Archives for posts with tag: 2013

Boards of Canada

·      First album in over 7 years.

·      The marketing plan for this album started with a random Record Store Day “12” that eventually sold on eBay for $5,700.

·      The duo streamed the album live in the desert a week before the actual release.

The artwork for the new Boards of Canada is a a landscape for the new album… A gentle morning fog that consumes one’s mind. BOC has been known to make albums that, I feel, create a mellow and sophisticated atmosphere that is very unforgettable.  It’s been seven years since The Campfire Headphase, and I believe they have created another masterpiece with their newest album.

The album Music Has the Right To Children was the opening to this very futuristic and well developed electronic duo.  Since then, I dwelled into their small but perfected catalog of music, making me yearn for more.  BOC had a fantastic maketing plan this year, which made it possible for the public to get their hands on this magnificent record, Tomorrow’s Harvest.

This album is a good mix of BOC and the eeriness of a John Carpenter score.  It’s a record that you want to listen to during a long car ride with beautiful scenery, but with overcast skies.  To me, this record was exactly what I was looking for – not too weird but enough to keep my mind creatively thinking about how BOC was able to achieve the strange and post-apocalyptic movie type sounds that I have always been so fond of them making.  The song “Reach for the Dead” describes this type of music the duo has been creating for over a decade.

I am in love with this record and glad to finally hold it in my hands and proclaim to the world “Finally! BOC put out a new album and it rules!”

Classically Yours,

ZRH

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Today, I bought my tickets to see my favorite rapper Drake.  I have seen him once before and it remains my favorite concert of all time. He is nothing but a performer -he is passionate about what he does and that is what I love most about him.

A preppy gent like myself may not fit your general idea of someone being a Drake fan. Let me explain to you why he gets me and I bump his music on the reg.

Drake, unlike other rappers seems to focus on things such as life, love, and family rather than your typical “Clubbin,” “Bitches,” and “Weed,” type of subject matter.  I remember being the guy who said, “Why would anyone listen to Drake? He is just another rapper who focuses on garbage that I don’t believe in.” Well, upon a further listen (especially with the album Take Care) I saw a man who not only comes from a good background, but one who had emotions and feelings like myself.

On the song “Doing it Wrong,” he says “We live in a generation of, not being in love, and not being together but we sure make it feel like we together cause we are scared to see each other with someone else.” I feel like I can relate to him and his search for a love that truly matters and means something but at the same time, seeing a modern world where such ideas may not exist.

Drake will forever be my favorite rapper for many of the reasons I have said but also because he continues to put out tunes that stick with me.  He is passionate about what he raps about and the music he creates.  I aspire to have his confidence and his creativity. October’s Own Forever.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

Dreamin

At the beginning of the year, I made a dream jar. I made this in hopes of meeting goals for the year that I planned on accomplishing.  As we have reached the halfway mark of 2013, my goals, so far, have come along nicely.

Blog: The blog, as I had planned, is developing into a something I envision it to become.

Education: Since I started the goal of furthering my education, I see myself still at a standstill, but also researching ideas.  I hope to come to some kind of conclusion to my goal by the end of this year.

Running: As we’ve reached the midpoint of the year, my running is becoming more and more involved as my mileage increases. I plan on running a couple of races, including a half marathon before the Bass Pro Shops Marathon in November.

Concerts: In the beginning of the summer, I have already gone to two different shows: The Tallest Man on Earth and Foals. The concerts were great and remind me there are still great ones ahead.

 Here’s cheers to the rest of the year…

Classically Yours,
ZRH

IG Top Albums copy

January:

A$AP Rocky- Long.Live.ASAP

Jose James- No beginning No End

Tegan and Sara- Heartthrob

Widowspeak-Almanac

Local Natives- Hummingbird

Foxygen- We are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace and Magic

The Lone Bellow- Lone Bellow

Bleeding Rainbow- Yeah Right

Ducktails- Flower Lane

Mountians- Centeralia

Nosaj Thing- Home

Ex Cops- True Hallucinations

February:

