Have You Heard… Julie Byrne?

                        by Gabriel Valdez “I’ve been called heartbreaker For doing justice to my own.” Sometimes a song can feel like getting lost in dappled light. It can lift time and make me feel the texture of the memories I most fear losing. These songs … Continue reading Have You Heard… Julie Byrne?

Have You Heard… Bear in Heaven?

              by Gabriel Valdez In 2010, I bought a copy of Uncut off the shelf of Turn It Up, a music store in Northampton, MA. I bought it for the cover story, this feature about Kate Bush’s Hounds of Love, often viewed as the seminal album in shaping modern music production. I was … Continue reading Have You Heard… Bear in Heaven?

Have You Heard… I Break Horses?

Songs of 2014 – “Weigh True Words” & “You Burn” by Amanda Smith & Gabriel Valdez Neo-80s music that builds and builds with a dark-edged, slow-burn intensity. Optimistic choruses that feel inches away from flying over landscapes in The NeverEnding Story. I Break Horses controls your emotions with a mastery of synthesized soundscapes and lyrics … Continue reading Have You Heard… I Break Horses?

Have You Heard… Marvin Gaye?

“What’s Going On” by Gabriel Valdez “Have you heard Marvin Gaye?” is a silly question. Of course you have. His songs are on the radio all the time. But have you sought him out lately, not to listen to in passing when tuning the radio or on the overhead speakers at a mall? In the … Continue reading Have You Heard… Marvin Gaye?

Have You Heard… Asgeir?

Songs of 2014 – “King and Cross” & “Summer Guest” by Vanessa Tottle I press myself hard because I have a shadow chasing me. I wish others could lift it for me, but have you ever tried lifting a shadow off the ground? I’ve lived with myself 25 years and I can only ever lift … Continue reading Have You Heard… Asgeir?

Have You Heard… Dum Dum Girls?

Songs of 2014 – “Rimbaud Eyes” & “Lost Boys and Girls Club” by Amanda Smith & Olivia Smith (no relation) If Dum Dum Girls make you think of 80s rock, it’s no mistake. Echo pedals and sound walls of thick reverb are abused in the tradition of The Cure. Sharply defined guitar riffs are balanced on … Continue reading Have You Heard… Dum Dum Girls?

Have You Heard… “Au Revoir” by Chancellor Warhol?

Songs of 2014 – “Au Revoir” by Chancellor Warhol by S.L. Fevre If Jay-Z is the Catholic Church of rap gods, old, opulent, and claiming to be the one and only true choice, then Kanye is Jesus. Kanye sacrificed himself to redeem the rest of the gangsta rap gods’ sins – champagne, bitches, guns. He … Continue reading Have You Heard… “Au Revoir” by Chancellor Warhol?

Have You Heard… “Boris” by Lo-Fang?

  Songs of 2014 by Gabriel Valdez Have You Heard? is a stream of song recommendations, many of which will be new to you. We’ll focus on the music of 2014 to start, and we’ll be highlighting a lot of smaller, more independent artists. Let’s inaugurate this with the most terrifying song of the year, and … Continue reading Have You Heard… “Boris” by Lo-Fang?

On the Edge of an Instant Classic — “I’m Your Woman”

Some films announce themselves as classics from the opening scene. They possess a pace and tone that seems to converse with mainstream cinematic history. Not every film that opens this way can follow it up, and mainstream cinematic history has a lot of gaps and problems. “I’m Your Woman” manages to bridge that sense of … Continue reading On the Edge of an Instant Classic — “I’m Your Woman”

Response to Glamour’s “13 Little Things That Can Make a Man Fall Hard for You”

by Gabriel Valdez Over at Glamour, Jillian Kramer wrote an advice column called “13 Little Things That Can Make a Man Fall Hard for You.” Obviously, it’s chock full of wonderful advice, and I had so many thoughts in response to it that I can’t help but share them. I’ll list her thoughts in bold, and then mine: … Continue reading Response to Glamour’s “13 Little Things That Can Make a Man Fall Hard for You”