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Thank you, Sondre!

Look what my sister just brought me from NYC:
love from brooklyn, sondre

I was worried I couldn’t get my hands on this album, but luckily she went to one of the first gigs of the tour in Brooklyn and got to meet him outside the venue.

Thanks to her and Sondre for the special gift.

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On my Heartbeat Radio!

Heartbeat Radio

Some days ago Sondre Lerche’s new song, “Heartbeat Radio” surfaced online.

This song, as a beautiful acoustic rendition, first appeared on his “Polaroid Pool Party EP” out last year that consisted of a homemade CD attached to a unique Polaroid picture signed by himself, making each copy unique.

The EP had 6 songs, all of them previously unreleased, that delivered the special feeling of having been recorded with just a mic and a computer. Just like in the good old days around the “Two Way Monologue” era when he released a few other EPs with this sort of demo-esque songs.

Here’s a short video for the EP, from Sondre’s YouTube channel:

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I guess now we can only wait for a new music video… Right, Sondre? ;)

Enjoy his new song, and make sure you buy the new album due this September.

Update!

06.07.09 – I uploaded two new songs thar Sondre posted to his Twitter account. Check out how big “Good Luck” gets as the song goes on and how beautifully the melody is delivered on “Easy to Persuade”, bringing a beat that makes you jump on your feet and dance.

Heartbeat Radio

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Good Luck

I wrote this song on the last day of 2007 after a complicated year that was to be followed by a slightly more complicated year. (Luckily most of the complications were of a practical nature). I’ve never felt in a position to complain but I did want to try and write a song of consolation for those who found themselves more seriously out of luck, and at the same time curse the idea that luck is related to some universal justice. Embarking on 2008 I drove my wife crazy recording the demo for this song in our old box-sized Manhattan studio apartment, repeating the same little guitar-solo part over and over for what must’ve felt like eternity. In order to get some feisty, unusual movements in the string arrangement we had jazz maestro Erik Halvorsen do all sorts of [piano] improvisations over the chorus chords, for us to cherry-pick the highlights and transcribe them to an arrangement for violin and cello that my co-producer Kato Ådland completed. — Sondre [source]

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Easy to Persuade

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It’s good to be alive

i’m coming home from my hardest year
i’m making plans not to make plans while i’m here
and this life has been no holiday, a complicated situation
i’m fine with all my memories
still i could use vacation

it’s christmas in california
and it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time
but i’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters

it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive

i’m coming home to the lights and buzz
streets look the same, still nothing’s as it was
this place is paradise i’m sure, here’s my reservation
i’ve gotten lost here once before
inside a good vibration

it’s christmas in california
and it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time
but i’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters

it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive

and time, time it stops for no one
the seasons come and go and that’s just time
yeah time it stops for no one
the seasons keep on going
whether or not we’re blind

christmas in california
and it’s hard to ignore that it feels like summer all the time
but i’ll take a west coast winter to remove my splinters

it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive
it’s good to be alive

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This song just sums up in a strange kind of way how I feel and how I felt during 2008.

Happy New Year!

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Thanks to Nic for making me believe in this song even though I used to hate it.

Better thank your lucky stars!

I’m going to start by saying I’m not a big fan of astrology, or in Sheldon Cooper’s words: “the mass cultural delusion that the sun’s apparent position relevant to arbitrarily defined constellations at the time of your birth somehow affects your personality.”

I don’t really think my dad believes in astrology, but there he is every week sending me whatever the astrologist from the Village Voice says about my sign. He justifies this weekly ritual by saying that even though he doesn’t really believe in it, the way this guy predicts your future through astrology is somewhat ‘cool’… And I have to agree.

So enough introduction, this is the astrological prediction for my future according to my sign:

GEMINI [May 21–June 20] According to John Gardner, there are two kinds of stories in literature: 1) You go on a journey; and 2) A stranger arrives in your world. According to my analysis of your destiny in 2009, you will reap rich rewards by including both plotlines in your life story. So let the brainstorming begin: What’s the best journey you could choose for yourself—a journey that will educate, challenge, and delight you? And what can you do to attract the best kinds of strangers into your world—strangers who will educate, challenge, and delight you?

Now I know that this year I will have to go and finally meet with all the people I met through the years via Internet… A long journey awaits for me. And for the strangers part… I guess I’ll have to finally get off my ass and join the circus, I bet I’m going to find so many strangers there or maybe… Maybe just strange people.

Oh! It’s Christmas Eve so I wish you all a Merry Christmas and ‘one of those hangovers‘, like my friend Lindsay Lohan would say.

Now that last sentence gave me an idea…

Continue reading ‘Better thank your lucky stars!’

Life is too short

in the midst of everything else that has happened lately, tom, travis, and i have all spoken together. first through a number of phone calls, and then a couple of weeks ago we all hung out for a few hours. they’ve all been great, very positive conversations. we’re just reconnecting as friends after four years of not talking. it’s a good thing. obviously the first question for a lot of people will be “does this mean a blink-182 reunion?” the answer is none of us know. we haven’t talked about it at all. right now it’s just good for the three of us to see one another, reconnect, and let the past be the past. the events of the past two months supersede everything that happened before. life is too short.

Last night after a short skate session at 1 am I read this quote thanks to a friend that linked me to Mark’s blog.

This made my night, my day, my… It’s something I waited for almost 4 long years… Just reading that they are talking again.

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Interview with Every Avenue

Every Avenue

Hey! Which member of the band are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike; I play drums for Every Avenue.

As you may already know, I’m a big fan of Every Avenue, a pop-punk band from Michigan. As simple (or non-complex) as they sound, they just change my mood. Here’s one of the few interviews I found with them.

I'm a fan of their music, not their looks

4th May 2008

Hey! Which member of the band are you and what do you do?
I’m Mike; I play drums for Every Avenue.

Is there a story behind the band name?
It’s band name that has been associated with our singer and myself since 2002. We honestly were too cheap to change our band name when the band changed up in 2004. Basically we didn’t want to pay for a new URL domain name for our website! “Every Avenue” originally came from my brother brainstorming countless band names when I quit my old band. I said something like “I’ve gone down ‘every avenue’ figuring out this band name.”

Please run through a little history of how Every Avenue came to be a band to what you are all about in 2008.
David and I are the only original members left in the band. We started in 2002 with a few other guys and everything fell apart. David played guitar, I played drums, and we had a different lead singer. We kicked our old singer out, who actually is our tour manager now, and asked David if he would try singing. He never sang before, so it was a lot of work. Since then we’ve added Josh, and due to member switch outs, added Jimmie (guitar) and Matt (bass). We’re finally feeling like a complete band.

You’re from a small town in Michigan – how hard did you find it to get noticed, especially bearing in mind the state is sandwiched between some pretty big states in terms of musical history…
Marysville/Port Huron, MI is really not a hotspot as far as the music scene goes. We had to rent halls to play shows. We learned a lot that way though. We had to DIY. We booked our own tours, started recording our own music in our homes. We left Michigan in December 2005 to record with John Naclerio at Nada Recording Studio. That when everything changed. We knew we wanted music to be our future.

How did you get picked up by Fearless? Did you have much label interest? What did you look for, as an unsigned band, in a label?
After we released our 2nd independent EP (‘This Is Why We Don’t Have Nice Things’), we got some of attention from major and indie labels. Fearless came around not too long after and they were exactly what we were looking for. They are really supportive of their artists. More than a few artists have taken off after signing with Fearless. They are more than we could have asked for. We meet so many artists who are unhappy with their label. It’s sad, because they are responsible for helping your music reach your audience.

You released the EP ‘Ah!’ and then just recently put out the album ‘Shh Just Go With It!’ – what did you learn from the two recording processes?
Be well rehearsed, but not too rehearsed, things change in the studio. That was the case for the full length. With a few songs, especially the b-sides, lots of parts will change. We practically wrote a song while we were recording; it’s just another way to create music.

What led you to re-record Where Were You and Think of You Later and how did the re-recording process work out?
Both of those songs are fan favorites, that made us think that maybe we still have a large audience who haven’t heard these songs yet. So we re-recorded them. These are songs we plan on playing live for a while.

Have you been surprised at the reaction from press/fans since the album came out? It’s had some pretty cool reviews…
There have been some great reviews, and some awful ones. The funny thing is, when you compare the reviews, they contradict each other’s. There is just difference of opinion. We don’t take the reviews seriously. Half the time people who shouldn’t pick up a pen write these reviews.

