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.
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.
in preparation of their upcoming 2015 release, wolves, american aquarium is giving away its 2012 release burn.flicker.die, for free, just like the title says. just so happens it was my favorite record from said year. so, if youve never heard em or just like free records, whats stopping ya?
so good friends of captains dead, well me, american aquarium are going into the studio in june to record their next record “wolves.” they have a bunch of awesome perks, including spending a weekend out on the road with em. you guys probably already know that i think they’re one of the best bands on the planet, and they’re just awesome human beings, so theres that. click here, help em out and feel good about yourself.
here is the record release party show for my favorite record of 2012, burn.flicker.die, at the lincoln theatre in raleigh on 8.25.12. thanks to dale glenn for the recording and if you want the flac version of this clicky here.
meant to do this earlier, but well work, life, etc… either way if you are in the area which includes new orleans and lafayette, get yr asses to the varsity tonight to see american aquarium. barring an earth quake, hurricane, zombie apocalypse, break out of mumps, etc i guarantee its gonna be a hell of a show. not familiar with said band, here are a few tunes…
well, what we got here are two bands, one that is one of america’s finest, american aquarium, and the other, baton rouge’s the rigs, has the potential to be, at least to these ears. they’re playing at the varsity here in baton rouge tomorrow night, and damn i couldnt be more excited. from a personal viewpoint, i couldnt think of a better show going on this year in baton rouge, unless of course guided by voices and pavement decided to tour together and play at mud and water, but until then this is where its at. btw, if you want to go to the show for free, all you gotta do is head on over to the rigs’ fb page and share the picture to enter to win. Continue reading “american aquarium w/ the rigs, may 31 at the varsity, baton rouge”
oy vey! i need an intern, or we need an intern. someone like darren from seinfeld. this here site should be up and operational, much like the death star, within the next few days. everything is being re-uploaded, all 27,000 files of it and as you can imagine it’s taking a while. so here are some of my favorites from the past few days.