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Ep. 35 – So much awesome!!!! – Sept. 27th, 2008

So it’s been quite awhile since I’ve gotten any new music.  There are a few reasons for this.  The first is that i make very little money right now working only 10 hrs a week and going to school full time.  The second reason is that their are not really any good places to get music in this town.  I went home this weekend so i took the chance and stopped in at Record Time, one of my favorite record stores back home.  I found so many good things and am amazed at the haul from this weekend.

“Gold (Re-release)” – Starflyer 59

After picking up “Silver” earlier this summer i decided i wanted more of the early stuff by SF59.  Gold is their second album and it has a similar sound to Silver, really good, heavy-yet-ethereal shoegazer. 🙂  Haven’t absorbed it quite yet but I’ve enjoyed what I’ve heard thus far.

Track-listing:
1. A House Wife Love Song
2. Duel Overhead Cam
3. When You Feel Miserable
4. You’re Mean
5. Stop Wasting Your Whole Life
6. Messed Up Over You
7. When You Feel The Mess
8. Somewhere When Your Heart Glowed
9. Indiana
10. Do You Ever Feel This Way
11. One Shot Juanita
12. Next Time Around
13. Goodbyes Are Sad
14. When No One Calls
15. The Starflyer 2000 Reprise
16. Le Vainqueur

Price Paid: $8

“Psychology” – Discover America

I got into DA my senior year of high school i believe.  It’s a really cool album.  Everything on the album is done by one guy and he does it well.  It’s kind of an indie-folk sound; mellow but not boring.  He is very ingenuitive and he uses alot of different effects to keep it interesting (including a kazoo 😉 )  I recommend it.  This one was on the hunt0list and i was surprised to find it in the clearance section of record time.  This is one of those albums i never expected to find in a store.  I always thought i’d have to end up ordering of the interenet, but i was pleasantly surprised to find it friday and at such a great price!

Track-listing:

  1. Call it in the air
  2. 1986
  3. From the 100th Floor
  4. Stark Honesty
  5. Green Eyes
  6. Tight Rope Walker
  7. Phantom Treasure
  8. Shiny Teeth
  9. The Halves That Make Us Whole
  10. Everything Changes

Price Paid: $3

“Floating World” – Anathallo

This is another album i thought i would never find in the store.  I got into this album my freshman year of college.  I had a couple Anathallo albums on my computer for a very long time before that and i never really got into them but never deleted them for some reason.  Then somehow i heard about this album and i decided to download it.  I can’t remember if i got into it right away or if it took me a little while but now i enjoy the album very much.  I have to be in the right mood for it though, anathallo is a little…. different.  This is a very eclectic indie-rock/pop album…  They sing half the CD in japanese for no readily apparent reason and use everything from trumpets to hand-claps on this album.  Very good, very different listen.  Somewhat mellow but picks up in some spots.  I think there is even a story to the album, but i haven’t read the insert yet.  Found this one at Record Time new so it was a little more pricey but since i hadn’t bought any new music the whole month of september i thought i might as well…

Track-listing:

  1. “Ame” – 0:49
  2. “Genessaret (Going Out Over 30,000 Fathoms of Water)” – 5:32
  3. “Hoodwink” – 5:48
  4. “By Number” – 5:08
  5. “Dokkoise House (With Face Covered)” – 6:00
  6. “Hanasakajijii (Four: A Great Wind, More Ash)” – 4:44
  7. “Hanasakajijii (One: The Angry Neighbor)” – 3:10
  8. “Inu (Howling)” – 1:20
  9. “Hanasakajijii (Two: Floating World)” – 4:57
  10. “The Bruised Reed” – 6:04
  11. “Yuki! Yuki! Yuki!” – 1:14
  12. “Hanasakajijii (Three: The Man Who Made Dead Trees Bloom)” – 4:26
  13. “Cuckoo Spitting Blood” – 3:05
  14. “Kasa No Hone (The Umbrella’s Bones)” – 2:08

