Daily Archives: May 23, 2011

Yellowcard – When You Are Finished, Say Yes [Album Profile]

Put simply and unequivocally: Yellowcard is my favorite band of all time. While I will entertain debate, words cannot express the impact that their music has had and continues to have on my life. Yellowcard was the band who’s lyrics and melodies always seemed to come at the right time, when I needed to hear them.

It’s hard to quantify the amount of Yellowcard’s music that has passed through my earphones over the years. I got a hold of my first Yellowcard album, The Underdog EP, as a senior in high school and even though it was limited to five tracks, I can still remember listening to it over-and-over again. Naturally, as a freshman at Virginia Tech, when I got the chance to see them live at a nearby college, I jumped at the opportunity. It was the first concert that I had ever attended and since that day, I have been forever hooked.

After the last three years of Yellowcard’s inactivity, since promoting Paper Walls, my fleeting hope for reformation seemed all but dashed. That’s partly why I was so shocked when last week I learned that the group had released an album the month prior whichI had no idea of. While partially disappointed that almost two months had elapsed before I was alerted of such epic news, I quickly dipped over to an online music house to purchase a digital copy of When You’re Through Thinking, Say Yes, their seventh studio album.

Returning to their independent roots and with the lack of support from their previous major record label, Yellowcard released their latest project with Hopeless Records, a LA-based independent record label.

What’s beautiful about their latest project is that it brings me back to the style of music that made me love Yellowcard to begin with, without seeming like a reunion tour. You get the feeling that Yellowcard is back with a new sense of purpose and hope is renewed that this is not their last rodeo. Their first released single is titled, “For You, and Your Denial.”

The album is a wonderful showcase to Ryan Key’s masterful vocals and Longineu Parsons’ brilliant work on the sticks, not to mention Sean O’Donnell and Ryan Mendez, who control the rhythm section. Last, but certainly not least, is Sean Mackin who totally brings the thunder on the violin.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

Foster The People “Torches” [NEW MUSIC]

I hate Ticketmaster.  I hate Ticketmaster with the fieriest of passions.  With that said I also pride myself on being an actual “ticketmaster.”  I’m that guy who signs into the site like 30 minutes before a show goes on sale, pulls up a world clock and does a quick stretch of my index finger for optimal ‘submit’ clicking capability.  I’m really f-bomb good at it and rarely does a show come around that I don’t get a ticket or tickets for.  With that said let me introduce you to an LA band called Foster The People.  Two nights at the El Rey (one of my all time favorite venues) completely sold the double f-bomb out and I can’t get a ticket… anywhere.  Did I mentions the shows are in July?  WHAT?  After hearing their new record I can see why.

Helena Beat – Foster The People

At the time I found out about this band I had only heard one song and thought I would check them out just for the sake of this blog, why not right?  New band, catchy electro pop?  Great!  I’ll check em out and see what happens.  Embarrassing for me I’m jumping on the “Foster” band wagon a little late because they are massive in LA right now and gaining momentum.  I had no idea.  Good news is their first full legnth release “Torches” was released today.  Holy shit.

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People

In 2009 keyboardist, guitarist and singer Mark Foster started making sweet sweet dancy rock pop with bassist Cubbie Fink, and drummer Mark Pontius.  They basically make radio friendly great hit potential music.  I rarely say that about any band.  All danceable fun songs.  Honestly there isn’t a weak link on this record.  Their sound is extremely popular at the moment and this record is a great example of a band using this type of music to their advantage.  ‘Waste’ is my favorite track and in my opinion is the best song on the record.

Waste – Foster The People

I’m pissed I didn’t know about these guys earlier.  I guess you can’t win em all, but what you can do is see this band live.  I haven’t had the privilege yet, but they are playing a FREE in store show TOMORROW at Amoeba Records (greatest record store on the planet) on Sunset in Hollywood.  I will be there seeing as how I can’t get a friggin’ ticket to see them anywhere else.

Houdini – Foster The People

Foster The People are playing a bunch of festivals this summer including Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Fran and Sasquatch up in Washington State as well and a bunch of dates on their own.  Their live page is HERE.  Hopefully they are coming to a city near you.

If you like to dance, buy this record.  Simple as that.  If you like to pretend you can dance, buy this record.  If you like to watch people pretend to dance, buy this record and play it for them so they can do so.  It’s 8 bucks on iTunes right now.  One of the best purchases I have made music wise since the dawn of time.  To far?  Just buy it HERE.  Here’s the last tune from “Torches”.  Front to back this record is a party and honestly I couldn’t find a sour note throughout. NOW SOMEONE PLEASE GET ME A TICKET TO ONE OF THE LA SHOWS!!!

Warrant – Foster The People

By: Steve Rippin | Beat-Play Ambassador Los Angeles | @stevewithMWL|Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

The Wild Eyes – “The Valley of the Snake” [VIDEO]

The Wild Eyes are Len Cockraft (drums, percussion), Gareth Dawson (bass, vocals), and Nikhil Singh (guitar, synth, lead vocals). Their debut album, Our Love Has A Special Violence, was released on local independent label OMTD Records. Their music has been well-received in the media, with reviews such as this by the Mail & Guardian’s Daniel Friedman: “South African music has always been unique, with bands like The Wild Eyes being a further indication of music filled with originality and a certain ‘je ne se pas’ that many contemporaries, internationally lack.” The Wild Eyes track ‘Valley of the Snake’ was featured in the SA skateboarding documentary Kurb, check it out.

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC