So much time, and so much music!

Since I have been on here there has been so much good new music that I feel I should comment on, however I’ve gone through some life changes recently and haven’t had nearly enough time to listen to it all! Some of the new CDs that have been released recently are:

Fall Releases 2010

Something For The Rest Of Us by Goo Goo Dolls (August 28th)- unfortunately I have not had a chance to listen to this yet, and regret it deeply.however I’ve been told it’s not as good as their older music, which is probably true. Their new music doesn’t carry nearly as much emotions and deep meanings as in Dizzy Up The Girl.

Asylum by Disturbed (August 27th) – I haven’t heard much about this album, although supposedly it was supposed to be pretty epic. That remains to be seen, although coming from them it most likely will be.

Time For Annihilation by Papa Roach (August 31st) – I don’t tend to listen to a whole lot of Papa Roach, although this is probably worth listening to, they are very talented.

Dark Is The Way, Light Is A Place by Anberlin (September 7th) – Of course I went out and bought this the week it came out, expecting nothing less then pure musical ecstasy. While it didn’t quite live up to my expectations, it is still genius.

Hurley by Weezer (September 10th) – Not an album I’d run out and purchase, but might be worth listening to. With such a unique cover and title it is bound to be interesting.

A Thousand Suns by Linkin Park (September 8th) – Cannot wait to listen to this one!

Hands All Over by Maroon 5 (September 15th) – This is another of those bands that I have been eagerly waiting for a another CD from, especially after hearing their new single, Misery. Hopefully this will be a great followup to their last album!

My Darkest Days by My Darkest Days – A new band that almost nobody has heard of, but has a lot of potential.

The Dissent of Man by Bad Religion (September 24th) – Bad Religion without fail manages to crank out great punk, however after listening to so many of their albums, they are all starting to blend into each other just bit. Good none-the-less though.

Invented by Jimmy Eat World (September 28th) – I tend not to listen too much to Jimmy Eat World, however this will probably be good.

Life Turns Electric by Finger Eleven – This is pretty great

Some new CDs to be coming out soon to keep an eye out for:

Punk Goes Pop 3 by Various Artists, What Separates Me From You by A Day To Remember, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys by My Chemical Romance and Life in Motion by 3 Doors Down

Concerts I’ve Been To!

Ok, so I’ve been to a fair amount (90 to be exact) of concerts over the last several years, so I thought I’d post them and tell you what I’ve thought. There some bands I’ve seen multiple times, so that will be listed in parenthesis. In future posts I’ll have to explain some funny stories that happened, because you never exactly know what kind of things can actually go on a at a concert…..but anyways, back to my main topic!

Sarah Evens – eh, nothing special

Kingston Trio – If you like folk music, then this might be your dream come true. When I saw them it was actually their last concert with any of the remaining members of the original band, so if you go to see them now they are all replacements.

Skillet (5)- One of my all time favorite bands, they put on a great show. Especially if you like headbanging, screaming like an idiot, and flames. They put on what is probably one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

Bethany Dillon – Not really my type of music, she plays more tame girly stuff

Aaron Shust – Good worship music, if you’re into that

Britt Nicole – Pretty good, fun bouncy music

KJ-52 –  This guy is amazing, even if you aren’t into rap (like me). If ever have a chance to go to one of his concerts, DO IT. It’s like a giant party, you’ll have the time of your life!

Disciple (3)- Really rockin’ metal band, lots of fun

Salvador – Unique latino worship band, good if you’re into that type of thing

Tim Hughes – Another worship band

David Crowder Band (4) – Kind of a worship band, but absolutely fun! He brings in all kind of weird stuff, last time I saw him we all ended up square dancing in the mosh pit! Definitely recommend seeing him.

Third Day (2) – Ok

Storyside B – Don’t really remember this one

Parachute Band (2)- I don’t really remember, but I think they were really good

Starfield – Good

Grits – Umm….good I guess if you like heavy rap

Thousand Foot Krutch (5) – Love, love, love this band. Totally awesome in concert!

