drunken ramblings: american aquarium’s wolves


i have never been a road weary musician longing for the comfort of my own bed, familiar surroundings and having a constant support system of family and friends. only part of that is true, i have never been a road weary musician. i moved away from my home twelve years ago, leaving behind comfort, family, friends and a place i called home. on the surface there may not seem much of a correlation tween say the men of american aquarium and myself, but they have lived life, and i so have i. we have taken roads, we have made decisions, some or maybe a lot regrettable, some i/they wouldnt take back the world. since my days of leaving home, i have grown, had kids, started paying bills on time, etc… there’s only so long you can go acting like an asshole before it catches up to you. take a listen to wolves, and the themes are the same. although mine are much much less sexy….

if burn.flicker.die was supposed to be american aquariums swan song, then wolves is the sound of band taking that swan out back, fucking it up royally, and burying it in the ground. wolves is about growing up, but not giving in to what is maybe expected of you. i have no idea where im going with all of this, but wolves is their masterpiece. not taking anything away from their other records, but this is their “thinking mans” record, whatever the fuck that means? they’ve replaced anthems, with introspective songs about what life is really all about. “family problems” right down there, is probably the best song they’ve put to tape. those freakin horns, love em! and then the wilco-esque white noise lead out, i mean c’mon! in all seriousness, record is incredible, recommend even if you have never liked an american aquarium record before, for some fucking reason.

buy wolves via here

follow em on twitter, although they/bj unfollwed me for some reason :/ / like em on facebook

rick valentin (poster children) “new day”

photo by gilman chatsworth

top of the saturday to you all! one of my favorite bands in my 20s was the poster children and their brand of high energy power pop mixed with a whole bunch of other styles. admittedly, its been a few years since i popped a poster kids record into my ear drums, but look back on them very very fondly. maybe, the release of rick’s moniker thoughts detecting machines release work the circuits, due out on march 16, will jumpstart getting back into em? definitely looking forward to giving this a spin. if you’ve never checked out the poster kids, and use spotify, theres a few of my favorite records down there or pick something up via amazon

joe pug “if i still cant be found” – new song


man, i cannot wait for this, this being joe pug’s new record windfall which is due out on march 10. im as excited about this as i am about the new american aquarium… the great despiser, his last record, was one of my favorite records from 2012? actually i think burn.flicker.die just beat out the great despiser that year. i cannot recommend his entire catalogue enough…

still one of my favorite videos on the youtubes!

m lockwood porter’s “27”


happy saturday, peoples! few weeks ago this here little stain on the internet turned 9, with zero fanfare, but thats ok. still, in internet time thats a pretty long time. ive written a lot of words over those 9 years, pretty much all by my lonesome, minus maybe 50 out of the 3104 that have been published. im tired, im tired of words that people really dont care about it, etc… shit, i just want to hear the music, i dont want to read what some asshole thinks i should be feeling, or whatever. so from here on out, no words, just music… well limited words. you understand what im saying.

m. lockwood porter’s 27 is one of the best records of the year, its an absolutely amazing collection of songs. you can pick it up for 9 bucks on his bandcamp page. cannot recommend it enough.

centro-matic “after all this time” – new song


well, the end is near, dear people. good night, good luck and godspeed my friends, centro-matic, one of the greatest bands to ever grace this planet. if youre lucky to see them on their farewell tour, i am jealous, but i dont need to hear about it, cause im a dick.