So I’m about to live up to the “rambling” aspect of this blog and think (type) streams of consciousness regarding my vocational aspirations. I’m at a bit of a crossroads where its imperative that I start to narrow down on a new direction post-graduation, so here goes.
Right now, I’m working part time as an analyst at Fillmore Capital Partners, in Worthington, Ohio. Basically I do research, due diligence, and random administrative work for an investment firm that deals primarily with real estate and pension funds but is starting to expand to investing in growing/floundering businesses (there are a couple of really exciting projects going on right now but posting them online would be a terrible (and possibly illegal) idea, so I won’t go there).
So, I was pursuing actuarial science but TBH my heart wasn’t really in it…so I’m putting that on hold indefinitely.
What next? What can I pursue that fuses my love of trends (esp. in music, entertainment, social media, and technology), my ability to relate to a variety of people, and strong reasoning/writing skills?
Market Research seems to be the thing that keeps coming up. I think my ultimate goal would be to be part of a consulting firm that formulates business models for clients in the music industry. I would definitely emphasize the relational part of my business. Basically to do something like what this guy at Flux Research (wordpress is being dumb and won’t let me post the link!) does would be cool. How to get there?
Networking will be key. General experience in market research with social media and trend analysis will also be key. I need to be a force to be reckoned with. To do that I probably need to stay at Fillmore a few more months before moving on to another area firm. I am doing some consulting on the side already for my friend Andy Kramer’s band, Sighless Sunday…I could expand my platform and see what happens. No harm in trying, right? And of course the freelance music writing is a good networking tool, so I should keep on with that. Now is the time to experiment, when I’m young, single (learning to deal with that in a Godly manner…but thats a whole different topic :)) and still have relatively few financial responsibilities.
To be continued…
Leave a comment. Where are you in this process these days? We can give each other feedback!
Now that I am out of college (!) I hope to get back to regular blogging. This page, “Getterz’s Realm…” with change into something with more personal anecdotes. The music features will be moved to my new blog, TUNED UP! at iamtunedup.wordpress.com.
Abel – “Lesser Men”
Attack Attack! – self titled
Before Their Eyes – “Untouchable”
The Classic Crime – “Vagabonds”
Demon Hunter – “The World is a Thorn”
Ivoryline – “Vessels”
Sent By Ravens – “Our Graceful Words”
Showbread – “Who Can Know It?”
Haste the Day – “Attack of the Wolf King”
I told a friend this summer that AOTWK might do for me what August Burns Red’s “Constellations” did for me two summers ago. It didn’t quite do this, but as Haste the Day’s swan song it functions quite well. Infectious, sing along choruses and brutal breakdowns are both present here, trademarks of Haste the Day that will make me miss them. Standout tracks: “Dog Like Vultures”, “The Quiet, Deadly Ticking”, “White As Snow”
The River Empires – “Epilogue”
After the hiatus of Falling Up, I was glad to get new music from Jessy Ribordy and co. in the form of the cinematic bluegrass/folk project, The River Empires. There’s not much “twang” here but Ribordy paints soundscapes that take you for a relaxing, and at times ethereal ride. My only complaint is that there are too many “filler” tracks that don’t seem to serve much of purpose, but seeing as this project is written as the final score for a screenplay Ribordy is putting together this is understandable.
Standout tracks: “The Coventry”, “Three Tigers”, “The Marching of the Clocks”
Children 18:3 – “Rain’s A’Comin'”
Probably THE summer release of 2010. The trio of homeschooled Minnesota siblings put together a collection of happy, punk flavored tunes that are perfect for blasting in the summer. Unlike their self-titled, I find this one to be enjoyable the whole way through with the exception of the rather pointless “The Last Laugh” which is a simple piano outro. Standout tracks: “Cover Your Eyes”, “Hey Driftwood (Tides)”, “Lost So Long”
Paper Tongues – self-titled
My first exposure to this band was at a Switchfoot concert in February. Their infectious hip hop and soul fused alternative rock caught my ear and turned their debut into one of the most spinned of the year. If “Ride to California” doesn’t improve your mood, there just might be something wrong with you (I kid I kid, but really…) Standout tracks: “Trinity”, “Ride to California”, “Everybody”
Secret and Whisper – “Teenage Fantasy”
One of my most anticipated albums from the “looking forward” section of last year’s list, they certainly lived up to the anticipation. “Teenage Fantasy” finds S&W stretching their horizons and it pays off. Charles Furney’s haunting falsetto creates an interesting contrast with the almost metal instrumentation. Standout tracks: “Youth Cats”, “Bedroom Galaxy”, “Famous For a Century”
House of Heroes – “Suburba”
The highly anticipated follow-up to “The End is Not the End” does not quite beat it but it probably ties it. HoH creates a fun rock album that is accessible and enjoyable by multiple demographics. I think my parents would like this (if I could get them to listen) yet its different enough to satisfy the modern elitist rocker. Standout tracks: “Elevator”, “Love is For the Middle Class”, “Disappear”
Underoath – “Ø Disambiguation”
It might be a bit wierd that I’m ranking an album this highly that I’ve only been listening to for a month, but whatever, it’s my list! The absence of Aaron Gillespie is obvious, but this is of no detriment to the band. Underoath maintains their sound while becoming more heavy and progressive at the same time. Standout tracks: “In Division”, “Illuminator”, “Paper Lung”
My Epic – “Yet”
If this list were made solely on lyrical content, “Yet” would win. A stunning album from start to finish, indeed. Brutally honest, yet reverent and worshipful at the same time, the trio that makes up My Epic is truly gifted. The production and instrumentation, are also top-notch, beating out their previous record “I Am Undone” in these categories. Standout tracks: “Author”, “Lashes”, “Rich”
Anberlin – “Dark is the Way, Light is a Place”
This record, while a bit too short, is Anberlin at the top of their game. While “New Surrender” is enjoyable, “Dark Is the Way…” is more cohesive. Be warned, this album is a grower, but once it grows you won’t be able to stop playing it! Standout tracks: “Impossible”, “Pray Tell”, “The Art of War”
Jimmy Eat World – “Invented”
This album is simply a masterpiece made by veterans that are still at the top of their game. Beautiful melodies? check. Radio-ready rockers that will also satisfy indie junkies? check. An epic album ender? Make that TWO epic album enders. The radio single, “My Best Theory” was stuck in my head for weeks. Get this! Standout tracks: “My Best Theory”, “Movielike”, “Invented”
Looking Forward…(What I hope to get in 2011):
Emery – “We Do What We Want” (March 2011)
I Am Empire – “Kings” (out late January)
P.O.D. (is it a nostalgia time?)
August Burns Red
MuteMath (3rd LP! Yeah!)
The Devil Wears Prada
10. Sent By Ravens – “New Fire”
Performance videos, while often overdone, can be effective when done right under a tight budget. This is one such example.
9. Civil Twilight “Letters From the Sky”
One of my favorite songs of the year, the video does a great job reflecting the chill, pensive mood of the song.
8. Fair – “Disappearing World”
This reminds of “Where the Wild Things Are” for some reason. Another melancholy track that is impossibly catchy.
7. Paper Route – “Gutter”
This song has a groove you can’t get out of your head…clever way to film as well.
6. Underoath – “In Division”
Proof that Aaron Gillespie does NOT equal the essence of Underoath. Like the underwater filming.
5. Anberlin – “Impossible”
Another song that is impossible for me to NOT rock out to when I hear it. The slow-mo that doesn’t end annoyed me at first, but grew on me…
4. Owl City – “Umbrella Beach”
very HAPPY song that is proof of why Owl City should have a career beyond “Fireflies”.
3. Abandon Kansas – “Close Your Eyes”
Favorite “band performance video” of the year. Especially like the cinematography with the carnival. The song that got me into this band.
2. The Devil Wears Prada – “Assistant To the Regional Manager”
Creepy…but well done. My most listened to song of the year.
1. Project 86 – “Destroyer”
Love the subliminal messages and overall theme of the video. Who do you belong to?
This was the concert that almost wasn’t. At least for myself and the trio of fellow Anberlin enthusiasts I traveled with to the show. You see, House of Blues Chicago never changed the status of the show online to being sold out, so I found out in a rather roundabout way that I needed to obtain tickets in an alternative fashion. To make a long story short I got ahold of 4 tickets less than 4 hours before the concert itself via Craigslist.
We arrived at the venue, the chic House of Blues Chicago shortly after doors opened. A slight set change meant that Crash Kings would kick off the evening instead of Civil Twilight, as the latter had played in another state earlier that day and was still en route. Crash Kings played a fun set of classically minded alternative rock, at times treading into the humorously superfluous realm with their lyrics (“You Got Me” in particular comes to mind) ending with their radio hit “Mountain Man” and a cover of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs.”
