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January 07, 2016

Get ready for the 25 Best Rock Songs of 2015. Here's a sampler of what to expect. 


Here we are folks, the end of the list. The final 25 songs, and thus, the 25 best rock songs of 2015. It's been a fun ride, and it is exciting to finally bring you the songs I felt were the best written, performed songs of 2015, and possibly some songs that will be the best rock songs of not only 2015, but of the 2010s, and even the greatest of all time in some cases. Time will tell on that one.

As I wrote this list, I felt bad because I realized there were some severe omissions from the list that I should reconsider adding. But I'm young, and statistical mea culpa's are bound to happen.

Top 100 Rock Songs of 2015: #25-1

Get ready for the 25 Best Rock Songs of 2015. Here's a sampler of what to expect.  Here we...

January 04, 2016

As we continue the list of the 100 best rock songs of 2015, we now move on to the third day of the countdown: numbers 50 through 26.

Top 100 Rock Songs of 2015: #50-26

As we continue the list of the 100 best rock songs of 2015, we now move on to the third day of the c...

December 31, 2015

As we continue the list of the 100 best rock songs of 2015, we now move on to the second day of the countdown: numbers 75 through 51.

Top 100 Rock Songs of 2015: #75-51

As we continue the list of the 100 best rock songs of 2015, we now move on to the second day of the ...

December 25, 2015


For the next four days, I'll be posting a list of what I believe are the 100 best rock, alternative and indie songs released in 2015, or at the tail end of 2014, if we want to be technical. Rock music, to a degree, has become so uncool that it's cool now to investigate and analyze where rock has gone and where it is going.

Much of the 2010s has been dominated by indie pop that was in reaction to the 2000s post-punk revival movement, but we're starting to see some bands pop up in what I called the "New Wave of British Hard Rock", which contains several rock and punk bands such as Darlia, Royal Blood, Honeyblood and Drenge. These bands are churning out a sound that fuses 90s grunge, 80s punk and 00s indie. It's cool, and I'm not sure exactly how it will be labeled.

Anyways, it is on to the first segment: numbers 100 through 76. Enjoy:

Top 100 Rock Songs of 2015: #100-76

For the next four days, I'll be posting a list of what I believe are the 100 best rock, alterna...

October 04, 2014

The Train Ride to Williamsburg


Throughout the day, I took some notes on my experience taking the train from Richmond's Main Street Station to Williamsburg Transit Center. I did for my Uncovering Richmond class to talk about the regional transit. Overall, I was impressed with the speed and reliability of getting to Williamsburg, but what I saw was immense opportunity to bring commuter rail to Richmond, simply by using existing infrastructure. 

Pt. I – Commuting to the Station and In-Station Experience

There's a charm to the station when you first arrive here.There's a charm to the station when you first arrive here.

I'm currently sitting in the waiting room of the Richmond Main Street Station (RVM) waiting for the Northeast Regional train to Williamsburg. I'm doing this out of a mix of a class assignment (write about regional transit and share the experience), and sheer curiosity to see how trains outside of the New England/upper Mid-Atlantic run and operate.

Train Ride to Williamsburg from Richmond

The Train Ride to Williamsburg Throughout the day, I took some notes on my experience taking the train from Richmond's Main Street St...

September 22, 2014

The past few days, I've been engrossed with architecture, and I blame some of my historic and housing classes for that. Specifically, I've been thinking heavily about a bizarre skyscraper that sticks out like a sore thumb in the London Financial District: Lloyd's Tower – easily one of the most idiosyncratic buildings in London. 

I first saw the building during my London Trip this past July and had mixed feelings at first from seeing it. The building had a lot of noise and activity stemming from the external pipework, elevators and spiral staircase that resembled much of a drill bit. The array of items and lack of uniform made it out to eventually be seen in my eyes as one of the most unique buildings I ever saw. The patterns on the building are unusual, and stem not from the framework, but elements like elevators, stairways, corners, and utility lines. Simply put, there's nothing out there quite like that.

Perhaps a final point of noting is the idiosyncrasies in terms of style it seems to exhibit. Looking at the building gives me a sense of playing some dystopian futuristic video game. It has, as a friend from London pointed out (Dannyboy), a "grungy" futuristic look it, rather than a more glossy, glass-centric futuristic look that so many other buildings in London seemed to have. (Cheese Grader, Walkie Talkie and Gherkin, I'm looking at you).  

Lloyd's Tower, London

The past few days, I've been engrossed with architecture, and I blame some of my historic and housing classes for that. Specifically, I...
For months I've entertained the idea of returning to blogging, and getting back in the swing of writing out my thoughts and observations, and well, I've decided to get back into it. With it, I'm hoping to regain a grasp of being able to write and convey my thoughts more professionally, and better thought-out. Also, it might help organize my thought process more effectively, which lately, has been so scattered for the past few weeks. 

Since I've last blogged, my interests, passions, and goals have vastly changed &mbsp; the dreams of journalism, soccer beat writing, music writing and potentially teaching are long gone. Now, they've been replaced with the vague notions of city reform, city design, anti-suburbanism, mass transit, and redesigning the way we travel, and the way we see how we live. Essentially, my interests are the outline of typical urban planning and city design collegiate courses, which should be a given after two years of focusing my studies and investing my energy and interest into this field, and wanting to dedicate a portion of my life towards it. 

Where I am now is the beginning the final chapter of my undergraduate studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. To sound painfully cliche, it is has been nothing more than a foundation of my learning, and that my studies have only begun. Maybe it's simply growing up, but as I've ascended through college, there is always something more to know, and absorbing the knowledge is not as easy as we all wish it could be. In fact, that's most likely the case. I truly will not really grasp my understanding of the professions within my major (Urban and Regional Planning) until I am entering graduate school, which I am to do at VCU, as well as the entry level positions in the working world, or if I am able to achieve a dream of mine, running a transit company that can transform how we see travel. 

Now that my ridiculous exile return paragraphs have finished, I can now begin this stupid blog. 

Back At It Again, Hello

For months I've entertained the idea of returning to blogging, and getting back in the swing of writing out my thoughts and observation...

November 08, 2011

If it was this time in 2009, and someone gave me their notion that Twitter and Tumblr would, one day, become a site that would bring Facebook to its death knell, I would have naively believed them. Turns out these sites grew slowly in 2010, but became parallel outlets to express ourselves alongside Facebook.

The growth of these sites, I think, came from people's internal desires to vaguely express their innermost desires, without having to broadcast it to a massive, frequently-attentive Facebook audience. The notion to make Tumblr's and Twitter's was not to replace Facebook, but to filter the stream the content that is posted on Facebook. That all started with the rise of people talking about the "Facebook scene" outside of website, and made actions one does on Facebook as critical as actions done in reality.

Let's talk about teens, Tumblr and Twitter...

If it was this time in 2009, and someone gave me their notion that Twitter and Tumblr would, one day, become a site that would bring Faceboo...

 

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