Video Post: Incubus

So, for this week’s post, I decided to go with my favorite band of all time; Incubus.

Of course, they are a California-based band. I don’t know why that seems to be my personal go-to. Nonetheless, I decided to take some videos and instead of just finding the specific shots and camera angles to be used, I created my own music video with it all.

Enjoy!

Tom DeLonge has always been insane

If you know of Tom DeLonge, you know that he was part of the legendary rock band Blink-182. You know that he’s broken the band apart a couple times, and has been in other groups such as Box Car Racer, and since 2010, Angels And Airwaves. What you might also be fond of, is his obsession of extraterrestrial life.

DeLonge has more often than not been a hot take in the news for this interest he has in alien life. Weird? Yes. But, who hasn’t thought of these things before? I used to want to be an astronaut and absolutely loved aliens and space. Tom is bringing our childhood thought-process into adulthood, and making some kind of conversation with it.

Blink-182 literally produced a song titled “Aliens Exist” back in 2005 written by DeLonge.

“What if people knew that these were real
I’d leave my closet door open all night
I know the CIA would say
What you hear is all hearsay
I wish someone would tell me what was right” – Aliens Exist, Blink-182

DeLonge has always brought a type of style to his music that really makes you feel a sensation as if you were actually flying in a sense. A type of feeling as if you are in a spaceship or somewhere that isn’t Earth. The continuous strum-pattern that he brought to many of songs (which people often criticize his groups for sounding the same with most songs) gives this effect. If you listen to AVA’s (Angels and Airwaves) first album “We Don’t Need To Whisper,” you can hear just that in 9 of the 10 total tracks.

Oh, and every cover-art for AVA displays a space-styled scene. Just in case you were wondering. Here’s a sample:

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It is what has been in the news recently about the artist, though, that has supports like myself saying “wow, this guy really never stops.” But, this is why we, or at least I, admire the guy. He never stops what he loves. According to RollingStone, and a WikiLeakes reveal, DeLonge legitimately emailed Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton’s chairman John Podesta about extraterrestrial lifeforms.

In the Podesta emails leaked by Wikileaks, DeLonge reached out to Clinton’s campaign chairman in an effort to set up a Washington, D.C. meeting between them and two people “in charge of most fragile divisions, as it relates to Classified Science and DOD topics. Other words, these are A-Level officials,” DeLonge wrote back in October 2015. “Podesta, who also served as senior advisor to President Barack Obama, expressed disappointment in February 2015 that his time in the White House didn’t result in the revelation of the existence of UFOs. ‘Finally, my biggest failure of 2014: Once again not securing the #disclosure of the UFO files. #thetruthisstilloutthere, Podesta tweeted.’

In short, DeLonge has put away a lot in his life in order to expand his knowledge and desire to uncover truths about such life. He has broken the infamous Blink-182 up multiple times for reasons pertaining to extraterrestrial discovery, with the last break-up being the absolute end.

Again, I’ve always admired this guy for going against thing sin order to prove what he believes is right and what the public should be allowed to know. In fact, to end this, he actually came to an agreement with Clinton that she will declassify all documents pertaining to extraterrestrials if elected president.

Crazy stuff for most. “The usual,” for Tom DeLonge.

“What seems like ridiculous subject matter to most, is of massive importance to admirable National Security Leadership. It’s easy to poke fun about the topic from an armchair, but unless you’re invited to the meetings I have been a part of, then…no more laughing. Big things are coming. Project is still on, believe it or not, things just got bigger.” – Tom Delonge, RollingStone

 

Audio Post

So, for this week’s post, I wanted to write a little about the alternative/indie rock band Young the Giant. The media upload was put on Soundcloud, and even though it says it’s 2:07 minutes long, it’s really at 2:00 on the dot, as the music fades out and I couldn’t really figure out how to cut some time off. So please donNonetheless, here it is.

 

https://soundcloud.com/jaiden-c-410897782/online-journalism-project-take

Top 5 artists for each of the last 5 decades

This post consisted of five hours of telling myself “no, this were better… wait. Maybe not?” Coming up with the top artist for each of the last 5 decades was challenging. So many names come up. Before we get started, here’s a list of the painfully deserted groups that were left out for each decade.

Runner-Ups

The 60’s: The Beach Boys, The Who, The Rolling Stones

The 70’s: Pink Floyd, Eagles, Elton John, Lynard Skynard

The 80’s: Queen, Madonna, The Police, Prince, Bon Jovi

The 90’s: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Pearl Jam, 2pac, Soundgarden

The 00’s: Blink-182, Eminem, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, The Black Eyed Peas

The 60’s: The Beatles

Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr and George Harrison came together to undoubtably form the most iconic and influential rock band in history. You can even say they were the most influential group period. The group would bag 16 awards with 35 nominations; 10 awards of which were Grammy Awards. They would win “Best New Artist” in 1965, and would win “Song of the Year” in 1967 with “Michelle.” The year after, in 1968, they would add “Album of the Year” with their hit “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.”

The 70’s: Billy Joel

Billy Joel took the 70’s into his own hands, creating single after single basically at a days notice. Although he has many, his biggest claim to fame came in 1977 with the album “Stranger.” With a track listing that many can recognize, and our parents & grandparents can probably jam out to at any given time, “Stranger” gave the piano man (pun painfully intended) 4 top-40 tracks. By the end of the year, it peaked at number two and had gone platinum, and within the course of a year, it would spawn the Top 40 singles “Just the Way You Are” (which would win the 1978 Grammy for Record of the Year and Song of the Year), “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song),” “She’s Always a Woman,” and “Only the Good Die Young.” Over the next two decades, the album would sell over seven million copies. And, let’s be honest, we all scream “YOU HAD TO BE A BIG SHOT, DIDN’T YOU?” at some point of our lives.

