Friday, January 31, 2014

One Direction Breaking Boy Band Tradition

Alright, I'm going to qualify this entire thing by stating that I am not a huge One Direction fan but I have a fourteen year-old sister who is infatuated with them and now I, shamelessly, know all the words to every song these...ummm, interesting...boys from England have sang.

That being said, the video for their newest single, "Midnight Memories", the title track from their huge 2013 release, was just released and it reminded me just how much they don't really follow the boy band norm.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Top 6 Album Covers

In preparation for the posting of the Timothy Garrett interview, I have decided to list my top 6 favorite album covers. Why? Because I'm afraid that you lovely readers are going to forget just how amazing album art can be. *sigh*

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Used Announce New Album

   Apparently The Used are going to be releasing a new album April 1st. I haven't been their biggest fan since In Love and Death but there have been some quality tracks since then. My overall feeling is that they are good at what they originally set out to do- simple, hard rock music with messages of despair, rebellion and anguish- but shouldn't venture too far into the concept album waters. 

   With the reveal of the track list and the new album cover, I have a small inkling that they are going to try and do something a little different for them. Titled Imaginary Enemy, the new album's cover features the faces of quite a few political figures all with their eyes crossed out. The accompanying track list brings home to point that this album is going to be political ("War on Terror", "Revolution"). I'm all for progression; I love when bands try something new and explore new territory but I'm honestly worried that, instead of amazing music we're only going to get a poor attempt at a political statement. The Used don't have have the greatest track record, though, with experimentation and I'm kind of feeling this might turn into a Rock Against Bush disaster (yes, that was a 2004 release that punk bands put out in hopes of fueling anti-Bush feelings before the 2004 election; obviously that failed epically). 

 The Used have some solid tracks and two amazing records that are still permanent members of my iTunes collection- The Used and In Love and Death. They've stumbled a lot in the past but, hopefully, this new album won't be the disaster I fear it's going to be. 

Friday, January 17, 2014

Why I'm Totally Okay With Daniel Johns Singing on a 360 Track

Thursday, rapper 360 released a new track, "Impossible", featuring my beloved Daniel Johns. Even though the song jumped into the top ten of Australian downloads overnight, there are so many mixed reviews coming in that I decided it was my duty to come on here and tell you why it's okay for Daniel Johns to have sung on a 360 track.

For all of you who don't who 360 is, he's an Australian hip-hop artist who broke into stardom back in 2011. He pulled Daniel Johns, former frontman of the semi-defunct Silverchair, onto his latest track, "Impossible," landing him a top ten Australian downloads spot. That's all you really need to know for the rest of this.

I saw a few of the comments posted on the Silverchair Facebook page, Twitter, Youtube, etc. and cringed a bit. Then I remembered most of those people were plebeians and can't appreciate the true nature of music.

Music is art and art has no real boundaries, savvy? Keeping that in mind, are we angry when an artists switches from sculpture to oil paints? Not particularly. As long as the effort is there and there is feeling and emotion behind it, then we're all happy (in fact, I know people who don't even care about the feeling and emotion; they just care about recognizing what they see, but those individuals, good people, are peasants and should be avoided at all costs.) Musicians should be held to the same idea- if the work has feeling then why should we, the recipients of the art, care what genre it is?

Daniel has always been an artist. He quickly pushed Silverchair away from the grunge scene and helped develop the band into something more than just four chords and power; he created a style that really can't be mimicked. There's something so big and beautiful about the latter Silverchair works and it was because Daniel and Ben and Chris were willing to take chances.

Daniel took another risk with joining in on "Impossible" and it works. His voice is a perfect addition to this song, adding a bit of melody to an otherwise gritty, yet powerful, track. It really is a solid hip-hop song and kind of reminds me of Plan-B's work over in England. 

There are some ignorant people out there who think that Daniel killed Silverchair or that Silverchair became the Daniel Johns show after Freak Show. They are entitled to their opinion but I am also entitled to mine which dictates that they are incapable of recognizing good music, even if it hit them in the face. Silverchair started out as a grunge band when they were young teens. They were the equivalent of freshmen or sophomores in high school. In freshman and sophomore year I could barely write a four stanza poem. I progressed and can now write three hundred page stories. Daniel, Chris and Ben became capable musicians who experimented with new sounds. Sue them for being artists, for being brave and trying new things.

