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Manmade Objects - Monuments

No one wants to be forgotten; everyone wants some sort of legacy, a mark they leave behind as they exit this life for whatever lies beyond.

And for as long as there has been death, there have been monuments — whether austere or understated, abstract or concrete, prominent or tucked away in private — erected by the ones they loved to assure that remembrance, at least for a time.
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Admirals - Amidst the Blue

Sometimes it helps to not be very good.

Some of the best albums and artists were born out of happy accidents owed to varying degrees of early suckage — the perfect note or chord for a song found by missing the one you are aiming for, failed mimicry of an idol bearing something entirely new and great instead.

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Kierston White - Don't Write Love Songs

The Tequila Songbirds have become just as beloved as about any group around these parts. And how could they not?

Featuring a revolving cast of the Sooner State’s most badass female performers, it’s a power hour of some of the best songwriting coming out of central Oklahoma. Sure, they might not technically be family, but they are clearly a band of sisters all the same, bonded by the same brand of whiskey running through their veins.

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Depth & Current - Dysrhythmia

"Overproduced" is a term thrown around all too indiscreetly nowadays, usually applied when the thing that sticks out about a song or album is how it sounds rather than how it is constructed. Yet some of the most compelling albums ever crafted embodied a certain aesthetic that was just as skillfully and meticulously put together as any Bob Dylan or Miles Davis record — which is to say production is as crucial to our enjoyment of music as much as anything else; it's also the most overlooked.
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Weak Knees - “IceBevo”

Indie rock has been in a good place as of late. Not caring about being cool is the new cool, and a couple of dudes on guitar, bass and drums can make catchy, earworm songs without being armed to the gills with computer software and vintage synthesizers.
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Blues legend emphasizes music over message

June 14th, 2007

Long recognized as one of America's best country-blues fingerpickers and a scholar of acoustic blues, Paul Geremia has a very clear memory of when music first captured his attention. ...


Long recognized as one of America's best country-blues fingerpickers and a scholar of acoustic blues, Paul Geremia has a very clear memory of when music first captured his attention.

"My father had an old jazz recording of Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five, which was one of my favorite records when I was a teenager," Geremia said. "It was the horn solo on 'St. Louis Blues' and that was the first time I knowingly got into a blues song."

Geremia, whose first instrument was the harmonica, said he has found that in topical or message songs, "sometimes the message becomes more important than the music, and the music suffers as a result of the importance of the message. But if it's an important message, it's worth it."

He soon left college and hit the road permanently. He found paying gigs in coffeehouses and other venues, and appeared as an opening act for early blues legends such as:
" Howlin' Wolf,
" Babe Stovall,
" Yank Rachel,
" Son House,
" and Skip James.

John Hammond, an esteemed performer himself, has been quoted in interviews saying that he would drive a thousand miles to see Geremia perform.

"Paul is possibly the greatest living performer of the East Coast and Texas fingerpicking and slide styles, six and 12 strings," Hammond once said. "When Paul plays Leadbelly, you can close your eyes and swear that it's Leadbelly himself." "C.G. Niebank

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