Monthly Archives: September 2013

Panic! At The Disco Stream New Album

Panic! At The Disco has released their new album Too Weird To Live, Too Rare To Die on YouTube!

I felt this would be relevant to my viewers, enjoy!

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

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New Single: Love, Sex, Death

Right after punk-pop band Fall Out Boy released their newest album, Save Rock And Roll, they are back again before their tour is even over with the album PAX AM Days, a punk/hardcore based album.

Both Fall Out Boy and their counterparts Panic! At The Disco received wide criticism for their seemingly drastic sound changes, but the release of “Love, Sex, Death”, the first single off of PAX AM Days proves that Fall Out Boy will never conform to one sound. Moreover, this single proves that Fall Out Boy- including vocalist Patrick Stump- is capable of playing any genre.

The other half of the Fall Out Boy fanbase- the people who turned their noses up at Save Rock and Roll- will definitely love this single for it’s punk influences. The off-timing, the rough vocals that Patrick Stump brings and the driving beat pulls away from their recent pop rock sound and pulls them into uncharted territory, only barely tapped into in From Under The Cork Tree.

So, what is the verdict? Does Fall Out Boy have the chance of winning over more hearts or was this a sour move on their part?

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

Single Sunday: Miss Jackson

Miss Jackson, are you nasty?

 

Have you ever heard the phrase “this song sounds better played live”? Well, some songs just don’t catch your attention until you hear them played live, and “Miss Jackson” by Panic! At The Disco was definitely one of those songs.

The first time I heard this song, I think I was so wrapped up in the difference between it and, say, Pretty. Odd. that I didn’t let it register in my head as catchy and fun. Then Panic! played it live on Friday at the Mud Island Amphitheater. Honestly, the most embarrassing thing about going to a concert is when you don’t know the words to a song. So when they played “Miss Jackson”, I listened close so I could at least catch onto the chorus.

Guess what song was stuck in my head on the way home? That’s right, “Miss Jackson”.

One of the signature things about Panic! At The Disco has been that each of their albums were really diverse, and the new album is still different from the ones before. While some claim it sounds like the recent Fall Out Boy album- and hey, is that bad even if you think it’s true?- Panic! is still going strong.

The only question I have is: does this video have any actual plot or moral? If there is, I totally would like to be enlightened.

The end story is that I love this song- I should have loved it earlier but people make mistakes, okay?!- and I think that if you’ve got stipulations about what Panic! should sound like you might be disappointed but if you take the song for more than face value (not saying anything bad about Brendon’s face)  then I believe you will really enjoy it.

WARNING: I’m not liable in case of the event of this song getting stuck in your head. Sorry.

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

New Band: SugarBear and the Monkey Tangs

I know, I know. This is the mother of all strange band names, but hear them out.

I found this band on StereoMood, a website where you enter how you are feeling and it gives you a playlist that falls under that “mood”. I was using it out of pure boredom, when I fell upon a song that just captured my attention.

“Mother” is laidback; soft, low instrumentals with Lynden Segura’s gravelly blues-esque voice, that continues to build in power and then falls back down for a fading ending. It’s the kind of song that is soothing and powerful without being overwhelming or distracting.

This four-piece blues rock band is from Louisiana, and they released their first EP, Meet The Monkey Tangs last summer, and have a unfairly small fanbase. All their music is really diverse, but still maintaining their basic influences and style. These days, it’s normal for music to be overpowered in it’s guitar and their drums, or have virtually nothing but vocals, and so it’s amazing to see a great blend of all members in this band.

This is different from what I usually recommend listening to, but it’s really worth it. So, go check out their Facebook and ReverbNation and enjoy.

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

 

New Single: It’s A “Good Thing”

       Just having released their last EP, Celebrity, last year, Boston pop trio Call Me Anything are already back to work on their next EP, The Best Damn Time, which comes out in 9 days! Recently they posted a lyric video for the first single, “Good Thing”.

     As a group, their sound has definitely been refined over the years they’ve been together. What started out as simple acoustic sounding tunes, now is upbeat powerful pop songs. However, I can’t help but have mixed feelings about this new song. Songs like “100 American Town” are forgotten in this sound of repetitive choruses and short verses.

