Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Glen Hansard at The Pageant in St. Louis


Love is going to find you
you better be ready then.

Right now, I don't have the words. I wish I did. I wish I could explain to you how this looks to me. How this feels to me. Because last night was special, and Glen Hansard and his terrific band were the reason why. I suggest you read Daniel Durchholz's review here

Please enjoy the photos. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Hello Industry: A Track-by-Track Breakdown of 'When I Was Young'

Get ready, because this one is an emotional ride.

Hello Industry is Nathan and Heather Peterson, and you could say they have a story to tell. They have released a new EP titled When I Was Young, and it is inspired by their daughter, Olivia, who was not supposed to live a week after her birth. Olivia is now 10 months old.

Nathan recently shared on his Facebook page: "”Another month of living life at its most basic level - breathing, eating, loving, trying our best as parents, apologizing to our kids a lot, fighting to put effort toward our marriage, apologizing even more to each other, wondering why we can’t be the people we picture in our heads but not to letting that shut us down… another month of life.”

Let's have a listen to "Olivia." (Remember: this is an emotional one.)

We're so excited to share Hello Industry's track-by-track breakdown of the songs on their new EP, When I Was Young.

When I Was Young

“Remember when we used to dream of all the ways we’d save the world from everything?”

My wife and I have been married almost 15 years. We used to have so much energy. Our dreams were huge. Now we’re just trying to make it to the next day. What happened to our passion? What happened to the warmth between us? Will it ever be the way it was?

So Much For Love

“You took what you did, but they didn’t know it was for love.”

I feel like if we do things with sincere intent, if we never give up, if we try our best, things will turn out. It’s something I’ve always believed, but I’m not sure where I got it. Reality doesn’t always work that way. This really frustrates me.


“It’s just a dream. You don’t mean anything.”

Each person she meets is another glimmer of hope. Another human. A possible friend. Then they leave. No one sticks around. No one is dependable. In the end, she’s alone.


“Will they remember me? Will they even mention me?”

This is the question that’s driven me most life. It will drive me to the end, and at that point I’ll realize, it was never about being remembered. No one will remember me. Once I can accept that, I’m free.

The Innocent Will Die (Anything Is Possible)

“Please don’t leave me alone. Anything is possible.”

I originally wrote this about a friend whose wife was dying of cancer. This song became a lot more personal when we received the news that our 4th child (2 months along at the time) had a fatal disease and would most likely not survive birth; if she did survive birth we’d have only a couple of hours with her.

I wanted to run, or hide, or avoid the whole thing by working or eating or buying things. But every time I stopped running, there it was again: Our reality. Our life. It wasn’t changing, and there was nothing I could do about it. *Please watch the music video for this!

So Am I

“You’re counting days, you’re killing time, you’re all but done, and so am I.”

While I laid in bed holding my 2 month old daughter who was on death’s door, these words played loud in my head. We sat in a room, hidden from society, inefficient, producing nothing, yet somehow we were beautiful. My entire life I believed the more productive and efficient I was, the more valuable I was. Now I found myself unable to accomplish anything except to hold my dying baby, who also would never accomplish a thing. This song describes a beauty I’d never known before Olivia - the original beauty of a person, untouched by the opinions and expectations of others.


“This is life the way it is, but it’s real.”

I wrote this song for my daughter, Olivia. She was diagnosed with a fatal disease before she was born. She wasn’t supposed to make it to term. Then she wasn’t supposed to live through the first day. Then the first week. Then the first month. She wasn’t supposed to nurse, or eat bananas, or smile, or dance, but she did all of those things. She’s 10 months old today and is still “not supposed” to live. But she is. While she may not live as long a life as most people, she is living today, and we’re thankful for every day with her we get.

This song is about living life the way it is.

Inch Of Water

“It’s only an inch of water - not enough to make you drown.”

Fear has shut me down for so long. Living life the way it is, is scary. It’s painful. So I avoid it. I hop on the conveyor belt: I do what everyone else is doing, wear what they’re wearing, think how they think, measure myself the way they do. Deep down we want to get off - to live life, real life, with its pains and fears and embarrassments; with its risk and beauty and adventure and trying and failing and succeeding. Every one of us has wings - they’ve always been there. These fears that have held us down have no real hold on us, if decide to move. “You are not gonna die.”

