Well, it’s that time of year again. It’s Valentine’s Day, the day when couples across the globe come together in a Hallmark-approved celebration of their love and bitter singles like me feel strangely compelled to remind everyone of the fakeness of the holiday and how if you really love somebody you don’t need a special holiday to make you show it. The central dilemma of Valentine’s Day is the conflict between true love and obligation – if you put on some big romantic display on this day of all days, are you really doing it because you love your partner or because you feel like that’s what you’re supposed to do every February 14th?
I don’t know, maybe I just look at Valentine’s Day this way because I’ve been single for it every year, so I feel like I’ve always been on the outside looking in and don’t know what it’s like to share it with someone. The highlight of my Valentine’s Day every year is getting my Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue in the mail, the exception being last year because that’s the day Radiohead announced that The King Of Limbs would be coming out later that week.
But we’re not here to talk about any of that stuff, are we? Of course not! We’re here to count down my top 5 favorite love songs in honor of Obligatory Love Day. The fun begins as soon as you click “Read the rest of this page”!
Well, now that the holiday season is officially behind us (and gift return season is in full swing), it’s time to show off some of my presents. Time for a Colin’s Collection post!
I haven’t done one of these in a while — not since around the middle of June, actually. And not because I haven’t had my eye on any new music. It’s mainly because my birthday is within three months of Christmas, so I figured I’d hold off on this until after the holidays. (For purposes of this post, or at least based on when it was posted, “holidays” includes New Year’s and birthdays for my mom and my sister.) The result is what could be one of the longest Colin’s Collection lists ever, as I ended up getting eight new albums over the last couple months. The list is coming up after the jump!
Jeez, how long has it been since the last Colin’s Collection post on this blog? Two weeks? Man, that’s like an eternity in the blogosphere. Can you imagine what would happen if I went a whole year without giving you your sorely-needed updates on what I’ve been listening to? Buildings would collapse! People would be driven to madness! The space-time continuum would implode and the universe as we know it would come to an end!
And according to my WordPress dashboard, people would still keep coming here in search of one freaking picture that isn’t even there anymore because apparently it violated ImageShack guidelines or whatever.
But anyway, since I’m taking a little longer to churn out the next Blast From The Past entry than I would like (not to mention the next Top 5, among other features), here’s a little something to occupy your blog-reading time until I finally finish it… after the jump, naturally.
Look everyone! I’m still alive, and I haven’t completely forgotten about this blog!
Sorry I’ve gone an eternity or two (closer to two at this point) without updating anything. I’ve kind of been busy — papers to write, midterms to prepare for… you know, college stuff. As a result, I haven’t really been in the mood to write much lately. College would be so much better without all that crap, wouldn’t you agree? (And yes, I know that would completely defeat the purpose of college. This does not change the fact that midterms and essays suck ass.)
Anyway, my birthday was a few weeks ago and I turned — gulp — 23. (My youth is all but officially over and I don’t even feel like it’s started yet. Can I get a do-over on this whole “life” thing? No? Well, that sucks.) I got some presents — as of September 27, 2009, I officially became multi-instrumental when I got a bass guitar — and some money to spend. Which means it’s time for another Colin’s Collection post! Yay!
All the albums I’ve recently added to my collection can be found after the jump. Check it out! THAT’S AN ORDER, DAMMIT!
Hey everyone. I know I’ve really been slacking with the blog lately — not that anyone would notice, since I haven’t had a double-digit hit count since September 24 — but I just haven’t really felt like blogging for whatever reason. I’d like to say I had a better excuse than that for slacking off with this thing, but that’s just how it is.
Anyway, here’s the playlist from the 9/25/09 show. Hopefully one of these days I’ll actually write something more substantial than one of these playlist posts. That, however, would require me to stop being a lazy slacker.
