Albums That Have Had An Impact On My Life: Panic! At The Disco – A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out

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Hello all and welcome to the second instalment in my miniseries about music albums and their impact on my life (I really need to think of a more catchy title). It has been a month and a half since I posted about Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album and today I am going to talk about Panic! At The Disco’s first album.

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out was probably one of the first ‘rock’ albums I ever listened to, before this my knowledge of music was limited to what my parents listened to, the Top 40 and McFly.  I distinctively remembering listening to this album at a friend’s house around the age of 11/12 and thinking that it sounded different but I liked it. It was fair to say after a few more listens I was hooked.
If you know anything about Panic! At The Disco and their style, they were seen as emo back in the day (now they are in the Top 40!) This album was part of the holy albums from the emo music scene, some other classic emo albums included The Black Parade by My Chemical Romance.  At the time I really began enjoying this album it was the peak of the emo scene (2005- 2007), even though looking back this album does not scream emo to me compared to other albums from the era.
Since Fever, I have been a casually fan of Panic! and listened to them on and off throughout the years and was lucky enjoy to see them in 2012 on the Vices and Virtues tour. I love seen the change of style Panic has gone through the years but for me Fever is where it all started.

Critically the album divided critics and hit in the mid-teens for the chart listings, as time has passed the album has become highly thought of. Many critics praised the album for the emo status of the album where others said that Fever was bland and lacked creativity. However, if you have listened to the album for just one song you will hear that is it is not bland nor is it lacking creativity.  P!TAD first album was also recognised by Rolling Stones and placed in their Greatest Emo Albums of all time in 2016.

For me this album is extremely creative and is Broadway in the sense of styles and music that have clearly influenced the making of this album. Panic’s first album very clearly showed that they have a lot of talent and are rich in taking ideas from all genres, something which the band have continued with the rest of the albums none of which are the same.
Every time I listen to Fever I hear new melodies and interpreted different meanings to the lyrics, as I get older. It is like rereading a favourite old book and discovering things you missed first time round.  I can tell you without any doubt that I could easily lip-synch this entire album; it is ingrained in my brain.  My favourite songs off this album are The Only Difference Between Martyrdom and Suicide Is Press Coverage, But It’s Better If You Do and Lying Is the Most Fun a Girl Can Have Without Taking Her Clothes Off (yes the titles are ridiculous long, almost Fall Out Boy length).

A Fever You Can’t Sweat Out solidified that there was a genre of music out there that I really enjoyed and it guided me into a new realm of music, which I was excited to dive in. It was like opening the door to Wonderland.  It will be an album I go back to repeatedly because I can’t deny myself a good sing along to Panic!

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Monthly Favourites #9 (May 2016)

Despite having a productive month, this monthly favourites is admittedly on the short side. However, next month promises to be one full of excitement so stay tuned for that!

Film – Captain America: Civil War/Spotlight
Captain America: Civil War
, what a film! If you have been following the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the past few years, Captain America was the build-up of the majority of the films (it was also the film to kick off MCU Phase 3). What can I say about Civil War? There are no winners. The film is not just about Iron Man and Captain America; it is about choosing a side, what is morally right vs what is legally right. As an audience, you finally see that despite all the saving The Avengers have done, they have caused a lot of damage. The film does tug on the heartstring and at various points I was on the verge of tears. In my opinion I think Russo brothers (the directors) are some of the best directors in the MCU and I am so pumped they will be directing Infinity War.

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The other film that is my favourite this month is Spotlight, the film that won Best Picture at the Oscars this year. Spotlight is about a team of investigating journalists (of the same name) at Boston Globe who uncover a widespread of cases about child abuse amongst Roman Catholic priests. The filming is gripping in the sense you are with the team as they discover more horrors within the Church and you are shocked by the numbers. The biographically film is something I would suggest people watch, it opens your eyes to great journalism and how not everything is as pure as it seems.

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Music – Avenged Sevenfold
As you may have seen from my previous blog post Avenged Sevenfold have been my jam this month. I won’t bore you with the details this time but I will say that I do love the band.

Book – A Court of Misty and Fury by Sarah J. Maas
I have finally got back into reading this month, I read two books (not a lot, but a lot better than one book every three months!). My favourite of the two was A Court of Mist and Fury (ACOMAF), it was the sequel to  A Court of Thrones and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. The story follows Feyre after the Under The Mountain ordeal, she now has to deal with Rhysland the Lord of the Night Court whom she made a bargain with. I won’t spoil the book for those of you haven’t read it but it is such a good read! If you are into fantasy and young adult, new adult (a new genre) then these books may be for you! Also feel free to check out my goodreads, I try to update it when I can.

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Albums That Have Had An Impact On My Life: Avenged Sevenfold – Self Titled

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Welcome to a new miniseries on this blog! This miniseries will be taken a closer look at a selection of albums that have had a significant impact on my life, be it that they have guided me through a difficult time or the album just makes me profoundly happy. So kicking off we have Avenged Sevenfold’s self-titled album.

Avenged Sevenfold’s (A7X) album came out around the time I was getting into more heavy rock and in fairness I think Avenged are my limit to how heavy I like my rock (with the odd exception). This was the band’s fourth studio album but I was aware of their previous work mainly through the music channels such as Scuzz and Kerrang. My step sister/close friend Abie was one who got me into Avenged Sevenfold, I can’t remember when she got her hands on this album but whenever I stayed at my dad’s house she had it on constantly. We watched the webisodes from the making of the album and we watched the behind the scenes DVD that came with the album relentlessly, we could probably quote it word for word.  It was far to say between the years of 2007 to 2009, this album was my holy grail.

Commercial the album received mixed to positive reviews, some critics slated the album for being too polished and not sounding that like Avenged. Yes, to be fair some of the songs on the self-titled are a lot more lighter than those on City of Evil. However, over the years and I think since the passing of Jimmy (The Rev, drummer of A7X) this album has become a legacy of its own. The album dips its toes into a vary of genre and I personally feel some of the song writing on this record is top notch. Recently the penultimate song on the album, A Little Piece of Heaven was voted by the fans as the champion of Avenged Sevenfold’s March Mania Song Tournament. While some thought that Unholy Confessions should have won, A Little Piece Of Heaven is only a fitting tribute to Jimmy’s true creativity and visionary genius.

Now I have talked a brief history about the album and what critics thought of it but here is where I tell you why this album will always have a place in my heart.  I was fourteen when the album came out, there are many angst lyrics within the song on the album and as a teenager, I related a lot to some of the anger behind some of the songs, such as Critical Acclaim.  But there are also songs on the album such as Dear God and Afterlife which focus on loved ones.  In early 2008 I lost my granddad and I think in part this album helped me cope with the loss. The album became my soundtrack for the summer and then for the whole year. I may have listened to other albums yet when I think of 2007/2008 this music takes me right back there.  Now my favourite song by far off this album (and maybe in all of Avenged’s back catalogue) is A Little Piece of Heaven. So much so most of my social media names give a nod to the title, my YouTube channel is alittlepieceofkim because for me this song will always be a favourite. ALPOH is a Broadway show tune, with twisted and explicit lyrics that detail such things as necrophilia and murder but the production in this song is outstanding. This was one of the last songs to go on the album and Matt (M Shadows, Jimmy created the original song but at some points did feel like they should let the song go) pushed for it so hard, he really knew he they were onto a gem. I think it is obvious from much of this blog post that Jimmy was my favourite member of Avenged Sevenfold (even though you shouldn’t have favourites) but this album couldn’t have been as successful without Matt, Bryan, Zacky and Johnny. You can tell this record was made with passion and as a fan I truly adore it.

Admittedly, after Jimmy’s death I struggled a lot with listening to Avenged Sevenfold’s new stuff and I still do but I am hoping with a new album in the pipeline I may fall back in love with the band.  For me, Avenged Sevenfold was an album that I didn’t know I needed at the time but know I do. It opened the door for me into rock, not necessary heavy but rock none the less. I would suggest giving the album a whirl just to hear some of the talent on this record not just from the band but from some of the session musicians as well.

So there we have it, the first album of the miniseries. If you have listened to the album let me know what you think in the comments! Do you have an album that you hold close to your heart?

