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Something Old (Lindsey Buckingham w/ Stevie Nicks) & Something New (Nightlands covers a Buckingham classic)

May 26, 2011
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Greetings fellow music lovers. Bruce from Some Velvet Blog back with another edition of Something Old & Something New.

Time to rep a little for my hometown of Philly: Bassist and multi-instrumentalist Dave Hartley, AKA Nightlands has released two new cover songs that you can download here for free. On Covers Hartley recorded the Lindsey Buckingham ( of Fleetwood Mac) song “Trouble,” and Scott Walker’s “Big Louise,” originally on his album Scott 3. Dig into Nightland’s cover of “Trouble” below, then indulge yourself in some early Lindsey Buckingham from the album he did with Stevie Nicks, Buckingham Nicks, in 1973.

Don’t Let Me Down Again – Buckingham Nicks

Something Old (The Isley Bros) & Something New (Mayer Hawthorne)

May 12, 2011
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Hello music lovers and welcome to this week’s edition of Something Old & Something New. Bruce from Some Velvet Blog here; this week taking some inspiration from Mayer Hawthorne who just dropped a new free EP of six cover songs called Impressions. It features covers of songs by Chromeo, Electric Light Orchestra, Jon Brian, a couple of lesser known tunes and a classic from The Isley Brothers. Before we go any further though, make sure you download the EP here.

The song “Work To Do,” written by The Isley Bros was released in 1972 on their Brother, Brother, Brother. It almost reached Top 10 on the Billboard R&B charts and just missed the Top 50 Pop charts. While I was a fan of some of the early Isley’s singles, I came to the song when the Average White Band cut it for their incredible debut album – the record with their massive #1 hit song “Pick Up The Pieces” on it. Hawthorne came to the song, not through AWB, but The Isley Brothers. He says:

The song is originally by The Isley Brothers, and that’s the only version I was familiar with until we started playing it in our live shows and people would come up to us and say “hey, loved your cover of Average White Band!”.

Below, Hawthorne’s and The Isley Brothers versions of it, as well as a video of AWB from back in the day.

Work To Do – Mayer Hawthorne
Work To Do – The Isley Brothers

Something (somewhat slightly) Old (Sharon Van Etten) & Something New (Sharon Van Etten & Philly’s Hezekiah Jones)

April 28, 2011
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Happy Day to you fellow music lovers! Bruce from Some Velvet Blog here with another edition of Something Old & Something New. Today I’m taking some editorial liberties and calling “Something Old” something that actually came out in January of 2010 by Sharon Van Etten. The Brooklyn songstress cut a session for a non-profit new music project I am involved with here in Philly with the radio station I work at (WXPN called Shaking Through. Shaking Through is a collaboration between XPN and Weathervane Music. Since January 2010 (like ten years ago in internet time) we launched the program as a way to showcase new and emerging musicians. Sharon was the perfect inaugural artist for the project and we all knew then – way before her album Epic was released – what the hype was going to be all about. In fact, Epic came out about 8 months after she cut this song at Miner Street Studios in Philly. It’s the song “Love More” that wound up being on Epic.

Of course I think that Sharon’s recording of this song and work with the project was a pivotal moment in her career which led to Epic and which begat the well deserved praise she so deserves particularly coming out of SXSW three months after she did this session. And then some. So, while we are all amazed and exciting by her continued success we look forward to hearing Something New from her work with Aaron Dessner of The National.

While we wait for that though, the last few days saw Sharon’s cover of the Glass Ghost song “Like A Diamond” from their Idol Omen album hit the interwebs.

Here ya go:
Download: Like A Diamond – Sharon Van Etten

Finally, speaking of Shaking Through, you can go here to listen to music recorded for the project from bands like Twin Sister, Reading Rainbow, Ben & Vesper, A Classic Education, La Big Vic, and more. Some of these sessions were curated by Scott McMicken of Dr. Dog, Mark from YVYNYL and Peter Silberman of the Antlers who curated a session with Port St. Willow. The latest episode of Shaking Through is from Philly’s Hezekiah Jones, the indie-folk-singer-songwriter collective fronted by Raphael Cutrufello that I (full disclosure here) had the pleasure of curating. Check out the song below, but make sure you watch the video of how Raph is working on the score to The Bride of Frankenstein, of which this song was written and recorded for.

Until next week, to quote the Geator With The Heator: remember to “keep on rockin’ cause you only rock once.”

Various and Sundry: Saying Goodbye to The Stills

April 18, 2011
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The Stills

The Stills

The irony is I was going to write about The Stills this week. Only now, the angle changes.

After 11 years, The Stills formally announced their break-up on their Web site today, April 17, 2011. The Montreal-based indie-pop band of Tim Fletcher, Dave Hamelin, Liam O’Neil and Oliver Corbeil left only three full-length album as their legacy. A case-study in quality over quantity.

The Stills official announcement of their break-up

The Stills official announcement of their break-up

In my years as a music writer, I’ve come to the conclusion that most writers or bloggers like two types of artists: A) the power-house bands of their genre or B) the up-and-coming acts of whom no one outside of their immediate family has heard.

Lost in the middle are bands just like The Stills. They are the bands that find a moderate level of success, produce quality work, have few detractors but get lost in the in the shuffle. Often it is because of bands or artists with lesser talent but more hype.

Critics didn’t love their work – everyone’s favorite Pitchfork gave their debut album a 5.1. The reviewer complained that they were too much like The Posies and that Flechter’s voice was too perfectly modulated. Their next two albums earned a 6.7 and 5.8, respectively. Okay ratings, but not a PR person’s dream score, either.

Maybe their music was too accessible for many critics. That was one of the things I liked most about them, quite frankly. Seemingly every song they released could have been an ’80′s-era pop-rock radio hit.

The Stills are a shining example of what can happen when a band sets out to make great pop music. Their debut album, Logic Will Break Your Heart, was one my favorite of 2003 (although it didn’t pick up steam until 2004). The album was fantastic top-to-bottom and featured the singles, “Lola Stars and Stripes”, “Changes are No Good” and “Still in Love Song” along with my favorite tracks “Alison Krausse” and “02 Gender Bombs“.

The Stills – “Alison Krausse” (live)

I wonder what would have happened if The Killers had not seen the level of success they found with Hot Fuss in 2004? Would The Stills have been the break-out, cross-over band of the year?

I ask because if you go back and listen to the two albums side-by-side I think you’ll find that they stack up well against each other. Both bands mastered danceable indie-rock. Both bands had lead singers with strong, yet nonabrasive voices. The before-mentioned Pitchfork rated Hot Fuss a 5.2 or essentially the same score as Logic Will Break Your Heart.

