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#HotTakes | Week of 06.11.2018

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. I’m Your Man // Spiritualized Ava // Let’s Eat Grandma Upcoming Boston Area Show: Monday, September 10th @ Great Scott A Trick of the Light // Villagers POP (Pacific Ocean Park) // Le Couleur Simplify // Young The Giant Upcoming Boston Area Show: Saturday, September 1st @ Rock The Roots Festival Strange American Dream // RayLand Baxter Good Love // Aly & AJ Upcoming Boston Area Show: Thursday, June 28th @ Paradise Rock Club Unwind With Me // Active Bird Community Upcoming Boston Area Show: Saturday, October…

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#HotTakes | Week of 04.02.2018

Songs that we think you should hear without all the pomp and circumstance. America’s Open Roads // Cicada Rhythm Upcoming Boston area show: Tuesday, June 19 @ Atwood’s Tavern Steampowered Blues // Phil Cook Ages Ago // Forth Wanderers I Can Change // Lake Street Dive Upcoming Boston area show: Friday, May 4 @ The Sinclair The Animals // Ladytron ? Impossible // The Weather Station Don’t Mean to Pry // Horse Feathers Tailor Made // The Lemon Twigs All The Liars // Avi Jacob Children of the Civil War // Tyler Lyle Keep Movin’ // Goodnight, Texas New record…

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Mixtape | December 2017

Press Play Our final month of the year has officially been closed. This has been a fantastic music year, and I’ve been having a lot of fun putting together these monthly mixes again. It’s great to chronicle a year based on what you’ve been listening to, and we’re so lucky these days to have enough new music each month to put together these. I hope you enjoy some new tunes over your holiday break, and please let me know what I might have missed this month.

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2014 | Kyle’s Record Recommends Part 2

It’s the end of the year and it’s time to wrap up everything we loved, and this year I’d like to make this a buyers recommendation for records this year. At this point in my life, these are all records I think you should drop $20 on and spin the vinyl like there is no tomorrow. I didn’t think it was proper to put these in any type of order although most people who I discuss music with will probably know what my number one is. Without further ado, here are my recommendations for records to buy that released in…

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Review | Goodnight Texas – Uncle John Farquhar

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[A]nachronism in music is something we hear in music every day, especially folk music, as it is passed down from generation to generation. It seems as though Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, the creatives proper for cross-country collaboration Goodnight, Texas understand that. Their music seems to come straight from turn of the century Appalachian folk music, some tradition, some with a bit of a modern take. What is dangerous when performing that particular type of music is its authenticity may be in question. Goodnight Texas has found a way to subvert that with the historical background of Dyer Wolf’s family.

The album, Uncle John Farquhar, was conceptualized as a scrapbook, and inspired from personal experiences, stories and letters uncovered from archives buried in their own personal family history, including sermons and personal letters from Dyer Wolf’s great great grandfather John Farquhar for whom the album was named, and were adapted into songs.

All that is great in a PR note, but most importantly, the songs perform as billed, and that is where I believe the band has success. Their songs are transportational, they jump you to a different time and place, and balance the unfamiliar with the familiar giving a part of the modern within the tradition of folk music. If you’ve seen the band perform, you may have heard a lot of the songs that appear on Farquhar, they’ve cut their teeth playing these songs live, and it shows on the record, as they are as cohesive and smooth as though the band has been playing them for years.

Farquhar begins with an instrumental jam “Hayride,” that seems to set the scene for what is to come, a story from another time. As the band brings in what is sure to be crowd favorites during their live sets, the upbeat, jangly sing-a-long “Button Your Collar,” the foot-stomping “A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme,” and then the sorrowful, simmering “I Just Can’t Stop Leaving Town,” a song most any songwriter probably wish they wrote. Highlights abound on the record, on “The Horse Accident (In Which a Girl Was All but Killed)” you’ll find a story about a chivalrous man hoping and praying to god above to take him over his lover. It’s instantly lovable, fun to hear, and it warms the heart. “Moonshiners,” wraps into two rootsy, brooding & foot stomping song that represents a bit of the darker side, “Dearest Sarah,” a love-letter ballad, and one of my favorite tunes, “Uncle John Farquhar (I Guess I Did Alright)” will have you singing along hollering the chorus, and tapping your feet. There’s a lot to like on this record, it’s more of the same of what we loved with A Long Life of Living, with higher highs, and lower lows.

I was very happy to get to listen to this in advance, and I’m happy that these guys made this record, I think it’s a great continuation of what they have been trying to do. It’s a hayride of Americana filled with stories that transcend time, even when they have old-time aesthetic.

Grab Uncle John Farquhar now. I mean, grab the record. Well you know.

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New Music | Goodnight, Texas – A Bank Robber’s Nursery Rhyme

[N]ew music from our pals Goodnight, Texas, the cross-country collaboration from San Franciscan Avi Vinocur and Carolinan Patrick Dyer Wolf. “A Bank Robber’s Nusery Rhyme,” evokes that same turn of the century Americana they had focused on on A Long Life of Living, an album that we absolutely adored. And with more of that bucolic, rambling music at our fingertips, I’m super excited to hear more from these guys. The album, Uncle John Farquhar, was conceptualized as a scrapbook, and inspired from personal experiences, stories and letters uncovered from archives buried in their own personal family history, including sermons and…

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Let’s Go to a Show | Goodnight, TX at the Middle East 7/25

Goodnight, Texas – Jesse Got Trapped in a Coal Mine [T]his week, prior to Newport Folk Festival, we’ve got a group of really great shows, and the one I’ve got to put my stamp on is Thursday at the Middle East Upstairs. You’ve heard me wax poetic about them before, good friends, Goodnight Texas are back playing once again at the Middle East and they have got quite the set of opening acts. The night will be opened by, Portland’s Wesley Hartley, with his Texan roots brings to our ears dusty songs & world weary voice. Our good friends Larcenist…

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Giveaway | 2 Tickets to See Goodnight, Texas at the Middle East 2/19

[T]he good fellas of Goodnight Texas are coming to town next week and have given me the ok to award a few tickets to a lucky fan, as well as a vinyl copy of their record, A Long Life of Living, one of my favorite records from last year and one I think definitely belongs in your possession. If you don’t know Goodnight Texas, let me give you the primer. Goodnight, Texas is a cross continental collaboration of Avi Vinocur and Patrick Wolf whose unlikely collaboration crosses a midpoint in the country, a town called Goodnight, Texas. Their music is…

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Best Records of 2012 | 20 – 16

20. Best Coast – The Only Place – LoFi sun-pop outfit Best Coast released their second record a shining record that smells like the Pacific, sparkles like a sunny day at the beach, and is the absolute perfect sunny day record. Song after song, are perfectly shimmering pop gems that are extremely catchy, fun, and total earworms. Listen: Best Coast – The Only Place | Buy: The Only Place 18. Goodnight, Texas – A Long Life of Living – Goodnight Texas is a cross collaboration from Avi Vinocur and Patrick Dyer Wolf, and a Long Life of Living is their…

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