Monthly Archives: November 2012

Friday Mixtape: Eve 6

Photo: Ben Zvan

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!

That means it’s time for the Friday Mixtape. There is no tape and no mix, just 3 tracks from a single artist. Hope this skates you into the weekend! Today I bring you:

Eve 6

Who They Are: Pop-punk trio from La Crescenta, California. “SoCal is where my mind states, but it’s not my state of mind.” –“Inside Out,” Eve 6 (1998)

Max Collins – frontman: lead vocals, bass
Jon Siebels
– guitar, backing vocals
Tony Fagenson
– drums, backing vocals

Why I Love Them (and Why You Should Too): Like most, my intro to Eve 6 involved the infectious, tongue-twisting “Inside Out”, a song that propelled their 1998 self-titled debut to platinum status before the boys were even—(as they state in their official bio)—“of legal drinking age.” They signed with RCA records while still in high school. As such, most of Eve 6’s discography involves a teenaged boy’s priorities: gettin’ laid and gettin’ in trouble. Continue reading Friday Mixtape: Eve 6

Friday Mixtape: Bloc Party

From Bloc Party’s “I Still Remember” video. If you like trains, this one’s a must.

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!

That means it’s time for the Friday Mixtape. There is no tape and no mix, just 3 tracks from a single artist. Hope this skates you into the weekend! Today I bring you:

Bloc Party

Who They Are: 4-piece indie rock band from London.

Kelechukwu “Kele” Okereke – frontman: lead vocals, rhythm guitar
Matt Tong
– drums, backing vocals
Russell Lissack – lead guitar
Gordon Moakes
– bass, keyboards, synthesizer, glockenspiel, backing vocals

Why I Love Them (and Why You Should Too): Bloc Party came to me in the most beautifully unexpected way. The last day of class, one of my students gave me a compilation CD of bands he loved and thought I should know. He handwrote the various tracklists, some brief notes: the second album was Bloc Party’s Silent Alarm, their 2005 debut. The year I heard them (2007), Bloc Party released a follow-up, A Weekend in the City, which I wasn’t ready to listen to yet—still soaking up the glory of the first. That changed this week. After revisiting Silent Alarm, I read back up on them—admittedly, the band had fallen off my radar. They now have four albums to their name, one released just this past summer. I have some catching up to do. Check it out: Continue reading Friday Mixtape: Bloc Party

Friday Mixtape: Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind. Photo: Jacked from the Princeton Lawnparties site. Thank you, mates.

IT’S FRIDAY!!!!

That means it’s time for the Friday Mixtape. There is no tape and no mix, just 3 tracks from a single artist. Hope this skates you into the weekend! Today I bring you:

Third Eye Blind

Who They Are: 4-piece rock band from San Francisco. Best known for their heart-stomping “Do-do-do, do-do-do-doodoo” hit “Semi-Charmed Life” in none other than ’97, one of the best years for music.

Stephan Jenkins – frontman: lead vocals, rhythm guitar, percussion, keyboards, drums
Brad Hargreaves – drums, percussion, piano, backing vocals
Kryz Reid
– lead guitar, backing vocals (2010–present)
Jon Pancoast
– bassist, backing vocals (2012–present)

Why I Love Them (and Why You Should Too): After singing along to every one of their songs on the radio, the first time I heard Third Eye Blind’s eponymous debut, I couldn’t get through it. Years later, I still don’t know what happened. It’s become a staple—no other song explodes into summer quite like “Semi-Charmed Life” with its notoriously joyous references to meth, sex; meth-induced sex. When that song blasted out of every car window the summer of ’97, the lyrics would get a little jumbled (you know the part I’m talking about) and it wasn’t until I was in college that I realized the explicit drug reference. No matter: four more singles made their way to the charts my freshman year of high school, showcasing a now-unheard-of fourteen—(fourteen!)—track album that is still one of the best debuts of all time. While the band’s had its share of difficulty and controversy (the firing of co-songwriter and lead guitarist Kevin Cadogan in 2000; the departure of founding bassist Arion Salazar in 2006; the firing of Cadogan’s replacement Tony Fredianelli in 2010; the implosion of Elektra Records; and the cancellation of a live DVD and CD in 2008), they have continued to release outstanding music. And of course, the last 3 tracks on 3eb’s self-titled are some of the best I’ve ever heard; I’ve even used them to teach metaphor and imagery to high schoolers.

Check it: Continue reading Friday Mixtape: Third Eye Blind