With the release of 1987’s Come On Pilgrim, Boston-bred indie powerhouse Pixies shook the world in ways once thought impossible.
For Emma, Forever Ago stands out to me amongst all his work, and I think the story behind its creation is part of that. It remains an integral part of his discography and an essential record in music history.
Although R.E.M. called it quits eleven years ago, the Georgia-bred band’s fanbase is as ravenous as ever, hanging on each member’s every move.
With the knowledge that it would be his last attempt at success via music, Alexakis threw up a hail mary and formed Everclear, and after a bit of moving and shaking, the self-willed rocker recorded what would be the band’s debut record, World of Noise.
The song wasn’t the weirdest I’d ever heard, but “Sarah” was definitely weird, specifically the peculiar vocal delivery. I had to know more about this artist, Alex G. Thanks to “Sarah,” I fell down the Alex G rabbit hole and kept falling and am still falling to this day.
Looking back, Weezer’s The Blue Album qualifies, in my mind at least, as one of the great albums of the 90s. I return to it often. I expect these songs will be in the public consciousness for a long time to come, and for that, we can be truly thankful.
I think for me, this currently is my second favorite release from Sharon Van Etten behind Are We There. It could possibly rise up and take the top spot. I like it much more than Remind Me Tomorrow, but now I can see how vital that record and her transformation on it were so that she could get to this point, and deliver this very open, raw piece of work.
All in all, the 2022 version of the Taiwan Beats Showcase has proved to be integral to the region’s growth and continues to demonstrate Taiwan’s importance to the overarching independent and alternative scenes. I am of the opinion that the showcase will continue to serve as a proving ground for young and old artists alike, as they gain greater exposure and subsequent entry into the western zeitgeist.
“Limerence” isn’t a track necessarily treading new ground – the artist’s Bob Dylan fandom is apparent – but what Shinn is doing is reclaiming lost reverence for a simpler time. A time when music need not be autotuned, overproduced, or oversaturated with multi-track instrumentation.
Every now and then a musical artist comes along who completely rocks your world and turns everything you thought you knew about music upside down. For me, that artist was King Krule.