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New, and hopefully, on-going photography project that I hope I can begin working on. I’d love to collect as many of the letter K throughout any and all parts of life. I’m going to start collecting them and once I get a descent amount of photos, I’ll upload the finished project. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Two years after their last successful album, I And Love And You,The Avett Brothers have finally graced our ears with a single for their upcoming new album, The Carpenter, called Live and Die.

With the guidance of producer, Rick Rubin, The Avett Brothers have released a slice of musical heaven with Live and Die. This track is a wonderful, good ol’ fashioned love song that reminds me why I fell in love with this band in the first place. The sound reminds me a lot of I And Love And You (more produced then their other albums, Emotionalism and A Carolina Jubilee) and contains the same poppy awesomeness (thanks Rick Rubin) that made their last album so successful. Banjo and fiddle solos with a bit of a jazz drumming make this a beautiful track to preview their new (and most likely breathtaking) album.

I wanna love you with more, Avett Brothers. I really do.

Their sixth album, The Carpenter, will be released on September 11.

The Avett Brothers 2012 Tour Dates:

06/28 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Gallivan Center
06/29 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
06/30 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Ampitheatre
07/03 – Council Bluffs, IA @ The Cove
07/05 – Milwaukee, WI @ Summerfest
07/06 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Festival
07/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Basilica Block Party
07/20 – Glen Allen, VA @ Innsbrook After Hours at Snagjob Pavilion
07/21 – Camden, NJ @ XPoNential Festival
07/22 – Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes
07/26 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
07/27 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center
07/28 – New Braunfels, TX @ Whitewater Ampitheater
08/22 – Chico, TX @ California State University
08/24 – Jacksonville, OR @ Britt Pavilion
08/25 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
08/26 – Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield
08/29 – Palmer, AK @ Alaska State Fair
08/31 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/01 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/02 – Quincy, WA @ Gorge Amphitheatre
09/12 – Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Ampitheatre
09/14 – Fredericton, NB @ Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival
09/15 – Burlinton, VT @ Grand Point North Festival
09/16 – Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
09/18 – New York, NY @ Rumsey Playfield
09/21 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/23 – Baltimore, MD @ Pier Six Pavilion
09/28 – Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
09/29 – St. Louis, MO @ Fox Theater
09/30 – Indianapolis, IN @ White River State Park
10/12-14 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
10/21 – Clearwater, FL @ Clearwater Jazz Festival
10/26-28 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience

[ As seen on SYFFAL ]

After a mind-numbing Season One (and the special preview episode that BLEW MY MIND) I was really excited to see where the new season would take us.Season One’s “special preview” left off with Jenna still with Drew (Chris Klein) and a rocky, unsure relationship between Wilfred and Ryan. Season Two’s premiere episode, “Letting Go” is just that .. an episode of letting go and, attempting, to move on. At the beginning of the episode, he is heading over to Jenna’s house to see Wilfred (who is back and feeling better). The audience immediately sees Wilfred ignore Ryan and run and “shake hands” with Drew, acting as if he doesn’t recognize or want to see Ryan. That might be a bunch of bologna since I feel that in the “special preview” episode showed them being nice and friendly, he has to at least recognize Ryan. Jenna tells Ryan that she only was agreeing to marry Drew because she thought she was pregnant (she isn’t). Shocker? No. Wilfred switched her pee in the previous season.

Ryan catches Drew and Wilfred playing catch in the yard and Drew confides in them saying how worried he is about him and Jenna and that things are pretty rocky since she found out he has been using steroids. Although I am always one to root for the protagonist, Chris Klein is hilarious in this role. He’s so goofy and such a tool (My favorite scene of his is being him beating Ryan at ping pong and freaking out about it). I want him and Jenna to be over .. but I don’t want him to be off the show. He’s just awesome. Although I do like his character, I don’t like his relationship with Wilfred so far this season. Drew spent most of his time taking care of Wilfred and Wilfred feels, I assume, obligated to be his “best friend” and wants his acceptance? I don’t dig it at all.

There is a new face on the show this season (she was introduced in the special preview episode). Amanda (Allison Mack) is a co-worker with Ryan and, I hope, a possible love interest. I’ve always thought she was adorable and I love seeing her on this show. She offers to get lunch with Ryan (he declines) and we all know it isn’t just lunch she’s after, she wants more. Now if only Ryan can let go of someone else …

Ryan later catches Jenna upset, packing her car and crying. Ryan makes a bad break-up joke and she admits she just can’t “let him go.” Ryan obviously wants to know more of what happened and goes to find his only source .. Wilfred. He catches Wilfred taking a jog (trying to get in better shape) and tries to get some information out of him, but Wilfred says no. He doesn’t want to hear about Ryan’s problems anymore and doesn’t want to be his “Dr. Phil” (Wilfred: I’m not Dr. Phil, okay? I’m Dr. Wilfred…and I only call myself that when I’m dj-ing). However, Wilfred wants to impress Drew and Ryan agrees to help him train for a competition if he helps him with Jenna. It’s a deal.

