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Throwback Thursday: Jack’s Mannequin – Everything In Transit

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.

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Album of the Week: New Politics – Vikings

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.

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Kanye Watch 2020

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?

One Hit Wonders: Walk the Moon

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.

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Back Again

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.

I’m Back…For Now

Long time no see guys I’ve been a little bit busy with the combination of attempting to run an everyday podcast as well as working six days a week at around fifty hours. It has been really stressful and taxing on both the body and the mind. I’m feeling a little under the weather right now so going into work late is the best course of action. So if there is a flurry of blog posts right now then you all understand why. I hope that I can maintain a more steady regiment of blog posts in the coming weeks but we all know how that usually goes don’t we.

Remembering Robin

Earlier this week Robin Williams passed away. We shouldn’t dwell on the how. Or the why. But what we should as those who remain is dwell on what Robin meant to us. 

Sure the man took his own life. Sure he was suffering from depression. And sure he was suffering the onset of the debilitating Parkinson’s disease. But these aren’t the facts that I choose to remember when it comes to the entertainer that Robin was. 

I was not the biggest fan of Robin Williams but I remember the first time I ever saw one of his films. I was a starry eyed six year old who was eager to see the latest animated film from Disney. Yup. It was Aladdin. Williams’ Genie was the star in my eyes. I was laughing from the moment he popped up on screen. I vaguely remember my birthday that year being Aladdin themed and there being a Genie figure on top of my birthday cake.

Williams was a once in a generation talent that not only made you laugh, but he could make you cry and question life itself in one single scene. And that is what we should be taking from the heartbreaking news that we got this week.

They say that the funniest of us are the ones who are the most at risk. That the ones who make us laugh are the ones who are tormented on the inside. There are so many examples. Andy Kauffman, Chris Farley, John Belushi. All of them turned to drugs and other escapes from their pains. Yes Robin was not flawless, he was in and out of rehab but he was trying. But his private life was none of our business. It isn’t. 

The cause of death is not what matters, and that is the point I am trying to make. Robin was as I had previously mentioned a once in a lifetime talent. How many actors or actresses can you say entertained you in the same way they entertained your parents, and at the same time?

My version of Robin will always be the family friendly comedic Robin. Aladdin was sort of a gateway drug into his realm of films. Mrs. Doubtfire was tremendously funny and a role only Robin could pull off. Sure his character was a dead beat but he truly loved his kids and you see what he did to see them, how he had phenomenal chemistry with them on screen. There was also the Speilberg engine Hook in which took a new take on Peter Pan and Williams excelled with Dustin Hoffman as the titular character. 

But when Robin became the serious actor, look out. The drama films he did blew my mind with his excellence. They say that the best comedians excel in drama and Williams dominated. From playing the creepy photo guy in One Hour Photo to playing the villain in Christopher Nolan’s Memento Williams hit them spot on with his enthusiastic way.

Whether or not you were a fan is not that point but I plan on binge watching the classics, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam, Jumanji to name just a few, because as I have stated, he is a once in a generation talent that everyone will only appreciate now that he is gone.

May you rest in peace Robin.