August 28, 2009 at 12:14 am (Musings) (barking dog, carpal tunnel, dentist, entertainment, free toothpaste, Goth rock, GPS, headache, Horseshoe Tavern, insomniac, Lacuna Coil, laundry, Metal, micro sleeps, minor tremens, naps, Random, Rockband, senile, Sun Satellite, tawts, The Examiner, tremors of the fingers, Twitter, writing plan)
Weird day for me.
Woke up after 10 hrs. of sleep, which is rare because I’m an insomniac. For example, last week I went five nights in a row where I didn’t sleep. Now can that be you say? Well, during day I’m really tired and have micro sleeps or impromptu naps. Anyhow, back to today…
-I actually woke up with an organized writing plan/outline and managed to finish 2 articles for my examiner.com page. I was quite excited since I haven’t been so consistent with it, still have to write a lot more to gain a following.
-Yesterday played “Rockband” with some friends, realized that my “minor tremens” (small uncontrollable tremors of the fingers & some carpal tunnel strain) was physically incapacitating me from playing “Rockband” beyond a medium level…the shame.
-The dog upstairs barks incessantly & I was told that it was going senile in its’ old age (feel sad for it, but that doesn’t take away the headache)
-Having a brother, who is a dentist, is awesome when you visit (never need to buy toothpaste again! I got 15 tubes tonight!)
-My dad and I had an hour long “loud” discussion when I visited the parents, and surprisingly we came out it hugs!!
-I was supposed to go see some bands play at the Horseshoe tonight, but I got out late, got hungry, got lost, couldn’t find parking, and realized I was way too late (ie. I am the perfect example of someone who NEEDS GPS!!!) My friends make fun of my wrong turns…they kinda chuckle when I offer to give rides home and someone accepts…meh!
-P.S. I’m sorry “Sun Satellite” for missing the show…please send the video clips though, I can include them in an article.
-Listening to Goth-rock/metal actually sounds cool at night in your car (My new Lacuna Coil album)
-Did a mega-sized load of laundry (it’s always a successful day when I do laundry!)
-Gonna go on Twitter for a bit before I sleep because I promised to follow a lot of people when I got back (I tweeted it of course!)
May 15, 2009 at 12:56 am (Indie Artists, Music Reviews) (Canada, Chodidees, Damon Alexander and the Ten Cent Rentals, indie, Jason Chu, Metal, Music Review, Myspace, Pop, Punk, Sum 41, Texas Chain Massacre, The Bad Seed)
Name: Damon Alexander and the Ten Cent Rentals
Major/indie/unsigned: I would hazard a guess they are Indie
Album: Champions of the Underground (2008), The Legendary Three Limbed Six (2008)
Released: New album expected sometime in 2009
Overall Rating (out of 4): 2.5
Musicality – Pretty good! They play like a tight band that has been together for awhile.
Singing – Pretty decent vocals, a calmer punk style of singing, not too much yelling.
Lyrics – Honestly, I couldn’t hear them too well because they were drowned out by the distortion in the guitars, however, in punk and metal bands that’s totally O.K.
Freshness – They sound like a grown up “Sum 41”, more mature and chill punk rock.
Technicality/Recording – Solid clear sound, no complaints.
Visuals – Nice graphic/brand that they have for their band, but having an actual picture of the band members on your Myspace page would be helpful for people who haven’t heard of you before to identify better with you.
Top 2 Songs:
1. Texas Chain Massacre (Catchy as hell, and love the sound effects of the chainsaws!)
2. The Bad Seed (It really rocks out!)
~ Jason Chu
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