Aerrow Shapiro’s Best of 2012 – Part 1 – Top 10 Songs of 2012

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As we are getting near the end of 2012 and the beginning of 2013, we look back on some of the best top songs and albums from the past year.  In this article, I have decided to write a two-part alt/indie retrospective on the year and kick it off with my Top 10 Songs of 2012.  It was not that easy since I have so many songs to pick from, and it took some effort to sift the list into ten.  So without further ado, here’s the list.

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Aerrow Shapiro’s Record Club – October 2012 – Beacon by Two Door Cinema Club (2012)

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Formed in Northern Ireland in 2007, Two Door Cinema Club consists of Alex Trimble (lead singer/rhythm guitarist/programmer), Sam Halliday (lead guitarist/backup singer), and Kevin Baird (bassist/backup singer).  2009 saw their debut release in the form of an EP called “Four Words to Stand On.”  A year later, they released an album called “Tourist History,” produced and mixed by Philippe Zdar; the album features singles “Something Good Can Work,” “I Can Talk,” “Undercover Martyn,” “Come Back Home,” and “What You Know.”  Then in 2012, the band released their follow-up album called “Beacon,” produced by Jacknife Lee.

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A Dream Come True

Today I witnessed one of the greatest events of my life so far. An historic event that will never be scene again, and a moment I will never forget.

Let me take you back to where it all began. I’m in junior high school at the time, 7th to be specific. It’s just a normal afternoon and I’m walking home from school. I get home and immediately turn on the TV and what happens next shaped me into the nerd that I am today.

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Album Review: Devin Townsend Project – “Epicloud”

It’s no secret that Devin Townsend’s music is a constant source of enjoyment in my life. I’ve seen him in concert six times; five times as DTP, and sadly only once as Strapping Young Lad. I own physical copies of all his albums. I have a Ziltoid puppet that acts as a hood ornament for my guitar amp. And I will soon have a DTP stuffed bear in my hands (because, why the hell not?).

So, when any rumors of new Townsend material begin to circulate, I cannot help but get excited. During a VIP Q&A a few years back, Townsend began talking about future musical plans that included a Ziltoid sequel and a second album along the lines of Ki with Ché Aimee Dorval called Casualties, so I was very surprised to find out that his next project would instead be a collection of poppy, epic, and openly cheesy metal songs. This collection is Epicloud.
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Interview – Fredrik Åkesson of Opeth

Fredrik Åkesson is the lead guitarist for the progressive death metal band Opeth. He is also known for his guitar work in numerous projects that include Arch Enemy, Tailsman, Krux, and Tiamat.

Åkesson is currently on tour with Opeth promoting the band’s latest album Heritage (which I was a fan of).

Here is a phone conversation we had in which we discussed the current tour with Mastodon, Mikael’s recent injury, the dark lyrical content of the band he had when he was nine, his favorite beers, and more. He even divulged the band’s post-festival season tour plans, although he is unsure if he was supposed to or not.

Listen to the full interview with clips from Åkesson’s work after the jump…

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Interview – Doc Coyle of God Forbid

Here is a phone conversation I had with Doc Coyle, the guitarist and backing vocalist of the New Jersey melodic-thrash metal band, God Forbid.

We discuss the origins of God Forbid and thier new album Equilibrium. We also chat about the band’s upcoming trek on the Tresspass America Festival Tour, the “Djent” label, his not-so guilty love of a certain Canadian band many people dislike, and we touch on an upcoming project of his that is not very metal.

All that and more can be heard after the jump…

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Gotta Love April

April really welcomes spring back to this side of the globe, gets people ready for summer, and even inspires a little cleaning. Beaches become an actual destination on weekends for college kids and whole families. Easter Sunday and family timeApril at its core is about beginnings. The start of the MLB baseball and also  the NFL draft is at the end of the month. For one group of athletes a return to normalcy is coming back for professional baseball players. New players and managers in different cities. As for the NFL draft a new group of athletes are getting to start their profesional careers and get paid handsomely for that start. What both sports share is pressure. the pressure to repeat, to make great improvements and the most difficult one is to keep fans happy. [Read more…]