• Thrice with Say Anything and Attack in Black: February 15, 2008 - Kool Haus

    24. Feb. 2008, 21:32

    I was halfway through my review of the Thrice / Say Anything show last Saturday when I lost my train of thought and have been unable to get it back. Now I'm getting all critical and hate everything that I've written about it so far, so I guess that review is never going to see the light of the Internets.

    I do always forget how good Thrice is live, though. I wasn't looking forward to seeing them, and I was mostly there to see Say Anything, yet the moment they took the stage I remembered just how much I like seeing them live.

    They always play such solid sets, in terms of songs and quality. I've been unable to find their set list online and I can't remember most of it, but it was really, really long and contained a very healthy amount of old songs, which was nice. They encored with a new song from the second installment of the Alchemy Index, which I thought was brilliant and really enjoyed, and The Earth Will Shake.

    Plus they just play so well every time I see them. Dustin Kensrue's voice is always clear, loud, powerful and unrestrained, and that can be so rare for live shows that it's just a joy to listen to. I've seen them at random times throughout the years - late 2005, 2006, late 2007 and now early 2008 - and it seems that he never has an off day. He just has a quality set of lungs on him, I guess. And an awesome name to boot. Kensrue? That's badass, man.

    Really, say what you will about Thrice, but I have never been disappointed with their live performance. Even when I didn't know who they were, even when I got over my infatuation with Vheissu and didn't quite care for them so much anymore, I have never regretted standing through their set and watching them play.

    They're a good group of talented guys, and watching them play, it's undeniable that they're really into what they're doing and that they really genuinely love it - though rare, Dustin and Teppei shared a few candid moments, and I caught them smiling at each other and just in general as they started the opening notes of another song several times. . They don't thrash around on stage or go crazy like some bands - that's not to say that they stand stock-still, but that kind of energy is not why they're so good. They just pour forth talent, quiet enthusiasm and intensity when they play. It's nice to see, and I admire them for continuing to get bigger yet refusing to sell out or stray from their message.

    They don't make awkward eye-contact with members of the crowd, yet I always feel so connected to them when they play. They don't say anything or do anything besides play their music and sing their lyrics, yet I feel as if I instantly understand what they're trying to say, what message they're trying to bring across, and what they're hoping to achieve with their music.

    Call me crazy, but I do feel that Thrice is one of those bands that plays for more than just the enjoyment of music itself. And whenever I see them live, I always come away feeling like I understand. Feeling a connection.

    I just felt that Friday finally gave me a good chance to see what they were all about and really appreciate them.

    Anyway! After a lot of running around downtown Toronto trying to get two tickets off of craiglists people because ticketmaster, being the usual endearingly cute corporation that they are, decided to stick an extra $5 on the ticket price because it was a "Day of Show" ticket. Fuck that.

    We got in after Attack In Black started their set, and as a result I didn't really pay attention to the rest of it. The crowd didn't seem to be too into them, which I felt kind of bad for, because this was technically their home crowd. Except for when they played Young Leaves - "hey, I've heard this song on the radio a billion times! oh yeah, these guys!" Sorry, AiB.

    Say Anything were really good, though. I didn't know any of their new songs, but they played about four of those and also Belt, Woe, Every Man Has a Molly (which was great - so energetic and the entire crowd got way into it, especially when Max yelled, "get off the fucking ground!" and most of the crowd complied), and Alive with the Glory of Love. No Admit It!, though I suppose that was because it would apply to most of the people in that room hah.

    Anyway, they were very energetic and just awesome to watch. Max Bemis, while an asshole, is still one of those people that you kind of can't help but like... unless you wrong him and then he writes a song about it. Hah. I guess you gotta admire that kind of honesty and lack of fear when it comes to taking shots at people, as tactless as it may be. I guess.

    Thrice I've already talked about, so I'll skip past that. Forward to after the show, when Lisa and I were milling about, kind of hoping to catch a glimpse of somebody from Say Anything or Thrice, but having no luck. The line-up for coat check was huge, so we went to the washroom to waste time.

    As we're coming out, one of the guitarists from Say Anything walks past us and says, "You girls look really happy for somebody coming out of the washroom." I guess we were joking around and laughing or something. As usual. Anyway, Lisa was star-struck, and I didn't even register who it was until I was about three feet away and we had walked way past him without really saying anything but laughing at his joke and continuing on our way.

    D'oh. Totally missed our chance to talk up somebody from Say Anything and, in my case, find out why they were skipping Toronto on their tour with Manchester Orchestra. Kind of awesome that he randomly talked to us, though, anyway.

    So yeah. I'd see Thrice a fifth time (provided tickets were relatively cheap and they had good opening bands).
  • Brand New with Thrice and mewithout You: December 13, 2007 - Arrow Hall, Toronto

    16. Dez. 2007, 9:51

    This is long and badly written. Apologies.

    I was really considering skipping this show. I absolutely loathe the venue (Arrow Hall is basically an airplane hangar. I don't understand why they have shows there); I originally had a group of five people going to the show with me but everybody ended up bailing so I would've had to go by myself; and I had a driving test the next morning that I had to be up at 4:45am for, and my mom's policy is that she'll pay for my first try, but if I fail it I'd have to retake it on my own money (which would end up being over $200).

    Choices, choices. In the end I went because I knew I'd regret it a lot if I didn't, despite the circumstances.

    By the time I arrived at Arrow Hall, after first driving to Erin Mills to pick up my ticket and then going through coat check and all that, I missed most of mewithoutYou's set. I hadn't listened to their music beforehand so I had been hoping to hear what they were all about (especially since I'd heard that they put on a great live show) at the show, but I only caught about 2 songs. I picked up their CD after the show as a form of some consolation, though.

    I was in front of the sound tech booth for Thrice's set, which was fairly far from the stage but gave me a clear view at the same time. This was my third time seeing Thrice (*insert witty "once, twice, thrice!" joke here*), and no, I'm not sure how I've ended up seeing them that many times either. I used to be a big fan back in the Vheissu days, and I adored that CD for a couple of months, but now I kind of hate it and prefer their older songs (though I don't know too many of those). And though I picked up their newest after the show, I hadn't heard anything off of it before. They played a good set, though - the only songs I recognized were The Artist In The Ambulance, Silhouette, Stare At The Sun, Of Dust And Nations, The Earth Will Shake, and and AND Red Sky, which is one of my favourites of theirs, especially live. I am really lame because my jaw dropped slightly when they played it. I hadn't seen it on previous setlists, and though I had been silently wishing for either that or Atlantic, I didn't think they'd actually play it. It great, though.

