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

Best rock station ever?

Ok, right now I live in the middle of nowhere, which means our variety of radio station absolutely sucks. So whenever I have the chance I listen to radio online, and this by far the best station ever! If you are a rock fan you will be in heaven! Click on the link and then click the listen live button on the right side bar

http://www.wmmr.com/

Please vote!

It would be great if I could get everyone’s opinions on how to further run this blog – Thanks

~Hil

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!

Bands Nobody Has Ever Heard of Before (3): Lovesick Radio

I had never heard of Lovesick Radio before until one of my friends (who has awesome taste in music and is also an awesome guitar player) sent this song to me. While I thought they were a bit whiney at first, this song really grew on me. The lyrics were powerful, and the song just had a good feel to it.

Loser of the Year

This next song was one I actually got for free off of their myspace (you might want to check it out and see if it’s still up), and really fit was I was going through at the time – a rough breakup.  And what girl hasn’t wanted to let go of it all and say that “boys don’t matter”. Another excellent song, with really really great vocals and sound. Definitely check it out!

Boys Don’t Matter

And this last song was one that I really liked while exploring some of their music on youtube. It’s already been covered by several other bands, and has received a lot of comments that it was an awful imitation, but they don’t know what they are talking about. Listen to it and let me know what you think!

Take Me Home Tonight

Help spread the word about this band’s excellence, they deserve it. They just came out with their first CD, Heartbreak 4 Dummies. I was disappointed to see that they didn’t sell it in either FYE or Hot Topic, maybe they will in the future.

Recent and Remarkable song: Just Friends by Frickin’ A (1)

Ok, to be fair not all of these are that recent, but this is another series of posts about songs that really caught my eye.

I’ve never even heard of this band before, but ran across this song while listening to Lovesick Radio (more about them next)

Who hasn’t felt this way about an ex? And this song phrases the feelings of revenge, resentment and just plain missing someone remarkably well. It made me laugh and reminisce at the same time. While it probably isn’t a song that will change your life like some of the others, it is worth listening to!

CD updates & New Releases

Here are a few new CD releases to be on the lookout for!

July 27th (A.K.A today)

Nightmare by Avenged Sevenfold

August 3rd

11:59 by Ryan Star (actually saw him in concert, but that’s a story for another time)

August 17th

Intimacy by Korn

August 31st (lots of good ones here)

Feeding the Wolves by 10 Years (also saw them )

Asylum by Disturbed

Something for the Rest of Us by Goo Goo Dolls

Screaming Bloody Murder by Sum 41

There are some I am really looking forwards too in September, but I will post them as the dates draw closer

  • More Favorite Albums

    Fallen

    Fallen by Evanescence

  • American Idiot

    American Idiot

  • Comatose

    Comatose by Skillet

  • Innocence & Instinct

    Innocence & Instinct by Red

  • Dear Agony

    Dear Agony by Breaking Benjamin

  • Never Take Friendship Personal

    Never Take Friendship Personal by Anberlin

  • Storm the Gates of Hell

    Storm the Gates of Hell by Demon Hunter

  • Scars & Souvenirs

    Scars & Souvenirs by Theory of a Deadman

  • Phobia

    Phobia by Breaking Benjamin