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05 Jun 2011, 4:36 pm

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It's a total ripoff of the Postal Service.

And I have yet to meet a single person in all of reality who can back that up with actual fact. Is there any record of Adam Young admitting that he blatantly copied the musical style of The Postal Service, just so he could make sure he was successful? Just because one artist sounds a lot like another doesn't mean they automatically ripped off the other's work and therefore suck. Give credit where credit is due.

And anyway, that's like me saying that Blue Stahli and Voicians ripped off Celldweller. All three sound similar, though Celldweller was started long before the other two; but all three are also very talented musicians, each with their own fan base and individual success, not tied to the fact that they produce similar music.


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05 Jun 2011, 6:03 pm

Fireflies is awesome, it reminds me of an elf child in a forest at night, making friends with bugs because they accept him for who he is 8)



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05 Jun 2011, 7:25 pm

OWL FOKKEN CITY?!?!?!?!?! :evil:

SUCK ON THESE!! !!

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wrsZog8qXg[/youtube]

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWz00tNb2IU[/youtube]


ADAM YOUNG IS SCUM!! !



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05 Jun 2011, 7:33 pm

Zokk wrote:
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It's cool that he has Asperger's, but "Fireflies" is still a terrible song.

Terrible how? I'm not a big fan of synthpop myself, but I still like it well enough. If you look at it from a musical standpoint, it's a very well put-together song.


I thought it was better when The Postal Service wrote it.

Anyway, I'll shut up now. I've unleashed too much of this hate already. Sorry. Sort of.



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05 Jun 2011, 7:36 pm

You're all entitled to your opinions, but personally I love Owl City. Has anyone else heard the song 'Tidal Wave'?
Anyway, now that I think about it Young does seem like an Aspie.


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05 Jun 2011, 7:41 pm

I like Owl City's Dental Care. Seems to be a collection of jokes in my kind of style...


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05 Jun 2011, 8:15 pm

Zokk wrote:
Delirium wrote:
It's cool that he has Asperger's, but "Fireflies" is still a terrible song.

Terrible how? I'm not a big fan of synthpop myself, but I still like it well enough. If you look at it from a musical standpoint, it's a very well put-together song.


Well for one he sounds like a 12 year old girl(maybe too much autotune) and its just not that great of a song its more annoying then anything in my opinion. I'll stick to my Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.



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05 Jun 2011, 8:35 pm

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Well for one he sounds like a 12 year old girl(maybe too much autotune) and its just not that great of a song its more annoying then anything in my opinion. I'll stick to my Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

You know 12 year old girls who sound like 23 year old men? I certainly don't. And I'm commenting more on his ability to compose interesting music, rather than his vocal talent.


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05 Jun 2011, 8:58 pm

Zokk wrote:
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Well for one he sounds like a 12 year old girl(maybe too much autotune) and its just not that great of a song its more annoying then anything in my opinion. I'll stick to my Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

You know 12 year old girls who sound like 23 year old men? I certainly don't. And I'm commenting more on his ability to compose interesting music, rather than his vocal talent.


He did not sound like a 23 year old guy to me......and I don't see anything intresting about any of his music, but that's my opinion I don't care if people like his music but yeah it just sounds quite bad to me.



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05 Jun 2011, 9:05 pm

Owl City may have some of the same style as other bands, but that doesn't really mean anything. There are also some differences. I like his voice better than the others. I couldn't tell Hawk Nelson from Reliant K for the longest time because they shared the same style. As far as I know, Adam hasn't claimed to have invented the style that he plays, and if he did, well, Ford invented the car and the Wright brothers invented the airplane. It's who made the style popular that really counts. There really aren't very many original ideas. And just because you don't like someone music or style doesn't mean you need to degrade the person, how immature is that.

On topic, that's cool. He does seem like an aspie from his music video. His music has always made be laugh because the words are so strange put together as they are. It reminds me of my best friend.



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12 Jun 2011, 7:19 pm

There was a feature article in today's Minneapolis Star Tribune about Owl City (Adam Young).