Yet it was The Killers who exploded on the mainstream while The Stills took three years to release their next album.

That follow-up album, Without Feathers, was the band’s second release on Vice. It generated the band a bit more buzz and included the track, “Being Here” for which there was a stunning video directed by Teqtonik. From a fan’s perspective, it was another strong album.

The Stills – “Being Here”

What appears to be the band’s final album, Oceans Will Rise, was released in 2008. It featured the songs – and video – “Don’t Talk Down”. Although it wasn’t received as well as their previous two album, it was a respectable release.

The Stills – “Don’t Talk Down”

Then, after months of whispered speculation, it was over. The band decided that it was time to move on; time to call it a career.

Two weeks ago the music world was paying tribute to the end of one of last-decade’s indie stalwarts, LCD Soundsystem. They went out with a great deal of pomp-and-circumstance befitting their influence and popularity. Their exit was in grand style.

Alternatively, The Stills’ end came quietly with only an open letter on their Web site. No months of hype. No send-off at Madison Square Garden. No “Goodbye” tours. Just a quiet exit out the metaphorical backdoor. It was a fitting end to a band whose music never had the spotlight it deserved.

Maybe The Stills were the quintessential “indie” band of the 2000′s. One whose fans and followers never had to rationalize the band’s mainstream success because “their” band never crossed-over. In many ways that is the greatest shame of it all. Because if a band deserved mainstream popularity, it was The Stills.

DeadJournalist.com in association with the Paper Crane Collective

DeadJournalist.com in association with the Paper Crane Collective

Something Old (Neil Young) & Something New (Teen Daze, Foxes In Fiction & Vacation cover Neil Young)

April 14, 2011
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Hello Music Lovers! Bruce from Some Velvet Blog here with another edition of Something Old & Something New. This week: It’s all about one of my favorite all time musicians, Neil Young. When it comes to covering Neil Young songs, you really can’t fuck around. In fact, you better not. And if you do, you better nail it. Yesterday the interwebs were all abuzz about this new collection of Neil Young covers called Headed For The Ditch: A Tribute To Neil Young that was posted on Universal Electricity. It’s available as a free download here and I have to say that it’s worth checking out. As big a Neil fan as I am, there’s nothing on this collection that will disappoint. In fact, there’s some stand out covers of some of Neil’s classics and lesser know tunes on it. Some of the songs, like Vacation’s cover of “Barstool Blues” (originally on Zuma), Teen Daze’s cover of the title track to “Harvest Moon,” Kind Spirit’s version of “Lotta Love,” (from Neil’s album Comes A Time) and Foxes In Fiction’s “Tell Me Why” (from the awesomely classic After The Goldrush album) are fantastic.

If you’re a Neil Young fan, you should absolutely check out this tribute. Even if you aren’t you should step in to the genius of the Neil Young songbook with these interpretations. Below, something old from the Master himself from an album still not available on CD (and one of favorite Neil albums – along with On The Beach), Time Fades Away, followed by a few covers from the tribute.

Hey hey my my. Rock and roll will never die.

Download: Time Fades Away – Neil Young

Download: Harvest Moon – Teen Daze
Download: Tell Me Why – Foxes In Fiction

Something Old (Booker T.) and Something New (Booker T.) from Some Velvet Blog

April 7, 2011
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Hello fellow music lovers. Bruce from Some Velvet Blog here, this time reporting from Ireland where I’m currently traveling around the country. So in between kissing the Blarney Stone and taking in the Ring of Kerry on the Western coast of Ireland, I’m squeezing in a quick post this week – Something Old & Something New from the legendary soul music icon Booker T


The Road From Memphis is the new album from the legendary Booker T. It’s being released on May 10th on Anti Records and was produced by Jones with The Roots’ ?uestlove and Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliot Smith). The album was recorded by Daptone Records’ Gabriel Roth with backing by The Roots and guest vocals from Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Lou Reed and a special appearance by Detroit’s legendary guitarist Dennis Coffey. The song below “Representing Memphis” features Matt Berninger of the National and Sharon Jones on vocals.

“Representing Memphis”
Booker T. Jones – Representing Memphis (feat. Matt Berninger and Sharon Jones) by antirecords

With new music on the way from Booker T, we can’t forget his incredible contributions to soul and R&B and rock & roll music with the MG’s both on their own on classic songs like “Green Onions” & “Hip Hug Her,” as well as being the house band for Stax Records and playing on many of those massive timeless hits by Otis Redding, Sam & Dave, the list goes on and on and on. Below – one of those classics, the original version of “Time Is Tight,” and the cover of it by the Clash.

Download: Time Is Tight – Booker T. & The MG’s

Various and Sundry: Musical Myth-Busting

March 21, 2011
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First, a little housework. I promise that not every article will reference my newborn, but this post will. He was born a little over a week-and-a-half ago and was in NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care) for 10 days. As I’m writing this (on Saturday), he’s been home for just over 12 hours. I’m running on about 1.5 hours sleep. But he’s doing good and we are happy to have him home. Finally.

Because of the unplanned post-birth scenario, I have done little music-related anything in the last two weeks. In the numerous trips back-and-forth from the hospital, I did spent some time thinking about what to write about for this column. I mulled over several ideas but there was one I kept coming back to:

My personal music myth-busting.

There is a point-and-time in all our lives where we lie. A lot. We lie about all sorts of things, mainly to impress a boy or girl or to seem cool to others.

This happens all the time when it comes to music. I’m guilty of it. You probably are, too.

For the first time in years, I’m going to tell the truth about some artists that I’ve degraded to friends, colleagues, strangers and anyone else who I was trying to impress with my musical elitism. Whether it is cool or not, here is how I really feel about some acts that I’ve never wanted to admit I’ve liked … until now.

Tom Petty

He’s a big player in the history of Rock. His career has spread across five decades yet his profile always been a little under the radar (in relative terms). It may have never been a big deal to bash him, but he wouldn’t win you cool points from most musical snobs last decade.

That being said, I can’t think of a Petty song that I haven’t either liked or loved. And the video for “Free Falling” is amazing, as much for the awesomely time-stamped skater girl as the song itself.

Tom Petty – “Free Falling”

John Cougar

When John Mellencamp was still just John Cougar, he was pretty awesome. “Hurt So Good” is a classic and don’t try to argue with me otherwise. You won’t win. Factor in “Jack and Diane”, “Pink Houses” and “I Need A Lover”? As good as a double-meat, double cheese with a vanilla shake.

After he “matured” and changed names (for the third time, to John Mellencamp), his music mostly sucked. That’s the truth. But before that … he was the poster boy for Midwest rock at its mainstream best.

John Cougar – “Hurt So Good”

Pearl Jam

The band formerly known as Mookie Blaylock (or as the Hawks’ announcers used to say when he played for them back in the day Ma-ma-ma-Mooooookie) was the biggest thing going for several years in the 1990′s. Looking through the rear-view mirror (no pun intended) people tend to focus on Nirvana as biggest and best Seattle band. But for several years pre-post-Cobain, it was Pearl Jam.

I’m not here to discuss which band had more musical impact, but I am here to stand up and say, “Yes, I like Pearl Jam. Their first three albums were fucking great. And Vitology, may have been the best of the three.”

And about Eddie Vedder, yes, I like his voice. Even his ironic facial ticks. And yes, like frat boys all over the world, I love “Yellow Ledbetter”. (No, I wasn’t a frat boy.)

Pearl Jam – “Yellow Ledbetter (live)”

Foo Fighters

I think the Beatles are the most overrated band in the history of music. I also think that Dave Grohl is infinitely more talented that Kurt Cobain.

Both of those statement lead to passionate rebuttals that are just short of death-threats. You have your opinion, I have mine.

As for Foo Fighters, I only own one album, their debut “Foo Fighters”. For the last 16 years, they have done one thing as well as any band of their generation: made music on their terms and – to be a cliche – they have rocked.

If you go back and watch and listen to Nirvana – especially live- you’ll notice that Grohl was what made them so good. Yes, Cobain has the whole “I died early to become a rock god” thing going on. But in the years that followed, Grohl has proved to be an authentic, talented and energetic rock front-man at a time when it was seemingly uncool to do so.

It didn’t hurt that for a while they made some of the most entertaining videos in rock.

Foo Fighters – “Everlong”

’90′s One-hit Alt. Rock Wonders

Once every could of weeks I listen to Alt. Nation just to hear some horribly bad one-hit wonders from the ’90′s and sing along loudly (and out of key) to the worst the decade had to offer. Cool For August? Yup. Four Non Blondes? Uh-huh. Third Eye Blind? Sure. New Radicals? Indeed. Eve 6? Also a yes.

Even Jimmy Ray’s “Are You Jimmy Ray”? Yes, even Jimmy Ray.

And don’t try to deny that you secretly love the Chemical Brothers mix of Hanson’s “MmmBop”, too.

Eve 6 – “Inside Out”

I’m sure there are a few of you who many never trust anything you read by me again. So as a little bonus, here are a couple of acts who I am now also openly admitting my dislike for …

Modest Mouse

I don’t like Modest Mouse. I don’t hate them. I just don’t like them. Since XMU started playing them again the last couple of months, the dislike solidified. I can’t put my finger on it beyond the fact that their sound is repetitive and one that doesn’t appeal to me.

I do like “Float On” … but then again, everyone did back in 2004.

Modest Mouse – “Float On”

Arctic Monkeys

I tried to like The Streets. I tried to like Arctic Monkeys. I had the same reaction to both … want to, feel like I needed to when they both hit, but just couldn’t. Not my bag of chips.

Arctic Monkeys – “Brick by Brick”

Sometimes its easier to hide behind your earphones than admit to your own musical taste. That’s too bad because being in fear of the musical myth of coolness is no way to live.

So go ahead … take a deep breath and let the world know the artists you’ve been hiding from plain view all these years. It’s okay. You’re among friends.

Some Old (The Flatlanders) & Something New (The Paperhead) from Some Velvet Blog

March 17, 2011
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Welcome to the special SXSW edition of Something Old and Something New from Some Velvet Blog, coming to you live from Austin, Texas.

Photo by Steve Gullick

For Something Old this week, I’ve dug through the crates for this classic from The Flatlanders the legendary trio of Butch Hancock, Joe Ely and long time Austin resident Jimmie Dale Gilmore. The song comes from their classic roots record More A Legend Than A Band that was originally recorded in 1971 and properly released in 1992.

Download: Tonight I Think I’m Gonna Go Downtown – The Flatlanders


Something New this weeks from the psychedelic young-uns from Nashville who call themselves The Paperhead. Their self-titled debut album comes out next week (March 22nd) on Trouble In Mind Records. I’ll cut to the chase here: they treat Sixties psychedelia with respect. They draw on Nuggets, garagedelia, early Floyd, some Spacemen 3 and Incredible String Band with some great jams. Where Australia’s modern-day psychers Tame Impala throw down the rock, The Paperhead – barely out of their teens, create a complimentary mixed bag of indie-psych that you should add to your collection.

Download: Can’t Keep My Eyes Open – The Paperhead

THE BIG BLOG CENSUS: PIGEONS & PLANES

March 15, 2011
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As editor for The Recommender blog, I find our network of music bloggers one of the most rewarding aspects of our online world. This new Paper Crane Collective is the perfect forum in which to create something new out of the combined skills and passions of music bloggers.

When I was asked to provide a regular feature it seemed fitting to create a post that focuses on the inner workings of music blogging itself. We fired off a Q&A to a multitude of world class bloggers, of all sizes, from all corners of the globe and received a batch of interesting responses. With our regular posts we plan to pass you one Q&A result at a time, focusing on the music blogger in hand, but over the whole series we hope you too will be just as surprised as we were to find out the many differences and similarities between music bloggers.

This week we delivered our questions to Jacob from the fantastic Pigeons & Planes blog. It’s a site that we’ve followed for years and we feel he represents some key things regarding music blogging: His is a site with a real voice and an opinion, it has regular updates, is very social and interactive in the blogging community, is well respected, well informed and importantly has great taste in music. We will let him tell the rest of the story…


PAPER CRANE COLLECTIVE
: When did you first become aware of the existence of music blogs?

PIGEONS & PLANES: I don’t know. 4 or 5 years ago I’d heard the word but I had no idea what it really meant. I used it jokingly, referring to anything I did on the computer as blogging. I had no idea, at that point, that blogging would actually become a big part of my life.

PCC: When did you start your own music blog?

P&P: At the end of 2008.

PCC What were your initial aims as a music blogger? What do you think makes for an excellent music blog?

P&P: My initial aim was just to share and write about the music that I liked. I had no master plan or goals. I had no idea that anyone would ever read Pigeons and Planes. I didn’t even tell anyone, other than my then girlfriend, that I had started it. I just did it, as it was an outlet. As stressful as it can get, I always enjoy it as an outlet. When I get too stressed I’ll sit down and just write a post about something completely random and have fun with it.

