Posts Tagged strand of oaks

strand of oaks “jm” and “shut in” via out of town films

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

sometimes its hard to put into words what an artists body of work means to you. most of the times you read reviews and its purely methodical. there’s no heart, no past history, just what they’re hearing now. sometimes music is a puzzle, and it doesnt make sense, until you put it all together. thats how i feel about mr showalter aka strand of oaks. i have loved, deeply, all his releases, but listen to them back to back and it all begins to make a bit of sense. every record, alone, stands on its own merits or awesomeness, but as a whole… he’s not a one off kind of artist, you have to listen to everything. eh whatever… just watch these two videos.. “jm” is his tribute to jason molina, btw.

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strand of oaks “same emotions” – video

Posted by gregor on Monday, July 28th, 2014

firstly, the video is possibly nsfw, just a fyi. secondly, read more about the video here, and buy heal – one of the best records of the year, here.
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drunken ramblings: strand of oaks’ heal

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

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the first time strand of oaks’ “end in flames,” i was smitten. then there’s the rest of timothy showalter’s debut, leave ruin, to say it moved me in ways most records dont, is an understatement. it was beautiful and honest, something my life needed 5 years ago, and well it still does. the next year brought me, pope killdragon, which was definitely a darker departure, at least musically, but timothy’s cut to the bone lyrics remained, and again, i found solace in them. i dont really care to know the backstory of songs, cause i make up my own interpretations, and ill be damned if whatever timothy was going through, at that time, didnt fit whatever i was dealing with at that my own personal juncture. this cycle continues with dark shores… so i wont beat a dead horse. the past 5 years havent been particularly easy for me, ive prob drank too much, didnt pay enough attention to my family, had my anxiety rule my world, etc… granted i wasnt an asshole, but i couldve been a much better person than i was, and i suspect timothy was in the same boat. its now 2014, in case you didnt know, and my life is better, still struggling, but better, and after listening to heal for about the 100th time, i can only gather timothy is in a better place too, and we as listeners/fans can only be thankful for that. heal is nothing like any of his previous 3, its loud as hell and glorious as shit. j mascis plays the geetar on the opener, “goshen 97,” for crying out loud! lyrically, he’s just as honest, just as beautiful, and i thank the world for artists like timothy showalter. his ode to jason molina, “jm,” is probably the best tribute i have heard, btw….

buy his previous records via his bandcamp page and heal or buy everything via amazon


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strand of oaks “shut in” video

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

heal is out on dead oceans on 6.24… follow strand of oaks twitter (1230)

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captains dead top 5 records of 2014: midway point edition

Posted by gregor on Thursday, May 29th, 2014

its just about june, and i think i have been doing this halfway point top 5 for more than a few years now. im a little early on a couple of these records aka centro-matic and the strand of oaks, but trust me they are worth the wait. there are a bunch of records coming out, or are already out, that may blow all of this all up. but here on may 29 here are my top 5 records of 2014, thus far. EDIT: i realize that i am a bit early on the whole “midway” point thing. eh who gives a shit?

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1. hallelujah the hillshave you ever done something evil

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2. centro-matictake pride in your long odds – pledge music campaign record due out on 6.3

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3. sturgill simpsonmetamodern sounds in country music

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4. lee bains III & the glory firesdreconstructed

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5. strand of oaksheal due out 6.24

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strand of oaks “shut in”

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

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“i lose my faith in people, why even take the time? youve got your problems, i’ve got mine.” for the last 4/5 years, i honestly dont even know how many years its been, but timothy showalter has been one of my favorite artists for a good amount of time now. the first time i heard “end in flames” off his strand of oaks debut leave ruin i knew this guy and his music would play a huge part in my life. every record, leave ruin, pope killdragon and dark shores, i believe ended up in my top 5/10 of the year. timothy’s new record heal is due on dead oceans on 6.24. i was hoping to have the record in my mitts, by now, but sadly tis not the case. even after 9 years of music “blogging” i still cant get on some labels distribution lists. oh well, not too bitter. i kid, i kid, kind of. no doubt this will be one of my favorite records of the year.

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strand of oaks “goshen ’97” – official video

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

my man timothy showalter and his strand of oaks is back, and ive missed him so… he’s signed with dead oceans and his new record, heal, is due out 6.24. if you arent familiar with tim/strand of oaks, i cannot speak more highly of his work and in fact all three of his previous record, pope killdragon, dark shores and leave ruin were on my favorite records of whatever years they cam out. amazing shit… oh and j mascis plays guitar on this track…. (1119)

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strand of oaks “satellite moon” – video

Posted by gregor on Saturday, August 24th, 2013

happy saturday, i guess? this is off of one of my favorite records of 2012, strand of oaks’ dark shores. sadly, i dont remember where it came in cause i lost about 8 months worth posts due to my former host bailing on me. either way, its a brilliant record. this particular version comes from strand of oaks’ darker shores which is different takes on some of the songs off dark shores.

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strand of oaks “maureen’s”

Posted by gregor on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

y’all know, well those that frequent this joint, that i have a man crush on timothy showalter who is strand of oaks. its not really a crush on him, even though he’s an awesome dude, but his music. to me, its some of the most honest stuff that is being recorded today. his new single entitled “maureen’s” from his forthcoming dark shores continues that trend. i am not sure whats going on, if anything, in mr showalter’s life but its hard not to take “maureen’s” at face value. maybe its purely 3rd person kind of stuff, but to me it sounds too personal. either way, this song is breaking my heart. cannot wait for dark shores. im guessing top ten material without a doubt.

you can download “maureen’s” via the link below or via his bandcamp page.

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couch by couchwest: a few of my favorites

Posted by gregor on Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

i aint gonna lie, or put forth my biases, but if you havent been visiting couch by couchwest, you are sorely missing out on some awesome shit. i know even more awesome stuff is coming up. so again if you havent been visiting, shame on you so-called music lover. here are a few favorites thus far… i also make an appearance on the site so if youve ever wondered what i look like, youll find the link at the bottom. also, someone you know may have recorded one of these videos….

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Captains Dead Blog

    • happy national talk like a pirate day
      September 19, 2014

      i believe this is the 6th year i am doing this for some reason. dont really care about pirates, but i do love this song. so… theres that. Lambchop – National Talk Like a Pirate Day by MergeRecords (174)

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      September 17, 2014

      as of right now its tween this record, lateness of dancers, and hallelujah the hills have you ever done something evil in a tight race for my favorite record of the year. totally different records, but both brilliant. hiss golden messenger facebook / twitter hallelujah the hills twitter / site buy hiss golden records via […]

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