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Music Video of the Week- Royal Blood

This week’s video comes from a band that I recently came across listening to random playlists in Spotify. And what a pleasant surprise they have been.

Royal Blood is an English rock duo that started back in 2013. Although, if you listen to their album, you will swear that there are more than two people in the band. Another cool thing about them is that their sound comes from a bass guitar and a set of drums. That’s it. They are like the White Stripes, but a lot heavier.

I’m not sure how he does it, but the lead singer/bass player creates some amazing and unusual sounds with his instrument. I’ve listened to their entire debut album and I’m quite impressed that they can create such great music with just two instruments.

So without further delay, check out this video for the song called, “Little Monster.” Enjoy!

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Music Video of the Week- Silverstein

I will admit and I’m not ashamed that I still listen to bands that were popular in the 2000s. If a song has good lyrics, real instruments and a great music video, then I’m always on board. One of my favorite bands from the 2000s was a group called Silverstein. A few months ago, I started listening to their music again and I was pleasantly surprised that they are still releasing new records.

In fact, this year, they will be releasing a new record called, “I Am Alive in Everything I Touch.” And I’m very excited about it. These guys have consistently made good albums without ever changing their style of music. Most bands these days decide to switch styles in order to sell more records but it usually just comes off looking desperate. Check out the new Nickelback video if you need an example of how sad it can be.

But yes, Silverstein has stuck to their guns and continue to make great rock music. That’s why this week’s video is from their new album and it’s called, “A Midwestern State of Emergency.” Enjoy!

Music Video of the Week- The Wonder Years

Life is full of highs and low. Valleys and mountains. Sometimes we’re on top of the world and sometimes we are in the deepest gutter. For the times where I feel like I’m stuck in a hole, I usually listen to this song by The Wonder Years called, “Passing Through a Screen Door.”

The song is about a guy who doesn’t seem to have his life together. One point in the bridge he talks about being 26 and not measuring up to his peers. The lives of others seem to be in order and seem to be productive. That’s something I can relate to on a very deep level.

You start to look around and ask yourself if you messed up somewhere along the way. Maybe you look back and see choices you’ve made and wonder where you would be if you choose differently. Maybe you’d have a wife, a family, a better job, a better place to live or just a better life in general. Maybe you’d be a better person.

The thing I love most about The Wonder Years is that their lyrics are so relatable. You can feel the real emotion coming through. The lead singer asks questions of himself and examines how he could have been a better person.

On the other hand, maybe we’ve made the right choices. Maybe we are exactly where we are suppose to be. Maybe our choices are leading us to something greater than we ever could have imagined. Maybe the other choices just weren’t for us. At least, that’s what I’m hoping…

So here is this week’s music video. Enjoy.

Back In Action

This blog feels like such a distant memory to me now. But I’m not here to get sentimental with you. I’m here to say, that I’m back and will be updating the blog.

Lately, I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. And honestly, I still have no clue. I have ideas of what I would like to do, but nothing has grabbed me. Nothing has been worthy of pursuing. Except writing. Writing is the one passion that I would gladly do without getting paid. That and making music. I do them both and don’t get paid and I’m okay with that.

So, here we go. In this blog, I will be writing about music, music videos, news stories that interest me and random topics that I want to explore. Will anyone read this blog? Probably not. But I’m okay with that too.

So to start things off, here’s a music video from a band I’ve been listening to a lot lately. They are called The Sidekicks and the song is titled, “Everything in Twos.” Enjoy. And I hope you’ll be back.

Music Video of the Week- Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday is one of my favorite rock bands. Yeah, I know some people describe them as “emo,” but I do have a problem with that term. Technically all music is “emo” since all goods songs convey some sort of emotion. But that is neither here nor there.

Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday

Personally, I think Taking Back Sunday were in their prime when the album, Where You Want To Be came out. Yes, Tell All Your Friends was a great record, but for some reason I could relate and enjoyed WYWTB even more.

This week, I have chosen a live music video from these guys. The song is called One-Eighty By Summer and it just happens to be my favorite track from WYWTB, even though I thoroughly enjoyed every song from the record.

So sit back, and enjoy an amazing performance by one of my favorite bands.

What’s your favorite Taking Back Sunday song? Tell me about it in the comments.

Cheers.

Music Video of the Week- Rooney

This week, I’ve chosen a band that I’ve liked for a few years now. Named after the principal from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, (Ed Rooney) the band, Rooney is this week’s pick.

Rooney

Rooney

The cool thing about this band is there sound. I really enjoy there British invasion rock type feel. With their shag haircuts, catchy melodies and rocking guitars, this is one band you should definitely check out.

The video I have chosen is called, I’m Shakin’, off of their first album. Enjoy!

If you know of any other bands that are similar to this one, let me know about them in the comments!

Music Video of the Week (Holiday Edition)- The Darkness

For the month of December, I’ve decided to only post my favorite holiday songs. Some of them may be old classics and others may be songs written by current artists. But you can rest assured that each video will fill you with the holiday spirit and make you question my taste in music. Sound fun?

The Darkness

The Darkness

The first song that I chose is from the band, The Darkness. These guys are a truly unique band. They are a group of guys from England who have really brought back guitar solos, long hair, high-pitched vocals and tight spandex pants. But in all seriousness, these guys are some amazingly talented gentlemen.

This band has been on my bucket-list of bands to see before I die. Luckily, I’m finally getting that chance in January when they play a show at The Masquerade in Atlanta.

Sure, The Darkness is known for their hits such as I Believe in a Thing Called Love, Get Your Hands Off of My Woman, and Growing on Me. However, they took the time to show off their Christmas spirit and wrote a song about holiday cheer and good times.

This week’s video is called Christmas Time. Check it out and enjoy.

What are some of your favorite holiday songs? Tell me about them in the comments section.

Music Video of the Week- The All-American Rejects

The All-American Rejects is a band that I loved their first album, was indifferent to their second album, and then I pretty much just stopped listening to their music. However, all of that has changed with their latest album, Kids in the Street.

The All-American Rejects

The All-American Rejects

The song that made me start listening to these guys again was the first single called, The Beekeeper’s Daughter which is extremely catchy and will most likely stay in your head for a few weeks.

I was also pretty psyched to learn that Matt Rubano, the ex-bassist from Taking Back Sunday, is slapping some bass guitar on tour with these guys.

They recently released a new music video for their song, Walk Over Me, which is my pick for this week. It’s one of the most creative videos I’ve seen in a while and the song is also pretty amazing.

What’s your favorite song from The All-American Rejects?

If you’re into their music, you might also enjoy The Darkness.

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