Archive for the ‘Music’ Category

Neon Trees

Monday, August 8th, 2011

So it turns out the Neon Trees band is Mormon. They all met that way. Whatever. I’m calling that out as being irrelevant to me. I haven’t heard anything in their lyrics that makes me concerned that I’m funneling fandom toward something with values I would disagree with. I never asked what religion Trent Reznor might subscribe to.

Officially, I think the Mormon add on label to the band is a non story in the same way as Evanescence or MxPx are not simply defined by their values.

I don’t need more reasons to hate people. Quite the contrary.

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Johnny Hoax: Atheist Rapper

Tuesday, January 18th, 2011

I stumbled on the rap atheist known as Johnny Hoax. I don’t know much about him but I listened to three songs on Youtube and I like what I hear.

Without further ado, here’s “Mary, Did You Know”

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Reviewing Defending the Name

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


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Taylor Carson – Defending the Name

Thursday, September 2nd, 2010

It’s coming out and you can preorder it in various formats and with various accessories such as shirts and posters from Taylor’s website. My favorite song I heard of his was yet to be recorded and might be “Make Me Believe”. I’ll recognize it if I hear it. Anyway, I think his talent is showing and I’m looking forward to the release.

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Pat McGee and Taylor Carson

Monday, March 29th, 2010

I stopped by to a concert in Charlottesville’s renamed and probably reowned Gravity Lounge that now goes by the name The Southern. For $20 of my friend’s money, we were let into a late start by Taylor Carson.

Taylor Carson is a guitar playing singer/songwriter from Arlington, VA if I’m not mistaken and while he didn’t play poorly, he had a style that to me spoke more of untapped potential. My favorite on his set was “Who Am I” which isn’t available on his album. But I picked up his CD anyway and got it signed while taking a moment to converse with Taylor. That’s the best part of small venues.

Pat McGee was an unknown name to me but he’s a pretty confident singer/guitar player with a four person band. He casually let the audience shout out their favorite tracks and then played most of them, maybe all of them, but some he put off until later.

For an encore, he brought an acoustic guitar into the audience and played even more intimately surrounded.  The keyboarder, whose name I should familiarize myself with, brought out his saxes and one of the two percussionists brought out a box for homemade but well timed beats.

My friend picked up his CD and got it signed. Pat McGee and Taylor Carson are scheduled to do the Rockin’ The Outerbanks gig sometime in May. They were a great show especially since I was expecting absolutely nothing when I walked in.

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Dreams Inc

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

In tough economic times, people need a reason to hope. That is why Dreams Inc. was created, to give people that hope. Dreams Inc. was a small start up company with an internet based community outreach campaign. But no matter how many dreams came true, some dreams were always being snuffed out. Let’s raise the ratio, thought Dr. Golgecci the founder of Dreams Inc. Let’s make more dreams come true.

See, there was a pattern to many of the dreams people had. Just turning forty or fifty and in some cases as young as twenty-five and hitting the economic downturn people started to feel in addition to the pinch of their pockets that their dreams were never going to come true. They were never going to play on a Charlottesville stage. They were never going to hit a home run. They were never going to be heard by the government. They were never going write their magnum opus.

The world was quickly becoming censored and monitored. As privacy dropped, people tucked their dreams even further in the pockets of their souls even as science reduced the size a soul could be daily. And so some dreams were just being cast aside. This wasn’t the age of savages. There was no room for fancy, dilly dally, fanaticism, or rampant imagination. When the light and untrained parts of our minds worked well, things were fun and light and pleasant. But human nature had a tendency to murder, rape, and plot. Squelching American freedoms saves lives, period.

Some dreams were fulfilled easily when Golgecci processed enough dreams to find harmony between various dreams. Many people dreamed of music, and so Golgecci formed bands and sent out the proper information connecting wannabes of different instruments with similar genre preferences. He coordinated writers groups to help tease out those long lost magnum opuses. There were the nymphomaniacs, the xenophiles, the xenophobes, and the narrower minded people looking for more of their ilk. And he processed them with the swift determination reserved for each and every dream.

He fought for privacy from the government and won. Dreams weren’t meant to be government property. His work was a social safety valve. Also, many of the dreams were just as likely to come from unhappy members of the existing government as anybody else, and Golgecci made sure each official understood the amazing sensation of a dream come true. He litigated and lobbied a little more freedom into the American private life.

Crime plummeted, as drug possession and thought crimes could no longer be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. But the government and the people were living their dreams and a high teenager or minimum wage worker was the least of their worries. As the police learned due process all over again, and the internal security agents relaxed, Golgecci killed a young woman and put her in his refrigerator fulfilling one of his dreams immediately and preparing to fulfill a couple more. Dreams are hard to come by, and harder still for a necrophiliac. But it is an amazing feeling to have a dream come true.

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Ballyhoo and Blackout Project at is Venue

Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

I must say, I was pleasantly surprised. Even though for me any music is better than no music, the opening act Ballyhoo and the main act, The Blackout Project, brought two different types of nice sounds.

Ballyhoo has more of a ska influenced tone for their music. They delivered well and with confidence. Their music was excellent but I have no way to describe it without making it sound like something else. They deliver music almost like you expect them to sound and they deliver it consistantly.

The Blackout Project is a 3 man band with an emcee (the fourth man) delivering most of the verses. However, it’s hard to ignore the comfort of the musicians moving through different types of rock n roll time signatures and instrumental styles. Also, I think the backup singer’s delivery is underrated as The Blackout Project could probably just as easily string together some energetic new rock tunes as well as they mix their rap floes on their rock roots. And I know the bass guitar player in passing.
Word.

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