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Paul and I (Android) are using this blog page as an outlet for expressing our views on music and to hopefully introduce readers to new artists. Besides reviews, we also feature writing about our trials and tribulations. If you are a musician and would like us to expose your music to our readers, just send an email, and we’ll check it out.

Year of the Neil: Episode #5

In this month’s episode of “Year of the Neil”, Young’s tumultuous relationship with CSN continues. We also take a look at his mainstream success on “Harvest” and begin seeing the impact drugs would have on Neil and the people around him.
Listen HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, and GooglePlay (search: Year of the Neil).

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Kevin Morby “City Music”

Kevin Morby

City Music

[Dead Oceans; 2017]

Rating: 9

For over a decade, journalists have been writing think-pieces on the death of rock and roll, but not until the past couple years have their omens seemed possible. Two weeks ago Nielsen announced that for the first time in the rating system’s existence, rock music was not the most popular genre in their mid-year report. There’s no need for concern (yet). Rock music is closely trailing R&B/hip hop overall and in the category of albums, rock reigns supreme making up 40% of sales. Regardless, it does seem like rock and roll is on the down swing in popularity. For those in need of comfort during rock’s decline, Kevin Morby’s City Music plays as a perfect album of appreciation and reflection on the genre’s adventurous past.

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #61 (Class Reunion Edition)

In the latest episode of the BDWPS podcast, we revisit some of my favorite songs from 20 years ago (my senior year in high school). It’s an episode filled with memories and some great music from the past, including tracks from Fugazi, Archers of Loaf, Semisonic, Sunny Day Real Estate, Shudder To Think, The Descendents, Satchel, and Blur.

Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay (search: BDWPS).

Tracklist:

Fugazi “Target”

Archers of Loaf “Underachievers (Fight Song)”

Semisonic “Down in Flames”

Sunny Day Real Estate “8”

Shudder to Think “Resident Wine”

The Descendents “When I Get Old”

Satchel “For So Long”

Blur “M.O.R.”

Bob Dylan “Another Pawn in Their Game”

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Top 20 Albums of 2017 (so far)

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In the past, I’ve posted this mid-year list at the beginning of June, but I decided that to truly be a mid-year list, I needed to post it in July. This is list is comprised of some of my favorite albums released between January 1st and June 15th (there is a two week window in June because I didn’t want to put anything on the list that didn’t have time to marinate). 2017 started slowly in terms of great releases, but the past three months have been chock full of great work by both up-and-coming artists and veterans who have returned with outstanding offerings.

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BDWPS Podcast: Episode #60

In this month’s episode of the BDWPS Podcast, we take a look at some of my favorite albums of the year so far, including Alex G, Juana Molina, Aimee Mann, Blanck Mass, Fazerdaze, At the Drive-In, and Pissed Jeans. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay.

Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, Stitcher, or GooglePlay (search: BDWPS). 

Tracklist:

(Sandy) Alex G “Powerful Man”

Juana Molina “Cosoco”

Blanck Mass “The Rat”

Aimee Mann “Patient Zero”

At the Drive-In “Governed by Contagions”

Fazerdaze “Lucky Girl”

Pissed Jeans “The Bar is Low”

King Crimson “21st Century Schizoid Man”

Bob Dylan “One Too Many Mornings”

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Year of the Neil (The Story of Neil Young): Episode #3

In the latest episode of “Year of the Neil”, we take a look at the demise of Buffalo Springfield and the beginning of Neil’s solo career.

Check it out HERE, or better yet, subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, GooglePlay, or Stitcher (just search: Year of the Neil).

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The Magnetic Fields “50 Song Memoir”

The Magnetic Fields

50 Song Memoir

[Nonesuch; 2017]

Rating: 9.5

If 50 Song Memoir is proof of anything, it’s that Stephen Merritt is at his best when facing a monumental challenge. In 1999, he released 69 Love Songs, a box set that was just that – 69 songs about love, each told with Merritt’s signature bittersweet, often humorous lyrics. Since that seminal release, Magnetic Fields have stagnated a bit with a handful of meandering, mixed-bag albums. But in 2017, the songwriter has returned to his muse with another gargantuan challenge: to write 50 songs about his 50 years on this planet. Not only does he meet the quota, but the massive task helped him to shake the cobwebs off of his muse and write some of his best material in over 20 years.

Some may find the idea of a five-CD, 50 song album to be a bit too tedious, but Merrit masterfully tells his story in a way that is endlessly entertaining and continuously mysterious. This isn’t a straight-forward memoir (we never learn the names of his parents, if he has siblings, or the names of his lovers); instead, each song plays as a snapshot – sometimes a hilarious story (a mean cat, failing an ethics class in college, a song about how surfing is a dumb sport) and sometimes a heartbreaking revelation (the impact his mother’s boyfriends would have on him over the years, fears of the AIDs epidemic, mental illness). Merrit is at his finest though when the songs are a combination of both his signature snark and sadness.

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