Archive for October, 2012

“Please Remain Calm” – Hostage Calm

Posted in Album Reviews on October 26, 2012 by occupyairwaves

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Punk rock band Hostage Calm’s most recent offering, Please Remain Calm, continues where their self-titled release left off. This band has a unique sound owing as much to The Beach Boys as they do The Ramones. All their tracks contain sugary sweet harmonies, yet the music is fiercely uptempo and the lyrics are more aggressive than the music suggests. Personally, I can’t get enough of this stuff. Track 4, “Woke Up Next To A Body,” is the first track on the album that truly stood out from the pack to me. The acoustic guitar and the lyrics about NASA snared my geeky heart. Also, the track sounded kinda like Jimmy Eat World with the harmonies in the chorus. I can state that the album only gets better from here on out. The surf-y elements of the record start to give way to 1950’s diner music with tracks such as “May Love Prevail” and especially “The M Word.” The latter track sounds particularly like a Four Seasons track, yet it is punctuated with some of the darkest lyrics on the album. “Patriot” is a nearly a cappella jam with only a tambourine accompanying the voices for the first half of the song before the other instruments kick in. Overall, this is a very fresh album that provides something different to listen to among the rest of the rock bands currently on the scene.

-Matthew Koerner

Recommended Jams: Woke Up Next To A Body, The M Word, One Last Salute

Setlist (Thursday, October 25th)

Posted in Setlists on October 25, 2012 by occupyairwaves

Mumford & Sons – “Lover Of The Light” – Babel

River City Extension – “Down, Down, Down” – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

The Decemberists – “O Valencia!” – The Crane Wife

Muse – “Liquid State” – The 2nd Law

The Gaslight Anthem – “Handwritten” – Handwritten

The Menzingers – “Sun Hotel” – On The Impossible Past

Prawn – “Costa Rica” – Ships

The Temper Trap – “Sweet Disposition” – Conditions

Tegan & Sara – “Northshore” – Sainthood

Queen – “We Are The Champions” – Greatest Hits

The XX – “Angels” – Coexist

Tegan And Sara – “Closer” – Heartthrob

Two Door Cinema Club – “The World Is Watching” – Beacon

Tigers Jaw – “Chemicals” – Tigers Jaw

Radiohead – “Karma Police” – OK Computer

Setlist (Thursday, October 18th)

Posted in Setlists on October 18, 2012 by occupyairwaves

Cake – “No Phone” – Pressure Chief

Two Door Cinema Club – “Wake Up” – Beacon

David Byrne & St. Vincent – “I Am An Ape” – Love This Giant

The Menzingers – “Burn After Writing” – On The Impossible Past

Green Day – “Carpe Diem” – ¡Uno!

The Gaslight Anthem – “Desire” – Handwritten

Title Fight – “Make You Cry” – Floral Green

Muse – “Animals” – The 2nd Law

Tigers Jaw – “Spirit Desire” – Spirit Desire

The XX – “Chained” – Coexist

Matt And Kim – “Not That Bad” – Lightning

Ben Folds Five – “Michael Praytor, Five Years Later” – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind

The Menzingers – “Rivalries” – Chamberlain Waits

Tegan And Sara – “Closer” – Heartthrob (Out January 2013!)

Mumford & Sons – “Babel” – Babel

Setlist (Thursday, October 11th)

Posted in Setlists on October 11, 2012 by occupyairwaves

(This was easily the most fun we’ve had with a setlist to date…)

Muse – “Panic Station” – The 2nd Law

Two Door Cinema Club – “Come Back Home” – Tourist History

Sink Tapes – “Lou Is Cooler Than You” – Sink Tapes

Matt & Kim – “Overexposed” – Lightning

The Gaslight Anthem – “Howl” – Handwritten

Prawn – “Grass And Bones” – Ships

Title Fight – “Like A Ritual” – Floral Green

Green Day – “Sweet 16” – ¡Uno!

Ben Folds Five – “Sky High” – The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind

Mumford & Sons – “I Will Wait” – Babel

Jack White – “I’m Shakin'” – Blunderbuss

Alkaline Trio – “Emma” – Good Mourning

The Black Keys – “10 A.M. Automatic” – Rubber Factory

Setlist (Thursday, October 4th)

Posted in Setlists on October 4, 2012 by occupyairwaves

Two Door Cinema Club – “The World Is Watching (With Valentina)” – Beacon

The XX – “Sunset” – Coexist

I’m Not A Pilot – “Bottle Rocket” – Need Money For Rocket Fuel

Title Fight – “Numb, But I Still Feel It” – Floral Green

Muse – “Big Freeze” – The 2nd Law

Green Day – “Carpe Diem” – ¡Uno!

