Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Monday, January 28, 2013
I absolutely love The Big Bang Theory. One aspect I particularly love is the theme song. It is very rare for me to actually love a show's theme song, but since this one is performed by The Barenaked Ladies, it is hard not to find it amazing.
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Friday, January 25, 2013
I am pretty excited that Anamanaguchi is releasing a new album soon. These guys play chiptunes without relying on a bunch of NES nostalgia. They even admit to have never really played any of the older video games. I saw them play a couple of years ago and it was a great show. Hopefully they come through town again soon.
Thursday, January 24, 2013
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Monday, January 21, 2013
I honestly don't know what I would do without my parents. Those of you who are fortunate enough to have a career that you love and aren't in the process of job hunting probably aren't aware of the difficulties of trying to find a job right now. Without the support and help of my parents, I probably would have give up and settled for a life in retail. They are the strength that helps me continue my search and not give up. Now, I don't really like Lynyrd Skynyrd, but this song is appropriate.
Sunday, January 20, 2013
Saturday, January 19, 2013
I just found out that Bad Religion and Against Me! are playing a show nearby in March and I am trying to decide whether or not I should go. I have always wanted to see Bad Religion live and I am a big fan of Against Me!, but I am trying to save up money to go to a friends wedding this summer and it is too far to drive. That means I gotta shell out big bucks for a plane ticket. I am already going to three shows in February, but this is one of those shows I don't think I will have an opportunity to see again. I guess you could classify this as a first world problem. Poor me.
While visiting my parents for Christmas, my mother and I talked a bit about music. She asked me what I felt while listening to a piece of music I particularly loved. I told her that listening to the right piece of music at the right time was like being surrounded by pure emotion. Now, that same piece of music won't always feel that way, but when I catch it at just the right time, it is like being wrapped in a sense of complete relaxation, while a warmth grows in my chest, pulling me upwards. It is something that is hard to describe, and I often wonder if other people feel the same way. Here is my mothers favorite piece of music, Schubert's rendition of Ave Maria. Hopefully you feel what both my mother and I feel when we listen to it.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
A friend of mine sent me a free game on Steam a couple of weeks ago called Super Hexagon. For those of you who aren't into video games or just haven't heard of it, the point of the game is to move a triangle around a hexagon to avoid obstacles. Sounds simple, and it is, but it is also pretty difficult. Difficult and addictive. It also has a pretty awesome soundtrack. Sadly, it is hard to get a good listen to while playing the game, since my average game length is seventeen seconds. However I found a copy online and have been able to listen to it all in one go instead of in five second increments.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
I was out with friends last night and the bar we typically go to was playing a different music selection. Typically there is lots of Queens of the Stone Age and Primus and such, but last night I heard several Radiohead songs and a few Flaming Lips songs as well. The Flaming Lips songs made me particularly happy. I tend to listen to The Flaming Lips when I am feeling down or if I just need to step back and take a breath. One song in particular helps me do that.
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Friday, January 11, 2013
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
I watched an interesting documentary the other day about the history of Norwegian black metal called Until The Light Takes Us. As I have admitted before, I don't really know that much about metal. I am aware of the mainstream stuff like Metallica and love the show Metalocalypse, but I can't carry on a serious conversation about it like I can punk or rock 'n' roll. One of the great things about this documentary is it is told through the eyes of the musicians that developed black metal rather than by several music critics. Are there black metal music critics? Anyway, one of the bands featured was Darkthrone. While I can't say that I really enjoy the genre, a couple of songs in the movie stuck out. And since the weather has been grim and drizzly lately, I figured I would share one with you.
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Saturday, January 5, 2013
This tends to happen when I listen to an album for the first time. There are one or two songs that I instantly love and listen to constantly. But the more I listen to the album, the less those songs appeal to me, and other songs tend to stick out. Today's song is a perfect example. The first few times listening through the album, this song didn't really stand out, but the more I listen to it, the more I like it.
Friday, January 4, 2013
So today's post is going to be a bit of a rant. I am going to a Flogging Molly show in February and I haven't heard of either of the opening acts. Usually when this occurs, I try to check them out and kind of get an idea of what the show will be like. The opening bands this year are Skinny Lister and Dave Hause. After doing a bit of a search to see what I could find, I decided to buy Skinny Lister's CD. Here is the problem. They are a UK band and apparently the only way I can get their album is to import it through Amazon. For those of you who don't know, imports are expensive. What I find annoying is that the UK iTunes store has the full album for sale, but the US one doesn't. I thought the point of having an internet based music distribution system is so that people from all over the world can access music they ordinarily couldn't get their hands on. And record labels wonder why people pirate music. If you want people to buy your artist's music, make it accessible. Don't make them jump through hoops. Hopefully I can buy it directly from the band at the show. This is one concert I plan on getting lots of merch.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
I tend to be pretty picky about cover songs. I prefer artist to put their own spin on the song rather than just rehashing the same song. Anyone can play a song, but very few people can take something another person has created and make it their own. A perfect example of this is Streetlight Manifesto's cover of Such Great Heights by The Postal Service. I particularly like the way they adapted the synthesizer intro to horns.