Music Snob

Yes, I’m a music snob.  If you’ve followed for a while you probably already know that, I’ve mentioned it in a couple of my music video posts.

For those of you that haven’t been following long, or are forgetful like me, I played in several bands during my high school and college years.  I even seriously considered moving to Seattle to go to school for Audio Engineering, they have some fantastic schools and the music scene there is incredible.

Being a musician, even if I don’t play much anymore, I’m very picky of “popular” music.  Really picky, to the point where I can’t listen to the radio (doesn’t help that there are only a couple stations here and they’re terrible).

The problem is, most music getting played on the radio these days is all done on computers.  It’s crap.  I’m talking pop mostly, they’re the biggest offenders and get played the most.  They slap a computerized drum track down, throw on some synthesizers, (maybe) have one or two real musicians for things like violin, and have someone sing over it all.  It’s not real music.  That would be like equating a photoshop expert to a painter, maybe his photoshop skills are art, maybe not, but they’re definitely two different things. Continue reading

How about an earworm for Sunday?

I woke up this morning to a whining pup.  She’s always insistent around sunrise but this morning was worse than usual.  What was strange was how I woke up with a tune stuck in my head.

What made the tune so frustrating was that it was just the melody repeating over and over, the words weren’t there.  It took me two hours to figure out the song.  Turns out it was from Thursday when I was looking for music videos with female lead singers.  It was the chorus from another Halestorm song, which shouldn’t be too surprising.  They’re one of my new favorites.

So, I thought I’d share.

Thursday is Friday Night Music – Women that Rock

I had a rough day and wanted to do something fun, and maybe a little bit different, so I decided to do more music tonight.  With the conversations earlier this week I decided to specialize the music selections provided.  Women that rock.  Hell yeah.

I’m a huge fan of female vocalists in all genres and before anyone complains, I’ve had to severely limit the selection because there are just way, way, way, way too many bad ass bands to include them all.  Feel free to make recommendations in the comments, I’ll try to make sure they’re included in further posts.

I also decided to do something a little different this week and provide some new recommendations in the second section.  I pulled a few of my favorites and dug around on some sites to find some modern bands that are definitely worth checking out.

Part 1 – Relatively older stuff that’s still awesome.  And by older I’m limiting myself to rock bands 90’s and later.  If you want to skip these because you’re already familiar with the bands, feel free, but definitely check out the newer recommendations in part 2. Continue reading

I had an idea

I had an idea for a post today but it was a bit too sappy and depressing, it wasn’t any fun, and it’s Friday so there really should be something amusing that can be posted.

So… I’m going to go get a stiff drink and be right back…

Still here?  Wow, your Friday afternoon/evening must be as busy as mine.  For those curious, I’m drinking Rum and Ginger Ale.  It’s all I had in the fridge. Continue reading

Friday Night Writing Music

I have quite an extensive musical palate, something that might not have been obvious through previous music posts.  So, I thought this Friday we’d do some different.  When I’m writing I’ll pick out something that fits the mood of the chapter I’m working on.  Here are some of my favorite, diverse, choices.

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Sick Day Music

This week has been my annual sick week.  I have a pretty tough immune system but it seems like one week every winter I catch the flu.  It isn’t a big deal but I use it as an excuse to lounge around the apartment, whine, complain, and indulge in things I usually avoid.  Like milk shakes.

I could use a little cheering up, a boost, so I decided to pull up some good tunes.
We’re going with some classics today because I recently chatter with a blogger who didn’t know who Lynyrd Skynyrd was.  Seriously.  Sweet Home Alabama?  Tuesday’s Gone?  Really?
(This is a tribute version, after the crash, it had the best audio quality.  Don’t short yourself, watch the whole thing.  If you don’t know why people yell “Free Bird” at concerts, you’ll see around the halfway mark.)

Here’s another classic, if you don’t know it than you need to seriously reevaluate your priorities.  Another nice version thanks to YouTube.

