Switchfoot has released their latest single Dirty Second Hands and after a few listens I'm really disappointed. I've bought Switchfoots last two albums Nothing Is Sound and The Beautiful Letdown. The Beautiful Letdown was an absolutely fantastic album where every track had it's own uniqueness and sound. Following that album, Nothing Is Sound was released. It had some good songs like Stars but I found I wasn't really listening to the album much at all. Dirty Second Hands seems unpolished, almost like they wrote a few songs and stitched them together to form one track. It just seems chaotic with no real musical balance. I do like the guitar riff at the beginning which is also interspersed throughout the entire song. Check it out for yourself and see if you like it.


New Release: Jet - Shine On

Posted by Aaron West at 1:26 PM in Music

More new releases for this week that I want to mention. Jet has released their latest album "Shine On." I loved their first album "Get Born" with fantastic songs like Are You Gonna Be My Girl, Get What You Need, Move On, and Rollover D.J.. The entire Get Born album was fantastic. I've only previewed the latest Jet in the iTunes Store - but it sounds great. I'll be picking this record up later this week. Check out Shine On in the iTunes Store.


New Release: The Killers - Sam's Town

Posted by Aaron West at 12:12 PM in Music

I'm a huge fan of The Killers after falling in love with their 2004 release Hot Fuss with monster hits like Mr. Brightside and Somebody Told Me. Sam's Town, The Killers latest record was released today and is available in retail stores and in the iTunes Store. If you're a fan of The Killers or great alternative music, go check it out.


Music From the CBS Show Smith

Posted by Aaron West at 10:40 PM in Music

Tonight, the new CBS show Smith aired. The new suspense/adventure/thriller starring Ray Liotta, Virginia Madsen, Amy Smart and others, was heavily advertised over the summer as one of the networks blockbuster features. I just got through watching it and it was decent. What was more than decent was the nearly full length musical number towards the end. I have a feeling lots of people will be looking for this interesting electronic track which is called "Hide and Seek" by Imogen Heap. In addition to finding its way on "Smith" the track can also be heard on Zach Braff's The Last Kiss soundtrack.

Click here to check the song out on iTunes.

If you weren't able to catch the pilot episode you can view it on Google Video here.


"Hip" Music

Posted by Aaron West at 9:21 PM in Music, Personal, Blogging

Tonight I decided to start blogging about music on "the hip" aka trajiklyhip. For years I've focused almost 100% on blogging about technology and my experience therein. That's fine, and I'm certainly not giving it up, but I've decided to also blog a bit about some personal stuff that I really enjoy. To start off I'm going to blog about new music I'm listening to or have recently discovered.

Music is one of the largest parts of my life. It occupies a significant amount of my daily routine whether it's listening to a new album while commuting, sharing a rare gem with my wife, or enjoying music with friends at work. It's no coincidence music is used to evoke an abundance of emotions on TV and film. It can be the simplest head-bobbing track or a complicated piece of art.

So, starting today I'm going to share some tracks and full albums that you'll find prominent on my iPod, laptop, and stereo. I'm also hoping to drag out the TrajiklyHip Flash MP3 player, rewrite it in Flash 8 or Flex and use it to share some tunes. It's a bit tedious to keep it frequently updated right now so a rewrite is in order.

Stay tuned.