Apr 9 2012

#345 “Forest Avenue”

A few days ago I received an email which contained a link to a new demo from an up and coming local band called “Forest Avenue.” I must admit that up until this time hadn’t caught any of the band’s live performances or even sought out a avenue through which to experience their unique sound, but I’d heard their name dropped by local hipsters and audiophiles who labeled them as the triumphant voice of a generation devoid of intellectual musical heroes and I’d read about them in a number of underground publications which hailed their music as “enigmatic,” “haunting,” and even “soul-stirring.”

While the track posted here (entitled “The Wolf”) lacks the refinement and polish of a professionally produced studio recording, the band’s lead singer and guitarist both informed me that this rough cut is not only intentionally raw but also highly symbolic of the song’s focus and message. It seems that the powerful delivery of the verse, when combined with the subtly mournful and ever evolving chorus, creates a dichotomy that is representative of the wolf itself. It is a creature defined by both savagery and softness, aggression and solitary anguish. And this idea was melded into the song’s construction and performance. This composition, which focuses on the pack mentality vs. the inner yearning for freedom, and which presents themes revolving around the frustrations and trials that accompany of the coming of adulthood, is not just about the wolf, however. It’s about the inner lupine spirit inside all of us: the caged wolf that yearns to run free.

In an age in which mass-produced pop music is so candy-coated that the sweetness turns your stomach, this track serves as a healthy dose of raw meat. At first it may be a shock to your system, but once you’ve developed a taste for it, you’ll crave nothing else…

(Oh… I feel like I must apologize for the lack of an original wolf illustration today, but since the guys in the band informed me that this song was partially inspired by the WBS project, I figured it was close enough…)

Mar 29 2012

#334 Music Month (29)

From Eva in Phoenix, Arizona

Today’s Song/Video: “Hungry like the Wolf” by Duran Duran

Mar 27 2012

#332 Music Month (27)

 From CDS

Today’s Song/Video: “Wolves” by Kittie
(This song was suggested by Autumn via facebook. Thanks, Autumn.)

Mar 25 2012

#330 Music Month (25)

From a stranger in Spokane, Washington
(via a postcard featuring the Utah State Capitol)

Today’s Song/Video: “Someone’s in the Wolf”
by Queens of the Stone Age

Jan 4 2012

#249 Less is More (4)


From a stranger in North Carolina

I know this is the second Klosterman quotation in a row, but bear with me…

The Transformation Hypothetical:

Assume everything about your musical tastes was reversed overnight. Everything you once loved, you now hate; everything you once hated, you now love. For example, if your favorite band has always been R.E.M., they will suddenly sound awful to you; they will become the band you dislike the most. By the same token, if you’ve never been remotely interested in the work of Yes and Jethro Tull, those two groups will instantly seem fascinating. If you generally dislike jazz today, you’ll generally like jazz tomorrow. If you currently consider the first album by Veruca Salt to be slightly above average, you will abruptly find it to be slightly below average. Everything will become its opposite, but everything will remain in balance (and the rest of your personality will remain unchanged). So- in all likelihood- you won’t love music any less (or any more) than you do right now. There will still be artists you love and who make you happy; they will merely be all the artists you currently find unlistenable.

Now, I concede that this transformation would make you unhappy.
But explain why.

~ Chuck Klosterman (Chuck Klosterman IV)