Sink or Swim

Ever since Taking Back Sunday stopped being Taking Back Sunday, I’ve always been looking out for a band to recreate music similar to the style of Taking Back Sunday I fell in love with. For a long time, nobody came close – until recently, when I discovered this band called Pentimento. I can’t remember how I stumbled across their music, but damn I was blown away when I put on their latest album, I, No Longer. From the Eleven-like opening Small Talk for Strangers, to the ‘Ballad of Sal Vilanueva’-ish riff in Sink or Swim; I, No Longer is reminiscent of the old school Taking Back Sunday I love. Bear in mind that this isn’t an insult (why would I write about them otherwise?) but a testament to how good I think their music is.

Listening to Pentimento for the first time invoked in me feelings that I had listening to TBS in the past. While they have similarities (guitar sound, call back vocals, and ’emo’ lyrics), Pentimento’s music is strong enough to stand out on its own and fans of the genre will easily find themselves at home. I haven’t had a chance to listen to their full discography yet, but their 2015 is definitely one of my favorite releases I’ve heard this year. Check out I, No Longer below:

A tiny spark to set it off, ignite the dark and live it up

Four Year Strong – when these guys appeared on my radar, they pretty much changed my whole pop punk listening experience. Before discovering this band, I didn’t know about ‘easycore’ (though these guys probably helped put it on the map) and was blown away. How can such heavy music have catchy lyrics and melodies? It was a match made in heaven. Let’s not forget the TBS dual-vocal style from the two vocalists which was icing on the cake.
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Around the track they drove/ Gig #92

You should listen to this song before you read this post:

Ray Peterson – Tell Laura I Love Her

In today’s installment of ‘Songs you didn’t know were sad’, we have the famous song from the 60s – Tell Laura I Love Her. If any of you were like me and never paid attention to the song when you first heard it, you probably brushed it off as just another a cheesy love song. I can’t remember when it was when I paid attention to the words Ray Peterson was singing but when I did I realized how sad and depressing it was.
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Cold Cash and Colder Hearts

I first discovered this band alongside Coheed and Cambria on the MTV Road Rules compilation. The Thrice song was “See You In The Shallows” and my god, was that song amazing. As usual, like with every band I have come to love, I went looking for more of their music. I discovered a handful of songs from the band through SoulSeek (or was it Kazaa? I don’t remember) and was hooked. I think it was around the time when they had just released their single “All That’s Left” which made me drop money without hesitation for their The Artist In The Ambulance album at a CD store.
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He’s not quite as charming as he may seem, come and claim your queen!

I’ve been listening to Alesana ever since an ex-colleague introduced them to me back in 2007, and recently I’ve been spinning their newer stuff on my playlist. One thing that amazes me is that despite a few lineup changes, they’ve stuck to and continue to play music in the same vein as their original stuff. They’re probably the epitome of ‘don’t fix it if it isn’t broken’ in the post-hardcore scene.
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Each drag’s a drop of blood, a grain, a minute of my life

Today I want to write about one of the most influential bands to me. The Used. There’s not much to say about these guys, just four dudes who wrote and played rad music. I got to know about them thanks to a friend introducing to me to ‘The Taste of Ink’ and ‘Buried Myself Alive’. I was hooked from the start. I listened to them nonstop. ‘Buried Myself Alive’ became one of my favorite songs of all time. I don’t think I’ve ever skipped the track before whenever it came on my playlist. Listening to The Used’s earlier stuff brings me back in time. Back to college, when life was careless and free.

It was a great time for music.
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The Birthday Song

If there’s one thing I’ve noticed from all my years working in offices – the birthday song is usually one of the most cringe inducing activities the company participates in. I’ve always wondered why, and it turns out there’s a number of factors nobody gets it right.

Usually, there’s no accompanying music, so everybody sings the song in whatever key is in their head. Even if there was accompanying music, not everybody sings in key.

Because we have no music and director, everybody sings it at a different speed. Some go fast, some slow. Again, everybody is singing it like how they hear it in their own heads.

Once in a while, all the voices somehow meet in the middle and compensate – in both tempo and key. But then, along comes the octave jump at the end and everybody is caught off guard again.

Oh, let’s not forget messing up the names of the people we sing for. Sometimes people use nicknames, sometimes we get the names which are on the cake, sometimes it’s their full name – I don’t think I’ve ever sang a birthday song where everybody was 100% on the ball.

So what’s a problem without a solution? I propose that before we start singing, we pass to the singers cards with the following details:

Name to sing:
Key (a pitch pipe would also suffice for those who don’t know their notes):

That should solve all birthday song related problems.

Also, I’d like to wish my mother and my best friend Happy Birthday – thanks for being two very wonderful people in my life. I love you guys <3.