Sara Scoggs' Blog
Today Fall Out Boys’ 2003 release Take This To Your Grave turns 10 years old! To honor the album and our theme this month on Buznet, I am going to listen to the album from start to finish and write a few memories I have tied to the record in real-time. I suggest getting the album out and playing along with me.
“Tell That Mick He Just Made My List Of Things To Do Today”
Love how this album kicks off. It makes you want to run as fast as you can down the street you grew up on singing along. I can remember loving the line, “To my favorite liar, to my favorite scar.” That may have been my AIM away message often back in 2003.
Favorite line: “ To my favorite liar, to my favorite scar.”
“Dead On Arrival”
Ah, the first single. Anyone who has this blue 7” is a lucky lucky fan. I remember this song coming on the boom box (yep boom box) at my friend Chris’ house. That was the first time I heard anything from Fall Out Boy. Chris actually had a lot to do with my introduction to music in this scene when we were kids.
Favorite line: “ I know I’m not your favorite record.”
“Grand Theft Autumn/Where Is Your Boy”
I think I would say my most distinct memory of this song is singing along in the car with my friends the summer of 2003. An acoustic version of the song was floating around the Internet as well and I remember downloading it on Kazaa. Sorry FOB.
Favorite line: “You were the last good thing about this part of town.”
This is my personal favorite off of Take This To Your Grave. I have a vivid memory of being in college years later, feeling like an outcast, and hearing a boy in my dorm singing this song in the hallway. I ran up to him in excitement! Knowing that post high school there were still some FOB fans walking among us was amazing. He had a nice voice too!
Favorite line: “And I read about the afterlife but I never really lived”
“Homesick At Space Camp”
I remember hitting the play back button on this one a lot because it told such an obvious story of missing things and having to leave them behind. I didn’t have to really dig for any hidden meaning in the lyric’s metaphors.
Favorite line: “And I can’t forget your style or cynicism.”
“Sending Postcards From A Plane Crash (Wish You Were Here)”
This is the perfect angsty and bitter breakup song for an emo teenager. The kind of stuff that makes your parents worried about you when it’s blaring out of your bedroom.
Favorite line: “Turn this up I’ll tune you out”
“Chicago Is So Two Years Ago”
This chorus is so perfectly catchy but then hits you with some of the most descriptive imagery in any of the songs on this album. Someone upset Pete Wentz and he is letting them know; these are fighting words. “With every breath I wish your body will be broken again” and the line “loaded words with loaded friends. Loaded guns to our heads.” I can remember being a bit shocked by how direct this song was.
Favorite line: “My heart is on my sleeve. Wear it like a bruise or black eye.”
“The Pros and Cons Of Breathing”
I just remember singing along to this chorus furiously when I started driving on my own.
Favorite line ”Wish that I was as invisible as you make me feel.”
(And I still relate to that one just as much today as I did in 2003.)
This one always stood out to me, because as I mentioned before, I had a buddy Chris. Thankfully I never lost any friends at a young age so I couldn’t empathize with this song but it was a nice change of pace from singing about hating girls.
Favorite line: “but at the end of the day you know where we come from and where we call home.”
“Calm Before The Storm”
Second favorite track! Love how it opens and the harmonies. I remember making a mix CD for my oldest brother and he feel in love with this song for the same reasons. So many harmonies and vocal runs – GO PATRICK!
Favorite line: “What you do on your own time’s just find. My imaginations much worse, I just never want to know.”
“Reinventing The Wheel To Run Myself Over”
All I can remember about this song from the first time I got into the album loved the chorus and Patrick’s vocals and the drum fill towards the end.
Favorite line: “I can’t wake up to these reminders of who I am: a failure at everything, 18 going on extinct.”
“The Patron Saint Of Liars And Fakes”
Gosh, talk about angry. This is song is such a great way to wrap up all of the aggression and anger on this album. I remember after listening to it a few times I finally noticed the line, “take this to your grave” laced into the last chorus. This records goes out with a bang.
Favorite: “ And when it all goes to hell, will you be able to tell me you’re sorry with a straight face.”
