Tuesday, September 25, 2012

This Close.

This post is long overdue. Mike asked me to write about him back in May, and here we are, in September, and I'm just now doing it. Shoot me ha. Sorry bro.

Name: This Close
Genres: Pop/Rock
Where to find them:

(There are probably more places to find This Close. I just don't know them. Sorry guys!)

This Close isn't on PureVolume, which is part of the reason this has taken me so long. I absolutely hate using YouTube to listen to music because it's slow, and you can never find the official video or original. It's always people doing covers. Very aggravating. Anyway, I bought the single Runaway, and I must say... love it. It's quite the jam ha.

There's a sense of professionality in it that makes it seem as if This Close has been recording and selling hits for years now. It's a nice sound that comes out, well produced and well sang (Well sang? That doesn't sound like a real thing.). The guitar in that song really gets me. I always hear it and it feels like the first time every time. I get so excited.

How lame am I? Ha.

Anyways, you can find this single on iTunes, just type in Runaway by This Close. You'll see it. It's only 99 cents, so no excuses to not buy it.

Picture from: http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.335708973130872.70016.299276933440743&type=3

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Deal at the Moment.

Alright folks, I know that I haven't been posting daily. And I know that I should be.

I keep saying sorry, but that's because I am. I'm really busy with school, and senior year to the point of ridiculousness. I miss writing, and finding new music.

I'm pretty sure that I'm not getting enough sleep as is, and I'm stressed out enough without having to worry about being stressed about I Can Music. So readers, I love y'all. Keep checking. I do post. It doesn't always make my Twitter or Facebook, but it's there. (This post is the perfect example. Ha.) And bands, if you've contacted me, then you are on my list. I will write about you. It's just a matter of finding the right amount of time between homework, extra curriculars, and my current sickness level to write it. So don't continue to tweet me, message me, or anything of that sort.

Deal guys?
I love you all and appreciate everything that y'all have done for me.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

ACL 2012 Tickets.

If anyone has a one day pass for Austin City Limits festival that they do not want, please, please, please contact me!
I would like to go, but unfortunately suck, and waited too long for tickets.

You know the email (:
If not, it's paige.stuhrenberg@gmail.com :D


Sunday, September 16, 2012

Of Monsters and Men.

Okay, so apparently this band isn't as known as I thought they were. If I would've known that, I would've done this post long ago.

Name: Of Monsters and Men.
Genre: Alternative/Indie/Rock
Where to find them:

You know I love this band personally and wholeheartedly because I just searched out their Facebook and Twitter. Normally if a band doesn't give me the links, I don't post them ha. But seriously, this band is primo.

Mumford & Sons is known, I know that much, and this band is comparable to them in the sense that they are folksy and old school, but they are completely different in the sense that they have a modern, new age twist on what they do. They're sound is one of their own. It's original and unlike any other that I know. I can say they sound like Mumford & Sons (which is true) but they are not Mumford & Sons (which is beautiful).

What I love most about this band is that the vocals are eerie and haunting. Their voices stay with you. I'm not sure if it's an Icelandic thing, or just Nanna's and Ragner's voices, but it's beautiful. They have such a raw talent that can't be contained. I love listening to every song of their's, because the power of their voices just bursts through the speakers. It's truly amazing.

Even if you don't like folksy music, or Mumford & Sons, or something off the wall, listen anyways, because Of Monsters and Men makes this work.

My personal favorite song is King and Lionheart. It's mine and Martin's song (: I decided.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Cher Lloyd.

Alright, for my Twitter followers, they'll know where this one is coming from. For the rest of you, y'all are probably wondering why the heck I'm doing a post over such a bubble gum, cookie cutter, pop artist. Will all be explained momentarily, I promise!

Name: Cher Lloyd
Genre: Pop
Where to find her:

I'm sure most of you (well, maybe...) have heard this girl's new single, "Want U Back." If you have, you will be able to know that Cher Lloyd is a typical, teenaged, pop singer. The lyrics of this song - while they ring extremely true in more than one case - are not deep. There's no extra, deeper meaning or some lesson learned. You may relate, but there's not much feeling. The song could have been sung by any other pop star, like Selena Gomez. The song is not one of it's own. And that's not to say that Cher Lloyd didn't write it herself. I have no clue. She could have. Let's just get that straight.

