• The Best of 2007.

    1 déc. 2007, 18h16m

    It is officially 2007, and if anyone releases a new album this month, I will probably not purchase it due to Christmas sucking all of my money out of my wallet.

    So far, though, I'd say it's been a pretty good year. Almost all of my favorite bands puts out a new album that was fairly decent. The only thing that could have made me happier would've been for Sleater-Kinney to end their hiatus and make the next great album we know they are capable of.

    In the second year of Sleater-Kinney's absense, these 2007 favorites helped me get through it:

    theSTART - Blood On My Hands
    If there's one thing that theSTART knows how to do, it's how to drag out the releases of new albums. For a while, Ciao, Baby seemed like it may never happen. The band switched labels, dumped band members AGAIN, and pushed the release date back like crazy.
    This year the album finally made it's way to shelves, and I was far from disappointed. The band's sound has evolved yet again, but I can't think of a more natural direction for them to progress it. Blood on My Hands is the stand-out on this album. I can't help but miss the original lyrics from the lives versions of this song ("It's not just my body, it's my mind you're fucking"), but it's not like the whole song suffers for it. Other notable tracks are Runaway, Fix, and Ciao, Baby.

    Rasputina - In Old Yellowcake.
    This song is old news for most Rasputina fans. We've been hearing it played live since 2005. The recorded version, though, is just as powerful. It always tugs on my heart a little when Melora sings, "Oh, won't you be there with me for it... tonight?" Other cello-rocking songs on Oh Perilous World include A Retinue Of Moons / The Infidel In Me and Draconian Crackdown

    Against Me! - The Ocean.
    I almost didn't include this song due to the fact that as a whole, Against Me!'s new album New Wave just isn't that great. I can't pretend this song isn't up to par, however. It isn't about anarchy and rebellion, but how much can you really say anymore? How many clapping hands can we turn into angry balled fists? There's a lot of passion in this song, and it is definitely worth a listen, even if you decide to skip the rest of the album.

    Schoolyard Heroes - All The Pretty Corpses
    I cannot get enough of Abominations. The third Schoolyard Heroes' album is just as good as the past two. My favorite thing about it is even though it is still ridiculously over the top, it is crazy dancey. I can't help but be reminded by theSTART in some songs. All the Pretty Corpses is hands down my favorite song on the album. The defining point is when Ryann screams, "I hope you hurt so badly, baby," at the end. It gives me chills every time. If you haven't heard this band yet, and you can manage to ignore all the silly cult propoganda, then you should pick up this album as well as their first two. Other highlights are Children Of The Night and Sometimes They Come Back.

    Streetlight Manifesto - The Receiving End Of It All
    I waited so patiently for this album (Somewhere In The Between). Fans have been trashing it since it came out, claiming that Everything Goes Numb is the holy grail of music and no album by any band will EVER be better, but I have decided to move on with my life. This song hits so close to home, and I cannot imagine it being any better. I belive that the Marigold in the song needs to be given a little bit more credit, however, since it seems to be a pretty disfunctional relationship on both ends. "She said it hurts too much, I said it'll never hurt enough." (I love this song so much that I hardly listen to the other tracks, but other awesome ones are Would You Be Impressed? and One Foot On The Gas, One Foot In The GraveOne Foot on the Gas, One Foot in the Grave.)

    Other highlights from 2007 include:
    Tori Amos - Bouncing off the clouds
    PJ Harvey - White Chalk and The Devil
    Say Anything - Baby Girl, I'm a Blur
    Garbage - Tell Me Where It Hurts
    Nine Inch Nails - Capital G

    And like I would forget about Radiohead. Come on, guys. They are just clearly not news to anyone on
  • I know that you'll be back for more.

    6 mars 2006, 20h21m

    Just so everyone knows:

    I saw Schoolyard Heroes open for The Birthday Massacre on Saturday night......

    And they were definitely the craziest band ever to grace a stage.

    That is definitely a good thing.....

    So go see them.
  • tie me up! untie me!

    28 fév. 2006, 21h57m

    I saw mewithoutYou in Denver for the second time on Sunday night and it was an amazing show. I definitely recommend seeing them if you ever happen to have the chance.

    I was very excited to hear Silencer and My Exit, Unfair .... but slightly disappointed to not hear Gentlemen. But hey, there's always next time.... and there will definitely be a next time.
  • hidden gems.

    21 fév. 2006, 22h38m

    B-sides are one of my favorite things about music. There is almost nothing more exciting than buying a single and discovering the amazing b-side on it. For me it feels like I'm in on some wonderful secret. Here's some of my favorite b-sides and what makes each one so amazing.....

    Venus doesn't glitter when she stands next to you.
    This track can be found on the b-side of the "Stand Back" single. It can also be found on the Enchanted box set. It is simply Stevie at her finest.... a simple, emotional, and overall beautiful song. Worth tracking down.

    Never Be Free
    You'll never forgive me. You might as well kill me.
    Found on the "Run Baby Run" single. A pulsing and very dark song that definitely should have made the album.

    I couldn't find you or a way to find myself in someone else.
    Not a b-side, per say.... it's actually an extra track on a different version of Initiation. Aimee shows off the full potential of her incredibly unique voice in this song, ranging from the intense chorus to the vulnerable verses.

    Never Seen Blue
    But I've never seen blue like the blues he drives.
    Found on the Jackie's strength single. Classic Tori; could've easily been found on Little Earthquakes.

    Talk Show Host
    I want to. I want to be someone else or I'll explode.
    Found on the Street Spirt single, or the Romeo + Juliet soundtrack.

    ....and that's going to have to do it for now because I'm getting lazy.
  • lyric of the day - December 29, 2005

    29 déc. 2005, 18h09m

    The hardest part is things already said
    Getting better, worse, I can not tell
    Why do good things never wanna stay?
    Some things you lose, some things you give away.

    -Sleater-Kinney, "Good Things"
  • lyric of the day - November 13, 2005

    13 nov. 2005, 20h51m

    I've decided tonight I'm staying alive just kicking and screaming
    Blood boiling and streaming
    There are things far too dark to comprehend
    Sleep on it one more night, my sad old friend.

    The worst is over.

    -Cursive, "Staying Alive"
  • lyric of the day - November 10, 2005

    10 nov. 2005, 20h43m

    "I'm always wondering where you are
    I'm always wondering where you are
    Darling, shouldn't I be the one wondering?
    After all, I'm the one who is gone."

    -Eisley, "Memories"
  • lyric of the day - September 25, 2005

    25 sept. 2005, 22h41m

    The very first time I saw your face
    I thought of a song
    And quickly changed the tune
    The very first time I touched your skin
    I thought of a story
    And rushed to reach the end
    Too soon

    - The Cure, "Primary"
  • lyric of the day - September 10, 2005

    10 sept. 2005, 20h21m

    People will tell you where they've gone
    They'll tell you where to go
    But 'till you get there yourself, you never really know
    Where some have found their paradise
    Others just come to harm
    Amelia, it was just a false alarm.

    - Joni Mitchell, "Amelia"