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Rise Against - And Trusting Music Again

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2011-06-04 06:51:59 EDT
Rating: 0.29 on 16 ratings (16 reviews) (Review this item) (V)

I got to thinking: When was the last time I sat in bed, on my back, and had any desire to put some headphones around my head, plug a cord in to a music player, and turn the volume up to full blast?

I got to thinking... probably like six or seven years ago! That long!

What were the bands? What cranked through my headphones?

Last I can remember, the bands were REM, Tears for Fears, Metallica, Dave Matthews Band, Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, or Tool/APC. All for various reasons.

I haven't had this desire for six or seven years, and now I have that desire again. Why? Well, I've listened to all the above-mentioned bands to death, spun their CD's fast and long enough to power a light-speed engine, rehearsed the lyrics enough to memorize fucking clips in my dreams, and in all other conceivable ways burnt myself out of anything that not only sounds like them but also remotely resembles anything like them. In short, I think I'm getting old!

Enter: Rise Against. Honestly, I didn't like them at first. They sounded like canned American punk rock. I heard they've got a good message, and a trusted friend saw them at the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago and said it was the second best concert he's ever been to, so I thought I'd give them a go. I listened to their latest album exactly once, then shelved it for my typical NPR interviews.

Something sort of nagged at me to give the CD a second spin. Two became three became an obsession with the first song on the track became a band I want to listen to in bed, on my back, with a plug attached to something that plays music, at fucking full volume, pretty much right now.

Comparing why I like this sort of ordinary sound to what, and more importantly WHY, I listed to in the past, I found a common thread. I trusted those bands back then... they were consistent, they seemed to be good real-life people, and they gave a fuck about their audience. So does this band. It's about fucking time!

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Submitted by Cakes at 2011-06-07 09:36:40 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Submitted by Cakes (user info) at 2011-06-07 09:03:50 EDT (#)
Ranking: 1

You have very good taste in philosophers, wisher. Do you know where that “Nature loves courage” quote is from?

That should have read: Do you know where that "Nature loves courage" [part] of his quote is from.

Submitted by Cakes at 2011-06-07 09:03:50 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

You have very good taste in philosophers, wisher. Do you know where that “Nature loves courage” quote is from?

Submitted by Sage at 2011-06-06 18:57:29 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Fair enough, Hurty.

Two songs I can't get out of my head lately:

1) Peter Bjorn & John "Second Chance" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZyBmN6hWsk

2) Middle Class Rut "New Low" - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A5GYOsKLp6o

Submitted by HurtByTheSun at 2011-06-06 15:59:28 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

Submitted by sage104 (user info) at 2011-06-06 15:11:26 BST (#)
Ranking: 2

Also Hurty...DMB is awesome live.


I have seen them, and I disagree.

Submitted by Sage at 2011-06-06 10:11:26 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Also Hurty...DMB is awesome live.

Submitted by Sage at 2011-06-06 09:54:35 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Rise Against isn't too bad. Their lead singer sounds like the dude that used to do the Morning Sludge on Y101 when it used to be rock. I think his moniker was actually "Sludge".

Submitted by S.I. Co. at 2011-06-06 08:36:31 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

Got to thinking that next time you wanted to update your diary you should choose another medium besides uber.

Submitted by Wisher at 2011-06-05 22:00:25 EDT (#)
Rating: 2

Cool that you’re trying new music. Rise is ripping balls, but they mostly play up wayyyy north, like in Canada and cold places in general, so I’ve never got to see em, yet, cos I live in Sweet Home. But will. See em. We have a new outdoor arena in Gulf Shores and freaking everyyybody is playing there lately, and at the hangout on the beach, it’s insane.

Has this place shrunk, literally? It shows like 5 recently rated. So Bart had a baby~ congrats slugger ~~ Apollo carried it in his frontal lobe, I heard~~ so Uber's shrinking, unlike Apollo's head, but Bart's got his priorities and what not, what with all the coo~coo~ka~~choos & stuff. But once the babymoon is over he’ll fix things up.... or not.

Peace Uber peep, all 3 of y'all, spark one up for me, Wisher out.

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"Nature loves courage. You make the commitment and nature will respond to that commitment by removing impossible obstacles. This is the trick. This is what all these teachers and philosophers who really counted, who really touched the alchemical gold, this is what they understood. This is the shamanic dance in the waterfall. This is how magic is done. By hurling yourself into the abyss and discovering its a feather bed."

~~Terence McKenna

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2011-06-04 17:48:51 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Dyslexic Band Matthews?

Submitted by Murphy1844 at 2011-06-04 17:18:08 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

I knew I'd get flak for DBM. Trust me, I hate the people who like DBM, but I've liked them since they came out. Carter Beauford is the best drummer alive.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2011-06-04 13:17:51 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

I just thought that "Haram" would be a great band name so someone surely has already used it. I looked around and found http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MshcfCUJ7nc

Submitted by Wildman at 2011-06-04 10:53:44 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Yep, most, if not all, "new" music sucks rat-ass.

Submitted by Shlongy at 2011-06-04 09:26:52 EDT (#)
Rating: 0

There's not much "new" music that's worth a shit, but Rise Against isn't horrible. The Good Left Undone.

Submitted by HurtByTheSun at 2011-06-04 09:01:30 EDT (#)
Rating: -2

Dave Matthews Band


Just noticed this.

Your opinions on music just became invalid.

Submitted by HurtByTheSun at 2011-06-04 09:00:07 EDT (#)
Rating: -1

88 Fingers Louie were better.

Submitted by skrapmetal at 2011-06-04 08:07:19 EDT (#)
Rating: 1

Youtubed a couple Rise Against tunes on this advice. Not bad, so I added them to a couple of my Pandora stations.

But seriously: DMB at full volume?

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