Cleveland Music Scene

Trick-or-Treat ‘Till the Neighbors Gonna Die of Fright by ClevelandBloggers
October 26, 2010, 10:00 pm
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Halloween is in 4 days, 99 hours, and 5,951 minutes. Whether you’re trick-or-treating, going to a party, or staying home…you DEFINITELY need some Halloween worthy music to listen to. So grab your candy, hide under the blankets, and be afraid. Be VERY afraid…because here’s THE HALLOWEEN PLAYLIST!!!

  1. Do They Know It’s Hallowe’en?“, by North American Halloween Prevention Initiative (A collaboration of Beck, Wolf Parade, Devendra Banhart, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Rilo Kiley, Sonic Youth, Arcade Fire, Les Savy Fav, Peaches, and more!)
  2. Dracula“, by Gorillaz
  3. Ghost Town“, by Shiny Toy Guns
  4. I Don’t Like Candy Corn“, by Moose A. Moose (This is a music video from Nick Jr.)
  5. Chrissy Kiss the Corpse“, by Of Montreal
  6. I Cut Like a Buffalo“, by The Dead Weather
  7. Sally’s Song“, by Fiona Apple (A cover of The Nightmare Before Christmas song)
  8. Halloween“, by Sonic Youth
  9. Monster Hospital (MSTRKRFT Remix)“, by Metric
  10. Tiny Cities Made of Ashes“, by Modest Mouse
  11. And Ghosted Pouts“, by The Mars Volta
  12. Cemetery Drive“, by My Chemical Romance (C’mon…how can they NOT be on this playlist?)
  13. Change (In the House of Flies)“, by Deftones
  14. Is There a Ghost“, by Band of Horses
  15. Dawn of the Dead“, by Does It Offend You, Yeah
  16. Son of Sam“, by Elliott Smith
  17. Of Moons, Birds, and Monsters (Holy Ghost! Remix)“, by MGMT
  18. Broken Witch“, by Liars
  19. Every Day Is Halloween“, by The Postmarks
  20. Asia“, by Salem


(P.S.) Don’t forget the Monster Mash!


Do You Remember That Day You Fell Out of My Window? by ClevelandBloggers
September 16, 2010, 5:17 am
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Many of you may have been hearing a song called “Home“, by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros on the radio lately. If you’ve heard it on STAR 98.7…you’ve been cheated! They only play the first three minutes and ten seconds. The song is actually about five minutes long! Thy cut out a whole dialogue part of the song between lead singer, Alex Ebert and guitarist/vocalist Jade Castrinos. The music slows down to just guitars and they say: “Jade?”  “Alexander.” “Do you remember that day you fell out of my window?” “I sure do, you came jumping out after me.” “Well, you fell on the concrete, and nearly broke your ass, and you were bleeding all over the place and I rushed you out to the hospital, you remember that?” “Yes, I do.” “Well, there’s something I never told you about that night.” “What didn’t you tell me?” “While you were sitting in the backseat smoking a cigarette you thought was going to be your last, I was falling deep, deeply in love with you, and I never told you until just now!”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are a folk/alternative rock band. They sound very similar to the music Johnny Cash and June Carter did together. There are ten people in the band. Some of the instruments they play include guitar, piano, tenor ukulele, banjo, and accordion. The band’s name comes from a book that Alex Ebert is writing about a man named Edward Sharpe who “Was sent down to Earth to kinda heal and save mankind…but he kept getting distracted by girls and falling in love.” Jade and Alex speak to eachother in the song “Home” and Jade has a song named after her on their album Up From Below.

My favorite song by Edward Shape & The Magnetic Zeros is a tie between “Janglin” and “Home“. “Janglin” has been featured in a 2011 Ford Fiesta commercial, and “Home” was in a trailer for the movie Cyrus. They also played Coachella last April. Jade has a deep raspy voice, which compliments the music and Alex’s vocals perfectly. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros are a really great band, and hopefully we’ll be getting a new album from them soon.


(P.S.) Check out some of the other bands Alex Ebert is in!

And So the School Year Begins… by ClevelandBloggers
August 27, 2010, 6:35 am
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Well, we’re almost done with week two of school! Woo-hoo! Hopefully everyone got the classes and locker locations they wanted. Anyway, what better a way to start the new school year than listen to some music? So…like always, I shall give you a playlist to get you in the mood for school. This is the *drum roll please…* Back to School Playlist!!!! (Click the names of the songs to listen to them!)

