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mirage rock rocks on…


Mirage Rock. Finally.

I know this album came out in Sept, and being a loyal boh fan, I am sad to report I am just getting around to giving it a good listen now. In January.

Shhh, don’t tell the band.

It’s no mirage, this album rocks! (sorry, had to)

I can’t ever really say anything bad about Band of Horses which makes my  favoritism annoying and biased, I know, but I really think this too was another impressive album. A great among greats! This time around, the mood was a little more country, ringing in strong with those southern rock influences that make you feel like you’ve gone back to your roots. I hear the Eagles, and Neil Young… did somebody say Crazy Horse? With his killer vocals and witty words, I believe Ben Bridwell can do no wrong. I could listen to him sing sweet nothing’s with that beautiful voice any day, all day. Forever and ever, amen. My favorite song – Everythings Gonna be Undone, I swear is written for me – and I find myself humming it to myself all day long. It’s SO good. Electric Music is my other favorite, I literally turn it up and belt the song out every time I get in the car (yea, it’s ugly). Maybe because the song sings “Traveling the open road” I picture myself driving down a dirt road in the 70’s – you know, even though I was just an idea then. Very Almost Famous, tour bus-esq…

imagesI Love this album as much, if not more than Infinite Arms, and cannot believe the backlash Band of Horses got for it! Get out of 2007! Sounds change, music evolves, musicians grow – so get on board! I was seriously shocked at the bad reviews Mirage Rock got, since at first listen, I loved it! I do understand sometimes it takes awhile to get into new albums, and more often than not it’s easy to jump to the negatives. Not all changes are good, but c’mon! This one? It’s SO good.

Maybe the classic rock/country/folk lover that i am didn’t care that sound was a little different – because it’s a sound I like so much. Either way, the band still has their Indie Rock aesthetic, pop sense, and good lyrics. They’ve just revamped a little. Whys’ everybody so mad about that?

And maybe I will never think badly of boh, and really this is more of a love letter/blog praise from a crazy fan than an actual review. Tomatoe, tomato.

And maybe i’m giving Mirage Rock 4 thumbs up because, well, we’ve already decided that I’m irritating and play favorites.

If you haven’t already, give her a listen, you won’t be sorry.


January 25, 2013 at 4:23 am Leave a comment

quick notes


I was in a cab the other day and I heard this song. It  drove me crazy because it was so familiar, and I found myself humming it but had no idea what it was. The Lumineers! I downloaded it (and everything else I could find by them) and now I can’t stop listening! Can’t stop! Turns out it was from a bing commercial, but they have a pretty unique sound I can’t get enough of.. shouting back vocals, a kick drum banging, and  a sort of talk and echo that sometimes sounds almost gospel. Do yourself a favor and check these guys out! I assume this song will be everywhere soon enough, it’s so catchy with just the right hooks! The songs Stubborn Love and Flapper Girl are must listens… (Click on Never go Back)

I’m still not sure I LOVE this new album, The Lion The Beast and The Beat. It’s got some good tracks, but I’d be lying if i didn’t say I was the teensiest bit dissapointed in Grace’s new album. I am used to them knocking my socks off every time, so maybe my expectations were too high, but it’s not my favorite. Weather it’s been blues, folk, rock, or pop, I’ve been so impressed. They always sound out of this world, Grace has a voice I think I could listen to all day, everyday. Perhaps I just don’t love the 70’s dance vibe, but I can appreiciate they’ve taken on yet another genre. I like that they’re all over the board, and kind of unpredictable, but this time it didn’t translate. I may just need a few more listens to connect, after all, they’re one of my favorite bands and I can’t have that kind of letdown looming over me! Check out the song Runaway as well, it’s growing on me…

June 19, 2012 at 4:07 am Leave a comment

simple song

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she’s got the medicine that everybody wants

I’ve been a little lazy with the blogging but, omg – I went to see Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (finally!) and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros (you’re nobody unless you have ‘& the’ in your name) last weekend at the Congress theater for the Chicago Blues and Bluegrass festival, and have to say, I had a blast!