A blog can be excellent for plenty of reasons. I guess the most important thing is to be unique in some way. Whether that’s through content, through the voice, through the look. Something needs to be unique, or it gets lost in the overflowing ocean of blogs.

PCC Describe your music blog in three words?

P&P: Passionate. Pigeons. Planes.

PCC Geographically, where is your blog based?

P&P: NY, IL, LA, UK. We’ve got people all over now.

PCC Which genre(s) does your music blog focus on?

P&P: We don’t limit ourselves based on genre, but we tend to be heavy on hip-hop and indie rock. Hip-hop just comes out the most frequently. Remixes, freestyles, mixtapes and all that. It’s not that I prefer hip-hop over anything else (maybe I do, I don’t know), it’s just that most rock, pop, electronic acts don’t grind like rappers do.

PCC Do you work alone on the blog, or do you have contributors – if so, who are they and how did you initially get them on board?

P&P: I’ve got contributors. I’m in the process of solidifying a team now. Frank Ramz has been with me since the early days, so shoutout to Ramz. More recently I’ve added Midas, Verbatum Jones, Green, and Constant Gardner. Shoutout to all of them. They are from all over the place. I still haven’t mastered a way of getting people on board. I’ll just mention on the blog, Twitter, or Facebook that I’m looking for contributors and then filter through the responses.

PCC Approximately, how many visitors does your blog get each month?

P&P: I don’t want to put this out there like that. I don’t know why, I just think it’s a weird thing to talk about, like talking about how much money you make or something.

PCC What perks have you experienced since becoming a music blogger?

P&P: Lots of free music. It’s awesome.

PCC Are you employed? (If so, where and what is your job title?)

P&P: I’m currently finishing up grad school.

PCC An important part of a music blog is the network it has at it’s disposal, so which other forums do you network on mostly?

P&P: Forums? Do Twitter and Facebook count? I do those. I love Twitter. I don’t get why so many people hate it. I think it’s awesome – I get all my news there. I don’t even have to read or watch TV anymore. The second anything in the world happens, Twitter is blabbing about it. @PigsAndPlans. Hit me up!

PCC Who are your favourite three music blogs?

P&P: Eh, I hate picking favorites. The last three I went to were Sunset in the Rearview, Pretty Much Amazing, and 2DopeBoyz.

PCC What is more important to you, quality or quantity?

P&P: Quality. Not that quantity is unimportant.

PCC What was your most popular post in terms of visitors?

P&P: I don’t know. I don’t really track stuff like that. Probably some random one that got linked to by a big site. MTV linked to P&P for “Green and Yellow” right before the Superbowl. That got a lot of visits.

PCC What do you think is the most effective way to earn comments on your blog?

P&P: Say stuff like, “You guys never fucking comment on anything. Probably because you’re so dumb.” This will get your readers associating comments with being smart, and most people want to be smart. It’s tricky really, but I’ve always found that to be the most effective way. Ask them questions like “What do you think?” and they will straight up ignore you.

PCC How often do you read music blogs?

P&P: Pretty much all the time, except for when I’m blogging.

PCC How do you think music blogs from the UK differ from those in the US?

P&P: I don’t know, I never know what blogs are located where. I tend to miss things like that. From what I’ve noticed, you UK bloggers are horrible spellers – “colour“, “realised“, “favourite” and all that. That’s the only way I can pick them out.

PCC Which aspect do you care for most in a music blog, a good design, or well-crafted content?

P&P: Content.

PCC Approximately, how many emails do you get in your inbox each day?

P&P: I have no idea since I’m constantly checking and deleting, but it’s ridiculous. I’ve always tried to make myself accessible, so I give my address to anyone and tell them to email me about anything. I would guess it’s around 200 a day. I just checked on my phone and in the time it’s taken me to get this far along I’ve received 8 emails.

PCC What advice can you give any aspiring bands, record labels, PR, agents, or managers, to help their emails get noticed?

P&P: Use the person’s name/site name that you are addressing in the subject of the email. Or do something weird.

PCC How do you prefer to listen to music online, (ie Soundcloud, Bandcamp, Myspace, iTunes, Spotify, Hype Machine, or any others)?

P&P: iTunes.

PCC What is the most common way you discover new music online (ie through your network, tips from the industry, tips from friends, gigs, other blogs, emails etc)?

P&P: Probably through other blogs/people. I love discovering things for the first time myself, but it’s more common to see a post or a Tweet and check out something that’s recommended by someone you trust.

PCC What does the future hold for music blogging? Do you see their importance growing or shrinking in years to come?

P&P: It seems that there have been a lot more robotic kind of site/blog hybrids that offer some new function or feature. I think there will be a lot of that in the future, and eventually someone will do something that changes the whole game, kind of like Hype Machine. I hope blogs like Pigeons and Planes can survive on the basis of our passion and personal touch, otherwise I’m going to need a tech guy to come help.

I think their importance will grow in the years to come, but I think there are way too many blogs right now and more and more people keep trying to get in the game. With all the competition, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a few big blogs come out on top and everyone else will be left fighting for scraps. It would be sad, because the cool thing about blogs is all the voices and all the options. It’s so different from radio or TV, where your choices are so limited.

PCC Can you name a band you expect to break through in 2011?

P&P: Theophilus London is not a band, but I think he’ll do well this year. He’s already got the major label support, but so far he’s been building things himself.

PCC Please let us know any useful links to find you elsewhere online (ie, Twitter, Hype Machine, Facebook etc)?

Twitter is found at @PigsAndPlans
Find my own page and a page for P&P on Facebook too.
Hype Machine

Hip Hop Aint Dead: Not For Lupe Fiasco, Anyway

March 10, 2011
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Many of the music bloggers contributing to this collective are die-hard fans of indie-rock and folk music, but I’m willing to bet that the majority of us dabble in most genres. Well, it’s insufficient to say that I dabble in hip hop, because frankly, it’s most of what I listen to. I can’t get enough of it. It fuels my fire. So when people say hip hop is dead, what do I do? I give them reason to believe otherwise. Welcome to my biweekly column: Hip Hop Aint Dead. Oh and my name is Lydia, I come to you from Sunset in the Rearview.

