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Deegan’s Encyclopedia of Music: A

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Hello, my name is Deegan Poores. Aside from being a musician, I listen to a lot of different music, from alternative rock to folk to hip hop to pop. There really isn’t a lot of stuff I don’t like. When I was given the opportunity to write a blog for the Harbinger, I thought that I should shine a light on all the music I like that isn’t necessarily known by everyone, but is still excellent. To do this, I decided that I would do it in a kind of encyclopedia format, with each entry focusing on a letter. For each letter, I’ll talk about artists, songs and albums that relate to the letter.

I’ll start off with the letter A, and the band that goes with it is Arctic Monkeys. They started off as an indie rock band with more hard rock influences, but have since taken in a more psychedelic-infused sound, mainly because of Queens of the Stone Age-mastermind Josh Homme. I personally prefer their earlier music, but they aren’t half bad now.

Arctic Monkeys is pretty much the work of Alex Turner, who sings, plays guitar and writes the music for the band. His voice has a very deep accent, and along with his unique and very British lyrics, it gives the band a unique voice. Underneath Turner, the rest of the band gives the songs a very sturdy foundation, one with lots of energy and power. They’ve released five albums so far, many of them classics.

My favorite albums of theirs is their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. It’s an awesome blend of hard rocking grooves, great lyrics and some great song titles (e.g. “I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor,” “You Probably Couldn’t See For The Lights But You Were Staring Straight At Me”). Other great albums by them are Favourite Worst Nightmare and Suck it and See, which show off a more emotional side to the band. Their most recent and popular album, AM, is also good, but it just hasn’t affected me as much as these others. I saw them at Buzz Beach Ball in 2014, where they were the headliners. Honestly, it was a letdown. Most of their set came from the new album, and they didn’t have much of a presence onstage. Despite this, they’re an overall great band that, if you dig rock, you should definitely check out.

Now I’m gonna talk about some albums. I’m really more of an album kind of guy than just listening to songs on their own. I like how multiple songs can merge together and have a unified vision. I’ll sit down with a record in my collection instead of watching TV in my free time. Without further ado, here’s a few rad albums.

To kind of close things up now, I’m going to talk about a few of my favorite songs that, you guessed it, start with the letter A. I won’t do the full analysis with these, but I’ll just mention what makes me dig them.

So there is the first entry in my musical encyclopedia. If you are interested in checking any of this music out, I’ll have a playlist for each entry on my Spotify page. Click here for the playlist for this entry. I hope you enjoyed reading this! I’ll have another one soon.

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