And now Daniel is back and he's giving us new music THIS YEAR and already people are all over him for trying something new, for jumping genres. Trying new things is the only way the world progresses, people. And art is all about trying; art is not so much about the result but about the process and the experience. 

There's also something completely inorganic about genres and classifications of music. If it speaks to you and you enjoy it then it shouldn't matter what kind of music you normally listen to or make; you should be able to enjoy music no matter the genre. Daniel is merely joining a long list of artists who have a similar way of thinking- Thirty Seconds to Mars and Kanye West with "Hurricane"; Hayley Williams and B.O.B "with "Airplanes"; the mashup of Marilyn Manson and Eminem with the remix of "The Way I Am". All of these artists saw the potential in mixing genres and defying the very idea of classifications of music. We, as listeners, should be just as open to it.

I, for one, like this track and really enjoy Daniel's voice on it and can't wait for his solo music to be released. If you hate the song, then hate the song, but don't hate Daniel because he tried something new. In fact, don't hate him at all; dislike the art but do not hate the artist for taking chances. 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Support Alan Forbes

    Alright, ladies and gentlemen, I don't normally do this (ad things or promoting products to the extreme thing) but Alan Forbes, the amazing artist behind AFI's album cover for Black Sails in the Sunset, Art of Drowning (featured above), and a contributing artist for Sing the Sorrow and Decemberunderground needs our help. He had been injured in San Francisco back in 2013 and now his medical expenses are piling up. Apparently some people, while going through some boxes in his home, have found a limited number of vinyl dolls sets of his art, Articia and Heartbat. They're for purchase directly through AFI's merchandise site: click here. All of the proceeds are going to go to Alan to help with his medical expenses.

   So, be cool, check it out and maybe purchase one of the sets. They're not insanely expensive and it's for a good cause. It might just mean you have to make your own coffee for a week or so.


This is not a drill, people. Stop what you're doing, head over to Daniel Johns' new website and sign up for his mailing list. Then, go follow him on his Facebook and his twitter because, apparently, at least according to Silverchair's Facebook page , tomorrow Daniel is releasing a new single and will be releasing a new album later in the year.

Deep breathing, deep breathing.

Now, for all you uneducated peasants out there (I love you all, really), Silverchair is an Australian rock band that originally started out as a grunge outfit (they were called "Nirvana in pajamas" for a while due to their young age) and developed into a versatile band that created timeless albums like Neon Ballroom and Diorama. Unfortunately, on May 25, 2011 (a day that will live in infamy, darlings, right there with March 22, 2013 when MCR broke up), Silverchair announced they were going on an "indefinite hiatus". Why they couldn't be like Blink-182 and miraculously return is beyond me (dear God, I will gladly offer Blink for Silverchair) but now we have this amazing news that DANIEL JOHNS IS RETURNING!

Why am I happy about Mr. Johns' return to music? Darlings, he is the mastermind behind the lyrics and much of Silverchair's music, particularly Neon Ballroom and beyond. He also did amazing work with producer Paul Mac on a side project called The Dissociatives. He has a wide range of experience, going from grunge to more classical inspired tunes and even electronic, so anything goes with his solo record. Whatever direction he chooses, though, fans can wager that it will probably be amazing. Just look at the work he did with Young Modern. Some of those tracks were amazing rock tracks and other solid pop songs. Johns doesn't allow himself to be pigeon holed into one sound and that's one of his greatest assets. He experiments and he experiments well.

Also, with new music comes tours (except in the case of The Strokes; don't ask me what happened there, though they are apparently playing this year's Governor's Ball in NYC). Will he come to the US?  Silverchair, historically, never really toured the US much but, hopefully that will change with this solo endeavor (Oh, please let him come to the US, please). But, until we know for sure, we're getting new music.

