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It seems as though I left the medium of blogging conveniently around the same time I left Facebook. Perhaps, this blog was an extension of my Facebook personality? Anyway, I’m alive and well. I have found myself busier than ever now without my daily multi-hour requirement of Facebook usage. Grad school is as tough as ever. It will only get more intense as my degree program winds down and find what I am writing my thesis on. Will it be about rap? soccer? sport? motorcycle gangs? Who knows? The sky’s the limit… actually, my degree isn’t in aeronautical science or astronomy. The sky is probably an acceptable limit.

Recent thought (coincidentally the name of a band we played with in high school). What do the CDs in your car that you play regularly (on the reg) say about you? I don’t want to deconstruct my own habits, mind you. It would be all too boring and probably depressing. What do you think yours say about you? You’re not outwardly projecting these moments in your car, well unless you’ve got a sick system. So, what does it say about the time you have to yourself on those treks from home to work (“singing songs about you and feeling like a jerk”)?

My List:

  • Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza – Danza III: A Series of Unfortunate Events
  • Andrés Segovia – The Art of Segovia
  • Cursive – Domestica
  • The Ergs! – Dorkrockcorkrod
  • Make Believe – Shock of Being
  • Third Eye Blind – S/T
  • This Town Needs Guns – Animals
  • Coheed and Cambria – Year of the Black Rainbow
  • Colossal – Welcome the Problems
  • Pack of Wolves – Betrayer
  • Pattern is Movement – All Together
  • Café Tacuba – Unplugged
  • Between the Buried and Me – Colors
  • The Number Twelve Looks Like You – Here at the End of All Things
  • Grown Ups – More Songs

Pretty intense/depressing list, I say. Probably going to add a Hush Sound album for good measure… maybe Red House Painters. :D

Share, for me, please.

Until the next time. I’ll keep teetering on the verge of insanity, and you’ll do what you do–much of the same.

-dago

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La Dispute killing it at SXSW (Emo's Annex)

Instead of going on twitter and finding bands’ twitter accounts and letting y’all know that this is what I’ve been listening to, and that you should check it out, I’m going to do it here. :) If you guys need any direction on how to get any of this stuff, let me know. Yeah! Oh, and I’m not claiming that I “found” these bands or that they’re somehow new.  Some of these have been around for a while.

Since January, I’ve been listening to Snowing… a lot.  They’ve been described to me as derivative of indie bands of the late-90s and early 2000s.  I’m okay with that.  In fact, I’m very okay with that.

The next band is Grown Ups.  (I discovered both of these bands on http://www.ifyoumakeit.com. That place is pretty great.  Bands upload their EPs for free download.)  Now, Grown Ups does a wonderful job of mixing the energy of punk rock with some wonderfully catchy guitar lines and melodies.  It can seem a bit emotional to some, but the gang vocals and attack of the band give it an oomph that doesn’t make you feel like you’re being whined to .

Very recently, I’ve been listening to an English group named Itch.  They’re kinda wonky at times.  They change tempo and time signatures often, but again, like Grown Ups and Snowing, consistently provide anthemic lines to bring you back from a bit of musical exploration.  The changes are not as dramatic as say my favorite band Between the Buried and Me.  Actually, they’re not even on the same planet musically, but the frequency of Between the Buried and Me’s musical romps turns many away… ok enough about them.

Empire! Empire! (I Was a Lonely Estate) is a band that I regretted missing during SXSW.  It was a shame.  I reallyyyy wanted to see them, but who can pass up pizza and hardcore? C’mon.  Anyway, these guys are wonderful. They sort of float through the air with their beautifully woven guitar-play and skillfully written songs.  It’s a wonderful CD to write to.  I was tired of writing with Jim Hall doodling away.

Alright, new stuff from some established dudes.  I really liked the new Circa Survive album.  I was really disappointed by On Letting Go when that mofo hit da streets.  But this one seems like they’re back to their old tricks.  Anthony Green sounds too legit on this album.  And the band are on point.  I had the privilege of seeing them with Coheed a couple of weeks back.  They killed it. Coheed‘s new album is fantastic as well.  It’s much better than I believed it would be.  Lots of proggy exploration, saga-themed choruses and schmetal to make yo’ momma scream.  Sidenote: Was anyone else disappointed by the new Ted Leo? I expected more.

Two midwestern bands Native and La Dispute, that seem attached at the hip, are both fucking amazing.  Native’s new album is 2L2Q.  But, the detriment of being a small band is that BN.com won’t even carry your album.  The only place to really get their stuff in Texas is to order through an indie store or get it online.  Wrestling Moves has got to be one of my favorite albums of the past 6 months.  When I try to describe Native I just say they’re Minus the Bear with balls.  Ballsy the Bear.

