Monthly Archives: April 2011

RL Grime

There are traces of post dubstep in this artist here. This dude is a BIG James Blake fan.

Citing the likes of James Blake, RL Grime, the creation of Henry Steinway, recently released the EP Clipz recently. Having already a number of different projects under his belt (most namely being his electro/house moniker Clockwork), looks like this 20 year old wonder is ready to take another direction with his music. When talking about his new change, Steinway stated that “I think when I first started getting into James Blake, the way I was looking at and approaching music started to change.”

His EP “Clipz” is available as a free download and below you can hear a few songs from it, including a remixed version of Rebecca Black’s “Friday” which sounds moderately decent (!!!!).

RL Grime – “Die 4 Me”
RL Grime – “Neat”
RL Grime – “Go Head”
Rebecca Black – “Friday” (RL Grime’s Which Seat Can I Take Remix Ft. LS Royale)


The Music of Parenthood, Part I

Here it is, people.

As I prepare to enter into all this AP Test Prepping and Financial Aid Stressing and the general sketchiness that is my life in May, I’d like to pay tribute to a show that unceremoniously closed out its second season in April with great writing, great music and a great setup for season three to make way for The Voice, NBC’s surprisingly wonderful new reality show. I am, of course, speaking of the best show on network television, the miracle that is: Parenthood.

As a future screenwriting major at the University of Southern California, I could go on for days about how technically good this show is, how spectacular the writing (and directorial style, and acting, and everything else) is. However, let’s just suffice it to say that in my professional opinion, you should be watching. I promise you’ll relate to at least one thing.

Today, however, I’d like to put that aside, and focus on the majesty that is Liza Richardson’s music supervision for the show (she chooses the songs for each moment in each episode, along with showrunner/executive producer/all-around God Jason Katims, Friday Night Lights).

The theme song is undoubtedly classic, and absolutely perfect for the show–Bob Dylan’s full band version of “Forever Young”:

The first season’s soundtrack is available on iTunes, which is a definite recommend–one of the best albums of the year in my mind; its cohesive flow reminds me of…actual albums of the days of yore.

I’ll pick out some of my favorite musical moments here, as the whole soundtrack is much too awesome and deep to cover in one post (much less twenty).

Season 1, Episode 1: Pilot
written by Jason Katims
directed by Thomas Schlamme

The last scene before the teaser ends (or where we SMASH CUT TO: MAIN TITLES) is usually one of the better scenes in the episode, and the Parenthood Pilot is no exception to this rule. Adam and Crosby, two of the main siblings, coach Adam’s soon-to-be-diagnosed-with-Asperger’s son Max’s baseball team. Crosby remarks how the kid on the mound doesn’t look eight, and was probably “imported from the Dominican”, in one of the better lines in the episode. Max gets ostracized by his teammates because he, admittedly, ain’t that good, and tells his dad he isn’t having fun. Adam gives the kid a pep talk, and tells him “a walk’s as good as a hit”, a scene certainly reminiscent of my youth. Max makes contact on a weak grounder to the mound and gets down the line. He’s obviously safe, but the umpire calls him out. Tired of seeing his kid lose every break, he steps out of the third-base coaching box and, in a touching moment, GOES FUCKING NUTS to the ump (in the words of the original pilot script). We circle Adam and the ump–as Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young” kicks in–while Adam kicks the dirt on the mound and gets thrown out of the game.  Dad stood up for his kid. Gotta do whatcha gotta do.

“Forever Young” — Bob Dylan (iTunes)

Season 1, Episode 9: Perchance To Dream
written by Becky Hartman-Edwards
directed by Lawrence Trilling

This series is great for so many reasons, and this is one of them. The episode opens with a scene at the local high school, where Drew nervously discusses the upcoming dance with a cute girl he likes. The song they play? “Hell”. Perfect for the high school experience, am I right?

Even better, the lyrics foreshadow Drew’s rejection in Act III: “I know you feel it too / it all seems so untrue / when we get up and over it and over them”

Tegan & Sara – Hell

Season 1, Episode 13: Lost and Found
written by Jason Katims
directed by Lawrence Trilling

This episode has three of the best moments in the series’ short history. Amber, played by the incomparable Mae Whitman, runs away in the midst of a deep life crisis, brought on by having sex with her cousin Haddie’s ex-boyfriend (nothing wrong, but she was guilt-tripped into thinking she was a bad person) and Lucy Schwartz’s hauntingly beautiful “Gone Away”, a piano ballad for true musicians (she’s just as good as Regina Spektor, with less recognition), plays as her mother, loose and well-meaning Sarah, recognizes this fact. When Amber and Haddie reconcile later in the episode, Ray LaMontagne douses the right amount of soul onto the sweetest moment with “Let It Be Me”. And of course, there’s the family’s patriarch, Zeek (Craig T. Nelson),  at the end of the episode, apologizing to his wife (Bonnie Bedelia, aka Holly Gennero from Die Hard), whom he cheated on many years ago, with “I’m Into Something Good” by Herman’s Hermits on the uke. Cute. But unfortunately nowhere on the internet.