You need to be a subscriber to read the article online at this time, so I copied the article into this thread. Non-subscribers will be able to read the article on the Star Tribune site in a few days.

http://search.startribune.com/search?st ... &x=10&y=12


Adam Young: Little pop star on the prairie

* Article by: CHRIS RIEMENSCHNEIDER , Star Tribune
* Updated: June 10, 2011 - 3:09 PM

After landing a No. 1 single and platinum album as Owl City, Adam Young went back to the basement in his beloved hometown to craft the follow-up. This time it's his basement, though.

Young stands for this portrait in the lobby of the iconic Louis H. Sullivan National Farmers Bank Building. Young has become an icon himself in the town he grew up in, he is easily recognized and prefers to to shop after midnight at the supermarket.

Photo: Richard Sennott

OWATONNA, MINN.

The day is glowing and the grass sparkling green outside Adam Young's modern subdivision house, but the world's most homebody pop star has the curtains pulled. He is downstairs in the dark, working on his own brand of sunlight.

His new recording studio sits under the garage in a cold, windowless room actually built as a storm shelter. Which is also a source of amusement for the young homeowner.

"Anytime there's a tornado, my mom will call me up and say, 'Adam, you'd better get in the basement,'" Young said with a warm giggle. "I'll be like, 'Mom, I am in the basement.'"

It's the perfect creative space for the overnight sensation -- "overnight," because he famously created his million-selling debut album during sleepless nights in his parents' basement, writing daydreamerly songs about places he wanted to see when he finally had the chance to leave Owatonna.

Young made it out of town, all right. The first thing he bought after winning worldwide fame, though, was his own house in this quaint, farm-encircled city of 24,000 in southern Minnesota. And when it came time to make the follow-up album, which goes on sale Tuesday, he ruled out the finest studios in New York and Los Angeles for another basement studio in Owatonna.

Now 24 and seemingly still the shy, awkward boy who once missed the chance to flirt with Taylor Swift, Young certainly did not anticipate the tornado that would carry him halfway across the world after he started uploading his homemade recordings onto the Internet under the name Owl City.

A quick recap: Those tracks generated a swift, rabid online buzz soon after he posted them to MySpace in 2008; that led to his first-ever airplane ride to New York to meet with Universal Records executives; they issued his "Ocean Eyes" album in July 2009; by the fall of '09, Young had the No. 1 song in the United States (and England and many other countries) with his fluttery synth-pop single "Fireflies."

When he finally finished touring for "Ocean Eyes" last fall, Young had seen the world: Europe, Australia, Hawaii (his favorite), Japan and even China.

Even then, Owatonna was just a phone call away. During "one of the big, crazy moments that made me stop and say, 'Wow,'" Young called home.

"I said, 'Mom, you'll never guess where I am right now: the Great Wall of China,'" he recalled, with a little giggle again. "She said, 'Adam, it's 2 a.m. here.'"

• • •

You can imagine how Young's whirlwind world tour affected his imagination -- the same imagination that was already hyperactive back when he spent all his time in Mom and Dad's basement, or at his drab part-time job at the local Coca-Cola distribution center.

"I had always imagined and daydreamed about these places, and suddenly I was there, like I was finally putting the name to the face," he said. "That started sparking all these new ideas. I spent a lot of time on tour running back to the bus, typing out lyrics or other ideas."

Those ideas were poured back into "All Things Bright and Beautiful," Young's second Owl City album. Though loaded with all that new inspiration, the record mostly boasts the same electronic-flowerbed sound and angelic, galaxy-pondering lyricism as "Ocean Eyes." Heck, it even has songs titled "Angels" and "Galaxies." The album opens with textbook Adam Young lines, in a song called "The Real World":

Weighed down by heavy lids and lunar lullabies/

I knew you were wide awake because you smile with your eyes /

Downy feathers kiss your face and flutter everywhere/

Reality is a lovely place but I wouldn't want to live there.

There's a harsh reality shadowing "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and what it means to Young's career. His adolescent fans will either grow with him and possibly latch onto his music for life, or they will see him as another one-hit-wonder who made a brief, bright, supernova-like impact on their childhoods.

