I Apologize For The Hiatus

Hello music lovers! I apologize I haven’t posted since ‘Nam, but I am back!

I had been dealing with some personal issues, but I am back on track to be enjoying life. There may be a few more kinks ahead for me, which may cause me to take brief breaks from the blog, but please stick with me and I’ll produce for you! There are two excellent reviews from contributors Dan and Keith that I will be posting later today so stay tuned and tell your friends all about Chwomp!

Here’s a favorite song of mine for your listening pleasure:

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‘The Devil and God are Raging Inside Me’ Turns Seven Today

The album from Brand New turns seven years old today! SEVEN YEARS OLD! I WAS SIXTEEN!

I feel old. Only two years until I can rent a car though! Hooray…

But back to Brand New. One of their best albums (okay all of them are the best to me), and if you want to hear it all click on the play button on the YouTube video below. You should buy it though. It’s a goodie.

We Are The In Crowd Covers Brand New Song

The pop punk band from Poughkeepsie, We Are The In Crowd, covers one of my favorite Brand New songs: ‘Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades’

It’s a valid attempt and I do truly love the addition of female vocals to this song. I always felt that this song needed female vocals because of the subject matter of the song – or at least what I believe to be the subject matter of the song. The male vocals are lacking, but that’s to be expected when you try to emulate a Brand New song, or try to put your spin on it. Give the song a listen and tell me what you think of We Are The In Crowd’s cover.

Riot Fest Chicago Begins Today

I really wish I had the money to attend, but alas life college loans kick me in the pants again.

Here’s the map of the event:

Man this looks like so much fun; all rights to Riot Fest. I own nothing.

Man this looks like so much fun; all rights to Riot Fest. I own nothing.

But if I WERE THERE! Here are the bands I would definitely see, maybe see, give a chance to, and would skip.

(I realize there’s a schedule for each day, but for the sake of this post let’s just assume every band is performing on one day and I will be able to see them all! Huzzah!)

Now before I begin, if a band you happen to like is in the ‘Would Skip’ category please let me know in the comments why you think they deserve to be in another category. These are not in alphabetical order, nor are they ranked.

Definitely See:

  • Taking Back Sunday (Obviously the first on my list!)
  • Brand New
  • Blink-182
  • AFI
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Pixies
  • Pierce The Veil
  • All Time Low
  • DeVotchKa
  • Andrew W.K. (This would be awesome)
  • New Beat Fund
  • Danzig
  • Public Enemy (This would be surreal; I’m not sure how good it’d be but like I said SURREAL!)
  • Saves the Day
  • Maps & Atlases (Never heard of this band, but since I love geography I have to go see them)
  • Rocket From The Crypt
  • The Wonder Years

Maybe See:

  • Bayside
  • Bad Religion
  • The Replacements
  • X
  • Touche Amore
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Chuck Ragan
  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • Direct Hit!
  • Environmental Encroachment
  • Mission of Burma
  • Saul Williams
  • Sublime with Rome
  • The Broadways
  • The Crombies
  • The Interrupters
  • The Silks

Give a chance:

  • The Sidekicks
  • Twin Peaks
  • Violent Femmes
  • Against Me!
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Kitten
  • Off With Their Heads
  • On Your Marx
  • Atmosphere
  • The Lawrence Arms
  • The Lillingtons
  • Bad Books
  • Best Coast
  • Bob Mould
  • Deal’s Gone Bad
  • Dessa
  • Mephiskapheles
  • Nativ
  • Quicksand
  • Radkey
  • Smoking Popes
  • White Mystery

Would Skip:

  • Devil Wears Prada
  • Rancid
  • Pennywise
  • Blondie
  • Dear hunter
  • Flag
  • GWAR
  • Hatebreed
  • Flatfoot 56
  • Peelander-Z
  • Pet Symmetry
  • Hostage Calm
  • Implants
  • Glassjaw
  • Guided By Voices
  • Gunner’s Daughter
  • Last False Hope
  • Masked Intruder
  • Reggie and the Full Effect
  • Screeching Weasel
  • Selecter
  • Stars
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Surfer Blood
  • T.S.O.L.
  • The Dismemberment Plan
  • The Flatliners

I am by no means taking away the talent of any of the bands that I would skip, but I just would not go see those bands when put up against the myriad bands that are listed.

Which bands would you go watch if you were attending Riot Fest in Chicago?

Ranking Brand New’s Albums

All of Brand New‘s work is brilliant, even if it is depressing, anger filled work.  All of their albums have a different sound, but still have that very uniquely Brand New sound to them.  I am going to rank Brand New’s four albums, and explain why that album has that position.  Each album is number one in my heart, but for the sake of argument I will do my best to place each album in it’s appropriate rank.  If you haven’t listened to Brand New before (What is wrong with you!?) then listen to one of their songs.  I will not include their Untitled album.

4. The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me (2006)

Brand New, The Devil and God Are Raging Inside

Best Songs:

This album may be their most depressing, but most visceral.  Every song, not just the four listed, strikes a chord in you and makes you really think deeply about the song, and about your own life.  Limousine may be their most depressing song because of it’s origin.   Limousine’s song meaning:

The song was written about the death of 7-year-old Katie Flynn. Katie had been the flower girl at her aunt’s wedding and left in a limousine. The limousine was hit by another car and Katie was decapitated. Katie and the limousine driver, Stanley Rabinowitz, were both instantly killed. The driver of the other car, Martin Heidgen, 25, had at least 14 drinks that night and his blood alcohol content, at 0.28%, was more than three times the legal limit in New York (0.08%). He drove more than two miles north on the southbound side of the highway the Flynn family were driving along at the time of the collision.

Source: This YouTube Video Of The Song.

May Katie Flynn and Stanley Rabinowitz rest in peace.

Listen to this album if you really want to feel something and have your emotions all over the place.  Very powerful and great album.

2. Daisy (2009)

Daisy Album, Brand New

This may be my favorite album artwork for Brand New.  It’s mystifying, yet so simple.  It’s also mesmerizing for some reason as well.

Best Songs:

  • Daisy
  • At The Bottom
  • Vices
  • Sink

When asked about a new album, lead singer Jesse Lacey said that “Daisy felt like the end of the road.”  It definitely feels like an ending album for a band, however Daisy is not the last album for Brand New.  It is a very deep album, like all of theirs, but Daisy requires more thinking when listening to the album.  Daisy is also much darker in theme than other albums, though not necessarily depressing as The Devil And God Are Raging Inside Me.  The vocals are much harsher in sound in this album than any other.

2. Your Favorite Weapon (2001)

Brand New, Your Favorite Weapon, Music

This is Brand New’s debut album.  They always do a wonderful job with their album artwork.

Best Songs:

  • Jude Law And A Semester Abroad
  • Seventy Times 7
  • Sudden Death In Carolina
  • Failure By Design

Since this was their debut album, I imagine Brand New was trying to get a feel for their own ability and sound.  Or they were just out there making good music.  Either way, this is a fantastic album, let alone a fantastic debut album.  I believe Brand New could have been overlooked (at the mainstream level) because at the time of this album’s debut (2001) and Brand New’s emergence, emo and scene music had taken over, while the alternative rock bands of the 1990’s slowly were fading to black and not getting much airtime on radios. However, I don’t believe one can simply put Brand New in a certain genre or subgenre of music because of their ability to change their sound each album flawlessly. They’re a rock band.  Simple as that.

1. Deja Entendu (2003)

Deja Entendu, Brand New, Music

 

This album artwork is just absolutely stupendous, like all of their albums.  Deja Entendu means “already heard” in French.

