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Music Friday: March

Look, I remembered to do the Best of Music Friday on the right day this month! And this is despite being ridiculously busy and far past my bedtime. ::gives self a high-five::

Music was strange for me this month. At moments I clung to one individual song or artist and listened to nothing else for a week straight. Typically I have several artists to post on Friday, but this wasn't the case for most of March. I spent a great deal of time revisiting bands I've already posted before and a surprising amount of time listening to nothing at all. Anyway, most notable this month is as follows!

Fall Out Boy – "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'em Up)"

I heard this on the way to church one Sunday and sort of loved that it sounded like Fall Out Boy, but didn't at the same time. I've enjoyed some of their music in the past, but I'm actually looking forward to this new album if it's more like this.

The Kills – "Cheap and Cheerful"

My friend Heather () got me into this band a while back, but I sort of forgot to give the album she'd shared with me a shot. I finally rectified that this month and while doing so had a brain-fart moment. I'd been listening to this song on repeat for a week when I watched the movie Project X for the third time and wondered once again about a song I liked on the soundtrack that actually wasn't part of the soundtrack. After some small research, I realized the reason I liked the song so much was because it was the remix of the song I was already listening to on repeat. I swear, I'm a genius sometimes. ::sarcasm::

Mindless Self Indulgence – "It Gets Worse"

I'd been looking forward to this album coming out since Christmas. While there are plenty of great tracks, I have to admit I don't love it as much as I did previous albums, but that's totally okay. Still a great band that I'm happy to have new music from finally, especially when songs like this will help me with Dreamsters! :)

Nico Vega – "Million Years"

I got into Nico Vega in early 2012 with the track "Iron Man" but once again forgot I had the album and never gave it a second listen. For the past few weeks though the commercial for BioShock Infinite has been using their track "Beast" and not only is it making me want to play this game something fierce, it finally encouraged me to check out the album. I regret not doing it sooner it's that good.

Other tracks that lived on repeat:

Macklemore – "Can't Hold Us"
Korn – "Throw Me Away"
Marilyn Manson – "Devour"
Black Light Burns – "Lucretia My Reflection"

What held your ears attention in March? I'm always on the hunt for new tunes so please share!

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2012 In Review: Music (Part 1)

Top 10 Most Played Tracks

For the most part, if you’ve followed my Music Friday posts or my monthly In Review posts, you might be able to predict some of this list. But even if you see a lot of it coming, it’s still fun to see exactly what had the most plays overall for the year. Countdown to number one with me as we bring 2012 to a close!

10. Of Monsters and Men – “From Finner”

I’m sort of surprised this track made the top ten, but not because I didn’t love it – it’s just that I was sure there were other songs I’d listened to more. Turns out I apparently listened to this a lot more than I thought while working on Beyond the Trees this summer

9. Artifex Pereo – “Liable for Tragedy”

It probably shouldn’t surprise you that a song by one of my favorite artists made the top ten this year, especially since they did last year too. Now that their new singer lives near the rest of the band, I am letting myself get really excited for new music. I’ve got my fingers crossed that 2013 is the year! 

8. O’ Brother – “Lo”

Easily one of my favorite *new bands of 2012, but I’ll say more about them in Part 2 of my Music In Review posts! 😀

*new to me, not necessarily to the world

7. The Black Keys – “Hell of a Season”

It didn’t come as a shock that The Black Keys put out another solid album this year. They’ve somehow managed to capture that old school sound and make it work in the modern world so well that as long as they keep doing that I’m sure they’ll be around making quality music for a long time. 

6. Four Year Strong – “Falling on You”

I gave this band a shot this year after seeing so many people list them as a favorite. Loved the album this song comes from so much I had to have more. I can definitely see why so many people listed them as a favorite. They’re really consistent and the kind of band I imagine would put on one hell of a show at a summer festival. 

5. Thousand Foot Krutch – “Quicken”

Heather () got me into this band this year and I’m so glad she had so much to share. A lot of TFK songs came really close to being on this list with the rest of these. I’m a big fan of subtle Christian rock so any time I stumble onto something new I really like, it’s sure to get a lot of plays. 

4. Arctic Monkeys – “R U Mine?”

If you know me at all, my love of Alex Turner and Arctic Monkeys in general shouldn’t be news to you. They released a few singles this year that I ate up like candy and there’s talk that they’ll be making a new album in 2013. I can’t wait! 

3. Underoath – “A Fault Line, A Fault of Mine”

I started the year playing Underoath ad nauseam for the sake of two of my novels and then towards the end of the year played them ad nauseam all over again because of their disbanding announcement. I am really sad Underoath will never make new music again. Such a staple in the music industry. 

2. Mindless Self Indulgence – “Tornado”

After getting reacquainted with MSI last year, they became a huge influence for my novel Dreamsters this year. With a new album slated for release in March 2013, I have no doubt they’ll be a contender for this list once again next year. 

1. Shearwater – “Breaking the Yearlings”

It’s funny to me that this, of all songs, is still the number one most played song of the year because it reached it’s height in a course of a few days and I’ve hardly listened to it since. It’s not that I don’t love the song, but it’s definitely not my favorite of the year and I’ve never even listened to other songs by this band. But at the time I downloaded it on recommendation, I literally couldn’t get enough of it and it lived on repeat alongside nothing else for a couple days before I finally had my fill.

Do you keep track of your most played music throughout the year? What made your top 10 songs in 2012?

Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 of my Music In Review, where I pay homage to the best *new bands in 2012!

*new to me, not necessarily the world

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January: In Review

It’s February already? How the heck did that happen? I guess 2012 will be no different than 2011 in the way that time slips by far too fast for my taste. Because of its quick nature, it doesn’t really feel like I did anything very notable in January, but according to my “lists” (I am forever making lists), I have a few things worth reporting.

Reading

I read six books in the first two weeks of January. Six! I don’t think I was really trying to; I just got lucky that the books I chose to read were so good it made them easy to blow through quickly. 

Starstruck by Cyn Balog, Winter Town by Stephen Emond, Dull Boy by Sarah Cross, The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (The Hunger Games, Catching Fire, Mockingjay)

*The titles of the books above are links to my ratings & thoughts on each over at Goodreads.

Writing

I took a break from reading after the first two weeks of January and tried to channel my Crack the Sky cast to catch up on some much overdue writing. That, however, did not happen. What did happen was the attack of a new plot bunny (oh, joy, right?). 

While I was intrigued by the plot idea and cast (who, oddly enough, came toting names already which almost never happens for me), I was not interested in giving this book a shot at the moment because I do not write multiple books at the same time and I really want to finish Crack the Sky. New plot bunny didn’t care about what I wanted though and by the end of January I found myself listening to the first song(s) to make the playlist on repeat and writing a little over 2,000 words of what I’m currently calling, Dreamsters.

So I guess I am going to be working on two books side by side this year? Lord, help me.

Music: On Repeat

Music was on and off for me this month. Some days I couldn’t get enough of it, others I never even turned it on. The few songs that currently hold play counts wildly higher than the other songs that graced my ears this month include:

White Rabbits – “Heavy Metal”

Back in December I got a chance to see White Rabbits live and it was extra awesome because they played a bunch of new, unreleased tracks, all slated to be released this March on their next album, Milk Famous. This month they offered one of those new songs as a free download and not only was I quick to snatch it up, I loved it enough to let it live on repeat more than 100 times. Can’t wait for March!

*I find it sort of funny that my “on repeat” list for both this year and last starts with a White Rabbits track.

Closure in Moscow – “The Impeccable Beast”

Closure in Moscow is a band I just recently fell in-love with in the end of 2011. While I’m still enjoying their previous albums tons, I will be blessed with a new album this year too! In anticipation of the next album, they released a new single this month for free download and like the White Rabbits freebie, I just had to take advantage of this opportunity. And good thing, too, because I loved it so much I listened to nothing else but it for several days! So pumped for more!

Mindless Self Indulgence – “Tornado”

The only song of this bunch that’s definitely not new (to me or otherwise). This is the first song the Dreamsters cast claimed as their own and with claiming it, they became impossible to avoid. I have loved this song since I first heard it over 8 years ago now, but outside of my enjoyment it never had a purpose. Now it belongs to an intense and action packed scene that I can’t wait to write!

*In addition to this song, “Diabolical” from the same album was also played ad nauseam.

Photography

This isn’t usually something I boast about because Lord knows I’m no professional photographer, but I do have a fancy camera and I practice lots with it, especially on my nephew Gideon. Every week since his birth I’ve done little photo sessions with him and because of this regularity he is already very aware of the camera, almost as if he knows to pose for it. This month we had one of the best photo sessions in the seven months of his life. Not only is he such an adorable ham for the camera, the lighting and coloring were really good too making the pictures extra crisp. I’ve been researching shooting babies in particular and watching little tutorials. I think I’m getting better as a result! :)

*Click the image above to see more photos from this session

That’s pretty much it on the excitement factor for my month. I realize this is the first post of the 2012 here and I apologize for that. I’m still in that deciding phase, not sure where I should be blogging full time. I will say that I’ve been super active on Tumblr if you’re interested in more day-to-day updates from me until I figure out where I’ll blog like this more frequently. I’ll try to pop in here more often this month too.

What notable things do you have to report for January? 

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2011 In Review: Music (Part 2)

Welcome to Part 2 of my reflections of music in 2011! This one pays homage to the bands themselves (*new bands that really stood out to me this year over all the others) and to the people who turned me on to them (sometimes that includes myself)!

*New to me, not necessarily new to the world

Note: Clicking the image of each band will take you to their site and music. You should totally click their images to check them out!

Corruption from Heather

Even though I’ve known Heather for a couple of years now and we talk literally every day via email, chat, etc…, it wasn’t until this year that our game of music corruption really began. I honestly don’t remember exactly how it started. I think it was a song by The Hush Sound that might have been the beginning of what has been an awesome year of sharing music with her. I remember sending it to her via email because it was currently living on repeat for me and discovering that she abuses single songs just as much as me. Within a few days we’d both listened to the song so many times it was ridiculous and it spawned something wonderful. A year later and we’ve shared an uncountable amount of music with each other, almost all of which we easily fell in-love with. Sharing music is always fun, but it’s so much better to share it with someone who’s ears are so attuned to the same thing as yours! Of all the bands Heather has turned me onto the two that consistently get the most plays are:

Sick Puppies

According to Heather, the first two songs she ever sent me were “Survive” and “The Bottom” because they’re her favorites. I just know that I loved Sick Puppies so much based on just those songs that I pretty much pestered her until she sent me more. As you saw in my previous music post that I loved this band enough to make one of their tracks the most played track of the year. If I had posted the top twenty most played tracks of the year five of them would have been Sick Puppies songs. I’d say that says a lot about how much I ended up loving this band this year!

                    

RED

When I was growing up, I was into quite a few Christian rock bands, but for a while there the sound just wasn’t compatible to the other rock music I listened to and I stopped giving it a shot. So, I was surprised when Heather introduced me to this band and I fell in-love with their sound instantly, to then discover that they were a Christian rock band. I guess religious rock has made a comeback? It doesn’t really matter that they’re a Christian group, but I have to admit that the lyrics of their songs move me a little more than most and I love how they can so cleverly weave those powerful words into a sound that’s so hard and unlike most Christian music. Needless to say, this has become a band that has not only helped me write, but filled my soul with comfort when I’ve needed it most. They’re a really great band that I doubt I’ll grow tired of anytime soon.

         

Corruption from Steve

Mine and Steve’s friendship began solely because of music. Originally he was a friend of Heath’s, who heard I liked Atreyu and wanted to see if I’d heard of some of his other favorite bands. Turns out he had a heck of a lot more bands under his belt in this genre of music than I had even heard of and his influence on me was crazy-strong. Since meeting him in August, I’ve added almost 4GB of music to iTunes. That’s almost half of the entire year’s additions. I would like to say I may have equally corrupted him with some of my favorite music, but our relationship is pretty one sided unfortunately. He gives, I take. Luckily, he’s a good sport and seems to enjoy getting me into something new!  While many of the bands he’s turned me onto deserve recognition, the following two are by far my favorites:

Artifex Pereo

Very rarely does a band have such consistency for me that I can listen to anything they put out and love it all equally. Sure, I’ll still have songs I’m more drawn to and particularly based on my mood, but if I can listen to every song without skipping a track it says a lot about a band. This group qualifies as one of those rare few. While I suppose their music generally has a harder sound, they also have these brilliant moments of softness too. Their instrumentals can be beautifully complicated or perfectly simple and still amaze you. They have potential to be around for a very long time if they stick with it, in my opinion. They’ve recently acquired a new singer and I just hope he helps the band bring as much to the plate as they have before. I can’t wait for new music in the future and I truly hope I get to see a show one day!

