Have you ever been, or are you confused by audio bit rates? Does the word Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bit RateÃ¢â‚¬ kind of scare you? Well this is just a brief dive into seeing what it is and how it affects you as a digital music consumer.
Mxpx are back with their newest full length Secret Weapon. Not a fan of a little punk rock music? This release is probably not for you then. Not an Mxpx fan? Well you’re probably out of luck here too because this record is Mxpx defined. The new album does take some steps in new directions but the steps are very little.
The first song which is the title track Ã¢â‚¬Å“secret weaponÃ¢â‚¬ hits hard with 1998 Mxpx punk rock style. The first track pretty much lays it out and foreshadows the rest of the album. If you like or even love it then sit back and enjoy the ride.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Shut It DownÃ¢â‚¬ talks about getting out from behind the computer screen and not having society grow an unproductive MySpace generation. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Top of The ChartsÃ¢â‚¬, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Sad Sad SongÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Tightly WoundÃ¢â‚¬ are some of the tracks will probably stand out the most with their thick engulfing melodies. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chop ShopÃ¢â‚¬Å“ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Bass So LowÃ¢â‚¬ are a couple of the non traditional songs in which the band takes those steps in newer directions. . The songs are sung different and are a bit heavier than the rest of the songs on the album. Probably the funniest part on the record or funniest part from any Mxpx record comes on the song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Not NowÃ¢â‚¬, when it breaks down and mike starts singing Ã¢â‚¬Å“goose frabaÃ¢â‚¬ the calming phrase from the movie anger management.
So now on to the Ã¢â‚¬Å“what’s badÃ¢â‚¬ about the album, the part where we can lay into all the things that the band did wrong. Well all the cynics out there can move on because there’s not many bad things to say about this album. With 16 (17 with the hidden one) songs some are slightly weaker such as Ã¢â‚¬Å“Chop ShopÃ¢â‚¬ but this is a filler free record that will leave you feeling like your $12 was well spent.
1. Secret Weapon
2. Shut It Down
3. Here’s To The Life
4. Top Of The Charts
6. Punk Rock Celebrity
9. Chop Shop
10. You’re On Fire
11. Bass So Low
12. Sad Sad Song
13. Never Better Than Now
14. Biting The Bullet Is Bad For Business
15. Not Nothing
16. Tightly Wound
Note: Review originally posted on www.thealbumproject.net check it out for this and other reviews
I guess 2007 is the year of redemption and come back. With several bands finding their way back to the styles that gave them their original fame. The Starting Line is the latest to (excuse the pun) find their direction.
The starting line don’t play copy cat with their previous work they simply build off it and focus their sound to something that is mature and unique to them. Ã¢â‚¬Å“DirectionÃ¢â‚¬ the title track off the record leads off the record with heavy guitars and harder vocals than is typical for the band but lines up with all other tracks on the record. Harder music and thicker melody seem to be the tone the band stuck to while writing the latest effort. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Are You AloneÃ¢â‚¬ is the third track deep on the record and right from the beginning has a slower and darker feel to it with the chorus begging the question Ã¢â‚¬Å“are you aloneÃ¢â‚¬? Ã¢â‚¬Å“IslandÃ¢â‚¬ is vastly different with an upbeat feel to it that makes it a perfect summer song.
The album as a whole has a self reflecting theme to it. Songs like Ã¢â‚¬Å“I Could Be WrongÃ¢â‚¬ and Ã¢â‚¬Å“Somebody’s Gonna Miss UsÃ¢â‚¬ being the most obvious with the songs being about the bands touring and how people will miss them when one day they aren’t a band anymore. The best stand out lyric has to be in the song Ã¢â‚¬Å“Somebody’s Gonna Miss UsÃ¢â‚¬ when Kenny sings Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ã¢â‚¬¦If you can’t relate and refuse to sing along then maybe I can interest in some other song [a little something like] all that she wants is another babyÃ¢â‚¬.
Starting Line fans will thoroughly enjoy this album and it will be in your top 10 for the year. Others of us who aren’t die hard Stating Line fans will definitely enjoy this record but my feeling is that it feels to short and it seems to not have a very long replay value.
3. Are You Alone
6. Something Left to Give
8. Way With Words
9. I Could Be Wrong
10. Somebody’s Gonna Miss Us
11. Need To Love
12. What You Want
The Rocket Summer’s new album “Do You Feel” includes an exclusive song when purchased from itunes.
Also Mxpx’s new album is available from “itunes plus” which means no DRM and for only $9.99
You’re about to put out a new record and it will probably blow up but what inspires you and keeps you moving?
I know that I play music to try to bring hope. I went through some rough times in my life where I feel like I was pulled out of a lot of crap supernaturally so when people say that this music has affected them in terrible times of their life, that’s what keeps me going.
What is the record “Do You Feel” about? Is there any constant themes running through the whole album?
There are definitely different themes on the record. But as far as the song Do You Feel as well as a few others the theme of wanting to do greater things for our world but not because our own daily issues get in the way is a theme that goes throughout the album. It’s something I’ve been dealing with in my own life so naturally it came out in this record.
I’ve heard brief things as to what the song “a song is not a business plan” is about but for those haven’t can you go into a little about what it’s about and how the song came about?
