Friday, November 17, 2017

Nu-Vember: Limp Bizkit - Break Stuff

Band:  Limp Bizkit
Song:  Break Stuff
Album:  Significant Other (1999)
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

So let's be real, as if Nu-Vember wasn't enough to clue you in I have a huge love for Nu-Metal.  I do acknowledge that on the whole the genre is filled with bad bands, but there's one that's worse than some of the others, and I love them the most.

Limp Bizkit.

With their crazy frat bro energy, Limp Bizkit managed to rock the Nu-Metal world in the early 2000s.  A lot of people had bad taste then as seen in this photo, so that really helped Limp Bizkit just hit the stage in a major way.

One thing you can't write off though is that they managed to make some 3 amazingly solid albums to kick off their career.  The others weren't too bad, but the first 3 were better than they have any right to be.  See, Limp Bizkit has some honestly fantastic talent in the group.  The guitarist Wes Borland for example (The dude in the weird outfit) is straight up ingenius with what he comes up with.  The sounds he makes his guitar make are just awesome.

Honestly if Fred hadn't started fighting with other bands they probably would have been doing much better in the main field.  But hey, they (for the most part) make music they enjoy, and that's what counts.  I love it, I jammed to this album for a few months when I finally picked it up.

If you watch this video, you'll see a mess of cameos from various music icons from the 2000s, so that's a fun little "where's Waldo" for ya.

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Kanye West - Black Skinhead

Artist:  Kanye West
Song:  Black Skinhead (BlKKK SKKKn Head)
Album:  Yeezus (2013)
Genre:  Rap, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

I feel like I couldn't in good conscience post Kanye right after Taylor without using this photo.

It took me ages to pick the freaking Kanye song I was gonna post today.  I just shuffled his songs for a while and honestly picked 5 or 6 different songs that "I'm definitely gonna post".  It didn't even help once I decided to go with the angry Kanye album, Yeezus.  Like, my goodness, there's so many great tracks on it.  For an album that only has 10 tracks on it it has no right to be as good as it is.  I honestly feel like I enjoy all the tracks on the album, which I suppose is weird since it was all controversial and new when it came out.  Take a listen though, this song (and the rest of the album) don't really sound like Rap people are making right now.  There was so much potential here, it could have been amazing.

To be honest though, I don't know that I'd want to listen to a lot of albums that sound like this.  It's a very good album, but at the same time it might get a little old after a while.

Either way, Kanye manages to remind me why he's one of my top 5 rappers.

Keep it 300 like the Romans though?  Come on Ye, that was the Spartans, check your facts.

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Taylor Swift - ...Ready For It?

Artist:  Taylor Swift
Song:  ...Ready For It?
Album:  Reputation (2017)
Genre:  Hip Hop

So good ol' T Swift dropped an album the other day, have you listened to it?

I've heard a decent chunk of it at this point, and I really have just a couple takeaways.  The album is wonderfully produced, the beats and quality are just really good music.  However, edgy Taylor is not a good look.  She's hitting that awkward emo stage she should have hit in her teens and she's trying to blame other people for her problems.  Lyrically it's a little weird too, there's some songs that just make me feel weird, and others are just way too petty to be good.

This song is an example of one that just feels a little weird.  The song's beat is straight up wonderful, it actually reminds me of something Kanye would come up with.  The lyrics though don't really work for me.  It's a little off, I dunno.

The album just leaves me feeling a little worse about Taylor Swift honestly.  Red was a legitimately solid album, but this one makes me feel like she's a child trying to prove she's all grown up.  Kind alike Miley's faze he went through.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Amon Amarth - Valhall Awaits Me

Band:  Amon Amarth
Song:  Valhall Awaits Me
Album:  With Odin On Our Side (2006)
Genre:  Melodic Death Metal

Since I just watched Thor, it kinda made me think of Viking Metal again.  Really though, for lyrical content it's hard to beat Amon Amarth for themes about the gods and stuff.

I feel like I'm straying heavily into my energy playlists for songs ideas recently, and I don't mean to do that to anybody who accidentally followed me for the regular songs I post from time to time.  With school and all I'm just not as together as I'd like to be with this.  That's ok though, cause we, the community of like 30 people that read these, are clearly here for my incoherent rambles attached to some dope music.  That's what I'm hoping at least, since this one lady in the A to Z a year or two ago blasted me for how conversational my blog is.

