Study Album Of The Week: Sleepmakeswaves – “…And So We Destroyed Everything”

Absolutely breathtaking. That’s the first thing that comes to mind when I think of my first experience listening to …and so we destroyed everything, the purposely-lowercase titled debut LP from Australian post-rockers sleepmakeswaves (also purposely lowercase, and without spaces). I’ve never been much into post-rock in the past, but listening to this album has certainly changed my mind about the genre. Read More…

Energetic Album Of The Week: Dead Letter Circus – “This Is The Warning”

When I was, oh, maybe 14 years old, I went to a movie with my family at the Carmike movie theater in Des Moines. It was the same movie theater we had always gone to, so no big deal, right? Right – except for one thing. You know that fun little intro thingy they play before the previews? Yeah, you know – that one with all the people watching movies and buying coke and popcorn and junk like that. It was always the same little video before every movie, accompanied by the same, familiar song. Read More…

Energetic Album Of The Week: Outline In Color – “Outline In Color EP”

I’ll admit it; I totally love going to concerts, moshing, and coming back looking like I got the shit kicked out of me. It’s exhilarating. Due to this, I’m a really big fan of metal, hardcore, post-hardcore, and other related genres. However, I never felt that I could review albums from these genres in my Study Album of the Week series – I mean, who besides me studies to hardcore music?

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Study Album of the Week: Pretty Lights – “Making Up A Changing Mind”

I’m a sucker for good electronic music, especially when it’s laden with good samples. So when I came across Pretty Lights on Grooveshark radio, I had to check him out.

The man behind Pretty Lights, Derek Vincent Smith, is from Colorado and has been actually been making Pretty Lights albums since 2006. He describes his music as a combination of “glitchy hip-hop beats, buzzing synth lines, and vintage funk and soul samples, sometimes grime.” Whatever it is, it’s really good. Read More…

Energetic Album Of The Week: Daisuke Ishiwatari – “BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger Original Soundtrack”

Damn, I love video games. Not like I play them that much or anything, but… they’re just interesting. Yeah.

Due to my roommate last year being a complete anime and video game geek (seriously, check out his blog), I was exposed to a bunch of games I never knew even existed. One of these such games was BlazBlue: Calamity Trigger (pronounced Blaze Blue), a fighting game made by the same dudes who made the Guilty Gear games on the PS2. Read More…

Study Album Of The Week: Darren Korb – “Bastion Original Soundtrack”

What is it about game soundtracks that make for such great study music? In the past, we’ve featured music from some pretty amazing ones, and today’s is no different. Featuring, among other things, an expertly balanced mix of eastern and western musical stylings, the soundtrack to Supergiant Games’ XBLA and Steam role-playing game Bastion is definitely worth a listen or two. Read More…

Energetic Album Of The Week: Halestorm – “Reanimate: The Covers EP”

Are you ready for this? Seriously, ARE YOU MUTHA EFFIN’ READY FOR THIS?!?!?

Yeah, I named the non-study music series. It’s called ENERGETIC ALBUM OF THE WEEK. This series will feature music that will PUNCH YOU IN THE SPLEEN. Music that will MELT YOUR FACE OFF. Wicked basslines, soaring guitar solos, amazing vocals – anything that you probably wouldn’t study to will be here in the series (MAKING YOUR GRANDPARENTS CRY). So yeah. I feel like getting really excited can make up for the lack of an original name. Think you can do any better?

For this week’s energetic album, I’m revisiting one of my favorite spring releases – Halestorm’s “ReAniMate: The CoVeRs eP” Read More…

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