• Items for sale

    19. Nov. 2009, 12:55


    18. Mär. 2008, 23:39

    I haven't written in this thing in for-fucking-ever. But I feel compelled to in order to document the day...no, the hour I found out that The Receiving End of Sirens broke up. They announced it not an hour ago. And granted they weren't my favorite band in the world, but they were talented and well deserving of all the had accomplished. The official statement from the band is below:

    Greetings to all who take the time to read this letter. I suppose the typical, and most obvious sentiment to express is the one I am undoubtedly feeling at the moment: "I’m not sure how to start this." So for the sake of brevity, I’ll get right to
    the point. The Receiving End of Sirens will no longer exist in the way it has for the past 5 years.

    I, Brendan, must admit that I am the main reason why TREOS is ending. My choice to no longer continue on with The Receiving End of Sirens has nothing to do with a lack of love for my band, and/or band members. It has nothing to do with a lack of passion for our music, or any music for that matter. My decision is due mostly in part to a huge rearranging of priorities in my life, and the unquestionable responsibility that comes along with becoming a father. January 15th my wife and I welcomed Parker Brown, our first child, into the world. Since then everything has changed. The happiness and joy I gained from being part of this band can’t ever be taken away from me, but to be honest, I have lived a long time thinking that specific joy was as good as it got. Since Parker’s birth I have realized my joy is a great thing, in and of itself, but the happiness I receive from his happiness is
    exponentially greater than anything I could muster on my own. The thought of leaving him to tour for months at a time is something I just can’t stomach. I can’t
    stand to miss another thing. I realize how important I am to my band, and how important our band is to some people, but I am far more elemental in the growth and happiness of my child, than I am anything else in this world.

    I can’t even begin to explain how appreciative I am for the understanding Alex, Andrew, Brian, and Nate have shown me, given the choice I have made. Although it was a series of divine intersections that brought us to where we are today, it is certainly an unfortunate intersection, of my life with theirs, that brings this band to an end. It goes without saying, not everyone is at the same place in their lives as I am. Therefore, it is my situation that has decided theirs. For that I am sorry, but have no doubt each and every one of them will be successful in whatever
    they put their minds to.

    A dilemma we now face, is the same one we have encountered with our music over the course of our career; How do we label this? Do we say this is a breakup? Do we say we’re on indefinite hiatus (like a lot of our favorite bands)? By saying we are over, does any show, or musical collaboration, make it a reunion? Does it then mean our band is back together until we break up again? On the other hand, by going on hiatus are we lying if we never do another thing again? The answer to all those questions is, I don’t know, and the battle of syntax continues.

    With all that said, the main priority of The Receiving End of Sirens has always been our music. After all, though it is easy to lose site of, the music is what bands are supposed to be about. Since 2003 our art has always been our baby, and its
    well being has always taken precedence over our own. Maybe it’s over-romanticizing our situation, but we would love to think that through relentless
    touring, through a fan-base second to none, and by way of the records we have released, our music has the momentum behind it to continue on as its own entity at this time.

    For the longest time we knew our music needed us in order to survive. This is why for many years we have each sacrificed many things in order to promote it by any means necessary. Our hope now is that The Receiving End of Sirens will live on because of our music. Not the other way around.

    We are sure this comes as a surprise to most, and a let-down to many of you as well. For that we are eternally sorry. We all realize that the band five right out of high school kids started for fun has grown to be something bigger than any of us could have imagined. The music we have created has carried itself far outside the confines of the house we first practiced in, and the city we all met in, and has effected many more than just those of us who have been members of TREOS over the years. We realize, as have others, that you don’t need an instrument to be a part of this band. Anyone who has put us up on tour, has told a friend about our band, has listened to our music, has paid to see a show, or has brought us food on the road is a member of TREOS. Anyone who has worked with us to make this band what it is today, from management to booking, from labels to press, and all that other business stuff, we are forever grateful to you for your belief in our band. You are all a part of this too. It would take hundreds, if not thousands, of more lines to personally thank everyone we need to thank, so we’re going to rest assured that those people know who they are, and what they’ve meant to us.

    To all the bands who have brought us on tour, or who have shared a tour with us, or have supported us, thank you for your eccentric, loving, empathetic friendships. We wish you all the best, and will miss you all! From those of you who were with us at our first show in Enfield CT, or our many shows at The Norwood American Legion and the surrounding Boston suburbs, or Ben’s last show in Fitchburg, thank you! Everyone who was with us for the "Between the Heart and the Synapse" years with Casey, as our van and music first made its way around this huge country, thank you! To old fans who have been with us from the start, to new ones who just started listening to our band, and to the fans who have yet to hear our band, thank you. To everyone who has ever tattooed their body with lyrics or imagery or references to our music, thank you! Everyone who has embraced
    version 3; "The Earth Sings MI FA MI" TREOS, with the welcomed addition of Brian Southall, thank you! Thank you friends, family, fans, colleagues, bands, sponsors. Thank you ALL for making the past 5 years beautiful, magical, inspiring, and full of amazing stories and memories.

    As for the current members of TREOS, you haven’t heard the last of any of us. In due time I am sure you will hear about all of our plans, but worry not, we will all continue working with music in one facet or another. Some of us may be touring, some of us may be recording, booking, or managing, but all of us are looking forward to starting a new chapter in our lives.

    With all that behind us, we will be playing a couple final shows. It would mean the world to us to be able to share them with you all. We will be joined by some great
    friends who we’ve grown close with over the years on the stage, and we’d like to share the same experience with our great friends off the stage, so please come say goodbye and let’s end this thing the right way.
    May 2nd - Lupos - Providence, RI
    May 4th - The Bamboozle - East Rutherford, NJ

    With Love,
    Alex, Andrew, Brendan, Brian, and Nate
    a.k.a. TREOS

    This has been happening far too much to bands as of the past year. Granted, I understand Brendan's reasons for leaving TREOS, and they're an exception to the case I'm trying to state. That being bands breaking up or the dreaded "going on hiatus" left and right. Who's going to be left? What with dwindling album sales, record labels cutting staff and talent, Britney Spears, and so on and so forth. Reform is as imminent and dire as ever. I can't lose another amazing band.
  • FALL OUT BOY - Infinity On High

    6. Feb. 2007, 7:14

    I reviewed Fall Out Boy's new cd Infinity On High on my website.

    I even included a stream of This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race (Live) from the Leaked In London EP.

    Check it out by going here:
  • groove is in the heart

    27. Apr. 2006, 6:59

    I've seen some awesome shows. And I've alos been to a Particle show with Kid Beyond opening. Holy crap.

    I was asked earlier today if I would work merch at Starr Hill Music Hall tonight and I agreed, not thinking I was in for something mind altering. After getting out an ASL exam and running half an hour late on showing up for merch I get there and get situated.

    Kid Beyond is this amazing (and super nice) beatboxer from San Francisco who make insane noises and the kind of bass beats that you can feel inside you. Following his set Particle played nearly 3 hours of electronic-driven jam rock that not only was accompanied by lights shows and a sea of sexy people dancing to the beats but was recorded live and available for sale about 10 minutes after the show was over. So not only did I experience it tonight, but at any given moment I can relive it again.

    If you have the time please please check out both of these bands and catch them on tour.
  • This is the last night in my body, yeah.

    26. Apr. 2006, 19:20

    Slightly disappointing week considering all the albums I bought. This past week I bought:

    Men, Women, & Children - Men, Women, & Children
    Moneen - The Red Tree
    The Receiving End of Sirens - Between the Heart and the Synapse
    Taking Back Sunday - Louder Now

    and the following I came across in various freebie bins at work (I work at an indie record store. Plan 9 Music if you're local to Virginia) or we're given to me (French Toast):

    French Toast - S/T EP
    French Toast - In A Cave
    Clear Static - Make-Up Sex Single
    Fight Paris - Paradise, Found
    Between Home & Serenity - Power Weapons in the Complex

    I worked several shows last week at the Charlottesville Pavilion. I run artist hospitality and at nights I sell merch for the bands playing. So this past week and a half I had the pleasure of working with:

    Drive-By Truckers
    Little Feat
    Robert Randolph and the Family Band
    French Toast

    As it turns out, French Toast features James Canty, who was the last drummer and younger brother of the original drummer for Fugazi. Boy was I psyched to find that out. I met them afterwards and thanked them for an awesome set and the chance to sell their merch for them. They said they enjoyed my dancing (because I took a break from selling to eat dinner and dance, just off stage, during their set) and they gave me their cds. I was thrilled. FUGAZI!!

    Coming up this week I have The Morning Of on Saturday in Williamsburg, After the Fire with FIAD on Tuesday on JPA. I'm working a Merle Haggard show at the pavilion on Wednesday. Thursday I'm seeing Underoath in Richmond and Friday I'm heading to New Jersey to see BAMBOOZLE!! What a busy week!
  • MIx Tape: 2:02

    26. Apr. 2006, 19:17

    creepy, sexual songs that give you chills when you wake up to them at 2:02 (two: zero two) in the morning.

    Tommy - Portugal. The Man
    Rape Me - Nirvana
    Broadcast Quality - The Receiving End of Sirens
    Stop The Fucking Car - Circa Survive
    Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis - Brand New
    Slow Suicide - JamisonParker
    Lover I Don't Have To Love - Bright Eyes
    Two Zero Two - Northstar
  • this story's old.

    16. Apr. 2006, 20:09

    Brand New played a FREE show in my town yesterday. It was one of the most incredible things I have even been a part of. They didn't play until 6PM, but I got to the stage and sat in my spot at noon. And it was worth every second of wait. I hung out with friends and made many more. Had a blast dancing and playing gameboy. I even ended up meeting Vinnie, getting Jesse Lacey's crakced pick (which he used to play Play Crack the Sky), Brian Lane's drumstick, and a setlist.

    I took some amazing pictures which you can see here.

    Or watch a video of Play Crack the Sky here. it gives me chills.

    & here's a shotty video of Seventy Times 7.

    Enjoy! & let me know what you think!
  • There's actually this much of nothing going on.

    10. Apr. 2006, 4:54

    Post your top fifteen bands/artists, the first song you heard of theirs, the song that made you fall in love, and your current favorite.

    1. The Early November
    First song heard: Ever So Sweet
    Fell In Love With: Exchanging Two-Hundred
    Current Favorite: Pretty, Pretty

    2. Brand New
    First song heard: Seventy Times 7
    Fell In Love With: Seventy Times 7
    Current Favorite: Okay I Believe You, But My Tommy Gun Don't

    3. Underoath
    First song heard: A Boy Brushed Red...Living in Black and White
    Fell In Love With: A Boy Brushed Red...Living in Black and White
    Current Favorite: Young and Aspiring

    4. Incubus
    First song heard: Drive
    Fell In Love With: The Warmth
    Current Favorite: The Warmth

    5. Hellogoodbye
    First song heard: Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn
    Fell In Love With: Shimmy Shimmy Quarter Turn
    Current Favorite: Touchdown Turnaround

    6. Chiodos
    First song heard: We're Gonna Have Us a Champange Jam
    Fell In Love With: Expired in Goreville
    Current Favorite: The Word's "Best Friends" Become Redefined

    (Dane Cook is my ACTUAL number 7. but i'm skipping him and using MUSICAL acts only)

    7. Halifax
    First song heard: Sydney
    Fell In Love With: Sydney
    Current Favorite: Broken Glass Syndrome

    8. Fall Out Boy
    First song heard: Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things To Do Today
    Fell In Love With: Tell That Mick He Just Made My List of Things To Do Today
    Current Favorite: Chicago Is So Two Years Ago

    9. Bright Eyes
    First song heard: Something Vague
    Fell In Love With: Something Vague
    Current Favorite: Lover I Don't Have to Love

    10. Daphne Loves Derby
    First song heard: Christmas Lights
    Fell In Love With: Pollen & Salt
    Current Favorite: Midnight Highway

    11. I Can Make a Mess Like Nobody's Business
    First song heard: Whispering Actually
    Fell In Love With: Whispering Actually
    Current Favorite: Untitled 8

    12. Dashboard Confessional
    First song heard: Screaming Infidelities
    Fell In Love With: The Sharp Hint of New Tears
    Current Favorite: Shirts & Gloves

    13. The Cure
    First song heard: Lovesong
    Fell In Love With: Lullaby
    Current Favorite: The Lovecats

    14. JamisonParker
    First song heard: Home
    Fell In Love With: Best Mistake
    Current Favorite: Slow Suicide

    15. Hidden in Plain View
    First song heard: Shaman's Witch Magic
    Fell In Love With: Bleed For You
    Current Favorite: Garden Statement
  • I'm quitting Target.

    28. Mär. 2006, 19:05

    Wow. I've been listening to a lot of Underoath lately. I'm psyched for their shows in May in Richmond and at Bamboozle. That and their album which comes out in June. Holy crap.

    Today is a glorious day. I'm FINALLY putting in my two weeks notice at Target. I can leave that hellish monster of a corporation behind. I was hired yesterday as stage production/crew and hospitality at the Charlottesville Pavilion. I'm so psyched. My first show is Ween on April 13th.

    Yay self!

    I could sure go for some Maggie Moo's right now.
  • Mix Tape: I'm just invisible boy

    25. Mär. 2006, 16:05

    I'm just invisible boy

    Adventures of Pete and Pete Theme Song - Polaris
    I Will Play My Game Beneath The Spin Light - Brand New
    In Circles - Sunny Day Real Estate
    Tearing Through Me - JamisonParker
    I Miss You - blink-182
    In The Bathroom Is Where I Want You - Nightmare Of You
    The Author - The Academy Is...
    Reset - Mutemath
    Losing A Whole Year - Third Eye Blind
    Teleport: A&B - The Spill Canvas
    One Headlight - The Wallflowers
    E-Bow The Letter - R.E.M.
    Midnight Highway - Daphne Loves Derby
    Soco Amaretto Lime - Brand New
    Lindsay Quit Lollygagging - Chiodos

    any suggestions or replacements would be greatly appreciated.