I would like to start by mentioning that this article represents a piece of my nostalgic views towards the punk music that used to be “my all” and maybe it shows my hatred towards today’s music industry, which is ruled by people like Kanye West or other “musicians” that don’t know s*it about music. I’m not implying that I know everything about music, but I believe I know more than some so-called musicians. And yes, in my opinion Punk is the best music there is, it has melody combined with strong lyrics and by playing punk music at parties the general mood immediately changes in better. As Fat Mike said in an interview a couple of weeks back “Why would you want to listen to.. when you can listen to Social Distortion?”.
When I think about punk music a couple of bands pop into my mind. Bad Religion is, I think, the first band that pretty much changed my whole life, alongside NOFX and Anti-Flag. These 3 bands meant the world to me, figuratively speaking. They approach different subjects in each and every one of their songs. Bad Religion, the name says it all even though they only picked it to piss off their parents, in the end, their strong lyrics about society, evolution, God made Bad Religion one of the most respected punk bands in our days. Anti-Flag’s approach towards society topics is a little more different, I would go to the lengths of saying that they take it to the next level. As for NOFX, they taught us about drugs, people and of course society.
However, all of these bands and other bands as well, are starting to feel like a thing of the past, for some people, making me wonder what the hell happened to good music? What is this electro bullsh*t everyone is listening to nowadays. There are no lyrics and the same combination of notes are being played repeatedly during the entire song and please don’t tell me you have to “feel” the music in order to understand, please!
Of course there are some great punk bands that managed to climb up the ladder of the music industry, but by doing so they had to change their sound a little, making it more pop, more commercial. But, by doing that, punk music loses its power, its message. It’s almost like it’s a bad joke to music. Don’t get me wrong I do like some of the new punk bands that are now “mainstream”, but they lack the message, they don’t appeal to me. Maybe if Sum 41 won’t disappoint us and are truly going to make a punk-rock/metal-punk album as they used to, the whole punk scene will start to rethink its current path and become what is supposed to be. Punk equals: Do what you want!
Rancid already started doing that after the release of the “…Honor Is All We Know” album, which puts an end to their 5 years of silence. By doing that, they managed to make me feel the revival of punk music and I’m sure I’m not the only one. I hope that someday soon, some new bands will rise and take the lead of the punk-rock carousel, by bringing back its old values.
What I miss the most is probably the feeling of happiness that punk music has brought me after listening to bands like Social Distortion, Bad Religion, Rise Against, Anti-Flag, NOFX and many more. Unfortunately, nowadays, I have to be incredibly lucky to come across a good band with good songs. Yes, songs! I might be an a*hole, but when there is no melody, no meaningful lyrics, no message, it doesn’t feel like music to me, it’s just sound. I don’t even want to mention random bands that recorded a decent punk song just for the sake of it and then returned to creating pop-punk music, because it sells better.
And yes, I get that these bands I respect are now old, in fact, we are older and I am older. I agree that we should allow the new generation to keep the punk spirit and music alive, but they do not make real authentic punk music anymore, just some mumble-bumble songs to earn their living. If you do know a new band or relatively new band that I might have missed or ignored because I thought they aren’t good enough, feel free to contact me and change my mind. Although I can be a jerk sometimes and tend to strongly support my opinions, I do keep an open-mind.
5 Summer Music Event Essentials This Year
It’s that time of the year again! Music events and festivals are just around the corner, and everybody is excited to the max. It seems as the years go by these festivals get grander and grander, which is great because every music lover has something to look forward to.
It is a great time for music lovers and even performers and bands. Performers can enlist themselves on websites like www.greenlightbands.com and look forward to booming their career ahead of them.
Needless to say though, that there are a couple of things that you need to carry with you at all times when you are at a music festival. An unprecedented, unpleasant event can ruin the whole thing for you. Here are our top picks:
Easily the most important thing for you to carry at a music festival is a power bank or a portable charger. Our phones are our most used accessory, and with all the apps we use and calls, we make it runs out of battery pretty fast.
