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Archive for February, 2008

The Rock Out Gives Tribute To: Someone

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Someone I know will SURELY love this:

Incubus - Dig

We all have a weakness
But some of ours are easier to identify.
Look me in the eye
And ask for forgiveness;
We’ll make a pact to never speak that word again
Yes you are my friend.
We all have something that digs at us,
At least we dig each other
So when weakness turns my ego up
I know you’ll count on the me from yesterday
If I turn into another
Dig me up from under what is covering
The better part of me
Sing this song
Remind me that we’ll always have each other
When everything else is gone.
We all have a sickness
That cleverly attaches and multiplies
No matter how hard we try.
We all have someone that digs at us,
At least we dig each other
So when sickness turns my ego up
I know you’ll act as a clever medicine.
If I turn into another
Dig me up from under what is covering
The better part of me.
Sing this song!
Remind me that we’ll always have each other
When everything else is gone.
Oh each other….
When everything
Else is gone.

I really didn’t give this song a second look before, this someone let me listen to it. She fed me the song, I processed it, simmer in its ambience, and eventually drown in it.

I never looked back, since.

This song just, plain ROCKS. The lyrics touched my heart and it took me to a place where everything makes sense and yet, was still waiting to be unraveled. Yes, that doesn’t make sense.

But it does.

This song is definitely going to be a classic. It being played by Incubus doesn’t hurt either. :D

It was just the other day that I discovered the video and I got totally freaked out because it’s as if someone screen-capped my life. Weird.

Well, maybe we can all relate to this song since, no matter how you turn things inside-out or upside-down, there IS someone who digs at us, who sees us as who we really are and will keep at it until our true self is revealed.

So, to you, I raise my glass.

Thank you.

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A Little Bit of Love from Thrice

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

Woohoo! Another entry about Thrice (always good). Anyway, yesterday was PROBABLY my most emotional day EVER. Just take my word for it… it was very harrowing. Threw up a couple of times.

Don’t worry, devotees of Mr. Rock Out, I’ll be fine. Still wrestling with demons. I’ll be fineeeeee.

Anyway, this song really helped me get through the night (still no sleep, though).

I just put this video up a couple of posts back, but but… I need to show it again. I lahvvv eeet!

Thrice - Stare at the Sun

I sit here clutching useless lists,
keys for doors that don’t exist
I crack my teeth on pearls
I tear into the history
Show me what it means to me in this world

Yeah, in this world

‘Cause I am due for a miracle
I’m waiting for a sign
I’ll stare straight into the sun
And I won’t close my eyes
Till I understand or go blind

I see the parts but not the whole
I study saints and scholars both
No perfect plan unfurls

Do I trust my heart or just my mind
Why is truth so hard to find in this world
Yeah in this world

‘Cause I am due for a miracle
I’m waiting for a sign
I’ll stare straight into the sun
And I won’t close my eyes
Till I understand or go blind (till I understand or go blind)

I know that there’s a point I’ve missed
A shrine or stone I haven’t kissed

A scar that never graced my wrist
A mirror that hasn’t met my fist
But I can’t help feeling like I’m
Due for a miracle


*Mr. Rock Out flexes his emotional muscle*

Gods of Punk: Rise Against

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Punk rock gods: Rise Against 

These guys are the real deal: no-nonsense, spit in your face, rock-out loud musicians. Posers aren’t even welcome here: they’re hardcore vegetarians (and avid supporters of PETA), condone commercialism (those that exploit the marginalized), hate George Bush, and raise awareness in the Punk Rock community to entice more people to vote.


The Rock Out Spotlight: Thrice

Friday, February 15th, 2008

Not once, not twice… but Thrice. 

2003 was a glorious year for music… well, for me at least. I was bombarded with a whole armory’s worth of musical salvoes. The two bands that stood out were Coheed & Cambria and Thrice.

(I’m actually REALLY surprised that I haven’t written anything about Thrice in this blog. Boo.)

These guys are amazing musicians. Everything is TIGHT: the well-arranged pieces, the way the warrior-poet Dustin Kensrue belts out his melancholic lyrics, EVERYTHING.

It’s really hard to chronicle this band’s musical integrity, so I’ll just show videos of them rocking out.

Plus, they’re beasts acoustically… which is ALWAYS good.

Thrice - The Artist in the Ambulance (live)

Thrice - Stare at the Sun

Thrice - Stare at the Sun (acoustic with string quartet)

Much love.



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Gladiator Rock

Thursday, February 14th, 2008

There is one kind of song that stirs your blood into a hot, coagulated potpourri and force-feeds you into a rock-out frenzy. It makes you feel like swinging an 8-foot long broadsword (probably named "Lick") and vanquish everything in your path. The bass trembles the foundation of your musical sense and the ambience breaks down your inhibitions. The kind of song that the Storm Troopers would march to.

The Song of the Gladiator.

Imagine yourself clutching your rifle, stuck on a trench and no way out but through the thick frontline of the enemy. It’s enough that your sweating bullets, but you have to worry about dodging your enemy’s. The pulse is rising, and the excitement… overwhelming….

AFI - Miseria Cantare (The Beginning)

It’s fantastic that the crows was chanting at the beginning part of the show while the band was pumping up….

