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22 Day Song Challenge – Day 14: A Song That You Listen To When You’re Angry

If you need to catch up on what it is we’re doing here check out the post from Day 1 and meet our panel of rad here. Or click on their names below to see their band page or stalk them on social media. They like that.

Feel free to answer each prompt for yourself in the comments below. We love to hear about as many genres and bands as we can all around town. The only rule is you must use San Diego musicians/bands. To make it extra challenging try not to repeat a band as the days go by. If you want a look at the full list drop me a line. And you can view previous days and compare your answers here.

P.S. Lots of our picks are up for the 2013 San Diego Music Awards so don’t forget to vote for your favorites!

Here we go:


Day 14 – A Song That You Listen To When You’re Angry

Jen VT: “Peace” by Chess Wars*– My officemate can attest to my affinity for playing air drums to this track. If I’m feeling pissed off it’s a great one to crank and beat some aggression into thin air with. It’s a quick tune with deliciously dark undercurrents to the lyrics.

Natalie Watson Webber: “Start Swinging” by The Nformals* – Just for the record this song makes me neither angry nor mad. I like The Nformals,-I like them a lot. I do play this song when I’m upset or angry cause it gives me a legit excuse to jump around and blow the world off. The opening drum beat lets you know you’re in for it. “Start Swinging” saunters in with a teasing swagger of guitar, add an insistent baseline and it’s on! Just in case you didn’t take heed there’s Guitarist and Vocalist, Joshua Kmak’s defiant “HA!” at a mere :11 into the track to let you know that The nformals are taking no prisoners on this track. Live, the unrelenting rhythm section of takes over. Drummer, Cameron Sisti, and newest member bassist, Tom Lord, launch into an unrelenting dynamic-duo of back-and-forth while Kmak begins his rockin’ reverie. It’s the heart of the second verse where the imagery and word play really of say SHOUT: “Screw it!” to authority, the powers that be, or just peer pressure and kicks the listener in the teeth (or let’s you relate and GET. IT. OUT!): “Sittin’ on your throne with your shiny crown/ Thinkin’ you’re a saint when you’re bringin’ us down/ Once there was a time in the olden days, where she wouldn’t last a second with her lame ass phrase/da da da she’s singin da da da/she’s singin’ da da da shes singin’ da da da/And all the right trips tell me to spend more time with you..” Don’t tell the nformals what to do. Just give ‘em a big stage and get ready to have the time of your life and leave whatever was happenin’ before the show at the door. The nformals next show is Tuesday, October 1, 2013 at The Soda Bar for a mere $5. You really should go. You’ll be angry if you don’t. 😉

Rick Ostop:  “The Ward Accord by Sara Watkins* – The serene melody of Sara Watkins’ fiddle is ideal for a chill out.  I don’t really listen to music when I’m pissed off, but I will put this on to calm the nerves.

Andrea Moore: “Melt Faces” by Boy King*

Paul Moffat“What Is” by Schitzophonics* – This song and it’s emotion just fuel my rage.  I don’t whip out my rage all that often, but when I do, my rage is much bigger than your rage.

Ryan MillerThe Age of Attraction by Tropical Popsicle*.  Tropical Popsicle’s semi grungy, sun tinged sound is perfect for turning that frown upside down.

Eric Blocker“Coming out Swingin'” by Candye Kane* – I don’t run to the computer when I’m angry to take solace in music. I just don’t. So I thought I’d take time to highlight some local music I may not normally listen to. Coming out Swingin’ is good olde fashioned swing and the name describes my sentiment if I am in a foul mood. I am normally very even tempered (ceaseless eye rolls). I can’t see listening to this when I’m angry. It’s too much fun! There can be nothing more upsetting than a someone cheerful when you’re trying to stay angry.

*Indicates San Diego Music Awards nominees. Vote here.

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About Jen Van Tieghem

There aren’t many things I love more than music. While life spins away at a rapid beat I’ve realized it’s important to spend it doing what I love – enjoying music in San Diego. I have a handful of favorite venues, a heart full of favorite bands, and decided to write about it.

One comment on “22 Day Song Challenge – Day 14: A Song That You Listen To When You’re Angry

  1. Kill everybody in the world by Skrillex


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