So, yes, follow the links above, click on the little "like" and "follow" buttons and subscribe to his mailing list because I have a feeling that this is going to be an amazing new era in music.

Review of Zane Carney's "Amalgam"


    Zane Carney is one of the most talented guitarists out there today. He's played guitar for John Mayer, was the orchestra guitarist for Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark, played lead guitar for Carney, the band he was in with his brother, Reeve, and has launched a solo career built on hard work and talent. On February 10th, Zane will release his debut guitar album, Amalgam, but I luckily got a first listen to it and I can definitely tell you it's worth the pre-order (which you can do on iTunes starting January 27th).
Zane Carney is one of the most promising and talented guitarists out there today. He's worked with John Mayer, played in the orchestra for
    While the album dapples in a lot of different sounds, testing many different styles, the overall jazz influence glues everything together and prevents it from becoming too overwhelming. Tracks like "Diamonds" and "Smoke and Mirrors" feature the smooth, soulful playing that fans have come to love while tracks like "Snow" and "Gambit"definitely play around with his rock and blues background.
     Carney fans should not lament, though. My favorite track, "Bordeaux", reminds me of Mr. Green, Vol. 1. With the undulating sounds of the guitar being punctuated with the low tones of the bass, fans will almost expect Reeve to jump in with vocals.
     Zane has an incredible range as a guitarist and, in Amalgam, he showcases his skills well, but not in an overpowering way. It's smooth and controlled, paced so that the listener can enjoy the talent and not be overwhelmed by it.
     Remember, starting January 27th, you can preorder it on iTunes. If you preorder, "Good Ol' Roy", the first track off the album, will download automatically. The album goes on sale to the public February 10th. And, if you're in New York, Zane will be playing the lovely Rockwood Music Hall February 4th and 11th (21+, babes). He'll also be playing LA at the Hotel Cafe January 27th, but I'm a New Yorker and New York is always more important to me.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Bury the Hatchet Tour New Photo

Okay, I'm still tripping over the fact that Escape the Fate is VOLUNTARILY going on tour with Falling in Reverse. Ronnie Radke and Craig Mabbitt in the same space together without killing each other seems like some sort of bad trip. Then guitarist Robert Ortiz had to go ahead and post a new photo on his Instagram yesterday and I'm kind of in shock.

And, yes, you're seeing properly. The guy to the left (your left) of Ronnie Radke is indeed Max Green, the same Max Green that was kicked out of Escape the Fate over a year ago because of drug abuse. Apparently Green has rejoined Escape the Fate.

I know, I know, I'm losing it, too. Just take deep breaths and accept it all and move on with your life. I mean, it's only Escape the Fate and Falling in Reverse; we're not talking about Bert McCracken and Gerard Way suddenly becoming friends or, even better MY CHEM GETTING BACK TOGETHER. Nope. 

*sigh* I guess this is just as important to some people. 

Well, congrats boys for successfully putting your differences aside and acting like grown ups. Well done. 

Oh, Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran sent his fans into a tizzy January 13 when he tweeted "=". Yes, an equals sign. Now, he could have been trying to write the name of his last album, +, but just didn't hit the shift sign hard enough or he could have been announcing the title of his new album. Fans are leaning towards the latter. Apparently Sheeran announced his first album's title in much the same manner, with just a simple tweet of the plus sign. With his tweet of the equals sign yesterday, fans went a little insane over social media. There were already fan made album covers and crazy posts in all caps all over Tumblr. And then, a few hours ago, he added fuel to the fire when he tweeted plans to take a month off after the Grammy's but that "cool shit will begin after that."

Alright, Sheeran, whatever's going on, it best be a new album and pronto because, like I've said before, there are only so many times I can listen to "Give Me Love" without wanting to rip my ears off (and I did love that song). And, no, that song you did with Taylor Swift does not count as new material. I'm trying to forget that happened.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Mat Devine the Author

      I'm not sure how many of you were (or still are) fans of Kill Hannah, but, back in the early 2000's and through 2008, it was one of the biggest cult bands out there. I had been a fan since I was around eleven or twelve years old, around 2001-2002, when I read about them in some blurb in a music magazine. By the time their 2003 major label debut, For Never and Ever, came out, I was a diehard. There was something about the almost Wilde-like lyrics that really connected with me, even when I was a pre-teen. Unfortunately, they never really became huge but they did, and still do, have a massive cult following. 

