Friday, January 18, 2019

Adobe & Teardrops Episode 46

Happy New Year! Von and Rachel divulge their NYE adventures. We also discuss making the cut for board games and proper wedding behavior (hint: it includes open bars.)

  • Quaker City Night Hawks - “Better In The Morning” (QCNH)
  • Neville Jacobs - “Makeup of a Fool” (Neville Jacobs)
  • Left Lane Cruiser - “Booga Chaka” (Claw Machine Wizard)
  • Jon Reynolds & The Aches - “Tomorrow’s News” (A Fear Of) 
  • Deau Eyes - “Paper Stickers” (Single)
  • Meat Puppets - “Warranty” (Dusty Notes)
  • Liz Brasher -- “Body of Mine” (Painted Image)
  • Criminal Hygiene - “Hardly News” (Run It Again)
  • Float Here Forever - “Brilliant Mind” (Tour the Ruins) 



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Friday, January 4, 2019

PREMIERE -- Saddlemen -- "Indiana"

If 2018 was any indicator, country music looks like it's going to bifurcate into some truly spacey and avant-garde stuff -- and into ultra-traditional. Brooklyn's Saddlemen fall solidly into that second camp. "Indiana" is a truly gorgeous song that feels timeless and dewy-eyed -- an emotion that inspired the song.


Paul, the band's lead singer and guitarist writes, "In 2015 I was in a pretty dark place and was thinking a lot of things I'd like never to think again. Thankfully my partner and I got out of the city on a visit to my family's home in Indiana. She had never been there before; and so I got to rediscover that wonderful place through her eyes. The week or so we spent down there truly brought me back to life. And I think everyone has a special place where they can freely express themselves — where they enter a completely authentic and uninhibited state of mind. For me, that place just happens to be in Indiana. And so this is a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel song — a love song to a place and a person and a time when I felt most like myself."

The Eastern seaboard might finally be starting to feel like winter, but "Indiana" breathes summer into the coldest of places -- including human hearts.



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Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 45 AND Top 10 of 2018!

If you joined us last week, you heard mine and Von's top 10 - 6 albums. While I talk about why I liked which album on the podcast, I thought I'd also do my traditional write-up. You can find that below the podcast embed!

  1. Brandi Carlile - “The Joke” (By The Way, I Forgive You) 
  2. Parker Millsap - “Fine Line” (Other Arrangements) 
  3. Cowboy Junkies “Shining Teeth” (All That Reckoning) 
  4. Brian Fallon - “My Name Is The Night (Color Me Black)” (Sleepwalkers) 
  5. Ashley McBryde - “The Jacket” (Girl Going Nowhere) 
  6. The Wind And The Wave - “Follow Your Heart Around” (Human Beings Let You Down) 
  7. H.C. McEntire - “A Lamb, A Dove” (LIONHEART) 
  8. The Revivalists - “Future” (Take Good Care) 
  9. Mariel Buckley - “I Wonder” (Driving In the Dark) 
  10. Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band - “Poor Until Payday” (Poor Until Payday) 



1. Mariel Buckley -- Driving in the Dark

To me, an album of the year is one for all seasons. It doesn’t have to be the one that pushes the most boundaries -- though Buckley’s odes to the plains of Alberta do push back against the region’s social mores. To me, an album of the year is the one that can make your soul vibrate whether it’s you’re having a tough time or want to be in company with people riding a particularly high wave of life. Buckley’s voice -- literally and lyrically -- will remind you of Sarah Shook. The two have a shared affinity for whiskey-fueled honky-tonk. On Driving in the Dark, we see Buckley transcending despair and asking herself, the characters in her songs, and her listeners how we survive and what it is we’re living for.

2. HC McEntire -- LIONHEART

HC McEntire, whom you may know as the lead singer of North Carolina’s Mount Moriah, excels at mapping epic mythologies onto the natural beauty and human ugliness of her home. Growing up evangelica and queer in the South, McEntire’s oeuvre is driven by reconciling these experiences. On LIONHEART, McEntire finds things to celebrate about seemingly oppositional identities. The album is as sonically weighty as anything McEntire has produced, but it’s softened by strong instruments. LIONHEART feels as if countrypolitan took a left turn at bluegrass and then stumbled across punk. It’s as confident and self-assured an album as you’ll hear all year, produced by a fierce soul who is approaching peace.

3. Ashley McBryde -- Girl Going Nowhere

This is one I let slip past me -- probably for the same reason it wasn't on  your radar. It wasn't marketed as Americana. But, frankly, it is. McBryde's bold assertiveness and sure-handed would make her equally at home at a dive bar playing with Sarah Shook as she is on Music Row. You definitely want to give the album a listen -- I picked two of the lower-tempo songs for the podcast so you could process her songwriting, but Girl Going Nowhere is, in fact, a party -- one you can't be too late to. It well deserves the Grammy nod.

 
4. Cowboy Junkies -- All That Reckoning

This is one of the year’s most underrated albums. Don’t let the prevailing ominous tone of Reckoning scare you away. This is very much an album of our time, asking us all to consider the pain we’ve received and the pain we’ve caused and what to do about it. The Cowboy Junkies point to the origins of that pain, from the macro level of our society down to our most intimate relationships.

5. Brandi Carlile -- By The Way, I Forgive You

I don't think there's a whole lot to add that hasn't already been said. I thought The Fire Watcher's Daughter was a total turd and I'm so happy to see Carlile not only return to form but thoroughly exceed it.
 
6. Kacey Musgraves -- Golden Hour

I've been a stan of Kacey's for a while now. Similarly, not much to add that hasn't already been said. Whatever genre you want to put it in, this album will make you look at the world in a new way -- and that's no small feat.
 
