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Month: January 2017

this is some songs about flowers

Here’s this week’s Distant Stations themed playlist, courtesy of yours truly. Enjoy!

Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in This Town

Though Tourist in This Town is Allison Crutchfield’s first full-length solo effort, she’s an old hand at the scene. Often with her twin sister Katie (best known for her work as the lead singer of Waxahatchee) in tow, the Birmingham, Alabama native has been slogging away dutifully in the DIY scene since her early teens as a member of the Ackleys, P.S. Eliot, Bad Bananas, and Swearin’. With this wealth of experience under her belt, the resulting solo album is a powerful debut. Seamlessly bringing together a number of genres and influences, it’s also a harrowing emotional gutpunch. This is an album whose opening track includes the words, “Our love is here to die.” And over the course of ten tracks and thirty-two minutes, that’s exactly what happens.

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Distant Stations Podcast – Episode 1

The first episode of the Distant Stations podcast is now live! Bear with us as we find our feet – there are a few audio issues here and there that we should have fixed by next week.

Topics of discussion: Introductions, Copyright law is an insane labyrinth, From Here to Infirmary, Tallahassee, We Cool? (with guest reviewer Alex Hawley), Moral dilemmas as music journalists

Download it here, or listen below.

Episode One- Keegan’s Playlist

Hey all you fancy folks,

Now that our first podcast has gone live, here are some of the songs we talked about! Give it a listen and let us know what you think at distantstationsshow@gmail.com

New Single: “Issues” By Julia Michaels

Im not the kind of person that usually gets excited when I see a debut single from a songwriter who works with the likes of Justin Bieber or Selena Gomez, but in an attempt to branch out from the more aggressive songs I decided to give this one a listen.

Julia Michaels is a 23 year old song writer who writes for many musicians I wouldnt give the time of day to, so I would be lying if I said I had high expectations. I would be continuing to lie if I didnt say- emphatically and without a hint of irony- that this single is amazing.

Julia (we’re, in no way, on a first name basis) writes from a place that I think a lot of us can identify with in this song. The whole song calls out what its like to be a little weird, a little crazy, and attracted to those who share this weird and crazy world with us. She openly owns the idea that she might be unhinged, and the guy in the story might be jealous or intense, but unlike a lot of pop songs it never feels like she’s glorifying abuse. Just glorifying what its like to be young and in crazy, stupid, ill advised love.

Maybe its me reading too much in to it, but there also seems to be a sense of realization that this might just be dumb and young love towards the end of the last verse. Which is exactly the kind of self-reflection that we so often assume that the younger generation is incapable of (largely because we incapable of self-reflection at her age). Any song that lets the paint peel away slightly is always a joy to me, and something that shows why she has been such a hard working songwriter.

I suppose if you take anything away from this review, let it be not to judge a book by its cover and give the song a listen. If nothing else, the nostalgia hit for those of us over 27 might be worth the ride. It can be found on both Youtube and Spotify.

The Score: 7/10

AFI – (The Blood Album)

Its weird to think that the last time I listened to AFI- with any regularity- was over 10 years ago. Id like to think that in that time I’ve grown into a fully formed adult and am not the kind of person who kills an evening listening to sad music and drawing. Then I noticed that (The Blood Album) showed up on my Spotify and decided to spend the evening regressing rapidly.

Now the eyeliner has taken over.

I am one with the darkness.

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this is some songs about birds

I wrote a review tonight, but pending some moral quandaries, it is not ready for publication.

Until then, let me tide you over with another playlist.

this is some songs about cats

In the distant past, before time immemorial, I was a DJ with a weekly radio show. I’d often run my shows along a theme, a common element among the songs: geography, literature, anatomy.  It was one of the great pleasures of my academic career, and it was sadly lost to me about a year and a half ago.

Until now.

Nowadays, copyright laws being what they are, I can’t actually, you know, HOST the show for you. You’ll just have to imagine the dulcet tones of my voice popping in every four to five songs. But I can still assemble playlists for you. So here’s one about cats. Enjoy!

this is a music blog.

hi. i am the bad doctor. i write about music, and sometimes i talk about it too.

i guess sometimes there is also poetry or something.

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