But the other day, I tweeted about how this beautiful young lady interested me, and I had no idea why. Well ladies and gents, the truth has arrived. I am interested in Cher Lloyd, buy Cher Lloyd's music, all because Cher Lloyd herself is extremely talented. She belts out the lyrics as if she feels them. She puts life into a lifeless song. Which is absolutely amazing in case you didn't recognize. And that is the sole reason why I like her, and why I keep jamming out loud at the top of  my lungs. 

So if you haven't checked this lovely lady out quite yet, go for it. You may surprise yourself. Her album Sticks & Stones comes out in the U.S. on October 2nd, so very exciting!

*You'll have to copy and paste these links into your address bar. It didn't copy the link to the place for some reason. Sorry for the inconvenience!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Suicide Awareness Day.

I'm a day late. I didn't think up this post however until right now.

I'm sitting in my dual credit class (college class + high school class) and I had finished everything on Blackboard so I thought I'd work on some English work. Well I had to read two poems, annotate, and then answer questions.

The poems were The Ballad of Birmingham by Dudley Randall and Suicide's Note by Langston Hughes. The first one is just depressing and heart breaking about losing a child in the Birmingham church bombing. Not relevant to this post really, other than it already sets up the tone to be sad. The other poem though, Suicide's Note, is (shocking) relevant. I'd like to share it for a moment:
"The calm,
Cool face of the river
Asked me for a kiss."*

My "love" mark is still on my wrist from yesterday, and after reading this poem I just really had to stop and think. I've been listening to a lot of MayDay Parade lately, and that music is just like the most depressing music ever. (Good music, good band, yes, another post for another time however. Maybe later tonight.) I haven't been happy, and now is a good time to evaluate it as any isn't it?

I'm not saying I'm going to go kill myself. Let's take that off the table right now ha. But just think, you have felt sad haven't you? And people like you and me find resort in music. And poetry. And artsy things that no one else really can truly understand. Imagine feeling that sad that none of the things that comfort you work. Would the river ask you for a kiss? Would you kiss it back?

How upset do you have to be? Who pushes you there?

The anti-bullying talk is a little worn out by now, but in all seriousness, as someone who feels pain, other's pain, and sees pain all over, I am going to beg and plead for you to be the helping hand, not the hurtful push. No one should ever have to feel like they aren't good enough and no one should not have a resort. We all should be able to escape somewhere, whether it be music or painting or writing... it should be there. If you need help, all of the ways to reach me are here on this blog. I can help as much as I can.

Just don't be a statistic. Don't be a part of the reason we need a day like yesterday. You are beautiful. You are special. You matter; your story matters.

I feel as if I just preached to the wrong crowd, but I preach anyway. You can never be reminded enough. I love every single one of you who read my blog, and I really want to just say thank you for helping me make this something. Without you, I'd just be a girl with a computer.

Have a great day guys, and remember you are loved.

*Found in Perrine's Sound and Sense: An Introduction to Poetry Eleventh Edition by Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson

Sunday, September 9, 2012

I Suck. I'm Sorry. Concentrationnnnnnn.

I think I'm the worst blogger on the face of the planet... scratch that, I am the worst.

Senior year has been hitting my backside pretty hard. It's the worst but this time I'm for real on my promise about doing better. Even if it means that I get no sleep and die of exhaustion. Totally worth it for you guys!

Anyways, since school has started and I have been completely bogged down with homework, I've needed a lot of concentration help. Don't know if you guys have noticed, but I'm all over the place. It gets crazy. And when I'm doing my work, or trying to collect ideas, I find it hard to concentrate, especially in my college classes.

I've noticed this weird trend though. If I put on certain types of music, I numb out and going into a deep concentration and I can get so much done. It's crazy. I typically put on Pierce the Veil or Mumford & Sons, but really any music works.

This isn't really that weird, but a lot of people prefer total silence. So I guess what I'm wondering is if this stems from the fact that I'm a music freak or if it's just me. What do you guys prefer?