Ok. So i am fucking bored. I saw someone post a note on facebook, just going through their music collection and reviewing it and whatnot. I'm bored. So i'm doin'. Enjoy the reading motherfuckers.
Alkaline Trio: Ok, so they're probably one of my more favored bands.
Yes, i know i could go on for hours about why i love them but it's pretty damn simple. They just do things diffrent from other bands. I guess one could say they're "Pop Punk". But whatever, i'm not one for labels, because they have stupid and confusing names. Alkaline Trio has grown up you could say over the years. They've changed their sound, while still retaining that original sound they had that made them unique. Their lyrics are usually darker than most, but the writing and the way it's done seperate them in my mind. Plus, having two talented vocalists (Although, Dan takes the motherfuckin' cake...and goddamn can that man make a bass purr). Just pick up a copy of their self-titled CD that has all of their EPs put onto one disc, and then a copy of Crimson, diffrent? Yes. Good. Fuck yeah.
At the Drive-In: Something about ATDI caught my attention the first time i heard them. I couldn't get "One Armed Scissor" out of my head after hearing it in Colin's car. But i aquired their CDs, and i have to say. It's good. They retain that certain "heavy" sound, but a lot of their songs are still softer, and easier on the ears. I'd recommend In Casino Out. That's a damn fine CD. I enjoy it. Sadly, well...i guess sadly. They split. But MORE ON THAT LATER! E-gad!
The Bee Gees: Ok, i only have one song...but it's the only song you really need. Staying Alive. Oh mah god, hell yeah! I don't care who you are, or what the fuck you say. This song is so goddamn awesome. You can't not feel like the biggest badass while listening to it. And more so if you're singing along in a house full of people who don't appreciate your own special rendition of the song. Fuck those naysayers!
Beyonce: How the fuck did this get onto my hard-drive? Someone owes me an explination...
Blacktop Cadence: This band is comprised of the two guitarists, and the drummer of Hot Water Music. It's an album from the early 90's i think...i don't really remember. But, Blacktop Cadence is some good shit. They've got a way of making nice, slow, melodic intros and breakdowns in their songs. The way the bass, guitars, and drums mix is just fuckin' nice. Download a copy of "The Rythm of a Cold Night in Virginia" and tell me you don't agree.
Plus, there's just something i love about the two guys. They have such pretty voices. In that raspy, smoked a pack a day kind of way. I love it!
Blink 182: I wont deny it, i loved their music when i was younger. Middle school music if you will. But as i've grown up, i just don't find their funny "your mom"esqe lyrics and similar sounding songs as good as i used to. Maybe it's just a change in taste, i dunno. But not bad. If i were in middle school still, i'd probably post some "I just creamed" picture of of the band and say things like OMG THEY ARE SO HOT AND THEY ARE SO GOOD.
But i'm not...so i wont.
Chuck Ragan: After Hot Water Music broke up, Chuck Ragan went back to a normal life. He still tours, mostly around where he lives. But the good news is, he is still recording songs. He's solo now, so it's just him, his guitar, and a harmonica. And to be honest, i can't get enough of it. It's got the usual themes that were in his HWM songs. But there's just something soothing in just his voice, and a guitar. The man has a voice for solo work.
Coldplay: Eh, i never really seemed to get into coldplay as much as everyone else. It's not bad, well, not what i've heard. It just never caught me. That song they had in You, Me, and Dupree was pretty good...but when i listened to the whole thing...i mainly just enjoyed the breakdown with the piano and the guitar.
Cursive: Cursive is good. I like them, they've got a nice way of writing songs that bring out the best in all the instruments. Also, the writing isn't quite as straight forward as most bands seem to be anymore. It's more written in stories and anologies. And i enjoy that. Give me something to think about, fuck!
But yeah, i like everything i've heard from them. From their first CD to the last, and everything in between. I never really found something not to like in them. They may not be everyone's cup of tea. But it works for me.
Dan Andriano: Hearing he had a split album on his own, without Alkaline Trio worried me at first. But, after hearing it. I can say, it's only gravy baby. As the better of the two vocally, i think it's good that Dan did an album sans the two of three. He worked with Mike Felumlee to make a split album, and i like it. Sure it's only 7 songs. But they're a good 7.
He has an amazing voice. It's hard to explain, but it's just damn good. Download "Way Too Many Times" and tell me you don't think Dan Andriano's got talent, and a great voice. If you disagree, i will fight you.
