hey gang! i am going to keep this short, sweet and to the point. this whole site is selfish, but lets be honest most sites that are run by normal joes/janes are selfish as shit. this is not a bad thing at all, cause we all want to push the music we love and want people to hear. i honestly, dont know where i am going with this, but i am going to try. i started this site almost 10 years ago. we moved to atlanta, my son mac was born, and needed an outlet. i was no longer seeing shows on a weekly basis, and needed a connection to the outside musical world. i never, ever thought it would grow into anything other than some jackass, me, talking stupidly about music. if you have spent any time here, you know i can barely string two cohesive sentences together that make sense. still, it found a little niche in the music blog-o-sphere. i would like to think i was part of the music blogger crew that started it all. sure, there were folks before me, and maybe i am thinking to highly of myself, but whatever. in all reality none of that shit matters, the blog-o-sphere really matters. what matters is that i met, made friends with folks that i would never have imagined doing so. those friendships are what really matter to me, honestly. sure 99% are online friends but a lot of those folks, including a lot of you who were there for me during shitty times. i only hope that my musical postings helped at least 1% of people cause otherwise this all would have been for naught.
those who have donated in the past, i cannot, i repeat cannot, express my deepest gratitude. even if you never donated, but made comment that meant the world to me, you dont even know. i really dont know what to say, at this point, cause im getting a little bit teary eyed. if you know anything about me, you will know that i am a complete sap. thank you all, so so so so much, i love you all. well, at least most of you. goodnight folks, i wish you all nothing but the best. this will all go dark in two weeks, so grab what you can now.
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 night, but drag city is re-releasing it on 7.17. definitely interested in hearing this entire thing. pre-order it here via drag city.
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 favorite bands, and then of course songs:ohia, but sadly never listened to tre orsi, but may need to rectify that shortly. the record comes out in august, and cant wait to get my hands on this.
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.
after doing this shit for almost ten years, i have written about a lot of bands. some i remember, some i dont. some i should have invested more time with, others i invested time in, and just didnt pan out. back in like 08, i wrote about backyard tire fire and from what i remember i really dug em, sadly i didnt keep up with their whereabouts probably due to my own laziness. in other news, former front man edward david anderson has a new record out entitled lies & wishes which was produced by steve berlin of los lobos. if memory serves me correctly he may have actually produced a backyard tire fire record. i have not heard said record, but dig this tune quite a bit. not in the mood to edit, but just found out after doing some “googling” lies & wishes came out in april of 2014. why have i not heard about this earlier? tis a shame. from what i have read he has a new record coming out in the fall.
howdy! admittedly i haven’t care much for mmj since z, or actually i am not even sure i dug that record? either way, i respect what they do, but to my ears they have just fallen off track. or at least a track that i dig. much love to the taper scott bernstein. if you want it in zip file, clicky here or want it in flac, here.
well this is a pleasant surprise, i must say. luckily i happened to be wasting time on instagram when npr posted about this. as it stands right now, hop along’s painted shut is my favorite record of 2015 by a pretty wide margin. nothing against any of my other my favorite records, but dear lord this is amazing.
buy painted shut via their bandcamp page, or wherever you buy fine records. like em on facebook or dont