Archive for January, 2013

Setlist (Thursday, January 24th)

Posted in Setlists on January 25, 2013 by occupyairwaves

Special Covers Set!

Blink-182 – “Boxing Day” – Dogs Eating Dogs EP

The Joy Formidable – “Little Blimp” – Wolf’s Law

Gates – “Like This You Mean” – You Are All You Have Left To Fear

Motion City Soundtrack – “Severance” – Making Moves Vol. 6

Prawn – “Grass And Bones” – Ships

Tiny Teeth – “The Fishes” – Blood In The Soup DemoTape

Titus Andronicus – “In A Big City” – Local Business

The Gaslight Anthem – “You Got Lucky (Tom Petty cover)” – Handwritten

Old Crow Medicine Show – “Wagon Wheel (Bob Dylan “cover”)” – Old Crow Medicine Show

The Gaslight Anthem – “Baba O’Riley (The Who cover)” – The iTunes Session

Blink-182 – “Dancing With Myself (Generation X cover)” – Before You Were Punk

Billy Idol – “Mony Mony (Tommy James And The Shondells cover)” – Billy Idol: Greatest Hits

Weezer – “Viva La Vida (Coldplay cover)” – Hurley

Halestorm – “Hunger Strike (Temple Of The Dog cover)” – ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP

The Blue Van – “Harder Than A Diamond” – Would You Change Your Life?

Muse – “Liquid State” – The 2nd Law

The Lumineers – “Ho Hey” – The Lumineers

The Mountain Goats – “Harlem Roulette” – Transcendental Youth

Ra Ra Riot – “For Once” – Beta Love

Free Energy – “Girls Want Rock” – Love Sign

Midway In Wake – “Check And Check Mate” – We Will Remain Sedate

Aretha Franklin – “Respect (Otis Redding cover)” – Aretha Franklin’s Greatest Hits

The Blues Brothers – “Jailhouse Rock (Elvis Presley cover)” – The Blues Brothers: Music From The Soundtrack

Creedence Clearwater Revival – “I Put A Spell On You (Screamin’ Jay Hawkins cover)” – Chronicle, Vol. 1

The White Stripes – “I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself (Burt Bacharach cover)” – Elephant

Jackson 5 – “Who’s Lovin’ You (William “Smokey” Robinson cover)” – Anthology: Jackson 5

Jimmy Cliff – “Guns Of Brixton (The Clash cover)” – Rebirth

The Clash – “I Fought The Law (The Crickets cover)” – The Clash

Van Halen – “Dancing In The Street (Martha And The Vandellas cover)” – Diver Down

Muse – “Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want (The Smiths cover)” – Feeling Good / Hyper Music – Single

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Setlist (Thursday, January 17th)

Posted in Setlists on January 18, 2013 by occupyairwaves

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Give It Away” – Blood Sugar Sex Magik

Muse – “Panic Station” – The 2nd Law

Arctic Monkeys – “Dancing Shoes” – Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not

Every Time I Die – “Underwater Bimbos From Outer Space” – Ex Lives

Rancid – “Fall Back Down” – Indestructible

Prawn – “Spring River” – Ships

Titus Andronicus – “In A Big City” – Local Business

The Fray – “Over My Head (Cable Car)” – How To Save A Life

Flogging Molly – “If I Ever Leave This World Alive” – Drunken Lullabies

The Real McKenzies – “Droppin’ Like Flies” – Oot & Aboot

Mumford & Sons – “Babel” – Babel

The Mountain Goats – “Cry For Judas” – Transcendental Youth

Lucero – “Nights Like These” – Tennessee

R.E.M. – “Driver 8” – And I Feel Fine… The Best Of The I.R.S. Years

Fountains Of Wayne – “Hackensack” – Welcome Interstate Managers

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

The Helio Sequence – “The Measure” – Negotiations

The Growl – “Smoke It Down” – Cleaver Lever

The Vaccines – “No Hope” – Come Of Age

Title Fight – “Lefty” – Floral Green

The Horrors – “Changing The Rain” – Skying

Gold Fields – “The Woods” – Treehouse EP

MGMT – “Kids” – Oracular Spectacular

Green Day – “2000 Light Years Away” – Kerplunk!