Music festivals also tend to run quite late, so it is very likely that your phone is out of it by the time the festival reaches its climax. No matter how good the event is, once your phone runs out of charging, you will end up frustrated!
Now how will you tell people that you were jamming at a music event without selfies? And how will you show that all your awesome friends were with you and all the awesome celebrities you met without using a selfie stick?
Selfie sticks are fantastic because you can take a large group picture at one time instead of one-by-one. When your favorite celebrity or performer that you have spotted after much hassle gets leaves after a couple of individual photos, it is a sad event for others who were looking forward to it.
So one fantastic selfie with a selfie stick could be all you need to get through it!
Music events often help in open-air fields. They also start at daytime and stay till late evening or even midnight.
We are all quite cool with how things are at nighttime, but you don’t want to worry about the sun ruining your skin while you’re trying to enjoy the event! So it is best that you carry sunscreen with you. Keep applying it after every few hours to stop getting tensed about the sun!
Is there any music event that you want to go to and sit around in your pretty-but-painful shoes? We bet there isn’t. Make sure that whatever shoes you are wearing are comfortable enough to keep your feet cushioned so that you can enjoy the whole festival.
If you’re going to a musical event, it only makes sense if you look the part! And what can cover you up better than a pair of cool Bluetooth headphones! They are portable and easy to carry because they have no wire, they help you get calls without taking your phone out and looking away, and they look cool!
Rumor: Apple Will Announce iTunes Downloads Termination in 2019
It’s sad, really, as someone who uses music downloads rather than music streaming I am quite saddened by the future disappearance of Apple’s iTunes download service. This is done because of the meteoric growth of Apple Music and other streaming services like Spotify.
Just last week, Apple executive Jimmy Lovine pointed to a shutdown when ‘people stop buying’. Of course, this means that insiders will often tell journalists about when this “date” is expected to come. With the latest rumors pointing at a shutdown announcement in March 31, 2019.
The insiders have clarified that thi is just an estimated date for an announcement of a shutdown of the service. This also doesn’t mean that the downloaded content will stop being available for the customers who purchased it.
No, music downloads will always work on all Apple devices and the iTunes platform, across all versions. iPods will continue to work and playing song downloads as well, not to mention that iTunes syncing will continue working, so no, no bricking will happen, Apple already has that covered, so don’t you worry about it.
As much as I’d like to say that this is the end much like how Flash will stop being a thing in 2020. I will say that leaks like these are meant to be taken with a grain of salt. To be honest, I still rely on my music downloads (Legitimately bought, of course) to enjoy my music on the go.
However, I’d love to see if Music Streaming is the future of the industry or not. As it seems, the competition is quite fierce between Spotify and Apple Music. So we might be seeing a few developments happening sometime soon. Who knows? Maybe I’ll even end up switching to Spotify if I end up losing the option to have my downloaded tracks.
Top 10 Best Brony Songs of All Time
Let’s continue the antics of My Little Pony fanwork in #MLPMonth. How about we start by sharing a Top 10 list that involves fan created songs that bronies have made? It seems like a very excellent choice for a Top 10 list, right?
The Top 10 will be as varied as possible and there will be some repeated artists, so that’s a fair warning. Also, I don’t hold a distinction between instrumental and lyric-based songs, every song deserves recognition. Without further ado, let’s go over the 10 best My Little Pony songs created by the fans of the show.
10.- Luna (DREAM MODE) by Eurobeat Brony
This was one of the first songs I’ve listened to when I was starting to get invested in the fandom. The song is part of Eurobeat’s “Super Ponybeat” album, it consists on Eurobeat remixes of My Little Pony Season 1 songs.
To this day I still don’t know if this song is original material or not. However, I love the beats, the piano and the lyrics, it’s been an inspiration for many content creators nowadays even. I mean, there is only one other reason why Super Ponybeat songs are widely known but that will be its own article.
This song in and off itself can be considered a brony classic, as it has refined a lot of people’s interest in the show. However, it also feels very generic in some parts and it hasn’t aged that well, to the point I like other remixes of the same song more. But I can’t deny that this is still worth listening to.
