Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Polls Are In!

After a week or two the "who'd you rather do" polls are closed, Results? Jessica Biel, lost, big time with only one vote, she's dumb anyways, Keira Knightly not to0 far ahead of her, she being even stupider than Biel if you ask me. Scarlett Johansen and Jessica Alba tied for second, and coming first in the poll and my personal vote Natalie Portman! New poll up soon!

Beck's new album official comes out the 8th of July, preorders are available now on iTunes with an advanced ticket sale option, the new single Chemtrails is also starting to grow on me, go check it out!

That's it for me! Thanks for Commenting!

Coldplay and Such

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything, I had an awesome Lake Powell trip and had plenty of time to listen to Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends, by Coldplay.

Colplay as a band started pretty strong with there debut album Parachutes and hit single Yellow, I personally wasn't a Coldplay fan till their next album A Rush of Blood to the Head, I really like the piano in it, I'm a piano junkie, and with songs like Polotik, In My Place, The Scientist and Clocks, Rush of Blood was a must have album back in 2002. I was really excited to hear what else Coldplay could do, then X&Y came out.

Lame, I think that's the best word to sum up that album, Chris Martin seemed to be using the same old tricks to write "hits". The result, a mediocore and non-inventive album.

Fast forward to 2008 Viva La Vida is about to come out, there are 2 singles available, the title track Viva La Vida and Violet Hill, I was so dissapointed in Coldplay's last album I didn't even listen to either of them. I heard snippets of Viva on an iTunes commercial which was also a step down in my book, iTunes commercials are so stupid! I began to see album art for the new disc and promo photo's of the band for their disc which shot them wearing what looks like a highschool marching band clothes that they have been wearing for like 2 weeks, it's a wonder I even got this album at all. Then I heard Chris Martin's comment claiming that, according to him, Coldplay is the best band in the world. Saying anything like that about your own band is such a stupid thing to say, he could say he thinks he works harder, he likes his music a lot, but the best band in the world? Far from it. Well let me get to the album itself.

Upon my first listen I felt like Coldplay was trying to use gimmicks to get more people to like, but after some more intense listening I could tell they were trying new writing methods and putting in some new instruments, it's more prog rock rather than verse chorus verse chorus of the usual softrock of Coldplay. I really started to like it.

It's a pretty solid album, with only 2 or 3 skippable tracks, namely Lovers in Japan, and Death and All His Friends, but there are really some good records on this album, Cemeteries of London, Lost!, Strawberry Swing and Violet Hill are my key tracks, Viva La Vida(the song) would be good if they put some heavier drums into the chorus, Yes, would be good if they didn't put that stupid Indian sounding strings solo into, but there's no hope for Death and All His Friends, it's just a dumb song.

Overall I think this will be their best selling album to date, the greatest band in the world? They are not. The best album ever made? Far from it. Solid, better than the average Coldplay album? You Betcha. Offical Score? 67%

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

High Ate Us

I will be leaving on Wednesday afternoon right after guitar lessons on a little hiatus, to go to Lake Powell in southern Utah till Sunday, it should be a pretty awesome trip. This blog is going to be postless for a bit. Sorry y'all, yeah I say ya'll sometime big deal.

Coldplay's new album came out today, first impressions after I listened to it at work it seemed like they were using a lot of gimmicks to hype up the album, strings and dancy muted sounding drums, but on the way home from work where I can really turn it up and listen I started to like it more. There will be a full review when I get back, I'll have plenty of time on sitting on a house boat for four days. You can listen some tracks down in my playlist.
Talk to you all in a few days! Please comment, and vote in the pole. Natalie Portman is killing! Yay!

Craig, out!

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

More of the Same

Well I bought My Morning Jacket's Newest Album Evil Urges, and the results are in...... more of the same. MMJ is the kind of band that you can't love till you see them live, and since I haven't i don't. MMJ music is the kind of music that you can put in a big playlist like the Firehouse playlist and even though it's playing nobody will ever hear it or ask about them.

There are some tracks on the album a little better than others, but nothing big enough to even mention, it might of been a better album had Weezer not come out a week before and I'm still blasting that every chance I get. Compared to the Red Album, Evil Urges fails in everyway. Needless to say I was dissapointed.