Album Review | Adele - 25

Let me photograph you in this light
In case it is the last time
That we might be exactly like we were
Before we realized
We were sad of getting old
It made us restless
I'm so mad I'm getting old
It makes me reckless

Adele calls 25 her make-up album, but there is no making up with the subject that haunts her new songs: time.

And Adele has taken her time releasing these songs. Good for her. She could have been a pioneer of sorts, releasing single after single whenever she felt the urge. A million downloads here. A million downloads there. The songs could have been average.

But that is not what Adele did. Instead, she kept a low profile: she didn't join Instagram until four weeks ago, and she waited four years to deliver 25, which is anything but average. I would call it a masterpiece, but there is that small problem of the second half not really comparing with the first, and then there's "All I Ask," which I believe is exactly what detractors of Adele think she is: a total sap. Granted, "All I Ask" does not help the case -- it's not very good. A glaring wart, even.

It's too bad the detractors probably won't listen to the rest of 25. "Send My Love (To Your New Lover)" should be a pop hit. "I Miss You" is hypnotic. "Hello," especially the final minute, is as powerful as anything recorded this year.

And then there's "When We Were Young." It perhaps offers the best glimpse of Adele's life the past few years. It's when she sings "I'm so mad I'm getting old, it makes me reckless." It's not just the words, though. It's the way she sings them. Like she's realizing she has no control over the most important thing. Time.

Grade: B+

Friday, November 20, 2015

Shakey Graves at Terminal 5 in New York City | Photos

Shakey Graves performed at Terminal 5 in New York City last week. Please enjoy these photos by Julia Drummond.


Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Interview | BRONCHO at Fun Fun Fun Fest

Photo by Rozette Rago
Interview by Elisa Regulski

You may not know these fuzzy punk rockers by name, but you’ve almost certainly heard their music. Hit play on their top track on Spotify, and the chorus will instantly perk your memory. These musicians are more than just catchy hook-slingers penning tunes like “Class Historian” and “Try Me Out Sometime.” With songs peppering TV soundtracks and tours supporting
Billy Idol, BRONCHO will soon garner instant recognition (even if fans can’t agree on their pronunciation).

Their afternoon set during Austin’s 10th annual Fun Fun Fun Festival brought back some of my favorite memories from living in Oklahoma. Their lazy yet driving music sounds straight out of one of Norman’s quirky dive bars, and I jumped at the opportunity to discuss it with them.

Do you ever miss playing in those small venues in Oklahoma?

Ryan Lindsey (Vocalist/guitarist): I like playing in those small places. There’s a place in Norman called The Deli. Did you ever go there? It gets really packed in there, and everybody is in a good spot. So yeah, it’s nice playing a dingy little place. We’re pretty dingy, so…

Ha! But in a good way. You just finished up a tour with Billy Idol. Was it a big adjustment going from small stages such as the Deli to the sold-out tour with him?

RL: Yeah, it was nice because in those environments you get taken care of differently. There’s chips and salsa around a lot.

Oh, nice! That’s always a plus. Do you have any crazy Billy Idol stories?
(The band chuckled at the thought. There’s obviously some juicy memories there)

RL: Is this off the record? They’re good dudes...extremely wild.

Did you have a pivotal moment when you realized you were making it and could quit your day jobs?

Nathan Price (drummer): No! We got booed the first show. As we walked on stage we had hecklers.

RL: We walked on stage and the first thing we heard was “YOU SUCK.”

What would you say to those guys now that you have songs on TV shows and play huge tours?

RL: Thanks alot!

Do you have any advice for aspiring bands?

RL: Go play with Billy; you’ll love it.

Always a good idea! What’s your songwriting process like?

RL: It usually starts with melody, but sometimes it starts with just a conversation. A couple of songs we just worked on we had in conversation for probably two or three years. I’m not really sure how we ended up turning it into a song, but we made it happen.

What song is this?

RL: It’s a new one that we haven’t released yet. It’s called “Signora Borealis”

What’s this long-term conversation about?

RL: It involves a woman and it involves Dallas. And what those two things can do when they come together.

What are you goals for the band’s future?

RL: We need to write down our goals. That’s one thing we haven’t done.

NP: Yeah, our goal is to make some new year’s resolutions.