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2011 In Review: Music (Part 1)

2011 was an extremely musically charged year for me. In fact, when it comes to these year end lists, music had so much influence on me that it makes the other “reviews” I’ll do seem lackluster. I have added 9.12 GB worth of music to my iTunes this year (that’s approximately 1400 new songs) and that’s not even all of the music I’ve acquired this year. I’m scared to do the math and see what my Amazon MP3 bill looks like.

Anyway, because music was so prominent this year, I plan to break my music review into two parts for you. What you’re seeing now are the Top Ten Most Played Songs. Keep an eye out for Part 2 – featuring the Best *New Bands of 2011 and the corruptors who made it possible! :)

*New to me, not necessarily new to the world

Top Ten Most Played Songs

Every month this year, I’ve done an “On Repeat” post of the music currently getting a lot of love that month. If you’ve been paying attention all year, most of the songs in this top ten should seem a little familiar to you.

10. Sixx: A.M. – "Pray for Me"

I was a fan of Motley Crue growing up so when Heather turned me onto Sixx: A.M. and I realized the band featured Nikki Sixx from Motley Crue it was pretty easy to give them a shot. Clearly, the fact that this song makes this top-ten list is evidence that I ended up loving them. (Warning: The video is explicit)

9. Three Days Grace – “Scared”

So badly I've wanted a character to own this song, but nope, no ones stepped up to the plate for it yet. That didn’t mean I couldn’t love it though, and play it ad nauseam just because I wanted to. That does happen sometimes, after all. 😉

8. Tides of Man – “Chemical Fires”

It surprises me a little that this song got so many plays so quickly considering the band itself is still fairly new to me, but once a certain character of mine heard it, he demanded I listen to it over and over again while working on his book in November. Also, it doesn’t hurt that overall this band flat out rocks and reminds me of a band I grew up loving.

7. The Kills – “U.R.A. Fever”

Imagine two wayward teens, one of which used to be popular. They share a common trait, a special ability, but no one else knows that. Now picture them walking onto campus in one of those slow motion walk sequences like you’ve seen in movies like Road Trip. Suddenly, they seem cool. This is the imagery that belongs to this song for me. Two characters from a companion novel to my first book own this song for this reason and when I received the song, I just knew whenever I return to writing their book that this track will be played so-so many more times than it already has been.

6. Artifex Pereo – “The Lantern & the Firefly”

Everything by this band is so easy to write too, especially for Crack the Sky because their sound overall just fits the tone of that book so perfectly. It’s the kind of music I imagine the lead male listening to so it’s easy to just have it on in the background when I’m writing. This song in particular, though, will actually represent a major turning point in the book and writing that scene will be so much fun! I imagine, as I aim to complete Crack the Sky in 2012, that this track will bleed into the New Year and get heaps more plays.

5. Emarosa – “Breather”

I didn’t even get into Emarosa until late in the year, but this song became the backdrop of the intro to my NanoWrimo novel and as a result was played over 285 times! I love when bands I like release wordless music, especially when it’s as epic as this track. Sometimes it’s the best stuff to write to!

4. Prom Kings – “Angels”

When I first heard this song I loved it right away and I was grateful for the way it seemed to wake up characters I’d long given up on. It became representation of the way the story will end, something I had no idea of when the story had first come to me, and partly the reason I thought it was a dead story. At the time I had no idea this story would be a book I’d actually start working on, but it became my NanoWrimo novel and this song got even more plays than I could have expected!

3. White Rabbits – “Midnight & I”

White Rabbits is a band I really got into last year honestly, but for some reason in the beginning of 2011 I couldn’t get enough of them again and this song in particular. Again, this is a song that was used for a book and it is largely the reason for its repetitive nature. Even if it hadn’t been used for a book though, I would have still loved its moody piano based sound.

2. Sick Puppies – “I Hate You”

I can’t even remember what the first Sick Puppies song I heard was at this point because once I acquired all of their music this song completely dominated my ears. While I will say that everything by this group is extremely easy to listen to, this song in particular got the most plays not just because I liked it, but also because characters from a four book series I plan to write claimed it as theirs. Characters, as you’ve already seen, have a lot of power over me when it comes to my music selection.

1. The Left Rights – “I’m on Crack”

Certifiably the strangest song in this list, I know. I listened to this song ad nauseam last January when they first released it. It’s a side project from Mindless Self Indulgence singer, Jimmy Urine (whom I love), and I just couldn’t help myself.  It’s also a short song so its play count quickly climbed higher than the others because of this.

What lived on repeat for you in 2011?

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November: On Repeat (Special Edition)

Since November was NanoWrimo month I didn’t really allow my ears to hear much outside of the playlist for my NanoNovel, Crack the Sky. Because of this I’ve decided to simply post said playlist (or at least the 10 songs with the highest play counts at the end of my NanoWrimo mania).
 