Did you have any expectations about how well the CD would do? As a band do you set yourself sales targets etc?
Not really, our job is to write and play music. Obviously, we want our CD to end up in the hands of fans. We want our live show to sell our CDs. We’ll hang out at our shows too, maybe with an iPod and introduce our band to kids; it’s a great way to make fans.

You’re obviously a band which has benefited from using the internet to spread the word but do you feel bands in the 21st Century put too much emphasis on working online rather than actually getting in the van and touring?
When we first started, the Internet and local shows were the only way to get our name our there. Bands must leave their hometown and home state if they plan on making it. In extreme cases, some bands make it without ever playing a show. Don’t count on it! There are too many bands that expect to get noticed by the industry just by making a myspace profile.

When will we see you touring the UK?
No official talk has occurred yet, but we hope soon!

If you could tour with any one band who would it be and why?
For me personally: The Police. I would just stand behind Stewart Copeland every night and wish I were as good a drummer as him!

If you could give three tips to anyone in a band from a small town what would they be?
Write great songs!! Songwriting is still important to fans and the industry. Promote yourself online, at your shows and other bands local shows; playing isn’t everything if you want to succeed. Touring is a must. It fuels fans that you meet online to become more into your music. And some labels won’t even bother with you if you’re not trying to do it yourself first.

From Punktastic

[Review] Box Car Racer

Note: I just found this, lost between old papers from high school. I wrote this down from boredom two years ago. It isn’t that well written, and it may be incorrect in some places, but what the heck, I’m posting it. After all, I needed to be the person I was in order to become the person I am.

Have you ever felt that the world as we know it was just about to end?

Tom DeLonge, the frontman from Box Car Racer and Angels and Airwaves (formerly from pop-punk trio blink-182) was probably inspired by this thoughts when he wrote the self-titled debut and only album by Box Car Racer.
The album deals with subjects such as well, the end of the world, romantic stories where the singer offers safety and his company to his loved one, and even deals with depression and feeling of being overwhelmed by the events of our life.

The album came out during the first hiatus that blink-182 took back on 2002 after their Take Off Your Pants and Jacket promotion tour, when singer and guitarist Tom DeLonge suffered a back injury and was behold to stay home and rest. During that time, as claimed by DeLonge himself, he was going through a lot of things and struggling with pain, having a lot of powerful thoughts, many of them finally inspiring the songs that made their only album.

This album features lots of acoustic guitars, accompanied by heavy distorted guitars and unique powerful drumming by Travis Barker (also from blink-182).
Box Car Racer also counted with additional guitar duties by David Kennedy, and although all the bass parts on the album were played by Tom, on tour a bassist named Anthony Celestino played those parts.

Highlights from the album are:

  •  Watch the World: an optimistic song written about apocaliptic times where the singer offers everything he has to his loved one and believes that “they will make it through”.
  • Cat Like Thief: featuring Tim Armstrong from punk band Rancid on vocals, it counts with a simple guitar riff on loop that makes the melody even more interesting. It’s a great song overall.
  • Letters to God: this song is almost entirely played by Tom on his acoustic guitar and then breaks into heavy distorted guitars when reaching its end, making this song one of the most powerful songs on the record. It has that Box Car Racer trademark sound, it’s lyrically beautiful with the singer confessing his thoughts and saying that ‘maybe he doesn’t wanna go’. One of the saddest and most emotional song on the record.
  • There Is: one of the most romantic and sincere songs that were ever written. A completely acoustic song that deals with the need for someone and just singing yourself to calm and have the certainty that ‘there’s someone out there who feels just like you’.
  • Elevator: a very simple but yet impressive song that features Mark Hoppus (the third member from blink) on half the vocals. It is a very graphic narration of a man jumping from a building rooftop, told in first person (by Tom) and then from the view of a passer-by, therefore, in third person (by Mark).

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Watch the World, for your listening pleasure.
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[Music Video] Linkin Park – Leave Out All the Rest

Almost a month ago Linkin Park released the music video for “Leave Out All the Rest”, the final single from the acclaimed “Minutes to Midnight”.

