Archive for July, 2012

“Handwritten” – The Gaslight Anthem

Posted in Album Reviews on July 27, 2012 by occupyairwaves

Starting off with the mighty new single “45,” The Gaslight Anthem’s fourth album “Handwritten” starts off amazingly. Packed with what I think is a Hot Water Music reference and their trademark chord progressions, this song rips. It sets a great pace for the record which then hands us the titular second track “Handwritten.” It took me a couple listens to get into this song but now I’m hooked (I should mention this is my third listen to the record as I write this). The next few songs are slower jammers to cool things off. They sound pretty similar but they get the job done. “Too Much Blood” starts to lag a little towards the end but they pick themselves up one track later. “Howl” is my second favorite track on the album and the only one which matches the opener’s intensity. I cannot profess how much I love this track. I listen to it nonstop over and over again, only stopping for the fear I’ll overplay it. After “Howl” comes “Biloxi Parish,” a bluesy rocker they debuted not too long after “American Slang” came out, and it has the feel of that album attached to it, I’d say. I need to say at this point that I initially didn’t like “Biloxi Parish” at all. When I heard it live I thought it was rather rote and unnecessarily slow. In this past year I’ve had a classic rock resurgence in my musical tastes however, and by the time this album came out I thought it rocked, and I catch myself air-guitaring to it now. The last few songs are all pretty cool; “Desire” is pretty upbeat and “Mae” provides a pretty landing before ending the album with “National Anthem.” “National Anthem” is the folk song of the album, and without it the record would surely feel incomplete. On the whole, I miss the fast songs of the band’s early career, but I already have those records for when I want that stuff, I suppose. Fans of the band will love this album, but if you didn’t already get on the bandwagon I can’t see you starting now. There isn’t really anything on here that they haven’t already done a few times, but I doubt they care, and I know I certainly don’t. On the opposing side, if you’ve never heard The Gaslight Anthem before then “Handwritten” is the perfect way to start with this band. Well, actually “Señor And The Queen” is, but this record is great nonetheless.

-Matthew Koerner

Recommended Jams: Howl, 45, Desire, a.k.a. the three shortest songs on the album

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Setlist (Thursday, July 26th)

Posted in Setlists on July 27, 2012 by occupyairwaves

Passion Pit – “Take A Walk” – Gossamer

The Gaslight Anthem – “45” – Handwritten

Nightmares For A Week – “Baby” – Don’t Die

The Front Bottoms – “Maps” – The Front Bottoms

The Temper Trap – “Need Your Love” – The Temper Trap

The Henry Clay People – “Keep Our Weekends Free” – Twenty-Five For The Rest Of Our Lives

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built” – Celebration Rock

R.E.M. – “It’s The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine)” – Document

David Byrne & St. Vincent – “Who” – Love This Giant (Out September 10th!)

The Temptations – “My Girl” – The Big Chill: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Rick Astley – “Never Gonna Give You Up” – Whenever You Need Somebody

Boston – “More Than A Feeling” – Boston

The Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like An Eagle” – Fly Like An Eagle

Eagles – “Life In The Fast Lane” – Hotel California

The Black Keys – “Gold On The Ceiling” – El Camino

River City Extension – “If You Need Me Back In Brooklyn” – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

Two Door Cinema Club – “What You Know” – Tourist History

Metric – “Youth Without Youth” – Synthetica

Bloc Party – “Octopus” – Four (Out August 20th!)

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Panopticon” – Oceania

Garbage – “Automatic Systematic Habit” – Not Your Kind Of People

The Smashing Pumpkins – “Pinwheel” – Oceania

The Waffle Stompers – “Serious” – Words With Enemies

The Police – “Message In A Bottle” – Reggatta De Blanc

Alphaville – “Forever Young” – Forever Young

The Smashing Pumpkins – “The Chimera” – Oceania

Fountains Of Wayne – “Valley Winter Song” – Welcome Interstate Managers

(If you couldn’t tell, we had a lot of requests for the new Smashing Pumpkins album this week. Still not sure if they were all from the same person…)

Humble Beginnings…

Posted in Everything Else on July 27, 2012 by occupyairwaves

Hey all! DJ Joe here from Occupy The Airwaves, only on 90.3 The Core!

Well I’m sure by now you’re sick and tired of seeing all of our setlists pop up on your newsfeed. That is, if you’re a fan of us on Facebook (which you would have to be if you can read this post…). Anyway, this is just a quick little update to let all you guys know that Matt and I are exclusively switching over to WordPress for all of our music updates! Big news, I know. We’ll be linking plenty of stuff to our Facebook page, so be sure to keep your eyes out for weekly setlists, album reviews, artists/albums/songs of the year, and much more goodness.

-Joe

p.s. Sorry if the page looks pretty boring so far, I’m just getting used to this whole blogging business… crazy shit…