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dTunes originally started as a blog in which I would showcase a new band every week. Soon, I moved on to themes. Every video was meant to be suggested by the community, the themes too. Unfortunately, my own personal tastes kept getting in the way. This time I intend to pick a community member from the Google Group that I made (send me your email if you want in) and let them post their favorite music for a week. By getting rid of the middle man (me) I intend on bringing to life my initial image of dTunes, a place where the community can enrich itself and create a better understanding on the individual members of the community by exploring their personal tastes.
Oh, hello there, fellow scurvy ridden readers and delectable wenches! Dread Pirate Stefan Turnbull here and I claim this near-derelict blog in the name of...er...Dread Pirate Stefan Turnbull obviously!
Anyway, when I’m sailing on the turbulent, salty and foamy brine that is the internet, I like to stop off and raid blogs for their precious cargo of tobacco, herbs and hobo spices from my vessel The Domo-Kun! YAR!
While I’m there, I like to distract my victims with soothing sounds of tenuous sea songs while my crew rifles through their wallets and turn valuables into booty...or something. I like to think of it as my calling card, like that hilarious duo The Sticky Bandits in the land lubbers’ favourite Home Alone!
YAR HAR HARRRR!
Mastodon – Blood and Thunder
Mastodon are famous for abridging Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick for illiterate metal fans. I once asked an editor at a famous publishing house if he would read my manuscript called Moby’s Dick; a true account about the famous techno-pop musician and his self-confessed ‘hilarious’ game of whipping out his John Thomas and secretly wiping it on other celebs. The editor hated it, so I burned down the building and stole his personal assistant/wench! YAAAAAR!!!
The Bronx – Knifeman
The Bronx are from L.A. and they wrote a song called ‘Oceans of Class’, so what they know about sea faring life is beyond me! Well, unless they live right on the coast, but they’re a punk band, thus have no riches and most likely are from the inner-city area. So in summary, they know nothing! As evidenced by this video...sharks can’t survive in fresh water swimming pools! *rolls eyes*
Billy Talent – The Navy Song
YAH HA HAAAAR! Insert your own nautical pun here!
Every Time I Die – Godspeed Us To Sea
God sped me to the sea once. I was late for my own raiding party. He’s a nice guy actually! If you see him, tell him ‘Yaaaaaargh!’ and give him a homoerotic wink from me. He’ll know what you’re talking about. Well, unless he’s been drinking.
Mad Capsule Markets – All The Time in Sunny Beach
God bless Japan and their crystal clear seas that are devoid of intelligent mammals like whales.
Heavens – Patent Pending
While Matt Skiba is usually found fronting Alkaline Trio, he's also a Satanist, which is nice. Tenuously, Marilyn Manson once said ‘I’m not a slave to a God that doesn’t exist’, which was kind of at odds with the fact he joined his local Satan Church Thingy. I mean, one can’t exist without the other and I should know. When they shared a flat together in London, it was like Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau in The Odd Couple.
Are these jokes doing anything for you?
Million Dead – I Am The Party
They’re playing on the beach, even though he’s singing about electioneering methods. Well, I like them, so shut up. I'm robbing you, remember?!
Doves – The Sea Song
Doves aren’t really sea faring creatures like the obviously named seagull, the not so obvious albatross and the ever faithful parrot, so why they’re singing about the sea is beyond me. They don’t even like flying in the rain! The lily livered pansies! YAAAAR!
Minus The Bear – Monkey! Knife! Fight!
Minus The Bear made an album called Highly Refined Pirates and there’s a song on there with the word ‘monkey’ in the title. You know, like The Secret of Monkey Island had pirates in it!
Alright, alright Goddamit! I’ll admit that I’m clutching at straws here and I put this up because the song is awesome! GOT IT! YAAAAR!
Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty
Not really a song about sea faring life, but they also did a video for Dashboard where the singer is dressed up like my first love. Plus, it also features famous guitarist Johnny Marr (The Smiths) losing all sense of dignity by dressing up as an idiot and dancing like a robot. That’s what happens when you sign to a major label.
Pixies – Wave of Mutilation
You can usually find me sailing on my own wave of mutilation during the weekends. It’s right on a sewage outlet pipe just off the Bristol Channel.
The Paper Chase – This Flood (Acoustic version)
Flooding is to do with the sea right? Oh wait, that’s rivers. Either way, make sure you’re stocked up on sandbags and paid up with your home insurance. Flooding is no joke. Although it is pretty funny to watch posh people’s homes get ruined if you live near a burst dam.
Deftones – Cherry Waves
Yaaaaaargh! I’ve run out of pirate-esque jokes! Thank God, we're at the end, huh? YAAAAARGH!
Bobby Darin – Beyond The Sea
Kevin Spacey once played Bobby Darin in a movie, despite the fact that he’s in his fifties...I’m not sure where I’m going with this one but it was probably going to be a laugh at Kevin Spacey’s expense since I’ll never forgive myself for watching him in that awful movie K-Pax, so I’ll just shut up now.
So there you go my lovelies! While you were listening to those delectable songs that were vaguely about the deep blue yonder, I pilfered all your valuables and converted them into pirate booty!
YA---! Hang on...I can’t seem to swing back to my ship here. Could you give me a push?
A bit harder please...
HARDER! YES! Thank you!
Alas, I must be on my way, to raid other derelicts like the Atari forums and then bury my hard earned swag because let’s face it, with the economy the way it is, it’s safer to store it on a beach than put it in the bank. Right?
Now where the hell did I put the keys to this speedboat?
I’m keeping it rather short today. I was introduced to music from the late 60s and 70s by my dad and my older cousin. I didn’t really find anything worth listening to in the early 90s that wasn’t Boyz II Men, but music from the 60s and 70s always seemed to pique my interest, and not in the quasi-ironic way that everyone likes 70s nowadays. I’d just rather have listened to Triumph or Boston than Hootie and the Blowfish is all.
Elton John – “Roy Rogers”
Let me go ahead and say it, Elton John is the greatest artist of the 70s that didn’t write his own lyrics. The song is about a father and husband who manages through the mundanity of everyday life by indulging in escapism via the late night Roy Rogers TV show. This song aside, Elton’s catalog of incredible songs is daunting. “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” was really his last fully decent album, but it is widely regarded as his best. I prefer “Madman Across the Water” and “Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only the Piano Player,” and I could’ve just as easily picked “High Flying Bird,” “Crocodile Rock,” “Madman Across the Water,” or any of his other songs prior to 1974.
Led Zeppelin – “Fool In the Rain”
My favorite Zeppelin song isn’t “Stairway,” or “Black Dog,” or “Whole Lotta Love.” Though I thoroughly enjoy those songs, and nearly every other Zep song, my favorite is this one – the last single released from the last album released prior to John Bonham’s death. “Fool in the Rain” is a lovely song, with an equally amusing story. A man waits in the rain at the corner of a block for a woman he’s just recently met. Angry with himself for waiting for her, and saddened that she hasn’t shown up, he begins an inner-monologue cursing himself and the woman. It’s shortly thereafter that he realizes he’s been waiting on the wrong block.
Pink Floyd – “The Final Cut”
This is a sad song. It was originally intended to be a track on “The Wall,” but didn’t make the final listing. “The Final Cut” is the titular track of Roger Water’s final album with Pink Floyd, and is generally thought of as a Roger Waters solo album, as David Gilmour had almost zero creative input. It’s sort of a tie between this album and “The Wall” for my favorite Floyd album. The lyrics to this song express the very depths of human loneliness and the desire to be loved. And if I show you my dark side, will you still hold me tonight? And if I open my heart to you, and show you my weak side, what would you do?
Jethro Tull – “Too Old to Rock and Roll, Too Young to Die”
This is another sad song – kinda. The song’s carefree melody belies it somber lyrical content. I’m not a huge Jethro Tull fan, only because I can’t stand how forced the flute is at times. “Locomotive Breath” would’ve been 100x better had the solo been performed on a guitar. This song is particularly poignant though. The old rocker, distressed and fed up with living a life with the restrictions a family brings, kills himself by riding his motorcycle down a dangerous road at 120mph. By the way, this video is ridiculously funny.
Thin Lizzy – “The Cowboy Song”
Thin Lizzy is an Irish band, so what they’re doing telling stories of Cowboys, Texas, and Mexico is beyond me. They really nailed it though. Being a Texas boy myself, this song is an accurate depiction of the things I do on a daily basis. I could’ve just as easily picked “Jailbreak,” the title track from the same album, which is probably my favorite song of theirs.
