Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Circa Survive - Blue Sky Noise

Today is the physical release date of Circa Survive's most anticipated album to date, Blue Sky Noise.  They put in quite the effort by working on it for almost a full year.  I have seen them live twice.  Once after each album release.  Once at the Rave Bar in Milwaukee, WI, with a very small crowd and once at Warped Tour in Milwaukee with an immense amount of people. I will also be seeing them next month in Chicago thanks to my sister, Elizabeth.

Getting to chat with Anthony Green before the show at the Rave Bar was quite the experience.  I was with my friends Davy, Joey, Brandon, Dan, Rachel, and Anna.  We all had a little bit to say, but we were also just more eager to listen.  We discussed how he got involved with The Sound of Animals Fighting, as well as many other random things.  I got a really good vibe from him, even though it wasn't really a heart to heart conversation.

During my anticipation of their newest album, I frequently went to the Circa Survive myspace page.  If you have any extra time on your hands, check out their video series they did on their recording progress of Blue Sky Noise.  It really exposes what circa really thinks about their new album, music, and just life in general. After seeing those videos, I have grown an even greater amount of respect for them.

I was able to get my hands on their new album last week because I pre-ordered  the vinyl about a month ago.  When you pre-ordered it you were able to get the digital album a week before physical release.  When I first heard the album in my car with my friend Samantha, I wasn't sure what to think.  I had no idea what to expect, I had no idea what the lyrics were,  I was listening without a map.

After getting a chance to let it run in my car for a few days and listen to it alone I really found that album has really stole my heart.  I get a true connection with it.  It is all over the place with technique as far as instruments go and Anthony really hit all of his ranges, even his lower ones, which you don't hear too often.  The vocals done by children and other members of the band add a lot more depth to the new tracks.  Many would say that this album is their best to date.  But many would also say that no album will ever compare to Juturna, their first full album release.  It seems that every album seems to progressively more produced, but that is the nature of the beast.  As technology gets better, bands get bigger, they go to better studios.  It is near inevitable for the most part.  There are few bands here and there that keep it real and do their own recording in order to get that raw organic sound though.

I am really loving this album right now. It has parts that really stick with you and play in your head all day, as well as parts that make you think about times in your life or life as a whole. Truly takes you to another place for a moment.

If you are looking for a new band to listen to or even just want to hear what Circa Survive is up to, check out their new album, Blue Sky Noise.

Go here to listen to full stream of album as well as lyrics:

Listen to Blue Sky Noise

Let me know what your favorite song is off the new album, older albums, or maybe even bands that Circa Survive reminds you of!

Or anything else you want to say in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Meet Fred

I woke up with this image in my mind so I decided to illustrate it immediately.  I would like everyone to meet Fred.  This time it seems like Fred got into a little bit of trouble.  He seems to have lost his right hand and an entire limb as well.
This is where you come in.........
Leave Fred's unfortunate story in the comments!  I'm pumped to see what you come up with!

Take Care!

Monday, April 5, 2010

One More Thing

So yesterday started off pretty lame with a spoonful of waking up at 6:05.....5 minutes after I was supposed to be at work.  So i rushed to work with pretty much the same clothes I had on the day before and no shower.  At least  I was able to brush my teeth and luckily my hair wasn't too bad since got a hair cut the day before as well. Thanks mom!  Anyways.  Work was kind of blah and time was definitely not passing by like I thought it would and I didn't have any coffee or food in me until I had my break.  Sadly no coffee most of the day because the coffee at work is lame.  Pretty much a hand full of soil mixed in with sawdust brewed in a nice cauldron of tap water. Not to mention it is boiling hot and never cools off before you get done with your break.

So yeah.....work was pretty lame on Easter.

Things got much better when I got to meet up with my mother's side of the family for Easter and a few birthdays as well. I filled up on home cooked food and some pretty awesome cake that my cousin got from Shawano, WI.  She knows a woman that makes cakes at home and I was really impressed with how great it tasted. So moist and spectacular.  Got to catch up with family for a while and then ended the evening with hanging out with some great close friends and watched Sherlock Holmes. We were to busy chatting and laughing at random distractions we created, but the films seemed to be pretty good........even though we didn't really pay attention.

After the long day I pulled into my driveway and shut off my car. I looked out the window before getting out and saw a rabbit just sitting in the lawn about 20 feet from me.  I just sat there in the moment.  It was 11:28.  I even looked at my cell phone at that moment to see if it was still Easter or not out of curiosity sparked from the rabbit.  In that moment everything that day was supposed to be about hit me right there, all at once, in an instant.

So yeah....Easter is and was pretty awesome.

I just wanna thank that rabbit for reminding me that Easter is much more than anything else that can a happen on that oh so familiar Sunday each year.
Leave some comments! How was your Easter/Spring Break? I'm getting my fishing license today!