Saturday, March 13, 2010

"Don't be an eyesore"

Janus is one of the latest upcoming bands that formed in 2004. The Chicago-based band has recently released their first studio album titled 'Red Right Return'. With the first single from the album being 'Eyesore'. This song seems very well structured and displays solid musicianship. "Eyesore is about listening to your own voice, not letting others influence your thoughs and decisions, and being true to yourself. The title, "Eyesore", is meant to define that moment of awareness where you realize the consequence of not following your own voice." David Scotney (lead singer) in an interview decribes the meaning behind the band's first single. For a rock song it seems pretty typical sounding. But does seem to stand out and is indeed a great sinlge.

Monday, March 8, 2010

"I found mysef in Wonderland"

Avril Lavigne's latest new single "Alice" takes the lead track of "Alice In Wonderland's" soundtrack. This song is very nicely arranged with very interesting vocals displayed by Avril. Much of the lyrics in the song have much reference to the movie. (A full review of "Alice In Wonderland"will be posted soon.) Avril's approach with this song seems to be clear. Her vocals are getting better. Her her high notes seem pitch on. Although there's more to be desired with the song's structure and music arrangements. Nothing wrong with a little improvements here and there. Avril did a great job with this song. But the old Avril with her wanna be punk-rock songs will be missed. Not that the new Avril isn't cool. Just when you compare the first album to some of her newer material. The first album will always be the one that takes the cake. Avril is growing up, but does her music have to become more sophisticated and more cliched?

Devon M

Sunday, March 7, 2010

What's next after 'Neon Bible'?

Arcade Fire will release their third studio album in May 2010. This will be a follow-up to "Neon Bible" and will be preceded by a single - and the band's plan to headline at least one major summer festival. (Maybe Lollapolooza?) Although it has been two years since the band released their previous album. They haven't been resting their laurels. Violinist Sarah Neufeld and multi-instrumentalist Richard Parry released another album with their group, "Bell Orchestra", earlier this year. In October, Parry debuted a new orchestral work, for "Heart and Breath and Orcestra", which incorporated the musicians pulse and breath into the performance. So far all we know is the band is working on the new album, and working on ideas for new songs. They even teamed up with Markus Dravus (Coldplay's Engineer) whom has commented and said that so far what he has heard from the band seems to be on the right track. Also making comments that the sound is even better than their previous album. If all goes well, this maybe a great album in the works. Or another failed expirement. Either way, we'll just have to wait until the first single is released in the upcoming months to really determine if this will be indeed a noble effort from the quirky band known as Arcade Fire.

Devon M

Message in a blog

This message is for someone out there in space. No one will know whom this is. Or whom I am writing to. This person doesn't work with me and probably will never read this. So let's get started shall we!

1: Everytime I think of you I laugh. This is including the time you decided to do a karate kick and break your mom's cocktail table. I find the things you say are rather annoying. This also includes all the positive things that you try to be. In retrospect I think you're an amazing person with a smelly heart.

2: You don't make youtube videos anymore? I went to visit your channel and it was deleted. I don't understand? Why would you just like totally stop doing something you loved to do? Although the cat video was just weird, and the video you displayed about people and aliens didn't really thrill me. But I do have to say that you're a natural at making random things happen.

3: You're like the first person I drank Vodka with. Yes it wasn't the best tasting drink. It was mostly on the weak side to tell you the truth. But still that was my first ever drink. I shared that moment with you. I really thought it was awesome to drink with you. Although when you get a little to Vodka happy. I rather just stay clear of you.

4: I danced with you and honestly I didn't like it. You have two left feet. Seriously I rather dance with a shoe. At least the shoe won't step on my feet. Yes I was wearing flipflops that time you jerk! I think you had on cleats. My feet were red and soar for a week. I don't understand how can someone with two left feet even manage to walk in a straight line?

5: You would really benefit if you didn't shower for two weeks. Put on a blonde wig with an all black outfit. Hang a dead rat or a chicken from your neck. Rub trash all over your body and eat onions without brushing your teeth. This will really help broaden your appeal to people. Then carry a whole bottle of Vodka and wear shoes that are difficult to walk in. This will give people the impression you're a filthy hobo.

(This messages have been thrown into space. Not sure if the person will ever read this. But please note that I said everything honestly; and no that comment was not intended to offend! Just random curiosity that's all! I mean seriously can't take a joke?)
By Devon M