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american thread “enjoy the road”

Posted by gregor on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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boston’s american thread has got a new record out, their sophomore, entitled, songs in the war, and its a good ‘un. if were to generalize geographical regions and their musical output, they do not sound as if they were straight outta boston. stupid generalizations! anyway, my first listen to songs in the war really reminded me of a little band that came out of arizona, dead hot workshop, and their record 1001, which was one of my favorite records of the 90s. with that being said, this is a super good record – as i alluded to in the first sentence. they are also couch by couchwest alums, so you know they’re solid folks. highly recommended if you dig the rollicking americana stuff, like i do.

buy songs in the war via their bandcamp page for a measly 5 bucks, like them on facebook, follow them on twitter

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the holy ghost electric show “pisgah”

Posted by gregor on Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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happy sunday fools! we moved this past week so its been a wee bit hectic over in van dyke land. if you follow me on twitter you’ve probably heard some of the many stories i have shared about my old neighborhood, which were sometimes hilarious and sometimes frightening. either way, we are now living in idyllic area of baton rouge.

so, im probably 3 or 4 months behind talking about these gents out of oxford, ms called the holy ghost electric show and, what i believe is their debut, the great american holy ghost record show. ive been really digging into it the past couple weeks. this record is really hard to pin down, sometimes its a pretty stright forward rock record, then there are moments of “where did the hell did this come from?” definitely a lot of influences going on here, which sometimes can mean a straight up mess of a record, but in the case of the great american… they know how to take said influences, and make them their own. definitely a top record of 2014.

buy it via their bandcamp page / follow them on twitter, like them on facebook

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daniel markham “make believe”

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

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my man, daniel markham, has a new record coming out on halloween entitled, pretty bitchin, which is my favorite record title of the year. its his follow up to the very awesome 2013 record ruined my life. this is definitely on my radar on shit i need to hear in 2014.

daniel markham facebook / bandcamp

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the widowers “giant” – video

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

coming straight out of baton rouge is the widowers and the first single off their forthcoming debut record, mint grizz. check em out via bandcamp and facebook (1141)

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bob mould “the war” – video

Posted by gregor on Friday, September 5th, 2014

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futurebirds “dont go back to rockville”

Posted by gregor on Friday, September 5th, 2014

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howdy gang… sadly, i have not kept up with athens’ futurebirds their record from a couple years ago, hamptons lullaby, was one of my faves on the year, but for whatever reason didnt listen to their last one. i believe it was called baba yaga. anywho, they have a new ep coming out on the 16th entitled baba java, which is tied into jittery joes, but im too lazy to read the whole press release. this rem conver is from the ep as well 3 other tracks.

futurebirds site / twitter

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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

follow him on twitter like him on facebook

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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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Captains Dead Blog

    • captains dead’s favorite records of 2014, 11-20, part 3 of 3
      December 12, 2014

      11. lee bains III & the glory fires – dreconstructed follow em on twitter and like em on facebook buy dereconstructed via amazon 12. m lockwood porter – 27 follow him on twitter and like him on facebook buy 27 via his bandcamp page 13. run the jewels 2 follow em on twitter – killer […]

    • captains dead’s favorite videos of 2014
      December 10, 2014

      admittedly, i watch a lot of videos. i spend most of my work days watching whatever on youtube. i fluctuate between tech reviews and music related vids. when i say i spend a lot of time on youtube, i am not fucking around. i would gather at least 3-5 hours of my day are spent […]

    • american aquarium “wolves” – new song

      up there is the wolves album teaser and down there is the first track off wolves, which is due out 2.3. already calling definitely at least a top 5 record for 2015. btw, read more about the record, etc via cmt edge which this premiered on today. (589)


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