Thursday, July 3, 2014

Motionless In White Announce New Album Title and Release Date

Creatures unite, Motionless In White has announced the release date for their new album, Reincarnate!
The album will be released on September 16, 2014 through Fearless Records.  This will be the bands fourth full length album.
As a fan of the band, I cannot wait to see what the MIW guys have in store for us this time.
Peace, Love, Music<3

Danny Leal Abduction Publicity Stunt

Yesterday,  the band Upon A Burning Body reported that their front-man, Danny Leal, was missing and had not been seen since June 30th. 
The bands story appeared to be backed by a couple of tweets the front-man posted before the report was released.
Despite the report and sketchy tweets, fans were incredibly skeptical that this whole incident was nothing more than a publicity stunt to promote the bands new album.
Turns out, they just might be right.
Ash Avildsen, the CEO of Sumerian Records posted this message on Facebook
 Not much else has been said about the incident at this time.  However, it does appear that it was nothing more than a hoax.  How low must one sink to believe that reporting a fake abduction is a solid method in promoting an album? Too many people are genuinely abducted for this to be even remotely funny, and it's not cool to worry fans of the band in this manner. 

What are your thoughts about this?  Let me know in the comments below!

Peace, Love, Music<3

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

New Music Videos I Love

Over the past week or so, I've been watching a ton of music videos on youtube and I thought I would share them with you!
Here we go!
First up we have The Best Thing (That Never Happened) by We Are The In Crowd
Amazing song, awesome band, and a kick ass video.

Next up we have Bad Girls Club by Falling in Reverse
I want to not like this band, but I just can help myself. The song is catchy as hell. The video is a bit goofy, but definitely worth checking out!

The final video is actually a parody of Lorde's song Royals done by Bart Baker. 
I'll post the original video first followed by the parody.
The orginal video is so lame for such a good song.  The parody is just fucking hilarious.
I hope you guys enjoy these videos and have a wonderful day!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Where did the time go?

Long time no see my lovely blogger friends! I'm sorry I've neglected this blog, but it's time for a catch up!
So, what have I been up to?
Way back in July I went with my mom to Tulsa's new free music festival, the Center of the Universe Festival!
Escaping the heat in the Vanguard"s bathroom.
It was an amazing festival!  The bands that we went to see were Ok Go and Neon Trees
Ok Go
Neon Trees
Neon Trees
If you want to see more of my photos from the festival, just click the link here!

Not long after that, I went with my mom to the Rock Allegiance Tour featuring Airbourne, All That Remains, HIM, and Volbeat.
Before the concert
During the Concert
Me acting like a goof ass in the venue's bathroom mirror!
All That Remains
All That Remains
For more pictures from this event, click this link!

Then at the beginning of October, I met up with my friend Rachael to go see All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, and A Day To Remember on the House Party Tour.
Before the Concert
During the Concert
Pierce the Veil
All Time Low
A Day To Remember
A Day To Remember fucking killed it! Their effects were amazing.  Probably one of the best concerts I have been to in quite a while!
For pictures from this show click this link!

Later that same month, I went to see Taking Back Sunday with Rachael and her friend Sarah.

I also finished up my 5th semester of college!  And I made 2 pretty amazing friends along the way, Kindra and DJ

It's been a pretty damn good year!
If you are interested in my photography, it would mean a lot to me if you would check out my Flickr.
I love you guys so much, and I will hopefully get more posts up soon!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Growing of Bands

It was a day like any other day.  I awoke at the crack of noon and staggered down the hall in desperate search of coffee.  I collected my cup of joe and retrieved my phone from it's place on the charger.  As always, I began to scroll through my Twitter feed as if it were the morning paper.  In my half coherent reading, I come across this tweet from Ronnie Radke (former Escape the Fate/ current Falling in Reverse):
 I'm not sure what spawned this tweet, but it did get me thinking.  
Why do fans not always want a band to get bigger/ more famous?  I think there are several answers.
I don't feel like many fans dislike the success of the band out of pure selfishness, although there will always be people who will point out to anyone who will listen that they "liked the band BEFORE they were famous" (insert hipster joke here).  It seems to me that fans dislike it when there favorite bands hit the big time because of quality and price.

It's no secret that sometimes, when bands get signed to a larger label or gain more fame for whatever reason, the quality of the music they produce can suffer.  It's no longer about being progressive, new, original, or exciting, and more about making something that will please the general public.  They may not even sound like the same band as before.  For the people that love their music style, this change can be rather disappointing.

Not only does the quality of the music suffer, but often the quality of the attitude of the musicians themselves declines as well.  They are no longer the same humble people that fans connected with.  They can become rude and arrogant with a new found sense of entitlement and morals that receded faster than a middle aged mans hairline.  This is not the standard and is not true of all bands that "make it" but it does happen.

One pretty bit reason that some fans (myself included) are disappointed by fame is a rise in price in a bands concert tickets, merch, etc.  Don't get me wrong.  It is not that bands don't deserve the money, because they do!  They kick their asses making music and touring and they deserve it.  They've grown, they have more fans than ever before, and they have to move from performing in smaller, cheaper venues, to bigger more expensive ones. This means that more people get to experience this bands music.  It also means that their ticket prices go from the $20 to $30 range and sky rocket into the $40 to $100 dollar range.  And that makes sense.  The venue is bigger, therefore the tickets are more expensive.   But when you're a 20 something individual who is going to college and not really making much bank, paying for a $50 concert ticket can be as difficult and painful as pulling teeth.

We love our bands and we want to see them live SO BADLY.  We want to have that experience of listening to our favorite songs performed straight from the individuals that made them.  We want to be in the crowd that is packed elbow to asshole where everyone is sweaty and disheveled and so fucking happy there that they don't even care.  It's that natural high that can only be found in live music.

It's so nice when all your favorite bands are all playing affordable size venues because that means that when there are 6 concerts you want to go to booked back to back to back, you can actually GO TO THEM ALL.  Fuck yes, touchdown, winner winner chicken dinner, bring in the dancing lobsters.  But when there are that many in a row that are crazy expensive, it's a tough one.  You have to pick which one you can afford to see and hope that the others swing back through your town again in the future.

It's not that we don't want our favorite bands to succeed.  We do!  We love them.  We think they are the absolute shit.  Their music makes us feel something.  We connect to it in a way that makes us feel like we are not alone.  We want these bands that we love to make it to the fucking top.  We want the whole world to listen to their music and feel what we feel.  We just hope that on the way up, they don't forget who they are or where they started.  We hope that they don't loose that love for their fans that is only paralleled by the fans love for their music.  We hope they don't fall into a life of excess where money is more important than what they do to earn it.  We pray like hell that that life of excess doesn't take their lives like it has so many before them.  We want to see them live without having to sell our first born child to pay for the ticket.  And when they do begin to play these large, expensive venues, we hope that they don't forget about the fans that couldn't afford to get in: the ones who would be there if they could, the ones who are sitting outside the venues on the sidewalk, or in their cars with the windows rolled down listening to the music through the walls and singing along to every word. 

I know this is a long post, but I really wanted to get my thoughts about this out.  Remember that these are only my opinions.

Peace, Love, Music<3

Friday, July 26, 2013

We Can't Stop

Most of you have probably seen (or at least heard about) Miley Cyrus' new song and video We Can't Stop.  The song is actually not too bad to listen to, but the video is CRAZY as hell!
The original music video.

After watching it, I saw that some of my favorite YouTubers had made some pretty fantastic parodies of this song and video.
Shane Dawson's parody.

Bart Baker's parody.

I found both to be incredibly funny and thought that I would share them with you guys!
Enjoy! :)
Peace, Love, Music<3

Monday, July 15, 2013

Tulsa Hoodie March

In light of the George Zimmerman trial several protest and marches have been and will be popping up all across the country.
One of those places is here in Tulsa Oklahoma.
On Thursday, July 18 there will be a hoodie march at Tulsa City Council.
The march is open to anyone and everyone who wants to call on the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder to press federal civil rights violation charges against Zimmerman.
Those who attend the march are asked to wear a hoodie, do not shout, do not bring or carry signs, and just be silent.
It is to be a peaceful demonstration of unity.
"Injustice anywhere, should affect all of us everywhere."

Peace, Love, Music <3
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Saturday, July 13, 2013

Zimmerman Found Not Guilty

Today in Florida, George Zimmerman was found NOT GUILTY in the murder of Trayvon Martin.
It appears the justice system has failed once again.
My thoughts, heart, and prayers are with Trayvons family.
Hoodies up

*This is not something I would normally post and is only an opinion*

Peace, Love, Music<3
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Westboro Baptist Church to protest Attila Concert

Notorious hate group Westboro Baptist Church has announced their plans to protest an Attila concert on July 23, 2013 after lead singer Chris Fronzak called them out in the bands song "Callout".  In the song, Fronzak states:
"Hey westboro basptist. 
Fuck you too, come and protest this dick. 
The song is off the bands new album "About That Life"
In response, Westboro posted several tweets stating their intentions:

The tweets were accompanied by this lovely photo:

Fronzak and the band responded with their own tweets:

I cannot wait to see how this goes down. This is gonna be one hell of a protest!
Being a christian, I CANNOT stand Westboro.  They give baptists and all other christian's a bad name.  What these people do is nothing but pure hate and absolutely unacceptable. 
Give 'em hell boys!!
Peace, Love, Music<3

Monday, June 3, 2013

R.I.P Mick Morris

Former 18 Visions bassist Mick Morris (aka Mick Deth) passed away in his sleep on June 2, 2013 due to a pre-existing heart condition.
He leaves behind his partner Ashley and son Jude.
R.I.P Mick, you will be missed :(
Peace, Love, Music<3