This is my second/third (if you count an early-2000s era LiveJournal) attempt at a blog. I used blogs in the past to deal with personal issues. I would leave them open to the public, knowing what the consequences were. This blog won’t go down that road. To avoid most interpersonal conflicts, the intended purpose of this blog is to criticize the anonymous. I hope the more I get the hang of this, the better the writing and topics get.
I want to discuss the everyday things I see, and hear. As any good American, I consume. Also, like any good student of the liberal arts (blegh!), I have a lot of opinions about things I interact with on a daily basis. You will probably not agree with what I have to say, have an opinion on whatever sport I’m yelling about or even like the way I write about it. I just want this blog to be fun. In fact, I’m pretty sure this blog will be fun at the expense of others. I hope you’re okay with that. OK.
Now, onto the most important thing—myself. I’m an out-of-shape, twenty-three year old male from Austin, TX. A graduate of St. Edward’s University, I have a degree in History (know-it-all), and one day hope to get my hands on a Ph. D.
I currently have two employers, but will probably disclose their names in another post. I’m not a fucking bum!
I listen to a great deal of music weekly. You can visit my last.fm account for actual numbers and names of artist. I try to listen to something new, or bring back something old, every week. They’ll range from Earth Crisis to Moneen to Refused. This summer has been pretty good for me musically. I’ve compiled a small list of SUMMER JAMS! (consisting of old and new stuff) to share. I hope you enjoy them.
The Mars Volta – “Cotopaxi” – Octohedron
To be honest, I got the album before it hit the streets. Their new album is a bit of a departure from Bedlam in Goliath. It rocks hard at times, but has that softer side that Bedlam was missing at times. I appreciate the group for not coming out with a Bedlam II which I was sort of afraid of, for some stupid reason.
mewithoutYou – “bullet to Binary (pt. two)” – It’s All Crazy! It’s All False! It’s All A Dream! (what’s with kids today and exclamation marks?!)
This album grew on me HARD. I saw these wonderful men on Tuesday. Seeing most of these songs performed live made me appreciate this album even more. I now understand the direction they’re trying to go in, and love it. LOVE IT.
The Chariot – “Daggers” – War and Rumors of War
I was a huge fan of Fiancee, after I was turned on to them by a random tweep (@themattadams), and this album did not leave me disappointed. It does lack some of those “catchy” qualities I found with Fiancee. It’s a strong fucking album. I don’t like to get too wrapped up in artists’ messages, so… I won’t comment on that. :)
Sonic Youth – “Sacred Trickster” – The Eternal
Apparently, no one really “likes” Sonic Youth. I think it’s bullshit. Love them.
iwrestledabearonce – “You Ain’t No Family” – It’s All Happening
When I first heard this band I almost shit my pants. Their breakdowns are intense, their melodic romps are on and they just fucking shred. This girl’s vocals are amazing, and the band is tight. I, hopefully, will see them in July. They’re unfortunately opening for August Burns Red. Gag!
The Number Twelve Looks Like You – “The Garden’s All Nighters” – Worse Than Alone
This track is pretty different from the rest of the album, but it highlights the impeccable versatility The Number Twelve posses as a group. They have the tools to be great, and to lead the way in the world of hardcore.
Bill Evans & Jim Hall – “I Hear a Rhapsody” – Undercurrent
Just listen. Post-bop jazz at its best, and it’s just so perfect.
The Dear Hunter – “City Escape” – Act I: The Lake South, The River North
I know this is from their first album, and not the album their on tour supporting, but why the hell not. This IS their best song. I’m not even gonna front. The vocal harmonies, the riffing and overall orchestral approach by these guys makes them great ear candy for your broken soul(!).
Knapsack – “Change Is All the Rage” – This Conversation is Ending Starting Now
Listen. Fall in love.
Thanks for reading, and see ya next time?
I used youTube videos because they’re the most accessible by people. If it were up to me, I’d link you to a d/l of the mp3. :)