Monthly Archives: May 2014

It’s Our One Year Anniversary!

This month Lyrically Addicted celebrates its one year anniversary.

It’s an incredible milestone for me, because if I’m completely honest, I wasn’t entirely sure how this project was going to play out in the long run. I have a tendency to throw myself into projects with enthusiasm and complete commitment…until things start getting hard. And it’s true we’ve gone through some rough spots with the blog. The first month went great but then we struggled for the next few while I tried to find my footing. One of our original founding members is no longer a contributor, decreasing the pool of creativity we can draw from. We’ve tried countless times to institute a type of schedule for posting new content but nothing ever seems to stick. And on top of all of this, I work full time in retail which can be rather exhausting. Most days when I get out of work all I want to do is go home and curl up in bed with a book.

And yet here we are, one year later, still going strong. We now have a tumblr, a twitter, and a facebook page. The last few months we’ve gotten successively more and more views, and I’m thrilled (and slightly baffled) to announce that as I’m typing this we’ve reached 1004 views for this month alone.

So I’d like to take a minute to thank some people. This blog is a very personal and very important project to me. Music has always helped me feel less alone and it’s gotten me through some hard times. One of my favorite things is to meet other people who connect to music so deeply as well. When I started writing this I thought that there were only a few people to mention but it turns out there are quite a few so bear with me. I realize this is rather indulgent to do it this way – but it is my blog after all.

So thank you Vas, for co-founding this blog with me and for sticking with it through the ups and downs. I have so much fun running this blog with you and discussing music news with you on facebook. I don’t think I could have done this without you.

Thank you Ben Marwood, for being gracious enough to be the first person we interviewed on the blog. You are one of my favorite musicians, and though you might make folk music for angry people you’re really a sweet guy at heart. Thanks for staying in touch, it always makes me smile to hear from you.

Thank you to Jay for hanging out before and after your show with us and granting us our second (informal) interview. It might have been a small gig but seeing how much you love making music was really inspiring to me. Hopefully I’ll catch you when you come back around and we can drink cider together again.

Thank you to Gabriela for designing the logo for this website and making me some kick ass business cards. I may not have given out as many as I probably should have at Boston Calling but everyone I did give them to loved them. That truly was the best surprise ever.

Thank you to my family for supporting me in this (dad, mom, Drew, Millie, and the girls). You guys always make me feel like I’m doing something worthwhile with my time instead of just perusing a hobby. So thank you for your unquestioning support. It means a lot.

Thank you Lauren for being cool enough to introduce yourself when I finally saw your band play in Portsmouth. I had a blast hanging out with you (and Jordan and Cam) at Boston Calling and you guys were amazing opening up the festival on Sunday. Can’t wait to see what you guys do next.

Thanks to Eric for all the random and ridiculous music conversations we have. Keep doing what you do, you really inspire me a lot with your passion.

And Ken. Can we trade lives for a bit? I love everything you do and I really do need to move to New York so we can take the music world by storm. Someday.

And last, but certainly not least, thank YOU. Yes, you, dear reader. I don’t know who you are, or why you are reading this, but it means a lot to me that you are. This blog is like my baby and I’m so incredibly proud of it. I can’t wait to see what happens next and I hope you come along for the ride.

-Cherie

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New Music // Slow Club – “Suffering You, Suffering Me”


Sheffield duo Slow Club have announced that their newest album, Complete Surrender, will be released on July 14, 2014. Check out their newest single taken from the upcoming album.

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Three Artists We’re Eagerly Waiting for to Release New Albums

by Cherie

Laura Marling

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One of the things I admire most about Laura Marling is her work ethic. She never slows down, never stops to take a breath. Music is her passion, and her impressive catalog is evidence of that. At just twenty-four she already has four albums under her belt and she was signed as a solo artist at the young age of 17. Marling is constantly composing new songs, not all of which make it onto her albums. She can also boast an impressive collection of unrecorded songs that live on thanks to the internet and youtube. She’s not afraid to play the rough versions of songs live either, and it’s interesting to trace the evolution of her songs through those live performances. The first four tracks off of her most recent album, Once I Was an Eagle, were originally written as four separate songs, all of which she performed live before making them into one long medly for the album. Marling doesn’t need a long period of time between albums, either. Her second album, I Speak Because I Can, was released in 2010 and she released her third, A Creature I Don’t Know, just one year later. Marling has stated that she is working on her fifth album, and hopes to be finished before Christmas, though no official date has been set as of yet. It’s been fascinating to trace her growth as a musician over the course of her four albums and her latest has been considered by critics to be her best work yet. It’s a stunning masterpiece of elegantly crafted music and one can only wonder what Marling will come up with next.

 

Ben Howard

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Rarely does a debut album blow me away. There’s a lot of really good debut albums out there, but usually an artist has a lot of growing to do before they can really impress me. Not so with Ben Howard. Howard’s debut album, Every Kingdom, is a stunningly beautiful piece of work. It isn’t even that it’s perfect – because it’s not. Howard recorded most of the tracks live and left any imperfections in because he wanted it to sound authentic. There’s a genuineness and passion in the tracks that shines through. It’s easily one of my favorite albums of all time and it’s one that I love to put on no matter what kind of mood I’m in. But the album came out in 2011 and since then Howard’s pretty much stopped touring, with the exception of various festival and one off gigs. He’s made hints that he’s working on new music, but so far nothing official seems to have been announced. With his debut being as good as it was, I’m eager to see what he comes up with next.

