For those of you at Ultra this year, this track needs no introduction. “Never Say Goodbye” is one of the biggest releases of this summer and is a must listen for anyone who hasn’t heard it yet. Coming from two of the fastest rising producers in the world, “Never Say Goodbye” will be played throughout the summer. Buy the track on Beatport and check the Hardwell Miami 2013 Aftermovie below!
“See people say the greatest generation has come and gone but they’re wrong… They haven’t seen what we’re capable of.”
Everyone, bear with me. This is an album I’ve been waiting months for, and one which I really care about. This is going to be a long article.
I’ve been hyping this album up on the site for a while now. Or better put, I’ve been echoing the hype this album has been receiving all over the Internet on the site for a while now. The last classic pop-punk album I remember waiting this anxiously for was Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown, which I was extraordinarily thrilled with. But not since Kanye’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy has an album lived up to the Internet-hype so excellently.
In the early 00s, TWY frontman Daniel “Soupy” Campbell broke up with his girlfriend of two years. Subsequently, the other band members underwent life changes that left them as a whole feeling depressed and miserable. Enter The Upsides: TWY’s sophomore effort; a raw punk record about battling depression, inspired by everyday occurrences Soupy witnessed on early morning bike rides. To this day, punk fans will associate the fountain at Logan Circle with renewal. The Upsides established The Wonder Years’s songwriting formula: catchy hooks, power chords, stream-of-consciousness lyrics, recurring themes and motifs, and a colorful cast of characters (a.k.a. their closest friends). It was by all means a phenomenal album, but there was definitely room for improvement.
Building on their successes, TWY released Suburbia: I’ve Given You All and Now I’m Nothing, an ode to Allen Ginsberg seamlessly crafted into an album about self-discovery. Melding aspects of Ginsberg’s beat-generation rambling in the poem “America” with more real-life events, TWY created Suburbia to be a sequel to The Upsides. Names like Max, Spiro, and Dave are mentioned in both albums, and references to tracks on The Upsides are not infrequent on TWY’s third album.
In a YouTube trailer for the upcoming fourth album, Soupy’s narration explains that The Greatest Generation will conclude a trilogy begun by the proceeding two albums. Fans were treated to nothing more than two and a half minutes worth of footage of the band recording and a thirty-second snippet of the album’s opening track “There, There.” Yet from the moment I watched that clip, I knew that this album would claim its rightful place in my all-time favorites, as well as in punk history. The Greatest Generation moves on from just the themes of adolescence and depression and self-discovery, examining growing up in a historical context. The album derives it’s title from Tom Brokaw’s 1998 book about the generation of Americans who fought in World War II. In the album’s liner notes, Soupy argues that this generation has the same potential: “We’re sick of calling someone else the greatest. It’s our turn to shape the world.” Soupy’s lyrics examine PTSD (“I used to have such steady hands/Now I can’t keep them from shaking”), prescription drug abuse (“I’m filling you prescription/The orange bottles stare me down/They’re standing at attention/An army on your windowsill”), the morality of war (“They play the war drum out of time/So I’m not sure where I’ve been marching”) and the meaning of religion (“I don’t think there’s a God/I don’t think that there’s someone coming to save us/And I don’t think that’s the worst news of the day”).
Each song is as good as the next, but my favorite moment comes in the form of the epic closing track: “I Just Want to Sell Out My Funeral.” In a pop-punk defying seven-minutes, TWY ties the entire album together, before offering one of the more powerful stanzas in my recent musical memory:
“‘Cause I’m sick of seeing ghosts/And I know how it’s all gonna end/There’s no triumph waiting/There’s no sunset to ride off in/We all want to be great men/And there’s nothing romantic about it/I just want to know that I did all I could with what I was given.”
Conclusion: buy this album. Enjoy this album.
Kendrick Lamar has rapidly risen in the rap industry in the past year. One of the main songs that brought him this success is “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe.” Kendrick released an official music video for his popular track today featuring Mike Epps. Check out the video below and let us know what you think.
We’ve heard many a remix to Krewella’s hit “Alive.” We finally have the highly anticipated remix by premiere producer Hardwell. Hardwell’s take on Krewella’s single has been appropriately named “The Final Remix.” Hopefully, producers will follow suit. The remix itself is what we expect out of a producer of Hardwell’s caliber, giving him yet another anthem just in time for summer festivals. Check out the track below and buy it on Beatport!
Daft Punk released a free album stream of their fourth studio album “Random Access Memories.” We have long awaited the return of Daft Punk and apparently, the album has blown people away. Check out the iTunes link below and follow the directions in your iTunes to listen to the album. It’s supposed amazing, give it a listen.
Harlem native Asasson just dropped his first release in a while, entitled “Writer’s Block”; Asasson’s old school style flow and lyrics do the DJ Premier/Mos Def beat justice. This song shows serious improvement since his last release, showing that Asasson has undeniable potential. Check out the track below and hit Asasson with a like on Facebook.
After a break from production because DJ Fresh Direct was Hoodie Allen’s tour DJ, DJ Fresh Direct has released this trap remix of Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us”. This awesome trap remix is filled with heavy 808′s that make for a high energy track. Lastly, you can stream and download the free track below!
Macklemore - Can't Hold Us (DJ Fresh Direct Remix)
Carnage is my favorite trap artist and his latest release is a banger as usual. Carnage teamed up with New & Used to produce this track and it was just released on beat port today. Stream the short preview below and purchase off of beatport on the link below.
Carnage Ft. New & Used - Signal!
Every time I hear a new song from The Wonder Years’ upcoming fourth studio LP I can’t imagine how they could possibly write anything better, but I’ll be damned if this isn’t the best track they’ve released off the album so far. The Philly-based pop-punk band has really matured from their first effort, Get Stoked on It, where they wrote songs about ninjas, monsters, pirates, etc. I’ve already got my tickets to the release show in a few days and I can’t wait to hear these phenomenal songs live. Check out the lyric video below.
“Where I Left You” is Man Overboard’s second single from their upcoming album, this time coming with a music video. This single is definitely stronger than the first single (“White Lies”) for the album. It’s hard to deny hearing the Blink influences in the beginning, but that applies to pretty much every pop-punk song. Definitely a great release by the band and this should make Man Overboard fans even more excited for Heart Attack on May 28th. Look out for The Story So Far’s cameo at the end of the video.