Hank Williams was a Rootin’ Tootin’ Emo

A wise man once said, “I think emo’s a pile of shit.” Interestingly, this quote does not originate from any brash music critic or from the arguably self-righteous vocalist from the Killers, Brandon Flowers, but from My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way. Continue reading Hank Williams was a Rootin’ Tootin’ Emo

Masterpiece Turntable : Marvin Gaye – LET’S GET IT ON

nullTo say that Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” album is just about sex would be to belittle a great piece of art. But by the same token, the theme of sexual relationships is unavoidably the central focus of the record. “Let’s Get It On” finds its unique brilliance in the way that it takes what could be portrayed as a shallow subject and gives it a much deeper significance than many other songwriters could successfully accomplish. Far from just being a trashy record to keep handy in the bedroom, Marvin Gaye has given us an album that explores the duality of intimacy; exploring its euphoric beauty as well as its potential for bleak desperation. Continue reading Masterpiece Turntable : Marvin Gaye – LET’S GET IT ON

The Civil Wars – BARTON HOLLOW

In the music business, year-end lists have become as predictable as the New Years holiday itself. It’s that most wonderful time of the year when critics and musicians alike sound off on what they feel have been the most noteworthy albums they happened to have picked up during the past 12 months. It’s an unnecessary and pretentious business, but there is something undeniably endearing in writing these sorts of self-indulgent lists. Personally, I think we all may have watched “High Fidelity” a few too many times. But I digress. Continue reading The Civil Wars – BARTON HOLLOW

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