For a few years I was really into collecting coins. Lack of time and lack of money (ironically) preclude me from pursuing the hobby any further for now, but I still appreciate some of the classics. Like the so-called Buffalo Nickel, designed by James Earle Fraser and minted in the United States from 1913 to 1938. Timeless and utterly American, no? So imagine my glee when I spotted the cover to the latest album from Richie Owens and the Farm Bureau, In Farm We Trust. Very nice indeed. Looks like they used the more recent 24-karat American Buffalo gold coin as the template, but that design looks great either way.
The term progressive can have rather dangerous effects on music. For starters it makes the typical music fan cringe with ideas of long-winded guitar solos and lyrics about gnomes fighting dragons. Second, it can cause musicians to try to make albums that actually match those ideas. When coupled with other words like “19th century sea-faring folk ballads” it has to be questioned whether anyone would even bother listening. And yet here we are witnessing the sixth studio album from the Decemberists more than a decade into their career. After having built a sizable following with what seems like a rather niche take on indie rock, perhaps it is those potential trappings that forced Colin Meloy and company’s hand towards taking a more stripped-down and straightforward approach on The King is
Yup, it's that time again! Before I roll out the annual year-end rundown of my favorite albums, let's take a listen to some of the best songs from 2010. I've included YouTube clips where possible, since I used Lala last year and got burned. 1. "Them That Do Nothing" by Field Music (from Measure) - I could probably populate this whole list with songs from Field Music's third studio album. Instead I'll just highlight the first single from it and we can all revel in its pure pop perfection. Well done, Brewis brothers, well done indeed. 2. "Doin' It Again" by the Roots (from How I Got Over) - If there's a case to be made for why sampling can work so well in hip hop it's this track, which brilliantly weaves the Roots' own composition with John Legend's "Again". It's the standout
The postcard has become a lost art; a quaint relic of the past. Oh sure, you can still find quantities of them in those spinning metal racks in any airport gift shop. But who really uses them for their intended purpose anymore? Quick – how much postage does it take to send a postcard in the US? Exactly. I came across these postcards at an antiques show a few years ago. Sure, I like to look at all the nice antique furniture and jewelry. And the old books and china are nice. But postcards are where you can really get a glimpse into the past. And since they’re not old letters, you don’t feel like you’re prying. Of course, I like old postcards for more esoteric reasons. I love looking at the cars, the architecture, the outfits and even the old fonts and signs. So many people use the word