I’ve been crushing on The Fresh & Onlys since their widely heralded 2009 LP Grey-Eyed Girls. (Hard to believe that… Read More »A Retrospective Look at Animal of One by The Fresh & Onlys
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Finally, I present to you my top 10 records of 2012. Once again, we begin with a pair of honorary mentions — the recent single that’s leading into my most anticipated album of 2013, and an album I know would have made the top 50 had I checked it out in advance of compiling and publishing the first half of this list.Read More »The Best LPs of 2012 Countdown: 10 to 1
The week leading up to this week’s radio show was spent taking it easy. It’s almost the end of summer, and after several consecutive weekends of house projects that overlapped into weekday evenings, it was a needed break. The resulting playlist was a mix of randomly-pieced together new releases paired with some classic favorites such as Belle and Sebastian (circa 1996), The High Dials (2006) and old The Fresh and Onlys (2009).Read More »Fense’s Radio Show: September 14, 2012
Visiting the parents is often a stressful time. Despite their incessantly busy schedules, they have actually learned to relax in retirement despite their hectic lifestyle. I visited them two weekends ago now. Hence the absence of an August 17 radio show recap; there was none. Instead, I participated in my brother’s wedding.Read More »Fense’s Radio Show: August 24, 2012
The problem with so-called best-of lists, is that they are really just a collection of items organized based on experience and time, in that there will be plenty of albums heard the following year and beyond that will hold just as much weight as these we dub as “Best.” So, as of right now, at this particular time in the tail end of 2010 and the first moments of 2011, these albums are the best. There’s no question about it; it will change. My next list (which I’ve started, but may take a while to publish) is dubbed, paraphrase: the best albums I didn’t check out in 2011 for some reason or another.Read More »FensePost Top 33 and 1/3: The Best Albums of 2010
It appears there is truth behind the popular phrase about time speeding by the older you get. After hitting the ripe age of 30 back in September and taking a nice little road trip from my home north of Seattle to the Southwest town of Albuquerque at the end of that month, time seems to have slipped by with ease. And it appears I haven’t done one of these podcast things since July! Read More »FensePost Podcast Series: FenseCast #4, Time Flies
Doing stuff in front of projection screens is nothing new in music videos. We’ve seen a few of these lately, and if you think real hard you can probably pull one or two out of your hat from years ago. The Fresh & Onlys give it a new vibe with their song “Waterfall”, especially in the creepy opening moments. Things quickly lighten up and the band jumps around wearing white while waterfalls gush projected on them and the screen behind. It’s colorful and fun and just dark enough to be interesting. Read More »The Fresh & Onlys: Waterfall [Video]
You know that old saying about blinking — like, don’t blink or you’ll miss it, or time goes by in the blink of an eye or some cliche crap like that? Well, shocker: It’s true. Things move fast and now as I quickly encroach upon three decades of personal existence (mere months away at this time), it seems ever more prevalent a concept.
So I decided to take a brief look back at a few bands I should have checked out last year but didn’t for some reason or another; most likely because of a lack of time.
Here are 10 bands and albums I should have checked out in 2009… a few of which would have made my top 50 of 2009.Read More »Oops: 10 Bands I Should Have Checked Out in 2009