Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Recording And What-not

Ok, so if anyone has cared enough and read my statuses on F-Book, you'd know that I'm recording stuff with a few friends, and by that I mean me and my friend Brandon are recording some stuff. We don't really have a name yet, but we're throwing stuff around.

For the past week, we've been writing and recording our first song, currently titled "Clo, Ambidextrous". As far as guitars go, it's pretty different from what you may have heard me play (or attempt to play) in the dorm. We're shooting to make this project a little more laid back and ambient, but still having a little drive to it.

We're hoping to have about 4 or 5 songs put together by the end of winter break and have a nice little EP for you guys to check out, but you can expect to see "Clo, Ambidextrous" on here as soon as its finished.

Also, woo Ravens.

Top Albums of 2008

So 2008 is ending and if I had to tell you how I spent it, I'd say listening to music. Here are the top 10 albums of this year.

Note - not every album on here was released this year. This is just a list of my favorite ones during 2008.

10. The Fall of Troy - Phantoms on the Horizon

Two-thousand and fucking eight. Five fucking years and they finally released Phantoms and gosh darn it, I couldn't be happier. The songs haven't changed much, but just hearing the little tweaks made during the five years really makes the songs a brand new experience.

9. Andrew Jackson Jihad - People That Can Eat People are the Luckiest People in the World

An upright bass, mandolin, acoustic gutar and melodic punk vocals put to folk music is an instant win for me. The lyrics are "deep" while not being insanely serious and the music matches it to a tee, oddly enough. This album is just plain fun and was pretty much used as a pick-me-up all year.

8. Bring me the Horizon - Suicide Season

This album is really what got me back into whatever kind of metal this is. The down-tuned guitars and brutal screams/growls give out so much energy, it was hard not to get pumped up while listening to this. These guys aren't doing anything new, but they're going everything right.

7. Minus the Bear - Highly Refined Pirates

I'm a sucker for technical guitar players and chilled, laid back music. Minus combines both of these and sings about everything from sex, to swimming, to driving, to food and does not bore. The guitar lines from Absinthe Party are about as memorable as the title and the vibes that the songs give out just put you in a totally different state of mind.

6. Paul Gilbert - Get Out of My Yard!

Gilbert has always been a huge influence on me and Get Out of My Yard is every reason why. From the insane arpeggios in the titular track to the ethereal vibes of The Echo Song, this album showcases Gilbert's skills as a guitar player and has definitely been my reason to practice even harder on guitar.

5. Protest the Hero - Fortress

Fortress starts of with the attention grabbing, time signature swapping intro of Bloodmeat and keeps your fucking attention until you faint from the sheer amazingness that is Protest the Hero. Every song has so much raw power and musical prowess, that it's hard not to love the shit out of this cd. I would love to say this is my favorite metal album every, but there is one that is a bit better.

4. Thrice - The Alchemy Index Volumes 1 & 2

This was an ambitious project for Thrice and they seemed to have achieved their goal. The first two discs, namely the Fire portion, have got to be the finest work Thrice has ever done. Thrice seems to have taken influence from different styles of music, which can be seen in songs like The Messenger and Backdraft. The Water disc provides a nice contrast to the energy riddled Fire disc, by providing an ambient electronic portion, which on its own is not that strong, but works well with Fire.

3. Death Cab for Cutie - Narrow Stairs

Ben Gibbard is a musical genious and this can be seen in every last second of Narrow Stairs. I'd be hard pressed to find a bad song on here. Narrow Stairs, at first, looks to be a return to form of Death Cab, but there is something that sets it apart from the others. You can really tell that the boys really poured their heart and soul into this album.

2. Sigur Ros - Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust

As much as I would like to put Heim/Hvarf on here, I can't stop listening to this cd. Með suð is a huge step forward in terms to sound for Sigur Ros, with a more percussive album and a song in English. Gobbldigook is more upbeat for the band, but it sets a nice tone for the rest of the album. When I'm not listeing to this album, I'm listeing to the next one on the list.

1. Between the Buried and Me - Colors

After my love/hate relationship with Alaska, Colors finally turned me on to this band. A 60+ minute opus with a mysterious story line marks the bands fourth release and it could very well be their best ever. Every song has the perfect measurements of melody and mayhem to the point of seeming like the boys sold their souls to write this album. The album opens with a dainty piano peice that quickly descends into chaos, with dualing guitar lines galore. The stand out tracks are the trio in the middle, Sun of Nothing, Ants of the Sky and Prequel to the Sequel and each have their own style without seeming out of place. There is not a goddamned thing wrong with this album.

Best of 2008

The Bottom Two Posts...

were excerpts from a story i had to work on for english to get extra credit. it never got finished.

Friday, December 12, 2008

The speaker boxes stopped making noise all together. Well, I stopped noticing them at least. The water is still, even though the wind blows colder and colder with each day. The light has been covered by blankets lately, which in turn, makes it harder to navigate the sea. It rained yesterday and I had nothing to protect myself with, so I spent the past few hours trying to empty my tub of water. Ironic, isn't it?

One of the other floaters started ignoring me the other day. It introduced a new set of feeling - the set you get when you stop existing in one's world. It was the first time it happened to me, but I have done this as well.

Back on land, there was a Person who I was quite fond of and that Person, the same. Two years were spent with the Person and after the first year, every day started to fall apart. Eventually, the fondness went the way of the days and I set sail into the sea. The Person watched me from the dock as I drifted away, keeping my back turned - I had already started to forget...

I've been out here for too long. One of the floaters says there is some land a while up the way. I hope this place is different from the docks.

That chain took forever to break.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Cutting the anchor lets me float freely across the sea. It's not the worst place to be, floating in the middle of something snuggled warmly in your makeshift bathtub boat. I've been afloat here for quite some time now (several months) and I've already found those who have done the same. Each one of us has our own destination to arrive to, but for right now, it seems that we are all content with floating.

Sleep does not come easy, but its foolish to think that something as wonderful as such would come easy when you aren't in your old bed. While the others slept, I've sat in the darkness, watching shapes cast in the water. It is a common belief that Cthulhu exists only in fiction, but that would be false. I do believe there is something in the shadows... Something IS the shadow. I feel as if it watches me sleep. I don't care at all once sleep arrives, but the constant waiting and staring really takes a toll on my person.

I'm awoken to the new sun by the digital foul that trace the skies, as are the rest of the floaters here. I don't think they view the little demons like I do. No, that would be selfish to think of their thoughts as mine. The foul would drive any man insane, with the constant tweet-tweet that comes from their speakerboxes.

They used to play music.