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Legendary was released this morning and already it’s being played on repeat.  It’s incredibly catchy—the perfect soundtrack for spring and summer drives with the windows down.
LegendaryTrack List

01. Maybe Tonight

02. Life Goes On (Jukebox)

03. Boomerang

04.Lightning In a Bottle

05.Heart on the Floor (Feat. Dia Frampton)

06. F**k U Over

07.Happy For You

08. The Way We Were

09. 7 Days

10. Someday

11. Rescue

12.  Legendary

13.  One Night (Bonus Track)

The album title just begs a correlation to How I Met Your Mother and if you take a listen to ‘Legendary’ you will not be disappointed.  The Summer Set seems to have a common thread throughout everything they do.  Monsters in beds, the Mona Lisa and James Dean make repeat appearances in The Summer Set’s discography.

One of the catchiest tracks on the album is ‘Lightning In a Bottle.’  The tune has a Katy Perry ‘Teenage Dream’ vibe and will undoubtedly be a crowd favorite on their current tour.  ‘Boomerang’ and ‘F**k U Over’ both rank high on the list of catchiness, which was probably why they were released as singes.

Previous Summer Set albums have been generous with their slower ballad tracks, but it seems as if Legendary is a bit more upbeat.  ‘Heart on the Floor’ is still a ballad, but has strong piano backing and guest vocals by The Voice contestant Dia Frampton.  Songs with ‘ooh ooh’ verses are always the catchiest.

Overall Legendary is a fantastic album—probably the best they’ve ever released.  Pick it up on iTunes and let us know what you think about it!

@storkmusic and @tweerexy

 

 

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Music is great—but when you can enjoy it for a great cause, it’s even better!  Hopeless Records, home to Stork Music favorites like All Time Low, Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd and The Used, is releasing their 11th Take Action Compilation through Sub City.  In an effort to engage the music community in social causes, Hopeless Records started the Sub City concept in 1999 and has since raised over two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.Take Action

Music is great—but when you can enjoy it for a great cause, it’s even better!  Hopeless Records, home to Stork Music favorites like All Time Low, Yellowcard, We Are The In Crowd and The Used, is releasing their 11th Take Action Compilation through Sub City.  In an effort to engage the music community in social causes, Hopeless Records started the Sub City concept in 1999 and has since raised over two million dollars for over 50 non-profit organizations.

Take Action Volume 11 is filled with unreleased, exclusive tracks and covers.  From The Used to Plug in Stereo, the compilation is as varied as Jack In The Box’s menu (weird chicken teriyaki and churros?).  With so many songs on the album, it’s easy to find something for everyone.  If you are a fan of more acoustic tunes, All Time Low, Never Shout Never and Mayday Parade offer options.

‘I Hope You Know’ by Plug In Stereo, featuring Tay Jardin from We Are The In Crowd is an happy, sing-along, painfully catchy track that will have you hitting repeat. Similar to ‘I Hope You Know’ is ‘Carelessly’ by The Scene Aesthetic.

If you are looking for something a little less poppy and indie coffee shop sounding, ‘London Is Burning’ by Itch is angsty, yet still catchy.

Glass Cloud’s cover of ‘Everybody Wants To Rule The World’ starts as a fresh cover of the classic, and then transforms into a crashing, almost unrecognizable cover—but a great one if you’re a fan of metalcore.

Take Action has something for everyone—pick up a copy on January 8th, enjoy some great music and support an amazing cause!

Track Listing
*denotes rare or unreleased

DISC 11. The Used – The Lonely*

01. The Used – The Lonely*
02. We Came As Romans – Fair-weather*
03. AWOLNATION- Sail  (Unlimited Gravity Remix)*
04. Bad Religion  – Fuck You*
05. The Wonder Years  – Local Man Ruins Everything (Nervous Energies)*
06. Mayday Parade –  Oh Well, Oh Well (Acoustic)
07. Falling in Reverse – The Drug In Me Is You
08. Enter Shikari – Warm Smiles Do Not Make You Welcome Here (Tek One Mix)*
09. Whitechapel – Animus
10. Periphery – Far Out (Instrumental)*
11. Sleeping With Sirens  –  James Dean & Audrey Hepburn (Acoustic Version)
12. All Time Low – The Reckless & The Brave (Acoustic)*
13. Never Shout Never – Pray For Peace (Demo)*
14. 3OH!3 – You’re Gonna Love This (Wuki Remix)*
15. The Summer Set – Fuck U Over
16. Say Anything – Their Notions