The 80’s: Michael Jackson

The most iconic musician in history. Perhaps the greatest to ever create it. I really don’t know where to start on this one. He entered the music world at the age of 5, ironically as a member of the Jackson 5. The list goes on forever with what the King of Pop received award-wise, and what he did to influence the world. We all know of “Thriller” and the anticipation that the song opens with for a couple minutes. There really isn’t much to write here, because it’s generally known that MJ was the best to do it, so I’ll just leave this chart of winning awards here.

“This was a man who saw the increasingly interconnected world and gave it a music to share – and, he hoped, perhaps even improve each others’ lives with. His tracks Heal the World and Earth Song are often mocked for their tubthumping and mawkish environmentalism, but he was one of the few people who could actually transmit the message he set out to preach; he spoke across language and nation, pre-empting the global culture we share online today.” – Ben Beaumont-Thomas, theguardian.com

American Music Awards
26
Billboard Awards
40
Brit Awards
6
MOBO Awards
1
Grammy Awards
13
Danish Music Awards
2
Guinness World Records
39
MTV VMA Awards
18
Soul Train Awards
12
World Music Awards
16

The 90’s: Nirvana

Although their immense influence in the lives of many came to a tragic end with the death of lead-man Kurt Cobain in 1994, Nirvana has become regarded as one of the most influential and important rock bands of the modern era. With the shocking success of “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” Nirvana followed up with their second album, “Nevermind.” The band sold over 25 million albums in the US alone, and 75 million worldwide, which would put them on a list along with the greatest selling music artists of all time. Nirvana brought a sense of “do what makes you happy. Screw what others think” mentality with their music and media portrayal.

“In the intervening decade, Cobain, a small, frail but handsome man in life, has become an abstract Generation X icon, viewed by many as the ‘last real rock star’ […] a messiah and martyr whose every utterance has been plundered and parsed” – Eric Olsen, MSNBC.

The 00’s: Green Day

Green Day emerged in a time where punk rock music dominated the industry. Blink-182, Sum 41, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance. They all ruled the world, and oh man I love them all so much. But Green Day emerged as the top dog in one of the most competitive era’s in music history. The bang broke out in the mid/late 90’s, but regained their fame in the early 2000’s with albums “American Idiot” and “21st Century Breakdown.” American Idiot would open up at #1 on the charts, and would serve as the era’s icon. During this time, it was all about revolution and rebellion. The new generation standing up against the older parents, politicians, and those who seemed to have brought unjustified reasoning into their world. The album depicts modern American life under the control of an idiot ruler who let people be misinformed by the media and a “redneck agenda.” It gives different angles on an everyman, modern icons, and leaders. The album was also released two months before President George W. Bush was reelected, as a callsign of protest. Green Day would win “Favorite Alternate Artist” in 2005 and 2009. The band would total 95 awards won, and 215 nominations. Below is an interview done in 2004 after their release of American Idiot.

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Twenty One Pilots Reach #1 on Billboards Artist 100 Chart; Pay Tribute to MCR

Pop/Rock band Twenty One Pilots have reached the number one spot on Billboards Artist 100 chart for their first time on Thursday.

The duo consisting of Tyler Joseph and Josh Dun have taken the music world by storm. After releasing their first studio album “Vessel” under label Fueled By Ramen, spotlight immediately tagged along. The band struck gold with their second album “Blurryface.”

“People would tell me all the time, ‘You can’t be all things to everyone.’ I would say, ‘I’m not trying to be! I’m being what I want to be for myself.'”- Tyler Joseph in RollingStone interview

Blurryface contained 5 hit singles; “Stressed out,” “Ride,” “Fairly Local,” “Tear in My Heart,” and “Fairly Local.” The album hit Alternative Presses’s “10 Essential Records of 2015” list. Blurryface was nominated for Album Of The Year at the 2016 Alternative Press Music Awards. The album also won the category of “Top Rock Album” at the Billboard Music Awards.

The single “Stressed Out” spoke to an audience that recognizes the end of our individual adolescence, with lyrics “We used to play pretend, give each other different names, We would build a rocket ship and then we’d fly it far away, Used to dream of outer space but now they’re laughing at our face, Saying, ‘Wake up, you need to make money.'”

Twenty One Pilots are known for their creative yet simple ways of bringing out feelings that we all contain, but are too afraid to confront more often than not.

Twenty One Pilots pay tribute to My Chemical Romance

Recently, Joseph and Dun paid tribute to legendary rock band MCR (My Chemical Romance).

About ten years after MCR broke the music world with their third album “Welcome to the Black Parade,” the band leaked a date out on Twitter in which many thought would lead to another album. It turned out to be the 10th anniversary of WTTBP, and the group would release a remastered version including other artists’ covers of the albums hit songs.

Twenty One Pilots would contribute, releasing their cover of MCR’s hit “Cancer” on Twitter, in which those on social media would go absolutely nuts.

This is a very emotional song that puts the singer into a first-person character of a cancer patient which speaks of the struggles of the disease. MCR released the song with more of a “fighting” tempo to it, which a more upbeat style, and tone of voice that represented a patient battling. Twenty One Pilots would take a slower, hip-hop approach to the song. Joseph’s tone of voice is one of a patient losing the battle, the opposite of MCR’s take. The chorus portion of TOP’s take brings a drop of a beat in which will literally give you goosebumps.

The cover of this song was released earlier this September, and only added to TOP’s repertoire.

With two of the hottest albums created, Twenty One Pilots head onto their “Emotional Roadshow” tour lasting from September 30th of this year, to April 8th of next year.

Joseph and Dun have spoken about an up-and-coming album as well. There is no doubt that it will be as good if not better than their first two. The whole world is watching, and can’t wait to see what these guys can produce next for fans.