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Another Autumnal Mixtape

September 3, 2010

Here is a mix I made for this lovely season:

Awake (disc 1):

1. Delta Spirit – Trashcan

2. Enon – In This City

3. Colour – Conversations

4. Sleater-Kinney – Wilderness

5. Koufax – Move Out, Move On

6. The Soft Drugs – Defending the Paint

7. Dr. Dog – Old News

8. Hank III – Thrown Out Of the Bar

9. The  Night Marchers – In Dead Sleep (I Snore ZZZZ)

10. The Four Tops – It’s the Same Old Song

11. Young Cities – All For  Nothing

12. The Cave Singers – Leap

13. Old Crow Medicine Show – Tell It to Me

14. The Meters – Love is for Me

15. Otis Redding – (Sittin’ On) the Dock of the Bay

Dream (disc 2)

1. Helado Negro – Year One

2. Gliss – Morning Light

3. Avi Buffalo – Coaxed

4. Engineers – Sometimes I Realise

5. Tortoise – Prepare Your Coffin

6. Letting Up Despite Great Faults – In Steps

7. Papa M – Krusty

8. Ann Peebles – I Can’t Stop the Rain

9. Blonde Redhead – 23

10. The Clientele – Never Anyone but You

11. J. Tillman – Milk White Air

12. Low – Medicine Magazines

13. Sparklehorse – Jaykub (feat. Jason Lytle)


I wish I could dance like this guy

August 30, 2010

Free Musica!

July 16, 2010

Sorry for posting so much about my new project, the kentucky street parlor pickers. I just wanted to let you know you can download all 6 tracks of the ep we’ve recorded for free here:

Also don’t forget to add us on facebook. Just search for “kentucky street parlor pickers”


In our rags of light

January 14, 2010

If it be your will
That I speak no more
And my voice be still
As it was before
I will speak no more
I shall abide until
I am spoken for
If it be your will

If it be your will
That a voice be true
From this broken hill
I will sing to you
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing
From this broken hill
All your praises they shall ring
If it be your will
To let me sing

If it be your will
If there is a choice
Let the rivers fill
Let the hills rejoice
Let your mercy spill
On all these burning hearts in hell
If it be your will
To make us well

And draw us near
And bind us tight
All your children here
In their rags of light
In our rags of light
All dressed to kill
And end this night
If it be your will

If it be your will.


Top 100 Albums of the Decade

December 21, 2009

I attempted to compile my top 100 albums of this decade. It’s taken me about 2 weeks to get it all together and situated properly. I tried to be objective and follow these parameters:

1. Play time / Longevity

2. Importance (personally)

3. Importance (socially)

I think this accurately represents my favorite albums of the 2000s. If anyone tells me that nothing good happened in this decade, they are severely wrong. I included a little write up on the top 10 albums, so you knew where I was coming from.

1. Pedro the Lion – Control

-This album has consistently been blowing my mind since I was 19. Lyrically, musically and sonically –it’s what I keep going back to. I know it’s an odd choice for the #1 spot on such a broad list, I really do believe it deserves it.

2. Sigur Ros – Ágætis Byrjun

– It really is just perfect. It’s hard to comprehend how they constructed this flawless record.

3. Twothirtyeight – Regulate the Chemicals

-I remember being a sophomore in highschool and my friend gave me a cassette with this on it. It didn’t leave my car until some time in my senior year. I still listen to this on a weekly basis to this day.

4. At the Drive In – Relationship of Command

-I was so confused the first time I popped this in my cd player. I didn’t understand how something could be so chaotic yet make me want to dance like this album.

5. Sigur Ros – ( )

– Another album that really changed the way I view music. Listen to this with headphones, full blast. The detail of this album is insane.

6. Rocky Votolato – Suicide Medicine

-I was 20 years old, broke and confused. This album had a huge impact on my outlook. I still put the cd in and immediately remember various parts of my life that this album has been a soundtrack to.

7. Ours – Distorted Lullabies

– Mark and I were driving home from some lame show in rural Colorado. We listened to “Medication” off this album. I had never heard a voice as talented as Gnecco’s. Beautiful/Haunting melodies and insane talent.

8. This Bright Apocalypse – Motion and Rest

-Wait, who is this band? T.B.A. was one of the first shows I ever attended when I lived in Wisconsin. I’ve seen a lot of concerts in my day, and I still contend that they put on one of the best shows I’ve ever seen. They released this album after I had moved to Colorado and in a way, I had forgotten about them. My friend told me I need to check it out. So I ordered the CD from some distro and was completely blown away. If Sinead O’Connor made a post-Hardcore album, this is what it would sound like. haha

9. Sunny Day Real Estate – The Rising Tide

The best recorded drums I have ever heard. Enigk’s vocals are insanely inspiring. Incredible progressions. ‘Nuff said

10. The Appleseed Cast – Low Level Owl (I & II)

-Highly influential to me, personally. The vocals are hidden way back in the mix. The guitars are huge. The drumming is perfect. Do want!

11. Explosions in the Sky – The Earth is Not a Dead Cold Place

12. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

13. Ryan Adams – Love is Hell

14. Unwed Sailor – The Faithful Anchor

15. Radiohead – Kid A

16. Starflyer 59 – Leave Here a Stranger

17. Beck – Sea Change

18. The Decemberists – Castaways and Cutouts

19. Wilco – Yankee Hotel Foxtrot

20. Old Crow Medicine Show – O.C.M.S.

21. Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute

22. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club – Howl

23. Radiohead – In Rainbows

24. David Bazan – Curse Your Branches

25. Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American

26. Deathcab for Cutie – Transatlanticism

27. The Gloria Record – Start Here

28. The Avett Brothers – Emotionalism

29. Iron and Wine – Our Endless Numbered Days

30. This Will Destroy You – Young Mountain

31. Kent – Vapen & Ammunition

32. Bonnie Prince Billy & Matt Sweeney –Superwolf

33. Radiohead – Amnesiac

34. …And you will knows us by the trail of dead – Worlds Apart

35. Jeremy Enigk – World Waits

36. Rocky Votolato – Makers

37. Mew – And the Glass Handed Kites

38. Hank Williams III – Straight to Hell

39. Spiritualized – Let it Come Down

40. Bruce Springsteen – The Rising

41. Anathallo – Floating World

42. Fleet Foxes – s/t

43. Dr. Dre – 2001

44. Ryan Adams – Heartbreaker

45. Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Lift Your Skinny Fists like Antennas to Heaven

46. Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

47. Denison Witmer – Are You a Dreamer?

48. Converge – Jane Doe

49. Mogwai – Rock Action

50. Broken Social Scene – You Forgot It in People

51. Coldplay – Parachutes

52. Wovenhand – Mosaic

53. Asobi Seksu – Citrus

54. Jose Gonzalez – Veneer

55. Boris – Akuma No Uta

56. Oasis – Heathen Chemistry

57. Josh Ritter – The Animal Years

58. Pedro the Lion – Winners Never Quit

59. My Morning Jacket – Z

60. Engine Down – Demure

61. Blindside – A Thought Crushed My Mind

62. Isis – Panopticon

63. Horse Feathers – House with No Name

64. Sufjan Stevens – Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State

65. Blonde Redhead – 23

66. M. Ward – Post War

67. Saves the Day – Stay What You Are

68. Jack Rose – Kensington Blues

69. The Album Leaf – In a Safe Place

70. The National – Boxer

71. Damien Jurado – Where Shall You Take Me?

72. Further Seems Forever – How to Start a Fire

73. Fugazi – The Argument

74. Mewithoutyou – Brother, Sister

75. Martyrdod – In Extremis

76. Johnny Cash – American IV – The Man Comes Around

77. Foo Fighters – One by One

78. Muse – Absolution

79. Bleach – Astonomy

80. AA Bondy – American Hearts

81. Sun Kil Moon – Ghosts of the Great Highway

82. Jason Anderson – New England

83. Karate – Unsolved

84. Mono – Hymn to the Immortal Wind

85. Stars – Set Yourself on Fire

86. Papa M – Whatever, Mortal

87. Travis – The Invisible Band

88.  Bonnie “Prince” Billy – I See a Darkness

89. Songs: Ohia – Ghost Tropic

90. Denali – s/t

91. Queens of the Stone Age – Songs for the Deaf

92. Derek Webb – She Must and Shall Go Free

93. Silversun Pickups – Swoon

94. Career Suicide – s/t

95. Park – It Won’t Snow Where You’re Going

96. Antony & the Johnsons – I Am a Bird Now

97. Further Seems Forever – The Moon is Down

98. Sufjan Stevens – Illinois

99. Wolves in the Throne Room – Two Hunters

100. Koufax – It Had to Do With Love


Top Albums of 2009

December 10, 2009

AA Bondy – When the Devil’s Loose

Amy Millan – Masters of the Burial

The Appleseed Cast – Sagarmatha

Asobi Seksu – Rewolf

The Avett Brothers – I and Love and You

The Boxer Rebellion – Union

The Builders and the Butchers – Salvation  is a Deep Dark Well

The Cave Singers – Welcome Joy

Cheyenne Mize & Bonnie Prince Billy – Among the Gold

Colour – Anthology

Converege – Axe to Fail

David Bazan – Curse Your Branches

Digger Barnes – Time Has Come

Doomriders – Darkness Come Alive

Doves – Kingdom of Rust

Engineers – Three Fact Fader

Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed

Good Old War – Only Way to be Alone

Great Lake Swimmers – Lost Channels

Gregory Alan Isakov – This Empty Northern Hemisphere

Harper Simon – s/t

Jeremy Enigk – Ok Bear

Jordie Lane – Sleeping Patterns

Kings of Convenience – Declaration of Dependence

Letting Up Despite Great Faults – s/t

M. Ward – Hold Time

Magnolia Electric Co. – Josephine

Matt the Electrician – Animal Boy

Martyrdöd – Sekt

Monsters of Folk – s/t

Owen – New Leaves

Phoenix – Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix

Silversun Pickups – Swoon

Volcano Choir – Unmap

Why? – Eskimo Snow

William Elliot Whitmore – Animals in the Dark

Wooden Shjips – Dos


If It Be Your Will.

September 15, 2009

I am sorry for my lack of blogging lately, I have made my life so busy that certain creative outlets are suffering (like the Kevlar beard).

Anyway, I watched the documentary on Leonard Cohen called I’m Your Man. It features artists such as U2, Nick Cave,Antony, Rufus and Martha Wainwright playing the songs of Mr. Cohen, along with a nice ongoing interview with the man himself throughout the film.

Maybe it was the fact that I was really exhausted or that I have felt a bit dry lately, however I must say, this film was very inspiring for me. To see a man who can hardly sing, yet is considered one of the most prolific song writers of our time. I am going to paraphrase Bono here: “There are carpenters, office workers and public officials out there. Mr. Cohen is a songwriter. That is his job. He sweats over every single line he has ever written and will spend years working on one song”. I have to say, I wish I had that kind of patience and work ethic. My current song writing seems to just kind of come in spurts, I would really like to start pushing through those moments of un-inspiration.

Leonard also mentioned in this documentary that a big breakthrough in his writing came when he came to the realization that he didn’t need to be the hero of every poem. It’s ok to be weak, it’s ok to be imperfect and it’s ok to be faulted. This really struck a chord with me. Too often, we want to roll into every piece of art like a troubadour with all of the answers. It’s ok to just imagine and be fragile.

Anyway, check out this film if you get a chance!\