Untraditional and Romantic Songs for V-Day!

So with a little more than two weeks until Valentines Day, I am sure many of you are already starting to make plans. Here are some songs that aren’t your traditional mushy love songs, but still give you that great feeling. These are my six all time favorite love songs, so hopefully these can get you “in the mood”.

1. Goodnight Moon by Go Radio

I had never heard this song until a guy I knew played it on guitar, and it made me melt. Two months later (we are now dating), and this song almost makes me tear up! The lyrics are so beautiful, and the concept together make this song irresistibly romantic.

2.  I Love Your Existence by Alex Goot

So sweet and so unique, give this one a try! Such a simple statement that means so much but without overdoing it.

3. Ordinary People by Clay Walker

You might not be a country music fan, but this song can still strike a chord somewhere. After listening to this song a few times it makes me want nothing more than an ordinary relationship with all the love, passion and comfort.

Unfortunately I was unable to find it on youtube, so you’ll have to look it up elsewhere.

4. Inevitable by Anberlin

There aren’t enough words to describe how purely amazing this song is. So amazing in fact that this is the song I plan on playing at my wedding, because who doesn’t want that perfect someone to be our “last first kiss”?

5. Kiss Me by New Found Glory

This song is romantic in the sweet innocent way of children rather than a love song, but is so cute and sweet it had to be added to the list.

6. You Shouldn’t Kiss Me Like This by Toby Keith

This is another country song, and the first love song I really ever connected with. To this day I still cannot listen to it without getting the chills

Enjoy and have a great Valentine’s Day!

Naughty Songs

Everybody has their own “guilty pleasure” songs. You know the ones that make you want get up and dance, or maybe even do something naughty. I’ve been pretty addicted to a few of these recently, so I thought I’d share them with you all!

1. Pour Some Sugar On Me by Def Leppard

This song may be older, but too good to ever go out of style. It’s a classic “naughty” song, and is actually the #1 song used for stripping (bet nobody ever told you that one)

2.  I Almost Told You That I Love You by Papa Roach

This song crosses the line into just plain dirty just a bit, but is still pretty awesome. Just beware the video, it’s pretty wild

3. Scream by Avenged Sevenfold

Sexy metal, what could be better?

4. Bad Girlfriend by Theory of a Deadman

Pretty self explanatory

5. For Your Entertainment by Adam Lambert

This song is so hot, and very addicting!

6. I Get Off by Halestorm

My number one favorite naughty song by far. The more you listen to it, the more little things you notice, especially some of the double meanings!

7. Bad Romance

Just plain sexy

Random music and band facts…

Here are some really cool and random facts that I bet you never knew!

  • Creed was the first band in history to have four number-one rock singles from a debut album.
  • Daft Punk was originally known as “Darling”.
  • Benjamin Burnley of Breaking Benjamin co-wrote the song “Shadows” of of Red’s album Innocence & Instinct, and Jasen Rauch of Red co-wrote more than 1/3 of the songs off of Breaking Benjamin’s new album Dear Agony
  • Seether is from South Africa
  • Billy Idol’s son Will is in a band called Lucas
  • Britney Spears’ song “Dont let me be the last to know” was written by Shania Twain.
  • Gavin Rossdale (he just came out with a new song called Love Remains the Same) was the lead singer of the band Bush
  • Drew Lachey was an emergency med technician.
  • Foo Fighters’ named came from the UFO’s that U.S. pilots reported seeing while patroling Germany in WWII
  • Goo Goo Dolls’ singer John Rzeznik was gonna be a plumber
  • Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong wore Jersey #8 on his high school football team.
  • Hawthorne Heights formed under the name ‘A Day In The Life’
  • Jon Bon Jovi turned down the lead role in the film version of “Footloose” in order to concentrate on the band and his music.
  • Lou Reed underwent electroshock therapy as a teenager in an unsuccessful bid to control his mood swings.
  • Michael Bolton was Paula Abdul’s babysitter when she was a child

A Song for Every Mood

Being a typical teenage girl I have a gazillion different moods. The amazing thing is that there are so many different genres of music with a huge variety of bands, so I can have an entirely unique playlist of music according to how I am feeling! I thought I would post a few of my favorites songs for certain occasions!