They begin their training by hanging out in the basement together watching game footage and Ryan convinces Wilfred that the only way that he can win is to use steroids. Wilfred says he can’t use Drew’s steroids because he only takes illegal drugs (Wilfred: I have a strict policy against taking any drug that’s not illegal. They’re never strong enough). So, Ryan and Wilfred decide to go and try to get some steroids. They run into issues with this sex-crazed drug dealer and Ryan almost has to “shlob this guy’s nob” for the drugs but instead just has to give him a tenderly “hug” (a long an awkward one at that, but nothing short of hilarious). Wilfred gets the steroids just in time for the competition and as Drew is giving him a pep-talk, Ryan and Jenna get a chance to talk. She says that things are better and Ryan tries to convince her that things are only because because she wants them to be and that she’s tricking herself into thinking things are better. Obviously, Ryan cannot let go of this woman.

He runs over to Wilfred and demands the pills to throw them away. He realizes that he would rather lose Wilfred than to hurt him over a girl. FINALLY – he is letting go. Wilfred goes nuts however and tears apart the obstacle course and even pees on it. He is awarded a “participation” award and Drew isn’t impressed. Wilfred finally says he’s done. He doesn’t like Drew anymore. Wilfred wants to make Drew’s life hell. He hands Ryan the bottle of pills and tell him to hide them in Drew’s things so that Jenna will finally kick him out for good. Ryan can have Jenna and everyone can be happy.

But Ryan has asked Amanda out … and she has said yes. Wilfred says he’s happy for him, although I’m not so sure that he is happy, and mentions that this relationship is like a relationship he once had with his couch? Oh yeah. It went there and I loved it.

I think that some might consider the special preview episode “Progress”  as the premiere episode, but I would disagree. It’s a lot darker and, honestly, kind of freaky and really explains nothing about the show. I feel it really would confuse those who hadn’t watched it before. “Letting Go” is a lot more viewer friendly, however, and actually follows a plot (while the special premiere was really more of  a dream for Ryan).

Overall, I thought this episode was a great “premiere” episode. Although it was a bit stale at time with the dialogue, it really worked to bring audiences, who were unaware of the characters or the previous season, up-to-date on the happenings of the premiere e show.

Tune in next week for Episode 2, “Dignity,” next Thursday at 10 p.m. on FX.

[as seen on HRC ]

Beirut‘s new album is a thing of beauty with some pretty goddamn beautiful tracks. The music video for The Rip Tide was just released last week! The music video follows a small sail boat on the ocean. The video appears completely normal until a wonderful splash of colors pour into the ocean and MY GOD… it couldn’t be any cooler. I freaking LOVE it. It fits this song so perfectly. Take a watch, do it now.

[as seen on Syffal]

Mates of State is by far my favorite band of all time. No joke. I think I’d marry the husband and wife duo if I got the chance. So, each time they release something new (from snippets of their band rehearsals to new music videos) I get a little tingly inside.

Today they released the music video for their cover of Guided By Voices’ song “I am a Scientist” which is a track off of the upcoming collaboration album, “Science Fair,” which features 18 different female oriented bands covering songs about science that aim towards females (since they tend to avoid scientific fields).

Although the album isn’t released until July 3, Mates of State already is teasing us with a great snippet of the albums greatness. The song is absolutely wonderful (I would expect nothing less from them) and the music video is just so cute. I want to just squeeze that little scientist until her eyes popped out! Take a listen and then go break into the closest laboratory you can find … I’m already here devising a plan to take over the world!

[as seen on Syffal]

Just minutes ago (that’s right, minutes) Yeasayer announced their second single from their upcoming album “Fragrant World.” The track is entitled “Longevity” and was released via music video on Youtube. They even offered it for free download on their site.

The track itself makes me trip balls and I swear at one point I felt my brain orgasm. That’s right .. sex in music form. Unlike their first single from the new album, this track has a distinct drive to it. Although it isn’t as easy listening as their other single, it most definitely gives me chills. The video is as equally trippy and makes me want to drop some acid and attempt to play with all the fun colors. Take a listen, take a watch .. then go a little insane.

The track listing for the new album:

01. Fingers Never Bleed
02. Longevity
03. Blue Paper
04. Henrietta
05. Devil and the Deed
06. No Bones
07. Reagan’s Skeleton
08. Demon Road
09. Damaged Goods
10. Folk Hero Shtick
11. Glass of the Microscope

[as seen on Syffal]