Monthly Archive for May, 2008

The flyer

Oh yeah Nic and I did a great job.

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Oh what a weekend!

Maybe later I’ll relate what happened in the last two days… Let’s say it was a movie-like disaster, involving drug addicts, rumours, fake stories, sisters and sisters’ boyfriends, faints and a puddle of blood.

Anyway… I’ll be working along with my good friend Nic (TheresNoSolution.com’s co-owner) on a flyer for a band.
Their name is No Chances and they rock. I’ve seen them live once and they were amazing.

Check out their MySpace profile and their other pages here.

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Also, many great things will be coming along the TheresNoSolution.com road soon… Just hold on tight and prepare to be amazed. This time around, Nic should get most of the credit, he’s really proven to be the best co-worker ever. His continuous harassment is probably one of the main reasons why that site even exists, and I love how it was created.

It’s almost 3 in the morning here and I have to do my physics homework, which I’ll probably be doing in less than 5 hours. I’m a time wasting machine.

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[Music] Every Avenue – Shh. Just Go with It

1. Days Of The Old
2. This One’s A Cheap Shot
3. Where Were You?
4. Think Of You Later (Empty Room)
5. A Story To Tell Your Friends
6. Boys Will Be Boys
7. Take A Step Back
8. Trading Heartbeats
9. Freak Out!
10. Between You And I
11. Chasing The Night

There are also two bonus tracks included in some releases. I added them for download at the end of the post.

12. Fame And (Mis) Fortune
13. The Hell Back Home

One sunny day of november or december (it was summer on this side of the world) I downloaded a song from Mark’s blog called “Where Were You” by an unknown band called Every Avenue. He had uploaded it to his blog so all the subscribers would get it.

After a few listens it kept growing and I needed more. Luckily I stumbled upon their “AH! EP”

After years of almost getting to hate the direction the genre was taking with bands such as Simple Plan or Good Charlotte, finally I got to know a new band that’s actually pretty good at what they do, staying close to that sound that I always enjoyed from old school blink-182, Sum 41 and Green Day. Not that they will become the next best thing (although they do have the potential), but it’s just so pleasant to know that a certain type of music hasn’t died.

Excerpts from the review on Can you see the sunset from the southside?

This band should be huge. Seriously. Not with late-twentysomethings with a two year old kid like myself but (rather) with the teenage MTV crowd. Let me explain. First, Every Avenue sounds almost exactly like a cross between Fall Out Boy and Cartel. On their latest album Shh. Just Go With It, Every Avenue churns out catchy and mid-tempo peppy, poppy, punk-ish rock music that is safe and polished enough to have mainstream appeal. It is a little too vanilla for my tastes, but that is why it should be huge.

Therein lies the problem. Every Avenue is actually good. Despite the overstyled press photo you get when you open up the CD (which is evidently what kids look like these days), the band has talent. Maybe the studio has been kind to them, or maybe I’m a sucker for pseudo-pop-punk hooks, but the band is tight, on point, and ultra-melodic. The record’s thick and crystal-clear production make it sound like a million bucks; I mean, this is how big rock records are supposed to sound.

Every Avenue is better than so many other neo-pop-punk bands out there (see my review of The Frantic here).

Artist: Every Avenue
Album: Shh, Just Go with It
Label: Fearless Records
Playtime: 35:38 min
Genre: Pop-Punk
Released: February 19th, 2008
Quality: 224 kbps avg / VBR / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Buy: Fearless Records | Amazon
Download: MediaFire (56.79 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website

Bonus Tracks

Download: MediaFire (9.19 MiB)
Quality: 198kbps avg / LAME v3.97 -V2 –vbr-new
Playtime: 6:28 min

Rating: 8.5/10

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Every Avenue – Where Were You?

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Every Avenue – Days of the Old

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Every Avenue – Take a Step Back

I’ve been listening to them for almost 4 months now and I absolutely love them. They made me go back to the pop-punk kind of music that I grew with (listening to some unknown band called blink-182)

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[TV] Dexter

There are no secrets in life. Just hidden truths that lie beneath the surface.

–Dexter

A few days ago, one of my best friends Tomás told me about this show on an SMS. He asked me to download the two seasons for him. He still lives in Bariloche, my hometown.

One or two months ago Fox covered the city with “Wanted” pictures of Dexter to promote the show, but they didn’t get my attention. I had to see them on the subway every day and… “Yeah, another TV show about a guy that deals with crime“. How little did I know!

From TV.com:

Based on Jeff Lindsay’s novels Darkly Dreaming Dexter and Dearly Devoted Dexter this crime thriller follows Dexter Morgan. Dexter is a forensic blood spatter expert for the Miami Dade Police Department. He is the main support for his sister. He has a steady girlfriend, with two kids who adore him. He also has an active “night life”. Based on a code instilled in him by his foster father, Harry, he hunts down people who have escaped justice and makes sure they don’t get away with a crime again.

Last night I decided to watch a couple of episodes that finished downloading during the day. I was quite impressed by how addictive it turned to be… It was almost 2 am and I had to watch that second episode!

I recommend it to anyone who’s into CSI, Bones, or any of those crime scene/science/murder series. It has an outstanding production (or should I say post-production?) making it look like an actual film separated in episodes.

Trailer:

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[Music] I Voted for Kodos – My New Obsession

01. Turn The Radio On
02. Never Go Home
03. Friday Night Lights Out
04. These Scars Won’t Heal Themselves
05. Radio Love Song
06. Please Die In A Fire
07. You’re My Favorite
08. Wishful Thinking In Fourth Period
09. Sherrie’s Song
10. Three Days ’til Rome
11. Perfecting The Art Of Persuasion

Apparently there are also 3 bonus tracks that I can’t find anywhere, so if anyone knows something please let me know.

