Thursday, May 29, 2008

Summer Song

In case you've missed it, has been counting down the 100 greatest summer songs this week. The eclectic list of some of the best singles released during the summer solstice has gotten me thinking about the song that will define this summer. I dunno, Estelle's "American Boy" might be it for me:

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Marble Sounds

Marble Sounds - Good Occasions

I fell in love with this slow and deliberate melody instantly, the same way I've fallen in love with songs by Elbow or The Clientele on impulse. Marble Sounds is a group from Belgium who have made a short but sweet set of similarly lush songs on their latest EP, A Painting or a Spill.

One Year Ago

Nearly one year ago, I was living in New York, living in a shit apartment and having a shit time at work. I was a writer, working at a magazine, but doing almost no writing. Work bored me and my personal life left much to be desired, so I did what most twentysomethings do these days; I started a blog, this one, to be exact.

There's an interesting NYT Magazine article by former Gawker editor Emily Gould out today, about her rise and fall and redemption - all played out on the numerous blogs she's been associated with in the last couple of years. She offers an interesting hypothesis as to why so many kids are willing to offer up their personal lives for public scrutiny via the web. It's because we want some sort of record of our existence, proof that we really were here, doing something faintly worthwhile. I mean, if I just wanted to write, I could have kept a journal. And I've never kept a journal.

Maybe it's the journalist in me, but I love listening to a good song, or reading a good book, and telling people about it. I love seeing something interesting in the news and dissecting it. I like the semi-anonymity, but I also like getting feedback from commenters about how a life experience I've blogged about has connected to them in some way.

So to anyone who is reading, thanks for stopping by, thanks for perusing my record.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Your Favorite College Band

What happens when members of a band are also college students and graduate? Well, logistics change when people graduate -- people move, get jobs or go back to school -- and I can imagine it must be hard teleconferencing practice.

A favorite around these parts, upstate NY band and recent college graduates Magic Hour have called it quits. This is the last song that they recorded, and bold rhythm guitars make it quite the dramatic exit.

Magic Hour - Familiar

Oh, and congratulations Class of 2008. Good luck out there :)

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Queen of Hiplife

Some call Abrewa Nana [pictured] the Queen of Hiplife. It's a crown that she won with little competition -- there simply aren't many other candidates in the running - Abrewa is one of the few women making Hiplife music. I'm glad she is, her style was among the more original sounds I heard on my trip.

Abrewa Nana - Odo Filla

Friday, May 16, 2008


I couldn't adequately capture all of the beautiful images I came across during my trip. But they're in my heart, never too far from mind, and will stay with me always.

John Mayer - 3x5

"You should have seen that sunrise with your own eyes,
it brought me back to life."