Hey! Heyheyhey! Wake Up Everybody

Sorry about that title guys, whew, I know it’s a little aggressive, but I’m excited about today’s post!

But before I get into that, I want to talk about Oreo’s (Sidebar: Look up Oreo in the news right now . . . can we get more ridiculous?)

English: Vector representation of embossed Ore...

So my roommate (from Canada) put an oreo under running water, and the rest of us in the apartment just kind of stared . . . This is a roommate that we tease quite a bit about being from Canada, so obviously, we had to relate her drowned oreos to her being Canadian. But the weird thing is, after thinking about it for a while, the idea went from being disgusting to being intriguing.

This morning, when I was by myself (of course), I tried an oreo with water instead of milk. And the result was surprisingly good! The way I describe it is as thus: We put oreos in milk and it’s delicious, but the milk changes the flavor of the oreo. So instead of milk, put it in water, and you get the full flavor of the oreo!

It may sound disgusting, but trust me, it’s not. I probably won’t do it all the time. In fact, I may never do it again, but it was worth it once!

Alright, sorry about that digression, just wanted to get that confession off my chest. I feel better now.

So I’ve thought for a long time about song titles, especially about a specific song title that signifies a great song 70% of the time.

Wake Up

Wake Up normally signifies a great song, even if it’s only part of the song title. Examples:

Wake Up- Arcade Fire

Wake Up- Coheed and Cambria (this song breaks my heart)

Never Wake Up- Sum 41

Wake Up, Get Up- Run Kid Run

We Were Thinking of Evolving (Wake Up)- K Sera (I’ve waltzed to this song before. You know who you are!)

And here’s a few more that you may recognize or that are worth at least one listen:

Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go- Wham!

Wake Up (Make A Move)- lostprophets

Wake Up- Rage Against the Machine (love me some rage, but this song wasn’t particularly enticing)

Wake Up- Three Days Grace

That’s all that’s in my repertoire but if you have any other wake up songs, please do let me know! And give that oreo thing a try . . . Have a great weekend!

Strange Talk and Stranger Words

So I was surfing the web (is that term outdated? i feel like it is) and also surfing my iTunes, Spotify, youtube channel, etc . . . trying to decide what song I wanted to feature today. Actually, confession: I have like 10 posts already written, so I was actually surfing around looking for other ideas for the future. Anyway . . . I stumbled across this great little ditty in one of my favorite genres. There’s only a few people who know this, but I have an affinity for electronica and dance music. I will venture a listen for most things in the electro-category. Like Parov Stelar (the father of electro-swing) or Passion Pit (my favorite electro-pop group). So as I was surfing around, I stumbled across today’s song.

There is a band named Strange Talk, and I say this out of love to them, but they sound like Foster the People. And I’m sure (well like 82% sure) that bands don’t like being compared to other bands, but I really mean it as a compliment. Oh, and you know, I just found out that Strange Talk did a remix of Foster the People, so they might be fine with being compared to them. But Strange Talk is the owner of the song of the day:

Climbing Walls, by Strange Talk

Their vocals and guitar sometimes sound just like Foster the People. I call this style of guitar “California Guitar.” It has nothing to do with its origins or any kind of science, but to me, california guitar fits the sound. Anyone agree? For example, listen to Foster the People’s song Pumped Up Kicks, and during their instrumental (starting at about 2:30 min into the song), just listen to that california guitar sound. Maybe I think that because it seems so relaxed and casual. You know, thinking about it, maybe I was watching surfing the first time I heard this song . . . I can’t remember. Regardless! You’ll hear that same style of relaxed guitar in Climbing Walls, especially in the intro. But I’ve listened to this song at least 13 times today (oops, unlucky number).

But take a listen, let me know how you feel about electro-anything. If you have some good electro-pop groups, tell me about them! And just look back through and count how many times I said surfing in this post.

XOXO, Rawrry

Sinners need to touch guitars… wait what?

Welcome back! Right? That’s an appropriate greeting, yeah? I’m too excited to ramble, so let me just say: Do yourself a favor and listen to City and Colour. Or if you’re more hardcore, Alexisonfire. Same person! Awesome, I know right? But Dallas Green is so talented. Also, City and Colour is playing in a city near me this weekend, but I’m a poor college student with no money for gas or concert tickets, so that takes care of that. But also, I’m impressed with average-looking dudes with hot wives (no offense if you think Dallas Green is gorgeous). Leah Miller is a babe, though, good work, Dallas.

Alright, so I love City and Colour and Alexisonfire, but neither of those are the inspiration for today’s song. Maybe another day, but today I have got to talk about this song because I cannot get it out of my head:

Guitars Need a Sinner’s Touch, by Computer vs. Banjo

What gets me most about this song? Well, there’s a number of things that I love about it. First of all, I will listen to almost anything with a banjo (Notice I said ALMOST anything . . . bluegrass can be good, but I have my limits) and these guys have banjo in the name of their band! Sidenote: Speaking of banjos, does anyone watch Swamp People? Fascinating show, absolutely fascinating. what is better than hicks hunting alligators with their hands? My favorite guy is the one who requires subtitles. Sidenote concluded.

