When The World Comes Down will you remember the All American Rejects?

So I have to say I'm really impressed with the latest All American Rejects album, When the World Comes Down.
Wait wait wait, don't leave yet, at least let me explain...

It's dope.
It's approximately 40% less whiny than the last album, and about 80% less whiny than the first.

Let me just throw it out there that I absolutely H-A-T-E the first AAR release, the self titled one (2002) with My Paper Heart and Swing Swing... more like Vomit Vomit.
Their second album, Move Along (2005) isn't too shabby, it got me through a lot of long shifts at HMV as I sang and danced along, and I can still throw it on from time to time and listen to it almost all the way through (skipping Dirty Little Secret of course!).

This album though, well it tickles my fancy in a way the band never has before.
Maybe it's the sing-a-long at the end of the first single, Gives You Hell, which by the way I love and that's a first for an AAR single.
Or maybe it's the low, grinding beat in the chorus of I Wanna that makes me want to dance provocatively all up in this shit.
Or it could even be the alluring female vocals in Another Heart Calls that compliments Tyson Ritters voice like peanut butter compliments jelly.

Whatever it is, I'm hooked. Although Breakin' sounds a little too similar to Metro Station's Shake It in the end, and Back To Me could be out of Pocahontas in certain parts of the song, it's still their best album by far.

Check it out, even if you don't appreciate AAR you still might enjoy it, if you can get past his voice...(which I love but it makes their sound a lot more lame than it actually is, in my opinion anyway ha!)

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

SIDE NOTE: Chris James (bitch) completely disagrees with me and isn't a fan of this album but loves the first... so if you like Vomit Vom... I mean Swing Swing etc then maybe this one isn't for you... but take a listen anyway, it won't hurt anything right? Maybe just your ears but... fuck you.

SIDE NOTE #2: The female vocals in Another Heart Calls are apparently The Pierces, two sisters from Alabama. Sick voices bra!

Space Is For Stars...

...and judging by the poor turnout at the Reverb this past Thursday (December 4th, 2008)there aren't many stars in Toronto, just space.
At first glance around the empty bar where the few seats that were occupied seemed to be filled with members of the bands playing or their immediate group of friends/girlfriends, the show seemed bleak.
The first and only band that I could stand to watch was called Space Is For Stars from Newmarket/Toronto. Judging by the once over I gave the songs on their myspace before the show I was very intrigued to see what kind of show these boys put on. Taking a look around at the (non)crowd did not give a very good first impression.
The first song was forgettable, but mere seconds into the next track I began to enjoy myself. This one was more funky and upbeat than the first, and from then on the band spit out increasingly better Franz Ferdinand-style indie rock tracks that made my feet want to keep moving as I bipped and bopped along.
The vocals were beautiful and strong, and unique enough to deny many comparisons, but the singer lacked the emotion on stage that would have brought the songs to a whole other level. The drums were good but basic, and although they sound great in all their recordings there was room to kick them up a notch or two on stage to demand more positive attention from the audience. The two guitars and bass add a well-rounded, yet edgy feel to each track, and although the lead guitarist was doing his part to rock out the rest of the band seemed a bit uncomfortable in the spotlight and therefore the stage presence came off somewhat stiff.
Redeeming themselves with their slightly nervous yet funny interactions with the crowd between songs it started to become obvious that with more experience this band could grow to be something very powerful.
Each member clearly portrayed their talent with their instruments, and through each song the band remained tight and together and there was no question that they are great at what they do.
Individually the songs are fantastic, but ten in a row can start to blend together and sound the same eventually, and in turn the audience's attention span becomes at stake. Although boring is not a fair word to use for Space Is For Stars, I think they would benefit from a stronger climax or buildup, otherwise they're going to fade into the thousands of other indie rock bands of their kind. Once they find their hook these guys could be playing stadium tours in no time across the world, but before that can happen they need to develop their niche, increase their catchy-ness and set themselves apart from everybody else.
By the end of their set I decided it was clearly the freezing cold weather and the fact that it was only a Thursday night that played part in the empty seats everywhere, as well as the band that took the stage next called Goodbye Glory. They made Space Is For Stars sound like the next Killers.
Definitely a worthwhile listen, I expect we'll be hearing a lot from them in the next couple of years.
Check them out on their myspace.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.
(Also by Chris James)

Are you ready for The New Enemy?

