A Fire Inside

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

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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 albumĀ 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)

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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.

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AFI Live @ Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN

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AFI was pretty awesome last night, I have to say. I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect as this was my first time seeing them, and their music catalog is incredibly diverse as their style changes with just about every album that they release. I guess I expected their live style to be somewhat toned down to match the sound of the newest albumĀ Burials.

But let me tell you, I’ve never been happier to be wrong in my entire life.

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The Current State of Popular Music

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I basically love music. It’s my life blood, and most everything I do, in one way or another, revolves around the subject. I enjoy underground music such as non-mainstream hip-hop, independent metal, punk and many other genres that will never see the light of mainstream success. I do, however, also adore pop music.

From what I’ve noticed over my thirty years on this planet, popular music goes in waves. An artist or two will introduce a new style every few years, which will spawn a new sound into popular music, and it will continue for a while, growing and mutating into new sounds, which typically provides an interesting sound that will propel music for years to come. Sometimes it’s incredibly interesting, while other times it’s kind of boring and plain. I feel like we’re in the latter stage right now. (more…)