[Abby’s Road] Resolution Revolution

It’s happening again: time to reflect on the good, bad and ugly of the past 365 days. For me, I must admit, things have been pretty decent. I’ve managed to get a handle on a new language (two if you include Bayerisch, which is totally in a class of its own), and began […]

[MP3] Warm Weather: “A Promise”

I love that Warm Weather is releasing an EP (Looking Through) in January. Last time we spoke about the trio was in June, so it’s good to know the LA fellas have a little sympathy for what we’re going through in the colder places of the world.

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[Hype Hype Hooray] Why Do People Hate Christmas Music?

Every [two weeks?] Jamie Hale takes a long, hard look at the music industry and the blog scene that feeds it. Here, he releases those findings and makes snarky, sarcastic remarks. Admittedly, both Jamie and Knox Road are a part of this scene. So sue us.

“I HATE Christmas,” my coworker said last week. […]

Knox Road’s Top Albums of 2011. With a twist.

This is not a standard “year-end list,” nor is it a standard “Knox Road year-end list.” See, we decided to do something different this year. I should note that, most importantly, Jamie and I just didn’t have the time to make a post like we’ve done the past couple years (see here and here), and we also didn’t have the time to listen to so many of the great albums out this year. So, we asked our talented writing team to contribute not only with their picks, but with some of their words as well. Thus, this post may seem a bit disorganized, but the content should hold you over. Also, note that Bari’s picks are not, in fact, all albums from 2011; they are the albums she listened to (and connected with) most in 2011.

Oh, and of course I asked the team to pick their ten favorites, but knowing our writers, they did whatever the hell they wanted. And you know what? That’s why we love them.

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[MP3] Fotoshop: “Becoming Zen”

After much fanfare stemming from their first two singles, Fotoshop just released the latest track off of Lifeforms, titled “Becoming Zen.”

Fotoshop – “Becoming Zen” [MP3]

Oh, how it easy it is to fall in love with the […]

[Abby’s Road] Everybody Thinks It’s Oh So Easy

DJs. Disc Jockeys. Disk Jockeys. They are a magical breed of human being. I guess my first experience hearing one (as with many of my contemporaries reading this) would be via FM and AM radio. There were wacky ones, serious list making ones and even fictitious ones who, as a kid, I could aspire to being like one day. Aside from a brief stint in college, that never flew, to my parent’s pleasure I’m sure. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention the local characters hired by my junior high to spin records at 7th & 8th grade dances. Damn you “Stairway to Heaven” for being like 278 minutes long and never once being the soundtrack to my dancing with a boy. It was nightmarish. But I digress.

DJing. It’s a lot like chess. Always have to be thinking a few moves ahead, unless, of course, you’re cheating. Which is OK too, I guess.

So, records have gone by the wayside. I’m going to stop you before you start – YES. Some of us still buy records but I’m taking about the greater population. CDs too. Thinking of a DJ using media files is just so…unromantic. I have my favorite (radio) stations over here and on the weekend, in the morning, I can sometimes hear a voice or two that seem to be live but by all counts are probably pre-recorded. These days, to find a DJ you have to cross over into their domain. Someplace LIVE.

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Soul Glimpse

For as much as I love ambient music, it can be a bit of a one-trick pony. Baltimore’s Soul Glimpse, the ambient face of Austyn Sullivan, takes what could have been well-done-but-fairly-standard ambient fare and pumps it up a bit. Typically, this type of music sets a mood for me, then leaves me […]

The Willow & The Builder

Connecticut’s The Willow & The Builder is technically Richard Miron and Adrian Simon, but they’re joined by a whole slew of musicians on their debut s/t record. The ever-changing dynamic of the debut is impressive, as Miron and Simon’s exuberant youthfulness is on full display. But there’s also a keen sense of sorrow, […]

Notable Album Release: Pontiak – Echo Ono

Clear your calendar, folks! February 21, 2012 brings the release of Pontiak’s new LP, Echo Ono, on Thrill Jockey. The first track from the album is called “Lions of Least” and demands to be heard. It steps away from the more psychedelic sounds of this summer’s Comecrudos and veers more toward the rock […]

Doe Paoro

Isn’t it fantastic when you get music recommendations from co-workers? And the artists are actually great (not to mention friends with your co-workers)? YES, it’s very much fantastic. Which is why I’m so excited to present Doe Paoro to you, and her latest single, “Can’t Leave You.”

Doe Paoro is one Brooklyn-based Sonia […]