    Overall, they played well, though I have to say that their older songs could've used a bit more punch in the choruses. They were left a bit dangling and weak most of the time. Dustin's voice was really loud and clear the whole time though, which I liked.

    I moved up for Brand New. For the first two songs most of the stage was obscured by some tall people, so I moved a bit more to the centre and ended up with a completely clear view of the stage for most of the set, which was awesome for me, but I felt bad for the people behind me. Sorry, but shows are the only time when being tall has a clear advantage, so just let me enjoy it.


    I liked how they finished the song, let the notes linger, and then Jesse sang the "I'll never have to buy adjacent plots of earth, We'll never have to rot together underneath dirt, I'll never have to lose my baby in the crowd, I should be laughing right now" verse several times over at the end. Even vocalized a bit with the last "now". I like that verse a lot more than the "One loves you so much" verse, but especially the rise in pitch and the mixing of "I can't take it" and "laughing right now" before the song breaks into the solo on the album.

    Welcome to Bangkok
    It seemed to be a very toned down version of it, so I wasn't really crazy about how they performed this. Then again, I guess they spoiled us with the spectacle that was Welcome to Bangkok last tour. Nevertheless, this seemed weaker even than the album version, which was a bit disappointing because this song has always been one of my favourites.

    The Shower Scene
    I find it funny that the only YFW song they play these days is the first song that they wrote as a band. Then again, maybe it's not so much funny as probably done on purpose.

    Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die
    I was really surprised that they played this, because I don't remember it appearing on previous set lists, and they didn't play it in May, either. It was so sweet, though, especially how they all went nuts during the two breakdowns.

    Sigh, my love. I don't understand how people can not love this song. It's so incredibly sexy. I hate when that words is used to describe things, but it's the one word that just fits perfectly with the intro of this song. Anyway, I can't love this song any more than I already do, so I can't say much about their performance of it, but one thing I really loved was how Derrick did the backing verses - the ones in brackets on their lyrics page. I don't remember them doing that back in May, and I thought it was a really nice touch. Added a "completeness" to the song. Also, Vinnie's backing vocals were really prominent and really good on this song and throughout the whole set. His voice has improved quite a significant amount, and I love that he sings so much more now.

    I was basically hypnotized by Brian's drumming for the entire duration of this song, so I can't say much aside from that. He. is. so. good.

    Not The Sun
    Jesse's vocals were really rough on this one. Kind of slurred and unintelligible. "Be my baaaa-be my baaaa-be my baaaay... You set *mumblemumble* not the sunnnnn!"

    Oh Comely
    I don't remember what Jesse said to introduce this song, but it was similar to what he said to introduce it last year - obviously without the reference to Anathallo - so I went ":O" because I couldn't believe he was playing it again. He was joined by two guys from mewithoutYou for this one - one played the accordion, and the other one had a shaker and did the backup vocals. It was really well done - I thought his voice was flawless.

    Okay I Believe You But My Tommy Gun Don't
    Massive sing-along for this one, which was expected. I also really liked how he sang the first two verses, before going all weird in the chorus. Great breakdown as well - they all went crazy, and I really love seeing them go crazy and show so much energy. Mostly because people keep saying how they always look like they don't want to be there when they're playing shows and, well, either they love Toronto, or those people are wrong.

    Sic Transit Gloria... Glory Fades
    My favourite part was probably when it was time for the last chorus after the breakdown, and since neither of the guitarists was close to a mic, the crowd filled in for them. It sounded really good. The crowd also drowned them out for the last "Die young and save yourself!", but that was to be expected.

    They had four guitarists for the breakdown, which I thought was interesting. Do they seriously need that many? Insane.

    The bass was really punched up for the intro of this, which I thought was really great and a really nice touch to the song. Also, Brian played a different beat from the one on the album during the verses, which was neat. And, of course, the drumming at the end - with Jesse joining Brian and the other drummer on the big bass drum - was pretty glorious.

    Sowing Season (Yeah)
    For some reason, I was really surprised when they played this. I'm not sure why. I think by that point I was completely entranced and therefore everything and anything they did was deemed amazing. I was seriously deliriously drunk off their music, it was so weird.

    You Won't Know
    This one was a bit disappointing this time around - I much preferred their May performances of this song to yesterday's. The lyrics were kind of slurred, once again, and it just didn't have the same power that it did before. I don't know. This song is one of my favourites, but it wasn't as good as it was the other two times I saw it live.

    Jesus Christ
    Jesse pre-cluded - I don't think that's a word - this one with a little ditty of "Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so," before going into the actual song. It would've helped if he smiled or laughed a bit while he did it - as it was, it was a little unsettling and almost creepy.

    Thanked us, left the stage. The crowd barely even had time to chant - Vinnie was back on again in like two minutes.

    Anddd, the instrumental encore. Which everybody keeps referring to as Untitled for a reason that I can't quite understand because save for the two backing keyboard notes, it sounds nothing like Untitled. I don't know, maybe I don't have ears. In any case, it was amazing. I'd heard it before thanks to YouTube (and I do believe I kind of spoiled it for myself that way), but it was still incredible. I was grinning so hard when the drums and the rest of the band kicked in that I felt kind of silly in comparison to all the stony-faced people around me. I couldn't help it - hearing it made me so indescribably happy.

    The entire show made me really really happy. I think going by myself actually really helped the experience. Usually I go to Brand New shows with people who aren't as into them as me (or at all, really), so I spend the whole show worrying about whether they're having a good time or not. And I cringe at every little mistake the band makes on stage because I feel like the people I'm with are judging them harshly because of it and are therefore hating being there even more.

    It's stupid and silly, I know, and I know I'm exaggerating and I know they probably don't care like that at all. But sometimes I think I'm a bit of a chronic people-pleaser, so I worry.

    This time, however, I didn't have anybody else to worry about except myself, and the good time that I was having. And, as a result, I got so into the music and into the atmosphere that I was practically breathing their music, and it was amazing. I really think I was in a trance, because I was focused on nothing else but what was going on in front of me on stage, and I just blocked out the rest of the world.

    I commend the Toronto crowds for being less douchey than usual, but at the same time I'm not sure if they were actually any better or if I just learned to completely tune them out like I learned to tune out my science teachers back in high school (I remember I got so good at that that when I actually tried to listen and pay attention, I'd end up tuning them out on reflex anyway haha).

    In any case, nothing bothered me. It was just me, the band, and the music, and because of that, the entire experience was euphoric. Euphoric. That's actually a good word for it. I left feeling more satisfied than I had felt in weeks. And really, after the shithole that November had been, this was exactly that I needed.