Are you down on the new style of crap the kids are calling punk rock nowadays?

Are you wearing your old Kid Dynamite album thin from too many spins?

Are you ready to meet your new best friend, The New Enemy!?

Hailing from Toronto this epic 4 piece band brings back everything you used to love about hardcore punk fifteen years ago. Fusing together experience from well-known bands like Dodger and Pets or Meat, they create a sound much like old Sick Of It All meets Durham Region 90's skate punk, with the added bonus of sex-tastic raspy vocals.
Fitting in among other local excellent ol' fashioned punk bands such as Hostage Life, The Little Millionaires, and The Video Dead to prove that great music is timeless, and the Toronto scene is still thriving and spitting out bands that will forever take you back to your first true love.
Producing soon-to-be punk rock anthems of our time, The New Enemy's brand spankin' new EP titled Outsourced (visit their myspace for a free download) is bound to get a lot of play, with tight party songs and tunes to nod your head to.... so get it now!!!

Catch them this Friday (December 5th, 2008) in Hamilton!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

One Star City.... not to be confused with One Star Shitty

Rod Kimble: You look pretty.
Denise: What?
Rod Kimble: I said you look shitty. (Hot Rod)

Luckily there's nothing shitty about the 5-piece rock band hailing from Vancouver, B.C., I just really like that quote and I couldn't think of anything better to say to introduce them........
Now that I've completely lost you, meet One Star City!
Unbelievably these boys have only been together since late 2007, but you'd never be able to tell after listening to them.
Easily achieving a spot on my "best new band" list (the one in my head..), OSC comes at you with a musically poetic masterpiece of anthem-like tracks fronted by the "crunchy" guitars strumming the shit out of each power chord, followed by smooth transitions from verse to chorus, melodic breakdowns and soft yet incredibly powerful vocals. To top it off the guys also have a great sense of humour, which may not affect the music much but it definitely makes seeing them live seem very appealing.
To get a better idea, check out this quote from their myspace:
OneStarCity takes their music seriously, but they also know how to have fun, and their excitement is infectious. With sounds ranging from aggressive tracks that someone can swing a hatchet to, to more melodic and introspective tunes that are good for yachting, the band puts on a cathartic show that ranges the gamut of emotions."

They may be a hilarious band, but there's nothing funny about their music, it's just seriously awesome.

For fans of Boys Night Out, Saosin, Funeral For A Friend, Thursday etc.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Rise Against, and a change of heart.

The hatred I felt towards the latest Rise Against album Appeal To Reason after hearing the first single, Re-Education Through Labour, has since dispersed after listening to the full album. This change of heart happened only as of the fourth track, The Dirt Whispered, and on. Three horrible commercial rock songs in I almost gave up, but track 4 saved face, and from there the album grew to be one of my favs.
This is their 5th studio release, and opened at #3 on the Billboard top 200, a new high for the band in the commercial world.
That still doesn't justify the first three tracks.
I can't put my finger on it, but something really rubs me the wrong way about those songs, so I'm going to pretend they don't exist.
The rest of the album, however, is stronger than ever and nothing to be ashamed of.
Lyrics are never a weakness for the band, and their brilliance continues to shine through after almost ten years of writing.
The Itunes and UK bonus tracks available with this album are also something to check out, including a live version of Prayer of the Refugee (from The Sufferer & the Witness) and check out their Minor Threat cover, currently a B-side.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Jack's Mannequin... From fighting for his life to debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200!!!

Jack's Mannequin is still alive and kicking (for real, and thank God for it!), and back with their second album which miraculously debuted on the Billboard top 200 at number 8!
The Glass Passenger is the follow up to the ultra popular 2005 Everything In Transit, and the anticipation for the record after being pushed back for 5 months is fully worth it.
It feels like there is something magical about this album, a special touch brought by Andrew McMahon's new appreciation for life after is triumphant battle with acute lymphatic leukemia. Thankfully he survived, and fans all over the world are greatly appreciative, especially after hearing his latest masterpiece.
There's something Christmas'y in the music, something incredibly joyful and happy, and pure... I can't put my finger on exactly what it is, but between the choir-like background vocals in some tracks to the chiming of bells in others, the album instills a warmth in the listener that only one whose been to their deathbed and back can create.
The beautiful piano rock album is an inspiration to all, as he confronts issues of survival and the fight between life and death, and appreciating being alive.
After hearing The Glass Passenger I believe everybody will be thankful that McMahon didn't give up and will take a piece of his strength with them. I would have been devastated if this album did not have a chance to be written.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Escape the Fate is back! Whoop-di-do.

