Monday, March 03, 2014
When Coldplay released their debut album Parachutes, I was young and rather taken by its mood, songwriting, and tonal beauty. The albums that proceeded that debut grew the band's fame into superstardom and everyone became a Coldplay fan -- or made jokes about how you liked Coldplay ("40 Year Old Virgin" anyone?). There seems to be some invisible line that divides bands and groups, and with the release of Coldplay's smash hit "Clocks," they crossed over to the status of "group."
What does that even mean? Maybe I just fashioned these categories in my own mind? Well, for me anyway, it's when a band just seems bigger than anything, bigger than themselves. It's not necessarily related to ego in any way, it's just a status certain bands reach where they become so ingrained in popular culture, so beloved by the masses, that people seem to lose sight of what makes a band so great: the relationship the members share. For the most beautiful, memorable, and meaningful, music that is created is that which is bred in the bond a collection of individuals share with one another. As the great Tom Petty said in Dave Grohl's "Sound City" documentary, "[Music] is all about people relating to each other and doing something that's really from the soul."
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Hey, listen...I hate to be that blogger who posts the hot track of the day, but I'm going to because I said I'm really only motivated to write and share things I'm stoked on. Enter "Psychic Trauma," the latest track released from Cloud Nothings' forthcoming album Here and Nowhere Else, out April 1st on Carpark/Mom+Pop (US) and March 31 on Wichita (UK/EU).
The title pretty much says it all, with a rattling, guttural, explosive brawl between noise rock and post-hardcore. In the past few years, Cloud Nothings' 2012 LP Attack On Memory has been one of the few newer records to come out that actually held my attention for repeated listens. There's something about the rough but calculated punch of passionate, aggressive rock music that's just as musically energizing as it is emotional. And based off of "Psychic Trauma" and first single "I'm Not A Part of Me," it seems like Cloud Nothings haven't missed a step in delivering another collection of exciting, guitar-driven jams. If you're feeling frustrated, I recommend spinning some Cloud Nothings from 2012 on and you'll probably feel that frustration slip away.
Pre-order Here and Nowhere Else here.
Monday, January 13, 2014
Finding beauty in comforting, welcoming sorts of things is all well and good, but finding beauty in darkness, in the haunting aspects of life, is a rather remarkable thing. That unexpected discovery of warmth in a seemingly unsettling void of nothingness makes beauty all the more enrapturing, inspiring, and lovely. Hanging on the fence between light and dark, you can see the true nature of both sides and how the contrast between the two defines all that surrounds us.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
Happy New Year, everybody!
Welcome to the new Mixtape Muse. I updated the template and design, so please let me know if there is anything that's not working or seems wonky. I'm still working some kinks on the back end of things.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Son Lux - Lanterns
Within the grit of honesty is something rather beautiful, even if that something first appears rather chilling. For it’s the way in which the darkness marries the light that makes us see the brilliance of our world, as contrast translates the difference between good and evil while providing us the definition we need to gather meaning from all that we experience. It’s this marriage of light and dark that makes life so fascinating, so endlessly exciting and unpredictable.