Nostalgia

Coal Chamber; What a Terrible Band

Coal Chamber; What a Terrible BandThere have been a few bands during my lifetime that certain people around me are really into for some reason. These bands have all been of the “currently popular, but not long-lasting in said popularity” brand, and while they might be a flavor of the month, year, or decade, people tend to stand by them and passionately defend any opposition that you might throw their way.

Below you will find a gathering of six groups that people have absolutely loved at one point or another, but for which I have never understood the praise. These bands popularity make absolutely no sense to me. (note: at one point I actually saw something in both Godsmack and Nickelback, and their success makes some sense to me no matter how terrible they are.) (more…)

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8 Things I Want Added To The WWE Network

WWE NetworkFrom the moment the WWE Network was announced, I knew that somehow, someway, I’d be figuratively getting my hands on it. For those that don’t know, the WWE Network is an online streaming and on demand channel that allows access to most of everything that professional wrestling powerhouse WWE has in their vast library. While the WWE Network includes all pay-per views from WCW, ECW, and WWE, it’s missing some things.

Here are several things that I would like to see from the WWE Network.

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Albums That Shaped My Life: Green Day – Dookie

Green Day - Dookie

God, I can’t believe I’m doing this, but yeah.. Dookie is  one of the albums that shaped my life as a youngster. The album is now 20 years old, so I was 10, going on 11 when this album came out. The first song off Dookie that I heard was “Basket Case” and the only word that can describe my emotions was excitement.

Green Day’s Dookie exposed me to an entire world that I never knew existed. It showed me a dirtier, mumbling in your face attitude that’s sound was a perfect representation of how I felt at the time.

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Weekly Spotify Playlist – Junior High Edition (1/29/2014)

First and foremost, I have no idea what other people were listening to when I was in junior high. It should be noted that I felt very different than my peers at the time, and going back to make this playlist, I can clearly see a huge reason why that might have been. Most of these songs are completely out of the norm, which, in retrospect, which makes sense and is pretty freaking hilarious. It might seem as though I made a lot of this up, but I tried to make this as accurate as I can remember.

This playlist represents a time in my life when I was approximately in the sixth grade until the ninth grade which was roughly 1995-1999, but I think I’m including some later stuff. The music here was a huge inspiration on who I am currently. If you’ve met me, or are somewhat familiar with my general tastes, this should make a whole lot of sense. Enjoy!

Eleven Historical Headstones

Joey Ramone Headstone

I was gathered amongst some companions earlier, and the topic of comic books and comic book creators came up. One of my favorites, Jack Kirby, was brought up in regards to the Fantastic Four and Dr. Doom, and I mentioned that Jack Kirby’s headstone is one of the few I’d want to visit of a, not necessarily pop culture icon or celebrity but more like a historical figure.

This got me thinking, what headstones would I actually want to make a point of visiting before I am placed in front of one, myself. I thought that this might make an interesting look at who I am and what inspired me the most as a human being. Morbid, I know, but it still seems like a decent idea. (more…)

Music Video of the Day: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – “The Impression That I Get”

Music videos? Yeah, awesome. Anyway, so early this past Saturday morning, I went to go get my haircut, and they ended up playing several ska songs while I was there. It put me in such a great mood, that I really wanted to start listening to ska bands a lot more recently. So, I just made a Pandora station for the Mighty Mighty Bosstones, because they were my gateway into ska as a teenager. I loved the way the band sounded, the vocals, the horn section, I just loved them. “The Impression That I Get” just came on the station, and it got me remembering seeing the video when I was a kid, and how much I loved it. However, what got me this time, is that I’ve now lived a full life. I’ve lived a life in which I’ve very much had to “knock on wood,” and you know what? It wasn’t good, but I got through it, and I will continue to get through the trials and tribulations of life. So, hearing this song right now at this very moment, gave me a new perspective and confidence about life. I’m in an even better mood than I was on Saturday morning, and I hope this video helps put you in a better mood, as well. Whether it’s a superficial, fleeting happiness that lives for a mere 4 minutes, or if it’s deeper, more profound happiness, I hope you enjoy “The Impression That I Get” off The Mighty Might Bosstones’ 1997 breakout album Let’s Face It.

Albums That Shaped My Life: Dazed and Confused Soundtrack

Dazed and Confused

When I was a kid, my parents raised me on music. Neither was truly a musician, although my dad played around on the guitar and sang to me, but both truly appreciated the art form. My father blessed me with the appreciation of popular artists like The Beatles, The Beach Boys, Motown, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, girl groups, 60s pop, and 60s folk artists. My mother, on the other hand, appreciated classical music from the likes of Bach, Chopin, and many others. These were the genres I was raised on, so hearing artists like Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul, and Mary, and Simon and Garfunkel was commonplace, but what I began to notice is that in my age bracket not many others knew the groups that I grew up with.

I was born in 1983, and if you do the math, a lot of people born around the same time frame had parents who were awakening to music during the late 60s and early 70s. So, barring the occasional oddball Frank Zappa fans, most were more in tune with bands like Lynyrd Skynyrd, .38 Special, The Allman Brothers, Led Zepplin, etc. Oh, I should also mention that I was born in Mississippi, so the southern rock thing amongst my peers should make more sense. While all of these groups were certainly known to me, even at a young age, I didn’t grow up on them, so I didn’t have a strong appreciation for them. Enter Parker Camp. (more…)