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Love is the end…

 
By on Friday, 5th April 2019 at 11:00 am
 

Header and in-text photo by Abel Maestro Garcia in Andalucia, Spain

A funny thing about change. When you’re the one changing, it can be hard for others to see you as something other than what you have been and what you have been to them.

I knew there would come a time where I would draw the curtains and turn the lights out at There Goes the Fear. After a year as USA Editor and after I took over the reins of TGTF from founder Phil Singer in the summer of 2010, it wasn’t uncommon for me to lose sleep or skip meals to write and work on my photos for my posts. I went through eye strain and posture problems and heard repeated concerns from my doctors that my fatigue was being exacerbated by my overdoing my loyalty to TGTF.

Still, I persisted. I feel proud of the artists we’ve introduced to you before they became household names and award winners, as well as those who didn’t reach such heady heights. I have always felt the two primary pieces to the remit of TGTF were 1) to help artists along in their careers, to the point where they could have self-sustaining careers and 2) to bring them to the attention of you, the readers, who might not otherwise have come across them. I’ve spent a quarter of my life (so far) on something that has become way bigger than a Chinese-American girl from the DC suburbs could ever have imagined. I take great pride in what we have accomplished here.

I will look back at my 10 years of music blogging here at TGTF with much fondness. I interviewed and got to write about so many great musicians and their music. I got to travel and cover music events around the world, some of which where we ran showcases. I had the privilege of working with some wonderful writers, and I thank them all for their contributions here. If you read an article here and stepped away with a new musical love, or you’re in a band or manage one and we helped you be more financially successful, then I’d say we achieved our key goals.

Before my last birthday, nearing the end of November 2018, I heard an avuncular voice say to me in a soothing tone something intriguing. “You have been writing about the lives of so many others. Now is the time to write about your own.” With this invisible nudge from the divine, I will be working on writing up my memoirs of the many experiences I’ve had through TGTF and in my own personal life.

This isn’t goodbye forever. TGTF will still be online but in a dormant state for some time. If, while your visit here now or in the past, you find something useful to you, I’d appreciate it if you could click on an ad or two on the Web site. Just as before, any ad revenue collected will go back into hosting costs. There may be the occasional Tweet to the @tgtf Twitter or post to the TGTF Facebook account. I will still be around and available on @theprintedword if you simply want to say hey.

When I was in university, I used to say to myself that I wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the music that comforted me in my darkest days. Music is, and will continue to be, the greatest uniting force we have as human beings. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for your support of me, our writers and of course, the musicians and bands.

 

Video of the Moment #2938: Titus Andronicus

 
By on Thursday, 4th April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

I have avoided posting lyric videos in the Video of the Moment slot unless they’re done really well. In the case of the newest video from Titus Andronicus, I think the visuals and where they were filmed are appropriate, almost painfully so, for who they are trying to address in the song. One of the first photos I ever saw of the New Jersey band looked like a candid shot of the entire group in front of the seated Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial. If you have ever had the opportunity to visit my hometown of Washington, DC, and be a tourist, you are probably aware that the memorial to our storied 16th president sits on the east side of the Reflecting Pool that was immortalised by the footage and photos from Martin Luther King, Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech in 1963. Further, if you stand in the Lincoln Memorial and look due east, you will see a massive obelisk, better known as the Washington Monument. When I was a kid, I used to call it the Giant Marble Pencil.

In about half of this video for single ‘(I Blame) Society’, frontman and singer/songwriter of Titus Andronicus Patrick Stickles is seen passing off cue cards with the lyrics to another band member. In the other half, he and another man in a hoodie covered with band badges are stood in front of another, lesser-known obelisk (I’d guess probably in Arlington Cemetery?) where the cards continue to be passed off. What do the cards say? While the choice of words is certainly vitriolic, Stickles and co. cover ground on inequality and the death of the American dream that many of us in wish we had a platform like this from which we could say them. Handily enough, their upcoming sixth album is called ‘An Obelisk’, and it follows 2018’s ‘A Productive Cough’. Produced by Bob Mould, it will be released on the 21st of June on Merge Records. Want to read more on Titus Andronicus here on TGTF? Right this way.

