It’s an incredible feeling when you can be transported back in time with music. Sure you can play some soulful Marvin Gaye, The Temptations, or some Dianna Ross & The Supremes and instantly think of the 60’s, but to be transfixed by soul with modern day music; now that’s quite a feat.
Leon Bridges (his name even brings you back) captures that exact tone and feel of the early 60’s. His soulful melodies, punchy vocals and all around groove gives us a chance to pay homage to the artists who did it best. His single “Coming Home”, from his debut album of the same name couldn’t be more 60’s even if you tried. His style is romantic, but not to be confused by the “romanticism” that is played in today’s R&B (turned to instant sexy time). It’s the effort of trying to be a “Better Man” for his baby, or simply telling the story of his mother from New Orleans, without any care of rhyming schemes or structure. It’s Romantic, easy going, it’s comfortable, like a warm blanket of soul (is that weird?)
I haven’t even mentioned his smooth swinging back up band, full of Doo-Wop vocals, subtle brass and bass, and that groovy drum kit that plays just a tick behind the beat, matched with a live recording on vintage equipment and tape…Can I Get An Amen.
Similar Artist: Sam Cooke, Ray Lamontagne, The Temptations
Leon Bridges will be playing in Toronto at Danforth music Hall on October 23rd.
#5 was extremely hard to choose from, so I opted not to and chose both Eyeless & Wait And Bleed. Both songs are prolific bangers with only one thing in mind…Destruction! Eyeless begins with a scratch track from Sid, which then whirls into a guitar screech, massive drums then Corey’s scream. But the most compelling part of Eyeless is the chorus: “You can’t see California without Marlon Brendo’s EYES”. Rumour has it that a homeless man was screaming and repeating this phrase over and over during their time in California. Significance? I have no idea; but hell, it works. Or you can just skip to the 3:28 mark to understand my love for this song…
And then comes Wait And Bleed, the counterpart of Eyeless off their Self-Titled album. This One-Two punch of Eyeless & Wait And Bleed is a unbelievable combination of heart pulsing grunge metal, while Corey punctures another fascinating chorus that takes precedence over the rest of the song. Eyeless holds you up and Wait And Bleed knocks you down, both working in tandem to give you as much chaos as possible.
This was kind of a no brainer for me. Vermillion is the kind of song that either hits you hard or not at all, and trust me, it hit many of us maggots hard; but by surprise. As soon as Vermillion was released off Vol. 3, with its creepy three key introduction, automatically we thought; “Oh crap a musical ballad by Slipknot“. Instead, we were treated to a tremendous story told through heavy guitar strums, creepy synth samples, hollow screams, and what sounds like a xylophone at the end. This was a very mature release by the knot, and possibly the most commercial.
Though commercial is not necessarily a bad thing. They set a very high bar with their first two albums, and I believe Vol. 3
was more directed to the fans…us, the maggots. Vermillion
may have gotten a bad rep for its slow progression and use of melodies, but the sheer creativity and haunting of Vermillion
gave me a good understanding of how far Slipknot
has come. Vol. 3
was a coming of age album and Vermillion
was the proof.
This has to be one of the most brutal, malevolent, grotesque and vicious songs I’ve encountered with Slipknot. For one, the title “Disasterpiece” is fantastic, so much so that they even used the same name for their Live DVD. Second, Corey Taylor uses the lyrics “Noises, noises, people make noises, people make noises when their sick” for the chorus. Third, the epic concluding break down at the 4:48 mark…
And finally, the note at the end of the song isn’t a scream, a lyric, a drum hit or even a guitar strum. Instead, my best guess is Corey dropping/throwing his headphones at the mic during his recording session in the vocal booth. There are so many reasons why “Disasterpiece” deserves to be #7 on my list, though the main reason is the sheer emotions evoked in the song. Emotions were running very high during the recording of Iowa. In fact, Corey has said that Slipknot will never do a album like Iowa again. Reason why? “Because it almost killed us”.
After a little hiatus prior to their third studio album, Slipknot wanted to revitalize, reinvent and reintroduce themselves to the world; not like we needed any reminder. Vol 3. The Subliminal Verses was one hell of a comeback, but “Duality”, their first single off the album was the true catalyst to an already exploding popularity of Vol 3.
“I push my finger in to my eyes” seems to be the theme of the song, which is also known as the sing-a-long part during their live performances. Yeah, you read right…a freaking Slipknot sing-a-long section. As if there wasn’t enough hype surrounding the band’s comeback after the release of “Duality”, their music video surely pushed everything over the edge. Think Zombie Apocalypse with a little bit of Slipknot…or is it the other way around?
9 band members, 100’s of maggot fans, and one sad excuse for a house equals and insane music video. Reintroduction? Hell no! Slipknot was just waiting for the right time to kick our ass again. “I Push My Fingers In To My…EEYYYEEES” \m/\m/
Myself, and millions of other Slipknot fans were truly disappointed with the departure of former drummer Joey Jordison, also known as #1. It’s been said that Joey decided to leave the band in order to continue his career with his second band Scar The Martry; yet other reports suggest that Slipknot collectively agreed to kick Joey out. Regardless of the rumours, fans and maggots alike were left in shock and disbelief of the news, that the heart and backbone of the band is no longer part of the Skipknot equation.