*tug tug tupak!*

*tutugtug tupak!*

*tug tug tupak!*

*tutugtug tupak!*

See what I mean?

Coheed & Cambria - In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth:3

This tongue-tyingly long title of Co&Ca’s flagship "war" song still gives me meteor-sized goosebumps every time I hear this song. The somber guitar riff, the sustained note at the start of the song set the war-time mood. All hell breaks loose in the chorus with the "Man your own jackhammer! Man you battlestations!"

(Oh btw, in the story of Co&Ca, Jackhammers are huge gun turrets used by the red army)

The chant near the end of the song just cemented the song’s status as THE song of gladiators.

Just when I thought that they couldn’t top themselves, they release THIS:

Coheed & Cambria - The Reaping/No World for Tomorrow

This is Co&Ca’s 1-2 combo. The first song, The Reaping, feels like an intro for a horror movie. Pure acoustic love. It’s melody feels like the ticking of a perfectly manufactured clock. As the next song enters, No World for Tomorrow, all the gears fall apart and it just spits on your face. The song may not have a face- melting solo, but still, the ENTIRE song feels like one…


guitar solo…

try listening to the riff… too many sweeps, too many licks, too many arpeggios. I LOVE IT.

Now… where’s my broadsword?

Love Town

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
The Keys to Your Heart
You are attracted to good manners and elegance.

In love, you feel the most alive when your lover is creative and never lets you feel bored.

You’d like to your lover to think you are loyal and faithful… that you’ll never change.

You would be forced to break up with someone who was emotional, moody, and difficult to please.

Your ideal relationship is traditional. Without saying anything, both of you communicate with your hearts.

Your risk of cheating is zero. You care about society and morality. You would never break a commitment.

You think of marriage as something precious. You’ll treasure marriage and treat it as sacred.

In this moment, you think of love as something you thirst for. You’ll do anything for love, but you won’t fall for it easily.

What Are The Keys To Your Heart?
Now THIS is creepy… 100% accurate.
Beneath this rockstar facade beats the heart of a dork. hahaha.
Happy Valentines!!!!
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Tuesday is the new Monday?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

For the past 3 weeks, I’ve noticed that Mondays are weird. In the real world, Monday is the day where the arteries of the metro are clogged even before the sun rises. I really don’t get the rationale behind it. People say that Mondays are clogged because all the people that went to the province for the weekend and with the new week, they scamper back to their homes and re-insert themselves into the daily grind.

Hence the traffic and the crowded streets.

But for 3 weeks already, Mondays have been un-Monday like. The trains weren’t as clogged, the traffic was lenient. It was WEIRD!

Like today, for example, everything was crowwwwwdeeeeeddddd!!!!! It was ridiculous!! It took me 20 minutes before getting a chance to get into the train (an arduous endeavor, mind you)

How is this related to being Mr. Rock Out? Well, I don’t know… I just felt like ranting. Plus, my writing powers are out of whack lately.

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Survey says…

Monday, February 11th, 2008

* Answer the questions below.
* Take each answer and type it into Google.
* Take a picture from the first page of results and post.
* You can’t copy the answers of the person who posted this before you.

1. The age you will be on your next birthday:

2. A place you’d like to travel:


The land of chocolate

3.Your favorite place:


Beside you


4. Your favorite food:



5. Your favorite animal:

Dragon - does that count?



6. Your favorite color:


7. The first name of your significant other:


8. The town in which you live:



9. Your nickname/screen name:


10. Your first job:


11. A bad habit you have:


I think too much, which then leads to…


12. Your worst fear:




feel free to copy. haha!


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Friday, February 8th, 2008

Ever listened to heavy-metal music? No? Too much screaming? Or perhaps the guitars are too loud? The larynx-wrenching vocals tearing your eardrums and your musical taste asunder?


Okay I’ll admit that that metalcore ISN’T for everyone but the call of the thunderous drums, the tantalizing guitar sweeps and the banshee-like scream is HARD to ignore. In fact, it’s quite EASY TO GET INTO if you’re a musician who appreciates groin-grabbing musicianship.

First video is… Deliver Us from Darkest Hour. Imagine "The Man" put the band into a tiny room and squeezed every ounce of metal-fueled passion out of them, because this exceptionally tight band completely transcends bland metalcore, and bursts at the seams with searing guitar solos, breakneck rhythms, and dizzying riffs. Yeah… something like that.



The next video is Shadetree Mechanics by The Bled. This band just explodes out of your speakers and into your bones. The shredding guitar-riffs and the meticulous drumming creep up your spine and into your naive musical sense. Enjoy.




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Thursday, February 7th, 2008

Remember my blogpost about "Meet The Feathers"? Well, I was RIGHT! IT IS a form of viral marketing to juice people up for the coming of their second video from their latest album.


Here it is… the SanrioTown debut of Coheed & Cambria’s Feathers



I have to admit… the video IS disturbing and once again, the boys of Coheed & Cambria prove that their videos are less than… stellar. The thing that boils me the most is that THEY CUT THE FIRST VERSE!





I feel…


They should’ve made a more awesome video for hands-down the best song in the album.


Too much meat.