7. Courtney Marie Andrews -- May Your Kindness Remain

Andrews gives a career-defining performance on here. It was the balm for the soul that we all needed as we are firmly ensconced in the current president's vision of the world. This is another example of an album that holds a big place in my heart, but the music speaks so much for itself that there's no need to add words to it. 

8. Hawks and Doves -- From a White Hotel 

Kasey Anderson wasn’t sure if he was going to return to music, but From a White Hotel is a triumphant come-back. Anderson serves up Springsteen-inspired Americana along with the best of them. Anderson’s stirring indictment of racism and sexism, “The Dangerous Ones,” thoroughly knocks the stuffing out of colleague Jason Isbell’s “White Man’s World.” But his more tender songs, like “Geek Love,” will also stick with you. Anderson’s had a vivid life thus far and his songs reflect those experiences accordingly.

9. Erin Rae -- Putting On Airs 

Erin Rae’s debut, Putting On Airs, may have suffered a bit from being released in the spring. The album’s dreamy, spacious feel was season-appropriate, of course, but it means that it’s not top of mind as much as it should be. Not only does Rae successfully write gentle and nuanced songs about her characters’ mental health struggles, each song inexorably builds an album that condemns -- quietly -- the social structures that hold women back.

10. Austin Lucas -- Immortal Americans 

Austin Lucas has one of the best voices of our time. On Immortal Americans, it’s even richer. Lucas’s lyrics dig deep into the heart of things -- taking a darker turn than his previous albums, Lucas touches on mortality, hatred, substance abuse, questionable patriotism -- and of, of course, the fine line between love, lust, and obsession. Having quit smoking, his literal voice has a more resonant quality than before, allowing Lucas to hit his most angelic highs and menacing lows yet. As long as we have Lucas, the future of country and Americana is bright indeed.
 
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Thursday, January 3, 2019

PREMIERE: Hawk & Dove -- "Smoke & Lungs"

Brooklyn's Hawk & Dove are tackling a huge topic with their next album, Our Childhood Heroes. The album tracks Elijah Miller's father's cure for a rare disease. "Smoke & Lungs" is an expansive song that ties the forthcoming album's major themes together. While the song mourns the ephemeral nature of life, it's carried by a sense of triumph, as if calling the end upon us.


Miller writes, "Half of this album is about my father's search for a miracle cure to address the early-onset Parkinson's disease that was killing him, and half of the album is about our generational search for greater luxury and ease at the direct expense of other people's lives. This is one of the two songs on the record that probably straddles both themes equally. An exuberant and exciting search for life on the backdrop of an imminent death, and similarly the consumption and adventurous way of living in capitalism all while leaving a scorched earth behind. 'Smoke and Lungs' is one of thirteen songs about loss on this record, and I think the lyrics are less metaphorical than they might seem -- but no one's heard it yet so I'm not actually sure how it seems!"



Our Childhood Heroes is out on January 19th.

Learn more about Hawk & Dove here.

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Friday, December 28, 2018

Adobe and Teardrops: Episode 44

Merry Christmas!
It’s our very first year-end list! We start with number 10 - 6 and we’ll hit you next week with our top five! But first -- our respective rashes of bad luck, including wet paint hands and Sonic Drive-In bank fraud. Stay tuned next week for our expose into velvet Elvis paintings!
  1. Nathaniel Rateliff & The Nightsweats - “Coolin’ Out” (Tearing At The Seams)
  2. Lucero - “Cover Me” AND “Bottom Of The Sea” (Among The Ghosts)
  3. Will Hoge - “Stupid Kids” (My American Dream)
  4. Courtney Marie Andrews - “Two Cold Nights in Buffalo” (May Your Kindness Remain)
  5. Kacey Musgraves - “Happy and Sad” (Golden Hour)


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Friday, December 21, 2018

Adobe and Teardrops: Episode 43

Bar etiquette, gingerbread houses, strange party crashers -- also some blistering punk and expansive country music!
  1. Ben Pirani - “Light of My Life” (How Do I Talk To My Brother?) 
  2. The Weeks - “Talk Like That” (Easy)
  3. Amy Ray - “Dadgum Down” (Holler)
  4. Benjamin Gibbard - “A Hard One To Know” (Former Lives)
  5. Ellen Angelico - “She Got Married” (Haven’t Changed Much)
  6. Face To Face - “Don’t Turn Away” (Hold Fast (Acoustic Sessions))
  7. The New Old-Fashioned - “Kid 2000” (Smalltown, Midwest, USA)
  8. Street Dogs - “Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing” (Stand For Something Or Die For Nothing)
  9. J.S. Ondara - “Saying Goodbye” (Tales of America) 
  10. The Decemberists - “Traveling On” (Traveling On EP)
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Monday, December 17, 2018

MUSIC VIDEO: Rebecca Loebe -- "Ghosts"

I have done so many cool things in 2018, but my favorite was being in a loving and committed romantic relationship for its entire duration. For the first time ever! Rebecca Loebe's "Ghosts" is a song I would've clung onto for dear life about 15 months ago. In it, Loebe brings a tender touch to a personality who's oft-vilified in music: the person who doesn't wake their partner up before they go-go.

Loebe reminds us to "just relax" -- that by shutting ourselves off from the new people in our lives from fear of the past -- we end up failing in the areas we want to succeed in. At the end of the day, you just have to see where life takes you.


Interestingly, for a video like this, we don't see Loebe attempting to engage in a romantic relationship (that's how i read it, at least.) Instead, we see Loebe palling around her home base of Austin and enjoying life by herself. You have to let go of the ghosts at some point, but that doesn't mean you need a romantic partner(s) to complete you.

Rebecca Loebe -- Official, Facebook