Stressed out beyond belief:

Whenever I am really stressed out or upset, this is always the song I turn to. For some reason it always makes me feel better!

Excited and Pumped up:

When I’m getting ready for a party, hanging out with friends or want to dance around, this is the right song for the job!

Frustrated/Angry

Somehow screaming it out makes everything better.

Flirty

When I want to get a guy, this song helps give me the confidence!

Break-Up

This song ends things well I do believe..

Christmas music

It is only fitting that I post about Christmas music considering that we are in the midst of the holiday season. While I was a little late getting this post out, so now it is after Christmas, but at least it is before New Years!

Have you ever noticed that radio stations and businesses start playing Christmas music almost as soon as Thanksgiving is over, and then stop playing it immediately after Christmas is over? It’s really the strangest thing ever, and it drives me crazy! In my opinion it is still the holiday season until after New Years is over, and therefore they should continue playing holiday music until January 1st.

Here is my favorite holiday song: Baby Please Come Home by Anberlin (of course)

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!

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.

 

At the Mercy of the Thorns

I realize I haven’t posted in a while, but I hadn’t heard a song that really “struck me” to right about – until last week. I had heard this song once before, loved it, but then totally forgot about it until Iwas playing around with my Youtube channel while studying. The song is called Thorns by Demon Hunter, but you don’t have to be a metal fan to be able to appriciate it.

Here is the video with lyrics, there is also a fan made graphic version that I didn’t post.

I just really connected with this song from the first time I heard it.  The meaning and implications of this song are just so deep it’s hard to even comprehend. It’s about self-injury, but unlike so many other songs about the same topic, it shows a different depth to it.  Basically the song is saying that we don’t have to  hurt ourselves for what we do, Jesus has taken the punishment of bleeding for us.  It is no longer our burden to bear, and we can give it up to  him.

I am not sure if this has the same meaning to anyone else that it does for me, but I thought I would share anyway. I guess you might not be able to understand the emotion unless you have been in that place. I think this song can apply to anyone – not just those who physically hurt themselves. We all have a tendancy to beat our selves up (emotionally, physically or mentally) over stuff that happens, and there comes a time we just need to let go.

Here is a quote from the band:

“In the few months before I began writing lyrics for this record, I was hearing a lot about cutting. This, for those who don’t know is the act of inflicting pain on one’s self (often times by cutting with a knife, or burning with a lighter) in order to take their mind off of some emotional pain. Although I don’t personally know anyone who has dealt with this (that I am aware of), the idea of writing a song about it was really placed on my heart. I guess I thought I might be able to speak to some young people about this particular issue. I couldn’t help but draw a connection between someone wanting to inflict pain on themselves and Jesus having been sacrificed so that we wouldn’t need to bare the guilt of sin. My thought was that Christ had already been cut for us, so there was no need for us to inflict pain on ourselves. That work has been paid for in full by the cross. The chorus lyrics hope that this person (represented by a young female in the song) might find this truth in her darkest of times, when she realizes that the emptiness she hoped would leave after inflicting this pain, still remains. Her flesh, broken, is emptiness. Christ’s flesh broken is mercy for us.” – Demon Hunter

For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. -Colossians 1:19, 20

Emotive, Unstable…..

Music changes lives, and there is one band that single handedly changed mine – Anberlin. My blog name (Unwindingcablecar) is named after their song Unwinding Cable Car, which is a beautiful and inspiring song.

Stephen Christian’s vocals soar, and contain so much raw emotion it’s impossible to make it through an entire cd without digging deep into your own feelings. Surprisingly enough, they are not well known, which somehow makes their discovery a rare and precious surprise. In a culture of trashy, unrefined, and boringly repetitive music, a band like Anberlin is rare indeed. While they aren’t the typical style of music I usually listent to, they have remained my favorite band consistantly!

Here is a link to their site, I would highly encourage you to read the biography. I would have posted it, but the site wouldn’t let me! Anberlin‘s site

One of the other amazing things is that no two of their Cds are alike, each has it’s own style and themes. They range from screaming (The original Feel Good Drag), to very indie sounding acoustics (acoustic A Day Late). Yet another spectacular thing is that they do “doubles” of some of their songs, meaning they have both a original version, and an acoustic or new version.  Most of the songs off of “Lost Songs” are different versions, and they recently remade “Feel Good Drag” off of one of their other Cds!

