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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.”

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.

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.
_________________________________

😀

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