*So I just recently got internet at my new place so these music blogs will be going into the new year but I’m sure that’s cool with you.
Pedestals is Such Gold’s second ep and it definitely has a way more hardcore influences, including a guest appearance from Earth Crisis’ singer, than their last ep. The Movielife influence is still there for sure, see The Starting Line singer guest spot. Pedestals is great and I’ve been listening to it a lot lately while riding my bike.
"I’m still looking for my piece of mind and nothing more. My bad habits are building up and getting harder and harder to ignore, Except when you’re around but I’ve been spending so little time in this town. I just hope that you see I just can’t be who everyone wants me to be. The pressure is too much and all I needed was just a little luck or so I thought, But it’s time to follow the dreams that we fought so hard for. This is your chance to soar above the world outside your door. I hope that when you fly your wingspan is not the size of your attention span, Cause you’ll never finish what you began. And I’ll be fine with myself and my life, As long as my dreams aren’t far behind. I know what I want and I’ll never lose sight. So here’s my advice: never let go off the things that keep you warm inside. And I’m still looking for my sanity and nothing more, I think I left it somewhere inside 55 Sycamore. And now I’m chasing it on every tour. I don’t know what you thought; it’s just my way of saying that I never forgot What we fought for. So here’s my advice: hold on to whatever keeps you warm inside. Trust me it’s something that is too hard to find. If living this empty life is a crime then I’ve served my time.”
“A lot of the time I’d get that feeling like I was in the middle of a huge black ocean, or in deep space, but not in the fascinating way. It’s just that everything was incredibly far away from me. It was worst at night.”— Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (via gypsycoeur)
Hey, I guess I’ll figure it out The reasons why things went the way they did And why we can’t accept it We’d fall asleep, but not before we exorcised the evil thing that everyone hides We would lie there in my bed, Do you remember all those nights we never slept No clothes, sweaty, doing all the things I never thought I’d do And I did them with you
More Songs is by far one of my favorite albums to be released this year. I had never heard them before this year and it took me completely by surprise. Grown Ups come from Chicago and write a style of Punk/Emo that owes just as much to Cap’n Jazz as it does Lifetime. Intricate guitar and bass lines mixed with heart felt vocals and huge sing a longs, this comes highly recommended.
"It’s time that I clean house It’s time I cut my hair It’s time we both stop missin’ What I wish was there
I’ve been collecting resin with your bobby pins That you left under my bed that you let fall from your head that you once laid to rest in the crook of my neck
Girl just give it a rest The night’s young but it’s looking like I’m dead but count me in to do it all again For one more song for one more drive for one more night to feel alive For one more chance to help you stand
So long, farewell I’ve lost but I can’t tell Would you follow me into that mountain air Would you follow if you knew nothing was there
And I know the more I search the less I seem to care And I know the more we wait the less there is in store I do prefer the lips that I have had before So will you guide my hand”
New EP from Detroit pop-punk band Fireworks. Makes me super stoked for the upcoming full length. I love the lyrics to this song. They remind me exactly how I felt growing up.
"I wouldn’t call it romantic While veterans drank in the basement Of the packed hall where we met that fall There’s nothing I’d rather do, Than break fire codes with you And my spend my nights on your front lawn
When these couple years won’t let me catch a break And keep throwing me on the ground..
You make it feel like it’s nothing at all You make me feel stronger than all
With you I didn’t care I slept through lectures I only stayed those two semesters It’s always been those pieces of plastic That I arranged alphabetically on a shelf That taught me how to be myself How to be…
You make it feel like it’s nothing at all You make me feel like I am stronger than all You make it feel like it’s nothing at all You make me feel like I am stronger than all Stronger than all
You will always have my attention It’s something I don’t even have to think about anymore You will always be the life lesson In a world that just lets down, you stand up with me now You will always have my attention (You make me feel like it’s nothing at all) It’s something I don’t even have to (You make me feel) Stronger than all Stronger than all (Hey!)”
This record fucking rules. No way to get around it. One of my favorite releases this year. Front to back not a bad song on it and “Filthy Habits” is one of my favorite punk songs to come out in recent memory.
"Why won’t everyone just forget about it? I left a trail of blood with love not violence And I don’t deserve anything you’re providing I am cold, leave me alone
I tip-toe corners these days, always hiding My mind, it swallows whole every last distraction And all that I’m left with are a million questions Like “have you grown cold?” “Are you fucking miserable?”
I just can’t listen to sad songs anymore I get fucking bored Jealous of friendships that I can’t abide by Jealous of this sinking ship Watch the water swallow all of us whole This time I swear it’s over Jump in with your lungs wide open Haven’t you heard cynics never recover?
