Kid Cudi—“Man on the Moon (The Anthem)”
“Maybe if I was a jerk to girls, instead of being nice and speaking kind words. Then maybe it would be ok to say then, I wasn’t a good guy to begin with”
You know, this is gunna sound weird, but before I did a google search for their image, I didn’t even know what the members of Spoon looked like. I’ve been listening to their music for years and I’ve even seen them live twice! To be fair, I was really high up both times, so it’s not like I could really see them then.
Anyways, I was introduced to Spoon by the television program, The O.C. (yeah, yeah, go ahead and laugh, but that show had amazing music, no one can deny that). “The Way We Get By”, which was the song featured on the show, was the only track I knew for a while, but slowly I expanded my knowledge of these guys and am I ever glad that I did. Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga is one of my top albums. I’m usually a person who enjoys single tracks as opposed to whole albums, but I could listen to that one straight through without a problem. There are very few albums I can actually say that for, so when I do, it really says something about the music.
Many of you are probably familiar with the track, “The Underdog”. It seems that it’s been in a lot of movies lately, despite being quite a few years old already. Recently, it was used at the beginning of Horrible Bosses (which I recommend, it was hilarious). Listen below to see if you recognize it.
It may not be new or anything, but “Skinny Love” is still an amazing track. The song is off of the band’s debut album For Emma, Forever Ago which was released in 2007. Recently, on June 21st, the band’s second album, the self-titled Bon Iver, was released. That album is also amazing and I plan on featuring some songs from it in the near future. For now, let’s rewind and enjoy some of the band’s past.
Didn’t I really do this one yesterday? Like, what’s the difference between this and a guilty pleasure? Whatever. Ummm, what should I pick…I guess I’ll go with “How Do You Sleep” by Jesse McCartney. If I had known this was what followed day 13, I probably would have put this as the guilty pleasure and “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” in this post instead, cuz I don’t really love this track. It is, really, a guilty pleasure. Also, the more I type, the more I realize how embarrassing it really is that I’m about to post this song.
I forgot how much I really dislike Ludacris…
By the way, I know I’ve mentioned a few times how much I love the video game Kingdom Hearts. Well, Jesse here was actually the voiceover of a pretty major character in the sequel. This video below is suppose to be this really epic/sad moment for his character, but I find the line to be so dumb that I crack up every time I hear it. It’s probably even funnier out of context. Definitely click on it.
Where do I even begin…
Linkin Park was my first real experience with rock music. Before them, it was all boy bands, like Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and even Hanson. Then, when I was nine years old, LP came along and released Hybrid Theory. To this day, I still remember when I received that album. It was the first CD I ever owned and I fell in love with it instantly. I worshipped it and even watched MTV to see the music videos for “In the End” and “Crawling”, even when I wasn’t suppose to be watching that channel yet (I have no idea why, I just remember my parents didn’t want me watching it, whatever).
As much as I loved Hybrid Theory, the band’s next album, Meteora, blew it out of the water for me. Tracks like “Numb” and “Breaking The Habit” are still among my favorite songs to this day, despite being almost ten years old.
After Meteora, a lot of people got tired of Linkin Park. They tried out a bunch of different musical styles, some of which I wasn’t crazy about personally, but still enjoyed. Many people gave up on them for this reason.
I won’t go on about this too much. For more on Linkin Park, check out my review of when I saw them at MSG back in February ( http://dcasarella.tumblr.com/post/6271504826/linkin-park-review ) However, I will say that if you use to be a big fan of Linkin Park when their first two albums came out, but haven’t really given any of the new stuff a listen to, I recommend checking out A Thousand Suns. It is a really good album.
Our boy Joel unleashed this new track over the weekend at Lollapalooza. Add this to the already long list of reasons I wish I went to Lolla…that festival was like my dream line-up…
Anyways, back to the song. It’s pretty decent, not like an instant mind-blower though. The Daft Punk sampling is pretty cool. What really makes it is the light show. I am convinced now that I need to get tickets to see Deadmau5 in NYC in the fall. Holy crap, these visuals are amazing.
Elton John “Can You Feel The Love Tonight”
I don’t know if this fully qualifies as a guilty pleasure, because in no way am I embarrassed that I love this song. The Lion King is my all time favorite movie and this song is amazing. However, I do admit that it’s probably funny that someone like me would consider this one of his favorite songs. Sorry I’m not sorry.
A lot of people aren’t fans of mash-ups and I can see where they’re coming from. Mash-ups can get repetitive and it seems like there are so many people doing them these days. Personally, I’m sick of Girl Talk, even if he is the biggest name in mash-ups.
The White Panda is different though. I can’t really explain what it is about them, but their songs just work for me. The duo of Tom Evans (aka Procrast) and Dan Griffith (aka DJ Griffi) came together in 2009 and have quickly become one of the top names in mash-ups today.
They came to Fordham for our Spring Weekend and played a show that Friday night. I’d love to give you some first hand experience and tell you how they were, but…uhh…I can’t really remember any of it (for reasons that I will not disclose). Anyway, take a listen for yourself and see what you think. Also, all of their albums are available to download for free on their website ( http://www.thewhitepanda.com/music )
P.S. Who do you think is less conspicuous, the DJ’s or these two weirdos who pretended to actually be pandas to rehabilitate a real one into the wild?
Yea, my money is on the DJ’s…
I’m way too tired and lazy to actually do a song of the day and write some stuff about it explaining why I chose it and what the song means to me and blah blah blah…
Instead, just listen to mindless music and let me go to sleep.
Holy shit, this song has almost 155 million views on Youtube, that’s insane…
Nickelback—“How You Remind Me”
I guess hate is a strong word in this case. I don’t exactly “hate” Nickelback per say, because I do find myself listening to them occasionally (VERY occasionally). Their one track “Burn It To The Ground” is actually a pretty good song and is featured on NHL 11. However, the problem with Nickelback is every damn song is the same thing. If you’ve heard one Nickelback song, you’ve heard them all.
NOTE: I was really close to putting a song by JoBros or Beiber. I didn’t though, because I really don’t know much of their music. I just hate them for what they’ve done to the industry and how delusional their fans are. Stupid teenage girls…