Tag: Kevin Devine

My Favorite Albums Of 2013

I’m finally writing this post. Hooray!

There’s only eight albums on this list and I’m pretty sure that’s because I listened to more podcasts than albums in 2013. I don’t know if the data backs up that claim because I haven’t run any pivot tables on my Excel file, but it certainly feels right. As always, the albums are listed in the order in which I thought of them.

The Neighbourhood – I Love You.
Once upon a time (read: early 2013) I was going to write a long post about why I love this record. It really captured my attention the first time I listened to it (I was driving to my first temp job of last year the day this record came out). I know I just said the ordering of this list is inconsequential, but I think this really was my favorite record of last year. Hell, this is the only band I bought advance tickets to see last year.
Standout Track: “Sweater Weather”

Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band – Bubblegum
As much as I love Kevin, I was a little apprehensive about backing his Kickstarter. What if I helped pay for these records and then didn’t like them? (Actually, that fear waited until after the Kickstarter was funded to pop into my head, but you get the idea.) It turns out that I had nothing to worry about. Bubblegum is my favorite of the two records (not just because Jesse Lacey produced it), but they’re both fantastic (see below). I’m so glad I saw Kevin and the GDB last year and I can’t wait to see them again.
Standout Track: “Fiscal Cliff”

Kevin Devine – Bulldozer
Bulldozer is a little more quiet and a little less angry and political than Bubblegum, but those aren’t bad things. Why make two records at more or less the same time if they aren’t different? I last listened to both records while flying to New York because they seemed like perfect flying-to-New-York albums and they were.
Standout Track: “Now: Navigate!”

American Authors – American Authors EP
I loved “Believer” from the first time I heard it on Alt Nation and became obsessed with “Best Day of My Life” when it was released as a single (as has been well-documented here). The other three songs on this EP are also very good. I’m really looking forward to their full-length record, which is supposed to come out this year. Maybe it’ll come out at that special time of year when I become obsessed with a brand new record (looking at you, Mona and The Neighbourhood).
Standout Track: “Best Day of My Life”

Frank Turner – Tape Deck Heart
I remember how excited I was a year ago when I found out Frank Turner had a new record coming out. This didn’t disappoint. In fact, my only Frank Turner-related disappointment of 2013 was that I didn’t see him at Next Big Thing. ‘Course, I didn’t see anybody at Next Big Thing ’cause I didn’t go, but Frank was the main reason I wanted to go.
Standout Track: “Four Simple Words”

City and Colour – The Hurry and The Harm
This is another record I was really excited for that did not disappoint. I find it interesting that I love City and Colour and own all of their records but I don’t really care for Alexisonfire (Dallas Green’s old band). The fact that they are completely different may have something to do with that. City and Colour is another band that I am going to see live someday, dammit!
Standout Track: “Take Care”

Justin Timberlake – The 20/20 Experience
But only the first part; I haven’t listened to part 2 yet. If you’ve been reading my blog for a while (thanks!) you know how excited I was when this record was announced. This record was worth the interminable wait between FutureSex/LoveSounds and The 20/20 Experience. I can only hope that I will be able to say the same thing about the next Brand New record (whenever it’s released).
Standout Track: “Don’t Hold the Wall”

Andrew McMahon – The Pop Underground EP
It’s almost hard to believe that the guy from Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin put this EP out. I don’t mean that in any pejorative way, either; I’m simply stating a fact. This record isn’t all that much different from the last Jack’s record, but it is a radical departure from the first SoCo record. I think the fact that Andrew McMahon’s music evolves is a major reason why I still like him so much. I can only hope that I will be able to say the same thing about Brand New after their next record comes out 🙂
Standout Track: “Synesthesia”

Hey, all of these records came out in 2013; that’s a first. Other things I realized when looking over this list again: 1) six of the records are by artists I loved before 1/1/13 and the other two I discovered on the radio in 2013 and 2) I own five of these records on vinyl.

I considered putting Fall Out Boy’s new record on this list but ultimately decided against it. I can’t, for the life of me, remember why, though.

Until tomorrow.

Last Friday List Of The Year?

Real talk, you guys: a week from now I will be in the frozen tundra of the Northeast. (Yay!!!) I cannot promise to update my blog while I’m on vacation, so this may just be my last Friday List of the year. (Can you believe the year is almost over? Gah.)

  • I know I saw Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band earlier this year, but that was a festival show and it barely counts. I want to see him headline. (Though I would settle for seeing him open for Brand New in Brooklyn next weekend.) What’s the point of all this? Cool things happen at Kevin Devine shows.
  • Cool things also happen on Jeopardy! I love Jeopardy! but rarely watch it. I think that’s because it airs at 7:30 on CBS here and everything about that is wrong.
  • I could watch this Vine from Sesame Street for hours. It makes me so happy. I really ought to follow Sesame Street on social media.

And now it’s bedtime. I don’t have an alarm set for the morning and I am very excited about that.

Until tomorrow

Only The Cute

I just went through a bunch of links I’d emailed myself over the past week, but the only ones I feel like sharing are videos that made me smile. Sometimes it’s fun to forget that I’m a super negative person 🙂

Until tomorrow.

Friday List: Devilish Edition

Unless WordPress is lying to me, this is my 666th blog post. Scary, right? Let’s combat the Number of the Beast with cute videos.