  1. Trust Your Stomach“, by Marching Band
  2. Grey Ice Water“, by Modest Mouse
  3. Summer Skin“, by Death Cab for Cutie
  4. One Week“, by Barenaked Ladies
  5. Electro-Socket Blues“, by Rogue Wave
  6. Blister In the Sun“, by Violent Femmes
  7. Sleeping In“, by The Postal Service
  8. Hide and Seek“, by Imogen Heap
  9. Touch You Touch You“, by Hot Hot Heat
  10. Only Wanna Be With You“, by Hootie and the Blowfish <—It takes awhile for the music to start
  11. The Old Days“, by Dr. Dog
  12. Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth With Money In My Hand“, by Primitive Radio Gods
  13. Very Loud“, by Shout Out Louds
  14. Sleep“, by Azure Ray
  15. From the Morning“, by Nick Drake
  16. Femme Fatale“, by The Velvet Underground
  17. Privilege“, by Incubus
  18. Hey Kathleen, Are You Hungry?“, by Defiance, Ohio
  19. Jumpin’ Jean-Luc“, by We All Have Hooks for Hands
  20. Baby Blue Sedan“, by Modest Mouse
  21. Our Swords“, by Band of Horses
  22. Highway Slipper Jam“, by Broken Social Scene <—My FAVORITE song right now
  23. Rhinestone Eyes“, by Gorillaz
  24. Red“, by Okkervil River
  25. Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds“, by Easy Star All-Stars
  26. Walk In the Park“, by Beach House
  27. South Side“, by Moby


(P.S.) Guess who’s writing for the paper in Journalism this year :-O

Finally…Finals! by ClevelandBloggers
June 15, 2010, 4:03 am
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Well Cleveland, we are done with the first day of finals! Just two more to go. Laaaaaame. Feeling stressed? Like your head is just going to explode into a bajillion pieces? …Yea, me too. So take a teensy-weensy break from studying to let the blood flow back to your head, and listen to some music. What do I recommend? Modest Mouse. They have the two types of perfect songs for finals week: chill out songs and “AGHHHHHH” *pulls out hair & runs away screaming* songs. Lead singer, Isaac Brock seems to be cursed with the infinite feeling of thoughtful sadness; melancholia. A perfect example of this would be “Dramamine” and “Whenever You Breathe Out, I Breathe In“. The lyrics are pretty sad, but the music itself is very relaxed.

Modest Mouse has been around since 1993, and was formed in one of the music capitols of the world; Seattle. Ex-guitarist, Johnny Marr was in The Smiths before he recently joined Modest Mouse in 2006…but was later replaced by Tom Peloso in 2009. I think their best albums are This Is a Long Drive for Someone With Nothing to Think About, Lonesome Crowded West, and Building Nothing Out of Something. Even though they’ve been around for 17 years, they haven’t lost their incredibly unique sound. Modest Mouse recently let out a new EP, No One’s First and You’re Next. So far my favorite song from the EP is “I’ve Got It All (Most)“. My favorite lines are “How can someone inconsistent mess up so consistently?” and “Hey there, Mr. Sweet and awful…are you going somewhere, or are you just walking through my walls?” Isaac Brock has a really interesting and emotional voice.

If you’re in a bit of a weird mood, you might want to try listening to “Never Ending Math Equation“. It has a really interesting beat and the words can make you think about some odd stuff. Plus it has to do with math! Sort of… (not really, shhhh) I’ve been quite obsessed with Modest Mouse lately. Check them out, you might find yourself obsessed aswell!


(P.S.) 11th grade core, here I come! Woot!

Who Needs Acid When You Have Love? by ClevelandBloggers
May 21, 2010, 1:35 am
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So, yesterday I stumbled upon a song called “The Red Telephone” by Love. To say the least…it’s super trippy. Nothing about the song really makes any sense. At one point the singer says “I feel real phony when my name is Phil…or was that Bill?”  The song ends with everyone chanting “They’re locking us up today…they’re throwing away the key. I wonder who it will be tomorrow; you or me?” If you’ve seen Taking Woodstock, you might remember this song from the acid trip scene (…But remember, drugs are BAD BAD BAD). Check out these other oddball songs! (Or just songs that fit in…kind of.)

  1. The Red Telephone” – Love
  2. Can’t Hear My Eyes” – Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
  3. You Can’t Take It With You” – As Tall as Lions
  4. Ambivalence Avenue” – Bibio
  5. Caring Is Creepy” – The Shins
  6. Who Was In My Room Last Night?” – Butthole Surfers
  7. For What It’s Worth” – The Candy Skins
  8. Add One to the Other One” – Darker My Love
  9. Riot Radio” – The Dead 60’s
  10. Crooked Teeth” – Death Cab for Cutie
  11. Lover” – Devendra Banhart
  12. The Season” – The Dodos
  13. Crocodile Rock” – Elton John
  14. Let’s Write a Book” – Field Music <——-AWESOME video…click link to see it!
  15. The Ruminant Band” – Fruit Bats
  16. Phones Don’t Feud” – Holiday Shores
  17. Overnight Religion” – Kurt Vile
  18. It’s Working” – MGMT
  19. Other People’s Lives” – Modest Mouse
  20. Give Blood” – Rain Machine <—-His beard is EPIC.
  21. All the Go Inbetweens” – Silversun Pickups
  22. Drown” – Smashing Pumpkins
  23. Bull In the Heather” – Sonic Youth
  24. Basic Space” – The XX
  25. Yalira” – The Very Best <—-This song is NOT in English…you’ve been warned


(P.S.) We survived CST week! Yayyy!!!

It’s Thursday… by ClevelandBloggers
April 30, 2010, 3:20 am
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Awwwww mannnnnn……..

At least there’s always music to save us from the boredom while we wait for the Friday that never seems to come! My recent obsession: Ida Maria. This lady is awesome. She’s like 1/3 ska, 1/3 punk, and 1/3 something else that I can’t figure out. Ida Maria has a deep, raspy, chain smoker-esque voice and an “I don’t care” attitude. Sometimes when she shouts, her voice cracks…which adds to the (excuse my French) “bad-ass-ted-ness” of the music.

The majority of Ida Maria’s songs are pretty simple, and really easy to sing along to. Her most popular song is “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked“, off of her latest album, Fortress ’round My Heart. My favorite song from Fortress ’round My Heart is “Stella“. It’s a lot slower than most of the songs on the album. Ida Maria’s songs have been used a few times on TV. Her song “Keep Me Warm” was used in a lotion commercial (woot?) and “I Like You So Much Better When You’re Naked” was featured in Greys Anatomy and My Life As Liz.

Fortress ’round My Heart is the perfect album for when you’re mad, bored, sad…or just need to move around! If you like Ida Maria, you might like Vampire Weekend, The Hives, The Aquabats, The Bird and the Bee, Blur, Black Kids, Noah and the Whale, The Ting Tings, Regina Spektor, and We Are Scientists <——click the band names to hear music from them! Enjoy, and check out the video for Ida Maria’s song “Oh My God” featuring Iggy Pop!


(P.S.) What was up with the short lunch today? Haha

First it was Vinyl, next Music Videos, and now… DVDs by ClevelandBloggers
April 28, 2010, 5:17 am
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Apparently, the next big step for bands is the DVD. In only a matter of months, Bring Me The Horizon, Escape the Fate, All Time Low, and 3Oh!3 have released, or are preparing to release, DVD diaries.

Bring Me The Horizon’s first DVD to be released by the band is titled Suicide Season Cut Up, basically a deluxe package that comes with the band’s original full track album released in 2008, along with a second album carrying the remixes of the band’s work by eclectic artists such as The Secret Handshake and Travis McCoy. Finally, the third disc included in the package is the DVD, a compilation of live performances as well as four music videos Bring Me The Horizon has released.

To be honest, the DVD wasn’t too incredible of an investment, because the live performances seem to lack audience participation and true exhilaration. The music videos can also be viewed online at any time for free. If you’re a true fan of BMTH, investing in the DVD will in no way lead you to regret, but it is not a commodity if one wants to merely know the band.

Escape the Fate, as of April 27th, has re-released their 2008 album titled This War is Ours. The band has often alluded to the fact that the production of this album was rushed, and that they could (and will) do much better on future records. This promise is kept with the two additional tracks on the album that are fresh to the line-up. And yes, a DVD comes along for the ride in the new Deluxe Edition. It includes the music video for “This War is Ours (The Guillotine Part Two)”, as well as Behind the Scenes Footage and more.

All Time Low has not yet released their DVD (which is set to hit stores May 25th), titled All Time Low: Straight to DVD, but the previews for it seem to ensure that it is not in any way meant for innocent eyes. Nudity, perverted jokes, and all around fun are going to be incorporated in this tour diary, and will most likely leave fans laughing hysterically, while parents shake their heads in the background. But hey, that’s usually means you’ve made the right choice!

3Oh!3 has not yet released their DVD either, but it is set to drop in early May, and is titled Streets of Gold. What I gather from the previews is that it will be a partly fictional tale of the band trying to find inspiration to write their next album. It’s seem funny, entertaining, and a good investment for fans.

Obviously, this DVD movement is not the first of its kind. Bands dating back to when our parents were kids have DVDs all over record stores today, and bands such as AFI, Green Day, and Avenged Sevenfold have released incredible DVD live performances in the past five years. But a sudden spike in DVDs in nearly the same three months? Maybe it’s just a new way for bands to have fun and record companies to promote the music. And I’m not complaining; a good DVD is always perfect accompaniment to a good album!

-Natalie Knipe