Ryan Adams – Dirty Rain (In Studio Acoustic Version)

One thing that sets 1146 apart from other music blogs is the personal nature of many posts. We love writing about how we connect to the songs we’re sharing, and in fact, that’s why I’m here right now.  The tour I’m about to go on is bringing me to a few old haunts, and until I heard this Ryan Adams song this morning, it hadn’t occurred to me how I might react when I’m back.

“Last time I was hear I was raining, it ain’t raining anymore.”

I left a lot of things behind in the Midwest, tangible and intangible, and I think it’s a testament to the immediacy of this song that my head immediately went to St. Louis, and how I’d be looking at the same people and places through a very different lens.  Or maybe we just max out on our nostalgia at a certain point in our lives?

Dirty Rain is a track off Ryan Adam’s newly released acoustic album, Ashes & Fire.

Yellow Ostrich – Whale

What’s one thing that you find enjoyable to do but wish you were better at? I like to paint from time to time.

It’s calming to have some killer music playing and just put the acrylics to paper with whatever comes to mind. Depending on what music I have playing in the background, I feel like I’m progressively (slowly but surely) improving. I had one of these very moments yesterday.

[This picture was the outcome]

So what was the cause?

Yellow Ostrich played an acoustic version of their track entitled Whale on the Big Ugly Yellow Couch. I have no clue when the performance is from but I absolutely love it. For at least half the duration of doing my painting, I was listening to this performance on repeat. Check it out and tell me you don’t dig it.

Yellow Ostrich is on tour now so be sure to check ‘em out in a city nearby!

Until next Monday… catchya later tricks!

Future Islands – Where I Found You

Among the artists I’ve recently come across and been obsessing over is Future Islands. Future Islands came to my attention thanks to Jess‘s recommendation. I owe her because this Baltimore group is something that I wouldn’t have gone out of my way to listen to but it’s something that I have a great affinity for now.

I don’t know if I should admit this, but sometimes I daydream where those daydreams are playing out scenes like they would be played out in a movie. It’s soundtracking life in some sense (a very real sense when the daydreams are vivid or merge with points of minutiae from reality). Just listening to Where I Found You sends me into a movie sequence of a Zach Braff film and that’s the best way I can describe why I like it so much.

It’s on the album On The Water, which is out now. Go get it. I hope you like.

Heaven Go Easy On Me

Heaven Go Easy On Me

You may or may not have noticed that I took a bit of a writing sabbatical this week–I didn’t feel like I had much to say about music or otherwise. Fortunately, the site continued to feature awesome content from Meera on Monday through to Jess on Friday before she headed out to Comicon. This week actually marked the first time when the frontpage was made up entirely of posts that weren’t written by me. When I stop to think about, that’s awesome. To the writers: thanks, guys.

But now’s the time to end my mini-sabbatical; as is the case with most times I’m truly moved to write, a song struck a chord with me. It reverberated the whole day and now, finally, I get to let the words flow.

The song that I kept wanting to hear was The Head and the Heart’s Heaven Go Easy On Me. It’s the closing song on the group’s self-titled album.

Every time I listen, I think of someone in particular. I think she would be surprised because quite honestly, I’m a bit surprised myself that I would associate this song with her. She’s probably a few thousand miles away and figuring out her life like I am trying to do with mine. I could probably call her up but the conversation would be short and awkward because all I would have to say would be something along the lines of “hey, this song made me think about you.” I think it has something to do with a few lines in the song but I don’t know why; so alas, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s probably for the best that I don’t make that call.

Whether I would associate this song with anyone or not, I would definitely recommend you listen to it.

The Head and the Heart – Heaven Go Easy On Me