DISC 2

1. Glass Cloud – Everybody Wants To Rule The World*
2. Ice Nine Kills – What I Never Learned in Study Hall (6 Feet Below)*
3. Memphis May Fire –  Prove Me Right
4. Upon This Dawning – A New Beginning
5. Parkway Drive – Dark Days
6. SHARKS – Sea Of All Seas*
7. Balance & Composure – Quake
8. Silver Snakes – All My Eye*
9. Broadway Calls – Bring On The Storm*
10. We Are The Ocean – Machine
11. Transit – Skipping Stone (Alternate Version)
12. Seahaven –  Understanding (Acoustic)*
13. Set It Off – Dream Catcher
14. I Am The Avalanche –  I’ll Be Back Around
15. The Scene Aesthetic – Carelessly (feat. Dresses)*
16. Plug In Stereo – I Hope You Know (feat. Tay Jardine)*
17. William Beckett – 48 In A Hospital *
18. Itch – London Is Burning*
19. Twin Atlantic –  Make A Beast Of Myself (Space Brother Remix)*
20. The Animal In Me – Speak*
21. Hell Or Highwater – Come Alive (Acoustic)*
22. Palisades – Bury It (Acoustic)*

Although Max Bemis doesn’t say it this time, Say Anything’s new album Anarchy, My Dear starts with a song of rebellion. The band’s single, “Burn a Miracle” expresses contempt for society in the cheery way Say Anything is known for. The song not only suggests you burn a miracle, as the title suggests, but that you “burn America” and “burn the dream” as well. Compared to Say Anything’s previous self titled album, Burn a Miracle is a slightly edgier song and implies an overall more intense album. However, the rest of the album, as profoundly moving as it may be, will not ignite a mosh pit.

The next songs on the album,titled “Say Anything”, “Night’s Song” may reach fans who have listened to Say Anything early on. “Say Anything” has an acoustic, yet upbeat, tune that accompanies catchy lyrics. “Night’s Song” is a little slowly, but still delivers Say Anything’s mastery of lyrics with lines like “and I swoon underneath the pallet moon praise the night and praise the night the only times I feel all right”. Both songs would fit nicely on their 2005  album Was a Real Boy.

Say Anything has not forgotten their hate for hipsters. On their 2004 album Is a Real Boy Say Anything made their hatred for the counterculture clear with the song “Admit it”. “Admit it” is heavily sarcastic and critical of hipsters, which is especially obvious in lines like “Prototypical non-conformist /You are a vacuous soldier of the thrift store Gestapo /You adhere to a set of standards and tastes /That appear to be determined by an unseen panel of hipster judges”. Apparently that wasn’t enough. Say Anything urges the hipsters to admit it once more with their song “Admit it Again”. The song opens with a remixed part from the end of “Admit it”. In “Admit it Again” Say
Anything makes more stabs at the hipster ego by saying ”  Don’t wanna hear about how the latest Rihanna single is a post-modern masterpiece/Stop punishing me!” and they even go as far as to say “my blood boils at the thought of you/ poser, die!”.

After Say Anything spills their anger in “Admit it Again” they slow down the pace with “So Good”, “Sheep”, and “Peace Out”. “So Good” is a bit kinder than most of Say Anything’s songs. “Sheep” and “Peace Out” still represent Say Anything’s powerful grasp of the English language and harsh words, just in a softer manor. “Peace Out” starts with a unique melody similar to a 1600’s harp solo, but reclaims its stance in modern music with lyrics like ” I’ll be fine, sever this for all time. Laugh it off when this ends, you can just go get high with all of your dumb friends”.

“Overbiter” and “Of Steel” pick up the pace a bit more, both with the kind of tune that sticks to the brain for at least a few days. The next song, “Anarchy, My Dear” is back to the slow, yet meaningful type of song. Out of all the songs on the album, “Anarchy, My Dear” is the least memorable and the most sappy. However, the album ends on a high note with “The Stephen Hawking”, even though it starts out slow. During this song, Say Anything verges on screaming. Overall the song is upbeat, but in the way that would make you punch a wall, not jump for joy. The lyrics are, perhaps, even more harsh than in “Burn a Miracle”. The song is a comparison of space items (such as stars and black holes) to people. For example, “There must be something in the way you burn,/it makes me lose control. /If you’re the Sun, I’m a black hole.”.

Overall, this album will please fans who enjoy a multitude of Say Anything’s albums. Those who are glued to the band’s 2009 album, Say Anything, may not enjoy the variety of styles displayed in this album as much. The album has a mixture of slow songs and upbeat “typical” Say Anything songs. In this album, it is clear that Say Anything has not lost their angst or writing abilities. Basically, if you are a dedicated fan, this album will not disappoint you. So buy it. Or at least listen to it somewhere on the internet.

