nightwish is good if you like epic-style power metal (or at least their older stuff is). Their new singer Anette Olzon brings the music a more powerful pop-rock feel, while their older albums (anything before Dark Passion Play) have a more epic, fantastic feel with the classically trained Tarja Turunen. Don't get me wrong, Anette does not sound like a wannabe Kelly Clarkson, and Tarja does not sound like some 300 lb hag who sings in Carmina Burnana. Both singers have their strengths and their weaknesses, and I cannot wait to see what direction Nightwish takes their next album.

Take a listen for yourself:

Amaranth is their biggest hit by far and really does good to showcase their new singer's powerful voice as well as erase any doubts as to her being chosen to replace the band's old singer.
Yeah, 44 Million hits.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Miley Cyrus!



"I'm having a little bit of a trip right now." - Miley Cyrus

Who could forget the infamous video circulating the internet of teen pop star Miley Cyrus taking bong hits of saliva? I sure didn't. This celebrity, looked up to by hundreds of thousands of little wannabe popstars and tween girls, embarassed herself at some trashy LA party by letting herself get recorded by someone she thought to be her "friend" while she used salvia (thanks to whoever corrected my spelling - bad spellcheck, wasnt paying attention) - a perfectly legal substance that makes you hallucinate and other crazy stuff.

She says she's sorry, but also tells Us Weekly that her parents approaching divorce has made life hard for her. That's great and all Miley, but I know plenty of people who are having family issues too. They don't automatically resort to using drugs or alcohol. When you are a celebrity, you cannot just think about yourself, sadly. You have an image to uphold, and when the people who look up to you are very impressionable children, products of today's media culture, it would behoove you to take a step back and say, "Woah, what will this do to my image?" Besides, at the end of the day, it's the parents of those kids who are buying your music for their loved ones. And if they find out that you are taking hits from a bong - even though it is legal - they will fear that it will give their kids the impression that doing this - especially for coping reasons - is perfectly right and normal.

Photo courtesy: google images
Origional Story read on rolling stone and Us magazine

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

September - Mikrofonkåt (studio version)



Sweden is the new pop-capital of the world. If you disagree, listen to Mikrofonkåt by September. I would have posted Robyn, but I figure most people have heard about her already. My girlfriend showed me this song last time I visited, and it got caught in my head for weeks. Yes, she is Swedish.

Sorry if you don't understand it. It's in Swedish.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Ben Folds - Landed



I dedicate this post to one of my best friends who was dumped by his girlfriend and is still undergoing the long process of recovery and coping. Thankfully, he has found his outlet in music and is currently in the process of writing an album. Recently, I found out that he would be showcasing a lot of his written work and a few covers at a coffee shop outside of The College of William and Mary where he has the pleasure of attending.

The reason for the dedication is not without reason. Ben Folds says that "[Landed is] about a close friend of mine who's recovering from being under the influence of a crazy girlfriend. I had this mental image of him flying back to reality, landing at the airport and needing a ride back to the life he left behind." My friend was also the one who introduced me to this great musician.

The song is great, and despite his quirks and (strange) antics, Ben Folds is one of my favorite current artists. Rock on dudes.

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Christina Aguilera Sings National Anthem Messed Up Lyrics Super Bowl 45 ...



I can't say that the Black Eyed Peas were any better. That being said, how do you forget the words to the National Anthem? Maybe Christina Aguilera is a Russian spy...

Auto-Tune the News #5: lettuce regulation. American blessings.


I don't know if anyone here is into politics. Personally, I dont really care for all of that messy buisness. That being said, after quickly figuring out how to link youtube videos to my blog, I want to share one of my fave youtube music groups. Famous for their hits, "Double Rainbow Song," and "Bed Intruder Song," the Gregory Brothers also produce the "Auto-tune the News" series - a comic remixing and autotuning of big news stories over the course of a day. I will be posting more of these eventually.

Mad props to the Gregory Brothers for making this sick autotune remix and the series as a whole. Bam.

Saturday, February 5, 2011



Really loving the new Lonely Island Music Video. Can't wait for the next album!