Ages and Ages:
Our Demons

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We’re not so different, you and I You’ve got your reasons for avoiding your demons and I know I’ve got mine

So goes the chorus to “Our Demons,” one of the standout tracks, of which there are many, on Divisionary, the recently released album by Portland-based octet, Ages and Ages (formerly AgesandAges).

Demons…we’ve all [...]

Cloud Nothings:
Now Hear In

Cloud Nothings

On a couple of occasions recently, I’ve taken to Twitter to complain about the return of the synthesizer. Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help but feel that many of the blogs and websites that used to fawn over every sepia-toned band that featured a banjo prominently in their music have all taken [...]

Father John Misty:
Bored In The USA

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One album that I find myself returning to time and time again for the better part of the past year is Fear Fun by Father John Misty…also known as J. Tillman. I’ve let it be known on countless occasions that new music doesn’t seem to grab me quite the way it previously had so [...]

The National:
Slow Show

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As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been quasi-obsessed with The National‘s new LP, Trouble Will Find Me, since its release a couple of weeks ago. I’ve easily listened to it, in its entirety, 20+ times in two weeks. As a matter of fact, I’ve been quasi-obsessed with The National in general during [...]

Portugal. The Man:
Sea Of Air

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Of all the bands I’ve come across in the past couple of years, the one I seem to listen to on a nearly weekly basis is the punctuationally challenging Portugal. The Man. Whether on this blog (here, here, or here) or in person, I often recommend their 2011 LP In The Mountain In The [...]

Widower:
Grasp

Kevin Large (aka WIDOWER)

Two things that are near and dear to my heart are Guild guitars and my home state of New Jersey. During a recent session on the absolutely fantastic Seattle radio station KEXP, Kevin Large of WIDOWER revealed himself to be a Guild fan who also happens to hail from the Garden State. Needless to [...]

Iron & Wine:
Caught In The Briars

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So here’s my post-breakup drunk text to Sam Beam…”Um, heard one of your new songs, ‘Caught In The Briars,’ and I felt like I was with the old you for three minutes or so. Maybe we should get together and talk?”

I know, I know…I should learn my lesson. Two out of the three [...]

Night Beds:
NPR Tiny Desk Concert

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NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert with Night Beds setlist: “Faithful Heights” “Ramona” “22″ “Hide From It”

What’s the point?

Before you suggest I step away from the ledge, let me say that the question above is not a declaration of despair. Of hopelessness. It’s nothing other than what it clearly is. A question. Nothing [...]

Under The Covers:
High Tide or Low Tide
Performed by Ben Harper & Jack Johnson

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I won’t go into great detail about this Sunday’s broadcast of the 55th Grammy Award show. People were live blogging, live tweeting, or as I told my girlfriend, live living the Grammys. Sadly, anyone under the age of 25 is probably unfamiliar with the concept of live living, but explaining that concept would take [...]

Frightened Rabbit:
The Woodpile

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Posting on consecutive days? You bet’cha.

This is going to be short and sweet. 2013 is shaping up to be an excellent year, musically speaking. There are a lot of albums on the horizon that I’m eagerly anticipating. New albums from Portugal. The Man, The National, and The Head and The Heart are a [...]