I just finished up a week long vacation in which I built a greenhouse in my backyard. I love DIY projects, the adventure, the problem solving, all of it! And I usually make a lot of mistakes. For example, the stone walk-way I built last year was dug too low, and I’ll have to raise it up this year. I’d love your opinions / critiques of my greenhouse-building process.Continue reading “Backyard Greenhouse”
Describe it 1 sentence: A gloomy day won’t stop you from waving your arms at the psychedelic swamp.
Favorite tracks: “Good Grief”
How I heard about this album: I’ve been a Dr. Dog fan since 2012, but recently “Good Grief” showed up in Spotify’s Discover Weekly
Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “And with this one, we’re working on the oldest Dr. Dog tunes around. It’s really interesting. “Continue reading “Dr. Dog: “The Psychedelic Swamp””
Describe it 1 sentence: A group collective of alt-rock artists from other bands get together to rock out, get weird, and have fun.
Favorite tracks: “I Wanna Make It Wit Chu”, “Subcutaneous Phat”
How I heard about it: Spotify’s Discover Weekly recommended “I Wanna Make It Wit Chu”
Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “At Desert Sessions, you play for the sake of music.”Continue reading “Desert Sessions: “Volume 9 & 10””
Describe it 1 sentence: One minute you’re listening to sinister lounge music, the next, sinister surf music.
Favorite tracks: “Tiger Phone Card”, “Oceans on Venus”
How I heard about it: Spotify’s Discover Weekly recommended “Tiger Phone Card”
Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “In the late 1990s, keyboardist Ethan Holtzman discovered Cambodian psychedelic rock music while traveling in that country. “Continue reading “Dengue Fever: “Venus on Earth””
Describe it 1 sentence: A weird, funky mix of punk and hip-hop.
Favorite tracks: “Strange Arithmetic” and “The Guillotine” – The whole album is freakin’ amazing!
How I heard about it: Spotify’s Discover Weekly recommended “The Guillotine” coincidentally on the same week that I saw the movie of “Sorry to Bother You”.
Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “The Coup’s music is driven by assertive and danceable bass-driven backbeats overlaid by critical, hopeful, and witty lyrics, often with a bent towards the literary.”
Describe it 1 sentence: Modern psychedelia with a strong Beach Boys vibe.
Favorite tracks: “A Silver Song” and “Ancient Robots”
How I heard about it: Spotify’s Discover Weekly recommended “A Silver Song”Continue reading “Conspiracy of Owls: “Conspiracy of Owls””
Describe it 1 sentence: Adventurous and complicated Jazz.
Favorite tracks: “Birdland” and “Havona”
How I heard about it: While researching Classical bassists, I came upon this band!
Best line from artist’s Wikipedia: “From the start, Weather Report took the unusual and innovative approach of abandoning the traditional “soloist/accompaniment” demarcation of straight-ahead jazz and instead featuring opportunities for continuous improvisation by every member of the band.”Continue reading “Weather Report: “Heavy Weather””
Describe it 1 sentence: Sparked by the death of a loved one, this music bounces between the despair and hope of human existence.
Favorite tracks: “Drift While Your Sleeping”, “About to Run”, “In Long Lines”
How I heard about it: Megan and I caught the live debut of this, and it was exhilarating.Continue reading “Trey Anastasio: “Ghosts of the Forest””
Describe it 1 sentence: Gorgeously relaxing re-imaginings of Phish songs for solo piano.
Favorite tracks: “Talk”, “The Squirming Coil”, and holy fudge “Tweezer”
How I heard about it: I hear Holly Bowling on the Under the Scales podcast, and was immediately fascinated with her work.Continue reading “Holly Bowling: “Distillation of a Dream””