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Music Mondays: Math Rock

For this weeks Music Mondays, I wanted to try a different genre. Something I hadn’t really heard of before. I did a bit of google searching and came across this genre: Math Rock. I had heard of it once and didn’t think it was an actual genre. But…it actually is! Believe it or not…Math rock is a rhythmically complex, often guitar-based, style of experimental rock that had  emerged in the late 1990s, influenced by progressive rock bands like King Crimson as well as 20th century minimalist composers such as Steve Reich. I will probably get into progressive and experimental rock at a later date, for the record.Now on to the main event~

Normal Rock music uses a basic 4/4 meter. Math rock, however, uses asymmetrical time signatures such a 7/8, 11/8 or 13/8. They might also use features that might constantly change the meters based on various groupings of 2 and 3. This is seen as “mathematical” and is what mostly gives the genre it’s name. The music of Math rock is mostly dominated by guitars and drums just like traditional rock. However, due to the complex rhythms, math rock groups tend to stick out more than groups of other genres. Also, it’s normal for guitarists in math rock groups to use the “tapping” method of guitar playing and loop pedals can also be used occasionally. Guitar playing is often played in clean tones more than other “upbeat” rock songs. Distortion is sometimes used, depending on the group.

Lyrics are generally not the main focus of math rock; the voice is treated as just another sound in the mix. Often, lyrics are not overdubbed, and are positioned low in the mix, as in the recording style of Steve Albini. Many of math rock’s most famous groups are entirely instrumental such as Don Caballero. Side note: The term math rock has often been passed off as a joke that has developed into what some believe is a musical style.

Influences across the country:

During the 1990s, the greatest concentration of math rock bands was in the urban centers of the Midwest ranging from Minneapolis to Buffalo, with Chicago being a central hub (naturally). The Chicago-based sound engineer Steve Albini is a key figure in the scene, and many math rock bands from around the country have enlisted him to record their albums, giving the genre’s recorded catalog a certain uniformity of sound, and lumping his bands past and present. Also, many math rock records were released by Chicago-based Touch and Go Records.

One of the few math rock bands from the Detroit area was Philo Beddow. The band originally leaned toward an aggressive and dissonant sound that would be more associated with mathcore. They went on to develop a warmer sound that often consisted of more traditionally melodic vocal lines laid over angular instrumentation in patterned mixed meters and triplet-time (sorry for those who don’t have a music background and might be confused). These compositions tended to emphasize the range   between bass lines that were influenced by progressive rock.

The city of Pittsburgh  is home to one of the most defining examples of the math rock genre: the four-piece instrumental band Don Cabellero. Formed in 1991 after the breakup of Sludgehammer, “Don Cab” as the group is affectionately known, blends heavy noise rock sounds with avant-garde jazzy influences. Like many other bands in the style, Don Caballero’s members despise the “math rock” label applied to them by critics. Even so, it should come as no surprise that a temporary bass player Matt Jencik, a member of another former Pittsburgh math rock band, Hurl, also spent time in Don Caballero.

Areas such as San Diego, D.C., The South, and even Toronto/Windsor Ontario have math rock groups that have helped build up this lesser known genre.

As always, let me know what you think. It’s a genre that is new to ME…so It might be new to you. Happy listening!

 

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Music Monday: Coheed and Cambria (aka Best Band Ever) Edition~

Coheed and Cambria

So.  It has been (quite) awhile since I have posted anything (Oopsy)…so I decided that for this Music Monday I will dedicate it to my favorite band of all time…Coheed and Cambria. I have loved this band since they went from being Shabutie to Coheed and Cambria back in 2001. Though I did like them as Shabutie. They decided to change things around a bit and then became a concept band (songs/albums based off the Coheed and Cambria comics created by lead singer Claudio Sanchez). Anywho, they are MOST known (especially by those with little ‘heed knowledge) for their song “Welcome Home”, which can be found on one of the Rock Bands if you so wish to play. I also believe they have their own DLC for Rock Band…side note. They’re one of the few legit progressive rock bands in my opinion, trying not to be TOO biased here 😛 Regardless, I have seen them on a few occasions and they have always put on a stellar show. They’ve toured with some other bands that I enjoy too…Avenged Sevenfold, Hell Yeah, Iron Maiden…to name a few. They are doing a show on May 11th in Illinois and I am SO SO SO SO there. I already got my ticket and I’m rearing to go. I haven’t seen them in two years since they did their “Year of the Black Rainbow” tour. So, I’m ready to have my mind absolutely B L O W N and be surrounded by other people who have excellent taste in music. I generally end up making friends at these events lol I think I will use my relatively new Coheed and Cambria tattoo as a conversation piece 😛 We’ll see. I only wish they were coming back to Lollapalooza this year since I am actually going (I missed them last time…bah :/).