Leeland (4) – Also a worship band, but very good. I used to be in love with the lead singer

Tobymac (3) – This guy is a blast. Another very fun and upbeat concert

Casting Crowns (4) – A really nice worship band

Phil Wickham (2) – Worship

Mandisa – Great voice and very inspirational

Barlow Girl – Preppy girl music, really not my type

Kutless (2)- They are pretty good rock, but just not my favorite

Newsboys (with Peter Furler as lead singer) (2)- One of the most fun shows with a lot of singing, jumping, dancing and drum wars. Really, really great!

Newsboys (with Michael Tate as lead singer) – Pretty good and funny, just not the newsboys I know and like. They actually are more like a Newsboys cover band then the actual Newsboys, because they sing mostly new music, with very little of the old and well loved hits.

Limeliters – Another great folk band, although they have none of the original band members left

John Waller – Another worship type, good but kinda weird

The Afters – Great concert, great sound

Red (4)- One of my all time favorite bands, amazing metal sound and vocals, and literally to die for in concert! LOVE THEM!

Flyeaf – Pretty good, although you really couldn’t understand a word she was saying

Paul Baloche –  yeah, another worship band

Hawk Nelson (2)- Tons of fun, really cute boy band

Worth Dying For (2) – Not really worth dying for….or showing up to watch

Jeremy Camp – Just ok, although a lot of people love him

Blushing Well – Nobody knows who they are for a reason, cause they suck (although they might have improved since I saw them last, not sure. If you’ve listened to them recently and have a different opinion, please let me know).

Ryan Payne Band – Cute and funny boy band, pretty good

Ryan Star – Wasn’t a huge fan of the music, but he was hilarious

David Cook – Spectacular, although was quite the snob. After the concert he went straight back to his trailer and refused to sign or even associate with anything.

Josh Gracin – Country music at it’s best

Natalie Stovall – Good if you are into fiddle music

A Rude Revolution – Local ska band, fairly good although all the songs sound exactly the same

Reel Big Fish – Foul, obnoxious ska music at it’s best, although they do sound good

Remedy Drive (2) – Cute, good sound, and they do all kinds of insane and crazy stuff on stage

Bluetree – Nobody knows who this band is for a reason…all I remember is they they are Welsh

Michelle Bonilla – Don’t remember much except it was not stuff I liked

Chris Tomlin (2)- Some of the best worship music to be found

Group 1 Crew – Poppy upbeat stuff, not really my type

Lincoln Brewster – A very talented worship singer

Unspoken – Don’t really remember

Relevant Worship – More worship, what else can I say?

Family Force 5 (2) – Another of my favorite bands to see live, they are a blast. It’s like a total dance party, and impossible to dislike

House of Heros (2) – Excellent

Anberlin – Of course since they are one of my two favorite bands, I have to love them. But they were beyond spectacular in concert, and there isn’t much I wouldn’t do to see them again

Taking Back Sunday – Very good, great sound

All-American Rejects – Where do I even start? They were crude, filthy, vulgar, offensive, raunchy, obscene and plain disgusting. They only good thing about the entire concert was them performing Gives You Hell, which kinda rocked.

Breaking Benjamin – Ah, my other favorite band. They were so amazing live, and just really rock their hearts out. Being able to sing Breath live totally made my whole year (yeah, it was that good)

10 Years – I had never heard them before, but was pretty impressed, good sound and lyrics.

Carlos Whittaker – not that great worship

Downhere – ok I guess

Switchfoot (2) – Not one of my favorite bands, but they put on a really good show

Deluge – worship…

John Mark McMillen – pure acoustic-y goodness, with really intriguing lyrics

Sons of Day – they rock, and do a really good U2 cover

B. Reith – this guys is crazy fun and looks like Ashton Kutcher (bonus)

December Radio – Just as good as I thought they would be (which is pretty crazy good)

Tenth Avenue North – I’ve head a lot of raves about them, but they honestly didn’t do much for me. Except for the song By Your Side, which is just a good song

Brian “Head” Welch (co-founder and lead guitarist of Korn) – This guy rocked my socks off!

