“Taken For A Fool” by The Strokes – The Song of the Week for 7/11/2011

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“Taken For A Fool” is the 2nd single from The Strokes killer comeback album Angles, released March 22, 2011

Genre: Post-Punk Revival, New Wave

I personally like “Taken For A Fool” better than lead single “Under the Cover of Darkness” but who’s counting? New album Angles is awesome. I even wrote up a review for it.

“Sister, it feels like just yesterday,
Sister, don’t you forget my number, on the door.
You’ve got something and it’s so good to see,
Something wonderful that I could not be.
Everybody hanging on for their lives,
But you can’t help them ‘cos you don’t have the time”


Links of Interest:

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“Monster On The Radio” by Blindside – The Song of the Week for 7/4/2011

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“Monster on the Radio” by Blindside is the 1st single from the long-awaited new album With Shivering Hearts We Wait, set to be released June 7, 2011

Genre: Alternative Rock, Post-Hardcore

Blindside is one of my personal all-time favorite bands. The song is definitely more “poppy” than most Blindside songs of the past and hopefully will reach a bigger audience. I can definitely hear this song on the radio! This song is infectious!

“Frequency unclear
Do I hear myself through the static and noise?
My heart is still beating
But I can’t hear it over the sound of my own voice
This is my own voice
And still I’m turning it up”


Links of interest:

Blindside official site

Follow Blindside on facebook

Blindside on myspace

Blindside Youtube channel

“Monster On The Radio” on Spotify

“Monster on the Radio” on Last.fm

Full Lyrics for “Monster on the Radio”

With Shivering Hearts We Wait album site

My With Shivering Hearts We Wait album review

Buy “Monster on the Radio” on Amazon.com

Buy With Shivering Hearts We Wait on Amazon.com

Listen to all the Songs of the Week – Spotify Playlist

Watch all of the Songs of the Week – Youtube Playlist

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“Panic” by Sublime With Rome – The Song of the Week for 6/27/2011

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“Panic” by Sublime With Rome is the first single from the upcoming album Yours Truly, set to be released on July 12, 2011

Genre: Ska Punk, Rap Rock

It will be the first album since the original Sublime disbanded in 1996, due to lead singer and guitarist Bradley Nowell dying from a drug overdose. After the break up, its surviving members Eric Wilson and Bud Gaugh reformed Sublime in 2009 almost by accident, with Rome Ramirez filling in for Nowell. 

“You open doors and close them
Quicker than the hands of most
Can’t you see there is hope here
It’s time for reaction”


Links of Interest:

Sublime With Rome Official Site

Sublime With Rome on Facebook

Sublime With Rome Youtube Channel

Sublime With Rome on Myspace

Listen to “Panic” on Spotify

Full Lyrics for “Panic”

“Panic” on Last.fm


Album Review: Rise Against – ‘Endgame’

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Rise Against – ‘Endgame’

Record Label: DGC, Interscope
Produced By: Bill Stevenson, Jason Livermore
Released On: March 15, 2011

Music Trajectory Rating: 4/5

Rise Against returns with another solid album, keeping them at the forefront of the rock/alternative music genre

Being a huge Rise Against fan, I was super excited about Endgame coming out. I didn’t follow much of the pre-release build up, only catching a couple of the Blasting Room Webisodes. I caught word that first single “Help Is On The Way” was up on their Myspace page and I anxiously sat down to listen to it. My first impression of the song was that it was overly commercial sounding and generic. But I found that it stayed in my head and I listened to it every now and then, including the second song “Architects” that they also added. After several listens of each, I started to get into both songs and eventually put in a pre-order on iTunes to buy the album.

A couple days before the album came out, I read some album reviews around the internet, including RollingStone.com and Spin.com. Both were rather poor reviews, not giving much credit to the album. I am usually not swayed by reviews but I had a feeling that maybe the album wasn’t going to be that good. I listened to the album a couple times when it came out on March 11th and my initial thoughts were that it was just OK and only the first half was worth listening to.

I decided to write this review because now that I have listened to the album probably about 8 or so times through, I think it is a really solid album. Rise Against albums always have to grow on me for some reason. I remember not liking Sufferer and the Witness at all at first and shelving it for a year before getting back into it in a big way. Now I consider it one of my all-time favs. So despite what the majority of reviews are saying out there, I think Endgame is another good Rise Against record. If you are a fan, I highly suggest you pick it up because you will not be disappointed. Just keep in mind that you might have to give it a few listens.

Endgame sounds like a natural progression from the their last album, Appeal To Reason; it sounds bigger because Rise Against IS bigger. Appeal To Reason spawned four singles people! How many times could you turn on your alternative rock radio station for an hour and not hear a song from Appeal To Reason? The band has expectations from their fans and their record label, let alone their own expectations. I am sure most bands want to continue to expand while not alienating their core fans. With Endgame, I think Rise Against will successfully expand and gain in popularity and take their loyal fans with them.

My personal favorites on the album include first single “Help Is On The Way” which is one of the most highly infectious Rise Against songs ever. I can’t wait to hear it live when I see them on April 8th here in San Diego. Hearing it now, I can’t believe I didn’t like it at first. Other favorites include “Architects”, “Satellite”, “Disparity By Design” (which I think has one of the best choruses of any Rise Against song ever), and album standout “Broken Mirrors”.

So what other songs are single worthy? I think it is hard to say. “Architects” is probably the next “catchiest” song besides “Help Is On The Way”, and is the only other song from Endgame currently on their Myspace page. But I think the 2nd single is going to be “Satellite”. The song is very radio-friendly and has a great slow build leading into a high energy, sing along chorus. The ending of the song follows the vintage Rise Against slow-down-bridge-then-explode-to-chorus song construction. Who does it better these days? I can definitely see “Wait For Me” being a later single, if the album continues to sell well. This song reminds me of the arena rock sound of “Audience Of One” from Appeal To Reason.

To conclude, I think Endgame is another solid release from Rise Against and will surely bring them closer to being considered one of the top rock bands in the country. Who dons that title now? Foo Fighters? Looks like their new album is going to be another great one. Every Foo Fighters song goes straight to number one on the rock charts. But I digress. If you are a Rise Against fan, definitely check out Endgame and go see them in concert because they are great live! This will be my third time seeing them live. Can’t wait!

Best 3 Songs on the Album:

“Help Is on the Way” (track 2)
“Satellite” (track 5)
“Make It Stop (September’s Children)” (track 3)

Other Standout Songs:

“Disparity By Design” (track 4)
“Midnight Hands” (track 6)
“Broken Mirrors” (track 8)

Links of Interest:

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