Category Archives: Music
Blink 182 – Dogs Eating Dogs EP
12-27-12: Initial release.
Typically, posts like this are made rarely on The Underground, but I just wanted to share a nice gem I discovered recently. In fact, I don’t even remember how I came across this, but if you are a Blink 182 fan, they have a new EP CD! It’s only 5 songs, but its really good.
It’s like a mix Angels & Airwaves, Blink 182, +44, Boxcar Racer, and part of Travis Barker’s own solo career. I got it as an Xmas gift, and I am really digging it.
If you want to check it out on itunes, click here.
Green Day – Dos – Album Released!
11-10-12: Initial release.
Guess what? If you are a Green Day fan, you will know that the album officially hits stores on Tuesday, November 13th.
I was browsing some of my sources today, and it turns out the album has been leaked/ripped, and put online in its entirety. I am not going to link where to get it, and I have not listened to it. I can wait until Tuesday for that, but below is picture proof of it existing:
So are you a Green Day fan? Maybe rock alternative fan? Let us know what you like to listen to in the comments!
How to Find Inspiration
Many times, whether it’s writer’s block or just blank thoughts, we can’t find any descent forms of inspiration. Simply, nothing comes to mind and you find yourself unable to put pen to paper, or digits to keyboard, or to click a simple button on a camera. Whatever your artistic interests may be, there are a few key places that a person can look. These places, when searched systematically, have endless pools of fresh ideas; an eternal stream of data, just waiting for someone to transform it into magic.
Family and Friends
When we are depressed, we often go to one (if not both) of the two sources and ask for help and advice. Well, inspiration can work the same way. They don’t have to be noted of it; just behave like you would generally, but examine yourself and the world around you more thoroughly and remember what or how you feel. Normally, you would think nothing of it, because family is SUPPOSED to make you feel safe and secure, and friends are SUPPOSED to make you feel excited and cheerful. In these harsh times though, where the cost of inspiration is skyrocketing through the roof, you can use everyday experiences and people, such as your family and friends, to give you the boost you desire.
Sun: the natural light bulb. Wind: the natural air conditioner. Earth: the natural home. Without knowing it, we have isolated ourselves from most of the outside world. It might not feel that way because we have the freedom to decide to stay in or go out, but needless to say, we choose the less intelligent one. Writers read much off of the internet and photographers look for photos on the internet for one MAIN reason: to hijack ideas and transform them into their own. A little thesaurus or Photoshop, and half an hour later you have a perfectly “creative and exclusive” piece of work. It’s not a crime to get thoughts from similar thoughts, but it might be better to start somewhere else first. Nature leads us to find amazing landscapes, marvelous creatures, and an infinite amount of inspiration. The trees, the sun, the moon, wildlife, etc. There are unfathomable amounts of dreams just waiting to become reality.
From good to bad, music is in a category all on its own. Without a doubt, music can bring us from the most unearthly hellish slums, to pure enjoyment and ecstasy. The moment you press play, you can feel enlightenment travel through those headphones, through the air. It tweaks your brain, making you take notice to things that seemed unreal or impossible before. It isn’t a scattered form of art, but more a language. It is a form of energy, and you are the converter. It builds up inside you, until you are full, then it seeps through, exiting your body in form of words or images. You are borrowing its power to make power of your own. It has the capability to make a person with a metal leg run a marathon; it can influence a town, city, state, country, or even the world! Its capabilities are limitless, all you have to do is put them together.
Site for photographers: http://www.alphacoders.com/
Positively inspirational artists: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Beatles, Bob Marley, Guns N’ Roses, Heartless Bastards, Joy Division, Interpol, Killers, Led Zeppelin, MGMT, Rolling Stones, Utada Hikaru, White Stripes, etc.
Free Music – What It Is and Where To Get It
I decided to write this article in response to a question from a fellow user, “PunditStyle”.
“What is an easy way to find free music online?”
Alright then. This all depends on your version of “free.”
If by free, you mean free to download and use LEGALLY, then you have many different options. First, websites such as last.fm, pandora, idobi radio, and others will stream internet radio. You can pick stations based on types of music, bands, songs, and mix and match your favorites. Recently, I used last.fm to find new bands to listen to based on some of the ones I’m currently into. Last.fm is free and doesn’t require a download or an account to use. Pandora requires you to make a free account and there are limitations to how many songs you can skip over. Idobi allows you to download playlists which stream music online. There’s a new playlist every day, so there’s always something to listen to.
Rockin’ Friday – Maiden Heaven
Slash of Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver
Well, not much to say this week. In Kerrang magazine, released on Wednesday, an exclusive Maiden Tribute album was released called ‘Maiden Heaven’, which was actually pretty damn good. A few songs were a bit dodgy, but on the whole the track was WICKED SICK. Black Tide, Metallica, Machine Head and surprisingly Fightstar (that band with the guy from Busted) stood out more, but most of the tracks were just as good.
In particular, Dream Theatre did an amazing job of ‘To Tame a Land’, so here’s a video of it. Well worth listening to:
Anyways, won’t be around perhaps for a while, so enjoy your holidays if you’re on them.
Rock on! \m/
Rockin’ Friday! – ‘The myth of fast learning’
Janick Gers of Iron Maiden
Sorry for not posting last week, I did not remember to post early and before I knew it I had gone on holiday and had no access to a computer.
And apologies again for a short post this week 😛 Unforseen events have got my attention, but I have a little to say on fast learning sites. Thanks to CRKD Omegga for this post.
We’ve all seen them, those websites that offer ‘LEARN HTML IN X DAYS!’ or ‘LEARN GUITAR IN 24 HOURS.’ As Omegga said, I just want to say that these sites CANNOT deliver on their promise. You might be able to pick up some basics from it, but things such as these take a year or two of dedication before you can reap the benefits of learning.
For more, check out this thread: http://www.dafinity.com/index.php?topic=1134.0
Rock on! \m/
Rockin’ Friday – Vacation
Sonic the Hedgehog in SSBB
Smash Brothers FINALLY came out today in Europe. So I’m taking a break to play this with my friends. Rest assured, it’s an awesome game, and many laughs have been had. And I’m sure, many more laughs are to be had.
If you want something music related, then I found these guys a while ago. Tagged ‘the worst band ever’, they are pretty funny to watch. Here’s ‘Complete’!
Rockin’ Friday – Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace
Dexter Holland and ‘Noodles’ of The Offspring
So this week saw the release of the new Offspring album, Rise and Fall, Rage and Grace. I’ll be honest, on the whole, they’re not my cup of tea. I like quite a few tracks on their greatest hits, namely ‘Can’t Repeat’ and ‘Can’t Get My Head Around You’. But as a punk outfit, they’re not what I normally listen to.
So I’ve listened briefly to the new album. And what I’ve listened to is decent. It doesn’t blow ME away, and in fact none of it sounds particularly amazing, but I’m a metalhead. And in trying to open my mind, I’ve mildly enjoyed the songs I’ve heard. It reminds me a little bit of the older stuff by them I like, Green Day (who I also like), a little of Panic! At the Disco (bleurgh!), and some of the lighter Lostprophets stuff.
I can’t give a very in depth review of this album, but I will say it’s worth checking out if you’re into this stuff, to see if you do actually like it. Hammerhead and Half-Truism (which is VERY reminiscent of Helena by MCR) are pretty good songs. In fact, in true Underground style, here is the whole album below. Check it out, and see for yourself if it’s good or not:
Now, I shall return to my Megadeth and Machine Head 😀
Rock on! \m/