Free Legal Punk Music (What could be better?)

We all know that usually downloading music from the internet is illegal and wrong, right? (please just nod and say yes) However it can be legal if the music is downloaded from a group that has the right to distribute it such as the band itself, the recording company, or maybe a sponsor. Yesterday I was doing some research and found several totally awesome sites where you can get free and COMPLETELY LEGAL music downloads. Many of them are punk, because it seems that most punk artists are a lot less comericialized and a lot more generous than other genres of music. (seriously, it’s true)

So check out these awesome sites! All of them are linked in the sidebar

1.  Altsounds – You have to scroll around to be able to find all the artists, but once you do it is totally worth it! Most of these bands are emo/screamo. Includes Anberlin, Panic! at the Disco, UnderOath, Red Jumpsuit, etc

2. iLike – Most of the downloads from this site are from bands without recording contracts yet, but there are still a few pretty amazing ones! Check out Brokenfall and Superbeing, they totally rock!

3.  GarageBand – Another great site for discovering bands without recording contracts. Also a great site for new musicians to promote their music

4. Fat Wreck Chords – Punk recording label, and they have some pretty great downloads if you are into real  punk. Includes NOFX, Rise Against, No Use For A Name and Propaghandhi

5. Hellcat Records – Punk and Hardcore recording label, and more rockin’ MP3s. Includes Rancid, Nekromantix, and Horrorpops

6. StereoKiller – Umm…Interesting. But they do have several good downloads including a few by Underoath

7. Anti-, just a really cool site with downloads from Greg Graffin (Lead singer of Bad Religion – I love this guy!) and Michael Franti

8.  3hive – It has a few  pretty cool downloads including Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly

9. Mp3.com – Millions upon millions of songs and downloads, but I didn’t recognize even a single artist. However you might be able to find some good stuff in here

10. PureVolume – I love this site! There is a ton of music, and much of it is by popular mainstream artists. I have found free downloads from Demon Hunter, Paramore, Anberlin and other awesome bands. You can find music from pretty much any genre ever created!

A few other sites that I didn’t find worthy enough to put in the sidebar: Stereogum, bt.etree.org, SoundClick, Honc. biz, Jamendo, Epitonic, SubPop records, MTV, and iSound. You might be able to find something good on them, it just takes more effort than I am willing to spend!

You’ve gotta love Ska…

After my last post about Catch 22 I decided that I need to post a little more about Ska in general. The video I posted below is  Ska remix by Reel Big Fish of Aha’s song Take On Me

‘Ska is an odd looking word: short punchy, almost funny. So is the music at times, a light, bouncy, horn infused grandfather of reggae.’ – Niel Strauss8

What do you get when you mix a marching band, reggae and a punk band? Ska. There are considered to be three main “waves” of ska, the first starting in the 1960s and 1970s. It was mainly a combination of reggae with the addition of brass instruments (saxophone, trumpet and trombone) and keyboards. In the second wave (usually known as two-tone after the record label), ska starting combing with punk over in England. Third-wave ska is mainly American bands that began to grow in popularity in the mid 1990s. They were mainly influenced by the two-tone ska, and had more of a punk sound to them than traditional ska. Several bands such as Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, and the Mighty Mighty Bosstones became quite well known during this time.

Ska even has its own type of dancing! “Skanking is the style of dancing that goes along with ska music. It has remained popular among ska fans since the beginning, and it’s a relatively easy dance to do. Basically, the legs do “the running man”, bending the knees and running in place to the beat. The arms are bent at the elbows, with hands balled into fists, and punch outward, alternating with the feet (left foot, right hand, etc.).”

Several of the most well known ska bands:

Reel Big Fish

I actually had the unique opportunity to see them in concert last year. They were very entertaining in a strange sort of way, but they did sound good!

Streetlight Manifesto

Discovered these guys when I got a free song from a music sampler, they sound pretty sweet!

Less Than Jake

No clue how I found these guys, although I think I found this song through the radio

Mighty Mighty Bosstones

I think I heard this song in a restaurant somewhere and fell in love with it. As soon as I got home I looked it up on youtube!

