Saturday, September 24, 2011

Love You Like a Love Song

I try not to have any guilty pleasures musically. I don't care how lame or nerdy or stupid it is, if I like it then I own up to it. But I just couldn't own up to liking a Selena Gomez song.

But now, TalkToTheWalls has covered it and it's okay for me to publicly like it! Enjoy the pretty, slightly out of sync video below.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

This City - Patrick Stump

I have thoughts.

First, I hate the videography. There's something disorienting and occluding about it. I just want to see, and I feel like there are blinds between me and the video. Second, his hair! I'm not sure why so many dudes have decided to do the short crop on the sides, flat mohawk on top look lately. I started noticing it in the spring and now it's everywhere. I don't disapprove, and I think I might kind of like it, but the sudden adoption of a seemingly awkward haircut has me puzzled.

But the song. I love his new musical direction. I love his voice, I love the freedom that I can feel in his music now, the feeling of release and soaring and happiness. Going solo was such a good thing for him, be it permanent or not. His exploration of other music, this side of him that I feel was always buried underneath trucker hats and Pete Wentz's lyrics, is fantastic and absolutely deserves to see the light.

Monday, September 12, 2011


Three hundred posts. They're a little sparser now, but they're still going.

I haven't posted a 300th yet because what could deserve that spot? I can think of nothing better at the moment than the stream of The Horrible Crowes' new album, "Elsie."

Brain Fallon described it as darker than Gaslight Anthem albums, and he's right, but it's also more soulful. He called for boys in ties and girls in pretty dresses at the shows, and I agree. It makes me want to slow dance in a dark room, heels slowly turning over a wood floor. Hair pulled up and lips a bright red, heavy lids and polka dots. "Last Rites" is a walk on the beach afterwards, shoes hanging from the fingers of one hand, the others twined in someone else's. It's got this old movie feel with that underlying pull of always reaching for something that Fallon's voice and lyrics always carry.

Go give it a spin.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

FBR turns 15... and I won't be there

Tomorrow night in New York City is the show I've always wanted to go to. TAI, Cobra Starship, and Gym Class Heroes all together, meaning the original group singing "Snakes on a Plane" (and I think The Sounds are in town if Maja wanted to reprise her role too.) It will be the last time the Butcher plays with TAI, and I have a feeling it'll be one of the last shows that will really feel the way they used to.

Instead, I'll be at a business meeting in Boston. Because now I'm an adult, and while that means that eating cookies for dinner after a really horrible day is a decision no one can veto, it sometimes means that I can't blow something off to go to a show.

Have fun New York kids. I'll just listen to this on repeat all day.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Hanson Covers Weezer

Supporting my hypothesis that whether or not I love new Weezer, the fact that they keep making music is important because it keeps inspiring other bands and keeps messing with people. Part of being a Weezer fan has become being confused by their new music, but always forgiving because of Blue and Pinkerton.

Okay, so maybe I just made that hypothesis up on the spot, but I don't think it's untrue. This was one of my favorite tracks off of Red. And something about new Hanson is drawing me in. And I like their explanation afterwards. And I'm big on cover music lately. Just listen to it.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

TAI covers P!ATD

Fueled By Ramen is turning 15, so they're doing all these crossovers between the artists, and this is good, one of my favorite FBR "bands" covering another, but I think my favorite part is that he messes up the lyrics (water-veins instead of weather-vanes).

*EDITED ON SEPT 3rd* He did five of these, the last just posted today, and it's the song that lead me down the rabbit hole of being part of the scene, the song that introduced me to Fall Out Boy, one that holds a special place in my heart. I couldn't not add it to this post.