Friday, January 10, 2014

The Maudlin Strangers


   Later this weekend you're going to get a write up of the interview I did with Timothy Garrett, the artist/director extraordinaire behind Zane Carney's new album artwork. During our interview he mentioned an up and coming band he's going to be working with called The Maudlin Strangers. Timothy was kind enough to send me a link to their free download of their EP and now I'm kind of hooked.

   The Maudlin Strangers are a California band that sound like an English band. Their vocals are similar to those of the Arctic Monkeys while their sound is a cross between old school Kings of Leon (we're talking Youth and Young Manhood and Aha Shake Heartbreak era Kings), the Libertines, and Suck It and See era Arctic Monkeys. Their EP, the Overdose EP, is a collection of six, excellent tracks that should probably be in all of your iTunes collections. I can't really pick a favorite out of all the tracks but if I was pressed to, it would probably be AIM. The song itself has a smooth, slow sound that really showcases the vocals. "Overdose" is another standout track that, luckily, is going to be made into a video.

  Check out their main website or check out their Facebook or twitter. A link to a free download of their EP can be found on their Facebook site. And, just for you, I've attached a video for their song "Penny". Thank me later.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

New Tool for Up and Coming Musicians has just launched this lovely new site, MTV Artists. There, you can hit the explore button at the top and choose either by genre, collections, emerging and more. The really great thing about this site is that it's also tailored for the artists, including upcoming ones.

If you have a band or are a solo artists, you can click the "Are you an artist?" link and read all about claiming your page, connecting with MTV and taking advantage of the different opportunities MTV can afford you.

Now, I know all you little artists out there are too goo for the "main stream" but, here's the thing- MTV is still MTV and has had a part in launching the career of a ton of greats (and not so greats, but I won't judge). Any exposure is good exposure, eh?

Because I'm nice, I did a little research for all of you and tracked down reasons why you would make a page. Here are some of them:

1. Exposure to Possible Fans: Fans are going to be driven to this site through the TV, social networking, etc. Personally, I checked the site out during the winter season premiere of Teen Wolf. A Robots Don't Sleep song was playing during the show and they had the little bar thing at the bottom of the screen telling me the name of the song and to check out for more info. I foolishly thought they would have a playlist on there or something but, nope, I found this and have been exploring and checking out new music ever since. Think about how many other teens and twenty-somethings are going to check out that site because maybe they like a song during a show. Yeah, this is basically free advertising for you, the artist, so I would take advantage of that.

2. Get Your Music Noticed by MTV: MTV has people who curate the "best" music for their sites, soundtracks, etc. This new site is going to be another way for them to notice new artists. If you ever wanted that kind of exposure, now's your chance. I mean, come on. Think of Skins or the OC or even One Tree Hill. We all found new music through those shows. I lived off of trying to find what songs were playing when. Unfortunately, when I was thirteen, I had to wait for the soundtracks to be released. Now, MTV and CW does that convenient little thing where they list what songs played during the show. Imagine if it was your band's song and name floating at the bottom of the screen for millions of viewers to notice. Think about that kind of publicity. If you make a page, there's a better chance you could be noticed by MTV's curators.

3. Make Money: Apparently, artists will soon be able to collect tips and sell merchandise and tickets through this site. You'll also be able to access analytics. Sounds pretty good.

Oh, and most of this is free. You'll have to sign up for an ArtistLink account. Ever ArtistLink member get s a free MTV Artists Page where you can start this little journey. There are some premium features, through TopSpin, that can be used with a fee but, for the most part, everything you need is free.

Remember, the site is still in beta mode so it's not completely there yet but it's still worth a glance. If you want to know more, check out the main site or, if you're an artist, head over to their artist resources page. Good luck!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Happy 28th Birthday, Alex Turner!