Price Paid: $12.99

“I’m Only a Man” – Emery

Funny Story.  So for the longest time Emery has been a part of my music library.  I had all their previous albums plus some rare tracks and for the longest time i really, really tried to like them.  For some reason, i just didn’t.  Over the summer i heard some tracks from Emery’s newest album, I’m Only a Man, and once again, i tried to like them.  I ruckus’d this album and liked a couple of tracks but not enough to buy the album.  About my second trip to Record Time this summer i saw a copy of this album, used, on sale for $6.  Ever trip to Record Time since i would look at it and pass it up.  Just recently i started watching TVUlive again and Emery’s music video for “The Party Song” came up a few times…  Well it got stuck in my head and the next thing i new i was singing it in the shower.  So i came to like the song.  Well, on friday i saw this album at Record Time, but they had moved it to the clearance rack.  I saw it there and now that the price was lowered i thought “what the heck” and bought it.  I’ve listened to it and couple times since then and i don’t know what happened but i really like this album now… i’ll probably never get into Emery’s old stuff, but i have to admit this album is pretty killer!

Track-listing:

  1. “Rock-N-Rule” – 3:38
  2. “The Party Song” – 3:31
  3. “World Away” – 3:38
  4. “After the Devil Beats His Wife” – 4:31
  5. “Can’t Stop the Killer” – 3:32
  6. “Story About a Man with a Bad Heart” – 3:28
  7. “Don’t Bore Us, Get to the Chorus” – 3:33
  8. “What Makes a Man a Man” – 4:24
  9. “The Movie Song” – 3:09
  10. “You Think You’re Nickel Slick (But I Got Your Penny Change)” – 3:45
  11. “From Crib to Coffin” – 10:44

Price Paid: $2

“Peirce the Empire With a Sound” – The Out-Circuit

It’s funny i found this one at record time because i just discovered these guys this past month.  I was probably gonna order this album off the internet sometime soon but i found it used for cheaper. 🙂  This is a really cool album, i haven’t absorbed it all yet.  It features ex-members of Frodus and Dustin  Kensrue of Thrice lends his voice to a song.  Solid album from what i’ve gleaned thus far.  It is a hard sound to describe.  I recommend just going to the Lujo Records website and snaging the free track “Across the Light” from there, it sums the album up pretty well and it’s a really good song!

Track-listing:

1 Come out Shooting
2. Passchendaele
3. Across the Light
4. The Contender
5. The Hexagon
6. The Fall of Las Vegas
7. We
8. Lost Pilot
9. New Wine
10, Scarlet

Price Paid: $6

So found all those and went to check out and got to talking with the owner of Record Time.  We started talking about Anberlin’s new album that comes out tomorrow.  I asked him if they had it in yet since sometimes stores like that get the album a few days in advance.  He said they didn’t but then he did something i didn’t expect.  He reached behind the counter and grabbed a limited edition Anberlin 7″ Vinyl that is supposed to come free with the purchase of the album!  He looked at the CD’s i was buying, picked one up and said, “Free, with the purchase of any… Anathallo CD!”  I laughed and thanked the guy.  He pretty much made my day… until i got home.

When i got home there was a package waiting for me.  It had a CD inside:

“Anti-Meridian” – Brave Saint Saturn

The third and final (supposedly) BSS album was waiting for me when i got home.  I preordered it back in June but then the release date was pushed back.  It came out September 15th but i haven’t been home to get it yet.  Well, first off, the album is amazing.  Reese Roper and the guys are geniouses.  I highly recommend the album if you like the other BSS stuff or if you like Five Iron Frenzy.  BSS is different than FIF though as it was Reese’s oulet for darker lyrics and subject matter… i think it’s really, really good stuff and definately worth checking out!  Ok, so you want to know the best part about this weekend?  Well, after checking out the album i pulled the receipt out of the package as well and was flabbergast to see a message written on the recipt in sharpie… it read:

“Jacob, You were the very FIRST person to order Anti-Meridian.  NO ONE is cooler than you.  -Reese”

Freakin’ Reese Roper of Five Iron Frenzy and Brave Saint Saturn wrote me a note!  Sweet!

