“So I’m going to tear down the sky And all the dull stars tonight So I can stay hidden and live in the black. I hate being famous for my hits And never for my misses Bloody kisses from poison lips, Leave lovers dead in ditches. So, pass another round around for the kids Who have nothing left to lose And for those souls old and sold out By the soles of my shoes Then drag my corpse through the cities I never got to visit. Promise don’t let me miss it.”
-boys night out
Every Time I Die - “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space” (by EpitaphRecords)
These guys are still going at it. New record via Epitaph Records to come out on March 6th.
The east coast has churned a lot more than just mediocrity when it comes to the music world (Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, Notorious B.I.G, Bayside…just to name a few).
Well, the New Jersey pop punk band -Major League - is another one that looks to have a promising future even in a scene where legends like Blink 182 and New Found Glory have already blazed that trail (and, hey, let’s give it up for Pennsylvania for spitting out The Wonder Years. They’ve been putting in the work to get where they are). Major League is putting in the work to. If you go to http://www.purevolume.com/majorleaguenj, you’ll see they’ve got an East Coast tour under their belts. For starting out in 2007, they’ve have a 7-track that they released in November 2010 called “The Truth Is…” and a 4 song EP they released in March 2010 titled “Variables”. I’ve listened to both of these numerous times. ”The Truth Is…” full of neat little guitar riffs (and a few of them have some delay effect sprinkled on top) and catchy choruses accented by airy and warm vocals (check out the songs Take Me and from States Away). In the Variables EP, they started making more use of pauses with songs like Subject to Change and Together and Tonight. They mellowed the EP out by throwing in a couple acoustic songs as well (Need I Remind You, Seasons). For a genre that has had a lot of faith lost in it, this band throws in a little twist and just may turn a skeptic to a new born believer. Lend them an ear when you get the chance.
I was on my way to the post office this morning to get a stamp. I noticed that today the stamp cost 45 cents instead of 44. Well, as I was checking my email, I looked under the “Trending Now” headlines in Yahoo and this article was one of them. Apparently, the USPS is struggling a little financially and raising the cost of a stamp by a penny will bring in millions more in revenue annually. Check it out.
Mae was a band that was pretty much impossible to dislike. Listening to their music with the ears of a musician and not just a mere listener, I was astounded the first time I heard them. The chemistry was there. The intelligence and creativity was there. They knew what they were doing. I got to see them play their last show in California in November 2010 at the SLO Brewery in downtown San Luis Obispo, CA. I remember lying and saying I wrote for the school paper at Cuesta College and saying we had a meeting just so I could get off work early in time to go see them. The show was magical. You could feel the passion of every member while they played. I definitely left that show feeling so lucky that I got to see them play.
I left here once already
But there was a piece of myself I forgot
This year’s been a long story
Now the ball is in my court and im taking the shot
I already dropped everything just to start over
Now I’ve picked myself up off the floor
Ive spent so much time getting hit by missed chances
It’s before me again – how’d I ever walk past this?
That’s something I wrote right before I moved away from my hometown of Tehachapi, CA. I recently just moved to San Luis Obispo, CA to finish up some junior college. I lived here for the Fall 2010 semester, but I dropped everything and moved back home out of home sickness, but mostly for the girlfriend I had at the time. A mix of homesickness and the pressure of a long distance relationship is enough to mess with a fellow’s head.
Well, right as I moved back my girlfriend moved away and I struggled to find a job. However, my relationship was good. So I tried to keep my head up. Then it started to fall apart, but i had found a wind turbine manufacturing job at General Electric. Then I got laid off from my job and, around September 2011, I was back to square one. So I set my goals to return to San Luis Obispo. Here I am. Just a little over a year later.
This time I am not going to get homesick. I have no girlfriend. I just have my goals to kick ass at school, become a music journalist and build my own music studio and mess around in music production, write music, and be in a band (and throw in a job somewhere in there). When opportunity knocks, I will let it in the door. My New Year’s Resolution was to make the year 2012 my bitch. I am off to a good start. What about you? ;)