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The Price of Fame! (Meeting Your Idols)

We have all dream of the day we meet our idols. They could be superstar athletes or world-class musicians. You meet them at the supermarket or at signing and they are everything you would hope they would be. What you don’t expect is the £150 price tag to meet them.

In all industries be it film, music or TV, fans these days want to meet their idols/favourites. Over the years, it has become increasingly harder or difficult to meet them, so most fans these days tend to pay a price to get a glimpse of their idol. At conventions, it is very common to find ticket/package deals to meet your big name stars, which I have no problem with. At this year, upcoming Asylum 16 (Supernatural convention) for a photo op with either Jensen Ackles or Jared Padalecki you need to pay £85, which is expensive but from what I have seen and heard about the photo ops it is worth it. However, when it comes to musicians and photos ops for me things are very different.

Busted have recently reformed and if you want to meet the three guys (this is for an exclusive photo of you and them) you will need to cough up £160.Yes, you may get other bits and pieces thrown in but still that is a lot of money. 5 Seconds of Summer (who I am off to see later this month) ask fans to pay around £110 for a ‘Soundcheck Package’ which because of the wording I am not sure you will even be able to get a picture with the band. Prices like this are not uncommon in the music business and frankly, it is disgusting. Whoever has the biggest wad of cash gets to meet their idols, what about the people who don’t have the funds?

Is there a reason to why the prices are like this? No, not really. These fans have been behind your music for years and yet still want more money from them just so they can say I have met so and so.  Is there an alternative? Yes, there is.
Signings and waiting outside the venue are relatively cheap ways to meet a band. However, the moments are often brief but from my experience, they are some best moments.
Up next is fan clubs, for several years I paid either £25 (this was for merchandise) or £5 to join The Hustler Club (All Time Low). My membership allowed me to get pre-sale tickets, exclusive merchandise and if I was lucky enough a perk for the gig in the form of an early entry or on two occasions a meet and greet with the band themselves. I am thinking about re-joining THC because whatever they do, they do it well.
Lastly is lottery idea. Conventions such as Summer In The City and Vidcon are fans of this system. From what I can gather you submit a list of people you wish to meet and it is all entered into a lottery system. You either get lucky or you don’t, it is mostly fair and I don’t believe you have to pay for this perk.

Ruo Reynolds of Enter Shikari summarised the whole pay to meet your idols beautifully in a few tweets.  “These bands are exploiting their fans. Everyone is beginning to think paying to simply meet another human is acceptable. It’s madness.” Bands should appreciate fans, not charge them. It shouldn’t be a luxury to meet your favourite band but sadly in today’s world it is.

The Vinyl Countdown

Last year for my 21st birthday I requested what would be considered ‘vintage’ things, I asked for a polaroid camera and a vinyl player. My step dad got me a vinyl player/turntable and it is probably one of my favourite things I own.

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My turntable is ION Audio Profile LP Record Player and one of its main features is that is converts your vinyl (if you want it to) onto the computer, however, I use it as turntable. It took a few weeks to get it to work. First I needed speakers (Edifer Speakers, my brother suggested this would be the best). and then I needed an adapter and then a stand for the turntable but eventually I got it work. To date I have had no problems with it, well apart from the damn fluff on the needle but so far things have been good. I do have a minor issue with trying to store all my vinyl, yes in under a year I have obtained quite the collection but the large majority are from my dad. My dad gave me (I am still due) a stack of records everything from AC/DC to Pavarotti, I have admittedly not listen to all of them but I am sure there are some gem of records stored away in there.  So let’s talk about my favourite records!

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From left to right, we will start with AC/DC. My dad bought this record on a school trip to Holland, he wanted it desperately because it had the time stamps on the back, which the UK record didn’t. Highway to Hell is a fantastic album and it sounds amazing on this vinyl. I really do cherish this album as it was one of my dad’s favourites growing up and now it is one of mine.

The 1975 self-titled album was bought by a friend for my 21st. I love The 1975 and this album is such a strong album, I can just put it on, sit back and read without a worry or a care in the world. I am currently listening to the new 1975 on Spotify (I do intend to buy the vinyl when I can afford it).