Escape the Fate has moved on to their second record, This War is Yours, and their second singer (as far as I know, and I don't really care to research it...so fuck off!) Craig Mabbit formerly from Bless the Fall.
Again, I've never been a huge fan of this band, their first album was a guilty pleasure among many of my friends, but whenever I'd put it in rotation on my Ipod I'd immediately end up skipping through it. Among the better of the screamo/hardcore/rock bands out there, I'd have to say this second album I might not have to skip entirely. The few songs on their myspace are surprisingly tolerable this time around, and although I've never been a fan of their growling or their cliche breakdowns ("clear house assholes"!) I find myself oddly drawn to their choruses and melodic harmonizing, and the new singer isn't bad either. He definitely has a much more "emo" sounding voice than the last singer but he has a lot of power behind the whine, and it suites the sound. I have to say that I still love the last singers deeper "punk rock" sounding voice, it stood out a lot more in a screamo band whereas this singer could be mistaken for many.
Give it a chance, yo.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Electric Six is back!

Back with their 6th release since 2003, Electric Six finally caught my attention with their latest album Flashy.
After hearing this record I think I'll have to go back and check out their older stuff, because although I've heard of them before I don't think I've ever actually listened to them and had no idea they were the punk/garage/disco/new wave/metal infused band that they are.
It's simple with lots of distortion and upstrokes, it's catchy, and the although the guys voice is very similar to Creed/Nickelback you can tell he doesn't take it as seriously and it actually works well with the genre of music. And trust me, I HATE.... no no no, I DETEST Creed and Nickelback's vocals.
Some tracks remind me of Weezer a bit, so definitely check them out!

I'm Sarah, I do what I want.

The Dears are back!

I've never been a huge Dears fan, although I've always liked what I've heard from them, but the second I listened to the track 2 on their new album, Missiles, I decided this was a band I was going to give a second chance.
After hearing the full new album I know I'll be back for more.
It's super chill and mellow, a good record to relax to, with beautiful low and haunting male and female vocals that make you melt right into the song, letting the music surround you.
This would definitely be a great cd to lie in your bed listening to after smoking a blun..... shhhh.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Dance! Dance! Dance Damn You!

"Dancing... is... a primitive art-form... used in ancient times to express oneself with... the body! And communicate!"

If you ever feel the urge to dance take a listen to these assholes below, some of it's a bit clubby, others poppy, all of it will put you in the mood to break it down!

Family Force Five:
Crunk rock. The End.

Ultraviolet Sound:
Definitely clubby, you may recognize the 2 of Hearts track. Tiger Heat is another great track.

Electric Valentine:
Also clubby. Also featured in the 2 of Hearts song (see above). Not the greatest but worth a listen and good for a beat.

Jeffree Star:
You may have heard of Jeffree Star before, he's been around... an American model, fashion designer, make-up artist and singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. Self-proclaimed Queen of the Beautifuls, he pumps out wicked electronica/hip hop, and even has Danger Radio featured in a track.

Big City Kids:
Electro-rock. Pretty typical but good none the less.

Watch Out Theres Ghosts:
This duo is nuts, electronic dance hardcore screaming experimental clubby ... nuts! Also amazing!

The Secret Handshake:
Great cover I think it's off of Punk Goes Crunk, the rest isn't bad either. Electro-laptop pop/rock, with one man masterminding the whole operation, COOL!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

They said they only want me because i sing and i'm sexy, and if you want to get me don't call me just text me! - DETOX RETOX!!!

It's about time some good came out of Washington, DC!
Practically babies on the music scene, Detox Retox formed merely 6 months ago and honestly I would never have guessed they were so fresh-from-the-womb when I first listened to them.
Stemming from influences in all directions such as The Police, Talking Heads, the Rolling Stones, Head Automatica, Arctic Monkeys, and TV on the Radio, this is a band that makes me really happy that I started this blog.
Already super tight, these guys are "ready to pour their sex all over you"
(How hot is that!)
The chemistry they have in their songs seems to scream "we are a real band!" alongside the ripping guitars, every song capable of commercial success but definitely with lasting potential and a guaranteed cult following.
With dance-infused rock songs keeping it simple is key... and with lyrics that will make you laugh and a drum beat to bounce around to, listening to DR is like having greasy sweaty sex with a gorgeous grungy smoker... really good sex.

