Friday, December 2, 2016

Jammer's Waffle House: New Album Release & Review

Recently I discovered a band under the name of Jammer's Waffle House.


And yes, ladies and gentlemen, the music is just as brilliant as the name.


You know how sometimes you find a band and it takes you a few tries of different songs to decide whether or not you like them? You're thinking "eh, well I'll try one more I guess."

Well this is not that kind of band. I loved them immediately.

I am truly surprised that I hadn't heard of them sooner considering how f*cking brilliant it is.

Jammer's Waffle house is a Mississauga based indie pop rock group consisting of Matt Hinojosa (lead vocals, acoustic & electric guitar, bass), Caymen Vieira (drums, percussion, keyboards, backing vocals), David Lopez (bass guitar), and Eve Weiss (keyboards, backing vocals), and has performed in venues and events such as:

Hershey Centre
The Opera House
Sound Academy
Canada's Wonderland
Summerfest
Southside Shuffle Blues Fest
Night It Up
Big On Bloor
Canada Day in Port Credit & Klienburg
North York Festival
Celebration Square 

And have been featured on SIRUS XM's 25th Anniversary Humble And Fred radio broadcast.


Together this band has created a magnificent combination of boldness, integrity, and engaging personality, which is evident through their impressive accreditations and media support.

I was caught off guard by how much I loved Hinojosa's vocals. The best way I can describe it is it gives a happy-angry-intense 2005 vibe, with all of the upbeat, charismatic slyness of the lead singer of an 80s pop rock group. A voice that has a definite pull to it that draws you in and makes it difficult to stop listening.

I love it.

Not to mention the music altogether is impeccably original and greatly diverse, which I appreciate. I can't f*cking stand listening to a bands album and not being able to tell the difference between the first song and the last.
And Jammer's Waffle House is quite clearly made up of some very talented instrumentalists, creating an incredibly smooth finished sound.

The band has just released their second studio album entitled All At Once (the former album being Sandcastle In The Rain), which gives a manifold of ten brilliant songs that you should already be listening to as we speak (why are you still on my blog?).

The vibes I take away from it are that of a group who would have made an appearance on The O.C. back when that was still a thing (For the love of f*cking Jesus Ryan, stop punching people).

With that said, I'd say if you love yourself some Death Cab For Cutie or Modest Mouse, you'll definitely love this band (and who doesn't love Death Cab For Cutie?).





So I greatly recommend all of you to check out this astounding band and you may send me a Thank You card later (gift cards are appreciated as well),




Yours,

Chelsea


P.s. My favourite songs are Giving Up On Love, Zombie Girlfriend, and Fool In Love.


Bandcamp: https://jwhmusic.bandcamp.com/album/all-at-once
ITunes: https://geo.itunes.apple.com/us/album/all-at-once/id1175641446?mt=1&app=music
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3ro9X9n7IKT7WSLAVEuvDI
Website: jammerswafflehouse.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/JammersWaffleHouseOfficial/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jammerswafflehouse/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/jammerswafflehouse



(From left to right: Caymen Vieira, Matt Hinojosa, Eve Weiss, David Lopez)




Thursday, December 1, 2016

The 1975 Toronto Show Review

A little over a month ago (November 3) I attended The 1975 concert at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Why am I posting about it now?

Well because I'm a procrastinating pain in the ass, that's why.



Alas, lemme' tell ya' something; This concert was astounding.

It was absolutely amazing, and nearly on a par with the Twenty One Pilots show during the summer at Molsen Amphitheatre. (I'm tempted to say "on a par" but TØP won best live performers this year, and you can't really argue with that).

Matthew Healy was incredibly charismatic and humorous with his drunken-style antics and inappropriate comments. From speaking of the song Antichrist in which he stated "This song is about Jesus!... *applause* ... a slippery motherf*cker" to stopping his vocals to look at the crowd and say "F*ck me...", Healy was the epitome of entertainment.

Often times the vocals are not as good live, which is something in this era of auto-tune we've learned to accept. And although Healy's voice may be an acquired taste, I loved it. The slight cracks, the vibrato, the misspoken lyrics. It sounded beautiful.

