Rhythms and Beats

A blog about music, gaming, life and whatever else may cross my mind.

Aug 20

So, Gaslight Anthem have a new album…

There are loads of people saying that Get Hurt, their most recent album is “the best album yet”. I’m assuming these people have never listened to either The ‘59 Sound or Handwritten, two albums which are leaps and bounds above Get Hurt.

Get Hurt drags. Most of the songs are slow, laborious numbers with little or no energy behind them. After listening to the album I could hardly remember any of it; none of the songs stuck in my head. This is exact opposite of when I first heard “45”, the opening track of Handwritten. “45” sticks in my head, the lyrics and melody repeating again and again. Whenever it comes on my iPod shuffle I don’t skip it. When it plays in my car I nudge the volume up and open the window to blast it to the masses.

Absolutely none of Get Hurt has garnered such a reaction from me. Even songs that I enjoy, like the single Rollin’ and Tumblin’, are quickly forgotten when something better comes along. Now, I don’t have a problem with slow songs. On the contrary I enjoy a good ballad now and then. I’m also far from one of the “I only like the old stuff”-assholes. I just can’t understand how someone can listen to this album and call it great. I can’t see how the the band who wrote Old White Lincoln, Boxer, Handwritten, High Lonesome, Howl, The Spirit of Jazz, The Patient Ferris Wheel and other greats can call this a progression. I’m disappointed to say the least.

The Gaslight Anthem are a great band with great songwriting ability and a brilliant, unique sound. Get Hurt is a bump in the road. All bands have them. So stop telling them the album is “the best yet”. Because it isn’t.


Aug 12

Listening to the new Candy Hearts album.

It’s really, really good… but every now and again I hear a lyric which reminds me of something stupid/selfish/inconsiderate I did in a past relationship and I feel a small pang of guilt. Guessing I’m growing up a bit as well.

Of course the rest of the album, with it’s catchy melodies and lyrics which remind me of the happy times too, is still awesome.


Jul 30

Just heard the new Madden Brothers track California Rain.

I’m not really sure how to feel about it. It’s not bad but I’m not sure how to feel about it yet. The fact it doesn’t sound like Good Charlotte is a plus in my book, though I honestly didn’t expect that coming into it. I like the country feel behind it but it still sounds unusual. I think I’ll give it a few more listens before I make my mind up.


Jul 28
Strangely enough it’s BBQ weather here in Scotland so this arrived just on time @johnnycupcakes #jcmeatslabcrossbones

Strangely enough it’s BBQ weather here in Scotland so this arrived just on time @johnnycupcakes #jcmeatslabcrossbones


Jul 24
Shiny new cymbal time. #meinl #drums

Shiny new cymbal time. #meinl #drums


Jul 16
Well that drum practice has been cut short. #drums #drumming

Well that drum practice has been cut short. #drums #drumming


Jun 4

atlasboyo:

Im still so mad like yes, defend trans woman, but they can also take care of themselves.

You also need to protect trans men, but yes, they can also protect themselves.

Whats with the hate for trans men right now jfc and there i thought i would finally be accepted on a website aha ha

(I am a straight cis male so forgive me if I don’t have all the facts)

To me trans-rights are in a strange place. All the figures who the mainstream is aware of are male to female (journalist Paris Lees and Laura Jane Grace from Against Me are the two I’m most aware of) and while they do what they can for trans-rights as a whole the media is mostly ignorant female to male. Even if you visit porn sites that have a variety of videos most of the time they have a “shemale” section but no mention of videos with trans males, which assuredly exist. It’s like it’s become acceptable to be understanding of male to female, or at least to acknowledge their existence (I doubt that the straight guys who secretly search for shemale porn know much about trans rights at all). Female to male on the other hand is still almost more of a taboo subject.


Apr 29
fuckyeahtattoos:

This was done by Christina Hock at Dolorosa Tattoo in Studio City, California. Inspired by a portrait hanging in the elevator of the haunted mansion at disneyland

Brilliant! That’s always been my favourite portrait in the Haunted Mansion!

fuckyeahtattoos:

This was done by Christina Hock at Dolorosa Tattoo in Studio City, California. Inspired by a portrait hanging in the elevator of the haunted mansion at disneyland

Brilliant! That’s always been my favourite portrait in the Haunted Mansion!


Apr 4

These photos popped up on the H2O facebook page a few weeks back but I didn’t see much sign of them anywhere else. That’s CM Punk recording vocals with Chad Gilbert (from New Found Glory) and Toby Morse (from H2O and Hazen Street) for the new Madball album. Then later the three of them just hanging out. 

Since I last saw him on TV, Punk looks so much better. He looks rested, healthy and happy. It was good to see that he’s doing good. Plus there’s a new Madball album being made, which reason enough for me to celebrate. :D


Everyone loves this advert because it shows same sex and mixed race couples. That’s cool yeah, but I’m more excited by the fact that the tattoed guy playing the drums is actually Joey LaRocca from the punk band The Briggs.


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