Monthly Archives: August 2011

Okay, time to actually start posting again

I maybe, slightly, kind-of-sort-of forgot that I’m meant to be writing this, for a while. I have been working some, which I guess has expeller processed many other things out of my brain. Also, I’ve been listening to so much Yeasayer that it almost feels unfair to write about anything besides them, and I’m preeeetty sure there is a finite number of Yeasayer posts one blog should have (not that I’ve reached it yet, but I’m saving them, okay!). But now that I’ve done a Warped-recap post, all is healed, and I will magically have all of the motivation for posts again, right? ………………………………………….AGREE WITH ME!

One of the non-Yeasayer songs that has been giving me happy tingles this summer was made by an Irish band which is signed to a French label. The whole album it belongs to is pretty tirelessly upbeat, and is exactly what you need for all manner of driving-to-the-beach and sprawling-lazily-on-your-bed adventures. It would be highly appropriate during a picnic, or…frolicking. It would be excellent frolicking music. What I am saying is that this is one hell of a summer album, though I promise you can listen to it during other parts of the year, too. The album in question is, of course, the very excellent Tourist History by Two Door Cinema Club, and if you want catchy things to make you happy forever, you should go buy it.

Though there is a number of standout tracks, including the awesomely bouncy “I Can Talk,” which is like my favorite song to listen to at the gym ever, the one I am going to be rambling about today is the relentlessly/awesomely upbeat and optimistic “Something Good Can Work”. Why this song? Because it is a-bit-under-three-minutes of joy recorded, ready to be sent into your brain at any moment. Bad day? “Something Good Can Work”. Stupid fight? “Something Good Can Work”. Sad picture on the internet? “Something Good Can Work”. Etc, forever. The ridiculously cheerful guitar tone, happy bass line, lightly Irish-accented (yes!) vocals, and the (SHUT UP DYLAN THEY’RE AWESOME) synth-y drums all combine for maximum joy-creation. …I’m just going to stop writing now, so you can be happy, too.

“Let’s make this happen, girl
We’re going to show the world
That something good can work
And it can work for you”

P.S. The uber-cute and really simple music video does not hurt in the slightest. Look at how adorable they are! Look at how high that lead-singer wears his guitar, and how floppy his hair is! I want to keep them in my pocket!

P.P.S. Okay, okay, I can’t do this. I’m not a monster! Have the “I Can Talk” video, too. It must be danced around the room to. DANCE!

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Warped Tour and Southern California Adventure

So, apparently I have some cool friends that live in that half of the state over there, or something, and we did some pretty cool things together. No worries, I’m not going to gush forever, but thanks again for having me, and you guys are awesome. Warped was too epic for words, but I will try my hand at them anyways. I’m so bummed all my bruises have mostly faded–the bruises from a really fun show are tangible reminders that you had a good time.

For most shows, I try and write about every set, but as long as my blog posts usually are, I’m going to go ahead and veto that idea for Warped.  Let’s just say we began the afternoon with some nice, heavy sets, and it was good, particularly Enter Shikari. It was a lovely start to a lovely day of drifting from stage to stage, perusing merch stands and consuming more and more water as the sun grew brighter.  The standout sets were as follows:

The Devil Wears Prada

Though I missed the first song or so getting to the stage they were playing from catching the first ten minutes of Of Mice & Men’s set, which was kind of a bummer, since they’re apparently much better recorded than live, this was just as solid as Another Friend said it would be. They’re adorable, even though that Jesus moment was slightly awkward for those of us who are not members of the Jesus crew, and I guess they play good music or something. Also, Another Friend got kicked in the face. His blood, it needs to get better at not escaping through his nose…

Against Me! 

They’ve been known for their relentless touring and awesome live show for years now, and well, that kind of reputation does not happen without reason. Kendal and I were second from the front for this one, as opposed to in the general area of the pit, like for most of the other sets, and it was pretty fantastic. They clearly have so much fun playing their music for a bunch of kids, and that shows. Tom Gabel was beaming the whole time, and it was adorable. They played a lot more old songs than the last time I saw them at Warped, which I was pretty psyched about. “Pints of Guinness Make You Strong”!..!!!!…!!!!!!!!!!!

Attack Attack!

CIRCLE PITS! Somuchfunsomuchfunsomuchfun. This was the set whose wonderfulness sort of took me by surprise. I figured it would be fun, because they are ridiculous. I did not figure that it would also be raging amounts of awesome. They were great, the moshing was fun, and the new vocal lineup sounded boss. Let’s go to Brazil, you guys. Shooooows.

And those were my favorites, though I must include some words about D.R.U.G.S., and those words are “Craig Owen shirtless!” (repeated several times very fast and with many more exclamation points). He’s quite the frontman, and Matt Good! Matt Good is in this band also, and he is adorable. So those are the words I have to say about Warped, until the next one…Hooray Warped! Have some Attack Attack! It’s good for you.