A whole new take on “Umbrella” by Rihanna

24 04 2008

This video explains it all…don’t even ask how I ended up finding this…it was a long stream of events.  This video is a little weird, a little funny…but for some reason, really makes me want to download this song.  Does anyone know where I can get it? (It’s by Vanilla Sky)

This version is way better than both of the Plain White T’s cover and Mandy Moore’s cover…not to mention, the video is way more entertaining.


Last FM…my new favorite internet radio application

22 04 2008

So I used to be a big fan of Pandora…still useful I think…but my new love is Last FM.  You download an application and it taps into your itunes to see what music you have.  When you have it open and listen to itunes, it keeps track of what you’re listening to and gives you a screen with a short little bio about the artist that links to a full page of music, pictures, videos and much more.  There is a lot more features than I have gotten into so far, but so far my take is that it’s kinda like Pandora, but much more user-friendly, and you can connect to other users who are listening to the same music and connect to their stations.  You can check it out and download the application here. It sounds kinda like myspace, but trust me, it is a lot better and is a lot more dedicated to music.

I love music…like I really need a new obsession…

Best Albums of 2007…has the whole world gone Indie?

8 04 2008

I’m about to get shot in the land of Indie rockers and music bloggers everywhere, but I don’t care…they can all bite me, or start shit with me online…that’s always fun (anyone see the girl who just got knocked the f*** out for talking shit on myspace?)

Anyways, I’ve been checking out a good number of music blogs lately and there are a few trends I’ve noticed in the “Best Albums of 2007” lists compiled on these sites. One of them is the appearance of Radiohead’s latest “In Rainbows” in the top 5. I must admit, I’m not the biggest fan of Radiohead period, but their older stuff is unarguably good music, even if I don’t really feel like listening to it. This album however, did not leave much of an impression on me. Maybe you have to be sitting in a dark room getting high to appreciate it…I’m not sure, but I know that I was super stoked to have a new CD to listen to for the day when I’d have to be driving from San Diego to Irvine and back, and while I kept it on repeat the whole time, I just couldn’t get into it. Original? Yes. Different? Definitely. But one of the best albums of 2007? No. I just don’t see it. I actually almost fell asleep in the car so I had to put on something else. Maybe him and Jack Johnson should do a collaboration of songs to sleep to…now we’re on to something.

Rolling Stone actually dropped In Rainbows down to #6 but puts M.I.A. at the top. So what do I do? I buy the M.I.A. CD…I mean, how could I not, it was #1 in one of the biggest music publications in print right? Again, definitely original, definitely different, but really, #1 material? I do appreciate the originality and use of different sounds, and don’t get me wrong, I liked “Kala”, but I wouldn’t put it near #1.

All of these rankings have led me to a new belief…rock and roll is dying. I mean good, hard, rocking music that you can feel and understand and listen to for hours and really rock out to. And actually, I don’t even mean that. Rock and roll isn’t dying, but moreover, the appreciation for it is. In a country where there is so much music that sounds the same (ie;emo, powerpop), I can understand the need for something with a different sound, but just because it sounds different and usually weird, and sometimes annoying, does that make it better than a good solid rock album? I guess opinions are like assholes, everyone has one, so here’s mine. I’ll take a good rock album like Sixx AM’s “The Heroin Diaries Soundtrack” or Chiodos’ “Bone Palace Ballet” any day over M.I.A, Radiohead, or Bright Eyes. But I guess that’s why they call me”Rock”Angel, and not “I’m trying to be Indie so I listen to weird music”Angel.

Hangin’ Tough

4 04 2008

new kids on the blockOh yeah, that’s right, the original boy band also known as “New Kids on the Block” have reunited (full story here), and yes, that is them on the left (first picture in 14 years apparently). Finally…I can sleep at night and all will be right with the world. Seriously though…I mean, really? Is that necessary? I guess they don’t have anything better to do anyways, I mean, Jordan and Joey made some good music afterwards…PSYCH! Yes, I just said psych…may as well keep it old school.

So the New Kids on the Block news normally wouldn’t find its place on the Rockangel music page, except for the fact that NKOTB holds a very special place in my heart. And yes, here on this very public platform, I am going to reveal my deepest darkest secret…my very first concert ever was none other than the original boy band comprised of Jordan, Joey, Donny, Danny, and Jonathan. It feels so good to get that off my chest…okay, well not really. It is actually quite embarrassing, but funny and somewhat ironic since I consider my music tastes very refined now 😉 But now that I’ve told you, you can’t hold that against me, I mean, I was only in second grade and I would have also gone to see Poison, Motley Crue, Skid Row and Alice Cooper had my parents allowed me to go, but I guess they thought I’d be safer amongst 50,000 other screaming little girls. Speaking of Alice Cooper, that was the first tape that I was not allowed to buy. It probably wouldn’t have been appropriate for me anyways at the ripe age of 8, but at the time it seemed tragic.

new kids on the blockSo let me ask you this, do you think that the reunion of New Kids on the Block will be a success? It sure has gotten a lot of press lately, so I guess so far so good, but do you think all of the press will equate to a successful tour? Or successful music? Because yes, they are writing a new album and recording as we speak. Rest assured though, they will be including all of their old hit singles on their set list…thank God, because where would the world be if we never got to see NKOTB perform “Hangin’ Tough” again. Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh…Come on…you know it (man, they were some studs back in the day, check out that hair!) But seriously, are people going to go watch a bunch of old guys doing choreographed synchronized dances to hits of the 80s? You know what? I just might.

Chiodos is featured on myspace!

2 04 2008

bonepalaceballet.jpgI’m so ahead of the game…

Today Chiodos premiered their video for “Lexington” on myspace!! (Check it out here)I didn’t have a blog at the time, but back in November I recommended them to anyone who would listen. They’ve been around for awhile, but their new CD Bone Palace Ballet is absolutely incredible. It is one of the best albums of 2007 by far. It’s hard rock at its best, using strings, pianos and of course some f’n great electric guitars and loud vocals….which are all pretty standard in hard rock, but I feel are used in a particular intelligent way on this album. I can’t say enough about Chiodos and Bone Pallace Ballet. It’s emotional, heart wrenching and perfectly balanced hard rock. If they come to San Diego, I’ll be there in half a heartbeat, even if it does mean that I am going to be stuck in a crazy mosh pit amongst a bunch of smelly chubby guys in metallica t-shirts.

estelle-the-18th-day.jpgSpeaking of myspace videos, they are also featuring “American boy” by Estelle (ft. Kanye West) and please notice that it is on my latest mix 🙂 I guess technically this song isn’t rock, indie, or alternative, but it’s good music, and that’s what I’m about. Estelle is definitely an up and coming R&B artist and the help of Kanye can’t be hurting her career. This is going to be a summer jam for sure, so check it out before it’s played out.