Sunday, October 21, 2012

School, week four

Hello, friends.

As you may know, I am a student at Berklee College of Music online. I am in my fourth course with them (doing a certificate program). The current course is all about songwriting techniques. 

I am in week four of the course, and already I'm seeing improvements in my song and story writing techniques. Like always, Berklee's courses are well-written, well-prepared, and highly insightful. I always learn with them. 

Let's see how the rest of the course goes. This one triggers my creativity, and I love it.

If you love music, head on over to Berklee now to learn and grow. 

You won't regret it. 

(And no, nobody at Berklee asked me to write this. I'm doing it all on my own accord.)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Review of Morning Fame

Hello, all. MissTaintedLove back. 

Today I will be doing a musical review of the band "Morning Fame", an alternative rock band from Toronto, Ontario. 
Enjoy the review. You can check out their official site here


"Morning Fame is an alternative rock band that defines what happens when four uniquely talented and passionate musicians come together and develop a strong musical chemistry"
-From the band's Facebook


Morning Fame is made up of members Vik Kapur (vocals), Joe Liranzo (guitarist), Alan Dennis (drums), and Rob Giberti (bass), and the band is from Toronto, Ontario of Canada. 
Some of the bands influences include Gin Blossoms, R.E.M., The Cure, Soda Stereo, and U2. They define their genre on their Facebook page as pop rock/alternative rock. They also describe their sounds as, "ringing arpeggiated guitar, the plaintive vocals, the intricate drum lines, melodic bass lines". 

The band has a few great tracks uploaded onto Youtube, which are actually live versions of their songs. "Turn to Stone", "The Colour of Sound", "Joker's Game" and "Time" are all live songs that can be found on Youtube by the band. 

The live videos are great visually. Very interesting to watch, and good effort has been put into them. 
It is obvious from watching them perform that the band has energy, enthusiasm, drive, and talent. Their appearances fit well with the genre and the music they play. 

The band's music has a great rock, familiar, catchy sense about it. It is played and written professionally - that is obvious to see and hear. They compliment each other well, and fit great together. 
"Time" happens to be my favourite song to listen to from this band. Great lyrics, great music, great feel, great performance - great everything. 

'It's hard enough to breathe, when time has got a hold on me.'

Lyrics in all of the songs are well written and captivating. 

You can check out the band's sites below. Go check them out!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Devoted and Beautiful

This quote came up across on my Facebook (and lists the creator and the owner of the copyright in the corner, it's not mine). 

No matter what you play, sing or write - even if you're only an avid listener - read this quote, and reflect on what it means to you. 

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Band Review of The Swank

Hello, everyone. 

MissTaintedLove is back, and this time, I have another music review. 
This time, I will be reviewing the band known as The Swank. Hope you enjoy the review, and please go check them out!

You certainly won't regret it!


"Imagine pairing a band with N.E.R.D.'s progressive urban alternative sound, Nirvana's grit and an emcee armed with Lil Wayne's wit and penchant for creativity.That doesn't exist, but if it did, it would sound something like The Swank"
-From The Swank's official site

The Swank describes themselves as an urban rock band, or rather, "hip hop swag with a punk rock attitude". They also declare that they are "doper than tiger blood and bath salts". They are from Athens, Georgia, and list their influences on their Facebook as "beer". 

Definitely has me interested. 

The band consists of four members...

El, guitarist
Possum, drummer
Sway, 'hype man extraordinaire'
And Son1, the front man

"Swank or die"

Even this lesbian has to admit these guys are cute. Yeah, I know that doesn't pertain directly to the music. This is my blog. Deal with it. 
I must say my absolute favourite track from these guys is "Ass", (which you can listen to above, it's the first Youtube video I posted of them). Everything about this song is awesome. The distorted guitar, the steady beat, the dope lyrics, and the clear rap vocals. 

I might mentioned I had to listen to 'Ass' twice. 
Anyway... moving on. 

"Amanda" was the next track I listened to. I may mention first... the music video for this is sick. And by sick, I mean good sick, not flu sick. Think before you read. 
Like the first song, the instrumental - guitar, drums, etc. - is kickin'. I am a rather large fan of anything rock oriented, and anything rap oriented. These guys are great to listen to. But I'm getting distracted here. 
"She's the melody in my love song", was my favourite line from 'Amanda'. This song was also worth a second listen, and more. 


"Ape Shit" has some awesome, attention-catching drums to start the song out. The lyrics are very catchy, and the guitar riff is addictive. 
The moment the word 'weed' is mentioned, that means I automatically have to give it a second listen.


I know Black and Yellow isn't an original by this group. But Black and Yellow happens to be one of my favourite songs (it has nothing to do with the fact I'm from Pennsylvania. Yes, yes it does).
The freestyle they've done to this song is worth every listen. 

I get asked to review and interview a lot of bands. Only half the time is the genre something extremely unique that is also something right up to my alley, aka, what I listen to on my own accord without being asked. 
This band def. is right up my alley. 

You guys had me the moment you mentioned hip hop + punk. 

And everyone, I'm commanding you - go listen to these guys. If you like what I like, you'll certainly like them. 

You can check them out at the links below: