Where do I begin with Say Anything? Max Bemis and Co. went from being in the green graces of the alternative scene by mixing in delightfully anthematic lyrics (more like poems) and some amazingly catchy riffs. Their first album …Is A Real Boy and their follow-up In The Defense Of The Genre were two amazing two-disc sets filled with some truly genre-defying songs. [Read more...]
With our lists of favorites of the past year done, it is now time to look ahead to what is to come this year. [Takes a gander] Holy F there is a lot! Did you read year? No, I said year through March. Silly you. Here is the list from your favorite writers at HST for what we are most excited for and hoping will end up on our “Favorite of 2012″ lists come year’s end. [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...]