A lot happened in the small realm of music I cover on this blog in the last few days, so I present you with the first conglomeration post for this blog. There will surely be more in the future.
Last week, O’Brother, who I’ve talked about several times on this blog, digitally released their debut full-length album, Garden Window. As beautiful as it is fiery and visceral, the hour long record shattered my expectations. Even after hearing songs from Garden Window live and interviewing Michael Martens about the album, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I went into my first listen of Garden Window with my expectations dangerously high and was completely blown away. The record engulfs you in a wall of furious sound that immediately drags you in. Each time I’ve listened to Garden Window, I’ve heard something completely different, something that I did not hear on previous listens. If you want to hear the intense heavy and experimental record for yourself, you can buy the album digitally on iTunes or Amazon, or pre-order the gorgeous vinyl version or CD here.
- The Philadelphia based experimental band mewithoutYou have been added to the line-up for Saturday night’s Brand New show at the House of Blues in Atlantic City. O’Brother will be opening, followed by mewithoutYou, then Brand New. It’s going to be an amazing line-up and awesome night of music, so if you can find a way to get into that sold out show, I strongly encourage it.
- Thrice’s lead singer and guitarist, Dustin Kensrue, has announced via the band’s website that after a final spring tour, Thrice will be going on hiatus. Kensrue assured fans that Thrice were not breaking up, merely taking a break from being a full time band. You can read his statement here.
- Lastly, today is the 5th birthday (or anniversary, if you prefer to call it that) of an album I hold very close to my heart, Brand New’s The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. When that album was released five years ago today, I was only 16 years old. My taste in music was still developing, and I can honestly say that the Devil and God totally changed my musical taste forever. The way I perceived music was turned upside-down by that record. I could write volumes on Brand New and this particular album (I consider it their best work thus far), but I’ll keep this short and sweet. It’s an album that means a lot to me, an album that effected my life in different ways, an album that brought me closer to some very important people in my life, and an album that you should listen to if you’ve never heard it. Maybe you won’t like it, maybe you will. I think it’s a heartbreaking and beautiful masterpiece, and that hasn’t changed in the last five years.