Bleachers’ “Don’t Take the Money” shows how much goes into songwriting

Bleachers’ “Don’t Take the Money” shows how much goes into songwriting

When Jack Antonoff sat down to write Bleachers’ latest single, he had only one phrase in mind, “Don’t Take the Money.” And, no, he does not mean actual money at all.

According to the singer’s Instagram, “Don’t Take the Money” is “about following a light. A gut feeling. Not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you.”

hi. today i'm releasing the first song from an album that has taken every piece of me to make. there are endless things i'm dying to tell you about the past two years of making this album – some incredible and filled with joy, some deeply painful. but i'll wait on that because today is just about this introduction. don't take the money is the front door to this house. it's a big strange house but this is how i believe it should be entered. dttm is something i say in my head a lot. it's not about actual money. it's about following a light. a gut feeling. not following a deep gut feeling destroys your art and the people around you. so i say it in my head constantly. sometimes about something very specific relating to music, sometimes about a bigger question about marriage or depression :):). point is, it's become my phrase to stay on track. specifically in don't take the money i'm taking about my relationship. verses go through the past, pre is an explosive fight and the chorus is that moment when you hit rock bottom and everything is clear. you know that feeling? when you've tried your best to destroy yourself and someone else but it's too strong to be destroyed? when you've tried to fling you a your partner out of an emotional window but you keep landing in heaven? that's when it's all clear. as much as i say don't take the money in my head, i also can beg it of the people i love. that's what i'm doing in that chorus. beyond the lyrics, so much of everything i'm working on is meant to have an intense push and pull between euphoria and sadness. dttm is the front door because it hold both of those feelings so specifically. that is the core of bleachers. ok. i'm in bed and just woke so i'm very clear right now. no strange baggage yet from the today. i've missed sharing music with you. sometimes you have to go into a hole and gather things before you present them. gotta find things that are the ones you need to present. i'm ready to show you all the ideas of gathered. here's the first – and here's tour dates so we can celebrate it all together. much more to come. god this is such a bizarre and wonderful feeling. ranting. sorry. love you very much. jack x dttm x

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If you are confused now, wait until you see the music video.

The video, directed by Antonoff’s partner Lena Dunham, is visually like a surrealist Dahlí painting. The colors are bright and vivid and compliment the song well. It also features Antonoff in a sailor’s outfit getting married to a girl he barely knows. In the end, Antonoff ends up getting beat up by a girl who looks like his potential wife’s twin.

The song itself has powerful lyrics, and one can easily tell it was written about the ups and downs of a relationship. According to Antonoff, a lot went into this song’s creation, and it was a struggle to come up with a sound that was pretty with lyrics that were meaningful and real.

The BleachersVEVO video “Bleachers – Making of Don’t Take the Money” highlights this hardship as Antonoff takes the viewer through his thought and creative process while producing this song, which features the pop singer Lorde. It is truly amazing to see how with the twist of a few knobs and plucks of a few guitar and bass strings Antonoff makes something fantastic.

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How Green Day’s “American Idiot” turned lemons into lemonade

How Green Day’s “American Idiot” turned lemons into lemonade

This may be hard to believe, but there was a time when Green Day struggled commercially. In 2000 the band released their sixth album titled “Warning.” And while the reviews for it were decent, the record barely made gold, and was considered a flop sales-wise.

In 2005 Green Day admitted to Rolling Stone that 2001 could have been the end of the band after they released their greatest hits album. The band’s bassist Mike Dirnt said in the interview, “We were arguing a lot and we were miserable. We needed to shift directions.”

The band decided to turn over a new leaf by messing around in the studio recording “polka songs, filthy versions of Christmas tunes, salsa numbers,” the article claims. It was all fun and games until someone stole all of their work. The band was obviously not amused.

In the end, it turned out OK, some would argue. The band eventually created “American Idiot” a statement on the tumultuous political climate at the time. The album was a rebirth for the band, and it immediately put them in the spotlight again as they skyrocketed to No. 1 on the charts.

Today, ask anyone if they know any Green Day song and there is almost no doubt that they won’t immediately say “American Idiot.”

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Avicii’s new song gives hope for new album

Avicii’s new song gives hope for new album

Avicii has come out of hiding with his new EP “AV?CI (01),” which the Swedish DJ and producer released in August. It contains six new tracks featuring artists like Rita Ora, Billy Raffoul, and Sweden native Sandro Cavazza.

The track “Without You,” featuring Cavazza, peaked at No. 18 on the Billboard “Hot Dance/Electronic Songs” and No. 9 on the Billboard “Dance/Mix Show Airplay” charts. Avicii is, of course, no stranger to chart toppers, but this song has surprisingly not gained a lot of speed yet.

That being said, this song is a good mix of indie sound and Avicii’s electronic roots. It is not in your face with you run-of-the-mill electronic sounds, and it short, sweet and to the point, and one of the more uplifting songs about a break up.

Supposedly, this EP contains some the songs that will be a part of his third album, which the DJ announced earlier this year in an interview with BBC Radio 1. In an Instagram post on Jan. 1, the artist assured his followers that he wanted to make “the best damn album of his career.”

Let’s hope he can stick to his resolution, but for now, let’s just continue to enjoy his new EP and “Without You.”

