Sunday Mornings & The Not So Wasted Years of Lou Reed

Sunday Mornings & The Not So Wasted Years of Lou Reed

It’s crazy to think that both of my parents could tell me exactly what they did the day they heard John Lennon was murdered, how they cried and grieved over a man that they never knew. We see this image of someone, and we want to believe it so much because it makes us think things that we have been told are impossible in our own lives, are possible. I remember where I was October 28th 2013, the day I was told that Lou Reed had passed away. I was staying at a hostel in Bucharest, Romania when one of the staff members, a 19 year old kid from Minnesota, broke the news to me. Lou Reed’s music was one of my all time favorite listens. My ears simply locked into the puzzles in his vibrations with equal yet opposing grooves. I was on the verge of tears to hear that now that was it; there would never be another Lou Reed song in the world. But when I ran around the hostel to spread the news to all the other staff and guests, I came to find that no one in the entire hostel knew who he was except for me and the kid from the Mid West. As we played his music on the speakers in the main lobby, I saw Lou Reed in a very different light. In this cultural bubble I was enveloped in, I had come to think of him as that impossible that made it to the height of stardom, and so somehow he must have been something more. But the truth was...
The Swells and Changes of Young Rapids

The Swells and Changes of Young Rapids

Y​ears ago, in 2011, I was a student at a recording academy in the Greater Washington, D.C. area. At the time, I was playing in a local effect-based driven band and when one of my professors learned of this, he asked for me to open for him and his band, Young Rapids, at Velvet Lounge downtown. Since that show, I have watched that band I played with in a cluttered room, creaking with the uncertainty that any night, and seen what has come to pass. Today, they are at the forefront of the DC music scene. And in less than a month, they will be tackling the scene’s highest prestige- a show at The 9:30 Club. The years have given way to several creations from the band- one EP and two full length records, all available on bandcamp for streaming and download. What I have come to find that I love most about this band is that they change.The song, the sound, is always moving in a new direction. From their first record, Day Light Savings, to their 2015 release Pretty Ugly, there are very few things to find in common between the two. Day Light Savings sounds like a band in a room, it sounds like the whiskey is lighting the room, it is a canvas with no filters but emotion laced to the brim with authenticity. Released in March 2015, there follow up, Pretty Ugly, is falling to the other side of the spectrum, far more elements of experimentation and production, and what authenticity was lost was gained in quality. But in the end, they manage to...
A Small Glimpse of Bon Iver

A Small Glimpse of Bon Iver

  My friend at the bar sitting next to me told me, “It would be impossible to write 300­-500 words about Justin Vernon and his mythical project Bon Iver, and do it any justice.” But fuck it. I’m going to give it a shot. We all know who he is and where he is from. He is the underdog from a small American town in the midwest. His story is not one paved with success and grace, but with opportunity and determination. As he is a reserved man, there are things we will never know about him, and that in some crazy way is what makes him more relatable. Fame and notoriety have not changed his spirit and after his second release and a very successful tour, he decided to step down from the stage and focus on other projects. Under the heat of pressure, it is hard to say how we would all fare and true creativity does not run on a schedule like everything else. You basically have to wait for it to show up. In numerous interviews, Vernon gave his reasons for putting the band on hold as there was nothing to be had, and those years ago we held our records a little closer thinking this might be it. But a few weeks ago, at the newly established Eaux Claires Music & Art Festival, Bon Iver showed up and even debuted two new songs! Vernon has already confirmed that there is no plan beyond the performance, but the rest of us are letting go of those records a little more, waiting for the next one....
Remembering How To Be With The Eagles

Remembering How To Be With The Eagles

  For the past few weeks, I have been completely obsessed with the debut record of the legendary band The Eagles. I don’t know how this obsession came to pass, but it has taken a hold on me like no other, and the more I listen and read about this band and the time they were in, I come to find a yearning to go back in time. Many of us will ask what made the greats great, what made those records so iconic that even today people that have long since left the stage sell records to the kids of a whole new generation. The answer is simple- they were singing about something, about a whole new time, and a whole new way to be. But now the dust has settled on the calendar. The urge, the angst, is behind us and people make records for money and not for the road, not for the experience of emotional regurgitation. This record and all of their records from the 1970s capture the moments of that generation like a photograph, but not just the image; the emotion, the voice and most of all, a peaceful easy feeling that everything was going to be okay. My favorite line from the record is the simply put, “We will never be here again.” This moment is forever passing into the next, and there are no fireworks for the days we don’t notice passing. From the incredible recording work of Glen Johns, to the songwriting of Henley & Frey, and beyond, take a journey back to a time where music was made for love...
The World’s Most Famous Busker, Glen Hansard

The World’s Most Famous Busker, Glen Hansard

From the streets of Dublin to the stage of the Academy Awards, it has been an incredible journey for the world’s most famous busker, Glen Hansard. With a voice has rough as gravel on whiskey flowing atop words and melodies that will make you remember what it’s like to be in love again, there is no denying the talent of this music veteran. But what makes Hansard so special is that his success comes from his music and not from the gains that have come from it. He famously busked on the streets with Bono from U2 on Christmas Eve two years ago, and in that moment he encapsulated what music is about. It is about people coming together and expressing their deepest emotions. And when that happens, we fall in love. We stop fearing being understood because we realize that everyone feels the same way. The fame, the money, all those bells and whistles are not what it is about, it is what being a celebrity is all about. Glen Hansard has just announced that he will be releasing a new album in September titled Didn’t He Ramble. The record will be the follow-up to his widely acclaimed 2012 solo debut, Rhythm and Repose, and from the teaser video for the song, “Winning Streak,” it looks like we are in the park for a worthy follow up. With rumors of Iron and Wine making an appearance on the album, and many other exciting snips and teasers, it just goes to show that if you make music for the love of it and leave the rest at the door,...