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Earworm: “Kids” by Two Door Cinema Club

Seldom heard songs always make me happy. Being as I’ve only been comprehensively browsing the internet for, oh, say, four years of my life, I’m bound to have missed some gems from my favorite bands since they were probably making music way before I could understand what the internet even entailed.

Two Door Cinema Club made its fame through myspace, yeah, remember myspace? Timberlake’s social networking platform. Yeah.

Two Door Cinema Club dropped EPs on that site back when it was relevant, and have yet to rerelease some of the songs. I do believe three of the five songs from their first EP made their debut album, Tourist History, but the one song that I listen to over and over again happens to be Kids, a song that is credited to be on the Tourist History tracklist for the Japanese release.

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Earworm: “Ocean’s Deep” by Born Ruffians

Judge my indie music taste. I dare you.

[Disclaimer: hipster music has gotten to me.]

Born Ruffians is a band incredibly popular on SoundCloud, and I realize why. Their sound is infectious. “Exuberant pop,” I heard, was one of their taglines on SoundCloud. And it reigns true to its word, this description.

Lead singer Luke Lalonde has one of those whiny voices girls swoon over, but I’m glad zero of my friends know of this band, for they’d ruin it for me.

My largest fear for indie bands (and yes, this is so ‘hipster’ for me to say) is to see them become a radio/production company puppet. One where their music no longer comes from the heart but from trying to make pop hits. Acts lose their integrity from fame, it’s the sad truth. Sure, some bands handle it properly, such as Fall Out Boy and Paramore and Panic! at the Disco (all coincidentally signed to Fueled by Ramen records). But many bands just go to shit.

Born Ruffians is unheard of, and they’re unspeakably good.

Have a listen to this acoustic jam.

And here’s the regular edition.

Let me know which one you prefer!

Enigma

Today, I will present to you a story. Something we haven’t done here on JWAB before is post fiction. We’ve never come up with some short stories (not articles) to maybe entertain (or in today’s case, confuse) the audience.

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Top 30 Favorite songs of All Time: #2 “Blackout” by Linkin Park

How do I follow up with a post about arguably the most famous band of all time?

With my favorite band, of course. Linkin Park has been questioned and taunted and praised and heckled, much like any good band. But they are the sole surviving band of the nu metal era, aside from Korn, who made an album with Skrillex. And we all know how people hate Skrillex.

Blackout is off of LP’s 4th album, A Thousand Suns. I remember the concert The Big Cheese and I went to, and how I had lost my voice to this song. Damn, what a good osng.

Top 30 Favorite Songs of All Time: #5 “Lost” by Frank Ocean

Here we are, at #5. You know how I told you that none of the songs would actually be placed in order? Well, I lied. I actually do have a set top 5, and you’ll get the songs as my brain saw fit. In order from 5 to 1.

Number 5 is Lost, off of Frank Ocean’s Grammy Award-winning debut album, Channel Orange.

There’s no explanation coming for this one. It’s just fantastic to me.

Top 30 Favorite Songs of All Time: #18 “Fast Car” by Tracy Chapman

Soothing guitar, soothing lyrics. Always a winner.

A song about just going out and trying to live, making a living by just living, a song about making sacrifices to better the lives of others for their sake, not just your own, about making bad decisions that ruin the world around you.

Tracy Chapman is a she, by the way.

Enjoy.

Earworm: “Lost” by Frank Ocean

Sorry. Nearly two weeks without a post from me. Being sick, being bombarded with Spanish tests (thanks a mountain, Ms. E), and in general just not having enough time, my posting has dipped. It’s midterm week starting tomorrow, and I’m not stressing so much as I am just happy the school year is flying by.

I guess, with all the schoolwork, you could say I’m lost in the heat of it all.

Frank Ocean will start my Earworms off right, as it ended the past season of Earworm fairly well.

This song, Lost, is the 11th song off of his debut album, Channel Orange.

Surely Frank will be nominated for Grammy’s this year, and hopefully he wins some (even though, in my mind, awards for doing what you love doesn’t matter, as long as you’re happy).

Anyway, enjoy the song.