   Mastermind behind all those amazing Arctic Monkeys lyrics, Alex Turner is turning 28 today! Aww, darling, you're getting old. I kid, I kid. 

  In honor of one of, arguably, one of today's greatest lyricists and singers turning 28, I am listing my top 28 favorite Arctic Monkeys songs. They're not in any particular order and I tried to hit their entire discography, including singles and EPs and B-Sides but I only had 28 slots and they have so many songs...*sigh* Anyway, I did my best. Check out the list below, accompanied with youtube videos of each song, and enjoy. :) 

Nothing Serious Here, Just Hipsters Being Hipsters

You've probably already seen this video but it's my favorite thing ever and I wanted it here.

I love it when people don't even know the bands yet they have so much to talk about concerning them, even if the bands don't exist! I'm dying. Just watch.

No new Ed Sheeran News for the least "not for a while"

Ouch, guess that means we won't find out about a tour or anything soon. This morning, Ed Sheeran fans in the UK and Ireland got some exciting news; in October, he will be doing his first UK tour since 2012. Pretty cool.

I figured these geographically specific announcements had to do with a tour. Apparently, according to his (rather sassy) manager there is going to be a new album (there would have to be if he was embarking on another round of touring) before October, when the UK tour stars.

Well, at leas there's that. But when a US fan asked about there being a US announcement, Mr. Stuart replied, "not for a while.." 

Okay, I'm cool with that. As long as there's new music coming, I'm set. My issue, though, is that this Stuart individual, who is supposed to be representing Mr. Down to Earth Ed Sheeran, is getting kind of sassy with fans. At one point he tweeted: 

Wow, you have a day off that's being interrupted. If I had a dollar for every time my day off or my mother's day off or my father's day off was interrupted I can guarantee you we would all be millionaires. Also, why didn't you guys push off the announcement, then? You know, so you could enjoy your day off? It wasn't imperative that the tour be announced today, was it? Also, this is your job. You do not need to get short with fans. Some of his best responses were: "come on, look at his website"; "and you're asking me why?"; "they should probably learn to read...every day, since Christmas Eve, I've been saying it's UK/Ireland only." 

Oh, Mr. Stuart, please remember you are dealing with a fairly young demographic here. Being short with them is not necessary or professional. You're just going to garner responses like this one:

We get it, Stuart, you don't like your job. You don't want to reply. But there were so many other ways you could have handled this like, oh, I don't know, not answering the "annoying" ones. Keep in mind, though, that you shouldn't get too big for your britches; these kids are the ones who are paying to get into the shows, buy your extremely overpriced merchandise, and download your CDs. You should be happy these kids are so excited. 

It seems this little announcement turned into something rather disgusting and it kind of put me off even caring about Ed Sheeran's new album or tour. 

Ed, a little advice- next time you make a tour announcement, don't defer questions to your irritable manager. Thanks. 

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Boo, Ed Sheeran!

I kid, I kid. Ed Sheeran was allegedly going to make an announcement tomorrow that people are speculating has to do with a new album (ie. I'm praying it's a new album). But, alas, Mr. Sheeran posted this just a little while ago:

Well, you lucky little people in the UK and Ireland, you get the announcement before us. Maybe share? Haha.

This still confuses me, though. How do you only make an announcement for two countries? I mean, I understand the idea of it but not the logistics. You can announce something in another country but the entire world will probably find out at some point, especially if you're someone as high profile as Sheeran. Maybe the announcement only has to do with the UK and Ireland, which would mean the people speculating a tour announcement could be right.

Either way, tomorrow we'll hear something (though, at this point, I'm not wagering on new album news).

Follow Ed Sheeran on Twitter: Ed Sheeran's Twitter

Ed Sheeran Announcement Tomorrow

Apparently, there's speculation that Ed Sheeran might make a big announcement tomorrow. I don't know what led people to believe that (please note the sarcasm dripping from my literary voice). Maybe it was because back on New Year's Eve, Ed posted this on twitter: 

And then, on January 2nd, he posted this:

   So, I can't say for sure, but I'm wagering that our lovely Mr. Ed Sheeran shall be making an announcement about a new album and maybe a new tour tomorrow. Maybe. I don't know. I'm putting more money on the album, to be frank. It would be cool to get a new album, though. The last album, +, was released back in 2011 and, other than the song he did with *shivers* Taylor Swift (I honestly read that in a Gollum voice, just saying), and the song he did for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, we haven't had much new, released music. 