I guess an overall memory of this album is how aggressive and angry the content was. It was all laid out, nothing was held back. Take This To Your Grave was one of the first times someone was singing about all of the things I was thinking; and singing it with convocation. It was around the time I was also getting into Taking Back Sunday and Brand New. I had stumbled upon all this new music that was catchy, but wasn’t all about rainbows and sunshine. It was about the hard parts of growing up and having your naive heart broken.
When I got past the insanely catchy melodies I realized the lyrics are really harsh. Just what I need as a sophomore in high school who kept making the same missteps we all make at that age.
Wow that was fun and ironically my Spotify account just started to play “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark” bringing me right back to 2013. Very excited Fall Out Boy is back and congrats on a decade of giving us all something to relate to with a nice melody and drum fills. #musicrules.
What are you memories of this album?
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This past month Paramore released a new album -- and Hayley Williams had her own shade of nail polish with MAC cosmetics. Now, I am not a girlie girl but I do love nail polish and wanted to give her shade of 'Riot Gear'* a test run.
*'Riot Gear' is referencing the lyrics to "Fast In My Car" and I just love that touch.
It was $16 and is only available online. Kind of pricy for nail polish but I know MAC is a quality brand.
The polish is a lovely shade of creamy orange; sort of like a creamsicle. YUMMY! I also liked that when I was applying it didn't bubble up like some of the OPI colors do. As far as the strength of the polish, it was a little weak and with only two coats (and no top coat) I had some chips within the first 24 hours. I recommend using three coats and a topcoat if you want it to last a few days.
All in all it's a great little polish for spring/summer -- or really any time you wanna look fly!
I also got the rest of the line and will let you know how it goes.
And yeah I will still end this with -- #musicrules.
Earlier this week we were lucky enough to spend the afternoon with Andrew McMahon at The Redbury here in Hollywood. We filmed a bundle of exclusive performances and interviews. Andrew just released a new EP, The Pop Underground showing off his electronic pop sound so of course we had to ask him all about it.
Take a look at the latest video in our series with Andrew giving us an idea of what he has been up to recently in our 'Last Questions interiew! And stay tuned to see Andrew performing a song (upon our request) from his project Something Corporate, "I Woke Up In A Car" acoustic and more from "The Pop Underground." Be sure to pick up Andrew's new EP The Pop Underground on iTunes and catch him live; he's the best! #musicrules
What is your favorite moment from our session with Andrew?
Let's talk music, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
The first time I saw Paramore live was back in April of 2008 when they toured with Jimmy Eat World. At the time I was in love, I had blonde hair and was about to graduate from college and head into the “real world.” Needless to say since then Paramore and I have both experienced a lot of changes. The way we look, our attitude on being in the “real world” and our relationships with the people in our lives have all changed. Thankfully we both had one thing in common to get us to where we are in 2013 -- their music.
Speed up 5 years and last night I was singing live along with Hayley Williams, Taylor York and Jeremy Davis for the sixth time. I would agree we both turned out okay regardless of all the obstacles we had faced over the past five years. Paramore may have had some setbacks with transitions into a new lineup, but today they stand confident in their music (a number one album will do that to you) and in their bond as a band (overcoming loss will do that to you).
Last night as I stood in the balcony at the historic Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles I was amazed by the high-engery performance, but also by my over 2K peers. The love and support that got this band to bypass all of the drama and negativity that had infiltrated their world was still they're ready to "get down." During the diverse setlist (almost all of Paramore’s releases were represented) there was endless participation from the crowd, fueling the band to play harder and prompting Hayley to thank us over and over. It seems that not only was I happier at this point in my life, but that Paramore was as well. Before the new song, “Ain’t It Fun” Williams shared that their new album was, “the first album we had recorded in LA, and it’s our favorite album.”
She also took the time to give us some insight during the crowd favorite “Whoa” off their first full-length All We Know Is Falling. She admitted back in 2005 they wanted to write a song everyone could sing along to and “Whoa” became that song. It worked like a charm. Before the anthemic and empowering new song “Anklebiters” about embracing who you are, Hayley told the crowd, “We are here to give you a story.” She then invited fans to join her on stage to help with the song’s gang vocals – really putting her money where her mouth is. It looked like the most fun anyone could ever have.
