nostalgia in music: the great unifier

nostalgia in music: the great unifier

I’m a nostalgic person by nature.   This time of year brings out all the memory triggers – smells, sights, yearly movies, conversations with family. Thinking back on the gifts I’ve gotten through the years, the most memorable often include music.

As a kid, my cousins and I drew names for gifts.  Our family didn’t get together very often since we lived in different parts of the state, so Christmas at my grandmother’s house was a big deal. Christmas when I was eight was huge – the gift from my cousin was The Partridge Family Christmas album! Three of my cousins were slightly older than me, so they talked about songs and bands that were not on my elementary school radar. The Partridge Family, however, was on my TV every Friday night and now I had their album! The songs were Christmas standards, sung by David Cassidy, Shirley Jones and studio musicians. Very pedestrian by grown up standards, but that album meant the world to me. It even had a card attached to the front of the cover that was “signed” by the entire Partridge Family. What did I know about mass produced autographs? I nearly wore that record out playing it well beyond the holidays. 

As a teenager, I would often get albums as gifts – Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Don Henley’s Building The Perfect Beast, all the albums by Hall & Oates. Music is so easy to gift and so appreciated. I still have an extensive album collection, even though I have most of the music downloaded, because they bring all the great memories to the fore. Reading liner notes was the best because you would know an entire song and be able to sing along immediately. As I got older, albums gave way to cassettes, then CDs.  

Then came concert tickets!

I cannot hear Bruce Springsteen’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” without thinking of the first time I heard him sing it – November, 1984. It was also the first time I had seen Bruce live in concert and that song closed the show. Even though everyone in the crowd should have been spent after the four hour show, “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” just re-energized the full house.  There was very defined time line – those events before that show, and those events that occurred after that show. Although I had been to live shows before that, all that came after would be compared to Bruce Springsteen live. It’s a high bar, but one that most artists meet in their own way. 

Another special show was taking our family friend to see Barry Manilow. Her name was Mary Louise Weaver and she could not have been a bigger Barry fan. She was speechless, teary-eyed, smiling and singing – mostly simultaneously. She knew all of his music and had the best time. I was so happy to witness her happiness. 

I am now a grown up with grown children, but I still experience the same excitement when I hear a song from any time in my life. Fortunately, all three of my kids have grown up loving music, so my husband and I did something right. We have a great time listening to different genres and attending different shows. I love to sing at the top of my lungs driving in the car, around the house, or at any concert I am attending. Music is a great unifier and sharing music is a gift that we can all give each other.

Now, it’s time to fire up the turntable for that Partridge Family album.

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a conversation with bronze whale

a conversation with bronze whale

On today’s episode, we sit down with electronic musical duo Bronze Whale to talk about their evolution in the industry and the impact they’ve made on their genre. Of course we also carved in some space to talk about Sasquatch and other creatures of myth.

0:00    Intro
0:11     EZVisibility.com

0:22    Dbl-take.com

0:33    imperfectfifth.com/merch

1:03    Aaron Jaques Intro
1:52    Benny Alley Intro
2:49    Beatles, Chopin
3:45    John Denver
5:05    Turntable.FM
7:29    Austin, TX
9:08    Plush
10:53 “Cruising
16:41  The Shape of Things

19:46  SPLICE sample pack

21:52  Sasquatch
25:34  Aliens
27:37  Flat earth theory vs. Hollow earth
30:02  Alex Jones

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episode #2: a conversation with talker

episode #2: a conversation with talker

A few weeks ago, we had the distinct pleasure of sitting down to chat with Talker while she was revving up for the release of her debut EP Horror Films. We also got to speak about energy healing, life in Los Angeles, growing up in the same metropolitan area, and other fun thoughts! Since then, Horror Films has made its debut as well, so you’ll want to check that out. (But only after you listen to our podcast.)

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1:03 – Joshua Tree
3:47 – Sacramento
8:34 – conception story
12:13 – writing process
13:33 – new music video
18:00 – new EP
20:28 – Frenship
22:44 – things to do in LA
25:36 – energy healing and crystals
28:43 – sloth
37:17 – The Great British Bake Off

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episode #1: a conversation (and a premiere) with throwaway

episode #1: a conversation (and a premiere) with throwaway

We have been working quietly on a project for quite some time, and today is the day to unleash it unto the world! I’m proud to announce:

Imperfect Fifth: A Podcast

Offbeat Conversations With Our Favorite Music Industry Humans

Episode #1: A Conversation with Throwaway

Each week on Thursday, we will be releasing a new conversation with someone from the industry. Musicians, writers, publicists, managers… you name it, we’ve spoken with them. And, sure, we’ll get down to the nitty gritty on everything they’re promoting, but we are also over the moon thrilled to be discussing offbeat topics, like aliens, mysticism, magic, and more! This week, you get us raw and with no theme music. And our guest is the incredibly intriguing Kirsten Carey, brainchild of Throwaway. But if you listen closely, we have a special guest quietly intro into our first question. The first episode is now live, and can be heard here.

