Wednesday, April 13, 2011
I have some super, SUPER exciting journalism homework to get started on, but I thought I'd stop in for a sec to drop some facts.
As you may or may not have figured out by now, I'm OBSESSED with band interviews.
As you also may or may not know, my favorite interviews of all time are with The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Why, you ask?
Because their interviews are always amazing.
Not only are these dudes hilarious, but they're incredibly intelligent & I could literally listen to them talk all day.
As someone who will hopefully spend the rest of my life interviewing musicians, there's nothing more refreshing than coming across a band who knows their shit.
This interview is not only one of my favorite Dillinger interviews, but one of my favorite interviews of any artist ever.
I'm not sure if the interviewer got sidetracked or if he purposely decided to ask a minimal amount of music-related questions, but he obviously asked the right band.
More often than not, when watching interviews with newer, more well-known bands, I get nothing but an ear-full of straight bullshit.
Most musicians make music their career because they have something to say.
These days, it's like kids are starting bands because they have nothing to say & no passion whatsoever.
It's a shame.
I wish I could watch one interview with any current, popular band without hearing "uhhhh...I don't know" as an answer to every question.
Dillinger gives me hope for the future of music.
This is a long interview, but it's well worth it.
My respect for Greg & Liam is insurmountable.
Excuse my stunning handwriting but the above photo is a message I wrote in my notebook for one very special boy to never see.
A guy in one of my classes, Nü-Dork, had been getting my attention for a while.
I'm not sure why, it wasn't like I had a crush on him or anything, but he sat next to me almost every day.
He's decent looking but not gorgeous.
He's smart but lazy as all hell.
& on top of all that, he's engaged.
Fine by me, I wasn't interested in the least.
Nü-Dork was a very nice, friendly guy & I knew he used to play bass in a band as a teen, so when we were sent to the library for research during my class & he once again sat next to me, I decided to strike up a conversation.
Me: So...What kind of music are you into?
Nü-Dork: Mostly metal.
I tried to contain my excitement to the best of my ability.
Could this be the beginning of something amazing?
Me: Me too. That's awesome. Who's your favorite band?
I almost gagged. Then my nausea turned into anger.
Me: (laughing) They're not metal.
Nü-Dork: Disturbed has songs that have touched my life & that's saying A LOT.
Me: (shaking my head violently)...Oh My God.
Now he was mad at me for shitting on his favorite band & I was mad at him for calling Disturbed metal.
I'm not the type to hate on someone else's taste in music but this was the second time this semester someone told me Disturbed was their favorite "metal" band.
Bonus, the other person to tell me that was sitting on the other side of me & they continued to talk about Disturbed while I sat litterally in the middle of their conversation.
Bonus bonus, I had to tell them David Draiman's name because they didn't know who the lead singer of Disturbed was.
Ugh, just ugh.
Nü-Dork now sits next to his new companion in class...who sits in front of me.
I don't consider a band like Disturbed to be metal.
In my eyes, they are radio friendly, over saturated nü-metal & nü-metal went down like the Titanic about 10 years ago.
To be uneducated on a band you consider your favorite band seems ignorant to me.
It's even more ignorant to get upset if someone doesn't consider your band to be part of a certain genre.
I don't necessarily consider Nü-Dork to be a pussy just because he has a different idea of metal than I do.
That would be even more ignorant.
I guess maybe I was just ready to have a passionate conversation with someone about Lamb of God, Unearth & Pantera for the first time in at least a few years.
Disappointed would suffice.
Guess I'm gonna have to wait a little bit longer until someone with some sense comes into my life...
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Currently rocking some Mastodon.
Because it seems like every other decent band on the planet has either broken up or gone to shit.
After hearing the atrocious line-up for this year's Warped Tour & hearing all the horrible shit that's going down with some of my favorite bands, I'm beginning to wonder what's happening to the only scene I've ever felt cool in.
Jonny Craig has officially been kicked out of Emarosa.
I don't know who's more fucked: Jonny, Emarosa, Dance Gavin Dance, or the next band to get Jonny.
I have to say, Emarosa is pretty fucked from what I can tell.
Hardly anyone paid attention to Emarosa before Jonny joined & now that he's gone, I get the feeling they're back to square one.
Dance Gavin Dance is probably used to Jonny's antics & attitude so, if anything, they'll probably boot him again at some point.
Jonny isn't really getting the shit end of anything only because he lives in Jonny World. I'm sure he's well aware that there's many, many bands bidding on him already & I'm sure he'll fuck those chances up, too.
The next band to get Jonny has their work cut out for them & they'll be taking on a hefty responsibility that has a hard time taking care of itself.
Now that Jonny has broken off yet another engagement, maybe he'll just go back to his solo career.