      So, fingers crossed that Ed shares some album news tomorrow. :) 

Follow Ed Sheeran: Ed Sheeran's Twitter

Concert Tips: Your Hair and Mosh Pits

    Let's take a moment to talk about hair and mosh pits, shall we?

   Alright, ladies and gentlemen, here's the thing: no one wants strands of your hair in her mouth or caught in her bracelets after a show. No one. And no one wants to accidentally pull your head back because your hair got caught around her wrist.

   Yeah, no. No no no. It's gross, unhygienic, painful, and did I mention gross?

   Now, I understand the trials and tribulations of having long hair in a mosh pit. Back in high school, my hair went down to my lower back. It's shorter now, but still long enough to cause me problems and it's curly. Over the years I've had to learn how to protect it, and my fellow concert goers, from its fury.

   Ladies (and gentlemen, if you're into this sort of thing), here are a few tips.

   1. Straighten your hair before the show. If you straighten it, it becomes a bit more manageable.

   2. Once the bands go on, you know you're going to go insane. You're going to push your way to the front and keep your arms up and sing along and dance around all night. Therefore, that hair is going to get all sticky and matted to the back of your neck or it will get tangled in someone's camera string, bracelet, etc. To avoid the pain and agony of having your hair ripped from your scalp, put it up in a pony tail (the higher the better) or braids. My friend has this crazy ability to braid her angles/bangs thing back and pin it and then put it in a pony tail. I am not quite so gifted with braids. I used to put my hair in pigtail braids but, ever since I got layers, that's a little more difficult. I just toss it in a high pony tail and pray it stays.

   3. When head banging, please be considerate of the people behind you. You have a majestic mane of hair and other people will admire long as it's not in their mouths.

  4. Don't freak out if someone pulls your hair. Chances are he or she didn't mean to. Just gently pull your hair over your shoulder and try and keep it there.

  5. After the concert, make sure you wash and condition your hair really well. Rock shows are murder on hair because of all the smoke and the flying water bottles and the hands ending up in your glossy, flowing locks. Even if it's late, take one. Your hair will thank you in the morning.

 6. If you straightened and teased your hair (I'm looking at you, scene girls), make sure to apply a deep conditioning treatment to it. You can do a homemade one (avocado and linseed oil work really well) or the Aussie "3 Minute Miracle" is amazing and is relatively cheap.

  Alright, people, there's my first tip. Hope this one helps, as it is one near and dear to my heart (I'm telling you, people, my poor hair is going to hate me soon).

Saturday, January 4, 2014

My Favorite Bring the Horizon Tracks


    You probably already know this but Bring Me the Horizon will be embarking on their North American headlining tour, The American Dream Tour, this February. It will be their first headlining tour of North America since 2011. Now, I am quite excited about it and decided to give you a list (with videos when possible) of my top six (I hate odd numbers) Bring Me the Horizon songs.


Friday, January 3, 2014

New Playlist for You Guys: Cold Days

In case you didn't realize it, I love making playlists (my Spotify account is a little ridiculous to say nothing of all the mix CDs I made my friends in high school and college). You guys are going to get the benefit of my mix obsession.

In honor of the snow we got here in the Northeast, I made you guys a little mix of songs that are perfect to lounge in bed to, the kind of music you can sit back and read and drink tea to.

There be the link:

Cold Days

And here be the track listing:

Artwork Revealed for Zane Carney's New Guitar Album

   Timothy Garrett, director of  Carney's "Love Me, Chase Me" video, designed the artwork for Zane Carney's new guitar album, Amalgam, due out in February of this year. Garrett tweeted about it ( last night garnering all sorts of approval. I have to say, the artwork is all sorts of amazing and only makes me more excited to hear the album.