Reviews from Amazon:

Never Take Friendship Personal (2005) – There’s only one word that comes immediately to mind when describing Anberlin’s Never Take Friendship Personal release. The word? Amazing. This is one of those truly remarkable releases that is so refreshing, so defining, and so well done, you will feel a need to let every know about it. Much like Switchfoot’s The Beautiful Letdown and D.C. Talk’s Jesus Freak, Anberlin’s second release captures the musical styles of the day but recasts them in a unique and exciting way. Much credit up front should go to producer Aaron Sprinkle, who never lets the music overshadow Steven Christian’s emotive alto vocals. Joseph Milligan’s guitar work is nothing short of phenomenal and propels such blistering tracks like “Paperthin Hymn,” “Runaways,” and “Feel Good Drag.” Let’s not forget the rock-steady rhythm from drummer Nathan Young and bassist Deon Rexroat that continually lays down a concrete foundation. Also worthy of note is the intelligent songwriting that prevails throughout the release, showing that Christian-based bands don’t always check their brains at the studio door. Moody at times, exhilarating at others, this is a giant leap forward for a relative newcomer in Christian music. It’s also a release worthy of widespread acclaim and a breath of fresh air in a genre that is sadly growing all too predictable

Cities (2007) – Unlike most emo bands that merely offer a laundry list of personal hardships over the sound of loud guitars, the members of Anberlin know that they can seek salvation in a higher power, so the songs on Cities aren’t so much about self-pity as self-preservation. It’s a refreshing twist on the formula, especially when paired with the industrial-strength hooks the spiritual Florida band knocks out on tracks like “Dismantle. Repair.” and “Godspeed.” On the latter, the group’s frontman Stephen Christian lashes out against the bad habits of his secular counterparts: “Tell them who you were, who you really were/Kill yourself slowly over time, fashion statement suicide.”

Other Cds include New Surrender (2009), Lost Songs (2007), and Blueprints for the Black Market (2003)

About the Artist

In today’s instantly downloadable and quickly consumed culture, bands like Anberlin are a dying breed. Over the course of six years and four full-lengths (including last year’s B-side compilation Lost Songs), the band have established themselves as one of alternative rock’s most exciting acts and as a band who refuse to limit themselves to one specific scene or sound… and it’s paid off. If the band reinvented themselves with last year’s sprawling album Cities–which debuted in the Billboard Top 20 and sold 34,000 copies its first week of release–they’ve transcended that sound with New Surrender. In fact, their latest album that shows the band reconciling all of their seemingly disparate moods into a cohesive blend of music that will lull you to sleep with gentle harmonies one minute and shake you to the core via raw, distortion-drenched rock riffage the next.This control of dynamics has embodied Anberlin’s music since their 2003 debut Blueprints For The Black Market which instantly caught on with fans of emotional music who didn’t want to be fed the same musical clichés–oh, and touring alongside acts like Fall Out Boy and My Chemical Romance to support that album didn’t hurt either. After playing literally hundreds of shows and growing as both musicians and people the band released their sophomore album Never Take Friendship Personal in 2005. Markedly more mature both musically and lyrically, that album established Anberlin as more than another underground sensation and showed that there was no limit to what the band could achieve. This same trend was evident with last year’s mainstream breakthrough Cities, which showed the band progressing even more and expanding their musical vision exponentially.

All this brings us to New Surrender. Although the album retains the Anberlin sound that fans have grown to love, in many ways it’s also an album of firsts that marks the next chapter in the band’s illustrious history. For example, after working for years exclusively with longtime producer/friend Aaron Sprinkle this time around the band decided to enlist legendary producer Neal Avron (Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard, New Found Glory) to capture their sound. Additionally, after selling 435,000 albums on the well-respected indie label Tooth And Nail, with New Surrender the band decided it was finally time for them to step up to a major label–and although they had been courted by various majors for years, the band decided to go with Universal Republic. “At Tooth And Nail there was a glass ceiling and there was no way to get our music out to all the people we wanted to reach,” Christian explains when asked about the band’s decision to change labels. “To us, Universal Republic represents a sense of stability in this turbulent

era for music: The staff is going nowhere, the label is here to stay and they have proven time and time again that they can take bands to the people–and that is where we belong… among the people.”