Night Beds- Country Sleep

Grouper- The Man Who Died in His Boat

Inc.- No World

Adam Green and Binki Shapiro- Adam Green and Binki Shapiro

My Bloody Valentine- MBV

Atoms for Peace- Amok

Atlas Genius- When it Was Now

Frightened Rabbit- Pedestrian Verse

Kavinky- Outrun

Darkstar- News from Nowhere

Bryan Ferry- Jazz Age

Autre Ne Veut- Anxiety

Foals- Holy Fire

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds- We know Who U R

Lady Lamb the Beekeeper- Ripley Pine

Mister Lies- Mowgli

Mount Mariah- Miracle Temple

Jamie Lidell- Jamie Lidell

William Tyler- Impossible Truth

Wayne Shorter- Without a Net

March:

Rhye- Woman

Giffarge- Needs

Fear of Men- Early Fragments

Kate Boy- Northern Lights (EP)

Torres- Torres

Beniout Pioulard- Hymnal

Blue Hawaii- Untogether

Golden Grrrls- Golden Grrrls

Wild Belle- Isles

David Bowie- The Next Day

Josh Rouse- Happiness Waltz

Alice Smith- She

How to Destroy Angles- Welcome Oblivion

Josh Ritter- The Beasts in its Tracks

Matt Costa- Matt Costa

Next Collective- Coverart

Shout Out Louds- Optica

Boy- Mutual Friends

Chvrches- Recover

Depeche Mode- Delta Machine

Justin Timberlake- 20/20 Experience

Little Green Cars- Absolute Zero

Low- The Invisible Way

Madeleine Peyroux- Blue Room

The Men- New Moon

Phosphorescent- Muchacho

Martyn- Newspeak (EP)

Young Dreams- Between Places

Milk Carton Kids- Ash & Clay

April:

Phoenix- Bankrupt!

Daughter- If you Leave

James Blake- Overgrown

The Knife- Shaking the Habitual

Charles Bradley- Victim of Love

Caveman- Caveman

Bonobo- North Borders

Little Green Cars- Absolute Zero

Besnard Lakes- Until in Excess, Imperceptible UFO

Bleached- Ride Your Heart

Olafur Arnalds- For Now I Am Winter

Carla Bruni- Little French Songs

The Neighbourhood- I Love You

Blu- York

M83- Oblivion Soundtrack

Colin Stetson-New History Warfare Vol 3: To See More Light

Tokimonsta- Half Shadows

Big K.R.I.T.- King Remembered In Time

Charlie XCX- True Romance

SZA- S

Major Lazer- Free the Universe

Ghostface Killah & Adrian Younge- Twelve Reasons To Die

Lord Raja- Rubies (EP)

Houses- A Quiet Darkness

Julia Brown- To be Close to You

No Joy- Wait to Pleasure

May-

Vampire Weekend- Modern Day Vampires

Daft Punk- R.A.M.

The National- Trouble Will Find Me

Savages- Silence Yourself

Deerhunter- Monomania

Still Corners- Strange Pleasures

Boxer Rebellion- Promises

V/A- Putumayo Presents: Vintage France

These New Puritans- Field of Reeds

Pure X- Crawling Up The Stairs

Dungeonesse-Dungeonesse

Marques Toliver- Land of CanAan

V/A- After Dark 2

Adult- The Way Things Fall

Mount Kimbie- Cold Spring Fault Less Youth

Laura Marling- Once I Was an Eagle

Dirty Beaches- Drifters/ Love is the Devil

Ryan Hemsworth- Still Awake

The-Dream- IV Play

MSMR- Secondhand Rapture

Mikal Cronin- MCII

Alpine- A Is for Alpine

Chance The Rapper- Acid Rap

Koreless- Yugen – EP

Beaches- She Beats

She & Him- Volume 3

Say Lou Lou- Julian – EP

Classically Yours,

ZRH

 

Woman

In searching for great music, there are times when a composition truly touches you.  It is just the same when you see a great piece of art, such as Van Gogh’s work, Starry Night; it’s something that’s very special and timeless that cannot rival with any other feeling.  This is how I felt when listening to Rhye’s album Woman.

In the late 1980’s, there was a Neo-Soul Movement – artists such as Sade, made music. I believe Rhye is attempting to recreate this sound. The voice of the lead singer, Michael Milosh, can be described as being similar to Sade, but also I feel he has a soft effects of The Beegee’s. The production, which is produced by Robin Hannibal, has been said to be similar to artists, such as Jessie Ware. Both musicians combined create a very simplistic emotional, smooth crooner-esque landscape.

