It has been just over a week since the 24th Meredith Music Festival wrapped up and the “Post Merry Depression” is still hitting hard. It’s always a bit sad when a festival ends, isn’t it? Especially those camping sorts, when you can escape the stress and drama of the real world for a few days, reunite with your friends, make new ones and enjoy good music. Then you return to reality sunburnt, tired and hungover. The depression lingers for a few days but you survive, you push on.
Tool are a seriously heavy band; their pummelling attack and despondent lyrics certainly aren’t for timorous listeners. They’ve continued to deliver murky and unremittingly dark music throughout their time in the music industry. Their sound is distorted, mysterious and experimental; it leaves your mind spinning and your body in a state of turmoil. You can hear the crippling ache that their heavy lyrics impose in Maynard Keenan’s vocals.
At its core, YouTube remains the same as when it launched nine years ago; a site designed for everyday people to easily share videos online. It is now an enormous media platform that enables people to broadcast themselves to the world. And, with the right amount of skill, smarts and luck, users can tour the world, be granted great opportunities, become online celebrities and earn hundreds of thousands of dollars from their online presence – they are known as YouTubers.
As I lie on a hotel bed with just the light of this computer screen illuminating a right arm which is heavily decorated with venue wristbands from seven nights of concerts, pub gigs and failed arena shows, I've had time to reflect on the whirlwind that has been my first SXSW experience. I'm not here to gloat about how many famous people we've seen walking down 6th or Red River (though there has been a lot, oh em gee), or how I like, totally came across an indie-thrash-folk-acoustic duo who are like, totally going to be on your radars soon dudes. Rather, the following are just a few things I've picked up from my multiple walks around downtown and interacting with some of the SXSW well-practiced - you will feel like a small fish in a big ocean here. As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas and their music festivals are no different.
“Hatewagons” are not hard to understand but they still confuse me, and they always seem to snowball within those who identify as hipsters; those who disguise their cynicism as thoughtful criticism and let loose with witticisms like “douche” every time the name Kanye West is mentioned.
Guest writer Yeo Xin-Yi gives her opinion on Japanese pop phenomenon AKB48.
I am the type of person who likes to sit in a chair at the end of the day and listen to soothing songs such as Davichi’s Two of Us or Turtle – basically songs that are great for staring into the night sky and reflecting on the day or thinking about your life and the future.
Just yesterday, I came across Ga-In's teaser for her song F**K U and though I was not thoroughly shocked (I mean, the Brown Eyed Girls have been doing pretty R-rated MVs for a while), the fact that all my related videos section on YouTube all had sexy girl group teasers or MVs, ranging from Miss A's Hush all the way to Girls Day's Something.
And so it came to pass that the 56th annual GRAMMY Awards were held in Los Angeles on Sunday night (USA). The ceremony was much talked about, as it is every year, for stand out performances, memorable moments and clear upsets. 2014 was a year where there 34 couples were married onstage by Queen Latifah, Beyonce and Jay Z proved just how much of a power couple they are and Trent Reznor took to social media in launching a huge 'Fuck You' at the music institution. I have to ask though: with each ceremony (VMAs et al included) making headlines annually for some reason or another, why are we as a viewing public, so shocked and surprised?