Category Archives: Rock

Blasting the Past

I just popped on facebook today and saw a music video from my buddy’s band Secret Music. How much do I know about this band? Not a whole lot. Do I own any of their CD’s? No. Did I throw this post up because there are some familiar faces from our small town in the video, once again. No. I was super stoked when I heard this track Ghost in the Graveyard because it totally brought me back. I don’t think Chase is trying to sound like music we used to rock out to but I do think that he has captured what we used to love to listen to in his music today. Rock on buddy!

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Top 10 albums of twenty10: Plants and Animals “LaLa Land”

The second release from Montreal based Plants and Animals is a solid follow up from their first album Parc Avenue which is an incredible debut album.  This record is a bit more “plugged in” and dutifully represents the feeling that the city of Los Angeles projects; which is where this album was recorded.

they are from canadia

this first song american idol is very Talking Heads-esque

If you like these 2 songs you can download the album here:

Til next time, zeOlympian

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My first post: Yeasayer

First and foremost I would like to thank for the opportunity to let me blog about the music that has caught my attention.  The internet is the greatest resource of our generation and it is unbelievable the way it has changed the face of music.  First it was napster then it was Kazaa now we have the pleasure of utilizing the likes of youtube and mediafire to our sonic advantage.

so to the music: YEASAYER This band hails from Brooklyn and first gained notoriety after their performances at SXSW in Austin, Texas.  Their albums are full of synthesizers and backround noise much like Animal Collective.  However, I really like this band for its melodies and good lyrics.  My favorite lyrics also come my favorite song Sunrise off their first album All Hour Cymbals released in 2007.   “Put the world upon your shoulder, I’ll stay young while I watch everyone getting older.”  This line often provides motivation for myself in the morning and encourages me to be productive, while maybe others are wasting their day and growing older.

What motivated me to do Yeasayer as my first post is this youtube video.  This video was filmed after a performance in Paris and features the band at its best and also in it’s most stripped down state.  Do yourself a favor and watch this video in it’s entirety, its amazing!!!

Favorite songs:

Sunrise, 2080, redcave.

If you like this post, you can download their album here but don’t tell anybody.


til next time -zeolympian-

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The Haves and Have-Nots

This track is from my favorite Clash album, Combat Rock.  Anyone who has not been on Mars for the past five years will recognize quickly that MIA sampled the main riff for her song ‘Paper Planes’.  If you had the impression that is is another 80’s pop song reborn for the young and stupid to drink Jagerbombs to and blast in a Mazda, you are wrong. Both the Clash version and the song by MIA address the hardships and complications faced by Southeast Asians confronted with western culture.  ‘Straight to Hell’ is regarded by the Clash as the best song they ever recorded, it mainly addresses the plight of the many children born in Vietnam from American soldiers.  MIA suffered a tramatic childhood in Shri-Lanka and after a short stint in India made it to London where she cultivated her colorful identity.  Never losing sight of her roots which were formed amidst civil war, ‘Paper Planes’ almost sounds like a grown up child from ‘Straight to Hell’ who got swagger and decided to let a new generation know what it means to be different, and what it means to be a survivor.  Whether this correlation is deliberate or not is unclear, however its nice to know all pop music is not and was not about making out under the bleachers and being in a Levis commercial.


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Good things from Akron OH

Im not worried about The Black Keys changing their uniform…


If you’re going to San Francisco….

Nothing like a techno remix of a song from 1967.

The original was written in 1967 by John Phillips and sung by Steve McKenzie, both of the Mamas & the Papas. The song instantly became an anthem for freedom in Central Europe in the uprising against Soviet rule.

strobelight adds another remix you should hear…