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bear medicine “infestation”

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

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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


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the sweet life: 16 years with anders parker, a brief retrospect

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014

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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.

buy anders stuff via amazon and varnaline stuff via amazon

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roadside graves “body”

Posted by gregor on Thursday, July 31st, 2014

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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.

buy their stuff via amazon or better yet via bandcamp

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maxwell panther “sky like you”

Posted by gregor on Sunday, July 27th, 2014

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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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souvenir driver “feel the flood”

Posted by gregor on Saturday, July 26th, 2014

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off living water buy it via their bandcamp page / facebook

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drunken ramblings: jerry david decicca’s understanding land

Posted by gregor on Monday, July 21st, 2014

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sometimes when i connect to a record, its cause it reminds me of another record that i have connected with. for whatever reason, my first listen to jerry david decicca’s understanding land, i felt i was listening to mark lanegan’s whiskey for the holy ghost but for the first time but in 2014. i may be way off on that, cause after repeated listens of understanding land, they arent very similar at all, but then again, they arent worlds apart. like most anyone that loves music, its all about personal connection, and it shouldnt matter how you gain that connection its just as long as you do.

for those of you that dont know, jerry was the lead swan in the black swans. this is his first solo record, and as much as i have always dug the black swans, this is where he shines. one thing i love about this record is that its comes across as record about transformation, one thing i have touched upon in previous posts, so i hold that sort of topic pretty dear to my heart. its almost as if this isnt necessarily so much for the listener, but for jerry, himself. if the listener wants to hop on for the ride, great, if not, well so be it. understanding land is a beautiful record, lyrically and musically, and includes backing by will and spooner oldham, and kelly deal. understanding land is one of those records that will unfurl itself with every listen. i suggest curling up to it with your favorite beer, a pair of headphones and take it all in.

buy understanding land via amazon or bandcamp or wherever you buy record.

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justin townes earle “white gardenias”

Posted by gregor on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

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howdy, peoples! here be the first track off of justin’s upcoming record, single mothers, which is due out on 9.9. very excited about this just because, and for the fact that matt and mark from centro-matic are the rhythm section on the record.

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drunken ramblings: the blessed broke’s ladders out of purgatory

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

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thus far 2014 has been a helluva year for music, at least to these ears. i easily have a top 15 records of the year, and we’re barely through half the year. i must warn you, dear reader, that my next few “reviews” are going to be that of the gushing variety. i dont and never written about stuff i hate, i just dont have the time for that. i only wanna spread the good stuff. so, today we have kansas city’s the blessed broke and their record ladders out of purgatory. this is one of them records that came out of left field, honestly was not expecting much, but damn, once you dig into it, it digs into you. this may be my 2014 version of buffalo gospel’s we can be horses, which came out of nowhere and i think ended up at number 6 on my list last year. this is record is that damn good. while its not the most uplifting record, its not a total bummer, either, its actually quite lovely in all its melancholiac glory – not sure if that make sense? either way, the blessed broke reminds me quite a bit of songs:ohia but not magnolia electric co, cause they really had two separate visions. if you dig molina, in either variation, there is no way you wont dig the blessed broke. everything works in beautiful unison on ladders out of purgatory, whether it be brian frame’s lyrics/delivery, or the rest of the blessed broke players, pardon the lame pun, framing his lyrics, it really is a special record. definitely one of my favorites of 2014 and thus cannot recommend it enough.

buy ladders out of purgatory via their bandcamp page

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hiss golden messenger “saturday’s song”

Posted by gregor on Friday, July 4th, 2014

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one of my new favorite artists is mc taylor’s hiss golden messenger. i knew he was in court and spark, who i was a fan, but didnt pick up on the whole hiss golden messenger thing until last year. his 2013 release, haw, is still constantly playing in my ears. its an absolutely wonderful piece of work and in fact it came in at #3 last year on my favorite records of 2013. he’s got a new record coming out in september, i believe, on merge entitled lateness of dancers. definitely one of my most anticipated records of 2014. here’s the first single… oh and he and timothy showalter, strand of oaks, are playing at cats cradle on 9.13, definitely check this show out.

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drunken ramblings: strand of oaks’ heal

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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the first time strand of oaks’ “end in flames,” i was smitten. then there’s the rest of timothy showalter’s debut, leave ruin, to say it moved me in ways most records dont, is an understatement. it was beautiful and honest, something my life needed 5 years ago, and well it still does. the next year brought me, pope killdragon, which was definitely a darker departure, at least musically, but timothy’s cut to the bone lyrics remained, and again, i found solace in them. i dont really care to know the backstory of songs, cause i make up my own interpretations, and ill be damned if whatever timothy was going through, at that time, didnt fit whatever i was dealing with at that my own personal juncture. this cycle continues with dark shores… so i wont beat a dead horse. the past 5 years havent been particularly easy for me, ive prob drank too much, didnt pay enough attention to my family, had my anxiety rule my world, etc… granted i wasnt an asshole, but i couldve been a much better person than i was, and i suspect timothy was in the same boat. its now 2014, in case you didnt know, and my life is better, still struggling, but better, and after listening to heal for about the 100th time, i can only gather timothy is in a better place too, and we as listeners/fans can only be thankful for that. heal is nothing like any of his previous 3, its loud as hell and glorious as shit. j mascis plays the geetar on the opener, “goshen 97,” for crying out loud! lyrically, he’s just as honest, just as beautiful, and i thank the world for artists like timothy showalter. his ode to jason molina, “jm,” is probably the best tribute i have heard, btw….

buy his previous records via his bandcamp page and heal or buy everything via amazon


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