Track-listing:

  1. “Here Is the News”
  2. “Mercenary”
  3. “Starling”
  4. “Underground”
  5. “When You Burn Too Fast”
  6. “Through Depths of Twilight”
  7. “Hero’s Homecoming”
  8. “AMMODRAMUS”
  9. “Fields of the Fallen”
  10. “Always Just Beneath the Dawn”
  11. “Fortress of Solitude”
  12. “Blessed are the Land Mines”
  13. “AEGOLIUS”
  14. “Begin Again”
  15. “These Frail Hands”
  16. “INVICTUS”

Price Paid: $14 (back in June)

It was a really good weekend for music!

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Ep. 34 – Christianbook.com – Aug 26th, 2008

About a week ago I somehow stumbled across a christian media website called ChristianBook.  While i was on their i noticed that some of the CD’s they had for sale were ridiculously cheap.  I found a few on the list and snapped them up right away.  They came in the mail two days ago!

“Contact” – The Benjamin Gate

This is the first album i had ever hear by the Benjamin Gate.  I downloaded it during my senoir year of high school along with some other albums and it sat on my computer for awhile.  Sometime during my freshman year of college i got bored with the music i had and found this album on my computer.  From the first time i listened to it I loved it!  This album is a perfect album.  There is not one song that i do not like.  I really love the singing; this is one of two rock bands i really follow that have female vocalists.  The sound of the album is a mix of Rock, Pop, and a little bit of Dance.  I recommend giving this album a spin and deciding for yourself if it is your style. 🙂 

Track-listing:

1. Lift Me Up (Far Away)
2. This Is Not
3. Calling, The
4. Do What You Say
5. Overkill
6. Need
7. Light
8. Your Kisses Blind Me
9. Tonight
10. Gratitude
11. Way You Are, The
12. Violently
13. Fall Away

Price Paid: $2.99 (plus shipping for all 3 CDs <3.99>)

“Brace Yourself for the Mediocre” – Roper

From the ashes of Five Iron Frenzy, The O.C. Supertones and some other bands, the pop-punk band Roper arose.  Brainchild of Reese Roper, X-FIF Singer, the band released one album before disbanding.  Some don’t like it, but i think that is because they compare it to the supergroups that came before.  This album still features Reese’s zainy lyrical style and his great singing voice.  It is a solid pop-punk album.  Do not expect Five Iron and you won’t be disapointed. 

Track-listing:

  1. “Hello Lamewads” – 3:16
  2. “You’re With Stupid” – 2:27
  3. “Amplify” – 3:59
  4. “Vendetta” – 3:47
  5. “Red Eye to Miami” – 2:56
  6. “Quicksilver” – 3:21
  7. “1985” – 3:20
  8. “Say Sayonara” – 3:32
  9. “How Your Halo Fell” – 3:30
  10. “Day of Pigs” – 2:37
  11. “Fireflies” – 3:28
  12. “You’re Still The One” (Shania Twain cover) – 2:57
  13. In Excelsis Deo” – 3:42

Price Paid: $1.99

“Until My Heart Caves In” – Audio Adrenaline

This was Audio Adrenaline’s last full-length before they callled it quits.  They were one of the first bands i ever got into and have been with me since.  For awhile i didn’t really like that style of music, so i kind of forgot about them for awhile.  I downloaded this album when it came out and it reignighted my liking of them.  I saw it for really cheap on that site and decided since i didn’t have to pay any additional shipping that i might as well take advantage of that.  Plus the website gave me an additional 5% off if i added this item to my order. 🙂

Track-listing:

