Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Laziness Update

So, if anyone has been paying attention, I haven't done anything here for a pretty long time now. I'm going to try and change this, but it might take a while. First off, I'm going to review a bunch of albums at once and then put them out over time. Second, I'm scrapping the Top 10 feature, and by that I mean that it won't be a weekly think anymore. I might do one every now and again, but don't expect one every week. Also, a tentative list of albums that I will review next is:
The King Is Dead - The Decemberists (by request)
Race You To The Bottom - New Medicine
Doo-Wops & Hooligans - Bruno Mars
Stunt - Barenaked Ladies
At Budokan - Cheap Trick
Wasting Light - Foo Fighters
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - The Beatles
Appeal To Reason - Rise Against
So yeah.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Music Discovery: Bloom's "Fight for Greatness"

So, this article will probably be pretty sporadic, as I will only post Music Discovery articles when I find a really good song by a virtually unknown artist. My first one is "Fight for Greatness" by Bloom, from their album Photosynthesis. This song is from the genre of indie rock, which is usually a pretty light genre, versus a heavier genre like grunge. I found this song through the Rock Band Network, which lets anyone with an Xbox 360 put their own music up for sale on Rock Band. "Fight for Greatness" drew the closer similarities to Coldplay in my mind, especially in the verses. The choruses have a very sweet falsetto with harmony, and the drum beats change relatively often between a half-time and double-time feel. It has piano in it, which is highlighted in the third chorus, which starts quietly with just piano and vocals. Indie rock is not usually where you find real shredding guitar, but the guitarist for Bloom can really play, as is shown by the intro and guitar solo. Overall, "Fight for Greatness" is a great song, and don't be surprised if I sometime post a video of me playing it on piano and singing. A music video is available after the jump.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Saturday Album Review: 2112

This week's review is Rush's 1976 progressive epic 2112. The album is best known for its 20-minute, seven-part title track. From this, "2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx" was released as a single, and other popular tracks from the album include "A Passage to Bangkok" and "Something for Nothing".

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Thursday Top 10: My Favorite Songs from 1993

No, Whoomp! (There It Is) is not in my Top 10.
Not only was 1993 a pretty good year for music, it was also the year I was born. So it's fitting that this is my first Top 10 feature. The early 90's was partially dominated by the grunge scene, and I have a good share of alternative and grunge on my list. So without further ado, here's my list of my favorite songs from my birth year:

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Saturday Album Review: A Thousand Suns

(Pre-notes: Yes, I know it's not Friday; it's Saturday. I got working on this review late on Friday and decided to move the reviews to Saturday. Also, I realize this might not be the most professional review you'll see, but I honestly don't really care.)
A Thousand Suns is nu-metal band Linkin Park's fourth studio album, released in 2010. It is a concept album (meaning the songs share a loose storyline or common idea) concerning human fears such as nuclear warfare. Although it is quite different from their previous album, 2007's Minutes to Midnight, it still stays true to Linkin Park's signature nu-metal sound. Four singles have been released from the album: "The Catalyst", "Waiting for the End", "Iridescent", and "Burning in the Skies".

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Welcome to Sean's Thought Channel!

So I've decided to start a blog. It may stick with me, it may not, but we'll have to wait and see. One of the main features I plan on doing here is a weekly music album review. Every Friday, I will review an album. Some will be new albums, some will be quite old, some will be ones I've listened to for a long time. I also plan on putting Rock Band videos up here, as well as links to my own music recordings. Every now and again I might make a post about the Minnesota Twins, and I also might share my opinions on goings-on in the world today.