Acutally, the entire night was the most fun anyone could ever have.
Seeing Paramore live has always been a new experience over the past five years. It may have been my sixth show but they continue to grow, evolve and push the boundaries of being “that band with the Twilight song and the girl singer with orange hair.” They have proven to any skeptics, critics, wavering fans and themselves that they have something special and this is the beginning of a shiny happy new chapter.
To be honest I don’t think Paramore really became one of my favorite bands until I saw them live for that first time back in 2008 and I now in 2013 they can truly say, “We’re just getting started.” #musicrules.
What are you're memories of seeing Paramore live?
Let's talk music, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
I had the pleasure of having Cody Simpson stop by out studio for a fun round of last questions! We will find out what Cody did last night, who received his last text from and much more.
Also be sure to check out Cody's new tour kicking off on May 30th in Jacksonville, FL and wrapping up on July 27th in Denver. And if you are hoping for new music from Cody he has a new single "Pretty Brown Eyes" out new and will have a new album out this summer. Keep up with Cody on his offical website and see all of his tour dates here! #musicrules.
What was the last text message you sent?
Let's talk music, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
LIGHTS has a new acoustic album out tomorrow -- and she nailed it. For Siberia Acoutic, LIGHTS has taken 10 of the songs off of her 2011 release Siberia and reworked them into versions you can now sing around a campfire with friends. While the songs have been reworked they're still recognizable; they just had a new soft side. It's a refreshing change of pace to hear her amazing voice without all of the synithizers and electronics. #musicrules.
1.LIGHTS stripped down is so beautiful.
She is honestly one of the best voices live and she sings with a lot of power against her big sound. However, on this new album we hear LIGHTS’ soft and tender side and it’s just lovely.
2. Max Kerman of Arkells collaboration on “Siberia.”
I was already a HUGE fan of the collaboration LIGHTS did with Arkells’ “ Book Club” -- and this is another knock out of the park. I love that it was done on a piano and hearing their voices meld together and when they throw lines back and forth.
3. "Peace Sign" featuring Cour de Piarte.
I mean we get a French lesson with this collaboration folks! The exchange of English to Frech is a nice twist on the song and is très cute!
4. "Flux and Flow" acoustic.
This song in particular off of Siberia I was anxious to hear because the original version had a strong electronic influence and vocally it’s tough. Well, she did a beautiful job with the acoustic version and I think it’s my favorite new version on this LP. Also the guitar work is beautifully sublet.
5. “I’m a sucker for anything acoustic.”
Really, I am. I love when songs are taken in a new direction. The fact that she took an entire album I love and made an acoustic version just proves LIGHTS gets it, and I love her for it.
Are you going to check out the new record?
Let's talk music, let me know your thougts in the comments below.
The 1975 came into the forefront of my Spotlify playlist after I saw them play SXSW. While there has been a lot of new music from some of my favorite bands to satisfy me recently, The 1975 were a new discovery that grabbed instantly.Finding a new band is an exciting feeling for a music fan and when your job revolves around those discoveries, it makes your mind wander. #musicrules.
I had to know more about The 1975.
I did some research and tired to find what I could on these Manchester natives, but at the time there wasn’t much. I reached out to their US label Vagrant Records to at least get a few of my burning questions answered via email. Take a look at this new interview with front man Matty Healy about their beginnings as a band, their unique sound and why they come off as the cool kids at school you’re dying to hang out with on weekends.
Give us the background on the group. Where did you all meet and how did you all find this unique sound together?
We met at school. We kinda started out of boredom i guess. I hadn't quite secured my social identity by that time, i was still really flirting with the boundaries between 'scally' and 'mosher' - i've never been 100% sure on where lay my allegiances.
