Playlist Thursday: ANGSTY & Giveaway Winner

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Now onto Playlist Thursday!

I am linking up with Pavement Runner today. I LOVE his music posts, mostly because I am always looking for new running songs to add to my playlist, but because of the format of his posts.

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Today’s theme is: Teenage Angst, songs that remind us of our teenage years, whether good or bad. I went with another sub-theme, Andrew McMahon, he has been the front man for Something Corporate and Jack’s Mannequin. He also is a Leukemia survivor, and even started a foundation, and since this weekend is all about LLS, I think I owe him a tribute.

SOMETHING OLD
Artist: Something Corporate
Title: Hurricane
Side Note: I saw Something Corporate twice on their reunion tour in 2010, the Philly show was quite possibly one of the best shows I have ever been too. (So that’s the video)
Quotable: Stand up don’t make a sound. Your ears might bleed. There are sweet fluorescent enemies. That live inside of me. The world moves faster than I knew. Not fast enough to not creep up on you. And the space we put between. So pull me under your weather patterns. Your cold fronts and the rain don’t matter. Because the sun burns what I needed.

SOMETHING CURRENT
Artist: Jack’s Mannequin
Title: Caves
Side Note: Another live video, this one from when they performed with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra…one of my first review posts was reviewing this. This song is about Andrew’s struggle with cancer. Holy tears.
Quotable: I fought a war to walk a gang plank. Into a life I left behind. Windows leading to the past. Think it’s time I broke some glass. Get this history off my mind

SOMETHING TO CONSIDER
Artist:Something Corporate
Title: Konstantine
Side Note: This song is about 9 minutes long, and if you are a longtime fan of SoCo you know this one. The one they NEVER play. But they played it on the reunion tour. I mean what is an angst palylist if there is no song that boy sings about a girl? This was at the live show in Boston!
Quotable: This is because I can spell confusion with a K and I like it. It’s to dying in another’s arms. And why I had to try it. It’s to jimmy eat world. And those nights in my car. But this time I’m alone, and I don’t see those stars. I’m not your star? Isn’t that what you said. What you thought this song meant. You thought this song meant

Have you ever heard of Andrew or these bands? WHat do you think?

have you ever been alone in a crowded room

I promised this review to a few of my friends, and late is better than never right?

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I recently say one of my favorite bands, Jack’s Mannequin, with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in CT last week. Jack’s Mannequin is one of my all time favorite bands, I was excited to see what this addition of the orchestra would sound like.

For a little background, Andrew McMahon is the front man for Jack’s Mannequin. His previous band, Something Corporate, also one of my favorites, released albums 2000 – 2003, but Andrew left the group to start a new project, he thought the sound he was developing was too different from the sound of his current band, this band would be known as Jack’s Mannequin, named for Andrew’s childhood friend who overcame cancer.

Andrew penned songs that were more intimate and heartfelt with a different message than SoCo’s songs. Three months before the release of Jack’s Mannequin first album, Andrew was diagnosed leukemia. Many of the songs written after his diagnosis deals with the emotions he had with dealing with this disease and songs about those who helped him through this tough time.

I find Andrew’s story inspirational, and his music has always affected me. The sound fills up my body and makes me feel. Not many musicians can do this. If you haven’t heard any of his music I cannot recommend enough for you to go buy all his albums right now.

Now onto the concert. I must admit I had high hopes. I felt like there were so many Jack’s Mannequin songs that could benefit from an orchestra.

First the set list:
My Racing Thoughts
Annie Use Your Telescope
Release Me (No Orchestra)
Me and the Moon – Something Corporate song
Amelia Jean
Holiday from Real
Platform Fire
Television
Hey Hey Hey
Swim (Acoustic)
Restless Dream
The Mixed Tape
Amy, I
Casting Lines
Dark Blue (No Orchestra)

Encore:
Caves

I loved the show. However, I think they could have utilized the orchestra better. The best use by far was during Caves. I know that this type of collaboration takes time, probably something the band didn’t have a lot of. It felt like in a lot of the songs that the orchestra, as one of my friends put it, was like another instrument: drums, piano, guitar, orchestra.

I wish more of the concert had been like Caves, but I loved the show regardless. I will see Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate whenever I can.

Here is a video of Caves, I have my one but this is by far better quality.

I have more videos, if you want to see them.

Today’s Question: Have you heard of Jack’s Mannequin or Something Corporate? Do you like them?