Personal Thoughts

2012

By Will Oliver, January 1st 2012 — with 2 comments

Happy 2012 everyone.

In 2011 we saw some great changes on the site. I finally gave the site a new look, and added the permanent additions of monthly mixes with mind blowing art from Camilo Bejarano who is now a permanent fixture on the site. I’m proud of both of these things, and I know you feel the same way.

I had fun sharing my favorite discoveries and concert experiences with you guys. I know that my blogging wasn’t quite the same as it was in previous years, and I want you to know that 2012 will be much different.I’m more focused and excited than ever, and I plan to devote as much energy into this site as ever before. I’m coming in refreshed and ready to go, ready to make a splash for 12 solid months in the music world. Hope you guys will continue to join me.

Thanks for a great year, and here’s to a wonderful 2012!

-Will

We All Want Someone To Shout For Is Two Years Old!

By Will Oliver, July 30th 2010 — with 15 comments

I was going through my blog archives the other day and wanted to see the official date that I started my blog. Sure enough it was July 30th, 2008, which means we are now officially 2 years young. Woah, where the hell did the last two years go?

It seems like it was only yesterday that I got the sudden urge to really start my own blog after some outside motivation from various people. It was partly a way for me to put all of my musical obsessions out there for my friends to see, but deep down I wanted to see if I could take this blog to bigger things. I remember seeing the rise of blogs like GorillavsBear, and was always amazed at how well blogs had done. Realistically, I never thought anyone would read this thing aside from some friends and family.

But here we are, two years later, and there are plenty of you. You subscribe to my RSS Feed, leave comments, e-mail me, write in my shoutbox, follow me on twitter. It’s all mind blowing. Two years ago I was just a kid who listened to way too much new music and probably annoyed the people around him with the new music he was listening to. Now I get to bother you guys, and you actually appreciate it. It’s pretty wonderful.

A lot has changed in my life in two years. Two years ago I was just about to enter college. I was only 17 years old. Now I am about to enter my junior year of college, and only have a few more months of being a teenager. I am somewhat of a different person inside, but in the core I guess I’m really the same. No matter what happens to me, this blog will always be a part of me.

I have all of you to thank for this. Without you, this blog wouldn’t be here. You guys push me to write multiple times every day to share my musical obsessions with. I hope that you enjoy this blog and that you continue to come back. I started We All Want Someone To Shout For partly for myself in 2008, but now I write it for all of you.

It’s been a great ride, but get ready for bigger and better things in the upcoming two years.

-Will

I figured I would share some songs with you that partly inspired this blog. These were some of my favorite songs that I formed emotional connections with that partly got me so invested with new music. Listen to the first song. It’s lyrics may ring a bell.

[mp3]: Arctic Monkeys – Who The Fuck Are Arctic Monkeys?
[mp3]: Voxtrot – The Start Of Something
[mp3]: Arcade Fire – Wake Up
[mp3]: Bloc Party – This Modern Love
[mp3]: Wolf Parade – I’ll Believe In Anything
[mp3]: Sufjan Stevens – Chicago
[mp3]: Beirut – Postcards From Italy
[mp3]: Ben Folds – Still Fighting It
[mp3]: Death Cab for Cutie – We Looked Like Giants
[mp3]: Doves – Caught By The River
[mp3]: Interpol – The New
[mp3]: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Heavy Metal

British Sea Power – Don’t You Want To Be A Bird?

By Will Oliver, May 22nd 2010 — with 1 comment

Sorry about the lack of frequent posts lately. As I stated earlier in the week, I started my internship at Beggars. I also am working my summer job when I’m not interning so I am super busy. Gotta save up some $$ for my trip to England this winter. I also saw Pearl Jam on Thursday & LCD Soundsystem on Friday, so I have had literally no time to update this here blog of mine.

Things will get back to normal once I get into the swing of things. For now, enjoy the excellent British Sea Power b-side “Don’t You Want To Be A Bird?” from their Ended On An Oily Stage single release from 2005.