Anyway, Hann come up to me, probably about 15, and said 'Do you wanna like……play drums in my band?' I thought 'Yeah go on then that'll be a laugh'. The original line up of the band was Me (on drums), Hann and Ross on guitar and bass (as they are to this day :)) Our mate Owen on another guitar and Elliot was the singer. We were shit. I actually remember playing a song in rehearsal and Elliot just looked at me and said 'I reckon we are shit'. So we thought let's get a drummer, so I could be the singer - Elliot left understandably. We found George in the corridors of the music bit at school. He was dead weird, but I thought he was jokes. We've never left each others sides since really. There was no real scene in our town at that time and we were all looking for some way of expressing ourselves I suppose. Some woman called Sheila started this run of gigs for underage kids (I think she was like a hippy council worker) and they soon turned into a riot. We would go and play there, doing covers of punk songs and ghostbusters etc. It was so drunken and personal. After doing that for a while we wrote a song and thought 'Let's just do this! This is well better than going to school or work'. So we went under loads of names, made loads of different music and now we're here - as The 1975.
What has it been like to have all of your success in the UK?
We genuinely did not expect our popularity to accelerate in the way that it did after we released 'Sex and 'Chocolate' - we've been away since January so we've not really been witness to much of the developments back home. It's strange. Exciting though. We cannot wait to play for new people.
We fell in love with you guys at SXSW; really your confidently cool vibe was incredibly refreshing for us here in the states and everyone has been buzzing about you guys. Has there been a noticeable difference from the UK fans versus the US fans?
I think if you're playing good music in New York or Manchester people are gonna react the same. There's not a massive difference in the Uk and US crowds, at least not for us anyway. We are very inspired my american bands and artists, so we've always felt that our music would at least…'work' in America. Our album in particular is all based around the workings and moods of John Hughes - and he's very American. The reception it did have though was totally un expected. People really seemed to love us haha. It was quite humbling and we're just happy that people seem to be connecting with what we do.
You have a very different sound from anything else here in America, how do you approach song writing as a band and what do you think influences you as a band the most?
Well I don't really talk about the writing process very much, not to be perceived as enigmatic or cool, it's simply one of the only things we have left that's just for us. But our music is built up of syncopated loops and hooks, both vocally and musically. Rhythm is paramount - and everything is treated the same way. Rhythm and flow precedes all melody; from the vocals, to the guitars, everything.
What inspires you most when writing? Do you pull from your own experiences?
Our new single, “The City” was written at a time where we found ourselves caught up in bouncing between flats and houses and friends and girlfriends I suppose. It was the first piece of music that anybody could have ever heard by The 1975, so it's very important to us. I think that there's a lot to be said about us in that song both sonically, musically and personally. It's a love song - a love letter to the baffling cacophony that is teenage self exploration in places loud and inspiring.
Who are some bands you would like to tour with?
Phoenix, The Weekend, A$AP, Joey Badass, Chris Malinchak, Haerts, BearFace.
When can we expect a full-length album -- and what are your touring plans for all your loving fans here in the US?
And lastly, why are you guys so cool?
I suppose The 1975 come off as cool because they have no idea they are, go figure. Catch them live in the US this June and you can come and tell me what you think.
More on the US tour here and they will release a new EP out May 20th.
Let's talk music, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
"There is something broken in our industry, and its going to take a lot of great minds to fix it."
That's what Skate And Surf Festival's founding father John D'Esposito told me last week when we talked about this year's festival. Not only has John wrangled together a diverse lineup, he is also hell-bent on brining an innovative mind to the music scene and changing how fans interact with artists. To make that happen John has created GameChanger World, an artist-powered mobile gaming platform devoted to reconnecting fans with artist -- and artists with fans. See a sneak peek below.
Take a look at what John told me about the new gaming platform, how the mobile app "Boadwalk" (avalible May 9th) will be incorporated into the festival, how he handled that Fall Out Boy news leaking a bit early and much more. And don't forget this year's location has been moved to Six Flags New Jersey!
What inspired you to develop GameChanger World?