9.- Laughter by Mando Pony and AcousticBrony.
First off, yes, I know it’s supposed to be AcousticMandoPony but it’s a collaboration effort regardless. Anyways, Laughter is part of the “Elements of Friendship” series of songs, all of them are great on their own regard. I mean, when you hear Generosity and listen to the great voice of EileMonty, you have more than enough reason to place this song in the Top 10.
Why Laughter then? Because this song is way more hyperactive with its instrumentation (Much like Pinkie Pie herself). It also includes some 8-bit instruments that actually feel natural to the composition itself. It’s funny when you think about it considering Mando Pony was known for his 8-bit mixes.
I simply find myself returning to “Laughter” more than any other of the “Elements of Friendship” songs. And it’s not like the other songs are shabby, it’s great to listen to the guitar solo in Loyalty, the excellent pacing in Kindness and the magnificent composition in Generosity. Overall, these songs all deserve a good listen.
8.- Join the Herd (Remake) by Forest Rain.
How can you make something like My Little Pony into Pop and Rock? Forest Rain originally answered this question back in March 2012 with the song Join the Herd. A great song that had some incredibly fast paces vocals at the time.
Not only that but it also tells the story many of the show’s greatest fans had with the show. Including myself, the story of a guy who wonders what the heck this MLP Craze is about until they see a very good show that is worth following.
Sadly, this hasn’t aged that well and you notice Forest’s voice trying really hard to reach high pitch notes and failing. That’s why Forest remade it with better instruments and a catchier beat with the same composition. It’s a good remake of a song that shaped the fandom back when it exploded.
7.- Balladshy by AcousticBrony
I expressed my frustration on Twitter when I realized that it’s simply impossible to talk about the best brony songs without bringing up work from Acousticbrony.
To be honest, when it comes to his Mane 6 themes, it’s kind of hard to make a call as to which is better. Mostly because the themes are built around what a person prefers in terms of music and instrumentation.
When I picked Balladshy, it’s because it reminds me of the Legendary Theme from Gitaroo-Man. A slow paced tune that can make history just by listening to it. And It’s never a bad thing to listen to a love ballad while doing things such as writing or even taking a hike. This tune definitely deserves the recognition and praise it got ever since it was released.
6.- A Tropical Octav3 by Coconeru & Steven A.D.
Obvious choice is painfully obvious, A Tropical Octav3 just hits the right spots when it comes to its composition. The pacing feels consistent and excellent, what I like the most about this song has to be the lyrics. Which also take a story-based approach, this time it’s a shipwreck story between fan favorites Octavia and DJ-PON3 (Or Vinyl Scratch).
The lyrics are hard to nail though, and that’s a fact because I can never find myself to be able to consistently sing them. However, I love the pacing and the fact that it’s a very funny story to listen to. It’s sad to hear that the singer himself got constantly harassed because of this and other pony songs. Not like the gaming industry has better proponents, either.
Regardless of such, this song is a very light-hearted and funny tune with some good lyrics and singer. The instrumental version is worthy of a listen as well, though. Especially considering that it has a lot of emphasis on strings and I love strings.
5.- Between Fairy Tales and Happy Endings by PrinceWhateverer ft. Aiko & Senra
We meet with another remake of a song. While PrinceWhateverer is mostly known for his metal music, he’s no stranger to calmer vibes in his songs. And while I don’t agree with some his choices in regards to remakes (Constellations). I can say with confidence that Between Fairy Tales and Happy Endings is a great remaster of an already great song.
The song is originally a response to a huge controversy surrounding the exclusion of the brony mascot, Derpy Hooves. The basic summation was that the character was considered too offensive for some audiences and had to be retired. Bronies were devastated by this and this event generated a huge response. We can see the controversy in this song quite well, and spoiler alert: It’s not gonna be the last time I cover this sort of issue.
The song itself reminds me of one of my favorite songs named All the Same by Sick Puppies. A song that starts calmly and then slowly ascends into a rock/metal string. And that’s one of the greatest things this song has going for it.
