Category Archives: Music

The List: Andrew’s Favorite Current Musical Acts

As it’s already been made abundantly clear by my posting history on this blog, it’s safe to say that I have my fair share of obsessions in both the film and television mediums. This post, however, will focus on yet another one of my obsessions and to say it’s been a long time coming would certainly be an understatement. This obsession is of course music.


I grew up in a household obsessed with music, only highlighted by the fact that my father rarely went a week without purchasing a new album to add to his already exorbitant collection. From The Beatles to The Beach Boys to Eric Clapton on a seemingly endless loop, it’s safe to say that my knowledge of rock music from the 60s and 70s grew with each passing day. For the record, The Beatles are still my favorite band of all-time and that will never change. It may be a cliche answer, but it’s also the right answer. Trust me.

Anyway, the reason I bring this up is because for as long as I can remember, the music of the decades preceding my birth (1986) was all I knew. While my fellow classmates were obsessing over Green Day and frontman Billy Joe, I was obsessing over Billy Joel’s The Stranger. Eventually as I got into high school and subsequently college, my music taste became more varied as I began to realize that the music of my lifetime wasn’t too shabby itself. Although my film obsession always came first, I started to branch out when it came to music and would spend endless hours of the day just listening to the albums that I had missed out on. With these hours spent came many new obsessions, most of which I am still very much in the thick of.

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Fallon’s Favorite Finds… on Noisetrade


Thank God for Noisetrade! I’m always looking for new music (really, it’s a sickness). So, you may imagine when I found this site last year that the heavens opened, a beam of light shone down, and a chorus’ “Ahhh” followed thereafter. I mentioned a few months ago that I found one of my favorite bands, Hey Ocean!, through them (read about it here). I’m happy to say that I’ve found a bunch of other bands to put in my iPod since. That said, here are few more of my favorite finds on Noisetrade. Happy listening!

The Civil Wars

Free download:

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Just Uhn Tiss While You Work…

Quite frequently my work space, wherever that may be (it changes), is interrupted by various noises: dogs barking, people talking, some nondescript electronic device, etc. So what do I do? Find my earbuds and turn on some music! But, it has to be a specific kind of music. If I turn on say, Mutemath (go here for Mutemath love), then I’ll be too busy jamming to hear a character’s voice or imagine a scene. However, if I turn on trance music I somehow find this zone, a kind of headspace in which I can concentrate.

I’ve consistently listened to a certain trance DJ over the years, and he is ranked number one in the world. You probably know that I am speaking of Armin Van Buuren.


He just released his newest album, “Intense,” yesterday. I’m happy to have new music to work to, so I thought I’d share this preview video I found with you. Enjoy!

What music (if any) helps you work better?


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April 20, 2013: Happy Record Store Day!

So, this past Saturday was Record Store Day. Did you go and support your local record store?

To be honest, I can’t go too often (or should I say often enough?). But when I do, I make sure to have a limit that I cannot go over (I could do some serious damage!). I’m pretty proud of myself for sticking to it, though. I was able to score some great music and not break the bank. Here’s what I walked out with:

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My First Words Out of a Coma? “I WANT TO SEE MUTEMATH!”

I don’t know how many of you out there heard about the woman who woke up from a coma and said she wanted to go to a Seger concert (read article here), but when I read about this lady I thought, wow, I would so do that. No, I wouldn’t wake from a semi-coma and ask for Seger, although he seems a decent fellow (points for those who know the reference), but I would totally ask to see my favorite band: Mutemath.

…mute what? I always hear this when I tell people their name. People do that with my name, too. I guess that’s just something Mutemath and I have in common. So, let me break it down for you. Mute- as in the inability to speak and math- like that subject in school you didn’t really want to learn. And no, their awesome name isn’t the only reason you should listen to them (or me- ha!), but it is a good place to start.

Mutemath was born out of the ashes of the band Earthsuit. Ever heard of them? They were a short lived, but critically acclaimed, ’90s Christian rock band. Paul Meany, former backup vocals/keyboard for Earthsuit, struck out on his own with friend, Darren King (drums/samples). Now we get to the good part. These two, King and Meany, started creating music together through a long-distance collaboration using samples, keyboard, and drums- the sound which would become the backbone of their self-titled album and which still influences their music today. Add to the duo Roy Mitchell-Cardenás (bass) and Greg Hill, although the latter is now replaced by Todd Gummerman (guitarist), and you’ve got MUTEMATH.

mutemath_002 (pictured left to right: Roy, Paul, Darren, and Todd)

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