      

Dance Gavin Dance

This band can be a bit difficult, but not because of their musical ability. They’re difficult because of the way they flip-flop singers. It’s not necessarily a bad thing. The singers they’ve featured have been equally skilled, but it leaves each album holding a noticeably different sound. Again, though, that’s not a bad thing. To me, they mix singing and screaming in a really entertaining way and their screaming isn’t so muffled that you couldn’t scream along (which happens too often unfortunately with screamer bands). This is the type of band that I imagine I’d go crazy to in a pit at a show and I really hope I get to see them live one day to test this theory.

          

Rediscovered Bands

Sometimes I have a tendency to forget about bands I love. I blame this partly on the fact that I don’t listen to the radio and rely greatly on others to corrupt me musically. Because of social mediums though it’s been easier to stay up to date with music I like, but before it, sometimes it was pretty easy for me to be distracted by something new and let the other bands I like fall by the wayside. This year I found a few bands I used to love again and “catching up” on all I’d missed over the year was far too fun! Reliving my memory of why I loved them before certainly won’t let me forget about them again!

Mindless Self Indulgence

Maybe the year was 2002 when I first got into MSI. I was wearing face paint a lot back then because I was “down with the clown” and MSI was a fairly popular band with the Juggalos. I wouldn’t have had to be a Juggalette, though, to like MSI. The problem was, I stopped hanging around those clown kids in 2004 and lost my connection to this semi-underground band. When I got into that The Left Rights song that was the most played track of the year last January, I felt compelled to check up on MSI and see what they’d been up to for the last few years. Turns out, it was a lot! Quickly, I just had to buy everything I’d missed and was also blessed with the re-release of Tight as Tighter this year. Needless to say, they were my favorite “rediscovered band” of the year.

         

Thrice

Thrice is one of those bands that I always liked whenever I heard them, but never actually owned anything by them which made it even easier to forget about them when I wasn’t around people who also listened to their brand of music. This year, though, Steve can take credit for re-introducing them to me and just in time, too, for their latest album. Sadly, shortly after the release of Major/Minor they announced that they’d be on hiatus for a while to enjoy their home lives. While I’m disappointed that just as I’ve acquired all of their music, they’ve left the scene, I also have a lot of respect for talented people who don’t let their talent take away from their real lives too. I’m sure they’ll be back one day and when they return, I’m confident it will be stellar!

           

Dead Bands*

Stumbling onto bands that totally rock after the fact can be fun because they usually come with a hefty load of music to keep your ears occupied. The downfall, though, is that that’s all you’ll ever get out of them. You’ll never have an opportunity to see them live, you’ll never hear new music from them, and you’ll probably never even be able to find a t-shirt or decent memorabilia unless they were super famous. That part sucks. Being dead or not, though, doesn’t mean I won’t still love them. This year’s favorite “dead bands” include:

He Is Legend

Again, Steve can take credit for turning me onto He Is Legend. In fact, the first song he ever sent me was “Do You Think of Pretty.” He had said he knew I’d like this band, without doubt, because “girls think Schuylar’s pretty vanilla.” That didn’t really have anything to do with why I ended up loving them, but it did make me laugh. Anyway, many albums later and I was hooked to He Is Legend and sad to know that they were on hiatus with no future in the works.

                      

Morningwood

I blame the fact that I had forgotten about MSI for the past couple of years on not knowing about Morningwood. I mean, the lead singer is Jimmy Urine’s wife. There’s no way if I’d stayed up to date with MSI that I would have missed out on the awesomeness that is Morningwood. In fact, finding them at all this year is completely because of rediscovering MSI. YAY for social mediums and bands pumping up their buddies! :) Anyone that knows me, knows I love rocker chicks and when you’re as talented as Chantel and your band reminds me of 90’s rock, well… it’s a no brainer, I’m gonna love you.

                          

(*Apparently, despite believing both of these bands would never make a comeback all year, I’ve just recently discovered that there may be hope for them both after all! He Is Legend has already announced they will be releasing a new album in 2012 and Morningwood is currently listed as the opening band for Mindless Self Indulgence this year on tour. This makes me incredibly happy.)

