S.O.o.L – TDCC

(c) TDCC

(c) TDCC

I’m quite sure that you can totally guess what’s about to happen. I’m about to toss up a new Soundtrack of Our Lives post. Not going to say much but, here’s what’s my life has been like for the past few weeks. It’s coming along swimmingly. I suppose. Yeah, something like that. I’m going to be doing an album review sometime next week. Maybe, if I can finish. If not, then it will def be the next week. Also, a new surprise sometime soon too.

Here you go: What you Know by Two Door Cinema Club



13’s Having Flashbacks: Pt. I

Song of the Day

Hello everyone. As I promised a couple weeks ago, I am here to present you with songs ripped from my other song page. You will now receive a much more frequent dose of musical suggestions from me, though they will not be talked about in near as much detail. Don’t worry, I will occasionally come back with a large post, but for now, we’re showing flashbacks of a simpler time.

In addition, since these posts have already been previously made on my other music page, I will not necessarily be required to post them. As such, sometimes you may get a word or two from XIV as an introduction before moving on to my flashbacks, because he might be posting them instead of me. In fact, don’t be surprised if this happens frequently. Rest assured though that the content of the actual flashbacks is mine.

Today, we begin at the beginning. Here’s hoping you all enjoy it!

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13 or XIV Days of Christmas: Days 1-4

Okay, I might be cheating. I”m probably cheating. However, I’ve got good reason for it. I’ve got four sisters, and taking all that into consideration I didn’t feel right making four brand new posts about them. So, I plan on just making a longish post about the whole group. Let’s start from the youngest to the oldest. Because you aren’t getting any younger reading this, and I’m getting better looking as I type this:

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Coating Records 1: “Human Again” by Ingrid Michaelson

Welcome to Coating Records!

Coating Records is what I think we’ll be calling this review section from now on. It’s called “Coating” because we’ll be rating them with a color scale. It’s a relatively simple system. Here’s the breakdown:

Grading Scale:

  • Records are graded on a 1-12 scale.
  • These numbers are then converted to a 5 color coating system.
  • 1-3 is Copper
  • 4-6 is Bronze
  • 7-9 is Silver
  • 10-11 is Gold
  • 12 is Platinum
  • 13 can give up to 6 points
  • XIV can give up to 6 points


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XIV’s Dossier: Page Three: Even the Best Scenes Can Drag On

XIV here, with another look into the spyglass that is firmly affixed atop the mount peering into the void of music that the people have been missing. Page three is hard to spot. It tends to stay static locked next to page two and refuses to yield to that thing people do with their fingers on the edge of the page to allow themselves to move on to the next one. But, I got it unstuck and here is the next page. Without any more ado, here is “Page Three”:


The funny thing about this song, is that when I watched the movie it came out for the first time, I never heard it on there consciously. Most of “Scott Pilrgim vs. The World” was spent being in awe of the awesome soundtrack for one of my favorite comic book turned movie movies. I could (and very well might do a Dossier Page for almost each song) But, I bought the soundtrack immediately and heard this. I was hooked and watched the movie 3 times trying to find it. It was really quick and and there was a short snippet of it but It was totally worth it. It gets a bit boring everywhere and the fact is that even the most scenic places pose the same threat of inactivity and dullness as a  suburban torture center.

I doubt that is what this song is about though. Anyhoo, turn your brain off words and back to music:


P.S. I think Dossier Pages are gonna be my main pages for a while. I plan on doing artist/album reviews on Sundays or Tuesdays now. So, now that I’ve laid down a plan. Expect more pages and reviews.

Ingrid Michaelson and the New Way XIV lives

I love Music. Yes, I made “music” capitalized for a reason. Second to dreaming, other than my necessities, I would do nothing but listen to Music all day. I practically do, except for during work and the like. It’s a borderline obsession. Although, I can think of worse things to be addicted to. My love of Music was accelerated by working in a CD store for two years and have access to some of the best Music this side fo the Mason-Dixon line. Back in the Mid-Late Mid 2000s I heard a song on an Old Navy Commercial that would eventually change the way I heard Music. That was this song:

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Somewhere Between Noon and Dusk Probably.

They say the first post you do on a band turns out to be the staple that everyone judges you by. That said, I actually did try to figure out what the best thing to start off with was. I really bounced around. (Old? New? Something emotionally heavy? Something light and whimsical?) So, needless to say, I’ve got a few tricks up my sleeve now for the coming weeks.

But for now, a two-fer. (That’s two for each reader for you new blokes)

In the end, I decided on an old favorite. A group that  I’ve been following since I was a junior in high school, though they’ve been making music since long before that. I became a fan while the sounds reverberated around inside my skull. You might not understand what I mean so hit the play button on this track and turn your music up to 11 on this older track of theirs.

That’s “Marvelous Things” from the album Room Noises. This was actually the second album I’d heard from these guys but it’s their first studio album. I’m not a knower of musical terminology as much as 13 but this song stays in the rafters and makes you pay attention to it. A wonderful tale of things that don’t exist and the emotions they strike into you.

While you eat that cake, how about a glass of milk to bring you back down to from the sugar high?

This song “Ambulance” is from The Valley. (Actually, it’s from the Fire Kite EP, but that is neither here nor there, both are right and neither is wrong)

Feel this one right here:


^( That’s pointing at the head)

I quite literally have very few words to describe these, real music speaks like that.

We’ve been there. That entire album is like that, I’ll get a review of that album up here sometime. I’d love a chance to tell them what they’ve done to music. And probably buy them a cupcake. XIV loves cupcakes.