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A Call to MCR Fans: MCR Chat on Twitter!!

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Hey, guys!

Today I set up an MCR chat twitter. http://twitter.com/MyChemChat

Here's the back-story (originally posted as an MCRmy promotion project), and I would appreciate your help spreading the word so we can make this work! :} ♥



With the Twitter's being such a HUGE and still-growing media, I thought a good way to promote the band would be to get My Chemical Romance on the trending topics list of the site. I made a project for this, and we have tried and failed time and time again (minus the whole #mikeywayday incident. Ha!), so I looked to often-trending subjects to find out the secrets.

The secret to trending a topic on twitter is rapid-fire updates all sharing a common tag. If you look at #journchat, which trends on Monday nights, it is apparent why. This is a scheduled chat in which members discuss a topic, answering a common question and follow it with the tag #journchat. This makes all the responses show up when one searches #journchat on twitter, transforming the search…

Brand New Summer Release AND US Tour!

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According to Alternative Press online, Brand New will be setting out for a short US tour this summer. 9 dates, primarily for east coast stops, have been released, and the venues in which the band intends to play, such as Cleveland's Grog Shop, are going to be small and intimate, so everyone should scoop up their tickets ASAP.


Pre-sale will start Tuesday, June 2nd via Ducat King at 12pm.

Brand New are currently working on their next release, which they intend for this summer.

Get stoked, kids, get way stoked.

XoXo
c.

My Chemical Romance Guitarist Posts "Audio Blog"!

Everyone should head over to My Chemical Romance [dot] com where you can not only hear a streaming clip from MCR Guitarist Ray Toro where he talks about the new album, but also download the clip to have and to hold as your very own.

In his posted clip, Toro explains that the band is done writing and is preparing for the new album by practicing and polishing their new songs. He explains that this is a process My Chem's previous release, "The Black Parade" did not have and how the added practice and fine-tuning is changing the new songs. The guitarist concludes by promising even more updates and expressing the band's desire to get the album recorded and to tour.

Is my heart pounding, oh yes! Is it 5AM?.. ... Well, that too.

XoXo
c.

Taking Back Sunday "New Again" Review

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New Again
Taking Back Sunday
Warner-Reprise





Release Date: June 2nd, 2009




Sounds like: TBS all grown up.






Tracklisting
1. New Again
2. Sink Into Me
3. Lonely, Lonely
4. Summer, Man
5. Swing
6. Where My Mouth Is
7. Cut Me Up Jenny
8. Catholic Knees
9. Capital M-E
10. Carpathia
11. Everything Must Go

In several recent interviews, Taking Back Sunday have been bombarded with the ever-dreaded fan question: "Why don't you write the kind of songs you used to?". When those questioners listen to "New Again", I believe their question will be answered better than it could be in the words of the band members. Fans expecting another "Tell All your Friends" may be sorely disappointed by "New Again", but certainly should be neither disappointed nor surprised.

From "...Friends" to TBS's previous release, "Louder Now" the band has gradually evolved, and "New Again" seems to be just another step of natural progression in that evolution. The ba…

My Chemical Romance Set to Record! Producer Announced!!

As I promised in my blog last night, MCR news has erupted, oh- about three minutes ago. According to the newly posted blog on the band's site, MCR will be starting the recording process within the next month. For this album, the band has chosen the producer Brendan O’Brien who has worked with bands such as Killswitch Engage, The Offspring, AC/DC, Billy Talent, and Stone Temple Pilots. It's a very interesting choice in producer, to say the least.

With a producer who deals with a more mainstream sound, what is to be expected of the next My Chem release?

Fans who have heard the two new songs that the band played when they were last on tour already have a feel for what the new sound could be, but MCR have always been kings of shocking fans. So, the fan-titled songs, "The World is Ugly" and "Stay", could sound nothing like this new album. The band has also hinted that the album may take on the more gritty feel of their "Desolation Row" cover. Another h…

My Chemical Romance Update Tomorrow!

