Music is always moving and evolving with the times, and as it pertains to the genre of alternative, it evolves rather quickly. So to help analyze the genre, I’ve recruited James from the Appetite for Distraction Alternative Top 10 Countdown to help me look into where alternative music is, where it’s going, and who is leading the way. Hope you enjoy. [Read more...]
Have you ever listened to a friend talk about what “great new music” they have been listening to? That topic is usually followed up by saying that “They knew them first.” As annoying as that is, we all do it in our most subtle ways (like saying that “I love Three-Oh-H” instead of saying “I love 3Oh!3). Below are just some of the best new music to come out in the past year, and with very promising futures. Hopefully, this will help you battle that annoying topic with some other musical examples of your own. Enjoy! [Read more...]
About a year ago, I picked up an album that would later become one of my favorites of all time; Brand New’s 2001 release Your Favorite Weapon. The album was a breath of fresh air in a time where NSYNC was popular and Shaggy was a thing. Songs like “Jude Law and a Semester Abroad,” “Sudden Death in Carolina,” and “Mixtape” are just a couple of songs that I play on loop from that album. To this day, I will still listen to the album in its entirety, and then have to listen to the rest of their library.
But sometimes you have to put and album down and move on. However, after listening to Sister City’s Carbon Footprint, it gave me the same feeling. If someone handed me this album, and never told me who or what it was, my first guess is that this is the Lost Tapes of Brand New’s Weapon. I’m not saying that it’s a bad thing at all. In fact, that is one of the highest compliments I can give to a rock band. [Read more...]
If you know anything about Taking Back Sunday, you know that their line-up has never truly stayed the same. From early on with Jesse Lacey (now fronting Brand New) to Fred Mascherino (fronting The Color Fred and Terrible Things), TBS has had 11 different members, with only three constants through each release (singer Adam Lazzara, rhythm guitarist Eddie Reyes, and drummer Mark O’Connell). And, along with each release, the band has been evolving, putting out a more mature sound with every album.
But last year, it was announced that the members who helped release their debut album in 2002 were coming back through this very special blog post:
“Sometimes it takes some time to remember where you were headed in the first place and the people you intended to go there with. There’s no hard feelings, just the future.” [Read more...]