Official Score 58%

The polls are now closed and I agree with the majority, You Don't Mess With The Zohan looks so stupid that I would rather get teeth pulled than to have to watch it, I think Adam Sandler and Mike Meyers were hanging out one day and said to each other, "Hey let's see which one of us can make the stupidest movie in the whole world!" It's going to be a close call.
New poll up soon, thanks for reading!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

Not Much...

Hey faithful website viewers,
Not much going on in way of cool things. After Weezer's release there's not much going on in the way of music, well till Tuesday anyways. On the 10th, My Morning Jacket's newest CD "Evil Urges" comes out and according to preliminary reviews it is going to be a milestone for MMJ and it will be very very good. So fingers crossed that the previewers know what they are talking about, I excited and I'll let you know how it is. The week after, the 17th Coldplay's new album will hit the airwaves, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, it helps with the disappointment of a crappy CD.
Check out the newest Coen Brother's movie trailer, BURN AFTER READING it looks funny/cool.

Below is a movie I made while writing some songs with my friend Nate, I knew no one would believe me when I told them what happened and they'd have to see if for themselves, so here it is...

If you can't hear it well this is what happened. A while ago, shortly after the formation of Sonance, we were just practicing some songs and messing around and we unplugged our guitar cable from our guitars and placed them on our tongue, the result was just a really loud annoying noise and you could move it around you tongue and the pitch and loudness would change, it was weird, but not as weird as what happened to me when I decided to place my cable on my tongue this day. I brought the chord up to my mouth and no noise came out, I cranked my amp up and what did I hear? An fuzzy old sounding Mexican radio station, it was creepy. I moved it around my tongue and the signal would get better or worse. Man it was weird, watch it again and see that I'm not just making it up, Neal if you're reading I'm talking to you.

Well that's it for me, I'll keep you posted! Thanks for reading.


Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Weezer (Red Album)

The day is June 4th, only 24 hours have passed since I first heard all new songs off Weezer's sixth studio album.
There are few things in my life that I truly love in my life, BESIDES my lovely wife Heather of course.
These things, in no particular order are: that clop clop sound my long board makes when riding on sidewalks, the metallic sliding sound an acousitc guitar makes when switching chords, playing a brand new song you've writtten, all the way through with a full band for the first time and getting those chills when it sounds like a real song, and then times that feeling and chills by 10, when you play that song in front of hundreds of people and they love it as much as you do. At the very top of that list is the feeling I get when putting a new CD into my CD player and just listening.
The surprise, unexpectedness and unforseen... uh ness of a good bands newest work, and Weezer being one of my favorite bands of all time, you can just imagine what it's like.
I've already told why I love Weezer in my post "IT, is what they are" So I'm going to review this disc, one song at a time.

Troublemaker: The first track on CD's kind of CD set the tone for the rest of disc, this track leaked a couple weeks before CD so I got an early look at this song. Kind of a faster paced song, could easily be a radio sinlge, awesome and funny lyrics, 6.5 out of 10

The Greatest Man That Ever Lived: This song blew me away when I first heard it, this track also leaked a week or two before the CD. This song has like ten different parts all thrown together in one song, it's got rap, rock, falsetto (my favorite), and classic Weezer--esque parts. All in all just an awesome inventive song. 7.5 out of 10

Pork and Beans: This is their first single of the CD. The first single is always weird to me, it always seems like the first single is a song that sounds similar to their old stuff to kind of get the fans of the old CD's to buy the new one, it never really feels like it belongs when you buy the album later. Pork and Beans has similar sounds to some really old Weezer songs. This song was written after a meeting Weezer had with some record execs where he was told to be more commercially acceptable. Weezer's lyrics are so specific to Rivers you know exactly what he's going through, we haven't heard this personal of lyrics from Weezer since Pinkerton and I love it! 6.5 out of 10.