We are the last generation that saw the music CD, the cover the artwork, that value was incredible. From the Internet to cell phones, to EDM it's had an effect on our scene and I don’t think its been good. The problem is, the music has been so saturated with so many bands and social networking tools to get the music to the people, and we need a new source to get the connect the fans back to the bands without it getting diluted. That's where game changer comes in. Were taking the artist, taking their visions and incorporating them into the mobile games. They're 365 24/7 and income generators. The fans want the artwork; they want that representation of the band in a creative layout. Go to the website, that's not personal, the mobile game on your phone is. It's you and that game.
How long have you been working on it GameChanger World?
Probably 3 years, but now it just got to the point where the scene was suffering so bad the numbers for some of the bands show, while meanwhile EDM is taking off.
How will it be a game changer in mobile gaming?
It’s connecting two industries in dire need of each other. Here you have one industry with so many games with not enough kids to play it. Here you have a struggling developer trying who doesn’t have the marketing tools to get their app out there and then you have these great bands with great music and great content but with no way to make money off it. It's like Santa Clause when he needed gifts he went to the Island of Misfits and they gather all those toys that nobody wanted and gave them to kids that needed them, what happened, there was happiness. Hopefully kids will happy, fans will be engaged, and artists will find the new revenue stream they need. The marketing capabilities for a platform like this are unheard of and there’s no risk to the band.
How will the “Boardwalk” app be incorporated into the festival?
Every year Skate And Surf or Bamboozle will put out a map of a time card. This year were going mobile and the only way to get it is to download the GameChanger app. We're pushing for the best signal we can in the music festival. Right now were going to put the first 30 games up and hopefully the artist will take more of an interest to it. We can't recruit everyone in the first wave. We’ve been strategic to put a diverse incredible lineup together. We have a little EDM, metal, pop, rap and oddities.
How is 'The Break' contest going? Any frontrunners?
Every year, the scene weathers its Long Island/New Jersey/Connecticut. Identify who become players in the scene for the next few years, and they make relationships with promoters in that scene. This year we've dipped a little bit younger which is good, because we will have a lot of relationships to open up for that. The contest is to get the band ready for what the expectation is on a bigger stage.
The lineup is exciting this year, can you give me any hints as to who the special guest is?
They’re going to be in a game, that's our hint.
Our community on Buzznet is especially excited about Fall Out Boy being part of the festival. How did you snag that one!?
That got crazy, the whole week of stories, we tried to deflect it as much as possible. This year was the first time things got overall crazy. The overall excitement from the return was coming from more than one direction. The first couple singles are brilliant, it shows why they deserve to be back. They’re not just returning for Skate And Surf, they're returning. Period. This was about them coming back to their fans.
How did you deal with that information leaking that Fall Out Boy would be playing before they had announced their own reunion?
That got hairy there for a while, a whole week of stories, we tried to deflect it as much as possible, this year was the first time we had a problem with it, the overall excitement for the return was coming from more than one direction.
Any bands you're personally excited to see?
Hospin, I think he's playing for his perfect audiences. Crown The Empire to see if the hype is there.
It’s great because you do have bands like Fall Out Boy and A Day To Remember, but I am excited you have bands that are beginning to grow like Candy Hearts in the lineup.
People don't understand that stuff is built from the bottom, the next wave of headliners, makes lines. Candy Hearts and those bands don't get the credit, that's what stinks when you have that Fall Out Boy type of things, is that credible bands seem to get lost, those are the bands that seem to have the exciting set. It's a sophisticated lineup, it has some bubblegum, but it has a lot of credibility from Glassjaw to basically Streetlight's (Streetlight Manefesto) farewell performance from New Jersey. RX Bandits are back. Were giving everyone 45-minute sets. These aren’t half hour sets. These are full sets. There is something broken in our industry, and its going to take a lot of great minds to fix it.
What do you think of this year's Skate And Surf Festival?
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Grimes Shares Poignent Blog Post: "I don’t want to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living"
A few weeks ago I caught Grimes at Coachella and was intrigued by her performance and unique sound. She has taken her craft and made it truly her own.
