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12 Pains of Christmas (Blog #13)

Christmas is around the corner and should’ve blogged about this earlier, but it’s not too late. As soon as Halloween finished up, the next day I went to Fairview to do some errands, and they already started playing Christmas music. Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas, but there are some pros and cons to it. Sometimes it gives us the peer pressure to get things ready fast and it’s hard. 

Luckily a couple years ago, I stumbled upon this song, and I never regretted it ever since. It’s a parody of the 12 Days of Christmas called “12 PAINS of Christmas”. It’s funny because they’re true facts. I highly recommend having a listen to it. You will not regret it.

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We The Kings Feat. Jacqueline Cassell (Blog #12)

In preparation for premiering my podcast interview with Jacqueline Cassell next week in class, I decided to show this video she put together when she got to share the stage with rock band, We The Kings. This band has sold over 250,000 albums in the US, and they’re in the studio working on their fourth album. Jacqueline has been friends with members of We The Kings for a couple years so the band was nice enough to let her play percussion on one song.

Deep Listening #7

I recently noticed in the intro of the song “Vahle”,  a weird sound along with the piano intro. It could be two things: either a violin or feedback/harmonized sound from the electronic guitar. It had a lot of reverb that fit with the piano. Ever since the band released the song in September, I never knew what the sound was. I’m leaning towards the guitar sound, because violins have more gain depending on the mixing.

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Breaching Vista (Blog #11)

Breaching Vista are a local touring band from Kitchener that has been making a living as an independent band with shows all around Southern Ontario. I first met them when they performed at my high school back in 2010. We all talked music and stuff, and just became friends ever since. They performed with multiple mainstream bands; including Theory of a Deadman, Finger Eleven, Marianas Trench, Our Lady Peace, Hedley, even Protest the Hero. I’m very honoured to have known them and have them as a musical influence. So I decided to post a full album stream of their latest album, “Vera City”.

Deep Listening #6

I noticed at some parts of the song “Vahle”, in the mixing stage the band used this effect called the telephone/megaphone effect. What it is it moderates the vocals/guitars or even drums during the mixing process of the song. For vocals, this can also be done using a special microphone called the Shure 520DX Green Bullet Mic where it makes your vocals sound like you’re on the other end of the phone.

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Deep Listening #5

You may think at first there is one vocalist. Nope, there are two! The first screamer you hear at 0:16 with the more lower, raunchy screams is Gus. And the second screamer at 0:20 with the more louder and higher mids is Michael Barr. I like the idea of having two vocalists because it adds more effect to their style and music.

Also, Michael Barr does the clean singing in this song. This band never really used clean vocals in their previous except two with a guest vocalist. I never knew it was Michael who sang it, but the band did confirmed it. I hear it a couple more times, and I kinda hear it better and know it’s Michael voice (I’ve seen some interviews with him).