“Multi-sensory Aesthetic Experience,” better known as Mae, was an alternative/indie band from Norfolk, Virginia formed in 2001. In case you didn’t noticed, that first sentence is in the past tense. Sadly, Mae called it quits last year after their “Goodbye, Goodnight” tour.
I only got into Mae last summer. My sister, Amy, showed me some of their music and I feel in love with it instantly. I had never felt so attached to a band so quickly before in my life. It’s ironic too, because they were still a band for only a few months after I first heard of them.
Thankfully, Amy and I got to see them on their farewell tour and the show was outstanding. I wrote a review of it ealy on in this blog’s life. Go check it out if you want (I’m not going to link you to it, because honestly I feel like it’s my worst article, but if you wanna read it, then thanks! haha).
Anyways, the quality of music that Mae put out was always outstanding. They also went out with a bang. During the farewell tour, they released their final album, (E)vening. This album completed a trilogy, (M)orning, (A)fternoon, (E)vening (M.A.E.). The first two albums in the trilogy are considered good, but not anything remarkable besides a few tracks. (E)vening, however, is one of the bands greatest albums. It is right up their with The Everglow, which is considered Mae’s best work by many people.
(Ignore this wierd kid doing everything in the video, it was really the only good version of The Ocean I could find.
Well, in my amazing amount of nothing today at work, I forgot to post a song of the day. This is the song I intended to put today, it’s just a few hours delayed.
Kid Cudi has some of the greatest lyrics in rap today. He’s not just another Wayne or Kanye, etc…He raps about real shit that people can relate to. This is one of his older tracks from before even Man on the Moon and it’s a top quality song. People say that Cudi has fallen off lately and that his new stuff isn’t as good. I don’t entirely disagree with those people, but I still absolutely love everything that he is putting out. Here’s hoping his next album can top everything he’s done so far, which won’t be an easy task.
“If It Means A Lot To You” by A Day To Remember
I’ve already featured so many A Day To Remember songs on this blog, but they are my favorite band so I had to do it again. I kind of have a love/hate relationship with this song. I love it, because it’s absolutely amazing, but I hate it because it’s the only song a lot of people know by A Day To Remember. I see so many facebook statuses that are like “If it means a lot to you <333” from people who I know have never heard a single other song by ADTR. But that’s not the band’s nor the song’s fault, so I can’t really hold it against it.
I just saw Blink-182 for the second time on Friday night, so I figured now would be a good time to do a feature on them. Having formed in 1992, Blink has been around since I was only a year old. They would become a household name by 1999, when Enema Of the State was released. This album featured both “What’s My Age Again” and “All The Small Things”, probably their two most well known songs.
The band would continue to grow with 2001’s Take Off Your Pants And Jacket (see the humor there? Like, “jack it”?? har har) and the self-titled Blink-182, which was released in 2003. After that, tensions grew within the band as Tom DeLonge began to argue with both Mark Hoppus and Travis Barker. The band would go on an indefinite hiatus in 2005, as DeLonge went on to form Angels and Airwaves, while Hoppus and Barker formed +44.
In September of 2008, Travis Barker barely survived a horrific plane crash. Barker and Adam Goldstein, better known as DJ AM, were the only survivors of the crash. This incident was the catalyst for the band to reconcile and get back together. In 2010 Tom DeLonge stated that “if that accident hadn’t happened, we wouldn’t be a band. Plain and simple. That was fate.”
Now, Blink-182 is finishing up their sixth studio album, Neighborhoods, which is scheduled to be released September 27, 2011. Two tracks have been released from the album so far. “Up All Night” (which can be viewed here —> http://dcasarella.tumblr.com/post/8087982864/single-of-the-day-blink-182-up-all-night ) and “Hearts All Gone”, which was just released on Thursday. The band played a few new tracks that haven’t been released yet at the concert and they sound promising. I guess we’ll see come September 27th.
“This is the part where the needle skips and the chorus plays like a sink that drips” Man, I really love that line. That alone would make me like this song. Thankfully though, the rest of it is awesome as well. “This isn’t giving up, no this is letting go.” Sometimes, you just gotta move on in life. That doesn’t make you weak, but smart. That’s what this song is getting at in it’s chorus.
I mean, c’mon, the song is called “Sleep Well”, this is kind of a no brainer. Pretty much every song off of Mae’s last album, (E)vening, can put me to sleep. It’s possibly the most tranquil album I’ve ever listened to. Sadly, when I saw last album, I don’t just mean the last album that the band has put out, but the last album for good. Mae recently had their farewell tour and ended their time together as a band.
Say Anything has some of the greatest lyrics I’ve ever heard from any musician/band. Lead singer Max Bemis is a literal genius. However, he’s also been a really troubled person. Early on in Say Anything’s career, Max was suffering from drug use and bipolar disorder. The combination led to him being admitted to a mental hospital and rehab a few times. Thankfully, Max hasn’t had a relapse since 2005 when he last left rehab and the band continues to make amazing music.
Their last album, the self-titled Say Anything was one of my top album’s of 2009. Recently, Max announced that the band has been signed Equal Vision Records and in the next few weeks, they will enter the studio to begin recording their next album. I’m hoping that I’ll be able to say that it will be one of my top albums of 2012. Knowing Max though, I’m sure I’ll be able to.
Honestly, I can’t believe I had never heard of this song until a few days ago. Like, how did that happen? I’m usually on top of my music game, and espeically since this song came out last year…that’s just embarrasing on my part. Oh well, I know it now and it’s a really good song. You probably all already know it too, but if by some chance you’re like me and completely missed this one, take a listen below.
Old Crow Medicine—“Wagon Wheel”
This is kind of a trick question because I can’t really dance…Don’t really have any coordination. I’m a damn good swayer though. Just lock arms in a group and sway around, haha. So that’s why I’m picking “Wagon Wheel” by Old Crow Medicine. This song is always a favorite to be played at Mugz’s and when everyone is drun.. err, happy enough, the whole place sings along. I remember the last night out before coming home for the summer, we we’re all in a large circle just swaying and singing the song and it was a great time.
Also, if anyone actually reads this, ask Meredith about the time we were dancing and she bumped into a pong table and knocked over about 75 beer cans. Absolute classic.