~Instead of putting Welcome Home as the video I was going to post…I thought that would be too obvious. SO, Instead I’ll put my favorite song and then another one for balance. Enjoy~

Music Monday…Twisted Metal Edition

So. To begin, i am a HUGE twisted metal fan and have always been. So, I promptly purchased a ps3 in preparation for the new Twisted metal. Needless to say, the game is crazy and everything I had hoped it would be…well minus not having enough  main characters and story lines. However, that aside…it was fantastic. Now, the soundtrack for this game is amazing. Both the original and the licensed songs they have. I did find a playlist for all the original tracks for the game, but I’m just going to post the first song in the playlist and you can go from there to hear the other songs. This song is my favorite,  actually. It’s the main theme song/song you hear at the games title screen. Enjoy.

 

Music Monday (30stm)

So. I have been listening to a lot of 30 seconds to Mars today…therefore, that will be the focus of today’s Music Monday. 😛 I adore 30 stm by the way….

Fun Fact: The music video for “The Kill” is based off of “The Shining”. (my favorite movie) So, i appreciate it ❤

Attack

Night of the Hunter

Music Monday (Holiday Edition)

For today’s Music Monday Selection…we’re talking Holidays! I’m already in the Christmas Spirit (sorry) but I don’t listen to traditional Christmas carols…soooooo I had to go in search of something different to suit my needs. So here are a few nice Rock/Metal Christmas Carols for everyone who likes to listen early (Yes I’m one of those people. Sue me) I’m feeling festive…as I sip my Peppermint White Mocha from Starbucks 😛 If you’re cool, like me, and listen to alternative type Christmas Carols and there’s some you know of, feel free to mention. I’m always looking for more. Thanks~

Christmas Rock Medley

Carol of the Bells

Christmas Medley  (Part 2)

We Wish You a Merry Xmas (Metal Version)

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (On Electric Guitar)

Side note…I think I may do a “Video Game” edition of Music  Monday…but I may do it before next Monday because I may not have patience enough to wait SO…we’ll see. Uh, yep lol

 

 

 

Music of the Week

So. Because I love music so much…and need an excuse to get back into being on wordpress…I will have a song/album/band/artist of the week. Basically anything that has stuck out to me or…just something I think is worth mentioning music wise.

So for this week…even though it’s Saturday ( I jumped the gun, I got excited)…I think I will start with what I have been listening to a lot lately for whatever reason. I will actually give two songs.

1) Arms by Christina Perri. I had never heard of this girl before…and I had only heard of her because a) her song Arms is used in the commercial for the show “Disappeared” b) She sang on Dancing with the Stars. The ONE time I watched it. Her style of music is a minority in my massive music library BUT I know what sounds good. She has a beautiful voice and I feel like her music is honest (which is rare often times). Arms is a nicely written song, and I feel somewhat connected to it. I also respect her as an artist. She kind of looks like Rogue from X-men…and I like her tattoos. Maybe she just appeals to ME. Who knows. Either way, I think it’s worth listening to. It’s kind of “soft”-ish but it’s a nice alternative to the crappy pop artists out there. As far as I see it.

Link: In case you were curious 😉

Now…a song that is more along the lines of what I typically listen to. Another song I have been listening to a lot lately.

2. Cancer by Sick Puppies. It’s not a new song or anything, but still a great one. I don’t know if a lot of people have heard of Sick Puppies…which is sad, because they need to. I think they’re a good quality band in their own right. Their album “Dressed Up As Life” is a good album to listen to. I think its the best album to sum up what they’re capable of. The song itself reminds me a lot of how people can be today…as a side note.

That’s my Music recommendations of the week!

30 Day Music Challenge: Days 25 and 26

  • Day 25 – A song that makes you laugh
  • Day 26 – A song that you can play on an instrument

     

    Day 25: A song that makes me laugh…I’d have to say “Beelzeboss (The Final Showdown) by Tenacious D. I don’t really think I need to explain why this song makes me laugh…um, cause it’s fucking funny. If you haven’t heard it, please get out from under your rock and listen. It’s epic. Period. Moving on.

