Starting today (Thursday) I should start by doing a Throwback Thursday to albums that came out either 10 or 15 years ago this week. Now granted since I am off by a week I will be delaying some of these posts to space them out. Coming out a little more than ten years ago (add an extra week) we have the debut album from Andrew McMahon’s side project Jack’s Mannequin. The album entitled “Everything In Transit” wasn’t necessarily a commercial success but it remains one of not only my personal favorite records but still holds up to the test of time.
What makes this record stand out after all these years is a combination of the story behind it’s existence (the making of essentially) and the content of the music. What McMahon has always been able to do is craft piano laden punk pop music that is not only relevant to the period of which it came out but is still be listenable today. My point is that some bands make an album and ten years later you can’t listen to it because the band has changed it’s style or they don’t exist or it’s like hardcore screamo and its embarrassing to be listening to it.
Anyways, “Everything In Transit” was an album that came out at the right time for me personally. I was exploring new styles of music at the time and was really getting into the pop punk scene as well as the emo scene which featured bands like My Chemical Romance, AFI, Hawthorne Heights as well bands like Motion City Soundtrack and The Get Up Kids.
This is the other new feature of the blog that I plan on working on. Each week I plan on highlighting an album from the past few weeks that is well the highlight of that week. Since this is the first time doing this I have decided to go back a week or two to pick the Copenhagen based alt-pop group New Politics their just due with their amazing third record called “Vikings.”
The album is nothing short of phenomenal and features a much different sound than what they displayed no their sophomore record “A Bad Girl in Harlem” which featured more boy band style songs like “A Bad Girl In Harlem” and the Backstreet Boys harkening “Tonight You’re Perfect” but now they add more punk and alternative vibes this time and it feels like they are channeling popular alt rock groups like the Arctic Monkeys and the Neighbourhood.
The opening song, the first single from September of 2014, is not the best song on the record but it is one of the better ones. The insanely catchy “Everywhere I Go (Kings and Queens)” is anything short of a radio friendly master piece. Just judge for yourself.
With the MTV VMAs done and over with we got a well interesting piece of news that came from it. No I’m not talking about the lack of rock awards at the show which has left a lot of people in the industry with a bit of a sour taste in their mouths and it’s not about the inappropriate content and drug references it’s that Kanye West will be running for president in 2020.
So let’s all stop talking about the 2016 election and just give the presidency to Bernie Sanders already so that he can get walloped in 2020 by our soon to be overlord Yeezus.
Now I jest in that point but I personally feel like if West were to run he’d win in part because the ignorant and mostly moronic youth would vote for him because he’s Kanye and his wife is a Kardashian. So not only would we have to deal with the Kardashians and Kanye’s ego but so would the whole world on a global stage. This would end with America getting nuked but hey at least West can’t say that George Bush hates black people anymore right?
I’ve decided to try multiple new features to the blog, if not on a daily basis but on a weekly basis. I think weekly sounds about right and more appropriate. Between working a full time job and a second job as well time is few and far between.
So our first little segment is going to be called “One Hit Wonders.” It’s more or less a question than a statement, today’s modern radio features bands and other musicians that have one super popular song and that’s all we hear from them. This segment is more about hey this band has one huge hit but guess what that’s not all there is to them. Of course this segment will focus more on popular bands such as the aforementioned band. We’ll hopefully dissect the song as well as other works that you should know. I know this is a huge risk kind of post idea.
So let’s talk about the one hit wonder we are talking about today, Walk the Moon. The song in question is a huge hit that you can’t get away from. I remember the first time I heard that on the local alternative rock station and immediately told myself that this will be huge. I thought more so for alternative rock stations not world wide.
I remember pointing out to my one boss that this song will be huge you watch, you won’t get away from it. Here we are almost a year later and we hear it on over every single radio station, at every single prom, and wedding as well.
I came back yet again. I know I need to be more consistent when it comes to making posts on this web site but who knows, this could last for a few days or weeks who just a day. But welcome back to Alternative Airwaves your source for all things Alternative.