Want to see if you can corrupt me musically in 2012?

I dare you. 😉

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June: On Repeat

This month was largely consumed with specific artists and not that many of them for a change. Also, none of which were influenced by edgyauthor? Gosh, it feels wrong to even say that since she is so musically inspirational to me, but this is the truth of June. My mind wanted to hear specific things and that’s pretty much all I let it have.

What exactly was that, you ask? So let’s go!

So, it started with a band that bled into June from May that I’ve definitely loved for a long time, but somehow lost track of all their latest albums (bad me, I know). After buying more than one of the ones I’ve missed, I just couldn’t get enough of them – even as new must-hear tunes poured into my ears in June and that band was Mindless Self Indulgence.

Most played by the end of June was: “3 S’”

A close second was: “Uncle”

Other tracks that lived on repeat (because there were tons and you should totally click all the links) include:

Never Wanted to Dance
Revenge
Money
Lights Out
Perscription
On It
Written in Cold Blood

Next on the most played for the month was one of my all time favorite bands and the most influential band of my current WIP, Paramore. Sadly, two of their members left them a little while ago, but this latest track proves that they’re more than capable of moving on without them. The track is from the latest Transformers movie, but I have to say my current book wants to claim it as theirs! 😉

“Monster”

And lastly (but certainly not the least by any means): Arctic Monkeys. Hands down this is my favorite band. Anyone whose read my blog for long enough should know this (shoot, anyone who really knows me should know this and if you don’t, shame on you!). With the release of “Suck it and See” on June 7th they pretty much dominated the remainder of June’s music choices and I AM NOT COMPLAING! Obviously, from previous posts, you already know I loved Brick by Brick, Don’t Sit Down (Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair), and Library Pictures, but in addition to these tracks a few newbie’s made their way to the most played like:

“All My Own Stunts”

A close second was: “Reckless Serenade” (oh, Alex Turner’s voice in this one… *SWOON*)

Other MOST played tracks included:

The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala and Piledriver Waltz! Overall the entire album is great, but these couple songs really dominated it as a whole! You should definitely check it out!

In addition to all of these MOST played tracks/artists… Heath (my fiancé) got me into this artist, Aloe Black , and in particular this track:

”I Need a Dollar”

It has that great old school feel to it, the kind of sound you rarely hear anymore and that alone is refreshing.

Outside of these tracks on repeat I’ve been listening to a playlist that’s about 300+ tracks deep at this point in hopes of actually writing and… AND… it’s starting to work. While the words haven’t actually hit the paper yet, they are happening in my mind and I’m just hoping this 3 day weekend will be the much needed jump start in the third round of re-writes I need. Wish me luck!

Hope all of you are living in music-bliss like I am almost always. Feel free to share your faves, because I’m always looking for something new!

Peace – Sarah

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May: On Repeat

May was another great month for music in my world. You would think with as much new music as I’ve obtained this year the need for more would settle down, but I think it only encourages it. Anyway, without further ado, here is what lived on repeat in the month of May. Enjoy!

(As usual edgyauthor (aka: Heather) is largely responsible for this list.)

1. “U.R.A Fever” by The Kills

Heather sent me this track and characters from my current WIP’s companion novel quickly snatched it up. They’ve already got a whole cool walk sequence scene all planned out for it and because the song is relatively short, it quickly climbed the list as the most played track in May.

2. “Angels” by The Prom Kings

Another Heather-influenced track this month and one that woke up characters I’d thought had long given up on me. Not only did they come alive to claim this song as theirs they also told me the ending of their book (which was part of the reason I’d given up on their story as a whole because you can’t really have a book without an ending).

3. “Pray for Me” by Sixx:A.M. (Warning: Video is explicit)

Yet another track Heather turned me onto, but it just got a lot of plays because I actually liked it so much. Seems unheard of anymore, right? LOL!

4. “Nothing & Everything” by Red (aka “Fight Inside” acoustic style)

I already loved the regular version (Fight Inside) and Teagan of my current WIP can definitely relate to its lyrics come book 2. Naturally she wasted no time also claiming this softer, more moody version as well once I’d received it (via Heather, of course).

5. “Shoot Your Gun” by 20-22s

Wow, Heather influenced songs completely dominate this month’s on repeat (wait, who’s surprised? No one, right? Hehe). Again, an awesome song that only got so many plays because I actually liked it!

