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The Vinyl Shrine #2: August and Everything After

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Counting Crows - August and Everything After Do I Own The Vinyl Yet: No What Makes It Shrine Material: In the beginning of a kind of strange era of alternative music (ca. 1993), this album really stands out as one that possesses soul and raw emotive power from start to finish. Singer and songwriter Adam Duritz pours himself into every track on this album, backed by a very tight and tasteful band.…

Fictional Fridays #6

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I can find a way to work music into literally anything, including Fictional Fridays. Concept albums. Tons of people make them, not many make them well. The term "concept album" is similar to and occasionally interchangeable with "rock opera". Except, you know, in genres other than rock I guess. This week, I'm going to list a couple of examples, give a brief overview of the plot, and not really review…

The Vinyl Shrine #1: Cassadaga

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Hello everyone and welcome to the new and improved music series, The Vinyl Shrine! I mentioned in the past that I didn't want to force myself to write about obscure music all the time because a lot of what many would call "mainstream music" is too good to not share with you all! So we're going to try out a new format for a while and see how it goes.…

Music You’ve Been Missing the Point

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Let's talk about how this whole boyfriend's music post thing has been going. A Brief History of the Boyworm’s Musical Life So I’m pretty sure in a previous MYBM post I discussed my background with regards to music, but I’m going to go into a bit more detail here and talk about who I am as a musician and a music enthusiast, and why it is I love talking about…

A Very Special MYBM Christmas

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Hi everyone! It’s the most wonderful(ly frustrating) time of the year! Whether you’re scrambling around trying to finish your shopping, getting prepared to cook Christmas dinner, or trying to avoid all the advertisements on your TV, you need some festive music! Now I know, Christmas music is a really weird thing that apparently every musical artist is obligated to perform at one point or another for reasons I don’t quite…

Music You’ve Been Missing #7

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Music You’ve Been Missing #6

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So at this point, I feel like I should mention that all of these albums that I write about are available to stream on Spotify, which means they’re likely also on Bandcamp, Soundcloud, LastFM, or really anything. (I recently bought a Windows 8 loaded laptop, and found that the music streaming service that comes with it has almost the exact same catalogue available as Spotify which is neat! But anyway…) …

Music You’ve Been Missing #5

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How Long You’ve Been Missing Out: 6 Years (Released February 2008) The Album in One Sentence: Classic Mountain Goats style refined by the addition of drummer Jon Wurster and a small string section. Defining Lyric: “And flaming swords may guard the Garden of Eden, But we consulted maps from earlier days, Dead languages on our tongues, Holding on to our last hope” – San Bernardino So I discovered The Mountain Goats late…

Music You’ve Been Missing #4

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Into It. Over It. – Proper How Long You’ve Been Missing Out: 3 Years (Released September 2011) The Album in One Sentence: A fresh take on the original early 90’s emo movement, restored in all its mathematical, guitar-driven glory. Defining Lyric: “I am between the words you’re telling me with a fine toothed comb. I’m drawing lines in the hindsight until the stories start to line up right.” – Midnight:…

Music You’ve Been Missing #3

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Lightspeed Champion – Falling Off the Lavender Bridge How Long You’ve Been Missing Out: 6 Years (Released January 2008) The Album in One Sentence: Singer/Songwriter/Indie music produced by Mike Mogis and featuring many Saddle Creek all-stars, resulting in what I would call the English Bright Eyes Defining Lyric: “My drawings are starting to suck, my best friends are all listening to Crunk, I feel like the world’s gone crazy” –…