12. Turn It Up
13. Good Riddance
14. I Won’t Be Home For Christmas

They were founded in Madison, Wisconsin in 1999, after singer-trombonist Rick Bisenius met guitarist Chris Holoyda at a Reel Big Fish concert. They began playing together when the members were in high school/college. After a guest show at Battle of the Bands in Plattevile, WI, they quickly became one of the best ska bands known to mankind. Their name comes from an episode of The Simpsons, “Treehouse of Horror VII”, in which Homer Simpson says, “Don’t blame me—I voted for Kodos.” [watch it here] Although known for their tongue-in-cheek material (they have noted that celery is the band’s official vegetable), their song lyrics have also tackled serious issues such as murder and teenage depression. Their first album, Close Enough for Ska, is considered the success story of a small independent record label, Close to Nothing, which was founded by three teenagers.

The band members would begin shows with informal instruction on how to skank so that the audience would appreciate the style of dance associated with ska music. They toured nationally in 2004, and placed number 7 in PureVolume’s top ten unsigned bands in the US. The band played the 2004–2006 Vans Warped Tours, and music critic Joe Lynch described their 2006 performance as “freewheeling and energetic”. During a separate national tour in early 2006, one music journalist wrote that the band “uses a hot horn section, plenty of guitar and on-the-mark lyrics to fuel a high-energy show.”

The band stopped working together in 2007, although Bisenius and Holyda continued to collaborate on a new band, Firefight, and Bisenius began a solo project, The Faster We Fall.

Artist: I Voted for Kodos
Album: My New Obsession
Label: Snapdragon
Playtime: 34:59 min
Genre: Ska/Pop-Punk
Released: March 17, 2006
Size: 63.78 MiB
Quality: 320 kbps / 4410kHz / Joint Stereo
Download: MediaFire (64 MiB)
URL: MySpace | PureVolume | Official Website
Rating: 7/10 (may change in time)
Sample:

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I’m posting it so you can discover (or rediscover) this band while I’m getting to know them.

Do you like the way they sound? What are your favorite songs?

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Today I had my first exam

Last night I put my alarm at 5 30 am, and almost half dozen more reminders every 5 minutes so I would wake up and study further for my Introduction to Scientific Thinking exam.

I woke up with the first alarm, and then with the third one I went to the lower floor (my bedroom has two floors, it’s weird) and lied on a futon.

“Only 10 more minutes” I said to myself. At least an hour passed and I turned on my laptop. No new mails, or maybe just some spam from Russia (I hope the guy that’s sending me so much spam doesn’t get shot).

I finally woke up at 8 30, the sky was all grey and I just didn’t feel like getting up for studying. My sister was leaving for work, so I said goodbye and turned on my laptop again.

Yesterday I disabled my former blog at valenzine.com. Apparently by doing so I fucked up my dad’s blog, so I had to fix that before starting my day.

Later on I decided to start studying, but first listening to Xx by Firefight [download here, listen at the end of the post], but due to my obsessive nature, I had to get the chords to that song, or at least the lyrics. Although I had tried looking for the lyrics before (and failed miserably), I gave it one more try and ended in their MySpace page. adding them as friends to see if I can ask them personally for those two things. So yeah, basically I spent 30 minutes doing everything but studying.

Oh I needed some coffee. I always make myself some latte. It was much easier to prepare that glorious drink back home where I had the microwave oven and I would just put some instant coffee and milk heat it up, then added some sugar and it was party time for me and my coffee.

I just spent half hour looking for a good picture of a latte. Couldn’t find any.

So I had my coffee and started studying. I kept obsessing over that band, Firefight, so I downloaded the last I Voted for Kodos album. They broke up in 2007 and two of their former members are now in Firefight.

Finally, I sat down and started taking even more notes for the exam. The teacher allowed us to use our notes and the book for the test. It was a multiple choice kind of test. It was a pretty annoying exam.

The teacher had to ask us to correct some exercises and questions because they weren’t correctly written. Come on, that’s stupid! If I happen to fail or something, I have a good excuse now.

I didn’t have lunch or anything, at 1 pm I had to rush to the bus stop to catch that bus. It was still cloudy and a bit chilly so I wore a sweater for the first time in a long time. I got to my physics class and I finished taking notes. A guy with a weird accent (I’m thinking he may be from another country) approached me with some questions about the exam. Being that not many classmates share the Scientific Thinking class with me, I felt special!

Well, I was holding the book needed for the exam so it was pretty obvious, but anyway, it was cool. We shared some thoughts and then the three hours from physics were over.

The exam. It took me one of the two hours I had.

I left. I was going to visit my aunt but she didn’t reply my texts and I took the bus home. It was a weird way home.

I bought some new material for physics, I have my first exam next Tuesday.

I’ll get the mark from this one next Friday.

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Happy Birthday, Dad

I almost forgot it was today. Thanks to that stupid email from the hosting company I remembered it was today.

It always hurts to think that now that I enjoy the pleasure of your company I won’t be able to see you.

No hard feelings towards the past, nevertheless.

I understand the way we’ve been for far too long. Or at least I think I do.

I hope you enjoy yourself like you always do. Have a nice trip.

While I’m trying to be as much of a man as I can, I still think I will need you for quite a while.

Happy birthday, Dad.

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