Aquabats

Discovered these guys while writing a term paper about punk music!

These are just a few of my favorite ska bands, hope you enjoy them!

Bands That Nobody Has Ever Heard Of (2): Catch 22

Catch 22 is a ska punk band from East Brunswick, New Jersey around 1996. I had never heard of them until I somehow I got a free song from them and put it on my MP3. The song was called “Wine Stained Lips” and turned out to be one of the coolest and most addicting songs ever!

For those who are not familiar with ska it usually sounds like a cross between a marching band and punk rock, with some reggae thrown in for good measure. Depending on the band and the song it can range to both sides of the spectrum.

Amazon Biography – “New Jersey ska-punk combo Catch 22 were formed in the autumn of 1996 by singer/guitarist Tomas Kalnoky, trumpeter Kevin Gunther, and drummer Chris Greer. Recruiting bassist Pat Calpin, trombonist Jamie Egan, and saxophonist Ryan Eldred, the group spent the next two years touring relentlessly, selling out all 2,000 copies of its self-released demo, Rules of the Game. Signing to Victory Records in late 1997, Catch 22 issued Keasbey Nights the following year, quickly becoming one of the best-selling bands in the label’s history. The grind of touring ultimately became too much for Kalnoky, however, and upon his exit from the roster (he would later go on to front ska-punks Streetlight Manifesto), the remaining members of Catch 22 tapped new frontman Jeff Davidson; with Calpin then assuming guitar duties, new bassist Pat Kays was brought aboard for the 1999 EP Washed Up! Alone in a Crowd followed a year later. Davidson departed the band in March 2001, and Catch 22 were still looking for a replacement when November’s Washed Up and Through the Ringer was released. The album was a sort of compilation; it contained the Washed Up! EP and some rare tracks, along with several live cuts and two new songs that found Gunther and Eldred sharing vocals. This vocal dynamic continued for 2003’s Dinosaur Sounds, an album met with mixed fan response. Catch 22 Live appeared in October 2004; an accompanying DVD included bonus features and live footage shot the previous August at the Downtown in Farmingdale, NY. The band continued touring, including a stops at 2006’s Bamboozle and Warped Tour festivals. Catch 22’s next full-length was a concept album that followed the life of Bolshevik revolutionary Leon Trotsky, entitled Permanent Revolution. It was issued in June 2006; the band later headlined a nationwide tour with Voodoo Glow Skulls, Big D & the Kids Table, Suburban Legends, and more in tow. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide”

If you like this band you might also like: Streetlight Manifesto, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Less Than Jake

Musical Pet Peeves

I am a musically obsessed person, so when someone uses music in the wrong context, or talks about something they know nothing about, it really, really, really bothers me. As you saw in the last post I wrote about the whole Green Day/pop-punk mistake which is a perfect example of this!

My sister and one of my friends both have a habit of finding music, then talking about clulessly. It is disturbing to say the least. The other day my sister came home from some activity and was talking about how she heard a song by Weezer called Beverly Hills (until this point she had never heard of Weezer in her life, even though I had been listening to them for the past 6 months). She then went on the next day about how Weezer was a great “rap band”. I spent 15 minutes arguing with her trying to explain that in no way was Weezer a “rap band”. Does anyone else see a problem with this?? They are nothing like rap!

The second incident was with a friend of mine who is beyond clueless and is already getting on my nerves. For whatever reason whenever I discover a new band or song she automatically latches on to them, and then runs around telling everybody how much she loves them. Anyways I by accidentally mentioned the song Thorns by Demon Hunter in a conversation. So now she is saying how much she loves the song, and how great it is. When I asked her if she even knew what it was about she answered “no, but it’s really cool”. The song is about self-injury, and if you read my post about it before than you know how special it is. It just really bothered me to have her talk about it this way, especially since that song has really changed my life.

Stuff like this happens all the time, people like to talk even if they have no idea what they are talking about.  A very common mistake is mistaking song genres. Nobody even knows how to tell the difference between punk and pop, hip-hop and rap, and rock and metal.

 

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