Another thing I love about this song is the title. Guitars Need a Sinner’s Touch. It’s kind of sexy, right? And that guitar riff? Addicting. I’m just listening to it over and over as I’m writing this post. Check out CvB’s other songs, too, they are talented dudes (Johnny Mann and Beau Stapleton). Also, they are some of the pioneers of “folktronica.” What sounds cooler than that?! Nothing. Except electroswing, which I’ll get into at a later date.

Go take a look at them, you won’t regret it. Anyone listened to other folktronica? What’s your favorite banjo song? Let me know!!

Love, Rawrry

AA Meeting- I mean, Blog Numero Uno

Hi, I’m Rawrry. *hi rawrry*

I’m in college, so I have nothing better to do than to abuse social media. I’ve always had a passion for music (and comedy, ha . . .) so, like the rest of my college cohorts, I decided to start a blog! I’ve actually been wanting to start a blog for a while, but until a couple weeks ago, I had no idea what theme I wanted. My sister has a fashion blog, my roommate has a love confession blog, my cousin has a life blog, etc . . . So I started thinking about what I was slightly knowledgeable about and liked a lot. Food? Like a lot, check; slightly knowledgeable……. in what sense? Alright, what about clothes? Like a lot, check; slightly knowledgeable…… do I know my own size, yes. Alright fine, not clothes. Book reviews? Like a lot, check…. well half a check; slightly knowledgeable, read two books in the past six months. Okay, that’s not going to cut it. Music? Like a lot, ULTRA CHECK; slightly knowledgeable, I would say that. DECISION MADE! And thus Rawrry was born.

The next thing I thought about was how much I wanted to post. Everyday is a big commitment, and I just don’t have the work ethic or stamina for that kind of blogging. My goal is twice a week, and I feel like that’s pretty manageable. I mean, i do have some homework after all.

But then I reached the decision of what song to post about first! That’s a hard choice. I love so many songs and they all deserve a full post to themselves. But eventually I made some comparisons, some contrasts, some eliminations (with only a couple tears), and came to a decision.

So! (hold your breath) without much further ado and other shenanigans, but with a slight bit of pomp and circumstance (look up that song real quick so you’ll get the full effect of my announcement), I will reveal my first song to blog (like you haven’t already peeked, cheater):

I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For, by U2!

Tricked you. What kind of music blog would this be if I only talked about songs everyone knows? U2, Michael Jackson, and The Beatles are great, and don’t think for a second that I don’t have those songs on my iPod, because I 100% do. U2 may actually be my favorite band in the world. I mean, there is no song that you can belt out with full force of heart (and full knowledge of the lyrics) like a U2 song. Challenge me on that, I dare you. But seriously, challenge me, I’d love to hear your opinions on good songs to belt out, I’m always looking for new ones. Just don’t tell me Adele. I know you can belt those out like crazy, but her voice is on another level, don’t deny that. Oh, and she knows it. Doesn’t she always come off a little snotty? I do believe that she’s probably a great person with a pleasant disposition, but in every award show I’ve seen her in, she looks a little sour and she comes off as a bratty bad sport. Woah, tangent, my apologies.

Onto the real song of the day!!

Boomerang, by Miniature Tigers

Some of you may already know this songs, I know that they are well-known within some crowds. But ever since I heard Cannibal Queen, they haven’t stopped impressing me. Speaking of Cannibal Queen, everyone please watch that music video, it’s hilarious, from the dude cutting off his own arms right down to the impassive expression of MT’s lead singer. But I just recently heard Boomerang, and I cannot get it out of my head! I’ve listened to acoustic, live, and studio versions of it, and there is nothing I don’t like about this song. I love Charlie Brand’s voice and what he does with it in this song. You think it’s easy to sing to until you actually try it. Whew! Hard to keep up with him. I watched an interview with him where he discussed why their new album focuses on strawberries so much, and I laughed right out loud! Does it strike anyone else as funny to describe fruit as sensual? I mean, I understand his meaning completely, but still, it’s funny. Take your top off Strawberry!! Ha! Okay, I’m done.

But aside from his voice, this song is so double sided. It seems romantic, but Charlie Brand talked about how a lot of the album is deceptive, because it seems innocent, but it’s really not, and I think this song is a great example of that. Plus, I love that cheeky guitar and slightly jazzy guitar. All around, nice work Miniature Tigers. Well guys, please stick around, I promise I’m funny! Oh, and that I have decent taste in music. Tell me about the songs that you can belt out in the car with no regard for other drivers staring at you!

Have fun this week, and go out and find a new song to listen to over and over again!

Love, Rawrry