Jeff Watson, MyChemicalRomance.com webmaster and official Red Bull can collector for the band, has just announced that tomorrow, or -rather- later today, there will be an MCR announcement on their website. So, keep your eyes open for whatever surprise may be in store!

In other My Chemical Romance [dot] com news: check out the order page for the ¡Venganza! Vest / USB Bundle. There you will find a picture of yours truly nestled among the pictures of several other proud fans sporting our "bullet-proof" vests. The pictures have been featured on the band's Facebook, and are now posted to the ¡Venganza! page via imeem.

If you have a picture of yourself wearing your vest that you would like to submit, send it to mcrpicture@gmail.com for your chance to be featured!

Also, where you once could not find MCR's videos on youtube because of the WMG vs Youtube drama, you can now find them in the new, special video section of My Chem's page. Check out what Mikey Way, MCR bassist, h…

Lyrics of the Week: "This Could be Anywhere in the World"

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Sorry I've been slacking with my weekly lyrics, but this week I'm on it, so don't yell at me!

The first time I heard Alexisonfire's ("Alexis on fire", not "Alex is on fire") "This Could be Anywhere in the World", I wanted to hear it again and again because of its addicting chorus melodies and the sheer beauty of the vocals, both screaming and singing. There's something heart-wrenching about the music of this song, a sort of desperation that mirrors the lyrics.

This song is very appropriate in today's economy. Now, more than ever, it is a reality for many young people that things could easily fall apart and leave them stranded somewhere they long to escape and in a situation that is unbearable.



This Could be Anywhere in the World
Alexisonfire







This town has its claws
Buried in my neck
This town it takes lives
Without mercy
Without hate

The streets are in distress
The sun sufficates behind darkened skies

The grass is growing
On top of my feet
I&#…

Taking Back Sunday, Envy On The Coast, and Anberlin REVIEW

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::EDIT:: Thanks so much for featuring this on the Taking Back Sunday myspace blog and on the TBS main page!! I am so grateful! -c.

What's the best way to start a set? Taking Back Sunday certainly are logical when they start at the beginning, with "You Know How I Do", the first track from their debut album, "Tell All Your Friends"- certainly an ace choice for the crowd that gathered for them in Cincinnati on May 15th: a crowd that appreciated the old tunes with fierce intensity and reveled in the new, moshed with all their might to the well-known as well as to the obscure.
Taking Back Sunday hit the jackpot with this audience and they knew it, especially when we the crowd, as a screaming mass, yelled back the lyrics to their songs louder than they had been sung to us, causing lead singer Adam Lazzara to grin, praise us appreciatively, shake his head in amazement, and even topple over from his crouching position saying, "I'm supposed to be up here lookin…

Taking Back Sunday Review [Coming Soon]!

Hey, everyone. I just wanted to let you in on some things to come.

As you know from my posting about it, I saw TBS on the 15th, and I will have a review of that show very soon. Let me just tell you that it was AMAZING. My mind is thoroughly blown. The crowd had the most energy I had ever seen at one of their shows (the band acknowledged this with shocked grins as they watched us), and it was the best performance I have ever seen from them. Are they, indeed, "New Again"? - Yes, I say that with all my heart-- TBS seems to have mended any wounds that may have been plaguing them, and are triumphing over... The world it may seem.

I met most of the band while waiting in line for 12 hours in a dangerous area-- definitely worth it, but I'll explain it all later.

XoXo
c.

Believers Never Die Review

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It's time for Cassie to be a critic.

I write this the day after the show, hoping I can remember as many details as possible from the rain-soaked experience of last night that has been calling itself the Believers Never Die Part Deux tour.

The Arena District of Columbus, Ohio found itself invaded last night by rainclouds and a crowd of kids in brightly-colored hoodies massing together in the quickly flooding Lifestyles Communities Pavilion. Rain or Shine, this was an outdoor event... Rain. Hmph.


The rain, however, was no obstacle for fans who had waited in line all day and those who conglomerated in the downpour when doors opened. In their eyes it was worth a few prune-y fingers to see Hey Monday, Cobra Starship, Metro Station, All Time Low, and Fall Out Boy. But, but was it really?

