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  • Taking Back Sunday and The Xcerts - Rock City, Nottingham - 19/5/11

    23. Mai. 2011, 22:03

  • Brand New, Kevin Devine & Moneen - Manchester Academy - 23/06/09

    28. Jun. 2009, 13:58

  • Interviews, Album Reviews and Live Reviews Links

    27. Jan. 2009, 20:01

  • 2008

    25. Dez. 2008, 20:21

    Top 20 Albums

    20. The Academy Is… - Fast Times At Barrington High
    19. Vampire Weekend – Vampire Weekend
    18. This Will Destroy You – This Will Destroy You
    17. Lights – Lights EP
    16. MGMT - Oracular Spectacular
    15. Kyte – Two Sparks, Two Stars
    14. Fall Out Boy - Folie a Deux
    13. Arrows – Modern Art and Politics
    12. Thursday/Envy – Split EP
    11. Coldplay – Viva La Death and All His Friends
    10. The Morning Of – The World As We Know It
    9. City and Colour – Bring Me Your Love
    8. Jack’s Mannequin – The Glass Passenger
    7. Hey Monday – Hold On Tight
    6. Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs
    5. Girl Talk – Feed The Animals
    4. Forgive Durden – Razia’s Shadow: A Musical
    3. Portman – From Here To Your Eyes and Ears
    2. Algernon Cadwallader – Some Kind of Cadwallader
    1. Valencia – We All Need A Reason To Believe

    Biggest Let-downs:

    (In No Order)
    Panic At The Disco – Pretty. Odd.
    Alkaline Trio – Agony and Irony
    Sigur Rós - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
    PlayRadioPlay! - Texas
    Weezer – Weezer

    Best Songs:

    (In No Order)
    Panic At The Disco -Nine In The Afternoon
    MGMT – Time To Pretend
    Thursday – As He Climbed The Mountain
    City & Colour – Sleeping Sickness
    Hit The Lights – Stay Out
    Valencia – Holiday
    Anthony Green – Dear Child (I’ve Been Dying To Reach You)
    Tyga – Press 7
    Death In The Park – Fallen (featuring Hayley Willams)
    Hey Monday – How You Love Me Now
    Forgive Durden – The Oracle (Featruing Danny Stevens)
    Hawthorne Heights- Rescue Me
    Fall Out Boy – America’s Suitehearts
    The Gaslight Anthem – The ’59 Sound
    The Cab - Bounce

    Best Video:
    City & Colour – Sleeping Sickness

    Soon To Be Famous:
    I can see Hey Monday probably getting pretty big next year.
  • Classic Album Review: Jimmy Eat World - Bleed American

    27. Sep. 2008, 13:43

    Ok so a few days ago I had an idea of doing a 'classic' album review. My aim is to try and make these different to my normal album reviews. Not only will I review the album but I'll also talk about the effect the album had on me and how I discovered the album in question.

    'Bleed American' was Jimmy Eat World's fourth album and was released on July 18th 2001. It has been well-documented in the band's history that 'Bleed American' was recorded without a record and paid for by the band themselves and the record's producer, Mark Trombino, produced the album for free. In the aftermath of the September 11th attacks, the album was re-released and re-titled simply called 'Jimmy Eat World'.

    The album contains the so-called 'breakthrough hit single', 'The Middle', which was the second single taken from the album, which was preceded by first single, 'Bleed American' (later re-titled Salt Sweat Sugar), a song which opens the album with a thumping beat and distinictive guitar riff.

    The album's 2nd track is a personal favorite of mine and was the first Jimmy Eat World track I ever heard (on a free Kerrang magazine CD). The song in question is 'A Praise Chorus', a song which contains a fast rocking guitar and lead singer Jim Adkins asking a series of questions and then stateing he "wants to fall in love tonight." One of the highlights of the song is the closing verse which contains the lyrics:

    "Crimson,
    And clover,
    Over, And over.
    Our house in the middle of the street
    Why did we ever meet?
    Started my rock 'n roll fantasy.
    Crimson,
    And clover,Over,
    And over.
    Don't don't,
    Don't let's start.
    Why did we ever part?
    Kick start my rock 'n rollen heart.
    I’m on my feet I’m on the floor I’m good to go.
    So come on Davey sing me something that I know.
    I wanna always feel like part of this,
    Was,
    Mine."

