“We Are Young” by Fun.

It’s always funny when people take things literally. As in verbatim, word for word dissection of song lyrics that can have many meanings. People often take words at face value and are content with their misconstrued ideas of reality.

Pity.

As with Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks,” here’s a song that you have to take more than fifteen seconds to understand. A cursory glance might have you believing that this song is about a guy that beat up his girlfriend and now he’s almost sorry. Yes, the lyrics literally say:

“…My seat’s been taken by  [a guy wearing] some sunglasses, asking ’bout a scar and I know I gave it to you months ago…”

But really? It absolutely has to be a physical scar that he left upon her body with his drunken fists? Am I really the only one who thinks that maybe this song isn’t about championing chauvinistic domestic abuse? He beat the tar out of some girl and wrote a song about it?

Please.

I firmly believe that he is talking about emotional scars that the both of them left on each other. And sure, maybe “sunglasses” is only asking about her’s because he’s trying to come off as sympathetic so that she will get in bed with him, but I’m sure the singer has scars too.

So listen to the song. Read the lyrics. But for the sake of humanity, I implore you to think critically about the message.

Give me a second I
I need to get my story straight
My friends are in the bathroom
Getting higher than the Empire State

My lover, she is waiting for me
Just across the bar
My seat’s been taken by some sunglasses
Asking ’bout a scar and

I know I gave it to you months ago
I know you’re trying to forget
But between the drinks and subtle things, the holes in my apologies
You know I’m trying hard to take it back

So if by the time
The bar closes,
And you feel like falling down,
I’ll carry you home…

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Now I know that I’m not
All that you got
I guess that I, I just thought
Maybe we could find new ways to fall apart

But our friends are back
So let’s raise a toast
‘Cause I found someone
To carry me home…

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Carry me home tonight
Just carry me home tonight
Carry me home tonight
Just carry me home tonight

The world is on my side
I have no reason to run
So will someone come
And carry me home tonight

The angels never arrived
But I can hear the choir
So will someone come
And carry me home

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

Tonight
We are young
So let’s set the world on fire
We can burn brighter than the sun

So if by the time
The bar closes,
And you feel like falling down,
I’ll carry you home…

_Saxton


“Helena Beat” by Foster the People

It’s been a month, figured I’d check in. =O

Anyway, our friends Foster the People have an album called “Torches.” A damn near perfect work of art. “Pumped Up Kicks” is on it, as is “Helena Beat.” Listen to it. And yes, of course the video is weird, this is Saxton City.

This is one of those tracks that gives me serious pause. Listening to it always puts me in the mindset of realizing just how hard life can be for some people, and of just how fortunate I am for being where I’m at in my life.

Often times I’ll think of the immeasurable capacity the average person has to irritate me (if I let them.) After listening to this track however, I’ve found that even the most grating and abusive of people are that way for a reason. A great pain can build up inside of somebody, and I’ve come to understand people in a way I never quite have before.

It’s rare that a song can give me a complete paradigm shift, but Mark Foster and his band have done just that to me. I understand their name now. Continue to Foster the People, Mark.

Lyrics:

Sometimes life it takes you by the hair, pulls you down
Before you know it, it’s gone and you’re dead again
I’ve been in places and I won’t pretend
Yeah I’d make it out just to fall on my head

Wake up strange and take the walk downstairs
Hit the pawn up on the corner and pay for my rent
You know that I could not believe my own truth
Just show them what I choose, got nothing to lose

Yeah yeah and it’s okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don’t fall that way
Yeah yeah and I’m alright
I took a sip of something poison but I’ll hold on tight

You know those days when you want to just choose
To not get out of bed, you’re lost in your head again
You play the game but you kind of cut
‘Cause you’re coming down hard and your joints are all stuck

I’ve tried to say that it’s not the only way
I never knew if I could face myself to change
You were pacing, I was insecure
Slip and fall, I’m dodging calls, hug the prison I’ve been living in

Yeah yeah and it’s okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don’t fall that way
Yeah yeah and I’m alright
I took a sip of something poison but I’ll hold on tight

Yeah yeah and it’s okay
I tie my hands up to a chair so I don’t fall that way
Yeah yeah and I’m alright
I took a sip of something poison, took a sip of something poison…  poison…

_Saxton


My Body Sings Electric’s “Doctor”

I first heard this song on my local radio station’s “Hometown for the Holidays” spotlight. They have all sorts of Colorado music artists compete for recording time at “The Blasting Room” studio in Fort Collins. Lots of good music is on the air this year. One of those songs is “Doctor” by My Body Sings Electric, and it is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Listen to it!

