“The Wild Things” by Dave Eggers

wild thingsI spent the last Sunday morning of 2012 book surfing at Barnes & Noble, and I was looking for a book called A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan, but it appeared it was not in stock.  However, as I was looking, I stumbled upon the Dave Eggers section and picked up The Wild Things and didn’t put it down until I was finished. It’s a story most of us have been familiar with since childhood as it is a visionary adaptation of Maurice Sendak’s Where The Wild Things Are. It follows Max’s lonely journey through being a boy. Eggers takes us back to being eight years old through Max the main character, who is having difficulty growing up in a world he realizes he cannot control. Max is into all sorts of nostalgic shenanigans and one night after a quarrel with his mother he accidentally journeys into the unknown.  The Wild Things finds a boy stumbling through the weird and dark trials of childhood.  Like Maurice Sendak’s classic dark and twisted children’s story, Max finds himself at odds with several beasts.  Upon crowning himself king of the wild things, Max did not comprehend how complex things could become. Overall this was an enjoyable read. Eggers does an excellent job transcending Sendak’s work into an adventurous novel about the love and hate that scars our youth, sending us screaming towards our future.

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“January Snap & the April Winter Thaw, Rough & Tumble Summers Underneath the Midnight Sun.”

  Rural Alberta Advantageraa                                   

“In the Summertime” [audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/15czutmmw5/13_in_the_summertime.mp3]

“The Ballad of the RAA” [audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/82hb0s3f50/01_the_ballad_of_the_raa.mp3]

When I first heard The Rural Alberta Advantage back in 2008, my only criticism was that their songs were not long enough because they left me wanting so much more. They have an eclectic sound that has the ability to take you back to those defining moments in life where you constantly traveled back and forth between insecure and infinite. Their two releases “Hometowns” and “Departing” compliment one another by being completely opposite. “Hometowns” is that epic summer when you found love in life. It was when you met the people who made you feel completely at home. This is that feeling you have spent trying to duplicate each summer as you grow older but for some reason nothing ever seems to compare. “Departing” is when life got a little serious and maybe you felt a little pain for the first time. It’s that car ride in attempt to empty your mind and ease your soul. It’s a beautiful winter day full of hope and all you can do is think to yourself…oh my God do you remember when? Personally, I favor “Departing” because it is well-thought out, gorgeous music and the album flows from the Neutral Milk Hotel-esque “Two Lovers” all the way to one of the most beautiful nostalgic “those were the golden days” songs ever written called “Goodnight”. “Departing” is also one of those perfect post-holiday depressing January records. It sure does feel good to slow down.
Be sure to check out Rural Alberta Advantage on Spotify.

“Goodnight”
[audio http://k007.kiwi6.com/hotlink/mi7f9uro05/10_good_night.mp3]

goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, to the northern winters (goodnight)
and the heartless sinners (goodnight)
I haven’t seen you now for a while (goodnight)
going to miss you more with time (goodnight)

goodnight to the workers on compress (goodnight)
and the equally depressed (goodnight)
I haven’t seen you now for awhile (goodnight)
you have burned yourself in my mind (goodnight)

plug the radiator in the car
so i can see the words you’re screaming in the frost
rushing to the woods where we first felt god
red quilled to our veins from the moment when we touched

the cities love is cold and the cities love is harsh
locked into our veins from the first September’s frost
and someday if you get back together in your heart
maybe when can back back together

but goodnight to the Alberta advantage (goodnight)
I’m leaving just like we planned it (goodnight)
and you can still escape with your life (goodnight)
so I’ve just escaped with my life (goodnight)

goodnight, to the five, twos, and sixers
please look after my sister
let her know that I’ve missed her tonight
and I miss her more with time

the cities love is cold and the cities love is harsh
locks into our veins from the first September’s frost
January snap and the April winter thaw
rough and tumble summers underneath the midnight sun

rushing to the woods where we first felt God
locked into our veins from the moment when we touched
and someday if you get back together in your heart
maybe we might get back together

but goodnight and goodnight
goodnight, goodnight
goodnight, goodnight

Damn Good.

