Living Decent - 'Living Decent' (ep review)

Living Decent – ‘Living Decent’ (ep review)

Fall in Florida is weird. One day, you feel like you’re floating in the middle of a PSL, nuzzled-up watching trees slowly die. The next, that unforgiving bitch summer shows her nasty head like the ex you can’t get rid of. This back-and-forth, bipolar game of love can stretch throughout winter, and can suck the holiday spirit out of old Santy Claus himself. On their debut EP, Living Decent encapsulate this feeling with a release that soundtracks both the cool breeze of fall, and the hot hell of fall. Enjoy.

At first glimpse — or whatever the auditory version of a glimpse is — Living Decent seems like a full on summer EP; it was released back in July and the guitar often sounds like soft swells, running onto warm sand. But on the intro, “Close Enough to Keep You Close,” Victor Alvarez’s voice sparks a sentiment that thrusts me  into the cool isolation of autumn. His ghostly tones engulf the release in a sense of longing — hauntingly abundant on the hook of “Borrowed Bike”: “You feel like home.”

This theme of nostalgia as pain is further exemplified in the song’s video. In it, we watch an old home video, a flashback to a time where the American life was simpler, more pure. Although the instrumentals in their openness create the sensation of freedom, the EP as a whole tries to recapture a lost feeling. “Bad Collections” cries, “Your glowing lights are now receding.” Like a Floridian longing for jacket appropriate weather, Living Decent look at the skeletons in their closet and wish they were still flesh and blood.

Take me back
Back before the day we met
Back before we had any consequence

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Something’s Burning: A Summer Mix by Alex Clements

A good mix captures a feeling. You sit in the atmosphere it creates, and connect. This mix, created by a great friend and talented musician, has helped me tremendously this week. I find myself listening to it in the car, thinking and thinking, as layers of sound topple over me. There’s clarity in its harshness. I want to thank Alex for making this mix and allowing me to share it with you. He added the following blip, explaining the feelings behind his dreary summer soundtrack. Enjoy.

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My best attempt at compiling the music that has meant the most to me this summer, discovered and enjoyed at times often spent in isolation. This music is mostly around 20 years old and ranges from American shoegaze to slowcore to dream pop. There is an indescribable warmth and familiarity in these songs that is hard to resist which I found myself unknowingly slipping into and getting lost. A few artists are represented twice, as I found it difficult picking just one song. Each of these records are individually incredible in their own right and deserve revisiting, the time spent with them was definitely worth my while.

Here is 47 minutes of my summer, mostly loud songs for a restless mind.

Download the entire mix on our Soundcloud.

1. “jeremy parker” – swirlies (1993) 0:00

2. “something’s burning” – seam (1993) 4:06

3. “elizabeth colour wheel” – lilys (1992) 7:59

4. “i love you like the way that i used to do” – rocketship (1996) 14:51

5. “stove” – eric’s trip (1993) 19:11

6. “winona – drop nineteens (1992) 21:58

7. “falling yesterday” – jessica bailiff (1998) 25:15

8. “reed to hillsborough” – duster (1998) 29:59

9. “copacetic” – velocity girl (1993) 33:55

10. “autopilot” – seam (1993) 37:30

11. “wrong tube” – swirlies (1993) 41:48

cover photo by Kelsey Ryder

21 Days to Bonnaroo: Ms. Lauryn Hill

I’m not sure what prompted the addition of “Ms.” to Lauren Hill’s name. Maybe she’s trying to tell us she’s single, and ready to mingle. Sorry Lauryn, I’m spoken for, but I’m really excited to see you at Bonnaroo! Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t go see Jack White. I want to be in the front.

Ms. Lauryn Hill – Saturday, June 14, 8:45 P.M. – That Tent

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: Frank Ocean, Janelle Monae 


If you’re white, or were musically unaware in 1994, then you might not know who Lauryn Hill is. During the Clinton administration, Hill became hugely popular as one-third of the groundbreaking rap collective, Fugees. The group’s sole female member, Hill was seen as strong, pro-feminist, swagger-filled symbol, who rapped, not about bitches and money, but about social and racial issues. Her first solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill succeeded both critically and commercially, winning Hill five Grammys.

Recently however, life for Lauryn Hill hasn’t been as grand. She hasn’t released an album since 2002, and last year served three months jail for tax evasion. But, let’s talk Bonnaroo. I have no doubt in my mind she will rise like phoenix, and burn the stage to the ground. Because at Bonnaroo, music matters most, and making music is what Lauryn Hill was born to do. Her voice is so soulful, so emotive, that it’s impossible not feel a connection. Whether she’s ripping through a classic Fugees verse, or serenading with solo material, Lauryn Hill is all feeling.

22 Days to Bonnaroo: Dr. Dog

I’ll be honest, I’m not actually familiar to Dr. Dog. But I want to be. I’ve heard such amazing things from my friends, and it’s about time I gave them a listen. Follow me, and we will discover the joy of music together. Enjoy.

Bonnaroo Tip of the Day: Don’t drink milk. Hydrate it does not.

Dr. Dog – Friday, June 12, 2:30 P.M. – Which Stage

Similar Bonnaroo Sounds: The Head And The Heart, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, Grouplove

Dr. D likes to keep it smooth. The band’s brand of indie folk hearkens numerous comparisons, but stands out with a subtle MGMT psychedelic influx. I usually prefer more traditional folk and more edgier indie rock, but Dr. Dog’s sound is sincere and emotive.So if you enjoy Dr. Dog, let me know why. And go see them at Bonnaroo. That’s all for today. See you tomorrow.


Summer Preview: Noisy Ghost, Bonnaroo, Dinosaurs, and more!

I apologize for my absence. Finals suck. School sucks. Work sucks. I know. But it’s summer now, and I’ve got some big things cooking. Enjoy.

Noisy Ghost PR

I know I don’t usually talk about myself,  but I just need to take a moment and gloat. This summer, I will be interning at Noisy Ghost PR, a promotion sister-company to Graveface Records. As you may know, Noisy Ghost contacted me a few months ago and asked me to help them promote a show at Will’s Pub. Apparently, I did something right, because I was able to score an internship. Noisy Ghost represents experimental artists like Xiu Xiu, The Stargazer Lilies, and Bad Bad Hats, and I am beyond excited for this. But in reality, this wouldn’t have happened without everyone’s support. You rock. Keep up the good work. Alright, gloating over.

30 Days of Bonnaroo

Nope, gloating not over. I’m going to Bonnaroo! It’s going to be fucking great! To get excited about seeing some new acts, I’m going to be breaking down a new Bonnaroo artist EVERYDAY starting May 12th. I just might die. Stay tuned!

Jurassic Park on Vinyl?

Jurassic Park is literally my favorite movie. And Mondo is releasing the soundtrack on vinyl featuring some incredible cover art. There will be two different packages: one pressed on clear amber vinyl, and one on black. BUT, there will be a dilophosaurus colored LP randomly inserted into some of the packages. Those bastards. This creates an impossible decision: take the risk to get the dilophosaurus pressing or get the slightly less awesome amber pressing. Luckily, you have some time to make your decision, because the pressing isn’t released until June 11.

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I lied. There’s no more.