Oh, my estranged music mashers from lands east and west. How are you? You wouldn’t believe how electrifying it is to blast you with ironic conversational tone once again. Is this blog back from the grave? I doubt it. Pat’s blowing up your newsfeed with pictures of national landmarks and I’m only about halfway through watching every WWE royal rumble. But as i was daydreaming and weaving through sluggish and dazed Montana traffic today, i thought of this ghost of projects past. There’s so much to update you on, there’s been monumental musical mood swings. I’ve discovered and smashed headfirst into jazz. I’ve sworn off and begged back dream pop, wicker park indie, and burger core. I sold out and bought into the spotify generation, mainly so i could make scatter plot playlists with bizarro titles like “Chicken feed for the children” and so on and so forth. Time goes on. But above all this I’ve been listening. I mean really listening. What else is there? A short summary: Continue reading Playlist 5 – Acid Surf, Peyote Western
Hello my wonderful babes,
It has been a hot minute since I granted you sweetums with a “Discoveries of the Day” post. That’s because, like most teenagers, I stopped doing the thing I promised myself I would do everyday after less than a month. So, I’ve decided to REINVENT MYSELF. Not actually, but both Mr. Fox and I will be contributing a playlist of five bangin’ tracks we feel our readers should get down on every week. And we really think we may stick with it this time. Maybe.
Anyway here’s some words about some songs that are for your health. Read it, live it, love it, but most importantly, go listen to the fucking songs.
Love and cream cheese,
This interview was done by the Hound for MOVE Magazine, the A&E section of University of Missouri’s student newspaper, the Maneater.
For singer-songwriter Israel Nash, his tour stop in Columbia at Mojo’s will hold more sentimentality than most artists who blow through town. Nash, who’s scheduled to perform Sunday, spent his younger years attending MU as an undergrad and graduate student—but more importantly, grew as a musician within Columbia’s local scene.
The Neil Young-esque rocker, with a grainy voice that sings of finding love and living in solitude, found his way in the Columbia scene, and since leaving school has released three albums while extensively touring the U.S. and Europe. In preparation for his concert, Nash spoke with MOVE about music in relation to his beginnings in rural Missouri, his times at MU and his current residence in the country outside of Austin, Texas.
M: How did growing up in Missouri shape your life, musically?
IN: I grew up around the Ozarks. Coming to Columbia was my first time really around a metropolitan area. My dad was a pastor so small churches in Missouri and places where people just sang and didn’t care. But being in small towns, you don’t know what you’re supposed to do if you want to really pursue music. So coming to Columbia, that’s when things really started happening in my musical career.
The Hound gives this episode 5 out of 5 stars
While I waited for the premiere of the HBO TV documentary series “Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways,” Friday night, I knew I was about to embark on a musical journey with the names and sites I’ve been learning about since I fell head-over-heals in love with music. Additionally, the familiarity of this episode’s material would be even stronger, as it centered around the deep roots of American music in my hometown: Chicago.
Now, going into the viewing, I had an unabashed bias, as Dave Grohl, lead singer and guitarist of the Foo Fighters and former drummer of Nirvana, happens to be my favorite human being to ever grace the world with their musically monumental presence. Grohl not only is one of modern rock ‘n roll’s biggest names as a musician, but also as a fan. In 2013, he produced and directed the fantastic rock documentary “Sound City,” which focused on the iconic Los Angeles recording and it’s hand in generating some of the most critically acclaimed albums of the last 40 years.
The Hound gives this album 3.5 out of 5 stars
I’m going to go out on a limb and say I’m a fan of challenging music.
Something that takes a few listens to get into is one thing, but something that takes a few listens to even decipher what could possibly be going on (or wrong) in the musicians brain is another. I’m not proclaiming every seemingly “complex” record to be a hidden masterpiece because of its “deep take on the deepness of being deep.” But I am saying that if you put your noggin it, taking in a strange and exciting album can be a rewarding task.
This was my feeling towards psychedelic duo Foxygen’s latest album/rock opera/whirlwind of jams oozing with weirdness, …And Star Power. After bursting onto the Pitchfork scene of indie-lovers with 2013’s deliciously retro-rock We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic (Jagjaguwar), seductively wild lead singer Sam France and multi-instrumentalist Jonathan Rado brought their ‘60s style left-of-the-dial, obscure pop to audiences, moving from opening for fellow experimental-pop troupe Of Montreal to becoming the most talked about set from 2013’s Pitchfork Music Festival.
In a college town, it seems like a given to find certain culturally “hip” places where young adults can bask in the uniqueness of these understated alcoves while searching for their identities. Whether it be tasting a falafel for the first time at International Café or coming across an art show in a North Village Arts District studio, certain Columbia businesses may not be fully aware of the extraordinary memories that haunt their walls from kids simply trying to find their way.
For Hitt Records co-owner and founder Kyle Cook, offering an environment with elements that are new and exciting while old and nostalgic, all the while catering to the idea of finding a place where one feels they truly belong, was all part of the plan.
The emotional rollercoaster of seeing one of your all-time favorite musical groups live has been an imprinted feeling on me since I began seeking out concerts to become my only extensive use of money. Around the time I experienced my first music festival at 2012’s Lollapalooza, I was entirely motivated to recapture the elation live music gave to me, specifically that of the shows that sported some of my favorite bands and artists.
Two years and 11 music festivals later, I walked up the Columbia’s Stephans Lake Park trail towards bright lights and a distant acoustic guitar ringing into the night. I was approaching this past weekend’s Roots N Blues N BBQ Music Festival, now in its eighth year, and I was a few hours away from capturing the moment of unfathomable happiness. I was soon to be seeing the Avett Brothers.
A group out of Concord, North Carolina led by brothers Scott and Seth Avett, the Avett Brothers went from a prominently popular rock group who took emotionally sparkling bluegrass, hit the accelerator, and coated it with pop hooks to the biggest roots rock group in the country. After 12 albums and 14 active years, the band continues to display an unbelievable amount of passion in their live performances, while making every show a little different and playing a wide-ranging set list each time.