A Tragic Romance

January 29, 2009 at 10:40 pm (Music) (, , , )

You step out into the rain. You turn to ask for forgiveness but she slams the door in your face. After all you’ve done for her? And she just throws you to the curb like that? You’re overcome with sadness. You get into your car and sob, like a girly puppy. This playlist is for all of those moments… Read the rest of this entry »

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How to Listen. And You Thought You Knew….

January 28, 2009 at 6:13 pm (Music) (, , , )

Artists put themselves through hell to produce music for you. And how to you return the favor? Listening to their blood, sweat, and tears while talking on the phone and doing work? I think not. By listening to music correctly, one can appreciate all the work that the artist has put into the music, and enjoy it more.

There are two ideal situations for listening to music.

-Solitary Transportation
-Quiet room + headphones

Solitary transportation. How sad. But what a perfect opportunity for deep listening! When you’re driving, or flying, or biking, this is when you will receive maximum pleasure from your music. The car radio is a great way to not only discover new music, but to listen to it and appreciate it. On the contrary, blasting “Don’t Stop Me Now” in your car and singing along with a bunch of friends is a good time, but also provides no deep-listening pleasure. So, take a lonely drive, and pump some tunes.
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Rishloo, a New Discovery

January 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Alternative, Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

courtesy of www.myspace.com/rishlooband It’s starts off quiet. Sure, it sounds like it might be a slow song, but suddenly it heads somewhere else. Freaks and Animals, a song by Washington based band, Rishloo, begins with a spacey guitar line but segues into an alternative rock head-banger. What is a Rishloo? I’m not quite sure, but one thing is for certain: they are successfully writing original music. Already they have two albums available: Eidolon (2007) and Terras Fames (2004). I’m not entirely sure what either of their album titles mean either.

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Playlistism: A Comprehensive Guide to Making Playlists that Don’t Suck.

January 26, 2009 at 7:12 pm (Music) (, , )

A good playlist is more than just a list of songs slapped together on the go. A good playlist says something, expresses a mood, or even shows some personality. In my experience, there are 3 types of playlists…

-Petty Playlists
-Mood Playlists
-Personal Playlists

Petty playlists are playlists that are designed to satisfy your musical appetite right now. For example, if you’ve just bought a bunch of new music and want to take it for a test drive, you put it in a petty playlist. Mood playlists are the hardest to master, and what I will teach you to make today. And finally, Read the rest of this entry »

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Liz Golden, Another Talented Member of the Golden Family

January 25, 2009 at 4:26 pm (Acoustic, Folk, Music) (, , , , , , , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/lizgoldenmusic The Golden family must be doing something right. Not only is Josh Golden a talented musician at age 14, but his sister, Liz Golden, age 17 is working on an her own EP as well. We’ll focus on Liz for now. She offers acoustically styled music with folk and country influences, both prevalent in the vocal style and harmonization choices. I’m blown away by her talent. Born in 1991, she sounds like a twenty-something year old artist. And of course my favorite part about her: she writes her own music.

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Thy Symphony Offers Something Weird

January 23, 2009 at 10:27 pm (Metal, Music) (, , , , )

I checked my e-mail. A friend request from Thy Symphony, an open invitation to check out a new band. I’ll give any group the benefit of the doubt. I’ll listen to more than just one song knowing full well that everything a band has to offer cannot be summed up in a single. As a musician myself I’m not over-critical. I know how much dedication music takes, the difficulty of writing a song, and the nearly impossible journey of making it in the music industry.

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Simply Epic

January 20, 2009 at 10:18 pm (Music, Playlist) (, )

You hear thunder in the distance as the dust over the horizon settles. In front of you stands an army of 1000 men strong. You, on the other hand, are surrounded by 10 of your closest warrior-colleagues. As the army of 1000 charges at you, yelling. You calmly mutter “we die with honor.” Louder you shout “TO BATTLE!” You and your 10 compadres charge forward. Hopeless. Your swords clash as you hear grueling cries of your enemy dieing around you… For battles and times like these, I present 15 songs that are simply epic. 15 songs to get pumped to, 15 songs to slay enemies to, 15 songs that are, in every aspect, epic….

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A Little Ray of Sunshine

January 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm (Music) (, , , , , , , )

You’re on the west coast chillin with some surfer bras. The homie on your right has a retro boom box. He pops in his mix tape, and it sucks, badly…. Bummer right? For tragic times like these, I give you 10 upbeat alternative songs for summer fun or just as a way to lift your spirits. Enjoy….

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Rhapsody of Fire, a Must Listen

January 19, 2009 at 12:46 pm (Metal, Music) (, , , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/rhapsodyoffirebandThere’s something spectacularly epic about European progressive metal featuring the harmonic structure of a classical requiem, the same type that Gabriel Fauré composed in the 19th century. About 3 minutes in Triumph or Agony, Italian metal band, Rhapsody of Fire, breaks into a multi-voice solo shouting “Lux Aeterna.” Only option here: turn up the volume and bask in its awesomeness.

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Young Artist Enters the Music Scene

January 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm (Alternative, Music) (, , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/joshgoldenmusicAt the age of only 14, Josh Golden has written more than 25 songs, is in the middle of recording an EP, and already has his first music video. Yes, there might be some people out there who stand up and shout “I’m tired of this kind of music!” It’s true, a few of his songs stray dangerously close to a whiny alternative punk rock band, but to all of you pessimists: GIVE THE KID A BREAK. Seriously, listen to a few of his songs and you’ll realize he is a multifaceted songwriter.

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The Key is Relaxation

January 16, 2009 at 1:54 pm (Music, Playlist) (, , , , , )

Don’t be that guy. The guy that always hurries for no reason. The guy that can never seem to just sit down and chill. No one likes that guy… Now, if you’ve been uptight all of your life, relaxation most certainly does not come naturally. So, to kick start your new, better, lifestyle… I present 10 songs to chill out to. 10 songs for the stressed cubicle occupant, and, of course, for all of the compulsive procrastinators who just love relaxing. Enjoy…

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Kanye? Depressed? No…

January 15, 2009 at 10:30 pm (Hip-Hop, Music) (, , , , , )

808's and Hearbreak Could it be? A heartbroken Kanye West? Kanye’s new album reveals a completely new side of Kanye: the depressed middle-aged male side. Perhaps the change of heart was brought about by the recent passing of Kanye’s mother. West blames himself for her death, and the world now has one more sad, working, individual. And this sad, working, artist produced a new album that screams “Antidepressants! Now!”

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Looking for Something Different? Try Xan Tyler

January 15, 2009 at 4:18 pm (Music, Pop) (, , , , , )

Xan TylerThe radio is a great thing, don’t get me wrong, but finding new music on the radio can be a chore. So I’m going to help you out a bit. From time to time we all need to mix things up a little. Here’s a chance to listen to something a little out of the ordinary. It’s not quite rock, it’s not jazz, it’s not hip-hop, and it’s definitely not country. For now, we’ll categorize it in the ever-ambiguous genre: pop. Alright now, let’s cut to the chase…

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Welcome to Decibel Music Blog

January 15, 2009 at 4:15 pm (Uncategorized)

We’re new but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stick around and check us out. We’ll bring you everything you need to know about music and help you find the new tunes you’ve been craving for. Don’t forget to check out some of our favorite playlists to help you get through the day. Take a minute and support us by subscribing to our RSS feed. It’s easy and you won’t regret it! Leave a comment and we’ll make sure to say “hi!” back.

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