Civil Twilight then played a set of around 6 songs, opening with “Soldier”. The vocals seemed slightly off throughout their set, and the crowd seemed not to be into them as much. This could have been because of their unfortunately placement between the high energy Crash Kings and Anberlin. “Anybody Out There” followed, which features a cool crescendo in its intro but the highlight of their set was their cover of Massive Attack’s “Teardrop”. Otherwise known as the theme song from “House”, the trio truly made this song their own, which the lead vocalist venturing out into the crowd during its climatic buildup toward the end of the song. They ended their set appropriately with their alternative hit “Letters from the Sky”.
Following a 20 minute or so set change, the house lights dimmed once more and drummer Nate Young, flanked by a drum tech and touring member Randy Torres (of Project 86 fame) mounted the drum risers and began pounding out an intro while the other band members gradually entered the stage, before launched into the lead off track “We Owe This To Ourselves” from their latest, Dark is the Way, Light is a Place. The explosion of light, sound, and audience participation was a thrilling moment. The band didn’t slow down, moving into the sole representation of Never Take Friendship Personal, “Paperthin Hymn.” The set had a couple too many new songs, but this is a small complaint since their new record is phenomenal in my book. One interesting song choice was “The Haunting”, a b-side that has previously only seen the light of day as part of the “Godspeed” online single and on the “Lost Songs” b-sides/demos record. The main set concluded with their two biggest radio hits, “Impossible” and “Feel Good Drag.” The inevitable encore was “(*Fin)”, and I might say there couldn’t have been a better choice for an encore!
This night was definitely one of the highlights of my senior year of college thus far. All bands sounded great, and Anberlin keeps getting better and better live with each time I see them. If you’re reading this and have yet to see them live, see if they’re coming to a city near you on their upcoming January tour with Circa Survive and Foxy Shazam.
We Owe This To Ourselves
Art of War
Take Me (As You Found Me)
The Unwinding Cable Car
Feel Good Drag
Jimmy Eat World has been one of my “bucket list” bands for quite a while. Imagine my excitement when they announced their new record, Invented, along with a supporting US tour in support of the release. In August I promptly made plans to attend their Chicago stop, at the Riviera Theatre in Uptown.
After an hour-long jaunt around the Chicago area, we arrived in Uptown, walking through the lobby area to the pulsations of Scotland-bred We Were Promised Jetpacks. They had a fun sound, and sounded tight. The vocals seemed a bit off, but my lack of knowledge of this band probably contributed to my not liking them more. We heard about 3-4 songs from them and then a twenty-minute set change followed.
Jimmy Eat World came on with a short, albeit rousing intro that flowed seamlessly into “Bleed American,” much to the delight of the sold out crowd. “Your New Aesthetic” and “A Praise Chorus” followed, and then lead vocalist Jim Adkins introduced their female keyboardist/vocalist, who he called a friend from home and they referenced their new record before launching into “My Best Theory.” This song has the distinct quality of being haunting and melancholy, yet infectious, making this one of my favorites of this year. Hearing this live was a highlight.
A mix of old and new played out the initial set of Jimmy Eat World, such as “Movielike” and “Action Needs an Audience” from the new one and old favorites “Big Casino,” “Hear You Me,” and “Dizzy.” The true highlight of the night would be the final 5 songs of the night.
They decided to close their main set with “Goodbye Sky Harbour” from Clarity, well-known for being their epic 16 minute song. Luckily they shorted this a bit (a longer encore!) At one point of the song, Jim Adkins looped his voice on top of itself several times and the band slowing fading until all the audience heard was the voice-loop. It was a beautiful and cool moment. After the inevitable encore, the band played “23”, and despite not being terribly familiar with the song, I still got chills hearing this live. The band then livened things back up with “Pain”, following it with “The Middle”, a childhood nostalgia track that was fun to hear live! The final song was “Sweetness”, which was complete with deafening “whoa-oh-ohs” echoing from the audience. The show could not have ended more perfectly.
It was oh-so-satisfying to cross this band off of my bucket list. Though I could tell the band is starting to age a bit and maybe not quite rocking out as much as they used to, they still pack a punch live. Invented might end up being one of my favorite albums of the year, and it was great to be introduced to this live.