  1. “Clap Your Hands” – 3:28
  2. “Until My Heart Caves In” – 3:41
  3. “King” – 5:01
  4. “Melody (Lost Inside the Wonder)” – 4:16
  5. “Starting Over” – 4:04
  6. “Are You Ready for Love” – 3:31
  7. “Undefeated” – 3:36
  8. (Your Love Keeps Lifting Me) Higher” – 3:36
  9. “Light of the Sun” – 3:46
  10. “All Around Me” – 3:30
  11. “Losing Control” – 4:47

Price Paid: $2.84

Well, that’s all the new albums i have for now.  Might be awhile before my next post, but then again you never know.  I’ll try and post anything intersting that i come across.  Be sure and check out my new Links section up there ^^^^.  Thanks for reading!

Ep. 12 – One Mans Trash… – July, 11, 2008

…is another man’s treasure.  So the saying goes… well over the past few days i proved that true.

I have bought a lot of cds this week.  The first bunch i bought off ebay.  Hey Music Hunter, i thought you said you were going to hunt in stores and stay off the internet?  Yes, i was but i was curious so i checked ebay to see if they had anything rare by my favorite band stavesacre and sure enough they did.  I also found someone who was selling a bunch of cds i liked rfor really checp because they bought them intending to start a store.  I guess that fell through.  That sucks for them but it was good for me.

“Absolutes (Advance)” – Stavesacre

Someone on ebay was selling an advance copy of Stavesacre’s album “Absolutes” and i couldn’t pass that up.  The album was released in 1997 so i bet an advance copy is pretty hard to find.  It’s a really good album and it was on the hunt-list, so it’s a Double Whammy.  Price Paid: $5.98 (including shipping)

“Catch For Us The Foxes” – Mewithoutyou

One of my favorites bands.  This album is dark and ambient, heavy and beautiful.  Perfect experimental post-hardcore.  I really recommend this album, and i think the track “My Exit, Unfair” is my favorite mwy song.  Bought on ebay, new.  Price Paid: $5.79 (including shipping)

“4 Wall Blackmail” – Dead Poetic

Got really into these guys freshman year of high school (maybe a little before that).  This album was really good and i listen to it many, many times.  These guys have remained one of my favorite for years so when i saw this album on ebay brand new for cheap i snapped it up.  Price Paid: $5.99 (including shipping)

“No sir, nihilism is not practical” – Showbread

Their first album and what got me interested in them in the first place.  I think they have matured musically since this release but it is still a good listen.  The voice of Reese Roper (formerly of Five Iron Frenzy) is featured on two tracks on this album.  Found on ebay, new.  Price Paid: $1.04 (including shipping)

I also made a trip to record time today and picked up a few things:

“New Way to be Human” – Switchfoot

i like this sound much better than the newer popular switchfoot.  I noticed it the last time i went to record time and i decided to get it this time. Price Paid: $6

“5 score and 7 years ago” – Relient K

The best release by Relient K in my opinion.  The song Deathbead is to die for (no pun intended).  the whole record is a nice return to Relient K’s christian roots where their waws not much evidence of them in “mmhmm.”  Price Paid: $6

“Fall + Winter” – Jon Foreman

Switchfoot frontman Jon Foreman’s solo project.  4 ep’s in one year, one each season; these are the first two.  His music is passionate emotional folk.  It’s really well written and a little sad, but for this sad is good.  Give it a listen even if you don’t like switchfoot.  I liked it and at first i didn’t even realize who Jon foreman was.  Price Paid: $13.99

Also, today i was driving around and i stopped at an estate sale to see if they had a record player for sale.  Turns out they did.  It was stuck in some back room, still plugged in with cords running behind cabinets and such.  I helped them dig it out and talk them down to $20.  So i got me a record player today! 🙂

Ep. 5 – Un-freaking-Believable! Blindside, Brave Saint Saturn, and More! – June 19th, 2008

Today was pay-day, and my day off so i went out hunting…  I decided to check out some other record stores in my area this time so today i stopped by “Blast in the Past.”  It was located on gratiot (again), between Utica and Martin (i don’t know why, but there are three record stores within a mile of each other on gratiot, go figure…)   I liked the place, kind of a half was point between Record Time and Hot Hits…  It wasn’t as nice as Record Time but i didn’t get bad vibes from the place like i did from Hot Hits.