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Rolling Stone’s 50 best songs of 2017

Rolling Stone’s 50 best songs of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, it is time to reflect on the year behind us. While most may agree, this year was pretty crappy, the music wasn’t all bad. In fact, it may have helped people get through this train wreck.

Keeping with tradition, Rolling Stone recently published their list of the 50 best songs of the year. The list is super diverse with songs from a whole bunch of different genres. The magazine certainly made sure it didn’t discriminate.

Here are just a few of the songs included on the list. For the list in its entirety, click here.

1. “Homemade Dynamite” by Lorde

Although Lorde had to dig deep when writing her newest album “Melodrama,” it definitely paid off. “Homemade Dynamite” is a standout, and helps her new album stack up to “Pure Heroine.”

2. “Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man

It is hard to turn on the radio and NOT here this song. Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still” has definitely earned a spot on this list. With its upbeat tempo it is catchy as hell.

3. “Everything Now” by Arcade Fire

The unmistakable 80s vibe of this song is what makes it so great. Rolling Stone calls it “a ‘Dancing Queen’ for the end of the world.”

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Five alternative Christmas songs to play instead of ‘Rudolph’

Five alternative Christmas songs to play instead of ‘Rudolph’

Well, it’s officially that time of year again. The holiday season came faster than you could say “silver bells.” Radio stations are already playing Christmas tunes and Santa has already set up shop in a bunch of malls all over the country.

However, if you are anything like me, after the umpteenth time of listening to “Jingle Bells” or “Feliz Navidad,” you’ve pretty much had it. So instead of assailing your ears with the classics, here are some indie Christmas songs to change up the sound of your holiday season.

1. I Wish it Was Christmas Today by Julian Casablancas

This song is probably most memorable for when it was performed on Saturday Night Live in 2000 by Jimmy Fallon, Horatio Sanz, Tracy Morgan and Chris Kattan. On its own, it still manages to get you in the Christmas spirit with its up-tempo beat.

2. Lonely this Christmas by Lucky Soul

Originally written and performed in 1974 by British band Mud, Lucky Soul puts an indie twist on this classic Christmas song.

3. Kindle a Flame in Her Heart by Los Campesinos!

For anyone who wants to jam out to an upbeat Christmas song with sad lyrics, this one is for you.

4. Boots by The Killers

As Christmas songs go, the lyrics to this one really put you in the holiday mood. Not to mention, the music video for this song is extremely heartwarming and cute.

5. Christmastime by The Smashing Pumpkins

If you are looking for a song to play while you are opening presents, sitting by the fire, or eating Christmas dinner, the Smashing Pumpkins have served up the perfect one.

To listen to more alternative Christmas songs, NME complied a list of 60 indie Christmas songs for your listening pleasure. Check it out below!

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“Homemade Dynamite” does not explode on the charts

“Homemade Dynamite” does not explode on the charts

It may not seem like it, but Lorde’s first album “Pure Heroine” was released four years ago. So, when Lorde sat down to write her new album “Melodrama” she wasn’t quite sure where to start, but after going through a break up, she had a better sense of where to go.

The New Zealand singer told the New York Times, “it’s a record about being alone. The good parts and the bad parts.”

“Homemade Dynamite,” the third single off the new album, seems like a song about the good parts about being alone that the singer refers to.

“It’s definitely the lightest song on the record,” Lorde said in an interview with USA Today. “It’s that moment in every evening where everyone’s at a good level and maybe the sharp edges of the evening haven’t quite shown themselves yet. I wrote (the song) with Tove Lo. She was in a similar phase where she was partying a lot and we were able to really bond over it.”

She is right about that; “Homemade Dynamite” does sound like a party, and a party we would like to be at. The single includes rising artists Khalid, Post Malone and SZA, creating the perfect chill, party vibe.

While the single has all the makings to make it big on the charts: it’s a Lorde song, it has amazing featured artists, and it is a great song in general, the song peaked at No. 92 on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart, and only stayed on for one week.

My guess is it probably had something to do with Lorde’s questionable Video Music Awards performance, which drew a lot of questions after the singer danced around the stage and didn’t sing a lyric. Putting that aside, “Homemade Dynamite” is a great song if you are looking for a pick me up, or if you are just a big fan of Lorde.

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The Weeknd’s “Die for You” may be on the upturn

The Weeknd’s “Die for You” may be on the upturn

Ever since The Weeknd came out with his first studio album “Kiss Land” and his highly popular sophomore album “Beauty Behind the Madness,” he has not slowed down with the hits; his songs are catchy and most definitely can be labeled “earworms.”

The Weeknd’s newest song off “Starboy,” “Die for You,” may have fell under the radar, but there is no denying that it still a good song. It has a retro vibe to it, while also being able to stay modern. While it may not have climbed to the top of the charts since its release, Rolling Stone called it one of the “best tracks” on “Starboy.”

Although the song only peaked on the Billboard “Hot 100” chart at No. 43 in 2016, it might make a comeback this year. It is getting increasingly more radio play in the past few months, maybe it will be just enough to give “Die for You” the boost it needs to get to the mainstream.

There is not yet any word about a new album coming from the Canadian singer anytime soon, he is busy headlining the Starboy: Legend of the Fall tour, which ends in December. I guess, for now, we will just have to be content listening to “Starboy” on repeat and the numerous other projects The Weeknd has been a part of.

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