I’m Gonna Need Some Money

There’s always one problem when you have a very large amount of bands you listen to, and that’s that you most likely won’t have enough money when TWY decide to come out with something new. This is especially hard when, in my case, a lot of the bands I like are releasing something this year. Anytime I go on a music site I have the same reaction of “oh news about *insert band here* I wonder what…another album??”

You see, I don’t even have a job yet and so I have no money. This is always disappointing because among the other things I can’t purchase, if a band I like releases something, there’s little chance I’ll be getting it anytime soon. But either way, there are several bands coming out with something this year, and I thought I’d put in my favorites.

1st on the list is the pop punk/hardcore outfit A Day to Remember. I became a fan of them a little over a year ago, mainly in part to the latest release “What Separates Me From You” and the two covers they do of the The Fray and Kelly Clarkson. They plan on releasing something new this summer, and (technically) two songs have been shown before hand. The first track came out a while ago, entitled “Violence,” and is a very dark song with a lot of screaming in it. The second song has been leaked via someone recording said track when ADTR previewed the song among some record executives in studio. I can’t quite remember what the title is, I do know that I enjoyed it more than I did with Violence. I’m excited for the new record and I hope it is dropping soon.

The other band is….guess who-We Are The In Crowd. I’ve been psyched for their 2013 release but rather than seeing any actual music from the new album, I’ve seen many covers. Either way, I’m looking forward to the album. There ya go-short, sweet, and to the point.

I’ve heard other little gossips, such as blink 182 working on something, but that is very early in works. In local news, Cincinnati band Let it Happen has been working on a second album. I highly recommend listening to their first release “It Hurts But It’s Worth It,” it is very good and available on iTunes.

Anything you’re excited for? Let me know in the comments!

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Covers: better, worse, or equal?

If you are well versed in the music industry, then you should know what a cover is, and how they are a big part of the culture. For those who truly don’t know (but how could you not…) a cover is when a band does a song by another band, usually throwing their own spin on it. I do many covers all the time; they are a very enjoyable experience and help me get better at my own work. One thing I always find surprising is when I go on YouTube to watch a video of a cover and I find the comments file with bitter arguments, all around the same question: who did it better?

This is always puzzling, and I come across it all the time, the world seems to split into the “it’s better than the original” group or “this is terrible” group. You have the occasional people who like both versions, and if you’re one of those people more than half the time, good on you, you’ve got common sense. What people never realize is that a cover is usually just for the bands pleasure; something they wanted to do. Sometimes a record company tells a band to make a cover for a compilation cd (punk goes pop by fearless records is a great example) and that’s where lines blur for me; I love some of those covers but others I can’t stand.

And so today, I’m going to list some covers that are worth listening to; prepare yourselves.

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Are my followers tired of me talking about We Are The In Crowd? If you answered yes, we’ll tough. They’ve technically done two covers over the past few months to hold people over until their second full album drops. The first was a cover with artist Alex Goot, where they covered Pink’s song (with the singer of Fun.,) “Just Give Me a Reason.” The cover stands fairly true I the original, with Alex singing Pinks part and Tay singing Nathan’s part. I really like the cover, there’s a good connection between the two vocalists and the music stays the same as the original, maybe just a little more “rockier.”

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Second song they’ve covered is of Brand New’s “Sic Transit Gloria…Glory Fades.” The song surprised me at first, with Brand New being a rather unknown band to cover, but I can see the influence BN had on WATIC, and so the cover makes sense. The song is very good, the bassline is kicking just like in the original, and the addition of a female to the trade off vocals is astounding. The only real difference between the two songs is a lack of screaming (though Jordan’s yelling of the last line “die young and save yourself” gives me more chills than BN’s) and the female vocal addition; overall it’s a great cover.

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The last mention I will give is an older cover by Green Day. On the deluxe edition of their 2009 effort “21st Century Breakdown,” is the second cover of The Who that the band has done in their career. The cover is of The Who’s first rock opera, “A Quick One While He’s Away,” which clocks in at over 8 minutes long.

A quick one? I think not.

Although, the song is almost a perfect replica of the original, only sounding more produced than the other. I say almost because they add their own little lines here and there that were not in the original. I may like the cover cause of the fact that the School of Rock I’m enrolled in did the song this past weekend, but it’s still a good cover.