I’m going to pause here for a little rant.  When “music” involves more computers than musicians you stop finding versions of badass songs that are eleven minutes long.  This is why I can’t listen to the radio anymore, one more computerized drum track and I swear I’m going to drive into a light pole.
Another classic.  Hard to beat CCR.

Okay, a few newer-ish ones.  90’s is considered new-ish, right?  Better than the crap they play these days.


Alice in Chains off my favorite album of theirs.  The video is crazy.


Ah, the albums of my High School years.  The Aussies better recognize this next band.  I actually brought this album to my guitar teacher so we could figure out how to play this song.


Ahhhh, nostalgia.  Oh, not for those years, for the music.  What happened to music?


There are a lot of things to dislike about Creed, the lead singer’s ego and the not-so-subtle christian references to name a few, but there is one redeeming factor:  Mark Tremonti, arguably one of the best guitarists of his time.  Also, Scott Stapp offered to box Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit), which is points in their favor as far as I’m concerned.


There’s plenty of untapped material from the 90’s, Slip Knot, Stone Temple Pilots, Nirvana, System of a Down, Korn, Rage against the Machine, Deftones, Mudvayne, Sepultura, Veruca Salt, Fly leaf, and many, many more but we’re going to save those for another post.

Newer stuff?  Okay, we’ll attempt to find some newer stuff too.  Well, newer-ish.  I think these are within the last decade at least.  Mostly.

Early Shinedown.

I have a hard time admitting this, but I actually like 30 Seconds to Mars.  I know, I know, but there’s something about them that just seems slightly more authentic than most modern “bands”.  This is ironic since I have a hard time believing Jared Leto is human.  He’s too pretty and talented, he’s got to be an android from the future.

And probably the only other band that’s actually played on the radio that doesn’t make me want to change the station.

That should be plenty of music for today, I’ve managed to waste most of a sick afternoon playing on YouTube.  Hope you enjoyed the selection, and if you didn’t too bad.

A Few of My Favorite Things

Ok, YouTube is addictive.  While searching for a few good videos for my previous post, “Friday Night Music”, I got hooked.  Now, I’m sitting here sipping Captain and Coke and watching music videos.

Some of you may have noticed in previous posts that I played guitar in several bands over the years.  I listen to a really wide variety of music styles but tend to find the ones that display really talented guitar players.  So, a lot of heavy music here… which might also be because I’m drinking and had a long, stressful week (I’ve even been getting work texts as I write this).  Or because it’s my fucking blog and I feel like it.  (Edit: I did add some other fun stuff after the heavies.  I’m having too much fun with this right now)

Side note: Does it really irritate anyone else that YouTube added commercials to the beginning of every video?  Fucking annoying.

So, here are a few of my favorite things:

Killswitch engage – My Last Serenade

I love they contrast between the verses and the chorus.

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Friday Night Music

Forgive me if I’m not quite my cranky, crotchety, energetically spiteful self this evening, it has been a busy week.  My work is normally quite easy and stress free, not so much this week.  I’ve been fielding issues seemingly non-stop all week, calls and emails at all hours.  I’m exhausted.  I’m bone-weary, head full of sand, rock bottom exhausted.

Normally, I’d be full of piss and vinegar because it’s Friday night and I have two whole days of full-on madness to look forward to.  Now, I just want to go to bed and sleep for 48 hours.

I wanted to put up something interesting (one of the two poetry responses I’m working on), funny, or at least mildly entertaining, but I don’t have the energy to do any of that.  So instead, I’m going to put up links to a couple fun songs.

Side note: when searching for a good video to put up there were a bunch of “recommended” videos of Justin Beiber and Miley Cyrus.  It made me wonder, does anyone else ever wish those two would go on tour together and their plane would mysteriously disappear in the Bermuda Triangle?  That would make me happy.

The good news is that when I stopped at the corner store on the way home they had a huge sale on Captain Morgan…  Here’s to music and cheap booze!

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