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Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

Music and Cocktails: Half Empty or Half Full

I was first exposed to the Indie band Death Cab for Cutie when my daughter was in high school and I was driving her back and forth everyday. At that point, they had released both Transatlanticism, the album that brought them recognition and critical acclaim, and Plans, their first commercial success with a major label that ended up going platinum. “Marching Bands of Manhattan” is the opening track on Plans and I can distinctly remember hearing it for the first time and immediately thinking

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Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Music and Cocktails: Traveling Blind

Leonard Cohen’s impact on the music world cannot be measured. He has influenced the likes of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Patti Smith, Lou Reed, and Bono, all major influencers themselves, and only a handful of artists in the total list. His presence was like a stone being thrown into a lake; the ripples he caused went on forever. Rolling Stone called Cohen the “poet of brokenness” in an article written by Mikal Gilmore shortly after his death in November of 2017. Gilmore felt that despite Cohen’s

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Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

Music and Cocktails: Walk in Silence

For most of my Music and Cocktails posts I’ve looked to different sources to gain background information about the particular song, or artist, or band about which I was writing. I began researching Joy Division’s “Atmosphere” in much the same way as I always do, yet I quickly realized that most interpretations of the song, as well as its importance to the band in general, were written from the standpoint of lead singer Ian Curtis’ depression and subsequent suicide. It’s

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Music and Cocktails: Gonna Keep You in Love With Me

Music and Cocktails: Gonna Keep You in Love With Me

I’ve been a huge fan of The National since I saw them in concert nearly seven years ago, and I’m beyond excited to be seeing them again in Philadelphia at the end of September. Their work has been incredibly consistent, and their latest album Sleep Well Beast is certainly no exception in terms of quality, yet it has brought with it a slight shift in sound and meaning. The National has always been a rock band with a very guitar forward focus, but the introduction of carefully selected electronic and orchestral elements on this release raises things to a whole new level, and creates layers of both subtlety and sophistication. Band frontman Matt Berninger, who writes his song lyrics with his wife Carin Besser, often taps into the darker, more melancholic aspects of life and love. That’s one of the reasons why I love The National so much! Sleep Well Beast zeroes in on the idea of the dissolution of long term relationships and the difficulty in maintaining that first flush of love that can so quickly slip away from us. There are also several tracks on the album that focus on our country’s current political situation and leave no question as to who is responsible for it. Greg Kott sums it up best in an article for the Chicago Tribune by saying, ” [Sleep Well Beast] is an album that works well with the lights turned low, if only to better empathize with the dimming prospects of singer Matt Berninger’s narrators.” Totally true.

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Music and Cocktails: How’s That For First impressions?

Music and Cocktails: How’s That For First impressions?

When I first listened to Courtney Barnett’s “Depreston” I can remember being pulled into the song immediately. The guitar riff is simple, and everything accompanying it is fairly muted, so it evokes the feeling that Barnett is singing directly to us, telling us a story in her signature deadpan delivery that immediately makes us want to know more. Then again, that’s pretty much what we can expect from almost all her music. Fortunately she’s not shy about telling us what inspires her and how the process of

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