 

Just yesterday, Lupe Fiasco released his long-awaited album, L.A.S.E.R.S., and let me tell you: this fiasco, no pun intended, is an example of hip hop teetering the line of death. Quick background: L.A.S.E.R.S. was conceived years ago and intended to be a final hurrah from Lupe. It was to be called LupE.N.D., and after its release, Lupe would be waving goodbye to the music industry to pursue other things in life. Unfortunately for Lupe, his dictator…ahem…record label, Atlantic Records, did not approve of this plan. So what did they do? They did not allow any releases out of Lupe for three whole years. Oh, and did I mention that it took a public protest outside the Atlantic offices in Chicago and New York before the label budged to allow Fiasco to release an album?

But who gives, right? The record label delayed the release and changed the name; so what? Well, it’s a bit more than that, really. What it goes to show is that the label is essentially the death grip on this here rapper’s career. ‘But Lydia, that doesn’t make sense! They stopped him from releasing his final record of his career and thus quitting making music!’ Yes, maybe. But what did they do along the way? They forced him to create an album that was not his own; it’s scattered, strewn, and inconsistent. It’s not representative of Lupe’s character, and it’s an overdose of wannabe singles, many of which are painful to listen to. Essentially, by forcing radio hits and putting words in his mouth, Atlantic has put a roadblock between Lupe and his constant goal to elevate the genre of hip hop.

Newsflash, Atlantic! Lupe Fiasco is not Kanye West. Matter of fact, they are two very different people. I would like to think that both are leaders who strive to stretch hip hop to its limits, but they are walking in different directions. Kanye is a trendsetter; he likes to incorporate fashion into his image and always bring a previously undiscovered element of “cool” to a new album. Lupe, on the other hand, likes to, as previously stated, “elevate” hip hop, in that he doesn’t necessarily want to get money from selling songs with that will make it onto the radio or break record sales. In my mind, Lupe would rather see hip hop move into a more educated direction with people who are passionate about the power of words than put hear his voice on autotune simply to reap monetary returns.

So why, then, does the opening track off L.A.S.E.R.S, “Letting Go,” sound as if it was taken directly off of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? My bet says Atlantic made that decision. Why? Because Kanye’s album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 496,000 copies in its first week in the US. It featured four singles that made the charts, and was critically acclaimed by a wide variety of music journalists and experts. To Atlantic, the thought of replicating this Roc-A-Fella release would mean one thing: MONEY. In the era of the dwindling power of the record label, that’s the end goal. Right?

Well, this right here is where I cut in and say, listen, Atlantic, if that’s the way you choose to proceed, hip hop might as well die. This art form was built on people expressing their opinions. Lupe has been known for carrying that forward in a positive manner; he is known for rapping about issues that matter in our world. Does he write songs with the intention of them getting on the radio? Very rarely, if ever. Would this album sound the same without your top-down influences? No.

Karma will come back to haunt you, Atlantic. People will buy L.A.S.E.R.S, mainly because they’re so anxious to hear more from Lupe, because you have held him back since 2007. Will it get good reviews? No. Because it’s not a solid album. There are too many songs on there that were likely scripted. Putting Trey Songz on a hook may have radio power, but “Out of My Head” is simply a bad song.

And one more thing for our friends over at Atlantic: you may have gotten what you wanted out of “The Show Goes On.” After all, it’s a hit single on the radio. But who do you think Lupe is talking to when he says “Have you ever had the feelin’ that you was bein’ had? Don’t that shit there make you mad? They treat you like a slave, Put chains all on your soul and put whips on your back, They be lyin’ through they teeth, hope you slip up off your path.” Mmmmhmmm, sounds to me like that’s aimed at you guys.

Something tells me Lupe will come back with a bang now that he plans on releasing at least two more albums. How do I know? Because he ends that verse in “The Show Goes On” saying “Go’n and put your hands up, when times is hard, you stand up, L-U-P the man, cuz the brand that the fans trust, So even if they ban us, they’ll never slow my plans up.” Watch out, Atlantic. If Lupe’s got anything to do about it, hip hop aint dead.

“The Show Goes On” – Lupe Fiasco

 

For a continuation of this editorial, check back on Sunset in the Rearview this Sunday, where we will have words from Lupe himself on the matter. For now, keep the movement going: #FreeLupe.

Something Old (The Frost) & Something New (Still Corners) from Some Velvet Blog

March 10, 2011
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Hello fellow music lovers from a rainy Philadelphia. Ah, but the rain is just a slight distraction from the business at hand – music discovery! And also the fact that I’m pretty freaking psyched to be heading down to SXSW next week. That said, on with the show, this is it.

For Something Old, we set the Wayback machine to 1969 for the garage rock Motor City classic “Rock And Roll Music” by The Frost a band from Alpena, Michigan led by guitarist, singer and songwriter Dick Wagner.

Wagner is still kicking strong and while you may not know his name or this band, you’ve definitely heard some of his co-writes and guitar playing on more than a handful of classic rock and roll records. You all know that song “Welcome To My Nightmare” by Alice Cooper? Wagner co-wrote it and played on and co-wrote many songs with Cooper. Wagner has recorded with many folks including Peter Gabriel, Etta James, Kiss (that’s Wagner on “Beth,”) and (gulp) Air Supply. You know that intro guitar intro to “Sweet Jane” on Lou Reed’s Rock And Roll Animal> (one of the greatest live rock albums EVAH) That’s Wagner with Steve Hunter dueling it out. Wagner also played on Reed’s Berlin. If there was a Motor City Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, Wagner would be in it.

This song below, “Rock And Roll Music” (not a cover of the Chuck Berry song) is the title song from The Frost’s second album, released on Vanguard Records in 1969. Hard to believe this crazy rock music was released by the same label who at the time were also putting out records by Joan Baez, John Fahey and Buddy Guy. Damn.

Download: Rock And Roll Music – The Frost

For Something New, I have to give a shout to one of my favorite “new” discoveries from the last six months or so, the London-based Still Corners featuring singer Tessa Murray, and main songwriter Greg Hughes. A couple of days ago I was excited to hear that the band have signed with Sub Pop. This past summer the band received a bit of that hipster blog buzz and when I first heard them, I fell in love (and am still in love) with their “Endless Summer” single. It’s exciting to hear they have joined the Sup Popster roster. File under: Dreampop w/ a cherry on the top. There’s a lot to like love about this band.

Download: Endless Summer – Still Corners

Various and Sundry

March 7, 2011
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Nothing Like Your First Time

Before I get started, I’d be remiss if I didn’t take a minute to thank Aaron for thinking of me when he was coming up with the idea for the Paper Crane Collective. Now, on with the show.

