Perspectives of a Lady, Gentleman & Dane

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Brian McCarthy
Brian McCarthy

Brian McCarthy

As Hannah mentioned, the winter blues are here, and while she’s got some great ways of getting through (I particularly enjoy the baking), I prefer to indulge the dreary setting.  To me, there’s no better way to get through the blues than to put on a good album and listen to songs of heart break and suffering.  There’s something about hearing somebody else’s stories sung that allows me to let go of mine.  For today’s music Monday, I give you ‘Ladykiller’ by The Horrible Crowes, a song about having your woman stolen away from you by some younger, better looking guy.  If you’re feeling down I’d suggest listening to the whole album, Elsie.

Brian McCarthy

Beretta has released a fantastic video highlighting the manufacturing process of their signature shotgun. I’m a manufacturer at heart. I love knowing how things are made. What I also love is when a company takes pride in what they do. The blending of modern technology and hand crafting shows me that Beretta understands when and where to apply technology and when to leave it to a human touch. Maybe that’s what has made them successful for the past 488 years.

So tell me, now that you know how they’re made, will you be picking up a Beretta of your own?

Brian McCarthy

Thanks to everyone’s help, the Kickstarter for the new Palaxy Tracks album was successful and Brandon will be releasing it some time early 2015.  The album is on pre-order at www.palaxytracks.com in either digital or vinyl format.  It’s funny how tapes and cd’s have been left by the wayside while vinyl remains the physical alternative to a digital download.

As a bonus Brandon has released a music video for the track The Afterlives, available now on their website and youtube.  That’s the good news.  The bad news, I can see how the video isn’t all that approachable for a general audience.  It’s basically a bad vhs video of a woman in zombie make up which skips around a lot.  So if you’re into the artsy vibe of it, check it out and enjoy, if not I’ll understand if you just want to let it play in another window while you watch something more pleasant.

If you missed it here is my first post on Palaxy Tracks.

Brian McCarthy

I first heard Two Gallants on Pandora, the emotion in Adam Stephen’s vocals and lyrics immediately drew me in.  I asked Hannah to write down the name of the band so I could go back and listen to more later.  I’m really glad I did.  I wasn’t surprised to find out that they were signed to Saddle Creek, the quintessential indie record label and that they had a few albums out.  Everything I’ve listened to has been great and I recommend everyone check them out.

Brian McCarthy

Back in 2002, The Mountain Goats put out a highly polished, at least by their standards, concept album, Tallahassee,  which is unified around chronicling the tempests and furies of a relationship set in Tallahassee.  The album isn’t up beat and I’ve chosen the hardest hitting song on the album to hopefully draw you in to experiencing the album as a whole, trust me it’s worth it. So why pick such a downer of a song / album?  Love, no matter how strong, will be tested and tried.  Through out the album the relationship is tested in many ways and yet even at their darkest hour they go down “hand in unlovable hand”. To me this shows a strength and endurance which is missing in the current pop-culture frailty of relationships. Divorce after divorce I see people unwilling to weather unavoidable storms. So what’s the point?  The storms are coming and they might last an entire album, so the question is, are you willing to weather it or are you cutting loose to save yourself? Let me know what you think.

Brian McCarthy

The Palaxy Tracks aren’t very well known but their album Twelve Rooms has some of my favorite music of all time. Their songs are light, melodic with beautiful lyrics, akin to Pedro the Lion and Radiohead. Unfortunately they haven’t put out any new material since 2005.

There’s good news though, The Palaxy Tracks are working on a new album, Wilderness. The album is being funded by Kickstarter and they’ve still got a ways to go, so please check out their pitch and help them if you can. The best news for me is that Wilderness is going to be put out on 180 gram vinyl! As many of you know Hannah and I love our vinyl collection and the rich sound, artwork and experience you get along with it.