Posted by gregor on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
sometimes its hard to put into words what an artists body of work means to you. most of the times you read reviews and its purely methodical. there’s no heart, no past history, just what they’re hearing now. sometimes music is a puzzle, and it doesnt make sense, until you put it all together. thats how i feel about mr showalter aka strand of oaks. i have loved, deeply, all his releases, but listen to them back to back and it all begins to make a bit of sense. every record, alone, stands on its own merits or awesomeness, but as a whole… he’s not a one off kind of artist, you have to listen to everything. eh whatever… just watch these two videos.. “jm” is his tribute to jason molina, btw.
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Posted by gregor on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014
howdy, folks! you miss me? probably didnt even realize ive been gone for a couple of weeks. needed a bit of a break, but now getting back into the mood. lexington, ky’s bear medicine, who i’ve been told is the best artist from said city that isnt doc feldman. i dont know the lexington music scene, but i know doc feldman, who is amazing, and i must admit that bear medicine is no fucking slouch. their record the moon has been all my life is killer, i love it, and definitely one of my favorites of the year. i will talk more about it once the release date grows closer, 10.14.14. dig this in the meantime.. oh they just put out a split single with ancient warfare, which you can pick up via their bandcamp page
Posted by gregor on Friday, August 8th, 2014
sup, peoples? here we gots a pavement show from indie fest in pittsburgh, all the way back in the good ol year of 1992.
4. sue me jack
5. summer babe
6. our singer
7. spizzle trunk
9. feed em to the lions
10. no life singed her
11. loretta’s scars
12. in the mouth a desert
13. trigger cut (2037)
Posted by gregor on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014
me and anders parker go way back, or at least it seems. im not talking about me and anders, personally, but me and his music. like most of my most beloved purchases, i happened up varnaline’s sweet life purely by accident aka i was buzzed, walked into quaker goes deaf and blindly bought it. i was a regular, they new my tastes, and recommended it. went home that night, put it on the hi-fi and after the opener “gulf of mexico” new i had to put the whole thing on repeat. call it a gut feeling, but i probably listened to it 6/7 times that night. i had just started dating my then girlfriend/now wife, and when she came home at midnight, she joined me in the listening party, the beer flowed, the music grew more and more personal. it truly was one of those musical moments when you connect with something, and know it will always stay with you. over the next 1.5 years, that was our record, listening to it constantly. fast forward to august 26, 2000, we danced to the last track on the record “sweet life” at our wedding. fast forward 2 days after said wedding, and we brought our little boombox to the beach of gulf shores, alabama, and played “gulf of mexico” as we laid on the beach as the water rolled over us. it was magical…
in 2001, he/varnaline released songs in a northern key which if legend holds true, he locked himself in a cabin somewhere near the catskills and recorded mostly all of it by his lonesome. granted, i may be off on some of this, as there are other players on the record, but me thinks most of was recorded all by his lonesome. one thing that makes it ultra magical, is that one of the best producers on the planet, john agnello, produced/mixed/engineered this record. as i type this, my wife is sitting on the back porch, drawing and listening to songs in a northern key. the day my son mac was born, we did two things: 1. tossed around naming him anders and 2. played “still dream” in our delivery room. once we got a good look at him, he just looked like more a “mac” than an “anders.”
anders parker writes songs that stick to the bone, to the soul, to whatever you hold dear. i am merely scraping the surface of his work by talking about those two varnaline records – there are two varnaline ep’s too, if memory serves me correctly. i dont do research, i just write in a furry. much like hansel, i celebrate his entire catalogue with the passion of
he’s got a new one out entitled there’s a blue bird in my heart, and straight off the bat, like sweet life, i knew this one was something really fucking special. about 1.30 minutes into the opener “the road” is when i knew it, felt it. “well we all walk the fire and we stood in the rain but the sun will shine brighter when weve weathered everything… youre changing, and im changing too, youre changing and im changing just like you….” this sounds like my life the past few years, for better or worse, but mostly better. everything about there’s a blue bird in my heart is like taking a trip through memory lane. its not some fake nostalgia for something that was never really there, but for some reason romanticize as if it actually meant something. it brings up true feelings, real life memories, the good, the bad, the fucking ugly, and the beautiful. this may not make much sense, like most everything, i say, but if i were you, i would listen to sweet life and then there’s a blue bird on my shoulder and maybe it will? there’s a blue bird in my heart will no doubt be in my top 5 records of the year… there really is no reason it shouldnt be in yours too.
Posted by gregor on Monday, August 4th, 2014
Posted by gregor on Thursday, July 31st, 2014
photo by travis huggett
roadside graves are one of the best bands on the planet, this is not up for debate. shit their last two records were 1. a double record, my sons home, that was my favorite of that year and is better than just about any double record ever released, and 2. we can take care of ourselves was based on the classic book/movie “the outsiders.” they have a new record coming out next year called acne/ears on autumn tone records. this is the first single…. read more about it via aquarium drunkard.
Posted by gregor on Sunday, July 27th, 2014
ive been meaning to listen to maxwell panther’s raw, real and the pure for oh a good 4-5 months now, and i still havent – well not all of it, but most. either way, had some time, wanted to mention it cause so far from what i have heard, i really dig it. i wrote about him some time ago, and while his stuff was a little rough, i heard tons of talent. he’s cleaned up his act quite a bit, which definitely suits him well. if you dig 90′s era bedroom recording stuff you’ll definitely dig mr panther, and even if you arent, there is still something very much to like about him.
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