It was definitely an interesting take on a music festival, which to me usually means sunblock, tank tops, and lots of sweaty bodies, but being that it’s December in Chicago, they get points for…uh, making due? We unfortunately didn’t get there in time to see some of the smaller local bands, to which I might have had a different opinion, but it was a good attempt to put a whole lotta bands and a whole lotta fans in a sizable venue. It was a little unorganized, my miller lights ranged from $6 – $9 depending on how nice the bartender was feeling at that particular moment, and I’m pretty sure there was only one restroom in the whole place. The lines were horrendous, but all things considered, it could have been a port-a-potty.

To no surprise, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals killed their show. I’ve been obsessing about them for a while now, and if it’s possible, I like them even more after seeing them live. Grace obviously has some amazing pipes, a voice so powerful and emotional, you are a blown away a little more each time you hear it. I’d kill to have a voice like hers. I’d also kill to have legs like hers. It’s pretty unfair how much she has going for her, she’s such a talented musician and in addition, drop dead gorgeous! (um, I’d like just one of those charming characteristics, thank you) but she honestly pulls it off so well, you just have to sit back and appreciate her. (Sigh). She started off on the organ, rocked out on an electric guitar, moved to an acoustic guitar, and danced her little heart out. (Sigh). The band is pretty dynamic, which they’ve proven by their three albums that are all so different, but still have the same addictive bluesy tones and heartfelt harmonies. I initially started listening to them because I liked their bluegrass, more folky sound, but now often find myself craving their raw, edgy rock songs. Either way, they’ve certainly caught my attention, and certainly put on a great show! Unfortunately they only played for an hour, but managed to make the most of  it playing a few hits and one new tune. I was psyched I got to hear ‘One Short Night’ my favorite song on their new cd, and finished it off the the oh so catchy tune ‘Medicine.’ Hopefully they’ll come back to town soon so I can hear ALL their fabulous music! Can’t wait to see them again!

In between acts The Shams played a short set, they were actually pretty decent, but quickly lost the attention of the crowd. It’s hard to be the middleman. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros finally came on (an intense stage presence, all 10 of them) and kicked it off with their hit 40 Day Dream. There was a lot going on up on that stage, and although I enjoyed it, I was a little overwhelmed. I wasn’t quite sure where to focus my attention. Don’t get me wrong, they sounded beautiful, but there seemed to be some disconnection between what was going on the stage, and the crowd. It’s possible Grace set the bar too high with her high energy, (or that I’m so obsessed nothing comes close) but the Zero’s seemed to have lost the spark. They did have a few high points – one of them being when Alex Ebert went shirtless – another when they played their hit song ‘Home’ and everybody went nuts. Not a single person in the crowd was quiet – EVERYBODY was on their feet singing and dancing around like a bunch of free-spirited hippies. They finished off their show with a few new songs, one where Ebert asked the crowd to take a knee (uhhh, on that floor? no thanks) and one long beautiful instrumental melody. They’re a talented herd of musicians, weather or not they’re a good act. Overall though, I enjoyed both shows, and I’ll definitely be interested to see what these bands do in the future!

December 13, 2010 at 10:20 pm Leave a comment

In time I’d find a little way to your heart

Band of Horses 10/19 Riveria Theatre, Chicago

Band of Horses are easily one of my favorite bands (I know, I know –  I say that about every band) but really, they’re pretty fucking high on my list. It was love at first listen of course, but after seeing them at Lollapalooza last summer, I’ve been on a mad spendfest (those 99 cent songs do add up fast) downloading everything of theirs I can get my hands on. I love all of their music – Cease to Begin being my favorite album up until recently, when their newest triumph Infinite Arms gave it a good run for its money. A little less fire than their last,  but still, as always fantastic.

So this Infinite Arms tour started,  went to see them last night at the Riv, and as suspected, they put on a really great show. I was totally impressed (which i realize theres no value in that statement anymore since I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything) with the whole show. First, the Riveria always has good sound. I’m always satisfied with that. They started off the show in one of the lower balconies, Ben Bridwell (ah, so cute) and the guy with the beard (their members change quite a bit, can’t keep up) for an acoustic performance of “Nobody’s Gonna Love You” which happens to be my favorite song! I wasn’t totally ready for it (still juggling my new beer and figuring out what to do with my coat, while getting knocked around by people trying to get closer to the stage) but, it sucked me right in – for the next 2 hrs, my ears and eyes were verrry happy.

Now, I say ‘eyes’ not just because Ben is well, a sexy musician, but because the band had this awesome slide show going on behind them the whole set! It was all these outdoorsy pictures that moved to the beat of the music, or just one, depending on the song. Totally amused me. I’ve seen some great set designs in the past, but this was natural, and convincingly authentic. I felt like i was watching the bands vacation slides or something. Actually, I felt like I was on vacation with them, up in the Smokies or something. Cheers to that! My friend laughed at me when I asked her if she thought the band picked out all the photos. “Yea, right – they totally have somebody do that for them.” Well, I thought it looked like they put it together, so maybe she’s wrong.

And maybe im in the wrong business, I want that job!

They closed it off with a very new, never been heard song, which i have mixed feelings about (i always wanna hear the old stuff for the encore) but I’m hoping that means another album in the near future! I’ll be waiting patiently – but in the mean time listening to Infinite Arms over and over. Take a listen to Blue Beard, i think it’s the best on the CD in my very, professional, opinion. Enjoy!

October 20, 2010 at 9:35 pm Leave a comment

With every ghost I’m looking through…

Not sure I get the video – whats going on with all those cats? And the lanterns? I’m not sure i totally get the song either for that matter, but i’m a huge fan of the band, and this is a great song! From their newest album ‘Orchard’ I think it’s got great potential! It’s upbeat enough to make you want to dance, but the range of vocals + instraments are so smooth, they’re almost calming. It’s contrast is oddly perfect! It’s charming mix of sounds make it totally unique! Definitely think you need to give it a listen! Right NOW!!

October 18, 2010 at 2:29 pm Leave a comment

Your hair was on fire, your shoes were misplaced

Blitzen Trapper is one of those indie bands that mixes classic rock influences so well with their own sounds, I’m always left trying to figure out which song from my past it reminds me of. The most obvious references would be to Neil Young, because Eric Early is a genius with that harmonica, but I always hear Tom Petty, Queen, and smidge of Dylan (no wonder I like it). I think that sometimes rubs people the wrong way, their heavy  influences, but personally, I enjoy it. I like listening to songs that make me feel like I jumped into a time machine to the early 60’s or 70’s – you know since I missed it the first time around.

I also really love BT’s lyrics. I always find their music evokes different chords inside me whether I’m left with these deep thoughts and deeper meanings, or their lyrics that don’t make sense, that stick with me simply because they’re so nonsensical! Somehow they remind me of something, somewhere, in a really positive way. I think what I’m struggling to say here is,  their lyrics trigger something – whether its nostalgia or amusement, or whatever it is, and  it makes me a very happy lady!

I haven’t been avoiding it, but I have I finally gave Blitzen Trapper’s new (relatively new) album a good listen from start to finish this week. After loving their first album ‘Furr’ so much, I was scared to give their new album a listen, because it simply couldn’t be outdone. But, I’d have to say, there isn’t a song on ‘Destroyer of the Void’ I don’t like. Every song is an easy listen. A little more ‘grunge’ this time around, but I really can’t skip a track! My favorite is Evening Star (below) and also check out ‘The man who would speak true” and ‘Below the Hurricane.’

Highly recommend the album. All of it!

October 14, 2010 at 9:03 pm 1 comment

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