Jake Abbott: The Carpenter’s Son EP

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Jake Abbott and his production team have just come out with a new EP, The Carpenter’s Son. Bluesy, gentle-on-the-ears guitar, and violin with easy, creamy vocals make this EP something you should definitely look into. There are times when the lyrics leave something to be desired, with repetition taking up the largest section of some songs, but the overall style is absolutely lovely. While it is an obscure reference, this EP reminds me a lot of Troy Baker’s band: easy listening with a hint of twang and well deserved conceit.

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Album Review – There Is No Mountain

So if you haven’t heard, there is a cool new band in town.  Well, maybe not Sacramento, but not too long ago the band There Is No Mountain formed.  The band is comprised of the duo Matt Harmon and Kali Giaritta – formerly of The Ascetic Junkies.  Along with forming, they released a self-titled album.  For those unfamiliar with There Is No Mountain (and previously The Ascetic Junkies), their music is best classified as Americana.  Americana is often seen as a fusion of country, folk, and bluegrass, but it is a bit more than just that.  Really there are similarities, but Americana is not called country or bluegrass or even considered a subset of country, folk, or bluegrass for a reason – Americana is unique; its own genre.  There Is No Mountain is equally unique. [Read more…]

Top Five Favorite Movie Soundtracks

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Music is a critical part of movies. Music creates the mood of a scene and, great care is taken into choosing the music that will be included in films. Quentin Tarantino, for example, has always claimed that music is an essential part of creating moods in his movies, even going to far as to not film the infamous scene where Uma Thurman dances (barefoot, of course, because Tarantino loves him some feet) in her living room to Dusty Springfield’s “Son of a Preacher Man” right before she overdoses on heroin. For him, that scene would not have been right without that song. Some songs written specifically for movies have become a part of our pop culture, like songs from Grease and “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion for Titanic. The Oscars always includes categories for music, and this year Adele won an Oscar for the James Bond theme, “Skyfall.” Below, I have compiled a list of my five favorite movie soundtracks. 

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Whatstep? Music Through the Eyes of the Unhip

Music is awesome for lots of reasons. Music is great to see live, it can put you in a good mood, you can bond with people over mutual musical interests. In adolescence, music defines social circles and influences fashion. As we get older, listening to music we like when we were younger can take us back to those days. Also as we get older, new music can baffle us, slowly transforming people into those old fogies who just don’t understand what “kids these days listen to!” Music is like a litmus test of how in-tune with your generation you are, and of how in-touch you are with mainstream culture and your peers. In terms of music, I am about fifteen years older than my peers and very, very un-hip.  [Read more…]