Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Fall Out Boy Comic

First My Chemical Romance now Fall Out Boy?

Let me back track. Last year Gerard Way, the singer of emo rock band My Chemical Romance, put out a comic book called 'The Umbrella Academy'. Before being a rockstar, Way attended a visual arts school in New York and always wanted to become a comic book artist. He even had an internship at DC Comics! In any case, the comic book he put out had some positive feedback from the comic book world and was coming from what seemed to be a genuine artist wanting to enter the comic book industry.

Earlier this week, there is news that rock band Fall Out Boy (who's name came from Radioactive Man's sidekick in 'the Simposons' named Fallout Boy) has plans to follow in the same foot steps.

Drummer Andy Hurley has always been into comics, attending a few comic book conventions, and is playing a leading role in the project along with bassist Pete Wentz.

In the band's defence, they were approached by the Dabel Brothers Production company which is the comic book publisher involved with the project. Turns out the company was brainstorming on some new potential comics and graphic novels, and the idea of working with a music group. They created a short list of bands, Fall Out Boy being on that list, and soon enough the two parties were talking details.

You figure if you want to tap into the loads of music fans out there not yet familiar with comics, what better way than to attach yourself to a huge name like Fall Out Boy. The band's previous album From Under the Cork Tree went triple platinum and landed them a few awards along the way while their latest 2007 release Infinity on High sold over 260,000 copies in it's first week alone!

In any case, I respect Fall Out Boy a lot more for sticking to putting their name on something creative with a story line rather than J-Lo's new perfume fragrance, though I guess the comic book angle will be the rocker's version of perfume. I'm predicting we'll be seeing many more music acts following in the near future.

If you haven't checked out Fall Out Boy's latest albums yet which are both packed with some very catchy rock music that will have you moving in no time, you can get your hands on them through the following links:


                 

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Saturday, February 16, 2008

American Idol 7 - What am I missing about Josiah?

Someone tell me what I'm missing about this guy. How did Josiah get as far as he did?

I’ll start out on a positive note. He's young, he could sing, he can even write music. For his age, man, I give it to him, the guy is motivated and is pushing for a music career. He lives in his car, drives around from city to city playing gigs and I totally respect him for it.

Now for the whole American Idol journey ...

Stop crying. I can understand it’s emotional and maybe at some point you let a little out, but they had shots of him crying for every segment he was in. Don’t give them so much ammo. At the same time, the crying does go with the style of singing he showed during the auditions so at least he’s sticking to the image he’s got going but for me, it was becoming more of an annoyance than anything.

I thought he was horrible in Hollywood in comparison to a lot of the others there. I then looked into his first audition and with such an awesome story I find it much easier to see how people can fall in love with him, but it’s a singing competition and he’s far from being in the same league in vocal talent as the others there. That doesn’t mean he can’t build a career in music, just that I would see him having a much better chance winning a song writing competition than a singing one.

For the first audition, he took a risk, did his own song, it worked out. It was all downhill from there. He attempts to be creative with the ending of Mika’s Grace Kelley tune and butchers it completely turning it into a long whining session. What was he thinking? He took an awesome, fun song, and depressed the ending to death.

At some point before destroying the Mika tune, he openly admits that he’s much more comfortable with a keyboard than without. Are you trying to give them reasons why you shouldn’t be the next American Idol?

The last straw was the rendition of ‘Stand By Me’. I don’t know what happened with the band situation but Simon really puts out an awesome point that if you’re going to tell the band to leave the stage, you better put out an unforgettable performance. Instead, he sings it ‘the way he hears it in his head’ which to no surprise sounds whinny but this time with a little more screaming and cracking in his voice.

Personal opinion here since obviously people like him, but I found any creative twist he tried on the cover songs he chose for the auditions were completed misses and if anything, hurting him each time, not to mention hurting the original song.

On a positive note, with all the exposure they gave him with Idol, it will surely bring many ears to his personal project giving his musical career a priceless boost.

You can write songs, you have talent, you have a great story, people like you, I wish you the best in your music career with plenty of success, but I am not a fan of the whinny renditions and if Idol’s main focus is on finding great singers, I have no idea what they were thinking putting you through as far as they did.

Best of luck and much respect.

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Monday, February 11, 2008

Similar Songs - State of Shock 'Money Honey' and Supernova 'Be Yourself'

I'm a songwriter and I'll admit, on occassion it can happen that I'll write a song and then hear an old song or something playing on the radio that has some similarities. It's not done on purpose, I'm not trying to copy something that's already done, but when you think that thousands of popular songs use the same chord progression, is it really that hard to believe that in some cases even part of the melody can be similar?

I recently heard the new hit song Money Honey by 'State of Shock'. I don't want to take anything away from these guys. It's an extremely catchy song and I'm loving it.

The first time I heard it was on the radio while I was driving with my girlfriend. She starts singing the chorus since she's been telling me about this song for a while and it finally plays when we're together and the first thing that pops in my head is that I've heard something way too close to this already. I couldn't pin point it.

A few minutes later it clicked. The chorus reminds me so much of Be Yourself (and 5 Other Cliches) (New Album Version) by 'Supernova'; the super band which created a reality TV series around finding their lead singer.

You be the judge. Download both songs through the following links or your favorite music download service and you'll see what I mean:

Money Honey
Be Yourself (and 5 Other Cliches) (New Album Version)


Overall, I like 'State of Shocks' song a lot more. I find it a much better song overall; melodies, structure, and production. I'll leave this for a rant on another blog but the winner of the reality TV series Rockstar Supernova (Lukas Rossi) is the only good thing in that band.

