The night of 1,000 degrees

Someone once challenged me:

Would you rather drive to work, and walk to the woods, or walk to work and drive to the woods?

For me, especially at the time, the answer was easy: walk to the woods. The woods are my forever home – so long as we protect them at least. I have fond memories from my days of living in the woods. I liked when I’d be pooping and looking at our bathroom window (which happened to run from the floor to ceiling) and a black bear would be walking by. That’s a sweet experience. And nothing beat walking from home to a lovely roadless section along the Clarion River (which happened to feature a nice swimming hole) without crossing a road.

Later, I ended up in Pittsburgh, enjoying the city life. I was still close to some small woods (eg. Frick Park) which were nice for city parks. And after a couple of rough years, reveled in the wonders of small city life. And that’s what this song from Air Waves emotes for me. For whatever reason, I instantly get drawn into some of the many wonderful summer nights i’ve enjoyed, particularly with my wife, living up the city scene. And it’s quite wonderful.

Air Waves has quickly become one of my favorite bands. The song just hits the right mood and the lyrics appeal to how I experience life – always evoking moments and thoughts and memories.

My answer hasn’t really changed in regards to whether I’d walk to the woods or to work. But I’m grateful for the opportunity I’ve had to live up the benefits of the urban life for a while. And I’m thankful that Air Waves helps to recall such lovely times through their rather simple, direct melodic sounds.

Chemtrails – Deranged

This popped in my feed this morning and it really suited my mood well. Uplifting non-abrasive garage poppy punk. This is from the Chemtrails’ upcoming EP Headless Pin Up Girl. The full EP will be worth checking out.

Dimples’ – Half Moon/Frogeyed

I am not actively DJing right now but I greatly appreciate when people make parts of their catalog available for free. I appreciated it when I was DJing, but i’ve been a bit underemployed so I deeply appreciate it now. I had this one in my cart over at bandcamp forever and realized today they had made it available as an optional free download. Now, when properly employed I always drop in a couple bucks, but for now, I get to download this and it’s available for when I am back in the booth.

And how interesting and weird and awesome is this? The whole album is weird with occasional pop outs of melody and pop. The tone of the guitars and weirdness on this track are perfect for me. How about you?

But it gets better. They just released a new LP on my birthday two weeks back. That’s a nice way to celebrate. I was originally going to say Sebadoh III meets Yo La Tengo. If that first track was more Sebadoh III, this is more weird Yo La Tengo. Though the tracks I heard on the first LP jump out at me a bit more, it’s worth checking out.

The Suitcase Junket – Evangeline

Good morning. Signature Sounds features a lot of classic 50s and 60s style rock ‘n roll. This first single from The Suitcase Junket’s forthcoming Pile Driver LP is pretty great. I like the heavy approach with the overdriven guitar. Almost Bad Company-esque. Reminds me of looking through the record store on a summer day as a teen.

Sleater-Kinney/The Thermals/Britt Daniel – Rebel Rebel

I have a good feeling about 2017. I’m getting married. I’m checking out a new career path or seven. But god damn this would have been a nice way to end 2016 with Sleater-Kinney, The Thermals, and Britt Daniel of Spoon covering David Bowie! Let’s do this 2017!

War on the Workers benefit LP

Happy New Year! Let’s start the year off right with a proper celebration of the music of a true Pittsburgh icon in Anne Feeney. Anne’s daughter helped to orchestrate this benefit record of Anne Feeney covers named for her song “War on the Workers”. Anne has been successfully fighting off cancer for a few years now. Here is your chance to show your support!

Julie Byrne – Natural Blue

Going deep into the pretty with today’s track. Julie Byrne’s second album is out and this song is ultra pretty. Something calming and somber to welcome the cold and snow and holiday.

Sad13 – Less Than 2

I’m a big fan of Speedy Ortiz front lady Sadie Dupuis. Besides making good music, she’s an overall inspiring artist and feminist. Her latest project is a solo music project Sad13. In any case, this video is well worth your time on many fronts. Also, an interview with Sadie. And here she picks some of her favorite music on bandcamp.