1. Radiohead, “Bangers & Mash” (In Rainbows bonus disc)
2. TV On The Radio, “Golden Age” (Dear Science)
3. Arctic Monkeys, “Fake Tales Of San Francisco” (Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not)
4. Cave In, “Lost In The Air” (Antenna)
5. Band Of Horses, “Is There A Ghost” (Cease To Begin)
6. RX Bandits, “Tainted Wheat” (…And The Battle Begun)
7. At The Drive-In, “A Devil Among The Tailors” (In/Casino/Out)
8. Kings Of Leon, “Notion” (Only By The Night)
9. Interpol, “Slow Hands” (Antics)
10. Deerhunter, “Saved By Old Times” (Microcastle)
11. The Clash, “Lost In The Supermarket” (London Calling)
12. British Sea Power, “Down On The Ground” (Do You Like Rock Music?)
13. Thrice, “As The Crow Flies” (The Alchemy Index: Vol. 3 — Air)
14. Foo Fighters, “Cold Day In The Sun” (In Your Honor)
15. Spoon, “Jonathon Fisk” (Kill The Moonlight)
16. My Morning Jacket, “Thank You Too!” (Evil Urges)
17. Minus The Bear, “When We Escape” (Planet Of Ice)
18. The National, “Secret Meeting” (Alligator)
19. R.E.M., “Near Wild Heaven” (Out Of Time)
20. Pavement, “Major Leagues” (Terror Twilight)
21. Radiohead, “Lucky” (OK Computer)
22. Red Hot Chili Peppers, “She’s Only 18” (Stadium Arcadium)
23. Muse, “Muscle Museum” (Showbiz)
24. Snow Patrol, “Shut Your Eyes” (Eyes Open)
25. Bloc Party, “Signs” (Intimacy)
26. Weezer, “El Scorcho” (Pinkerton)
27. The Beach Boys, “Wendy” (Endless Summer)
28. The Decemberists, “O Valencia!” (The Crane Wife)
29. Elvis Costello, “Veronica” (Spike)
30. The Beatles, “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” (Abbey Road)
…But I still have money with which I add music to my ever-expanding collection!
Yesterday I read an Associated Press article that said the economic recession may finally be over. I would have linked to it here and made a joke about how I’ve saved the economy by buying music, allowing me to bask in a wonderful I-told-you-so moment, but now I can’t find the article anywhere. Figures.
As always, here’s a list of music I’ve recently acquired. And some other stuff I look forward to acquiring as well. The list, along with additional commentary and whatnot, after the jump.
Hey there you all! It’s been a pretty long time since the last time I wrote a Colin’s Collection post. How long, you ask? So long ago that I hadn’t even come up with the Colin’s Collection series idea yet. Or When Bad Songs Happen To Good Bands, for that matter. Picks Of The Week didn’t exist yet either.
Granted, those are all fairly recent additions to this li’l website, but still… just in case you’re curious what my recent musical acquisitions have been, here you go!
- Got this after seeing them open for Mastodon in Washington, DC back in May. Kylesa was pretty kick-ass as well.
Pavement: Crooked Rain Crooked Rain (L.A.’s Desert Origins), Terror Twilight
- Fun fact: Radiohead guitarist Jonny Greenwood can be heard playing harmonica on two tracks from Terror Twilight. Is there anything that guy can’t play?
Silversun Pickups: Swoon
- My opinion from Picks Of The Week numero uno has not changed. “Panic Switch” still rules.
Thrice: The Alchemy Index Vols. III & IV: Air & Earth
- Kudos to the guys from Thrice for their handling of their new album Beggars being leaked online. Some people push back the release date of their albums. Axl Rose sued the guy who leaked Chinese Democracy. Thrice pushed the release date forward, making it available on iTunes as of… right now, actually, and rescheduling the physical release for September 15 with five bonus tracks.
Band Of Horses: Everything All The Time
- These guys get compared to My Morning Jacket a lot. And My Morning Jacket are great, so I don’t see anything wrong with that.
Arctic Monkeys: Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not
- Speaking of the Monkeys… their new album Humbug drops in a couple weeks. My dad’s band played “When The Sun Goes Down” at a party I went to recently, which was pretty cool. “He’s a scumbag, don’tcha know…”
British Sea Power: Do You Like Rock Music?
- Yes, I do. I especially like “Lights Out For Darker Skies,” which was one of my Picks Of The Week last week.
Green Day: 21st Century Breakdown
- Saw these guys in Philly back on July 21. It was a ton of fun, from the mock exorcism during “East Jesus Nowhere” to the fan being brought on stage to play “Jesus Of Suburbia.”
Gojira: From Mars To Sirius
- Think of these guys as the French Mastodon. And I love Mastodon.
Cave In: Antenna, Tides Of Tomorrow EP
- Still on the lookout for Jupiter and Perfect Pitch Black at the moment. “Come Into Your Own” was also a recent Pick Of The Week.
Modest Mouse: We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
- They just released a new 8-track EP called No One’s First, And You’re Next. The songs are all B-sides from their last two albums.
I’m pretty sure that covers all the recent additions to Colin’s Collection. So much good music out there, and so little money to spend on it… but I guess that’s why people are always on the lookout for free downloads, huh?
Hey everyone! I’m finally back after yet another lengthy hiatus from the blogosphere. I just got back home last night from a nine-day vacation with my family in Ocean City, MD (we have a house down there). The weather was consistently pleasant, despite the meteorologists’ insistence to the contrary for a few days; the pool was always a bit chilly at first but would soon become comfortable; there was a nice breeze at the beach; the new Harry Potter movie was pretty solid; my dad celebrated his birthday; the Phillies have been kicking ass for the last few weeks (including tonight’s 10-1 demolition of the Cubs) and are the favorites to trade for kickass pitcher Roy Halladay; Married With Children reruns were on a lot in the morning and are still hilarious; I finally got to read Thank You For Smoking; and all in all it was a pretty good week.
So now that I’m back in the Keystone State, I bring you the playlist for my penultimate show of the 2008-09 school year on May 8, 2009. The playlist and more after the jump!