Best Songs:

  • Okay I believe you, But My Tommy Gun Don’t
  • Sic Transit Gloria (Glory Fades)
  • Me Vs. Maradonna Vs. Elvis
  • Good To Know That If I Ever Need Attention All I Have To Do Is Die

This is the best Brand New album, and is their sophomore album.  They showed a lot of growth from Your Favorite Weapon and sort of grew more musically, and of course their lyrics on this album are astounding as always.  Nearly every song is near 5 minutes in length or longer, so they don’t skimp on the music whatsoever.  More heaven for your ears.

Disagree with my ranking, or believe they’re in a good order? Let me know in the comments.  Also, if you have any suggestions on ranking a band’s albums comment below.

Rating Denver Riot Fest Line-Up

On September 21st and 22nd, Riot Festers will descend upon Denver, Colorado to listen to great music and have a good time.  It’s an event that I would like to attend sometime in my life, but it would likely be at one of the other locations of Riot Fest – likely Chicago.  Below I will list all the bands that will be performing at Riot Fest Denver and I will also rate them from “Must-See” to “Yawners” on a scale of 10, with 10 being “Must-See.”   All of these bands are great, but some are much better than others.  I will take into account how good the performance likely will be, as well as the quality of music of the band.

The list will be in order of highest billing to lowest billing, but that doesn’t mean lowest billing bands can’t be good because I’ve found that lowest billing bands are diamonds in the rough, up-and-coming, and put on a better show.

The Replacements – 9

Blink – 182 – 7

Iggy and the Stooges – 8

Rancid – 5

AFI – 7

Brand New – 9

Public Enemy – 6 (This will be an interesting one)

Airborne Toxic Event – 7

DeVotchKa – 7

AWOLNATION – 5

Matt & Kim – 8

Flag – 7 (This performance is going to be crazy!  The music is only okay, though.)

Rocket From The Crypt – 4

Bad Religion – 5

Guided By Voices – 6

The Dismemberment Plan – 6

Alkaline Trio – 7

Superchunk – 6

Yo La Tengo – 8

Against Me! – 7

Best Coast – 7

Minus the Bear – 8

Naked Raygun – 6

Stars – 7

Capital Cities – 7

Breathe Carolina – 8

The Dear Hunter – 7

Chuck Ragan – 7

Bosnian Rainbows – 6

This Will Destroy You – 6

Wovenhand – 7

Lydia – 8

Peelander-Z – 4

Touche Amore – 6

Off With Their Heads – 7

Single Mothers – 7 (Great band)

Kitten – 8

KONGOS – 7

New Beat Fund – 6

The Interrupters – 7

Bop Skizzum – 5

Itchy-O Marching Band – 6

Think a band deserved a higher rating?  Or a lower one?  Let me know why you think so in the comments!

Related:

Faev snogs: The Replacements, “Unsatisfied”

Day 13 Music Challenge “A Song For Rebellion”

Top 5 Blink 182

Colorado Bands

Soundtrack of the Day: Matt & Kim- Good Ol’ Fashion Nightmare

 

My Current Playlist

I normally create a playlist every week or so on my iPod Touch and just listen to it to death.  Some songs are old favorites, others are songs I have recently downloaded, and I’ll toss in a few songs that I haven’t listened to in a long time.

My current playlist:

Safe And Sounds by Capital Cities
AOTL by Childish Gambino
Black Skinhead by Kanye West
Otherside by Macklemore
All songs on the ‘Tell All Your Friends’ acoustic album by Taking Back Sunday
Car Radio by Twenty One Pilots
Holding On To You by Twenty One Pilots
I Will Steal You Back by Jimmy Eat World
Die Young by Ke$ha
Helena by My Chemical Romance
Jude Law And A Semester Abroad by Brand New
Degausser by Brand New
The Shower Scene by Brand New
Clarity by Zedd (Feat. Foxes)
I Need Your Love by Calvin Harris (Feat. Ellie Goulding)
Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris (Feat. Florence Welch

A wide array of music, I’d say.  I suggest you check every single one of these songs out, and I’ll leave you with the music video to Clarity by Zedd (Feat. Foxes).