Five of My Top Played Tracks from 2010

I love It’s a music tracking site wherein users’ songs are “scrobbled” as they play them. Basically, you download a small app that sends an update to the servers whenever you play a song. The site tracks things like the number of times you listen to a particular artist or song. Since 2011 just started, I thought I’d look back on 2010 and see my top played tracks. More »

OK Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky

With the arrival of their album Of the Blue Colour of the Sky this past January, OK Go started a new wave of viral videos, the first of which, features the Notre Dame marching band. I can’t embed it for whatever reason their publishing company decided (explained here by the band on Gizmodo). Regardless, it’s an interesting video with lots of surprises. But their next video (of the same song) was released with the new month, seen below.

If you haven’t seen it already, it features an extremely elaborate Rube Goldberg machine that clicks and clacks to the beat of the song. It’s incredible to think of the amount of work that had to go into putting this together, filming it in one take, and resetting it when it broke.

As for the album itself, it’s a fairly big departure from their previous releases — less pop and more experimental with the sounds. It takes a few listens to get accustomed to, but it’s a solid album. Stand-out tracks for me are “Needing/Getting”, “White Knuckles”, and “Back from Kathmandu”.

Opeth – Blackwater Park

Well, since I have the time on my hands, let’s talk music.

I was never really into death metal. However, one song changed that, Dethklok’s Murmaider. I don’t watch Metalocalypse — I don’t even have cable — but I listened to the song on YouTube on a whim. Brutal. And yet at the same time hilarious. So I got hooked into Dethklok and ever so slowly the death metal growl didn’t seem to bother me as it does so many other people.

In college, I started listening to Dream Theater (There’s another story behind that). Which branched off into Symphony X, Spock’s Beard, and Porcupine Tree among others; great progressive rock and metal bands. I had heard that Opeth tours with Dream Theater often, but never got around to listening to them because I wasn’t really a fan of the death metal growl.

So one day, slightly bored of my current music, I download Opeth’s Blackwater Park. I doubt I would’ve liked it when I first started listening to metal, but once you take in the growl as another musical timbre, it’ll suck you in. What a great album.