*First off, I’d like to point out this is my first post on my new Macbook. I really love this thing, it works beautifully, it sounds great for my songs in iTunes, and looks great with the beautiful screen and the backlit keyboard. If it wasn’t for Freed Hardeman University (and my incredible parents paying for my education and their tremendous support) I wouldn’t have it though, so my hat goes off to you, institution furnishing my education.
Anywho, this is a small post to give a shoutout to one of my favorite bands, Weezer. The band has been putting out albums for little over a decade now with several albums, ranging from their punk rock roots to their newer style of “we’re writing stupid lyrics and stupid songs just to spite you!” Personally, I love the new style, as it gives the band a newer, nerdier vibe. Some of the lyrics in the songs make no sense and border on comedic (“Your mom cooked meatloaf even though I don’t eat meat I dug you so much I took some for the team”). They’re by far my biggest guilty pleasure when it comes to music, it’s not “good” music, but when it comes to music that’s pretty darn fun it’s hard to beat. Their newest album, Hurley, is possibly their biggest example yet of spitting in the face of musical critics. The album is named after the LOST character Hurley, and the cover of the album (pictured above) is just a portrait of his face, no words needed or utilized. The album is setting a great tone so far (and so are some of the track names available like “Where’s My Sex?” and “All My Friends Are Insects”) and I can’t wait to listen to even more of it than I have. The unofficial anthem for the World Cup released by the band “Represent” was pretty awesome, and so is their newest single, “Memories”, which I just picked up off the iTunes Store. If you’ve never checked out the band, give them a shot if you’re in the mood for something more alternative, and it’s definitely something that can pick up your spirits in the middle of traffic jams or even in a mid-afternoon workout. the new album releases September 14th.
I’m a big fan of stand up comedy, which is not evident at all because of how unfunny I am. I listen to a lot of podcasts about how stand up works, the different styles of comedy like improv, stand up, group, sketch, and what not including how to get started and how different great stand ups had gotten their starts. I’m a huge fan of comedians like Drew Carey, Chris Hardwick, Jim Gaffigan, Richard Pryor, Jerry Seinfeld, Weird Al Yankovic, Craig Ferguson, and so many others. I remember growing up staying up super late in 4th Grade to watch the improv comedy show “Who’s Line is it Anyway?” and being one of the few comedy nerds that would rush into school to talk to my other comedy nerd friend about the previous night’s episode. There were some nights my Dad would fall asleep on the couch and I’d watch SNL on Saturday nights. That’s an entirely different post though, neither here nor there. The main point of this post is to promote the work of a great comedy musician, the “Phirm” of the band “Hard ‘n’ Phirm”, Mike Phirman. The guy is incredibly funny from what I’ve heard of his stuff, and he’s released a new album, “The Very Last Songs I Will Ever Record, Volume 1”. I’ve owned the album for about 3 months now and I absolutely love it, I’ve listened to it countless times, and you should give it a listen. The best part is, the album is absolutely FREE. Donations are appreciated though for Mike’s family and the expenses of running his career. The album is comedy music, so all the songs are in music form with Mike singing, playing guitar, piano, and all the other instruments on different layers of audio formed together. Weird Al Yankovic pops in for one of the tracks too. The album is almost entirely clean for those wondering, a slur of bad language or too, but none of it would make you embarassed to listen to with your grandma. Click here to download the album, and click here to visit Mike’s homepage.
Ha! I can do more than movie posts! I’d just like to take out the time to point out my favorite band, and one of the coolest bands around for the past 20-30 years that have been rocking the world, U2. The band is led by philanthropist Bono, The Edge plays Guitar, Larry Mullen Jr. plays drums for the band, and Adam Clayton plays Bass. The band has released numerous albums, most of which are incredible, and need to be checked out by almost everyone. It seems that each of their different albums covers a different style-
- All That You Can’t Leave Behind (Their Best Album)-Rock-Feel
- How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb-Ballad-esque
- Achtung Baby-Pop
- Rattle and Hum-Their Live CD
- Greatest Hits 1980-1990- Their best stuff/CD (naturally)
- No Line on the Horizon-Their newest, a reinvention if you will.