    I really love this stupid band. There's something really personal and really accessible about them. As well as something amazing, obviously.
  • NM - Twelve (Glassjaw, The Unicorns, I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business, The…

    9. Dez. 2007, 5:31

    This is my ongoing project to discover new music. I pick four artists, download around 10 songs from each, and listen to them until I form some kind of an opinion on whether I like them or not. The artists are chosen by either what's recommended to me or just artists I've heard a lot about. The songs are usually the top 10 tracks from the "Top Track, Last Six Months" as provided by last.fm.

    This session, it's been:

    The Unicorns
    I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business
    The Most Serene Republic

    Glassjaw - I've heard casual references made to them and their music many times, but I never really thought to listen to them before I fell in love with the small amount of Beat Scientific music that is available, which is a side project of the lead singer of Glassjaw and Brian Lane of Brand New.
    You can only imagine how disappointed I was to find that they are largely a screamo band. It actually really upsets me because I really really like Daryl Palumbo's voice. I don't know why he has to ruin things by screaming, because his singing voice is one of the nicest I've heard recently. There's just something really pleasing about the tone of it, and God how I wish he'd stop screaming.
    The sad thing is that the music is shitty when he's screaming, but good in the parts of the songs that he sings. An example of this is Siberian Kiss, where the singing parts are backed by nice guitar riffs, while the screaming parts are amped up by stupid distorted chords.
    It really bothers me, because if they'd cut the screaming out, I'd like them so much.
    I do like Trailer Park Jesus, Ape Dos Mil and Ry Ry's Song, as those seem to be the only screamo-free songs and are also, strangely enough, quite good! What a weird concept. So, if somebody would like to recommend more screamo-less Glassjaw songs, I'd be more than happy to listen to them.
    Because his voice is just so fucking good that it kills me to completely write them off just because he has a tendency to scream every once in a while.
    Though, I guess, there's always Head Automatica...

    The Unicorns - I heard of these guys because a friend of a friend was in love with them. She had a song of theirs on her MySpace (I believe it was Les OS) and I liked it enough, so I decided to check some of their other stuff out.
    Uhh, I can't say I'm much of a fan. A lot of their songs have a lot of extraneous noise (best way I can describe it) that's really grating on my ears and is really irritating to listen to (prime example: Jellybones. Oh my God, make it stop!)His voice can be kind of whinyly annoying, as well.
    That said, I do like a couple of songs, like Tuff Ghost (though it does have some of the aforementioned "noise", there's just something really appealing about it), and [track artist=The Unicorns]Sea Ghost. I'll give the rest some time to grow on me - maybe there's some underlining beauty in the noise that I'm missing.

    I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business - A friend sent me [track artist=I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business[/track]Whispering Actually[/track] a long time ago, and I fell in love with that song right away. It's definitely one of my favourite songs ever, so how disappointed do you think I was when I found out that the rest of their stuff isn't really anything like it?
    I didn't realize that this is a side-project (or a new-project, whatever) of the lead singer of The Early November, and now my only question is, why leave one band and start another if you're going to make exactly the same kind of music? Usually people form new bands because they want to pursue a different musical style, or something. Not to make the music that you can't distinguish as being fron one band or the other.
    Anyway, I kind of like a few songs (the only notable one, besides Whispering Actually, is probably [track artist=I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business]Salvy[/track]), but it's mostly all stuff that sounds the same. Not that it's particularly BAD, it's just monotone and I'll probably never know the names of any of the songs because I won't be able to differentiate one from the other.
    Sorry Ace Enders. I guess I just don't see the genius that everybody keeps talking about that you're apparently supposed to possess.

    The Most Serene Republic - I'm not sure why, but I had the idea ingrained in my mind that The Most Serene Republic were some kind of a post-hardcore band, or something along those lines. Yeeeeeah, I guess I was really really wrong.
    Anyway, I guess comparisons to Broken Social Scene are impossible to avoid, so I'll get them out of the way quickly: yes, they make the same type of music, but I like these guys a lot more than BSS. They're more upbeat and more interesting than BSS - granted, BSS does have a couple of really good songs, but overall I find their stuff to be too mellow for me to really like.
    The Most Serene Republic are quite fantastic, however. The lead singer's voice isn't the best at times, but the music more than makes up for it (plus he doesn't sing that often anyway).
    I will likely pick up Underwater Cinematographer sometime soon.

    Next up!

    Mute Math (Top "Recommended Artist" on last.fm for me)
    Minus the Bear (recommended by SamuraiMoose)
    Editors (recommended by _agent_orange_)
    Ted Leo and the Pharmacists (recommended by Phillyzero)

    Reading past entries I've realized I've gotten a lot of great recommendations, and should start listening to those (partly also so that I don't look like I'm ignoring those people completely).

    Comments and further recommendations are always welcome.
  • Favourite/Influential Women in Music

    3. Dez. 2007, 4:09

    Out of curiosity and procrastination, I wanted to see how many I could list.

    (This list includes women from mostly recent times, because those were the easiest to think of.)

    In no particular order, save for the first one, because she's always the first "girl in a band" that pops into my head whenever I try to think of one.

    Courtney Love (Hole) - I don't care if you hate her or if you think she killed Kurt, she was good at what she did.

    Emily Haines (Metric) - one of my favourite women in music right now.

    d'Arcy (The Smashing Pumpkins) - I'd say she was one of the main women in the 90s alternative/grunge scene.

    Jenny Lewis (Rilo Kiley) - I love the tone of her voice.

    Regina Spektor - She's just fantastic.

    Amy Millan (Stars)

    Sherri, Chauntelle and Stacy DuPree (Eisley) - the other favourite women in my music right now.

    Imogen Heap (Frou Frou) - She's doing great things right now.

    Shirley Manson (Garbage) - Also one of the influential ladies of the 90s.

    Tegan and Sara Quin (Tegan and Sara) - sister, lesbians (obviously not with each other), Canadian, awesome.

    Gwen Stefani (No Doubt) - Her pink hair is probably one of the icons of the 90s.

    Michelle Nolan (Straylight Run)

    Dolores O'Riordan (The Cranberries) - She has a goddamn powerful voice.

    Régine Chassagne (The Arcade Fire)

    Melissa Auf Der Maur (Hole, The Smashing Pumpkins)

    Karen O (Yeah Yeah Yeahs)

    Louise Post, Nina Gordon, and Lili Taylor of Veruca Salt - influential? Well, maybe not so much.

    The girls of Kittie (I'm not going to pretend to know their names) - I don't know much about them, but they gained a fair bit of popularity in the very male-dominated metal (ish?) scene, so good for them.

