See it Before You Die – Trails and Ways

So, before we get started, I’m going to apologize for two things. First off, I’m gonna apologize for taking over a week to type this out. But, you guys know me, that’s actually pretty fast for me. Secondly, I’m going to apologize for taking these photos with my phone which sucks ass at taking low light pictures better than Riku Minato in the middle of a 8 man gang bang. But, now that that is out of the way, let me tell you about the greatness that is this show I went to last Saturday.

I got a message on Twitter (yes, you can send me one. I tend to respond) that they were playing a show in Dallas at Three Links that weekend. So, I decided to head out there to check it out. Went into the venue and was pretty stoked. Venue was nice girl at the front, (didn’t get her name) was chill and personable unlike some people I’ve seen before. Which was nice. Peter got a drink that was reasonably price for the location so that was pretty sweet too. Got in there early and saw the first show, Chinaski, The Fury. That dude went out there by himself. He was great for a solo act. He had to use a loop and he admittedly play some songs that sounded like he made them up earlier that day, (Which he said he did, actually.) but the set was enjoyable to say the least.

(c) My shitty lowlight Phone

(c) My shitty lowlight Phone

Then, various things happened so I didn’t get to see Trails come in but when I got back in there they were about to start their first song. We pushed through the crowd and made our way off to the side where there weren’t that many people and we could post up on the wall. (Yes, I understand that makes for bad positioning. But, I wanted it to be a good for as many people as possible. I’m not a small guy.) And, I think that’s where my heart jumped to eleven. Trails was great. Emma told a funny story about a guy buying them drinks and Keith did most of the talking. it was a really personable group. They seemed really down to the earth and trying keep the crowd jamming. (It wasn’t needed though, the crowd was rocking hard with them.) Peter remarked that Ian was good then noted what a huge difference that drums make on a group. Then they told us they were going to play Mtn Tune. And I fell in love.

(c) my still crappy phone.

(c) my still crappy phone.

Now, I’m no expert on love. But I’m pretty sure that that is what I fell to when Hannah brought the magic out of that guitar. Emma was killing the bass line and Keith kept the line strong while Ian was beating those drums like he was trying to find oil in those hills. All the while, Hannah was making the guitar sing its own “Mtn Tune”. I had never heard this tune before and it was quenching a thirst I didn’t even know I had. I’d throw the link down at the bottom, but listening to it on your computer doesn’t even compare to hearing it live. It was phenomenal. The set was really short but it was totally enjoyable. You guys have to see them before you die. These guys are going to get big. If they don’t. It’ll be a damn shame and a crime against music.

(c) my even worse phone

(c) my even worse phone

I bought their CD (which is more like an EP, I wasn’t really listening to them describe it because I was still falling in love with Hannah) for 5 dollars and got to talk to Keith. He’s really down to earth and I told him how great was for me. Didn’t get a real chance to talk to Hannah, (which is good because I didn’t think I would have been able to form complete sentences and would have tripped on my words.) I’ll recommend these guys to anyone anytime.

Just Great.

XIV

(Side note: If Hannah ever reads this, I’d love to take you out for some lunch next time you’re in town. Everyone has to eat sometime right?)

13 Presents The List: Movie Edition!

So you guys remember last August when we told you that the blog would be receiving an overhaul, and that we would now review many different forms of entertainment in addition to music? Things like movies, TV shows, and even food? And you know how that hasn’t happened yet? Well, wait no more. The remaining parts of the music version of The List are currently on hold (though I hope to be bringing you my top three albums of 2013 soon!) so, as promised, I have decided to go ahead and upload my list of the top ten films of 2013!

This will be the second annual publication of The List: Movie Edition, and the first one to appear on this blog. I’m happier with this one than I am with last year’s primarily because I believe that all of the films truly deserve to be recognized (most of last year’s did too, but toward the bottom of the list I was a bit unsure). Last year, I watched 44 films before narrowing down my list; this year I watched 60. There was a lot of competition, but the ones listed below are my favorites. Of course, The List is only my opinion, and as with any list, I don’t expect you to agree with everything, and I encourage your comments about what you don’t think should be on The List or what you think should be there instead, as long as they are respectful. And of course, if you do like my choices and just want to say why, that’s always welcome too!

Alright, enough intro talk. On with The List!

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Update on The List

I apologize for the lack of a post today guys. I decided that I wanted to do some more research on a band first. Not sure how long that will take me, but it shouldn’t be too long. If it turns out to be longer than I thought, I will go ahead and post my top ten films list in the meantime and then finish the music list. Keep checking back!

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Drawing out the tracks, “Ex-Boyfriend” “White Dude”

Welcome back to another edition of the Soundtrack of my life. How’s life been on the other side? Heard anything new? You can always drop me a line in the comments, or on twitter or shoot me a line the the email@13andXIV@gmail.com and I’ll get back to ya. Or I might even make a post about it if the song touches the right part of my eardrums. But, back to the topic at hand. I told you last time that I would make the next post about something that came out a great deal sooner than some of my previous posts. That’s why tonight I’m bringing you a couple of tracks from this mixtape:

(c) Datpiff.com

(c) Datpiff.com

If you like rap music, hit the jump. If you like comedy, hit the jump. If you don’t like either of those, we’ll have something for you after the break anyways. You might like the songs anyway. Well, let’s jump in friends: Continue reading

Never stop finding new music!

All mad

Not really a dossier page but more of a “shoot the shit” page for today. Going to talk today about ways to find new music. School’s back in session so there isn’t as much time to just chill and surf youtube or Spotify your reality. Not many people really understand the impact that music has on your everyday life. Jingles, jangles, the tunes on the radio, and the even the sound of crickets chirping. So much music out there. I’m going to try to get you just a taste of the sound I heard yesterday, today. Every day I can. After all, It’s the soundtrack to your life, I’d love to influence it with a sample of mine. More after the break…

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