I am pretty sure La Dispute are dropping something this summer?  At least I hope they are.  Their 7″ wasn’t enough. (That’s what she said).  I need something more substantial (again).  Somewhere at the Bottom of the River Between Vega and Altair has become one of my favorite albums of all time.  They mix the emotion and power of mewithoutYou with the heavy attack of an early-Poison the Well.  They’re amazing.  I missed them when they were here with Alexisonfire last week.  Mea culpa.  Anyway, these guys do everything right.  They have great material, and it doesn’t seem like they’re performing to accomplish some sort of rock ‘n’ roll mission of grandeur, posturing and excess.  They’re there for the people that are there to see them perform their great music.  They create a wonderful atmosphere.  Muchos props, La Dispute.

Anyway, grad school has killed my ability to get into new music, but I need to get my hands on the new Murder By Death for sure.  Also, I can’t wait for the new Against Me! EP to get here.  I’ve also been cranking some good old Promise Ring lately.  TOO GOOD! :D  I’m really anticipating the new Tony Danza Tap Dance Extravaganza album as well.

Finally, Tom Fun Orchestra is really interesting.  In my head, they sound like what Tom Waits should sound like–good.  They really are a sort of orchestra.  I can’t even count the number of random instruments you can catch in one track.  They’re great.

Anyway, this is my failed attempt at being a music critic.  I really suck at it, but this is all stuff I recommend you all check out.  You actually might like it.

For those of you with last.fm accounts, let’s be friends: http://www.last.fm/user/tehdago

-dago

My Albums of the Decade

A lot of people are compiling their lists of favorite albums, bands, movies, television shows or whatever of the decade.  I decided it would be fun to try to get a list together for my favorite albums of the decade.  I was initially optimistic about the list, but I quickly realized how lame the past decade has been.  Anyway, these are my personal albums of the decade.  I’m sure most of you will either hate the bands or albums.   A lot of these are sort of sentimental picks.  Many these albums got me through some tough times.  Others were my introduction into whole new genres.  Some are bands that grew on me and have left a huge impression.  I encourage you all to make your own lists.  I would love to read them. :D

The List

  1. Between the Buried and MeColors (2007) link
  2. At the Drive-InRelationship of Command (2000) link
  3. The Mars VoltaDe-Loused in the Comatorium (2003) link
  4. Coheed and CambriaIn Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: III (2003) link
  5. Circle Takes the SquareAs the Roots Undo (2004) link
  6. MuseAbsolution (2003) link
  7. Jimmy Eat WorldBleed American (2001) link
  8. La DisputeSomewhere At The Bottom Of The River Between Vega And Altair (2008) link
  9. ThursdayFull Collapse (2001) link
  10. The Mountain GoatsAll Hail West Texas (2002) link
  11. The Number Twelve Looks Like YouMongrel (2007) link
  12. The Fall of TroyManipulator (2007) link
  13. Café Tacvba – Cuatro Caminos (2003) link
  14. The Postal ServiceGive Up (2003) link
  15. Three 6 MafiaThe Most Known Unknowns (2005) link
  16. Queens of the Stone Age Songs for the Deaf (2002) link
  17. Ted Leo & the Pharmacists Hearts of Oak (2003) link
  18. The Blood BrothersYoung Machetes (2006) link
  19. Rodrigo y GabrielaRodrigo y Gabriela (2006) link
  20. mewithoutYou[A–>B] Life (2002) link
  21. Tenacious D Tenacious D (2001) link
  22. ParamoreRiot (2007) link
  23. Taking Back SundayTell All Your Friends (2002) link
  24. The Plot to Blow Up the Eiffel TowerDissertation, Honey (2003) link
  25. System of a DownToxicity (2001) link

Honorable Mention

  • Alkaline TrioFrom Here to Infirmary (2001) link
  • Strike AnywhereChange is a Sound (2001) link
  • Blink-182Take Off Your Pants and Jacket (2001) link
  • NOFXWar on Errorism (2004) link
  • Job For a CowboyDoom EP (2005) link
  • At All CostIt’s Time to Decide (2006) link
  • The Smashing PumpkinsMachina and the Machines of God (2000) link
  • Bloc PartySilent Alarm (2005) link
  • Cursive Mama, I’m Swollen (2009) link
  • See You Next TuesdayParasite (2007) link
  • Protest the HeroKezia (2005) link
  • The DarknessPermission to Land (2003) link

Thank you, Between the Buried and Me.