Arcade Fire’s “the Suburbs

A few weeks ago, indie rock group Arcade Fire released a hit- The Suburbs. the day it was released, I bought it, and it hasn’t left the stereo in my Jeep. I’m constantly listening to it, and being inspired by the ideologies in their lyrics. I feel like I’m reading a journal when listening. It’s all honest and raw. If you haven’t bought it yet, I would definitely encourage you to do so.

The entire album is basically an analysis of modern American suburban life. Here are some lyrics from the album. They require no analysis. They are exactly as they present themselves.

The Suburbs

“So can you understand
Why I want a daughter while I’m still young?
I want to hold her hand
Show her some beauty
Before this damage is done
But if it’s too much to ask
If it’s too much to ask
Send me a son”

Deep Blue

Put the cellphone down for a while
In the night there is something wild
Can you hear it breathing?
And hey
Put the laptop down for a while
In the night there is something wild
I feel it, it’s leaving me”

Month of May

“So young, so young
So much pain for someone so young, well
I know it’s heavy, I know it ain’t light
But how you gonna lift it with your arms folded tight?”

Sprawl I
“Cops showing their lights
On the reflectors of our bikes
Said, do you kids know what time it is?
Well sir, it’s the first time I’ve felt like something is mine
Like I have something to give
The last defender of the sprawl
Said, well where do you kids live?
Well sir, if you only knew
What the answer is worth
Been searching every corner
Of the earth”

There are a lot of other songs on the album. Each packed with strong lyrics, melodies, and ideas. It’s worth getting, and it’s all worth pondering over.

AND lastly, Music Suggestions of the Week:

An Oldie: Rebel Rebel-David Bowie

Recent Song: The Kindler Burns- I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business

Friend’s Suggestion: The Garden- Mirah


Vans Warped Tour 2010: Finding New Music, Enjoying Familiar Music

These are the first words I am puting into the cyber world.  I want to begin my blog on a high note- Vans Warped Tour.

WHAT IN THE WORLD IS VANS WARPED TOUR? Basically, it’s a 10 hour festival which has the sole purpose of entertaining teenagers with all the subgenres of rock music. The sounds of hundreds of bands absorb the air and draw crowds. It’s a festival to see some of your favorite bands, while likewise finding those bands that are hidden treasures, who hope to expand their fanbase and get their music into the hearts of more listeners.

This year, some of the headlining bands were the All-American Rejects, 3OH!3, Sum 41, We the Kings, and Never Shout Never. After seeing that, I was immediately sold to go. Among those, I only watched the performance for We the Kings, but I was content with that. Up  until their performance, I was either pleasantly surprised or disappointed in several bands I had never heard of before. Although I wasn’t able  to see all of the nearly 100 bands that played at Warped, these specific bands will definitely be finding a new home in my iPod, and who knows, perhaps they will find their way into yours as well.

1. I Can Make A Mess Like Nobody’s Business– Definitely my favorite newbies at the show. I was shockingly  infatuated by their pleasant melodies, and unlike most of the bands at Warped,they used a piano. Their music swam through the airwaves, dove into my ears, and lingered in my veins, leaving impression heavier than any other new band I watched at the show. If you like Copeland, Dashboard Confessional, indie bands that are similar, or are just looking for something new, find these guys on iTunes and you won’t regret it.

2. You Me At Six– These British crooners drew quite the crowd. In all honesty, what was first magnetic about them was their charming and enchanting British accents. They certainly proved their accents weren’t all they have to offer. Their music was likewise inviting. They sound faintly similar to both the All-American Rejects and Between the Trees, but still have originality and personality. 

3. Third Time’s a Charm– These guys were pretty decent. Their sound does, I admit, fall short in originality of sound, resembling an exact reflection of All Time Low. Despite that, they doubtlessly have an engaging sound and dazzling lyrics, and a few of their songs are surely becoming some of my favorites.

4. Disco Curtis– Find their cover of Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance”. 🙂 Although their sound is, again, nothing I haven’t heard, they’re convivial and upbeat, and the rhythm is contagious.

And VOILA! Those are my top picks for favorite finds at Warped tour.

I saw a number of familiar performers as well, some of whom I have seen before. Picture Time, of course:

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And finally, my song recommendations of the week:

OLD SONG: London Calling- The Clash

NEW SONG: Ready to Start- Arcade Fire

FRIEND’S PICK: Thunder- Boys Like Girls (courtesy of my best friend Melanie)

Happy Music Monday, and thanks for checking out