6. “Arise (Ben Moody Mix)” by Flyleaf

Heather got me into this band last year and previous music posts will prove just how much I like them, but this latest track came from an album I actually didn’t have and I can’t help but get chills up my arms every time the chorus kicks in (chills in a good way).

7. “Library Pictures” by Arctic Monkeys (Warning: Video is out of sync)

This really needs little explanation because there’s been an Arctic Monkeys track on repeat for the past 3 months as the release of “Suck it and See” nears. It’s just 7 days away now and I am eagerly awaiting my pre-ordered copy. I have no doubt that there will be more than one song in June’s On Repeat post as this CD is sure to get played ad nauseum this month!

8. “Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO

Every once and a while I stumble across a song I can’t believe I’m enjoying and this happens to be one of them. I honestly can’t even remember how I found the video, but after watching it and finding it highly entertaining I bought the track and listened to it over 100 times that night on repeat. Look, I like to dance and this song definitely screams dance. It didn’t hurt that future characters snatched it up and provided a fun scene to watch while it played over and over again! :)

9. “Money Shot” by Mustard Pimp & Jimmy Urine

Jimmy Urine (aka singer of Mindless Self Indulgence) got together with producer/DJ Mustard Pimp) and the result is this crazy awesome song. The video is heavy on the crazy, just saying.

10. “Get Up” by Korn featuring Skrillex

Another interesting mash-up, Korn, who I’ve loved since middle school days, teamed up with producer/DJ Skrillex and this wickedly awesome track was the result. I love when unusual pairings make music. :)

And while I usually keep this list to 10 tracks, I purchased 2 new (to me) Mindless Self Indulgence albums last weekend and half of those tracks already have more plays than some of the songs in this list so to honor them and their awesomeness (and all that I’ve missed for the past couple of years) here’s the most played track so far – I can guarantee you that there will be more listed in June’s On Repeat.

Bonus: “Never Wanted to Dance” by Mindless Self Indulgence

So what have you guys been listening to? Anything I might *need* to hear? 😉

Peace – Sarah

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April: On Repeat (Super Late)

Part of the reason I’m so late posting this is because there were seriously so many songs on repeat this month (April was like a music explosion month for me because edgyauthor (Heather) sent me a boatload of goodies) and I typically try to keep this list to 10 tracks. This time I’m going to keep it to 10 artists instead and post one most played track and the others that were played nearly as much as links in case you’re interested. Another reason I’m so late though, is that my work situation is robbing my energy source and by the time I get home, I’m not up for much except eating dinner and going to bed. Sorry. :(

Sick Puppies

For as much as I LOVE this band, it’s really hard to believe I’m just learning about them now because of Heather, but I’m ecstatic that I have now because they’ve quickly become one of my favorite bands! This month the most played track was “I Hate You” and it will most definitely be used in the next book series I write!

Other tracks played ad nauseam were: “You’re Going Down”“Cancer”“So What I lied” and “War” – two of which will be featured on my current WIP! 😉

Morningwood

This is a band that I can’t believe I just realized existed because the lead singer is married to the lead singer of another band (Mindless Self Indulgence) that I’ve loved for years! Regardless, finding them just now left me with lots of music to enjoy and as a result there were lots of tracks on repeat this month. Most played was “Best of Me.”

Other songs that I just couldn’t get enough of include: ”Everybody Rules””Hot Tonight” and ”Body 21” the last of which will likely be featured on my current WIP!

Finger Eleven

Again, this is another band Heather turned me onto and after receiving both of their albums for my birthday I am happy to include them in my list of favorite bands! The most played song this month was “Any Moment Now.”

Other songs that lived on repeat though were: “Paralyzer” (which I already knew, but had no idea was a Finger Eleven song) and ”Living in a Dream”.

Joshua James & the Forest Rangers

This song opened the premeire to Season 3 of Sons of Anarchy (which you should know based on previous posts, I LOVE). This song is a cover of a song by Herman’s Hermits, but I just LOVE Joshua James & the Forest Rangers version so very much!

Black Light Burns

I’ve already posted a few Black Light Burns songs before because Heather’s been teasing me with their music for a couple of months now, but after receiving their album this month it’s safe to say that I LOVE them! The whole album could easily be listened to non-stop, but the most played song for me this month was “Cruel Melody.”

