If you’re reading this, you might notice
- this is the first post being made in over three months, and
- the website looks awfully different.
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be posting more to explain what’s been going on, what’s changing in the world, and what has changed with this site (which, as you can already read on the homepage, involves a new “pay what you want” model for the Song Shop!).
As things get revved up, I wanted to write a short post catching everyone up on what music has been coming out of my camp lately, as well as what music/movies out in the world I would deem worthy of your time.
To begin, the band I play bass for and the moniker I play everything for both had releases over the summer! In late July, Blind Breed released an awesome full-length record titled Alive, available for $6 on Bandcamp as well as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify and the like. Although I appear briefly on this album, I didn’t participate in the writing of these songs, so even though I play these songs live as a member of Blind Breed, I still get to listen to this album purely as a fan. It’s great, extremely well-produced modern rock music that I’d recommend to anyone.
A few weeks later into August, I finally put a wrap on a project that I’d recorded in April, a four song EP titled Album-in-a-Day Project, Vol. 1, downloadable for free on Bandcamp. In the coming weeks, I’ll go into detail about these songs, the process of writing/recording them in a single day, how I failed the first time I attempted the “project” a year earlier, and about Vol. 2, which will be released later this year.
I’d also love to take a moment to promote a brand new book just released by my father, Sergeant Tim Tremaine. Titled Officer Up! and written with nearly three decades of experience working for both city and county police departments, the book knowledgeably digests the current policing environment in a country where stories of officers shooting unarmed victims appear every month and presents a new way to train officers and reroute their thinking to stop these atrocities in their tracks. If you are an officer or know one, please considering buying this book, giving the book to someone as a gift, or recommending it for others to check out. The book is now available on Amazon (in print or for Kindle) and more can be read about the book at OfficerUp.us.
As for the movieverse, neither I nor any family members have been involved in any recent wide release films… (there’s a joke somewhere in there) …but I could not recommend more highly the modern western Hell or High Water. Thoughtful and riveting throughout, while often hilarious and occasionally gut-wrenching, this film has everything a movie should have. Don’t think twice about seeing it on the big screen. Also don’t think twice about seeing Don’t Think Twice, or for that matter The Hunt for the Wilderpeople, both of which are fantastic limited-release comedies for anyone within driving distance of a good indie theater. On the wide-release side, Kubo and the Two Strings is as good as it gets, but I also enjoyed Sully, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Pete’s Dragon.
To close things up with a few album recommendations, 2016 continues to be the year where I’ve purchased more music than ever before in my life…and the trend painfully continues. There are great albums I’ve only listened to once (Stage Four by Touché Amoré, Away by Okkervil River, Tidal Wave by Taking Back Sunday), along with presumably great albums that I haven’t gotten around to listening to yet (Low Teens by Every Time I Die, s/t by Yellowcard, Sorceress by Opeth).
I’ll be writing real reviews for some of these albums by year’s end, but for now I’ll just list the albums that stole my attention the most over the past 3 months, (most of which were released this year but not all):
A Mirror Dimly by Citizens & Saints
Costly by Ghost Ship
Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional by The Dear Hunter
All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us by Architects
The Dream is Over by PUP
(m)(a)(e) by Mae (a re-release of the morning/afternoon/evening EP series)
FANGS! by Falling Up
Sonderlust by Kishi Bashi
We’re All Gonna Die by Dawes
Passengers by Artifex Pereo
Clarity//Bleed American//Futures by Jimmy Eat World
The End is Not the End//Colors Run by House of Heroes
No One is Lost by Stars
Impersonator by Marc Martel
Air for Free by Relient K
Wasted Mind by Direct Hit!
Hear Us Say Jesus by Seven Places
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