The posting of the backlog continues! Our apologies in advance for the audio quality of this episode; we were testing out a new mic setup and it did not quite work. You’ll actually be able to hear our new cohost, Ansley Lee, in future episodes! Oh, Ansley’s an official cohost now. That’s right. Our little family is expanding.
Topics of discussion: Ansley’s life dilemma, New York or Portland, M. Ward’s Post War, The Thermals’ Personal Life, Hiccup’s Imaginary Enemies, a long extended discussion of why the Seattle music scene sucks, The Walkmen’s Bows + Arrows, Keegan and Jeff get into a fight, The Matches’ Decomposer, Billy Talent’s Billy Talent II, and we all kind of gush about Rain in Soho for a bit.
Oh, we’ve got ourselves a backlog, folks, so enjoy the cascade. Here’s the tenth episode of Distant Stations!
Topics of discussion: Offerings to the static demon, Joanna Newsom’s Ys, Jeff vs. Keegan Critical Logic-Off, No Use For a Name’s Hard Rock Bottom, Keegan gets super personal, Song Fight! with first inaugural Song Fight Arbiter, Markie Peterson (spoiler alert: JEFF WINS).
You can also check out our Song Fight entries down below for your listening pleasure.
After a long, somewhat-unintended hiatus, the ninth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!
Topics of discussion: Twin problems, Keegan might actually have a heart, Against Me’s Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Cat Power’s You Are Free, The issues with album cohesion and coherence, Kurt Cobain makes us sad(der), Why’s Alopecia (with guest reviewer Selena Annis), way too many instances of us discussing homeless people having sex in a Berlin alleyway.
The eighth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!
Topics of discussion: Jeff has had too much coffee, Jimmy Carter is history’s greatest monster, The National’s High Violet, Brand New’s Deja Entendu, Pancreatic cancer is the literal worst, Of Montreal’s Hissing Fauna, Are You the Destroyer? (with guest reviewer Rachel Annis), Fuck Pittsburgh, and Keegan is tricked into admitting that he likes U2.
The seventh episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now up!
Topics of discussion: Double-length bonus episode with guest reviewer Ansley Lee, The Arctic Monkey’s AM, The Gaslight Anthem’s Handwritten, Josh Ritter’s The Animal Years and The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter, The Purity Ring’s Another Eternity, Taking Back Sunday’s Where You Want to Be, another shoutout to the mixed bag that is SXSW, and Soviet Soviet’s immigration woes.
With winter on its way out, it’s time to appreciate the cold, snow, and ice with an appropriate playlist. Wrap up in something warm, make some hot chocolate, and enjoy some songs about chilling. Literally.
The typical nice-guys-finish-last music that Ed Sheeran puts out usually makes me want to roll my eyes so hard that the sheer g-forces will remove my head from my body and send it spinning into the cold, unfeeling universe. That is to say, he’s a bit of a whiner overall. This poor-me, rich, white, Ron-Weasley-lookin’-motherfucker over here often plays the songs that my 7th grade Creative Writing class would call trite and a little sanctimonious.
Tl;dr- Calm the fuck down, Sheeran.
Which is why, it almost pains me to admit that I find myself constantly listening to his new album “Divide” in my daily life. While Im a long way from joining the -utterly insane- fandom on his tumblr sites, I will always admit when I’ve been wrong about a musician. Even if its only the one time.
If you, our listener/reader have ever wondered what I – the more negative of the two-headed dragon that is “Distant Stations”- consider amazing music, listen to this album. I’m tempted to tell you to stop whatever you’re doing and go patronize this musician; Buy his music, go to his shows, and find whatever official merch you can so that he will continue to produce more albums.
This group has been making music since 2002 when they came out of the gate with “Live in the Wetlands” and since then, they’ve been featured with some of the best artists in their genre (i.e. opening for Eric fucking Clapton, or being featured with Elton John and Leon Russel’s song “Theres No Tomorrow”, and even with Buddy Guy and Sly and The Family Stone). Oddly enough they’ve also made appearances with some pretty weird pairings outside of their genre as well (Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osborne, O.A.R, Santana, and Rob Thomas). Honestly, they’rejust showing off at this point.
The sixth episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now available for your listening pleasure.
Topics of discussion: Pardon our errant yelping, Zach Braff problems, Sunset Rubdown’s Dragonslayer, Atmosphere’s When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold, The For Carnation’s The For Carnation (with guest reviewer Ryan Usher), Mark Kozelek is kind of a dick, and SXSW: the annual Austin shit blizzard.
Did you know that March is the most haunted month of the year? Sure, you’d think it’d be October or November. I certainly did. But you’d be dead wrong. Blame the Romans or something. Regardless, in keeping with that arcane bit of spiritual trivia, here’s a playlist about ghosts, phantoms, hauntings, and shades. Keep yourself safe out there – watch out for vengeful spirits, and always keep some kosher salt on hand. Ghosts hate that shit.