Summer (Or What It Sounds Like) Vol. 2

Date June 20, 2011

As they say, better late than clever. Or was it never? No, I don’t think that has ever been the case. You can blame Summer for its leisure arrival to great Northwest or the fact that a greater understanding of time management quite frankly just eludes me–this really only happens as it gets warmer, I [...]

MP3: The Rosebuds – Woods

Date June 10, 2011

I’ll admit I was a bit bummed when I heard that indie-pop couple Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp (aka The Rosebuds) were calling their relationship off while continuing to make music together. The band always struck a perfect balance between melancholy and jubilation on their best tracks (see: “Hold Hands and Fight”, “Cemetery Lawns”) and [...]

Autumn (Or What It Feels Like To Fall)

Date September 3, 2010

Photo taken by the amazing Anne Kieblesz – Flickr It’s been a good three months since I’ve intentionally spent more than a few days obsessing over my music folder, reliving every memory for a better sense of direction… but Summer has finally come to an end and a call for change is the only real [...]

My Favorite Albums of 2008

Date December 30, 2008

Photo Illustration by Nick Duncan. Click for hi-res version. 2008 is taking it’s final bow and a what a year it has been. While ’07 was dominated by a slew of  indie rock heavy hitters releasing awesome albums (Spoon, Of Montreal, Arcade Fire, Wilco,  Radiohead) this is a year where new talent seems to be garnering the [...]

My Favorite Songs of 2008 (1 of 2)

Date December 15, 2008

Over the past year I’ve listened to a countless number of songs and many of them (over 300 according to my estimations) I’ve reviewed on this blog.  So to cap off the year, I’m sharing with you the 50 songs that grabbed my attention and kept me listening all year long. These are my favorite songs [...]

Jim Noir

Date October 8, 2008

I discovered Jim Noir while I was perusing through rate your music a couple days ago and noticed his album on a few best of 2008 lists whose tastes aligned quite well with my own.  After discovering that he was on Barsuk Records (Mates of State, Nada Surf), I knew that I had to give [...]