In any case, this is my first 'Similar Song' segment but I foresee more in the near future so stay posted. Also, if you're more of a CD buyer and interested in checking out the albums with the songs mentioned in this blog, check out the following links for the best prices new and used:


                 

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Thursday, February 7, 2008

Celine Dion announces 7th show in Montreal!

I got tickets, jealous?

If selling out 6 shows in Montreal wasn't enough for her upcoming tour, Celine Dion (nominated for 6 Juno Awards this year!) just added a 7th Montreal date, August 31st 2008.

Tickets for the event will be going on sale this coming Saturday, February 9th at noon and you can bet they'll sell out just as quick as the last 6 dates. If you're a fan of Celine, or even a music fan in general, this is your chance to pick up on tickets for a record breaking musical event in Montreal.

If you don't have Celine Dion's latest album yet, Taking Chances, you have got to get your hands on it. It's nominated for best Pop album of the year at the Juno's, and already went 4x platinum in Canada! Stay posted for a full album review from Let Me Compare.


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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Foo Fighters Grammy Contest - amazing

For the upcoming Grammy's, the Foo Fighters will be performing a rendition of their hit The Pretender off of their new album Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace and built a contest around it which will give one musician an incredible opportunity to play up on stage as part of the orchestra live at the Grammny's with The Foo Fighters!

The contest was being held on You Tube -http://www.youtube.com/mygrammymoment .

Basically contestants uploaded an 'audition' video of them playing their instrument and uploaded people could then go to the contest link and vote for their favourites. You can vote once a day for each video you like. Voting will end on Feburary 10th.

They are down to the top 3 right now and you need to go check these guys out. I'm a Foo Fighters fan as well as a musician and my mouth dropped on these videos. Each one is absulutely amazing. It's awesome to see people with real musical talent being given a chance to show what they have. I'm an even bigger fan of Foo Fighters now for the opportunity they are putting out, I don't care if it's seen as a marketing stunt. Looking forward to those Grammy's!

If you don't have Foo Fighters new CD yet, you can get it off Amazon through the direct link below at a great price, or just download the legal MP3 of their hit The Pretenderwith the link below. Enjoy!


                 


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Monday, February 4, 2008

Jordan Sparks got pipes!

I just wrote a review on Tom Petty's performance at the half time show which in brief and in my opinion lacked the entertainment aspect in a performance, but I didn't mention anything good about the Super Bowl as far as talent so here goes.

Jordan Sparks, hands down, the girl's got pipes man. So what if she looked like she was going to pass out from the pressure before and after the performance? I admit I was feeling some pressure when I saw the expression on her face before singing, but I it's only normal. She got through in the business the shortcut way with American Idol. There's no problem in taking advantages of shortcuts, but you can't expect all of them to become pros in a year either and here was a perfect example.

As far as vocals and peformance goes though, I think she did an amazing job during the anthem. She may not be my favorite winner from the idol series, but man can she sing. Jordan Sparks, you rock!

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Tom Petty was no good at the SuperBowl

It was no good, I don't care what they say.

I'll admit off the bat I'm not a huge fan of Tom Petty but I respect him very much as far as song writing goes. He's got awesome tunes, hands down, but the half-time show is not only about great tunes. It's suppose to be entertaining and this year had to be of the dullest hands down. Good thing for the commercials.

I have no beef with the come-back era but if you have been around for so many years and you want to still be up on stage doing your thing, at least look like you're putting everything you've got into it. Take Prince, now he gave a show last half-time. Take the Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger can probably out run most high school gym teachers and I've never seen him hold back live. This year you had Tom Petty on stage and performing as if he was at a garage practice. Even the singing lacked 'ummmf'. You don't want to blow your voice, that's cool, but you have 4 songs, not a 2 hour set. If I saw the same type of performance at a bar, I would not have been far from blown away, but we're talking SuperBowl, not a cover band playing for tips at the corner of the street.

I'm not saying it's easy to get up there after doing it for so long and still go at it 100% but if you don't plan to or can no longer, don't accept the gig, or for the ones in charge of the entertainment for SuperBowl, don't pitch it to an act unless you fully believe it will be a performance to remember. Did it even get people talking enough for it to be worth it? I'm missing where it was a good move by anyone for Tom Petty to be the half-time show.

Sorry Tom, awesome tunes, great band, but just my personal opinion here, not a good performance last night.

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Let Me Compare Blog - Intro

My name is Bobby Bisciglia, owner/creator of the site Let Me Compare - http://www.letmecompare.com/ .

I originally started up the site to compare online music download services while introducing people to the online music download world, the legal side of it anyways. The site covers some of the basic FAQ's on the subject with some helpful info but questions have still been pouring in around the basics and to better answer some of the questions which have been repeating, I figured why not a blog?

Aside from the Let Me Compare project, I'm also the singer / guitarist for the Montreal rock band 'Play The Angel - http://www.playtheangel.com/ . I'm a huge music fan overall and always wanted to start up an online magazine of sorts on either the Montreal indie scene in general, but also with some demo and album reviews, opinions, and news on what's going on in the music world today.

This is my first blog post and I'm very new to the whole concept so hope this will be helpful to some, intersting to others, and stay fun for me. Enjoy!

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