Rise Against ‘Tragedy + Time’ – The Song of the Week for 1/12/2015

Released October 20, 2014 via Interscope Records, “Tragedy + Time” is the 2nd single off of The Black Market, the 7th studio album by Rise Against

When The Black Market came out last summer I thought it was going to be a huge hit and a staple record in Rise Against’s discography. The album has sold well for a record of its genre but has fallen short of the success of previous release, 2011’s Endgame. Though clearly the better record of the two, The Black Market apparently lacks the ‘big, successful, radio-friendly’ single. 1st single “I Don’t Want To Be Here Anymore” was in my eyes (and ears) a sure shot to hit #1 on at least the Alternative Rock Charts (Billboard) but it only peaked at #13. I just don’t see “Tragedy + Time” being that successful or anywhere close. They haven’t even released single artwork for the song yet! My hope lies in the song “Methadone” to resurrect the band’s success on the charts. When I first put The Black Market on, I thought this was a killer track and would make for a great song to release as a single – it reminds me a lot of “Savior”, arguably RA’s most successful song to date.

But what do you think? Will “Tragedy + Time” catch on? Will there be a 3rd single off this album? If so, which song? Sound off in the comments section below and tweet me @MusicTrajectory



Cold War Kids ‘All This Could Be Yours’ – The Song of the Week for 1/5/2015

Released July 15, 2014 via Downtown Records, “All This Could Be Yours” is the 1st single off of Hold My Home, the 5th studio album by Cold War Kids

Cold War Kids is an indie rock band from Long Beach, CA. Their new album and 5th overall, Hold My Home, is perhaps their best album since their 2006 debut Robbers & Cowards but who’s counting? It seems like with each release the band inches a little closer to mainstream success, assuming that is their goal. The single “Miracle Mile” off their last album is their best charting single to date, peaking at #22 on Billboard’s Alternative Rock Charts. “All This Could Be Yours” peaked at #36 and I have a feeling the follow-up single “First” might be their most successful single yet. I guess we will have to wait and see. Just a little prediction there. Check out the official audio for “First” below. As of this writing, a video has not been released for the song yet.

Cold War Kids fan? Whatcha think of the new material and strength of these two lead singles? Sound off in the comments section below and tweet me @MusicTrajectory

“And I have been waiting
But you need a sign
That all of this could be yours
Be yours tonight

I have been patient
But you’ve got to try
Then all of this could be yours
Be yours tonight”




J Roddy Walston and the Business ‘Take It As It Comes’ – The Song of the Week for 12/29/2014

Released via ATO Records, “Take It As It Comes” is the 2nd single off of Essential Tremors, the 3rd full-length studio album by J Roddy Walston and The Business

J Roddy had one hell of a year! Lead single “Heavy Bells” off of their fantastic late-2013 album Essential Tremors blew up. The follow up single “Take It As It Comes” featured here is also moving up the alternative charts. Check out a live version of the song below – this band needs to be seen live, they are incredible.

“Take It As It Comes” landed at #2 on Music Trajectory’s Top 20 Underrated Songs of 2014 list and “Heavy Bells” scored the #9 spot on the Top 20 Best Songs of 2014 list. Not only did the band have two successful singles in 2014 but I would like to make the argument that Essential Tremors was one of the best albums of 2014, front to back.

What’s next for the band? A third single? If so, which song will it be? Sound off in the comments section below and tweet me @MusicTrajectory

“Tooth losers formed in your bedroom with a secret.
You’ll fix it all, you’ll fix it all with your mother’s milk…no regrets.
Hear now the harmonic hiss of the hearing aids humming.
This is the end of the dawn of the dementia age is coming.
You gotta take it as it comes.”