Friday, October 09, 2009

I Hate Everyone

There's a new "Say Anything" album coming out on November 3rd. If you're not familiar with the band, let me describe them to you a little bit:

They are led by Max Bemis, who sings a very clever and snappy stream of consciousness, telling what is apparently everything he feels. I'm not talking minutiae here, more not filtering everything to see if it's going to sound politically correct or cool. He just tells you what's up. The sincerity and candidity will draw you near immediately. There's a wit that's always present that gives you the feeling you get when you're talking to the person that you know gets all your jokes.

He's backed by a band that magically kicks out music that has all the pop and punk and indie and alt hooks you've ever heard, blended and on tap.Every song they write has something, at least one thing, that will play over in your head all day long --- whether it's a progression interval that you can't get out of your mind, a drum part that hooks you, or one of the many guest vocalists they sneak in on you - The singers from Taking Back Sunday, My Chemical Romance, Paramore, Dashboard Confessional, Saves the Day, The Starting Line, Alkaline Trio, New Found Glory, Underoath, The Almost, Hot Rod Circuit, Saosin, and Circa Survive all appeared on their appropriately titled 2007 "In Defense of the Genre," and that's not even a complete list. Seriously.

Anyways, the thing about this band is that the candid nature of it is off-putting to a lot of people. They're not singing about balls and weiners or anything, but with lyrics like "My people were slaves before yours invented hip-hop," (the lead singer is Jewish) I can understand how some folks would feel a little uncomfortable cranking it with the windows down.

It's got a little juvenile / punk edge to it, but I don't listen to music to show the world how classy and grown I am. You definitely won't be in the mood for this band all the time.

Anyways, cruise YouTube, buy their album, etc. They are definitely something refreshingly different.

Recommended listening: Alive With The Glory of Love (about the Holocaust), No Soul, which has a super-glue hip-hop chop in the chorus, Belt, and the self-aware / mocking Admit It!!!

I can't really shift gears from Say Anything to work, home, or even any other music, so to make up for not including any humor in today's post, I'll link you to this.

You cain't learn to talk like 'is,

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