GML: Heading in a New Direction

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Last week I was like, on Fridays I should pick something going on in the music realm and talk about that instead of what was going on in my personal life. I then looked around for things and couldn’t find anything but that Front Porch Step dude saying he’s not a pedophile. Like really, you think contacting underage girls and talking to them like a pervert doesn’t categorize you as such? He is unclear of the definition. Anyways, we’re going to move on because he’s basically the Bill Cosby of the current scene and we’re tired of his Jell-O filled bullshit.

There was an article about The Academy Is… and William Beckett that stood out. This week the “Wrapped in the Covers” was “Slow Down” so it was appropriate to note that the former lead singer sat down with Alternative Press to talk about Almost Here. He noted, “Musically, it was ambitious for its time,” adding, “Overall, that was who we were. That record was a snapshot of exactly who we were.” Would I have called in “ambitious?” I don’t think I would’ve gone that far, but when you think back to that time – any band that was being pushed around by Pete Wentz were each doing something a little different. Panic! was creating a sensation with music that was one part burlesque show, two parts power pop, Gym Class Heroes made kids at Warped Tour have a hip hop record in their collection that wasn’t Eminem and then you had Academy. Looking back, I’m not sure what they did that was so different but they did make one of the best records from that time – start to finish Almost Here is perfection.

While I sit pissed that Academy is, for the moment, only reuniting for one damn show across the country, I’ll leave you with this week’s video picks. Always a variety pack of course.

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Top 10 Thursday: August Shows in LA

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This is one of the first times in a long time that I actually had to cut out half of the shows I wanted to highlight for the month. Sorry Taylor Swift and Colbie Caillat, maybe next time. Do check them out too. One is playing like four days at Staples and the other is taking on the Greek. Other talented folks hitting LA in August are Of Monsters And Men, Shania Twain as well as Modest Mouse. Now let’s take a look at the 10 who did make the cut.

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Wrapped in the Covers: The Academy Is… “Slow Down”

Photo Credit: marielangelax.tumblr.com
Photo Credit: marielangelax.tumblr.com

There was no song picked for this week. I heard some Alicia Keys song in 7-Eleven that remained in my head as I was walking home – but it wasn’t something I’d care to hear again, or hear covers of. So that was scratched and as I came to my halfway point on my walk home, the smell of McDonalds lingered in the air and I thought about summer songs. The same summer I was addicted to Everything in Transit, there was another album that was played just as much. Oh The Academy Is…, why won’t you just do a ten year tour of Almost Here, make some money and then get back to whatever it is you all are up to nowadays? Since they only want to play a show in Chicago – these covers of “Slow Down” will have to do.

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