Turn On The Shuffle, It’s Friday

7 01 2011

So this is a new feature I’m going to try out.  Every Friday I’ll simply hit the shuffle button on my iTunes and post the first 5 songs that play up here with a little commentary on each song.  Just something extra for the waning hours before the weekend.

New Found Glory – “Singled Out” from the album Sticks And Stones
This is actually one of my favorite songs off of my favorite NFG album.  I really like the electronic intro and find the hook to be above-average for the always catchy New Found.  This was also an early example of Chad screaming in a NFG song, which appealed to me when it came out, and still does.

The Loved Ones – “Distracted” from the EP Distractions
I love the Loved Ones and this is an excellent little EP.  As for the song itself, it’s pretty solid and would be the highlight of the release if it weren’t for the Strummer cover that was thrown in there.  But “Distracted” is a pretty average Loved Ones song, which also means it’s very good.  I’m not sure how popular the EP is so head out and pick it up if you don’t already own it.

Agnostic Front – “Traitor” from the Fat Wreck compilation Short Music for Short People
The Short Music comp is, for those who don’t know, a little compilation thrown together by Fat Mike where each song is supposed to be 30 seconds long, or less. Some are a bit longer, some shorter.  As such, it’s a nice novelty but you can’t get into any of the songs too much.  This Agnostic Front song is a good one, but again, at 31 seconds long, there’s not much there.

No Roses – “Snapshots” from the State of Mind Recordings Hectic Thinking Sampler
One of the things about this feature is that there will be bands coming up who I have no information about, and have never heard before.  This is one of them.  It’s a pretty good melodic-hardcore song, but I don’t even know where I got this sampler from. Punknews, maybe?

Backstreet Boys – “I Want It That Way”
I was considering skipping this for the next song (which was a Gaslight track, by the way) but part of this is to show an honest picture of the mess that is my iTunes, so here it is.  Don’t know when I downloaded it, but it is one of (*cringe*) three BSB songs I have.  Why, I’m not sure, but I have a soft spot for 90’s and early 00’s pop so this will happen.


New Wolves Blog Post

2 01 2011

So my friends over at District Kills Records are gearing up for the new release by Wolves, and Paul (Wolves’ architect of sorts/above left) is keeping a blog about the recording of the record.  As a good friend of mine, I’m doing all I can to help the dude out, so check out his latest update, in which he goes into extreme detail about each of the album’s planned tracks HERE .

My Top 10 Records of 2010

23 12 2010

This year, while being the year I was probably the most disconnected from the American music scene that I have ever been, was still the best year for music that I can remember.  There were some great tours (that I missed most of), and even better records.  I can honestly say that any of my top four records this year could have topped last year’s list.  It was just an amazing ride of a year, and while there were plenty of lows personally, there were even more highs — including the day that AP.net linked my site and I almost hit 1000 pageviews — and the music never has been better. But before we start, remember, these are my favorite records of the year, and are not necessarily the “best.” So now, without further aduei, I give you my top 10 records of 2010, starting with…

10.  The National – High Violet [4AD]

It’s a record that I came upon very late in the year –only about a month ago did I listen the whole way through — but it turns out everyone was right about it.  The National are a band that I am painfully unfamiliar with, so I really can’t write much about them as a band, but I can say that this little melancholy record hit home for me.  It’s simple, elegant and uplifting all at the same time, and it was a terrific find for me personally.
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Why I’m Back On The Against Me! Train

14 12 2010

I’m back on board with Against Me!.

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New blog

28 08 2010

So this coming semester (about 4 months) I will be studying in Prague, and as such will not be updating this site with any regularity, and most likely, not at all. But I will be keeping a travel podcast/blog over at http://twrpraguecast.wordpress.com/ , so go on, check that out, and enjoy the back catalogue of interviews here until I’m back in the States.

Interview with The Academy Is…’s Adam Siska

26 08 2010

I have actually interviewed the guy before, but as The Academy Is… rolled through Washington, DC, with KISS of all bands, I had the chance to talk to Adam Siska, bassist of the group, for a while. Like before he was extremely cool and gave some real insight into this crazy tour The Academy Is… is currently on. Full interview after the jump.

Adam? How are you doing today?

I’m good just up here in Syracuse.
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Why Most People Are Right About BrokeNCYDE

28 07 2010

Perhaps what I’m about to write goes without saying.

Perhaps what I’m thinking right now is just universally accepted and I really, truly, don’t need to put this on my screen.  But I’m just going to say it anyway.

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