i may say a lot of records are “great,” and thats no lie. i rarely say a record is a “masterpiece.” in fact i probably can say that for only about a dozen or so records. the everybodyfields 2007 release, nothing is okay, is a masterpiece. its probably the most gorgeous and heartbreaking record i have ever listened to. you wanna hear two ppl breaking up on record, listen to this record. even if you dont care about that shit, just listen to it cause its absolutely lovely. its probably my most listened to record from past ten years, and without a doubt my favorite record since i started this here site, which is yeah about ten years. please for all that is holy listen to this record.
top of the day. if you havent pre-ordered jason’s most excellent new record, something more than free, clicky here to do so. the video was directed by joey kneiser of glossary and also features a young bingham barnes also of glossary. btw, if you have never listened to glossary, which shame on you if you havent, you can still downloadthe better angels of our nature, joey’s solo record as well as kelly’s, all for free. do it!
many moons ago, josh rouse was an artist i was hugely excited about. i loved his first 4 records, mostly, although dressed up like nebraska and 1972 were my favorites, then something happened. he moved to spain, and i subsequently stopped caring. its been many years, and maybe i would like those records now, but at the time, hated em. he’s got a new record out entitled the embers of times, i must say, its everything i loved about josh over those first 4 records. i would even go out on a limb and say its probably his best record since his debut, dressed up like nebraska. definitely at least a top 20 record for 2015.
ive been a mountain goats fan for as long as i can remember, which is saying a long time. their new record, beat the champ, is one of my absolute favorite records of the year. i know they/him can be a bit hard to swallow, but give it a chance why dont ya? what else you have going on? if youre anything like me, not much.
howdy! long time no talk! anyway, mr moreland has a new record coming out very shortly, 4.21, entitled “high on tulsa heat.” got it yesterday, and have listened to it numerous times. as you can imagine, its pure gold. joey kneiser of glossary fame directed the video and there’s also a cameo by bingham barnes, also of glossary. lord what i wouldnt do for a new glossary record right now. btw, npr premiered this earlier today, read more about it here.
meant to do this few days ago, but been busy with the madness that is couch by couchwest. here are just a few of my favorites, thus far. there have been hundreds of videos posted, btw. i have barely gotten around to anything other than what i have done. damn shame! we got some great artists coming up. so make sure you keep yo eyes peeled to that site!
friend of mine/captains dead, caleb caudle has an indiegogo campaign goin on right now to help fund his next record carolina ghost. for those that remember, or dont, he put out one of my favorite records of 2014, and other than being an awesome songwriter/musician, he’s a totally cool dude.
click here to contribute, and here to check out his previous releases.
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.
hope all you ‘mericans had a lovely and safe 4th! here’s a band, midnight, that hailed from the southside, or south suburbs – country club hills, homewood and olympia fields all of which i spent plenty of time in, of chicago in the mid to late 1970’s. i’ve never heard their 1974 release, into the […]
i learned about mint mile’s existence couple weekends ago via jon solomon via twitter. he runs the label comedy minus one label which is putting out this awesomeness, mint mile and their 12″ in season & ripe. if you know anything about me, you know that silkworm was and continues to be one of my […]