There are words that I can’t even breathe And those are the ones I’ve been dying to scream Still jealous of friendships I can’t abide by And we’ll watch this sinking ship And the water swallow all of us whole This time I swear it’s over Jump in with your lungs wide open Cynics never fucking recover Spit on the stories you’ve been told Cause now you’re so much older It’s clear you’ve forgotten all about this I don’t think I’ll ever recover”
Paul Baribeau is a folk punk musician that writes spectacular albums. Despite most of the songs simplicity Paul really knows how to suck the listener into his songs and really feel how he is feeling. “Unbearable” is my favorite album of his and “Rolling Clouds” is my favorite song on the album even if it makes me sad every time i hear it.
"the summer was purring like a kitten until the record needle starting skipping i was squeaking through the screen door in your kitchen
so do you want to go downtown with me stop by the library? you rode by my side on your dad’s old ten speed
it felt like everything was finally perfect we rode past the empty stores the churches but then i looked in your eyes and they were anxious and they were nervous
under all the rolling clouds over all the fields that surround this tiny town
later that night you started to cry ran into the bathroom and locked yourself inside the bathroom i wanted to knock down the door but instead i just leaned against the other side sometimes it feels like i still don’t know you after all these years after all the stupid stuff we’ve gone through how many horror movies have we sat through how many sour patch kids how many two liters of mountain dew
i want to see you get through this but it seems like nothing i say makes any difference when i left your house that night i felt totally awful and selfish
under all the rolling clouds over all the fields that surround and trap us in this tiny town
maybe i did the wrong thing maybe i should have stayed maybe you were gonna feel better, maybe maybe nothing would have changed
most nights i just throw a movie in the vcr and fall asleep on the couch and wake up tired i try not to miss you but i don’t try very hard i remember stopping by a long time ago heard you inside playing piano i sat down on the front step and listened through the window
under all the rolling clouds the blue breaking through over all the fields that surround this tiny town
under all the rolling clouds the blue busting through over all the fields that surround this tiny town”
First full length from this melodic hardcore band from the UK. It sounds a lot like Killing The Dream, maybe with a small bit of The Carrier thrown in for good measure. I’m hoping these guys come tour the states at some point. I’m betting the next full length will be stellar.
"breath in and cut shorter. don’t let your heart sink lower i know we had differences but this love will last a lifetime if we put our heads together and trace back this history it won’t take long to realise how much you mean to me old photographs still stuck to the door, smoke stained teeth and damp cold floors the first time your kiss seemed softer, that one time when your heart broke harder its this love we never had, sometimes think that i’m glad this hate i miss being by your side, i need a place to hide i’ve tried to forget your name but every night seems the same disintegration will follow i’ve never felt a pain in life so hollow i’ve given up i’m letting go i’m so scared, of what will follow i’ve never felt a pain in life so hollow letting go of everything i used to know love let me go”
Properly fucking awesome blog mate.
Well done. Thanks for the Look Mexico post too. Once more, being an avid Frank Turner fan pays off.
I’m glad you dig it. I’ll be posting a lot more music stuff over the next few weeks so hopefully you’re into it. Look Mexico is great. Their older stuff sounds a lot different but is really great. You should check out their first full length “This Is Animal Music”. You’re totally backed on the Frank Turner sentiment.
Look Mexico’s second full length. It’s a lot darker and less noodly guitar lines than their last full length but it’s good. This is my favorite song on the record and it features Frank Turner which is always a plus in my mind.
"Falling through the cracks We are dodging the radio waves And thanks to all your promises We’re picking extra shifts up these days And it’s not paying the bills Working for minimum wage Who needs money anyway Held up our end of the deal Isn’t that where you come into play
And I thank you, I thank you for Thank you for absolutely nothing
When you live out your time In hope of impossibility We stripped down lies We treated you like family Credit where credit is due Now the bereau is looking for me So as you thank us for our patience Expect something else, not a thing
And I thank you, I thank you for Thank you for absolutely nothing I thank you, I thank you for Thank you for absolutely nothing
Up again, it’s down again It’s read between the lines again It’s everything but straightforward Crowds are gone, the seasons run They should be back before too long This never really happens
So thank you, thank you for Thank you for absolutely nothing Thank you, thank you for Thank you for absolutely nothing”
Album: Adults!!!Smart!!!Shithammered!!!And Excited By Nothing!!!
Song: The First Time I Met Sanawon
New EP from Ska/Punk/Crazy band Bomb The Music Industry! You can get the whole thing for free, along with all their other albums, from Quote Unquote Records. Pretty standard stuff for the band but it’s all super well done.
