Thursday, June 23, 2016

Beyonce - "Sorry"

Beyonce just released a video for "Sorry," which was also featured in the HBO special. It might be my favorite song on the album - seriously though, who knew a Beyonce album would be a Top 10 contender for me in 2016? Because I sure didn't. To be honest, I'm not as big of a fan of Queen Bae as you would think. But damn, this Lemonade album is good.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Margo Price

Illinois born and raised Margo Price should be county music's next star - whether or not she will be, time will tell but she's been getting a lot of buzz for her debut album on Jack White's label Third Man Records, Midwest Farmers Daughter, and with good reason. Sometimes, her voice sounds similar to Tammy Wynette and other times, it's Loretta Lynn or George Jones. It definitely has a range where depending on the song and the lyrics, she's one or the other. Price has been living in Nashville, TN. for almost a decade performing open mics and playing with other bands (her most popular band being Buffalo Clover,) but has never gotten that big break until she sent a copy of Midwest Farmers Daughter to Third Man, performed on Saturday Night Live this April and the rest, as they say, is history. Price is definitely an "artist to watch" and if you're into old school country and bluegrass, I recommend her very highly. You can listen to her single, "Hurtin' on the Bottle" down below.

Click here to watch one of her live performances on SNL too!

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Sleigh Bells - "Rule Number One"

I posted this on the Preston Beat facebook but not here - Sleigh Bells has a new single called "Rule Number One". Listen to it here! I really hope this means they'll be coming back soon - they haven't released anything new since 2013's Bitter Rivals.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Thank You, Stumble Upon

I just found a Punk Rock flyer archive from the years 1982-1984. It's mostly the west coast but it's still pretty cool. Also included are fan zines, my favorite!

Click here for the site. It's called Shaved Neck.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Playlist Paragraphs: Best of Mainstream Punk [Apple Music]

Check out the playlist here!

1. "When I Come Around" - Green Day
2. "Flavor of the Week" - American Hi-Fi
3. "Sugar, We're Going Down" - Fall Out Boy
4. "Pressure" - Paramore
5. "Everything Sucks (When You're Gone)" - MxPx
6. "I Write Sins Not Tragedies" - Panic! At the Disco
7. "Come Out and Play" - The Offspring
8. "I'm Not Okay (I Promise)" - My Chemical Romance
9. "The Bright Lights of America" - Anti-Flag
10. "Fat Lip" - Sum 41
11. "Damnit" - Blink 182
12. "Infected" - Bad Religion
13. "My Own Worst Enemy" - Lit
14. "Mercy Me" - Alkaline Trio
15. "Ocean Avenue" - Yellowcard
16. "The Boys of Summer" - The Ataris
17. "Seed" - Sublime
18. "Highway 101" - Social Distortion
19. "Ruby Soho" - Rancid
20. "Weightless" - All Time Low
21. "White People for Peace" - Against Me!
22. "Work" - Jimmy Eat World
23. "Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous" - Good Charlotte
24. "Miss Murder" - AFI
25. "Ready to Fall" - Rise Against

This playlist is almost perfect. Two things that hit me right away though: of all the MxPx songs Apple Music could have picked, they pick "Everything Sucks (When You're Gone)"? Really? You couldn't get the rights to "Responsibility"? And the Against Me! song choice too - "White People for Peace"? There wasn't anything better? I can name maybe five songs off of the same album that would have worked with this playlist fine. "White People for Peace" might be one of my least favorite Against Me! songs. I love that they included "Miss Murder," "Ready to Fall," "Flavor of the Week" and "My Own Worst Enemy" - songs that give me a blast from the past like whoa. And this also compelled me to figure out what happened to Lit - they were so good! AND OH MY GOD THEY'RE STILL A BAND. I didn't see that coming. They have a new drummer but other than that, band members are in tact too - another thing I didn't see coming. Apparently they've been working on new material and that was in October 2015. Also appreciate Bad Religion and Anti-Flag on this list - if you're going to claim this is the Best of Mainstream Punk, you don't just put All Time Low and Paramore on here and expect me to not have questions about it.

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Summer Concerts 2016!

Remember last years summer concert series? Well, I've decided I'm going to do it again. It helped me keep writing during such a normally busy time for me (Summer Reading Program - it's a hazy, crazy fog but I love it).

First on deck for June: Against Me! In Syracuse, NY and possibly Watsky in Boston (that's pending).

Love You to Death - First Impressions


Canadian pop rock duo Tegan and Sara just released their eighth studio album on June 3, Love You to Death. It's reminiscent to their 2013 effort, Heartthrob, which also happened to be the turning point in their career where they time traveled to the 80's and decided that was their thing now. I'm pro Tegan and Sara channeling the 80's but that doesn't mean that I also don't miss the emo talking-like-a-teen days of The Con and Sainthood. Still, these ladies took a huge chance essentially changing their notable sound completely and succeeding in this endeavor. Who knows if we'll get The Pros to the Con some day but if we don't, I'm okay with that. Because again, Tegan and Sara have released a really strong album still filled with passion and heart.

"That Girl" - "When did I become that girl?" - I think we all think that at one point, regardless of gender. This is definitely an opener song and it does well being just that.

"Faint of Heart" - Now we're getting to creative and interesting places - I really like their use of beats and the way the tempo of their song coincides. This song is a very good example of that; another one is "100x" but more on that later. I think the lyrics sound like one of the girls wrote this when they were first falling in love with someone and scared shitless. Because: "This love ain't made for the faint of heart/ When it's love, it's tough/ This love ain't made for the faint of heart/ Real love is tough."

"Boyfriend" - Definitely one of my favorites on the album and probably one of the strongest songs in their career - it does remind me of "Closer" but I think this one might be more of an accomplishment because of the different use of instrumentation and the tempo/lyrics ratio I mentioned before. That's what's cool about this new Tegan and Sara - they use synthesizers and other instruments in a very different way than most musicians who have been predominantly synthcentric throughout their career. Plus, this song is just catchy. I could have probably just wrote that and my paragraph would have been explained.

"Dying to Know" - Kind of a filler song. But still good.
EDIT 6/16/16: HA! I love how when I first heard this album, I said this about "Dying to Know". Definitely not a filler - now one of my favorite songs!

"Stop Desire" - Another "first falling in love with someone and scared shitless" song. The chorus kind of sounds a little Duran Duran like.

"White Knuckles" - This could have totally been a Pat Benatar song in 1984. Awesome emotional synth pop ballad.

"100x" - This is hands down my favorite song on the album. It's so good! The vocals backed with the music is just perfect. It's also cool how sometimes the background instruments get lower and very minimal so the lyrics can kind of speak for itself. And that "did-did to you" part is perfect. Also the "I swear I tried to tell you at least a million times a day" part - UGH. It's just so good. Just listen to it.

"BWU" - Here's some more info on this song that I found. I love the "Save your first and last dance for me, I don't need a white wedding" part. Very relatable for people who aren't really a big fan of marriage, even though at first listen, it does sound like a pro-wedding song.

"U-Turn" - Another really strong song on this album, "U-Turn" is definitely something that could come right from 1983 Tears for Fears. It could also be from a 90s teen comedy - it would be the featured song, with a music video featuring Melissa Joan Heart.

"Hang on to the Night" - Ah, it's a closer song! They decided to go that route - start with an opening song, end with a closing song. It tends to happen a lot. But when it's done well, it's good. And this one is definitely done well. Filled with introspection and emotions in the lyrics, the synth follows suit and ends this masterly crafted eighth studio album.