The video was put up on Youtube just yesterday. (Finally, geez.)

_Saxton


Gotye

A friend recently introduced me to a very interesting artist. I’ve been meaning to post this for a while now, but I haven’t quite figured out what to say about him. But here is some basic info:

Wouter “Wally” De Backer, a Belgian-Australian man, is more commonly known by his stage name “Gotye.” Together with Tim Heath and Kris Schroeder, they form the band “The Basics” (currently on hiatus.) The band is fairly genre-less, with elements of country, ska, pop, and even some electronic-synth.

By himself, Gotye is equally hesitant to conform to a single genre. But if you took impressive vocal talent and acoustic music, and added driving beats and deliberate pacing, then multiplied by a ton of originality and passion, and then threw in some well worded poetry… you would get something like Gotye’s music. I think…

Actually, lets just call it pretty damn neat.

Anyway, Gotye has achieved a large amount of viral internet fame recently for his song  “Somebody that I Used to Know.”  Featured on this track is New Zealand artist Kimbra. It comes with a fun video. Also check out  “Hearts a Mess,”   “Eyes Wide Open,”  and  “Save Me.”  (“Save Me” doesn’t have a video… sad.) I haven’t heard a song from him that wasn’t moving in one way or another. And every single one of his videos is highly artistic. I hope you find this music as awesome as I do. =)

_Saxton


The Top 10 Workout Songs For November

I received an email in regards to my post about Young The Giant. The email was from Chris Lawhorn, the music columnist for Marie Claire and Men’s Journal. In his message, he informed me that Young the Giant’s “My Body” made his list of Top Ten Workout Songs. The list has stuff from a few different genres, but that’s what keeps it from sounding like a middle school homecoming dance. =)

So here, in his own words, is a guest article from Chris Lawhorn:

San Francisco, CA – Nov 6, 2011 – This month’s top 10 list has a little of what you’d expect—and a little you might not.  Flo Rida, who’s no stranger to this list, shows up once again.  Enrique Iglesias continues his transition from balladeer to club rocker.  And Kelly Clarkson, after faltering with the first single off her new album, bounced back ferociously with the second.

As for surprises, they’re mostly entries from folks relatively new on the dance scene.  Highlights include songs from Tim Berg (who remixed his own track under his Avicii moniker), Skrillex (whose collaboration with Kaskade is the first dubstep track ever the make the Top 10), and Wolfgang Gartner (who’s made the chart with a little help from Will.I.Am).

Here’s the full list, according to votes placed on Run Hundred–the web’s most popular workout tracks.

  1. Tim Berg – Seek Bromance (Avicii Vocal Edit) – 127 BPM
  2. Kelly Rowland & Lil Wayne – Motivation (Rebel Rock Remix) – 130 BPM
  3. Wolfgang Gartner & Will.I.Am – Forever – 128 BPM
  4. Britney Spears – I Wanna Go (Oliver Remix) – 129 BPM
  5. Taio Cruz & Flo Rida – Hangover – 129 BPM
  6. Enrique Iglesias, Pitbull & The WAV.s – I Like How It Feels – 129 BPM
  7. Kaskade & Skrillex – Lick It – 128 BPM
  8. Young The Giant – My Body – 130 BPM
  9. Flo Rida – Good Feeling – 129 BPM
  10. Kelly Clarkson – What Doesn’t Kill You (Stronger) – 117 BPM

To find more workout songs-and hear next month’s contenders—folks can check out Run Hundred’s free database of music to run to. Visitors can browse the song selections there by genre, tempo, and era-to find the music that best fits with their particular workout routine.