5 Hand Reel – “Carrickfergus”
I’m actually more of a Dick Gaughan fan than I am a 5 Hand Reel fan, but I already had my Irish folk day yesterday. 5 Hand Reel didn’t see too much by way of fame here in the states, but they were mildly popular in the UK. 5 Hand Reel’s version of this song isn’t as good as the one by the Dubliners, but it is the best non-traditional version I’ve ever heard.
What’s the opposite of hardcore? Excluding classical, folk music is probably a near perfect antithesis. I don’t have much of an intro for this, aside from thank you to everyone who read yesterday’s post, and sorry if I talk about myself a bit more (or too much) today. Hope you like what you’re about to read and hear!
Also, sorry if I get a bit misty eyed.
StevenXonward – “Love, Scarlet”
Yesterday I put up a song by my old band, Ever Onward. Today I’m showing you what the “onward” in my name became. Initially I began playing acoustic shows as a means to supplement Ever Onward, and as a way to continue promoting the band throughout our many hiatuses. The pseudonym “StevenXonward” ended up sticking, and eventually became my main (and only) project. I don’t want to go too into why this song was written, as it’s kind of a bummer. Essentially, it’s about waiting for that perfect love. It’s probably my favorite of the songs I’ve written. If you like it, you can listen to more of my stuff at http://www.myspace.com/stevenxonward.
Kate Rusby – “Who Will Sing Me Lullabies”
This song has the ability to wreck whatever emotional state I may be in at any given moment, reducing me to a weeping sack of failure. I’m not wholly sure as to the subject matter of this song, but I’ve been told it’s about the death of Kate’s father or mother. This song wrecks me because that’s the immediate thought it conjures, and it forces me to face the mortality of my own parents. Kate Rusby is an English singer-songwriter, and my favorite female vocalist. I enjoy nearly every song she’s put out, and I’m secretly hoping to marry her and start a traveling folk music caravan. Well, at least that was supposed to be a secret.
The Dubliners – “Fiddler’s Green”
Did I ever mention me being a bit of an Irish nationalist? Well, yeah, as much as an American can be, I suppose. The Dubliners embody the spirit of Irish nationalism, with the late Luke Kelly being a Socialist Irish Republican. Along with Kelly, the late Ronnie Drew established The Dubliners as the musical face of Irish folk – really, all of Irish music in general. The Dubliners have done more to keep alive the musical culture and heritage of Ireland than any other artist. This song is about an old sailor on the verge of death, and holds a special place for me because I played it at a funeral for a friend of mine (and former employer).
The Chieftains – “The Lilly of the West”
The Chieftains are second only to the Dubliners in terms of invigorating the genre of traditional Irish folk music. The Chieftains took a very different approach to introducing traditional Irish music to the mainstream, in that they would record traditional folk covers of modern songs and country songs, and feature famous vocalists (Willie Nelson, Van Morrison, Sinead O’Connor, etc.). This song was originally penned by Joan Baez, I believe, and features Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits on vocals and guitar. This song is simply beautiful.
Masterless Men – “Now I’m 64”
Masterless Men are one of the lesser known Irish folk acts, but their catalog of songs is quite impressive. Renditions of “Far Away in Australia,” “Botany Bay,” and “The Foggy Shores of Home” are amongst my favorite folk songs. This song is their finest. Like Kate Rusby’s “Who Will Sing Me Lullabies,” this song also forces me to face the morality of my parents (actually my grandparents). Even typing this out makes me feel all emo inside, so I’ll stop here.
Richard Thompson - “Beeswing”
I love this song! Richard Thompson’s voice has an incredibly interesting timbre. The near constant vibrato is entrancing. This song is special to me because, like many of us, I once dated a woman whose free spirit could not relegated to being another’s partner for any significant period of time. I suppose she thought I might try to clip her wings, so to speak, but that couldn’t have been further from the truth. Ah well, these things make for good stories, and “Beeswing” is one of the best.
Ryan Adams – “Come Pick Me Up”
I’m not a huge fan of the surging Americana genre. I prefer my folk to be decidedly European. However, Ryan Adams is a true standout in the realms of Americana, and this song is his best. Not quite the sorrowful song that breakups generally inspire, this song is about being in love with someone who is not only wrong for you, but actively sabotaging you at every step. It’s a wonderful song, and especially wonderful to those of us who can relate to it.