Check them out here: http:www.myspace.com/detoxretox

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

My latest obsessions...

The Half Jeffersons
Think Hayden meets Taking Back Sunday... If they had sex, had a baby, and the baby mostly took after Hayden but also benefited from all the good qualities of TBS, and sprouted into The Half Jeffersons from Powhatan, Virginia.

Pull The Pin
Nothing really stands out about this band, but they really remind me of Blink 182 or MxPx, and I'm not afraid to admit that I like it. The trio pumps out super catchy pop punk, nasally-voiced tunes that will totally keep you coming back for more.

Stereo Skyline
If you like cheesy/catchy/dancy/poppy/cutesy/syth-filled crap like I do, you'll love this. Sounds like a Hellogoodbye-fused Metro Station.

Valet Parking
Hilarious cover of Afternoon Delight and they even throw in Ron Burgundy voice-overs, that's what I'm talking about!!! Their own stuff is good standard pop punk (not the super cheesy kind) so make sure to give it a listen too.

Patent Pending
First off, their upcoming show poster has a giant picture of Ricky Gervais, enough said right? Lastly, they fucking rock.

Beck To The Future

Beck’s eleventh album, Modern Guilt, is a veritable symphony of surf riffs, distortion and reverb. It features ten tracks and clocks in at 33 minutes, just overshooting the half-hour goal. It moves away from Beck’s usual rattling, DIY sound and idiosyncratic lyrics.

His collaboration with producer/songwriter Danger Mouse means lots of electronic beats, electric piano, and even a keyboard bass. The record hangs somewhere between synth-heavy power pop and full-out surf. The result is a bizarrely futuristic retro sound. The words match the music in tone: a little smoother if melodramatic at times, and dreamy rather than surrealist. Modern Guilt is about our messed-up, sterile, paranoid, self-help society. All spun into incredibly fun rock’n’roll tunes.

Guilt opens with backwards guitars and some flute on “Orphans.” Next is “Gamma Ray,” unabashed surf song and the high point of the album, which leads into the slightly sour organ of “Chemtrails.” From here on out is smooth sailing right up to the last track “Volcano.”

My top picks are the aforementioned “Gamma Ray,” “Walls,” and “Profanity Prayers,” which features some killer slide guitar.

I, personally, count Mellow Gold as both the quintessential Beck record and his masterpiece, and I miss that Beck when I listen to this album. But aside from personal taste, there isn’t much to say against the album. Beck is, after all, well, Beck.

Lindsey Cull.

The Deepsea Goes

For fans of Fugazi, Nation of Ulysses, Unwound or The Fall, check out Los Angele's blast from the past, The Deepsea Goes.
Sounding like they came straight out of the late 80's or early 90's hardcore scene, this experimental punk rock revelation comes at you with raw, rapturous and riveting works of art that prove that there still can be more depth to music than catchy melodies and pretty, radio-friendly vocals.
Check out their latest EP titled Reductio Ad Absurdum here.

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.

Sing It Loud sing it proud!!

They've got hair!
They've got flare!
They're Sing It Loud, and they're everywhere!!
(wow lame)
What generically could be called the epitomy of "pop", a picture of the 2008 release Come Around will probably end up in the dictionary next to the word within days.
Sticking out like Sarah Jessica Parker's honker on Epitaph as the only strictly pop band on the label overflowing with punk bands like Bad Religion, NOFX, Rancid, etc. the band makes up for their lack of mohawks, swearing, and guitar solos with long luscious locks, rainbows, and well written toe-tapping singalongs. If you close your eyes and listen they could almost pass as colourful puppets on strings, singing and dancing to an audience of giggling toddlers. But when you listen closely to the lyrics there's no diaper drama here, strictly high school-like love notes.
No, the label didn't get held up at gun point in order for SIL to get signed, they're on there for a good reason. It may be poppy, but it's very well executed and beautifully written. Still not convinced?
Neither am I.
Will you love it anyway?
I sure will!

I'm Sarah. I do what I want.