Weezer have returned with new single “Back To The Shack”. I don’t see where the hate for this one comes from, goofy lyrics over guitar lines that are far better than any written by the band in the past 10 years.
The track has a similar vibe to The Blue Album and Pinkerton albums, something fans have wanted for ages, myself included.
So after listening to The Menzinger’s new album “Rented World” a good bit since it came out, I’ve decided that it is my favourite album of theirs. This is probably a really unpopular opinion amongst the diehards but I’m okay with that. I find it more relatable lyrically, the song writings better and some tracks venture in to new musical waters for the band.
I feel like they will follow a similar path to one of my other favourite bands, The Gaslight Anthem, by changing a little with every record and ultimately writing better songs as a result (nostalgia aside).
For the record: By no means do I dislike the likes of “On The Impossible Past” or “The ‘59 Sound” - I fucking love them. I just think people write new albums off in comparison to their favourites far too easily and don’t give the new ones the time and attention that they deserve.
Finally got around to sitting down with the Aaron West & The Roaring Twenties album “We Don’t Have Each Other”. Dan Campbell is full of surprises, not many bands in the scene could pull of this style of record. Reminds me of Bright Eyes. The story is cool, think I’ll need to listen to it more to get the full picture - but the first play through was thouroughly enjoyed.
Jack Archer, writing for Airows, makes the case for switching from Spotify’s “all you can eat” to iTunes’ “one album per month”:
Instead of spending around $10/month for Spotify Premium, spend around $10/month on iTunes to buy and purchase one album. Listen to that album to death. Love that album. Know every word to every song, the track list, and the cover art. That’s how it used to be back in the day, and it’s a lost art when you hit “Shuffle Play” on some random playlist a dude from your high school came up with. You’re less intimate with your music on Spotify.
While there’s something to be said for being actively invested in an album (the albums I purchased in high-school with my own money definitely got more attention than those that were downloaded via Napster), I’m unsure I could do this — even for a few months. I remain a dedicated album listener and am not above falling in love with one album for two or three weeks at a time even with my Rdio subscription. I do, however, find the target outcome noble. If I were a braver man (and my job didn’t depend on me listening to more than one album a month), I may have attempted this.
Great idea and I’m sure a lot of music listeners could do with following the above plan. I still manage to focus on and love albums start to finish with my Spotify subscription. In fact, I’ve never been a huge fan of playlists (which is probably why I never stopped listening to albums front to back and on repeat).