_Chris Lawhorn of Run Hundred
http://www.RunHundred.com


“Colours” by Grouplove

Okay, the video for this one is a little… well, odd. Christian Zucconi is getting hanged, but is saved by his friends who brutally crush the hangmen under heel, but then goes back to being tragic by the end of the song. Oh well. =(

From California, the band consists of Christian Zucconi, Hannah Hooper, Andrew Wessen, Sean Gadd (son of Steve Gadd from the British band Stray), and Ryan Rabin (son of Trevor Rabin, the former guitarist of Yes). Their studio album is called “Never Trust a Happy Song.”

Watch the video,  and leave comments if you’d like. Lyrics are below.

I am a man, man, man, man
Up, up in the air
And I run around, round, round, round this down town and act like I don’t care.
So when you see me flying by the planet’s moon,
You don’t need to explain if everything’s changed
Just know I’m just like you.

Huh.
Ha, (x4)

So I pull the switch, the switch, the switch inside my head.
And I see black, black, green,and brown, brown, brown and blue, yellow, violets, red.
And suddenly a light appears inside my brain
And I think of my ways, I think of my days and know that I have changed.

If the color’s (bad)
No need to be sad.
It really ain’t that bad.

If the color’s (bad)
No need to be sad.
You’ve still got your (hand)

So Mistress, Mistress have you been up to the roof?
He shot himself, self
There’s blood on the wall
‘Cause he couldn’t face the truth.

Oh, knock that down, leave the ground and find some space
And tell your friends, friends,
You’ll be back again, gain
Before it’s too late.

If the color’s (bad)
No need to be sad.
It really ain’t that bad.

Oooooooooh, If the color’s (bad)
No need to be sad.
It really ain’t that bad

If the color’s (bad)
No need to be sad.
You’ve still got your (hands)

So I am a man, man, man, man
Up, up in the air
And I float around, ’round, ’round this downtown
And know I shouldn’t care.
So when you see us there out in the open road
You don’t need to explain
If everything’s changed
Just know that you don’t know.

We call it… (Life)
Oh yeah, that’s what we call it.
We can’t call it at all.
We call it… (Life)
Oh yeah, that’s what we call it.
When you can’t call it at all.
Yeah, We call it (Life)
Oh yeah that’s what we call it.
(OOOOOhhh)
We do it for… (sweet love)

_Saxton


Top Ten for October 23, 2011

 

Here is the Alternative Rock Song top ten chart for the week of October 23, 2011 (from Billboard)

  1. “The Sound of Winter” Bush. 3rd last week, 12 weeks on chart
  2. “Walk” Foo Fighters. 1st last week, 20 weeks on chart
  3. “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie” Red Hot Chili Peppers. 2nd last week, 14 weeks on chart
  4. “Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People. 5th last week, 39 weeks on chart
  5. “Up All Night” Blink-182. 4th last week, 14 weeks on chart
  6. “Cough Syrup” Young the Giant. 8th last week, 15 weeks on chart
  7. “Make it Stop (September’s Children)” Rise Against. 10th last week, 20 weeks on chart
  8. “Sail” AWOLNATION. 7th last week, 37 weeks on chart
  9. “Helena Beat” Foster the People. 10th last week, 13 weeks on chart
  10. “Paradise” Coldplay. 12th last week, 5 weeks on chart

Kudos to: Foster the People! They have 2 songs in the top ten, not bad for such a new band =)


Young the Giant’s “Cough Syrup”

Remember Young the Giant? You should, they sing that song “My Body.” This is another of their ridiculously catchy songs, only this one’s title makes you say “What? That’s… huh.” That is, until you realize that the song references cough syrup as a coping mechanism for dealing with the day to day misery some people go through. Actually, that might not be entirely true; this song has many interpretations from many different people. Some are reasonable, such as the “cough syrup” being a metaphor for something. Some are down right dumb, like “cough syrup is regulated by the government, and Young the Giant is in cahoots with Uncle Sam in getting the youth to conform through pharmaceutical intervention!” Others look much farther into the lyrics than I think the band intended, such as “cough syrup is taken to suppress coughing, which is one of the ways your body expels sickness-inducing bacteria. Therefore the ‘taking of cough syrup’ to cope only prolongs the ‘sickness,’ and while providing temporary relief, it actually increases the overall length of misery.”

