Comfort always made the rescue

September 26, 2009

I can barely stand to write about this right now for I feel I might just cry. Why oh why did Chiodos kick Craig Owens out of the band?! I only found out about this today, though it happened recently. Craig Owens WAS Chiodos. How could they kick him out just like that? So many times I turned to their music when I was feeling upset. Especially their song “No Hardcore Dancing In The Living Room”. Craig’s voice was what set Chiodos apart from every other band. (Though, I must say, the piano pieces were also very beautiful and Jason’s guitar riffs and hooks were pretty insane.)

I was on Polyvore looking at some girl’s set and she had commented that Chiodos kicked Craig out of the band. I thought I knew for sure this was a silly rumor. So I Googled it. Then I knew it was true when I saw that Alternative Press had covered this story. I read the article in shock, while inside I really did want to cry. I ran upstairs and yelled, “IT’S THE END OF THE WORLD.” My dad gave me a funny look then resumed watching something on TV. I ran into the kitchen and repeated myself, hoping my mom would ask what was wrong so I could rant.

I told my mom Craig had been booted from Chiodos and I ranted. All the while I told her this I almost started crying with sad, angry tears. How in the world could they make a new record and then decide that Craig can no longer be a part of it? How is that even fair?

Craig, I want to let you know that whenever you are touring with Isles and Glaciers or Cinematic Sunrise or even a solo tour and you happen to stop by Kansas City, I will be there to support you and your music. Though, nothing will ever be as amazing or the same as Chiodos. When Chiodos included you and Derrick Frost, you were the world to me. The old Chiodos still means the world to me. Now every time I shall listen to a Chiodos record, there will be a sadness left over.


REVIEW: Feist – The Reminder

January 2, 2009

01/02/09

feist-the-reminder3Feist’s pure and all natural sounding vocals come in through the speakers, as I press play on the CD player. “So Sorry” is the first track on this record. Giving an acoustic sound, roames to an end as the next track plays on.

“I Feel It All” is playing in the background as I look over the cover art. Thinking clouds filled with lyrics, colored tear drops or are they rain drops? Spools of thread in shiny colors such as gold, and last but not least, dice. I adore this cover art for some odd reason, it seems so simple, though I think that is why I like it.

My ears perk up to the sound of “My Moon, My Man”. This is such a great tune you can just bounce around to the beat, possibly looking like an idiot. “My moon, my man. So changeable and such a lovable lamb to me.” When someone catches me singing or bouncing around I look at them and keep going, just acting like a don’t care. You know what, they don’t laugh as much because I’m not bothered by their snickers!

I fell in love with the song “The Water”. Feist hums, “The water, the water. Didn’t realize its dangerous size.” If I were laying in bed attempting to calm myself, this tune would most likely do the trick. “1234” Another single and her most popular song so far. I especially like the music video. It has that plainly glamorous feel to it, with people dancing around  and Feist wearing a sparkling dark blue top. Honestly, who wouldn’t want to listen to a song that sings, “One, two, three, four, tell me that you love me more.”?

Praise for the memorable favorites on this record including, “The Water”, “So Sorry”, and “Brandy Alexander”. Most of the songs on this album have an acoustic sound with its acoustic guitar, piano, and tambourine. I cannot explain it. Could I say “all natural” once more? Does it even make sense? No, probably not, but you will/would understand if you have or will listen to this album. In my opinion this is a 3.5 star album out of five. I thought that was pretty good coming from a person who only really listens to punk rock. Now to those who like Charolette Sometimes, Sarah Bareilles, Kate Nash or Lily Allen I recommend this album otherwise you’ll have a hard time sitting through the soft tunes Feist has created.

So Sorry 4 stars   

I Feel It All 3 stars

My Moon, My Man 3.5 stars

The Park 3.5 stars

the water 5 stars

Past In Present 3 stars

The Limit To Your Love 4 stars

1234  4 stars

Brandy Alexander 5 stars

Intuition 4 stars

Honey Honey 3 stars

How My Heart Behaves 3.5 stars