Also, if you’re interested in seeing some snippets from Crack the Sky click HERE!

Emarosa – “Breather”

He Is Legend – “Mean Shadows”

Artifex Pereo – “The Lantern & the Firefly”

Three Days Grace – “Overrated”

Thrice – “Moving Mountains”

Red – “Watch You Crawl”

Tides of Man – “Chemical Fires”

Prom Kings – “Angels”

Sharon Van Etten – “Love More”

Florence + the Machine – “Seven Devils”

Since I will most likely listen to nothing but Christmas music in December and plan to do the 25 Days of Christmas Music posts like I did last year, this will be the last On Repeat post of the year. At the end of December though, keep an eye out for my 2011 in Review posts, of which there will be more than one music themed one this year!
 
Peace – Sarah
 
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August: On Repeat

August was a seriously big month for music in my world. I’ve acquired and loved so much new music this month that putting together this list proved difficult, so, like I’ve done in the past when there were far more than 10 songs for the month, I’m going to list them by artist instead of just certain songs.

I’ll start with the only band I actually found on my own…

The Burning Hotels

The most played track was a song used on the BandSlam soundtrack and because I loved it so much, I went ahead and bought their two albums. I was not let down.

Other songs that lived on repeat include: “My New Romance”“Hey”“Austin’s Birthday”

Everything else in this list was introduced to me by my two favorite corrupters (one old and one new).

*OLD Corrupter* From edgyauthor (aka: Heather):

Sixx:A.M.

Sure, I’ve posted a Sixx:A.M. track before, back when I was listening to “Pray for Me” ad nauseum, but I didn’t own anything else by the band and it wasn’t until Heather sent me a track off their latest album that it made me realize it was time I should check out the rest.

Hurt

While chatting about another series of mine and sending drug themed tracks to her that I felt fit the tone of the book, she turned me on to Hurt because of this song:

I still have plenty more Hurt tracks to check out, but what I’ve heard so far is great! And that track is so great that my book quickly snatched it up for its soundtrack!

Heather left for vacation early on in the month after this and our ability to chat daily disappeared. In her absence, I buddied up with another music lover and his ability to corrupt me is so on point it blows my mind. Over 300 new songs later and I haven’t been let down once. Give that boy a gold star!

*NEW Corrupter* From Steve:

He Is Legend

This is the first song Steve sent me and 3 albums worth of He Is Legend later and I’m in love with them. While all of the songs got a lot of love, the following got just a little more than most: “That’s Nasty”“The Creature Walks”“Eating a Book”

Just Like Vinyl

A band so good that every track on the album could potentially be a favorite. A band so great it sucks that there is only one album so far, BUT another is in the works which is happy news for anyone as in love with them as me! Most played was the first song he sent me:

Other songs that were played an insane amount include: “Cardiac Harassment” and “Death of a Sheep”

The Fall of Troy

Technically I already knew this band. I totally destroy “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” on Guitar Hero and the band has always interested me, but I was foolish in not owning anything more than a handful of songs before.

Other songs that would not leave my ears… “The Dark Trail”“Quarter Past”“Chapter IV: Enter the Black Demon”

Emarosa

What can I say about this band? What do I really even have to say? Jonny Craig’s voice is like “sex on a stick” and well the music is just the perfect backdrop for such a voice.

You want more? Yeah, I did too and I listened to the following almost as many times as the embedded track. “Heads or Tails? Real or Not?”“A City Called Coma: Pt 2”“Pretend. Relive. Regret.”

So sad this band is no more, but…. At least there’s….

Dance Gavin Dance

Okay, so yeah, they’re definitely heavier, but such a wonderful clash of screaming and Jonny Craig. This bands name just totally suits them, in my opinion. I want to dance (or jump around at least) whenever I hear them!

Other fun songs you should check out include: “And I Told them I invented Times New Roman”“Spooks”“Uneasy Hearts weigh the Most” (which actually has a different singer)

Chiodos

This band sadly kicked their singer out and will no longer be as great as the songs I’m going to share. The new stuff isn’t terrible and something will probably pop up in next month’s post, but it’s just not the same. Their use of both the piano and violin in such “hard” music just amazes me.

Other songs that got lots of love: “If I cut my hair, Hawaii will sink”“Lexington. (Joey Pea-Pot With A Monkey Face)”“Bulls Make Money, Bears Make Money, Pigs Get Slaughtered”

*Their ridiculously long titles amuse me.*

Of Mice & Men

A band I wasn’t totally sure I liked initially, but with a few more listens I suddenly found myself picking favorites!

Other tracks played ad nauseum include: “My Understandings”“Second & Sebring”

Honestly, there is so much more music I’ve been turned onto in the last month, but since I haven’t stopped listening to any of it, I’ll let it bleed into September. I don’t foresee my corrupters cutting back anytime soon. I think they enjoy their musical power over me and I’m totally fine with that!

Until the next time,
Sarah

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