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Cage The Elephant: Around My Head – Music Video. Link:

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I love this fucking photo.

Yay! So if you know me, you know I have a history of loving Cage The Elephant deeply. And you should already know my thoughts on their last album, “Thank You Happy Birthday.” So anytime they drop anything new, I’m probably going to make a short blog and feature it here for you to see. Behold… the newest, weirdest video for the new single, “Around My Head.” Still more laid back than that first album, but good quality nonetheless.

Never hurts to throw in amazing brand new (to me) live footage that reminds me why I fell in love with this intense, wild, musically kickass band to begin with.

That first album is still the soundtrack of my life and travels from ’09 to ’10. LoL.
Enjoy.

My first FULL review for Potholes in My Blog – Cage The Elephant: “Thank You Happy Birthday.”

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WE DID IT BROOKLYN WE DID IT! ©…
This is a really proud moment for me. Someone thought my writing was decent enough to make it onto their highly successful and popular music site. I still can’t believe it. I am Honored and Blessed.

It only took a week of torturing myself and 97 rewrites to reach what your reading right now. Usually, when I write for my own Music Nerdery… it’s just different. Its easier to let all of my prose and crazy and diction and swear words flow. But when you write for someone else, you want your sh*t to be impressive.  I waited for them to post it first (since that was the agreement) before I posted it up here.

I invite, urge, ask, nag, whatever… for you to go to my review and leave ANY kind of comment you can. I don’t care if you don’t even know who CTE is (and many don’t, its TOTALLY cool)… if you could just go over to Potholes In My Blog leave a comment or two on THEIR site and just show some support… that would be a blessing.

All thanks go to Paragon216 and Stefan Braidwood for being my bootleg editors in all of this. Thanks for making sure I didn’t sound like a rambling idiot.

Check dude in the yellow shirt, read that comment. Awesome photo.

Who: Cage the Elephant
Album: Thank You, Happy Birthday

Why?: After forming in mid-2006 and signing to London-Based Relentless Records in 2007, Cage the Elephant uprooted themselves from their native Kentucky to chase their dreams of musical glory in the UK. A year in the studio and a tour around Britain later, Cage returned to the US in 2008 a powerful new sound and an astonishing eponymous début. A cross between an updated country/edgy blues rock/hard-hitting indie punk while incorporating intelligent, politically potent lyrics, Cage delivered tracks like the oft commercial-rotated “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” amazingly mastered ”Lotus” and their vibrant ‘F*CK YOU’ anthem to the masses “In One Ear.” With talent, detailed musical transitions and compositions way beyond their years, a brash delivery and their wildly energetic live shows, they quickly became them the new favorites on the scene.

On their newest effort “Thank you Happy Birthday”, we find Cage completely abandoning ship from the style of their previous album, taking the aggressiveness, urgency and blues influence off their delivery, and adapting a more laid back, modernized, Pixies-influenced, avant-garde type sound. Even with the complete change in style; they still maintained the ability to show their maturation as musicians and thrive within a new soundscape. Even while exploring a diverse range of musical styles from the retro-rock influenced (“2024,” “Japanese Buffalo”) to the slower, well-composed track “Shake Me Down,” they still provide the high energy, lyrically compelling, transitionally genius tracks we’ve come to know and love (“Indi Kidz,” “Sell Yourself”). Even their slower tracks, like the lullaby-esqe “Rubber Ball” are so well done, it compels several repeat listens out of you.

I admit, it was a bit hard at first to digest the new musical layout they’ve given us. And I know fans of CTE are probably freaking out a little right now. It’s got to be a shock to the system of those who were expecting them to stick to the format of their first record. Regardless, what makes the album fairly great is their ability to step outside the (rock)box and still sound somewhat amazing. It’s definitely the type of album that grows on you. Change is the only constant in this world, and most of the time, change is good. Keep that in mind when you give this album a spin.

Score: 3.5 (Really, more like a 3.9…but not quite a 4) out of 5.
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So… what did you think? Please, be honest but be gentle. I’m sensitive. lolz.
Please let me know what you think here. Thanks.