    That having been said, this song is still catchy, and I have to say the addition of Dylan Ronan really added to the sound they’re leaning towards. It’s for driving with the radio blasting, or hanging out with friends. Call Me Anything is still a young band, and it’s good that they discover what they want to sound like now, because it will definitely be harder to do when they have a fanbase that’s used to one kind of sound.

   So, what do you think?

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

New Single: Rough Water

It’s amazing the kinds of songs you find on accident. YouTube is actually a phenomenal tool in finding new music. So, before I talk about this wonderful single, I want you to go and subscribe to my favorite record labels. Trust me, it makes things so much easier when you want new music or to be updated on your favorite bands.

Rise Records :http://www.youtube.com/user/riserecords

Fueled By Ramen: http://www.youtube.com/user/FueledByRamen

Hopeless Records: http://www.youtube.com/user/HopelessRecords

Fearless Records: http://www.youtube.com/user/FearlessRecords

Most of the biggest bands of our generation are coming out of these four record companies. I am positive I missed a few, but still.

I really love this song, which is sung by Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes) and Jason Mraz. Mraz brings a smooth harmonious voice, and McCoy brings his own signature sound to make what should be a number one radio hit.

This is a song you could listen to in any mood, whether you want a sing-along or just to chill. There is nothing about this song that I don’t like. I’ve always loved both of these musicians and the way this song was coordinated is kind of genius. Just like “A Love Like War”, “Rough Water” keeps getting stuck in my head over and over again.

Let me know if you enjoy it, and go check out those labels for great bands!

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

What It’s Worth: Romeo

One of my favorite resources- and a huge influence on my music journalism- is the internet famous music reporter Bryan Stars. I’ll have to write about him some day, because he played a big part in my exploration with what I do now. But that’s for some other time. I don’t know where he gets his music, but I have come to find some amazing bands on his YouTube.

The most recent on is the band What It’s Worth, a four piece Australian punk-pop band.

Their newest song, Romeo, is really catchy and I think that it’s on the better spectrum of the pop in “pop-punk”. Her voice- while yes I can hear an accent- seems smoother than most vocalists and the sound that the band has in general is really great. I think this is the kind of band you can expect to be touring in the US soon, if not Warped Tour in a year or two!

So go enjoy, and pick up their new album Catalyst if you like this single ❤

Seether: “Seether” cover on Seether

A certain well known, alternative grunge band from South Africa is back in the studios for their six album as the band Seether, a compilation album from their 11 years as a band with singles from every record, including the big favorites “Remedy”, “The Gift” (my personal favorite), “Broken (Feat. Amy Lee)” and “Country Song”.

The first single from this record is a cover of Veruca Salt’s song “Seether”, which the band accredits to it’s own name. Veruca Salt, by the way, announced it’s reunion and we’re expecting an album from them too. It’s a great cover, and on both ends a pretty clever publicity stunt (although I can’t be sure that’s what it was, of course).

I still hold true to Disclaimer II and Karma And Effect, so I know I’m excited to hear those songs again in this album, but I’m also really excited to see what else Seether has up their sleeve. This band has been going strong for over a decade now, and there’s no telling wher  they’ll go next!

I digress, what’s with this album cover?! Does anyone have any ideas?

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Enjoy, and come back again when the album is released!

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster

New Single: A Love Like War

Many All Time Low fans cheered when the pop-punk band unveiled the news of a re-release of Don’t Panic, their latest album that featured “The Reckless and the Brave” and “Backseat Serenade”, but even more were thrilled to hear that Pierce The Veil vocalist Vic Fuentes would be joining the band to record a song that was titled “A Love Like War”. A music video featuring the band and Fuentes was released last week, and is almost at 900K views!

This song has all the makings of a classic All Time Low song; driving guitar power chords, upbeat drums, and choppy verses with powerful choruses. The addition of Fuentes enhances the song by adding a dynamic contrast to lead singer Alex Gaskarth’s voice, without bringing in a tone that doesn’t fit the song.

If you were looking for the next song to get stuck in your head for days on end that you can sing along and dance dramatically to, that would be “A Love Like War”. The video is entertaining- All Time Low has a great sense of humor- and was an interesting idea to go along with the tune.

I’ve already gotten this song stuck in my head several times, and I think this will go down on the list of songs that were definitely meant to be made!

Xoxo,

Radium Rollercoaster