Check Out Taking Back Sunday On Jimmy Kimmel (From Years Ago!)

I try not to burden you all with Taking Back Sunday news because I don’t want to force my favorite band upon you, but I think this is pertinent for any music fans (especially of the band or this genre of music).

I’m unsure of the exact year, but I know it’s early 2000’s because of A) the quality of the video, B) how old they look, C) the song choice, and D) John Nolan and Shaun Cooper are not seen performing (sad face) with the band. It’s still interesting to see how far they’ve grown, how much they’ve stayed the same, how chubby Jimmy Kimmel looks, and that this music was super mainstream at the time!

Enjoy.

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Taking Back Sunday – ‘Flicker Fade’

Taking Back Sunday presents a new song off their upcoming album (unknown release date as of this post) called ‘Flicker Fade.’

Taking Back Sunday @ Vans Warped Tour

Taking Back Sunday @ Vans Warped Tour (Photo credit: ConcertTour)

‘Flicker Fade’ is a very good song, and I’m not saying that because I’m a gigantic TBS fan, but because TBS seems to be getting back to what made them great in the early 2000s (every album, except New Again was incredible – even New Again had it’s bright spots), which is incredible lyrics, raw singing from Adam and John, and just a sound that I can only describe as ‘scene.’

Give it a listen! Let me know what you think of it!

Band of the Week: The xx

The way I learned of this band was through a friend constantly badgering me to listen to them.  It’s not that I was indifferent to his music taste (he had above average music taste), but I was just so forgetful with trying to complete my degree and what not.  Finally I decided to just start listening to them one afternoon when he was at it again telling me to listen to “The xx.”

I listened to the “Intro” and I was hooked ever since.

The xx performing in Jacksonville, Florida.

The xx performing in Jacksonville, Florida.

The xx formed in London, England and are currently made up of three members (Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim, and Jamie Smith).  The genre that they are known for playing is known as Indie Pop or Dream Pop (I swear more and more genres sprout up each and every year!) and their influences range from Aaliyah to The Cure to Belle & Sebastian.  Quite the range.

To me, most of their music is slower tempo with more focus on the actual music, but their lyrics aren’t too shabby either (when it is a song that has lyrics in it, that is).

Though a mashup, one of the best songs featuring The xx is “Kanye West vs. The xx – Touch The Sky (Carlos Serrano Mix)” because of the perfect fit between “Intro” and “Touch the Sky.”

Aside from mashups, my favorite The xx songs are:

VCR
Shelter
Swept Away
Together (Which was featured on The Great Gatsby)

Catch them on tour if you get the chance!

Have a favorite The xx song not listed, or think a different band should have been “Band of the Week” this week? Let me know in the comments and share this with a friend!

Band of the Week: Twenty One Pilots

About three months ago now, one of my roommates came to me and said, “YouTube ‘Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio’ and tell me what you think.”

I normally am hesitant on YouTubing random bands because I like to be the first one to hear a band (I’ve gotten much better in these three short months about this – believe me).  But I had just finished homework and had nothing to do so I obliged and YouTubed ‘Twenty One Pilots – Car Radio.’  I am so glad I YouTubed them.

Twenty One Pilots consists of just two members – Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun – and they can see into my soul, and read my mind without even meeting me.  In many of their songs, Joseph so eloquently ‘raps’ out poetry that is so pleasant sounding, while Dun keeps the beat lively, or slowly intense, depending on the situation of the song.  Joseph doesn’t only do the vocals, but also plays piano, keytar, synthesizer, and the ukulele.  He plays the emotional member, while Dun keeps everything going with the rhythm of his drum beats.

Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots in one of their promo photos found on their website.

Josh Dun and Tyler Joseph of Twenty One Pilots in one of their promo photos found on their website.

I stated a few sentences ago that Joseph ‘raps’ when in reality it is much more powerful and beautiful to be described as rap – there’s nothing wrong with rap, but these lyrics aren’t ‘rapped’ at all – it’s truly art. The duo focuses on meaningful lyrics, and unusual, but catchy, sounds that complement each other wonderfully.  Twenty One Pilots occasionally scream, though not blood-curdling screams like death metal bands, and it’s a visceral feeling.

My favorite song by them is ‘Car Radio,’ but I love everything else by them because, unlike most instantly popular musicians, their music has meaning, and it truly makes you think and feel something even when you think you can’t feel anymore.  Powerful music.  I really want to see this group in concert, and you should want to, too!

Twenty One Pilots in action at their first NYC show at Webster Hall. Photo by Amy Willard - www.amywillard.com

Twenty One Pilots in action at their first NYC show at Webster Hall. Photo by Amy Willard – http://www.amywillard.com

One last bit about the duo.  My favorite line from the group is from their song ‘Holding On to You’ where Joseph uses lyrics from a once popular song and adds his take to it:

Lean with it, rock with it,
When we gonna stop with it,
Lyrics that mean nothing, we were gifted with thought,
Is it time to move our feet to an introspective beat,
It ain’t the speakers that bump hearts, it’s our hearts that make the beat.

Love it.