Music Monday: Mastodon – Blood Mountain

Album: Blood Mountain by Mastodon

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Blood Mountain

Released: September 12th, 2006

Band Info:

Mastodon is a progressive metal band from Atlanta that was formed in 2000 from the ashes of two disbanded acts. The group has had the same lineup since its formation which consists of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums to date; four of these have been concept albums. Initially known as a stoner and sludge metal band that used growling vocals, Mastodon has sought to expand their musicianship and genre with each record. Each musician brings a masterful and unique style to their instrument and Mastodon is noted for having three vocalists (Sanders, Hinds, and Dailor). Though the band that recorded on 2017’s Emperor of Sand sounds very different than the one which released Remission in 2002, the same four amazing musicians continue to persevere and carve their own unique place in music history.

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Mastodon circa 2006.

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Music Monday – Mastodon: Leviathan

Album: Leviathan by Mastodon

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Leviathan

Released: August 31st, 2004

Band Info:

Mastodon is a progressive metal band from Atlanta that was formed in 2000 from the ashes of two disbanded acts. The group has had the same lineup since its formation which consists of bassist Troy Sanders, guitarists Brent Hinds and Bill Kelliher, and drummer Brann Dailor. Mastodon has released seven studio albums to date; four of these have been concept albums. Initially known as a stoner and sludge metal band that used growling vocals, Mastodon has sought to expand their musicianship and genre with each record. Each musician brings a masterful and unique style to their instrument and Mastodon is noted for having three vocalists (Sanders, Hinds, and Dailor). Though the band that recorded on 2017’s Emperor of Sand sounds very different than the one which released Remission in 2002, the same four amazing musicians continue to persevere and carve their own unique place in music history.

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Band members Brann Dailor, Troy Sanders, Brent Hinds, and Bill Kelliher circa 2004.

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Music Monday – Manchester Orchestra: A Black Mile to the Surface

Album: A Black Mile to the Surface by Manchester Orchestra

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A Black Mile to the Surface

Released: July 29th, 2017

Band Info:

Manchester Orchestra is an indie-rock band that was formed in 2004 by rhythm guitarist-singer-songwriter Andy Hull. It currently includes him, Robert McDowell on lead guitar, Andy Prince on bass, and Tim Very as their drummer. Known for their ability to go from jarring rock tunes to comforting acoustic ballads, Manchester Orchestra have developed with each of their five studio albums, and it was in the wake of 2014’s Cope that Hull and McDowell were asked to create the soundtrack for the film Swiss Army Man (2016). The duo took the lessons they learned by creating music with a cinematic scope and combined them with their mastery of dynamics to create their latest offering, A Black Mile to the Surface.

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Manchester Orchestra with producer Catherine Marks.

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Music Monday – The Dear Hunter: Act V

Album: Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional by The Dear Hunter

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Act V: Hymns with the Devil in Confessional

Released: September 9th, 2016

Band Info:

The Dear Hunter was formed in 2005 after Casey Crescenzo was kicked out of his previous band, The Receiving End of Sirens. What was originally a side project while he was in TREOS, The Dear Hunter became Casey’s full-time project and he recorded the first album, Act I: The Lake South, The River North, almost entirely on his own with help from friends and family. Telling the tragic life story of boy a growing up at the end of the 19th century, the band released the first three acts in 2006, 2007, and 2009 before taking a departure with their 2011 release, The Color Spectrum. This collection contained nine four-song EPs; each individual EP corresponded to a color for a total of 36 songs of various genres and moods. The band followed up with another stand-alone release, Migrant, in 2013 before returning to release the fourth and fifth acts in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Dear Hunter has released seven full-length albums in the eleven years since their first album, continues to tour, and released a new EP last month titled All is as All Should Be.

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The Dear Hunter circa 2016.

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Music Monday – The Dear Hunter: Act IV

Album: Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise by The Dear Hunter

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Act IV: Rebirth in Reprise

Released: September 4th, 2015

Band Info:

The Dear Hunter was formed in 2005 after Casey Crescenzo was kicked out of his previous band, The Receiving End of Sirens. What was originally a side project while he was in TREOS, The Dear Hunter became Casey’s full-time project and he recorded the first album, Act I: The Lake South, The River North, almost entirely on his own with help from friends and family. Telling the tragic life story of boy a growing up at the end of the 19th century, the band released the first three acts in 2006, 2007, and 2009 before taking a departure with their 2011 release, The Color Spectrum. This collection contained nine four-song EPs; each individual EP corresponded to a color for a total of 36 songs of various genres and moods. The band followed up with another stand-alone release, Migrant, in 2013 before returning to release the fourth and fifth acts in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Dear Hunter has released seven full-length albums in the eleven years since their first album, continues to tour, and released a new EP earlier this month titled All is as All Should Be.

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On tour in support of Act IV in 2015.

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Music Monday – The Dear Hunter: Act III

Album: Act III: Life and Death by The Dear Hunter

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Act III: Life and Death

Released: June 23rd, 2009

Band Info:

The Dear Hunter was formed in 2005 after Casey Crescenzo was kicked out of his previous band, The Receiving End of Sirens. What was originally a side project while he was in TREOS, The Dear Hunter became Casey’s full-time project and he recorded the first album, Act I: The Lake South, The River North, almost entirely on his own with help from friends and family. Telling the tragic life story of boy a growing up at the end of the 19th century, the band released the first three acts in 2006, 2007, and 2009 before taking a departure with their 2011 release, The Color Spectrum. This collection contained nine four-song EPs; each individual EP corresponded to a color for a total of 36 songs of various genres and moods. The band followed up with another stand-alone release, Migrant, in 2013 before returning to release the fourth and fifth acts in 2015 and 2016 respectively. The Dear Hunter has released seven full-length albums in the eleven years since their first album, continues to tour, and released a new EP last Friday titled All is as All Should Be.

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The Dear Hunter circa 2009.

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Louis Armstrong – Review

Louis Armstrong by Hugues Panassié

Photograph collection b Jack Bradley

Published in 1971

Pages: 148

Genre: Biography, nonfiction, music criticism

“The New Year was being celebrated in New Orleans.”

If you are from my generation or younger, you may be familiar with the gritty voice singing “What a Wonderful World,” but Louis Armstrong was most famous as a jazz musician; his playing takes center stage in Louis Armstrong by French music critic Hugues Panassié. Split into three sections, the book gives an account of “Satchmo” and his career blowing people’s minds with his unique trumpet playing.  Assuming they already know much of his life story, Louis Armstrong is a great addition to any fan’s bookshelf. Continue reading “Louis Armstrong – Review”