Kerli

Kerli is just “fun” in my opinion. Poppy, with a little rock like edge and I like that! *This is another artist Heather turned me onto* The most played tracked this month was “Walking on Air.”

Another song that got mad plays was ”Strange Boy” which I’m pretty sure will make my current WIP’s playlist 😉

Puddle of Mudd

I won’t say Heather turned me onto this band because I’d definitely heard of them before, but she definitely made me pay attention to a band I’d foolishly ignored for far too many years. There are so many great songs by them (as you’ve seen me post for a few months now), but this month the most played track was “Control” which I’m pretty sure will be featured on my next book series as well as one of the other most played tracks. This band rocks, period!

Other tracks that were played LOTS: ”Basement” and ”Bottom”

Arctic Monkeys

I think if you’ve followed my blog long enough you should already know by now that Arctic Monkeys are by far my favorite band and with the release of their new album coming soon they’ve been releasing singles to tease people like me. This month’s teaser was “Don’t Sit Down Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” and just like the first single from this upcoming CD, I loved it!

Three Days Grace

This is totally another band like Puddle of Mudd where I’d definitely heard of them and knew a song or two, but had not idea how much I’d love them as a whole until Heather schooled me. While I honestly love MANY of their songs, this month’s most played song was “Burn.”

The Afters

The credit for knowing this band completely goes to Heather, but finding these latest “loves” go to my Mom surprisingly. While heading to WW, we were listening to the Christen Rock XM station and a The Afters track came on that I’d never heard before, even though I have quite a bit of their music already. Turns out it was from a newer album that I didn’t have so of course I bought it that night and as a result “Say it Now” was played SO MUCH!

And ”We won’t Give Up” was played almost just as much! I think both tracks are soundtrack worthy for my current WIP!

I hope you enjoyed April’s “On Repeat” – I know I certainly did! Any guesses what might pop up in next month’s “On Repeat”? 😉 Here’s a hint of a possibility: The Beastie Boys are BACK! (Check it – EVERY person in this video is a celebrity, can you spot them all?)

Peace – Sarah

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EDIT: OMG, how could I forget… this track doesn’t seem like it had THAT many plays according to my iTunes, but mainly because it’s 38+ minutes long so to replay constantly would consume the day quickly and in all honesty, I hit “replay” after the first 16 minutes several times (which iTunes doesn’t record)… Anyway, this track is absolutely going to be featured on my next big book series and has fulfilled so many scenes it’s sick. There’s no video, but it was done by an old high school friend of mine, Matty Scoll, and you need to hear his skills!

Viper Room Set

You can hear his latest track “Gasp” HERE!

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January: On Repeat

I know I’ve been absent (like a lot), but I have been up to other things like writing and reading so please forgive me. I’ve also been addicted to a few tracks this month, which should be no surprise to anyone who’s been following my blog over the last year because I’m incapable of living without it and I frequently run a track into the ground until I’ve gotten my “fix.”

So, without further ado, these are the three most played songs this month so far. Yes, they are completely different from each other. Yes, my love for music is that strangely scattered. Don’t question it. I don’t.

The month started with a song that lived on repeat a lot in 2010 as well, but for some reason wormed itself back into my brain and needed to be played another 200 or so more times in the first week of 2011.

White Rabbits – “Midnight & I”

The next song to live on repeat was even a surprise to me. I used to be really into this band Mindless Self Indulgence, but it’s been a while since they’ve put out a track that I really loved. I think the last song I truly enjoyed was “Shut Me Up” and that was a few years ago now. Anyway, Jimmy Urine also records songs under the pseudo band name “The Left Rights” and finally something MSI related has won me over.

The Left Rights – “I’m on Crack”

And lastly, a band that I definitely need to find more music by showed up on my FB wall via another friend who frequently exposes me to stuff I’d never find on my own and is still on repeat from last week.

The Hush Sound – “Medicine Man”

Well, that wraps my music addictions for January. I doubt another one will sneak in there, but if it does I will be sure to let you know. Have I corrupted you into liking any of these? I sure hope so. There’s something very exciting about being a bad music influence. *snickers*

Until Next Time,
Sarah

P.S. I hope to really devote some time to LJ catch up this weekend. Again, sorry for my absence.

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