Like the rest of us, being without Destructoid wrecked my life yesterday. Consequently, it also managed to wreck my plans for this week’s dTunes. I’ll go ahead and make this one extra long to make up for yesterday. Also, I’m writing this intro paragraph last, and while reading through the body below, I notice that this is a lot less about music a lot more about me. That really wasn’t my intention, but it appears as though I enjoy rambling on about myself. Read on for things.
Ever Onward – “Dido and Aeneas”
This is a bit of a primer on me and my history with music. Ever Onward was a band in Corpus Christi, Texas that I started in 2002-2006. I was the vocalist and songwriter, and the “onward” portion of my name is an extension. We were part of the popularizing wave of hardcore bands in Corpus Christi along with Far From Jane, The Contender, xTrip Wirex, They Came Burning, The Golden Age, and quite a few others. Hardcore was just becoming a genre that kids outside of major scenes were starting to notice. Ever Onward had the distinction of being one of the least traditional hardcore bands in Corpus Christi. We weren’t the most popular, or the most talented, or the closest friends, but I loved doing it. Before I became part of the scene in Corpus Christi, there were very few national hardcore bands that would book shows so far south in Texas. If we wanted to see a band we liked, we’d have to go to Austin. I decided to take a pro-active approach and start booking national acts myself. “Dido and Aeneas” was the last song we wrote together. It borrows thematically from the Greek tragedy “Dido and Aeneas.” The song basically sums up my own desires to be remembered for the work I’ve done. I had originally intended to cover each of the local bands and do a whole dTunes day dedicated to locals, but missing yesterday kinda threw a wrench in that. If you’re interested in good Texas hardcore that you probably haven’t already heard, check out the following links:
Shai Hulud is one of my favorite bands for a number of reasons. In my case, getting older in the hardcore scene meant becoming more socially aware. You could listen to the hardcore bands that were fairly misogynistic, or you could stick with the positive stuff (we call it “posi”). Shai Hulud isn’t necessarily posi, but their negativity stems from not being able to control and erase the negative aspects of life. Shai Hulud provided anthem after anthem for the cynical hardcore kid in me. Whatever aspects of me that were, and still are, misanthropic or virulent are effectively summed up by this band – and this song in particular. Parts of the lyrics to the ending refrain of this song are “you were once a gentle man.” By nature, I am a gentle person, so I couldn’t understand why I was unable to contain this hostility for government, religion, and authority in general. It all has to do with feelings of powerlessness, which I could either accept and move on or just get angry about. Sometimes it’s good to allow yourself to get angry over things you can’t control – or just get angry for any reason. Shai Hulud creates a more intellectual approach to vocalizing that anger.
Set It Straight – “Percent”
I’ve been straight edge since I was 15, so I’m getting close to 9 years of being substance free. I grew up in the small South Texas city of Aransas Pass. We didn’t have much by way of entertainment, so the kids would start drinking and using at astonishingly young ages. I never understood the appeal of being inebriated, and it wasn’t enough for me to just abstain for engaging in it. Straight edge bands like Set It Straight were important for me because it helped realize that not only is it ok not to drink, but that it’s important to set positive examples (especially for my younger siblings). “Percent” expertly embodied my sentiment at throughout high school. Every social gathering, every party, every holiday was just an excuse for my friends and acquaintances to get together and drink. Really, it’s still that way. “Percent” was Set It Straight’s way of reminding me that there were other people like me who couldn’t relate to that way of living.
Casey Jones – “1 Out Of 3 Had An STD”
Admittedly, Casey Jones is a bit of a joke band. They’re not quite as posi as Good Clean Fun, but they are a straight edge band that doesn’t really take what they’re doing too seriously. The lyrics to this song might sound a bit tongue-in-cheek, but they’re actually quite good. The song takes a jab at the hardcore kids that extol life’s excesses, particularly those that involve to sexual objectification. Part of the straight edge “tenet” has always been to avoid promiscuity, something that straight edge kids have forgotten as the “movement” has become popularized. Casey Jones is a fun band, and a lot more fun if you’re sober.
Love is Red – “Everything You Love”
I actually have a lot of “favorite” bands; Love is Red being one of them. Love is Red is probably more responsible than any other band for making want to shift my musical focus away from the more metal side of hardcore towards a more traditional brand. This song is special because it laments the abandonment of ideals by friends who have “broken edge” (quit being straight edge by drinking, smoking, hooking up, etc…) and become something they once rallied against. Essentially, this song is about the kids that sold out and gave in to societal pressures and/or general excess. It’s not about hating the kids, but about hating the choices their making.