“The whole album is conceptualized around the theme of a new surrender in the sense that everyone in their lives has something they know they have to give up,” responds Christian when asked about the title of the band’s latest opus. “There’s something that’s holding each of us back from who we could become, so I think each song kind of tackles that theme of surrendering parts of life whether it’s a person or a vice.” In order to capture this idea, the band–which also features guitarist Joseph Milligan, bassist Deon Rexroat, drummer Nathan Young and new addition and former Acceptance guitarist Christian McAlhaney–spent three months in the studio with Avron carefully crafting their most fully realized effort to date.

In fact, from the equally cathartic and melodic track “Breaking” to the soon-to-be summertime anthem “Haight Street” and acoustic ballad “Younglife,” New Surrender is the most varied album of the band’s career–something they credit largely to the new addition of McAlhaney, who has solidified the band’s lineup and become an integral part of the songwriting process. “I think it just felt right,” McAlhaney responds when asked when it was like to be thrown into a songwriting team of Christian and Milligan, who have been writing together for nearly thirteen years. “There was no trial period, we just went for it,” he continues. “It definitely helped having someone else to bounce ideas off of,” Milligan concurs, adding that he’s confident that New Surrender is undoubtedly the band’s strongest album to date.

Although both of the band’s guitarists have completely different styles, they perfectly complement each both rhythmically and melodically on New Surrender–and this sonic interaction has added a new level of depth to Anberlin’s already powerful sound. Additionally, this renewed sense of enthusiasm doesn’t just apply to the guitars but also carries over to Stephen’s vocals, which manage to achieve almost religious levels of grandeur on the falsetto-fueled “Retrace” or soaring, operatic ballad “Breathe.” “Neal [Avron] did not let me get away with anything,” Christian explains, noting that every vocal part on the album is sung individually without relying on studio trickery such as auto-tuning. While this unorthodox approach required additional work on the band’s part, the result is a vocal performance that shows Christian extending his already impressive range and solidifying him as one of the strongest frontman in the genre.

New Surrender is also the first Anberlin album to work the band’s well-documented humanitarian efforts into the lyrics, which have included going to Kenya to teach about AIDS prevention or traveling to Calcutta, India, to educate the masses about the danger of human trafficking. “I live in Los Angeles now, so

I wrote a song [Disappear] about homelessness because that’s something that’s so prevalent in my life,” Christian elaborates. “There’s also about another song [Burn Out Brighter (Northern Lights)] about living unselfishly and the lyrics say, “‘I want to live and die for someone else / the more I live, I see this life’s not about me,'” he adds. “I’m really excited that we’ve got to the level lyrically where our fans don’t listen to Anberlin for just the basic, `Oh girl, I want to hold your hand,” he says, noting that the supportive nature of Anberlin’s fans gave him artistic license to challenge himself and take his own writing to the next level this time around.

However, the band are quick to stress the fact that New Surrender is ultimately an album that’s made to be listened to instead of analyzed–and songs like “Feel Good Drag” are so infectious that it’s likely that listeners will be too wrapped up in the majesty of the music to waste their time worrying about how to pigeonhole Anberlin’s sound. “In some ways I don’t think we have that much emotional attachment to music nowadays,” Christian says, noting that music seems to be such a ubiquitous part of our daily lives that it’s easy to forget the passion that initially drew most of us to it the first place. “I want people to feel like they belong to this record; it’s their record and I want them to treat it like that,” he explains. “Hopefully New Surrender doesn’t just have one single that everyone attaches himself or herself to,” he summarizes, “I really want all twelve songs to be a part of their lives.”

Swaptree!

I am not sure if I posted about this yet or not, I know I did on my other blog. There is this positively amazingly wonderful site called Swaptree, where you can trade books, CDs, DVDs, video and computer games all for free.  The only cost involved is postage, which isn’t much. I have been using this site for over 6 months now and in trade for some old books I found around the house I have gotten over 50 CDs by popular artists such as Green Day, Third Eye Blind, Skillet, Within Temptation, Evanescence, Bad Religion, Three Days Grace, My Chemical Romance, etc. I would highly encourage everyone to check it out – there is a link in the side bar.

  • 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