I’m toning it down from heavy rock this week for Music Friday and turning to a Scottish folk musician named Bert Jansch. I like lots of different kinds of music, and that includes folk (both old and new). I’ve always loved Neil Young, and I also dig newer folk acts like Fleet Foxes. I stumbled upon Bert Jansch about a year ago and I’ve grown to love him.Continue reading
“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – PlatoContinue reading
It’s more stoner rock for Music Friday this week. After writing for a site called Monster Riff for a bit, I’ve been digging a lot of newer rock bands. This week, I’m highlighting a band I’ve been slightly obsessed with for the past few months: OM. It’s a weird name, I know. I believe it’s supposed to be representative of the sound made during chanting meditation, as the band has written plenty of songs with spiritual and mystical themes.Continue reading
In this week’s installment of Music Friday, I’d like to a spotlight an instrumental rock band from Chicago, Illinois, called Russian Circles. Yeah, last week I featured an instrumental rock band, too, so I guess it’s a phase I’m going through!
Russian Circles has been making music since 2006, and they’ve released seven studio albums so far that have garnered critical acclaim. People like to call them a post-rock/post-metal band, so they’re along the lines of bands like Mogwai and Explosions in the Sky. Except Russian Circles is probably way heavier than those two bands. The band has a cool, harrowing vibe to them and they really crank out loud, punishing riffs. It’s another one of my favorite bands to listen to while working or spacing out.Continue reading
One of the things that’s been keeping me occupied during the pandemic is music. Spotify is a wonderful thing, and I’ve been devouring different types of music during workdays. Rachel is annoyed by it because I’ve been making massive playlists and, at times, getting a tad bit manic with it. But it’s fun, and I haven’t gone full-blown manic, so it’s okay.
So, I’m thinking about a new weekly post called “Music Friday” where I’ll shine a spotlight on a band I’ve been listening to. In this inaugural edition, I offer you the psychadelic sounds of the Danish band Mythic Sunship. I stumbled upon these Copenhagen rockers recently and I haven’t been disappointed. Part of the band’s name derives from John Coltrane’s 1971 record Sun Ship, so there’s one music legend who has influenced them. Indeed, Mythic Sunship’s long jams have many wandering saxophone solos that are reminiscent of Coltrane in his later years.Continue reading
A couple of weeks ago, I reached out to a friend to ask about job opportunities. Lucky me, he runs a music website dedicated to what’s known as “Stoner Rock.” Now, I’m not a stoner (not anymore, anyway), but I do listen to Stoner Rock bands quite often.Continue reading
Okay, so I’ve become a bit of a Jason Isbell fanatic. Rachel can tell you that I listen to this Americana songwriter constantly, especially the song “Outfit.” I wanted to highlight one of Isbell’s songs off his new album that I connected with from the first time I heard it.Continue reading
Most of our country has been in some form of quarantine or social distancing for about three and a half months. I was sent home from work on March 5 because I had a sneeze. Fear was already high in the Philadelphia area. Those first eight days, I had some freedom – I still went to teach at religious school the following Sunday and Wednesday in New Jersey. I had no idea that a few days later, my entire office would be sent home, and our state would put in place a stay-at-home order.Continue reading
I discovered the music of Jeffrey Foucault a few years ago and I’ve been a big fan of his ever since. Jeffrey is an American songwriter from Wisconsin that writes beautiful, poetic lyrics and combines it with music that’s a little bit country, blues, and folk. He’s the type of small-town troubadour songwriter I love, in the style of Townes Van Zandt.Continue reading
I love music, though I don’t have much experience writing about it. I wanted to pick some “songs of the day” to dig deeper into the history of the music I love, and share it with others on the blog. For today’s song, I picked one I’ve been obsessed with for the past year or so.Continue reading