fort york at the garrison, friday, 12.20 – toronto

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

FORT YORK – When She Was Dead from Southern Souls on Vimeo.

if you happen to be in toronto this friday night, i know i wish i could be but screw that cold, you should probably hit up the garrison to check out fort york, wax atlantic and odd years. i have really gotten into fort york’s 2013 ep, the short season, which reminds me of a little bit of simon and garfunkel, which is always a great thing. i may be totally off on that comparison, but hey thats what i hear. the ep was released in january and is a follow up to their 2011 8 song record entitled feels like then, but plan on it very soon. fort york is made up of, kyle fulton – geetar and vocals, nick kewin on da bass, conor lavelle on vocals, acoustic guitar and banjo, his brother, rory on piano, harmonium and vox and dan lefebvre on percussion, all friends who unfortunately dont get to play many gigs cause they’re all work and/or go to school. you know adult stuff. so, this late december show has become a bit of a tradition, with this being either the third or fourth year they’ve done it. if i would have heard the short season a little sooner, or if i did a best ep of the year type deal, this would definitely be on it.

for more information on the show check out the facebook page
fort york on twitter

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captains dead’s favorite records of 2013 4 of 4 parts: 16 – 20

Posted by gregor on Monday, December 16th, 2013


16. neko casethe worse things get….


17. mincer raya magnates reach

Wooden Wand - Blood Oaths Of The New Blues

18. wooden wandblood oaths of the new blues


19. night bedscountry sleep


20. kent goolsbytrophies of youth


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captains dead’s favorite records of 2013 3 of 4 parts: 11 – 15

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

the way this is turning out, i may have to do a top 30 instead of 20. there are at least another 15-20 excellent records that i want to recognize…. so, yeah thats going to happen. the other 5 will probably happen tonight, the remaining ten i will just do in one post tomorrow, i hope. either way… here we go


11. mount moriahmiracle temple


12. ben trickeyrising waters


13. richard bucknersurrounded


14. superchunki hate music


15. michael rank and stagin the weeds


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stephen malkmus & the jicks “cinnamon and lesbians”

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

off wig out jagbags due out next year… (35)

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captains dead’s favorite records of 2013 2 of 4 parts: 6 – 10

Posted by gregor on Monday, December 9th, 2013

well, since i was still sitting here and already knew what i was going to do, i figured why not? all of these are absolutely wonderful/brilliant/lovely records, please do check em out….

6. bufallo gospelwe can be horses


7. michael rank and stagmermaids


8. arliss nancywild american runners


9. courtney jayelove and forgiveness
say oh say


10. califonestitches


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captains dead’s favorite records of 2013 in 4 parts: 1 – 5

Posted by gregor on Monday, December 9th, 2013

a lot of folks like to countdown to their number one spot, i say fuck it, may as well just get it out of the way. if anyone has been paying attention to these parts, none of these should come as any surprise, but still this is final, and im sticking with it. honestly, all 5 of these records could be my number 1, and it pains me to pick just one, but i feel like i have to pick just one. i was going to to just declare a 5 way tie, but thats really the easy way out, and as much as i love takin the easy way out, i felt as if i would be doing some sort of disservice to some mythical “favorite records of the year” god. in fact, my entire top ten could be a top 5 record, this has been a pretty fantastic year in music. well, here’s my top 5… 6-10 will come tomorrow, and 11-15 on wednesday, and then 16-20 on thursday.


1. john morelandin the throes
nobody gives a damn about songs anymore

2. austin lucasstay reckless

3. hiss golden messengerhaw


4. jason isbellsoutheastern


5. doc feldman & the ld50sundowning at the station

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captains dead’s favorite video of the year: public enemy “everything”

Posted by gregor on Sunday, December 8th, 2013

well, i guess it’s that time of year again? everyone compiling and overthinking their best of the year lists. hey, trust me, i am not above the whole overthinking aspect, but in this case, my favorite video of the year, its simple. no overthinking, or second guessing at all. public enemy has been in my life my 25 years, if you want all the gory details on my love for them just hit the “public enemy” tag at the bottom of this post and go from there. either way, the message in this song is simple, and never in a hundred years would i think that chuck d would be the one laying it out better than anyone, or actually write a song about it. this shit, twitter, facebook, this website, this tablet, this smartphone, etc, etc, etc, its all fleeting. not saying all of this technology is not awesome, cause it is, and i have met a lot of awesome people because of it, but when it becomes your life, then we got a problem. im guilty, and im pretty sure most of us are. i have zero doubt that other videos were released this year that are requiring “think pieces,” which is probably the most annoying thing ever – “think pieces” that is, but i know some have gotten to a point where its more important to tell people how to feel rather than feeling the music themselves. admittedly, this song has made me mist up a bit, its the music, the message, coupled with the visuals, and here is my favorite video of the year.

the evil empire of everything was released last year, but this video was released in january…. (35)

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explosions in the sky live in nottingham, england, 2.9.04

Posted by gregor on Saturday, December 7th, 2013

photo by nick simonite

morning, americans, and the rest of the world, good day. its amazing the pure raw emotion that an explosions song can bring out in me. there probably is no other band on this planet that can elicit such feelings, and they do it with no lyrics, which is even more amazing, at least to me. they conjure up memories, some great, others you may want to have forgotten. emotional rollercoaster….

buy an explosions in the sky record via amazon it will do your soul good…

1. intro
2. first breath after a coma
3. greet death (73)

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depeche mode live at shoreline amphitheatre, san francisco, 5.14.94

Posted by gregor on Thursday, December 5th, 2013


honestly, i never got much into depeche mode, except for one song. well, maybe a couple songs, but one song in particular. i had grown found a young lady in high school, we dated, she broke up with me, etc, etc… of course i was devastated cause we were supposed to be together forever, and at 15/16 everything is the biggest fucking deal in the world. so, and i am not sure she even knew this?, but i made “enjoy the silence” our breakup song, and would lay alone in my room at night, listen to that song and cry. ha ha ha! this is a great recording, btw, and “enjoy the silence” sound particularly comforting now.

1. rush
2. halo
3. behind the wheel
4. everything counts
5. world in my eyes (99)

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current addiction: eminem “rap god” – video

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

the song is a hot mess, as is the video, but it’s freakin awesome. admittedly, i have been a fan since his first record. sure, not all of its great, but when he’s on, there arent many rappers better, imo. of course there is always a counterpoint to everything, and this 13 year old feels a bit differently than i do.


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