Woods of Ypres - “I Was Buried in Mount Pleasant Cemetery”

I literally just discovered this band yesterday by falling down the YouTube hole. I immediately went to Spotify and listened to Woods 4: The Green Album in its entirety. As I do with most bands, I began to research them a little a found out that lead vocalist, guitarist, and mastermind of the band, David Gold, had passed away nearly two years ago in a car accident. This is the beauty of music. While the man is gone, his songs are still reaching people. I just wanted to pass this gem along in hopes that more people can experience David’s music and fall in love with it like I have.

, #woods of ypres #david gold

Fantastic Four - THE ALBUMS OF 1995


Who needs “Top 3” and “Top 5” lists? No one. That’s who. Keeping that in mind, I have decided to make a “Top 4” list. You know, so you get the best of both worlds. Also, it needed a sweet name, hence FANTASTIC FOUR. 

For the first list I decided to write about something that is near and dear to my heart. The music of 1995. This was an important year for me because I was in eighth grade (very impressionable) and the year I started my first band. Also, it was just an amazing year for music (just like every other year in the nineties). Without further ado, here are my favorite albums of 1995.

1. The Smashing Pumpkins - Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness

Not only was this double-disc epic one of my favorite albums of ‘95, it is in my all-time top ten. It is a perfect mixture of pop, rock, electronica, and eccentricity. This album just hit me at the perfect time. I don’t know what else to say about it. There are 28 songs on this album and I love every single one of them.

Standout Tracks: “Here Is No Why” and “X.Y.U.”

2. The Presidents of the United States of America - Self-Titled

I’m not going to get all sentimental about this one. The Presidents are a fun band that taught me you can play three string guitars, write songs about dead lizards, and still go triple platinum. 

Standout Tracks: “Feather Pluckn” and “Naked and Famous”

3. Green Day - Insomniac

While Dookie was the first Green Day album I ever purchased, Insomniac was the best Green Day album I ever purchased. Period. This album rocks from front to back, which makes me a little upset that I’m not terribly interested in their newer material. Oh well. Let’s just think about the good times.

Standout Tracks: “Armatage Shanks” and “Geek Stink Breath”

4. Silverchair - Frogstomp

My wife, friends, and I were making lists of our favorite “Side One:Track One” songs a few weeks ago a la High Fidelity and I somehow forgot all about “Israel’s Son.” This is some kind of crime and I’m sure of it. That sluggish, opening bassline chugs along steadily picking up speed until your are three minutes in and barreling out of control like a screaming, depressed, adolescent train. The rest of the album isn’t bad either.

Standout Tracks: “Israel’s Son” and “Undecided”

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I’ve been really digging “The Mother We Share” by Chvrches for the last few weeks.  I don’t know what it is about this song that gets me. Typically, I don’t really dig electropop all that much. It is totally infectious though and vaguely reminds me of the good ole days of being at middle school dances in the mid-nineties. Yes, I’m old. Get over it.

, #chvrches #the mother we share

Most Anticipated Albums - MOVING MOUNTAINS

Moving Mountains will be releasing a self-titled album on September 10 and it may be my most anticipated album on 2013. That is saying quite a bit seeing that Nine Inch Nails is also putting out an album this year after a very lengthy hiatus. As much as I love Trent, I’ve had some weird obsession with Moving Mountains ever since I saw them play with O’Brother and Thrice back in October of 2011. I had literally never heard of the band before that day, but I’ve been hooked ever since. As soon as I got home, I found “Waves” and listened to it in my car for a month straight. It was perfect driving music for late fall and early winter. So, the fact that they are releasing an album this fall, five days before my birthday (hint: to anyone reading this), makes me one happy camper. If you would like to get a little taste of the upcoming album, you can listen to “Burn Pile” here.

, #most anticipated albums #moving mountains

A Statement of Purpose

I’m going to write stuff. Seriously. That’s it. I hope to write about all kinds of things that interest me. I mostly care about music, but there are other things too. You know…like friends, family, and cats. There might be some interesting banter about films, comics, and current events too. It’s going to be a mixture of topics and my opinions on them. I might reblog some things as well, but only on subjects that I can ramble about for a little bit. To summarize this a little, I guess you could say that this blog might get a little personal. That’s good thing though, right? Who wants to see more pictures of Supernatural on Tumblr? Anyway, in the immortal words of The Joker: “HERE. WE. GO.”

, #i'm horrible at this #don't judge me