This is what they said of the video in an interview with MTV.com:

Linkin Park spent last weekend standing in front of a green screen in a warehouse in Van Nuys, California, shooting the video directed by the band’s DJ, Joseph Hahn, who also came up with the video’s treatment. The clip depicts a day in the life of Linkin Park — that is, if they all lived in a futuristic flight vessel, floating somewhere in outer space.

“Joe wasn’t even going to write a treatment for this song,” MC Mike Shinoda told MTV News on the set. “We’d [received] a number of treatments, and we were kind of bummed out, because we weren’t connecting to any of them. And then, out of nowhere, we get a treatment from Joe in an e-mail, and we just loved it. It was random, out of nowhere, and it fit the song perfectly. I really like this video, because it’s different from everything else he’s done with us before. It’s this sci-fi thing, which is fun. We’ve never really done that, and when I walked onto the set, I thought it looked like ‘Battlestar Galactica.’ ”

In the video — which features no performance footage — the band lives in a rundown, artificial habitat that’s making its way across the galaxy. At first, the boys are seen passing the time performing mundane tasks, but then gravity is lost onboard the vessel, sending the guys floating about.

“We’re explorers in space, just like when we go on tour,” said Hahn. “We’re leaving our home life behind, and I guess it kind of ties into ‘Leave Out All the Rest,’ in that we have to leave things behind in order to do something better.”

According to Shinoda, it was Minutes to Midnight producer Rick Rubin who first realized the song’s potential as a single.

“When we were in the studio, working on the album, this song was one of the ones that I was personally pretty attached to,” said Shinoda. “I remember Rick, of all people, who never says stuff like this, because he’s more of a guy who either likes a song or thinks it can be better, and usually it can be better. I don’t know if it’s just that he sets his standards so high, but he never says things like, ‘This is a single.’ But when he heard this song, he said, ‘This sounds like a massive single.’ For us, when we write a record, we don’t think in terms of singles. In our minds, every song is a single.”

I absolutely love music videos that are unique, just like this one. I think that live videos for singles are cheap. Even if they cost several thousand dollars for making it, they’re cheap. Come on, you just go out there and play while someone gets that on tape and then you get someone else to edit it and BAM! you got yourself a music video.

I love videos that have any sort of a storyline or acting, just like “Jesus of Suburbia” from Green Day (if they did a live video for that song I would have killed Billie Joe Armstrong), “Dammit” from blink-182 (the only video from them that actually relates to the song), “There Is” from Box Car Racer (well, it doesn’t feature that much of acting or whatever but it does feature some imagery that really relates to the song), and the list could go on forever, I might as well write an article about music videos sometime in the future.

For now, enjoy this epic music video by Linkin Park.

Directed by: Joseph Hahn
Format : AVI
Codec : XviD
File size : 64.9 MiB
Play time : 3mn 24s
Bit rate : 2649 Kbps
Width : 728 pixels
Height : 310 pixels
Preview : YouTube

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Modlife is up and running: Tom pwned us all

This is from an interview conducted back in March, 2008:

You just released that whole Modlife thing online a little while ago. What’s the story behind that and how has it been going so far?

Modlife is amazing. It’s blown my mind. It’s an idea I had that took a lot to come to fruition, and we’re going to launch it to the world this summer. It’s an operating system to help kind of revolutionize the music industry at first, but at best it’s for anybody. Any kid, any band, any business or housewife to use a bunch of digital tools in any way, shape or form they choose to use them. For a band, they can do broadcasts, films and podcasts, deliver their records digitally – everything they want to do on a computer. For a housewife, maybe they just want to put up photos of their kids and they don’t have any records and maybe it’s free. I don’t know, but it’s probably the most futuristic, ingenious thing I’ve seen on the Internet since its inception, I think. I’m really excited about it.

The trend now is kind of leaning less towards labels and more towards other avenues.

Yeah, label’s are kind of a thing of the past.

Do you think this is going to team up with that?

Yeah, I think there’s a lot of things that are going to happen, but our goal is to be self-sufficient. To not need labels, not need other people, or be able to hire labels for specific duties, like marketing and promotion. But I think with Modlife, we’ll be able to do it all ourselves.

And now that project is coming true!

Go check modlife.com

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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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