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 – 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?


Stuff I Need To Read (A Recap Of Recently Purchased Items)

chvrches-the-bones-of-what-you-believeWhile it may appear, based on this title, that this post is all about books I need to read, it’s not. Maybe I should reconsider what I type for headlines, but I don’t think I will because whatever, no one really reads this anyway.

Over the past couple of weeks, I’ve had a extra pocketful of change to spend on the rare products that I like to enjoy like music, books, and some other stuff. This is a bit of a recap of the past couple of weeks of new things that I’ve tried.


CHVRCHES: The Bones of What You Believe Vinyl LP – I’ve been listening to this album digitally since last year sometime, and I’m completely in love with it. I knew that this was a necessity to have on vinyl, so it was at the top of my list of TO-BUY records. So, with that extra money I had, my wife and I made a trip to Grimey’s in Nashville because I wanted to check out Grimey’s Too, the used vinyl and book store off shoot of the legendary record store, and I picked up some books there, but I also wanted to check out Grimey’s to see what they had in stock. I stared at the new OFF record, but I still haven’t heard anything off that record yet, so I decided to ask if the record store guy had heard it, he hadn’t, so I asked if they had the CHVRCHES vinyl.


Weekly #Spotify Playlist – 3/21/2014 (RAF Edition)

Weekly Spotify PlaylistThere is no real theme to this week’s Spotify playlist by any means, other than the fact that’s it is made up of songs that I like. Honestly, the inspiration for this week was going to Spotify, thinking of song, and adding it to the playlist. This week is Random As… or at the very least, stream of consciousness.

Anyway, I love or like these songs a lot right now, and I hope you do, too!

As always, featured artists are after the break!


Albums That Shaped My Life: H2O – F.T.T.W.

F-T-T-W-coverFor my 100th post here on Post Modern Age/Hunter LIVES!!! I wanted to do something special. I think my favorite thing to write here is easily the “Albums That Shaped My Life” series, and for this one I wanted to focus on something that’s extremely special to me right now. The album that I’m listening to the most right now, and the one that is summing up everything going on with me is H2O‘s third full length album, F.T.T.W., which I’ve seen stand for “Faster Than The World,” the first track off the album, or “Follow The Three Way,” which is the final listed song on the album. However, for me, it’s “Found The Truth Within,” which just so happens to be the eighth track on the album, and my personal favorite.

The album, in my opinion, is their best both musically and lyrically. As usual, Toby Morse brings the PMA (Positive Mental Attitude), but the band delivers, as a whole, a much more sophisticated release than their previous H2O and Thicker Than Water. It’s not jaded or anything, and they hadn’t gone super glossed up and mainstream, but it’s a much tighter record, as a whole, and can be described by saying it’s more mature, which the band wears well. But enough of the critical ear, this album means much more to me than just listening to something really good and rocking out in my car, or in my earbuds. No, this album appeals to me on a deep, deep level. It hits me directly in my heart, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m about to tell you why.


To: CM Punk, Thanks For Everything – Hunter Camp

PipebombI love professional wrestling for a variety of reasons. It’s silly, funny, dramatic, exciting, and in some spots, absolutely inspiring. Recently, one of my favorite wrestlers, CM Punk, decided that he was done with the WWE, and he left the company. After Monday’s Raw, it became clear that it wasn’t just a storyline, and that CM Punk would not be coming back. For me, I will greatly miss his contribution to the world of wrestling.

It’s not just because he was a great performer, and it’s not just because he was athletically gifted and a truly special speaker on the microphone. CM Punk was a huge inspiration in my life, recently, and it flat out sucks that a.) fans will never get to see him perform again, and b.) that I’ll probably never be able to let him know that he’s impacted me. When I admire someone, or they’ve influenced me in some way, I always try to make it a point to let that person know that they’ve done some serious good in the world, and it’s important for me to let that person know.


Facebook ’15 Albums’ Challenge (61 Edition)

A friend posed a challenge to myself and others on Facebook over the past few days about which albums that have stuck with you over the years. I took this to mean albums that you go back to over and over again that never seem to wear on you or get old. Originally, the list was supposed to consist of only 12 entries, but since I’m a rebel, I went ahead and made it 15.

The albums keep pouring out. I’m a big album guy, so it wasn’t hard to come up with 12, 15, 20, 30 albums (I ended up with 61). It’s crazy, and there wasn’t enough space to excuse me keeping on adding albums and taking up more and more space on people’s feeds. So, I’m going to do that here, instead.