Review: ‘The Future Kings of Nowhere’

Brett Story

May 21, 2010

I had never heard of the Future Kings of Nowhere before I heard this album, but I am undoubtedly impressed. Though it's a free download, I would not hesitate to pay large sums of cash just to hear this record once. The album is, in simplest terms, an indie rock album containing mostly an acoust...

Simple music videos mean more

May 10, 2010

I've had a weird tendency to like extremely simplistic music videos. One of my favorite music videos is a Replacements song in which the entire music video just shows a speaker booming out the song while a man sits and listens, only to break the speaker at the end of the song in anger. I don't mean si...

Punk goes not punk

April 28, 2010

Annually, it seems, Fearless Records releases some sort of "Punk Goes" compilation, featuring "punk" bands covering non-punk songs from different important eras in music. There's one catch to this scheme, though: there's not a single punk band on any of their compilations anymore. There were a few to...

Review: ‘Acreage’

Brett Story

April 14, 2010

A playful guitar rings in the first track. It slowly leads up to chords, then violen, and then Alexander Hudjohn's punk voice, similar to a younger Chuck Ragan, completes this this glorious equation. "Acreage" provides a unique folk-punk experience, with Alexander Hudjohn not afraid to write fast an...

Songs of Summer

April 14, 2010

Music can cure a bad day. It's hard to think of modern culture and society without that comfort. Even after 21 hours of work on a weekend, music can somehow make me feel a bit better and lift me up. Ever since working at Shop 'n Save (I'm glad for it to be gone), there are three albums that have beco...

Review: ‘How the Hula Girl Sings’

Brett Story

March 29, 2010

Literature classes will often teach you about classics. They tell you exactly which ruggedly-bound books tell the stories that we'll be analyzing for ages. It is not often that one will run into a contemporary novel of such unapprehended glory. "How the Hula Girl Sings" is one of those novels. I picked up...

Importance of live shows

March 22, 2010

It took me awhile to understand the importance of seeing a band live. I went most of my childhood without seeing a single band live, but I can count off the ones that mattered without a second thought. There is nothing more important than the connection between artist and audience, and even with th...

Review: ‘This Addiction’

Brett Story

March 5, 2010

I have not been a fan of Alkaline Trio for several releases. The digital age ruined their punk age that made it okay to listen to emo. In fact, front-man Matt Skiba was not even heart-broken enough to write legitimate emo music. Well, "This Addiction" changes that. Not only was it released on their br...

Age restrictions are obsolete

March 2, 2010

Most of my life has been spent waiting to break the chains of age restriction. Whether it is getting a license at 16, seeing rated R movies at 17 or being an adult at 18, it seems age has a stronghold of importance in the American lifestyle. I mostly understand these restrictions until it comes to mu...

Most anticipated games of 2010

February 23, 2010

2010 has offered big promises when it comes to sequels in video games. Some of the biggest names in the industry are coming back, or potentially coming back, some after many years of development. In no particular order, I have compiled a list of ones to look out for this year.   "Bioshock 2" Th...

Discovering music with new methods

February 16, 2010

MySpace was once a great way to discover free music, giving a low-quality yet free way of hearing songs off of new-released or sometimes alternate versions of songs. MySpace has lost its popularity and the radio has become less prevalent as websites like Last.fm and Pandora both stole the role of mu...

Bands adapt to changing industry

February 1, 2010

Major record deals are outdated and it seems the only reason the Recording Industry Association of America exists anymore is to complain that nobody wants to buy its music (I do not blame people, the music is not worth the price tag). People think that the music industry cannot exist without these tw...

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