The XX came out with their first self-titled album in 2009. Since then, there has been no debut, in my opinion, that has matched its eminence. This album by Rhye, a Canadian duo, fills the void the XX created for me. Unlike the XX, which was a work that studied the relationship between a man and a woman, Rhye reaches new ground, which two men compose music to their feelings in a non-alpha male way.  Without overtly expressing dominance, Rhye shows feelings of a male who isn’t looking for just casual sex, but love.

Sometimes there is a voice that can match your feelings toward a given topic. I feel Rhye hits home for me, in regard to the emotions and the overall idea of sex. They have found a gentler and more sincere way of understanding what it is like for a man to struggle with the feelings that occur when he is in love and wants to express it not only verbally, but also physically.

Too often, as a man, in our society we are taught not to express our feelings, especially about love.  Women are seen as subpar and objects, taught to lust over and conquer. Rhye’s music creates a feeling, which expresses men and women as equal in the ideas of both sex and love, in how each being is vulnerable and wants to desires to be the object of another’s affection.

I feel that a person that enjoys the sounds of the xx, inc., Jessie Ware, Kwes,  and James Blake would really like this album.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

 

 

 

The month of February flew by so quickly that I forgot to post this playlist on time. It was filled with so many great tunes but was over before I knew it. My apologies and may you enjoy the soundtrack for the month.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

When I think of New Years, I envision people laughing, drinking champagne and dancing to jazz standards.  This is what I tried to capture with this playlist. Enjoy, and have a happy and safe New Years.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

Dream JarToward the end of the year, I think it is important to reflect upon the past, but also to look forward to the upcoming year and to set goals to be accomplished. Some people list those things and others make mental notes of it.  I chose, though, to create a visual to be a constant reminder of things that I hope to achieve this next year. I took a mason jar and filled it with these things in which I believe to be objectives for me in 2013.

First and foremost, I placed my blogs logo of Pavlov, my cat, to symbolize my hopes in continuing to gain ground with the blog, in regard to fresh ideas and new readership.

In 2011, I completed my first marathon in Chicago. This was an important run because it showed me that I could commit to something that really took everything my body had. In the new year, I plan to run my second marathon in St. Louis, set for October.  The shoelace inside the jar signifies the anticipation and commitment it will take for me to do this…again.

This past May, I graduated from Drury University with a Bachelors degree in English. The tassel inside the jar symbolizes both my accomplishment of making it through college and furthering my studies to one day become a professor. I intend to start my Master’s program sometime this next year.

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Music is a very important part of my life. It serves as both entertainment and creates an emotional connection to aspects of my life. I find it important to both buy the music and to see the talent live. The show ticket in the jar is from my favorite band Beach House, who I saw in July of this year. They were fantastic live and met all of my expectations. The ticket is in the jar, in hopes that this year will be filled with not only great music, but live shows that will never be forgotten.

Recently, I have been reacquainted with my love of drawing. I grew up taking art classes during the summers for this medium. Drawing enhanced my creativity, which led me to experience other great things like writing. As I grew older, my creative outlet changed; the pen turned from drawing into writing. My love of art was transformed into a more literary focus. I now see the pen as suiting both subject. I believe this will only flourish into great things.

This year, I have found myself buying less and creating more. For Christmas, my cousin gave me a wooden sewing box, which had bicycle fabric cleverly placed inside. Her hopes were for me to use it in my future DIY’s. This year I look forward to creating new and interesting projects that are both functional and intriguing.

In 2013, I hope to not only reinvent, but to also keep true to the traditional style for which I always aim. The polka-dotted pocket square, which is at the bottom of the jar, is the base of my style, which is deeply rooted in classic menswear.

There is no question that polka dots have been around for decades and the trend has not diminished. Thus, the placement of my pocket square shows how the objects in this jar hold together the things that are most important to me and how they won’t fall by the wayside.

My wish in 2013 is to be able to accomplish these goals. We don’t know what we’re truly capable of until we actually begin to take charge of what we care about most to focus upon. I challenge to create your own dream jar and hope that you, too, may accomplish the goals you set out for yourself this next year.

Classically Yours,

ZRH

P.S. Put the dream jar in a place you will see it everyday – it will be a constant reminder of the things that you want to achieve in 2013.

Show me what you’ve created. On Instagram, use #IGdreamjar. I can’t wait to see your hopes and dreams!