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About tcapps123

Hello! I'm a student at Fairhaven College in Western Washington. My musical interests range all across the board, particularly indie, punk and pop. I've also spent a lot of time writing my own songs and playing in bands. I'm not a huge fan of critiquing music because after all, who are any of us to judge someone else's creation? But I love sharing music and hopefully you'll enjoy my unique perspective here at LifeAfterNirvana.

An Interesting List

I just read this list online, it talks about some very good WA acts:

Glitch Mob- Seven Nation Army Remixxx

I’m not normally a fan of remixes and I was pretty skeptical when I heard Glitch Mob was tampering with the Stripes, but this blew my mind. Enjoy.

The Story So Far

Guitars shreak, drums pound away and vocalist Parker Cannon wails out the desperately passionate lamentations that characterize the sound of The Story So Far, an up-and-coming poppunk fivesome hailing from Walnut Creek, California. I first heard their LP “Under Soil and Dirt” last week and have listened to it more than 15 times through since then. The refreshingly honest lyricism is what first drew me in. Their sound isn’t particularly unique but they pull it off well, and its rare to find such an all-around good band with such an all-around good album. It deserves a listen. Hopefully you enjoy it as much as I have.

A Few Cool Covers

Everyone does it, some better than others. There’s nothing greater than when a band takes a song and really makes it their own. Here’s a short list I’ve compiled of some of my personal favorite covers of all time.

The Polyphonic Spree- “Lithium” By Nirvana

Biffy Clyro- “Umbrella” As made famous by Rihanna

The Dollyrots- “Dream Lover” By Bobby Darin

Four Year Strong- “So Much for the Afterglow” By Everclear

Death Cab for Cutie- “Christmas” As made famous by U2

A Day to Remember- “Over My Head” By the Fray

Gnarls Barkley- “Gone Daddy Gone” By the Violent Femmes

Ingrid Michaelson- “Creep” By Radiohead

Chiodos- “Flagpole Sitta” By Harvey Danger

Johnny Cash- “Hurt” By Nine Inch Nails

Streetlight Manifesto- “Such Great Heights” By the Postal Service

P.S. Everyone who ever covered “Little Boxes” by Malvina Reynolds for the show Weeds. R.I.P.

St. Vincent and the Hysteria of Happiness

Sometimes even the tried and true old favorites of my iPod offer little reprieve from the endless drizzle that is a Northwesterner’s winter. That’s where I found myself about a month ago, stuck in a rut romantically, artistically and academically. I was tired of the same old songs again and again and of hearing new music that I couldn’t even condemn as poorly made: just a rehash of what’s already been done in the indie scene for the past two decades. By no means am I criticizing the music of today; on the contrary, I think 2012 has the potential to be one of the best years for new music since the turn of the millennium. But there’s a time and place for every song, and I was feeling like the time for change was long overdue.

That brings me to one unusually heavy day of incessant rain and mood. I was sullen with the news that one of my closest friends was just hospitalized for a surgery that would keep him out of school for the rest of the year, but at the same time filled with a strange energy that only the end of finals week could bring.

I went for a walk in the rain.

The truth is, I’ve known about St. Vincent for some time now- even somewhat enjoyed last year’s popular single “Cruel.” But for me, their music was always too strange a pill to swallow. That is, until whatever peculiar notion of fate brought me to listen to the song “Paris is Burning” on that dark and stormy afternoon.

I was seized by the enchanting melody of Annie Clark’s vocals and the dirty, driving distortion that characterizes so much of her guitar playing. As I stared, mesmerized at the cover of their debut “Marry Me,” it was suddenly clear in the hauntingly beautiful image of Clark’s own blank gaze that St. Vincent was injecting an element of heartfelt vitality into music that was exactly what I’d been looking for for so long. I listened to all of their music that I could get my hands on and spent the next several days treading the thin line between pop genius and utter insanity that is St. Vincent’s catalogue. The raw, spellbinding intensity of their sound possesses a distinctiveness that I believe will one day cement their place as a staple of the indie music scene.

Annie Clark originally joined the band The Polyphonic Spree after dropping out of the Berklee College of Music. She found some commercial success in this venture, and also as a member of Sufjan Steven’s touring band, but gave up these projects to start her own group St. Vincent in 2006. Three albums later, they are the most successful they’ve ever been while continuing to stay true to fans.

St. Vincent is currently on tour promoting their most recent album “Strange Mercy.” Outlandishly hypnotic melodies and impeccable lyricism make St. Vincent an act I will surely be following closely from now on at what is hopefully just the beginning of a long and fruitful career.

Cage, Bells, and Shins!

Three of my all time favorite bands have released new singles in the past couple of weeks. I’m really looking forward to what will come next from each of them, but for now, here are the songs: “Dr. Dr. Dr.” “Born to Lose,” and “Simple Song.”

You’re Gonna Love This Group

I recently looked into this band because I am going to be seeing them play Deck the Hall Ball December 7 at Key Arena, along with Death Cab for Cutie, Mumford & Sons, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, and Foster the People (big night!). Their debut album Never Trust a Happy Song just came out this September and they seem to be blowing up fast, already touring with the likes of Florence and the Machine and Young the Giant. The band, GROUPLOVE, formed a tight bond at an artists’ retreat on the island of Crete two years ago and have been together ever since: creating a sound similar to Modest Mouse, but with an extra oomph I was always looking for. The songs move stylistically in all different directions and I truly think the album will be remembered as one of the best of the year. Here is one of their singles, “Colours,” if you like this you should definitely look into the rest of the album, it’s great stuff.