[mp3]: British Sea Power – Don’t You Want To Be A Bird?

Happy New Year!

By Will Oliver, January 1st 2010 — with 1 comment

Hello 2010! It’s a brand new year, and a brand new opportunity to start over fresh! I am really excited that it is a new year, 2009 seemed to wear out it’s welcome! There year had a mix of good times, but also plenty of times I would rather forget. I am not “depressed”, but there were plenty of times during 2009 that I wanted to just cave in. Reasons? Well, I don’t know where I am headed in my future, for one thing. I had to put down my dog Georgia over the summer, which I still take very hard. I had her since I was 5 years old, so losing her really left a vacant hole in my heart. I have become even more strained from my father (divorced parents), and his side of the family. I don’t think they even know how old I am anymore. I haven’t spoken to him for over a year now. I bought a car in the summer, and thought it would be a life changing experience finally owning my own car. Well, I was wrong. It has been such a disaster for me and my family, that we are trying to sell it already. I totally regret buying it. I am not sure if I even like where I am going to school anymore. I feel like I don’t belong there anymore. I got to the point where I  stopped working out. I used to be a good athlete in my youth, but over time, personal injuries took me out of it. It’s hard for me to stay active because of this, and as a result I am out of shape. I know I should, but I just can’t get myself to do it anymore! I have been home for a few weeks, and all it’s done is make me wonder if I really like my town. I only keep in touch with a handful of friends from my highschool, most of my friends at home didn’t even go to my highschool. I have this “idea” of home, and I am not sure if it is still the same. When I look back at 2009, these things don’t make it seem all that glamorous.

That was the bad. However, there was plenty of good in 2009 as well! I have fallen in love with a beautiful girl named Jade, and I couldn’t be happier!!!! (BTW, if you got a chance, check out her blog!!! It’s great!) She is a really strong person, and has really taught me a lot. I am a lucky guy, she is amazing!!

There were plenty of great albums and films that I saw that made the year great. Catching the Arctic Monkeys drumstick at there show was beyond amazing. I am healthy with a family and friends, I should not be complaining. It is cliche, but sometimes by just looking at what you do have, rather than what you don’t have is enough to make you appreciate life! Things could have been a lot worse, so I have no right to complain.

Not only are we starting fresh with the year, this is a new decade. This is “our” decade. I am 19, and I am old enough for the first time to really appreciate life and see out this decade properly. Let’s do it right!

Finally, I want to talk about you guys. This blog really took off in 2009, and it has been a wild ride. I gotta thank you guys for sticking with me. I keep on blogging because you guys keep logging into your computers and visiting weallwantsomeone.org. I really hope you keep coming back, because I want to make this blog one of the best music blogs around! I am excited to see what the future holds for us!!!

Happy New Year!!!!!

[mp3] : Death Cab for Cutie – New Year

Merry Christmas!

By Will Oliver, December 25th 2009 — with 9 comments

Merry Christmas everyone! Today’s the big day! The holiday that we wait all year long for. Am I the only one who isn’t feeling Christmas spirit at all this year?

I know that as you get older, your feelings on Christmas change, but honestly it is really lacking something this year! It is really sad to think about!!! I miss the old Chrismas’s where you tried to fall asleep early, hoping that Santa brought all of your gifts. Life was simpler when we still believed in Santa. Christmas was a lot more colorful back then!

I guess for personal reasons, my Christmas’s are always missing something, or aren’t “traditional” for me, but I am trying to make the best of it. I am going to my step aunt and uncles house today for dinner, hopefully followed by a screening of Sherlock Holmes with my friends. We are trying to make it a tradition to see a movie on Christmas after seeing the excellent Benjamin Button last Christmas!

I hope you guys have a great christmas! Enjoy your gifts, food, and warm company of each other. Be safe if it is snowing, or if you are boozing! This is my 2nd Christmas with you guys, lets hope we continue to do this for many more!

I got a small little gift in the form on music for ya’ll! Enjoy the abundance of christmas songs below! They are mostly modern/indie covers of Christmas classics. I hope you enjoy!

[mp3] : Sufjan Stevens – Amazing Grace

[mp3] : Sufjan Stevens - That Was The Worst Christmas Ever!

[mp3] : Sufjan Stevens – Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing

[mp3] : Alexi Murdoch – Silent Night

[mp3] : Jimmy Eat World – Last Christmas

[mp3] : U2 – Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

[mp3] : Coldplay – Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

[mp3] : Julian Casablancas - I Wish It Was Christmas Today

[mp3] : Red Hot Chili Peppers – Snow (Hey Oh)

[mp3] : Wham! – Last Christmas

[mp3] : Florence + The Machine – Last Christmas (Wham! Cover)

[mp3] : Death Cab For Cutie - Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)

[mp3] : Snow Patrol - When I Get Home For Christmas

[mp3] : Yeah Yeah Yeahs – All I Want for Christmas

[mp3] : Blitzen Trapper – Christmas Is Coming Soon

[mp3] : The Kinks – Father Christmas

[mp3] : The Killers – Don’t Shoot Me Santa

[mp3] : Weezer – We Wish You A Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!!!!

Where We Are

By Will Oliver, December 23rd 2009 — with 2 comments

I went to visit my brother and sister at school today during their Christmas parties. My brother actually has the same teacher that I had when I was a 4th grader. It was weird being back in the very same classroom that I spent a year of my childhood in. Everything seemed so much smaller, and less shiny. Something about being in an elementary school looking at all the parents spending time with their kids just hit me. I was sitting in those seats about 9-10 years ago, and I may have my own kids in a similar time frame (hopefully much, much, later!). My point is that life is going by pretty fast, and I guess i don’t know where I stand anymore. I just felt lost in translation, really thinking about where I am headed. Some part of me knows, another part of me is just as lost as the rest of you.

It’s funny how a simple trip to your old school can bring weird realizations and thoughts. Here are some songs I need to share with you. So take them:

[mp3] : Family Portrait – Mega Secrets

[mp3] : Family Portrait – On The Floor

Family Portrait are a really cool band that will melt your mind. Or your speakers. They sound like they are melting under water. Check out the killer melody featured in “On The Floor”. Really good. These guys need to get singed to a big label ASAP. Get to know them more @ their myspace!

[mp3] : Sia – Breathe Me

Not a new song by any means, but “Breathe Me” is just too damn beautiful for words. Breath-taking!

[mp3] : CANT – Ghosts

I don’t know why I took so long to get this one posted. CANT is Grizzly Bear’s bassist, Chris Taylors solo project. He released the song “Ghosts” as his first single on his record Terrible Records! The song sounds like a mix of Department of Eagles, with any of Chris’s hazy vocal performances on Grizzly Bear’s songs. You can buy the 7″ vinyl that the song is on from Terrible Records right now. Hurry, there are still a very limited amount left!

Done!

By Will Oliver, December 14th 2009 — with 3 comments

Goodbye Binghamton Fall Semester 2009! It is time to bring on winter break, and 2010!

I am pretty exhausted, as I pulled an all niter to study for my finals and finish up a writing portfolio. Time to catch up on the zz’s via a nap!

Good luck with the rest of the semester to all you college students out there! Here is a classic Mike Skinner song for you to listen to while you try to get through your finals, and wait for me to wake up. Keep flippin’ through those hefty textbook pages!

[mp3] : The Streets – Turn The Page

It’s Hump Day

By Will Oliver, November 18th 2009 — with 15 comments

It’s Wednesday. Hence, the “it’s hump day” caption! For those of you that are unfamiliar with the phrase it just means we are getting over the middle of the week, and are halfway to it being over.

This week has not been a great one. College is basically being a royal pain in the ass right now. My classes right now are pretty dull, and I had a hard time getting anything good for next year. I feel like with my current selection of courses, I am just going through the motions. Like a mindless troll just going to college so I have a degree. I don’t feel like anything I am doing is helping me out. Something just doesn’t feel right.

