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Music on Repeat

My iTunes is so overloaded with new music right now that I don’t even know what to do. Here’s what’s on repeat at the moment:

Forget the Storm – Tyler Hilton

I bought this album the morning it came out. It’s been a really long time that I’ve had an album on repeat for weeks on end but this one makes the list. I’ve been a big fan of Tyler since his single “Picture Perfect”. A friend of mine from Toronto introduced me to the song back in 2004 and when he started appearing on One Tree Hill I got to experience his music on a different level. This album is hands down my favorite though. You’ll Ask For Me & Jenny have become two of the most played songs on my iTunes. I also can’t get enough of Leave Him which reminds me a bit of Michael Buble. I’ve had Jason listening to this album every single time we get into the car. He’s starting to know all the words now too..a very rare thing. I’m absolutely devastated that I can’t see him on May 19th in Ottawa. Caitlin and I were discussing a  road trip two months before any of these Canadian dates were announced and now both of us will be out of town for it. Looks like we’ll be hopping in a car when we’re both back!

Kids In the Streets – The All American Rejects

This is the first AAR album that I haven’t completely freaked out over. Don’t get me wrong, I still adored some of the songs on first play but their past albums have appealed to me more. When I saw them live a week ago it changed my mind completely. I can’t stop listening to the album now. Someday’s Gone is such a good song to blare on your speakers and I For You is one of the prettiest songs I’ve ever heard. During the interview I also got the chance to tell Tyson how much I adored Heartbeats Slowing Down and he promised to play it live during the show for the first time ever. He did in the encore and I smiled like a little girl for the full 3 minutes. If it takes you some time to get into this album I recommend you keep at it..because it pays off. It’s also so nice to see how much Tyson as matured and despite him still being completely insane, he also knows how to bring himself down.

Walk the Talk EP – William Beckett

I was so heartbroken when I found out The Academy Is… was breaking up. Especially a month before I was supposed to see them in concert. It made it a big easier when I found out that William Beckett would continue to make music. He released his EP a few days ago and it’s just like I expected it to be. His voice is so unique and easy to listen to. I’m so excited to see him on May 13th. I’m also a bit sad that the album is ONLY 4 songs. I’m ready for more!

Love is a Four Letter Word – Jason Mraz

I bought tickets to go see Jason Mraz for the very first time in concert this coming September with Melissa. I don’t even know why I’ve never see him live. I’ve always been a fan of his music and his new album doesn’t disappoint at all. I haven’t had the chance to listen to it a lot yet but so far I’m completely hooked on Everything is Sound and The Woman I Love. Not to mention I can’t get enough of I Won’t Give Up.

On Your Side – A Rocket to the Moon

I am so happy I finally got to see these guys live. It was about 4 years ago that I randomly came across their EP on iTunes. It was only a few songs but I absolutely loved their sound. For some reason I never followed up on their music and didn’t even know that they had a full length album out! So when I saw them open for AAR last week I got to hear their new music. I came home and immediately bought the album off of iTunes. I’ve been driving Jason insane with the replays of Baby Blue Eyes and Like We Used To. I actually almost started crying when I heard Like We Used to Live. The lyrics are heartbreaking. I was also so stoked to see Dakota on the album!

The Slumdon Bridge EP- Yelawolf ft Ed Sheeran

Yeah I went and bought this album on iTunes. There’s something that appeals to me so much when a rapper works with someone who has as beautiful a voice as Ed Sheeran. While Yelawolf is not my choice for artist of the year, he manages to make this EP really neat. I surprised myself by the amount of times I’ve listened to it.

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Some Nights – Fun.

In better news one of my absolute favorite bands released their newest album today!

It’s freaking amazing. Everyone needs to pick up a copy!!!

Did I do something to warrant this karma?

This week keeps handing me disappointments like it’s candy.

First of all if I’m writing right now I’m clearly not in Florida. Thanks to a panic attack. I woke up at 3:45am. I got dressed and as I was sitting at my vanity doing my hair I just felt it. To those who don’t suffer from them it might be easy to say “Oh just breathe and try and distract yourself” but to those of us who actually experience them it’s terrifying. I had to be out the door at 4am. I was still sitting in my kitchen, unable to move, at 4:30am. By then it was too late for me to be able to run to the airport. At the same time when that strikes you don’t know what triggered it and you sure as hell don’t want that happening at the airport, on the airplane or in Florida. So I had to make a terrible decision. I chose not to go. I lost all the money I put down for the trip. I lost a week away with two best friends. As if that wasn’t bad enough.

Since I was supposed to be in Florida this week I turned down a FREE meet and greet pass with my favorite band and tickets to their show in Kingston with my best friend. She asked someone else. Sucks for me that I’m in town now. On top of that I sold my tickets to Simple Plan this Thursday because, yet again, I wasn’t supposed to be in town. Now I find out that I might not be able to go to the Hedley show in Ottawa and if I do I’m most likely going alone. I really just want to cry.

A part of me is just really sad because from 2006-2010 I was having the time of my life. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still getting amazing opportunities and I’m still having fun but it’s not the same kind of fun. I miss roadtrips with my best friends. I miss getting in the car with them and driving and singing at the top of our lungs. I miss us being girls and running to the hotel room to get ready. I miss our squealing and our hysterical giggle fits. I see so many people my age who are still going with groups of their friends on roadtrips. And not just to one show. They’re doing what we used to do. They’re making a mini tour out of it and yet they work and balance all of this out too. The last time we did that was in May. Almost a year ago. I miss it terribly.

In summary…this week I get to do nothing remotely fun and go to work instead. I’ve told myself I need to be more positive. Hell I’m trying but sometimes life is cruel.

 

 

Thanksgiving Weekend

I used to think that summer was my favorite time of year but as I grow up I realize that nothing beats a beautiful fall day. There’s something about the smell of leaves and all the colors that bring me back to my childhood and just make me relaxed. I could walk for hours outdoors. The first real weekend of fall for me is always thanksgiving. I don’t know why, it just is.

On Friday night Mel, Jason, Caitlin, Sophie & I all went downtown for the Wakey!Wakey! show at ilMotore. We had a very fast dinner at Mikes, I got mine 20 minutes after everyone else and then headed over to the venue. I saw this band for the first time back in May with Jenn & Mel in Burlington. We’d all heard Mike Grubbs music on One Tree Hill and it was a love affair from there. His albums are probably in my Top 3 as is his band. It’s not only his music, it’s who he is as a musician. I’ll explain.

The show opened with Casey Shea another artist signed to Family Records. At this show we met the head of the label and I’ve realized that THIS is the type of label I want to work for. One that is family oriented and who treats their artists as musicians, not spoiled superstars. Caseys set was amazing and he made everyone laugh for the 30 minutes he was on the stage. After that Wakey!Wakey! hit the stage. I’m not going to lie, I was super suprised that the venue sold out. When we met Mike in Burlington he told us all about how much he wanted to come to Montreal so when the show was booked I was a little bit afraid that he’d be let down by our city and not want to come back. Boy was I wrong. I’m so proud to be a music fan in Montreal. We have kickass crowds.

When Wakey!Wakey! hit the stage the entire building shook. Mike & Tanya played for almost 2 straight hours. The crowd sang along for almost every single song and even sang the background vocals during Twenty Two. Mike kept stopping to laugh and tell the crowd how blown away he was by the reception they were getting. It was his first time in the city and he admitted that it was officially his favorite show and that we were the best crowd he’d ever played for. Nothing makes me smile more than a musician who DESERVES IT making it. He played long past the end of his set and told the crowd that he wanted to meet every singe person. During his set he casually talked non stop to the crowd and smiled the entire time. I have so much respect for this man as a muscian as well as a person. These are the people who should be huge in the music industry. Those artists who have worked hard and who are humbled by their fame. Not people like Rihanna and Kanye West who have heads too big to enter stadiums.

After the show we spoke with Wesley from Family records a little bit more and thanked Mike for playing an amazing show. I’m so excited to see a show in the near future.

On Saturday morning Jason & I headed to the Morgan Arboretum for a long walk through the woods. This has become tradition for me every thanksgiving weekend. I love walking through the trees and looking at all the color changes and enjoying the complete silence. The only part that is never fun is all the mud. After that we headed back to my house for a small thanksgiving dinner with my grandmother and godmother and I ate my weight in stuffing, which is generally what happens.

