Weekly Update#4

weeklyupdate

What have I been up to? What have you missed on my blog? This is a weekly update of the new posts and books/album I’ve read/listened to.

Monday

Book review: Mind Games (Mind Games#1) by Kiersten White

Tuesday

Album review: If You Leave by Daughter

Wednesday

Book review: Beyond Parallel by Matthew Turner

Song of the Week#1-Say Hello by Alexander (The Bonus Edition)

Thursday

Album review: Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Friday

Book review: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Saturday

Favourite Book Quotes Of The Week#32

Books Read This Week

Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Albums Listened To This Week

Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Burnout by Anarbor

Currently Reading

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Prep School Confidential (Prep School Confidential #1) by Kara Taylor

Hopeless (Hopeless#1) by Colleen Hoover

Currently Listening To

Sunflower by Never Shout Never

Legendary by The Summer Set

Album Review: Collapsible Lung by Relient K

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Collapsible Lung by Relient K

Record Label: Mono Vs Stereo

Genre: Pop

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Songs: 12
Collapsible Lung - Relient K

Relient K is an American rock band formed in 1998 in Canton, Ohio, by Matt Thiessen, Brian Pittman, and Matt Hoopes. The band has released seven studio albums:  Relient K, The Anatomy of the Tongue in Cheek, Two Lefts Don’t Make a Right…But Three Do, MmHmm, Five Score and Seven Years Ago, Let It Snow Baby…Let It Reindeer, and Collapsible Lung. Six EPs: All Work and No Play, Apathetic, The Birds and The Bee Sides, Forget and Not Slow Down, Is For Karaoke, and Is For Karaoke Pt.2. Current band members are: Matt Thiessen (lead vocals, guitars, piano, synthesizers, keyboards), Matt Hoopes (guitars, backing vocals), John Warne (bass guitar, backing vocals), Jon Schneck (guitars, banjo, bells, omnichord, nord, backing vocals).

opinion

I’m all for bands trying something new, I really am. I’m a firm fan of everything The Maine comes out with, (even their pop punk stuff is good, and Lydia’s stuff too) so when bands try out new sounds and change their direction, I’m excited for it. The only problem I have with bands changing their sound is when it’s done very sloppily and to get more ‘mainstream’ fans rather than sticking with their older fans. It’s embarrassing and sad, I understand that the music industry is very demanding and cruel (Look what happened to A Rocket To The Moon) but at least don’t completely change into something that’s almost unrecognizable. Is this a great album? No, of course not, never expect a new direction to sound good. But is it at least average? Nope. With all of that being said, it’s safe to say that this is a very disappointing album.

Collapsible Lung is a little dribble of a lot of subgenres and sound like tunes from other bands just with different lyrics attached with them. The second Can’t Complain starts playing it’s easy to think of that Bruno Mars song, The Lazy Song or a song by Jason Mraz…or even Train. What’s even worse is PTL (Part-Time Lover) the song starts off fine with a nice guitar part until the chorus comes in with vocals squealing, “I never meant to be a part-time lover, But I’ve never been a full-time man.” Did I mention they use techno for this part as well? No, thank you. Disaster is an okay song as well, it’s fun and easy to dance to but it sounds too much like a copy of Panic! At The Disco to actually enjoy it too much.

Even with all of the faults, I do like Don’t Blink,  it has a bit of their old sound to it, easing listeners into the pop direction they were going for. I like Sweeter because it’s very soft and delicate with a simple guitar part and sad lyrics. The references to all the songs and bands in That’s My Jam is fun, a time to remember better music. But that’s all I like about the song, the use of techno sounds and an up-beat tune just make my ears bleed a little.

It seems the band decided to follow popular artists and make sloppy facsimiles of popular songs. Unfortunately the band also hired co-writers to come up with these sad songs. I don’t recommend this to anyone unless you enjoy mainstream pop songs that have the same tune as other songs but with different lyrics.

Two Boring Treble Clefs

Two Boring Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Don’t Blink-3:03

2. Boomerang-2:48

3. Lost Boy-3:10

4. If I Could Take You Home-3:33

5. Can’t Complain-3:14

6. Gloria-2:59

7. PTL-3:24

8. Disaster -2:59

9. When You Were My Baby-2:45

10. Sweeter-4:28

11. Collapsible Lung-3:21

12. That’s My Jam (Ft. Owl City)-2:43

Album Review: If You Leave by Daughter

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If You Leave by Daughter

Record Label: Glassnote Records

Genre: Indie/Folk

Release Date: April 30, 2013 (Released in UK: March 2013 with 4AD Records)

Songs: 11
If You Leave - Daughter

Daughter is an indie/folk band from England. They have created songs that are filled with tales of heartbreak and death that are sung in a sweet, soft tune. Currently, the band has out three EPs-Demos, His Young Heart, and The Wild Youth and one album-If You Leave. Members are: Elena Tonra  (vocals, guitar), Igor Haefeli  (guitar), and Remi Aguilella (drums).

opinion

Daughter is the type of band that understands you without trying to. They’re trying to express themselves with their music but along the way they express you too. Or at least, they do for me. If You Leave is a story about heartbreak. It’s about feeding the monster inside of you, something, we all have and realizing that we’re still human. This entire album can easily become the backdrop for a heartfelt tv show drama. (Seriously, close your eyes and you can imagine Human, Amsterdam, Shallow as the music for Grey’s or supernatural or something super intense and heartbreaking movie/tv show.) I know I’ve been handing out high ratings for a lot of albums lately, but this band, Daughter, completely deserve it. And I cannot wait to see them this fall (hopefully).