Any covers you like? Feel free to leave a comment below, but take away this from what I write: a cover is usually done cause the band wants to, so the changes are not for you, there’s no need to argue how good or bad a cover is.

Good Weather, Music Better

I live in Ohio, where we go through day to day life wondering what the weather will bring. The weather is predictable once summer rolls around, but Ohio doesn’t seem to have spring in our cycle of seasons. That being said, warm weather is starting to return here in good ol’ Cincinnati, and I have started to listen to a brand of music that always seems to put me in a good mood.

The genre I have been obsessing over for a long time is known as pop punk; it’s fast paced and in most cases, generally happy sounding. Now with the weather slowly returning to warm and sunny, I find that my pandora stations are being invaded with various pop punk bands that make my walks between classes more enjoyable. Music usually gives me a problem to relate to when it’s winter time, but recently I’ve been busting out these songs and find myself to be a happier person.

So what I thought I’d do today is just list some not so well known bands in case you may want to see just exactly what it is I’ve hyped about the last two paragraphs.

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First one is a band on the poppier side of things, We Are The In Crowd. I discovered these guys about half a year ago, with their latest release known as “Best Intentions.” They are lead by two vocalists, Taylor Jardine and Jordan Eckes. I love the guy and girl singing aspect of it all, and they offer up some great songs that are incredibly catchy in my own opinion. I suggest checking out their first release, “Guaranteed to Disagree.”

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Next up is a group that takes their name from a classic tv sitcom; ladies as gentlemen, The Wonder Years. My friend introduced me to this band in the winter, but I haven’t truly gotten into them until now. On my pandora radio I listen to them most often now, mainly cause they provide fast paced punk rock with lyrics about being a teenager in suburbia. All of their work sounds really good and amazing for fair weather and driving, but I’d suggest their album “The Upsides.”

There are so many other bands out there and I won’t take the time to name them all, but they’re perfect since spring is here and summer will be here before you know it. So take the time to relax and enjoy some good driving music.

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Buy Full Albums

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Apple runs music it seems. For years I had never owned an apple device of any kind, I always used an MP3 player and got my music from amazon or from buying CDs.

I still use CDs, but back in December I finally gave in and got an iPhone, the iPhone I’m using to type this right now. I have to admit that having a smartphone is great, and an iPhone is simple for me to use, but iTunes places an issue to a typical teenager like me, one with no money. Just yesterday I got 25 dollars in my account and now it will be just about gone by Tuesday. So this is an article to help those like me who want to get more use out of their money.

I have one rule I always stick by: if it’s helpful, buy the whole album. For me I listen to full albums because I never know how many songs I will like. After listening to an album, I find the songs I like, and if it’s cheaper to buy the album rather than all the songs you like, but the album. It’s worth it economically, and you may just find yourself enjoying more songs on that album than you expected.

The second tip: I suggest looking to places outside of iTunes for album reviews if you’re not sure on buying something. There are those user reviews on iTunes, but in my opinion I can never find one that doesn’t do one of the following: say the album is the best album in the history of mankind and give it a 5, or say that the band in general sucks and give it a 1. Go to websites for more honest reviews that don’t usually have as much bias as someone who probably pre ordered an album before hearing a single song (oh, that person probably wrote the review before hearing anything too.)

To be honest, that last tip came from a situation I encountered last night. I went to pre order Paramore’s self titled album out on Tuesday. I’ve heard the album already (it streamed on Paramore’s website) and while I pre ordered the album, I hold in my mind the album could be better….but I’ll handle that next week. I still like the album which is why I bought it, but I was annoyed at seeing reviews of the album posted before the stream finished who were giving 5 stars and saying it’s the best thing in the world. Some may disagree with this, but I find those reviewers to be just a tad bit blinded.

Anyway, I digress. Look up reviews of an album outside of iTunes, but be on the lookout for short reviews, those usually don’t have much evidence to back up a rating. That’s all I have to give, I hope you’ve all been learned. Thank you, now I’m off to listen to an EP I bought by We Are The In Crowd, and I suggest checking out. Gosh iTunes cash runs out fast.

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