Mike Posner: The Layover Review

Posted: November 26, 2011 by tweerexy in Album Review
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It’s only suitable that this post is written during a three-hour flight from Phoenix to Milwaukee.

31 Minutes to Takeoff was a bit of disappointment to prior Posner mixtape fans, but was quality music either way—just not for the same audience.  The Duke graduate’s latest mixtape, The Layover, is back in the realm of One Foot Out The Door and A Matter of Time.  With a solid number of tracks (21, to be exact) , the mixtape does not disappoint.  Former fans should be pleased.

One of the most anticipated tracks, “Traveling Man,” which was sampled on One Foot Out the Door, finally makes a full-length appearance and does not disappoint.  The teaser was promised to be on the next full-length album—which indeed it was not.  The same way “Traveling Man” was sampled, Posner’s next supposed single “Looks Like Sex” is offered a minute forty cameo in the lineup.

The album opens with an intro featuring Don Cannon and is followed by a brilliantly executed “Wonderwall.”  “Wonderwall” has to be one of the most covered songs of all time and Posner is successful in setting his apart from the million covers out there.  The chorus is backed by synthetic beats and blips and a signature melodic repetition in the bass.

“Shut Up,” we can only imagine as what I think men are thinking when they sit in front of the dressing room at Forever 21.  Forced into carrying multiple shopping bags and watching clothes come in and out of the dressing room in a blur of colors and “does this look good on me?” type sentiments.  The almost comedic quality of the song does a fair job of audience appeal.

The album is laid out in such a way that it can be played throughout the day—paired with suggestions on how to listen to the songs.  Playing the part of a waiter offering wine accompaniments to various courses during a meal, Posner advises you to: drive to this, smoke and drive to this, pull a bad bitch to this, fly to this, pre-game to this, fuck to this, drive in the dark to this, vibe to this, ride to this, chill to this, blaze to this, reminisce to this, rage to this, think to this, or fall asleep to this.  An interesting concept already applied to one of life’s vices, why not now to one of the others?

Some of our favorite tracks on this album are “Blackout Remix,” “Henny & Purple,” and “Rolling in the Deep.”  I am glad Posner returned to his roots as much as I enjoyed 31 Minutes to Takeoff (namely “Gone In September,” “Do You Wanna?” and “Cheated”).

~T

Two months ago, we announced the release date of Go Radio’s deluxe edition of Lucky Street.  It has finally arrived and we couldn’t be happier with all the time we waited.

After tapping my fingers and waiting in front of my computer for my pre-order to become available on iTunes, I nearly jumped out of my bed and woke my roommate with my screaming.  The only plus side to living on the west coast, beside the absence of frosty car windows in the morning at this time of year, is that while it’s midnight on the east coast, it’s still early here.  So what if we miss every single television show and every plot twist gets spoiled on Twitter before we even get a chance to watch the open credits…We get the Go Radio album without waiting until the wee hours of the morning to listen to it!  As of this point, Go Radio’s eight bonus tracks have been played over two-hundred and ten times on my iTunes alone—not counting the iPhone plays or the times they’ve been repeated in my head.  That might just be my personal affinity for Go Radio showing through though.  Now let’s get down to brass tacks.

‘Ready or Not,’ the first of the bonus tracks on Lucky Street (Deluxe Edition), is a polished rock track with carefully structured layers and specific elements adding to the overall sound of the finished piece.  The track is probably the most structured of the bonus features next to the ‘Rolling In The Deep’ cover, and the peppier ‘Worth All The While’ but in no way is that a bad thing.  ‘Ready or Not’ feeds any thirst for a louder, head-nod worthy, guitar and drum backed sound.  As always, the opening track always offers a sample of universally relatable lyrics to come.

Contrasting the stentorian bonus opener is an almost conversational ‘Stay Gone.’  Close your eyes and it sounds like an intimate Go Radio concert—a noisy little cafe, a wooden stool on a landing in the corner, an acoustic guitar and heartfelt lyrics echoing above the chatter.  The song offers a nice change of pace from the emotionless, auto tuned, meaningless fodder that often fills the top charts but falls into the same realm as fan favorite ‘Goodnight Moon,’ which also makes an appearance as a bonus, heartwrenching acoustic track.  It’s more than obvious Go Radio’s lyrics are a little more genuine and heartfelt than say LMFAO, no matter how much they may believe in the fact that they’re “sexy and they know it,” and it shows in all of their tracks.

