In the four seconds before Myspace took over and the phrase social media came to be, AIM profiles were getting more and more complex by the minute, sometimes featuring click-through blog-like portions of text. Sometimes they were full biographies, sometimes they were just a block of text, often lyrics to the person’s favorite song.
“The Reason” is a song about a breakup, during which the narrator asks for forgiveness, and was seemingly written for this very purpose. It was the kind of obvious that almost made it unlistenable, the kind of obvious that made perfect sense to children experiencing what they thought to be heartbreak for the very first time.
DROP EVERYTHING!!!! I just discovered this artist literally 15 minutes ago. I was listening to Stand Atlantic on YouTube while I worked on some web stuff, and I noticed the artist suddenly changed on me. A couple songs by Mallrat played, and I genuinely enjoyed them. I sent a few texts about her to my best friend/cohost Pat, but then, it happened. Tokyo Drift started playing and the world stopped.
Mark leaves the estate and drivers a few miles down the road to the party, where he is approached by a stranger. He and the stranger engage in a round of small talk that, inevitably, forces each of them to inquire about what they both do for a living.
“I play in a house band,” Mark says, with one hand in his pocket and another one holding a red Solo cup.
“Oh?” says the stranger. “Where do you play?”
“I guess you could say it’s an abandoned house,” he says.
In defense of the pop culture scraps that Gen Y was dealt, I will make these basic claims: “American Idiot” is very good, and it was more punk to completely shift gears and successfully pull off a soaring rock opera than to continue to come out with iterations of “Dookie,” writing 2-minute songs into your 50s about how mushy your brain gets when you take pills.
We talk often on the podcast about music videos that are either way too literal to the lyrics, or tend to lack any kind of semblance to the song itself, but director Jordan Mizrahi perfectly captures the essence of the song’s meaning and energy throughout every second of this video.
The record has been out for a couple of weeks now, and we've had a chance to work through it a few dozen times, wandering back and forth in our minds (and back again, and forth again) about whether it's objectively better than her previous record "Reputation." By this point, many would concede that it is a very good record, though falls short of the Tier 1 of Taylor, a shelf occupied by "Red" and "1989."
Close your eyes. Think about the Mount Rushmore of 2000s music. Who comes to mind? Band-aid Nelly? American Idol Season 1 Kelly Clarkson? 8-Mile Marshall Mathers?
If you're sitting at a bar or a barbershop, and this particular debate arose, there is at least a fair chance Paramore, led by red-hair Hayley Williams, gets brought up (if only as an honorable mention, if only to elongate the discussion).
Hoppus would fare well in a Scott Pilgrim universe, proving, most likely, to be a worthy opponent with the baselines and nananas and talk of fallen angels and grave grass and so forth, but every ying needs a yang. Alex proves to be a worthy one, and this EP feels more fun than ambitious, and it's not likely Hoppus is driven by an unquenchable urge to outduel anybody. We can love Mark for what he is and what he's brought us without going out of our way to make everyone feel bad about it.
This was legitimately one of the toughest drafts we've done. Even though Taylor's catalog is dynamic and offers something for almost anyone, it's still a more limited pool than, say, the entirety of music released in the year 2000. Additionally, each of her albums hecking rips, so leaving songs on the bleachers was going to be tough.
But the concept of living somewhere in the middle came to mind the other night when we stumbled onto the topic of the Starting Line on this week's show. We'd hoped to do a quick, breezy 40 minutes on the most popular version of their "Best of Me" music video (there are more or less three distinct versions, depending on how far down you scroll on YouTube).
What we ended up getting into, however, was a bit of an impasse on the legacy of the band and the different things that probably hurt their standing as time moves forward.
On New Year's Eve, Netflix dropped the Taylor Swift Reputation tour movie. It had steak, it had sizzle, and hey, it had Taylor blowing her nose on stage -- a cute moment to be sure. It also had snakes. Dear christ were there a lot of snakes on that stage.
One of the ideas we had for intermittent episode formats after the rebrand was song drafts. We went over and over how to categorize the songs and we thought it would be fun as hell to draft them by year for our ultimate mixtapes.
We started at the year 2000, which in hindsight may have been the biggest mistake we ever made, missing Blink-182’s Enema of the State by 6 months. (Don’t worry, we found a loophole for that one.)
Vancouver B.C. emo / pop punk band Youth Fountain, formerly Bedroom Talk is the newest name on the Pure Noise roster. This announcement explains why their much anticipated debut full length album "Letters to Our Former Selves" has been stalled with very little explanation. The record is now slated for a 2019 release, but their fans have a brand new music video (watch below) and an EP of their previous releases to enjoy for the time being.
The music video is presented like a movie trailer, we figured we'd cast that movie. (FOR THOSE WHO HAVEN'T SEEN IT: Nerds vs. Jocks at a co-ed private high school. Imagine if Wes Anderson wrote a screenplay for a 'Revenge of the Nerds' prequel.)
As a young impressionable child, I remember hearing information that, if reflected on for even a second, would be disregarded as insanity, but alas, I was 6 and everything was taken in as gospel. I invented my own stories as well, and some of them stuck with me for too long into my adulthood.
Taking a step back after weeks of listening to read all the lyrics, straight through without music, I began to admire this EP even more. As a concept album, every song is an extension of the last, unveiling another part of the story. Each song contains a call back, lyrically, to the previous song, and I felt it allowed me to connect much deeper with the songs.
In a scene largely represented by straight white men, Sharptooth aim to make waves in the hardcore scene as a female fronted band with their debut full length album "Clever Girl". The album was recorded in their hometown of Baltimore, Maryland by Paul Leavitt at Valencia Recording.
This record created my production philosophy. The entire premise for the project was to give Julien a record that was her. By letting Julien be Julien and not trying to get her to be anybody else we got a record that is an accurate representation of her soul.
Dave Schiffman is a Grammy winning record producer from Los Angeles, California with so many records under his belt, the list would certainly exceed the word count of this interview. Read on to hear in depth detail of how he went about recording Pup’s latest full length album, “The Dream is Over”
I don’t really do any tricks. I try to keep the arrangements as simple as possible. I’ll have a different guitar sound for the choruses. Probably layered with some extra guitars, leads and arpeggios, but I don’t do any stereo widening plugin tricks or anything. That always sounds weird and distracting to me. Ya depending on how sparse the verses are, I might pan the verse guitars in a bit if I feel like there is a hole in the middle.