Only 18 more days until Vancouver and in that time I have to get through 9 shifts, a hair cut, a foot tattoo, pumpkin picking, a concert, a habs game….YAY!.

I’ve got another confession to make…

One of my goals on my 101 in 1001 days is to sit down and watch three music documentaries. I had watched the Hedley one and was hoping to find another one that featured a band I liked but that I didn’t know much about.

I sat down with the Foo Fighters documentary “Back & Forth” today and couldn’t believe how fast the hour and forty minutes flew by. A lot of people don’t know this but I grew up on this band. My brother used to blare their music around the house and for a few years I’d have their CD’s in my CD player on repeat. With so much musical competition I forgot about their music a little bit. I sat down to watch this documentary and I was reminded how much I loved their stuff. It brought me back to my childhood almost immediately.

I respect Dave Grohl to no end. I think he’s an absolute genius in the music industry, not to mention one of the most talented drummers out there. I never knew anything about the band though aside from their music. It was so interesting to learn about everything that they had been through. What blew me away the most was learning how hard they struggled to differentiate themselves from the Nirvana past.  I never knew how much controversy and hate Dave got for creating a band after Kurt Cobains death.

Watching this made me love music even more than I already do. I’m so sad I missed their show here a few weeks ago. On top of that they’ll be in Vancouver two days before I get there. I would love to see them live. Veterans in this industry are the most fun to watch.

Let’s Get Connected

I really don’t know why I’m not blogging as much anymore. I don’t like this one bit.

Where do I even start?

School is finished. It’s a bittersweet kind of thing. I remember the very first day that Jenn and I stepped foot into the school. I was nervous out of my mind about the people I’d have to spend the next year with. We sat at a seperate table in the cafeteria for a good week and stuck to each other like glue. We slowly adapted to everything and realized how awesome our classmates were. The first semester was the most memorable for me. It felt like the one where I genuinely learned the most and had the best teachers. We also got to know everyone and form friendships(and a relationship in my case). I studied contracts, the music industry, communication and my very first marketing class. It was my first time back in school after 2 years and it felt so good. Things went downhill after the second semester started. It felt like I wasn’t learning as much and that the administration didn’t really listen to the students needs. I remember thinking that I only had 6 months left. Now I’m completely done. It was tough to say goodbye to everyone and leave the security blanket of school. I am on the fence with Trebas. I did learn a lot and I find myself informing people about music related things that I didn’t know a thing about before I went to the school. At the same time I don’t believe that it was worth the money that my family and I spent on it. Now comes the internship time where I have to figure out where the rest of my life will take me.

The Trebas Gang minus 3

I had a tough couple of days once school ended. I realized that now was the time where I had to start seriously pursuing a career. I’ve applied at multiple places for internships and heard nothing back. Meanwhile people around me have gotten amazing ones. It’s frustrating. It’s hard when you come to the realization that this industry is very different from regular jobs. You can’t just walk into an office with a CV and apply for a job against the very best. There aren’t ads for jobs in newspapers or on the internet. It’s by word of mouth. It’s all about who you know. So I know I’m going to miss tons of great job opportunities because I wasn’t informed and therefore I didn’t get the chance to apply. I’ve also realized that I need to focus on making as much money as possible this year because my heart is with Toronto and I want to be there within the next year. That being said I can’t start a great job and then leave it. Instead I’ll intern and work here and when it comes time to move I’ll start seriously pursuing something. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I have to realize that at the age of 23 I HAVE done a lot of good for myself in this industry. I just have to keep working at it.

When I leave..this is what I’ll miss the most

Now that school has ended I’ve taken on more responsibility with CONFRONT Magazine. I’ve also decided to do more interviews. That started with one with The New Cities on the 12th of September. Everyone knows how much I adore those 6 guys and how proud I am for all the success that has come their way. From 2008-2010 I saw them 38 times. Then in the past year I saw them zero times. It’s been weird and I’ve realized how much I’ve missed having their music and their personalities in my life. It was great to be reunited with them at the Sony Offices. Then Jenn, Jason & I roadtripped to Kitchener for a sporadic show date before Jenn disappeared to Vancouver for 3 months. We spent the car ride singing at the top of our lungs and then in Kitchener we danced like idiots to some of the music that made us happiest. We headed back to Jasons best friends house that night and ordered Chinese and played Quelf. I went to bed more relaxed that night then I’d been in 5 months. I realized then how much music really does cure people. I had missed going to shows and dancing like and idiot with best friends and singing at the top of my lungs. The fact that I have a boyfriend who is more than happy to come with me is the cherry on top.