I wrote that song on a day where I felt a tad discouraged about my hard work and feeling the pressures to write music like_________ insert brand new cutesy emo band names that all sound alike that had just formed. I wrote it after my van broke down for the 100th time on the side of the road. Ha, it’s definitely got a hint of bitterness. But it’s something that I got over but was immortalized in a song ha.
You played all the instruments on your other records, is that the case for the newest one as well?
I played all of the instruments on Ã¢â‚¬Å“Do You FeelÃ¢â‚¬ except for the Horns on So Much Love and High Life Scenery. We got some slammin good dudes to play those, actually the guys who played on Stevie Wonder’s Sir Duke.
Is touring something that has become second nature or something that you get excited about? What are some of the hard things about being gone for 3 months at a time?
Touring is honestly my life. We are freakin road dogs. We play hundreds of shows a year and it honestly doesn’t really get old, it’s what I do. The only thing that gets old is when you get sick and need to go the DR. or need a check up or something and you have zero days off and you’re across the world. It’s harder to take care of yourself.
Who are some of the bands that you are good friends with have they influenced you music at all?
We’ve toured with a lot of great bands, hellogoodbye, Relient K, ash, the format. Tons of bands! As far as if they have influenced the sound of my music, probably not but they are great dudes who write great music so … maybe?
Let’s talk about “to write love on her arms” for minute. How did you get involved with the charity and why did you?
Renee, the girl who it was originally based on is a friend of mine so it was natural to get involved. TRS is very much a thing that is full of wanting to help so we try to get involved with things like this as well as invisible children and other things.
What are some of the records you’ve been listening to lately? What have been some of your favorites to come out this year?
I love the new Ryan Adams record and I LOVE the new Wilco.
Was the jump to a major label simply a progressive one in the time line of the band or were there more reasons? If so what are some of the things you hope to accomplish by being on a major label?
It was time I think. I think I’m ready for the challenges of being on a major and hopefully more people will hear the music because of it.
What are your thoughts on the music industry, what are the problems that affect you as an artist?
It’s definitely changing and I’m thrilled that I’m in a place where I can do this for a living. There are plenty of problems with it though so I don’t know where to start. My record comes out in 4 days that I have put my life into for a year; I have no room in my life for negativity about the music industry. I can’t afford it, must be all good vibes!
Everything is moving in the digital direction, do you have any thoughts on the DRM (Copy protection) issue?
I think if a record has affected you and you like it, then you should buy it. It’s not easy starving to make records. I would love to continue to make music and people; it’s in your hands.
Taken from foofighters.com
Tracklist for Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace is as follows (sequence TBD):
Let It Die
Long Road To Ruin
Stranger Things Have Happened
Cheer Up, Boys (Your Make-Up Is Running)
Ballad Of The Beaconsfield Miners
The Album drops on September 25th
With the release of a bunch of high profile albums this Tuesday I was trying to guess how many each would sell. My guesses are below, add yours in the comments
The Rocket Summer: 10K
The Rocket Summer’s new record “Do You Feel” will be on sale this week for $7.99 at Best Buy. Pick this record up.
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The new Tooth and Nail Podcast is up which includes unreleased music from MxPx (“You’re on Fire”)and Ruth (“Here To New York”). The Podcast can be grabbed in itunes right here.
What do you expect from a band that has a name of a single person? What do you expect from an album that makes such boisterous claims that Ã¢â‚¬Å“Only Rock and Roll Can Save Us NowÃ¢â‚¬? Well One thing is for sure you better be able to move your head and leg because both will be bobbing and tapping throughout the whole record.
Tyler Read is a hard band to define. They are definitely a rock band that brings out the melodic vocals but they are also a band that digs a little bit deeper and find each person’s sweet spot. The record starts with Ã¢â‚¬Å“The KillerÃ¢â‚¬ which is both fast and dirty musically speaking. The song breaks half way with a bouncy verse Ã¢â‚¬Å“Everyone want to go to heaven, but no one wants to dieÃ¢â‚¬¦Ã¢â‚¬ which then leads back into the same style the song started with. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Michael JacksonÃ¢â‚¬ will get much interest because of its name. The song which is bass driven has a very thick melody which will get stuck to you after the first listen. Is it worthy of a Michael Jackson label? That’s for you to decide.
Once you are a couple songs into the album you can pretty much figure out the bands formula and there is not a lot of variance but that’s not to say you’ll be bored. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Baby’s Got a GunÃ¢â‚¬ throws some gang vocals in a couple spots and gives the song exactly what it needs. Ã¢â‚¬Å“Fire AwayÃ¢â‚¬ is probably my favorite song on the record because it shows the deeper side of the band. The song begins with catchy guitar which lead into mellow verses where the vocals just pop and let you really appreciate them.
This is one of those bands that are in danger of being judged on their name before people get a chance to listen to them. The album Ã¢â‚¬Å“Only Rock and Roll Can Save Us NowÃ¢â‚¬ is not the best album to come out this year, but it a worthy addition and will gain this band some notoriety.
1. The Killer
3. Michael Jackson
4. Only Rock And Roll Can Save Us Now
5. All You Need Is Love, But
6. A Litmus Test
7. Baby’s Got A Gun
8. Fire Away
9. Private School Girls
10. Get Ready