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.
I never thought I would go this far country but I really love this band. Striking Matches is made up of Sarah Zimmerman & Justin Davis, who both came to Nashville to just enjoy and play music. Their debut album will hopefully be released by the end of the year. Enjoy!
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.