April 30, 2012 Leave a comment

Check out my friend Kendall’s blog – http://www.otownmusic.com

New site

January 19, 2012 Leave a comment

This blog has moved… check out the new site —

www.entirely-random.com

Marianas Trench – Ever After

January 17, 2012 Leave a comment

Marianas Trench – Ever After (2011)

One of my biggest passions in life is discovering music. This is mostly for my own enjoyment, but it typically means I am able to introduce them into the lives of my friends.

I have always prided myself on the ability to choose the appropriate tracks on an album for single release. However, the labels never reach out to ask my opinion and therefore, probably miss out on some successful releases because some old stuffy guy has made a decision based on who they know and the people that have worked on the track.

My favorite find of 2011 is Marianas Trench. They are a Canadian band that creates albums with  a story. In other words, there are concepts behind their releases from beginning to end. When was the last time we truly could listen to something from an artist that told a story from song one until the end of the album? In the singles market of iTunes and Amazon MP3, we usually will find albums with a mix of radio-friendly tracks (or so they think) and some album filler.

In 2011, Mariana’s Trench blessed my ears with their latest concept album, EVER AFTER. Now, I realize that my ears may hear things differently than others, but that will not stop me from sharing my opinion on music with people I know (and those on Facebook and here that I do not).

So, EVER AFTER is a blend of genres that tells a story of love. If you listen from the beginning to the end, you feel the determination of the main character to end up with the love that might not necessarily be able to love him. There are hints of punk, rock, country/bluegrass, 80s flare, pop, you name it. It has a very radio-friendly feel (minus the two f-words randomly placed in the album). Some may feel that it sounds slightly affected, I just say you can hear a little Panic at the Disco mixed with 30 Seconds to Mars. So what, just enjoy the music.

If you need to sample a few tracks before committing to the full concept of the album, my recommendations are “Ever After”, “By Now”, “Desperate Measures”, and “Toy Soldiers”. As I go through the track list to find the stand out tracks, I find myself wanting to put them all down on the list.

Tracklist:

  • “Ever After”
  • “Haven’t Had Enough”
  • “By Now”
  • “Truth or Dare”
  • “Desperate Measures”
  • “Porcelain”
  • “Fallout”
  • “Stutter”
  • “Toy Soldiers”
  • “B Team”
  • “So Soon”
  • “No Place Like Home”

If you like my suggestions, check out their albums “Masterpiece Theater” and “Fix Me”. I would love to hear your thoughts on my favorite musical find of 2011, Marianas Trench.

Link to album on iTunes : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/ever-after-deluxe-version/id479674517

Video for Marianas Trench – Haven’t Had Enough

The Best Thing about the Rapture!

May 22, 2011 Leave a comment

Were you at this concert? I would have loved to be there. Matt Nathanson is awesome, Little Big Town rocks and Sugarland is one of my favorite bands EVER.

Check this out…

JoJo is all grown up…

May 12, 2011 Leave a comment

How bout this one? Is it “Too Little Too Late”? Hopefully she can move beyond all the label issues she has had over the last few years and break out with a little more urban sound.

REPEAT! She faked it every time…

It’s Friday…

It’s friday, friday, gotta get down on friday…

Here we have Glee’s version of this annoying song…

Until next friday

Nicki Minaj – Super Bass

How do you not like Nicki Minaj? I would say that 90% of what she puts out, I enjoy. Check out her latest “Super Bass”. I am embarrassed to say  I don’t recall this being on the Pink Friday album.

“You got my heart beat running away, beating like a drum and its coming your way, can’t you hear that…boom ba doom doom…”

On a side note: does she have @ss implants?