I'm frustrated. Halfway through this blog, firefox crashed. Boo.
Anyway, you may be wondering what credentials I have to be talking about music.
I'm not indie. I'm not cool. I haven't even been to that many concerts.
(Just for the record, I've seen Meg & Dia, Say Anything, Jack's Mannequin, Jimmy Robbins, William Tell, Cobra Starship, Metro Station, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy. In that order. A few of them were together.)
But that's the thing - I don't have a motive. I don't wanna tout how cool my music is in comparison to yours. I listen to Fall Out Boy for crap's sake, I know I'm not cool.
But I do like music. A lot. A whole lot. I love talking about music. So that's what I'm going to do.
Pete Wentz is the Only Reason We're Famous
Okay, so here's the deal. I have a love/hate relationship with some of the bands on Decaydance records. We're going to start with The Cab. They have a pretty nice sound... a little manufactured, but that's to be expected in today's world. They're kinda... weird looking. They kinda look like they don't fit. But hey, it happens. Now let's talk about Hey Monday. I don't like them because Pete Wentz is shoving them down my throat - at the Believers Never Die part deux tour, she wormed her way on stage during almost every other band and sang a chorus or two. (incidentally, Cobra Starship made a song for their new cd, Hot Mess, called "Pete Wentz is the Only Reason We're Famous") On top of it, from what I understand, they're kinda dicks at concerts. I like them because I love Cassadee's voice. A lot.
On Fall Out Boy's Citizens for our Betterment Mixtape (produced by Clinton Sparks,) The Cab remade their song Take My Hand, now featuring Cassadee.
And I love it.
A whole lot.
Listen/Download it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQpvoIjwOOo
I Love Alliteration
Maria Mena (who is Norweigian and Nicaraguan) was famous back in the day for her single "You're the Only One". She's back again with her newest album which is, of course, only available in Norway. Because the rest of the world hates America. The 22 year old pop/contemporary artist has had a few number one singles and has had two of her songs featured on the hit series So You Think You Can Dance? Her newest single is called All This Time (Pick-Me-Up Song). It's an absolutely adorable, sickeningly sweet pop song that actually does kinda pick me up. The rest of the album isn't as sweet - she opens up about the eating disorder she used to suffer from, and the anguish of having an ever-present and demanding mother. She's an amazing artists, and I hope everyone gets the chance to get into her work.
All This Time ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T1xZogpmYRU )
You're the Only One ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrgq8R5CE4Q )
Sorry ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m5otfum5jJw )
Nevermind Me ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wrumvfL41E )
Who doesn't love a Remix?
Going to see Fall Out Boy was like a dream come true. They were awesome... okay, maybe a little too political for my tastes, but awesome nonetheless. Pete was all "Oh, overthrow Corporate America, boo to the man!" Besides the fact that they are the man, I really just wanted them to get over it and play some Goddamn music. I don't go to McDonalds for the atmosphere, and I don't go to concerts to get preached at.
While there, they previewed a "lil" remix they had off their new iTunes B-Sides album release called "America's Suitehearts: Remixed, Retouched, Rehabbed and Retoxed"
This B-Side offers two remixes of America's Suitehearts, one by Mark Hoppus and one by Lil' Wayne. It also offers a beautiful acoustic song called Lullabye, along with an acoustic version of America's Suitehearts.
Mark Hoppus remix ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f3Ys_6f1UNs )
Lil' Wayne remix ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBX8UiEslc4 )
Remix with Joe Budden, 88, & Murs ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4xCO1zeUjc )
South Rakkas Remix ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxfEdE30nLc )
Lullabye ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRecveJYVwI )
They don't make 'em like us anymore
What If?, from Meg and Dia's new album Here, Here, and Here is basically an amazing song. The choruses are a little weak, but the verses are strong and full of power. If you're not into this band yet, I highly suggest you get your ass in gear. Their newest single is called Black Wedding. Did I mention I saw them in concert a couple years ago? Oh my god, they're amazing.
There might be a test for that?
Your Sex is on Fire is the new single by Kings of Leon. To be honest, this is the first song I've ever heard from them. And I LOVE it. They play it all the time at Reed's, and while it may be a thinly veiled STD reference, it makes me happy.
Next Time: William Tell, The Medic Droid, and more!