Lucy Schwartz – Gone Away

Ray LaMontagne — Let It Be Me  (iTunes)

Manly.

Season 2 is next.


New Fireworks Song Streaming, and the state of Pop-Punk

Pop-punk is going to be on fire this summer and Fireworks have just given us another reason to expect great things from the genre. They’ve got a new song streaming over at their AbsolutePunk profile ( http://absolutepunk.net/artists/showlink.php?do=showdetails&l=5484 ) off their upcoming release, Gospel.

Gospel seems like a pretty fitting title for the upcoming record, which marks a shift in sound towards more relaxed pop-rock with a punk edge simmering underneath. But don’t let the pop-rock label fool you: This isn’t The Maine we’re dealing with here, this is honest music at its finest. I can’t help but be reminded of Jack’s Mannequin a little bit, with the rolling groove and vocal inflection.

Needless to say, pop-punk is coming into its own. The genre’s underground staples are all maturing and heading in different directions. Transit’s new material is teeming with melancholy themes, The Wonder Years are injecting scorching energy and noodly guitars into their bright anthems, Set Your Goals are bringing the punk back, and now Fireworks have thrown some laid-back cool into the mix. Diversity and exploration are the names of the game for pop-punk this year, and I’ve got no complaints.


Rockers East Vancouver

A little shameless self promotion, eh Dylan?

Anyways. Today is a big day in Vancouver. I am not from Vancouver, but I love the city and I love the hockey team. I also love Japandroids. Japandroids are from Vancouver, and though drummer David Prowse isn’t much of a Canucks fan, guitarist Brian King sure is. I know he’ll be watching tonight, game seven, Nucks vs. Blackhawks. You probably don’t care about hockey though, so do Brian and David a favor and start caring about their band.


Quadron (Dream-Soul Pop to set you right)

I know nothing about this band other than the fact that they are from Denmark. Other than that, I can only comment on how much I adore the dreamy pop sound coming from these songs.  They got the handclaps and the singer’s voice is absolutely fantastic. I am entranced. These guys sound like the Supremes mixed in with a little She & Him. Regarding the song “Pressure” it leans more towards the Supremes. Watch for the random trumpet at the end of “Slippin”, which induces a late jazzy feel. Meanwhile the opening to “Pressure” has a really nice Motown feel to it, as heard with the soulful repetition of the “Trying, trying, trying” in the chorus. Adore. Adore. Adore.
Quadron – “Slippin”
Quadron – “Pressure”


The Up Downs Debut Show

The Up Downs

So I play in this band with current blogger David and future blogger Taylor, right? And we call ourselves The Up Downs.

We played our debut show last night (with the new name; we were formerly Ride The Riot), and as a token of appreciation to you, the reader, we’d like to offer you…

A FREE DOWNLOAD of the first track of our demo, Chicken Soup For The Soul (excuse the conceit).

Download Free Music from The Up Downs »

Also, check out our Facebook page. Like us please!

Taylor Capps – Songwriter, Lead Guitar, Bass, Lead Vocals
Dylan Visvikis – Producer/Mixer, Keyboard, Backup Vocals
David Cubine – Drums


Pains of Being Pure at Heart

Most definitely my favorite band, these New York indie rockers  recently released their newest album Belong last month to glowing reviews. As for myself, I admit that I am a bit on the fence about the latest work though. While I appreciate songs like “Heart in Your Heartbreak”, I am still not sold on “Belong”. Granted a few more listens would change my mind. However, none can top my favorite by them, “Young Adult Friction” (Best song about sex in the library. Possibly the only one.)

They are playing in Seattle tomorrow, Friday the 22nd at the Crocodile Cafe! A pity I can’t go though, because it’s 21 and over only. Dang it.

New Stuff!

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart – Belong

The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – “Heart In Your Heartbreak” 

Classic: The Pains of Being Pure At Heart – Young Adult Friction