The only thing that could possibly make those lyrics and masterful instrumental supports better would be Jason Lancaster’s raw vocals.  The honesty of the lyrics really shine through with the raspy, raw, yet impeccably delivered vocals.  Let’s not forget the vocal support, equally as fervent and sincere as the lead.  The minimalism, no-frills approach to ‘Thanks For Nothing,’ ‘Any Other Heart’ and ‘Forever My Father’ make the meaningful lyrics the focal point.  All we can say here at Stork Music is that we can’t wait for anything and everything else Go Radio to be released.

By the way, check out their newly released music video for ‘Goodnight Moon!’

Also this interview we did with Alex from Go Radio at Warped Tour this summer!

Or pictures from their set at Warped!

~T

Jon White fronts a one-man band called If This Is a Man.  His digital album, Random Acts of Kindness Have Saved Lives, is now available on bandcamp.

White creates his songs in his makeshift bedroom recording studio, with “…Just me, a pretty battered electric guitar, an acoustic, a bass, piano and an incredibly noisy and slow computer.”  The mellow, complex layering of the tracks are somewhat reminiscent of an Imogen Heap, Pretty Lights and Bon Iver mashup.

At the age of seven or eight, White was captivated by an album called Morning Glory.  At the age of thirteen, the budding musician picked up a guitar and found piano a logical accompaniment.  White also muddled with drums, but says he never was quite so good with them.

The spacey, indie tunes are described by White as “a mix of genres really, slowcore, psychedelic, acoustic folk, electronica, melancholy, indie, 90’s jangley emo with slightly spacey vocals and lyrics.”  A prime example of the crossover genre is ‘Your Old Room.’  The single opens with a simple piano, soon accompanied by a raw, quieter set of vocals.  The piano intensifies deeper into the track, but slows to a set of beats near the middle, showing the complexity and layers of the album.

The lyricism of the unique tracks come from life experience, “I just write about ideas I have and feelings about relationships with people and concepts, they can be a bit philosophical sometimes and a bit romantic sometimes, sad sometimes, hopeful sometimes, it’s not all sort of focused with one aim. I never sort of sit down and go right, I’m gonna write a song about love, or feeling lost or whatever I just write what comes naturally,” says White.

Overall, the tracks off Random Acts of Kindness Have Saved Lives are undoubtedly original.  If This Is a Man offers an alternative soundtrack to your evening, a good record to wind down to.

You can listen to the album on bandcamp and get more information about If This Is a Man on FaceBook and follow his blog here.

~T

“I’m back” as Ronnie said in “Tragic Magic”. Back to outrage some, incite others, and confuse the rest. Fans are not disappointed with Ronnie Radke’s new band, Falling in Reverse, and their album The Drug in Me is You. They are already saying things like user xxAskingSarahhxx who poseted, “I love the old ETF, But Falling In Reverse, Yeah, Their gonna take over.” in response to the song “Sink or Swim”.  After only five days of being released, each song has nearly 100,000 hits on Youtube.

The album held true to the style of singles such as “The Drug in Me is You” and “Raised by Wolves” which were released before the album. The video for “The Drug in Me is You” shows the personal, yet comical, approach the lyrics have taken. Lyrics from “Caught Like A Fly”,  have caught the attention of many listeners, with interpretations leading many to believe he is speaking about Max Green, a former friend and current ETF member. It speaks of betrayal, holding some very direct insults.  The song itself has a carnival vibe and a style that takes an interesting twist from the rest of their album. “Tragic Magic” is also similar to this lighter style, with a slower melody and softer instrumentals. However, both songs are still energetic and attention gripping. Some think “Tragic Magic” is aimed at Craig, the new singer of ETF. The lyrics ” I dug a hole ten miles wide, so I can throw all of you inside. You’re such a dumb fuck, you need to shut up. You bring a picture of me every time you get your haircut, impostor.” seem to most display this, as they reference an ETF song, “10 miles wide”.

The rest of the songs, “I’m Not a Vampire”, “Good Girls, Bad Guys”, “Pick Up the Phone”, “The Westerner”, and “Don’t Mess With Ouiji Board” are the most similar and can easily be compared to “The Drug in Me is You” and “Raised by Wolves”. However, they all have unique features and powerful lyrics. “I’m Not a Vampire”, “Good Girls, Bad Guys”, and “Pick Up the Phone” have lighter lyrics, not specifically speaking of Ronnie’s rough past. “The Westerner” has a tune similar to Halloween songs at the beginning, and is once again centered around Ronnie’s past with ETF and jail, causing fans to like, hate, and argue about it.

Ronnie’s vocals have greatly improved since the album Dying is Your Latest Fashion with ETF. Falling in Reverse has definitely sparked controversy with their lyrics, but have also added some unique features to the expectations of post hardcore. They didn’t shy away from unfamiliar instrumentals. Overall, this album is best suited for “old” ETF fans who don’t mind a little change.