So if you’ve never heard of them, you need to wake up out of your coma, if you have and never given them a chance, check them out, it’ll be worth your time. This band does a ton of stuff for needy causes, especially Bono, and gives a almost alternative/almost rock feel that is really cool. Check em out…
One of my favorite bands is the group Boyce Avenue that does really great acoustic covers of these big songs. They’ve done great work with The Fray, Rascall Flatts, and more. Now they’ve got out one of my favorites, based on one of my favorite songs, Mr. Brightside by The Killers.
This is another installment of one of my favorite series where I showcase some of my new favorite tunes out there right now.
First, this is just a song I heard on the radio, but I thought it was pretty good, and it led me to look into the band more. It’s O.A.R.’s new song, Shattered.
Second, possibly my favorite Fray song, the new preview song You Found Me from their upcoming album. There’s no video, just a still pic, but the song’s still great and worth a listen.
Finally, the third is Nickelback’s new song from their new CD “Dark Horse”, Gotta be Somebody.
One of my favorite new bands is The Fray, a alternative rock ballad group that cranked out a lot of great songs like “Dead Wrong”, “She Is”, “All at Once”, and the widely-popular “How To Save a Life”. I liked “How to Save A Life” so much I picked up the album last year, and immediately became a fan of the group. Their harmonious, powerful lyrics with such a strong message carry a lot of weight and provoke me to think a lot. Now their new album is on the way, and I am pumped. Simply titled “The Fray”, the regular version carries 12 songs, one of which, “You Found Me” is already available for either pre-ordering the CD or a standalone purchase. From what I’ve heard, “You Found Me” and the rest of the CD look to be excellent additions to the rest of the library of excellent Fray songs. The album, along with a deluxe version full of extra music videos and acoustic versions, is expected to release on February 3rd of 2009. The full setlist for the new album is viewable below.
- You Found Me
- Say When
- Never Say Never
- When the Story Ends
- Enough for Now
- UnGodly Hour
- We Build Then we Break
- Fair Fight
- Enough for Now (Acoustic)
It’s almost Christmas time, which, according to my mom, means I need to start accumulating items for my Christmas list. Asides from The Dark Knight (picture like one big list with the words “THE DARK KNIGHT” etched in blood at the top where I wrote with my finger), I’ve really been interested in getting an Ipod. I really didn’t start a music obsession until about 3 months ago, when I started working for my Spanish teacher, and was able to rummage through his Itunes library. About 2 years ago I unexpectedly got a MP3 player for Christmas. I had looked at them before, but never really upgraded from my CD player. The player was really nice, had about 300 MB, and greatly served by basic music needs. I put a few songs on it, and I love it. But as my music collection grew, the memory on the player shrunk. I really don’t have enough room on there for my entire music collection (about 700 MB and growing), so that’s really why I’ve turned to Ipods. I like the idea of the Ipod Classic, the ability to easily fit all of my music, download a few videos, and even put some tv shows and movies on there. It seems like a lot of today’s media is being geared towards this digital age, and Itunes is the preverbal messiah. So, if I planned and hoped on getting an Ipod, I would have to familiarize myself with it’s software. That’s where it began. I downloaded Safari about 5 months ago, but it was nowhere near the euphoria I got from adding my album artwork to Itunes. I now have all of my music in a very convenient, sleek, and stylish format that plays them in a top-notch quality. (See below pics-that’s actually my music collection.) I’ve rummaged through the Itunes Store, and see the easy access they allow. Just give them a credit card number, charge one of all the songs for just 99 cents, a $9 album, or a $3 episode of TV. You can even put games on your Ipod. There’s so much that Apple has provided for their market, I love it. They provide this great library of content that is easily accessible full of the latest in tv (ind. episodes or seasons), movies (that you can rent of buy), little games, full albums from 15 years ago, just lists and lists of stuff that would make any nerd happy. Apple, I salute you. I could spend days just rummaging through Itunes. I have my own podcast to watch-Adam Sessler, you’re my hero, and have made my own playlist. Did I mention I could spend days just rummaging through Itunes? Hopefully if I do get an Ipod I’ll be able to keep all that style and organization and preserve, and carry it over to the Ipod. If or if not, it will still be a Merry Christmas, even if I have to start an Itunes-Anonymous.