  • Why yes, yes I would like to watch two kittens “playing” a keyboard. How did you know?
  • The folks at Sesame Street are doing a fine job with cute videos. This one features Grover (plus a cameo from Bert) doing science experiments. Muppets and kid-friendly science experiments? Yes, please! (But fuck the baking soda and vinegar volcano. That thing was the bane of my existence for years. Vinegar is evil.)
  • I feel so bad for the girl who runs Brand New’s social media accounts. When she posted the link to this video interview of Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band (plus Jesse Lacey) on Facebook this morning she included a preemptive “I know, I know, this is yet another post about something other than a new Brand New record” message. I can only imagine the kinds of shit she gets from people and the fact that those people are morons is small consolation.

Until tomorrow.

Hotly Anticipated

Once upon a time I finished Veronica Roth’s Insurgent and immediately sent my personal cheerleader a Facebook message. In it I expressed my displeasure that the final book in the trilogy wasn’t going to be released until October (October 22, in point of fact). How in the world was I going to be able to wait until October to find out what happens to Tris, Four, and their world? (This was in May.) October felt soo far away.

Well, it’s October now and I’ve managed to survive the wait thus far. Unfortunately I won’t be able to read Allegiant this month because I’m poor and I literally cannot afford it. (And the current presale price on Amazon is only $11.99, too. For the hardcover. Being poor is The Worst.) I could put myself on the waiting list at my local library, but I did that with two other books and they never contacted me when the books became available. I will not let them fool me a third time, the bastards. So Allegiant will be the top item on my Christmas wish list (with a giant note that says it is the single most important thing on the list). (Yes, I still make wish lists for Christmas and my birthday. I love them. I’d rather get something I want/give something the recipient wants.)

Speaking of things I want and can’t afford, Kevin Devine’s Bulldozer and Bubblegum albums come out October 15. Thank God Kickstarter takes your money when the project is funded (read: months ago) and not when the product is released (read: now). I won’t have to rely on the kindness of my family to get my hands on Bulldozer and Bubblegum 🙂 Also, the video for “Bubblegum” is adorable and you should totally watch it.

Until tomorrow.

Funshine

I woke up and this morning and said, “y’know what, I want to see Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band, Bad Books, and Chris Carrabba today.” Most days I would’ve just laughed at myself for such a strange flight of fancy, but today was different; today was the second day of the inaugural Funshine Music Festival. (I’m assuming they want to make this an annual thing.)

what I did today
what I did today

I learned about the festival at least a month ago, but I couldn’t decide if I wanted to go or not. On the one hand, I’d never seen Kevin Devine (with or without the Goddamn Band), Bad Books, or Dashboard Confessional live and I’d always wanted to. On the other hand, that’s an absolutely terrible name for a music festival (or anything, really). Plus, it rained a lot this week and I didn’t want to stand outside in the rain for hours. But last night the lure of the three bands was pretty strong and I decided to make a gametime decision. So when I woke up today (it wasn’t actually morning anymore) and saw the sun was shining and then checked the forecast online and saw a 10% chance of precipitation for the day I decided to drive over to the fairgrounds.

I was worried that I’d miss part of Kevin’s set, but I didn’t; by some miracle I parked at the gate that was right next to the stage where he was playing. (In fact, it was the stage where all three of the acts I cared about were playing.) When Kevin Devine & the Goddamn Band opened their set with “Cotton Crush” I knew I’d made the right decision.

So today was a good day. I finally got to see three bands that I like live and all three were phenomenal. I was even right at the barricade for Bad Books and Twin Forks (Chris Carrabba’s new band). I was standing right in front of Andy Hull’s microphone during Bad Books’ set and I kept thinking that I’d never be able to get that close to him at a Manchester Orchestra show, so it was pretty awesome. Plus, Chris Carrabba was a saint for mostly playing Dashboard songs even though he was with his new band (so maybe it’s the people in Twin Forks who are saints).

The only bummer was that none of the bands were selling merch; I’d even brought cash specifically for t-shirts, but it was not to be. Well, I guess the chick who called me “ma’am” just before Bad Books came out was also a bummer, especially since I’d just purchased a beer without getting carded. Why must the universe remind me that I’m old?

But whatever. I saw good bands. I participated in giant singalongs. I spent hours outside without getting completely sunburned (because I put sunscreen on for the first time in forever). Today was a good day.

Until tomorrow.

Yay Music

I’m listening to Justin Timberlake’s new single, “Suit and Tie,” while pledging to support Kevin Devine’s Kickstarter. I never said my taste wasn’t eclectic 🙂

I’m digging “Suit and Tie.” I’ll probably buy it on iTunes when I get home tomorrow. (I don’t like buying music on my iOS devices because it always seems to become permanently housed on the device.)

I’m also pretty stoked about the KD Kickstarter, and not just because it was fully funded between the time I learned about it this afternoon and the time I was able to actually go to Kickstarter and check the details. It raised, like, 60 grand in a day, which is super impressive. I decided to fund it anyway, though, because I think that 50 bucks for two vinyl albums is a pretty good deal.

It looks like 2013 will be a pretty good year for me, musically speaking. When I wrote my 2012 music in review post less than a week ago I knew that two artists I like are putting out new music this year: Frank Turner and City and Colour. And now I’ve got two more artists to add to the list: Justin Timberlake and Kevin Devine. And Kevin counts twice since he’s putting out two records: one solo record and one record with the Goddamn Band (and have I mentioned that Jesse Lacey is producing the GDB record, because yay). So that’s five (5!) albums I have to look forward to in 2013. Maybe my musical good luck will continue and Brand New will release their fifth record as well. (And if they launched a Kickstarter, you can damn well believe that I’d fund it in a heartbeat.)

Until tomorrow.