To begin, I would like to narrow down the bands that opened for Fall Out Boy into a couple categories:

A.) Bands just being bands
-Hey Monday
-All Time Low

B.) !!DANCE PARTY!! / Dance and don't give a FUC…

Fall Out Boy Bassist Announces Blink 182 Summer Tour

Pete Wentz announced onstage tonight that Fall Out Boy will tour with Blink 182 this summer. Pretty epic, I'd say considering the whole "Blink is back" phenomenon... But, can we really say they were ever gone... Ah, I'm tired out from the show and rambling. Forgive me.


Keep an eye out for my Believers Never Die Review!XoXo
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The Bouncing Souls Bring the LOLZ

The Bouncing Souls are, well, old. Or "old fucks" as the characters portrayed in this video would say. These dudes have been around for 20 years, and have shown no sign of slowing yet. You have to give them respect for that. Check out this hilarious video celebrating 20 years of the 'Souls brought to you by Alternative Press.

The Bouncing Souls: 20th Anniversary TV Spectacular Vol. 1 (Altpress.com Exclusive) from Alternative Press on Vimeo.

Check out The Bouncing Souls this year on Warped Tour. I promise, you wont be disappointed.

XoXo
c.

Bands and Online Games!

It's more popular than one might think for bands to use video games to grab the attention of fans. For instance, there is the now legendary Emo Game which features bands such as The Starting Line, Cursive, Alkaline Trio, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday, and Hot Water Music which was created by starvingeyes, the same guys who brought you the more modern Fall Out Boy Trail. Those of you who are like me and have been into My Chemical Romance for a while probably also remember the Helena and Sweet Revenge games that used to be a feature of My Chemical Romance.com. Through the various layout changes of the website, the games were lost as a feature, but can still be played for the sake of nostalgia here: Sweet Revenge game AND Helena Game. Now, Taking Back Sunday have added a brand new addition to the band-game frontier- check it out:



I'm soooo terrible at the snow level, but it's cool. Just gets me more hyped for the show on Friday!


Have fun!

XoXo
c.

"Sink Into Me" Video Now Posted!

Taking Back Sunday have just posted their new video for "Sink Into Me" on their website!

Luckily, I have mad embedding-copy-paste skillz and can post it right here:

Taking Back Sunday - New Music - More Music Videos

XoXo
c.

Taking Back Sunday hype "New Again"

So, I've seen bands do some pretty cheesy stuff to advertise their releases, but this-- this takes the cheesecake.



Looks like a sweet package, though, and what I have heard of the album thus far is pretty epic.

TBS's video for the first single ("Sink into Me") from their upcoming album "New Again" premieres today, so keep your eyes open and on MTV! As I said in a previous entry, the video involves the band slipping in black goo (Matchbok Romance "Monsters," anyone?) and sinking into a stage. Sounds messy and delightful!

XoXo
c.

Side note: 4 Days until I see these guys live!!

Alkaline Trio Update

According to Alternative Press, Alkaline Trio has left Epic Records and will be recording a new album this summer to be released on their own record label.

I don't know about you, but I am WAY stoked about that.

Want proof? Check out this video and a new song from the May 3rd stop of their tour in Massachusetts:



Sounding good, 'Trio, way good.

XoXo
c.

Sometimes in Life...

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Sometimes in life, one is so proud of the music one has scrobbled on last.fm that she just does not want to listen to anything else and ruin it. I give you my brilliant listening of last night-- a masterpiece I like to call: "Cassie at the Age of Twelve"



Ah, there-- now it's preserved forever and I can go back to listening to music.

Sorry for the lack of recent updates. This quarter has kept me amazingly busy. This month is sure to be a huge one for this blog, though, because I have two shows to attend, and those two shows happen to be within the same week. Busy, busy, busy...


Wednesday, May 13   Believers Never Die Part Deux Tour                         Columbus, Ohio

Friday, May 15          Taking Back Sunday, Anberlin, Envy on the Coast      Cincinnati, Ohio

XoXo
c.