Thursday, January 27, 2011

I'd rather be working for a paycheck.

I cannot listen to Bright Eyes without spending the next few days being sad/happy. This week was all about "Lua" but I've just been listening to "First Day of my Life" over and over and over again.

I'm sorry blog. I think you're dying.

Saturday, January 22, 2011


The rest of the new Panic! at the Disco song "The Ballad of Mona Lisa" leaked yesterday. I'm cautiously optimistic for the rest of the album. It seems a little safe, very pop rock, with lyrics that just barely press at something deeper or darker. It's a cautious first single, and I'm not really moved by it, but at least I don't think the album is going to be completely awful. I don't really know if it will sell though, past the old fans. Each new album a band puts out should pull in more people than the last and create new fans, and judging by this song I don't know if it will. We'll see. But goddamn I still love that kid's voice and the song is actually starting to grow on me after repeated listening.

Also, Brian Fallon has started a side project with Ian Perkins called The Horrible Crowes. Musically, I think Brian Fallon can do no wrong. There's more info on his personal blog which describes it as "the darker side of soul music, it's slow, it slithers, and it's raw. At the same time, the melodies and pianos are a juxtaposition to the topic material because it's eerily soothing." Excited? Definitely.

Monday, January 17, 2011

New Panic! At the Disco - The Ballad of Mona Lisa

A new clip of P!ATD's (the ! is back) new single was posted on youtube.

It's pretty guitar heavy, definitely a more pop rock direction than anything they've done before. It's hard to judge from thirty seconds, but it sounds good, clear, and reaching.

I don't know if they can pull it off. I really hope they can, I'm honestly rooting for them with everything I've got, but Ryan Ross' lyrics are what made P!ATD different. I think Brendon and Spencer's music will be awesome, I have no doubt about that, but there is going to be, for better or for worse, a difference in the lyrics. It could be bad or good. I don't know.

Looking at this clip, at "New Perspective," and at The Young Veins Album, there's no doubt that the two halves of the band were going in completely different music directions. One flew east, one flew west. They could not have worked together, and a split was going to happen.

But I don't think that Panic! at the Disco can be Panic! at the Disco without Ross.

Friday, January 14, 2011

LCD Soundsystem, Powered by MTV

It seems MTV has decided to start funding music videos, an interesting choice as they don't show many of them anymore. LCD Soundsystem's video for "Pow Pow" is the first MTV funded video.

It's interesting to think about. MTV (or the concept of what MTV was and should be) distributes music videos. Historically, it should know more about music videos than anyone else. And if it was ten years ago, we probably should be worried that the channel that controls the distribution could also control the content.

But nobody watches MTV for music videos anymore. MTV programming is based on reality TV now, and they keep adding more and more channels (VH1, MTV2, MTV Tr3s, mtvU) which keep showing videos for a while until they too fill with reality tv and require even more channels (MTV Hits, MTV Jams, etc). They no longer control music videos: artists and the internet do.

You no longer need a production crew and tons of money to make a video. All you need is a camera and some editing software. Sure, pop stars need polished videos, but the internet is flooded with bands like OK Go who take the reins on their own projects and create unique entities that may never see the TV waves, but still get millions of views. Even those pop princesses get more views online than they're probably getting on TV.

Music no longer needs MTV, and the video that they funded ended up being kind of boring. I think maybe they're trying to be edgy (or sadly ironic) with all the masonic imagery. They've gone from being the place to discover music to a channel about pregnant teens and dating shows.

MTV is completely out of touch.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Keep Your Hopes Up High and Your Head Down Low

I've never been a huge A Day to Remember fan, but I've always found them listenable and interesting. I like the new single but the video is even more fun. It's a sort of guessing game: see how many bands you can name.

"All I Want" - A Day to Remember