Dear Haters, I don't care what you think of the new LP album…
…I enjoy it in the same way that I do any other LP album: with an openness to their always-evolving sound.
Look, the beauty of alternative music is also its tragic flaw: it constantly changes. So when a super-specific genre like heavy hardcore goes out of style (and out of style it did go), what happens to musicians who used that music to put food on the table?
But this band didn’t wait for this music to die. They moved forward before they became dead. Since when is being PROACTIVE a bad thing? They saw an opportunity with Jay-Z and lo, they now had time and resources to redefine themselves.
So now we have a few little things here and there come out (live albums, EP’s, blah) and four years later, Minutes to Midnight gets everyone’s panties all bunched up. “THIS SHIT FUCKING SUCKS! IT’S NOT LIKE THEIR OLD STUFF AT ALL! FUCKING WEEAAAKKK” Congratulations. You can recognize the not-so-subtle musical differences between two styles of music. Go take a musicology class -____-
I mean, did you really not see it coming though? It’s not like their last two albums had these straight rock songs as their last tracks on each (the last track on an album tends to say a lot about the band, by the by). So the transition, albeit maybe a bit sudden, wasn’t that far-fetched. And guess what? The music still rocked.
AND SOMEHOW, you’re still shocked that they STILL don’t sound like Hybrid Theory on their new album. Like, seriously? One word people: DEAL. The music is good, regardless of what style you were expecting (or not expecting).
I mean, maybe they just got tired of their old style, you know? Maybe they just felt like growing up. Who knows? But they did change, and quite frankly, that doesn’t make them any better, any worse, or anything in between. It’s a new style for them. And I think they handled it quite well.
Matchbook Romance fans, give me your eyes and ears. Andrew Jordan, singer of said band, has an exciting new solo project in the works called DriftDivision. Bits and pieces of his sound are coming from extremely different types of music, but overall, DriftDivision is more than likely not a far shot from what Matchbook would have done with their next record had they stayed together. What we have for you today is a track entitled ‘Leave The Ground,’ off the self-titled debut EP, set for release sometime in October. We’ll post more information as it comes, and learn more about the project at his website. Enjoy!
How to calculate your radio ‘enjoyment to annoyance’ ratio.
Grab a stopwatch, and a radio; also, maybe a cold drink or a cigarette. Start the stopwatch, and turn on the most popular top 40 station in your area. How long does it take before a song you can sing all of is played? Mark the time down. Now stop the clock, and go grab a piece of paper. A second cigarette is probably deserved at this point as well. Restart the stopwatch, but now, mark down every time you hear these words for thirty minutes: ‘smash, Bieber, new, Miley, hit, Taio,’ and ‘countdown.’ Now you have your two statistics. Add them together, and divide by two. What you have here is your radio ‘enjoyment to annoyance’ ratio. This is the most accurate way of finding out how many minutes you will enjoy the radio before you become annoyed.
1. Start things off on their behalf. ”People are more likely to be persuaded to complete a task if it’s already been started for them,” says Steve Martin, coauthor of the bestselling book Yes!: 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive. Next time the dishes need to get done, try cleaning…