Aside from the fact that I am in a rut with the academic stuff, I am hating the social life here. I got a good group of friends and all that, but there is nothing to do at this college! Downtown is an economically depressed dump that has nothing but decent eateries and bars. At nighttime, lets just say you wouldn’t want to be caught downtown. I am 3 hours away from NYC, so my concert going has also been stripped from me. It’s safe to say that I am not cool with seeing absolutely no shows!!!! Basically here you either drink, or sit in your dorm. There is not much to do here, and it sucks.

I also hate my living conditions right now. I did get a brand new building which I thought would be cool. Well, it hasn’t. The little accommodations for the new building have pretty much all failed. I got over that quick enough, whatever. However, dealing with the people here is not something that I can deal with. It’s all fraternity brothers and sorority sisters  (This isn’t speaking against any of you that are in frats/sororities) In my college/dorm they are basically douchebags who are re-living their high school glory. The sorority girls are basically girls who belong in the OC or Miami but are stuck in upstate NY. If you are not a frat brother, they literally ignore you. Who the fuck wants to live with these people?

You could say my friends and I are a bit disheartened by this. When I thought about getting a nice new building, I guess I didn’t think about what would be living in it lol! I lived in the older version of this building last year and loved it. I had a hall full of great dudes who made college great. This year it’s all abercrombie & fitch, backwards fitted caps, ugg boots, and black northfaces. It’s not just in my dorm either, people just seem lame here. I always had hopes that college people would be cooler, but I guess up here that doesn’t apply! It isn’t just me either, I have come across at least 20-30 people who all feel the same way as me.

I should be moving off campus next year, which should be exciting…if I am still here. I am contimplating the idea of transferring as a junior. I am going into this idea blindly at the moment though, so don’t take my word on that one. I am going to discuss this idea more with my parents when I go home for Turkey Day.

I am hoping to push through the rest of this pretty lame semester, and just get home for the time being. Here are some songs I have been chilling with as of late:

[mp3] : Vampire Weekend – The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance (Miike Snow Remix)

[mp3] : Devendra Banhart – Baby

[mp3] : Kanye West – Wouldn’t You Like To Ride

[mp3] : Florence + The Machine – You’ve Got The Love (XX remix)

Goodbye To A Friend

By Will Oliver, June 10th 2009 — with 15 comments

Hey guys. I finally got my computer back! I actually got it back over the weekend. However, certain events have left me unmotivated to post.

My dog, and best friend Georgia got diagnosed with cancer this weekend. Unfortunately, we had to put her down. I have had Georgia since I was only 5 years old. She was not only a good dog, but an important piece of my family. I grew up with this dog. I mean, she has been more involved in my life than my actual father! So this really hurt me, and it is weird not having her around.

Georgia was a great watch dog, she always let us know when someone was approaching the door. She slept with me in my bed every single night until I became 6’5 and began kicking her accidentally at nighttime. She never hurt one of us, she was always willing to play with us, even if it meant having my 4 year old brother ride her around the house. There are countless memories that we have with her. She was a great dog that fit into the family better than anyone could have asked or wished.

I really recognized her importance after we put her down. My family began to get closer by talking about all the good times that we had with her, and all the little things she did to actually make us better. This led to us looking through all photos and reminiscing. Although her death brought sadness, it also made us recognize just how special this dog was to me.

I know this is a music blog, and I don’t want to get too personal on all of you guys, but it was really important for me to get this out there. At least you know why my posting has been pretty flaky the last few days. So, thanks a bunch for hanging with me. Things will get kicking around her soon enough. I am working 3 different part time jobs so it aint easy but this blog is one of the few things I can really call my own, so it will always remain a top priority.

RIP Georgia, you will be missed!

[mp3] : Blink-182 – I Miss You

[mp3] : TV On The Radio – Love Dog





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