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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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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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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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