We will be up and running on all streaming platforms soon. In the meantime, feel free to download directly to your space as well here.

Throwaway also has a stunner announcement! Today, they’re releasing the new video for “The Brilliant Society of The Illustrious Mule” in tandem with our podcast release! It looks to include clips of some of our favorite Disney characters parading about the park, and is just as entertaining as the incredible woman behind it all! Check it out below!

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joe guese (guitarist, grand canyon) | perspective

joe guese (guitarist, grand canyon) | perspective

In an era of computer-made, beat-driven music, Grand Canyon is the antithesis of modern pop music. However, by focusing on musicianship and timeless songwriting, and drawing on the inspiration of the classic sounds and arrangements of the 70s, it is the kind of pop music that will be wafting through the canyons for a long time. Here, guitarist Joe Guese shines looks back on a rock legend that inspired his career, as well as countless others.

My journey with Tom Petty began like many others did, with a road trip.
It was the summer of ’92. I was 10, and my family was taking our annual road trip. California was that year’s destination. I had just recently purchased, or more likely my parents purchased, Into the Great Wide Open. We set off on our journey for the west coast. Little did I know then, it would be a road trip for the rest of my life. I put Into the Great Wide Open on my discman, letting it be my soundtrack through the endless canyons and expansive horizons of the west. The music always seemed to have a vision of hopefulness, positivity, and pure rock ‘n’ roll. I picked up the guitar two years later and never looked back.
He provided the soundtrack for my youth. I’ll never forget my first Petty concert at Red Rocks, the soundtrack to high school parties, hearing “Room at the Top” the day Columbine happened, and his music present at many other seminal events in my life. Tom Petty led to some of the best and longest lasting friendships I’ve ever had. Fast forward to the winter of 2002, I had just finished up a rehearsal with my college band who was trying out a new bass player. That bass player was Ethan Mentzer. We decided to make the long walk back from the rehearsal space to the Berklee dorms. On that fateful walk, we discussed our love of Petty, girls, anything rock ‘n’ roll, and more Petty. We would go on to become lifelong friends and start a band that would tour the world. He taught us everything: cool guitars, cool amps, great songs, how to record, and most importantly the attitude and feeling of rock ‘n’ roll music. He was the embodiment of “cool”.
Petty has led me down some pretty strange and wonderful roads. I had the pleasure of playing “Running Down a Dream” with three members of the Heartbreakers and two great friends Jamie Arentzen and Matt Pynn (the Elmbreakers) a couple years ago at a Grammy party. That road also led me to Casey Shea who would also become a lifelong friend. Our mutual admiration of Tom Petty pushed us to start Grand Canyon in our mid 30s. Talk about running down a dream!
So cheers to that summer of ’92 in the back of a suburban, where I’m at now in Los Angeles, wherever that road may lead, to all the bad girls, and those boys who play that rock n roll.
“Oh, I await the day
Good fortune comes our way
And we ride down the Kings Highway”
Thanks, Tom, and Rest In Peace.
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the roof dogs on tour | a look inside

the roof dogs on tour | a look inside

Follow the Roof Dogs as their live music journey takes them through Cincinnati, Lexington, Nashville, St. Louis, Bloomington, Chicago, Toledo, and all the in-betweens on their most recent autumn tour!

Cincinnati, Sean and his bass on the drive. Touring in a Toyota Corolla can be difficult. While The Bascinets’ vehicle held most of the gear for tour, on the way to Cinci we had to travel with Walker’s drum hardware and Sean’s bass in the backseat.

 

Pre-show R&R at the Airbnb

Found a lighter with some flare.

Nick Wellman of The Bascinets fishing for Pigs at Northside Yacht Club.

Tristan (Bascinets) before he lost his glasses. Tristan would continue to lose several other items before the tour was done.

Andrew with Bourbon (neat). Andrew played NSYC’s “$4 Whiskey Wheel of Wonder,” he landed on Jim Beam.