 

The Last Shadow Puppets

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Technically, The Last Shadow Puppets doesn’t actually exist. The group was a side project of Alex Turner (The Arctic Monkeys) and Miles Kane (The Rascals, The Little Flames). The two got together in France, recorded an album in a couple of weeks, toured it for a bit, and that was the end of it. Sure they might play “Standing Next To Me” together when they both happen to be playing the same festival, but so far that’s the only reunion fans have gotten. When asked about the possibility of putting out a second album, both Kane and Turner (who remain very close friends) laugh and hint at the possibility. But it’s always in terms of “someday” and never anything more concrete. For now Kane is content to be touring his second solo album, and Turner is winding down the tour for AM5. Though the two have been spotted together a lot recently (Kane joined AM on tour in the US for some of the dates, and opened for the band on several of their European dates), so perhaps a second album is a possibility sooner rather than later. It’s been six years since the duo put out their only album, and both have grown incredibly as musicians in that time. One can only wonder what a new TLSP album would sound like if the two put their heads together once more.

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Conor Oberst – “Zigzagging Toward the Light”

The first single off of Oberst’s new album, Upside Down Mountain, takes the viewer on a bleak futuristic journey through Manhattan. The album itself is inspired by the 70s so the imagery at the end of the video (war, atomic bombs, and destruction) feeds heavily into that. The new album is out now on Nonesuch Records.

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May 29, 2014 · 12:32 pm

Mumford and Sons Tease Fans with Release of “Gentlemen of the Road Part 6”

Mumford and Sons have been on an indefinite hiatus for a couple of months now, but today the band gave new hope to their fans by releasing the sixth part in their ongoing “Gentlemen of the Road” documentary series. The series, which is produced by Fred & Nick, was first released on the deluxe version of the band’s debut album, Sigh No More. This latest chapter features the band looking back on a series of shows they put on for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour.

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May 28, 2014 · 2:59 pm

Boston Calling 2014 Playlist

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Do you miss Boston Calling as much as we do? Check out this playlist we put together with some of the highlights from the three day festival. And remember, September is just around the corner!

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Dan Fisk “Drifting” is Not Drifting at Sea, But Docked at Success

By Christina, guest writer

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“Drifting” is the sophomore effort by a singer/songwriter Dan Fisk. Usually a second album is difficult to live up to the success of a first album but Dan has no worries here. Within the first few seconds of “As Long As I’m With You” I was head bopping, clapping, and toe-tapping along with him. It’s one of those songs that the lyrics are good, the harmonies are wonderful, and you really just want to get up and dance. This is a wonderful energetic tune about falling in love.

“Heart Lies” opens up with a dirty guitar, and turns into another dance tune. Horns give it a great jazzy sound, and guitars and the drums join in during the bridge to make you do a mean jive. This song is truly a mix vocally and musically. The lyrics will definitely stick in your head and you will find yourself humming this one throughout the day and the video merely adds to the experience. This is definitely a great song that will climb the charts.

“Disappear” is the third song on this album and the first ballad. The lyrics stand out as the appeal to this song about losing your love to someone else. “I’m a moon without a glow, a sail without a boat at sea…. Gotta find the strength to let go. … Never took the time to feel. Sweetly you gazed while softly I played for you all the songs I know. Disappear, I wanna disappear.” Piano and violin throughout the tune adds a beautiful transition between the stanzas.

“Barefoot Tap Dance” is one of those songs I liked the more I listened to it. It flows like silk through your fingers. “I need a girl to keep in step and understand it’s a barefoot tap dance” Although I’m not a ballroom dancer, this feels more like a latin dance than a tap dance.

“Stage 5 Clinger” is the big hit of this album. It is funky, while still country, and it is just plain FUN. “It’s Facebook official, I’m as single as a dollar bill. You’re batshit crazy… Getting rid of you is like trying to get the Marlboro man to quit.” Again the bridge with drums and guitar just jives with the song and you find yourself really getting into the song. He ends the song with a classic line that I’m sure many of us have said before: “I don’t care if you were good in bed, I wish we hadn’t met.”

“Talk To Me” has horns, guitars and a sense of “being plugged in”. He wants to know can we go any time without our cell phones in hand or being plugged in. “We have everything we need in hand, but never been more alone. They sit in silence with not a word to say. 140 characters I think there’s a better way. Nobody is as they seem.”

“Thicker Than Water” is like riding a horse with the tempo slowed down. This is another ballad storytelling and it’s at a level equal to some of the greater storytellers in music these days. The violin and piano gives the tune a haunting feel. This song is a very strong dedication to a sibling that was always there to protect, and shield him. The line “You rushed in and screamed at the silence, but she didn’t hear” speaks volumes about how much pain he was in, and how much he was protected.

Dan is quoted as saying: “Music allows me to have a dialog with people, where we can both feel the same feelings, but on a deeper level than we could if we were just talking to each other.”Dan is definitely a very good conversationalist, and songwriter. If the title of the album is an indication that he is unsure of the genre he wants to label himself under, I believe country music and the fans will be glad to claim him.

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