Friday, July 26, 2013

Favorites: July 26, 2013
A couple weeks ago I posted Nirvana's "Nevermind" as that weeks favorite, but how about that drummer?

Dave Grohl is the coolest person I can think of, and I can think of a lot of people. Aside from being a super cool rock dude, he's a crazy talented musician and writer (and director apparently) and while I agree with him that these may not be the best songs they've written, they're the songs that defined the Foo's as a band. They're just good songs.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Favorites: July 19, 2013
Speaking of 90's punk records that insisted on bleeding into the mainstream, I give you Dookie.

This particular Green Day album is responsible for inspiring musicians from every scene to pick up a guitar. If you're not familiar with it, go get it. Listen to it, maybe start a band. The world could always use more music like this.

A Rocket to the Moon Plan Second Final Show

A Rocket to the Moon's final show on August 31st sold out in just hours. To accommodate fans that may not have had the chance to buy tickets, they have announced a second show, scheduled for August 30th in the same location. Tickets are on sale here.

Other Rocket news: Front man Nick Santino has released the first song from his upcoming solo EP that can be streamed here. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Wonder Years - Passing Through A Screen Door

The Wonder Years have released their music video for "Passing Through A Screen Door", the most popular song from their recent record "The Greatest Generation". 

The video, a fitting companion to the song, features a young man riding a train, pondering his life choices and watching the could-have-been versions of himself pass by the window, uttering the songs ever-nagging question "Jesus Christ, did I fuck up?


Sunday, July 14, 2013

The Pretty Reckless are Going to Hell

The Pretty Reckless have had one hell of a time recording their second record "Going to Hell". While working on the record at Water Music Studios in New Jersey, they were hit by hurricane Sandy. Losing all their guitars, gear and progress to the flooding, the band had to push back their release and start re-recording everything. 

In order to keep in touch through the set backs, The Pretty Reckless have started "Hell Mondays" by releasing new materials every Monday to give fans something to look forward to on "the most hellish day of the week".

Record preparations are in full swing as the band released one song, a teaser for another and tickets to the Going To Hell tour went on sale Friday. 

For tour information and record updates, check out the new TPR site and listen to the first release off "Going to Hell", "Follow Me Down" below. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Nick Santino to Release Solo EP

Former A Rocket to the Moon front-man, Nick Santino, seems to be wasting no time launching his solo career. While he'll still be on Rocket's last tour until the end of July, Nick announced the upcoming release of his solo EP "Going Home" just a couple of weeks ago. 

Though "Going Home" isn't set to be released until July 30th, the four song EP is up on iTunes for pre-order and preview. Fans that tuned into Nick's StageIt shows (or caught them on YouTube) last year may recognize some of the new songs from his acoustic performances.

In the meantime, Nick Santino has a tour and a band to wrap up. A Rocket to the Moon's last show, scheduled for August 31st in Boston, sold out in just 12 hours, but there are still a hand full of 8123 dates left with The Maine.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Favorites: July 5, 2013
Let's be honest. Every Simple Plan record will probably end up here at some point. By that I mean, I recommend that you buy all their albums as a preemptive strike an avoid me going on and on saying basically the same thing about every one. It's great.

Think about Blink-182. I assume you've heard Blink on a regular basis, (because otherwise what are you doing here?) but if you haven't, forget Simple Plan and go get a Blink record, you poor, deprived child.

Okay, think about the best things about Blink-182, the very best things. Put them together in your head. Imagine Blink had a child that only got the very best genes and then make that a band instead of a kid. Then imagine that bands music. Then stop imagining because it's not your band and it's already been done for you and go buy Still Not Gettin' Any by Simple Plan. Thank you, have a nice day.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Full Frontal

Why are those dudes naked, you ask? I don't know. What I do know is they now have a radio show on idobi and it's surprisingly entertaining. Don't get me wrong, I dig All Time Low, but when I heard about this show I felt like "Really? These guys are gonna talk for an hour? How's that possibly going to work?"

Well, I got my answer when I tuned in to the premiere of Full Frontal. It was exactly what I expected:  the first few minutes of the show featuring the realizations "I don't even have to say 'eff', I can say 'fuck' because it's the Internet" and "We're going to have no fans left".

Admitting that they had no idea what they were doing and depending on a friend in their hotel room to make them feel like they were doing it right was awkward...for a minute. Then the awkwardness went away as they got into discussing current events and the pros and cons of friends with benefits. Throughout recent episodes their banter and their crew weighing in on topics have made for a good time. It's an hour well spent.

Although the show seems to lose a bit of momentum without their other tour mates around, it's going strong into it's fifth week, the "Warped Tour Special" set to include guest appearances from The Summer Set's Brian Dales and The Wonder Years Dan Campbell.

Overall, Jack and Alex are truly entertaining (although Vinny Vegas is the clear star) and to be (surprisingly) qualified to host a radio show. If you've got some time on Monday evening, I'd have to recommend you listen. If you don't have time and/or are one of the people who have complaining about the shows inconvenient timing, head over to iTunes. You can download Full Frontal episodes for free and subscribe to the show to have the newest episode automatically download when it's posted.