Just as he does in each and every one of the hopeful songs he writes, though, the singer said he tried to stay positive and ignore the pressure from the outside world while crafting the new record.

"I tried not to let the gold and the platinum plaques leer down at me, saying, 'Can you do it again?'" he said. (For real: Record-sales plaques hang all around his house.) "I just tried to do my writing from the same place it came from for my past records.

"Ultimately, there was more pressure, but I think it was positive pressure in a way. I feel like I had more purpose in my writing. At the same time, I was steadfast about being in the same genuine place I was before."

• • •

The place he now calls home is only a mile from his parents' house -- close enough for them to come over with their riding lawn mower when he goes back on tour this week.

Young's parents were often the only ones who saw their son over the winter, when he was holed up inthe studio.

"He was like a total hermit, with the beard and everything," said his guitarist and good friend Daniel Jorgensen, who was back at the house two weeks ago, rehearsing with Young.

The bachelor's pad looks clean, neat and wholesome enough to house any conventional suburban family. Posters of splashing dolphins and the movie "Wall-E" adorn the family room downstairs, where a pair of dumbbells sit on the floor. Besides the platinum plaques, the only other clue that it's a pop star's house is random musical equipment scattered all around: a guitar on the wall here, a Steinway piano there (free through an endorsement deal). There's even a microphone, connected to a laptop, butting out from atop the breakfast bar.

"Sometimes I even keep working on ideas when I eat," Young said.

He usually does his grocery shopping after midnight to do so inconspicuously. However, he can't help but get noticed as the town's resident chart-topper when he goes out to eat at Applebee's, which he does often.

"Mostly it's quiet here and nobody ever bothers me. But yeah, if I do go out to a restaurant or whatever in town, people might say, 'Aren't you the guy from the front page?' It's fun. There's a little bit of hometown, healthy pride in it."

When Young played a benefit concert for his old high school's music and arts programs last Halloween in the school gym, his mom pretty well explained her son's attraction to living in Owatonna.

"It's a good place to keep him grounded and level-headed, and I think he can get away from all the pressure here," said Joan Young, an elementary school teacher who marveled at how far Adam had come since his high school days. "He never was very outgoing in school, so it's amazing seeing him here now, center stage."

• • •

Talking over his kitchen table two weeks ago -- he cracked the curtain to the back door to finally let in a little light -- Young never shied away from answering questions. Nor did he lose the sweet, polite veneer that seems as genuine as everything else about him.

He even talked openly about the breakup with his longtime, pre-fame girlfriend, the subject of the record's current single, "Deer in the Headlights," as well as a bonus track called "Lonely Lullaby."

"It was a combination of my career and just being the wrong kind of fit personality-wise," he said, noting that he's still not dating anyone else. "I can count the number of girlfriends I've had on one hand, and she was the most serious one, so it was the source of a lot of frustration."

That's as close as Young got to showing the wounds of stardom, or of getting older. Even the bandmates who spend weeks on end with him amid the stress of touring say they've never seen him blow his top or act out against his conservative upbringing.

Young was raised Baptist and goes to church most Sundays when he's home. On the road, he maintains a no-alcohol policy backstage and on the bus, and he works with musicians of a similar mold (Decker is the son of Christian missionaries).

"Despite maybe my parents' fears that the music industry would turn me into some kind of monster, I feel like it has been the opposite experience," Young said.

"Since having the 'temptations' all around me, it has kind of made me stick closer to my friends and weave this support system around me that is filled with the right people. I made sure the music industry hasn't changed me. So it has kind of made me more resolved and resolute about who I am, or who I feel like I should be."

He applied that same resolution to the making of "All Things Bright and Beautiful." Nobody can accuse him of altering his style to suit his critics. And there have been many harsh critics, most of them soured by his music's unabashed sweetness. Spin magazine already called the record the "synth-pop equivalent of a totally awesome plush toy," suitable for people who have "never swallowed anything stronger than gumdrops."

If ever there were a reason for Young to raise his voice or lower his smile, it would be for reviews like that. But no dice.