Two Door Cinema Club – “Come Back Home” – Tourist History

Grizzly Bear – “Speak In Rounds” – Shields

Matt & Kim – “Daylight” – Grand

The Smiths – “This Charming Man” – The Smiths

Vampire Weekend – “A-Punk” – Vampire Weekend

Minus The Bear – “Knights” – Planet Of Ice

The Black Keys – “Same Old Thing” – Attack & Release

Matt Costa – “Oh Dear” – Songs We Sing

Guster – “The Captain” – Ganging Up On The Sun

“The 2nd Law” – Muse

Posted in Album Reviews on October 3, 2012 by occupyairwaves

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Anyone who has been following Muse through the history of their previous five studio albums will know that the band is always trying to experiment and expand their sound (currently they still have plans to play in outer space). With the release of their sixth studio album, The 2nd Law, Muse dabbles in funk, electronic, and yes, even dubstep. Despite these new attempts from the band, they still have those special elements in all of their songs that let the listener know undoubtedly that they’re listening to Muse.

The album fires right out of the gate with “Supremacy.” The guitar riff is crunchy and monstrous, and the whole song has a very 007-esque vibe to it. And of course, Matt Bellamy’s falsetto range is atmospheric, which is a very signature feature of the band. “Madness” is the first official single off the album, and it does well mixing very simplistic R&B beats with Muse’s electronic touch. Although it is very similar to Queen’s big hit, “I Want To Break Free,” it’s unusual hearing Bellamy sing about love for a change and not some incredibly over-the-top conspiracy theory. “Panic Station” is definitely one of my personal favorites, and for good reason; Muse’s first dive into funk is a huge success. The bassline grooves, the horns are tasty, and Bellamy’s falsetto-chorus fits the 70s funk vibe perfectly. As the first technical single, “Survival” was used as one of the official tracks for the London 2012 Olympics, which makes sense if you take a look at the lyrics. The song’s orchestral intro is very typical of Muse, and it was the first time Bellamy had to write out parts for a choir. Overall, it’s a very heavy and catchy tune, although the lyrics are a bit simplistic. The next track, “Follow Me,” was written for Bellamy’s newborn son, Bingham, and his heartbeat was recorded and can be heard in the beginning seconds of the track. The song is definitely Muse’s heaviest electronic synth-laden tune off the album, and while it’s not my favorite, it will definitely be popular among some Muse fans. “Animals,” a very hypnotic indie jam, talks about the greed of bankers and stock market savagery, and Bellamy’s opinion of the whole mess (“Kill yourself, come on and do us all a favor”). The song ends with screams and chaos in the midst of the stock market. This is definitely one of the more political songs off the album. “Explorers” is perhaps one of the more forgetful tracks off The 2nd Law, but it’s not a bad radio-friendly pop tune. Bellamy sings about how the earth is slowly becoming uninhabitable and his desire to want to explore the far reaches of outer space for a new home for humanity. “Big Freeze” is another one of my favorites. It was a great idea for them to keep this song towards the end of the album to keep it balanced. The guitar tones resemble those used by The Edge of U2, and Bellamy’s vocals start sounding like Bono. You can also tell that Matt’s vocal range is really starting to get up there. “Save Me” and “Liquid State” are the two songs written by bassist Chris Wolstenholme, and they’re the first two songs in Muse’s repertoire in which Chris takes lead vocals. The first of the two isn’t bad for his first song, and the second sounds a lot like “Unnatural Selection” off of The Resistance. “The 2nd Law: Unsustainable” is the track that’s definitely attracted the most attention from fans, since it’s their infamous dubstep song. “The 2nd Law: Isolated System” is a bit Radiohead-sounding, and is an interesting (though not entirely successful) way for Muse to end their album. Both 2nd Law tracks illustrate that classic Muse theme of the end of civilization as we know it. As Bellamy described it, “It’s the noise of humanity on a tiny planet in the middle of nothing.”

Though the end of the album may be a tad unusual and disappointing, you have to look back on some of the amazing feats Muse have pulled with The 2nd Law. When you’ve got funk, dubstep, electronic, R&B, orchestral pieces, and pop rock all on one album, it goes without saying that Muse is one of the most elaborate, over-the-top, and successful rock bands of our time. If you’ve been following Muse early on, you’ll love The 2nd Law.

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: Supremacy, Madness, Panic Station, Big Freeze