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

Friday, December 14, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 42

It’s our live episode! We dig into Christmas shopping for children, meeting the parents, the merits of Taco Bell, and the state of the tunes in 2018 (forthcoming.)
  1. Jason Berndt & The Orphans - “Long As I Have You” (When I Was Growing Up)” (Life, Love & Loss)
  2. Kaia Kater - “New Colossus” (Grenades)
  3. Faceless Bandits - “Black Hat Blues” (Women, Whiskey & War)
  4. Trapper Schoepp (feat. Nicole Atkins) - “What You Do To Her” (Primetime Illusion)
  5. Timber - “Burying Ground” (The Family)
  6. Benjamin Folke Thomas - “Dead Horizon” (Modern Man)
  7. Lauren Morrow - “I Don’t Think About You At All” (Lauren Morrow)
  8. Stephen Kellogg - “Irish Goodbye” (Objects In The Mirror)
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Friday, December 7, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 41

Did you ever wonder what the difference between a trilby and a fedora is? How about a dobro and a resonator? We’ve got answers! And music!

  1.  Wildeyes - “Tennessee is Alive” (Wildeyes)
  2. Larkin Poe - “Bleach Blonde Bottle Blues” (Venom & Faith)
  3. Old Crow Medicine Show - “A World Away” (Volunteer)
  4. Katy Hurt - “Natchez” (Single)
  5. Skinny Lister - “Thing Like That” (Single)
  6. Dirty Streets - “Distractions” (Distractions)
  7. Felix Hagan & The Family - “Attention Seeker” (Attention Seeker)
  8. Yola Carter - “Dead and Gone” (Orphan Offering)
  9. Elle King - “Talk Of The Town” (Shake The Spirit)




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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

frog -- Whatever We Probably Already Had It

This was the album I most eagerly anticipated of 2018 without even realizing it. That's because I didn't know frog was back in the studio; but every time I listened to their 2015 masterpiece Kind of Blah I wondered what they were up to. Not like I had to dig too deep -- by a strange coincidence it turned out they work at the same tech company as one of my good friends. I'm happy to say that Whatever is more of the same: sweeping songs with lyrics that feel off-the-cuff and otherworldy -- but with just enough detail to keep you grounded to the bleak concrete of New York City and its sterile suburban environs.


Take, for example, "God Once Loved a Woman," -- a killer phrase in and of itself.

God once loved a woman
Her features soft and German
And one day after sermon
God followed her home across the George Washington
Where her blouse caught the sun and her eyes lit up like she recognized someone 

Her son ran past the window
He reached through the thin smoke and touched the yellow glass 

...
So when it started snowing
God spoke to her from
...
The Path train platform
The ground it shook rats ran in swarms
And scratched and clawed and through the fog there rose a form
He said you are the most beautiful thing that I made
And he watched her face twist and melt towards the shade
Now all the boneyards tremble with her name
Something’s there you don’t care its unfair it’s a drain still clogged up with her hair  


It was hard not to just put the full lyrics in there -- but I felt it was important to see the way frog plays with huge ideas before hyperfixating on the most minute details of life. It's that sense of an omniscient, restless narrator that makes this band more than an extremely anti-social version of Weezer (though those influences are quite clear.)

Nostalgia is an important theme in frog's work. In "Bones," I begin to understand the seeds of that yearning:

Bones, we watched bones through the laundromat’s fumes in the cold
There’s a VA hospital that you and I’d walk by on our way to diners and 

Beggars in Popeye’s and now 
Did you know that you are the guardian of a part of my life that I had forgotten?

It isn't so much the good old days as anticipating when even the worst sludge of daily life today becomes precious. It takes a little digging, but that seems to be the biggest lesson from frog's seemingly blase attitude -- one that's belied by their careful attention to detail in their lyrics and in the way they move through the world.


frog -- Official, Facebook, Bandcamp

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Friday, November 30, 2018

VIDEO: Katie Barbato -- "Magical Ending"

Katie Barbato works some 90s movie magic in her newest video "Magical Ending." The song is also reminscent of the best of 90s singer-songwriters -- a melody you can sink your teeth into with a heavy beat and defiant harmonies.


Director Max Marguiles stays on-theme with fractious images and some low-fi green-screen to give us a sense of mystery and confusion -- as Barbato vents her frustration with failed relationships, we also feel hope for whatever (or whoever) is around the corner.

Katie Barbato -- Official, Facebook

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Friday, November 23, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 40

Von is back! Elon Musk discourse. When is a song too long? And, of course, a moment for Stan Lee.

  1. Gospel Whiskey Runners - “Keep On Tryin” (Singles)
  2. Bill Mallonee “In the New Dark Age (The Best Thing You Can Do is Fall in Love)” (Forest Full of Wolves)
  3. The Dirty River Boys - “Hopeful Loser” (Mesa Starlight)
  4. Michot’s Melody Makers “Two-Step de ste Marie” (Blood Moon)
  5. Them Vibes - “Nothing Better Than You” (Single)
  6. Alfredo Rodriguez “The Little Dream” (The Little Dream)
  7. Bradley Cooper - “Black Eyes” (A Star Is Born Soundtrack)
  8. Mitch Bradford - “Everybody’s Got Someone to Love (‘Cept You and Me)” (Love Is Kind)
  9. The Regrettes - “Helpless” (Single)
  10. Arrogant Afterglow - “Admission” (Single) 

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Friday, November 16, 2018

Adobe & Teardrops: Episode 39

Rachel is flying solo this week and she has some choice words for tomato-gate architect Keith Hill.
CORRECTION: Rachel called one of the St Beauty songs “Beauty.” Actually, it’s called “Borders!” 
  1. Eden Iris - “Dangerous Mind” (Demons)
  2. Young Readers - “Dancing” (Migrator) SH
  3. The Rizzos - “90s Song” (Split 7”)
  4. Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys - “We Used to Be Birds” (Jonathan Byrd and the Pickup Cowboys)
  5. Todd Burge -- “Comic Book Sleeve” (Your Reflection Will Kill You)
  6. Amy Darling -- “Jamie” (Rock’n’Roll Woman)
  7. Sarah VDB - “The Moon” (The Moon) (SH)
  8. Oginalii - “Further In/Out” (Cause and Affection)
  9. St Beauty - “Borders” (Rising to the Sun)
  10. Copper Viper - “Hung Up Alone” (Single)


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