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Top 50 Songs of 2014 – #40 through #36

#40. Interpol – “All The Rage Back Home”

El Pintor is Interpol’s first album in four years, but it doesn’t feel that long, largely because the narrative is the same as the last album: each Interpol album since Turn On The Bright Lights has been considered a failure that hasn’t delivered on the promise of Turn On The Bright Lights. 494 more words


The Doppelgänger at Chico

I was at Chico Hot Springs for a birthday get together last night. I do this thing sometimes when I leave town or go somewhere where I will likely not know very many people, and I look for Doppelgängers. 83 more words

What are your top 3 favorite albums of 2014?

This is hands down, my favorite time of year. Not only is it Christmas time, it’s the time where all of my favorite music blogs and sources pick their top albums of the past year. 143 more words

The five gigs that marked a year of change

It took until about halfway through the second pint before the hangover started to recede. The night before had been a late, booze soaked evening and it was only now that the enormity of my decision was hitting home. 1,126 more words


STRAND OF OAKS - " Mirage "

Timothy Showalter and his band Strand of Oaks came to record a session on the brink of the release of his new album, “HEAL”. There was a particular energy in the air during the shoot, as if we all knew some good things were about to come for these folks. 50 more words


Strand of Oaks and Torres at Union Transfer: Realism and Gratitude

No musician (or at least it seems) is as genuinely thankful as Timothy Showalter, the mastermind behind Strand of Oaks. It’s not that other artists I’ve seen aren’t appreciative about every bit of their success; it’s just that Showalter exudes the utmost gratitude without even trying. 502 more words


Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Here are our selections of new tunes from this week that you really ought to have heard by now.

1. Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
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