Archive for June, 2010

Random song post, Volume 10

June 16, 2010

Had a little extra time on my hands.  Reviewed a few extra songs.  Here ya go.

All Time Low – “Lost In Stereo” (Nothing Personal, Hopeless, 2009): Fun, exciting rock from a band that could very well be sliding into Fall Out Boy and blink182’s shoes at this very moment.  With similarities to most of Cartel and New Found Glory’s respective catalogs of music, it’s a solid entry into the pop/punk genre.

The Spill Canvas – “Our Song” (Realities EP, Sire, 2010): Despite a noticeable gap since their last full-length, South Dakota’s The Spill Canvas have managed to tide us over with the recent release of two EPs, Abnormalities and Realities, the latter of which boasts the single, “Our Song, ” easily the epitome of everything this band stands for when it comes to music and a fine representation of their sound.  Frontman Nick Thomas’ distinctive, somewhat aggressive voice drives the song, while the rest of the band follows along nicely with appropriate guitars and drums.

Weezer – “I’m Your Daddy” (Raditude, DGC/Interscope, 2009): On Weezer’s seventh full-length Raditude, these emo/powerpop pioneers took their already diverse musical history into yet another direction, best indicated on songs like the singles, “(If You’re Wondering If I Want You To) I Want You To, ” and, “I’m Your Daddy.  ”  It’s the latter of the two songs that sees frontman Rivers Cuomo in prime shape, bringing back a voice not heard since most of the 90s and a band that seems to remember how they used to sound.  With a fantastic mix of drum machines, synthesizer, and Weezer’s trademark over-the-top guitars, “I’m Your Daddy, ” stands as a great example of how far Weezer has come, and what they’re still capable of.

Silversun Pickups – “The Royal We” (Swoon, Dangerbird, 2009): Awesome.  Just awesome.  Hard to believe such a thunderous sound (especially during the chorus) could come from a bunch of shoegazers like the Silversun Pickups.  Touches of string instruments add to the tension ever present throughout the song, and frontman Brian Aubert’s voice sounds just as good as ever.

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One song. More to come.

June 11, 2010

So, it’s happened.  I allowed myself to neglect this blog for too long, and now I have a small, yet somewhat substantial list of songs I’d like to write about.  Shame on me.  As a way of gradually playing catch-up, in addition to not wanting to feel overwhelmed, I will, from this point forward (unless some other topic comes my way) review one song at a time until I’m done, at which point I’ll either go in a completely different direction or find something else to write about.  Something that involves music.  Any ideas?

Green Day – “Jesus of Suburbia” (American Idiot, Reprise, 2004)

Coming in at around 10 minutes in length, this sprawling track off Green Day’s blockbuster 2004 album American Idiot could quite easily be one of their best, and could almost stand on its own even if one were to discard the other 13 tracks that make up this landmark record (which would not be a good idea!).  With a variety of musical changes throughout the song that seem to reflect the best eras Green Day gave us, and an incredible ending that launches out of a quiet piano interlude, “Jesus of Suburbia, ” is really quite phenomenal.  The band has never sounded better, both in vocals and instrumentation, giving us yet another piece of music unlike anything we’d previously heard from these punk pioneers.

Lady Gaga vs. Ke$ha

June 4, 2010

What can I say? Both women seem to be cut from the same cloth in terms of image and musical style, and in all honesty I can’t get enough of ’em. There’s no denying the sheer excellence of Lady Gaga, an incredibly talented musician with a lot to offer in terms of voice and instrumental ability. Her vocals on, “Bad Romance, ” are a notable highlight, and when she teams up with the queen of all modern-day divas, Beyonce, on, “Telephone, ” her uncanny knack for blending catchy hooks with astounding vocals truly shines. Comparisons between her and Madonna have been made for some time now, yet I believe Gaga possesses more talent that Madonna did at the dawn of her career-I can only imagine what time would have shown us had Lady Gaga come first.

Ke$ha, while similar to Gaga in many ways, almost seems to represent something of a little sister to Gaga-although her music is lush with the synthy pop Gaga seems to favor on songs like, “Poker Face, ” and, “Just Dance, ” her lyrics are far more playful and fun, encompassing a persona that emits an overall lack of seriousness. “Dinosaur, ” is a great example of this, while, “Tik Tok, ” and, “Your Love Is My Drug, ” seem to demand we hit the dance floor, while Gaga would probably prefer we lounge around to her music whist sipping Cristal.

I hate to have to pick one over the other, as both have many individual talents to offer, so I’ll instead continue to sit back and enjoy the music. Keep up the great work ladies!