Songs I Love: Week of September 22, 2017

Hello All!

Today’s post is the start of a new weekly series in which I will post a list of 10 songs that I am loving that week. They will not necessarily be new songs, just ones that I think you should listen to. I will also link a corresponding Spotify playlist at the end of the post. (Note: The songs are not in any particular order, so please don’t attack me for one song being higher than another. That’s just the order I added them to the playlist.)

  1. Just Say When – Nothing More
  2. Pulse – Icon For Hire
  3. Let Him Burn – The Relentless
  4. Half God Half Devil – In This Moment
  5. If I Had You – Adam Lambert
  6. Legends – Sleeping With Sirens
  7. Cry Baby – Melanie Martinez
  8. Aftermath – As Lions
  9. Breathe-Extended Version – Through Fire
  10. Praying – Kesha

Album Review: Nothing More-“The Stories We Tell Ourselves”

San Antonio, Texas-based rockers Nothing More have once again composed a masterpiece. The band first began to garner popularity after their 2013 self-titled record was re-released in 2014 by Eleven Seven Music, and they quickly became known for their thought-provoking lyrics regarding religion, mental illness, and our society’s materialistic obsessions, along with their heavy guitar riffs and pounding drum fills.

On their latest effort, “The Stories We Tell Ourselves,” many of these lyrical themes are continued, although the religion-related tones of their previous effort are replaced by notes of love and heartbreak, as heard on the promotional single “Just Say When” and the song “Still In Love.” However, this in no way means that they’ve “sold out” by writing songs about love. The album still features many heavy songs similar to the fan-favorites of the past, including the mosh-pit ready “Ripping Me Apart”, the electronic infused “Don’t Stop,”, and the lead single “Go To War”.

While I enjoyed all of the songs, the clear standout track is the album’s closer, “Fade In/Fade Out”. In the song, lead vocalist Jonny Hawkins appears to struggle with the fact that life is passing by and realizing that his father will not always be around. The track is quite moving, and is this album’s equivalent of “God Went North,” from their previous record, which was written about Hawkins’ mother passing away from cancer.

(Edit: I have been informed that the song was actually written by guitarist Mark Vollelunga as a note to his son.)

The only complaint I have is that this album has several spoken word interlude-type tracks. Though this isn’t new for the band, there were more on this album than on their last, and while the tracks added to the narrative of their previous record, here, I felt they were a distraction from the songs themselves. However, the songs themselves were phenomenal, and I am excited to hear some of them live on their “Stories We Tell Ourselves Tour”, which began on September 12 and runs through November. Dates can be found on nothingmore.net

Verdict: 4.5/5

Favorite Tracks: Ripping Me Apart, Go To War, Just Say When, Fade In/Fade Out

Nothing More’s “The Stories We Tell Ourselves” is available now on all digital retailers, through the band’s PledgeMusic site, and in select stores.

The Problem with “Fake News” (Blog Post 2)

It’s no secret that not everything that exists on the Internet is true. When I was growing up, I was taught not to believe everything that I read online. However, in our current media-centric culture, some people are doing exactly that.

Even though so-called “fake news” has existed for a while, its existence was brought to the forefront of media debate during last year’s United States Presidential election. In multiple scenarios, candidate Donald Trump’s team tweeted links to articles that were untrue, and were intended to be satirical, but many of his followers wrote them off as fact.

Part of this issue stems from the mere amount of information that the Internet has made available to us. How can we as consumers be expected to fact-check everything we read? Isn’t this supposed to be done for us by the publishers of these articles? Though most articles are still subject to traditional fact-checks and editing, if they come from established sites and sources, the rise in self-published media means that there are many sites that are purely opinion-based, and should be treated as such.

I see no harm in receiving news online. As a teenager in today’s world, I gather most of my news from social media, as do many of my peers. However, I have learned not to believe things that I see until they are confirmed by either a party involved, or else a reputable media outlet. I suggest that we all do the same.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2016/11/17/facebook-fake-news-writer-i-think-donald-trump-is-in-the-white-house-because-of-me/?utm_term=.6e965aa9752d&wpisrc=nl_most&wpmm=1

 

 

My Interest in Media (Blog Post 1)

In today’s world, we depend on the media more than ever for every aspect of our lives. However, the media industry is one that is rapidly changing.

The question that drives my interest in the media the most is simple: “Why do you want to pursue a Journalism-related career even though newspapers are becoming increasingly obsolete?” I haven’t been asked this directly, but I have had people tell me not to major in Journalism because there “isn’t much money to be made.” To answer the question, I will simply say that even though newspapers may be fading away, the need for good journalists has not diminished. In fact, they are needed now more than ever, especially with the increase in people falling for “fake news”.

In my pursuit of a media-related career, the question I hope to find the answer to is this: “Why is our society becoming increasingly dependent on the Internet, ignoring most other forms of data gathering?”