The Front Bottoms – “Maps” – The Front Bottoms

My Bloody Valentine – “Only Shallow” – Loveless

The Police – “So Lonely” – Outlandos D’Amour

Modest Mouse – “Gravity Rides Everything” – The Moon And Antarctica

“Dogs Eating Dogs” – Blink-182

Posted in Album Reviews on January 17, 2013 by occupyairwaves

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After their 2011 album, Neighborhoods, failed to impress long-time fans, Blink-182 decided to get back to the studio immediately and right their wrongs as fast as possible. After long hours of hard work, the band offered up a 5-song EP titled Dogs Eating Dogs.

Stylistically in the same vein as Neighborhoods, this EP definitely throws a few curveballs. You’ll hear some Angels & Airwaves, some +44, and even a little of Travis Barker’s solo work infused in these five tunes. Album opener “When I Was Young” starts with a pretty cool buildup with some organ behind it. When the song fully kicks in, you might initially shudder at Tom DeLonge’s voice, but this feeling goes away after a while, and before you know it, you’ll be bobbing your head and singing along. The chorus sounds a bit like an improved version of “Up All Night” off of Neighborhoods. The title track, “Dogs Eating Dogs,” features more bearable vocals courtesy of Mark Hoppus (which is nice, especially since Mark didn’t get nearly as many songs as Tom on Blink’s previous full-length). “Disaster” is pretty much just an Angels & Airwaves track. At least that’s what I thought when I first listened to the song. However, this shouldn’t be taken as an insult. “Disaster” is actually one of my personal favorites off the EP, and Mark’s low, almost robotic backup vocals do a lot to reinforce the mood of the song. “Boxing Day” is certainly the standout of Dogs Eating Dogs (Talk about a curveball). The song starts with a very soothing acoustic guitar lick, then goes into an acoustic jam with Travis laying down a poppy R&B beat in the background. The pre-chorus/chorus combination is one of the more catchy ones the band has written in a long time (it’s certainly been stuck in my head). Hardcore fans of Dude Ranch and Enema Of The State may not appreciate this song, but I think Blink does a great job with their more acoustic tunes (“I Miss You” being another prime example). The EP ends with “Pretty Little Girl,” another track heavily influenced by Angels & Airwaves. The chorus has an incredibly heavy dance beat, which I love, but the song features a rap verse by guest artist Yelawolf (of Interscope Records, Blink’s previous record label). The rapping seems incredibly awkward in a Blink song, even at this stage in their career, and I think it’s a terrible way to end the EP.

Despite this one drawback, Dogs Eating Dogs is a very strong effort. Blink recorded these songs together in the same studio, and when you listen to the EP, you can feel the unity of the band is way stronger in this handful tracks than it was in the entire full-length that came before it. You can hear a decent amount of Neighborhoods in these tunes, but this is mostly due to the fact that Dogs Eating Dogs was released just a little over a year after its predecessor, so the band really hasn’t had much time to “grow.” Nevertheless, there are still a few surprises in store for first-time listeners.

-Joe MacPhee

Recommended Jams: Dogs Eating Dogs, Disaster, Boxing Day

Setlist (Thursday, January 10th)

Posted in Setlists on January 11, 2013 by occupyairwaves

Crime In Stereo – “Bicycles For Afghanistan” – The Troubled Stateside

Muse – “Supremacy” – The 2nd Law

Motion City Soundtrack – “Major Leagues” – Making Moves Vol. 6

Prawn – “Grass And Bones” – Ships

River City Extension – “The Fall And The Need To Be Free” – Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger

Saves The Day – “Deranged And Desperate” – Daybreak

Gold Fields – “Treehouse” – Treehouse EP

The Mountain Goats – “Lakeside View Apartments Suite” – Transcendental Youth

Neutral Milk Hotel – “In The Aeroplane Over The Sea” – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

The Decemberists – “The Crane Wife 3” – The Crane Wife

The Vaccines – “Bad Mood” – Come Of Age

Brand New – “Logan To Government Center” – Your Favorite Weapon

Taking Back Sunday – “Miami” – Louder Now

Alkaline Trio – “Continental” – Good Mourning

The Novel Ideas – “Promise” – Home

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

Dirty Projectors – “Simple Request” – About To Die

Titus Andronicus – “In A Big City” – Local Business

Trash Ride – “Thinning Out” – Trash Ride

The Gaslight Anthem – “You Got Lucky” – Handwritten

The Helio Sequence – “When The Shadow Falls” – Negotiations

Green Day – “2000 Light Years Away” – Kerplunk!

Brand New – “(Fork And Knife)” – (Fork And Knife) – Single

Blink-182 – “I Miss You” – Blink-182

The White Stripes – “Hotel Yorba” – Live At The Hotel Yorba 7″

The Menzingers – “Rivalries” – Chamberlain Waits

A Flock Of Seagulls – “Space Age Love Song” – We Are The ’80s

Angels & Airwaves – “The Adventure” – We Don’t Need To Whisper

The Cure – “In Between Days” – Greatest Hits

Matt’s Top Ten Albums of the Year 2012

Posted in Everything Else on January 8, 2013 by occupyairwaves

Top 10 Albums Matt

During the turbulent year of 2012, many of my favorite bands released albums. Needless to say I was stoked on the likely outcome of adding to my growing list of favorite albums from these bands. However with one or two exceptions I found that my favorite albums of the year came not from my favorite acts, but from bands and artists who I had listened to infrequently or never before. 2012 was a weird year to say the least.

1. On the Impossible Past – Menzingers

This is it. This was my pick for album of the year. After wading through the muck and mire I concluded the The Menzingers’ third album was the best record of the year. Packed with lots of catchy angst riddled punk rock songs, this record somehow managed to turn in a fresh sound with an old formula. The real hook of this album however was in its concept album presentation. All the songs connect to each other in some way yet there isn’t a clearly defined story. The thread is there but it still lies in ambiguity which is another appeal. Every listen yields a new clue. Go grab this record and sing along to it immediately.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWTZj2FqJMU&list=PL17BB659127FF1D96&index=6

2. Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Your Anger – River City Extension

This record has a timeless feel to it. It’s great for lengthy car rides or any long activity. This record harkens back to classic seventies folk and country rock albums that sound tracked days spent in vans riding across the country aimlessly. I choose to rate this record so high in my countdown because of the sheer strength of the melodies of this record. Also they are a lot of fun to see live.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WRTA_pKjyis

3. Coexist – the xx

I was really excited when I first heard the xx were releasing a new record. Their first record has been on constant repeat since I discovered it. Its ideal music for most occasions: driving, dancing, sleeping, studying, lamenting upon relationships past and just relaxing with friends. Clearly this is a very versatile band and on the new album they do not disappoint. It’s the logical continuation of the first album and will be sure to entertain you as it did me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_nW5AF0m9Zw

4. Self Entitled – Nofx

This is another awesome Nofx record. Not much different than the others and I’m very happy about that. They stuck with their formula on this one and it paid off. I suppose the high ranking is more indicative of how much I love 90s skate punk and Nofx then anything else. This record has awesome riffs, great lyrics that will make you smile, laugh, think about the world and you can even connect it to your relationships. It’s everything you could want out of a Nofx record.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFfVedQmo-4

5. Floral Green – Title Fight

Title Fight, are truly something special. These musicians are in their early 20s and continue to inspire me each day with their awesome songs. They take another page out of the 90s alt rock book for this release yet manage to evoke an extremely original sound that only hints at the influence.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O9qx8hnxlR8

