Category Archives: Music (Everything)

Don’t Call It a Comeback

Don’t Call It a Comeback

I started writing music posts on EA’s Brain back in 2008, mostly because everyone I knew had some kind of blog and I wanted a place to talk about my favorite music.  Over the years, EA’s Brain has gone through a few different phases, each one reflecting my attitudes towards music at the time.

Sometime last fall, I made a decision to let the blog go, mostly because I realized that I was focusing so much on listening to every new album that I could get my hands on that I was losing the ability to simply enjoy the music I care about.  Since last October, I’ve stopped trying to listen to every new release I have access to and have instead been going back and spending time with some of the albums that made me love music in the first place.  It’s been a wonderful to rediscover bands and albums that were important to me in the past and find out that their music still affects me just as strongly today as it did back then.

I like writing about music, I just don’t want to become so obsessed with the “new” that I stop taking time to really appreciate music that matters to me.  So, EA’s Brain is back, but with slightly different focus.  I’m still going to review new music, but only when something really grabs me and seems worth spending time on.  Additionally, I’m hoping to write more posts about albums from the past that people may have missed or forgotten about.

If you’re reading this, thank you.  The traffic that this site gets, even when I’m not regularly updating it, is part of what keeps me motivated to write.  I think music lovers are always hoping to find something new to love, and the primary purpose of EA’s Brain is help you discover your next favorite album.  Keep reading and checking back and let me know if you like what you see.

Good music is good for you, so long live good music.  Cheers, friends, and thanks for reading.

Atlanta Band “Wolves” at The Masquerade: Live Show Review

Atlanta Band “Wolves” at The Masquerade: Live Show Review

As an Atlanta native, there is nothing I like so much as to see my hometown contribute something legitimately good to the cultural landscape.  With so many of my favorite bands coming from Brooklyn or L.A. or remote mid-western locations, I sometimes feel guilty that I don’t know more of the emerging musicians in myContinue Reading

The Henry Clay People, Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives: Album Review

The Henry Clay People, Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives: Album Review

Album: Twenty Five for the Rest of Our Lives Artist: The Henry Clay People Year:2012   It’s been a good summer for punk rock.  Bands like Japandroids, Deer Tick, and to a lesser extent, Gentleman Jesse are proving that hard rock as a relevant sound is far from over.  In the incredible heat of this July,Continue Reading

Punch Brothers, Who’s Feeling Young Now?: Album Review

Punch Brothers, Who’s Feeling Young Now?: Album Review

Punch Brothers calls themselves a bluegrass band, but I think the old-time bluegrass community might disagree. The instrumentation bears a strong resemblance to bluegrass, with the traditional combinations of guitar, fiddle (violin for you yankees out there), mandolin, banjo and bass, but the song structures are much more contemporary sounding, more in keeping with Nickel Creek than Bill Monroe.Continue Reading

Purity Ring, Shrines: Album Review

Purity Ring, Shrines: Album Review

Album: Shrines Artist: Purity Ring Year: 2012   As a genre, experimental rock isn’t particularly descriptive.  With sub-genres including everything from house music to math rock to what is essentially instrumental post rock, albums placed under the experimental heading often struggle to define themselves. Case in point is the trippy and somewhat magical-sounding album Shrines from theContinue Reading

Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan: Album Review

Dirty Projectors, Swing Lo Magellan: Album Review

Album: Swing Lo Magellan Artist: Dirty Projectors Year: 2012   Dirty Projectors are a band I have listened to for years, but never honestly paid that much attention to, until now.  With the recent release of Swing Lo Magellan, Dirty Projectors have leapt up a few rungs of amazingness, in my estimation. Swing Lo Magellan, like mostContinue Reading

DIIV, Oshin: Album Review

DIIV, Oshin: Album Review

Album: Oshin Artist: DIIV Year: 2012   The Brooklyn-based post rock / indie rock band, DIIV (formerly Dive) is getting a fair amount of attention for it’s debut LP, Oshin, and rightly so. Oshin is a delicate, uplifting little album, the kind of music you play on a lazy Sunday afternoon but then find yourself listening toContinue Reading

El-P, Cancer 4 Cure: Album Review

El-P, Cancer 4 Cure: Album Review

Album: Cancer 4 Cure Artist: El-P Year: 2012   My favorite thing about closely following new music is those rare moments when an album comes along that shines a new light on a tired sound or genre.  Cancer 4 Cure, the latest release from Brooklynite Jaime Meline, a.k.a. El-P, is one of those albums.  Just whenContinue Reading

Gentleman Jesse, Leaving Atlanta: Album Review

Gentleman Jesse, Leaving Atlanta: Album Review

Album: Leaving Atlanta Artist: Gentleman Jesse Year: 2012   The idea of punk rock usually has more to do with it’s anti-establishment lyrics and short, fast-tempo music style than any other genre markers.  This leaves the door wide open for interpretation as to what does and does not qualify as punk rock. Leaving Atlanta, the newest release fromContinue Reading

Kids These Days: The Up and Coming Talent of Leigh Ann’s Incisions

I trekked up to Marietta last Saturday to check out a metal-core band made up of high school kids called Leigh Ann’s Incisions at a little Marietta venue called Swayze’s. Admittedly, I was out of my comfort zone in a few ways. For one, I don’t often journey out of Atlanta to hear music, notContinue Reading