Follow Timothy Garrett: Garrett's Twitter
Follow Zane Carney: Zane's Twitter

The Passing Fad of Warped Tour...Or Maybe I'm Just Getting Old

    Warped Tour used to be the festival I waited for all year. I would sit there eagerly awaiting announcements about the band line up; I would babysit like crazy to come up with the cash to go; and I would prep my poor sun hating skin for a full day out in the hot summer heat. 

  And, yet, I feel like everything Warped stood for has kind of died.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Ronnie Radke and Craig Mabbitt On Tour...Together?

  Alright, my mind has been completely boggled by this and, with the tour about to start and Ronnie Radke posting instagram pics about it (Ronnie's Tweet/Photo ) I kind of had to share my two cents. 

   Craig Mabbitt and Ronnie Radke have had a feud going on for what seems like forever. I mean, I thought of them as the Sammy Hagar and David Lee Roth of our generation. The whole thing just fit. Ronnie Radke was kicked out of Escape the Fate and was replaced by Craig Mabbitt and the next thing you know the two of them are at each other's throats constantly. For years the battle raged on and reached a rather ugly head when Ronnie formed his new band, Falling in Reverse, and basically called Escape the Fate out on their "backstabbing". I was prepared to watch the entertainment go on forever.

  And, yet, it's not.

Workout Mix

     Every year, right after New Year's, my lovely gym is packed with newbies. I'm thinking it's the New Year's resolution thing. Kudos to all of you and your efforts to get in shape and feel fit. (And, no, I'm not being sarcastic, people). Anyway, working out is a huge thing for me and, as a music fan(atic), I'm constantly looking for new music to keep me going while exercising. I figured that I would be cool and create a whole playlist for you guys of some of my all time favorite songs to work out to. There's a nice mix of genres so it should appeal to a lot of different sonic tastes. Oh, and I made it a mix on for all of you (link: Workout Mix on 8Tracks )

So here's the workout mix:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Lynette Williams' "Ghosts"

Lynette Williams has a hauntingly beautiful voice, the kind of voice that seeps into the paint, then the sheetrock, and finally the insulation and wood of your walls until it becomes a part of your space forever. Her voice’s lasting power is showcased beautifully In her new song, “Ghosts”, the video for which premiered a month ago. The haunting lyrics coupled with her beautiful, almost raspy voice, makes for a perfect song with an even more beautiful video. 
"Ghosts", much like "Frida", is a simple video that has Lynette in different areas of a minimalist church. It’s just her, sometimes with her guitar, with the backing track of the song. Unlike the "Frida" video, though, this video is monochromatic, various gradients of black washing the film. 
The song itself is one of my favorites. For all its melancholy, there is something about the song that is light, almost as if Lynette’s voice lends a sense of brightness to the work. Lynette has found a balance between sadness and hope and executes it well. 
Lynette’s lyrics and music have a Bon Iver feel to them. This song, in particular, reminds me of “The Wolves (Act I and II)”. There is something cold to the song, something remote that is only accentuated by the haunting quality of Lynette’s voice. 
Overall, it’s a great song and a wonderful video that I hope all of you will check out (here's the link: Lynette Williams Ghosts )

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Favorite Albums of 2013

Alright, I know that 2013 was so yesterday (please tell me you all read that in a Hilary Duff voice. No?) but there were quite a few albums that I think we should all take notice of. Why? Because they were good, halfway decent, surprising, buy worthy (shocking, I know), etc. 

Alright, starting with the top:


Welcome music fans and lovers of all kinds.

My name is TB, the girl who used to write for the music section for StageBuddy and who decided to go get her MFA in creative writing and now has minimal free time to spend on music (ie. this is the greatest procrastination excuse known to man: I'm working on my blog, sharing my music knowledge with the world).

Anyway, ladies and gents, I am here to tell you ALL about my favorite music, the greatest shows I've been to, books on music, playlists that I think you would enjoy, venues, guides to actually enjoying general admission, and more. I'll even tell you about all the coolest places in NYC (and anywhere I travel) to style yourself for the show.

Anyway, darlings, that is all. I'll be posting a REAL entry quite soon.