damnwells

On a random day some odd years ago right around the time I got back from Wilmington North Carolina I discovered The Damnwells on a whim. I heard the smooth groove of “Golden Days” come on whatever Pandora station I had spinning at the time. It was one of those musical moments when time stops and you just get lost in the notes. I purchased their record “Air Stereo” and became good good friends with it for quite some time. It wasn’t until Alex Dezen released demos of songs like the gut-wrenchingly beautiful “Bastard of Midnight”, and the heartbreaking, “Down with the Ship” that I fell in love with The Damnwells. Dezen’s songs transcend no matter how loud or soft they’re played which is what makes him so good. There is something to be said for an artist who can rip your heart out so beautifully with an acoustic guitar, and then make you dance when you’re feeling better. It’s going on 2013 and I have been hanging with The Damnwells for almost seven years now. Do yourself a favor and get lost in their catalogue this winter.

Notable tracks: Golden Days, Like it is, She Goes Around, Kiss Catastrophe, I am a leaver.

Winter Mix 2012

Well it may be a day later than we said, but it’s certainly not a dollar short. Kevin and I got together and made this mix from both of our favorite songs this winter. Although not every song is from 2012, I think this is the perfect mix to listen to while you’re stuck inside trying to stay warm. My personal favorites are Field Report and Phillip Phillips. You can download the playlist here or stream the songs with Spotify here. Otherwise, you can stream the songs below.  So put on this mix, kick your feet up, and let the music take you somewhere else.

Alberta Cross – I Believe in Everything

Ben Howard – Old Pine

Ben Howard – Empty Corridors

Bootstraps – Guiltfree

Field Report – I Am Not Waiting Anymore

Freelance Whales – Generator ^ First Floor

Glen Hansard – Bird of Sorrow

Great Lake Swimmers – Your Rocky Spine

Morning Parade – Blue Winter

Passenger – Let Her Go

Phillip Phillips – Home

Phillip Phillips – Gone, Gone, Gone

Sea Wolf – Old Friend

State Radio – Adelaide

Stateless – Bloodstream

Taking Back Sunday – Call Me in the Morning

The Walkmen – Heaven

Ben Gibbard – Bigger Than Love

Andy Davis – Hush Money

College & Electric Youth – A Real Hero

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Happy End Of The World Day!

Shine on through the dark!

Red, White, & Flu

When we were kids staying home from school was the best! It was a day of movie marathons, bottomless bowls of chicken soup, and the ever so important nap. Today I took my first sick day in a long time and it has me feeling nostalgic and at peace. I forgot how quiet the day can be so I made a mix tape. Happy Flu Season!

You can stream the songs below, or if you have Spotify you can listen to the playlist here.

Empire of the Sun – Walking on a Dream Radiohead – No Surprises  Morning Parade – Born Alone  The Alternate Routes – Rewind  Barcelona – Slipping Away  Ben Howard – Keep Your Head Up  Big City Rock – Shelter  Bootstraps – Fortyfive  Copeland – The Day I Lost My Voice (Suitcase Song)  Damien Jurado – Sheets  Dan Andriano in the Emergency Room – It’s Gonna Rain All Day  Death Cab for Cutie – Summer Skin

Hello Monday Morning! Meet Morning Parade…

Morning ParadeSometimes you win when you judge a book by the cover. I stumbled across Morning Parade when I was searching for something new on iTunes. From the opening chords of “Blue Winter” all the way to the epic final track “Born Alone” this album is Chock Full O’Awesome. I had the opportunity to see Morning Parade back in November and they did not disappoint! Get Morning Parade in your headphones A.S.A.P

Notable Tracks: Headlights, Under The Stars, Close To Your Heart, Born Alone.

This Makes it Official

Well, this is where it all begins. Kevin and I will be posting on a pretty regular basis, and we hope to add some good stuff real soon. Be on the lookout for our Winter 2012 Mix tape within a week. There are a lot of good known and semi-unknown artists on there that I’m sure you’ll enjoy.  I hope everyone is having a happy holiday season so far. S2WE7TJ82UGJ