The way I see it, I do a daily blog, so some posts are gonna just suck from time to time.  If the quality of this has to go down a little so I can maintain my 98% in school, so freaking be it, haha

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Monday, November 13, 2017

Nu-Vember: Mushroomhead - 43

Band:  Mushroomhead
Song:  43
Album:  Mushroomhead (1995)
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

Here's a song from Nu-Metal icons Mushroomhead who are from Cleveland, a little under 2 hours away from me.  Cause of their vicinity, they actually play in Erie a lot, and I've managed to miss them every single freaking time.  It's incredibly frustrating.

That doesn't stop me from loving their music though, and that's what's important.

43 is a song that, if memory serves, is named after a keyboard setting they use to play the song.  It's a lyrically weird song, but that little trivia bit always makes me laugh a little bit.

The whole song is actually really weird, makes you a little uncomfortable really.  The weird little speech in the beginning coupled with that just plain off synth is just amazing.  I'd advise listening through the song just cause it's worth the experience.  It's a song that relies heavily on sound effects to set its tone and as such feels rather unique.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

The Showdown - The Crooked Path

Band:  The Showdown
Song:  The Crooked Path
Album:  Blood In The Gears (2010)
Genre:  Southern Metal

So I saw the new Thor movie last night.  It wasn't bad to be honest, but it wasn't as good as I was hoping for.  Maybe I just don't get as much out of it as other people, but that's ok I suppose.  The movie is still a blast for at least one viewing.

Cause of being out late with a movie though I decided to go back to one of my classic bands, one that I hope you enjoy as much as I did back in the day.

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Suicidal Tendencies - Institutionalized

Band:  Suicidal Tendencies
Song:  Institutionalized
Album:  Suicidal Tendencies (1983)
Genre:  Punk Rock

Songs that are just stories are really a blast, even though for this one you might have to read along with the lyrics to follow it.

All the poor man wanted was a Pepsi

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Friday, November 10, 2017

Post Malone - Rockstar

Artist:  Post Malone feat. 21 Savage
Song:  Rockstar
Album:  Rockstar (Single, 2017)
Genre:  R&B, Hip Hop
Language:  Strong

An artist I wasn't really ready to get into would probably be Post Malone.  I couldn't really think of an actual good reason to avoid him, but the couple songs I came across I just wasn't a huge fan of.

Honestly though, the dude is amazingly good at his job.  We listen to the radio at school a lot and as such I've managed to hear a lot of the dude's music.  His vocal work, while not something I'd usually listen to much of, is solid for the genre.  Plus on this track he teams up with one of my favorite rappers, so that's doubly good for me.

Check it out even if you don't think you'll like it, I've found him to be really smooth and easy to listen to.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Nu-Vember: Motograter - Collapse

Band:  Motograter
Song:  Collapse
Album:  Motograter (2003)
Genre:  Nu-Metal
Language:  Strong

Well first off I just learned that Motograter just put out a new album.  I'll save you a listen, if you liked this style you probably won't like that stuff.  Not as a continuation of this sound at least, which is to be expected after a 14 year gap in new material I suppose.  It's just kinda flat though, and they don't even really that  obnoxious instrument of theirs, the Motograter, as much as I loved in this one.

Like, a Motograter is 2 or 3 gigantic steel cables strung out on a semblance of a fret board that makes a nasty distorted bass sound.  It's fantastic really, I love it.  It's grungy grind isn't as present in the newer tunes though, and that saddens me.  Shame on you Motograter.

But their OG album is pretty bomb.  Outside of those weird transition tracks that is.

The album has a raw energy to it that I've come to associate with the band, and this one especially just rips and tears though the whole song in a way that I just love.  I miss this era of Ivan's vocal work, though I suppose it's got to stop since you can basically hear his voice breaking all over the place over the album.  Solid stuff though, hope ya like it.

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Planetshakers - Nothing Is Impossible

Band:  Planetshakers
Song:  Nothing Is Impossible
Album:  Nothing Is Impossible (2011)
Genre:  Praise and Worship

I decided I'm gonna do everything I possibly can to give y'all whiplash with the music styles I'm posting.  Honestly this one has just been sitting here in my que for a little but as a kinda last minute dealio it works perfectly.

Realized I forgot to finish this yesterday, so here it is just a little late and shy on content.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Motörhead - White Line Fever

Band:  Motörhead
Song:  White Line Fever
Album:  Motorhead (1977)
Genre:  Speed Metal

Obligatory R.I.P. Lemmy, bassist extraordinaire and one of my bass idols.