Dinge. Was the first time we played with them for about three years. They rock.

The Bascinets

Ezra (Dinge)

Trevor (The Bascinets)

Tired after day one…

Our friend Nick (left) let us hangout on his rooftop in Northside after the show. He also let us play his harmonium and theremin. Great fun was had by all.

“Please, no pictures” – Zlata

Eden Park, Cincinnati

Lexington, KY. Game day. The show didn’t start until 11:30 because the Wildcats were “stomping ass.”

Andrew strings up

There was a lot of time to kill, but luckily the door guy charged the folks who came for the game. Many hung around when the show started, too.

Setlist debate

The Bascinets, feat. Mannequin

Abandoned motel shoot between Lexington and Nashville.

Twinning. It seems that almost all of the Midwest claims ownership of Lincoln. The same cannot be said for Andrew.

Nashville: Trevor insisted on $5 cups of coffee at his favorite spot. (They were actually amazing though so it’s okay). Jesse pictured here writing nursery rhymes.

Alberto & Friends in their delightful basement.

The Bascinets

Matt of Superstarfamus1day. He was closely supervised by the doll. They played an impressive impromptu set when their drummer George got very sick right before and couldn’t play.

Our performance did not meet Alberto’s expectations. He locked us up by the doghouses.

Shew (left) and Alberto (right). Post-show hangs in the backyard. His house was an old doctor’s office from way way back in the day (the 40’s?) so his backyard was actually a parking lot that was converted into a giant driveway. They have the perfect band house and we are jealous.

Triple Jesse

We loved the wallpaper.

Sleepy bois. The Bascinets brought along portable cots.

Wellman in the haunted basement.

“No pictures in here, honey. Some people aren’t here with the people they’re supposed to be with.” Hermitage Cafe in Nashville. Great country-fried steak.

St. Louis: At the Arch

Bright bois, where’s Walker?

Farmer Nick

Andrew with the cigarette machine at CBGB.

The Snapchettes, they typically perform as a seven piece.

Frankie Valet. Jack (at microphone) hosted us and took us to a good breakfast spot the next morning. Incidentally, he and Jesse share a birthday on September 14.

Outside CBGB

Felix at the board.

Sean relaxes at Jack’s. He managed to cranked out The Silmarillion on tour. Jack’s excellent cat can be seen in the background.

Jack, our host in St. Louis

Tristan after breakfast. There are more cash-only diners in this country than I ever knew.

Forest Park, St. Louis

En route to Chicago. It was somewhere around this point that Sean and Jesse began to argue over the fortitude of their respective bladders. Sean would soon prevail.

Walker driving

Chicago. We had two days off here with a show in the middle. There was a lot of relaxing but we didn’t get as many pictures here, but had a great time exploring the city. On our last night we rode the train to a 107 year old jazz club, the Green Mill in Uptown where they were broadcasting live on AM radio.

But first a visit to the lake.

Beers on the pier

Tristan and the great beyond

Curious old maintenance man tinkers at the venue.

Wallpaper

Fahrenheit 808, who was, sadly, not allowed by the venue to play due to dumb age restrictions. They were gracious about it.

Oxford, OH. Captain Redbeard and the S.S. Friendship. We played at our friends house, The Secret Garden. It’s a beautiful home.

Trevor, some light leak, and a stray vine. After the show we all went to Bagel & Deli and waded through an ocean of college students to the counter. Every five minutes or so, one worker at the shop would get iced (Smirnoff) by customers and proceeded to jump on the counter and chug to the applause of everyone. I’m pretty sure we waited in “line” for like half an hour. Someone stole my bagel once and I had to order again. Ultimately the wait was worth it. -Andrew

Hot sauce with salt at Hometown Eatery. College Corner, IN. Tristan apparently eats this to curb his appetite. He chose to spend his diner money on a candy apple red Jaguar.

Propane rodeo star, Andrew Marczak.

At Joe’s house in Oxford.

“Joe, where are the forks?”

Wellman with spork.

Toledo, OH. Ottawa Tavern, our last stop, with bangin’ sign.

Watching the game. “Pizza Cat,” the attached restaurant, was delicious and had good deals for performers. We were all satisfied.

Teamonade ripping it right up.

Trevor the angel

Wavves

“It Can Happen to YOU”

One shot of the Roof Dogs playing.

Family photo. We then parted ways and ventured back to Columbus for a day off before we all went back to our day jobs at NASA.

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