     

    Day 26: um. Well, I’ve never gotten around to learning how to play songs I like on various instruments…but I can say what song I’d LIKE to be able to play. I mean, of course I want to play all songs I like. However, for diversity sake I’ll go with “I shot William H. Macy” by Head Automatica. They’re a good band and that song is so eccentric, I think it would be quite fun.

    Vids: Enjoy and Comment.

30 Day Music Challenge Days: 23 and 24

Aaaaaaaand here we go.

Day 1-22

Day 23 – A song that you want to play at your wedding

Heh, that’s pretty easy. I’d LOVE to have “Pearl of the Stars” by Coheed and Cambria played at my wedding. Actually, I’d rather have Coheed and Cambria just play at my wedding. I think I might die though…too much adrenaline 😛 It’s a romantic song, but still Coheed-esque. It’s a bit different than some of the other songs they usually make, but it’s a nice switch up. It would be sweet :)…perhaps that’s what I’ll do when I do get married lol we’ll see.

Day 24 – A song that you want to play at your funeral

I took a bit of time to think about this one. I like a lot of songs and a lot of them WOULD be appropriate for a funeral…but this one I think would be pretty damn fucking awesome. I’d have them play “Enter Sandman” by Metallica. It’s a fucking rock classic, an anthem…great song. I mean you can’t deny the sheer awesome-ness of this classic Metallica song. I think it would be a great song to play…I mean shit, I’m dead so I might as well be put in the ground to Metallica 😛

 

Feel free to comment and let me know what songs YOU would want at your own wedding and/or funeral. I’m interested to see what others would want. 😛

 

Videos for all to watch:

 

 

30 Day Music Challenge Days 21 & 22

Sorry. Being in the hospital has kept me from being consistent from day-to-day…but Here I am catching up 😛 Not that any of you care. Just Sayin.

Days 1-20

Day 21 – A song that you listen to when you’re happy

Day 22 – A song that you listen to when you’re sad

Day 21: Lol Well I listen to a lot of shit when I’m happy. Mostly Coheed. Actually, I’ll listen to them in any mood I’m in. 😛 I guess I’ll go with a song that puts me in a good mood? And try to not let it be by Coheed and Cambria lol I think I’ll go a bit far out of what most people listen to and go with “Bom Bom Bom” By Living Things. I don’t know anyone who has ever heard of this band and It took a lot of my usual hardcore music searchings to come across them. Though, I DO believe they played at Lollapalooza not too many summers back. So maybe they’re a bit bigger now. Not likely. But I do enjoy them a lot and I like knowing a small band. I just like how catchy the song is, plain and simple. It gets me into a less ‘draggy’ mood.

Day 22: Hm. Well I am a brooder by nature so I have a plethora of songs I listen to when I’m down in the dumps.  The one song that never prevails to bring me out of a sad mood…”Passing Afternoon” by Iron & Wine. This is probably one of the most beautiful Indie songs I have ever heard in my life. It’s so beautiful, rich and meaningful. The lyrics are genius, sheer genius. Samuel Bean’s voice is so tranquil and so…intense at the same time. I highly recommend giving it a listen, it’s amazing. It is one of the FEW songs that can make me cry…well, when I watch House Season 4 season finale…but you get the point.

Vids!

30 Day Music Challenge: Day 19 and 20. (Catch Up!)

I’m a day behind. My bad. 😛

Day 1-18

Day 19 – A song from your favorite album

– A song from my favorite album? Well, I guess I have to go back to Coheed and Cambria 😛 Nobody else would dare make this list other than them. My favorite album by them would be Year of the Black Rainbow mainly because I pretty much adore every single song…though I guess that’s the same with any album by them 😛 One of my favorite songs from that album is “The Broken”.  It’s so bad ass and sinister and just…fucking amazing. I love how it sounds and the dark undertones to it. It’s one of the songs that I think it a bit less noticed on the album compared to some others , “Here we are Juggernaut”, “Guns of Summer” etc. I’ll link it at the end of the post.

Day 20 – A song that you listen to when you’re angry

-Oh this one is easy. If I’m angry I listen to “Rocket” Skates” by the Deftones. Actually, I listen to it when I’m in a fantastic mood but still…But yeah. It’s a very ‘angry’ and exhilarating type song. It’s a song I live by, somewhat. I love the chorus “Guns, razors, knives. Fuck with me”. It really gets me going and I feel better afterwards. It’s a damn good old hard bad ass song. One of those songs you can’t help but head bang and get into. I thank Deftones for this. I’ll link this one as well.