Goodbye!

Hi Friends.  The time for euphonieblog has come to an end.

But I’m happy to announce the launch of BorrowedNostaglia.com:

A place for consuming music at two ends of the spectrum, digital and analog. A destination for those who like having access to almost anything ever recorded at the click of a button and yet still line up to purchase vinyl every year on Record Store Day.
Borrowed Nostalgia is a site for all of this in today’s scene.

“For All Good Kids”

The first post is an interview with Chris Gethard!

Thanks for your kind support.  And I hope to see you over at Borrowed Nostalgia (dot com).

-Allie

New Singles: Conor Oberst, First Aid Kit, Bob Mould, Black Keys, & more

In the past couple weeks, many artists released singles from forthcoming albums.  The list below contains a selection of some of these singles, arranged in order of album release date.

After hearing these songs, I must say I am most excited for Bob Mould’s album and the follow up to First Aid Kit’s excellent album, The Lion’s Roar (2012).

Happy listening!


The Secret Sisters “Iuka” from Put Your Needle Down (April 15, Republic Records)

The Black Keys “Fever” from Turn Blue (May 13, Nonesuch)

 Conor Oberst “Governor’s Ball” from Upside Down Mountain (May 20, Nonesuch Record)

Bob Mould “Hey, Mr Grey”, from Beauty & Ruin (June 3, Merge)

Fucked Up “Paper the House” from Glass Boys (June 3, Matador)

First Aid Kit “My Silver Lining” from Stay Gold (June 10, Columbia Records)


You can also stream Split Single‘s Fragmented World. This band features Jason Narducy (Verbow, Bob Mould’s band, Superchunk) on vocals & guitar, Britt Daniel (Spoon, Divine Fits) on bass, and Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Mountain Goats, Bob Mould’s band) on drums. It is definitely a recommended release.

On the New York Times, you can stream OFF!’s Wasted Years (April 8, Vice Records).  This is a very random placement for this punk album’s preview. But go ahead.

New Tunes Review: The Hold Steady ‘Teeth Dreams’

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The Hold Steady “Teeth Dreams”

Its been 4 years since the last Hold Steady album.

The new album, Teeth Dreams, is an expansive record with nods to all of the usual influences. Certain songs refer to the usual cast of characters. Some phrasings call back to old slogans. The locations are the same. The sentiments are the same. Craig Finn is the same, mostly.

The thing that stuck out to me the most was the frequency of acoustic jams. With a total of 10 songs, Some of them (“Almost Everything” and “The Ambassador”) are in the vein of “Lord, I’m Discouraged” (from 2008’s Stay Positive). This is not a bad thing. One could speculate that this is a by-product of the band growing older. You can write about ruckus partying forever. The scene moves on and I believe the band gracefully accepts that.

Of course there are more positive, upbeat songs. “I Hope This Whole Thing Doesn’t Frighten You,” the album’s lead single and opening track, “The Only Thing,” and “Spinners” are of the record’s most memorable songs because they are the most Hold-Steady-esque.

Like, the lyric “Heartbreak hurts but you can dance it off” in “Spinners.” These 8 words pretty much illustrate the entire Hold Steady ethos. Their songs and live showmanship encourage you to put troubling problems behind because you are among supportive friends.

“Big Cig” and “On With the Business” were the most “talk-singing” tracks and seemed like an attempt to regress into their weirder, earlier material. The closing track, “Oaks,” ends with a long guitar solo, much like certain classic-rock songs.

It is hard to decide where this album will eventually rank. It is definitely not on the same level as Separation Sunday and Boys and Girls in America. As a first impression, I believe it goes somewhere between Stay Positive and Heaven is Whenever.

iTunes is streaming the new album for free. It comes out March 25, 2014.

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List List (& short reviews!): March 20

Of this week’s new releases, I listened to The Black LipsUnderneath the Rainbow and Kevin Drew (of Broken Social Scene)’s Darlings. Drew’s album is more acoustic while The Black Lips presented a more country-influenced album.

There is also the debut album from Perfect Pussy called Say Yes to Love. This is a ferocious punk-rock album from the girl-fronted group an definitely recommended to fans of that genre. The album was streaming on NPR First Listen, but you can also stream some of their songs on Bandcamp.

Taking Back Sunday released their Happiness Is album. It is a solid emo effort from the band, who is back to their “classic” lineup.

And finally, War on Drugs released Lost in the Dream, which is a very enjoyable follow up to 2011’s Slave Ambient. This album was also on NPR First Listen last week (the associated story is a good read).

Stay tuned for next week when I post my initial thoughts on The Hold Steady‘s Teeth Dreams (streaming now on iTunes).

Links List: Feb 28

  • Arthur Chu is still winning Jeopardy. He talked to The AV Club. I’m still undecided about smug Mr. Chu but good for him, I guess.
  • And for all my fellow former Long Island bargin shoppers: RIP Loehmann’s. I have so many memories of those strange shared dressing rooms & purchases of Joe Jeans and Michael Star shirts.  This is very sad.

New Tunes Review: Beck’s Morning Phase

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Every so often there comes along an album that makes you close your eyes and slowly drift into a calmly pensive state, unburdened by stress and responsibility.

I believe that Beck’s Morning Phase is that album.

Released as a “follow-up” to 2002’s Sea ChangeMorning Phase is wonderful.  30 seconds into my first listen and I was already convinced.  Sea Change is one of my favorite sad and pensive albums.  It is full of heartbreak and mourning but with elements of hope.  Morning Phase follows the same tone.  The acoustic melodies strum slowly through Beck’s melancholy lyrics. Violins and harmonic background vocals create a lush yet delicate sound. It is hard to know what exactly Beck was going through when writing and recording this album but I feel his emotions as deeply as my own.

I was immediately drawn to “Heart is a Drum,” “Say Goodbye,” and “Blackbird Chain,” but each track has interesting elements. Morning Phase works both as a “sequel” to one of the most beautiful albums of the 2000s and as a stand-alone journey through Beck’s psyche.

As the album glided along, I inadvertently found myself leaning back in my desk chair, imaging a warm and hazy sun radiating from the clouds. The view was much better than my current scenery, full of dirty ice mounds and slushy street corners.  It was sensational.

The album officially comes out Tuesday, February 25th but you can listen now via NPR’s First Listen: Beck’s Morning Phase 

Links List: Feb 7

  • As an avid Jeopardy-watcher for almost my entire life, I enjoy when contestants are suddenly thrust into the media spotlight. Like this guy. Go Arthur!
  • And, finally, Phillip Seymour Hoffman died this week.  My first memory of his work was as Lester Bangs in Almost Famous.  At that time, I wanted nothing more than to be a rock critic. This role, and this movie, prompted my research into Lester Bangs’ writing. Each of Hoffman’s roles were great in their own right. He will really be missed. RIP.