Dance Parties in Kitchener

Finally, after almost a year of waiting The New Cities played a show in Montreal this past Monday evening. I can’t explain how good it felt to be in familiar territory again. Surrounded by friends made through music and professionals in the industry. I felt right at home. It’s so great to turn around and see a friendly face. Sony did an amazing job of setting up an evening to remember. The show was amazing and the new album has been on repeat since yesterday morning. I feel like my year was lacking SEVERLEY in shows. Now it’s as if everything’s picking up just as school has ended. Let the good times begin….

PICK UP KILL THE LIGHTS IN STORES NOW!!

But I found the strength inside…

I wrote a long blog post  2 months ago about how I’ve used Hedley’s music during some of my most difficult days, weeks, months.  They’ve been the thing that I’ve turned to for the last 6 years. They say music saves you and I really, truly, believe it. I’ve been struggling a lot over the last 4 months with my own personal demons and when I first heard Invincible last month I actually laughed because they had done it again. They’d written something that I knew I’d be able to blast and use to make myself feel less alone with my struggles.

I cried watching this music video today. Not only does it help everyone(including myself) understand that they’re NOT alone but it’s inspiring.

It’s crazy how much these 4 have matured since “On My Own”. I’m so proud to call myself a lifelong fan. I can’t wait to sit down for that interview with them on their new tour and finally get the chance to let them know how much they’ve changed my life for the better.

The fall is shaping up beautifully

I’m currently overwhelmed with the amount of things happening from September on. At the moment almost every single one of my favorite bands are working on or releasing a brand new album. Jacks’ Mannequin is set to be released on October 4th while The New Cities announced September 27th. On top of that bands like The Academy Is, Marianas Trench, Faber Drive, Thriving Ivory, The Rocket Summer and SO many others are in the studio. Nothing makes me happier than new music.

Most importantly Hedley just announced that they would be releasing their brand new single to radios this coming Monday and that their single would be available on Tuesday. Last night I had a very vivid dream that I was front row at one of their shows and I woke up incredibly unhappy when I realized that not only was I NOT at a concert but I had none planned. Then the boys come along and announce the new album for the fall and tour dates to follow that. I miss them unbelievable amounts. From 2005-2008 I saw them at least 5 times a year and sometimes more than once at M+ and other appearances. From 2009-now I’m lucky to see them once a year. For some reason for their arena tour I only went to one show because I assumed they’d be back in Canada a lot. I was poor and not willing to splurge when it wasn’t necessary. This time around I’m ready for the dates to be announced and SO excited to be back in a part of my life that I love the most.  I still can’t believe that their first album was released in 2005. It feels like yesterday honestly. I’m so excited to see what this next album is like. I’ve been more and more impressed by the maturity of each new album.

As if new music wasn’t announced my 22nd birthday is September 14th and the ladies, Jason and I are heading up north for 2 nights to just be together and party. Jason and I have also been researching flights for Vancouver for the end of October for two weeks to visit Jenn. The Academy Is/Jacks Mannequin show have fallen PERFECTLY on those dates as well as a Canucks game. Jason and I are also celebrating our 1 year in November which I’m really excited about.

I’m looking forward to being genuinely excited about things again.

Josh Groban X2.

The other night after the 1st Josh Groban show I was lying in bed with my boyfriend and he asked me what the best show I ever went to was. I used to always answer the same ones from back in 2009 but then I realized it was more about the experience throughout those days that made them special, not necessarily the show. Then I realized that the two best shows I’ve ever seen in my life were probably Something Corporate last August and Josh Groban in Ottawa two days ago.

On Friday afternoon Jason and I left for Ottawa. We made a quick stop at Athenas to catch up and hug her dog a little and then we headed to Scotiabank Arena. I really don’t like it there. I don’t understand how Ottawa Sens fans can enjoy driving out to bumf*ck nowhere to watch their games. I guess when you’re spoiled with the Bell Center nothing can really compare. So we found our seats, 2nd row on the left of the stage on the floor. Jason bought these tickets about 2 weeks before we left as a surprise and I still can’t believe that he found such incredible places. The show started at exactly 8pm with opening act Elew. Normally I’m not huge on instrumentals but he was incredible to watch. He played modern songs on the piano but with new spins to them. He opened with Mr Brightside from The Killers and went from there. He would go from one song into an other so easily that it made me want to get up on the stage and sit down at the piano and try.  He was amazing to watch.

Then at exactly 9pm Josh hit the stage. I normally go to shows that are General Admission for Josh Groban shows have been a whole new experience for me. He started the show off in the center of the arena singing “Changing Colors” and then proceeded to play 2 more songs there. Then he ran through the crowd and got on the stage right in front of us. His voice is absolutely flawless. If it’s possible it’s even better live than on a CD. His voice is so powerful that it belongs in an arena. I definitely started crying when he started to sing The War At Home. I’m not going to go on and on about this but I think he’s officially the person in the music industry that I just love and respect the most. Never in my life have I seen a musician create such an intimate show with so many people. He joked and talked to the crowd, he answered fan questions and he even brought someone on stage to sing with him. Something else I noticed was how he involves his musicians and doesn’t center the show around himself. He introduced all of his musicians, pointed them all out during solos and then bowed with them in the end. They all looked like they were having an incredible time and that made it even more fun to watch.

I was going to write all about the Montreal show but both were very similar and completely mind blowing. All I can do is suggest his show a millions times over to those who have never been. I didn’t want to get up and leave. Even when he was singing in Portugese & French it was so breath taking. This is what celebrities and musicians etc should be all about. Those idiots who let fame change them shouldn’t be allowed to be role models in kids lives. It should be people like Josh Groban who remain humble  despite massive amounts of fame. Seeing him smile on stage is so amazing because it’s so genuine. Seeing his musicians laugh and have a good time is incredible because you can tell they love what they do because their “boss” loves what he does. He’s my music idol.

NYC in November? Maybe? Please?

It’s that time again….new music releases!!!

The thing that makes me happiest? New music.

So far in the last week there’s been a ton of new stuff to put on my iPod.

First and foremost…HEDLEYS BACK. I love when those boys are in the studio because it always means that snippets of songs are going to be leaked and sure enough last night on a twitcam the boys showed fans a brand new song called “Stormy.” I missed it but a friend sent me the MP3 in and in my eyes these boys can do no wrong. There are a lot of upcoming albums but NONE get me more excited then new Hedley. I can’t believe they’re on album number 4. It feels like yesterday that I ran out to buy album #1. The only video I could find to post in this blog is a messy filmed version of “Stormy” but it involves Jake on the piano so it’s gold.

Next was the release of Jack’s Mannequin new single “Racing Thoughts.” Here’s another artist that I feel can do absolutely no wrong. When you take Andrew McMahon and place him at a piano, magic happens. I heard this song for the first time at his show at the beginning of the month and now I finally got the chance to hear the recorded version which is just as incredible. The best news of all was that his 3rd, and newest, record will be released on October 4th. This fall is going to be so incredible. I’m already overloaded thinking of all the good music coming my way.

Third up was Marianas Trench. I have such an unbelievable love/hate relationship with this band. I’ve been following them since before their first album was released. I adore their music. Everything about it is unique. The problem is that I can’t stand Josh Ramsey as a human. As a musician he’s pure genius but as a human I find him to be a bit of a prick. Now that’s just my opinion and he might not be but the way he presents himself on stage has always bothered me. That will never stop me from supporting his music though. I won’t miss a concert and I will always buy their CD’s because I respect him unreal amounts as an artist and I do wish MT loads of success. That being said I adore the new single. Josh hits notes and sings in a way that other musicians could only dream of doing. Their last album was a million times better than their first IMO so I can only imagine what the third will be like.

Lastly is the release of The Midway States second album. I love these guys. I wish them so much success in their journey in the industry. Nathan has one of the most haunting voices I have ever heard. Anything with piano gives me goosebumps and well that’s what most of their songs consist of. I had their first album on repeat for quite some time and I actually enjoy this one even more. If you haven’t purchased it then I highly suggest getting your butt over to iTunes or HMV and grabbing a copy of “Paris Or India”

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