"First off, I didn’t feel comfortable. I’d been drinking for weeks and forgetting to eat and sleeping shitty in a college common room.
Trying to make friends with strangers, swapping telephone numbers Making crazy demands to play a show in your basement. Two days later I didn’t think that you would give us our first Chicago punk rock show.
I didn’t think I had a chance. I had a hunch that lost a lot of my friends. I never thought I’d get the feeling back again. I never thought I’d smile again but I was dumb ‘cause I felt kinda good in your neighborhood Although I kinda fell down atop a pile of kinda dried up blood and stumbled back to your home without outblacking.
These days, we’re both getting old. And while you’re buying a house, I’m losing sight of my goals. I took my time and now I’ve got nothing to show. But when I see you next year, we’ll have a coffee or beer and I’ll be real glad my failures aren’t making things weird.
As we get older every day feels longer and although I know I’ll struggle I will do my best to never get tired. I know Chicago will be cold tomorrow Let’s cash in on our thin blood and have another one. No flaking no leaving.
No flaking no leaving, mistaking our dealings for burdens that stop us from waking up early and working, repeating the process of bleeding our tired heads dry with the motions of failing again. I’m tired of complaining I’m tired of complaining But I’m thankful for the first time I met Sanawon.”
Great punk rock from Richmond, VA. This is The Riot Before’s second full length. It’s a lot less political and more personal and introspective but it’s damn good.
"Buying boxes, bubble wrap, and packaging tape Emptying all the drawers out and throwing away The coupons expired, the ticket ignored There’s no need to park here anymore
I have whiskey on my breath and I’m stammering A slurred request for something stronger in my next drink I don’t have the courage to speak Title page, previous works Dedicate to spouse and to son A foreword, a prologue, brief epigraph “You’re gonna fail” in Latin
Crossing the room here feels like crossing rivers In a video game I played when I was ten The worst part is right now I can’t remember One good thing happening
I have whiskey on my breath and I’m stammering A slurred request for something stronger in my next drink All the whiskey on my breath it is ruining Any chance I’ll get to not embarrass myself Walk up to you and say hello…”
It took a long time for this album to grow on me. Although it’s a logical progression from the bands last album “Is Dead” I just wasn’t feeling this but I eventually came around. There’s a lot here to enjoy and I’m definitely bummed that the band called it quits earlier this year.
"Forget the lesser parts of me You and I are everything I am not
Forget the way Don’t walk away You and I are everything I am not
This gets me here This takes me home
She says, “Oh God, don’t walk away” All I am increasingly I am not
Forget the way Don’t walk away You and I are everything I am not
This gets me here This takes me home
We know all the ways that death can’t see We go all the places death won’t be We know what it takes to keep his sleep at bay So I pray to God for a day
So I figured that I would start this whole new music bloging project for the month with the very first song from the very first new album I heard that came out this year. Dangers is a damn fine hardcore band from California and they know how to write a thought provoking song. This song ranks up there with my favorites. Enjoy.
"Why didn’t you kill yourself today? What cross, what coupon, what cathode ray Put the joie de vivre in your diseased heart? How Anne Hathaway, How Peg Bundy Thou art. Hey Sugar: Prove to me that the air you breathe Wasn’t better served by the leaves of a tree. You’re but a breeder, Tax break receiver With menopause sweats A TV tray and a mosh pit son Who wastes the marrow of his bones Jumping into these drums. Please tell him: Don’t stand so (no) Don’t stand so (close) Don’t stand so close to me. See, I know your children Because I’ve been your children And us children, hopeful children Ain’t worth the stretch marks baby. ‘Cause we may sing these songs of protest, Cast our ballots, too Forgo meat and Ride our bikes and Get our band’s stupid tattoo But it means nothing, Nothing, When we get eaten by the sun. Que sera Que sera For, whatever there is will soon be all gone. So what’s wrong With a song That asks wherefore and why have you lived this long? A purpose? You want a reason? Stop believing. Or stop needing the answers. There are no answers Except the sun, the sun, the sun. While you sit on your couch And wait up for your boy We’re polluting his mind with this (noise).”
So I’ve decided that since this year is beginning to wind itself down that I’m going to start making posts detailing all the different records that I’ve been listening to this year. I feel like there has been an unusually large number of really solid releases this year. I usually make a top ten list but this year that is proving to be really hard to do. I just can’t make up my mind. So yeah, hopefully you find some stuff that you dig. Look for these posts to start soon and to continue through out the month. Cheers!