seasecrets!fossils!fictions!: The Dragon Tree

ssff coverThe Dragon Tree by my sister Mandy (under the moniker seasecrets!fossils!fictions!) came out all the way back in the caveman days of 2011. April 20th to be exact.

But it’s been on constant repeat for me the past year and a half and I wanted to remind those of you who’ve maybe put aside in our ever-constant desire to find the Next Thing to have a listen again because it’s still as awesome as you remember, and to introduce it to those whose radar this fine little EP might’ve slipped under the first time around. Just follow that link above, of course, but you know that.

You can find some photos of Mandy and I recording the EP at my old blog here. (Sadly, I have misplaced those awesome specs. A true loss.)

The Dragon Tree was recorded at Kedzie Garden Apartment Studios, and mastered by Justin Turner.

In Response to Pierce Codina’s FB Post: Top 10 Albums of the Year (#7: This Ain’t No Magazoin)

On December 17th, Pierce Codina – drummer for Tin Tin Can (full disclosure: I play bass and sing in the same band) – posted this statement on Facebook:

Anyway, in my continuing goal of appeasing/annoying him, I have compiled a list of the 10 Best Albums of 2012, and every day for the next ten days I’ll be counting down to the best record of the year.
This ain’t no magazoin.
Nhttps://i1.wp.com/c400862.r62.cf1.rackcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/leonard-cohen-old-ideas-300x300.jpgUMBER 7
Leonard Cohen – Old Ideas
You have to grow into this record. Cohen, who is 77 year old, is at the top of his game here, and seemingly in the middle of a late career comeback. Old Ideas, however, is the best of his latest albums, ruminating cleverly on love and lust, and the sorrowful experiences life brings. His voice is ragged, which fits these themes and the music nicely. Truly, these are songs for dark nights, some introspection, and a glass of good scotch.

In Response to Pierce Codina’s FB Post: Top 10 Albums of the Year (#8: This Ain’t No Magazoin)

On December 17th, Pierce Codina – drummer for Tin Tin Can (full disclosure: I play bass and sing in the same band) – posted this statement on Facebook:

Pierce Codina
‘Good sense, innocence, cripplin’ and kind. Dead kings, many things I can’t define.’ – Strawberry Alarm Clock “Incense and Peppermints”
 
I can only assume he thought he was being festive.
 
Anyway, in my continuing goal of appeasing/annoying him, I have compiled a list of the 10 Best Albums of 2012, and every day for the next ten days I’ll be counting down to the best record of the year.
This ain’t no magazoin.
 

NUMBER 8
My Best Fiend – In Ghostlike Fading
Pink Floyd is alive and well and living in singer/songwriter Fred Coldwell’s bones. (Sidenote: what a damn fine last name: Coldwell. Awesome.) This record, despite being a total throwback record, replete with doomifying organs and swaths of guitar racket, has managed to stand the test: it still sounds fresh and dark. Listening to the record in its entirety is the surest way to enjoy these songs – each builds on the last, putting the pieces of some mysterious and gruesome puzzle together. What it all means is anybody’s guess – Coldwell’s cryptic lyrics shed no light – but it’s never not engaging.

In Response to Pierce Codina’s FB Post: Top 10 Albums of the Year (#9: This Ain’t No Magazoin)

On December 17th, Pierce Codina – drummer for Tin Tin Can (full disclosure: I play bass and sing in the same band) – posted this statement on Facebook:

Hey every music blog and website out there: Please stop dividing your top 1 million albums of the year but 10 album increments and posting them every day for two months until the new year. Quite frankly, all your website’s top albums are every other music website’s top albums and no one is holding their breath for your big “best album of 2012” announcement, we know, it’s probably Frank Ocean.Sincerely,- Pierce Ebenezer Scrooge
 
To appease/annoy him, I have compiled a list of the 10 Best Albums of 2012, and every day for the next ten days I’ll be counting down to the best record of the year.
This ain’t no magazoin.
 
NUMBER 9
Woods – Bend Beyond
Like all Woods records, Bend Beyond is another collection of tight pop songs; unlike most Woods records, Bend Beyond is short on the loose jams, which works to their advantage here. The production, which is a littler shinier, a little higher-fied, also gives the listener a new angle on a band that consistently makes solid records.

In Response to Pierce Codina’s FB Post: Top 10 Albums of the Year (#10: This Ain’t No Magazoin)

On December 17th, Pierce Codina – drummer for Tin Tin Can (full disclosure: I play bass and sing in the same band) – posted this statement on Facebook:

Hey every music blog and website out there: Please stop dividing your top 1 million albums of the year but 10 album increments and posting them every day for two months until the new year. Quite frankly, all your website’s top albums are every other music website’s top albums and no one is holding their breath for your big “best album of 2012” announcement, we know, it’s probably Frank Ocean.Sincerely,- Pierce Ebenezer Scrooge
To appease/annoy him, I have compiled a list of the 10 Best Albums of 2012, and every day for the next ten days I’ll be counting down to the best record of the year.
This ain’t no magazoin.
NUMBER 10
Sigur Ros – Valtari
By Sigur Ros standards, Valtari is a slight record, lighter fare. But repeated listens are rewarding and the record’s “lightness” is blinding – as if sunlight were shining from every window in the room.

Root Shoot Leaf: Just the Hits Available on Bandcamp!!

root shoot leafJust in time for the holidays, you can now download a collection of songs from my old band Root Shoot leaf on bandcamp for free! (Of course, if you would like to pay, we certainly won’t stop you.)

Root Shoot Leaf is a band, just like your band, who formed in a basement. They were active from 2004-2007, releasing 5 full- lengths and 3 EPs. One time, they toured the Midwest (all the way to Wichita!). Then more interesting things happened and they moved on. This record encapsulates something of what it would’ve been like to live with them in their dingy apartments during that time.

Initially, the band’s members consisted of myself on vocals and guitars, my sister Mandy on vocals and guitars, and drummer Alvin Stockdale. In 2006 Josh Murphy moved to Chicago, slept in a tent in our living room, and played bass until his departure later that year. In late 2006, Alvin also left the band and was replaced first by Leo Asuncion and then Robert Rodriguez on drums (Leo moved to bass). Robert left the band in early 2007 and Leo returned to drumming duties. The band began working on their follow-up to The Gallows in mid-2007 with new members Justin Turner on percussion and ornamental instruments and Jesse Hanabarger on keys. However, the record would not materialize under the Root Shoot Leaf name. I moved to Peoria and it wasn’t until early 2008 that the record took shape and became the self-titled first Dustin Monk & The Dirty Priests record.

Chronology:

Cedar Street Bridge (2004)

Well, If We’re Speaking in Tongues EP (2004)

Another Word for June Bug (2005)

Stars are for Wishing…Wishes are for Wells EP (2005)

Strangers Touching & Never Disappearing (2005)

Get Your Maps & Go (2006)

This Sounds Like a Circus EP (2006)

The Gallows (2007)