 

Video of the Moment #2937: The Twilight Sad

 
By on Wednesday, 3rd April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Around the start of this year, The Twilight Sad released their fifth album. ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’, the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Nobody Wants to Be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave’, followed Robert Smith’s endorsement of the Scottish band and some impressive slots supporting The Cure. The latest new promo video to be unveiled from the still relatively new long player is the nonsensically titled ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’, which guitarist Andy Macfarlane has admitted is a bit of a throwaway title chosen from an advertisement for the actor he happened to see flashing on his computer screen.

The song itself is about the negative feelings we have and negatives actions we take after a breakup. For the music video, the group went into another direction entirely. Frontman James Graham found old Super 8 reels from the ‘60s among his grandfather’s belongings; these reels were processed with colours, and the band projected them on the abandoned Govanhill Baths in Glasgow. The overall mixture of untouched film, processed film and the actual baths as they exist today combine for a disorientating experience that matches the glitchy art aesthetic the Twilight Sad were going for on the cover of ‘It Won/t Be Like…’ awfully well. Sonically, the visuals match the energetic song. Watch and listen to ‘Shooting Dennis Hopper Shooting’ below. ‘It Won/t Be Like This All the Time’ is out now on fellow Scots Mogwai’s Rock Action Records. Catch up on all our past coverage on The Twilight Sad through this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2936: Middle Kids

 
By on Tuesday, 2nd April 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

While we’re still talking about SXSW, we shouldn’t forget that Australian trio Middle Kids were the buzz kids of SXSW 2017. Last year, they released their debut album ‘Lost Kids’ on Domino Records. Later this year will see the release of their latest new music in the form of a six-track EP. ‘New Sounds For Old Problems’ sounds like something Stuart Murdoch and Belle and Sebastian would cozy up to after ‘How to Solve Our Human Problems’, eh? They’re previewing the upcoming EP with lead single ‘Real Thing’, a full-bodied track welcome as part of their growing oeuvre. Check out the song and its official promo video below. Want more on Middle Kids right here on TGTF? Use this link.

 

Video of the Moment #2935: Lucy Rose

 
By on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Back in January, Lucy Rose previewed her then upcoming next album with the video for ‘Conversation’. (You can watch it in full in this previous post on TGTF.) Last Friday saw the release of ‘No Words Left’, the follow-up to 2017’s ‘Something’s Changing’. This week, we have for you another cut from the album in video form, this time for ‘Treat Me Like a Woman’. Like the promo for ‘Conversation’, this one was filmed in a minimalist way and in black and white, as if to play down Lucy’s trademark blonde hair. Given the inspiration for the song – her reflection on how she has been treated differently from her male peers in the course of her career – the treatment makes total sense. Watch and listen to ‘Treat Me Like a Woman’ below. ‘No Words Left’ is out now on Communion Records (the UK) and Arts & Crafts (North America). Looking for past coverage on Lucy Rose on TGTF? Come through.

 

Video of the Moment #2934: Two Door Cinema Club

 
By on Wednesday, 27th March 2019 at 6:00 pm
 

Two Door Cinema Club kind of went underground following the release and promotion of their 2016 album ‘Gameshow’. (Read my review of the polarising long player through here.) About 2 and a half years later, the Irish trio are back with ‘Talk’. As a commenter on YouTube quipped, 9 years ago the band enjoyed announcing ‘I Can Talk’; now they’re telling others to “just do it” and have an opinion. Presumably a new album is on its way? We shall see. In the meantime, regale yourself with the ‘Talk’ video below. All of our coverage on Two Door Cinema Club here on TGTF through there.

 
 
 

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