Back in the Week Of Evil I made some comment about a band that was doing new things for the era.  I wanna say it was probably Bathory.  Well obviously I did some looking into so I could make sure my broad sweeping statements were mostly accurate, and I was reminded that Motörhead was rather active for quite a while before Bathory.  I wasn't about to let that kill my statement though, cause early Motörhead is not nearly as harsh as early Bathory.

In fact, outside of generally lower quality a lot of it sounds like a more aggressive Led Zeppelin, ya know?  The general feeling of it just felt really similar to me at least.

It's a rather fun song though, I'm more than a little happy with what it sounds like, it gives me hope toward listening to the older material.

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Monday, November 6, 2017

Plini - Every Piece Matters

Artist:  Plini
Song:  Every Piece Matters
Album:  Handmade Cities (2016)
Genre:  Prog, Instrumental

My brother and dad are great lovers of Prog music, something I never quite picked up.  A nice calming song however is necessary from time to time to help make life better, amirite?

Also, this is a playthrough, so you get to watch Plini play that guitar and just straight up make you feel bad about your musical abilities.  At least, that's a lot of what I ended up doing after watching this.

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Sunday, November 5, 2017

Nu-Vember: Spineshank - Synthetic

Band:  Spineshank
Song:  Synthetic
Album:  The Height Of Callousness (2000)
Genre:  Nu-Metal

Really though, if you're a fan of Nu-Metal you can't afford to sleep on Spineshank.

Look at them, the album was released in the height of Nu-Metal fame, the video is the most Nu-Metal video that ever existed, and the music is a wonderful example of very classic Nu-Metal sounds.

I found these guys in Spotify's related artist section for like, Limp Bizkit or Korn, and it was a solid decision to listen.  They just kinda groove through their songs in a really kinda tense way that just makes it all work for me.  Something that bugs me is when Nu-Metal acts try to use too much screaming.  For the genre, I really feel like it usually needs to be used as an accent rather than the main voice of the music, and these guys blend it together really well.  They kinda sing a little too much for me on some songs too, but I suppose that' just me not wanting to be happy about something, ya know?

Good times though, so check the song.

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

Andrew Huang - CHAINSMOKERS vs NURSERY RHYMES - What makes a song cool?

Artist:  Andrew Huang
Video:  CHAINSMOKERS vs NURSERY RHYMES - What makes a song cool?

So while I've been listening to a bunch of garbage Punk music that I love oh so much, I've also been watching a bunch of videos that are teaching me music writing tips.  It's so worth watching it's not even funny.

Andrew Huang is probably one of the coolest guys to watch on YouTube in the music category, so if that's anything you're interested in you should check him out.

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Friday, November 3, 2017

Dead Kennedys - Nazi Punk F*ck Off

Band:  Dead Kennedys
Song:  Nazi Punks F*ck Off
Album:  Plastic Surgery Disasters/In God We Trust, Inc (2001)
Genre:  Punk Rock
Language:  Strong

Speaking of fun Punk music and a rather topical song, here's a fun little tune from Dead Kennedys.

There's a solid appeal to the pure attitude of the low production Punk of the 70s and 80s.  It just kinda slaps you in the face with it's message in a very unapologetic way.  Power and attitude come together with simple music to make sure the message doesn't get watered down by accident or anything.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

Pennywise - Let Us Hear Your Voice

Band:  Pennywise
Song:  Let Us Hear Your Voice
Album:  All Or Nothing (2012)
Genre:  Punk Rock
Language:  Strong

A genre of music I keep returning to regularly is Punk Rock; the energy and attitude of it is just so appealing to me.

Pennywise isn't a bad I'm too familiar with, but I've found they are a really solid example of what I like about Punk.  They've got the attitude I like with some solid production to go with it to give that added punch.

That's probably it really, the kick that this music gives.  It's all high energy and it keeps me going when I'm starting to running on empty.

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Nu-Vember: Thousand Foot Krutch - War Of Change

Band:  Thousand Foot Krutch
Song:  War Of Change
Album:  The End Is Where We Begin (2012)
Genre:  Nu-Metal

And as we end the last series, here we kick off another great series, Nu-Vember!

Nu-Metal is one of my favorite genres of music, so I feel like dedicating an entire month to it like I do with MayGruderGrind is about the least I can do, ya know?

Now while I wouldn't call TFK one of my favorite Nu-Metal bands, I can't deny that they have some solid groove.  Especially since they're a Christian act, there's even fewer Christian Nu-Metal acts.  P.O.D. is actually the only one that comes right to mind.

But yeah, these are all back to shorter bite sized posts again, so let's get to the music.

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