"As a listener and an artist, nothing has ever moved me more than something that is really uplifting, rather than something that connects on a darker, angst level," he said unapologetically. "For me, it's always way more fulfilling just to imagine and seek the higher road."

That's one thing Adam Young doesn't need to imagine. He's on it.

* Chris Riemenschneider
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* Follow him on Twitter: @ChrisRstrib


Four things that might surprise you about Adam Young

* Updated: June 10, 2011 - 11:17 AM

Adam Young in performance at an Owl City benefit concert in Owatonna.

Photo: David Brewster, Dml - Star Tribune

1. He drummed in a heavy-metal band. The band was called Isle and based in Sioux Falls, S.D., where Owl City guitarist Daniel Jorgensen also played metal. Young was about 18 then. "To this day, we'll plug in a [metal] CD when we're on tour," he said, mentioning Norma Jean and As I Lay Dying as favorites. "I think all musicians, at least the male ones, have to go through some kind of metal phase, and be angsty, loud and aggressive."

2. He's also into hip-hop. Sort of, anyway. The new Owl City record features a guest spot by Los Angeles rapper Shawn Chrystopher on the song "Alligator Sky." Said Young, "I am influenced by A Tribe Called Quest and some of the early stuff, songs that were a little more abstract and not thuggish or whatever the word is. I'm so much a beat guy. I love good rhythms and drum loops."

3. Damn right he gets mad about stuff. Sort of, anyway. "People ask me that a lot: Do you ever have bad days?" he said. "If I get really mad, then I usually just get quiet and want to be left alone."

4. He did actually flirt with Taylor Swift. Just not in person. "I felt like a totally ignorant, uneloquent person," he said of his encounter with the pop starlet backstage at an Owl City show in New York in 2009. Things went a little smoother when they talked via e-mail. "The e-mails weren't crazy like, 'Let's date each other.' They were a little flirty, is all, as friends more or less. I remember writing the word 'wonderstruck' to her, and she said she had never heard that word used before. So it was funny how that wound up in her 'Enchanted' song."



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13 Jun 2011, 1:00 am

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Call me crazy, but the music video to Fireflies pretty much was the indicator for me that he was.


For me, the vid to Umbrella Beach. Who but an Aspie can know what it feels like to look at some random place in the background and realize, in your gut, that there lies a place of heavenly perfection that you must attain?

...Then again, I did that with TV shows, too. I created an entire universe of other people who lived next to Mr. Rogers.

Wow. I am just now realizing how weird that sounds. :p


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13 Jun 2011, 9:25 am

I had no idea!



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05 Oct 2011, 5:41 pm

Delirium wrote:
Zokk wrote:
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It's cool that he has Asperger's, but "Fireflies" is still a terrible song.

Terrible how? I'm not a big fan of synthpop myself, but I still like it well enough. If you look at it from a musical standpoint, it's a very well put-together song.


It's a total ripoff of the Postal Service.
I have been listening to Owl City consistently for the last few months and think his music is the best thing I have heard in years.



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05 Oct 2011, 6:15 pm

"He usually does his grocery shopping after midnight to do so inconspicuously. However, he can't help but get noticed as the town's resident chart-topper when he goes out to eat at Applebee's, which he does often."

Shopping in the middle of the night is a good clue, eh? I don't think it's so he can be inconspicuous, but that's a nice touch.

Owl City's got 6.5 million likes on Facebook. Amazing. I wish he would type his own posts like Josh Groban does. I bet that would be interesting!



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05 Oct 2011, 6:26 pm

"Fireflies" was sweet the first few times I listened to it, but it feels like it was meant to be performed to an audience of tween-agers. Like somebody else said a number of posts back, Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin ( 8) ) are more my style, and I'll listen to the music by those groups over anything Owl City comes out with.

Anyway, it's not like you should worship the ground someone walks on because they turn out to be a fellow Aspie; I can respect the fact that he has garnered some measure of success and fame in spite of having AS, but that doesn't mean that I'm automatically going to like his music. :roll: