“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.
Avicii has just released his promotional mix for 2013 highlighting some unheard tracks and showing his country side. While the music was certainly interesting I felt as if there could have been some better transitions. At some points, there were awkward gaps in the music and random volume changes. Overall, I think it was pretty solid and definitely worth a listen if you are an Avicii fan.
Avicii Promo Mix 2013
QuESt is back with a new visual entitled “Fair Warning” and directed by YUNG. The Miami MC, QuESt, flows with ease over the Eminem sampled beat and leaves you speechless by the end. QuESt murdered his verses as will he murder his sets on his forthcoming 32 stop tour with current XXL Freshman, Logic. You have a Fair Warning that 2013 is QuESt’s year. You can say it is NEATO season. Watch the dope visual below and check out our interview with the homie, QuESt, here. Hit the jump to check out QuESt’s upcoming tour dates.
This past weekend Armin van Buuren, New World Punx, W&W and Alex M.OR.P.H. brought A State of Trance 600 to the legendary NYC venue, Madison Square Garden. The energy in the arena was live and the performers did a fantastic job of keeping the energy high throughout the night. The stage production was impressive and each set was crafted together nicely. Hit the jump to peep a picture of me reppin’ YGM in the pit with my freshmen cousin, Armen and to watch my HD footage of Armin van Buuren’s massive closer to what I would call a memorable night. Armin finished his set up with some help from Trevor Guthrie, crazy lights, confetti and awesome fireworks. Might I add that the closing song was W&W’s insane remix of his latest single, “This Is What It Feels Like.” Enjoy the footage after the jump and stream the live sets from 3/30/13 below.
W&W – Live @ ASOT 600 NY (3/30/13)
New World Punx – Live @ ASOT 600 NY (3/30/13)
Armin van Buuren – Live @ ASOT 600 NY (3/30/13)
Electric Daisy Carnival New York has let go the official 2013 performer list. The line up consists of some of the biggest DJs in the industry including but not limited to Afrojack, Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, Steve Angello, Porter Robinson, Dash Berlin, Carl Cox, Arty, Thomas Gold, and Nervo. View the entire line up above and watch the official trailer for EDC New York below. The festival occurs on May 17 and 18 at Citi Field in New York. You can purchase your tickets here.
Last weekend, YGM went to see one of our favorite upcoming indie acts perform in Rockville Centre. Old Best Friend performed their first full-band set that night, and it sounded absolutely awesome (nowhere near what you would expect a bands FIRST show to sound like). There wasn’t the biggest crowd out there for him that night, but with Old Best Friend’s near flawless debut EP and memorable live show that’s sure to change very soon.
Mike Comite of Old Best Friend was nice enough to sit down with us for a interview after the show. Click ‘read more’ to read the interview and see some live footage from the show.
Many of you guys have heard of the legendary festival TomorrowLand, which is held in Belgium every summer. Now, TomorrowWorld has been announced. TomorrowWorld will take place September 27th to the 29th in Atlanta, Georgia. You must register in order to get tickets so check the links below for information on ticket sales. As the description for the video says, “People of Tomorrowland, we welcome you to our second home…TomorrowWorld.” Again, this event will be insane so make sure you get your tickets early. Stay tuned for more information on TomorrowWorld.
Global Journey Ticket Sale starts April 24, 11AM EST
USA Ticket Sale starts April 27, 11AM EST
Worldwide Ticket Sale starts May 4, 11AM EST
Registration for Ticket Sale is required. Start registration: March 20
Pro Era’s own, Joey Bada$$ recently let loose a previously unreleased freestyle from back when he was 16 to the interwebs for #PROERAweek. The young rapper is now back again with his team for a killer freestyle that was recorded over at the Billboard offices. The Pro Era crew showed off their talents on the mic and then went on to perform their Aprocalypse single “School High.” You can watch the performance and Billboard’s interview with Joey Bada$$ after the jump. Check out Pro Era’s off the dome freestyle below.
As I was in the train heading towards the Kendrick Lamar concert tonight, I questioned if the $72 I paid for the ticket was worth it. Kendrick had a performance at Lettermen before his first Roseland Ballroom show. The TDE rapper had a busy night planned on February 26th, but he did not disappoint. He stormed the stage with a ton of energy.
The Compton native began the concert after a 30 minute delay with his Jeezy collaboration, “Westside, Right On Time,” and then transitioned into his Section .80 classic, “Hol Up.” K. Dot started off with mostly mixtape tracks and then performed some album tracks towards the end of the night. Top Dawg Entertainment took over Roseland Ballroom. Ab-Soul came out to perform “Terrorist Threats,” Jay Rock was around to spit his verse in “Money Trees”, and lastly Schoolboy Q performed his hit single “Hands On The Wheel.” Q even went on to say that he is tired of performing that track and is ready to show off his new music. Kendrick held his own on stage. He flowed naturally from one song to the next giving the crowd the ultimate concert experience. It also didn’t hurt that he added a light show that included lasers and a great stage production. Overall Kendrick’s performance surpassed my expectations. His delivery, stage presence and discography is unrivaled by any other freshman in the game right now. As Peter Rosenberg said before Kendrick’s set, “He is the greatest young artist doing this hip hop thing right now.” No doubt about that. Watch footage from the early Roseland Ballroom show and Kendrick’s performance on Letterman after the jump. Also check out his debut album, good kid, m.A.A.d city, if you have been sleeping.
This is a guest post by Emily Sears:
I was lucky enough to win tickets to see Walk The Moon at the Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn this past Friday. Walk The Moon is an indie rock/pop band similar to Youngblood Hawke, Neon Trees, and Atlas Genius. After the opener Pacific Air, the intimate night began- the whole show was a dance party filled with lively synths and guitar riffs. Front man Nicholas Petricca lifted the crowd with The Liftaway from their self-released I Want! I Want! album. The band went on to play upbeat hits Quesadilla, Next In Line, and Shiver Shiver from their self-titled album. The crowd really got into it once they sang Tete-A-Tete, a new song from their Tightrope EP, released last week. Tete-A-Tete, Drunk In The Woods (which they sang in the encore), and anywayican along with a cover of Burning Down The House by Talking Heads, all begin to exhibit the slightly rougher vocals of Petricca. I would recommend this EP, as all the songs will definitely get stuck in your head and prove that there is much more high quality material to come from WTM. Read more and see pictures from the show after the jump.