As much as I've always said to love Jonny, I'm getting sick of having to see through his shit just to get to his music.
The bad is starting to outweigh the good & there's only one person on this planet who can turn that around.
I haven't given up all hope just yet, I'm just really disappointed is all.
Emarosa with Jonny Craig was one of the most brilliant bands I've heard in my entire life.
Relativity & their self-titled album will always have a place in my heart & I'm sorry such a beautiful thing had to end in such a tasteless way.
With all these talentless bands around today, I hate the fact Jonny refuses to use his gift for good.
He needs to get his shit together. At some point it's just not going to be cute anymore.
I believe I said something about not bringing them up anymore, or maybe I just said I was done talking about them.
Whatever it was that I said, I think Paramore has earned HER place in this post.
As you know, Paramore used to be one of my favorite bands & I still listen to All We Know is Falling & The Final Riot daily.
Paramore was another great & seemingly tight band that has, in my eyes at least, completely fallen apart to the point that if they broke up today, I really wouldn't give a shit.
Hayley is apparently on the new issue of Cosmopolitan this month & all I have to say about that is "gag".
I don't know what happened to the kind-of-strange, absolutely beautiful lead singer of Paramore but it's clear she's become nothing more than another bullshit celebrity.
Paramore is a fake memory that I hold close to my heart, but I'm so sick of Hayley & not being able to avoid her, it's making me hate her.
Jim LaMarca left Chimaira last year, Chris Spicuzza left this year & then Rob Arnold decided to join Six Feet Under.
Rob supposedly said he contributed to the new Chimaira album & I would hope to God that's true.
Judging by every Chimaira interview & dvd I've seen, Rob has a good head on his shoulders & the band might fall apart if he weren't involved.
I'm proud to say I saw Chimaira (unlike Emarosa or Paramore) before all this shit happened.
It was at my favorite venue EVARRR, the sound system sucked, & it's was freezing but I got to meet the guys after they played & they were, hands down, some of the nicest dudes I've ever met. They signed whatever it was I asked them to sign & even though it was just another cold, shitty show in the middle of nowhere, they all seemed ecstatic...then Chris Spicuzza got up, began to walk away, spun around, ran into me & almost knocked my little 5-foot-self over.
I love Chimaira with a passion.
They've overcome so much bullshit & become one of the most awesome bands I've ever had the pleasure of listening to.
I hope these 3 changes don't throw them off too much, I'd really hate to lose them.
The only thing worse than watching some of my favorite bands disintegrate is the fact that there's no one currently good enough to take their places. I don't know what's happening to music or how it's all going to end, but the small glimpse of the future I can see is starting to freak me out.
There are certain older bands that continue to blow my mind on the daily but as far as new blood goes, I never imagined it would get this bad.
18 days til' my birthday.
I always say I want to write more on here & then after I say that, I disappear for 3 years.
Sorry about that.
My excuse for not being on here for the last 5 days was going to be that I've been "busy".
I can't say that's not true, but the truth is, I don't really remember these last 5 days.
Maybe I have been preoccupied, maybe I haven't.
As far as I know, The Dillinger Escape Plan has been taking time off until their April tour with the Deftones, so there's been a huge shortage of new Dillinger videos lately
...In other words: I have had very little use for a computer.
I have, however, been pretty stressed out lately.
I said I was going to try to drop the complaining down to a minimum so, I'll just say it's mostly school related. Lots of work, lots of things to get done, haven't talked to any friends in about 2 weeks...& let's not even get started on the boy situation.
I haven't gotten anything lower than an 80 this semester & I'm proud of that, but thanks to the hundreds of snow days & incompetent professors, all of my work is starting to suddenly pile up now that we're getting down to the final 5 weeks.
As I stated in my last post, I've been crushing on RichKid from way back when & because of that, I've been checking my Facebook like a...normal teenager.
Yeah, I've never been a big Facebook girl. I've had one since 2007, but I've always been the kind to rarely check it & hardly ever make a status update unless it's something silly or creative.
Now that my classes are offically half-empty because of all the dropouts & withdrawls, & because the only class I had with a decent looking dude has been over for 3 weeks or so, the only way I'm going to see an attractive local dude is on Facebook.
Kind of creepy.
I wanted to delete my Facebook for my 20th b-day, but I don't think I can part with it.
I do, without a doubt, want to start checking it much less frequently.
I hate when people make a status update saying they're deleting their FB, then when 2 or 3 people act like they care, the person automatically changes their mind.
I'm not going through all that, I'm just getting sick of looking at the fucking thing.
Anyway, I'm getting sidetracked.
Just thought I'd give a little update/bullshit excuse.
I should be back later...