My first FULL review for Potholes in My Blog – Cage The Elephant: "Thank You Happy Birthday."

with 2 comments

WE DID IT BROOKLYN WE DID IT! ©…
This is a really proud moment for me. Someone thought my writing was decent enough to make it onto their highly successful and popular music site. I still can’t believe it. I am Honored and Blessed.

It only took a week of torturing myself and 97 rewrites to reach what your reading right now. Usually, when I write for my own Music Nerdery… it’s just different. Its easier to let all of my prose and crazy and diction and swear words flow. But when you write for someone else, you want your sh*t to be impressive.  I waited for them to post it first (since that was the agreement) before I posted it up here.

I invite, urge, ask, nag, whatever… for you to go to my review and leave ANY kind of comment you can. I don’t care if you don’t even know who CTE is (and many don’t, its TOTALLY cool)… if you could just go over to Potholes In My Blog leave a comment or two on THEIR site and just show some support… that would be a blessing.

All thanks go to Paragon216 and Stefan Braidwood for being my bootleg editors in all of this. Thanks for making sure I didn’t sound like a rambling idiot.

Check dude in the yellow shirt, read that comment. Awesome photo.

Who: Cage the Elephant
Album: Thank You, Happy Birthday

Why?: After forming in mid-2006 and signing to London-Based Relentless Records in 2007, Cage the Elephant uprooted themselves from their native Kentucky to chase their dreams of musical glory in the UK. A year in the studio and a tour around Britain later, Cage returned to the US in 2008 a powerful new sound and an astonishing eponymous début. A cross between an updated country/edgy blues rock/hard-hitting indie punk while incorporating intelligent, politically potent lyrics, Cage delivered tracks like the oft commercial-rotated “Ain’t No Rest For The Wicked,” amazingly mastered ”Lotus” and their vibrant ‘F*CK YOU’ anthem to the masses “In One Ear.” With talent, detailed musical transitions and compositions way beyond their years, a brash delivery and their wildly energetic live shows, they quickly became them the new favorites on the scene.

On their newest effort “Thank you Happy Birthday”, we find Cage completely abandoning ship from the style of their previous album, taking the aggressiveness, urgency and blues influence off their delivery, and adapting a more laid back, modernized, Pixies-influenced, avant-garde type sound. Even with the complete change in style; they still maintained the ability to show their maturation as musicians and thrive within a new soundscape. Even while exploring a diverse range of musical styles from the retro-rock influenced (“2024,” “Japanese Buffalo”) to the slower, well-composed track “Shake Me Down,” they still provide the high energy, lyrically compelling, transitionally genius tracks we’ve come to know and love (“Indi Kidz,” “Sell Yourself”). Even their slower tracks, like the lullaby-esqe “Rubber Ball” are so well done, it compels several repeat listens out of you.

I admit, it was a bit hard at first to digest the new musical layout they’ve given us. And I know fans of CTE are probably freaking out a little right now. It’s got to be a shock to the system of those who were expecting them to stick to the format of their first record. Regardless, what makes the album fairly great is their ability to step outside the (rock)box and still sound somewhat amazing. It’s definitely the type of album that grows on you. Change is the only constant in this world, and most of the time, change is good. Keep that in mind when you give this album a spin.

Score: 3.5 (Really, more like a 3.9…but not quite a 4) out of 5.
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😀

So… what did you think? Please, be honest but be gentle. I’m sensitive. lolz.
Please let me know what you think here. Thanks.

So this is what I've been listenting to lately.

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I’ve been super busy lately, and don’t have the time recently to sit down and get into the nitty-gritty of blogging and talking with you like I want to. But if I don’t have the time to really sit down and get into the music the way I want to, the least I can do is leave you with a whole lot of YouTube videos that give you an ideal of what ‘ve been wearing out on my stereo lately. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on the Facebook and Twitter pages for Music Nerdery, and cleaning up things a bit here with a new layout. I think I’ve got a good collection of stuff for you to dig through here, like…

That song from the new iPad commercial was haunting me with its deliciousness. So I went and found it. I’m really, really glad I did.

and its pianoed out remix…

Lotus Flowers. The lyrics alone are reason for you to care.