I pre ordered 5 Seconds Of Summer new album way back before I had the turntable, I knew I wanted a vinyl player and this would be a great record to listen to on vinyl. I wasn’t wrong. First of the actually LP is bright green, which looks great and all the songs are solid.

And finally Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison. Like my dad, I am a fan of the man in black and this is a classic album so I just had to get on vinyl. It has the full show on the vinyl, not just part of it; it has his introduction and the cheers from the inmates. It is such a classic album that playing it on vinyl only seems right.

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Admittedly I don’t spend money on CD’s like I use to, I use Spotify as my music sources and if I really like an album I will buy it. However, if there is an album I love I think I may just have to buy it on vinyl. So things on my wish list include Sigur Ros, The 1975, All Time Low and whatever I can raid from my dad’s collection.

Edit: I just found American Idiot on vinyl, that was the first one I bought. It gets an honorable mention!

Monthly Favourites #6 (February 2016)

I am going to be honest, I completely forgot about having a favourites posts this month until I saw it was the 29th.  Sorry that this post is a tad late but here are the things I have been enjoying this month.

Film – Cinderella
I am talking about the Disney’s live action Cinderella that was released last year. I loved this film, I loved the colour schemes, I loved the characters and I loved how it did not stray too far from the original animated version. I know Disney have done well with previous live action fairy tales such as Maleficent and I have feeling this will be the same for the Beauty and the Beast remake in 2017. I felt the Ella was given a personality as well as Kit, in fact none of the characters were that flat. If you want a classic fairy-tale in beautiful colours this is the film for you.
Cinderella 2015

Playlist – Late Night Synths And Strings
Every now and then I do find myself enjoying a bit of classical music and this playlist fits this bill. It was on the Spotify main page and I gave the playlist a chance. The title of the playlist is what it is, some of the songs have a darker feel to them but they are all beautiful none the less. The music is perfect for dozing off to or getting you in the mood to write!
https://open.spotify.com/user/spotify_uk_/playlist/0K6xHFgCttN4wQCZuXNbIK

TV Show – Happy Valley
Happy Valley is a TV drama that predominately features police sergeant Catherine Cawood and her life in the Calder Valley. The character has dealt with a few blows such as her daughter being raped and then killing herself because of the rape. Now Cawood is bringing up her grandson and keeping an eye on her alcoholic sister. In the first series Tommy Lee Royce, the rapist and father of her grandson makes an appearance. I did not watch the first series but my nanna and BBC one provided a catch up of the previous series which brought me up to date. Series 2 kicked off with a dramatic fashion of sorts, Tommy Lee Royce wants his son and Catherine is facing a lot of dilemmas at work. The writing of this show is second to none, I would recommend you give it a whirl if you are into your drama.

Happy Valley

Programme Name: Happy Valley – TX: n/a – Episode: n/a (No. 1) – Picture Shows: Catherine (SARAH LANCASHIRE) – (C) Red Productions – Photographer: Ben Blackall

Song – Creeper // Black Mass
The chorus is damn catchy and thanks to Radio One playing this nearly every day it was only destined to become a favourite.

Event – All Time Low in Manchester
Ah, yes I was once again saw All Time Low and this time it was in the city of Manchester. Despite a few individuals, the gig was great from start to end. Good Charlotte were phenomenal and I felt like a young teen when they played some of the old classics. All Time Low themselves were amazing, I had a great spot and they played a lot off their new album (I do wish they played some of their old songs though). I nearly teared up when they played Missing You and lost my mind when they played Coffee Shop Soundtrack. I believe this was the  12th time I have seen them since 2009 and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
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Let’s Get Our Spooky On!

As you can tell from previous posts I am a big fan of Halloween, despite the lack of love I have for horror movies. Halloween is the time were all this spooky, cooky and scary stuff get to cover the shops and sooo much candy! One day I will take myself to America for Halloween either to gorge myself in their Halloween sweets or take all of the decorations home with me!

This year I am holding a small Halloween bash at my house and  obviously I’ve put together a spooky playlist, feel free to have a listen below!

Happy Halloween!!!

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