Category: Music

Mr. Misery

Go on YouTube and pick an Elliot Smith video at random—a live performance, interview—and it’s clear that that he was painfully uncomfortable in front of cameras and interviewees, but front of a crowd, armed with only an acoustic guitar, he transformed into someone infinitely more comfortable and unimpeachably cool. As a novice guitar player, it’s […] 

Feel Anything

The Biggest Lie – Elliot Smith The subway platform was like a mausoleum. Heloise was dead, killed suddenly, without reason, in an accident. He was alone. He would love no one else. Barnett searched for a friendly face but only the dim, yellow light would speak to him. If the train never came, he would […] 

Pop Artillery: Earl Sweatshirt’s “Doris”

Here’s a shortlist of some hip-hop albums released in 1994. Ready To Die – Notorious B.I.G. Thug Life vol. 1 – Tupac Illmatic – Nas The Sun Rises in the East – Jeru Tical – Method Man Blowout Comb – Digable Planets Fantastic Voyage – Coolio Ill Communication – The Beastie Boys …and Shaq Fu […] 

Playlist: Just Far Enough

In the past two weeks, I have been apart of great celebrations and gatherings of strangers. I have contributed to the crafting of personal histories and the sharing of reminiscences. There have been dreams, nightmares and fantasies. And through it all, variation and the overcoming of fear and jubilation have ruled. It was the liberation […] 

Playlist: Season of Great Change

Pickle Trail Soundtrack Some things manufactured, some things organic. Some things hunan, some things robotic. Darkness and light, joy and terror. Freshness and grime. The seasons are changing and with them my mood. The heart governs the vibes and the playlist reflects the sounds. Nothing has to make sense. Just feel, feel, feel.   Onward […] 

Playlist: Music For The Dark Times

Pickle Trail Music It’s not that things have been that dark lately, I swear. As a matter of fact, I’ve been I particularly cheery mood. But in the auditory part of my brain, something was obviously leaking. Dark music doesn’t necessarily mean I’M dark. I’m not listening to music to continue feeling the same. Maybe […] 

Playlist

Pickle Trail Soundtrack 1. Bowery – Local Natives 2. Unpredictable – Wu Tang Clan From the totally underrated 8 Diagrams. RZA’s fetishizing of Ennio Morricone style film scores polarized both fans and the rest of the Wu, but I love it all the same. 3. The Wheel – Bill Callahan 4. Grounded – Pavement 5. Independence […] 

The Week In Consumption

The Playlist The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton – The Mountain Goats Fall of the Star High School Running Back – The Mountain Goats Fault Lines – The Mountain Goats Pink and Blue – The Mountain Goats Send It Up – Kanye West Another Satellite – XTC Love Sick – Bob Dylan 1Train […] 

Keep Me Set Apart

80’s Dylan 1. “I Believe In You” – Slow Train Coming (1979) http://vimeo.com/61070918 Album version http://vimeo.com/64128786 Live performance, Dylan’s only one ever on SNL (you’ll see why) The first time I heard “I Believe In You,” I was leaving town; it was only a weekend trip yet there was a distinct feeling that I was abandoning something. […] 

Look Into The Fiery Furnace

The early 1970s are often defined as a period of searching for a return to form. As the country limped along, ravaged by the disillusionment of unfulfilled promise, so did Bob Dylan. The narrative that leads up to 1975’s masterpiece Blood On The Tracks is generally perceived as one of more valleys than peaks, but […]