MUSIC: today is the best day.

TODAY, my dear friends, is the BEST DAY for music.

PARAMORE, my all time favourite band, have finally released their new album After Laughter and I am OBSESSED.  Very 80s pop-y, perfect for angry car dancing/singing, and Hayley’s voice just keeps getting better and better.  PLEASE listen to it, you need this in your life.  I’ve been listening to it all day, and especially find myself going back to Grudges, Rose-Colored Boy, and Caught In The Middle.  JAMS.

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And then as if that weren’t enough – Harry Styles???  What is he doing.  Why is he so incredible.

His solo debut (imaginatively named Harry Styles), is full of various vintage rock vibes,

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me too, Harry.

hipster swag, and… I think I heard a mandolin?  Just incredible.  PLUS maybe I’m a little biased but I love the album cover.  Not only do I love topless Harry Styles, but I too love to lie in massive pools of rose coloured water, wearing expensive necklaces and listening to classic rock on vinyl (which is what I imagine was happening when he took the photos that became the album artwork).

In between rocking the new paramore album I’ve been cranking up Carolina, Meet Me In The Hallway, and Woman.

Have you been jamming as hard as I have today?  Tell me your favourite tunes!

I’m currently sitting in the airport in Victoria, waiting to board my flight home.  I’m nervous – I have a connection to make and less than five minutes between my first flight landing and my second flight boarding – but cross your fingers for me.  I don’t know what happens if you miss a flight and I truly do not want to find out.

cheers to the weekend!

x – L

MUSIC: the Maine

 

themaineGUYS, yesterday I bought myself the best present EVER… Tickets to see the Maine on April 25th on their Lovely Little Lonely tour!  I haven’t gone to a concert since last summer, so it’s TIME, y’all.

Anyway, I’ve loved the Maine for years, but this last album is shaping up to be the best yet.  Angsty as always, fast and dance-able, and my favourite album artwork in a long time.  The first song they released off of it, Bad Behaviour, was like the ultimate throwback to the good ol’ emo days, and Black Butterflies and Deja Vu, aka my current obsession, is unlike anything else I’ve heard before.  I.  LOVE.  IT.  Then today they released a song called Do You Remember (the other half of 23).  Guess what?  It’s also perfect.

The new album is out on April 7th, and until then they’re posting clips of the songs as a count down on their instagram – definitely follow them if you don’t already.

so?  thoughts on the new tunes?  thoughts on anything at all?  how’s like?  love me, pay attention to me.

xx – L

MUSIC MONDAY: it’s what you want – it’s what you need.

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GUYS, you NEED to listen to You Me At Six’s new album Night People.  I am obsessed.

 

These guys have been one of my favourite bands since I was just a li’l babe – I remember Hayley Williams talking about them once and obviously I rushed to look them up straight away.  Ever since then (back in 2008-ish) I’ve been in love.

I think one of my favourite things about them is that (much like Paramore, my all time fave) every album sounds so different from the last.  They have a really distinct, specific sound to each album and I think it really shows their growth.  Of course this isn’t a selling point for everyone – if you were expecting another Sinners Never Sleep (which up until now has been my fave album of theirs) then you might be disappointed by this.  But if you’re ready for something completely fresh and different (but still full of heavy drums, killer vocals, and addictive melodies) then HERE YA GO.

I was relieved by this album to tell you the truth – their last album, Cavalier Youth, was probably my least favourite release from them… ever.  So in my PERSONAL opinion, this album feels like they’ve got their groove back.  But you’ll have to make that decision for yourself.

If you’re looking for some real bangers, great for working out or being angry, try the title track, Night People.  Also definitely Plus One, and Swear.  Josh has a great growly tone and I am so in love with these songs.  If you want to stare out the window as rain pours down then definitely Take On The World should be your go-to.  I feel like every You Me At Six album has at least one song that kind of breaks your heart – Opposites Attract, Fireworks, Crash… all great jams, but Take On The World is among my favourites now.

SO what are your thoughts on Night People?  It feels like it’s been a long time coming – and I say it was worth the wait.  You?

happy listening,

– L

PS, these guys also put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen (although I say that about pretty much everyone I go see).  Def check them out if you get the opportunity!

5 Angsty Throwback Christmas Tunes | BLOGMAS Day 2

Are you already tired of Mariah Carey and Michael Buble?  Because I sure am.  If you’re ready to shake things up (and get a li’l angsty), here are five fabulous Christmas tunes from all your emo faves.
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1. Yule Shoot Your Eye Out – Fall Out Boy

Even when it’s not Christmas this song is just catchy.  And I mean… it’s Fall Out Boy.

2. Merry Christmas, Kiss My Ass – All Time Low

I remember in high school me and my friends used to love posting these lyrics on each other’s facebook walls because it made us look cool and edgy and filled with rage.  Some things never change.

3. Happy Holidays, You Bastard – Blink-182

No angsty Christmas playlist is complete without this song.

4. Santa Stole My Girlfriend – The Maine

Remember when the Maine put out that holiday album?  2008 was a simpler time.

5. All I Want For Christmas Is You – My Chemical Romance

Last but not least!  I know we’re all tired of this song, but it’s just… better when it’s My Chem.  Right?

 

Oh, and as a bonus, the highlight of last Christmas – when All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, Simple Plan, Good Charlotte and John Feldman got together to create this little miracle:

Wow.  I’m feeling infinitely more festive already.

What’s your favourite Christmas song?  Are you a traditionalist, or do you like to switch things up a little?

Talk to ya tomorrow!!

– L

MUSIC: CRUISR sounds like summer

I love fall – love it.  I love fall colours, I love fall drinks, I love fall out boy… (if you need to cringe at that it’s okay – I’m cringing too).  I also love Halloween (spoopy), and the way everything smells.  But honestly, even with so many great things coming up I have to admit, I’m not quite ready to let summer go yet.

Maybe that’s why I’ve been listening to CRUISR all week.

These guys opened for PVRIS on their North American tour, and they killed it.  Nothing cruisrlike a good opening act, right?  (as a side note, I love when there are a ton of opening bands for a show – seriously, give me, like, four.  It gives you time to squeeze your way into a good spot for the headliner, and I’ve found sooo many amazing bands just by seeing them kick off a show.)

CRUISR are great – fun, high energy songs that just make you want to drive to California and go surfing.  They remind me of a younger, nicer Wavves with less drug abuse (I think).

If you’re still clinging to the dream of summer – or if you just need a good soundtrack while you clean your room – check these guys out.  My personal favourite song is ‘Kidnap Me’, because I’m angsty and like songs about running away from your problems.  ‘Wild Babe’ is also a good one.

What are you guys listening to lately?  And are you ready for cool weather?

– L

PS, more music posts to come!
PPS, you’ll note that I didn’t make a single Grand Theft Autumn joke – I have a strict limit of one Fall Out Boy reference per post, effective immediately.