wrapped-in-the-covers-this-is-halloweenLast night I said I was going to do Marilyn Manson this week because who better to focus on this week? But then when that search came up dry I sat and wondered what other song really captured the spirit of Halloween and well, here you go…From one of DIsney’s most interesting and visually stunning movies ever…”This Is Halloween” from The Nightmare Before Christmas.

Real Chanty

Dan Buckley

One Last Look Feat. Aldo Escobedo of Redeem/Revive

Daniel Carballal & Jacquelynn Ware

Carly Bracco

farewell-nick-wan-dainty-review.jpgIt’s been a couple weeks since I’ve had time to sit down with my Sega and take in some Columns 3, but luckily I had Farewell, Nick Wan’s Dainty to fill the void. It’s not because it’s music that filled a musical yearning but more so because it sounded like some of the music you’d find throughout classic video games.

Chiptune music is something that still boggles my mind and I’m sad I didn’t think to get into that. Video games is a huge industry and the diehards love everything about it from the graphics to the sounds. So it’s no surprise that artists like Farewell, Nick Wan exist. Right off the bat I was tossed into that techy sound with “Still Afraid” and it didn’t stop there. There was the quick “With Me” and the rightfully titled “Winners and Losers.” I liked it though when things were ruffled a little. You had a Spanish flare in “Lies” and then got some rock with “Dainty.”

If you’re a gamer who is captivated by every aspect of sport, especially the music, than I suggest you check out Farewell, Nick Wan. You’ll love that he takes chiptune and adds his own eccentricities to the mix. You can check out Dainty, out now.

dear-you-i-can-only-blame-myself-reviewLast week I actually had a job where I had to leave the confines of my apartment and sit in an office. Thank goodness for friends, but I realized that I could never have one of those normal jobs because my blogging would take a beating. I am behind a week and it’s officially crunch time as I tried to multitask and listen to Dear You’s I Can Only Blame Myself while making a top 10 list. Their pop punk was quite the distracting because after one time through I was singing along.

Kicking things off with the title track, it was a good overall experience. The vocals are a bit grizzly and the packaging is like that of The Wonder Years. I actually didn’t like “Shipwreck” the first time through but as the record played on and on, it became a favorite. So don’t write it off too soon. The same can be said of “Castles.” I couldn’t help but compare them to TWYS again with “Maybe I Didn’t Feel A Thing,” but the icing on this pop punk came at the end. “Have You Already Forgotten My Name” has a stellar chorus that is in between well constructed verses. While it takes some time to warm up to the center of this record, the bookends are instant favorites.

I’m glad to be back blogging and even happier that I got back into the swing of things with this album. If you’re a fan of the new era of pop punk that’s got more of a grit to it, check out Dear You’s I Can Only Blame Myself, out now.