Today’s trip was hands down the most productive one yet!  I am still in shock over what i found.

So here goes:  I walked in the store and started browsing the rack and as i am i listen to this owner of the store talk to a couple other old guys.  They are reminiscing about the days when gas was $1 and White Castle Burgers were 12 cents.  Then he launches into a story about how he hitchhiked with these guys once and they where smoking weed in the car and they rolled a joint as “big as a cigar” and he got a contact high… They sat and reminisced more about the days when anyone would give you a ride if you just stuck your thumb out, i was mildly amused.  I could tell that they didn’t get new CDs in very often and that their regulars probably didn’t like the obscure bands i do because i found some real gems, check it:

“Silence” – Blindside

"Silence" - Blindside

This album is one of my desert island top five for sure.  If you would have asked me a few years ago it would have been my #1!  I got into Blindside right around the time this album was released, right as i began high school.  I had my new best friend Andrew download this album for me, amoung others.  I was in love with this album for years to come, i listened to it so many times and i know the whole album front to back…  This album quickly made Blindside my favorite band and they stayed that way until early in college when another band i had also loved for awhile eeked their way to the top, that band, of course is the great Stavesacre.  Like I said, when i found this album today i was blown away.  And what’s more, it was unopened – never before used!  Price Paid: $5

“Tales of the Knife” – Lucerin Blue

"Tales of the Knife" - Lucerin Blue

This album is closely related to Silence by Blindside in my life.  My friend downloaded and burned this album for me on the same day as silence but i actually didn’t listen to it until atleast a few weeks later because as soon as i put silence in my CD player it stayed there for that long!  This under-rated album by what anyone in the world of popular music would call a “One-Hit Wonder” band, is one that i have loved for a long time.  You may remember the song “Monday in Vegas” getting some secular radio play back in 2003… i specifically remember one time it was on the radio while i was in the dark room of my high school photography class, i was shocked because i normally didn’t listen to the radio and i had no idea that anyone even knew about Lucerin Blue, let alone they were being played on secular radio stations… This is a good hard rock albums with some nice piano parts here and there, has kind of a rap-rock sound at times, but it is very good.  Found it today, unopened as well!  Price Paid: $5

“Adventures in Tokyo” – Calibretto 13

"Adventures in Tokyo" - Calibretto 13

Not much to say about this band except that I’ve always liked their original sound (horror / surf punk) and the content of their lyrics.  Listened to them a lot last summer, now i finally own one of their albums! Price Paid: $5

“The Light of Things Hoped For” – Brave Saint Saturn

"The Light of Things Hoped For" - Brave Saint Saturn

In the wake of the demise of (in my opinion) the best christian ska band ever, Five Iron Frenzy, i was sad… I mean really sad, you must understand how much i loved FIF…  In that post-mortem stage i desperately searched for something to fill that Five Iron shaped hole in my heart.  A few years earlier i had heard about a side project some of the band members had done (most notably Reese Roper) called Brave Saint Saturn.  The “Space-rock” band was an outlet for some of Reese’s sadder lyrics that didn’t quite fit with Five Iron…  I downloaded there albums because i wanted more FIF, i kept them because i love BSS.  I doesn’t really sound anything like Five Iron Frenzy, but their albums are beautiful!  I am proud to now own one of the two they have released (so-far 😉 ).  Also found this one unopened but it was a little more pricey.  Price Paid: $9.50 (it was worth it)

All in all this was they best day of hunting i’ve had since i began this project!  i saw a few other albums from the list there but i am out of spending money at the moment so maybe next week.  To some up my excitement let me just say that on the way back to my car from the record store i couldn’t help myself from periodically exclaiming “No Freakin Way!”