All Hope Is Gone, the knot‘s fourth studio album may have been my least favourite of the four, comparing to classics like Iowa and their self titled. But with their headbanger chant known as “Vendetta”, this song alone restored my faith in Slipknot. Beginning with a ridiculous drum solo leading off to a mantra of double bass kicks and killers snare hits, and don’t forgot that strategically placed China, Joey somehow makes a standard metal beat into a gem. “Vendetta” may be a surprise to some to crack the top ten, but I thought this was a sure stand out to a mediocre album. It is an honest and horror ridden song, which makes “Vendetta” my #9 as we say so long to #1.
“Spit It Out” off their debut album may not be worthy of a top 10 position on its own, therefore I am referring strictly to their live performance of this song. Each time I have attended a Slipknot show, the Knot reserve “Spit It Out” for something they call the No Bullsh*t, or what I’d like to call a glorified audience participation of DESTRUCTION.
If you’re not a fan of rap and metal, which I agree is an odd combination, you can skip to the 5:00 mark of the video to witness the phenomenon. Front man Corey Taylor, also known as #8, advises the audience to get down on one knee during the guitar breakdown. Just think about it! Tens of thousands of ruckus metal heads crouching down to their knees, just waiting for their chance to erupt. Corey toys with the crowd and “Not until I say Jump the F*ck Up” were they allowed to go crazy; and crazy they went…trust me, I was there.
I’ve been through and seen some crazy shows before, but to be a part of this crowd, to witness what happens during “Spit It Out”, nothing comes remotely close to being as crazy. Gives me goosebumps just thinking about it…*shivers*…ok, on to the next one.
I was heading over to the Toronto Islands to take part in the NXNE festival as a stage hand, and in doing so I had to take a ferry. Now I haven’t taken a ferry in quite some time, let alone a ferry to the Toronto Island, but I must say, it was a beautiful scenario, which calls for beautiful music to match. Que “Oblivion” by Danish singer-songwriter Søren Løkke Juul, who goes by the name of Indians. Odd name I agree, but his musical proust exemplifies what I call a Romantic Horror Story.
From this years teen summer flick, full of prepubescents sobs and tissue boxes, the “Fault In Our Stars” had one of the best soundtracks of the year. With a line up that includes Ed Sheeran, Birdy, Lykke Li & Ray LaMontagne, little known Indians stuck out like a sore thumb for me. Immensely emotional, magically layered with guitar effects and vocal reverb, and a solid progression throughout; I wouldn’t change a thing.
As I boarded the ferry and tucked my earbuds in place, the serenity I felt while looking out to the water and listening to “Oblivion” was kind of surreal. It took fifteen minutes to get from one dock to the next, but within those fifteen minutes, I knew I was excited for the ferry ride back.
For Fans Of: Bon Iver, Fleet Foxes, Daughter
PS: Aint gonna lie, Fault In Our Stars was a fantastic movie, so much so I took the book from my girlfriend and couldn’t help but quote the novel. Great Book, Great Movie, Even Better Soundtrack.
It’s kind of a drab day here in Toronto, the sky is a little cloudy and the floor is a little wet, most importantly my home town Raptors are down one game in the playoffs. These can potentially be little pieces to a big disastrous day, but why be somber when you have so much to look forward to. My Raptors will bounce back in game two, the smell of wet cement is glorious (well according to my girlfriend *rotates finger at temple*) and from the words of Augustana, you just “Need A Little Sunshine” to wash away the clouds.
“Need A Little Sunshine” instantly woke me up from a palm to chin morning, to a straight back optimistic afternoon. Only a hand full of songs can do that to you; I would include John Mayers “Waiting on the World to Change” and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zero’s “Home” to fit the bill. Optimism is hard to come by now a days, so when you get a chance to spread it, I would say what are you waiting for?
“…Got a little bit of faith in the hard times, oh
Got a little bit of shade in the moonlight, oh
Got a little bit of right in the wrong times, oh
Got you and me, we’re alright, oh”
For fans of: John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Joshua Radin
PS. My apologies for video quality, the audio hasn’t come out yet, though the acoustic version is quite amazing as well =)
For the time being, graduating hasn’t hit me yet. I know this is a start of a new life, a new journey, and where ever I go, it’ll just be the beginning, but the boys from the Arkells said it best: “I Never Thought That This Would Happen“. When ever I speak about school, and about finishing my last exam ever *mind blown*, I always preach patience and if I gained anything from graduating, i’ve learnt that patience…well, it goes without saying.
The boys from the Arkells were kind enough to send me a link to their new song “Never Thought That This Would Happen“, right in the midst of my final exam. First off, I LOVE THE ARKELLS, secondly, there is no better way to describe how I feel while I count down my last few hours of education. “Never Thought That This Would Happen” was inspired by a summer festival in rural Ontario called Hillside, where they continue to say “beneath the moonlight, there’s drinking, dancing, and campfire sing-a-longs. This song takes place after all of that, sometime between Saturday night and Sunday morning”. Well I can’t say there was much partying or drinking on my part, but the message still stands, after all the dust has cleared, man I never thought that this would happen.
So this is my chance to say thank you to all those people who’ve stuck by me, who reassured me that this is the right decision, and believed that I could do it. From the bottom of my heart I thank you and I promise you I won’t disappoint.
For fans of: Tokyo Police Club, Sam Roberts Band, Yukon Blonde
PS. Thank you Arkells for sending me this tune, and for everyone who is sending me their music, thank you and keep sending =)