    I'm actually quite pleasantly surprised by how many there are. Feel free to add on - I know this is nowhere near complete.


    Kim Deal (Pixies, The Breeders)

    Tori Amos

    PJ Harvey

    Liz Phair

    Cat Power

    Kathleen Hannah (Bikini Kill, Le Tigre)

    Brody Dalle (The Distillers)

    Amanda Palmer (The Dresden Dolls)

    Fiona Apple
  • This of course hasn't been done before: Deja Entendu vs. TDAGARIM

    17. Nov. 2007, 1:32

    I don't think TDAG had been out for even a day before the Brand New ST boards were alight with discussions over which album was better (everybody knows that Your Favorite Weapon has ceased to be a contender for this status once the majority of the fans graduated from high school. Haha. Just kidding. Kind of).

    I held off on making a decision, because I thought it'd be impossible for me to judge both albums properly while The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me was still so new. By default I'd say Deja Entendu, because it had proved to be timeless, in a way, while TDAG hadn't gotten that chance yet.

    Then the hubbub died down and I stopped thinking about the question.

    Recently though, a song off of TDAG came up on shuffle and it occured to me that it's been nearly a year since the album's release and that the songs still haven't gotten old. A couple of days later, I set my MP3 player to play Brand New songs on shuffle, and, after playing a few songs off of TDAG, it switched to I Will Play My Game Beneath the Spin Light, which is one of my favourites from Deja.

    It's a great song. I still love it. But I was kind of sad to realize that it didn't have the same impact on me as any song from TDAG would've.

    TDAG is powerful, TDAG is emotional, TDAG makes me want to scream along with the lyrics while on quiet subway rides home until everybody stares and wonders what is up with the head of that crazy girl. It stirs something inside of me, and it just makes me feel, as corny as it is to say this.

    I would imagine that once upon a time Deja might've done this for me too. But I no longer remember that time nor do I think that it did it for quite as long as TDAG did. It's been a year with that album on pretty heavy rotation, and yet it still hasn't gotten old. I stress this point because I am a terribly fickle person and get tired of things so quickly and so easily that it really is a huge surprise that I'm still as in love with TDAG now as I was when it first came out. It is definitely saying something that it hasn't.

    But there's just something about it.

    Let's talk specific songs. My favourite is no doubt Degausser, as there is something really ridiculously alluring in that song. It doesn't have the best lyrics (The line "You're my favourite bird and when you sing, I really do wish you would wear my ring" makes me cringe every time I hear it), but my God the music is so good. I'm going to feel crazy saying this, but it's a really sexy song. The opening notes, the echoing quality of that riff, the drums, the soft whisper/singing... it just oozes sex. And then the chorus kicks in and I just want to run around throwing shit and tearing my hair out. I could go on, but I feel that might be best saved for another, separate entry (which I will get to probably never). There is something incredibly moving about that song, and I am really ridiculously in love with it. It's just sheer perfection - there's no other way around it.

    Now, Welcome to Bangkok. Oh my Holy Jesus. This song is incredible. I never understood why people were slamming the instrumental songs on the album, because when I first heard this I was blown away and it still blows my mind every time I listen to it. Like, the way it builds, and explodes, and goes nuts at the end... how can anybody not fucking love that? I can't describe how infinite I feel when I listen to this. I can't describe how hard it is for me to keep still when listening to this song in public. I can't describe how this song can be the best form of emotional release for me sometimes. Incredible is the only word for it, and even that probably isn't enough.

    Moving on. You Won't Know. Such a creepy riff, but so perfect for the song. Again, some crazy people were saying how the drums were off-beat. No, they're absolutely fine. You just can't listen. I like Jesse's voice in this one, too - his quiet, broken singing in the beginning, and then his screaming throughout the rest of the song (which obviously makes me want to do nothing but scream along with him). I like the lyrics of this. I like the power of this. I like the unrelentless energy and emotion in this (how long is this fucker going to scream in that really awesome and endearing way for?). The ending of this could've used a bit more of a bang, like what was supplied for it in their live performances, but it's still an amazing song nonetheless.

    A lot of people don't like Sowing Season (Yeah). I don't know why. I think just the moment when Jesse screams "YEAH!" and the rest of the band kicks in alone make this song epic (kind of like that moment in Limousine when the entire mood of the song flips around - hey you, beauty supreme. Every time I hear it, I get a visual of the sun coming out from behind dark stormy clouds. That's exactly what it sounds like). And God, how much do I love the drums here? Brian Lane outdid himself something awful on this record. It was one of the first things I noticed, and it's one of my favourite things about this album (the drumming in Degausser is particularly exceptionally excellent too). The riffs in this song are awesome too. There's a lot of awesome things about this song.

    I'll mention one more. Handcuffs, aka. the first released song that Vinnie wrote entirely by himself, lyrics and all. I didn't like it at first. Well, I didn't like a lot of songs on this album, before I realized I was an idiot and not listening well enough. Anyway, yeah, Handcuffs. It's a flawlessly creepy song. It builds to a crescendo very slowly and deliberately, and in that way is absolutely beautiful. I particularly like the part where "way off" echoes. The ending is sweet (yes, the lyrics go "you're still lying", and I think it's sweet. I'm crazy, I know), and somehow, it makes me feel good about everything.

    I'll hold off on talking about others because then this would get REALLY lengthy.

    Anyway, what I have realized while writing this is that TDAG is a very good emotional-release record. If you're keeping things bottled, one listen of this and you'll feel so much better. If you're stressed and feel like you're running under too much pressure, listen to this and you'll feel better. If you're in abundance of any one emotion and want to stop, listen to this and you'll be back to normal in no time. Though, don't hold me to this because what works for me may not work so well for you.

    But this is basically why I love tee-dag (how does everybody else pronounce it?). It's such a powerful fucking record. Don't listen to it if you're in a room with a lot of plates that you aren't responsible/didn't pay for. Because if you're anything like me, which you might not be, they'll be smashed in pieces on the floor in no time.

    Now don't get me wrong, I don't mean that Deja is a bad record. It's not. I still like it a whole lot, and I still listen to it a lot, and I still think that a lot of the songs on there are genius. Guernica is brilliant, Jaws Theme Swimming is fantastic, Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't and Good to Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have to Do Is Die both have some really amazing lyrics, and Play Crack the Sky and The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot are both those "essential acoustic" tracks.

    But for the purposes of answering the question which album is better, my vote goes to TDAGARIM. It's powerful and it's emotional, while Deja is nostalgic and comforting. I personally prefer the former (right now, anyway), but another thing that recently struck me is how appropriately named both of these albums are. Deja Entendu translates into "already heard", hence the nostalgic feeling of the album, and the devil and God are raging inside me? Well, yes, that's exactly how I feel when I listen to it. "Raging" is such a good word for it, and I always feel so calm and peaceful and enlightened when it's over.