Not to mention the best portrayed 80s vibe I've ever witnessed.

And one of the best parts of the show was when Matty asked the crowd if he could bring out a camera and have us all sing Happy Birthday to his granddad Vin, back in Manchester.

But of course, my favourite part was the song Loving Someone, as the entire crowd created a unity of this choir-like sound, singing "Yeah you should be loving someone... Oh, oh, loving someone" in an awe-inspiring loop.

That is something I'll never forget, it was such a mesmerizing moment and brought the entire crowd together. Gorgeous.



Although, I do have to make my negative comments. Which would be A) I could've used far less IPhone light in my face from teenage girls Snapchatting and B) I was very concerned at the fact that every single person in the crowd was a teenager wearing black ripped jeans paired with a leather jacket, aside from myself.

Did I not get the dress code E-Mail or something?




At any rate, grab yourself some The 1975 tickets guys, you won't regret it.




Yours,

Chelsea





Friday, November 18, 2016

18 Songs For Turning 18

Tomorrow, November 19th, I will turn 18.

Should I be excited? Probably.

Am I? Nope.

I don't really have a big explanation for why. I think I just have an unhealthy attachment to youth.

But I figure, what's better than an "18" oriented playlist to get me hyped?





























Nellyyyyyyyyyyyy I love youuuuuuu (sorry)










Oh yeah, most of you 18 year olds are graduating aren't you?





Am I a country person? No. But I feel like I should put my selfishness aside (just this once).































(I'm sorry)






Now I don't necessarily love every song on this playlist, but hey, cut me some slack, I had to find 18 songs. 





So for any almost-18 year olds like me out there, happy birthday, and enjoy being a kid for as long as you can hold onto it. 

But let's face it, if you're Canadian, we've still got a year before things get really fun *insert wink here*.



Yours,

Chelsea

P.s. Click here for a Spotify playlist of these songs (for whatever reason Spotify won't let me add Bow Wow. Oh well). 



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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Why You Should Put Your IPhones Away At Concerts

As anyone who read my previous post would know, I recently went to see two alternative pop bands perform at The Mod Club in Toronto. (I wasn't impressed, as you can read here).

But I needed to make a separate post, strictly about the crowd.

A whole post about the crowd? I must be crazy, huh? Well, I need to rant about this a little.

When you're jammed in a small venue full with people, you really get to know the fanbase of a particular band. And I validated what I had predicted previously: alternative bands fanbases are annoying as f*ck.

I'll tell you this, the entire crowd was made up of two types of people:

1) Self-obsessed, self-hating, attention-seeking, black Doc Martens-wearing, I-have-anxiety-and-I-think-I'm-special-because-I-make-tumblr-edits, under-19, pains in my -ss.

2) early-twenties, Kardashian-blonde-braid-wearing, I-only-buy-makeup-from-Mac, girls with their I'm-just-here-as-not-to-piss-of-my-high-maintenece-girlfriend boyfriends.

The former was the majority.

They were everywhere. Like a plague. Like a plague that swooped over the entire building, that nobody who possessed it could realize what was happening but I somehow already had a vaccine (I'm assuming having deleted Tumblr was the vaccine).

Their obsessive tears ruining their sweaty looking contour and Naked 2 palette makeup while their black combat boots repeatedly accidentally smashing down on my ballerina flats like f*cking *ssholes.

But the way they look wasn't what really agitated me. You thought I was done, didn't you?

Oh no, not even remotely close.

For the entire concert, and I mean the entire concert, from beginning to end, I could barely see anything past all the f*cking IPhones.

Every. Single. Person. in the crowd had their IPhone held up high in the air recording the show as opposed to actually watching it. Facebooking and Snapchatting and Instagramming like little millennial savages. Half of them with their flashes on, blinding me and the artists performing.

Really? Are you f*cking kidding me?

You came here to watch and listen to these artists and you haven't removed your eyes from a screen for any of it? You're not even seeing them, you're seeing images of them through your phone you ignorant, millennial, idiots.

