This is going to be about music, and my opinion on it. Think of me as one of those arrogant reviewers that everyone hates. Please remember that everything I write is opinion and nothing more; do not take my word for anything.

A note of caution: this is not for anyone who despises long, rambling pieces of writing. I can talk for hours about music. And when I write about it I'm even worse.


5. New Music.

There's been a lot of new music this year. And some of it's actually quite good which is always nice. I was beginning to worry that music was going stagnant. Here's a list of some new songs which may alleviate your boredom with modern pop:


Christopher Owens- Nothing More Than Everything To Me

I'll say one thing about Christopher Owens: he can write a love song. And, as it happens, he can write a country rock song too. From anyone else this song would be painfully cheesy, but this guy pulls it off. He's good at that sort of thing. It doesn't hurt that the song sounds a little like Elliott Smith either.

Johnny Marr- Easy Money

Johnny Marr put out a new single! A new single!!! As a massive Johnny Marr fan, I can say that I got a little bit too excited about this song. Of course, the guitar riff is amazing - I expected nothing less. I don't know much about the production of songs, but you can hear how much time and effort has been put into this song. The use of synths is pretty cool too. All of this song- the arrangement, the lyrics, the production- is astounding. In the end, it's just a good pop song.

Gerard Way - No Shows

You may be mourning Gerard Way's departure from MCR, but I'm not. I was actually surprised at how good this song is; for some reason I was expecting a pile of messy shit. I was proved wrong though. This song feels like a brit-pop throwback and any fans of Pulp will probably love it. Again, I like the production on this track - it has this fuzzy old-school feel to it which some people hate but I really love. Also, the guitar solo is also really cool and that always helps a song.

Julian Casablancas + the Voidz - Where No Eagles Fly

This song is weird. Fucking weird. But in a good way. It's not a straight pop piece like the other songs and it's not for someone who wants some easy listening material. It takes a few listens to properly get into, but pretty much all of Julian Casablancas' material is like that. Still, I like it - it's intelligent and slightly avant-garde without seeming pretentious. Listen out for the ending of the song because it's a killer - everything seems to be spiralling out of control in a mess of rage, distortion and guitars; it's quite terrifying. Give it a chance and you might like it.

Alvvays - Next Of Kin

This is the most recent song on this list (it was only released a few days before I sat down and wrote this) and it might be the song that makes me the happiest. I've been getting really excited about Alvvays, a new indie band from Canada, and I've made it my mission to tell everyone I know about them. I love them for the way they use reverb on their guitars, their adorable lyrics, and so many other things that you can only write about if you actually know how to describe music like this. But I don't. So you're just going to have to take my word from it when I say this song is good.


So that's it. That's my proof that modern music hasn't gone to the dogs yet. There's still no good music scenes that I can see anywhere, but there's hope. There's always hope.


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