    Emotional release at it's best.

    Agree, disagree? Thanks for reading, anyway, and I hope you feel enlightened. Haha.
  • last.fm told me to write a new journal entry, so I did

    1. Nov. 2007, 2:11

    So for about 6 years (from grade 7 to grade 12) the Red Hot Chili Peppers have been my favourite band, but it seems that they have now lost that title. I still have a soft spot for them and their music, but I think I've just outgrown them. Alas. And as much as I hate to say this about a band that was my favourie for SO LONG, they seem kind of... juvenile now.

    It feels strange to realize that they're not my favourite anymore - for years I've been known as the girl who's obsessed with the Chili Peppers. Well, maybe not obsessed but all my friends knew that they were my all-time favourite band, and they'd always let me known if there was an interview going on with them on some obscure channel at some ungodly hour of the night, or ask me about where to start if they wanted to try their music, or something along those lines. It was almost as if my love for the band was one of my personality traits, and it's just really weird to lose that.

    Now Brand New have claimed the top position, and my music tastes have been shifting slightly to reflect that - Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra have been quickly climbing my charts (I'm really surprised at how quickly, actually - Devine has recently reached the #10 spot, and I can't even begin to comprehend when exactly this happened), and I would expect this to be only the beginning.

    Several years ago I used to say that 90s alternative was my favourite music genre, but I don't think this is the case anymore either. The loss of the Chili Peppers as my favourite band has kind of sealed that, and now I don't know what to answer when people say that "rock" is too general of an answer to what kind of music I listen to.

    I don't want to say indie because indie is this huge, really general genre. And plus I don't want to be associated with those indie snobs, because I'm sure my music taste is nowhere near as good/obscure as theirs is, and I'm sure they don't want me to be part of their little clique.

    So I don't know. I guess I could provide a point for this entry by asking you, random reader, to classify my tastes, but that wasn't really the point of this. I started writing this to update my sidebar profile, but then realized I could ramble long enough to make it into a separate journal entry, and since I like rambling, here you are reading my musings.

    I have an essay to do. Good night.
  • NM - Eleven (The Libertines, Thursday, Rilo Kiley, 65daysofstatic)

    15. Okt. 2007, 1:23

    I'm writing this a mere two weeks later! Must be a new record of some kind.

    The Libertines
    Rilo Kiley

    The Libertines - This band was recommended to me by a girl in my grade 12 Literature class while we were sitting in detention together. She said I'd probably like them because I liked The Strokes and, well, I love The Strokes, and I've heard praise about this band since then, so I decided to give them a try.
    I hate saying this, but I'm not blown away. I think maybe I'm just not into this style of music right now, as I tend to favour more mellow, emotional music right now rather than upbeat, happy songs. So because of that reason, I am going to leave them in my library as I'm fairly sure I'll start liking them when I'm in the mood for that style of music, but right now I'm not crazy about them.
    Maybe I'll write an update later, as I feel kind of bad leaving this like this.
    I do like Can't Stand Me Now and Music When the Lights Go Out, though, even right now. They both have very good riffs and are quite catchy. I figure the rest of their songs will be catchy too, once I give them more of a chance. But I'm just not in the mood right now, and I haven't been for the last two weeks. So yeah, I'll update this later when they've been given a more fair chance.
    Lol, sorry for being so repetitive.

    Thursday - My reaction to the first Thursday song I heard was, "...oh." I did not realize they were screamo. After that first song I realized that they weren't fully screamo, but... why did I have the impression that Thursday were this sappy acoustic band? Am I thinking of somebody else here? Am I just crazy? I feel deceived, at any rate.
    Well, I don't like screamo, generally (only in small, small doses - ie. the new Alexisonfire and AFI's older stuff, because their new stuff is ghey), but thankfully Thursday are not quite that. Some songs are, butI'll delete those and listen to the rest. =)
    At first, the guy's voice really fucking annoyed me, as it leans heavily towards the whiny side, but I've gotten mostly used to it. I like a few songs - Counting 5-4-3-2-1, Understanding In A Car Crash, and War All The Time.
    I'll give the others a little longer to grow on me before giving them the deletion axe. HUZZAH!
    Anyway, overall, there's nothing particularly interesting or exciting about this band. They have a few catchy songs and all that, but like, there's nothing groundbreaking or amazing. I'd buy one of their albums if it was cheap (< $10) and if I had a lot of money to blow, but that's about it.

    Rilo Kiley - I don't know how to properly introduce this band, or my first reaction or how I first heard of them.
    So I'll just dive right in. I love her voice. It's not particularly exceptionally powerful, or pretty, or anything that usually constitutes a good voice (and don't get me wrong, I do think she has a good voice, just not for those reasons), but I love love love its tone. It has a really warm tone and I just love listening to it. That's definitely the first thing I noticed about this band and the very first thing I liked. I just can't get enough of her (Jenny Lewis, is it?) freakin voice - I just want to listen to her sing for hours. And I'm not usually this hung up on voices! There's just something really appealing about hers and something that I really really love.
    But I do like the music a lot as well. All of the songs that I've downloaded have really grown on me really quick, and I can't even pick a few favourites. I guess Portions For Foxes, Paint's Peeling and With Arms Outstretched are my top favourites, but I don't want to just say that out of fear of forsaking The Good That Won't Come Out, Does He Love You? (I really love the lyrics/story of this one) and The Execution of All Things. They're all just so good!
    Also, More Adventurous has a very Eisley-esque feel to it (mostly just the intro and the background instruments). I'm not sure who came first or what, and I don't care. I can just totally picture one of the DuPree sisters singing this.
    My only complaint about this band would be that sometimes the lyrics are very pretentious and almost arrogant... or at least that's the vibe I get from them. Maybe that's the point or maybe it's sarcastic, I don't know, but I'm really not fond of a few of them. It's not a big issue or anything at all, I just get the feeling that I wouldn't like Jenny Lewis much if I met her, aside from her voice. But I probably won't, so no harm done, right?
    And yeah, I know - lyrics don't necessarily reflect the author, but I'm just saying that that's the vibe I get from her. *shrugs* It may not be right and it may not be based on anything, but hey, feel free to prove me wrong - I'll be more than receptive.
    In any case, I really like this band, and will make a note to pick up More Adventurous and The Execution of All Things when I get a chance to.