This is one of my favorite bands on Youtube that I haven’t been able to watch recently, Boyce Avenue, performing one of their great variations on The Fray’s “How To Save A Life”.
This is a great band I found on Youtube. They don’t have too many songs that they wrote, but they do a lot of remakes of songs, making them they’re own. I find them fresh and original, hope you enjoy. The first is Coldplay’s Viva la Vida, the second is a combination of Never Too Late and Savin Me, the third is The Office theme, and the fourth is their rendition of Rascall Flatt’s What Hurts the Most. (I promise DS if you say something about that last one in relation to me…)
In this edition of Earl’s Tunes, I feature the songs Ocean Man and What A Wonderful World, including a clip from the king of queens where the song was used.
It was announced by Activision that there would be two stand-alone retail expansions to Guitar Hero, the first being Guitar Hero Aerosmith due out at the end of this month, the over remained a secret, until now. Guitar Hero: Metallica will be the second in the expansions to Guitar Hero 3. The game was announced by Activision recently, and was set for a release date later in the fiscal year, which means it will be out before March 31 of next year. It wouldn’t be a bad assumption, however, to assume the game will be out before Guitar Hero 4/Guitar Hero World Tour, set for release this October. Some of Metallica’s better known songs include Master of Puppets,
This is a great song by the country group “Emerson Drive”. I don’t care if you don’t like country music you need to give this song a listen.
OK, this isn’t a song list for the game I just previewed, it’s a song list for the DS version of Guitar Hero, Guitar Hero On Tour. The song list so far looks really good, and because I’m a nice person, I’ll let you see it.
- All Star-Smash Mouth
- All the Small Things-Blink 182
- Are you Gonna Be My Girl-Jet
- China Groove-The Doobie Brothers
- Do What you Want-OK Go
- Heaven-Los Lonely Boys
- Helicopter-Bloc Party
- Hit Me With Your Best Shot-Pat Benatar
- Jessie’s Girl-Rick Springfield
- Rock and Roll All Night-Kiss
- Spiderwebs-No Doubt
- This Love-Maroon 5
- We’re Not Gonna Take It-
- What I Want-
This is a new little series I’m starting where I share some of my favorite songs and their music videos. The first edition is (one of my new favorite bands) Counting Crows “Big Yellow Taxi”, in a more rock song, Chris Daughtry’s Version of “Renegade”, and “Stand” by the very inspirational Rascall Flatts. Each time I’ll do one of these I’ll also showcase an old classic, this time it’s “Under Pressure” by Queen and David Bowie.
This is another article I wrote for the school paper. I came up with this one, no inspiration from girls. (Inside Joke)
You may be in the local grocery store, or the newest department store in the mall. It might even be on the drive home after school, but eventually you’ll come across that song that really gets your foot tappin’. Your adrenaline starts to flow, and pretty soon you’re playing air guitar and hoping no one’s watching. Or maybe you really get inspired by that song that you love so much and want to take the world on…again. It might even be that song that reminds you of a loved one that you miss or a friend you don’t spend as much time with. It’s no doubt that music is definitely one of the strongest art forms. We listen to it on the way to work or school, we spend hundreds of dollars on Ipods or Itunes, or practically anything with the word I- in it. We all love music, no matter what kind. Different people’s taste for music can be as diverse sometimes as religion or types of food. Some like the country tales of Trace Atkins and Rascall Flatts, others like more of the rock stylings of Cheap Trick, The Who, or a little band I’m sure no one’s heard of, AC DC. They’re just a little rock band, nothing special. You might even enjoy Rap, for whatever reason that may be. Music has a strange power over us; I’m not talking about some subliminal field that comes out of the radio, but more like an influence or a powerful force that can bring out several emotions. I hope you can see what I’m saying here. Like I said earlier, there’s no denying the fact that music is one of the great art forms the world has ever seen. I love music, I have my own playlist on Windows Media Player, have an MP3 player filled with The Fray, Styx, Queen, The Who, Todd Rungen, etc, and listen to 107.3 when other stations fill with the mindless dribble or advertisements. I have never gone to a Labor Day sale the day after Labor Day, and never will. Next time you’re listening to your favorite band I hope you realize the true Magic of Music.