I can’t tell you if there will be a certain theme to the articles I’ll contribute here, thus the “Various and Sundry” column name. I hope that most of them will be original to Paper Crane Collective, although you may see some of my site’s content filter through from time-to-time.

With that being said, I think you’ll find that my relationship to music – that core connection – is a deeply personal one. There are other writers – many of whom you will find here – that are far better than I at breaking down the technical merits of an album or an artist. When I write reviews or conduct interviews, I’m at my best when I’m able to connect with an album or artist at a personal level. That is what I hope to bring to this site as well.

Speaking of personal connections, March 16, 2011 will mark the 5th Anniversary of DeadJournalist.com (DJdc). But unlike many of my colleagues who might celebrate such a milestone with a huge party or concert, I’ll be doing something a little more personal.

As luck would have it, the date of DJdc’s anniversary is exact same date that my first kid is due to be born. Not a bad way to celebrate, huh?

I’ve been struggling with what the future might hold for my site. Although it has been a labor of love for the last half-decade, it also has a significant number of stresses.

As DJdc grew from a one-man operation to one with dozens of contributors, it became more burden than creative outlet. Factor in a job that only gets more demanding each year, a marriage and now a newborn on the way, finding time to devote to DJdc has become an increasingly difficult proposition.

When I do have time to focus on the site, I tend to get caught-up in the day-to-day of trying to keep up with the Joneses of other sites. Then this whole deal loses it’s fun. It becomes a chore. And who among us relishes doing chores?

In the last few months I’ve heard from a number of other long-time music writers (I loathe the term “blogger” so you’ll not hear me use that term often) who have been struggling with the same questions about the future of their sites because of other demands on their time.

I knew I needed a break. So a few weeks ago, I stepped away from DJdc not knowing if it would be a permanent leave of absence.

I needed the time away from the site to try and figure out what exactly the future held for me. During this time, I started thinking about futurekid. The entire time my wife has been pregnant, I’ve wondered how I’m going to expose him to all the wonderful music that has come before him. I also wondered if I could continue publishing a Web site when my focus would obviously be elsewhere.

I spent a lot of time thinking about those questions with no real answers.

But then, last week, I started thinking about the joy of music. Not the bullshit of press releases, the irresponsible artists who blow off interviews, the self-created pressure of growing a site without a revue stream or time to push it ahead. No, I mean the reason why I started DJdc to begin with …

The overwhelming joy of the first time I experience new music. Not just now, but how important that has been to me my entire life. Good music. Great music. And sometimes, music so bad, it is awesome.

It’s about remembering the joy of hearing some shitty pop song come on the radio when you were nine. The joy of hearing your parents sing along with a song they remember as a kid that you’ve never heard before. The joy of buying your first album – with your own money. The excitement of sneaking off to buy an album by a band you weren’t allowed to listen to because of the content.

(Striking a nerve with you, yet?)

I have all those fantastic memories. I remember dancing in my room to The Jets. I remember listening to my dad sing-a-long with Ferlin Husky on a solid-gold Saturday night country radio program. I remember buying my first Alabama album (vinyl) with money I saved from my allowance.

Then a few years later, trying to decide between the Fat Boys or the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazzy Jeff for my first tape (Fat Boys won-out). I remember the joy of buying Garth Brooks’ No Fences CD after having had a CD player for two years with no CD to play in it because I was making money cutting grass in the summer.

I remember trading for Metallica’s Master of Puppets and 2 Live Crew’s Sport Weekend, Part 2 and being terrified of getting caught with them.

All those firsts that I remember just like they were yesterday. Or at least just a few years ago.

Along with the bad music, there was the good. Growing up I didn’t have cable or access to music out side of crappy commercial radio. But some how I developed a musical taste for the not-so-shitty: The Cure, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, etc.

Hell, I almost got my ass kicked in 8th grade for singing “Personal Jesus” out-loud in an art class.

I remember the feeling of rebellion and freedom the first time I bought and listened to Rage Against The Machine’s first album. As a teenager, music speaks a language unlike any other. Other peoples words and music express the passion that our still-evolving emotional development make it difficult for us to verbalize.

In high school and college, I used music as a way to work through my own issues with depression, heartbreak and frustration. As I got into my twenties, I dove into the more obscure, always looking for some band or artist that my peer group hadn’t yet discovered.

A few years later, I began deejaying for the same reasons. And because music was my catalyst for social interaction and acceptance.

As I approached 30, I started my own Web site as a way to stay in touch with the music I had been playing or writing about for others. I did this knowing full-and-well that I wouldn’t have the time to continue being out-and-about in the years to come. It was a way to stay connected.

I can’t remember a time in my life when I wasn’t looking for my next, new musical first-time. Exploring new music is what kept me going … even when I didn’t want too.

Like Rob Gordon at the end of ‘High Fidelity’, I’m getting ready to begin writing a new chapter of my musical life. I’ll be making that metaphorical musical mixtape for someone else. I’ll be trying to fill his earliest memories with bands and artists that – I hope – he will look back on fondly.

This Summer I’ll turn 35 and my next, new musical first-time may not be about finding new music – but rather about trying to explain who I am through the artists that wrote my musical biography. And more importantly, it will be about watching futurekid have his experiences with music.

That’s what led me back to DJdc after only a week. As much as the site is about me and what I like, it’s about the communal relationship we music lovers have with each other. It’s why I find what other people are listening to and their opinions so interesting.

We all have those horrible first-time skeletons in our closets. But we also have those life-change songs in there, too. For the last five years, I’ve hoped that somewhere there’s been a kid finding out about a band or a song on DJdc that he or she hadn’t heard of before. And having that musical discovery play an important part in their life.

The next time you read a new post from me on Paper Crane Collective, I’m probably be a dad. And that kid whose taste I’ll be trying to influence?

He’ll be mine.

Chuck Norton, DeadJournalist.com

tsururadio presents… Can we be friends? Mixtape!

March 4, 2011
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Photography by ssammedd

Wow. What a week, eh? Nothing like a complete format change, handing over the keys, trying to get it all settled in, fixing up my amazing number of little screw-ups, finishing our next nudiezine (issue no. 4!!! this weekend bitches!!!) to keep ye ol’ juices a flowin’, eh? On top of that, a good 120 miles on the bike since Monday, and a rather hectic week at work……. oh my!