    65daysofstatic - A friend of mine had Radio Protector up on their MySpace a couple of years ago, and I always enjoyed listening to the first 30 seconds while I typed up my comment on their page and what not. I liked the song enough to ask said friend to burn me a mix CD of all these new indie bands of this style that he was heavily into at the time, but for some reason I never listened to that CD very much. What can I say, I was pretty closed-minded in terms of music back then. I bet if I dug up that CD now I'd love it to pieces. Maybe I will. Too bad there was no track listing!
    Anyway, so the only song I even remotely knew from this band was Radio Protector, but I don't remember it ever affecting me as much as it did when I first listened to it two weeks ago. Wow. I don't know. Just wow. I put all the downloaded songs from this set's artists on my MP3 player right after downloading them, and this is the first song I played on my commute home. I was standing in a crowded subway, staring out the window, and let me tell you, there was something almost magical about listening to this song while hurtling backwards through a dark tunnel, with small bursts of light periodically flashing by and accenting the darkness. I was floored, I was moved, I wanted to cry. I felt infinite and I felt amazing and my ears were orgasming and oh my God how I wished everybody in that subway car could be experiencing what I was experiencing at that moment.
    There is something intensely stirring about that song. The quiet intro with the lilting piano notes, the moment when the drums kick in (possibly my favourite moment - the effect is so powerful), the section with the chimes, the build-up of the piano layering over the chimes... it's all so beautifully executed and so... exquisite.
    I don't know how many times I listened to that song on repeat after that. It's a gorgeous song beyond description.
    Does that say enough about how I feel about 65daysofstatic? Though perhaps I love Radio Protector the most out of all the songs I've heard from them so far, the rest are all nevertheless quite beautiful as well. I'm very fond of Retreat! Retreat! as well (the "we will not retreat, this band is unstoppable!" line always makes me smile), and... well, pretty much every other song I downloaded as well.
    I do have a complaint, however: This band has a to overuse those scratchy, electronic sounds. I found that they sometimes didn't fit in that well with the clean, pretty piano melodies, and reminded me too much of something cold and metallic. Actually, to be honest, the scratchy noises kind of reminded me of those things from the Matrix - the sentinels? You know, how they came in and made all those unpleasant noises and killed all the good guys. So, therefore, I don't have good associations with those kind of sounds (and yeah, I know, how embarassing is it that I have this association from The Matrix, of all things... *rolls eyes*), and I don't like how there seems to be an overabundance of that sound in these songs. But, it's a minor complaint, and I'm sure I'll get used to it eventually.
    It might be cheesy to say so, but one of the things I like about this band is that they disprove the theory that music needs lyrics to be good. I've always hated that idea - I don't care for lyrics much at all, myself, and I always prefer to focus on the music instead. There are only two reasons why I like lyrics: 1. vocals add further musical depth to the music (the harmonies and the like, and just because vocals are pretty much an instrument in themselves), and 2. sometimes I like having something to sing along to. But I've never really cared much for the lyrics themselves; I don't try to figure out their meaning (which is a stupid thing to do because, after reading many interviews with artists, I've realized that most of their lyrics are either made up (Brand New, for example) or about something completely different from what it'd seem that they were about, and usually that "something" is a lot less deep than most fans would like it to be (Stars, for example)) and sure, I may like the wording of a specific phrase because I am a writer myself, but I don't try to dissect these things. Lyrics simply do not make a song better, and I just wish more people would understand this.

    2/4 this round, I guess.

    Next up!

    The Unicorns
    I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business
    The Most Serene Republic

    Comments and recommendations (especially of artists similar to 65daysofstatic) are very welcome, as always. Thanks for reading! :)
  • NM - Ten (The Shins, Stars, Garbage, The Early November)

    29. Sep. 2007, 3:20

    Wow this is way overdue. I think I just kept putting it off and off because it was so overdue and eventually stopped thinking about it all together, but now I yearn for new music. So.

    The Shins
    The Early November

    The Shins - Everybody and their grandma has heard Caring Is Creepy by now, I'm sure. I love that song so hard, and it's entirely because of that song that The Shins are on my list, and though I have a few of their other songs in my library (New Slang, Saint Simon, and Turn on Me), not one of them reaches the genius of Caring is Creepy, in my opinion.
    I was disappointed to find that the rest of their work also falls short of that song for me. I don't know, perhaps it was wrong for me to set such high expectations for the band because of this one song, but I guess it was something I did subconsciously. I can't even rightfully describe their music right now because none of their other songs stuck with me long enough to make any kind of an impression. And I was fair - downloaded stuff off of 3 of their albums (Chutes Too Narrow, Oh, Inverted World, and Wincing the Night Away), but no, nothing.
    I have hopes for them still - I'll leave them in my library for a while and give them a chance to grow on me, but as it is right now, whenever a Shins song comes up on shuffle, I don't even notice. Maybe that's just the way their music is - calm and mellow - but I find nothing striking about it at all.
    My opinion is subject to change, though, of course, and I really hope it does because I really do want to like this band. They're so appealing and interesting.
    I am quite disappointed by my opinion of them.

    Stars - The first song I've heard from them was Ageless Beauty, a couple of years ago when my friend made a video with a collage of our pictures set to the background music of that song (it was a pretty sweet, though simple, video - I wish I still had it and that it hadn't been lost somewhere along the way of hard drive failures and computer changes). I loved the song almost immediately - it was catchy and I liked the flowing, electronic style of it. I'm not sure if that even makes sense.
    I was at first startled that they have two lead singers - I didn't know this and thought I had the wrong band at first. But! I like them. And, more surprisingly, I think I kind of like their older stuff more than their newer stuff, which is rare for me, as I'm one of those people that believes that bands get better as they progress through the ages, and not worse as all those "die-hards" believe. God I hate those people - the ones that bitch about the good ol' days when so-and-so band was recording their music using a shitty 8-track on which you could barely hear anything but distortion. Get over yourself - you're not hardcore just because you knew and liked the band when they were practicing in their garage and you'd stop and watch because you thought the lead singer was hot and that being a fan of his then-shitty-band would aid your chances of getting into his pants. Bands suck when they start out: fact.
    But, I disgress.
    Anyway, Elevator Love Letter is amazing. I simply love their style! I can't quite describe it - it's electronic-y and so simple but so good. Yeah, I'm sorry, I'm out of practice of writing these things, so excuse my shitty descriptions. I'm also quite fond of Heart as well.
    I think what I'll do is I'll buy Heart first, and then I'll go more recent from there.
    These guys played at my frosh but unfortunately I wasn't there to see them because I was on vacation during frosh week. =(