I guess i may as well include Mike Felumlee in here. He's the other half of the split. He was Alkaline Trio's drummer on From Here to Infermary...and honestly...i wasn't sure about a drummer going solo. I just wasn't sure how that would end up. Plus, on their CD cover, dude looks like he's been dabbling in the heroin or something, because goddamn...his eyes are fucking sunk in...but anyways. I was gladly proven wrong. He's got 3 songs, mainly the cutesy love type songs. But they're pretty good. Especially for someone who i though would be on a 24/7 coke binge prior to recording. My hat tips to him. The cover doesn't describe the book.
Dr. Dre: I don't even need to explain this one. It's the fuckin' doctor. He's in the house, and the shit is good. Go listen.
The Draft: This is what came of the HWM split. The 3 remaining guys, and Todd "wonderboy" Rockhill formed The Draft. I enjoy them something fierce. They've got parts of Hot Water Music mixed in with a new sound. They have a CD that never seems to cover old ground. Every song has some unique aspect to it. And that's what i like. I've got the comfort of HWM, with the new sound, and Chris Wollard's voice. A fuck yeah in my book. I'd recommend listening to "Let it Go".
It's good shit.
dredg: Chris got me hooked on them. And i love him for it. In that brotherly spartan way, but without the man on man love part.
I first heard El Cielo. I was floored. The CD is an amazing piece of work. Every song just works. It's all right. They have a sound like no one else i've heard. The vocals can range from screaming to soothing. How the man manages to pack it all in, and not blow out a fucking lung is beyond me. But thank god he does. The guitar, bass, and drums all work together so well, the band is just a tight musical machine. Even as they've put out more, i've enjoyed them just as much as the one before it. With Catch Without Arms, while it didn't have the same exact dredg sound, it had a sound that i could enjoy. Songs that god stuck in your head, but without all the annoying side affects.
Good work Johannings.
Elton John: Rocket Man? Anyone? Fuck yes. I don't have much...in fact, that's the only Elton John song i have. But i can sing that song at work while cooking, and it doesn't offend customers. Some even join in. So fuck yes.
Explosions in the Sky: I heard Matt Young talk about them, but never listened to them. Well finally i got How Strange, Innocence and i love that CD. I could listen to it for weeks on end. It's just that goddamn good. In my opinion, all of their work is. Their new CD is good. All the CDs are good. They make songs that are amazing, and all without containing a single fucking word. (Save for "Have You Passed Through This Night?" But that doesn't really count...it's more of a poem type deal.)
It's good stuff. I assume all of you have heard, but if not. Download. I promise you'll enjoy it. They have so much emotion in the music, the guitar work is fantastic, and you're an asshole if you don't like it. A fuckin' asshole.
Fatlip: Go download "What's Up Fatlip?" and tell me this chubby sounding man isn't the greatest rapper alive. (I think he's still alive...). I love the song. It's so good.
Flogging Molly: I love Flogging Molly. They have a unique sound...in the aspect that they're the only real remotely Irish band on my list.
I don't really know of anyone that doesn't like them. The singers voice has that nice irish drinking song sound to it. But it's all applied to (usually) faster, more up-tempo songs. There are a few standout slow songs. And those also, are awesome.
Plus, they have so many instruments you can't get bored listening. Someone's always got a solo or some such.
Foo Fighters: Dave Grohl is an amazing man. I don't know if i just fucked his name up, but seriously. I am so glad Nirvana never got any further since Kurt died, because seriously. The Foo Fighters are good shit.
Anyone besides Chris know what a Foo Fighter is?
That was a random question.
Anyways, go listen to Learn to Fly. I love that song.
The Fray: I hated to admit it, but i liked them. Sure they had those overly radio friendly songs, but they were good. Maybe i just liked the songs because of my addiction to Grey's Anatomy...but they are pretty good. Piano makes any song better.
Further Seems Forever: I always thought Chris Carabba had a good voice. But i didn't like Dashboard confessional. It was just too whiney, and sad, and fuck. Stop crying. You and your lady parted ways, we're all sorry for you, but we can't keep handing you the fucking tissue. MAN UP!
Further Seems Forever is good. I guess i'm talking pre Chris C. leaving. Because i can't really comment on after. I haven't listened yet. But another band with tightly formed songs.
Ghetto Boys: Damn it feels Good to be a Gangsta. There. I said it. You all know that song is awesome. You sing along every time it comes on during office space, so quit reading and expecting me to tell you why you love that song. You just do.
Ok, i need ot shower, and go eat dinner with my mother. Enjoy the reading. I'll continue this later.