Monday, December 04, 2006

Fallen From the Sky -- The Voting Continues

A month ago, I posted a blog about Boca Raton’s Fallen From the Sky, who were in the semifinals for MTV2’s/Mountain Dew’s Dew Circuit Breakout. Well, it turns out our boys won (having beaten I Am the Avalanche), and now they’re in the finals, where they’re up against California’s Halifax and Pennsylvania’s Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer. The voting’s already underway and will end at 6 p.m. this Saturday. The winner will be announced at 6:30. So get to it – you don’t even need to register.

Friday, December 01, 2006

The Buzz Bakes Again

The Buzz Bake Sale has always been a hit or miss affair. Just take a look at the difference in headlining acts from year to year: 1997 featured Green Day; in 1998, it was the Goo Goo Dolls; and the next year, the trailer cowboy himself, Kid Rock. More recently, it’s been more consistent: 2004 was helmed by New Found Glory, while 2005 and 2006 went to the current kings of the hill, My Chemical Romance. In fact, there’s very little nu-metal anymore. The Bake Sale’s usually a good indicator of what the alt kids are listening to – and this year, it’s not Staind.

It would be easy to say the Bake Sale “turned emo.” But it’d also be wrong, for the most part. While there’s no doubt the images I’ve included here represent many of today’s Buzzheads, bands like MCR just don’t fit the bill anymore. When they first came around, I’ll admit to blowing ‘em off as whiny, wimpy wannabes. I resent any band that’s even peripherally involved with bastardizing pop-punk, a genre I used to dig (during the Queers/Screeching Weasel/Lookout! Records heyday). Now, MCR’s sound is more solid. It rocks, in a pre-‘90s sorta way – and it doesn’t sound like New Order (the common path for repenting emo kids). It’s clear that MCR’s been doing its rock history homework. So please, if you're gonna pick on this band, use the right terminology. Or, at least, be a little creative with it, like the Daily Funk: