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…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead – the 20th Anniversary of “Source Tags & Codes”

Feb 26, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Arguably one of modern music’s most elusive acts, Austin-formed progressive post-hardcore outfit …And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has been expanding its already eclectic sound for over two decades. Essentially the brainchild of lifelong friends Conrad Keely and Jason Reece, whose relationship has spanned cross-country, from Oahu, Hawaii, where they met as youths, to Olympia, Washington, and on to Texas, where they eventually settled, forming their band amidst Austin’s vibrant ’90s music scene. More

Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of Nick Drake’s “Pink Moon” with 12 “Moon” Songs

Feb 25, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Much of this list was compiled and written between July and August 2021, in honor of The Capris’ hit “There’s a Moon Out Tonight,” which, despite having been released in 1958, did not chart until 1961, eventually climbing to number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart early that year, thus warranting a 60th anniversary commemorative list of 12 solid “moon” songs. After careful consideration, however, I decided I’d missed my mark last summer, the length of time between the song’s anniversary and prospective publication date of my list having grown too great. More

Elliott Smith – Reflecting on the 25th Anniversary of “Either/Or”

Feb 25, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Few artists have been able to fully embody the nature of Portland in its heyday as influential cult singer/songwriter Elliott Smith did on his classic third album. Recorded in Heatmiser’s twilight and released after its dissolution, the impending separation of Smith from his group can be discerned in the sound of Either/Or, which sees the guitar balladeer embracing a more pop-friendly style. Greeted with critical acclaim upon its release, Either/Or was by no means a Smith sellout, as his music remained as raw and vital as on Roman Candle and Elliott Smith. More

Nick Drake — Reflecting on the 50th Anniversary of “Pink Moon”

Feb 25, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Astrologically, a pink moon is said by some to serve as a dark omen of apocalyptic proportions, an unholy satellite passing through fevered half-light. Others claim it to represent new beginnings and brighter futures, an assurance that the worst has at last passed. Curiously, a pink moon isn’t even pink, but is associated with the growth of pink phlox in the springtime. More

fun. — Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Some Nights”

Feb 21, 2022 By Austin Saalman

A decade ago, indie supergroup fun. reappeared to push the boundaries of Obama-era popular culture on its thrilling sophomore release Some Nights: a confessional prog pop opera, equal parts rock ‘n’ roll bombast and twentysomething introspection, which oversaw a smooth synthesis of millennial hipsterdom and mainstream cultural appeal in capturing a generation’s looming sociopolitical anxieties. In this respect, Some Nights belongs entirely to those who came of age in a post-9/11 climate, its sound and language unambiguously crass, histrionic, hypersensitive, and often reluctantly wistful—a tongue spoken most fluently in one’s teens and lower 20s. More

The Explorers Club – Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Grand Hotel”

Feb 14, 2022 By Austin Saalman

A relatively solid year in indie music, 2012 yielded such releases as Beach House’s Bloom, The xx’s Coexist, The Lumineers’ self-titled debut, and fun.’s Some Nights, as the scene, once the underground’s best kept secret, continued its progression toward a more mainstream sound and aesthetic appeal. More

Betty Davis R.I.P.

Feb 11, 2022 By Matthew Berlyant

There is much one could say about Betty Davis (née Mabry), who just passed away this week at the age of 77 in Homestead, PA. More

Manic Street Preachers — Reflecting on the 30th Anniversary of “Generation Terrorists”

Feb 10, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Despite the tendency of age to reveal those memories of disillusioned youth as the romantically futile shams they happen to be, something about feeling young and clever retains its appeal far beyond the realization that no one ever really is. Not since The Smiths dropped The Queen is Dead in 1986 had a musical group conveyed the excessive, borderline literate bedroom anguish and adolescent radicalism that Welsh rockers Manic Street Preachers did in their time, lending a fresh voice to the vacuous realm of high school alienation. More

Air — Reflecting on the 10th Anniversary of “Le voyage dans la lune”

Feb 07, 2022 By Austin Saalman

Over a century following the film’s initial release, a hand-colored restoration of director Georges Méliès’ influential 1902 short film Le voyage dans la lune (A Trip to the Moon) premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. This visually arresting, bewitchingly surrealist critique of European imperialism made plenty of waves among modern critics, but the phenomenal score by acclaimed French musical duo Air featured alongside it stands to this day as one of pop music’s most ambitious efforts. More