Stretch Armstrong – “For the Record”
Great song, or greatest song? I don’t really listen to this band all that much, but this song is one of the best I’ve ever heard. “Read the lyrics,” is all I have to say.
I'm not exactly pround of the place I'm from / but I've been here my whole life so I guess I'll call it home. / In South Carolina a flag still shows the enslavement of our minds / but in South Carolina I learned from all the times / We went to all-ages shows, Sunday matinees / hanging out wondering if the bands would show and even play. / The bands would come and we would all sing along (sing along sing along). / Would they ever know their impact would last so long? / The world is full of lonely places no matter where you're from. / A crowded show, familiar faces make me feel at home. / Many kids have come and gone but I know what kept me here. / The magic of those songs has sustained me through the years. / I heard the word sincerity and I know now what that means. / I learned it first with Black Flag, mohawks, combat boots and torn-up jeans. / We were more than just a tour date. You were more than just a song. / We sweat and sang together and that helped us to carry on. / We were more. You were more. For the record.
Strike Anywhere – “Extinguish”
Did I ever mention me being a Marxist? Well, yeah, so are these guys. Amongst the more posi hardcore kids, you’ll find a wealth of leftist intellectualism and activism. Bands like Strike Anywhere, Ignite, Good Clean Fun, etc…, are hardcore’s answer to more mainstream acts like Rage Against the Machine. This song also features one of my favorite lines – “Disrupt and disorder at the empire's borders United by what we do not who we labor for.”
There are quite a few other bands I wanted to list, but I didn’t have much to say about them. If you like modern hardcore, look up the following bands:
Ambitions, Bane, Betrayed, The Carrier, Carry On, Champion, Comeback Kid, Count Me Out, Count the Hours, Crime In Stereo, Dead Hearts, The First Step, Go It Alone, Have Heart, Holding On, Ignite, In Remembrance, It Prevails, Kids Like Us, Killing the Dream, Legacy, Life Long Tragedy, Mental, Miles Away, The Miracle Mile, Reaching Forward, Ruiner, Saints Never Surrender, Set Your Goals, Sinking Ships, Strife, Ten Yard Fight, Trial, Verse, The Warriors, Where Eagles Dare, A Wilhelm Scream, With Honor, xLooking Forwardx, and any band that these bands link to.
Leave a comment if you have any interest in checking out more of the stuff my old band did.
To wrap up this week, I'm going to share some of my favorite video game covers. I'm not a die-hard fan of them, and just do not have the time to keep up with places like OCremix, but there are a handful of groups and covers of which I'm fairly fond. Consider this the creme.
The Minibosses - Mega Man 2
If you listen to video game covers at all, you've heard of the Minibosses. They've been around for what feels like forever, and everything they've done has been pretty polished. I saw these guys at the First Unitarian Church in Philly a while back, and somehow my shouts for them to play this next got through all the cries of "RYGAR." Best show ever.
No Crash Man, though. No one does that for some reason.
Hyadain - CRASH! Let's Do It
So I have to go to other sources for a Crash Man fix. Hyadain did a whole series of covers of the various Mega Man 2 themes, with homoerotic lyrics overlaid. They're hilarious. He's done a fair amount of work with stuff from other games, too, and most of his songs, while in Japanese, have alt videos where people have inserted English subtitles.
ArmCannon - Bhost Gustors
Another group that's actually covered Crash Man's theme, these guys seem to be now what the Minibosses were a few years ago, in terms of popularity and amount of live shows. The sound isn't the best version for this song (which is amazing), but this is pretty much their best video ever.
S.S.H. - Zeromus Battle
Out of Japan, these guys know what they're doing, have done a ton of tracks from a ton of games, and offer pretty much their entire discography for free on their website. The site's in Japanese, as are most of the track titles and game names, but a trip through Babelfish or abducting an East Asian Studies major should help you find what you're looking for.
Game Over - Little Mac's Confession
This one actually did hit OCremix briefly, but it was good enough that I shelled out to import their EP/demo disc, the aptly named Nintendo Metal, from somewhere in Sweden.
Vomitron - Contra
Another one-off, but this one's a hefty one, weighing in at least 10 minutes. They managed to medley every single Contra theme into one epically long track. Great driving music. Their non-game stuff isn't too bad, either.