4.-Breaking Bonds by PrinceWhateverer, AcousticBrony, Mandopony, MrGeorgeFTW and DJMHM
What happens when you gather most of the artists on this list to make them all sing a heavy metal song? You get a fucking masterpiece with chiptune beats, rap solos, amazing vocal performance and much more in one package.
Some people might consider it a very big cluttering of collaborating artists, I consider it a very great song. Sure, there are a lot of artists in this thing but all of them are capable of achieving amazing performances on their own.
This song is a story as well, telling a POV story in events surrounding an episode of My Little Pony Season 1. It was destined to be a recipe for success and boy did it make the cut in so many ways.
3.- Flutterwonder by PinkiePieSwear
How could this song not make it all the way to Top 3? A great remix of the song “So Many Wonders” that featured in My Little Pony, season 1. It became a classic for many bronies for its trance vibes and catchy tune.
The song itself is a very zen and wonderful song. It’s surrounding by singing choirs and calm music vibes while still maintaining a high BPM rate. It’s certainly a good vibe and a very addicting tune to listen to.
The few times where vocals are involved in the song are also incredible, it almost feels like Fluttershy herself is singing along to the beats. Well, except for the times her voice gets “repeated” along the beat. Regardless of such, this is a great song to listen to at any time.
2.- Finding My Way (Back Home) by Replacer
What’s that? No Cerulean Blue? Aw, shucks, I thought you’d love this song. No, but seriously, this has to be the best song Replacer has in his repertoire. It’s a very great tune that works the wonders Balladshy does and amps them up to 20.
It feels like one of those classic songs from the 70s, I don’t know why I get that feeling, though. However, the song stands out by itself with the amazing singing done by Replacer himself. Masterfully complimented by the guitar and lyrics provided by Megabyte Brony and a great guitar solo.
I just have no words to describe how amazing this song is, however. It has found itself trumped by another great song that is part of the brony classics collection. This song holds a deep meaning to me because it’s one of those I fully love and love singing to during my hikes. Much to the dismay of pretty much everything around me.
1.- The Moon Rises (Remaster) and Lullaby for a Princess by Ponyphonic.
Yes, this is literally the pick everybody would ask me about if I didn’t actually put it on the list. And really, can you discuss with the way Master Ponyphonic does his music? Giving life to underdeveloped characters Princess Luna and Princess Celestia in his own way.
On one side, we have The Moon Rises, which follows the story arc where Luna first became Nightmare Moon. The remake sung by EileMonty just shows a lot of passion that the original lacked slightly. I find myself revisiting this song quite a lot but not as much as I do with the following song in the “Musical”.
Lullaby for a Princess is supposed to be the aftermath of the entire fight that separated the two loving sisters. It’s a tragic ballad that makes it hard to not cry when you know the story behind the two Princesses and their tragedies.
Both of the songs come accompanied by animations done by Content creators WarpOut and DuoCartoonist (Which will make an appearance during the next Top 10 list). And it definitely adds to the dramatic tragedy that surrounds both of the songs. Considering that this is one of the highest regarded lore events in My Little Pony, it really isn’t that strange.
Final conclusion / Honorable mentions.
I’d love to say that there are a lot of songs I didn’t include, and I’m sure I’m going to be asked about “Discord” by The Living Tombstone, among others. But these are the best most relatable songs I could think of and the fact that there are so many more brony artists out there worth listening to brings happiness and hope to my heart.
But a few honorable mentions that didn’t make the cut for the list are Anthropology by Awkwardmarina, Shipping and Handling by P1K, Aloe Aloe by Underpony, Alicornication by zatslol and The Beatle Bronies’ song remakes.
There are also many Pony game soundtracks like Fighting is Magic, Legends of Equestria, Megapony and My Little Investigations. Not to mention the original tracks performed for the Phoenix Wright / My Little Pony Crossover: Turnabout Storm. There’ll be a lot to talk about for future #MLPMonth iterations!
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