I adore the way Daughter can make me feel with the single beat of a drum, a few chords from a guitar, and lovely sung high notes. In most of the songs, there’s an echo attached to the vocals which is something I’m very picky about. I can’t stand when songs have an echo that is useless to the song but with Daughter, they pull it off. Everything compliments each other rather than takes away from the songs. I also love how easy it is to relate to their music with lyrics about broken romances in Still with lyrics, “Biting words like a wolf howling. Hate is spitting out each others mouths. But we’re still sleeping like we’re lovers.” And no matter what, people are still human in Human with, “Buried deep within, there’s a human.” 

If You Leave by Daughter is a gorgeous album. There’s heartache, love, life, death, and well…Youth and growing up that’s shown throughout the album. I recommend this album to everyone especially to lovers of indie and acoustic music. Favourite songs off of this album are: Still, Human, Youth, and Shallows.

Five Beautiful Treble Clefs

Five Beautiful Treble Clefs

Songs On The Album (Click on the title to listen to the song!)

1. Winter-4:44

2. Smother-4:02

3. Youth-4:14

4. Still-3:33

5. Lifeforms-5:36

6. Tomorrow-4:41

7. Human-3:34

8. Touch-4:26

9. Amsterdam-4:03

10. Shallows-6:54

P.S. Daughter’s music actually has been on well-known TV shows like Grey’s anatomy, Skins, Suburgatory, Vampire Diaries, etc.

Song Of The Day#58-Hello My Old Heart By The Oh Hello’s

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To be honest, I haven’t listened to this song in about a week. But I thought that it was a good song that people will enjoy.

“The Oh Hellos are Maggie and Tyler Heath, intentionally-independent self-produced music-making siblings hailing from the great state of Texas.”-Taken from the band’s bandpage.

Hello My Old Heart is very much a folk kind of song about seeing your ‘old heart’ again which is pretty much your old love. 

My favourite part is:

nothing lasts forever
some things aren’t meant to be
but you’ll never find the answer
until you set your old heart free

you can listen and get a free and legal download here.

Song Of The Day#42-Venice By The Lighthouse And The Whaler

I think all music should sound like this. Listening to Venice by The Lighthouse and The Whaler feels like I’m running through my city with a kite beside someone I love. It’s that easy-going and such a sweet love song that I think will make everyone fall in love with.

The Lighthouse And The Whaler are a indie-pop four-man band from Cleveland, Ohio. Currently, they have released two albums and one EP. Venice is off of their second album, This Is An Adventure.

Venice is a song about love. Falling in love and how amazing it is. Death is certain but love isn’t which, I think, is the beauty about falling in love. The insane rush of the unknown.

My favourite part is:

And death is cold, death is sure
Why don’t we all fall in love?
Oh, whoa, oh oh
Why don’t we fall in love?
Oh, whoa, oh oh
Why don’t we fall in love?

You can listen to Venice and get a free download here.

Lyrics are here.

Song Of The Day#11-Death And All His Friends By Jesse Denaro

Can I actually say that it was fate that made me not be a lazy ass and search this song on youtube because Bandcamp wasn’t working for me? Because that is how I found this beautiful song. Just go buy it. Just go, its cheap beg your parents or whoever and buy this song/album because its great. I also really like ‘Better Now’.

Jesse Denaro is an Indie/Acoustic artist from Orange County, NY. He has two EPs out, Speed Of Light and All My Friends Are Dead. He’s been playing music since he was in middle school (when he learned how to play the guitar). Jesse Denaro will be touring this winter nation-wide so go buy tickets and listen to him because he’s amazing.

Death And All His Friends is a song that is about finding romance when you think you’ve truly given up. It’s about trusting people and living for the people who care about you and not letting Death come and take you away. This song is so sad which to me, makes it even better because this song is so heartfelt and just…perfect. His voice reminds of Jason Lancaster from Go Radio (and recently from Mayday Parade) which is great because I love Jason Lancaster. I think they should a song together becuase it would be like the indie world and the punk world colliding which would be fucking awesome.

My favourite part is:

I hear death and his friends
They’re knocking, they’re knocking
And I wont let them in tonight (x3)
I’m like a soldier with sin
I’m fighting, I’m fighting
For my God fearing life tonight

you can listen to Death And All His Friends Here. 

You can buy the song and/or read the lyrics Here.