The Protomen - The Trooper
For a change of pace, let's have a video game tribute band covering something normal, in this case, an Iron Maiden classic. Better known for their two Mega Man-inspired rock operas, these guys seem to love covering stuff. To be honest, I was torn between posting this video and this gem, another classic.
Cocoa Brovaz - Super Brooklyn
More a sampling than a cover, but really, there is no way this should have worked as well as it does.
Tanguy Ukelele Orchestra - Rainbow Road
Pretty much just a dude with a ukelele and a voice, TUO's video game covers are actually pretty good in most cases, and certainly quirky.
And, for a bonus, remember that Minibosses show I mentioned with the first video? This is how they closed it, along with Chromelodeon, a local Philly ambient/psychedelic group that was also playing that night, and has unfortunately broken up since.
The Minibosses & Chromelodeon - Legend Of Zelda Medley
This is the only time this collaboration has ever happened, and it was so beautiful in person that I was nearly moved to tears, given my eternal hard-on for the Zelda series. The video quality isn't nearly as good as the audio, but imagine nearly twelve dudes onstage, and yes that is an electric violin.
Well, it's been fun, hope you enjoyed at least some of the stuff I shared. Maybe they'll let me do this again sometime.
Today's dTunes is brought to you by nekobun and the letter J. Here are some J-named artists who take up sizable chunks of my music library.
Jamiroquai - Canned Heat
There's no concievable way you could dislike Jamiroquai. Always danceable, and inspiring of good times all around. I don't even care that Jay Kay is allegedly a huge douchebag. They're amazing.
Jawbreaker - Chemistry
Absolutely my favorite band, ever. I looked into these guys on a tip somewhere between '99 and '00, and instantly regretted that they'd broken up half a decade prior. This track comes from their last, and most polished, album, so the further back you go, the closer to hardcore their sound gets, but it's all great. That, and I give them some extra points for apologizing for contributing to what became the Emo genre.
Jurassic 5 - Jurass Finish First
I seem to come by a lot of music via video games, now that I think of it. J5's "Improvise" was featured in Jet Grind Radio on the Dreamcast, and I happened upon the album it came from in Borders soon after beating the game. I love rappers who sound like they know how to freestyle and don't feel the need to get gangsta about everything, and this crew brings a whole bunch of them together in one delicious package.
James - Laid
You'd think that for such a prolific artist, there'd be more than just a handful of videos for this song, most of which (the actual vid, in several versions) are embed-disabled. If there isn't a list out there of bands from Manchester, there really ought to be, because pretty much everything out of that town is at least worth a listen. The Smiths? Buzzcocks? Grand Master FUC-NUKKLE? The previously featured Ting Tings? Joy Division? The Chemical Brothers? New Order? I could do this all day.
Joe Jackson - Is She Really Going Out With Him?
Double J score. Joe Jackson infuriated me for a brief period, due primarily to one of my cohorts' refusal to do anything but an impromptu murder spree as soon as his Steppin' Out came on in GTA: Vice City. Didn't matter what the mission was, how many cops he had after him already, or whatever. Said friend tortured me with it on his computer and in his car every now and then for a good year after we'd gotten fed up with the game, but it was hopelessly catchy, so I couldn't get too upset.
Once I found out how many other tunes I knew happened to be Jackson's fault, I looked into things a bit further, and got my hands on the bulk of his discography. Joe Jackson's a genius; not quite Elvis Costello calibre, but close.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Wail
Another big source of artists I like? Beavis & Butt-head. I can't count how much music I have that they made plenty of fun of on that show.
Jets To Brazil - Lemon Yellow Black
"Hey," you're thinking, "this dude sounds like the vocalist from Jawbreaker." It is. Blake Schwarzenbach is my man-crush prime, and this follow-up project to Jawbreaker has just as solid a place in my heart. His tendency to write songs that tell stories remained intact, but grew up, and explored a lot more than young adult anger and angst in Jets To Brazil's hands.
PS: Finding out your buddy's ex-girlfriend, after she's become his ex, is family friends with one of your heroes, and hangs out with him sometimes, is something of a punch in the face.
Junior Senior - Chicks And Dicks
You might've come across these doods when Move Your Feet released, since the internet was all "OOOH THE VIDEO LOOKS LIKE VIDEO GAMES" and it made the rounds. All their stuff is just as great, however, and I figured I'd end this batch just like I came into things - dancin'.
I've got a feeling tomorrow's closing post might be a bit slim, given where I want to go with it, but we'll see.