album review: jason hawk harris – love and the dark

Out now on Bloodshot Records. Okay, so I’m a few weeks late on this one, but trust me, if you too are several weeks late on this one, it is definitely worth your time. Love and the Dark is Jason Hawk Harris’ debut record, out on my beloved Bloodshot Records, and it is a goddamn…

album review: frank turner – no man’s land

Look, let’s be honest here: this is probably not an album that Frank Turner needed to make. I was skeptical when I heard about it, and while I understand the sentiment and desire, Frank or no, I don’t need men to tell me about women anymore. At all. Ever. I don’t really need men to tell me…

album review: josh ritter – fever breaks

There’s a lot that can always be said about any Josh Ritter record, because that’s just the sort of music Josh makes. This one, in particular, you could use the words “lush” and “dark” and cover most of the generalities. You could mention that “I Still Love You (Now and Then)” is a pretty great…

album review: carsie blanton – buck up

Do I remember how to review a record? Let’s find out. Josh Ritter put an album out this past April. Frank Turner has one out in August. I love Fever Breaks. I love the songs from No Man’s Land. It’s rare for one of those two songwriters to put out a record and not have…

#MWE

#MWE stands for Music Writer’s Exercise, and it ambled its way across my Twitter timeline in late January; started by Gary Suarez, it challenges music writers to listen to a new-to-them (never before heard) album every day in February, and review it in a single tweet. Since last year I didn’t listen to enough music…

cleaning out the drafts folder

From the last 18 months, a bunch of record reviews I didn’t finish writing. You, too, can wonder where they were going! You can try to figure out why I was so bad at blogging last year! You can hope that I am better at this shit next year! First up, some two sentence reviews…

top 10: favorite albums of 2014

Yeah. 2014. This is late. I wrote it and never posted it and I have no idea why, but here you go, mostly because I’m trying to put together my 2015 list soon anyway. Must clean up the drafts folder! 2014 was a hard, hard year, and the place it suffered most was my music…

album review: counting crows — somewhere under wonderland

You have to understand that the Crows are, like, the most important band of my youth — of my early teens (August And Everything After) and of my early twenties (Hard Candy), at the very least. The first was formative; the second is the album that most resonates my heart with Travis, because they were…

album reviews: the old 97’s — most messed up

Better late opinions than never! The 97’s play the Cradle tonight, 10/8, with David Wax Museum. I’ll be in ATL with Trav, but I saw them last week at Trans Pecos in Marfa, TX, and they fucking rocked. Much has been, is being, and will be made of every single place on Most Messed Up,…