    The album's hit single is next with a radio-friendly chorus and heavily played music video, which saw the band playing a High School party surrounded by young people in their underwear. 'Your House' includes a charming acoustic guitar playing and "emo" lyrics with Atkins asking his lover if they still ove him and to tell him now. The song builds up to a point where the full band plays with nice harmonised back vocals.

    'Sweetness' is an anthemic affiar with emphaisised "woah-ohs" with added commerical shine.'Hear You Me' pulls at the heart strings, alot. With a slow acoustic guitar and sad lyrics built around guitar-picked chours, which eventually see's female back vocals coming in to provide one of the album's many highlights.

    'If You Don't Don't' see's band bouncing again with Atkins' lyrics being based around a girl he misses. 'Get It Faster' starts off dark with muted guitar strumming and astmopheric drum beats and Atkins' vocals being slow untill the song kicks with the band rebelling and realising that cheating gets 'it' faster and Atkins is careless.

    'Cautioners' see's the band going back into ballad mode with lyrics that reminisce about a former love and the song being structured around a running piano melody and finishing with angel-like harmonys. 'The Authority Song' is again a radio-friendly rock song and the album closer 'My Sundown' is a slow sombre yet beautiful affiar with Atkins committing to better himself ("I'm gonna be so much more than this ") and ends with the band bidding fairwell.

    What Does 'Bleed American' Mean To Me?

    I discovered 'Bleed American' in January 2002 when I was 14, after months of having trouble finding it, simply because my town didn't have a major record store. By this time the record had been re-released under it's new title and 'The Middle' was receiving major airplay. At the time I had only heard the 2 singles and 'A Praise Chorus' songs I had enjoyed very much.

    So I got the album one Saturday when I was with my skateboarding friends, who knew little about the band or basically disapproved of them; this was the time when 'Nu-Metal' was the 'in thing' and Jimmy Eat World didn't fit into that genre. I remeber vividly I listened to the album repeatly that Saturday night and I simply thought it was one of the best albums I had ever heard. For me at the time it was different, it was rock with emotion and pop-like lyrics. It had those fast paced songs but inbetween in had these calm and sweet songs like 'Hear You Me'.

    Also this album helped me in a very difficult period of my life. At the time I was bullied alot at school and I didn't fit in with any kliqs or anything. I was just that skinny kid who hung around with the 'greebo's' even though they probably didn't want him to and had a short bad temper, wo used to throw chairs. At the time this album calmed me down and it made me forget about my problems I was having. I know this sounds stupid but I felt I had a connection with the band and 'Bleed American' helped me have a more positive outlook on life.

    In conclusion last April at the Give It A Name festival in Birmingham. I finally got to see Jimmy Eat World live and later on in the evening I met Jim Atkins, much to my delight. Here's the proof:
  • Vote For My Review(s)

    20. Sep. 2008, 21:40

    Last week I got an e-mail from someone telling me about a review contest on a website. The website is Alternative2Punk after I joined the forum I decided to post my Valencia and Farewell reviews.

    Now there is a poll on there and the winner wins a free 1 month rapidshare account. So go and VOTE FOR MY VALENCIA OR FAREWELL REVIEW.

    I'm currently joint 2nd with my Valencia review.

    Visit http://www.alternative2punk.com/ and vote.
  • 'Insert Trendy Band Here'- Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?

    9. Sep. 2008, 15:46

    Last night I ended up coming across this blog (http://www.altpress.com/specials/blog/jason/2008/09/clear-view.html) and it got me wondering which bands that I like/dislike will still be around in 10 or 15 years time. Obviously I can't predict the future and I would like my favorite bands to still be playing. Or are they best left for a certain period of my life and let them move on as I move on with my life? A good thing never lasts forever, which is unfortunate but also inevitable as things change, especially in music. In my 21 years and about 10 or so of those years I've been a music fan; I've seen the rise and fall of certain music trends, with 'Nu-Metal' being one example that springs to mind; whatever happened to bands like Limp Bizkit etc.

    You just have to look at what mainstream TV channels and magazines are hyping up or knocking down to see what is 'the in thing'. The question that is has to be answered is will the big current "emo/scene" bands still be popular in 10 or even 5 years time? The answer is more or less no. Simply because trends become old and tiresome and bands become identifiable from the next band and then once the current sound has changed the band tries to change their sound but often fail. Then they became 'that band who had that song'. So if your expecting (insert current trendy band) to last forever, your going to be disappointed.
  • iPod Survey 2008

    25. Aug. 2008, 1:07

    80gb 6G iPod
    15805 songs 64.27GB

    Sort By Artist:
    First Song: Starbucks (A)
    Last Song: Hit You Back (98 Mute)

    Sort By Song Title:
    First Song: A (Cartel)
    Last Song: 9th At Pine (Less Then Jake)


    Sort By Album Title:
    First Song: Come Together (The Beatles- Abbey Road)
    Last Song: Popplagið (sigur ros- () )

    Sort By Song Time:
    First Song: My Cyanide Catharsis -The Bled (0.04)
    Last Song: Punktastic Podcast 12 42.12

    Top 10 Most Played Songs
    01 Monument by A Day To Remember
    02 Last Nite by Motion City Soundtrack
    03 Nine In The Afternoon by Panc At The Disco
    04 Life In Technicolor - Coldplay
    05 A-Punk by Vampire Weekend
    06 The Plot to Bomb the Panhandle by A Day To Remember
    07 Rite of Spring by Angels And Airwaves
    08 Remembering Sunday by All Time Low
    09 Hometown Glory -Adele
    10 Prepare To Be Digitally Manipulated by Four Year Strong

    First 5 Songs That Come Up On Shuffle
    01 Come Close - Saosin
    02 Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie
    03 That Thing You Do - New Found Glory
    04 Touchdown Turnaround (Don't Give Up On Me) -Hellogoodbye
    05 turn to dusk by Shaped BY Fate
  • iTunes

    16. Nov. 2006, 16:02

    8347 songs 27.47GB

    Sort By Artist:
    First Song: Killing Time (hed)Planet Earth
    Last Song: Remember Me (The Zutons)

    Sort By Song Title:
    First Song: '03 Bonnie & Clyde ft Beyoncé Knowles(Jay Z)
    Last Song: Zuton fever (The Zutons)

    Sort By Album Title:
    First Song: Hello (Oasis "(What's The Story) Morning Glory)")
    Last Song: Two Weeks IN Hawaii (Hellogoodbye "Zombies! Aliens! Vampires! Dinosaurs!")

    Sort By Song Time:
    First Song: Untitled (Hot Hot Heat - 0:04)
    Last Song: I Don't Keep With Liars Anymore (The Bled - 37:46)

    Top 10 Most Played Songs
    01 Sugar, We're Going Down-Fall Out Boy (102)
    02 Dance Dance-Fall Out Boy(102)
    03 Niki FM-Hawthorne Heights(92)
    04 Valkyrie Missile-Angels And Airwaves(87)
    05 Some Will Seek Forgivness, Others Escape -UnderOATH(85)
    06 Our Lawyer Made Us Change The Name of This Song So We Wouldn't Get Sued-Fall Out Boy(77)
    07 I Know What You Buried Last Summer (Taking Back Sunday vs. Senses Fail)-The Legion of Doom(73)
    08 Lying is The Most Fun A Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off-Panic! At The Disco(68)
    09 Get Busy Living Or Get Busy Dying (Do Your Part To Save The Scene And Stop Going To Shows)-Fall Out Boy(67)
    10 Time to Dance-Panic! At The Disco(65)

    First 5 Songs That Come Up On Shuffle
    01 The Here Away-Motion City Soundtrack
    02 Með Blóðnasir-Sigur Rós
    03 Breed-Nirvana
    04 Minor Thing-Red Hot Chilli Peppers
    05 It's Too Late-TheAudition
  • Paramore @ Leeds Cockpit

    20. Okt. 2006, 0:14

    Hey
    I went to see Paramoreat Leeds Cockpit last week. Hayley looked stunning and the band really know how to entertain the crowd. It started wiv Hayley playing by herself on keyboard and then the rest of the band came on and played track artist=Paramore]Emergency[/track]. The band went on to play a majority of their debut album, All We Know Is Falling.I didnt know the words to Franklinor My Heart it was still a good conclusion to the show.
    Support was by Medina Lake who are from Chicago and British,The Riverclub, whos EP,Long Before I Reach Phone which I brought at the show, is highly recommended and contains five tracks with Call If You Want To being my favorite. The band sound like Tell All Your Friends-era Taking Back Sunday.
    Thanx for reading.
    sean