Weekly #Spotify Playlist – 9/19/2014 (AFI Halloween Edition)


This week’s playlist is a special one, as it’s the first playlist of the Halloween season, and while there are many more coming down the pipe, I wanted to start off with some authentic and energetic horror music. With this in mind, I’ve combed through AFI’s albums, and have picked out what I consider to be the best examples of horror music as performed by Davey Havok and company. They’ve got a bizzaro passion for this kind of stuff, but whereas the Misfits were cheesier (in a good way) and more early punk sounding, AFI brought the mid-nineties west coast punk/hardcore sound with a much more serious concept lyrically.

For a while at least, then the Misfits influence started to pass, and The Cure started working their way in more and more, while more modern group sounds started blending in, as well. But even on their latest album Burials, there are plenty of dark, brooding, and Halloween sounding songs throughout.

This playlist is a focus on AFI, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy this to kick off your Halloween season.


Weekly #Spotify Playlist – 9/12/2014 (Danzig-y edition)


In an earlier post, I noted that I have been writing music with my wife, and to be specific, I’m writing a lot of guitar parts. If you know me at all, this should be hilarious to you because I have no idea how to play a guitar, but I’ve picked up some stuff along the way, I guess, and I’m actually digging what we’re doing. However, the most bizarre thing about this is what’s influencing me currently, and that’s really what’s making this stuff interesting to me.

I love Glenn Danzig. I adore him. I think he’s both wonderful and hilarious, and I love his voice, so everything I’m writing, I imagine the Danzig voice over what I’m playing, but my wife doesn’t sing like that, so it’s super cool. Anyway, these bands all have that Danzig flair to them, and I am loving these songs very much at this point in my life.

As always, featured artists are after the jump! (more…)

Familiar Places, New Faces

10340065_10101897900584195_3041099210609528423_nWell, despite my previous entries and determination, I’m not in New York. I’m actually back in the place where I grew up, which is both unfortunate and fortunate. I’m looking to start some sort of business while also trying to find some sort of job down here. It’s not the easy situation to be in, but we’re mostly good. Coming back here after over a decade away is kind of bizarre. Friends I’ve had pretty much my entire life kinda don’t know the person I’ve become over that time, but it’s still good to be around a decent amount of people that actually care about you.

There are other things, too, actually. Awesome things, in fact. My wife and I are, for the first time, actually doing something together musically, which is so incredible. I’ve always wanted to do stuff like this, but I’ve either not had the tools, or I’ve not been taken seriously as a collaborator. Also, I’ve done some actual, honest to God graphic design work, but I’m really looking forward to doing more of that, but it’s just a tough business to crack into down here.


Weekly #Spotify Playlist – 4/30/2014 (My So-Called Punk Edition)

Weekly Spotify PlaylistI’ve been reading My So-Called Punk  by Matt Diehl, which chronicles a bit of the history of punk rock through the 70s and 80s into the neo-punk explosion of the mid-90s to present, over the past couple of weeks, and I got in my head to try to mirror the books exploration of punk rock hardcore, pop-punk, and faux punk with a Weekly Spotify Playlist. Brilliant idea, let me tell you!

This playlist took me about 3 hours to curate, and I feel disgusting for putting a Good Charlotte song on this site, but the guy talked a lot about them. Oh crap, I forgot about The Ataris (groans…) brb. Okay, I got it.

While I don’t love all of the music on this playlist by any means, I feel like it’s a pretty accurate playlist chronicling the same things that My So-Called Punk chronicles. I’m sorry if you don’t like it, but remember that I haven’t had a blast reading this book.

Any way, as always, the 8 billion featured artists will be featured after the break. Enjoy? Maybe?


Youth Code is Awesome: You Should Listen To Them

This band is seriously amazing, and they are providing me with a lot of creative ideas for future projects. I love them, but I haven’t really checked out any of their videos before last night when my wife posted one on Facebook, and it was awesome. Here is “Carried Mask.”

Go to their bandcamp page and buy things. Also, go to their label’s site and buy the vinyl. I know where my next $18 is going!

Wish List (Things To Get)

wishlistI’ve made a few purchases recently, and I’m currently reading My So-Called Punk by Matt Diehl, but don’t think that I’m not looking out on the horizon to things that I’ve got on my “to obtain” list. I’m also pretty sure that I did this fairly recently, but my desires are much like the Tennessee weather in that they change overnight.

Anyway, below you will find a variety of CDs, books, movies, and other junk for which I currently have a burning desire to own.