    Garbage - Another band I expected to like but was kind of disappointed by. I like their hits - Only Happy When It Rains, Bleed Like Me, Stupid Girl, and I Think I'm Paranoid, but they kind of fall flat for me besides that. There's nothing particularly good about their music. I realize how harsh that sounds, but it's true. I think Shirley Manson has a very good and powerful voice, but the music is nothing exceptional or interesting. The aforementioned hits are catchy and nice to sing-along with, but that's about it, really. I'll keep them in my music library and I'll give them a couple of listens every once in a while, I wouldn't go out and buy their albums and I don't see them becoming a favourite or anything like that. They're just kind of... there. Frankly, I don't understand why people made such a big deal about them or why they got so much attention in the 90's. I'd guess it was because Shirley Manson was hot and girls like her were kind of rare in bands back then? Her, Courtney Love, and D'Arcy of Smashing Pumpkins pretty much dominated the female spectrum of the music industry in the 90's.
    Oh, there is one song of theirs that I'm quite fond of: Cup of Coffee. I don't know what's up with the intro and why it sounds like music from a cheesy UFO movie, but the rest of the song is sweet and very sad. Beautiful lyrics and I love the violins.
    Overall though, eh.
    I'm sorry Shirley Manson. You're still gorgeous, though.

    The Early November - I did not realize that this was one of "those" bands. Yeah, you know what type of bands I'm talking about, and yeah, I'm going to stereotype and offend as I please.
    I'm not gonna lie - though I'm not particularly fond of this style of music most of the time (I can handle it in bits and pieces), I did like a few of their songs.
    Mostly I Want To Hear You Sad. I like the simplicity of the riff, and the catchiness of the chorus. And the guy's voice isn't even ridiculously annoying! That's my major qualm with these kind of bands - the lead singers' voices make me want to strangle myself. Like, fuck. How annoying and whiny can your voice possibly be. And who, WHO exactly told you that you can sing?
    Anyway. I also like All We Ever Needed and, against my will, Dinner At The Money Table (except when he does the falsetto - just, no.) and Hair.
    I don't know what else to say. They're a pretty uninteresting and uninspired band, but they have a few good songs, so I'll keep those songs in my library and throw the rest out because I'm certain the rest won't grow on me no matter how much I listen to them.

    Sorry for the shittiness of this entry, but this was a bad pick of artists.

    Next up!

    The Libertines
    Rilo Kiley
  • NM - Nine (Anathallo, Kevin Devine, Men Women & Children, Manchester Orchestra)

    2. Jul. 2007, 4:04

    Oooh, this one is really late, sorry.


    Kevin Devine
    Men Women & Children
    Manchester Orchestra

    Anathallo - My first taste of this band was on May 17, when they opened for Brand New along with Colour Revolt, and I got to see them live once more on the 18th as well. I like them. The best word I can find to describe them is quirky. They are definitely quite different, what with their use of a plethora of instruments in their music, anything from guitars to trombones to pots and pans, and their intricate harmonies and singing. I think I like the harmonizing of the backing vocals a lot more than the lead singer, actually. I don't mean to take anything away from the lead singer, but I just really like the harmonies - they sound wonderful.
    They are an immensely interesting band, and I absolutely love listening to their music. Their melodies are so wonderful and are truly unlike anything else that I currently have in my music library. They are purely amazing, and in a different way from the way I would normally use that word. Maybe I just haven't been properly exposed to enough music yet (actually, I don't think that's a maybe - I definitely haven't), but they are unlike anything I have heard before, and are simply wonderful. I love love their melodies, and their use of all those instruments, and their harmonies, as mentioned above, and also how much the music changes within one song. Gorgeous music, it truly is.
    Also, let me brag for a moment and say that I met and talked to a few of them! Bret Wallin is my absolute favourite - he is so enthusiastic and energetic and CRAZY when he plays, and I met him after the show and complimented him. He seemed flattered, heh. I also met Jamie Macleod and talked to him for a while too, just about random stuff, and he was super nice and friendly as well.
    My favourite song from them is properly Hanasakajijii (Four: A Great Wind More Ash), mostly because of the incredible chorus, but I have an appreciation for all of the songs off of Floating World (which I bought after the show on the 18th). I'm looking forward to buying more albums from them and hearing more of their music, for sure.

    Kevin Devine - I had heard a lot about Kevin Devine before I ever heard his music, and was already in love with him as a person before I even listened to one song from him (yes, I watched those MO podcasts with him and Jesse Lacey... effing hilarious. He is so great). So I was eager to hear his music, just to gain a full appreciation of him.
    The first song of his that I heard was Cotton Crush, and it was that live version that he did with Lacey on that Christmas special, and I liked it well enough, with that "well enough" slowly growing to a complete obsession with the song, mainly from the "There's a cotton crush" lines onward. Beautifully executed.
    When I downloaded more of his songs and listened to them, however, I wasn't impressed. My first reaction was kind of like, "that's it?" I had heard so much praise about him, and from his close association with Brand New I figured his music would have that same kind of emotional capacity. Brand New makes me feel a certain way when I listen to them, but Kevin Devine didn't stir any of those emotions in me when I listened to him at all.
    Needless to say, I was disappointed. But. It was my fault for making these assumptions about him, and for expecting something from his music before I even listened to it. I expected it to be a certain way, and his actual pop-acoustic sound certainly didn't live up to those expectations. This was obviously crippling my opinion of him.
    I mean, I liked the songs decently enough - I thought they were sweet and catchy, but I yearned for something more. And it was some time before I finally came to appreciate his music as for what it was, and not for what I wanted it (or rather, expected it) to be.
    Thankfully, I let go of those expectations and fell in love, and there was a week-long period where I could listen to nothing but Kevin Devine. I found that his music DID possess a strong emotional capacity - just in a different way from the way I expected it. It was mostly through his lyrics and the tone of his voice, which was something new to me. Previously, I had always focused more on the melodies of songs, often forsaking lyrics until I wanted to know the words so I could sing along. Kevin Devine forced me to listen to what he was saying, however.
    God are his lyrics gorgeous. And the meanings are completely different from what one would first think! It's kind of embarrassing, but I first thought that Just Stay was some kind of a love song. Imagine my surprise when I learned that it was about cocaine (as are a lot of his songs - not necessarily cocaine, but about drug use in general).
    And I love that about him - his melodies tend to be so upbeat and cheerful while the lyrics are incredibly saddening and beautiful. His voice is beautiful as well. I wasn't too fond of it at first, but now it's definitely grown on me and I love the honesty of it. So sincere and genuine!
    So yeah, I love him now. He's so simple on the surface but so damn complex when you look closer, and as cheesy as it sounds, I'm glad I did.
    (I ordered Put Your Ghost To Rest from MusicWorld, and I'll go pick it up whenever I have money again, which is hopefully soon. =))

    Men Women & Children - Okay, I don't know. I know that as soon as people say they don't like this band they are accused of taking them too seriously, but I really haven't been taking them seriously and I still don't like them. Personally, I think they sound like just another one of those 80's bands... and well, it's been done before, and it's been done better. So why are they so special, exactly?
    Maybe I'm missing something, and I will say that I will definitely keep them in my library and wait for them to grow on me, because that does happen to me a lot (I won't like a band at first but will later grow to like them a lot). Maybe I'm not ready for them. Maybe maybe.
    But at the moment... eh. I don't much care for them at all. They may be catchy, but I'm not too fond of them at the moment. I'll give them time, though, I'll give them time.