Today the artist posted all of her frustrations to her personal Tumblr account revealing that even in 2013 women in music are still up against many of the same obstacles they have been facing for decades. The post reads very honest and just to warn has some strong language. Normally I personally wouldn’t post about this on the site, but I am very curious to hear your thoughts and reactions to what she has revealed.
i dont want my words to be taken out of context
i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized
i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction
i dont want to live in a world where im gonna have to start employing body guards because this kind of behavior is so commonplace and accepted and I’m pissed that when I express concern over my own safety it’s often ignored until people see firsthand what happens and then they apologize for not taking me seriously after the fact…
I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers
I’m tired of the weird insistence that i need a band or i need to work with outside producers (and I’m eternally grateful to the people who don’t do this)
im tired of being considered vapid for liking pop music or caring about fashion as if these things inherently lack substance or as if the things i enjoy somehow make me a lesser person
im tired of being congratulated for being thin because i can more easily fit into sample sizes from the runway
im tired of people i love betraying me so they can get credit or money
I’m sad that it’s uncool or offensive to talk about environmental or human rights issues
I’m tired of creeps on message boards discussing whether or not they’d “fuck” me
I’m tired of people harassing my dancers and treating them like they aren’t human beings
I’m sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected (I have four brothers and many male best friends and a dad and i promise i do not hate men at all, nor do i believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above)
im tired of being referred to as ‘cute,’ as a ‘waif’ etc., even when the author, fan, friend, family member etc. is being positive
1 a homeless and helpless person, esp. a neglected or abandoned child: she is foster-mother to various waifs and strays .
• an abandoned pet animal.
1 attractive in a pretty or endearing way: a cute kitten.
• informal sexually attractive.
I’m tired of people assuming that just because something happens regularly it’s ok
i have so much love for everyone who has been cool and amazing. I have the best job in the world but I’m done with being passive about any kind of status quo that allows anyone to suffer or to be disrespected
Grimes world tour is officially over, the visions album cycle is officially over, and I’m now taking the time to overhaul everything and make it better
much love to every fan - stuff can be lame sometimes but its really cool to have this support
In a follow up post she added:
and just for everyone who is expressing concern about a few things that weren’t super clear in my last tumblr post:
a) meeting fans is actually incredibly rewarding for me so im gonna keep doing that and if u see me on the street its like, totally fine to say hi :)
b) i am still making music - but im gonna start working on a new album instead continuing to tour off visions
——> again, i want to apologize because we never hit south/central america, brazil, eastern europe etc. on tour. these will be priorities for the next record.
c) ALSO - i wrote what i wrote below not to complain or make anyone sad, but because i feel like if its possible to not accept stuff i hate and live a comfortable life then i want to do it :) in a broader sense, ideally stereotyping of any kind is something that can eventually be overcome or at least minimized. the fact that the response to this has been almost entirely positive is amazing and really nice and yeah. <3
Kelly Clarkson is turning 31-years-old, so to honor this fantastically talented lady here are 15 reasons she rules. Happy birthday Kelly!
1. She is the original American Idol and a billion years later (okay 11 years later), she is still a completely relevant artist.
2. She is a great role model and isn't caught up in the "glamour" of Hollywood.
3. She is admittedly a dork and that makes me feel like we could be legit pals.
4. Also she loves karaoke -- so yes we could totally be pals.
5. She isn't afraid to stretch her musical chops and did a KILLER cover of Eminem’s "Lose Yourself."
6. She had an emo period and went against Clive Davis' advice and released My December (my favorite of her albums).
Also the album debut at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 soooo....
7. She is responsible for the song we all caught our boyfriends singing along to, "Since You Been Gone."
8. She is sweet to her fans.
9. She is empowering to females and speaks her mind.
10. She has some Grammys y'all!
11. From Justin To Kelly is a good guilty pleasure movie, right?
12. She has sass.
13. She gets "feelings" man.
14. She had RAIN ON STAGE during a MTV VMA performance like a badass. I will never forget this performance.
15. She sang for Obama.
BONUS 16. Oh and when she sings it sounds like angels and fairy dust is coming out of her mouth. Girl has soul!
So yea, she kind of rules. #musicrules.
Why do you love Kelly Clarkson?
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