Nate’s Mix Tape Monday – 7/26/2010 – Alkaline Trio

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday

Featured Song: Crawl

by Alkaline Trio


Happy Monday! It’s been quite an eventful week for me, I finally finished my project (Stormtrooper armor) and I found a lot of the time I worked on it, I was listening to this band. So this week’s edition of Nate’s Mix Tape Monday goes to Alkaline Trio, “Crawl” off my favorite album From Here to the Infirmary enjoy!

Thanks Alkaline Trio…


Nate’s Mix Tape Monday – 7/19/10 – New Found Glory

Nate’s Mix Tape Monday

Featured Song: 2’s & 3’s

By: New Found Glory

I apologize for missing a couple of Monday’s! This week we have an ultimate high school song for me. I absolutely love it every time this song comes on my iPod. This album was a soundtrack to my high school years, I can vividly remember walking down the halls blasting this is my disc man (remember those?!). New Found Glory is without a doubt the kings of pop-punk.

Enjoy, and remember….


PS: this YouTube video is wrong it was actually released on Nothing Gold Can Stay.

Shout it Out by Hanson Official Review

Official Review

Shout it Out by Hanson

I know I promised this awhile ago and quite some time has passed. To be honest, this review was a little difficult for me. I had a hard time forming a concrete opinion of this album that I could put into a blog post. In fact, I’m still not really sure where this will go; this is going to be an on the spot flow so prepare yourself…

If you know me at all, you know that I have always loved Hanson. They were my musical influence and Zac Hanson was one of the reasons I wanted to play the drums. Most of this review will reflect a lot of Zac in it.

If you don’t really know about Hanson’s situation, I suggest you go read my post about it Here.

Let’s get the bad news out first… And I say this with great respect to Zac. I’d like to take you back in time to around the Middle of Nowhere era. Zac was a crazy little kid who always had a smile on his face. If you watch a performance from back then, and one now, there’s a big change. He’s just not as lively and charismatic as he used to be…. And below, you will find my opinion why I believe this is happening.

I don’t think he’s challeging himself as a drummer. Using this album, Shout it Out, as an example, this problem is apparent. Almost all of the drum beats are very basic and straight forward, the only real exception to that is the track titled “And I Waited” where Zac uses some off beat accents.  This is really my only negative critcism of the album.

The album is definitely sticking to the matured Hanson theme. Taylor’s vocals give it some what of a Motown feel to it. Every song we get the recognizable Hanson harmony. Upbeat, romantic, over all I think this album is absolutely worth buying. My favorite track on this album is “Carry You There”.

Is it their best work? Given the circumstances of their position in the industry, I’d say it’s definitely quality.

Official Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

It’s Beyond the Mind

Take Me to a Place Where Logic Doesn’t Exist

Almost every morning I wake up I usually lay in bed for a period of time and put my iPod on shuffle and today this thought hit me… I always seem to skip songs that are a different genre almost every day. For example, today I found myself skipping through all the songs that weren’t hardcore music. But yesterday, I would skip everything that wasn’t acoustic.

Those of you who have a diverse collection of music can probably relate to this post. Have you ever been angry and thought “Man, I need some ‘angry’ music!” The logic makes sense. However, you put the “angry” music on, and after about a song you’re just not feeling it, it’s not making you feel better like you thought it would. Then some mellow acoustic song comes on and you’re totally connected.

Maybe your situation is a little different. My point is, it’s literal proof that connection to music is beyond your mind. I think it’s so extraordinary that some unknown force controls what I’m “in the mood for”. The more I listen to music, the  stronger the connection grows to this force. Which is one reason why I usually don’t like riding in someone elses car because I have no control over the music (I know… a little over the top!).

As I’ve said before, I’m addicted to music. And I want it around me at all times it feeds a part of me that can’t be explained. And I hope most of you can experience that same feeling.

If you haven’t thought about this, and your music collecton is rather narrow, I suggest tasting new stuff you never know what you’ll be connected to.

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