But… here we are, Friday Friday. My time slot, my beat. The plan? Every other Friday, bring you a brand spankin’ new mixtape for your aural & oral & orly satifaction! This weeks mixtape? Ah, inspiration abounds! Whether it be the AMAZING sunrises & sunsets on my rides (I ride into the sun on both parts of my commutes) — it’s absolutely overwhelming how a little sunshine could put a little pep in your pedalin’……

Ooo. A moment on the bike. So, cruising along Wednesday night at a good 20-25 mph, feeling good. Smiling. Got my shrunken REM mixtape on and “Ignoreland” comes on. About a block away, a stale green light. One of those lights I never get. That “Ignoreland” baseline and Stipe’s megaphone singing… I smile, put my hands and head down and pedal harder, harder, light turns yellow, I’m so close, Stipe sings that part before the last verse, “Someone’s got to take the blame!”, I’m FLYING! 30mph! Fly into the light, swing left, made it…. a second to spare.

Amazing.

Speaking of… REM’s new album leaked out thanks to npr and Spotify’s listening parties (thanks guys!) and my oh my is it a gem.

That fucking transition to the chorus on “Discoverer” punches you right in the gut! And man, “Oh My Heart”, more like Oh My Oh My! Swoooon……. Yep man-crush on Stipe firmly in place, you bald poet bastard!


nerd-rawr. I got something you can collapse into you!

Ah, and since we are on the subject of anticipated leaks releases, Noah & The Whale’s new one, Last Night On Earth, finally came around. Finally. Ah, genre-hoppers, shape-shifters, I love ‘em but lord knows people tend to hate ‘em. You fall in love with a band’s sound, I know it can be hard to reconcile an about face, but as long as they are true and following their hearts, isn’t that what you should want, even if you don’t like it?

Yeah.. yeah, you should.

And yep, our beloved Whalerds and their Noahan leader have shifted shapes into something decidely more… uh… not “electronic”, well, I mean, its electronic compared to Peaceful, The World Lays Me Dow, but it’s not blips & bleeps and shit. Yeah, it takes a bit of getting used to, but I’m, as McDonald’s once (and by once I mean a million times) said, I’m lovin’ it.


love it or else, bitch!!!

So yeah, between amazing bike rides & albums filling my week with smiles I had enough inspiration there…. but then there’s this, the #pcc, the paper crane collective.  I’ve never felt so lucky than when we emailed a bunch of people I’ve grown to love & respect all over this music bloggerin’ intertubes of super highway love canals, asking them to join a collective, something most bloggers have grown quite weary & leary of, and hot diggity damn if 92.53% said “fuck yeah, tsuru!”

Well. If that don’t fill your heart with love, then son… you broke.

Personally, I think our first week has been pretty epic, no?

The result of all this tenderness in my noggin?  Today’s mixtape… and boy, this mixtape’s got you covered… Something old (actually, quite a few old timers on this one), something new (Mother Mother! Thanks WLFY!), something borrowed (looking at you Noah & The Whale, that’s a total Tom Petty rip of “Don’t Come Around Here No More” and ya know it you sad saps), something blue (let’s say… Fleet Foxes), and even a fucking Radiohead song. Yeah, I know? Nuts right? Radiohead. I like, what, 2 of their songs?

But here we are.

Mmm…

Yeah.  Here.  Nice.

So what say you? Shall we do this?  Yes, we shall as.

tsururadio presents…

Can we be friends? Mixtape!

(full zip)


Photography by Isabella Misery for tsurufoto nudiezine!

01 Danielson – Lil Norge
02 Noah and the Whale – L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N.
03 Kurt Vile – Society Is My Friend
04 Oh No Oh My – You Were Right
05 David Lowery – Deep Oblivion
06 Iron and Wine – Biting Your Tail
07 Crash Test Dummies – You Said You’d Meet Me (in California)
08 Smith Westerns – Weekend
09 Mother Mother – The Stand
10 The Strokes – Under Cover Of Darkness
11 Mister Heavenly – Mister Heavenly
12 R.E.M. – Discoverer
13 PJ Harvey – The Last Living Rose
14 Radiohead – Lotus Flower
15 Lykke Li – Love Out of Lust
16 Violent Femmes – Crazy
17 Ron Sexsmith – Love Shines
18 Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues
19 Okkervil River – Mermaid

Have a great weekend everyone! Go ride yer bikes! Go take nekkid pictures (then send them to me, ha!)!  We’ll see you all next week… Oh, and we’ll have our updated program guide up for you ASAP!!!  Until then… I got some nudiezines to make! SMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOCH!

Cheers,
Aaron aka Tsuru

22 music bloggers strong (so far). We are the paper crane collective…

February 28, 2011
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Hello & welcome to the latest and greatest and most awesomest version of tsururadio ever!  I think this makes tsururadio version 4.0, paper crane collective 2.0, but really… who’s counting? All I know is things done change. Change is good. Hope and change. Can you spare some change?

This ain’t just some new theme, though I do love the new layout, and no, this ain’t some kind of re-branding… this is something completely different.

You see…  something’s been bugging me for a little while. I’d say since later last year, and you may have noticed it in some of the posts, I’ve been questioning the point of this whole music bloggerin’ thing.  I love music and I love writing about music, but when the twitters & facebooks are swarming with the exact same thing I was swarming about, AND with our nudiezine taking more and more of my time and heart, I felt like a change was needed… It was time to either do something different & special, or hand Ari, Martin, & Dorice their iPinkslips and pull the plug on ye ol’ blog.

Ari & I got to talking and before you know it, a spark lit up in the ether between our too pooters and we were set into action!

The plan?  Take our beloved paper crane collective of misfits to a entirely new level.  It was time to take this community of music bloggers that we all know and interact with and build a community blog!  A blog where music geeks from around the world can come and jibber on about the topic of their choice during the time slot of their choice. Weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly, it didn’t matter, but it we’d each have our times & days where we could jibber on about an old fave that made us music geeks in the first place, rant against the horrible trends in the industry, share our favourite posts on our individual sites, host a music video dance party, talk about those bands that just don’t fit on their day blogs, whatever they wanted.  It was a time & a place where they can be as free to do and say as new born fucking baby.

About a week later, we have 22 music bloggers from all over this relatively tiny little Earth ready to, as they say, rock & roll!!  In no particular order:

Selomé aka Danger from dipped in dollars

Kyle from Those Who Dig

Mike from The Recommender

Tiana from Ride the Tempo

Zach & Hank from We Listen For You

Chris by dailybeatz

Will from We all Want Someone To Shout For

Anthony from The Needle Drop

Tim from The Blue Walrus

Matt from dysonound

Jessica from New Music Co

Jessica P from Music Vagabond

Pooch from This Bonus Track

David from The SF Critic

Sandy from Slowcoustic

Clif from The Dadada

Chuck from DeadJournalist

Lydia from Sunset In The Rearview

and from tsururadio…..

