March 3, 2009
Puscifer – The Mission
This song has been on Alt Nation on Sirius quite a bit. It’s getting stuck in my head even though I have no idea what 90% of the lyrics are. Luckily, if you click through to this YouTube video, the lyrics are in the notes. Apparently the band is a side project of Maynard James Keenan, which sounded familiar but I had to look up that he is in Tool and A Perfect Circle. Two bands that you aren’t likely to find anywhere in my iTunes.
February 25, 2009
Before today I hadn’t heard of Fallbrooke. I saw this post on AP calling the song catchy. That post has the MySpace video. I was at work, where all things MySpace are banned, so I tracked it down on YouTube. It certainly is catchy. The video is also very entertaining. I’m surprised bands still bother making videos. Only a few get shown anywhere.
Tomorrow’s goal is to find more Fallbrooke songs.
February 1, 2009
This was on last week (or maybe the week before?). I was already a fan of this song, it popped up on Sirius a few times. I didn’t think too many other people had heard of them, which is why I thought this performance was extra special. Usually Letterman will have on popular bands. Bands which most people already have an opinion on. I usually just skip over the musical guest because even if I’m a fan, a live performance on a talk show isn’t all that special. I think I watched this one because I hadn’t heard the song enough and I wanted to see how the band performed. It turned out to be pretty amazing. The sort of performance that instantly makes everyone who saw it fans. Letterman even seemed impressed at the end.
They performed Sometime Around Midnight. Still the only song I’ve heard by them. I’m curious about the rest of their stuff because it could go either way. That’s why I’m holding off buying the album until I’m more certain.
CBS put the video up, but disabled embedding. (why???)
So here is a version from YouTube …
January 30, 2009
This week’s iPhone special was +44 – Baby Come On. To be specific, it was the acoustic version from Punk Goes Acoustic 2. Blink 182 is probably my all-time favorite band, listening to them led me to everything I listen to now. While it might have seemed like a tragedy when they broke up, they went on to form Angels & Airwaves and +44. So that meant 2 bands that I loved, rather than 1. How is that a bad thing? So even though it doesn’t sound like there will be another +44 album, I’m really hoping for any sort of Mark Hoppus Album.
While I was searching, I found this video someone made using clips from Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
January 23, 2009
Do you ever get the feeling your iPod really likes one band on a particular day? If I listen long enough it happens almost every time. Usually it’s something I have a ton of on in my library. MxPx, Blink, or Fall Out Boy are the most common. Today it was Houston Calls. I’m pretty sure I only have 1 Houston Calls album, so it was really shocking to me. I bet most of you haven’t even heard anything from them. So allow me to share. The only music video on their site is for Exit Emergency.
Bob & Bonnie is probably my favorite song of theirs and I found a YouTube video of that. Not sure why this one isn’t on their site. There really needs to be a music site like IMDB for discographies, music videos, and whatever else you can think of.
If you like Houston Calls, how is their newer album, The End of an Error? It’s on my long list of things to buy on Amazon, should it be moved up the list?
January 23, 2009
I need a name for these types of posts. Things my iPhone Played for Me just isn’t all that catchy. This one was from earlier in the week. I don’t think I need to tell you how much I love The Starting Line. I wouldn’t even list Saddest Girl Story if I was ranking my favorite songs by TSL. Yet it still rocks, that’s how good they are. Enjoy this pretty solid live version I found on YouTube.
January 16, 2009
Today’s song that I was most pleased that my iPhone chose to play for me is not only common enough to show up on YouTube, but it even has a music video. It’s also in Guitar Hero 3. Hmm, maybe a little too mainstream? At least it’s not the Senses Fail song that is on the Wii version of Dance Dance Revolution (that took some figuring out, I knew the song but DDR and Senses Fail didn’t really click together).
January 15, 2009
All Time Low!
Metro Station! (ok, maybe half a !, I haven’t heard enough for the full !)
What a lineup! I can’t imagine I will find anyone who will want to go with me. Simply because I have very few 16-year old friends. Hey Monday is the only band I’ve never heard, but based on the other bands, I’m sure they are excellent as well.
January 14, 2009
This moring my iPhone shuffled itself onto an Unsung Zeros song, Postcards Home. I can’t remember the last time I listened to that song. Possibly one of my most forgotten favorite songs. I think Unsung Zeros flies under my music radar because they only had 2 albums that I can see (maybe an EP too) and I don’t have any of them. Just a few tracks. I tried to find Postcards Home on YouTube but there wasn’t much to be found there. You can check the song out on their last.fm or MySpace. They had a great song on a Warped Tour album, the 2002 edition, that I did find on YouTube. So I’ll stick that here.
January 13, 2009
I’ve been reading AbsolutePunk for many years now. During college it was where I found out about new bands, new releases, and tours. There was no MySpace or Last.fm or any of the other millions of ways to find music online these days.
A few weeks ago they started doing Weekly Nostalgia, featuring a great band from years ago. Last week was Midtown, one of my college favorites. I can’t remember the last time I listened to one of their albums. I’ve listened to Cobra Starship much more recently, but that counts less than half. I don’t think I ever saw them in concert, somehow they just slipped by.
This week’s is The Movielife. I know that I definitely saw them in concert at least once. I believe they were opening for Brand New. The Movielife was never one of my favorites. I’m not sure I listened to any of their albums all the way through more than once. The songs in this look back are all excellent (and are still in my playlist today) and make me wonder if I should have spent a little more time digging through their other stuff.
I’m excited for the next rounds of these looks back. I imagine most of them will be old favorites that I used to listen to non-stop but might have gotten out of the habit of listening to.