Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 9

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 9

In this edition of Music & Wine, I am focusing less on a specific album, and instead reflecting on the career of one of my favorite singer/songwriter/poets, Leonard Cohen. November 7 marked 3 years since his passing and I took a moment to read a few selections from his collected works and listen to bits and pieces from his albums,…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 8

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 8

I remember distinctly the first time I heard Natasha Khan’s project Bat for Lashes.  MTV was on in the background at a party (back when they would still play music videos…remember that?) and the video for “What’s a Girl to Do?” came on.  She was riding a bicycle flanked by other bikers with animal heads on riding straight ahead and…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 7

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 7

Making a mixtape is a lost art.  The time, dedication, and creativity it took to link a series of songs together under some thematic pretense in order to evoke a certain feeling from the listener – joy, pain, love, affection, nostalgia…whatever it might be.  Sure, nowadays you can make a playlist on Spotify or apple music or whatever, but it’s…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 6

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 6

I feel like it’s been a while since I’ve shared musical musings with you all.  In that time, I have seen live shows (Anberlin, Carly Rae Jepsen), I have listened to a few delightful new albums which may be the subject of future reviews (Willow, Thom Yorke, Cassius, Banks), and I have consumed a bit of wine (too many to…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 5

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 5

In a dramatic shift from Carly Rae Jepsen, I’ve decided to dive into the newly released composition from Pulitzer Prize winning composer John Luther Adams.  While I don’t have the technical speak to break down the piece as intelligently as a music student, I was immediately drawn to the long piece for it’s cinematic and evocative style, transporting you to…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 4

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 4

Carly Rae Jepsen is an under-appreciated pop icon. Somehow relegated to the second tier of pop stardom, she continues to turn out well-crafted, anthemic songs that are also appropriate for dancing alone in your bedroom while laughing and crying. Dedicated is her fourth album and while it doesn’t necessarily carve a new path in her catalogue, it fits neatly into the animated, emotional pop world…

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Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 3

Music + Wine with Matt: Volume 3

This week I’ve chosen to slow it down a bit, even though I have been spinning Beyonce’s bombastic Homecoming performance non stop since it’s release.  If you’re not familiar with Jessica Pratt, it’s time to get on board!  She is a direct descendant of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell, Karen Dalton, Nick Drake and the like – artists that can accomplish…

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