Dorice’s Profound Broccoli

Martin’s Peanut’s Playground

Ari’s Some Times

and me.. Aaron!

So what does all this mean???  It means, pretty much every day you’ll have a different voice from a group of the amazing and varied music bloggers in the information super highway of interconnect love canals!  From Dorice’s Profound Brocoli to Slowcoustic’s Sad Bastard Sunday and 20 other bloggers (so far) in between.  Sure, some of friends above will move on, some more will join us, our numbers will grow & shrink, but we think there’s a different way to bring the music geek community together, something outside the social networks & white noise bloggery.

Here’s the latest draft as of last night of the program schedule (we got a couple more tweaks before it’s finalized-finalized), “week 1″ start today!

Click the schedule for a big version

THAT’S blog 2.0 — suck it gawker! lol

AND………………………………………… I have another announcement.  Obviously, this is not “my blog” anymore…  But, beyond the collective, I’d like to formally introduce Ari as not only a writer & contributor, but now as the editor-in-chief of tsururadio.com!

I am still the owner & of course I will be contributing (my day is Fridays), but Ari will be managing our collective egos, freeing me up to give tsurufoto & our deliciously sinful nudiezine all the time & attention it needs.

I think that’s it!  I hope you are as excited as I am.  Cuz…. I’m really fucking excited! Now how about a little music, eh?

REM’s Radio Free EuropeSeemed kinda fitting, no?

Cheers,
Aaron


IT’S MIXTAPES WEEK! As The TSURURADIO Community Presents… Nelso’s October Leaves Fall in Michigan Mixtape!!!

October 21, 2010
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As a native Floridian for the first 31 years of my life, I never experienced Autumn. Yeah, it gets chilly down there in the winter and things die and stuff, but really winter is seen as more of just a break from the heat and humidity that permeates the state the other 10 months of the year.

My point being… Weather-wise… I do not miss Florida in the slightest.

Moving to Ohio over 6 1/2 years ago I discovered seasons. Genuine seasons. Bits of similar weather that last for about 3 months or so before moving on to another batch of similar weather. It’s amazing.

Summer is summer and there are a few weeks where it’s like Florida, but after those weeks it leaves and Fall begins. Then winter and cold and how EVERYTHING looks more beautiful with a fresh layer of snow on it. Spring and the sudden (and I’m mean sudden) emergence of green leaves, flowers, bugs, birds, and very pale legs.

But my favourite has got to be fall / autumn. I don’t know if those are synonyms, I think they are, but (ir)regardless.. it’s amazing. Part of it, of course, is the leaves changing. Yeah, yeah, I’ve seen the pics (much like the one Nelso gave us at the top of this post) and they always look so neat, pretty, and kinda cliche to an outsider like me, but then, up here, you experience it, see it actually happen, how at first it’s just a few trees after this cold front or that, but how it’s still mostly green. Then one day, you are on your bike and you look around you and the only green to be seen is the grass, bushes, and the rare tree here or there.

Oh man… the colours….


Photo of Baby by Me!

I go all double rainbow guy about the colours, mentally exclaiming Ooo’s and Aaah’s like a kid at a 4th of July celebration! They really are explosions of colour, only to trickle down and fade as winter gets closer and closer.

But that’s only part of it.

The smells… there seems to linger a smell of a fireplace every where you go!

The temperatures…. chilly in the mornings, cool to mild in the afternoons, massive shifts from 40 to 65 degrees in the span of hours, but never really getting too cold or too hot, i.e. sweater weather.

Frosty grass. Hazy & late sunrises. Intensely purple and orange and pink sunsets at 6:30 in the evening. The craving of hot breakfasts. Snuggling close as you walk down the sidewalk in the evening for a nightcap at Apropos. Seeking some sun to stay warm at brunch outside at Katalina’s Cafe Cornerof which I’m the mayor! Suck it Justin!!! Balancing layers of clothes on bike rides to find that perfect temperature to cruise at 25 mph. Bad hair days kept under a warm hat. Wool fucking socks.

Yeah. Epic.

Autumn, and really seasons in general, taught me something. It showed me why people move to Florida & Arizona when they get old.

You see… with seasons, there is a constant and physical reminder of the passing of time, of things moving forward, or another year gone by. Every few months, something in the air changes and we move closer to the end or beginning of another year.

But… in Florida (or Arizona for the Baby Boomers who don’t want to be like the old people in Florida but actually just like them, but in a desert environment instead of a tropical one) it’s one big long hot season with a little break come winter. So, besides holidays, time stands still until one day your dead, but man those last 15 years seems 3 times as long.

It’s just a theory. But that’s my thinkerin’…

But our newest writer Nelso — yep, just asked him yesterday to “go with us” and he circle “yes”!!! — built this mixtape for all those people, like the younger me, who had never experienced the beauty of autumn, saying:

I’ve heard that many people around the country do not experience “A Fall” season, shame. Well, if you live in or around Michigan, you know fall very well. It is my personal favorite time of the year. Get out those light sweaters, hot cider, cinnimon donuts, take a drive, look at the colors of the leaves, and most importantly find some music that fits the mood of fall…..so here, i’ll help ya out with that part….

It’s a pretty amazing mixtape, so grab some of that cider (coffee for me, though), put on that instarsia sweater…

Then push play, and enjoy as…

The TSURURADIO Community Presents…

Nelso’s October Leaves Fall in Michigan Mixtape!!!

Last to Swin – Strand of Oaks
Bobcat Goldwraith – The Acorn
Older Brother – Pepper Rabbit
Lark – Josh Ritter
Love is All – The Tallest Man on Earth
Dogwalkers of the New age – Breathe Owl Breathe
Home – Villagers
Pocketknife – Ferraby Lionheart
Place At The End of the Street – Cotton Jones
Piece by Piece, Frame by Frame – Deer Tick
Sonata – Young Hunting
Libraries – Seabear
Either Way – Beta Radio
You Love Me – DeVotchKa
Gondwanaland – Stronoway
Without A Doubt – Isbells
The Last Parade on Ann St. – Chris Bathgate
Love on My Side – Lost In The Trees
Ballad of Vitaly – Delta Spirit
William Henry Miller Pt. I – Meurasault

Thanks again, so much Nelso!!! Another fine fine mixtape!  And welcome to the paper crane collective!!!

BUT! We aren’t done yet! Lots more mixtapes to come, including a new one from me tomorrow!!! Warning: Get yer cocks ready.

Cheers,
Tsuru