“The Tempation of St. Anthony”

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From their upcoming April 2nd, release, My Shame is True,  Alkaline Trio just released their second single, “The Tempation of St. Anthony”.  Unlike their last full-length, This Addiction, “Tempation” leans more toward the dark and ironic, favoring a sound last heard on the bands fifth studio album, Crimson“Temptaion” starts off small and builds to a big chorus with haunting harmonies and Trio’s signature drum fills.  It’s all more of the same in many ways, but after the crazy detour that was This Addiction, more of the same is more than welcomed.  My personal favorite moment of “The Tempation of St. Anthony” comes in the nightmarish bridge; starting with a pensive bass solo that fades into singer Matt Skiba’s wailing, “You haven’t lived till you’ve seen suffering like this.”  It’s predictable, maybe, but ultimately, just perfect.

In a recent Billboard interview, here, Skiba talks about writing this and other songs, and suggests some of the bands’ best tunes write themselves.  That’s fine with me, really.  As long as they continue writing, I will be a pair of ears eager for listening.

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EQuala – Tune in to your friends!

Ever get a really bad ass music recommendation from a friend only to completely forget the name of the artist or the song title 20 minutes later?  Now thanks to a new mobile app, EQuala, you don’t have to remember either to keep track of the awesome tunes your friends and family love.

EQuala is available for iPhone and Android and is the newest way to discover new music your friends and family are already listening too.  Simply download the app, sign in via Facebook and add Friends to your EQualizer.  EQuala compiles songs they’ve shared, favorited, and listened to via social media or aps like Spotify/Pandora and randomizes them on your own personal radio station.  You can also search for music, and listen to popular songs/artists.  It’s pretty frickin’ cool!

Check it out:  http://www.equala.fm/

Mariah Carey Comeback?!

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Holly shit balls!  Mariah Carey finally released a single that sounds current and age appropriate!  If you know me, you know I’m a huge fan, but at this point I had given up all hope she would ever release a pop balad again!  Thankfully she’s seen the light and released “Home Again”, the single from Disney’s upcoming Oz The Great And Powerful.  I’ll admit, it’s not perfect – the verses sound a little forced, and mousy at times, but it has a powerful melody and the only whisper/singing you hear is in the bgv’s!  I sincerely hope this is the “Return” everyone’s making it out to be.  Now if she would only stop being such a spacey diva on Idol!

Some new tunes for your ears…

Sharing music is something that just truly makes me happy.  So, I’d like to share some with you.  Here are a few of the gems I’ve come across lately…

The Features, “This Disorder”

The Features have this eclectic sound that is really unlike anything I’ve ever heard in popular music.  This is the first single off their 3rd studio album, due out this spring.

Demi Lovato, “Heart Attack”

This song is going to be huge (i think it might be already).  Demi’s vocals are spot on as usual, and the production is just right.  The perfect song to jam in the car when no one’s looking.

Matt Hires, “Restless Heart”

I’m not sure where Matt Hires has been all my life, but “Restless Heart” is one of my new favorite songs.  His voice is unique in a familiar way, and there’s an honesty in his lyrics that just pulls me in.

Fall Out Boy, “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light ‘Em Up)”

They’re back!  I wasn’t sure what to make of this song at first, but I think that’s because I’ve been on such a Fall Out Boy withdraw I didn’t know how to process.  ❤

Alkaline Trio, “I Wanna Be A Warhol”

More of the same from Alkaline Trio on this one.  I’m of course excited for their new album, but not sure this would have been a single choice for me.  Nonetheless it’s catchy, and I love the irony.

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, “A Wake – feat. Evan Roman”

By now you’ve probably heard “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, but “A Wake – feat. Evan Roman” has a more serious vibe while still managing to be sarcastic and about as far from trite as you can get.  Fave lyric: “our generation isn’t the best on safe sex/we forget the latex/becoming planned parenthood patients.”

 

Enjoy!