My favorite has to be “Taking life one spoon at a time.” Simple, and perhaps missing most of the message, but I like it.

Anyway, here’s the link to Cough Syrup. And here are the lyrics:

Life’s too short to even care at all (oh)
I’m losing my mind, losing my mind, losing control
These fishes in the sea they’re staring at me (oh oh)
(Oh oh oh oh)
A wet world aches for a beat of a drum (oh)

If I could find a way to see this straight, I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now
I’m waiting for this cough syrup to come down, come down

(Uhh ch ch ch ch)

Life’s too short to even care at all (oh)
I’m coming up now, coming up now out of the blue
These zombies in the park they’re looking for my heart
(Oh oh oh oh)
A dark world aches for a splash of the sun (oh oh)

If I could find a way to see this straight, I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now

And so I run to the things they said could restore me
Restore life the way it should be
I’m waiting for this cough syrup to come down

Life’s too short to even care at all (oh)
I’m losing my mind, losing my mind, losing control

If I could find a way to see this straight, I’d run away
To some fortune that I should have found by now

So I run to the things they said could restore me
Restore life the way it should be
I’m waiting for this cough syrup to come down

One more spoon of cough syrup now (x2)

_Saxton


Top Ten for October 2, 2011

Here is the Alternative Rock Song top ten chart for the week of October 2, 2011 (from Billboard)

  1. “Walk” Foo Fighters. 1st last week, 17 weeks on chart
  2. “The Adventures of Raindance Maggie” Red Hot Chili Peppers. 2nd last week, 11 weeks on chart
  3. “Up All Night” Blink-182. 3rd last week, 11 weeks on chart
  4. “The Sound of Winter” Bush. 5th last week, 9 weeks on chart
  5. “Pumped Up Kicks” Foster the People. 4th last week, 36 weeks on chart
  6. “Sail” AWOLNATION. 6th last week, 34 weeks on chart
  7. “Make it Stop (September’s Children)” Rise Against. 7th last week, 17 weeks on chart
  8. “Whirring” The Joy Formidable. 8th last week, 25 weeks on chart
  9. “Irresistible Force” Jane’s Addiction. 9th last week, 8 weeks on chart
  10. “Cough Syrup” Young the Giant. 11th last week, 12 weeks on chart

Kudos to: Young the Giant, for climbing in to the top ten with “Cough Syrup,” which follows their highly successful “My Body.”


Techno Time

There is just something about Techno music. A little bit exhilarating, a little bit irritating. Exhirritatling, if you will. Which you won’t.

Techno is part of the umbrella term, Electronic Dance Music. Other styles include House, Trance, Dance, Dubstep, and Rave. Techno is believed to have emerged from Detroit, Michigan in the 1980s. Techno is also very popular in Europe, especially Germany. I won’t get into all the various differences between all of these styles (that could be a whole post on its own) but suffice it to say that some of the songs on my list might technically fall under a different Electronic category. I’ll just refer to all of it as Techno for the ease of those of you who have no idea that “disgusting” is a compliment to Dubstep music, while rather insulting to a Trance track.

Driving beats, heavy bass, trilling melodies… all in all not everybody’s cup of tea. But that’s ok, because you’re reading my blog, so some part of you wants to know my opinion. I’ve compiled a list of songs that are awesome, paired with a techno version of them that are also awesome. Dancing is not only allowed, but encouraged (as long as you do so badly, with nobody around to judge you.)

Two Door Cinema Club’s “What You Know” and the Greg van Even Remix

Foster the People’s “Pumped Up Kicks” and the Gigamesh Remix

Breathe Carolina’s “Blackout” and the Wideboys Remix (yes, a Techno remix of an electronic song)

Mumford and Sons’ “Little Lion Man” and the Quick Karl G Remix