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How to Butcher a Song

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

I was mulling around youtube this morning searching for new videos to rock out to. All was going rather swimmingly until my proverbial plane was shot down in a blazing, laugh-infused glory.

LOL

The vocalist took the whole concept of a "show" to a whole new level. Maybe he realized that his band sucks so he decided to show the crowd how to NOT use a microphone. He did everything BUT sing well.

Ugh.

How could you have the guts to butcher a song like this:

Retards.

Personally, if you even plan on covering a song (make sure it’s from a rock-out-loud band), please, please, PLEASE give it justice. PLEASE. Not only will you garner the respect and admiration of the band’s fans but it will also give you a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.

I CANNOT STRESS THIS ENOUGH!

Retards.

Coheed and Rock Band

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008

Check out this awesome clip I found:

Yep, Coheed and Cambria got featured on G4TV. Anyway, when I first heard of Harmonix developing Rock Band (where you and your friends get to play the full ensemble to capture that whole rock-bandy feel), I quickly assumed that this game would spawn a whole army of drummers, considering Guitar Hero birthed a whole nation of air-guitarists.

Aaaanywhooo

Kevin Pereira, host of Attack of the Show, has this crazy notion that playing Rock Band actually improves one’s non-existent drumming skills and to prove that, he decides to jam with the most amazing band evah, Coheed & Cambria.

For the record, I seriously don’t think that our boy Kevin here isn’t a first time drummer. He pretty much owned those drum fills. I find it funny the he asked Chris (Co & Ca’s current drummer) how he felt about 12 year olds being able to play his song on drums. Problem is, Chris wasn’t in the band when Welcome Home came out and compared to the stuff he actually writes (he used to play for Dillinger Escape Plan), he probably thinks a 12 year old could easily play it.

LOL

OWNED.

Sounds of the weekend!

Monday, March 17th, 2008

The past weekend was the HOTTEST of all time. I was lying on the bed for around 3 hours doing absolutely NOTHING.

NOTHING!

It SOOOO hot that I could see the heat waves wafting from my carpet. If I had a camel in my room, Lawrence of Arabia would be at home. Ugh.

Anywho, during that ridiculous afternoon, I was listening to two songs:

Coheed & Cambria - Crossing the Frame

Home… a silence between glares
That stutters words misleading
Here… give me all you got
With one shot sent to lend me
No… here across the grass,
Between the glass
I know… you’re not the one
I left to wait here, helping
I… I left in a sudden rush
And never said why
You… couldn’t know
That I had no goodbyes

But I wish that you were
I’m spying on you, Newo
The way that you would’ve been if
I stayed here at home
I’m giving it up, Newo
How important I could’ve been to you

Press the steps I take to cross your door frame if
You decide to answer when my fist rings hello
I… I left in a sudden rush
And never said why
You… couldn’t know
That I had no goodbyes

 
But I wish that you were
I’m spying on you, Newo
The way that you would’ve been if
I stayed here at home
I’m giving it up, Newo
How important I could’ve been to you

Casting quarters into wells that hold our dreams
You won’t believe me… if I told you so
Casting quarters into wells that hold our dreams
You won’t believe me… I wouldn’t if you told me so

But I wish that you were
I’m spying on you, Newo
The way that you would’ve been if
I stayed here at home
I’m giving it up, Newo
How important I could’ve been to you

The bridge part of the song is the money shot for me. For the uninitiated, if you look at the lyrics, the one in BOLD is the bridge. Moving on, when I heard the bridge for the first time, everything shrunk, and it found myself in rock-out euphoria. It’s hard not to find yourself lost in Claudio’s angelic voice while having the keyboard synth in the background and then having the whole band barge in and yank you back into reality. If I died and went to Heaven, I’ll bet the farm that I’m going to be met by the bridge part of this song played on a loop.

AFI - This Time Imperfect

I cannot leave here, I cannot stay
Forever haunted, more than afraid
Asphyxiate on words I would say
I’m drawn to a blackened sky as I turn blue

There are no flowers, no, not this time
There will be no angels gracing the lines, just these stark words I find
I’d show a smile but I’m too weak
I’d share with you, could I only speak, just how much this hurts me

I cannot stay here, I cannot leave
Just like all I loved, I’m make believe
Imagined heart, I disappear
Seems… no one will appear here and make me real

There are no flowers, no, not this time
There will be no angels gracing the lines, just these stark words I find
I’d show a smile but I’m too weak
I’d share with you, could I only speak, just how much this hurts me

I’d tell you how it haunts me
I’d tell you how it haunts me
Cuts through my day and sinks into my dreams
I’d tell you how it haunts me
Cuts through my day and sinks into my dreams
You don’t care that it haunts me

There are no flowers, no, not this time
There will be no angels gracing the lines, just these stark words I find
I’d show a smile but I’m too weak
I’d share with you, could I only speak, just how much this hurts me
Just how much this hurts me
Just how much you…

I’ve been listening to his band for a long, long time and this song is one of my all-time faves. The arrangements, Davey Havok’s deep, the LYRICS, send you to a dark place within your memories that you don’t want to visit. Why listen to this, you ask? BECAUSE THIS SONG KICKS SO MUCH BUTT!

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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…

long…

guitar solo…

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

Now… where’s my broadsword?

I WAS RIGHT!!

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.

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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!

AND

THEY CUT THE GUITAR SOLO IN HALF!!!!!!

WHAT KIND OF STUPID IDEA IS THAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATTTT?

COME ON, Co&Ca, YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THAT!

I feel…

cheated…

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

Boo.

Too much meat.

 

Coheed & Cambria: Then and Now

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

It’s amazing how you see bands grow-up and evolve in front of you. You witness their sound change and how amazing they keep their identity through the years. Time, however, can be such a demanding mistress. Sometimes, time deteriorates a rock-out musical group and at the end of the day, it doesn’t look pretty.

Boo.

Bands such as Blink 182 (although they’re not together anymore), A.F.I., New Found Glory, and Thrice have aged beautifully; captivating their audience with fresh new beats time after time and at the same time reinventing themselves to captivate new fans but not alienating old ones.

On the other hand, bands such as Fall Out Boy and Taking Back Sunday have fallen from grace and have done nothing but gain my ire as time dwindled by.

The focus, however, is Coheed & Cambria. These guys have been together since around 1999-2000 under the monicker of "Shabutie" but in 2001, they changed their name to Coheed & Cambria. Anyway, I found a video of them during their very early years. Check it out:

The first song is Time Consumer and the next one is Delirium Trigger.

The next video, is another live video of Time Consumer, but this was during one of their biggest gigs (Starland Ballroom). This was during 2004.

The first obvious difference you’ll notice is Claudio’s hair. In a span of 3 years, the size BALLOONED. Well, if you haven’t had a haircut in 3 years… well… it’s pretty much common knowledge. However, the essence of the songs in both videos is ever so present. Time Consumer IS Time Consumer. However, their stage presence in the first video was… appalling at best. Hahaha. Give ‘em a break it was 2007. Plus Claudio and Travis (the other guitarist) was much thinner.

So letith be a lesson to ye ole kiddies: if you’re in a band, don’t forget on thing… THE MUSIC. Years may flood by, strings may be twanged and broken, weights might shift, public image may contort but don’t ever, ever compromise musical liberty for what the fans want or what society dictates as "cool music".

What’s cool doesn’t always make it right.

Meet the Feathers!

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Again, another Coheed & Cambria rave/rant. With their rise to superstardom, it is obvious that they now have the means and FUNDS to fuel the flames of their fanbase. With their release of their first video from their new album, Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV - Volume 2: No World for Tomorrow, people are now wondering when their next video is coming out. For me, the best bet would be the song Feathers - it’s within the "radio duration" (3-5 minutes), it’s got no swear words, it’s catchy, AND it’s got a freakin’ nice guitar solo… possibly the best solo in their whole arsenal.

And then… they drop something like THIS.

 

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oh but it gets better…

much much better…

 

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If you visit the site, there’s a video about the family. Could this be what Co&Ca’s next video would look like? Will the video be in black and white?

Ohhhh

The plot thickens.

Acoustic… yet again.

Monday, January 14th, 2008

Wow, I’ve been posting a lot of people who cover  the past week and all I can say to my faithful readers (population: 4) is… I’m sorry.

HAHAHAHAHAHA!

Anywho, last week was pretty much a blur to me… well kind of a VIVID blur… as senseless as that sounds, it was. Mwahahahaha!

Okay, I must return to the true essence of The Rock Out and that is… the music. Music that sends tsunamis of good vibes up your spine. Music that will make you cry. Lastly, The Rock Out is about immersing you in amazing music until you drown…

Today, we have a healthy serving of Feathers.

 

Coheed & Cambria - Feathers 

Now THAT’S A SPICY MEATBALL! Hahaha.. I meant Acoustic set! hahaha!

I’m just feeling a bit sorry for the drummer because he used to be playing for The Dillinger Escape Plan, a.k.a. The World’s Most Dangerous Band. I’m not saying that Coheed & Cambria’s skill level are beneath Dillinger Escape Plan’s… they’re two different musical styles - both awesome though.

Yum!

Envioussssssss

Friday, January 11th, 2008

A friend of mine, Celyn, buzzed me in ym last night. She told me that pictures of Coheed & Cambria’s gig in Paris was already uploaded on her Multiply page.

I froze.

“You… watched Co&Ca live? In Paris?”

And with the grace and finality of a butcher knife finding its mark, I blurted out…

“I hate you.”

She laughed. Of course, I didn’t mean it like that. She was already living in Paris then. She didn’t GO to Paris just to watch Co&Ca (I would, for all its worth).

The only man I will ever love.

That’s Celyn on the right and some girl. Hahaha. 

The place was surprisingly unpacked. Them frogs better recognize that Co&Ca is the beeezneez.

Rawr.

If you want to see the rest of the gig pics, you can visit Celyn’s page.

I swear on all that is holy, yummy and beautiful, I will watch them live. One day.   

 

You can judge a song by its cover

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Ya’ll know by now that I really, really, really, really, really, really, really

REALLY

REALLY

love

Coheed and Cambria.

I have a deep, PROFOUND appreciation for how much originality and depth these guys brought to the music landscape. Obviously, a lot of people share the same sentiments and would give tribute to the band by covering their songs and try their best to give it justice.

And JUSTICE was SERVED.

 

Coheed & Cambria - A Favor House Atlantic (Live on Jimmy Kimmel)

Wel, I can’t put the original video here because it shows the drummer taking a shot of tequila.. I think. So if you want to see it, just search it on youtube. Anyway, here’s a cover done by some girl.

 

Some girl - A Favor House Atlantic

She certainly got the cheery feel of the sooooong. She made me cry. :( this version’s AWESOME. :D Here’s another one:

 

Coheed & Cambria - The Running Free

 

Some Girl (albeit a different one) - The Running Free (with a dash of The Suffering at the end)

Aren’t the covers diviiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiine? :D