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Staff Pick – Music I'm Thankful For: La Dispute

This past year I dove into La Dispute… deep.  They bring a chaos that I love to my favorite kind of music.  They know how to throw you around with their dynamics like a tilt-a-whirl. But it’s not the dizzying kind that makes you sick, more of the “that was fun let’s do it again!” kind.  When you first hear them, Jordan Dreyer’s voice stands out the most.  He doesn’t carry a melody, but he definitely carries passion in every word.

The guitars bring a jazzy feel to a hardcore scene.  The drums fill any void that may be left in the clashing of genres.  They go as far as keeping up with the guitars in the song “The Last Lost Continent.”  Vocals aside, (which is a prominent part of what makes La Dispute, La Dispute) these guys wrap you up in the tempo and make you wanna move your feet.  They are one of the most unique bands out there today.

Dreyer’s poetry should be praised by the masses in my opinion.  “Rise said the boy to his lover. Darling get up, I brought you my love and brought it far.  Leave said the girl to her lover.  I’ve given in.  If love is a bridge, we built it wrong.” He sets up for these lines too.  I can’t stress enough how Jordan works wonders with his words.  He can build you up and give you the feeling of confidence and unity.

This year, I’m thankful for La Dispute.  Thanks fellas.





Organic Eargasms: Enter Shikari – Call Me Maybe


Organic Eargasm (n.) – An appealing or pleasing musical piece normally performed in full production presented without any additives.

This edition of Organic Eargasms has everyone’s favorite pop song of 2012.  Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” has been stuck in everyones head this year and Enter Shikari decided to get in on the fun, if you will.  Dropping into NME‘s headquarters with a tambourine strapped to their foot and duct taped guitars, the band actually pulls it off quite nicely.  For your listening pleasure…



Blink 182 Covered by Future Idiots: Neighborhoods & Morningwoods

Future Idiots decided Blink 182 could have done things differently last time around.  Blink 182’s reunion release Neighborhoods was a lot different from their self titled, and a huge leap from Enema Of The State and has left fans wondering “what happened to those guys who helped launch the genre of pop-punk?”  Well Future Idiots decided to take the sound into their own hands and revamp the latest Blink album with a little more of that pop-punk feel.  Here’s what they had to say:


“Neighborhoods and Morningwoods, a humorous name that in concert with the 14 tracks is meant to pay homage to a legend in Pop Punk. If you noticed, the songs on this record consist of the entire Blink-182 album ‘Neighborhoods’. Most people think this in and of itself is a joke. I mean, why choose to cover what’s widely considered to be Blink’s worst album? Simple, it’s all in an effort to make each and every song sound more like the Blink-182 we all fell in love with back in the day.

To put it succinctly, the reason behind recording this album was to demonstrate how the original record should have sounded. That’s not a slight towards Blink-182 either. The fact that fans were disappointed with Blink’s latest album shows the kind of high standards that the Future Idiots and the fans hold the legendary trio to.

I want to make it absolutely clear that this isn’t an attempt to one-up somebody else’s material. It’s an attempt to make Mark, Tom and Travis proud by putting out an old-school Blink performance that even they and their fans can appreciate.”


Mark Hoppus recently stated the release date of their new EP is set for December 18th 2012 with 5 tracks.



R.I.P. Mitch Lucker of Suicide Silence

Today we lost a great vocalist in the realm of extreme metal. Suicide Silence’s front man Mitch Lucker passed away due to injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident.  We wish his fans, friends, and family the best and hope he rests in peace.  Mitch leaves his child and wife behind at only 28 years young.  His bandmates released this statement:

“There’s no easy way to say this. Mitch passed away earlier this morning from injuries sustained during a motorcycle accident. This is completely devastating to all of us and we offer our deepest condolences to his family. He will be forever in our hearts.

R.I.P. Mitchell Adam Lucker. We love you, brother.”



MySpace Making A Comeback?

Remember MySpace?  Creating your whole layout only to slow your page’s load time, or picking which song visitors should hear upon arriving at you page?  Ah the good ol’ days.  Well thanks to Justin Timberlake, today MySpace is saying ‘I want you back’ as they unveil a whole new layout for the social media burn out.  The video reveals a completely interactive interface that will almost remind you of the Windows mobile operating system.  They plan to revamp the site to really give entertainment it’s own place in social media with a strong focus on music.  One of the most notable features is a tab labeled ‘mixes‘ which allows users to have an entire page dedicated to their playlists almost like a photo album.

Ultimately, this dying space on the internet needs to do more than just bettering what they used to do.  MySpace is going to need to give good reason to come back when alternatives like Facebook and Twitter really provide anything a fan is looking for.  A message left on the website states that “we’re staying true to our roots in one important way – empowering people to express themselves however they want.”