Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Armistice Day

Today is it! For the past 2 years or so, I've been waiting for today to finally arrive. You see, two years ago, as mentioned in a previous post, I was introduced to the band MUTEMATH. Read that blog entry for my first impressions. For the past 2 years, I've been waiting for their new album. Today it has arrived. A while ago, I had the chance to listen to it for the first time and it was very good.

For your convenience, I'm placing a link to purchase the album on iTunes. The title is Armistice.


Click below to purchase the album.

MuteMath - Armistice

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Dark Side of the Rainbow

I can now officially say I've gone to the oddest movie going experience of my life. On Friday night I went to the Naro, my new favorite movie theater, for the showing of what they call The Dark Side of Oz. I had heard for years of the concept. So when I heard that it was showing on the big screen, I had to go.

For those of you who don't know to what I am referring, The Dark Side of Oz, or as I call it, The Dark Side of the Rainbow, is a synchronization of Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, to the 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz. Apparently, the lyrics and tone of the music match up with the film itself. So I decided to test this theory.

After the 3rd lion roar, the music starts and sure enough, the music somehow mysteriously and magically matches up with the film. For a complete list of the matches, go here.

If you ever get the chance to watch it, I say go for it. You might be a little confused after it's all over, but I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

In any event, Dark Side of the Moon is a great album and worth taking a listen apart from the film.

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

MUTEMATH Listening Party

For those of you who don't know, I am a pretty big fan of a little band called MuteMath. My love of them started when my friend D Reeves mentioned them. It sounded like he had good taste in music so I went with it and I went and bought their self-titled album. I thought it was really good and enjoyed listening to the album. Then, the two of us later went to their live show. To put it lightly, my positive opinion of them greatly increased after seeing them perform. It ranks as one of the best live experiences I've ever attended. After the show I became a die-hard lover of the band. So, naturally when I heard they were coming to Norfolk again with the release of their new album "Armistice", I went out and purchased the VIP package, which came with a T-Shirt, some album artwork, a digital download of the album, and access to the exclusive listening party that I went to last night.

The listening party consisted of me and other fans of the band in a tour bus listening to the album, and making comments on a sheet of paper while we listened. Essentially, I was a music critic for one night. No, the band was not there, but that in no way took away from the experience I had. Plus, I wasn't expecting the band to show up, so it wasn't a letdown.

How was the album? Well, I thought it was an improvement over the last one. I thought most of the songs were good and about 4 or 5 were amazing songs if not more. My personal favorite was "Burden", followed closely by "Clipping" and "The Lost Year". The only song I really had a problem with was "Odds". It was too repetitive for me. The album was also one of the strongest lyrically I've heard in a while. Which means a lot to me. A song can be great musically, but unless it has an equally strong message, I probably won't like it nearly as much.

It was a fun time, I just can't wait for the album to be released and for the live show ... which brings me to my final point. If you've never heard of MuteMath, but like trying new things and hearing new stuff, check out their album "Armistice" coming out on August 18th. If you like the album, they will be performing live on November 10th, 2009 at the NorVa. If you want to choose one or the other, come to the show. The band's live show is something every concert lover should experience.