Phoenix phlashbacks:

Megadeth wins

I LOVE AC/DC

I also fucks with various country artists.

Epic Moments in Alice Russell History:

Praise Jebus, LaToiya Williams is really coming back.

I’m still fuckin with Katy Perry. Whats up, Lauren.

J.Cole sounds serious.

I only like this song because it’s the first time I’ve seen Mystikal in a while.

Okay, MTVJams. I like Big KRIT. lol.

Shot by Creative Control. Interesting.

Jessye Norman is so amazing.

Maria Callas is pretty kickass too. You aint even gotta understand what she’s saying to know its awesome.

Theres a Natural Mystic flowing through the air.

And other things I’ll blog about later.
For now, enjoy.

So this is what I’ve been listenting to lately.

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I’ve been super busy lately, and don’t have the time recently to sit down and get into the nitty-gritty of blogging and talking with you like I want to. But if I don’t have the time to really sit down and get into the music the way I want to, the least I can do is leave you with a whole lot of YouTube videos that give you an ideal of what ‘ve been wearing out on my stereo lately. Meanwhile, I’ll be working on the Facebook and Twitter pages for Music Nerdery, and cleaning up things a bit here with a new layout. I think I’ve got a good collection of stuff for you to dig through here, like…

That song from the new iPad commercial was haunting me with its deliciousness. So I went and found it. I’m really, really glad I did.

and its pianoed out remix…

Lotus Flowers. The lyrics alone are reason for you to care.

Phoenix phlashbacks:

Megadeth wins

I LOVE AC/DC

I also fucks with various country artists.

Epic Moments in Alice Russell History:

Praise Jebus, LaToiya Williams is really coming back.

I’m still fuckin with Katy Perry. Whats up, Lauren.

J.Cole sounds serious.

I only like this song because it’s the first time I’ve seen Mystikal in a while.

Okay, MTVJams. I like Big KRIT. lol.

Shot by Creative Control. Interesting.

Jessye Norman is so amazing.

Maria Callas is pretty kickass too. You aint even gotta understand what she’s saying to know its awesome.

Theres a Natural Mystic flowing through the air.

And other things I’ll blog about later.
For now, enjoy.

People want to know what I'm Listening to.

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Alejandra in Mexico made this for me. Since I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I'm in love. And I feel special.

Not that I’d want to distract you from the glory that is my last.fm (CLICK HEEEERRRRRREEEEEEE), but I’ve gotten a ton of requests asking me to blog up what I’ve been listening to lately. Everyone also wants me to start listing my top albums of 2010. Welp, that’s what I keep a last.fm for. Lord knows I don’t remember. So here you go.

Stats for the past 12 Months:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1     The Roots 618

2         Kaki King 601

3      Erykah Badu 379

4     Auf der Maur 325

5      Nas & Damian Marley 299

6       Cage the Elephant 249

7     Lupe Fiasco 222

8    Freeway & Jake One 216

9      Shy Guy 196

10    Fleet Foxes 163

Weekly Stats:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1    Nas & Damian Marley 267

2   Incubus 89

3      Kaki King 84

4   The Roots 81

5    José James 60

6      Big Boi 43

7   Company of Thieves 19

8      Alan Menken 14

9    Von Pea 12

10   Andre 3000 10

So there it is.  For now. Maybe I’ll Make list at the end of the year, but who knows.
If you want more, this link right here will take you to the Top Artist page with everything you wanna know on it.

Have fun.

People want to know what I’m Listening to.

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Alejandra in Mexico made this for me. Since I can't draw a straight line with a ruler, I'm in love. And I feel special.

Not that I’d want to distract you from the glory that is my last.fm (CLICK HEEEERRRRRREEEEEEE), but I’ve gotten a ton of requests asking me to blog up what I’ve been listening to lately. Everyone also wants me to start listing my top albums of 2010. Welp, that’s what I keep a last.fm for. Lord knows I don’t remember. So here you go.

Stats for the past 12 Months:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1     The Roots 618

2         Kaki King 601

3      Erykah Badu 379

4     Auf der Maur 325

5      Nas & Damian Marley 299

6       Cage the Elephant 249

7     Lupe Fiasco 222

8    Freeway & Jake One 216

9      Shy Guy 196

10    Fleet Foxes 163

Weekly Stats:
Placement | Artists | How Many Times I Played It
1    Nas & Damian Marley 267

2   Incubus 89

3      Kaki King 84

4   The Roots 81

5    José James 60

6      Big Boi 43

7   Company of Thieves 19

8      Alan Menken 14

9    Von Pea 12

10   Andre 3000 10

So there it is.  For now. Maybe I’ll Make list at the end of the year, but who knows.
If you want more, this link right here will take you to the Top Artist page with everything you wanna know on it.

Have fun.

Cage The Elephant is sounding like The Truth and The Future.

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Holy shit, these dudes ROCK.

Album: Cage The Elephant
Sound: People say indie and punk, I say there’s a clear blues and revival influence. But overall, AWESOME.

Why?
Because if you don’t, you don’t like music. No. Not really.
But I haven’t heard a band with a sound and a style like this in a long time. Well, maybe Blood Red Shoes, but this is different. Different and amazing. Some just are just calling it indie or punk, but I think there’s more going on with it. You can hear the definite blues influence throughout the album (No Rest for The Wicked? Come on now). Aggressive and fresh. Inspired and angry. Lyrically intriguing and musically exciting. There is a future for these guys in music if they want it. And can keep it up.

So whats so fun about this band? Well, just the range of music they are tackling (and well) on this album, and how they are doing it. Their ability to change a song and its whole sound within the same record… and the flawless musical transitions that really show their skill (and or excellent timing). The aggressive power punk chords with respect to this blues influence you hear.

So what songs should I be looking for,” you ask? Well you know I got you. You’ve got the punkish “James Brown,” The blues inspired “No Rest For The Wicked,” (which I’m sure you’ve seen in a few commercials at some point), the high energy, tempo changing  “Free Love,” or the epically dope “Lotus,” with one of the best musical transitions towards the end of this song I’ve heard in a bit.

Or you could go with their official “F*ck You Haters and Critics” theme… “In One Ear.”
Check the lyrics tho.

They say that we ain’t got the style,
We ain’t got the class,
We ain’t got the tunes that’s goin to put us on the map
And I’m a phony in disguise,
Tryin to make the radio,
I’m an anti-social anarchist, I sound like so and so,
They say I’m just a stupid kid,
Another crazy radical,
Rock and roll is dead I probably should’ve stayed in school,
Another generation X who somehow slipped up through the cracks,
Oh they’d love to see me fall but I’m already on my back

And it goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin’ shit but you know I never bother,
I goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin’ shit,
They can kiss the back of my hand

Now I know I’m not a saint,
I been a sinner all my life,
I ain’t tryin to hide me flaws,
I’d rather keep them in the light,
They wanna criticize, scrutinize,
Cast another stone,
Burn me at the stake and sit and watch it from their throne,
They say the devil is my pal,
I do a lotta drugs!
The crowd will only like me if they’re really fuckin’ drunk,
They think they know my thoughts,
But they don’t know the least,
If they listened to the words they’d find the message tucked beneath

But it goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin shit even though they never bother,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin’ shit, they can kiss the back of my hand

(You hear that… you hear what’s coming? Oh you better run for the hills, cos we’re coming to your town, and we’re gonna burn that mother fucker down!)

Here’s the moral to the story,
We don’t do it for the glory,
We don’t do it for the money,
We don’t do it for the fame
So all the critics who despise, go ahead and criticize,
It’s your tyranny that drives us, adds the fire to our flames

And it goes
In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin’ shit but you know we’ll never bother,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
I’m only playing music cos you know I fuckin love it,
It goes In One Ear,
And right out the other,
People talkin’ shit but you know we’ll never bother,
It goes In One Ear, and right out the other,
People talkin shit well you know they can kiss the back of my hand.

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So yeah. Musically and lyrically worth your time. Check them out.

Peace.