6. The 2nd Law – Muse

My co host’s favorite band gets better with each release. Supremacy sounds as if it was written for a James Bond film and I anticipate it’s usage in some blockbuster film. Madness is another outstanding song on here. The tune mixes r&b with electronic influences and pop. Surprisingly it turned out to be my favorite muse song and of my favorites of the year. The album has no steady genre bouncing all over the place and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN607gpo_x0

7. Blunderbuss – Jack White

Jack White’s first solo offering was nothing short of solid. I suppose I was in a nostalgic funk this year as so many of my favorite records have this old timey feel to them. This record is no exception. Filled with gritty blues riffs and poppier grooves, this record is sure to satisfy any White Stripes fan as well as just general rock fans.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Okgoj2Xxa04

8. Handwritten – Gaslight Anthem

Handwritten is a wonderful album with wonderful music and “45” is my personal favorite song of the year with howl not too far behind. I pretty much love everything this band does and would’ve been surprised if this was any different. The formula doesn’t stray too far from their customary sound but who would really want it to anyways?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VoKUjs6VEbI

9. Write Me Back – R. Kelly

I partially included this album on the list for variety but mostly for the awesome grooves that accompany this cd. I was not a fan of R. Kelly’s music before hearing this cd, but I certainly enjoyed these songs a lot. They have a classic throwback sound riddled with hints from the 70’s and early 80’s ala Kool and the Gang. This is just a fun record for fun times and it stays pretty light and fun.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyhH0d7uj-4&playnext=1&list=PL1E67CE256B496593&feature=results_main

10. Sports – Modern Baseball

@chl03k was the song that snared this records spot on my top ten. There are plenty of weird punk songs with folk influences mixed with indie guitar parts that I go wild for. I had never heard of this band until this record but I’m glad I have now. The acoustic moments are where this record truly shines.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLC17CBOf0Q

Setlist (Thursday, January 3rd)

Posted in Setlists on January 4, 2013 by occupyairwaves

Motion City Soundtrack – “Resolution” – Commit This To Memory

MIKA – “Relax (Take It Easy)” – Life In Cartoon Motion

Matt And Kim – “It’s Alright” – Lightning

The Mountain Goats – “Harlem Roulette” – Transcendental Youth

Matchbox Twenty – “All I Need” – More Than You Think You Are

Motion City Soundtrack – “Severance” – Making Moves Vol. 6

Prawn – “Grass And Bones” – Ships

Two Door Cinema Club – “This Is The Life” – Tourist History

Metric – “The Void” – Synthetica

Gold Fields – “Treehouse” – Treehouse EP

MGMT – “Electric Feel” – Oracular Spectacular

Neon Trees – “Your Surrender” – Habits

The Skies Revolt – “For Your Health” – Making Moves Vol. 5

Taking Back Sunday – “MakeDamnSure” – Louder Now

Brand New – “Mix Tape” – Your Favorite Weapon

Queen – “Killer Queen” – Greatest Hits

Radiohead – “National Anthem” – Kid A

Andrew Bird – “Railroad Bill” – Hands Of Glory

The Helio Sequence – “The Measure” – Negotiations

Bad Books – “It Never Stops” – Bad Books II

Los Campesinos! – “Dumb Luck” – Heat Rash 3 EP

Titus Andronicus – “In A Big City” – Local Business

The Vaccines – “Bad Mood” – Come Of Age

Muse – “Big Freeze” – The 2nd Law

MIKA – “My Interpretation” – Life In Cartoon Motion

Tegan And Sara – “I Hear Noises” – If It Was You

Cake – “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” – Comfort Eagle

River City Extension – “Something Salty, Something Sweet” – The Unmistakable Man

Of Monsters And Men – “Six Weeks” – My Head Is An Animal