Every month, we ask a different artist to give us their personal thoughts on our featured Record of the Month.
Some of our many notable curators are…
on Maggie Rogers' Heard It In A Past Life
“Maggie Rogers is an absolute force to be reckoned with. She is hungry for art and equally thirsty for knowledge. I like how she holds herself in this male-dominated industry. My daughters need role models like Maggie. She is enviably self-assured and smart and has one of the most pure and unaffected voices of her generation.”
(of The Lumineers) on Magnolia Presents: Rayland Baxter
“I’m sitting in a hotel room in Grand Rapids, MI, staring out over the city cloaked in a swirling snowstorm. It’s beautiful and haunting all at once, a lot like Rayland’s music. This entrancing quality, like staring at a fire, is something so rare to find in a musician. Rayland Baxter has that special thing. That thing that keeps you coming back to the music over and over, finding new artifacts and gemstones hidden deep within the sounds and mystical poetry.”
on Phoebe Bridgers’ Punisher
“These songs are entries into an anthology of solutionless, ongoing experiments, a document of gleaning in progress, a picture of a woman inhabiting the no man’s land that exists at the border of what we understand about ourselves and what we don’t yet. No manual, but a crude map with pictogram landmarks. All the heartache around which is no shortcut, all the relief which inevitably follows; a scream howling into chaos followed by a whisper bursting into quiet laughter.”
on The War On Drugs' I Don't Live Here Anymore
There is something fresh, yet very nostalgic about the War on Drugs. Not just in the way it reminds you of riffs and melodies you can’t quite pinpoint, though you're sure you've heard a thousand times throughout your life. But also, nostalgic for periods of your life. Like you are playing back a movie, and each scene is a different glimpse into your own history.
on Shovels & Rope's O Be Joyful 10th Anniversary Edition
When I set the needle down on O’ Be Joyful and hear the opening strum and click of “Birmingham” I am suddenly meeting Shovels and Rope on tour, opening for them on what I consider to be my first real tour back in late 2013.
Setting my eyes upon Cary Ann and Michael Trent sound checking at our first show together in Canada, I have no way of knowing they would become mentors and friends, road dogs and family. I was a fan from afar, but that first time we shared the same air in the same room, and come show time they lit that air like gasoline, my world was suddenly different. I knew I had met the King and Queen....of something.