    Manchester Orchestra - Oh my God oh my God oh my God, this band. Oh, love love LOVE. They are exactly what I was expecting of Kevin Devine, and thus it took one listen of Where Have You Been? for me to fall in love. That song is purely amazing, and it definitely stirred something inside of me. Very emotional, and simply beautiful, especially the ending (the "Joy, where have you been?" part).
    I also love I Can Barely Breathe (though the beginning always makes me think of Untitled 08). Once again, very emotional (I absolutely love the "Don't touch me now!" part at the end). I don't think I'm using that word in the way that everybody else normally uses it and I'm not sure if it makes sense to anybody, but it fits and works for me so I'll go with it. Awesome lyrics, as well - in both songs.
    So yeah, these caught on to me very very quickly, and I am amazed at the fact that they are all, on average, only 19! Sure makes me feel bad about my own life haha. Their sound is incredibly mature for their age, and I think that just makes me like them even more.
    As I said though, they're exactly what I was expecting from Kevin Devine, so it's no surprise that I loved them right away. I don't even have anything to say past that - I think they're absolutely amazing, and their music stirs a lot of emotion with me, and I love that in my music. Therefore, I love them a lot.
    The only problem now is finding their album! I checked a few stores, and nothing, they don't even have them in their catalogue or anything. I'll try some more independent music stores, I guess, just because it is absolutely vital that I get I'm like a Virgin losing her Child.

    Anyway, with the exception of Men Women & Children, this was an amazing set (the best one yet, I think) and I am very pleased with my discovery of these awesome artists who I predict will become favourites of mine in the future.

    Next up!

    The Shins
    The Early November

    Kind of a random mix, but hopefully enjoyable nonetheless.

    Comments and recommendations are very welcome. I always love to know who's reading.
  • Omgz connections!

    21. Mai. 2007, 4:08

    Name your top 10 most played bands on Last.fm:
    1. Brand New
    2. Red Hot Chili Peppers
    3. Incubus
    4. The Strokes
    5. Coldplay
    6. Hellogoodbye
    7. Metric
    8. The Smiths
    9. Snow Patrol
    10. Matthew Good Band

    Now answer the questions according to the numbers:

    What was the first song you ever heard by 6?
    Probably Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn.

    What is your favourite album of 2?
    Ouch, this is a hard one. I think I'm crazy and will likely be alone in thinking so, but I've always had a soft spot for By the Way.

    What is your favourite lyric that 5 has sung?
    I'll have to say probably something from A Rush of Blood to the Head, like, "Said I'm gonna buy a gun and start a war / If you can tell me something worth fighting for."

    How many times have you seen 4 live?
    Just once, at Ricoh Coliseum on May 6th, 2006 (I really can't believe it's been over a year, it seems like a month ago!)

    What is your favourite song by 7?
    I think my two top favourites are I.O.U. and The Police and the Private.

    What is a good memory you have considering the music of 10?
    I associate Matthew Good Band with a friend whom I used to be really close to but since then have drifted from, so I suppose sometimes I associate Matt Good with some of the good memories we used to have that were actually centered around Matt Good's music.

    Is there a song of 3 that makes you sad?
    For some reason, Mexico has always pulled at my heartstrings.

    What is your favourite lyric that 2 has sung?
    You can't tell me that I have to pick just ONE. These guys have been my favourite band for 6 years and I own 7 of their albums, I can't pick just ONE lyric and I'm not even going to try.

    What is your favourite song by 9?
    I think Run takes the cake, though Somewhere a Clock Is Ticking, Set the Fire to the Third Bar and Make This Go on Forever get honourable mentions.

    How did you get in to 3?
    I'm not even sure. I probably heard some stuff on the radio, and then downloaded a couple of songs, and then bought a few albums and so on. It wasn't a sudden "falling in love" kind of deal - it was pretty gradual.

    What was the first song you heard by 1?
    Guernica. A friend of mine was obsessed with the song and the band and sent it to me, and I've been in love ever since.

    What is your favourite song by 4?
    Though I'm not very fond of First Impressions of Earth, You Only Live Once is a masterpiece. Honourable mentions go to Reptilia and Is This It, as well.

    How many time have you seen 9 live?
    0. They came through Toronto a little while ago and a few of my friends went to see them, but I didn't have money and therefore didn't go.

    What is a good memory you have concerning 2?
    I hate being a complete cop-out to all the Chili Peppers questions, but I have WAY too many memories associated with them.

    Is there a song of 8 that makes you sad?
    Oh my God, Asleep has made me tear up before.

    What is your favourite album of 5?
    I find it impossible to choose between Parachutes and A Rush of Blood to the Head, I really do. Parachutes is beautiful acoustic-wise, and Rush of Blood is beautiful piano-wise.

    What is your favourite lyric that 3 has sung?
    Impossible, sorry.

    What is your favourite song of 1?
    Currently, it's Degausser. That song is sheer perfection from the band - every single band member is at their absolute best in that one, in my opinion. No honourable mentions because then I'd be here all night.

    What is your favourite song of 10?
    I'll say Strange Days, though this was a really tough one. Beautiful Midnight is one of the best albums I have ever heard, so practically every song off of it qualifies.

    How many times have you seen 8 live?
    Unfortunately I was born too late to ever get that pleasure.

    What is your favourite album of 1?
    It's hard for me to say, but I guess I'll go with Deja Entendu because it has stood the test of time while The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me hasn't quite gotten that chance yet.

    What is a great memory you have considering 9?
    Defending them vehemently when my friend was making fun of them because of the Chasing Cars video, and then later watching the video myself and dying of laughter. I mean, I still love them as a band, but jeez...

    What was the first song you heard by 8?
    How Soon Is Now?. Embarassingly enough, I heard it as a cover done by t.A.T.u. first bahaha. Lame!