This weekend was three days of non-stop wonderful rain. It gave me the perfect opportunity to finally do nothing except for watching movies and eating pizza for three straight days, an uneventful event that was MUCH needed. Okay maybe that was for two days – I went to a pretty good show on Friday night that left me sweating like heck from moshing.
Speaking of shows, I actually never posted pictures of the first show I attended in Hong Kong at this awesome venue called Hidden Agenda (which, by the way, is now my favorite hangout in the city). The place reminded me a lot of the venues back home and the bands were simply terrific. This was a night totally worth blogging about but I’ve been sooooo behind in updates that it was just sliding farther and farther into the past. I mean, this was an April event yet I’m not writing about it at the end of May.
But on to it: the main band that night was this fantastic band from Beijing called Hedgehog. Their songs were ear-gasmic and their performance combined with the insanely excited crowd that night made it a show I won’t soon forget.
Other music thingy worth mentioning: one of my favorite bands from 2008, Nightmare of You released their first new song in almost three years. I love their first self-titled album and their Bang EP from 2007 and am glad to say that their newest song is a return to form (and away from their disappointing 2009 sound from their Infomaniac album). The song is called Out Of My Mind and IT IS GOOD.
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Three of my favorite bands that I got into circa 2008-2009 have all announced new material. ¥esssss, a chance to take some time away from new bands and run back to my familiar comfort zones. The peeps in Bishop Allen (mah fav band eva!) are writing their new album, Los Campesinos! just finished their new album and Nightmare of You front-guy Brandon Reilly announced new songs are on the way! Oh happy May!
In celebration of the sweet sounds that will soon be blasting my eardrums, here are three super cool vids from each band. First up is a nice live studio performance of Bishop Allen’s song, The Ancient Commonsense of Things. Then These Are Are Listed Buildings by Los Campesinos! and Nightmare of You’s I Was Never A Normal Boy.
It all began in September of 2008. Life was quite different back then. I still lived in West Covina and was in the middle of studying in LACC’s film program. In fact a new semester was about to begin. And around that time one of my favorite bands posted a new demo on their Myspace music page. The band was Nightmare of You, a band I had become a fan of ever a buddy of mine took me to one of their gigs in Hollywood that spring. They are famous due to their amazing debut self-titled album, a rarity in which every track on the disc is great. The best song of that album being their single, The Days Go By Oh So Slow.
They followed the album up with a new, faster sound in the form of their EP, Bang. After that… they dropped some members and gained new, and I’m not sure what happened, but their second album was a huge disappoint for me.
But I’m not here to talk about disappointments. I’m here to talk about an awesome demo they posted online in 2008, after which it was taken down and never seen again. I couldn’t even buy it anywhere. The song is called Long Island and for two years I had no choice but to let it go. Until for some reason, a few weeks ago, the song popped right back into my head. And I decided to search for it. And after a bit of looking, I found the song – and not only that, I found a music site selling it!!! So here it is, the last great song I’ve heard from Nightmare of You in a while, uploaded on Youtube by me.