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…)

Weekly #Spotify Playlist (BONUS!) – 2/26/2014 (#morningmix)

wspmorningmixThis morning, I drank a bunch of Strange Brew Coffeehouse Blueberry Cobbler coffee (which you can buy here – it’s delicious, by the way), I put my iPhone on shuffle, then I used Soundtracking to post every song I listened to. It was intense, and I’m sure, annoying to most of my social media followers. Either way, it set me in a great mood, so I decided to document it with another Spotify playlist.

Drink some coffee and enjoy this playlist!

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

(Late) Weekly #Spotify Playlist – 2/15/2014 (Playing This Week)

Well, sorry for the absence this week. I got sick, and I was just down in general. It’s for that reason that a lot of the stuff I was listening to this week (with the exception of Burials) was to smooth me out and put me in a mostly good mood. Even while listening to Everything Sucks like 40 times, it still lifts my mood. There’s something about that album for me… Even though the content of the lyrics is so negative, it always makes me happy.

Anyway, here’s this week’s Spotify Playlist! Lots of Descendents, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, AFI, and The Bouncing Souls I hope you enjoy it.

AFI Live @ Marathon Music Works – Nashville, TN


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 album Burials.

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


Davey Havok + Rancid: “Radio”

“Radio” is my favorite Rancid song. By far. When I was watching the Give ‘Em The Boot DVD that I bought post-Christmas this year (I know, what took so long? Right?), and at the very end, I was really surprised because when Rancid started playing Radio, another one of my favorites, Davey Havok, walked on stage and started singing my favorite Rancid. Super rad. If you haven’t seen Give ‘Em The Boot, buy it because it’s totally awesome.