Heart Songs: This is Rivers/Weezers tribute to his influences of the past. It's his ode to his heroes. The whole CD is a little slower than the previously leaked tracks would suggest, but I'm all about ballads though. This song isn't too slow, just a good overall Weezer song, one of my favorite from the CD. Little does Weezer know that out of my like 50 or so personally "heart songs" they claim like 30 of them. 7 out of 10

Everybody Get Dangerous: This is the fastest song on the album, think Hashpipe, or We Are All On Drugs, just minus the drug references. This songs about Rivers and his friends being hellians in the past. It's a fun song, fast guitars, awesome drums and lyrics that remind me when I was a youngster. 6 out of 10

Dreamin': I freaking love this song, got a sublte blue album feel to it, musically and lyrics wise. This is the first song we get to hear some other band memebers sing a pretty main part of the song, in the bridge of the song Bryan Bell the guitarist takes over singing for a bit. He's not a bad singer. The song kind of has a symphonic feel to it. I love the lyrics to this song, some more personal lyrics thrown into the mix. 8 out of 10

Thought I Knew: Worst song on the CD, Bryan Bell takes over as lead singer and writer on this song, orginally written for his band The Rentels. He's got an okay voice and put together an average song, it's nothing compared Rivers though. This song has a 1990's feel to it. Give me RIVERS! 4 out of 10

Cold Dark World: One of my favorite tracks on the CD. Non-unsual lyrical melodies as far as Weezer goes. Written by Scott Shriner (Weezer's bassist) and Rivers, Scott also sings lead on this song, he keeps his vocals low on this song and grungy, but still epic. 7.5 out of 10

Automatic: This song was actually written and sung by drummer Pat Wilson, it's got some synthesizers and piano in it. A really good song, not one the best but still very good, but like I said before. Give me RIVERS. He knows how to write songs and can give me what I want.
5.5 out of 10

The Angel and the One: I really love this song, it's a slower track, reminds of Only in Dreams, a little. Awesome lyrics and instrumentation. Classic Weezer feel to it and a simple but amazing outtro. I really want to see this track live. 8 out of 10

Miss Sweeney (Bonus Track): This is definatly one of my favorites on the whole CD, it's worth buying the Deluxe Version of the CD just for this song. This feels the most like a classic Weezer song. A beatiful love song with a clever story in it. It's the story of Pam and Jim from The Office, with names changed to protect the innocent :) Just change Sweeney to Beasley and you've got their story. 8.5 out 10

Pig (Bonus Track): This song has been circulating the internet for months now and Weezer obliging to thousands of fan requests added it to this CD. I am really glad they did, fun lyrics over simple yet awesome instrument use. Story of being a pig, from baby piglet to slaughter house. 7.5 out of 10

The Spider (Bonus Track): This songs about, you guessed it a spider. A Spider stuck in a drain scared to die, kind of a weak song compared to rest, but listen to it by itself it can hold is own. 6 out of 10

King (Bonus Track): This song, written by Cuomo and sung by bassist Scott Shriner again is a really well put together song, I really like Scott Shriners voice in the songs he sings with Rivers doing some back up vocals. 7 out of 10

That's it, sorry it's so long, overall though Weezer's Red Album gets an 90% I doubt you'll see an album review that good again, unless I start reviewing old CDs.

Please support the awesomeness that is Weezer and BUY THIS ALBUM, don't ask me to burn you a copy, for some bands I refuse to be a part of ripping them off. :) Well let me know what you think of the album if you've got it.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Happy =w= Weezer Day!

Weezer album six is out! Self-titled, code named, Red Album. If you have yet to pick it up, run directly to your car, go to your local CD store and check it. Or buy WEEZER (RED ALBUM) at itunes.
I work at a resteraunt called FIREHOUSE in Centerville if you don't know, and in honor of the new album we had a Weezer tribute day. We listened to the entire discology that is Weezer, it was a good day.
Thanks everyone for voting in the poll, the results are as follows, The Last Crusade smashed all competion in the which Indiana Jones movie is the best, followed by Raiders of the Lost Ark in second, Kingdom of the Crystal Skull in third, while The Temple of Doom got zero votes, youch! Be sure to vote in the next poll, it'll be up shortly.Hey if anyone wants a CD reviewed I'm am always up for listening to some new tunes and I'll let you know what I think.
I have to listen Red Album ten more times and I'll update with review. Until then stay sexy!

Craig "Eats all the cookies" Gramse!
PS: You can now search for my postings on Google, just type in: craigsep. SWEET!