Do I sound mad? Because I am. I'm very mad.

Look, I'm sorry, but if you go to a concert and watch it through your phone, you didn't see a show. You didn't experience it. You're an imbecile.

I get it, it's 2016, so take a picture, record a little video. But then please, for the love of God, put your d*mn phone in your f*cking pocket and watch the show.


Now, I would have photo evidence of all of these tumblrized pains-in-my-*ss but I'm not one of the imbeciles who had my f*cking cell phone out. So you'll just have to believe it.

The Twenty One Pilots concert earlier this year seemed much different somehow, much more respectful. And the only IPhone use was when everyone brought up white screens for Goner, which was actually beautiful in an ironic way.


So there you go. Rant done. I hate the world and everything in it. See ya later,


Irritatedly yours,

Chelsea

P.s. Reason #1 Why Not To Use Your Phone At A Concert (Maybe this will give you extra incentive not to): 

I will f*CkinG puNcH YOU





LANY & Transviolet: The Kinda Tour: Mod Club Toronto REVIEW

Is she back? Is she really?

Fortunately yes, but I could be gone without a single remote squeak for three months after this, or continue to write eighty posts within the next few days. Who really knows?

I mean, I should know, but lets face it, my presence is so up in the air most of the time that I don't even know where I'll be in the next thirty minutes, much less tomorrow.

But I finally have something interesting to write about once more.

This past Sunday I went to see LANY and a new LA based band named Transviolet.

I was very excited to see LANY. Although, I didn't realize Transviolet was a band, I assumed it was the name of the tour, so I was surprised when they started opening the show.

The quick summary? I wasn't thrilled.

It started with the instrumentalists of the band playing a rather ambient electronic sound, followed by a petite girl with white-blonde curls jumping out and dancing in a, what I thought, was a rather forcefully weird way. That way that singers dance when they're trying to prove that they're weird and unique and different.

This didn't bother me. Much.

(it did).

I mean, it seems unnecessary. It seems forced. But, the brainless, tumblrized teeny boppers that filled the Mod Club seemed to think it was the best thing in the world, so I guess that was the goal, right?

But what did bother me a lot, more than anything, was when I started to realize her lips weren't quite on point with the lyrics. I immediately assumed I must be seeing things, being the critical person that I am, but when my concert buddy (Also known as "Mom") turned to me and said she thought the singer was lip-syncing, I realized I wasn't just imagining it.

Really? You get a chance to perform at the Mod Club and you lip-sync?

After this realization I started really noticing how too perfect and studio-quality the vocals sounded. I noticed how the guitarists back up singing seemed to drone on a little bit longer than how long they held their mouths open. I noticed how the lead singers echoes kept echoing as she left the mic to jump around like a spaz some more.

There are so many things I could say this band needs to do. How they need to tone down the echoes, how they need to stop trying too hard to be weird, or how they need songs that don't all sound exactly the same. But that would take far, far too long.

The positive was that for the most part, I enjoyed how heavy the music felt throughout the venue and they had two or three good songs. Songs that I'll probably download. They seem to have the right idea, as they've targeted a market that works well with kids who like artists similar to Halsey or Troye Sivan.

But are they special? Are they worth a raving review? Did they give me chills?

Meh.

LANY was probably more enjoyable for me, simply because I already like them and Paul Klein wasn't lip-syncing. He was enigmatic and handled the stage well, but his voice wasn't awe-striking. I enjoyed the songs, even though a lot were similar to each other, and I liked how very genuine Paul seemed, as opposed to trying too hard.

But both bands were missing that specialness. That originality that so few possess. But, not everyone can be a Michael Jackson, or a Kurt Cobain.

That being said, I can see LANY developing into a much bigger fanbase. They have the potential to be widely known, and hopefully they will be.


So, was it worth the two $18 tickets?

Yes.

Would I pay more for it?

Probably not.



On the plus side, the Hogtown Pub & Oysters dinner we had afterwords was well worth the trip to T.O.


Yours,

Chelsea

P.s. Second post detailing the crowd will be posted soon after this one.

P.p.s. Love you Paul