Well, I’m back. Hey!
I’ve been on a hiatus and yes, I realize it’s probably my tenth in the past two years, but that doesn’t matter. I used the past few months to really think about wholly roller and the direction I want to take it. I can’t imagine not writing this blog, which is why I’m going to keep fighting the good fight. However, I’m going to starting taking things in a slightly new direction.
Right before we welcomed 2014, I read this post on Frontier Psychiatrist about reading 52 books in 52 weeks. I really wanted to read more and this was the motivation I needed. I don’t think I’ll get to 52 this year, but I’ve definitely read more this year than I did in 2013. Like most people, I look at a computer screen pretty much all day long. Computers are cool and so is the internet, but books are cool, too. And I think reading is super important. So, starting in October wholly roller will start featuring a couple of books a month. First up is John Darnielle’s first novel, Wolf in White Van.
So, where’s the music? wholly roller is first and foremost a music blog, that won’t change. I used to think I could post a couple of times a day, but that’s just not going to happen. I can’t keep up with that type of schedule, so instead of that pipe dream I’m going to try posting two or three times a week. The new and improved posts will feature a variety of tracks, videos, albums, shows and more. It really all depends what I’m feeling that day or week. I created this thing because I wanted to share music with you and I don’t want to change that.
Listening to music, reading and writing are things that I love. So, why not keep sharing those things with you? I can’t wait to start this new phase for wholly roller and I hope you’ll join me.
La Guerre is the solo project of Katlyn Conroy from Cowboy Indian Bear. SHOUT OUT to my pal Nate for sending this gem to me because it’s fantastic. It’s beautiful. It’s dark. And I’m just going to say it: It’s the album you wanted from St. Vincent, but didn’t get it. And don’t get me wrong here, I love Ms. Annie Clark as much as the next person. Conroy just takes that brand of glittery folk to a whole new level of amazing. Anyway, you’ve got to listen to this album and I promise you will not be disappointed.
La Guerre on Facebook.
Have you guys heard of Atlanta-based Del Venicci? Because they’re really awesome and they have a new EP coming out on the 25th via Atlanta-based label Prima Satisfaction. The forthcoming EP is titled Haunted Hall and you can check out the first single, “Teenage Swingers,” below.
And be sure to head over to the 529 on Monday, Feb. 17th. They’ll be there along with Bleeding Rainbow, Hunters, and Sioux City Sue.
We’re a month into 2014 and I’ve finally gotten around to compiling a list of albums I loved in 2013. My life changed quite a bit last year and I wasn’t as connected to new music as I had been in the past or wanted to be. But that’s okay. I think change is good and I’m excited for what 2014 will bring. So, here we go.
This list wasn’t really hard to make. These 11 albums were on constant rotation throughout the year and it was pretty much love at first listen for every single one. So, without further ado and in no particular order, here are my favorites of 2013.
Love’s Crushing Diamond
In Guards We Trust
You guys should go to the EARL on Monday, February 3rd because Jordan Lee AKA Mutual Benefit is going to be there singing is gorgeous music. Suno Deko is also going to be there and so is Tantrum. Seriously, do not miss this. Just don’t.
Listen to a couple of tunes from Love’s Crushing Diamond below. It was one of my favorites of 2013. It’s an amazingly beautiful album. And I’ll see you at the show!
Get your tickets online via Ticket Alternative. Doors are at 8:30 pm and it’s $8. Also, here’s a Facebook event link if you’re in to that: https://www.facebook.com/events/190978231095251/
It’s Thursday. Friday Eve. It’s getting ridiculously close to Christmas, too, and Atlanta’s Places has a very special treat for us all. It’s a dreamy new gem recorded at The Cottage called “Graves” and I guarantee you’ll listen to it a dozen times in a row.
Places will be at the EARL tonight with On Holiday, RRest and Gold-Bears. It’s $5, doors at 8:30 pm.
I LOVE THIS BAND.
The Debauchees is a three piece rock band out of Louisville, KY. And you need to stop what you are doing and put their debut, Big Machines and Peculiar Beings (out now on sonaBLAST!), in your ears.
I can’t wait to see them live!
Keep an eye on them…